March 21, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich


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Health Watch: A Promising At-Home Colon Cancer Test

A new at-home test to check for colon cancer is showing promising results. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say the results are impressive. Colon cancer is preventable and curable ifCBS Minnesota caught early, yet millions of Americans don’t get screened. Now, the test, called the Cologuard, detects blood in a patient’s stool sample as well as DNA changes that can be a sign of cancer or precancerous polyps.

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Additional coverage:
CBS News Morning RoundsNew DNA test may provide non-invasive alternative for colon cancer screening

Star TribuneAlternative to colonoscopy detects cancers – though it has its own 'ick' factor

Huffington Post
New Noninvasive Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Is Effective In Large Trial

HealthDayNew Stool Test Shows Promise as Colon Cancer Screen

BloombergExact Sciences’ Colon Cancer Test Detects More Tumors

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Exact Sciences treatment shows promise

BusinessweekExact Sciences’ Colon Cancer Test at Home Finds More Tumors

Washington Post, Markets EmergingThe Street

Context: A clinical trial of Cologuard shows unprecedented results for finding colorectal cancer with a noninvasive test. “Cologuard detection rates of early stage cancer and high-risk precancerous polyps validated in this large study were outstanding and have not been achieved by other noninvasive approaches,” says the study’s author David Ahlquist M.D., a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and co-inventor of the Cologuard test. Colorectal cancer has become the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it is highly treatable if found early. Cologuard uses a self-contained collection kit that allows patients to send stool samples to a high-tech lab for screening. More information, including an interview with Dr. Ahlquist, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen

Florida Times-Union
Lung transplant patients picking up harmonicas to improve breathing
by Meredith Rutland

It didn’t seem like the best instrument for a just-off-the-operating-table lung transplant patient like Larry Rawdon. He saw it as a challenge and, later, as way to help him breathe Florida Times-Union newspaper logoeasier. Rawdon, now 65 and living in Southside, had lost two sets of lungs — one given by birth and one by transplant — and was on his third when he picked up the harmonica.… Most days are tough when recovering from a transplant. Making silly sounds on the harmonica and laughing about it with other patients is a much-needed reprieve, said Dr. Cesar Keller, a Mayo Clinic pulmonary transplant doctor. “Sometimes, it’s nice to have something that’s fun to do and easy to do, and useful,” he said.

Reach: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.

Context: After surviving two separate lung transplant procedures in 2005 and 2008, musician Larry Rawdon is sharing new ways of healing through music with other patients at Mayo Clinic in Florida. It was, after all, music that led him to Mayo Clinic and aided in his recovery after he was diagnosed in 2002 with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  Read more in Sharing Mayo Clinic.

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Scotti

Proton Beam Offers State-of-the-Art Cancer Treatment at Mayo
by Steph Crock

We've been following it since the groundbreaking, now the first ever look inside Mayo's nearly $200 million proton beam therapy building. It's the recipient of one of largest donations Mayo Clinic has ever received, the Richard O. Jacobson Building, home to the Mayo Clinic proton beam therapy program, is now complete… "This is a dream come true. Its' likeKAAL-TV 6 Christmas day for us," said Robert Foote, M.D. Mayo Clinic. Mayo doctors will now be able to treat cancer patients more effectively with fewer side effects. "Conventional radiation has an entrance dose and an exit does that causes side effects and complications," said Dr. Foote.

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Additional coverage:

Post-Bulletin, Our View: Critics of proton beam facility miss the point

Post-BulletinProton center begins process of "commissioning

Finance & CommerceStatus Report: Mayo proton therapy facility

Star Tribune, Mayo's proton beam therapy adds to debate over high-tech costs 

How it works: Star Tribune.

KTTCKIMTFOX47Twin Cities Business Magazine

Context: Construction on the Richard O. Jacobson Building, home to the Mayo Clinic proton beam therapy program, is now complete. Over the next 15 months, physicians, scientists and technicians will calibrate and test equipment in advance of the facility’s scheduled opening in the summer of 2015. More information on proton beam therapy can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

Lynx sign marquee jersey sponsorship w/Mayo Clinic

The Minnesota Lynx are cashing in on their recent run of success. The Lynx announced an expanded partnership with the Mayo Clinic on Monday that includes a new jersey that USA Today NEWfeatures the Mayo Clinic name across the front rather than the team's name. The Lynx and NBA's Timberwolves are also partnering with the health care provider on a new practice facility just across the street from their arena.

Reach: USA TODAY  has the highest daily circulation of any U.S. newspaper with a daily average circulation of 2.9 million, which includes print and various digital editions.

Additional coverage:
Post-BulletinOur View: Lynx jerseys shocking, but the right fit

MPR, Lynx out, Mayo in on team jerseys

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: No Mayo-Cleveland tilts scheduled so far

KARE11KTTCStar TribunePioneer PressKSTPKSFY SDKDLH DuluthWDIO DuluthKMSPPost-BulletinESPNDarren Rovell TweetMinneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal , KTTCPost-BulletinStar Tribune

Context: This week, the 2013 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Champion Minnesota Lynx announced a multi-year partnership with Mayo Clinic that includes marquee placement on the team’s home and away jerseys. The new agreement also designates Mayo Clinic as the exclusive presenting sponsor for the 2014 Lynx season, which kicks off on May 16. This agreement between the Lynx and Mayo Clinic is part of a previously announced strategic collaboration that includes the development of a new state-of-the-art training facility and sports medicine center in Mayo Clinic Square, formerly known as Block E in downtown Minneapolis. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

12News ArizonaHave you been checked?  Baseball writer battles back against colon cancer. Segment features Mayo patient Barry Bloom and Dr. Donald Northfelt.

Post-BulletinChildren's Heart Project sees 1,000th surgery by Jeff Hansel, The Samaritan's Purse Children's Heart Project has sponsored its 1,000th surgery for a child with a congenital heart defect. The 4 1/2-year-old girl who had that milestone surgery, Nomin Tumurkhuu, had her procedure at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on March 5… The children get heart surgeries that are critically needed, yet have a high degree of success with a one-time procedure, said Dr. Allison Cabalka, a Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiologist. Additional coverage: KIMT

Modern Healthcare, Proposed patient-centered telemedicine policy raises licensing questions by Andis Robeznieks, The Federation of State Medical Boards will vote next month on a new telemedicine policy (PDF) that codifies that medical care takes place where a patient, not a provider, is located. It also states that whether a physician and patient have a virtual or a face-to-face encounter, there should be no differences in standards of care… Dr. Bart Demaerschalk, professor of neurology and director of telestroke and teleneurology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, said he appreciated the proposed policy's directives to put patient welfare first, adhere to the highest standards of care, protect patients' privacy and securely store their information.

Post-Bulletin, Back and Forth: Charles Mayo memories during this 150th year by Harley Flathers…Today's "Back & Forth column has looked forward. Now I want to look back to earlier days at Mayowood Mansion. I visited with Dr. Charles H. Mayo II, grandson of Dr. Charlie Mayo and son of Dr. Chuck Mayo, and he shared the joys of growing up at Mayowood mansion. Both Dr. Chuck Mayo, born in 1898, and his son Charles grew up there.

KCAL Los Angeles, Brain Cell Loss, Researchers from the Mayo Clinic say that those develop diabetes high blood pressure in the middle age are twice as likely to have brain cell loss and memory problems when get older. Scans show that the brains almost 3 smaller. And talk about the pricey pooch a cording to the reports. Additional coverage: KPRC Houston, KDKA Pittsburg, WCNC Charlotte, Guardian Liberty Voice

HealthCanal, Minority disparities evident in prostate cancer survival rate, Mayo Clinic study shows, A Mayo Clinic study reviewed data on more than 290,000 men with prostate cancer from the past 20 years and found that African-American men are at increased risk for poorer survival rate following prostate cancer treatment compared to other minority groups.

Star Tribune (AP), Mayo Clinic, pushing for $6 billion expansion, spends $480000 for lobbying in 2013, Mayo Clinic spent nearly half a million on lobbying at the state Capitol last year. According to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board's website, it's the largest amount the clinic has spent on lobbying since 2007. Mayo spokesman Bryan Anderson says most of the lobbying money was spent on the clinic's efforts to pass Destination Medical Center, the largest economic development project in state history.

KSTP, Mayo Clinic Spends $480,000 Lobbying in 2013 by Jennie Olson, Mayo Clinic spent nearly half a million on lobbying at the state Capitol last year. According to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board's website, it's the largest amount the clinic has spent on lobbying since 2007. Mayo spokesman Bryan Anderson says most of the lobbying money was spent on the clinic's efforts to pass Destination Medical Center, the largest economic development project in state history. Additional coverage: KAAL, Pioneer Press, Washington Times

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic spends nearly $500K on lobbying in 2013 by Heather Carlson, Mayo Clinic spent nearly half a million on lobbying at the state Capitol last year during its push to pass Destination Medical Center, according to a report recently filed with the state.… Mayo spokesman Bryan Anderson said in a statement that the bulk of those dollars went toward lobbying for DMC.

Reuters, Geron says FDA halts patient enrollment in another cancer trial, Geron Corp said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered a halt to new patient enrollments in an early-stage trial of its blood cancer drug, imetelstat, over concerns about liver damage. The halt announced on Thursday was for enrollments in a trial sponsored by Mayo Clinic, and comes a week after the FDA ordered Geron to cease company-sponsored trials of the drug over similar concerns. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune, CNBC, NASDAQ

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo-Franciscan heralds Frankes' generosity with suite by Mike Tighe, If Robert Franke were alive, he probably would skip the ceremony today naming a suite at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in honor of him and his wife, Eleanor. In life, the Frankes — he died in 2009 and she, in 2001 — avoided the spotlight even as they donated millions to charities.

LiveScience, Hormone Replacement Therapy: Types, Benefits & Risks by Rachael Rettner…Hormone replacement therapy can help relieve symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, vaginal dryness and pain during sex. Estrogen can be prescribed for the prevention of bone loss (osteoporosis), but doctors usually prescribe other medications for this purpose, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Health IT News, Mayo Clinic launches bedside analytics by Mike Miliard, Ambient Clinical Analytics is a new startup, founded by Mayo Clinic researchers with help from Silicon Valley investors, that aims to bring data assimilation, communication and analytics to the bedside. Backed by Rock Health and the Social+Capital Partnership, the venture develops decision support tools for intensive care units, operating rooms and emergency departments. Its technologies, which were developed at the Mayo Clinic, enable real-time access to process-of-care information and analytics.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Edina startup licensing Mayo Clinic technology files for bankruptcy by Katharine Grayson, A health IT startup that aimed to commercialize Mayo Clinic technology has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it prepares to sell its assets. Edina-based OnPoint Medical Diagnostics Inc. and Vertical Health Solutions Inc., a publicly traded shell company that reverse merged with OnPoint in 2011, both filed for Chapter 11 on March 13 in Florida.

Minnesota Monthly, The Fast Diet Recalibrates Relationships with Food by Mo Perry… Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, says mindfulness is a much more powerful (and sustainable) tool than willpower when it comes to recalibrating one’s relationship to food. “If you’re going to fight the willpower fight, be prepared to lose,” she says.

Gustavus Quarterly (pg 42), Mayo Clinic honors DeRemee, Richard DeRemee ’55, Rochester, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors individuals who exemplify the Mayo Clinic’s ideals and mission…Dr. DeRemee made novel observations that altered the understanding and therapy of certain diseases.

Cannon Falls Beacon, Hospital to open late July, Now fully enclosed, construction on the new 88,000 square ft. medical center for Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls is progressing well. In mid-February, crews began to install glass windows throughout the building. A total of 79 window frames are featured throughout the three-story building allowing natural sunlight to brighten and add warmth to the facility. The largest windows face the front southwest side of the building where the patient and staff dining area will be located.

GizModo UK, Is Gluten Actually Bad for You?... There are several theories why cases of coeliac disease are on the rise. While your first thought might be that increased screening might be the culprit, rather than an actual rise in the prevalence of the disease, it should be noted that according to a study done by Dr. Joseph Murray of the Mayo Clinic which looked at blood samples from the 1950s, its was confirmed that coeliac disease is indeed on the rise, with results showing approximately a fourfold increase today versus the 1950s.

ThinkProgress, Florida Is Trying To Attract Foreign Patients Instead Of Extending Insurance To Its Own Residents… For instance, many international consumers visit well-known clinics such as the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Johns Hopkins in Maryland, and the Mayo Clinic arms in Arizona, Minnesota, and Florida for cancer care and dental, orthopedic, and cosmetic surgery. Those are all still pretty expensive and lucrative specialized procedures that attract patients who can afford them (on top of an international trip to the United States). So it’s not surprising that the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida is a big supporter of the bill, which was proposed by state Senate Health Policy Committee Chair Aaron Bean (R). “Florida can and should be a top-tier health care destination,” said Bean of his legislation.

Bottom Line Publications, Cat Bites Are More Dangerous Than They Look… Studies have shown that one-third of people who seek medical attention for cat bites on the hand end up in the hospital. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic wanted to find out which particular factors were associated with hospitalization, so they reviewed their records to find patients who were treated for cat bites to the hand from 2009 to 2011.

HealthDay, COPD May Damage Aging Brain by Alan Mozes, Seniors with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of developing mental decline, especially thinking problems without apparent memory loss, a new study suggests… "We found that COPD was associated with problems with attention, planning and problem-solving, but not with memory," said study co-author Michelle Mielke, an associate professor with the division of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Phys.Org

GP Online UK, COPD raises early dementia risk by 80% By David Millett,  GPs should look out for early signs of dementia in older patients with COPD, suggests a US study that has linked the disease with an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida said the findings suggested earlier intervention and treatment of COPD may help delay or even prevent the onset of dementia.

Mankato Free Press, Mankato woman living proof of EKG's value By Robb Murray…Nationally, the goal for door-to-balloon time is 90 minutes. Styndl's time was 29 minutes. Overall, median door-to-balloon times at Mayo Clinic Health System have improved from 2012 to 2013 from 60.5 minutes to 48. Cardiology nurse Kim Brunmeier says the decrease is due largely to EKGs being done at home, or wherever the patient may be when the heart attack occurs.

inBusiness Magazine Ariz., Arizona Transplant House, Arizona Transplant House serves transplant patients — donors as well as recipients — with a full range of medical needs…The Transplant House is an independent 501(C)3 nonprofit organization on the campus of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and serves Mayo Clinic patients who live here or travel here. Its annual operating budget is $2.5 million.

KAAL, Little Girl Travels from Mongolia to Mayo for Life-Saving Surgery by Betsy Singer, A little girl from Mongolia will have quite the story to tell when she goes home in a few weeks.  The 4-year-old is now a world traveler having flown halfway around the world for the life-saving surgery at Mayo Clinic's Children's Center.  The operation couldn't have happened without the help of strangers.

Reuters, Shorter stroke treatment delays tied to more healthy days by Andrew Seaman, Shaving even a minute off the time between the onset of a stroke and initial treatment may add to the amount of "healthy" days people have afterward, suggests a new study... "We continue to need to strive to educate the population regarding the benefits of seeking care as quickly as possible after suspecting stroke," said Dr. Robert Brown, a stroke specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

KTTC, The Place unveils new Head Start wing Nicole Goodrich, Officials unveiled the new Mayo Clinic Head Start Wing at The Place in Rochester on Wednesday. The new wing includes ten new classrooms and a mural painted by local artist Greg Wimmer to represent how The Place will transform the lives of children in the community. Mayo Clinic donated $650,000 to the project and Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy was there for the dedication. Additional coverage: KAAL

KAAL, Risk of Developing Alzheimer's Greater for Women by Jenna Lohse, A new study released today from the Alzheimer's Association found women have a much greater chance of developing the disease compared to men. They're also the ones more likely to care for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease. For more than 50 years, Harley Flathers has cared for his wife. "She's doing very well, some days better than others,” said Harley Flathers of Rochester. Just nine years ago, his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease…An event was held at Gonnie's Comedy Club in Rochester Tuesday night. The money raised will go to Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer’s Research Center and other local programs.

KAAL, Doctors Say E-Cigs Not as Safe as Promoted by Steph Crock, It's "Kick Butt" day in Minnesota, a campaign put on by the group "Quit Plan" to get college age groups to stop smoking. There have been many rumored reports that e-cigarettes may be a safer alternative in that quest to quit, but doctors say, that hasn’t been proven… They've been marketed as the new, safer alternative with slogans that read, "Don’t Quit, Switch," and "Green Smart Living," but Dr. Richard Hurt with Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center says there's no proof e-cigarettes help you quit.

HealthDay, Diabetes in Middle Age May Cause Memory Problems Later by Dennis Thompson, People who develop type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure in middle age appear more likely to suffer brain damage that can contribute to dementia as they grow older, a new study finds… "People who had diabetes earlier in life had much worse brain [structure] than those who had it later in life," said lead author Dr. Rosebud Roberts, a Mayo Clinic researcher. Additional coverage: MedPage Today, WebMD, US News & World Report, Daily Mail UK, Science Newsline Medicine, Medical News Today

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Painful bone spur in elbow may require surgery to restore mobility by Shawn O'Driscoll, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've recently been diagnosed with a cracked bone spur in my elbow. I'm in quite a bit of pain, and it's hard to move my elbow. My doctor recommends surgery. What does that involve, and how long is the recovery time?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Teen's hair loss likely a result of genetics, but treatment options are available by Rochelle Torgerson, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My son, 19, has been losing his hair for about a year. He's been using a hair growth foam for about 6 months without much difference. He is healthy otherwise and exercises daily. He's a baseball player and wears a cap often, but this seems like a lot of hair loss for someone his age. Is there anything else he could do at this point? Should he see a dermatologist?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge:  People at high risk for osteoporosis may benefit from bone density test by Bart Clarke, M.D., Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is a bone density test? Is it necessary to have one even if I'm healthy? I am a 67-year-old woman and I exercise daily.

Prevention magazine, The Best Reason Ever To Strength Train by Emma Haak, The claim: Your BMI might not be the best indicator of how long you’ll live. According to two recent studies, one published in The American Journal of Medicine and the other in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, body composition—specifically muscle mass and waist circumference—are better measures… “BMI is important but imperfect: It doesn't distinguish fat mass versus lean mass, and it doesn't tell you where you're carrying your weight,” says Dr. James Cerhan, professor of epidemiology and the chair of the department of health sciences research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: WKBN Ohio

Globe and Mail Canada, Belly size beats BMI for assessing full health picture, Mayo Clinic study shows by Carly Weeks, A new study is adding to the growing evidence that waist circumference – not just body mass index (BMI) – is a key predictor for heart disease, cancer, respiratory problems and premature death… “Carrying a large belly even in the normal weight range has health implications,” said Dr. James Cerhan, lead author of the study and professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Huffington Post, State Column, HealthDay

La Crosse Tribune, Europe looks to La Crosse for end-of-life care model by Mike Tighe… Because of its success in pinpointing care choices, the leaders of the four medical institutions in La Crosse at the time — Gundersen Clinic, Lutheran Hospital, Franciscan Healthcare and Skemp Clinic — created a task force to create a joint program. Thus was born the La Crosse Medical Centers Task Force on Advance Directives, which Hammes co-chairs with Nickijo Hager, mission vice president of Mayo Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.

WDAY Detroit Lakes, Kindergartner raises money for teacher's cancer treatment, Tuesday night, parents arrived at Rossman Elementary school in Detroit Lakes for parent-teacher conferences. But first, they'd see the face of a determined 6 year-old, who has spent the last two weeks helping raise money for his teacher who is in cancer treatment at Mayo.

Catholic Health Association, Nurse practitioner takes on pivotal role at critical access hospital by Betsy Taylor, … Historically, Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital has depended on a small group of primary care physicians who take care of their rural neighbors in and out of the hospital… Ministry Health Care is using a Mayo Clinic curriculum to train the nurse practitioners in inpatient skills.

Forbes, Compelling Facts For Picking Your NCAA Tournament Bracket by Roger Groves, I trust the ESPN department of statisticians. I know of no better dedicated single source for such data. To me it is the sports equivalent to Mayo Clinic’s lab staffs in the basement of Rochester Minnesota who work exclusively on medical issues of patients.  Among the plethora of data points regarding the NCAA Tournament, a few items from the ESPN program “Numbers Never Lie” as articulated by its co-host Michael Smith stand out.

The Ledger Fla., Senate Panel Wants Ads For Medical Tourism by Jim Turner, The state will spend $5 million next year to entice people to bring their aches and pains to Florida, under a measure that completed its first Senate committee exam Monday… In support of the proposal, Layne Smith, representing Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, said officials with the medical facility estimate the center draws more than 20,000 people a year to Florida for services at the facility. Additional coverage: News-Press, News Chief

Star Tribune, Mayo Clinic joining Lynx as major sponsor, The Lynx will announce a multiyear partnership Monday with Mayo Clinic, one that will include marquee placement on the team’s jerseys and makes Mayo Clinic the exclusive presenting sponsor for the 2014 season. This is part of an already announced plan for a new practice facility for the Timberwolves and Lynx that includes a sports medicine center in Mayo Clinic Square, formerly known as Block E in Minneapolis.

Kansas City Star, Tanning bed debate heats up in Kansas and Missouri by Brad Cooper…The CDC says they have a 59 percent increased chance of contracting melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. “It’s kind of like playing Russian roulette,” said Jerry Brewer, a dermatology specialist at the Mayo Clinic who studied a rise in the number of melanoma cases from 1970 to 2009. The industry supports the Kansas and Missouri measures, hoping the bills will cool what it sees as rhetorical overstatements about dangers from indoor tanning.

Post-Bulletin, Newborn screening bill pits medical groups against privacy rights advocates by Heather Carlson, For Stacy Nugent, a few drops of blood collected from her daughter in her first days of life offered one last chance of solving a devastating mystery. On March 10, 2010, Nugent's 2-year-old daughter, Paige, died in her sleep. Doctors were unable to determine what caused her death, labeling it Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. Four years later, Nugent is determined to get answers about what happened in order to protect her second daughter, Presley, who is now 2. When Nugent learned about the blood sample taken from her daughter, she saw it as her last and best chance of finding out what might have gone wrong. She was stunned to learn the blood spots had been destroyed the day before…Norton's bill has the strong backing of several medical organizations, including the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Robert Jacobson, president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Mayo Clinic primary care physician, said allowing the long-term storage of these blood spots is the academy's No. 1 priority.

KAAL, Nurses Start Fundraiser to Help Little Girl Battling Rare Cancer by Jenna Lohse, A Rochester mom recently got news no parent ever wants to hear. Her five year old daughter has a rare form of cancer. But the spirit and determination of this family of two has pulled on the heart strings of the nurses who first helped them...Emma is now undergoing chemotherapy. Doctors say this type of cancer primarily affects kids, but say there's only 500 cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. "Of those only 5% involve both kidneys,” said Dr. Candace Granberg with Mayo Clinic.

KAAL, Make-A-Wish Surprises Dodge Center Girl, It's a bittersweet story that starts with a precious 4-year-old and a wish that is now going to come true. Sophie Woxland thought she was going out for pizza tonight with her family at Jimmy's, her favorite pizza place in Kasson.  You can tell by her reaction she had no idea there was a surprise princess party waiting for her. Sophie was born with a congenital heart defect and over her four short years she's been in and out of the children's hospital at Mayo Clinic.

Pioneer Press, Gov. Dayton returns to Capitol after Feb. 10 hip surgery by Bill Salisbury, Gov. Mark Dayton is back at work at the Capitol after recovering from hip surgery Feb. 10 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. "My hip is good," Dayton said at a news conference where he showed up on crutches. He said he's experiencing no pain, and the crutches are just a precautionary measure to keep weight off his legs. Additional coverage: KAAL

KARE11, Recovery from surgery keeps Dayton out of spotlight by John Croman, But Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is missing out on most of those opportunities so far this year, as he recuperates from hip surgery.…A week later he appeared at the AFL-CIO union hall in St. Paul to introduce Tina Smith as his 2014 running mate. But since undergoing surgery at the Mayo Clinic the governor has been confined, in a way, to the second floor of the Governor's Residence in St. Paul.

Digital Journal, Eduardo Benarroch, M.D. Has Been Awarded a $50,000 Research Grant from The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition®, The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition has awarded a $50,000 grant to Dr. Eduardo Benarroch of the Mayo Clinic Rochester for a new research project, entitled "Mechanisms of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Sleep Related Respiratory Dysfunction in MSA".

News-Medical, Study: Three-fold spike in heart attacks continued six years after Hurricane Katrina, Lingering stress from major disasters can damage health years later, according to a new Tulane University study that found a three-fold spike in heart attacks continued in New Orleans six years after Hurricane Katrina…The research, which will be published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, is an update of an ongoing study tracking the increases in admissions for heart attacks at Tulane Medical Center in downtown New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The new study confirmed the increase persisted even six years later.

Globe Gazette Iowa, A Life Changer, by Kristin Buehner, Howard Heinz will never forget Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. That was the day his healthy, outgoing wife, Janel, woke up feeling dizzy, nauseated and unable to maintain her balance. Janel was referred to a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, where a spinal tap and more blood work were done. Within two hours, she was diagnosed with a very rare disorder called Susac's syndrome. "There are only about 300 cases in the world," Howard said. "Only two doctors at Mayo had even heard of it."

MedPage Today, Sepsis: Advances in Usual Care Boost Survival by Elbert Chu…Perhaps the most valuable finding is an unbundling of the Rivers et al. findings so we know what really matters, said J. Christopher Farmer, MD, professor and chair of the department of critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and 2014 president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Farmer, who is also on the governing board of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign called out four main takeaways.

Spine Surgery Today, Stem cell transplants may help treat degenerative disc disease, Stem cell transplants was found to be viable and effective for halting or reversing degenerative disc disease in the spine, based on research conducted at the Mayo Clinic and presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting… “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,” Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD, one of the authors, stated in the release.

Cannon Falls Beacon (subscription required), Cardiac rehab program a healthy follow up, Last May, when John Anderson’s sister told him that she needed a kidney transplant, he didn’t think twice about getting tested to see if he was a possible donor match. He was able to have the preliminary blood work done in his community at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls. He soon learned that he was a match for his sister., 5 Key Questions to Ask Before Surgery, Before agreeing to have surgery, ask questions about your condition and the treatment options, an expert says. You might want to bring family members or friends with you to ask questions of their own, especially if they'll be helping you recover, said Dr. Robert Cima, a colon and rectal surgeon. Additional coverage: Philadelphia Inquirer,, Newsday, WinnipegFreePress, MyFoxBoston, MyFoxAustinKXLY(Spokane), (Toledo), KVTN (Reno), WAFB (Baton Rouge), ABC6 (Knoxville), DoctorsLounge,,, Fox12Oregon,,, MyABC5 (Des Moines),,,,,, HealthridgeMedicalCenter,, MercyHospitalPartners, WBTV (Charlotte), WMUR (New Hampshire),, WFMZ (Allentown, Pa.), KRDO (Colorado Springs, Yahoo! Health, WPTZ (Burlington, VT.)

HealthDay, Key Questions to Ask Before Surgery, Before agreeing to have surgery, ask questions about your condition and the treatment options, an expert says. You might want to bring family members or friends with you to ask questions of their own, especially if they'll be helping you recover, said Dr. Robert Cima, a colon and rectal surgeon. Additional coverage: US News & World Report, DoctorsLounge

Spry Living, Why It’s Time to Ditch the Sleeping Pills by Catherine Winters… “Part of the human condition is to have an occasional night of poor sleep,” says Lois E. Krahn, M.D., a specialist in sleep medicine and psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Indeed, most people can manage just fine after one bad night in bed. But when tossing and turning persist, you need help breaking the cycle of insomnia. “If those single nights string together and become two or three in a row, reaching for an OTC sleep aid makes sense,” says Dr. Krahn. Additional coverage: Greece Post, Brighton-Pittsford Post NY, The Leader NY, Devils Lake ND, Evening Tribune NY

NY Times, Marlo Thomas Carves a Niche on Internet TV, “Mondays With Marlo,” a half-hour talk show hosted by Ms. Thomas, 76, the actress and activist, has steadily built an audience since its debut three years ago. On Monday, the series, which is broadcast on AOL, will feature its 100th guest, Chelsea Clinton.…Ms. Thomas’s niche audience also appealed to the food giant General Mills, which agreed to sponsor the show. The arrangement with General Mills gives the company creative input. Each year, General Mills suggests 15 of Ms. Thomas’s 48 guests; last month, Dr. Sharon Mulvagh, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, appeared at its request.

Southeast Missourian, Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees (AP), 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 older than 50, it's even more common: 5 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.

Waseca County News, New Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca board members help advance community wellness by Suzy Rook, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca have elected Angie Grotberg, Vance Swanson and Kevin Walter to its board of directors…“Adding Angie, Vance and Kevin is great for the medical center, as well as the community,” says Jeff Carlson, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca administrator.

Albert Lea Tribune, New model encourages doctors to keep patients healthy by Sarah Stultz, Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is in the early stages of rolling out a new care model. Called the Mayo Model of Community Care, it addresses a projected growing shortage of physicians combined with an increase in health care needs. Tammy Kritzer, operations administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, said in two to three years, all Mayo community medical centers will have implemented the care model.

WDIV Detroit, Recipe makeovers: 5 ways to create healthy recipes by Mayo Clinic News Network, Can you count your grandmother's beloved bread pudding as a healthy recipe? Scrumptious as it may be with 4 cups of whole milk, one stick of butter and four eggs, you probably wouldn't find it on a list of healthy recipes.

Spring Valley Tribune, EDA guest speaker highlights Spring Valley's opportunity to grow by Paula Vagts, ommunity and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) CEO and President Ron Zeigler spoke to the Spring Valley Economic Development Authority (EDA) during its meeting on Wednesday, March 12. "It's going to be an interesting 20 years," Zeigler said of the changes the Destination Mayo Clinic (DMC) may bring to the surrounding areas, including Spring Valley.

Digital Journal, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital Named Newest NCCN Member Institutions, The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), an alliance of the world's leading cancer centers dedicated to the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to people with cancer, announced today the addition of two new NCCN Member Institutions: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota; and Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut.

Post-Bulletin, 'Almanac' to do live Rochester broadcast, The Minnesota public affairs show "Almanac" will broadcast live from Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Friday night. This marks the first time the Twin Cities Public Television show has ever done a live broadcast at a location other than its St. Paul studios, according to Almanac producer Brendan Henehan. Mayo Clinic officials reached out to the show to see if they would be interested in doing the program on the 150th anniversary of the founding of Mayo Clinic.

Food Safety Magazine, Allergies on the Rise: Operators Respond by Betsy Craig… Gluten-free eating is at record levels, due to both trend and necessity. According to a 2012 Mayo Clinic Study, celiac disease is more common than previously thought, and many away-from-home diners are choosing to eat gluten free, illustrated by the portion of households reporting purchases of gluten-free food products, which hit 11 percent last year, rising from 5 percent in 2010.

Post-Bulletin, Lens on History: Home to an amazing woman, Georgine Luden, M.D., Ph.D. was born in Amsterdam and received her elementary education from a governess and boarding schools in the Netherlands and England. Dr. Luden studied medicine at the University of Munich in Bavaria after learning German so she could take the entrance exam. She came to Mayo Clinic as a physician while visiting major U.S. medical centers in 1912 and 1913 and joined Mayo's staff in 1914 when few women were on staff.

ABC15 Ariz., Mayo Clinic shares tips, online tools to prevent heart disease, Mayo Clinic cardiologist, Steven Lester, M.D., joined Sonoran Living Live to talk how cardiac risk self assessment tools can help you understand your personal risk for developing heart disease and how you can make changes in your life to reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Men’s Health Magazine, Keep the Beer, Lose the Belly, That's one reason I decided to abstain for four weeks. Beyond its caloric load and impact on your fat burners, alcohol can disrupt your sleep pattern, mess with your appetite, and foment a cascade of other weight-gaining processes, according to Donald Hensrud, M.D., an associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a coauthor of The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook: Eating Well for Better Health.

ABC15 Ariz. (AP), Campaign to save dog in Arizona mauling, A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate. A municipal court judge could rule at a March 25 hearing on whether Mickey, a pit bull that bit Kevin Vicente in the face, should be euthanized. Kevin received injuries that will require, according to doctors, months and possibly years of reconstructive surgeries… Dr. Salvatore Lettieri, a Mayo Clinic physician and chief of cosmetic surgery at Maricopa Medical Center, said he was able to fix the broken bones and reattach the muscles that allow Kevin to open and close his eye. "He still can't open his eye. We'll need to fix the tear duct drainage system -- that is if he makes tears," Lettieri said. Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, Washington Post, ABC News, FOX News

US News & World Report, Ladies, Here's How to Control Those Killer Cramps by Laura McMullen…What's going on down there? First, remember that the uterus is a muscle, and periods occur when the body sheds the uterus lining (in the form of blood and tissue). Chemicals called prostaglandins, which are involved with pain and inflammation, trigger contractions in the uterus that help the shedding process. These contractions, however, can restrict blood supply to the uterus, resulting in the cramping feeling, says Petra Casey, associate professor of OB-GYN at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Some women have higher levels of prastoglandins, landing them with more severe cramps.

KJZZ Ariz., Medical Emergency Gives Doctor A Dilemma During Flight by Dr. Joseph Sirven, Mayo Clinic, On a recent flight from Phoenix to Minnesota an overhead announcement woke me up from a nap. “Is there a doctor on this flight?” I felt it was a moral obligation to answer the call. A passenger had passed out, and my duty was to help the captain decide whether it was safe to continue on or if we needed to land the plane urgently. So many questions rush through your mind during an onboard medical emergency.

CNBC American Greed, New Villains, New Victims,The projectile fired from an ar-15 type of rifle is a very specially designed projectile.” Donald Jenkins is a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic and a ballistics expert. “When a high-velocity projectile, such as that fired from an ar-15, enters the human tissues, it is designed to tumble and then break apart, and it breaks apart into multiple fragments. If it strikes bone or if it strikes an organ, like your liver, that is devastating.”

Men’s Health, When to Gamble on Your Weight Loss by Danielle Austin… It turns out you don’t need to bring home a bunch of Benjamins to stick to your goals, reports recent research from the Mayo Clinic. Over the course of a year, researchers studied the weight loss of 100 obese adult employees assigned to one of four groups: two with financial incentives and two without. All participants had a goal of losing 4 pounds a month, but those with monetary rewards earned $20 for reaching their mark.

Star Tribune, Shoreview firm's reflux-fighting device still trying to get insurance OK by James Walsh, At the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, a 145-bed hospital on the Iron Range, Dr. Paul Severson and Dr. Howard McCollister are two of only four surgeons in Minnesota implanting Linx, a small device made of wire and tiny magnetic beads to help treat chronic acid reflux disease. …“They get this treatment, and it changes their lives,” Berg said of Linx’s 2,000 patients, half of whom live in the United States. In addition to the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, the Linx procedure is also performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

WKBT La Crosse, News 8 Eye Piece: Good Vibrations, About a year ago, harpists started strumming the instrument as part of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Reverie Harp Program.

Daily Mail UK, Treadmill desks bring benefits to businesses in the long-run, study says, The treadmill desk craze have always seemed more for show than officiousness, no thanks to a recent shot Victoria Beckham 'working' on one in stiletto ankle boots. However a new study claims that using them actually increases productivity by forcing you to block out other distractions. On top of that, researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota found that treadmill workstation users burned 74 more calories a day, on average, than they did before using the devices.

Huffington Post, Treadmill Desks Burn Calories And Boost Work Performance, Study Suggests, Treadmill desks may not only help employees burn calories while at work -- using them could also, over time, improve productivity, according to a new study, dousing fears that using the devices could be distracting and hard to work on. Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota found that treadmill workstation users burned 74 more calories a day, on average, than they did before using the devices.

Consumer Affairs, How to convince your boss to buy a treadmill workstation by Mark Huffman, How the company benefits, You might start by telling them about a new study by researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. The researchers suggest that employees who use these workstations not only benefit from improved health but the company benefits from improved productivity.

Mankato Free Press, When you’re sick stay home by Robb Murray, Even if you work for a boss who frowns upon sick days, even if you really think you can't afford to not work, even if you're worried about work piling up if you call in sick, medical experts agree: If you're sick, stay home. "Remember what your mom told you," says Jessica Sheehy, a physician assistant who works with infectious diseases for Mayo Clinic Health System. "Stay home, have some chicken soup, and catch up on rest."

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic Head Start Wing to be dedicated, Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, will join representatives of Child Care Resource and Referral Head Start and Boys & Girls Club of Rochester to dedicate the Mayo Clinic Head Start Wing of The Place. Mayo Clinic invested $650,000 in the project and commissioned a local artist, Greg Wimmer, to design and paint a mural representing how The Place will transform children's lives in our community. The mural will be shared with the community during the dedication ceremony.

KEYC Mankato, New FAA Rules For Medical Helicopters by Joel Runck, New flight rules are scheduled to hit the books in the near future. Those guidelines are directly geared towards air ambulances such as Mayo One. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the stipulations are designed to enhance safety for passengers and crew. "Mayo Clinic believes that this fundamentally is a good step in the right direction for the safety of patients and for our crew members," said Paul Drucker, Mayo One program director.

Dalles Chronicle Ore., Everyday Cheapskate: There are reasons why we should ditch the water bottle by Mary Hunt, The trouble with bottled water, experts say, is not the water. It’s the plastic bottles the water comes in that are potentially harmful to our health and environment. #The folks at the Mayo Clinic say we need to be concerned about BPA, often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles.

Albert Lea Tribune, Racing toward preventive care,  Dr. Mark Ciota loves NASCAR, but he has never been to a race. He attended an Indianapolis 500 race once, but after working 90 to 100 hours a week, he has little time to watch the sport on TV, let alone take a cross-country trip to an auto-racing event. But as the CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System of Albert Lea and Austin, and as an orthopedic surgeon in Albert Lea, he is perfectly fine with that. He’s too busy guiding the local medical center through one of the most transformative periods in the country’s recent medical history.

MinnPost, Grand plan for Rochester targets wellness, not just illness by Jay Walljasper, The $5.5 billion private-public plan to transform Rochester into a global Destination Medical Center (DMC) aims to generate tens of thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenues. But it also aims to become an international attraction for those who are focused on wellness, not just coping with illness. That includes providing options for improving health and fitness, effectively managing the increase in visitors and residents, increasing the social connections that foster a vibrant community, and attracting highly trained young professionals to keep Rochester at the top in the health-care field.

In Dice, La joven “Lola” Montilla le saca el lado positivo a su cicatriz en el pecho, PAOLA “LOLA” Montilla es una campeona. No carga medallas ni trofeos, pero lleva consigo una cicatriz vertical en el centro de su pecho. Lola tiene 13 años y padece de la anomalía de Ebstein, un defecto cardiaco que ocurre en uno de cada 10,000 nacimientos. Patient of Dr. Patrick O’Leary, Dr. Joseph Dearani: From Ebstein's patient, to spokesperson, lobbyist and cover girl.  You were right beside us through the "not-so-fun" times, least I could do was let you enjoy (as we are doing),the wonderful young teen Lola has become.

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