April 18, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich


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Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic builds 'Better' app to expand its name with consumers
By Dan Browning

The Mayo Clinic wants to help you feel “Better.” That’s the name of a new mobile app service launched by the Rochester-based health care provider, in partnershipStar Tribune Business section logo with a Silicon Valley venture capital firm and an accomplished tele-medicine entrepreneur. It’s part of Mayo’s overarching goal to put the clinic’s expertise into the hands of 200 million consumers.

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

Additional coverage:

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Context: Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the complexity of the healthcare system simply and quickly.  Through a mobile device, Better provides tailored Mayo Clinic health information, 24/7 access to the clinic's experienced and highly-skilled nurses, and a Better Personal Health Assistant who helps simplify and manage people's care so they can use their time to focus on being well. More information about Better can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo


Florida Times Union
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville receives $39.5 million grant for stroke study
by Charlie Patton

…the Mayo Clinic in Florida has received a $39.5 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to conduct a seven-year clinical trial Florida Times-Union newspaper logoto look at the question of whether the use of medication is as effective in preventing stroke for someone with carotid stenosis, the narrowing of a carotid artery, as surgery and the placement of a stent, a small mesh tube that holds the artery open. Leading the study, which will be called the CREST-2, will be Thomas Brott, a neurologist who is director of research at Mayo’s Jacksonville campus, and his colleague, neurologist James Meschia.

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

Additional coverage:
Jacksonville Business JournalJacksonville's Mayo Clinic gets $39.5 million stroke study grant, The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is funding a seven-year study at the Mayo Clinic in Florida examining whether medication is as effective in preventing stroke as is surgery or stents. Thomas Brott, a neurologist who is director of research at Mayo’s Jacksonville campus, and neurologist James Meschia will lead the study,  according to the Florida Times-Union.

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Context: Is medicine as safe and effective as surgery or stenting in preventing a stroke caused by the buildup of plaque in the carotid artery? Thomas G. Brott, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, aims to find out. “It’s a critical question. The quality medicines we have today may mean that it is not necessary to perform invasive procedures on patients who do not have warning signs of stroke,” Dr. Brott says. “More than 100,000 carotid surgeries and carotid artery stentings are performed each year in the United States on such patients at risk — and that may not be necessary.” More information, including a video interview with Dr. Brott, about the international study to test best approach to stroke prevention can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky


Apathy could signal brain shrinkage in old age
by Mary Bowerman

A new study suggests that as people age, they should be aware of symptoms of apathy, which may indicate a decrease in brain volume and possible brain disease...Apathy, which has similar symptoms to depression, is hard to measureUSA Today newspaper logo because the symptoms are more subtle and complex, according to Ronald Petersen, the director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who is not associated with the study.

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: KARE11

Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

Back and Forth: The early home of Dr. Henry Plummer
by Harley Flathers

Dr. Henry Stanley Plummer, the famed Mayo Clinic physician, was born March 3, 1874 to Dr. Albert and Isabelle Plummer in the little community of Hamilton. This Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperlittle village lies a mile and a half east and a mile south of Racine on the Mower-Fillmore County road. Sonja Hoag, a retired Mayo Clinic nurse, and her retired husband, many years a preacher, live in the home where Plummer was born.

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.

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Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic mobile exhibit kicks off Monday

Mayo Clinic kicks off a free, mobile 150th-anniversary tour Monday in Kingman, Ariz., at Kingman Regional Medical Center, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The exhibit is scheduled to visit more than 40 communities in Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado, California, North Dakota, Washington, Illinois, Nebraska, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and Michigan, along with Washington, D.C., Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada.

Context: On July 1, 1907, Dr. Henry Plummer and Mabel Root, Dr. Plummer's assistant, inaugurated Mayo's system of patient registration and medical record keeping. The single-unit record was central to the new system. It brought together all of a patient's records -- clinical visits, hospital stays, laboratory tests and notes -- in a single file that traveled with the patient and was stored in a central repository. This simple system quickly became the standard for medical record keeping around the world. This year marks 150 years of continuous service to patients, and Mayo Clinic is launching a yearlong recognition that will honor a legacy of medical accomplishments and a model for the future of health care. Dr. Mayo’s sons, Drs. William and Charles Mayo, joined the practice in the late 1880’s and, with their father, created Mayo Clinic’s medical hallmark: The integrated care model that focuses a team of experts on one patient at a time and puts patients’ needs first. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network. 

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

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Mayo Clinic's Simulation Center helps with team approach to medicine, reenacts real-life scenarios

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Mayo Clinic cardiologist, David Fortuin, M.D., joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live to talk about Mayo Clinic's Multidisciplinary Simulation Center and how it's used to perfect Mayo's team approach to patient care.

Reach:  KNXV-TV, ABC 15, is the ABC television station affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.

Context: F. David Fortuin, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

Public Affairs Contact: Carol Benson

News4Jax, Allergy spots in the home, We're still in the midst of a really tough spring allergy season. Did you know some places in your house could be hiding allergy triggers even if you clean?...Channel 4 teams up with the Mayo Clinic for an allergy chat to answer all of YOUR questions.

Star Tribune, Nothing to sneeze at: Minn.'s pollen season likely to be grueling by Elizabeth Hustad, Although this year’s long winter is slowly receding, allergy sufferers may feel its effects well into springtime. Pollen season is likely to be grueling this year, experts say…To alleviate allergy symptoms, the Mayo Clinic advises using air conditioning; staying in on dry, windy days; keeping your floors swept and vacuumed, and using a saline solution to help with congestion.

WEAU Eau Claire, Fighting allergies this spring, Spring has sprung, it's time to ditch the winter jackets and enjoy the great outdoors. But for many the sunshine, budding trees and blooming flowers means watery itchy eyes and nose. “You shouldn't have to suffer from allergies. When you say it’s just allergies we can just do something about it,” said Dr. Adela Taylor with Mayo Clinic Health System.

News4Jax, Join Channel 4, Mayo Clinic for a chat about allergies by Jamie Johnson, Scratchy throat, stuffy nose, and watery eyes are all a sign that spring is in the air and allergy season is in full bloom. But what exactly is the difference between a spring cold and an allergy attack? Channel 4 and the Mayo Clinic are joining forces to bring you an online chat about allergies and allergy season. During the chat you will be able to ask doctors from Mayo Clinic questions via chatroom that will be hosted by news4jax.

Star Tribune, Minnesota Senate pioneer Nancy Brataas, 86, dies… The Rochester Republican served 17 years and was the second woman elected to the Senate. The first woman, Laura Emelia Johnson Naplin, served from 1927 to 1934 but was elected to fill her husband’s seat after his death, prompting Brataas’ former colleague, Sen. Carla Nelson, to call her the first woman “elected in her own right…“It’s the university of today and tomorrow. It’s not the university of yesterday. It’s laser-focused on health sciences. It has a strong connection with the jobs and internships with Mayo Clinic and other health entities, and its not your traditional liberal arts college.”

Reuters, British number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open, British women's number one Laura Robson will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having surgery on her wrist, the 20-year-old announced on Thursday. Robson, who has a world ranking of 64, has not played since losing in the Australian Open first round to Kirsten Flipkens and will travel to the United States for the operation. "I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr. Richard Berger," she said on her Facebook page. Additional coverage: NY Times, The Guardian UK

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Prescription treatments sometimes needed to zap head lice for good by Dawn Davis, M.D., Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My child's school has had a lice outbreak for two months. The problem doesn't seem to be going away. Is it true that some types of lice are resistant to over-the-counter treatments? Are there more potent options to eliminate head lice?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Correcting astigmatism during cataract surgery is possible in some cases by Michael Mahr, M.D., Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I need to have cataract surgery, but I also have astigmatism. Is it possible to have them both fixed at the same time? If so, what will the recovery be like?

University of Iowa, R. Palmer Howard Dinner April 25: W. Bruce Fye on the Mayo Clinic by Bryanne Estes…  “This presentation describes the origins and international impact of the Mayo clinic through 1939. Multi-specialty group practice was invented at the clinic a century ago. A visiting Canadian physician wrote in 1906, ‘Specialization and cooperation, with the best that can be had in each department, is here the motto. Cannot these principles be tried elsewhere?’

New Jersey Jewish Standard, Latest salvo in circumcision war by Anthony Weiss, In the circumcision wars, circumcision has been winning some big battles. A new survey of medical data going back more than two decades has found that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. The publication of the article on April 4 by the medical journal “Mayo Clinic Proceedings” is the latest development to tip the scales in favor of circumcision in the long-running scientific, cultural, and political struggles over the practice.

Decorah Newspapers, WMC appoints new chief medical officer, Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health System leaders today announced Robert Flinchbaugh, D.O., has been appointed to serve as chief medical officer at Winneshiek Medical Center. Currently, Flinchbaugh practices family medicine in Kasson, Minn., and holds the position of assistant professor of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, Minn. He served as the program director for Mayo Clinic’s Family Medicine Residency Program for more than 10 years.

Times-Picayune New Orleans, Optimum Performance: New study shows stronger connection between running and building muscle, “Aerobic exercise training is associated with improvements in aerobic capacity, cardiovascular function, and metabolic regulation,” noted researchers at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Endocrine Research Unit at the Taylor University School of Natural and Applied Science in the April 2014 issue of Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews.

Over the Mountain Journal, Summer Scholar: Vestavia Resident Chosen for Prestigious Pharmacy Program, Elizabeth Wood of Vestavia Hills, a second-year pharmacy student at Auburn University, will spend the summer in Rochester, Minn., at Mayo Clinic. She was selected as one of four students nationwide to work in the clinic’s outpatient pharmacy program. “When I found out I was selected for the program, I was so excited and in absolute awe,” Wood said. “Mayo Clinic has such a wealth of opportunities, and I can’t wait to see what experiences I’ll have this summer.”

Austin Daily Herald, Medical center officials, family unveil Karl R. Potach Pediatric Clinic by Jason Schoonover, Karl R. Potach’s legacy continues to live on in Austin. Karl succumbed to cancer in 1997 before his fifth birthday, but on Wednesday night his parents, Dr. Kurt and Brenda Potach, and Mayo Clinic Health System officials unveiled the Karl R. Potach Pediatric Clinic on the third floor of the medical center.

KAAL, Pediatric Clinic Named In Memory Of Young Patient… When Karl Potach was two years old, he was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor.  It's a rare form of childhood cancer that ...in 1997 ... eventually claimed his life… Now, the pediatric center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin wear's Karl's name.

Modern Healthcare, Proton-beam centers sprout despite evidence drought  by Jaimy Lee, Widespread construction of expensive proton-beam therapy centers is galloping ahead, despite warnings from insurers and policy experts who decry the lack of evidence proving that the costly treatment produces better outcomes in prostate cancer patients, its most frequent use… Other centers such as the Mayo Clinic, which plans to open proton centers in Arizona and Minnesota within the next two years, will not treat low-risk prostate cancer patients. Mayo anticipates that up to 15% of its proton patients will be men with immediate-risk or high-risk prostate cancer, however.  “We had never planned on treating early stage prostate-cancer patients,” said Dr. Robert Foote, chairman of radiation oncology for Mayo. “A lot of those men don't need any treatment at all.”

KTTC, Erin Pendergast passes away after battle with brain cancer by Nicole Goodrich, Erin Pendergast passed away in her home surrounded by her family and friends on Monday. About two years ago, the young Rochester mother and wife pregnant with her second child was diagnosed with brain cancer. At 22 weeks pregnant, Pendergast, a nurse at Mayo Clinic, went to the emergency room with a headache.

ABC News, Dangers of Vaccine Hesitancy Explained in 10 Tweets… Should public health officials mandate childhood vaccinations? That was the topic of discussion on this week’s ABC News Health tweet chat moderated by Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News chief health and medical correspondent. Both parents and practitioners respectfully weighed in on the safety, schedule and importance of vaccinations….Mayo Clinic @MayoClinic  Perceptions preventing #HPVvaccination success. http://mayocl.in/1ku1RYk  #abcDrBchat #MayoClinicNewsNetwork.

Science Magazine, Measles Outbreak Traced to Fully Vaccinated Patient for First Time by Nsikan Akpan…Even a vaccine failure rate of 3% to 5% could devastate a high school with a few thousand students, says Robert Jacobson, director of clinical studies for the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved with the study. Still, he says, “The most important ‘vaccine failure’ with measles happens when people refuse the vaccine in the first place.”

Scientific American, Could an Oral Measles Drug Help the Unvaccinated? By Dina Maron…A research team reports in the April 16 Science Translational Medicine that after a small group of ferrets were exposed to the canine distemper virus—a close cousin of measles—and then three days later treated with a newly developed antiviral medication, the disease was completely suppressed. “This is a phenomenal first step forward,” says Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic who was not involved in this study.

The Medical Independent, Executive not shifting on ‘limb salvage’ IPC devices by Catherine Reilly…However, Dr. David Pfizenmaier of the Mayo Clinic’s Vascular Medicine Clinic told MI IPC pump therapy had been shown to “enhance both arterial and venous blood flow, reduce/resolve pain, reduce oedema, promote healing of ulcers, prevent recurrent ulcers and reduce risks for amputation in patients who typically experience prolonged debility, significant costs and substantial quality of life impairments with traditional conservative management options.”

MedCity News, Mayo’s James A. Rogers: It’s a great time for startups by Amanda Harnocz… To get to know each of these leaders a little better before the conference, we asked them each the same four questions. James Rogers is Head of Mayo Clinic’s technology transfer and economic development group.

ABC News, French Lab Loses SARS Vials by Sydney Lupkin… In the United States, SARS as a whole virus is considered a “select agent,” meaning it has the “potential to pose a severe threat to both human and animal health, to plant health, or to animal and plant products,” according to CDC. Its symptoms start out seeming like the flu with a fever and chills, but within a week they progress to a higher fever, a dry cough and shortness of breath, according to Mayo Clinic.

Financial Sense News Hour, Eric Matteson M.D. The research interests of Eric L. Matteson, M.D., include researching the epidemiology and novel treatments of rheumatoid arthritis and studying the impact of rheumatoid arthritis on development of coexisting conditions, such as heart disease.

Medscape, Not Clear: Best Use of Rituximab in Follicular Lymphoma by Nick Mulcahy, The best initial treatment strategy for asymptomatic, advanced-stage nonbulky follicular lymphoma is "not clear," according to an editorial published in the April edition of Lancet Oncology. The opinion piece, from Stephen Ansell, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, accompanies the published final results of a phase 3 trial that compared 2 different regimens of rituximab (Rituxan, MabThera, Roche) and a third approach, watch-and-wait.

KCRG Iowa, Cedar Rapids Woman Looks to Reality Show to Lose Weight by Forrest Saunders, She's severely overweight, but thinks a reality TV show could help her get healthy.  Charity Pierce, of Cedar Rapids, weighs 765 pounds. She said she's always been a heavy person, but a medical condition called lymphedema has made things worse. The Mayo Clinic lists lymphedema as a blockage in the lymphatic system that can cause swelling in a person's limbs.

FOX News, 15 natural back pain remedies…Achy back? You're not alone: back problems send more Americans to the doctor annually than nearly any other medical problem, according to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study. Whether you're recovering from misjudging a heavy load (we've all been there), dealing with a lingering injury, or have a chronic problem, you don't necessarily need to resort to popping tons of pain relievers.

in-Training, Medical Illustration: Shadowing an Artist in Medical School by Diem Vu, Art has been one of my passions ever since I could hold a pencil — an important outlet for expression, relaxation and reflection. However, I never found an intersection between art and medicine until I discovered medical illustration in college… But I’ve still had a niggling curiosity about medical illustration. So when I got the chance to spend a week shadowing in the Mayo Clinic Media Support Department, I seized it.

C-SPAN, Sports Safety, David OGrean, USA Hockey Executive Director… We adapted well to changing environment the over time. We have two particular leaders we wish to thank and guide a great deal of our decision making. Dr. Mike Stewart, head of sports medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Chicago Tribune, Mt. Prospect Resident Co-chairs 5K for Research on May 3 to Raise Money for Rare Cause of Heart Attack…The weekend includes a Friday night reunion of SCAD survivors, and a post-walk Saturday luncheon with an annual research update from Dr. Sharonne Hayes, the SCAD research team lead from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Dr. Timothy Olson, principle investigator of SCAD DNA research at Mayo. The team has formed the foremost body of researchers of SCAD.

MedPage Today, Chinese Herb Proves Effective in RA by Nancy Walsh… The study "showed that TwHF monotherapy was not inferior to, and combination therapy of methotrexate and TwHF was better than, methotrexate monotherapy in controlling disease activity in patients with active RA," Zhang and colleagues stated. "The findings are definitely of interest, as there was a clear treatment effect. This is a compound of interest for further study and development," commented Eric L. Matteson, MD, chief of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who wasn't involved in the study.

CNN, Herbal remedy may improve arthritis symptoms, A traditional herbal remedy may treat rheumatoid arthritis as effectively as an FDA-approved drug treatment, according to a preliminary study published this week in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases…"It actually does show a clinical benefit," said Dr. Eric Matteson, rheumatology chair at Mayo Clinic, who was not involved with the study. "I think it is something that deserves further evaluation, without a doubt."

HealthDay, Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Kidneys, People with rheumatoid arthritis may be at increased risk for kidney disease and require close monitoring, a new study suggests…"That might not seem like a lot, but in fact that's quite a big difference, and it has important implications for the course of rheumatoid arthritis and for the management of the disease," study senior author Dr. Eric Matteson, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. Additional coverage: US News & World Report, Newsday, MSN Healthy Living, Healthfinder.gov, About.com, MedicalReasearch.com

Pioneer Press, Medicare data: Minnesota providers collect less on average than peers by Chris Snowbeck… The Medicare release makes it look as if Dr. Franklin Cockerill, chairman of the pathology department at the Mayo Clinic, is the highest-paid Medicare physician in Minnesota -- with $11.6 million in payments in 2012. But Cockerill didn't personally receive the money, said Bryan Anderson, a Mayo Clinic spokesman. Instead, the payments represent total fees for all patient specimens tested at Mayo laboratories during the year. Cockerill's name appeared on all claims because he's the supervising physician for the clinical laboratory tests, Anderson said. But that doesn't mean he got the money.

Reuters, Factbox: Using the data on Medicare's payments to doctors by Sharon Begley, Medicare billing data released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gives the public an unprecedented look at how the program pays medical providers. [ID:nL2N0N11FJ] But the data can lead to incorrect inferences about how much doctors and others are really making…As a result, while it may seem that one individual received outsized payments, they may have been spread among many. That was the case with a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who is listed as receiving $11 million from Medicare for 23 million lab tests in 2012, the fourth-highest amount in the country. In fact, that represents total billings for blood work and other tests at a clinical lab where he serves as director, said Mayo spokesman Bryan Anderson. Dr Franklin Cockerill, he said, "is a salaried employee of Mayo Clinic and is not making big money off Medicare."

KPHO Ariz., Concerned veterans to rally for change at VA hospitals by Allyson Blair… Corp. Rebecca Knott served four and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. She was discharged in the late 80s after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Knott beat the cancer once, but in 1994, it came back...Knott said the surgeon at the VA seemed unsure about her treatment and eventually told her the tumor was inoperable. But a second opinion from Mayo Clinic contradicted the VA's diagnosis. Now Knott is once again in remission. "I kept saying, what happens to people who don't know to go and keep fighting with them or don't have other insurance? What they're doing to people is just wrong," said Knott.

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System Teams Up With Area High Schoolers by Ashley Hanley, Mayo Clinic Health System has teamed up with area schools to help prepare them for future medical careers.  Starting this fall, select students from Waseca, Janesville Waldorf–Pemberton and NRHEG will participate in a medical academy… MCHS Waseca Administrator Jeff Carlson says, "They'll be in scrubs, they'll have therapy hammers, and have their stethoscope, they'll be working."Working, to prepare them for a future career path.

KZTV Texas, Lasik Eye Surgery, The surgeon is going to perform a few tests, just to make sure you can go through with the procedure. If you get the all-clear you have a number of laser vision correction techniques to choose from. (Video from the MAYO CLINIC) the most common are Lasik, and advanced surface ablation.

Newton Citizen Ga., TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Find relief in 'Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living', 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., you might start to feel better overall.

Online Athens, Diet Roundup: Find the best diet for your lifestyle and make a plan for success by April Burkhart, MAYO CLINIC The Mayo Clinic’s dietary take on how to make healthy eating a lifelong habit earned it especially high ratings from experts for its nutrition and safety as well as a tool against diabetes. Experts also found it moderately effective for weight loss.

WISH Ind., Can exercise, food help you kick the meds? By Lauren Lowrey, Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, according to research by the Mayo Clinic and many of those drugs are for problems considered to be avoidable if you change your lifestyle.

Herald Scotland, US specialists jet in to carry out pioneering heart surgery, Dr Pedro del Nido, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital in America and a Professor of Child Surgery at the world-renowned Harvard Medical School, is due in Glasgow today. He will carry out an operation on a child with Ebstein's anomaly, a potentially deadly condition, at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill tomorrow…Their trip has been paid for by Rebecca's Rainbow Heart Ebstein's Anomaly Trust, which was established by the parents of Rebecca Gibson, an eight-year-old born with the condition who had to travel from Aberdeen to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment three-and-a-half years ago.

NPR Blog, Gene linked to Alzheimer's poses a special threat to women by Jon Hamilton… The gene, known as APOE4, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's in both sexes. But a study published Monday in the Annals of Neurology found that the gene had only a minimal effect on men, while in women it nearly doubled the risk of developing Alzheimer's or a related condition called mild cognitive impairment…The current study does not settle the question of whether women as a group are more likely to develop Alzheimer's than men who are the same age, says Michelle Mielke, a psychiatric epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic. But it does add to the evidence that risk factors for Alzheimer's can be different for men and women, something "we haven't really looked at very closely," she says.

KNXV Ariz., Sleeping less than 6 hours a night linked to high blood pressure by Mayo Clinic, It's thought that sleeping less than six hours a night could be linked to increased blood pressure. People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure. There's also an increased risk of high blood pressure for people who sleep between five and six hours a night.

Huffington Post, 8 Steps To Fall Asleep Fast, Of course you wish you were sleeping. It's just not happening. And here you are, in the wee hours of the morning, staring at the insides of your eyelids. So how do you snag at least a few hours of Zzs before the birds start chirping? We asked the experts. Read on for the advice of Eric Olson, co-director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Harneet Walia, a doctor in the Cleveland Clinic's Sleep Disorders Center. Additional coverage: News.com.au

The Star (Canadian Press), Why you need to stop cleaning your ears with cotton swabs, The type of ear wax a person has — wet or dry — seems to be determined by genetics: Caucasians and Africans typically have wet wax, which can range in colour from golden brown to dark brown, while Asians and aboriginals are more likely to have dry wax, which is greyish in colour and tends to be flakier. No matter which kind a person has, it serves some important functions,” explains Dr. Charles Beatty, an otolaryngologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “It can be a bit of a lubricant for the skin — it keeps (the ears) from getting too dry and the skin from getting scaly and itchy — and can protect against fungus and bacterial infections in the ear canal,” he says. Additional coverage: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV News, Huffington Post

News4Jax Fla., Is it better to weight lift before or after cardio workout? By Mayo Clinic News Network, Whether you do weightlifting before or after an aerobic workout is up to you. Research hasn't definitively shown that one way is better than another. Consider the factors that fuel the debate about when to do weightlifting…

CNN, Alexa Ray Joel collapses on cabaret stage by Alan Duke, Billy Joel's daughter with Christie Brinkley fainted on a New York cabaret stage Saturday, her rep said Monday. An emergency room doctor concluded that Alexa Ray Joel, 28, experienced vasovagal syncope, a common cause of fainting that "is usually harmless and requires no treatment," Joel rep Claire Mercuri said. In vasovagal syncope, according to the Mayo Clinic website, a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure can cause reduced blood flow to the brain, which results in a brief loss of consciousness.

The Greek Star, Holy Apostles 5K Family Run and Walk, Runners, joggers, fast and even slow walkers of all ages, mark your calendars and participate in the Holy Apostles 5K Family Run and Walk.  The event will take place on Saturday, May 10, at 8:30 AM.  The course will begin and end at the church.  All proceeds will go to the Philoxenia House in Rochester, MN.  This house provides free accommodations and meals for people that are traveling to the Mayo Clinic for medical treatment.

MarketWatch, FDA Gives Clearance to Proceed with Clinical Study - New Drug Candidate from Vivolux Starves Cancer Cells… The study will be conducted in collaboration with Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The aim is to determine the dose for future clinical studies. VLX600 is designed to increase the efficacy of radiotherapy and to kill cancer cells that survive traditional chemotherapy.

Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Hop on a treadmill at the office?  Unhealthy, overweight employees and those with concentration problems might benefit from treadmill workstations on the job, a University of Texas at Arlington faculty member and researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have found.

Forbes, For The WNBA, Jersey Sponsorships Signal Corporate And Community Support by Alanda Glass… Roger Griffith – Executive Vice President, Minnesota Lynx: This is one of the largest and comprehensive packages in this league. It ties to the new practice facility that we are working on constructing, which is going to have a Mayo Clinic sports medicine clinic. They want to help us grow and expand the Lynx and the WNBA brands. The Mayo Clinic and its worldwide recognition and credibility bring a whole new element to the league. It is a huge statement in support for the league.

Yahoo! Education, 8 High-Demand Jobs That Require Little Schooling…Pharmacy Technicians…"Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two, according to Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center researchers," says Nikki Wallace Wilson, a human resources professional and life coach. "Pharmacy technicians are needed to help deliver medicine in a timely fashion."

Wall Street Journal, How Morcellators Simplified the Hysterectomy but Posed a Hidden Cancer Risk by Jennifer Levitz, The women's health-care community got a shock to the system in December, when leading U.S. hospitals abruptly began acknowledging that a commonly used surgical tool risked killing some women…"I don't think there is an acceptable safe morcellator" without systems to contain tissue, said Bobbie Gostout, Mayo Clinic's chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology, at a 2011 conference where a study highlighted the device's cancer-spreading risk. That risk, she said, "seems just out of bounds."

KPHO Ariz., Saturday open house to address valley fever research by Nicole Crites…Two-thirds of valley fever cases in the U.S. occur in Arizona, according to a Mayo Clinic doctor, making Arizona the place for experts to gather and talk treatments and a possible vaccine…"Arizona is the valley fever capital of the world," said Dr. Janis Blair, who runs the Mayo Clinic's valley fever clinic in north Phoenix. Additional coverage: H5N1 Blog

KTTC, Friday declared "Donate Life" Day in Rochester by Nicole Goodrich, Friday afternoon officials gathered at the Gift of Life Transplant House to raise a flag in support of organ donation, and Mayor Ardell Brede was on hand to proclaim the day "Donate Life Day." April is national Donate Life month, and Friday dozens dressed in blue and green gathered in the lawn at Gift of Life to support the cause. Mayo Clinic alone has more than 3,000 patients on the waiting list for an organ transplant, and every day an average of 18 people die in America waiting for a transplant. Additional coverage: KAAL

CNN, Juicing: Healthy detox or diet trap? By Jacque Wilson…Consuming your food in liquid form may also leave you feeling less fulfilled, meaning you'll eat more calories than you would if you simply chewed the food, says Jennifer Nelson, director of clinical dietetics and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic…Can I go on an all-juice diet? You can, but it's not a good idea. "You want your diet to be balanced and healthy and to include protein, dairy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fats," Nelson says. "Some foods don't juice properly -- like fish or whole wheat bread." Additional coverage: News4Jax Fla.

News 4 Jax, Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious? By Mayo Clinic News Network, Once found only in health food stores, organic food is now a regular feature at most supermarkets. And that's created a bit of a dilemma in the produce aisle. On one hand, you have a conventionally grown apple.

Post-Bulletin, Sports market a focus of Destination Medical Center by Jeff Hansel, One of Destination Medical Center's main focus areas is the category of sports and recreation. But planners for Mayo Clinic's and the community's efforts to make Rochester the top medical destination on the planet might have a little work to do, if they want input from those who might be directly affected.

KWCH Kansas, Tissue test during lumpectomy can prevent reoperation by Mayo Clinic News Network, Unique laboratory testing during breast cancer lumpectomies to make sure surgeons remove all cancerous tissue spares patients the need for a repeat lumpectomy in roughly 96 percent of cases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, a success rate much higher than the rate nationally, a Mayo study shows.

MedPage Today, Novel Drug 'Graduates' in Breast Ca Trial by Charles Bankhead…The principal limitation to the adaptive randomization approach is adequate biostatistical support, he added. Any trial absolutely must have a biostatistician "who knows the stuff cold." With respect to the neratinib regimen, the diarrhea could prove to be a big obstacle to the regimen moving forward, said Edith Perez, MD, of the Mayo Clinic.

Owatonna People’s Press, Owatonna clinic, partners encourage exercise during 'On the Move' program by Ashley Stewart…Mayo Clinic Health System — Owatonna announced that it will be holding its five-week “On the Move” wellness program in partnership with Steele County Public Health, Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Owatonna Parks and Recreation, Allina Health, area schools and area businesses starting on April 21…“Hy-Vee will be there talking about nutrition. Dr. Brian Bunkers will talk about the importance of walking, and people will be able to speak to other vendors,” said Stephanie Olson, spokesperson for Mayo Clinic Health System — Owatonna.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 'Super TIF' one option for possible arena financing by Don Walker, The idea of a super TIF to finance a new arena has a connection to the Hammes Co., the highly successful, Brookfield-based firm that provides planning, facility development and real estate advice to the health care industry. Hammes also has a sports development arm and has been retained by the MMAC task force for advice on financing an arena…The sources said Hammes' work with the arena task force borrowed ideas from two projects. One, called the Destination Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., is a $6 billion Mayo Clinic project that would turn Rochester into a destination for medical patients and providers.

ABC15 Ariz., Hundreds walk in downtown Phoenix at annual Liver Life walk to raise awareness about liver disease by Pete Suratos…Retired LAFD firefighter Cesar Alvarez, who now lives in the valley, says he was diagnosed with liver cancer back in 2009. He said he rarely drinks, but for two years prior to his diagnosis, he took a good amount of pain medication following an injury while on-duty. He found out about his condition during a trip to the emergency room. He eventually got a transplant in 2010 at the Mayo Clinic.

Washington Post, Gregory White Smith dies; biography of Jackson Pollock won a Pulitzer by Hoai-Tran Bui, Gregory White Smith, an author best known for his mammoth biographies of artists Vincent van Gogh and Jackson Pollock, the latter of which won a Pulitzer Prize but polarized the art community for its speculative approach to Pollock’s troubled personal life, died April 10 at his home in Aiken, S.C…Mr. Smith had first been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in 1976, but a decade later, while attending a Christmas party, his face was suddenly paralyzed. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota told him the tumor was malignant and inoperable and gave him months to live. Additional coverage: LA Times, Chicago Tribune

Imperial Valley News Calif., Growing Stem Cells in Space to Treat Stroke Patients by William Rupp, M.D., Regenerative medicine promises to someday radically transform the way we deliver care to patients. Quite simply, it has the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair. This bold new field of medicine is the future of health care…Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D., medical and scientific director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory, at Mayo Clinic in Florida, was recently awarded a grant to send human stem cells in space to see if they grow more rapidly in space than stem cells grown on Earth.

Becker’s ASC Review, Dr. Vijay Singh Develops Treatment for Acute Pancreatitis by Carrie Pallardy, Vijay Singh, MBBS, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, has developed a device for the treatment of acute pancreatitis, according to a News Medical report.

Tucson News Now, Cochise County celebrates grand opening of new hospital, The new hospital reflects the growth of the services offered and that means more people will be coming here from all over Cochise County. In fact, the Copper Queen Community Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Dickson says "We have grown 300 percent in the last four year, and the new ER reflects the increased demand."…"We are the most full-service rural hospital in this county. We have stroke through Mayo (Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale), cardiology through Carondelet (in Tucson), burn through the Grossman Burn Center and we're now going to be adding pediatrics through the University of Arizona," Dickson says.

MedPage Today, Variant May Thwart New Tx for Prostate Cancer by Charles Bankhead…"This work was done by an outstanding group, and the study is a key proof of principle of where we are going with these kinds of studies," said Eugene D. Kwon, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "In terms of saying that this has the kind of proof where we should immediately start testing or applying this in a clinical situation, I think it's a little premature."

Yuma News Now, Preparing for the Future of Health Care, How does a health care organization prepare for the challenges ahead in the future? John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO and president of Mayo Clinic, shared his perspectives on the Twin Cities Public Television’s (tpt) acclaimed weekly public affairs show, Almanac.  Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola hosted a live broadcast on Friday, March 21, from the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester.

Las Vegas Review-Journal, Caregiver struggles, joys come out onstage…One of those caregivers was Jean Georges, who lost her husband to Alzheimer’s disease three years ago. She said the play “was done with great sensitivity. … There was even humor because, believe it or not, there is some with a terrible disease like Alzheimer’s. …She went to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., for a checkup. Soon after she arrived, she had a heart attack. The Mayo doctors told her if she wanted to live she could no longer care for her husband — the stress would kill her.

Huffington Post, Depression May Raise Heart Failure Risk by Amanda Chan…While the study merely showed an association -- it did not prove that depression causes heart failure -- other studies have shown strong associations between depression and heart disease. Last year, for instance, a study from Mayo Clinic researchers showed that people with heart failure who have moderate to severe depression have an increased risk of dying, being hospitalized, or having to go to the emergency room.

KAAL, Rochester Envisions Walk Friendly Uptown by Hannah Tran, Make way for pedestrians. Second Street Southwest, a main traffic vein to downtown Rochester, will soon see new enhancements and installments this spring. It's the site of the "Uptown" business district, which sits near the most densely populated area in Rochester. The area is exploding and so will the need for transportation. An artist who designed several bus stop shelters near Mayo Clinic will also create similar stops in the Uptown area.

Valley News, Palomar Health joins forces with Mayo Clinic, More is usually better, especially when it comes to patient care. Now, thanks to a unique collaboration with the prestigious Mayo Clinic, Palomar Health patients are benefiting from access to more medical research and information, additional expert opinions on complex cases and experienced advice on hospital programs and protocols. In December 2013, Mayo Clinic formally announced Palomar Health as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a program designed to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise close to home. As part of the Mayo Clinic.

City News Toronto, Painful skin condition made Flaherty’s health a public matter…In the wake of Flaherty’s sudden death Thursday, experts who treat bullous pemphigoid say the condition itself is unlikely to have directly triggered his death. But side-effects of the high dose steroids he had taken to try to bring the condition under control could potentially have increased his risk of heart disease, suggested Dr. Julia Lehman, a dermatologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Huffington Post Canada, Yahoo! News Canada, Canda.com, The Prince George Citizen, Metro News Canada, The Province, Global News

Diario Imagen, Campaña “1, 2, 3 Saludable con el Beis,” Cápsulas de la salud…A pesar de que el síndrome del colon irritable es raro que se presente en el  niño,  si tiene dolores de estómago  frecuentes, y persisten durante tres meses o más, si además tiene diarrea crónica, fiebre, vómito, heces sanguinolentas o negras como la brea, dolor repentino o fuerte y movimientos intestinales durante la noche, si aparte no crece a la velocidad normal o pierde peso, es necesario que valore el médico. el Dr. William Faubion, Gastroenterólogo de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota. Otros síntomas son hinchazón en las articulaciones, ojos rojos con dolor y sarpullidos en la piel.

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