April 4, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich


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Fox Business
Part 1 -- Mayo Clinic CEO: We need to modernize the delivery system, Medicare  

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Part 2 -- Top institutions squeezed by rising health-care costs 

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Part 3 -- Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy, American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin discuss health-care spending    

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Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO. Dr. Noseworthy recently joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business’s “Opening Bell” to discuss the Affordable Care Act, the need to modernize the health care delivery system and Medicare and Mayo Clinic's role in health care innovation.

Dr. Noseworthy explained that the health care delivery system must be modernized. He highlighted three ways Mayo Clinic is doing this:

  1. Mayo Clinic’s focus on providing the highest quality and safest care
  2. Expanding Mayo’s reach through the Mayo Clinic Care Network
  3. Identifying and investing in what patients need in the future through research activities and work in the science of health care delivery, including Mayo’s strategic research alliance with Optum Labs

Public Affairs Contacts:  Chris Gade, Bryan Anderson


KMUW Wichita Public Radio
Topeka Hospital to Collaborate with Mayo Clinic

Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare has become the first health system in Kansas to partner with the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The deal will give local patients access to the expertiseKMUW Wichita Public Radio of the medical staff at the Mayo Clinic.


Reach: KMUW-FM 89.1 is a non-commercial NPR News/Talk and Variety music public radio station out of Wichita State University in the Wichita, Kan. area.

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Topeka Capital-Journal
Editorial: Local health care community takes another big step

The health of the local health care community just keeps improving. The latest advancement on that front was revealed Tuesday when officials of Stormont-Vail HealthCare and the world-renown Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., announced they had entered a partnership that will give local physicians access to the clinic’s physicians for consultations.

Post-BulletinMayo Clinic Care Network now in 14 states, Mexico; WIBW Kan.Wichita EagleTopeka Capital-JournalNews Medical

Context:  Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Mayo Clinic officials announced April 1 that the Topeka-based health system has become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and families. Stormont-Vail HealthCare is the first health system in Kansas to join the network. The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a network of like-minded organizations which share a common commitment to improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, data-driven, evidence-based medical care. More information about the announcement can be found here on Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Mayo Clinic patient celebrates junior prom bedside

KARE 11A heart transplant didn't stop Bree Hanson from celebrating her junior prom.

Reach: KARE is a an NBC affiliate in the Minneapolis-St.Paul market.

Context: At Mayo Clinic Transplant Center a team of doctors trained in heart and blood vessel disease (cardiologists), transplant surgery, infectious diseases, mental health conditions (psychiatrists) and other areas evaluate patients to determine if they are eligible for a heart transplant.

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo


KPHO Ariz.
Looking inside Mayo Clinic's Proton Therapy Cancer Center by Greg Argos, Though it's not going to accept patients until 2016, CBS 5 News took an exclusive look inside the Mayo Clinic's $400 million dollar proton therapy center. "There are only about 12 sites in the country that will have proton beam therapy now, and this will be the only site in ArizonaCBS5AZ-KPHO that has proton therapy," explained Dr. Steve Schild, an Oncologist and the Department Chair for the Mayo Clinic's new center.

Reach: KPHO-5 is the CBS affiliate in Phoenix and is owned by Meredith Corporation.

Context: Mayo Clinic is launching a Proton Beam Therapy Program to provide the latest cancer treatment for Mayo patients. New treatment facilities will be built on the Minnesota and Arizona campuses. Treatment for patients will be available beginning in 2015 in Minnesota and 2016 in Arizona. Proton beam therapy will be used to treat many kinds of cancers located deep within the body and close to critical organs and body structures, especially in children and young adults.

Public Affairs Contact: Julie Janovsky-Mason


Post BulletinDr. John Noseworthy: Rochester, Mayo Clinic have grown up together
by Dr. John Noseworthy

For 150 years, the city of Rochester and Mayo Clinic have had a partnership like none other. We've grown up together. We could not have asked for a better place to call home throughout our history or a better place to invest in our future to benefit Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperour patients, employees and the community. During the last legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton and the legislature determined there was a compelling public interest to authorize public investments in Rochester to help support the significant investments by Mayo Clinic to strengthen and secure Minnesota as a global destination medical center.

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

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

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Post Bulletin
, DMC special report: Road map to the future by Jay Furst, Twenty years from now, Rochester will have about 35,000 more people, the Rochester area will have 35,000 to 45,000 more jobs, and Mayo Clinic will remain a world-class destination for health care, according to Destination Medical Center promoters. How will this happen, and who's drawing up the plan? Today, in a 24-page special report called "DMC: Road Map to the Future," the Post-Bulletin lays out the plan envisioned by Mayo, city and county officials, and business leaders.

Post BulletinWhat is DMC: The facts, The concept of Destination Medical Center is simple — to transform Mayo Clinic and Rochester into a more attractive destination for medical patients and providers. But the structure of the $6 billion, 20-year public-private investment is not simple at all…The eight-member Destination Medical Center Corp. board will guide the use of all public funding, andwill oversee the operation of the nonprofit Destination Medical Center Corp. It's also responsible for approving the overall DMC Development Plan. Four members of the DMCC were chosen by the governor, three are representatives of local government and one is a Mayo Clinic representative.

Post BulletinA DMC magic wand by Jeff Hansel, Richard Dooley and his wife, Karol, have been staying at the Hope Lodge in Rochester while he undergoes prostate cancer therapy at Mayo Clinic. Dooley said he loves "everything" about Mayo Clinic and Rochester. "We both love the town. It's nice and clean and neat and everybody's respectful and nice," Dooley said…If Solis had a magic wand, he said, he would have Mayo introduce a "Louder than a Bomb" poetry program to both Mayo Clinic patients and to Rochester community members. That program has helped young people close to dropping out of school get energized, Solis said. He'd like to see local poets read to Mayo patients, and Mayo patients encouraged to write and read poetry.

Post BulletinMayo Clinic expansion already underway, more likely by Jeff Hansel, With the Destination Medical Center plan in the books, Mayo Clinic has already shifted into growth mode. The nonprofit has several projects underway, or planned in the near future. "There are current projects taking place at Mayo Clinic that will continue to enhance the patient experience and increase the quality of care delivered to patients for generations to come," said Mayo spokeswoman Kelley Luckstein. The latest is at Mayo Medical Laboratories which plans a 66,000-square-foot, two-story addition to the Superior Drive Support Center.

Post BulletinMayo reaching out in other areas by Jeff Hansel, Even as it is making plans to expand in Rochester, Mayo Clinic is reaching out elsewhere in an effort to connect with more patients. Among those efforts are a sports medicine and athletic training center called Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, the continued growth of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and even the recent purchase of 187 acres in Onalaska, Wis., for a possible new facility.

Post BulletinDEED, DMC job projections similar by Brent Pearson, he Mayo Clinic has a major effect on the economy of southeastern Minnesota, with a proposed $5 billion expansion of the world-renowned medical center likely to stimulate further growth. Destination Medical Center is a plan to expand the Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus and further enhance the region's position as a global destination for health-care services. Mayo officials estimate the expansion will create between 25,000 and 30,000 direct jobs, another 10,000 to 15,000 indirect jobs, and 1,800 to 2,200 construction jobs over the next 20 years.

BringMeTheNews, Construction jobs aplenty in southeast Minnesota by Jessica Mador, There are new signs of growth in Rochester this spring, partly spurred by the Mayo Clinic’s plans for a new $5 billion flagship campus makeover. The Mayo project calls for doubling the size of its existing Minnesota campus. According to Mayo, the clinic already employs 40,600 Minnesotans, 33,400 of whom work in Rochester. And as MPR News reports, the clinic’s makeover plan includes $327 million in state aid, largely to fund improvements to public facilities in the city.

Post Bulletin, DMC to bring thousands of jobs by Bryan Lund, The Destination Medical Center could have a significant impact on Rochester's employment landscape, if the estimates of Mayo Clinic officials come to fruition. The DMC initiative's website says the project will create thousands of permanent, well-paying jobs in the area over the next couple decades. Some of those are directly related to DMC, such as additional physicians and medical support staff, while others are predicted to come as a result of growth in the area's economy indirectly associated with DMC.

Post-Bulletin, Letter: DMC planners must consider needs of disabled, I hope the Destination Medical Center planners consider the needs of people with disabilities. The Mayo Clinic has restroom facilities for people with special needs. A few other places have them as well. Fortunately, the new senior center is planning to have companion restroom facilities for people who need assistance in a rest room.

MPR, More construction workers needed in Rochester as housing market recovers by Elizabeth Baier, It's a good time to be a construction worker in southeastern Minnesota. With home construction on the rise, the job forecast is good in the construction and trade industries. Over the next two decades, more workers will be needed to help Rochester keep pace with the expected growth. During that time, the city is expected to grow by 32,000 residents, in part because of Mayo Clinic's $5 billion plan to remake its flagship campus. The plan includes $327 million in state aid, largely to fund improvements to public facilities in the city. Additional coverage: St. Cloud Times

Robb Report, Making it Personal, New behaviors can take up to 254 days—or about eight and a half months— to become habit. For making fitness and exercise routine, personal training has become the gold standard. The one-on-one coaching removes an element of difficulty—a knowledgeable trainer explains what to do next, and how to do it—and the results keep motivation high…That same one-on-one model is now being applied to overall health and wellness. This spring, the Mayo Clinic will launch its new Healthy Living Plan, which creates individualized, comprehensive regimens designed to ensure long-term client success. "Sustainability is the most important aspect of making healthy lifestyle changes but is also the most challenging," says Donald Hensrud, MD, the program's medical director. (online story)

CNN, The next frontier in 3-D printing: Human organs by Brandon Griggs, The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food. Soon, however, 3-D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs…"This is an exciting new area of medicine. It has the potential for being a very important breakthrough," said Dr. Jorge Rakela, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and a member of the American Liver Foundation's medical advisory committee. Additional coverage: Channel4K, WJXT Fla.

HealthDay, Hernia Repair Recovery Often Longer Than Expected People who undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia may underestimate how long their recovery will take, new research indicates…"It may be that people expect, when they've seen their neighbors after laparoscopic gall bladder surgery and they're back taking a walk the next day, that they'll be able to do the same thing with laparoscopic ventral hernia repair," said study senior author Dr. Juliane Bingener-Casey, a gastroenterologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: My FOX Phoenix

Orlando Sentinel, Florida Hospital closes lung-transplant program by Marni Jameson, Less than two years after debuting its lung-transplant program — the only one in Central Florida — Florida Hospital is temporarily closing it down, forcing local patients to scramble to get on waiting lists in other cities…Shelby Harrison, 18, is one of seven patients who have to find a new center. The DeLand High School student has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes the body to produce a thick mucus that lines the lungs and makes breathing difficult…"That means going through the whole process all over again," she said of getting on a new waiting list. "It involves a lot of testing and waiting." Harrison is applying for the waiting list at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Reuters, Bike riders risk kidney, genital injuries: study by Allison Bond, Biking has plenty of health benefits, but riders also run the risk of an injury to the kidney or genitalia, according to a new study that found kids sustain about 10 times as many of these injuries as adults… Some experts argued that biking holds inherent risks, and that making changes to bicycles in light of so few major injuries isn't necessary. "This particular study, if anything, shows that the vast majority of people who come to the ER come for minor injuries," said Landon Trost, a urologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

Phoenix Business Journal, Phoenix moves closer to developing Arizona Biomedical Corridor near Mayo Clinic (Video) by Angela Gonzales, The city of Phoenix is a step closer to developing the Arizona Biomedical Corridor near Mayo Clinic’s hospital in north Phoenix…Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said goals include strengthening connections among science, research, education and clinical care; supporting evolution of life sciences, genome and wellness fields.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Cardiac rehab beneficial for variety of heart disorders by Ray Squires, Ph.D., Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What does cardiac rehab involve? Do you recommend it for everyone who's had a heart attack, or only in certain cases?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Mildly low level of testosterone typically doesn't require treatment, by Todd Nippoldt, M.D., Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm a 52-year-old man. I recently had blood work done that showed my testosterone levels are slightly low, falling just below the "normal" range. Should I talk to my doctor about getting treatment even if I don't have any symptoms? What are the side effects of prescription testosterone?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Surgery can usually treat urinary incontinence, but less invasive options are available by Anita Chen, M.D., Gynecologic Surgery, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 43 and have had trouble with urinary incontinence since having my fourth child at 41. It seemed manageable until about 6 months ago, when I started to notice it happening more frequently. At what point should I consider surgery?

Post Bulletin, Mayo Edge: Painful bone spur in elbow may require surgery to restore mobility, 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? Surgery often is a good choice for treating elbow bone spurs that are causing problems. In many cases, it can relieve pain and restore mobility.

Miami Herald, Memorial Regional in Broward approved for adult heart transplants by Daniel Chang, Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood won federal approval Thursday to begin performing adult heart transplants as soon as this summer, making it the first healthcare facility in Broward County to offer the life-saving procedure…Other Florida hospitals performing large numbers of organ transplants in 2013 include Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville (378), Tampa General Hospital (367) and Florida Hospital Medical Center in Orlando (238).

KVLY N.D., New Heart Brings New Hope to a North Dakota Teen, It's an act that gives hope to thousands of patients with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives. At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a heart transplant didn't stop a North Dakota teenager from celebrating her junior prom even from her hospital bed! Reporter Lindsey Seavert has her story. Additional coverage: KXJB N.D.

CNN, Running more may not help you live longer by Jacque Wilson, Research presented this week at the annual American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in Washington shows runners who average more than 20 miles a week don't live as long as those who run less than 20 miles a week. In fact, they live, on average, about as long as people who don't run much at all.…Previous research supports the idea that endurance exercise carries a risk. A 2012 study from the Mayo Clinic found that excessive training can cause cardiovascular damage such as scarring and enlargement of the heart and blood vessels.

Star Tribune, Baseball fields to be named for civic all-stars by Bill McAuliffe, Three baseball fields in Minneapolis will be named for Twin Cities sporting figures...Eddie Phillips, who had been a catcher on the Stanford University baseball team, was known in business for developing luxury consumer brands from vodka to gelato. He also engineered a $10 million donation to the Mayo Clinic for research into Alzheimer's disease, which had claimed the life of his mother, advice columnist Abigail Van Buren, also known as "Dear Abby." He died in 2011.

Huffington Post, 5 Foods You Didn't Know Were Fruits, Mayo Clinic botanists define fruit as: "the part of the plant that develops from a flower. It's also the section of the plant that contains the seeds. The other parts of plants are considered vegetables. These include the stems, leaves and roots -- and even the flower bud."

Winona Daily News, Healthcare businesses look to cut costs, increase customer value by Nathan Hansen, Affordable healthcare isn’t only the concern of Congress and the Obama administration. Local healthcare systems say that reducing costs to customers and improving customer experience are the two biggest issues facing the industry now and into the future, regardless of which way the political wind blows…For the Mayo Health System, looking to the future means a change in how healthcare services are delivered said Joe Kruse, chief administrative officer at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. The system is moving to a population-based approach that tackles prevention and care for high-risk patients or those with chronic illnesses.

Waseca County News, Phlebotomy a draw for Waseca's Jenny Sommers by Suzanne Rook, People can be divided into two separate but unequal groups: Those with varying degrees of squeamishness and a distaste for needles and those like Jenny Sommers. Sommers, a phlebotomist at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Waseca, spends her workdays finding useable veins and drawing blood. Her duties, she says, are just part of the job.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aurora launches its own medical research journal by Guy Boulton, Aurora Health Care has launched its own medical journal, joining Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Marshfield Clinic and other health systems that also publish journals. The new journal — Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews — will help draw attention to the research done at Aurora, potentially increasing its profile within the scientific community.

Washington Informer, BOOK REVIEW: 'The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living' by Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc., Lately, it seems as though everything sets your teeth on edge. The neighbors are way too noisy. Customer service … isn’t. Your in-laws are a bunch of ingrates. And your co-workers? Let’s not go there. You’re over just about everything: overworked, overloaded, and overwhelmed. But when you read “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living” by Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc., you might start to feel better overall. Additional coverage: Kenai Peninsula Online

Fairmont Sentinel, Some start taking a stand by Meg Alexander… Stories like this don't come as a surprise to researcher and physician James Levine, a professor of medicine for Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Levine is the author of "Move a Little Lost a Lot" and a world-renowned expert in his field. He's credited as the "Office of the Future" creator - nixing desks in favor of stationary computers at treadmills. He has been researching our bodies' physiological need for movement for years, and these days, he is not alone. "This is now mainstream," he said.

WCCO, Advocates Of Medical Marijuana Continue To Ask Gov. To Reconsider by Patt Kessler, Advocates of medicalmarijuana aren’t giving up at the State Capitol, despite opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton. A bill to legalize medical marijuana is stalled at the legislature, but supporters — including mothers of sick children — are asking the governor to reconsider…Dayton says he’s sympathetic to patients, but says there are too many questions about the benefits and problems with medical marijuana to approve it for 5 million Minnesotans. He’s offered to finance a clinical study with the Mayo Clinic to measure the medical benefits of medical marijuana pills on children.

MPR, Dayton denies telling mother of sick child to buy marijuana illegally by Tom Scheck,  Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday denied that he told the mother of a sick child to buy marijuana illegally to help care for her son. The allegation was made this week by a supporter of medical marijuana who met privately with Dayton…He put forward a plan that would pay the Mayo Clinic to conduct a study of the effectiveness of the drug for children with epilepsy. Parents with sick children said the study wouldn’t help them and criticized Dayton for proposing the study as “political cover.”

MPR, Ad slams Dayton on Medical Marijuana by Tom Scheck, Supporters of  allowing people to use marijuana for medical purposes will run an ad criticizing Gov. Mark Dayton for blocking the bill. The Marijuana Policy Project says the 30 second ad will start running tonight on programs like The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Ellen and The View…Dayton recently suggested that the Mayo Clinic conduct a study on medical marijuana for children. That plan was rejected by medical marijuana supporters because said it was too narrow.

WebMD, Medical Marijuana: What the Research Shows by Bara Vaida… Few of these studies, though, followed a controlled clinical trial. This is considered the best type of trial because it compares a drug to another drug, or to a placebo (a "fake" treatment). Also, most of the studies had fewer than 200 patients. So doubt continues about marijuana’s value and who it really can help, says J. Michael Bostwick, MD. He's a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic and author of a review of medical marijuana research. Based on medical science, it seems possible that marijuana-based treatments could be developed for some conditions; but federal restrictions make it hard for the research to advance, Bostwick says.

Jacksonville Business Journal, 40 under 40 winners on how technology has changed how they work (Video) by James Crichlow, On Wednesday Jacksonville business leaders gathered at the Hyatt, celebrating the Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 winners and sharing stories of success. Watch the video, where 40 under 40 winners Melissa Murray of Mayo Clinic and Mary Martin of the Florida Department of Children and Families discuss how evolving technology has changed their respective industries.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Does Mayo Clinic have plans for Shoppes on Maine? By Jeff Kiger, Despite being named by city officials, Mayo Clinic would neither confirm nor deny any specific plans in the Shoppes on Maine area. "We are exploring options to improve our ability to improve access to community care for our employees and those who depend on us for these services," said Rebecca Eisenman,of Mayo Clinic's Communications Dept. "Future options may include expansion of facilities and services in southeast Minnesota, but no specific details are available at this time."

EHR Intelligence, Mayo uses mHealth to reduce cardiac readmissions by 40% by Jennifer Bresnick, Cardiac rehabilitation patients who use a daily mHealth monitoring app were significantly less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge, says research from the Mayo Clinic… “We know from studies that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation lower their risks significantly for another cardiac event and for rehospitalization,” says Amir Lerman, MD, Mayo Clinic cardiologist and senior study author.

CBS Atlanta, Study: Circumcision Rates Declining Among US Males, Fewer male infants in the U.S. are being circumcised, and new research finds that nearly half of all uncircumcised males will contract a medical ailment related to their foreskin. New data published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds that the circumcision rate among newborns has declined from 83 percent in the 1960s to 77 percent by 2010, according to CBS News.

CBS News, Circumcision rates declining in U.S., study says by Jessica Firger, Circumcision for male infants is becoming less common in the U.S., according to new data published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The paper also finds that over their lifetime, half of all uncircumcised males will contract a medical condition related to their foreskin.  Their findings further back up a 2012 public statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics in support of widespread education initiatives and access to infant male circumcision. Additional coverage: MSNBC, International Business Times UK, Science World Report, Daily Beast

USA TODAY, FDA approves pill that could replace some allergy shots, by Kim Painter, The first pill that could replace allergy shots for some people has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.… Immunotherapy in take-home pill form "is a significant advance and certainly one of the few brand new products we've had in quite a long time," says James Li, chairman of the division of allergy and immunology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Additional coverage: KARE 11

WQOW, Cold weather could make allergy season shorter but more severe (Video), This season's cold temperatures and lingering snow could deliver a one-two punch to seasonal allergy sufferers…Local allergist (identified in video as Mayo Clinic Health System) Dr. Barry Rhodes says if these predictions come true, allergy sufferers can expect to see increased symptoms "If every year you get bad, you get moderate to severe, and then the pollen goes higher and you are allergic to pollen, then the odds of you having a moderate to severe problem are very high and you're probably going to get worse.”

WXOW, Allergy Season Off To A Late Start, Spring is officially here and many people are looking forward to the warmer temperatures. But for those with seasonal allergies, the spring weather can come at a price. According to Dr. Douglas Nelson, an Allergist at Mayo Clinic Health System, so far this year hasn’t been too bad. “We’ve had some people that are starting to notice symptoms and have started taking medication but usually this would be a common time people are already seeing symptoms,” said Dr. Nelson.

Arizona Big Media, Arizona Biomedical Corridor advances, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council today approved the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority to issue up to $180 million in revenue bonds to finance Mayo Clinic’s new proton beam radiation therapy center… The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the corridor’s anchor, will be the only center in the Southwest to provide proton beam radiation, a technology that precisely delivers radiation to a tumor while protecting surrounding healthy tissue and organs. The 165,000-square-foot underground facility will help Mayo medical teams treat about 2,000 patients, including children, each year beginning in spring 2016.

MedPage TodayAlzheimers: Non-amyloid targets in drug development? What non-amyloid targets should be pursued for Alzheimer's disease therapies? We put the question to three well-known researchers in the field: Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; and Richard J. Caselli, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Their answers ranged from tau protein pathologies to apolipoprotein E to general neuroprotection.

News4Jax Fla., 5 clues to Alzheimer's by Jodi Mohrmann, More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and nearly 35 million have dementia. Sometimes this frightening disease comes on quickly without many warning signs. However, researchers are identifying some clues to Alzheimer’s that you should know about… How you walk may also be a clue to Alzheimer’s. Mayo Clinic scientists found a slowed walking pace and shortened stride were associated with a decline in mental skills and memory.

Hernando Today, LeBlanc: Notable increase in Lewy Body Dementia by Gary LeBlanc, According to Dennis Dickson of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, the number of cases of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) diagnosed by the Florida Brain Bank has taken a sharp increase, even surpassing that of vascular dementia. Lewy Body is now the second most common, after Alzheimer's disease…While there, I heard Dr. Dickson give an outstanding presentation on LBD. Among the many excellent components of his speech was a true standout moment. He warned that suffering from Rem Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) is something to be on the alert for. It can be a warning sign that LBD is about to knock on the door.

Nature, Neuroscience: Tuning the brain by Helen Shen, Deep brain stimulation has shown promise in treating conditions such as Parkinson's disease. Now scientists are using the technology to eavesdrop on problem neural circuits. “... Some of those models may eventually grow out of data from researchers such as Kendall Lee, a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At last year's Society for Neuroscience meeting, he presented a prototype DBS system called Harmoni that can deliver current to one area of the brain while recording electrical and neurochemical responses elsewhere (see Nature http://doi.org/rvj; 2013).

KARE 11, Climbing for a cure, If you enjoy burning calories on the "StairMaster" at the gym, why not become the master of the stairs at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Big Climb MPLS" fundraiser on Saturday?... "The money stays in Minnesota. We fund research at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic largely," said Palomo. Proceeds also help local patients who are fighting leukemia or lymphoma.

Huffington Post, When Chrome Attacks -- And Quick Fixes for Other Things, Too by Cynthia Dagnal-Myron… Today, my "mother ship" desktop is the hub around which my entire life revolves. It's a tool for me, not a toy. It even saved my life once, when I was struck down by what turned out to be a very grave illness that my doctors in Tucson could not diagnose, let alone treat properly. Bedridden and desperate, I used my trusty computer to discover I had the symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which had a mortality rate that scared me sideways. I immediately Googled the Mayo Clinic, where doctors were eventually able to slow it down and save my life.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire chaplain gets prestigious honor by U.S. military by Joe Knight, When Bruce Fredrickson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1974, straight out of high school, the young man who had grown up in Rice Lake exhibited the toughness common among leathernecks… On Friday, Fredrickson, who since 1996 has worked as chaplain at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit — awarded by the U.S. military for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements — in a ceremony at the hospital. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire,

HealthDay, Cialis May Not Prevent Impotence in Men Treated for Prostate Cancer by Steven Reinberg, Taking the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis while receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer doesn't seem to help men's sexual function after treatment, a new study finds. About 40 percent of men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer suffer from erectile dysfunction afterward, according to the study…"There is no indication to use Cialis in men about to undergo radiotherapy for prostate cancer," said lead researcher Dr. Thomas Pisansky, a professor of radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic.

Waseca County News, Small-town medicine brought physical therapist Josh Berndt to Waseca by Ryan Lund, Unlike many physical therapists Waseca’s Josh Berndt has seen it all. From simple sports injuries to more complex neurological issues, Brendt works with patients of all kinds at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca, where he takes pride in meeting the unique challenges faced by a small-town hospital.

Oncology Nurse Advisor, New approach reduces opioid painkiller use after breast reconstruction surgery by Kathy Boltz, PhD., 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 newly reported study found…The findings were presented at the Plastic Surgery Research Council annual meeting, in New York, New York. The approached, developed by the Mayo Clinic, has proved so effective that it is now being used across plastic surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, How to Take Fewer Prescription Drugs by Dr. Andrew Weil, The most startling statistics I've seen in recent months came from Mayo Clinic researchers last June, who reported that nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. More than half take at least two prescriptions. Twenty percent take five or more.

WebMD, Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Help Your Joints, Maybe your knees twinge, your hips creak, or your shoulders are stiff. There's an excellent chance that tai chi can help … "It almost looks like a slow-motion dance," says Mary L. Jurisson, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, who has taught tai chi.

NBC News, Weight-Loss Surgery Can Reverse Diabetes for Some, Study Suggests by Lisa Tolin,… Dr. Michael Jensen of the Mayo Clinic, who was not involved in the study, said the results are impressive but that weight-loss surgery should still be seen as a last resort for patients who are not controlling their diabetes and responding to medical treatment. Surgery costs about $50,000 and fails in many cases, and there is a risk of complications, including death.

Wall Street Journal, The Path to a Stronger Heart by Ron Winslow, Maurice Cloutier has chronic heart failure. He and his doctor credit his regular attendance at a cardiac rehabilitation program with keeping him out of the hospital.  Such rehabilitation programs are opening up to more people with chronic heart failure, one of medicine's most debilitating and costly illnesses…But patients with heart failure are often frail and much sicker than the type of patients most cardiac-rehab programs are used to working with. "They have low confidence in what they can do physically," said Randal Thomas, preventive cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "To convince people they can benefit is going to be a bit of a challenge."

New York Times, Ask Well: Is weight gain at menopause inevitable? Many women in middle age complain about stubborn belly fat. Research suggests that this is indeed a common feature of menopause…Last year, researchers at the Mayo Clinic took a closer look at the phenomenon by comparing fat tissue in pre- and post-menopausal women of similar ages. At the cellular level, they found that two enzymes that work to synthesize and store fat were more active in the postmenopausal women, which the researchers attributed to drops in estrogen.

Washington Post, A growing number of primary-care doctors are burning out. How does this affect patients? by Roni Caryn Rabin and Kaiser Health News, Martin Kanovsky, an internist in Chevy Chase, used to see patients every 15 minutes and worry at times about what he might be missing by moving so fast…There are no hard national data on physician burnout. But nearly half of more than 7,200 doctors responding to a survey published in 2012 by the Mayo Clinic reported at least one symptom of burnout. That’s up from 10 years ago, when a quarter of doctors reported burnout symptoms in another survey.

Modern Healthcare, State boards’ policy for telemedicine may present roadblocks by Andis Robeznieks, The 10 physicians who practice telestroke medicine and teleneurology in the Mayo Clinic’s phoenix telemedicine hub either have medical licenses or are working toward obtaining them in four states besides Arizona. The law doesn’t require it. But Mayo decided that’s the best way to go for its program. Many more doctors soon may have to apply for medical licenses in other states…At its annual meeting in April, member state boards will vote on adopting the federation’s proposed telemedicine policy codifying standards and principles for state boards and legislatures in developing their own policies and regulations.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic App Helps Patients Undergoing Cardiac Rehab, Patients who attended cardiac rehabilitation and used a smartphone-based app to record daily measurements such as weight and blood pressure had greater improvements in those cardiovascular risk factors; they also were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge, compared with patients who only attended cardiac rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic researchers found.

Mankato Free Press, Health Recaps: Mayo Clinic Health System plans to expand, In March Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato 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. "We need to continue to change the way people receive care," Burns said. "More and more, it's keeping people out of a hospital setting and even a clinic setting."

Fox Sports, Angels suddenly without their hitting coach by Rahshaun Haylock, Don Baylor is a survivor. Multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects the bones, struck Baylor some 11 years ago. According to Mayoclinic.org, multiple myeloma is a cancer of your plasma cells, which is a type of white blood cell present in your bone marrow.

WEAU, New study shows more kids diagnosed with autism, The latest numbers from the Centers of Disease Control estimate that one in sixty-eight kids have autism. The number is 30 percent higher than what was previously thought…Dr. Timothy Robertson with Mayo Clinic Health System says while the numbers are startling, he is cautious to agree that the study shows that the rate of autism is increasing. “It’s felt on the basis scientific studies that a lot of the increase in diagnosis is that the criteria are being applied very liberally,” said Robertson.

ABC 15 Arizona, Rally for Red Know Your Numbers: 4 numbers that count for a healthy heart, Do you know YOUR numbers? As part of the ABC15 and Mayo Clinic Rally for Red mission to keep our community heart healthy, we want you to know and keep track of four key body measurements.

WLTZ (GA), St. Francis and Columbus Clinic Form Partnership, St. Francis and Columbus Clinic announced a partnership between the two organizations. "Our goal at St. Francis is to become a fully integrated medical system that emphasizes health management and promotes wellness in addition to treating sickness," said Robert Granger, president and CEO at St. Francis…Additionally, the new partnership gives Columbus Clinic physicians access to Mayo Clinic expertise through St. Francis' membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network. St. Francis joined the network in November 2013.

NativeCry.org, SUICIDE PREVENTION VIDEO FROM THE MAYO CLINIC by Armando Madero, Features a Mayo Clinic Patient Education video on suicide prevention.

Weight Watchers magazine
, Feed the Pig, Lose Big, Who says you can’t put a price on good health? People with a financial incentive to shed pounds were more likely to reach their goal than those with no money at stake, according to a year-long study conducted by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN…”People are looking for creative ways to lose weight and keep it off,” says senior study author Donald Henrud, MD, a preventive medicine expert at Mayo Clinic.

Bloomberg Businessweek (Star Tribune), Food makers are pushing protein, General Mills' Nature Valley Protein bars sold so well that the packaged food giant launched protein bars under its Fiber One brand, too…Part of the allure of protein for snacking is its satiety effect. "Protein is a great tool to help you feel full and keep you satisfied longer from meal to meal," said Katherine Zeratsky, a dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. That's partly because protein takes longer to digest.

ABC News (AP), Test Accurately Rules out Heart Attacks in the ER by Marilynn Marchione,…A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home…Dr. Allan Jaffe, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said the problem is not what the test rules out, but what it might falsely rule in. It's so sensitive that it can pick up troponin from heart failure and other problems and cause unnecessary tests for that. "I think the strategy long-term will be proven," but more studies underway now in the U.S. are needed to show that, he said. Additional Coverage: Star Tribune, My Fox Phoenix, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, MPR, ABC 15 Phoenix

Star Tribune, Editorial: Take a cautious approach on little-studied e-cigs, Adult e-cigarette users comfortable with the unknown health risks of “vaping” should feel free to fire up in their homes, their vehicles and in outdoor spaces where vapor from the devices quickly disperses…Halvorson and DFLer Sen. Kathy Sheran, who is carrying that chamber’s legislation, have clearly put in time on this issue and are familiar with both the research and the cautions voiced by leading medical experts such as Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger and the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Richard Hurt. The Minnesota Medical Association supports an indoor ban on e-cigs.

Mashable, 17 Landmark Smoking Bans That Cleared the Air by Rebecca Hiscott, On March 29, 2004, Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce comprehensive legislation that banned smoking in the workplace, including in all bars and restaurants…A 2012 study conducted at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic found that smoke-free laws contributed to a 33% drop in the number of heart attacks in Olmstead County, Minn., as well as a 17% decline in sudden cardiac deaths…“All people should avoid secondhand smoke to the extent possible, and people with coronary heart disease should have no exposure to secondhand smoke,” the authors of the Mayo Clinic study concluded.

NBA.com, Trainer Feature: Koichi Sato, Koichi Sato has a background in sports across different platforms. The first-year Timberwolves Director of Sports Performance spent time previous to Minnesota working with Arizona State University’s athletic department as well as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Wizards… Sato said when the Wolves are able to move into Mayo Clinic Square next season, it will only help improve what the team is able to do in helping the players stay ready… “Having Mayo Clinic is a great idea—hopefully we can do some collaborative stuff,” Sato said.

HealthDay, FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of At-Home Colon Cancer Test by Alan Mozes, A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a new at-home stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy…Dr. Frank Sinicrope, a professor of medicine and oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said "these data demonstrate the superiority of stool DNA testing compared to FIT for colorectal cancer screening." Sinicrope, who was not part of the study team, also suggested that the Cologuard method might offer some advantages over standard colonoscopies.

Post Bulletin, Clinicians of the World serves one population at a time by Jeff Hansel, Clinicians of the World serves communities in Haiti, encouraging health-related and long-term self-sufficiency. "Our main objective in Haiti is to help one community at a time," said CEO Dr. Rowlens Melduni, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

USA Today, Hospitals chart ways to boost care, funding under ACA by Alicia McElhaney, Hospitals are getting creative when it comes to meeting tough new mandates in the Affordable Care Act to improve care and increase patient satisfaction… Mayo Clinic branches in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville and at the Scottsdale/Phoenix campus use iPads for cardiac surgery patients to help them track progress and to give them to-do lists for the day, says Douglas Wood, a cardiologist and director of Mayo's Center for Innovation.

USA Today, Doctors' dirty little secret: a germy stethoscope by Mary Bowerman, Doctors touch dozens of patients a day and medical standards require them to sanitize after each exam. But what about stethoscopes? A new study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests the stethoscope should be subject to the same sanitary procedures as doctors' hands.

Sports Business Journal, Faces and Places, Lynx will sport Mayo Clinic name The Minnesota Lynx announced a sponsorship with Mayo Clinic that includes the team’s jerseys. At the Target Center March 17 were the Lynx’s Roger Griffith, Cheryl Reeve…(subscription needed)

Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire woman fights melanoma by Christena T. O’Brien,…Ten days later Tennyson — who was getting a little panicky — got a message, asking her to call the dermatologist, who told her she had nodular melanoma…"The advantage of a PET scan is it looks at bones and organs," said Dr. Sakti Chakrabarti, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. "That gives us extra confidence that the cancer hasn’t spread."… A new Mayo Clinic study found that among middle-aged men and women, 40 to 60 years old, the overall incidence of skin cancer increased nearly eightfold between 1970 and 2009, according to a study published in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

KTTC, Minnesota legislators consider ban on underage tanning by Courtney Sturgeon, Minnesota legislators are working to pass legislation that would ban anyone under the age of 18 from tanning in a tanning bed…"I think that having a law that forbids tanning bed use in the pediatric population in the state of Minnesota simply increases public awareness of the problem and also validates the medical community's concern that tanning beds are dangerous," said Dawn Davis, a Pediatric Dermatologist at Mayo Clinic…Shining the light on the dangers of tanning by ultraviolet lights is Mayo Clinic Dermatologist Jerry Brewer.  He recently conducted a revealing study on the population of Olmsted County. Brewer's research shows that the number of women with melanoma between the ages of 18 and 40 are eight times higher than in the 1970's.

KEYC, As Prom Season Nears, Medical Experts Warn of Risks of Tanning Beds, With prom quickly approaching for many students in the Mankato area, so is the grand march to local tanning salons. And medical experts say that while those tanning beds may provide prom–goers with that favored bronze, they also look at what cost?... But Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Family Medicine doctor Melanie Dixon says those rays from the beds are 20 times stronger than the sun and that since the 1970s, there's been eight times as many melanoma cases.  Dixon says, "Every time your skin is exposed to that strong UV ray, that damages the DNA and skin and puts you at a higher risk of skin cancer or melanoma. Even one time can increase your chance by 75%."

Post Bulletin, Squalor to Scholar changes destiny for students in India by Jeff Hansel, Squalor to Scholar awards scholarships to children in some of the most destitute slums in the world. Squalor to Scholar CEO John Schupbach, a Mayo Medical School student, said he met a young girl named Neha in India in 2011 "when she was just 6 years old."…Squalor to Scholar gave its first scholarship to Neha. As of early March of this year, the organization was supporting 135 "intelligent and devoted children like her."

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Red Wing joins Mayo Clinic Health System database by Micheal Brun, Starting today, medical records at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing and the Zumbrota and Ellsworth clinics will merge with an electronic database shared by all other health system locations and doctors. The electronic medical record, or EMR, system will mean instant access to patient records and “seamless coordinated care between all Mayo Clinic Health System sites,” according to Dr. Tom Witt, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.

ProPublica (Boston Globe), Double Dip: Doctors Paid to Advise, Promote Drug Companies That Fund Their Research by Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones, Pharmaceutical companies pay for the clinical trials that Dr. Yoav Golan conducts on antibiotics at Tufts Medical Center. They also pay him tens of thousands of dollars a year to give speeches and advice on behalf of their drugs… The Mayo Clinic and University of California San Francisco prohibit employees from receiving personal compensation from companies that concurrently fund their research.Harvard allows doctors to take no more than $10,000 annually in personal income from companies funding their research.

Examiner.com, One-third of adolescents in the U. S. have a cholesterol problem by Paul Hamaker, Article features the interview Dr. Sharon Mulvagh from Mayo Clinic did with Marlo Thomas for her website.

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