February 28, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich


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LA Times
Bit by bit, a more fit workplace
by Rene Lynch

Nearly all of us need to make more time for fitness. Finding that time, though, can seem impossible. But what if you could wedge that workout in at work? If it sounds far-fetched (or a great way to get yourself fired), listen up. Dr. James Levine, an obesity expert at theLogo for Los Angeles Times newspaper Mayo Clinic, says Americans don't need to log more time at a gym. Instead, they need to banish their sedentary ways by incorporating easy bursts of activity from dawn to dusk.

Reach: The Los Angeles Times has a daily readership of 1.9 million and 2.9 million on Sunday, more than 8 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.5 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 128 years.

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ABC NewsABC NewsFitness Trackers Get Stylish, But Accuracy May Need Work, Experts Say by Liz Neporent…To think it all started with a pair of "magic underwear." Dr. James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, studies the relationship between movement performed outside the gym and obesity. About a decade ago, he rigged up an undergarment with sensors designed to catch the body's every little shift in movement.

ABC NewsABC News Radio, Fitness Trackers Get Stylish, but Accuracy May Need Work, Activity trackers -- wearable devices that count steps and measure calorie burn -- are going through a boom. Sales of the devices last year topped $330 million, according the market research group NPD, and consumers have more than two dozen brands and styles to choose from, including shoe chips, bracelets, anklets, pendants and clip-ons…Dr. James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, studies the relationship between movement performed outside the gym and obesity. Additional coverage: Good Morning America

Context: James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who is often sought out by journalists for his expertise. Basing his techniques of non-exercise activity on years of Mayo Clinic research, he offers cost-effective alternatives to office workers, school children and patients for losing weight and staying fit. Author, inventor, physician and research scientist, Dr. Levine has built on Mayo’s top status as a center of endocrinology expertise and has launched a multi-nation mission to fight obesity through practical, common-sense changes in behavior and personal environment.

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Jim McVeigh

Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks
by Randy Dotinga

…In a small, retrospective study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that 8 percent of heart patients who did not wait to have teeth pulled suffered major adverse health outcomes, such as a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death. "Guidelines from the American College of Health DayCardiology and American Heart Association label dental extraction as a minor procedure, with the risk of death or non-fatal heart attack estimated to be less than 1 percent," study co-author Dr. Mark Smith said in a statement. Additional coverage:  KSAZ Ariz.US News & World ReportFOX NewsMedicineNet.comForbes.comWMCTV.comFox5Vegas.com19ActionNews.comWDAM.comHHS HealthFinder.gov

Reach: HealthDay distributes its health news to media outlets several times each day and also posts its news on its website, which receives more than 39,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery.  In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly.  But Mayo Clinic research suggests it may not be as simple as pulling teeth: The study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure. The findings are published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Mayo Clinic News Network: Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery to Prevent Infection May Be Catch-22

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Mayo Clinic had strong 2013 despite challenges
by Jeff Kiger
Despite the uncertainty of the health-care market, Mayo Clinic revenues grew by 6 percent to $9.4 billion in 2013. CEO and President John Noseworthy and Chief Administration OfficerLogo for Post-Bulletin newspaper Jeff Bolton discussed highlights of Mayo Clinic's 2013 financial results Wednesday during a brief telephone press conference.

Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and southeast Minnesota.

Additional coverage: Star Tribune, Net income up 55 percent at Mayo Clinic for 2013; KTTC, Star Tribune (PDF), FOX47, Post-Bulletin, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Context: As Mayo Clinic recognizes its Sesquicentennial year, the not-for-profit organization reached a record 63 million people in 2013. The strong performance was bolstered by successful implementation of new care delivery models — such as the Mayo Clinic Care Network — that provide knowledge to patients, physicians and consumers in traditional and new ways. “Expanding our reach is not a new goal for us,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. “In fact, as we consider our history, growth has been a constant for 150 years.”

Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo Clinic Reports Strong Performance in 2013, Reaching More Than 63 Million People

Public Affairs Contacts: Karl Oestreich, Bryan Anderson

Harvard Business Review
How Mayo Clinic Is Using iPads to Empower Patients
by David Cook, Joseph Dearani

Throughout the world, companies are embracing mobile devices to set customer expectations, enlist them in satisfying their own needs, Harvard Business Review Logoand get workers to adhere to best practices. An effort under way at the Mayo Clinic shows how such technology can be used to improve outcomes and lower costs in health care.

Reach: Harvard Business Review – Online provides editorial content designed to complement the coverage found in its parent print publication, which focuses on business management. The site receives more than 232,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: David Cook, M.D., Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine, conducts research in medical education. Joseph Dearani, M.D. is chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, Minnesota.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

ThirdAge.com, The First Installment of a Get-Healthy Program from the Mayo Clinic by Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., The Mayo Clinic has created a program modeled on the same on that Mayo Clinic employees follow. It’s called "12 Habits of Highly Healthy People." The 12 habits are…

MyCentralJersey N.J., The do's and don'ts of going to the gym by Chris Jordan…There are seven basic benefits to exercise, according to the Mayo Clinic: It will help you control your weight; combat health conditions and diseases; improve your moods; boost your energy; promote better sleeping; spark your sex life; and just be plain fun.

LiveScience, Vicious Cycle of Weight Gain, Inactivity Causes Obesity by Christopher Wanjek, Weight gain could be the result of snowball effect, new research shows, with a stint of inactivity leading to a few extra pounds, which then makes it harder to engage in physically activity. This produces a vicious cycle, two studies on inactivity published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings show.

UPI, Study: American exercise habits are dreadfully embarrassing by Aileen Graef, According to a study by Mayo Clinic, Americans average just 11 seconds a day of vigorous exercise. he Mayo Clinic Proceedings study says that Americans of normal weight average less than 2 minutes of fat-burning activity per day and those considered obese averaged less than 1 hour per year. Researchers expected the results to be bad, but not this bad.

Huffington Post, Study Reveals Just How Abysmal Our Exercise Habits Are, The exercise habits of the average American are appalling, according to a study recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. For the study, scientists tracked the activity of 2,600 people for two years. They found that obese women average a mere 11 seconds a day of vigorous exercise (that's about an hour a year), while men and women of normal weight exercised vigorously -- engaging in fat-burning activities such as jogging or jumping rope -- for fewer than two minutes daily, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Chicago Tribune, Exercise data reveal a couch potato nation by Geoffrey Mohan, Americans are stuck in chairs and on the couch, spending eight hours a day with their metabolic engines barely idling, according to data from sensors that scientists put on nearly 2,600 people to see what they actually did all day. The results were not encouraging: Obese women averaged about 11 seconds a day at vigorous exercise, while men and women of normal weight exercised vigorously (on the level of a jog or brisk uphill hike) for less than two minutes a day, according to the study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

WCSC, Do men really lose weight easier than women? Yes ... and no, It can be hard for everyone to lose weight. But it seems common knowledge that it is easier for men than women to shed pounds.  Is this true? The answer: initially yes, men lose weight faster. But long term, experts say not so much. A study out of England put both men and women on the same diet.  The study found that after two months on the diet, the men lost twice as much weight and three times as much body fat as the women did. But women will eventually catch up. Six months into the study, the weight loss evened out. Why the initial difference? The Mayo Clinic says men's muscles have more lean tissue, which burns more calories than body fat.

Innovations Report, Pulling problem teeth before heart surgery to prevent infection may be catch-22…But Mayo Clinic research suggests it may not be as simple as pulling teeth: The study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure…The new study shows that the risk for patients who do have teeth removed before heart surgery "may be higher than we thought," says senior author Kendra Grim, M.D., a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. Additional coverage: MedIndia

HemOnc Today, Two types of breast tissue abnormalities equally likely to progress to cancer, Both atypical ductal hyperplasia and atypical lobular hyperplasia should be considered premalignant lesions with equal potential of progression to breast cancer, according to study results…“More than a million American women have a breast biopsy with benign findings every year,” Lynn C. Hartmann, MD,professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a press release. 

CBS News, Removing ovaries as early as 35 may reduce chance of death in BRCA gene carriers by Michelle Castillo…Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, a gynecologic cancer surgeon at the Mayo Clinic who was not involved in the study, told the Toronto Star that this new study can help medical professionals and patients decide the benefits of having the procedure done.

Toronto Star, Ovary removal reduces death risk by 77% in women with genetic mutation by Theresa Boyle, Women's College Hospital researchers find a huge benefit to women with the mutated BRCA1/2 gene that raises breast, ovarian and peritoneal cancer risk…Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, a gynecologic cancer surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, said the findings will help her and other health professionals answer the many questions patients have when tying to decide whether to have this kind of surgery.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo to reopen Onalaska clinic for sterilizations by Mike Tighe, Mayo Clinic Health System will reopen an Onalaska clinic on Friday as a “special procedures” facility to offer sterilizations. The vasectomies for men and Essure contraceptive implants for women “will be under the umbrella of the Mayo Clinic Health System rather than Franciscan Healthcare,” said Rick Thiesse, spokesman for La Crosse-based Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.

Forbes, Why The Road To Success Is Paved With Failure by John Kluge…Another example: the Mayo Clinic , world-renowned for their innovation and quality of care. Internally, they felt their research wasn’t breaking enough new ground. So they created the Queasy Eagle Award, recognizing experiments and projects that were interesting and well-designed but ultimately unsuccessful.

Infection Control Today, Mayo Clinic Discovers African-Americans Respond Better to Rubella Vaccine, Somali-Americans develop twice the antibody response to rubella from the current vaccine compared to Caucasians in a new Mayo Clinic study on individualized aspects of immune response. A non-Somali, African-American cohort ranked next in immune response, still significantly higher than Caucasians, and Hispanic Americans in the study were least responsive to the vaccine. The findings appear in the journal Vaccine.  “This is fascinating,” says Gregory Poland, MD, Mayo Clinic vaccinologist and senior author of the study. Additional coverage: News Medical, Medical Xpress, Science Codex

WIRED, Can Social Media Help Cure Physician Burnout? By Linda Girgis, M.D…While I and many other doctors continue to face these rising pressures, there are laws on the books that prevent us from collectively bargaining. We are essentially independent operators, isolated from other physicians as a result of the demands of our practice and by legal convention. It should come as no surprise that nearly half of the nation’s doctors report a symptom of burnout (“Doctor Burnout,” Mayo Clinic; USA Today, 2012). The statistics relating to early physician retirement are equally as scary, especially when you consider the projected clinical shortages over the next decade.

Quality Health, Heart Attack Signs In Women, from Sharon Mulvagh, M.D., Mayo Clinic cardiologist Sharon Mulvagh, MD, had some important information to share with us regarding the signs of a heart attack in women. Additional Coverage: Huffington Post

KEYC Mankato, New Stroke Study Links Risk Tied to Weather by Ashley Hanley, A new report from the American Stroke Association suggests extreme weather changes may be linked to increased  stroke hospitalization. You've heard the saying before. Dr. Andrew Reeves says, "An apple a day keeps me away."

HealthDay, Death of Partner Boosts Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke, Study Says by Alan Mozes, A cardiovascular disease specialist not involved with the study suggested the findings are yet more proof of a "very powerful link" between mind and body. "Most people are somewhat aware that stress can have a physiological effect," said Dr. Martha Grogan, a consultant with the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "But what's important to realize is that there is a real impact on the body."

CNN, Amputee pilot: Ex-CNN anchor O'Brien could return to flying 'in no time' by Thom Patterson, Would he ever fly again, now that his feet and right hand were gone? That was among the first things amateur pilot Brian Thomas wondered after he awoke from surgery in 2009.…Thomas had idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. The Mayo Clinic describes it as a "disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding" resulting "from unusually low levels of platelets — the cells that help your blood clot."

Teen Ink, Counting Cans by Amanda W., Cannon Falls…MSN Healthy Living also reported on the University of Minnesota study of 10,000 adults that had one can of diet coke a day; just this one can a day was linked to 34 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome. Mayo clinic defines metabolic syndrome as a cluster of conditions that include increased blood pressure, excess body fat around the waist and increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Is that one can really worth it?

KAAL, Ceremonial Beam Signed As Part of Saint Marys Emergency Room Remodel, A ceremony was held at Mayo Clinic Saint Marys Campus Tuesday, to thank though who've played a role in the emergency room renovation…"We hope for 20 to 30 years that this beam will be in place and that when they finally remodel for the next time that they will see the individuals who were involved in it," says Mayo Clinic's Martin Wolf.

Daily Democrat, Woodland Community College professor writes book about cancer by Elizabeth Kalfsbeek, The two-time cancer survivor, now 74, couldn't accept that forgetting students' names, dental problems and other ailments were just due course from aging. When she stumbled upon a paper published by the Mayo Clinic, "Cancer survivors: Managing late effects of cancer treatment," she felt validated. "Alleluia, I'm right," she said.

ABC News, Del Potro Retires With Wrist Injury in Dubai…Since winning the Sydney title last month, Del Potro has been struggling with a left wrist injury that has conjured up memories of similar pain he experienced in his right wrist four years ago.…Having felt the pain in his left wrist during the Australian Open, Del Potro went at the end of January to consult with Dr. Richard Berger, who performed his right wrist surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The doctor recommended a course of physical therapy. Additional coverage: USA TODAY

WWTV Mich. (CNN Health Minute), This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 30 million people will suffer significantly from one at some time in their life. CNN’s Carl Azuz reports:  The teenage years are fragile. Growing up can be tough, peer pressure, first loves...academics...they can all cause a lot of stress. And that stress can sometimes lead to eating disorders, which take a big toll on adolescents, especially teenage girls…Although no one really knows what causes eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa and bulimia in children, doctors say there are telling factors. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of those are…

OncLive, Treatment Selection for Resistant or Intolerant CML, For patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who do not respond to imatinib, dasatinib, and nilotinib there are three drugs available: bosutinib, ponatinib, and omacetaxine mepesuccinate. Unlike the BCR-ABL TKIs, omacetaxine inhibits protein synthesis and is not a direct inhibitor of BCR-ABL. Panel discussion with Ruben Mesa, M.D., Mayo Clinic.

Imperial Valley News, Researchers Use Genomic Sequencing to Help Identify New Therapies for Bile Duct Cancer, Physicians at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine and researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have personalized drug treatments for patients with cholangiocarcinoma using genomic sequencing technologies. Potential new treatment approaches are being validated to develop new tests that physicians can use to guide therapy for this aggressive cancer of the bile ducts that progresses quickly and is difficult to treat.

Phoenix Business Journal, Genetic markers may lead to new cancer treatments, Physicians at the Mayo Clinic’s Individualized Medicine Clinic and researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute have found genetic alterations that may lead to better treatments for people suffering from bile duct cancer. Dr. Mitesh Borad, a Mayo Clinic oncologist and lead author of a study published last week in the journal PLOS Genetics, said his team found genetic alterations in three of six patients using genomic sequencing.

Reuters, Cell morphing aimed at stopping cancer in its tracks, Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have managed to change the shape of deadly cancer cells, removing their ability to spread through the body. The work is in its infancy but could eventually lead to the targeted morphing of cancer cells to stop them dead in their tracks.

KCAL Los Angeles, Health Watch: Mayo Clinic’s Scientists Reconfigure Cancer Cell to Limit Its Ability to Spread, Scientists at the Mayo Clinic believe bychanging the shape of cancer cells they with be stopped in their tracks. The surgeons removed what is called a polarity protein from the cell limiting its ability to move. This is important because cancer cells become deadly when they spread to vital organs.

MPR, Cancer, a burned-out home, and the blessings of friends by Bob Collins, Kay Hartzell, 52, of Farmington has Stage IV metastasized ovarian cancer. Local doctors have told her there’s nothing more they can do for her…Her cancer was first discovered in 2009 and, knowing nothing about cancer, she followed the advice of doctors at the Mayo Clinic. They told her to have chemo; she had chemo that almost killed her. They told her to have surgery; she had surgery. “They took two thirds of my rectum. I was, like, ‘well, thank you,’” she said.

KTTC, Heritage Preservation Commission looks back as we move forward by Nicole Goodrich, Last year, the Minnesota Legislature gave Rochester and Mayo Clinic "Destination Medical Center." Now the city is wrestling with how to make it happen. And one of those tricky aspects of DMC is how to protect Rochester's precious history and what to give to the wrecking ball. Last year the Rochester City Council passed some legislation to create what's called the Heritage Preservation Commission.

Post-Bulletin, DMCC board, city council approve DMC agreements by Edie Grossfield, Under operating rules approved Wednesday, the city of Rochester will maintain control over the Destination Medical Center public funding being used to finance public infrastructure, City Attorney Terry Adkins said Wednesday in response to questioning.

Arthritis Research UK, Lupus ‘may be more common than previously thought’… Two studies carried out in the US - and published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology - have come to the conclusion that 128.7 in every 100,000 women in the country have the condition, Medscape Medical News reports…Meanwhile, Eric Matteson chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said the results of these studies show lupus could be up to twice as common in the US than was previously thought.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo-Franciscan, Viterbo help fund Washburn neighborhood police officers, Two La Crosse police officers will be based in the Washburn neighborhood beginning March 1 in the first step toward having six officers stationed throughout the city. The program, announced Tuesday, is billed as a public-private partnership fostering neighborhood revitalization… Mayo and Viterbo officials expressed enthusiasm about the program. “It’s consistent with Franciscan values, one of many we’re involved in,” said Peter Hughes, Mayo’s regional vice president for business development and marketing.

Bemidji Pioneer, Dayton works at home after hip surgery by Don Davis, Hip surgery will crimp Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s style as the state Legislature convenes for the year Tuesday. In his first three years in office, Dayton frequently met with rank-and-file legislators from both parties about a great many issues. But since his Feb. 10 hip surgery, and his Valentine’s Day release from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Dayton has been in a brace and confined to the official governor’s residence in a swanky St. Paul neighborhood. And he likely will remain there for a while.

Pioneer Press, Gov. Dayton's hip surgery recovery 'going well' by Bill Salisbury, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that his recovery from hip surgery is "going well" and might allow him to return to work at the Capitol in a few weeks. Dayton had surgery Feb. 10 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester to alleviate pain in his hip and is working from the Governor's Residence while recuperating. In a conference call with reporters, he said he's in a body cast, "which makes it very hard for me to move around." Additional coverage: Star Tribune, WCCO, KTTC

The Doctors, Lullabies, Season 6 of The Voice premiered last night, and Shakira was filling in for Christina Aguilera. And Aguilera’s pregnant with baby #2. After the birth of her first child in 2008, Aguilera embraced her pregnancy weight for a while. Weight gain is inevitable. A baby’s growth and development depend on it. The Mayo Clinic recommends expecting moms of normal weight to gain between 25-35 pounds.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Treatment for Tourette syndrome dependent on severity of symptoms by Kenneth Mack, M.D., Ph.D., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Last month, our 8-year-old son was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. What could have caused this? Is it hereditary? We have not decided on treatment yet, as we're trying to gather as much information as we can. What do you recommend?

WXOW La Crosse, Teddy bears aimed to help patients overcome fear by Stacy Brogan, A student organization that focuses on the importance of volunteering, is helping make the Emergency and Urgent Care Center at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare a little less scary for young patients.

Wall Street Journal, Cardio3 BioSciences Strengthens IP Portfolio with New US Patent, Cardio3 BioSciences (C3BS) (Paris:CARD) (Brussels:CARD) (NYSE Euronext Brussels and Paris: CARD), a leader in the discovery and development of regenerative, protective and reconstructive therapies for the treatment of cardiac diseases, announces today that it has strengthened its IP portfolio following the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") issuing of a Notice of Allowance for patent application number US 12/994,626. The patent's inventors are Dr Andre Terzic and Dr Atta Behfar, both of the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, US). Cardio3 BioSciences holds an exclusive worldwide licence to the patent under the terms of its long term agreement with the Mayo Clinic concerning the Cardiopoiesis platform.

Post-Bulletin, Cardio3 to license new Mayo Clinic patent by Jeff Kiger, A new patent from Mayo Clinic is on the way for Belgium-based Cardio3 BioSciences, which has collaborated with Mayo since 2007. Cardio3 is developing a treatment that regenerates heart tissue with stem cells drawn from a patient's own bone marrow. Dr. Andre Terzic and Dr. Atta Behfar originally developed the proprietary process called Cardiopoiesis.

Scholastic Parent & Child, The Young and The Anxious by Ginny Graves, Experts say that kids today are more stressed than ever. Find out why the numbers are growing and how to soothe your child's worries before they become crippling concerns…AN EPIDEMIC OF FEAR? All kids have their share of concerns. "To a certain extent, anxiety is a normal part of development," says Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D., a clinical pediatric psychologist at the Mayo Clinic. Some fears, like the ones preschoolers have of monsters, crop up so predictably that they're considered milestones.

KARE11, 'Back to Black' photo sets goal of inspiring community by Lindsey Seavert…Anna Jones, 22, of Rochester understands. The model, actress and part time Mayo Clinic employee just underwent a double mastectomy. Last spring, Jones found a lump in her breast. The cancer was already between stages 2 and 3, growing at an aggressive rate. She tested positive for the BRCA2 gene, a mutation bringing an increased risk of breast cancer.

Huffington Post, Marlo Thomas With Sharon Mulvagh, MD (VIDEO), I was so pleased to have Mayo Clinic cardiologist Sharon Mulvagh, MD, as my guest on Mondays with Marlo. She shared some fascinating and incredibly important information on heart health with us. We discussed everything from what the difference is between "good" and "bad" stress on the heart, to tips on how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, to what to do if you think you're having a heart attack, and much more.

KAAL, NASA Astronaut Speaks at Mayo Clinic by Jenna Lohse, A unique perspective surrounding medical solutions was heard Monday night at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Tom Marshburn spent five months working on the International Space Station. While in space, he and this co-workers performed 150 experiments, like developing new materials and manipulating fluids. They also tested themselves along the way.

Mankato Free Press, Mankato doctor part of stroke study by Robb Murray, A Mayo Clinic Health System doctor is part of a medical team that has authored some groundbreaking research on strokes. Douglas Chyatte, a Mayo Clinic Health System neurosurgeon, helped conduct research for and was one of the authors of a study showing that by using a consistent set of protocols while treating victims of large strokes, mortality rates can be cut dramatically.

Florida Times-Union, Slideshow: 26.2 with Donna - Runners and fun along the route.

Florida Times-Union, 26.2 with Donna: Thunderstorms cut short annual marathon for breast cancer, Severe thunderstorms cut short the 26.2 With Donna marathon, as weather made its mark on the race for the third year in a row. Ethiopian athletes completed a clean sweep of the marathon events before lightning forced a halt to Sunday's race with a few hundred runners yet to finish....

Huffington Post, Harold Ramis Dies From Complications Of Autoimmune Inflammatory Vasculitis: What Is It? Harold Ramis -- who directed and wrote the beloved comedies "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day," and acted in and co-wrote "Ghostbusters" -- has died at age 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, according to news reports... While the condition can be treated with medications and steroids, it can come back, according to the Mayo Clinic.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo dragon boat races to raise money to fight cancer by Mike Tighe…Not quite in sight — but they’re just around the corner and ready to heat up the Mississippi River during the second annual Big Blue Dragon Boat Race July 5 during Riverfest in La Crosse. Representatives of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, which is sponsoring the race again to raise money for its Center for Breast Care, announced the opening of registration during a press conference Monday. The inaugural race last year raised $10,000, and the goal this year is $100,000, said Terri Pedace, Mayo-Franciscan’s research operations supervisor and race co-chair.

Huffington Post, Natural Ways To Lower Blood Pressure, Stick To One Or Two Drinks, Moderate drinking -- one drink for women and men over 65 and two drinks for younger men -- can actually help reduce blood pressure. But more than that has the opposite effect, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Casper Tribune, Ancient practice begins to find its place alongside modern medicine…It’s rare, but massage can cause internal bleeding, nerve damage, temporary paralysis or allergic reactions due to lotions or oils, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Las Vegas Sun, Kerry Simon finishes second round of stem-cell treatments, finalizes plans for MSA benefit Thursday by Robin Leach, “Iron Chef America” winner Kerry Simon wrapped up his second round of stem-cell transplants Sunday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and returns here today to put the final touches on his Fight MSA fundraiser Thursday at our downtown Keep Memory Alive event center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Medscape, Head Trauma History and Amyloid in the Brain by Alan Jacobs, M.D., Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have published a population-based study [1] assessing the association of head trauma with in vivo measures of amyloid- and neurodegeneration. Participants aged 70 years and older from Olmsted County, Minnesota, 448 of whom had normal cognition and 141 of whom had been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), underwent amyloid PET scans.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo hospital's roots include vegetable gardens by Jeff Hansel, Seventy-five years ago, if you went to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys as a patient, the food you ate while there was grown specifically for the hospital. The farm supplied chicken, butter, peas, squash, onions and whatever other kinds of Minnesota produce you can imagine…That's a pretty healthy-sounding concept to me. Suppose Saint Marys might reignite its farm?

Wall Street Journal, Searching for the True Cost of Health Care, Most doctors and hospitals have only a vague idea what it costs them to deliver care, experts say. Prices are generally based on what payers will pay, with little relation to cost. Several leading health systems aim to replace that chaotic pricing system with one based on the true cost of delivering care. Armed with that information, they believe they can reduce health-care costs from the inside, by identifying inefficiencies, rather than accepting arbitrary payment cuts. The philosophy is: If you can measure it, you can manage it. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic and other top hospitals have embraced a process, advanced by two Harvard Business School professors, called time-driven activity-based costing.

The Daily Caller, Hospital cited by Obama as health-reform model for the nation accepts only one kind of insurance plan under Obamacare, Are people actually signing up for Obamacare? If so, they should check with their hospital first. The top-ranked hospital cited by President Barack Obama as a national model for health care reform accepts only one kind of insurance plan under the new Obamacare exchanges. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a top 4-ranked U.S. hospital that performs 250 surgeries per day, only accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield silver plans under the new Obamacare exchanges. No other Obamacare exchange plans are accepted.

YumaNewsNow, Mayo Clinic Trustees Welcome New Board Chair and Members, Recognize Retiring Members, The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr. as the new board chair and George Halvorson as a new member, recognized five retiring public members and three internal members who completed their tenure, and elected four new internal trustees.

Yuma News Now, Mayo Clinic Trustees Welcome New Board Chair and Members, Recognize Retiring Members, The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr. as the new board chair and George Halvorson as a new member, recognized five retiring public members and three internal members who completed their tenure, and elected four new internal trustees. Di Piazza replaces Marilyn Carlson Nelson, who is retiring from the board. Di Piazza recently announced that he was leaving Citi as vice chairman and a member of the Senior Client Executive Group to serve as Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees chair. Di Piazza joined the Mayo board in 2010. He joined Citi in May 2011 after a long career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a partner and, ultimately, CEO from 2002 through 2009.

Neurology Now, Sleep Well by Amy Paturel…"We know aging is associated with sleep problems, and we know AD is associated with aging, but that doesn't mean the two are directly related,' says David Knopman, M.D., professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, deputy editor of the AAN's medical journal Neurology, and Fellow of the AAN. "That's the real pitfall here. Maybe disrupted sleep has nothing to do with AD, maybe it promotes some of the changes with AD, or maybe it's the reverse, that early AD changes alter sleep patterns. We don't know."

CDA Press, End the Night Terror, The sleeping hero sits bolt upright in bed, breathing hard and eyes wide open. Suddenly he explodes into a blood-curdling scream. The official term for it is "night terror," and one of the more unusual things about this behavior is that the sleeper continues to snooze right through it. According to the Mayo Clinic, night terrors occur most frequently in childhood. Causes may include stress, fatigue, fever, lights or noise. In adults, the causes may also include sleep apnea, migraines, head injuries, alcohol, illegal drugs or certain other medications. There is another sleep oddity of which even more of us may be aware: sleepwalking. Dr. Michael Coats, a board-certified neurologist specializing in sleep medicine at the Kootenai Clinic, said, "From a neurological point of view, we divide sleep disorders into those that happen during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and those that occur during non-REM."

Wicked Local Mass., Hudson: A blast of nice from the polar vortex… There’s nothing like such righteous weather anger. But then one recent snowbound night, I came across a Facebook post by my Midwestern friend, Jen. She’s a fellow newspaper columnist and lives in chilly Rochester, Minn. Along with being home to the world-famous Mayo Clinic, Rochester is also known for some of the coldest and snowiest weather in the United States.

Star Tribune, Fat Helps Us Acclimate to the Cold, Call it the 40-degree phenomenon. Remember how Tuesday’s temperature sent us whooping in the streets? We were ready to invite pals over for a barbecue or cajole restaurants into opening their patios. Yet that same temperature in October had us scrambling for gloves and scarves and arguing about turning on the furnace. The difference is that by now we’ve acclimated to the cold, a transition that northerners have needed ever since cave dwellers woke up to fall’s first frost with their winter pelts still in storage. “It’s our Neanderthal DNA,” said Dr. Kevin Fleming, who is in general internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “We’re genetically equipped to handle this.”

WDAM, Dedicated Employee Skis to Work in Snowstorm, The snowstorm forced one Mayo Clinic Health System employee to think creatively just to get to work. Candie Gross says she used her cross country skis.  Gross said she received some funny looks on her way in, but that beats the alternative. "My van was buried and I knew it would take a long time and I figured, I might as well just ski cause I wasn't going to get it unburied," she said.

Chippewa Herald, Mayo Clinic Health System hand surgeon warns: Protect hands when snow blowing wet snow, Each winter hundreds of people suffer mangling or amputation of their fingers or hands from improper handling of snowblowers. The Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire treated three people with hand injuries from snowblowers Feb. 20 after a storm dumped more than 7 inches of snow. According to the American Society of Surgery of the Hand, common weather conditions when injuries occur include a large accumulation of snow, typically greater than 6 inches, in temperatures ranging from 28 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. Snowblower injuries are most often is reported in men in their mid-40s, with the injury happening in their dominant hand, the Society states. The volume of wet, heavy snow can result in snow clogging a snowblower’s exit chute, but that may be only the start of problems for unwary users, says Mayo Clinic Health System hand surgeon Nathan Hoekzema, M.D.

WJXT Fla., Mayor Brown honors African-american pioneers at city hall event, They broke the barriers of race with their professions and Thursday Mayor Alvin Brown honored their achievements. Athletes, educators, doctors and a diplomat were among 14 local african americans who received the Mayor's Trailblazer award… list of awardees:…Dr. Floyd B. Willis - First African American chief of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Florida Times-Union

Wall Street Journal, Letters: The Team' Can See You, but Is That What You Want?' When I pay to see a doctor, I want to see a doctor.... Research done at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation has led us to several critical insights for the design of primary-care delivery of the future. Health, from a patient's perspective, means being able to do the things you need to do every day to live the life you want to live…by Doug Wood, M.D., Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, Rochester, Minn.

USA TODAY, Stethoscopes could play a part in spreading germs by Mary Bowerman, Doctors' hands touch dozens of patients a day and medical standards require them to sanitize after they examine a patient, but what about their stethoscopes? With germs from many patients coming into contact with stethoscopes each day, a new study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Thursday, suggests the stethoscope should be subject to the same sanitary procedures as doctors' hands. Additional coverage: Science Magazine, NPR, KARE11, HealthDay, CTV News, Labmate UK, Winnipeg Free Press

WJCT FLa., Telemedicine Reboot Under Consideration In Florida Legislature by Mary Shedden…The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville provides telemedicine services all over the country, such as stroke consults for a community hospital in Titusville, hospital official Layne Smith said. The value of telemedicine varies and negotiations should be left to those providing the care, he said.

Advance for Nurses, Advanced Telestroke Equipment Available in Waycross, New telestroke equipment at Mayo Clinic Health System allows the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients more quickly. "Time is of the essence when it comes to diagnosing stroke," said Michael Hamm, DO, director of emergency services. "Mere seconds can make a difference in preventing severe brain damage or death."

Vitals Blog, Dallas Buyers Club – A Study In Patient Advocacy, There’s proof these online communities have a significant impact on people’s heath, too. A group of women with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) found each other online and formed a discussion board. The disease is extremely rare and kills about 50 percent of the people diagnosed with it. The sheer number of members was greater than most experts believed even had the disease. Together, the group was able to lobby a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic to begin researching their condition. In just a couple of weeks, the medical researchers found all the volunteers they needed through the community board to launch a pilot study.

Forbes, Can The Mediterranean Diet Make Us Happier?...The diet has been touted by organizations like the American Heart Association, the Mayo Clinic, and the Cleveland Clinic as a heart-healthy, cancer-fighting, diabetes-preventing eating plan [1]. But can it also boost our mood?

WJXT Fla., Changes to nutrition labels…Dr. Vandana Bhide Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, told our morning show - she agrees wholeheartedly with the proposed changes. She points out the larger calorie number on the label - and believes it makes nutrition easier to discover by consumers.

Post-Bulletin, Tips for eating the recommended "plant-based" diet by Jeff Hansel, Mayo Clinic physicians are increasingly suggesting that the path for healthy humans is one paved by eating plants — not meat. Dr. Donald Hensrud says in the Mayo Clinic Health Letter that foods coming from animals "are generally high in saturated fat and cholesterol, which are key contributors to your risk of heart attack, stroke and other diseases related to artery health."

FOX23 Okla., Do you have the flu or allergies? By Michelle Linn… FOX23 found out how to know if it’s allergies or the flu that’s making you sick. Both allergies and the flu make you feel bad. FOX23 did some research and checked with the Mayo Clinic to find out how you can easily tell the difference.

Twin Cities Business, Minnesotans You Should Know: James Campbell, Retired Chairman and CEO Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, James Campbell spent his career inspired by a philosophy of lending time and talent, and it’s something he continues since retiring from Wells Fargo a decade ago. One of his latest endeavors is serving on the board that oversees the development of Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center Project in Rochester.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System opening new clinic by Stacy Brogan, Mayo Clinic Health System is opening a special procedure clinic in Onalaska. The clinic will be used for two procedures, Essure contraceptives implants for women and vasectomies for men. No abortion will offered.

WCCO, Minn. Mom Ends Cancer Treatment To Be Home With Boys by Mike Max, Difficult situations require difficult decisions. Lynn Acker is a 37-year-old wife and mother of three sons in Coon Rapids. She’s been fighting cancer for seven years. This winter, she made one of life’s toughest decisions… Acker has only recently returned from the Mayo Clinic, and she’s not going back. That’s because she told her doctors she doesn’t want to keep taking medication to stay alive. “I’m done,” she said. “Nothing is going to save my life. They’ve told me this.” Additional coverage: Daily Mail UK

Post-Bulletin, Letters: Until we know e-cigarettes are safe, restrictions are appropriate by Dr. Gary Croghan, From a public health perspective, I commend the Rochester Park Board and City Council for recently banning public e-cigarette use. As researcher in Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Research Program, a summary of my concerns regarding e-cigarette use is as follows: e-cigarettes have more risk than standard nicotine replacement therapy; there is no evidence for safety with long-term use; there is no evidence for efficacy as an aid to quitting smoking; e-cigarettes deliver low and potentially inconsistent levels of nicotine; "passive" vapor is not just water vapor and may be harmful, especially during pregnancy; there is no regulatory framework to monitor manufacturing standards.

 Salud180, ¿Medicamentos para dejar el cigarro? Entre los fumadores de cigarrillo, combinar los medicamentos para dejar de fumar: vareniclina y bupropión, derivó en tasas mayores de abstinencia de fumar en el primer resultado. las tasas fueron similares hacia el año, dice un estudio de Mayo Clinic publicado este mes en JAMA (Revista de la Asociación Médica Americana)… “En el caso de los fumadores menos empedernidos, la administración de solamente vareniclina es tan eficaz como la combinación de ambos medicamentos. Sin embargo, cuando uno es fumador empedernido, lo mejor es considerar la terapia combinada para lograr dejar de fumar con éxito”, señala el doctor Ebbert, encargado del estudio. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Noticias, Yahoo! Mujer Argentina

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