March 14, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



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Twin Cities Business
Mayo's Operating Profits Climb 55%; CEO Talks Strategy
By Jake Anderson and Dale Kurschner

Mayo Clinic said it beat expectations in 2013, and CEO John Noseworthy, who recently spoke to Twin Cities Business about the future of health care, highlighted ongoing initiatives. “The strong commitment of our entire organization has allowed us to respond successfully to unprecedented Twin Cities Businesschange in health care,” Dr. Noseworthy said. “We have changed the very definition of Mayo Clinic and stayed true to our core mission and values.”

Reach: Twin Cities Business is a monthly business magazine with a circulation of more than 30,000 and more than 74,000 readers. The magazine also posts daily business news on its website.

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 Contact: Karl Oestreich

Star Tribune
Stand up for yourself and your health
by Allie Shah

As a health reporter, I’ve read the research, from the National Institutes of Health to the Mayo Clinic to the American Cancer Society, all of which Star Tribune Logowarns that prolonged sitting leads to increased risks of heart disease, cancer and diabetes… So I set out to stand as much as I could for two straight days. No sitting at my desk. No sitting during meetings or meals or TV time. To help prepare for my 48-hour standoff, I consulted with a pioneer — the man who jump-started the anti-sitting movement: Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University, a world-renowned obesity expert and among the first to use a treadmill desk.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

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 NellisJim McVeigh

Mayo takes a big step in growing sports-medicine field with pro teams, Block E clinic
by Pat Borzi

The last thing the Mayo Clinic needs is a higher profile. Who around the world hasn’t heard of Mayo? For more than a century, Mayo’s innovative care and research brought heads of state, the rich and famous, and foreign royalty to its Rochester, Minn., campus for checkups and treatment… MinnPost“It’s a comprehensive service, one-stop shopping where you can get all your fitness-related needs met, from diagnosis of an injury to treatment of an injury to recommendations regarding injury prevention,” said Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of Mayo’s Sports Medicine Center.

Reach:  MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise which provides news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists, most of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. MinnPost averages more than 78,000 unique visitors to its site each month.. In Dec. 2013, MinnPost also had 27,300 followers on Twitter and its main Facebook page was liked by 9,500-plus readers.

Context: Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx announced in early February a partnership which extends the Mayo Model of Care for patients in sports medicine to the Twin Cities. The collaboration includes: 1) the opening of a Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center at 600 Hennepin, 2) designating Mayo as the preferred medical provider for the teams, and 3) utilizing the teams’ international reach to educate the public about numerous health and wellness topics.

Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Announce Collaboration

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

Steam Boat Today
Our View: Mayo network enhances patient care

The recently announced partnership between Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic is good news, further solidifying the local Steamboat Today newspaper logohospital’s reputation for excellence and enhancing patient access to high-quality health care. As the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, YVMC is one of 26 medical centers nationwide and only the second hospital in Colorado to achieve this distinction.

Reach: Steamboat Today is a daily newspaper serving Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas in Routt County, Colo. with a circulation of 7,000. Its website receives more than 30,500 unique visitors each month.

Context: Mayo Clinic and Yampa Valley Medical Center officials announced this week that the Steamboat Springs hospital is the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The network connects Mayo Clinic and health care providers who are interested in working together to enhance the delivery of locally provided high quality health care. Yampa Valley Medical Center is the second hospital in Colorado to be invited to join the network. More information about the announcement can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Arizona Central Sports
Concussion in sports documentary receives premiere at Valley’s Mayo Clinic
by Paola Boivin

My Sunday best …A powerful documentary by an Academy Award nominee made its U.S. premiere Saturday night at an unlikely place: the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. “Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis” delivers an unfiltered lookedArizona Republic at one of the more-troubling story lines in today’s sports world…Following the documentary was a panel I was lucky enough to moderate and included Nowinski; former ASU and NFL standout Mike Haynes; neurologist David Dodick, director of the Concussion and Headache Program at the Mayo Clinic; and director Steve James, who also directed the Academy Award nominated “Hoop Dreams.” Additional coverage: Sports Business Daily

Reach: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages 83 million pages views each month.

Context: Mayo Clinic in Arizona will hosted a special sneak preview of the highly anticipated documentary, Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis. 

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Reuters, Slightly elevated blood pressure also tied to strokes by Andrew Seaman…About 800,000 Americans have strokes every year, according to the CDC. Dr. Robert Brown, a stroke specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said the study is not definitive but stroke neurologists continue to be concerned about prehypertension. "In the world of stroke and cerebrovascular disease we continue to have the concern that even if your blood pressure is not 140/90 - if it is at a level that's somewhat close to that - you might be at a heightened risk for stroke," he said. Additional coverage: Chicago TribuneYahoo! Canada

Huffington Post, Even Slightly High Blood Pressure Could Raise Stroke RiskStick 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.

CBC News, Slightly elevated blood pressure tied to strokes…About 800,000 Americans have strokes every year, according to the CDC. Dr. Robert Brown, a stroke specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said the study is not definitive but stroke neurologists continue to be concerned about prehypertension. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Mexico

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Clinical trials seek greater diversity by Shelia Poole, Tamara Mobley thought hard about an offer to participate in a clinical trial to test a new treatment for multiple myeloma. “You automatically think guinea pig,” said Mobley, 37, a Riverdale mother of two young sons…Joyce Balls-Berry, the director of the Office for Community Engagement in Research at the Mayo Clinic, said many women and racial and ethnic groups would participate if given the chance. But for some, there remains some distrust about participating in clinical trials or research.

NY Times, Report Says Medication Use Is Rising for Adults With Attention Disorder by Alan Schwarz, The number of young American adults taking medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder nearly doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to a report to be released Wednesday by the nation’s largest prescription drug manager… In an interview last year, Dr. Peter Jensen, then of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said: “Single-question surveys based on yes-no parent report are notoriously inaccurate. You simply can’t make scientific statements based on them.” In a follow-up interview on Tuesday, Dr. Jensen said that the C.D.C. survey probably was more accurate than he originally thought.

LA TimesEditorial: Fecal transplants: A therapy whose time has come …One randomized trial comparing fecal transplant with antibiotics was stopped early because the non-drug approach was so effective that it would have been unethical to continue treating the other patients with medication. Subsequent studies have placed the cure rate at about 90%; a doctor from Mayo Clinic in Arizona describes a hospital patient who had been bedridden for weeks with C. difficile being discharged within 24 hours of fecal transplant. Additional coverage: Keene Sentinel Source N.H.

Forbes, New Study: Treadmill Desks Boost Productivity by Susan Adams, That’s also the view of Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix who has been a longtime advocate of the need for office workers to get out of their chairs. Levine approached Ben-Ner to do the productivity study in part because Ben-Ner himself works at a standing desk and when he’s in his home office, punctuates his day with vigorous 10- or 20-minute workouts on a treadmill.

ABC News, Study: 2 Percent of Americans Have New Hips, Knees by Marilynn Marchione, It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. Among those over 50, it's even more common: Five percent have replaced a knee and more than 2 percent, a hip. "They are remarkable numbers," said Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Roughly 7 million people in the United States are living with a total hip or knee replacement. 

USA TODAY, Number of people with new joints tops 7 million by Karen Weintraub, The number of Americans living with artificial knees and hips has topped 7 million, according to data released at an orthopedics conference in New Orleans…"When you realize that that large a percentage of the population has the ability to remain active and mobile, and have much less pain than they otherwise would have, it makes you realize how much this technology has transformed American life," said Daniel Berry, head of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who led the unpublished study.

CBS News (AP), 7 million Americans have artificial hips, knees, It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. Among those over 50, it's even more common: Five percent have replaced a knee and more than 2 percent, a hip. "They are remarkable numbers," said Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Roughly 7 million people in the United States are living with a total hip or knee replacement. Additional coverage: MSNBCAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionFOX NewsMy FOX PhoenixKSBY San Luis ObispoStar TribuneAdirondack Enterprise NYAdvertiser-Tribune

WBUR BostonDo Antibiotics Make Us Fat? Antibiotics and obesity. Whether it’s possible that antibiotics plump up humans the same way they do animals, livestock…Dr. James Levine, professor of medicine at Arizona State University, expert in obesity research. Co-director of the Mayo Clinic / A.S.U. Obesity Solutions Initiative.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Meet the mentor: Mayo Clinic's Dr. Sharonne Hayes by Jim Hammerand… One of the Twin Cities mentors is Dr. Sharonne Hayes, who is a professor of cardiovascular diseases, founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic and director of diversity and inclusion at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She has long advocated for the advancement of women’s health and sex-based medicine and research and has developed programs to enhance the professional and personal development of women.

Medscape, Cluster System Helps Categorize Fibromyalgia Severity by Nancy Melville, Using a comprehensive symptom panel, researchers have proposed a system of categorizing patients with fibromyalgia into clusters subsets, described in a new study. "Intuitively, a cluster analysis of fibromyalgia patients makes sense because we see patients who fall into different categories of symptom severity," said lead author Ann Vincent, MD, MBBS, former medical director of the Mayo Fibromyalgia Clinic and an internist in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

News4Jax Fla., RSV becoming more common among adults, Children and babies are typically the patients you closely watch when they get Respiratory Syncytial Virus but we talked with a doctor at the Mayo Clinic who said she's seeing more adults with the virus. Dr. Vandana Bhide, Mayo Clinic, is interviewed.

KTAR Ariz., Report: Nation may soon face shortage of cancer doctors by Bob McClay… The American Society of Clinical Oncology said demand for cancer treatments will grow by at least 42 percent by 2025, while the number of oncologists will only increase 28 percent. "The shortages might have many different origins, not the least is which is that cancer is a disease that is more common as we age," said , an oncologist with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

Monthly Prescribing Reference, Many Oncologists Not Satisfied With Work-Life Balance, About one-third of U.S. oncologists report being satisfied with work-life balance (WLB), which is lower than for other medical specialties, according to a study published online March 10 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and colleagues surveyed U.S. oncologists to examine satisfaction with WLB and career plans. Data were analyzed from 1,058 oncologists who completed full-length surveys and were not yet retired. Additional coverage:  Medical Xpress

CMA Today, Job burnout - watch for the warning signs by Mark Harris…Writing in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2011, Stewart Gabel, MD, cites studies that physicians and other health care professionals often “come to feel frustrated and stressed by administrative, bureaucratic, or financial pressures” that appear at variance with the mission, values, and ethics of patient care….”…Whatever the challenges, as Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports, the conviction that the work being done is for a “meaningful cause” remains at the heart of the health care team’s sense of engagement with their work.

Boston Globe, Is your job making you sick? By Dr. Suzanne Koven… I've had patients, motivated by health concerns, who work with therapists, employee assistance programs, and HR departments to improve their work experiences. The Mayo Clinic, recognizing the importance of job satisfaction to heath, offers tips on its website. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor about work. And don't be surprised if we ask if you like your job. We're not just making conversation.

USA Today (Arizona Republic), Mauling of boy spurs debate over pit bull 's fate by Michelle Lee, After word spread about a pit bull mauling a 4-year-old boy, tens of thousands of followers taking to Facebook, online petitions and e-mails in an international debate over the fate of the dog and the welfare of the boy… "The injury that he had was extraordinarily graphic. ... Most people would not be able to stomach the visualization," said Dr. Salvatore Lettieri, a Mayo Clinic physician serving as chief of plastic surgery at the county hospital. "The medical professionals that were caring for him were bothered beyond normal to see the extent of injury that he had."

CMA Today, Mononucleosis Sealed with a kiss by Lara Jackson, Known commonly as "the kissing disease," mononucleosis, or "mono" for short, is often spread by saliva and close contact. The disease occurs most often in those ages 15 to 17, but infection may develop at any age.' "Mono is the syndrome [that] is caused by F.pstein-Barr |virus]," explains Pritish Tosh, MD, infectious disease physician at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

WAVE Ky., Colon Cancer Survivor Story…If you are in your 40's and even before, you need to understand that you're not too young to develop colon cancer. Researchers with the Mayo Clinic, along with Dr. Jones, found that colon cancer is now on the top 10 list that affect people between 20 to 49. He says to pay attention to your body, not your age…

ABC News, Everything You Need to Know About Colon Cancer in 9 Tweets by Liz Neporent… Medical Genetics @MayoClinicGenes,  RT @nbferrara T9 The #ColonCancer Family Registry at @MayoClinic helps advance research:

Post-Bulletin, Speaker: Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center expansion will make global impact by Jeff Kiger, The Destination Medical Center initiative is not just good for Rochester and the state — it has global implications. That's what speaker Susan Park Rani told the crowd of local business leaders at a kickoff luncheon for the 11th annual Rochester on Tour event on Tuesday. The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce event takes busloads of business people to the Capitol in St. Paul to lobby for the community.

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Most DMC jobs will be created at Mayo, Dear Answer Man, a lot of smoke has been blown about DMC and all the jobs it will supposedly create in the Rochester area - 30,000 or 40,000 - over the next 20 years. How many of those will be "living wage" jobs? Good question. If you believe the Destination Medical Center literature, "it is estimated that 26,800 to 32,200 direct jobs (inclusive of construction jobs) will be created" by Mayo and DMC growth during the next 20 years.

Spring Grove Herald, PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK: DMC has already transformed area over the past two decades by David Phillips, The potential impact of Destination Medical Center on our area is of much interest to local residents. A regional meeting in Lanesboro and a community meeting in LeRoy were held late last year with representatives from DMC. Harmony had a discussion session last week and Spring Valley's community foundation will feature a speaker on DMC in April.

Post-Bulletin, Newcomers increasingly drawn by Mayo Clinic by Matt Stolle…Some Rochester officials see this as the early effects of Destination Medical Center or DMC, which has become a catch-all phrase for Mayo's efforts to create a worldwide brand that draws talent and patients from around the globe. Mayo Clinic did not return a call seeking comment on the changes. "We used to be mostly refugee families, and now, we're seeing a mix of refugee and people coming and working for Mayo," said Riverside Central principal Jacque Peterson.

ECM Post, Dayton talks with ECM about legislative priorities by Howard Lestrud, En route to an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Gov. Mark Dayton took time last Friday, March 7, to visit with the ECM Publishers Editorial Board and discuss the current legislative session and his legislative priorities. Dayton, recovering from a February hip surgery, said his appointment was to refit him with another cast.

Huffington Post Canada, Allergy Remedies: How To Help Seasonal Allergies Naturally…Allergy shots are one conventional way to prevent or minimize the effects of allergies. Although they require several doses, they are known for long-term effectiveness. Because the shots involve injecting the body with the substance that causes the allergy in an effort to make your body immune to it over time, there are certain risks involved, notes the Mayo Clinic.

Daily Rx, Mayo Clinic surgeon offers 5 questions to ask before undergoing the operation by Nancy Maleki… A Mayo Clinic surgeon has developed five questions everyone should ask before undergoing a surgical operation… Dr. Robert Cima, a colon and rectal surgeon at the Mayo Clinic and chair of Mayo’s Surgical Quality Subcommittee, came up with these questions.

eNews Park Forest Ill. Headed for the OR? Mayo Clinic Expert Suggests 5 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before the Operation, The news that you will need surgery can prompt many questions and a lot of anxiety. Beyond details about your medical condition and treatment options, what should you ask your surgeon before the operation? Whatever you need to ask to be comfortable with the decisions you make about your care, says Robert Cima, M.D., a colon and rectal surgeon and chair of Mayo’s surgical quality subcommittee. Additional coverage: HealthCanal

KTXS (Abilene, Texas)What to ask your surgeon before going into OR by Mayo Clinic News Network, The news that you will need surgery can prompt many questions and a lot of anxiety. Beyond details about your medical condition and treatment options, what should you ask your surgeon before the operation? Whatever you need to ask to be comfortable with the decisions you make about your care, says Robert Cima, M.D., a colon and rectal surgeon and chair of Mayo’s surgical quality subcommittee.

Red Wing Republican-Eagle, Neurologist helps meet local demand by Danielle Killey, Neurologist Karen Truitt, D.O., recently joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.  Truitt earned her doctor of osteopathy degree at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Most recently she practiced neurology in Cambridge, Minn. She provides general neurology services and has a special interest in epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and conducting electromyography and electroencephalogram testing.

Red Wing Republican-Eagle, Spring ahead the right way by Michael Brun, The start of daylight saving time means more sunlight in the evenings, but that onehour jump forward can make mornings particularly difficult this week.  "Adjusting our internal clocks with the change in season can take some getting used to, especially after a long winter that we’re experiencing this year," according to Jeff Norton, respiratory therapist and Sleep Center manager at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.

BP US Athletes, The Veteran: Heath’s Story, Determination and service are family traditions for Heath Calhoun. After finishing high school, Heath continued in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by enlisting in the U.S. Army. While deployed in Iraq, he served as a Squad Leader for the storied 101st Airborne Division. In 2003, a rocket-propelled grenade hit Heath’s Humvee. He was severely injured in the attack and both of his legs had to be amputated above the knee… He has worked with researchers at the Mayo Clinic to improve prosthetics and help people whose injuries make it difficult to use them. (Paralympics are taking place at this time in Sochi, Russia.  A skier in competition is a long-time friend of the Biomechanics/Motion Analysis Lab and a Wounded Warrior).

HealthDay, Repeat Drug Overdoses Raise Risk for Hospitalization, Ventilator Care, People treated at emergency rooms more than once a year for overdoses on narcotic drugs are more likely to be put on a ventilator and to be hospitalized, a new study finds. The study is scheduled for publication in the April issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Huffington Post, The Truth About '10,000 Steps' A Day by Rachel Rettner…Experts say that while 10,000 steps a day is a good number to reach, any amount of activity beyond what you're currently doing will likely benefit your health…The Mayo Clinic recommends that people using pedometers first set short-term goals, such as taking an extra 1,000 steps daily for one week, and then build up to a long-term goal such as 10,000 steps.

Hunterdon County Democrat N.J., Editorial: Park your car, not your body, Americans have “engineered” physical activity out of our daily lives, according to a nutrition and obesity researcher, and their waistlines are paying the price. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, followed the daily activity levels of 2,600 people wearing sensors. It found that obese women averaged about 11 seconds of daily vigorous exercise.

USA Today, TV's Miles O'Brien learns to zip zippers with one arm by Wendy Koch, TV journalist Miles O'Brien is learning anew how to zip zippers and put on a tie --- despite pain from his phantom left arm, amputated last month after a freak injury. "I feel like a one-arm MacGyver figuring out workarounds," quips the irrepressible O'Brien, a veteran science journalist at PBS' NewsHour…Doctors once believed that phantom pain, which feels like it's coming from an amputated body part, was a psychological problem. The Mayo Clinic says experts now recognize that this real pain originates in the spinal cord and brain.

WDAY N.D., Barnesville students raise over $1,000 one penny at a time, There is a war going on in Barnesville. And they have the pennies to prove it. Mrs. Messer's kindergarten class started the Penny Wars in honor of 5-year-old Mikel Karels of Barnesville. Mikel is in the class, but is at Mayo Clinic right now receiving treatment for cancer.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic honors four for lifetime achievement…Recipients include Eugene C. Dankbar, senior principal health systems engineering analyst; Dr. William C. Rupp, Mayo Clinic vice president; Dr. Stephen J. Swensen, radiologist and medical director, the Office of Leadership and Organization Development; Dr. Richard S. Zimmerman, neurosurgeon and medical director for Education, Mayo Arizona.

Faribault Daily News, Faribault physician Ogle retires by Jaci Smith, “I will miss my wonderful patients, colleagues, nurses and staff a great deal. However, I look forward to new adventures out there,” said Dr. Frank Ogle, a family medicine physician retiring from Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault after a 44-year medical career.

Managed Care Magazine, Reason to be woebegone in Minnesota: tanning salons by Frank Diamond, The incidence of melanoma among middle-aged people has soared in the last 40 years, according to a study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. That’s the bad news. The good news is that mortality from the disease declined from the same period… “these are the years when previous tanning bed use and ultraviolet exposure in the preceding one or two decades may have influenced the development of melanoma.”

Redbook, Stressed? Flabby? Tired? It Could Be Your Hormones by Lisa Mulcahy,…"When friends ask me about yoga, I encourage them to try it. Data shows that it can affect brain chemistry and reduce stress and improve mood. Specifically, it increases a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid [GABA]. One study showed that after a single yoga session, GABA levels increase enough to stimulate the areas of your brain that stop you from feeling depressed and anxious. That said, yoga isn't for everybody, and other exercises and meditation also have benefits to mood. The key is to explore and find what works for you." —Maria Collazo-Clavell, M.D., an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

News 4 Jax, Get moving to manage stress by Mayo Clinic News Network, You know that exercise does your body good, but you're too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second -- there's good news when it comes to exercise and stress.

MedCity News, Heard on the street: Mayo Clinic adds Colorado healthcare provider as new member, The rapidly growing national health collaboration called Mayo Clinic Health System has added a new member, this time in Colorado. Yampa Valley Medical Center of Steamboat Springs, Colo. and Mayo Clinic announced the collaboration Wednesday. Additional coverage: SteamBoat Today, Yampa Valley Medical Center

Everyday Health, Can Biologics Keep Crohn’s in Remission? by Barbara Sadick… Be extra-cautious if you’re pregnant. John B. Kisiel, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a professor at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, tells women that it’s safe to get pregnant while on biologics but advises them to have a maternal-fetal medicine expert on their health care team.

Everyday Health, Everything You Need to Know About Immunomodulators for Crohn’s Disease by Barbara Sadick, … John B. Kisiel, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a professor at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, says that before the newer class of drugs called biologics, immunomodulators yielded the best results in treating Crohn’s.

Lovin’ Life After 50 (Phoenix Edition), 'Help, my doctor dropped me!' by Jimmy Magahern…That's how the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Arrowhead in Glendale did it in 2009, sending out a notice to the 3,000 patients in the system informing them that Medicare insurance would no longer be accepted for primary care physician services by the five doctors at that one small clinic…"Mayo Clinic has a long history of serving Medicare patients across the country and will continue to do so now and into the future," says Michael Yardley, chair of the company's public affairs division. "In fact, across the organization, more than half the patients. Mayo sees are Medicare beneficiaries, making Mayo one of the largest Medicare providers in the country."

KNXV Phoenix, Concussion Film Premiering in The Valley, Concussions not only for football players. Dr. David Dodick from Mayo Clinic is interviewed live.

Esquire, The End-Of-Winter Personal-Harm-Reversal Toolkit, What Is Happening to Me?...It started with the holidays, all lined up on the calendar in a neat row. That’s when we began to let ourselves go. They gave us the excuse to overeat, and that dovetailed with a transition into a season of heartier foods. The chilis. The stews. “The apple pies, instead of the apples,” as Jennifer Nelson, director of clinical dietetics at the Mayo Clinic, puts it.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, An inspiring story by Michael Brun, Jennifer Scott has never met 12-year-old Lacey McClain, but when she learned about the Pine Island fifth-grader’s battle with blood and bone marrow cancer, she knew she wanted to help. Scott, a veterinarian with All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, will hold a bone marrow registry drive 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday March 14 and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday March 15 in the Red Wing office, 431 Guernsey Lane.

KERA News (Dallas, Texas), Five Ways To Make Yourself Happier, Starting Today by Lyndsay Knect, Positive mantras you can stitch on a pillow aren't our thing here at Think. That's why it was so refreshing to hear real ways to max out everyday life with gratitude and compassion from Dr. Amit Sood, author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living. We're revisiting his January conversation with Krys Boyd today at noon.

Fierce Health Finance, Cleveland Clinic's bundled payment plans draw out-of-state patients by Ron Shinkman, The Cleveland Clinic's decision to accept bundled payments for complex procedures not only attracts surgical patients from out of state, it's led to other providers to do the same, according to Bloomberg News...Other large self-insured employers, such as Wal-Mart, also seek providers that offer lower costs via bundled payments. It has an arrangement in place with several hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Penn., Mayo Clinic sites in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida, Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield, Mo., and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

Washington Post, Cops rescue couple, baby and family dog from yowling cat by Lindsey Bever, Portland police found themselves in an unusual predicament this weekend when they were dispatched to apprehend a 22-pound Himalayan called Lux — after it assaulted a baby and forced a couple to retreat…On a more serious note, the Mayo Clinic recently reported that one in three patients who are bitten on the hand by felines have had to be hospitalized and two-thirds of those hospitalized have needed surgery, a three-year study showed.

KOCO Okla., New approach to breast reconstruction reduces painkillers, hospital stay by Mayo Clinic News Network, A new approach to breast reconstruction surgery aimed at helping patients’ bodies get back to normal more quickly cut their postoperative opioid painkiller use in half and meant a day less in the hospital on average, a Mayo Clinic study found…Patients are giving the changes positive reviews, says senior author Michel Saint-Cyr, M.D., a plastic surgeon in the Breast Diagnostic Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

KIMT, Helping the healing process… Doctors say patients are relying much less on painkillers. “It minimizes the risk of having opiate related complications such as nausea, vomiting, respiratory distress, all things which can lead to increased length of stay, decreased patient satisfaction and complications in general,” said Dr. Michel Saint-Cyr, a Plastic Surgeon for Mayo.

NY Times, Better Eating With Smart Scales and Forks by Catherine Saint Louis…Jennifer K. Nelson, the director of clinical dietetics at Mayo Clinic, confirmed that nonstarchy vegetables like broccoli have about that much protein…Food scales have fallen out of favor with some nutritionists like Ms. Nelson because the specific weight — say three ounces of steak — was divorced from nutritional information. But after being told about Prep Pad, she said, “merging information with a scale can be a powerful tool in raising awareness.”

KOAT Albuquerque, Ramo's RX: Foods to avoid and to indulge in for diabetics by Dr. Barry Ramo, A simple healthy-eating diet plan can help you manage your diabetes. Check out some foods to avoid and some to keep on your plate from the Mayo Clinic.

Columbia Chronicle, Juicing diet gets mixed reviews by Zareen Syed…According to an article by Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., on the Mayo Clinic’s website, “There’s little to no evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body,” noting that long-term juice fasting can result in vitamin and mineral deficiency.

MPR News, That food you stopped eating? You may need it, The Daily Circuit invited a doctor and a dietician to discuss the risks and benefits of fad diets like the popular movement to avoid gluten. Guests: Don Hensrud: Chair of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic's business is more than medicine, Mayo Clinic's total revenue for 2013 was up 6 percent compared to the prior year, but sales in some business segments increased at far greater rates. Related coverage: Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic's business is more than medicine

UI The Daily Iowan, Gromotka: An evening with the Tough Mudders by Adam Gromotka, I went to the Field House last Thursday night to get in shape. According to a study published in February in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, obese Americans average fewer than four hours of vigorous exercise a year, so I was really there to explore why it’s so tough to get some exercise. After spending 45 minutes running with the Tough Mudder Corps — a campus group dedicated to training with the grueling race for which it’s named — I came to an astounding conclusion: Exercise sucks.

Up North Explorer, Mayo Clinic Health System awarded accreditation from national patient safety commission… “Mayo Clinic Health System takes enormous pride in our physicians and staff who make it their personal mission every day to provide high-quality care to our patients,” says Randall Linton, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic Health System’s northwest Wisconsin sites.

MSNBC, Blood Test Might Predict Who Will Develop Alzheimer's by Maggie Fox… “This study addresses a critical need in the field, that of finding a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive biomarker to allow us to screen large groups of people,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. “This study is an important step in that direction but needs to be validated on a larger group of subjects more representative of a more general aging population."

KOLD Ariz., Alzheimer’s: A Growing Epidemic, So, they’re focusing on identifying people at risk to stop the disease earlier. They are using tests and scans. Dr. Richard Caselli, Mayo Clinic neurologist: They are able to identify really the earliest stages of the disease before patients actually manifest symptoms of it. So, I’d say, at this point, one can only hope that we can be optimistic that that will succeed where other attempts have failed.

WBUR (NPR Boston), Study Finds Fivefold Increase In Alzheimer’s Deaths: Why It Matters… Yet many people think of Alzheimer’s as something you live with — a terrible disease that severely compromises your quality of life, yes, but not truly deadly. “Because Alzheimer’s can be a slow, insidious process, which may play out over many years– sometimes even a decade or more — people often don’t realize that it is a fatal condition,” says Ronald Petersen, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Pioneer Press, Legalize medical marijuana? Many doctors hesitant by Christopher Snowbeck, Patients could obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana from a dispensary. Patients who live more than 15 miles from a dispensary could be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes. For some doctors, the medical marijuana issue is a dilemma, said Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester. Physicians are frustrated that the debate is moving forward without better research to guide it, Bostwick said.

Star Tribune, Electronic health records: A hard pill to swallow for some doctors by Rebecca Harrington…Bonnie Westra, a registered nurse, worked in the electronic records industry for 12 years before becoming an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. She hails the increase in quality and efficiency of patient care that electronic records bring. Not long ago, Westra and her husband had to prepare for an appointment at the Mayo Clinic, but they were in Tucson, Ariz., at the time. Because the hospital used electronic health records, they were able to log on and see test results and a list of medications and ask the physician questions.

USA Weekend Magazine, Care for others and you, too, Remember: To be a caregiver to others, it's important that you also tend to your own health…According to some estimates, nearly one in five caregivers provides more than 40 hours of care per week. A friend could pick up groceries or run an errand; someone else could freeze some extra meals for you or even take the person you care for on a short walk a few days a week.  Seek support. Maintaining a strong support system is key to managing the stress of caregiving, experts at the Mayo Clinic say. Additional coverage: USA Today

WGN Chicago, Francis Cardinal George Cancer Battle…He says he is not opting for surgery at this time but after consulting experts at the Mayo Clinic and the cancer center he decided to undergo chemotherapy at Loyola Medical Center. Because he has undergone chemotherapy before, he cannot take the same cocktail. This time a more aggressive chemotherapy combination will be given that will most likely cause difficult side effects.

KIMT, Antibacterial soap not all it is hyped up to be by Jeron Rennie, A good way to stay healthy is by washing your hands with soap, but health leaders say you need to be careful when it comes to what kind you are using. Some at the Mayo Clinic say they are seeing more infections now with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics… “There’s a lot of concern now about whether these antibacterial soaps have any advantage over regular soaps and the FDA has asked these companies to prove that these antibacterial soaps are more effective in getting things clean than regular soaps,” said Dr. Pritish Tosh, a Physician and Researcher of Infectious Diseases for Mayo.

Chandler Republic, Doctors question Canadian study about mammography by William Arnold...The findings caused a stir in the medical world because the mammogram has been a standard procedure for years. Dr. Donald Northfelt, co-medical director of the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Arizona offered his thoughts: "This finding is at odds with results of other studies that have shown mortality-risk reduction with screening and have formed the basis of guidelines favoring routine screening. The results of the Canadian study were met with a firestorm of criticism from groups favoring mammographic screening."

Star Tribune (AP), Sisters instill a legacy of Franciscan values at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, As Pope Francis joyously displays his faith, he models Saint Francis…His example has inspired the Franciscan sisters of Rochester to reaffirm their own efforts to live Franciscan values, from tending to bees to helping the poor in various missions. The sisters have helped build Rochester from the time Mother Alfred Moes convinced Dr. W.W. Mayo that a hospital should be built in Rochester after the devastating 1883 tornado. Additional coverage: The State S.C., Kansas City Star

Star Tribune, Health briefs: Stethoscopes as Germ Carriers…Researchers cultured bacteria from the fingertips, palms and stethoscopes of three doctors who had done standard physical examinations on 83 patients at a Swiss hospital. They tested for the presence of viable bacterial cells, looking for the potentially deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. The study appears in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Columbia Chronicle Ill., Cancer genetics software gets update by Sarah Schlieder…Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in Minnesota made improvements to the system currently used to analyze tumors, called the Binary Indexing Mapping Algorithm program. The software organizes DNA genome pairs to find recurring, reorganized pair patterns that may be markers for cancers, according to a Feb. 3 study from the clinic.

Business Standard, New stem cell transplant holds promise for treatment of degenerative disc disease, Researchers have said that recent development in stem cell research could help treat degenerative disc disease. Senior author, Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said that this landmark study draws the conclusion in pre-clinical animal studies that stem cell therapy for disc degenerative disease might be a potentially effective treatment for the very common condition that affects people's quality of life and productivity.

Albert Lea Tribune, Local doctor presents lecture on eye health, surgical trends, Ophthalmologist Leonid Skorin Jr. of Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, recently presented a health policy lecture on national eye disease and surgical trends to the Ophthalmology Club at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, Calif. Skorin is the immediate past-president of the Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society.

Mankato Free Press, Mayo plans for expansion of Mankato campus by Tim Krohn, Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato has unveiled an updated master plan for its Mankato campus that will guide its development during the next 10 to 20 years…Kevin Burns, director of public affairs, said many of the hoped for construction plans continue to follow changes in health care as well as the growth of Mankato as a regional health center.

Yampa Valley Health, Monday Medical: Mayo Clinic collaboration expands quality care close to home by Christine McKelvie, For more than a century, complex medical issues have sent some residents of Northwest Colorado to the Mayo Clinic in search of answers. In 1920, when Steamboat Springs merchant F. M. Light traveled to Minnesota seeking relief from asthma, the Routt County Sentinel reported that “a polyp as large as an oyster” was removed from his nose.

Kenosha News Wis., Rare disease can’t stop this sixth-grader by Deneen Smith, For Seth Bayles and his family, it would be easy to get lost in pain. Instead, the Bristol boy, who is battling a rare, life-threatening and painful medical condition, is focusing on helping others and providing support for Ronald McDonald House, which has provided a home-away-from-home while he has been undergoing medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Timing of surgery to repair cleft lip can't be determined until baby is born, by Shelagh Cofer, M.D., Otorhinolaryngology, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 30 weeks pregnant with our first baby. After an ultrasound last week, our doctor informed us that our baby will likely have a cleft lip. How soon after he's born do you recommend surgery? Will I still be able to breastfeed him?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: The risk of sustaining a concussion is higher after already having one by Allen Brown, M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter, 17, was hit while playing soccer last fall and suffered a mild concussion. Her doctor says it's OK for her to play again in the spring, but I'm worried. Isn't she more likely to get another concussion if she's had one already? Does having had one concussion affect her long-term?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Treatment for bone disorders focuses on strengthening bones, slowing bone loss by Bart Clarke, M.D., Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What's the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia? Are they treated differently?

VOXXI Saludify, Debate and Scrutiny of Florida Telemedicine Act by Danielle Restuccia…Larger hospitals, like the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, already use telemedicine to provide country-wide services such as stroke consultations. However, if the Florida Telemedicine Act passes, Mayo Clinic doctors and patients —as well as others around the state— will have a clear framework for providing and receiving those services as well as receiving payment.

The List, Five Innocent Habits that Can Hurt You by Ariel Wesler, Don't crossing your legs for more than 15-20 minutes. "When you cross your legs, you change your pressures in the lower part of your body.  That changes what your heart has to push against, so your blood pressure literally goes up," said Dr. Denise Millstine with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.  High blood pressure can cause a heart attack or stroke.

FOX9 Twin Cities, Augsburg student contracts rare, airborne fungus by Scott Wasserman, Nearly five months ago, an Augsburg University student was living the life of a normal 21-year-old. Then, he got sick with a rare airborne fungus and has been hospitalized ever since. Dr. Erica Bellamkonda, Mayo Clinic Rehab is interviewed.

Men’s Health, The Grossest Things That Come Out of Your Nose, The rainbow of  colors that you blow into a tissue can be an important health indicator. A cold? Allergies? Or could all of that mucus flying from your nostrils be a sign of something more serious?  Not every runny nose is a bad sign. Besides being a gross annoyance when you’re sick, your mucus also plays an important part in keeping you healthy. “Mucus captures dust and dirt in the air so it doesn’t go into your lungs,” says Erin K. O’Brien, M.D., rhinologist at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Another fun fact: Your body produces an average of 2 cups of mucus a day in order to keep you healthy.

The Gulf Today, Belly fat even with healthy BMI detrimental to health… Men and women with large waist were more likely to die younger. They are likely to die from illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer after accounting for body mass index, smoking, alcohol use and physical activity, said researchers from Mayo Clinic. "BMI does not discriminate lean mass from fat mass and it also does not say anything about where your weight is located. The extra fat in your belly has a metabolic profile that is associated with diseases such as diabetes and heart disease,” explained James Cerhan, a Mayo Clinic epidemiologist and lead author of the study. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

KAAL, Location of Body Fat Important in Determining Health Risks…That's the same advice Mayo Clinic is giving those who carry too much fat around their waist. Mayo says belly fat isn't just unwanted, it's downright dangerous. "BMI is not a perfect measure, there’s a couple issues with it,” said Dr. James Cerhan with Mayo Clinic.

WGN Chicago, Waistline: Life Expectancy Indicator, Extra fat around the belly has been associated with an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Now researchers say a thicker mid-section can help determine life expectancy. Mayo Clinic researchers looked at body measurements in more than 600,000 people from around the world. They found men with a waist circumference of 43 inches or more had a three-year lower life expectancy than those with a waist measurement of less than 35 inches. Additional coverage: Daily News & Analysis, Oman Daily Observer, WJXT Fla.

Post-Bulletin, Exhibit focuses on women of Mayo Clinic by Tom Weber, You never know what you'll find in dusty archives. For instance, once Virginia Wright-Peterson started digging through the files in Mayo Clinic's archives, she found that women have often played important roles in the Clinic's history. "I was blown away by all the names, all the files, all the women that had been part of Mayo history," said Wright-Peterson, a professor at the University of Minnesota Rochester.

National JournalU.S. Health Care Is the Best! And the Worst. By Ronald Brownstein, From an international perspective, the American health care structure looks a lot like its system of education. Each, at its pinnacle, is a wonder of the world. Just as the globe's best and brightest young people jostle for spots at Stanford and Harvard, the planet's richest and most powerful arrive by private plane and tinted town car at the Mayo Clinic or Cedars-Sinai hospital when they feel mortality's shiver.

Azteca Noticias, ¿Cuánto café debemos tomar al día? Los expertos de la Clínica Mayo definieron la cantidad moderada de cafeína que se debe consumir para no causar daños a la salud, determinaron que de 200 a 300 miligramos equivalente a dos a cuatro tazas de café por día, no resultaría dañino a la mayoría de las personas. Un reciente estudio publicado por la revista Mayo Clinic Proceedings, indica que el consumo excesivo de café (mayor de cuatro tazas al día), aumenta 21% el riesgo de muerte entre personas menores de 55 años.

El Heraldo, Peligros que enfrentas al usar uñas acrílicas…Sin embargo, es importante tener mucho cuidado al utilizarlas para evitar exponerse a ciertos peligros. De acuerdo a Lawrence E. Gibson, doctor en medicina de la Clínica Mayo (EEUU), a veces se forma un espacio entre la uña natural y la acrílica, que puede proporcionar un entorno húmedo y cálido ideal para el desarrollo de infecciones.

, Descubrimiento en pez cebra puede desvelar función del riñón humano…Los resultados de la colaboración entre Mayo Clinic y el Instituto Tecnológico de Tokio aparecen publicados en la edición electrónica de la Revista Americana de Fisiología Reguladora, Integradora y Comparativa. “La importancia de esto radica en que los peces tienden a imitar el proceso humano. Esa es la maravilla de la fisiología comparativa: muchos órganos funcionan mediante procesos bastante similares, incluso hasta el punto de la transferencia iónica”, explica el Dr. Michael Romero, fisiólogo de Mayo Clinic que trabaja en nefrología. Additional coverage: La Salud

GlobediaCuidado Paliativo: Preguntas y Respuestas de Mayo Clinic Florida, Cuando un paciente recibe un diagnóstico que indica que su enfermedad no tiene cura, tanto el enfermo como su familia entran en un proceso que implica un cambio radical en sus vidas. El cuidado paliativo busca brindar una atención integral al afectado y a sus familiares, que incluye no solo el control del dolor y de otros síntomas, sino también los problemas psicológicos, sociales y espirituales, abordados por un equipo multidisciplinario de profesionales.

OmniaCinco tips para dormir mejor según científicos, En la última entrega de la revista científica Popular Science, titulada La ciencia del sueño (Science of sleep), se publicó una interesante conversación con Bernie Miller, supervisor en el Centro de Trastornos del Sueño de la Mayo Clinic de Arizona, EE.UU., en donde se plantean 5 tips para dormir mejor y más rápido. Hoy, los compartiré contigo en este breve pero más que útil recorrido.

CronicaCálculos renales, su tratamiento depede del tipo y origen, El tratamiento de los cálculos renales depende del tipo de cálculo y de su origen. En muchos casos de cálculos pequeños, basta con realizar cambios en la alimentación y en los medicamentos; pero cuando los cálculos son más grandes, probablemente se requiera otro tratamiento, comenta el Dr. Vincent Canzanello, del Departamento de Nefrología, Mayo Clinic de Rochester en Minnesota.

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