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Move Over, Tennis Elbow; Wrist Injuries Increasingly Plague Stars
by Ben Rothenberg
Juan Martín del Potro, ranked a career-high No. 4 in January, has been particularly plagued by wrist injuries…More recently, del Potro, 25, was having trouble with his left wrist, used only for his two-handed backhand, and decided to have surgery in late March. Dr. Richard Berger, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., performed the operations on Robson and del Potro. “I do sense that more of the top players, the very elite touring pros, are probably experiencing injuries sufficient to take them out of the sport for some period in time at a higher rate,” Berger said.
Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of more than 735,000. Its website receives more than 16.2 million unique visitors each month.
Context: Richard Berger, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon. Specialists in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota diagnose and treat disorders of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves (the musculoskeletal system) in children and adults. Mayo Clinic's Orthopedic Surgery comprises a multispecialty group of surgical, research and clinical doctors and scientists who care for more than 80,000 people annually. Subspecialties within the department include adult reconstruction, pediatrics, sports, trauma, spine, foot, hand, shoulder, elbow, oncology and impairment evaluation.
Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson
Inside Mayo's Healthy Living and Sports Complex Center
by Hannah Tran
On Tuesday, Mayo officials provided a media tour of the new Sports Medicine Clinic for athletes and its Healthy Living Program for individuals who want to achieve and sustain wellness. Both programs are at Mayo Clinic's Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester. "I think our vision was to have a world class facility," said Michael Stuart, Co-Director of Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine…On several floors above is Mayo Clinic's soon-to-come Healthy Living Program. "There are a lot of different wellness programs out there, but there really isn't one like the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program," said program Director Donald Hensrud. Cooking classes, yoga, and even meditation are all sessions packed into a four day experience to reach wellness with physical activity, nutrition, and resiliency.
Reach: KAAL is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., which owns all ABC Affiliates in Minnesota including KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul and WDIO in Duluth. KAAL, which operates from Austin, also has ABC satellite stations in Alexandria and Redwood Falls. KAAL serves Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa.
KIMT, Mayo unveils world-class training center
Context: Mayo Clinic will open its state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Centerexpansion at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center on May 5. The new space includes multiple playing surfaces, such as hardwood for basketball and volleyball, artificial grass for turf sports, artificial ice for hockey, and specialized lifting platforms. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
To provide a comprehensive wellness program based on research, not the trend of the day, Mayo Clinic will launch the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in summer of 2014 to help people adopt healthy behavioral changes in diet, exercise and stress management and improve their overall quality of life. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
WKBT La Crosse
Mayo Clinic launches national mobile exhibit tour
The mobile exhibit will stop in more than 40 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada through October. “And to show people the history about Mayo, to learn the perspective from what they are and what they’ve become and how important Mayo is into the healthcare in our area and our nation,” said Rick Thiesse, Mayo Clinic Health System spokesperson.
Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse
Reach: WKBT is a CBS affiliate serving the La Crosse, Wis. area. WKBT-TV is owned by Morgan Murphy Broadcasting Group.
Context: Mayo Clinic's traveling mobile exhibit has begun its journey. In 2014, we honor 150 years of serving humanity. This is one way Mayo Clinic can give back – to thank the patients and friends who’ve been part of our story, and share our vision with the public. People from all walks of life turn to Mayo Clinic … so we’re reaching out, bringing Mayo Clinic to the people. This exhibit is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Committee with generous support from many patients and friends.
Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes
by Michaeleen Doucleff
So all this got us wondering: Could passing gas, in some instances, be a sign that our gut microbes are busy keeping us healthy?...Absolutely, says Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. While no one's sure which foods are good for our microbiomes, eating more veggies can't hurt. "Eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients," he says. "If we didn't feed them carbohydrates, it would be harder for them to live in our gut."
Context: A Mayo Clinic researcher, along with his collaborators, has shown that an individual’s genomic makeup and diet interact to determine which microbes exist and how they act in the host intestine.The study was modeled in germ-free knockout mice to mimic a genetic condition that affects 1 in 5 humans and increases the risk for digestive diseases. Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and first author of the study Purna Kashyap, M.B.B.S., says, “Our data show that factors in the differences in a host’s genetic makeup — in this case genes that affect carbohydrates in the gut — interact with the type of food eaten. That combination determines the composition and function of resident microbes.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Chippewa Falls man gives 70 percent of his liver to 22-year-old nephew by Eric Lindquist, You might say Tyler Grant has a little of his uncle Mike Arntz in him. And in the case of these two Chippewa Falls men, such an observation goes deeper than just their easygoing personalities or a general family resemblance. It is the literal truth. Arntz, 48, recently donated about 70 percent of his liver to 22-year-old Tyler, who has struggled with a rare liver disease for much of his life.Remarkably, both recipient and donor are expected to grow fully functional, full-size livers within a few weeks as a result of the living donor transplant performed two weeks ago at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
KEYC Mankato, Bowler Sees Scores Increase After Cardio Rehab, A Mankato man is thanking Mayo Clinic Health System's cardiac rehab program for improvement in his bowling game. Most of us would only dare to dream of rolling a perfect 300 in bowling. "I've had two 300 games in my career." Doug DeMarce is a pretty good bowler to say the least. But last December his game was put on hold when he had a heart attack at 62. "It got my attention in a hurry." And that's when he enrolled in Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato's cardiac rehab program with Dr. Chip Gay.
MedPage Today, Can Scans Confirm Alzheimer's Dx? By John Gever, Autopsy findings in 74 elderly individuals confirmed the accuracy of brain scans for beta-amyloid plaques conducted before they died -- and also showed that the patients' clinical diagnoses were frequently wrong, a researcher said here...Neill Graff-Radford, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., who was not involved in the study, said he understood CMS' argument, but he agreed that the PET scans can't help but inform clinical management.
Bio-Medicine, Atypical Form of Alzheimer's Disease May be Present in a More Widespread Number of Patients, Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida have defined a subtype of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that they say is neither well recognized nor treated appropriately…"Many of these patients, however, have memories that are near normal, so clinicians often misdiagnose them with a variety of conditions that do not match the underlying neuropathology," says the study's lead author, Melissa Murray, Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Additional coverage: BioPortfolio, AllVoices, Medical Xpress, Science Codex, ScienceNewsline, News Medical
Florida Times-Union, Cheers: Kudos to three major leaders, For decades, Leadership Jacksonville has played a massive role in shaping our community’s leaders – and it recently hailed three such influential figures…All three received standing ovations during the dinner. The lavish applause was well deserved. FIGHTING ALS Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic has been doing innovative work in fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is one of the most debilitating diseases on earth. And the Mayo Clinic's impressive work has been recognized on the federal level….Leonard Pertucelli, an acclaimed neuroscientist, is the lead researcher for Mayo Clinic’s work on ALS.
Post-Bulletin, ALS patients and researchers are heroes, I am writing to express my appreciation for the article in the April 19 Post-Bulletin entitled, "ALS study inspires hope." My husband, Joe, died April 5, just two weeks before this article of ALS. His disease was unrelenting and unforgiving, and it robbed my children and I of his presence. As I helped my son deliver last Saturday's paper, there were tears in my eyes…This ALS study was one we hoped Joe could be involved in, but unfortunately, that was not to be. However, I am so thankful for the researchers at Mayo Clinic and the brave patients who are willing to try this treatment, knowing that it could be dangerous to them.
Reuters, FDA okays start of BrainStorm stem cell trial in ALS patients, BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the start of a mid-stage clinical trial of its adult stem cell treatment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)…The trial will also be conducted at the Mayo Clinic, the Israel-based company said on Sunday. The trials are expected to start soon.
ABC News, Letter From Lou Gehrig Captures Secret Struggle…The letter, addressed to Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Paul O'Leary, is a sweet “note to say ‘hello’” and invite O’Leary and his wife to the World Series. “I sincerely HOPE AND URGE you and Ruth to be with us for this is probably the only way in which I can attempt to begin to show my appreciation,” Gehrig wrote. “Eleanor and I are praying that you will enjoy yourselves on this much needed vacation.” Additional coverage: FOX News
New York Post, Lou Gehrig wrote heartbreaking letter believing he’d beat ALS by David Li, Yankees icon Lou Gehrig struggled to perform simple tasks — like buttoning his shirt — only months after retirement, but was still convinced he’d beat ALS, according to a heartbreaking letter penned by the Iron Horse. A Southern California auctioneer is hawking one of the final documents Gehrig ever signed, a Sept. 13, 1939, note to his Mayo Clinic physician, Dr. Paul O’Leary.
MedPage Today, Narrow Arteries Could Cloud Mind by Michael Smith, Narrowing of the carotid arteries appears to be an independent cause of cognitive impairment, a researcher said here.…But more information will be needed before that idea reaches the clinic, commented Neill Graff-Radford, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., who was not part of the study but who moderated a session at which it was presented.
Chicago Tribune, Effective treatments are available to relieve vaginal dryness by Stephanie Faubion, M.D., Women’s Health Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 52 years old and have been menopausal for the last two years. I'm experiencing some vaginal dryness. Is this normal? Is there anything that can be done for it? I've tried using over-the-counter lubricants and they don't seem to help much.
Florida Times-Union, Lead Letter: Mayo provides top quality cancer care, While we agree with the spirit and enthusiasm of a recent letter about the need for more National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in Florida, it is important to set the record straight about information that was missing from the letter. As major providers of cancer care, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa are the only two comprehensive cancer centers in Florida designated by the National Cancer Institute.
Chicago Tribune, Active surveillance a reasonable approach for men with low-risk prostate cancer by Matthew Tollefson, M.D., Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father, 71, was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer last month. He's worried about the side effects of surgery and radiation, so he has instead decided to wait and see if the cancer progresses. His doctor agrees that he doesn't need to have treatment anytime soon. Should I have him get a second opinion?
KTTC, Mayo Clinic unveils new cancer test, Mayo Clinic is unveiling a new type of cancer test that officials say will help tailor chemotherapy to each individual patient. Dr. Axel Grothey is an oncologist who routinely orders the test for his patients with colorectal cancer and said, “For some patients, they might qualify for certain treatments which they might not otherwise have access to, and we actually see that some treatments might have a detrimental effect, meaning a negative effect on patients if we don’t select patients right.”
GenomeWeb, New Products: Mayo's Cancer Dx; OGT's Cancer Panel; Natera's Panorama, The Mayo Clinic has launched CANCP, a 50-gene cancer panel that assesses hotspot mutations using next-generation sequencing with the goal of predicting a patient's response to therapy. The test is available to Mayo patients and providers worldwide through Mayo Medical Laboratories.
BioOptics World, Mayo Clinic launches next-gen sequencing cancer panel test by Lee Dubay, The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) has launched a new gene panel cancer test to help tailor chemotherapy to an individual patient based on the unique genomic signature of the patient’s tumor…"Every patient’s cancer is different, and oncology is moving away from treating cancer based on its location in the body in favor of selecting the best medication for the individual patient based on molecular changes in the tumor," says Axel Grothey, M.D., a Mayo Clinic oncologist who orders CANCP on selected tumors.
KTTC, Senior housing boom hits Rochester as population grows by Ali Killam…Pat Taylor has called Rochester home all her life. She and many others have witnessed Rochester's senior population grow over the years and they aren't surprised. "It's a clean city, we don't have the big factories," said Taylor. "Mayo Clinic is great for anyone who has health problems, and the older we get the more health problems we have."
News4Jax, Raising Awareness For Strokes, Each year more than 8 hundred- thousand people have a stroke. It can happen to anyone at any age Our next guest found out she was at risk after going to the doctor for a simple headache…Joining me now is Suzanne Hailey, who is doing well today, DESPITE having a stroke and Dr. Rabih Tawk, neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic.
Pioneer Press (AP), House OKs bill to enhance newborn blood screening by Mike Cronin…Dr. Robert M. Jacobson, president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, said in an email that newborn screening is critical to pediatric care. Missed, delayed or false diagnoses are what make preserving the screening data critical, Jacobson said. "This bill positions Minnesota to save as many lives as possible while upholding parents' rights to refuse testing, request destruction of test results, or both," Jacobson said. "Restoring the program protects the health of children born now and in the future."
WZZM Mich., Achy bones? Don't completely blame the weather by Stacia Kalinoski…Dr. Richard Martin, a rheumatologist at West Michigan Rheumatology, has heard the same stories for decades. "It is true that people experience a change of symptoms with a change of weather." He decided to interview hundreds of his patients when he transferred from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, a retiree capital.
Nature, Doubts over heart stem-cell therapy by Alison Abbott…Co-author Andre Terzic, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, denies that Francis’s concerns were not addressed and stresses that his group’s findings were peer-reviewed. He adds that the decision to drop the initial endpoint — to measure heart-beat strength by monitoring the movement of radioactive tracers through the heart — was made on the advice of the study’s steering committee, which said that such efficacy need be assessed only in a phase III trial. The planned phase III trial has now been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency, Terzic says.
WFRV Wis., HealthWatch: Growing Stem Cells in Space: Medicine's Next Big Thing?Hemorrhagic stroke is responsible for more than 30 percent of all stroke deaths. It happens when a weakened blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain. It’s something Jon Galvan experienced five years ago after he almost died from a hemorrhagic stroke while at work…He was able to recover, but Abba Zubair, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy at Mayo Clinic, Florida says not everyone is as fortunate. "If it happens, you either recover completely or die," Dr. Zubair told Ivanhoe. "That's what killed my mother."
KEYC Mankato, Rally Promotes Bicycle Riders to Wear Helmets by Tyler Utzka, If you need a bicycle helmet, you're invited to head to the River Hill Mall today. From now until 7 o'clock tonight, Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato is hosting a bike safety rally…Edie Leasman from Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato says, "With kids, it really shouldn't even be a choice. Like, if you wear a seat belt, why wouldn't you wear your hehelmethen you're on a bicycle."
Tampa Bay Times, You farted? Congratulations may be in order, We shouldn't be quite so embarrassed about farting, reports Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR.org. Being a bit gassy can be a sign of good health and good eating habits. Absolutely, Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told Doucleff.
Cannon Falls Beacon, Exterior work begins at new hospital, Motorists on Highway 52 will soon notice visible changes to the exterior of Mayo Clinic Health System's new facility in Cannon Falls. Brick siding of the building's exterior has begun and is expected to continue for several weeks.
Spring Valley Tribune, Speaker on DMC hopes local residents keep conversation going by David Phillips, Jerry Williams started a conversation about the impact of Destination Medical Center on Spring Valley Saturday night at the annual banquet of the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation.
Post-Bulletin, Locals seek veterans services center housed at Mayo Clinic by Jeff Hansel, The phone rings, and aMayo Clinic doctor needs help because thefamily of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is struggling. "Where do I send them?" the doctor asks…Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organizers say they have talked with Olmsted County Public Health, DMC subconsultants, the office of Rep. Tim Walz and veterans employed by Mayo Clinic. Now, they're hoping area veterans and their families will join the effort as veterans services center "champions" to convince Mayo and Destination Medical Center leadership of the need for a treatment center to serve both veterans and their loved ones. Additional coverage: BringMeTheNews
Post-Bulletin, Our View: Veterans treatment center fits DMC model, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects anywhere from 14 percent to 31 percent of veterans, according to the Southeast Minnesota chapter of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a community group dedicated to helping veterans transition back to civilian life…Beyond the Yellow Ribbon says Mayo Clinic is perfectly positioned to become the leading PTSD treatment center in the United States. We couldn't agree more, especially in light of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative…A veteran service center within Mayo Clinic would have the hospitality appeal of a USO for veterans and their families, offering treatment, as well as support services and recreation.
KTTC, Governor Mark Dayton Gives State of the State address…Perhaps the most transformative development project anywhere will occur in Rochester, thanks to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic’s decision to build its expanded Destination Medical Center there. Already Minnesota’s largest private employer, Mayo expects this multi-billion dollar expansion to double its employment over the next twenty years. The Center will be surrounded by new hotels, restaurants, stores, and recreational opportunities.
MPR Cops hint at medical marijuana compromise by Tom Scheck, Police and prosecutors say they're open to a compromise on medical marijuana but remain firmly opposed to efforts to allow patients to smoke it...Gov. Mark Dayton proposed allowing the Mayo Clinic to conduct a study on whether children with epilepsy would benefit from medical marijuana. The measure was rejected by supporters because it wasn't broad enough.
MPR, Medical marijuana's prospects grow with Minnesota Senate panel vote by Tom Scheck, A Minnesota Senate committee Friday jump started a medical marijuana bill that had been stalled in the Legislature.…Dayton has suggested the Mayo Clinic do a study on children with epilepsy that he believes will provide some relief. But parents rejected that offer, saying similar studies didn't work in other states.
KAAL, Baby's Diagnosis Has Family Hoping for Medical Marijuana, Some families in Iowa are still hoping lawmakers will approve a form of medical marijuana. Thursday the Senate passed a bill allowing oil derived from cannabis. The Bedtka's have a daughter who suffers from seizures, and believe medical marijuana will help. Last month they went to Mayo Clinic and received a devastating diagnosis. They say Baby Aby has a disease that could kill her before she's even 10 years old…During a recent stay at the Mayo Clinic doctors diagnosed Aby with Mitochondrial Disease. A cell attacking disease that can be fatal for most children.
WHO Des Moines, Second Chance, Freddie Windsor learned a virus was attacking his heart. Medicine worked for most of the summer. But, four weeks before his son Zion’s birth, he needed more medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “The doctor came in,” he says, “Freddie, you're not going to make it. You don't have weeks to live, you have days to live.”…doctors admitted Windsor to Mayo’s Intensive Care Unit and gave him an artificial heart to keep him alive while he waited for a real one.
WOI Des Moines, Pressley Cochran-Bray, Liver Transplant Patient, Her care team appealed it three times before her name was moved up. About a week after the final appeal, a liver was ready for Pressley. My mom was beyond happy and so was my dad, but the ride there to Mayo Clinic was really stressful for me because I didn't know what to expect,” said Pressley. Her surgery was a success. Pressley has recently come home and recovery has been going well.
Des Moines Register, Chris Norton vows he'll walk to collect diploma But for Chris Norton, it will be the journey of a lifetime. The 22-year-old Luther College student broke his neck in a college football game in October 2010. Doctors initially believed he had about a 3 percent chance of ever moving below the neck again. But the Bondurant-Farrar High School alumnus rejected the diagnosis and has fought to regain mobility fractions of inches at a time.
Yahoo! Shine, Belly Fat Myths that Need to Go Away by Amanda MacMillan, MYTH: A big belly is fine as long as you have a healthy BMI. Although body mass index is currently the best indicator of whether someone should be considered overweight or obese, experts agree that it's not foolproof. Waistline, it turns out, also plays a major role in health outcomes: In a 2014 Mayo Clinic study, men and women with a large waist circumference were more likely to die younger (and more likely to die from heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer) than their slimmer peers, even when they had BMIs in the "healthy" range.
Washington Post, Can Silicon Valley teach nonprofits how to save the world?At 15, Vineet Singal was morbidly obese. He'd been diagnosed with prediabetes. The struggle with his weight cast a long shadow over an otherwise promising future. These days, however, Singal is among the leading entrepreneurs in health care. The Indian-born immigrant shed 100 pounds studying biology at Stanford University. When he graduated, the Mayo Clinic tried to woo him to medical school with a full scholarship. He turned it down. Instead, Singal launched a tech startup.
KAAL, ABC 6 Investigates: The Money Trail -- Inmate Medical Costs…But something you may not know is you're also paying the medical costs for local inmates. That money comes from your property taxes…Olmsted County says its doing more education with its inmates about their health to try and lower costs even more. Mower County is looking at a possible partnership with Mayo Clinic to help slow rising costs.
Minnesota Daily, Legislature could boost U stem cell research by Roy Aker…The current House bill sets aside $450,000 for the Office of Regenerative Medicine, while the Senate version outlines a $5 million increase each year from 2015-17. The bills’ texts don’t specify how funds should be used and how they would be divided between the University and the Mayo Clinic, its research partner. The Senate’s bill mandates that an advisory task force comprised of members from the University, the Mayo Clinic and private industry, as well as two other regenerative medicine experts, recommend how to spend the state funding.
Medscape, Drilling Down on the Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines, Roundtable Review of the Cholesterol Guidelines, Francisco Lopez Jimenez, MD: Greetings. I am Dr. Francisco Lopez Jimenez, director of the preventive cardiology program at the Mayo Clinic. Today we will be convening a roundtable review on the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines on the treatment of blood cholesterol.
The Star, SickKids: Teens who lost part of a leg to cancer will run, jump and ski…Rotationplasty operation enables youngsters who lost part of a leg to cancer to resume active lifestyle. Tessa, also 15, decided on the surgery two years ago after she watched a YouTube video on rotationplasty by the Mayo Clinic that features a girl on rollerblades. “I said, ‘Okay, let’s do it,’ ” recalls Tessa.
Red Wing Republican Eagle, Mayo offers DOT exams, Beginning May 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation is requiring commercial motor vehicle drivers to be examined by a health care professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The DOT only will accept physical examinations and CMV medical certificates from certified providers. Mayo Clinic Health System providers recently certified to perform physical examinations on drivers seeking commercial motor vehicle licenses include: Cannon Falls: Evie Christensen, D.N.P; Katie Ingle, D.N.P.; Megan Johnston Flanders, M.D.; Darcy Reber, C.N.P.; and Alex Stricker, M.D.
HealthData Management, Turning the Battleship Toward Engagement by Greg Goth, In a Minneapolis Star-Tribune story about the recent launch of Better, a mobile health app and related concierge service – the personal service is for those customers willing to pay a $50 monthly fee – being co-launched by the Mayo Clinic, one two-sentence paragraph stood out from all others as though it had been fashioned from pink neon: "The venture is the latest example of Mayo’s efforts to diversify its business model and build loyalty among consumers. Those efforts are being driven, in part, by healthcare overhaul measures that could trim Mayo’s revenue by at least 20 percent."
NewsMax Health, Never Have Surgery Without Asking These 5 Questions by Nick Tate, Experts call them "never events" — surgical errors that should never happen, such as performing the wrong procedure or leaving a sponge or tool inside a patient's body after an operation… The good news is you can greatly reduce your odds of becoming a victim by asking your surgeon several key questions before going under the knife. Robert Cima, M.D., tells Newsmax Health that it's critically important to take steps to understand the specific details about your medical condition and treatment before surgery, and ask about your doctor's background and training.
MyUrbanLife, Warrenville walk to benefit rare heart condition research…Little is known about spontaneous coronary artery dissection, and many people who suffer a heart attack because of it do not survive, according to the release. The 5k SCADaddle for Research will raise money for Mayo Clinic to study these attacks.
BBC, How faecal transplantation is gaining credibility by Bryn Nelson, Many find the idea of faecal, or poo transplants disgusting. However a growing body of evidence suggests this could be a lifesaver, as Bryn Nelson reports.…Sudden killer, Some doctors have likened the recoveries of desperately ill patients to those seen with anti-HIV protease inhibitors in the mid-1990s. After the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, performed its first faecal microbiota transplant in 2011, a patient who had been bed-ridden for weeks left the hospital 24 hours later. And in 2013, researchers in the Netherlands halted a landmark C. diff. clinical trial early for ethical reasons when they saw that the overall cure rate of 94% with donor faeces had far outpaced the 31% cured with the antibiotic vancomycin. Additional coverage: NewStatesman, Gizmodo Australia
CNN, Is diabetes shrinking my brain? Up until about five years ago, experts thought memory and cognitive problems related to diabetes were largely due to problems with blood clots in the brain. But Bryan's new imaging study builds on other research, which points to brain shrinkage as a potentially stronger link to the development of cognitive decline in diabetics. "Somehow diabetes is doing something to the brain that results in tissue loss (death of cells)," says Dr. Rosebud Roberts, professor of epidemiology and neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved with this new research. Roberts says scientists are still trying to understand why cells are dying. Their best guess is that it's related to both too little and too much glucose in the brain.
Senior Housing News, Venture Cap Investors Still Hungry for Healthcare Tech by Jason Oliva, Regulatory pressures may create a looming cloud of uncertainty for companies operating in the current healthcare landscape, but for tech companies focused on senior care, the silver lining is a growing interest from venture capital investors.…“The regulatory pathway is uncertain, reimbursements are getting scary and ROI is starting to come back, but it’s challenging,” said James Rogers III, chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures, Wednesday during the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum in Chicago. “There are opportunities in this current environment, but you have to be thinking ahead.”
USA Today, Good news/bad news for U.S. air quality by Mary Bowerman…Those who are most vulnerable are children and teens, those over 65, people who work outdoors and those with respiratory or cardiovascular disease, according to the CDC. That doesn't mean people need to lock the door and stay inside, says Clayton Cowl, a pulmonologist and occupational environmental specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: KARE11
KEYC Mankato, MCHS Holds Free Food Allergy Presentation, Food allergies are a growing food safety concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's estimated up to six percent of children in the United States suffer from food allergies. Dr. Kunal Shah, allergy specialist with Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato says, "Food allergies are more common in children. Intolerance's are more common in adults."
La Crosse Tribune, La Crosse summit seeks Rx for health gap for disadvantaged by Mike Tighe, Coulee Region health officials are pressing their quest to improve residents’ overall well-being by diagnosing the impact of factors such as socioeconomic conditions….The La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium was formed in 1993 by five founding institutions: Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, Gundersen Health System, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo University and Western Technical College. The La Crosse School District and the County Health Department joined as partners in 2009.
Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Risk for macular degeneration goes up with age by Sophie J. Bakri, M.D., Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 52 and have been diagnosed with dry macular degeneration. What could cause this in a person my age?
Buffalo News, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Talk to doctor before taking probiotics by Dr. Brent Bauer is an internist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Dear Mayo Clinic: I keep hearing about all the health benefits of probiotics. Are there any negative side effects? Do I need to talk to my doctor before I take them?
KTVZ Oregon, What are symptoms of the mumps? By Mayo Clinic News Network, Mumps is no longer very common in the United States, but when an outbreak does occur, it can spread quickly and affect anyone not immune from having had the mumps or the vaccination. “Living or being in crowded environments can be a major factor in mumps outbreaks,” says infectious diseases specialist Raj Varatharaj Palraj, M.B.B.S., at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare La Crosse.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Researchers finding ways to erase unhappy memories…Over the last 10 or 15 years, researchers have gotten a better understanding of how memories are formed and recalled. Dr. Susannah Tye, an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says that bad memories affect people on two levels. There’s the recollection of the traumatic event, as well as a physical aspect — a person’s heart may race or they may get depressed or withdrawn — that can be debilitating.
MedPage Today, CSF Tau May Help Diagnose ALS by John Gever…Such a validation study would be the next step toward making the CSF tau test a useful research or clinical tool, he said, adding that such a study would need to be conducted at multiple centers as well as enrolling larger patient numbers. David Knopman, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told MedPage Today that the UPenn group is a world leader in this type of research and, just on that basis, “I find the work believable.”
Healio, Vaccine strategy enters new era, A population-based approach to vaccine development and administration is rapidly evolving into an individualized treatment strategy based on a range of biological processes that shape human immunity to viruses, according to Gregory A. Poland, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, who delivered his keynote lecture here at the 2014 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.
CNN, Power outage tips for warm weather by Elizabeth Landau…Meal ideas The Mayo Clinic suggests stocking up on condiments, particularly those that are vinegar-based and have a long shelf life, such as ketchup, mustard and soy sauce…Eating out of a can doesn't have to be boring, says Ron Stone, assistant director of nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. "There are many options to mix and match from your pantry, and with advance planning and a little creativity, you can provide healthy and delicious meals for your family," Stone says.
Pioneer Press, Charley Walters: Wild owner Leipold will go all out for Vanek by Charley Walters…Ben Clymer, the former Bloomington Jefferson, Gophers and NHL standout who is an insightful TV analyst for the Wild, Gophers and Big Ten Network, has missed working the past few Wild games after undergoing reconstructive nose surgery Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
KAAL, Rochester Teen's Invention Could Save Lives Globally, Because of Mayo Clinic, it's not surprise that medical breakthroughs, and advanced medical technology is often developed in Rochester. But you might not expect to find those things coming from a middle school student. I found a huge problem around the world, which was the lack of medical technology and more specifically the thermocycler," said 14-year-old Austin McCoy.
Jacksonville Business Journal, JU first in area to offer business doctorate As Jacksonville University geared up to begin classes in August for the area's first doctorate in business administration program, it had to narrow down 40 applications to just 12 candidates. The degree is geared toward business executives who want to take their skill set to the next level, like Robert Brigham, chief operating officer of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, who is one of the candidates.
Star Tribune, Coaches, young pitchers combat overuse arm injuries by Jason Gonzalez, Players in the baseball program have been plagued by arm injuries over the past two seasons and forced coach Brian Sprout to shelve several pitchers showing up for the first week of practice with a note instead of a glove.…Sprout said Mayo Clinic and other doctors have advised that young players need “at least three months off, and that’s not happening in some cases. We had a ninth-grader whose arm was just throbbing in pain after our week of tryouts and had to be shut down. He’s hurting because he can’t stop throwing.”
WBAL Baltimore, Reverse shoulder replacement helps rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, A recent Mayo Clinic study showed patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who often suffer with shoulder arthritis, can get good results overall from shoulder replacement surgery.
Physician’s Briefing, SLIP-2 Tops Original SLIP Model for ID'ing Post-Op ARDS, Daryl J. Kor, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues conducted secondary analysis of a multicenter, prospective cohort investigation assessing high-risk patients undergoing surgery. A parsimonious risk-prediction model was developed utilizing preoperative ARDS risk factors and risk modifiers. Additional coverage: EMPR, Doctor’s Lounge
Wall Street Journal, Drugs Aim to Help Elderly Rebuild Muscle by Hester Plumridge, Myostatin is a naturally occurring protein that curbs muscle growth. The drugs act by blocking it, or blocking the sites where it is detected in the body, potentially rebuilding muscle. "I think the enthusiasm around myostatin is quite clear," says Nathan LeBrasseur, an associate professor and muscle specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "If you were to ask for the perfect drug target, it's hard to argue against myostatin because it's so unique to skeletal muscle."
Washington Post, Report outlines scientific breakthroughs that came about through USDA research by Josh Hicks…Weight-loss flour: A new type of flour made of chardonnay grape seeds may prevent weight gain and high cholesterol, according to the USDA. Testing showed changes in fat metabolism for hamsters that ate the product along with a high-fat diet. The Mayo Clinic is conducting human trials on it now.
Washington Post, I’ll have the chardonnay by Lenny Bernstein…They believe the higher levels of flavonoids in the chardonnay grape seeds altered the work of genes related to fat metabolism. They also had an anti-inflammatory effect, according to a study the USDA scientists published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in February…The Mayo Clinic has begun human trials to determine whether the same results can be achieved, said Wally Yokoyama, a research chemist for the USDA in Albany, Calif., and one of the authors of the two studies.
KAAL, More Than 2,500 Pounds of Medications Collected, Mayo Clinic and local law enforcement played a big role in today's "Drug Take-Back Day". More than six hundred cars came by the Gonda Building to drop-off medications. Rochester Police say they collected around 2,500 pounds of prescription drugs that were boxed up and sent out to be destroyed. That's five hundred more pounds compared to last year. According to Lt. Tom Kaase of the Rochester Police Department, the public is more aware now about the ease and accessibility of this drug take-back program. Additional coverage: KTTC, KIMT
KAAL, Child Advocacy Center Gives Hope to Young Victims by Jenna Lohse, As Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close, Southeastern Minnesota’s only child advocacy center gives us a look at how they're helping heal little hearts. Dr. Arne Graff is just one out of a team of people working together to evaluate and care for kids who are victims of abuse. "There are about 3.5 million kids evaluated or reported on a yearly basis, there are almost twice that number that never get reported because people get anxious,” said Dr. Arne Graff, Mayo Clinic.
WTVY Ala., 60 Minute Miracle: Karmen Mullins…Every week News 4's Devon Sellers approaches a stranger and asks if they know someone in need…They thought of Karmen Mullins, a single mom whose son has uncontrollable epilepsy. Mullins was surprised at her office with $500 cash. She said this miracle couldn't have come at a better time. "I don't know what to say but thank you. Yes I can use it. If only money could buy the miracle that we need, but it will help," said Mullins. Her son, Blake, has a doctor's appointment at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville this weekend. She had actually considered postponing the visit because money is so tight.
MedPage Today, 10 Questions: Edith A. Perez, MD, What's the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? Time, Edith A. Perez, MD, deputy director at large for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, said in response to one of 10 questions MedPage Today is asking thought leaders in medicine.
Daily Mail UK, What is Epidermolysis Bullosa? Dr. Julia Lehman (Mayo Clinic Dermatology) discusses epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA)
Toronto Sun, Yikes! Napping, sitting can kill you! By Ted Woloshyn…Speaking on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA, Dr. Michael Jensen from the Mayo Clinic says a study he undertook shows an average worker spends more than five hours and 40 minutes sitting at his or her job every day, and that’s bad for your health.
NY Times, Young Center Takes Hard Route to N.H.L. by Pat Borzi, Joey Hishon, a fourth-line center for the Colorado Avalanche, played only 6 minutes 31 seconds in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night in Game 4 of their first-round series. But those eight shifts, in Hishon’s N.H.L. debut, represented a significant victory. A first-round draft choice in 2010, Hishon sat out 22 months with a concussion after taking an elbow to the head in a junior league game on May 21, 2011…The Mayo Clinic, which bought a GyroStim for its Aerospace Medicine and Vestibular Research laboratory in Arizona, uses it for space disorientation research and not concussion treatment, the Mayo spokesman Bryan L. Anderson said.
NY Times, On Bridges in Paris, Clanking With Love…For Francesco and Caroline Castillo, two doctors who looked out at the Seine and the tourist boats plying their way as they put on their lock, it was a simple, sincere gesture affirming their love for each other. Both doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., they had put off their honeymoon for a year and now, finally were tossing their key into the Seine.
MPR, As e-cigarette popularity leaps, worries of illegal drug use follow by Liz Baier, Regulating the $2.5 billion e-cigarette industry is one thing. But, scientists say the potential for misuse adds to concerns they already have about the device's long-term health effects. Richard Hurt, director of Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center, expects the use of e-cigarettes for drugs other than nicotine to continue to increase -- in part because of the device's discreet nature. That's concerning, he said, because inhaling a drug is the most efficient way to get it to the brain.
Post-Bulletin, Dr. Richard Hurt: Prudence demands restrictions on e-cigarettes, As a practicing physician, I have devoted much of the past 30 years to studying and treating patients with nicotine addiction. At the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, we have developed a model of treating tobacco dependence, which has been emulated around the country and in many other parts of the world. We have received many questions about "e-cigarettes," which probably are better designated as electronic nicotine delivery devices. E-cigarette use has exploded in popularity here in Minnesota and elsewhere, with many people saying they're using them to quit or reduce their smoking.
Globe and Mail Canada, I tried quitting but I can’t stop sitting by Leah Eichler, According to the Mayo Clinic, 50 to 70 per cent of Americans spend six or more hours a day sitting and cutting that in half would add two years to their lives.
Star Tribune, How patient groups saved America from Medicare efficiency by Paul Scott, Medicare was poised to save money with rule changes for some drugs. Then industry and interest groups arrived with torches and pitchforks.…But the loudest protest came from the Healthcare Leadership Council, a Mount Olympus coalition of CEOs from all the big drugmakers, insurance companies, device firms and hospital systems, including those of Medtronic and my hometown champion of efficiency and health outcomes, the Mayo Clinic. (Wal-Mart sits in on HLC conference calls, too.)
Star Tribune, Block E partners plan to sell nearby parking lots by Neal St. Anthony, The partners, through their Camelot limited liability corporation, bought Block E in 2010 for $14 million and unsuccessfully pushed for government approval of a $400 million casino. They announced in February a $50 million renovation that will involve a practice facility for the Minnesota Timberwolves and a Mayo Clinic site.
Star Tribune, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve trying to pace herself in training camp after surgery by Kent Youngblood…By February and into March, she started feeling tingling numbness in her toes, which she attributed to having sat wrong. Finally, on March 17, she went to Target Center for the news conference announcing a sponsorship with the Mayo Clinic. It was a long day and Reeve got home feeling exhausted. Finally, she got it checked out.
MedCity News, Three smartest ideas for making healthcare smarter, cheaper and more competitive by Veronica Combs…One message that came out of a conversation with panel of investors said that it’s no longer taboo for corporate investors to get in on a deal early…Jim A. Rogers of Mayo Clinic Ventures said that this new approach to growing healthcare companies is the new normal. “Gone are the days when industry comes up from a tech divorced from clinical input. Also gone are the days of researches coming up with products without industry guidance,” Jim A. Rogers from Mayo Clinic Ventures said.
MedCity News, Medical devices get both thumbs up and thumbs down at investing conference by Veronica Combs…That was Day 1. On the second day of the conference, James A. Rogers III, chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures, said that his team is betting pretty big on devices. He spent quite a bit of time talking about the partnership that his team has built with Enterprise Ireland.
WQOW Eau Claire, Free clinic serves hundreds of locals in need of health and wellness services by Jesse Yang…Michael Fitzgerald, an occupational medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System, said, "Some of the things I've learned about the people in our community who really are in need, sometimes things maybe overlooked or may not be able to access services that they need."
KIMT, It’s National DNA Day by Jeron Rennie, “We already have hundreds of patients at the Mayo Clinic that have benefited from the ability to do this kind of sequencing. So our next step is to make sure that we can continue to extract as much information as possible and make it available for every patient that comes to Mayo Clinic,” said Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Kidney transplant goes well by Christena O’Brien, Cathy Emerson of Eau Claire underwent her third organ transplant on Friday, April 11, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.…In an email her mother, Moira Kneer, of Eau Claire said the transplant went well. "The doctors here at Mayo are thrilled with the surgery and the excellent progress Cathy is making," Kneer wrote. "The kidney that her sister donated began working within minutes of transplantation. Cathy’s creatinine levels which show how well her kidneys are processing waste material, dropped dramatically overnight to best case normal levels."
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