May 8, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News.

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Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations


The Hidden Type of Alzheimer's Doctors Miss
by Markham Heid

…The study team examined the brains of more than 1,800 confirmed Alzheimer's patients. They found the types of protein blockages and tangles associated with the hippocampal sparing form of Alzheimer's in 11% of those brain specimens. InPrevention logo this subtype, one type of protein called tau forms "tangles" in the parts of brain that control behavior, motor awareness, speech, and vision, explains Melissa Murray, PhD, who led the Mayo Clinic research team.

Reach: Prevention is published monthly with a circulation of 2.8 million.  Prevention - Online has more than 1.1 million unique visitors each month and has 9.3 million average page views each month.

Additional coverage: HealthDay, Alzheimer's Variation May Often Go Unrecognized: Study; Canada Journal,, Aetna InteliHealth, Bayoubuzz Health, BioPortfolio, DoctorsLounge, Hawaii News Now, Counsel & Heal, Innovations Report, KAIT Ark., FOX19 Ohio

Context: 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. The variant, called hippocampal sparing AD, made up 11 percent of the 1,821 AD-confirmed brains examined by Mayo Clinic researchers — suggesting this subtype is relatively widespread in the general population. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.2 million Americans are living with AD. And with nearly half of hippocampal sparing AD patients being misdiagnosed, this could mean that well over 600,000 Americans make up this AD variant, researchers say. More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky


11 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat

…You’re getting older, As you get older, your body changes how it gains and loses weight. Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate, or the number of calories theTime banner body needs to function normally. On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. “If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies,” says Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic’s endocrinology division.

Reach: Time magazine covers national and international news and provides analysis and perspective of these events. The weekly magazine has a circulation of 3.2 million readers and its website has 4.6 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Michael Jensen, MD. is an endocrinologist and diabetes expert.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis


Mayo Clinic Rolls Out Mobile Exhibit to Celebrate 150 Years
by Hannah Tran

150 years of service. Mayo Clinic is celebrating 15 decades of care and it wants to share its KAAL TV logogsuccess across the nation. For the past 18 months, Mayo staff have worked on a mobile exhibit to encapsulate its accomplishments and development in core values. "This exhibit is showing the story of Mayo Clinic to the people," said CEO John Noseworthy, who addressed an audience outside of the exhibit before preliminary tours commenced.

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.

Additional coverage:

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic's big-rig exhibit arrives Tuesday
KTTC, Mayo Celebrates 150 Years of Medicine
La Crosse Tribune, 500 tour Mayo's 150th anniversary exhibit
KTTC, Mayo Clinic celebrates 150 years of service with traveling exhibit
Post-Bulletin, 150 years: Franciscan sisters integral to Mayo Clinic's development
Post-Bulletin, Mayo at 150: Brothers' values continue to guide clinic
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic didn't profit from major discovery
KIMT Online (video), In-Forum, N.D.

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. 

Public Affairs ContactsRebecca EisenmanRick Thiesse, Kelley Luckstein


MSNBC Morning Joe
How diet impacts brain function in seniors

Dr. John Noseworthy and Dr. Rosebud Roberts, both of the Mayo Clinic, join Morning Morning JoeJoe to discuss 150 years of the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Roberts also discusses how a poor diet in old age can impact the brain.

Reach: MSNBC provides in-depth analysis of daily headlines, political commentary and informed perspectives. MSNBC’s home on the Internet is Joe Scarborough hosts “Morning Joe,” with co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist, featuring interviews with top politicians and newsmakers, as well as in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories. Morning Joe has about 375,000 viewers daily.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO, and Rosebud Roberts, M.B., Ch.B.. appeared on Morning Joe May 8. Dr. Roberts' research  focuses on identifying risk factors for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, both diseases of aging that affect memory and thinking skills. People who develop diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age are more likely to have brain cell loss and other damage to the brain, as well as problems with memory and thinking skills, than people who never have diabetes or high blood pressure or who develop it in old age, according to a new study published in the March 19, 2014, online issue of Neurology. Middle age was defined as age 40 to 64 and old age as age 65 and older. More information about the research can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Duska Anastasijevic


Florida Times-Union
Mayo Clinic announces it is more than halfway to its goal of raising $3 billion from private benefactors by the end of 2017
by Charlie Patton

The Mayo Clinic, which has campuses in Rochester, Minn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jacksonville, is in the midst of a $3 billion fundraising campaign that will be formallyFlorida Times-Union newspaper logo announced Friday in Rochester. The campaign, which began with a “quiet phase” in 2010 and has already achieved 58.5 percent of its goal, “addresses reliable funding as the biggest barrier to medical breakthroughs,” said Cheryl Hadaway, chief development officer for Mayo Clinic.

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

Additional coverage:

Mayo Clinic asks grateful patients to help endow its top treatment
By Jeff Hansel

Mayo Clinic today announced a $3 billion philanthropic fundraising campaign to help pay Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperfor research, as federal funding has become less reliable because of budget cuts. Mayo has raised more than half the money, or $1.7 billion, as the quiet phase of the campaign began in 2010. The campaign will continue untilDec. 31, 2017.

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

Context: To accelerate the pace of research, solve unmet needs of patients and improve the quality of health care,Mayo Clinic today announced a philanthropic campaign to raise $3 billion by Dec. 31, 2017, strengthening Mayo’s strategic priorities in patient care, research and education. “Reliable funding is the biggest barrier to advance medical breakthroughs that can benefit patients suffering from diseases,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. “Traditional funding sources, such as federal grants, cannot cover the cost of discovering cutting-edge science and implementing those solutions in clinical practice.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Newtwork and campaign website.

Public Affairs Contacts: Kevin Punksy, Kelley Luckstein, Karl Oestreich

Florida Times-Union, Dementia is a ticking time bomb for health care costs, This state should be leading in Alzheimer’s research. The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is doing important research, for instance. The proportion of Floridians afflicted with dementia is expected to grow by 50 percent in the next decade. The risk of dementia doubles every five years between the ages of 65 and 95.

KIMT, Study links memory loss to early death, by Jeron Rennie, Medical researchers are working on a study that links memory issues with early death. Those at Mayo Clinic found that people that have a form of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have an increased rate of death to those without it. In their study those with MCI had an 80 percent higher death rate. We can work on preventing ourselves from getting MCI by making some better lifestyle choices like regular exercise. “We have data that it supports good cognitive health. A good balanced diet, everybody knows about the good fats and bad fats and fruits and vegetables and the omega-3s,” said Mayo Clinic Research Fellow Dr. Maria Vassilaki.

Medscape, Novel Drug for Celiac Disease Reduces GI and Non-GI Symptoms by Caroline Helwick, A novel drug designed for the treatment of celiac disease reduced both gastrointestinal (GI) and non-GI symptoms in people inadvertently exposed to gluten in a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Larazotide acetate, a first-in-class oral peptide, "met the study's primary end point of a reduction in GI symptoms," said Joseph Murray, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

WGN-TV Chicago, People to People: SCAD, Micah Materre talks to Dr. Sharonne Hayes about a form of heart attack, SCAD.

HealthDay, Ultrasound of Lymph Nodes No Less Accurate for Obese Women, Study Says…Obesity can make physical examination of lymph nodes more difficult and change the way they appear on medical imaging scans, so Mayo Clinic researchers decided to take a closer look at the issue…"I think we were surprised at these results," study senior author and breast cancer surgeon Dr. Tina Hieken said in a Mayo news release. "It should be very reassuring that regardless of the weight of the patient, axillary ultrasound is helpful."

Medical Research, Breast Cancer: Pre-Operative Axillary Ultrasound Useful Despite Obesity, Interview with: Tina Hieken, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

DoctorsLounge, ASCO Issues Guidelines for Advanced HER2+ Breast Cancer, The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued recommendations for the treatment of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive advanced breast cancer and advanced HER2-positive breast cancer with brain metastases…In a second guideline, Naren Ramakrishna, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and colleagues conducted a formal expert consensus-based process to develop recommendations for the management of brain metastases for patients with HER2-positive advanced breast cancer.

WQOW Eau Claire, Melanoma Monday raises awareness about the dangers of skin cancer by Jesse Yang,…The human skin is like a canvas protecting what's on the inside from life's external elements.  Dr. Michael Colgan, a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic Health System, said, "I think if you notice that something is changing, that it doesn't look like the rest of your moles, then that's something that you should have looked at."

Genome Web, Mayo Clinic Hoping to Sequence Cancer Patients More Routinely by Offering CLIA Hotspot Panel by Molika Ashford…The test, which analyzes hotspot regions of 50 genes associated with sensitivity to a variety of genomically targeted cancer therapies, will be available to all patients at the clinic with solid tumors, as well as outside patients and physicians through the Mayo Medical Laboratories. In some tumor subsets the panel may be performed routinely for all Mayo patients, Benjamin Kipp, the new test's lead designer, and Rob McWilliams, chair of the Genomic Tumor Board for Mayo's IM Clinic told PGx Reporter.

Jewish Herald-Voice, Oral Hygiene and Cancer by Pam Geyer…Rehabilitation with music, Playing the harmonica, in addition to traditional rehab, strengthens lungs, according to Cesar Keller, M.D., professor of medicine and medical director of the Lung Transplant Program at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. The repetitive tones make the muscles work. By keeping the respiratory muscles working and the diaphragm strong, the disease will be better, according to Dr. Keller. One patient says that “ … music is the oxygen for the soul.”

Multiple Myeloma Patient, Race and obesity in multiple myeloma with Dr. Vincent Rajkumar, MD, Mayo Clinic, How does race and obesity affect the occurrence of MGUS and multiple myeloma? Dr. Rajkumar describes findings on the two to three times increase in myeloma in blacks over whites and his observations that obesity provides a twofold risk factor.

WKMG Orlando, Can high doses of vitamin C kill cancer cells?By Mayo Clinic News Network, Interest in using very high doses of vitamin C as a cancer treatment began when it was discovered that some properties of the vitamin may make it toxic to cancer cells. Initial studies in humans had promising results, but these studies were later found to be flawed.

KNXV Ariz., Valley woman stuck with $9,000 in medical bills, A lot of us have stories about medical bills and how we had to fight with our health insurer to get them paid. But Nancy Melman's story is different. About five years ago, doctors discovered she had breast cancer. Nancy went to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix for treatment. She underwent radiation and had other costly procedures. Nancy says she was so sick, she didn't realize what her insurer was really doing…"It really wasn't my fault that the insurer went bankrupt. It's not Mayo's fault either," Nancy says. "Unbeknownst to me, the insurance company I picked didn't pay anything," she says…Mayo said they'd look into it. And they did more than that. Mayo wiped away Nancy's entire balance of nearly $9,000.

Nephrology News, 5-year survival of diabetes, non-diabetes patients after kidney transplant now nearly equal, The five-year survival of diabetic kidney transplant patients is now comparable to the five-year survival of nondiabetic kidney recipients, according to a new Mayo Clinic study published online in Kidney International…A Mayo Clinic research team led by Fernando Cosio, MD, medical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation, analyzed the experiences of 1,688 kidney recipients, including 413 with diabetes prior to transplant between 1996 and 2007.

USA Today, Diabetes rates skyrocket in kids and teens by Liz Szabo…Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, occurs when the pancreas makes little or no insulin, a hormone that the body needs to let sugar to enter cells and produce energy. In type 2 diabetes, once known as "adult-onset" diabetes, the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn't make enough insulin, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Donate Life Blog, Mayo Clinic Study Shows 5-year Survival of Diabetes and Non-Diabetes Patients Post-Kidney Transplant Now Nearly Equal, Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that the five-year survival of diabetic kidney transplant patients is now on par with the five-year survival of nondiabetic kidney recipients.

KTBC Austin, Texas, Diabetes on the Rise, Type 1 diabetes climbed 21-percent. Type 2, which is associated with obesity, rose by more than 30-percent. In Type 2 diabetes, the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn't make enough, according to the Mayo Clinic, obesity and diabetes increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, and amputations. “You have the mom with two jobs, single mom, working 40 to 50 hours a week, so it's just let me go to McDonald's, bring dinner home.”

CNN, Super Bowl champion fights sleep apnea, Super Bowl champion Aaron Taylor overcomes sleep apnea, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports…Some of the same things that got him to the NFL may have also been affecting his health. Just like 60% of former linemen, according to a 2009 Mayo Clinic study. I was waking up more tired than I thought I should have been. Waking up feeling like I was hungover. I had a headache, my throat hurt…I was irritable.

KTTC, Study: Not enough affordable housing in Rochester, Rochester is home to more than 100,000 people, but a housing study shows the city is not an affordable place to live for everyone. A new study by Maxfield Research Inc. finds there is a very high demand for affordable housing in Rochester, and only ten percent of that need is being met.…Olmsted County, the Rochester Area Foundation, and Mayo Clinic will be working together to develop a new housing action plan this year.

KSTC, Minnesota Lynx – Lindsay is Back, Europe season is where they make more money…This time the jerseys will be different. That's right. MAYO CLINIC jerseys. It will be in the NBA someday, you watch. It will be., Huntsville Hospital, UAB Medicine among '150 Greatest Places to Work in Healthcare' by Crystal Bonvillian, Huntsville Hospital has been named one of the "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" by a leading industry journal. The hospital was listed alongside renowned health systems like the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in the annual listing published by Becker's Hospital Review last month.

Chetek Alert Newspaper, Mayo Clinic earns spot on list for top hospitals, health systems, Mayo Clinic earned No. 8 on the 2014 DiversityInc Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems list for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the third year that Mayo has earned a spot on the list. This year’s rankings were announced at the annual DiversityInc Top 50 event in New York on Tuesday, April 22. Additional coverage: The-Dispatch N.C.

WCCO, MN Companies Rank High For Job-Seeking Millennials, Minnesota is home of a lot of great companies, but now we’re home to some of the top places that young job seeks say they’d love to work for. The National Society of High School Scholars compiled a list of the top 25 companies in the country that millennials want to work for. Among the companies that made the list were Rochester-based Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group, which is based in Minnetonka.

WEAU Eau Claire, Important babysitting reminders for parents, We told you last week about the sexual assault charges 46-year-old Daniel Barber of Hudson is facing. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Dept. says he used Facebook and Craigslist to connect with families in need of a babysitter. This brings to light some important reminders about getting childcare from someone you do not know…Tina Tharp, Community Wellness Supervisor with Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie, says checking references, experience and training are good steps to take before hiring a babysitter. She runs a babysitting class at the hospital throughout various times of the year., Bilateral Mastectomy Rates Higher In Hospitals Where Immediate Reconstruction Available, Interview with: Judy C. Boughey, M.D., Chair, Division of Surgery Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., What are the main findings of the study?Dr. Boughey: Rates of bilateral mastectomy are higher in hospitals with immediate breast reconstruction available. Bilateral mastectomy rates were highest in hospitals with high volumes of immediate breast reconstruction., Mastectomy: Use of Paravertebral Block for Pain Control, Interview with: Judy C. Boughey, MD,  Chair, Division of Surgery Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. What are the main findings of the study? Dr. Boughey: Use of paravertebral block (a form of regional anesthesia) in women undergoing mastectomy results in less need for opioid medications and less frequent use of anti-nausea medication after surgery.

KAAL, MERS Brings Concern to Med City by Hannah Tran, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has killed 30 percent of those who've contracted it. The first U.S. case showed up in Indiana recently and local experts are taking notice.   Dr. Pritish Tosh, a Mayo Clinic specialist with infectious diseases, recently examined the MERS virus first hand in Saudi Arabia. "The sheer number of infections with MERS we've seen in just April 2014 is raising some alarms," said Dr. Tosh.

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

BusinessweekDo E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit? It Depends on Whom You Ask by John Tozzi, E-cigarettes are in the middle of an image war. The $1.5 billion e-cig industry says the nicotine vaporizers are a less harmful alternative to smoking tobacco…Doctors who specialize in helping people quit smoking say confusion about vaping’s benefits for smokers who want to stop makes their job harder. “We don’t have any real evidence that they help people stop smoking,” says Dr. Richard Hurt, who ran the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for 26 years. While he says there’s no question that puffing an e-cig is less harmful than smoking tobacco, “they’re not safer than just breathing clean air.”

CNN, Newsroom: Teen Started the Movement to Remove the Flame-retardant Chemical from Soft Drinks…A lot of science groups say there's a reason it's not allowed in other countries. Mayo Clinic on its website links BVO to memory loss and skin issues. Think about people drinking the same flavored drink. Some people do drink a lot of this stuff.

Bloomberg, Coca-Cola, Pepsi to Remove Controversial Drink Ingredient by Duane Stanford, Coca-Cola Co. (KO), the world’s largest beverage maker, plans to remove brominated vegetable oil from all its U.S. drinks by the end of this year, abandoning an ingredient that has been targeted by food activists. The additive, known as BVO, will be taken out of both ready-to-drink beverages and fountain-machine formulas, Coca-Cola spokesman Josh Gold said in a statement yesterday. …Health concerns about BVO stem from its use of bromide, the element found in brominated flame retardants, according to the Mayo Clinic. Coca-Cola, based in Atlanta, will switch to using sucrose acetate isobutyrate or glycerol ester of rosin -- either alone or in combination. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune, CNN, News4Jax

Men’s Health, Keep The Beer, Lose The Belly by Ben Court, Alcohol is more than liquid calories—it's a saboteur that zaps your metabolism. Our guy changed up his drinking habits and lost 10 pounds. We'll drink to that!…That's one reason I decided to abstain for four weeks. Beyond its caloric load and impact on your fat burners, alcohol can disrupt your sleep pattern, mess with your appetite, and foment a cascade of other weight-gaining processes, according to Donald Hensrud, M.D., an associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Star Tribune, Boston Scientific will join health care innovation partnership by Tom Meersman, Boston Scientific Corp. has signed on as the latest member of a large health care innovation partnership that is spearheaded by UnitedHealth Group and the Mayo Clinic. Boston Scientific CEO Mike Mahoney said the company is excited to become the founding medical device partner in the effort, Optum Labs, and “to collaborate with other health care leaders to help accelerate the pace of innovation across our industry.” Boston Scientific has about 24,000 employees, 5,000 of them in Minnesota. Additional coverage: Wall Street Journal (news release)

KIMT, Researching men and women by Jeron Rennie, For many years medical researchers thought there was no need to look at men and women differently, but that is changing. One Mayo Clinic doctor has spent her entire career trying to prove the importance of looking at each sex differently. She said that biologically men and women are different, so studying one sex and applying it to the other is just poor science. “A woman’s body is designed to undergo changes to sustain a pregnancy and be adaptable in ways that a man’s body is not, so the physiology and all the regulatory systems that allow those changes to take place are controlled differently than in men,” said Dr. Virginia Miller, Professor of Surgery and Physiology at Mayo.

News4Jax, 5K run: 7-week training schedule for beginners by Mayo Clinic News Network, Doing a 5K run can add a new level of challenge and interest to your exercise program. A 5K run is 3.1 miles. Don't be daunted by the distance. A 5K run is a great distance for a beginner. You can prepare for a 5K run in just two months.

Science Codex, Mayo Clinic study finds nerve damage after hip surgery may be due to inflammation, A recent Mayo Clinic Proceedings article links some nerve damage after hip surgery to inflammatory neuropathy…."Neuropathy after surgery can significantly affect postsurgical outcomes," says Nathan Staff, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist. "The good news is that if we're able to identify patients experiencing postsurgical inflammatory neuropathy, rather than damage caused by a mechanical process, we may be able to provide treatment immediately to mitigate pain and improve overall outcomes."

Medscape, Pregnant Obese Women May Benefit From Induction at 39 Weeks by Lara Pullen, The routine induction of pregnant obese women at 39 weeks of gestation can minimize stillbirths, caesarean deliveries, and delivery-related healthcare costs, a new computational model shows. Approximately 27% of pregnant women in the United States are obese. "Complicating this issue is the fact that obese patients are at increased risk for caesarean sections," explained Lisa Gill, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. And these "are not easy caesarean sections."

NBC2 Fla., Complaints mount over permanent birth control implant, It's touted as a non-surgical way to prevent pregnancy, but the NBC2 Investigators uncover nearly a thousand complaints nationwide about a relatively new method of birth control. It's called Essure. Many women who have gone through the procedure claim it's been the biggest mistake of their lives…“Any procedure is going to carry with it risks,” said Dr. Ingrid Carlson of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Carlson has implanted the coils in dozens of patients without complications. “Sometimes the body can move those devices places we don't expect and that's going to true not only of Essure but any device that is placed," Carlson said.

MedPage Today, Antibodies Block Migraine in Early Trials by Michael Smith, A new era of migraine prevention may be on the horizon, two researchers said here at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. There's room for "cautious optimism" about new drugs targeting the mechanisms of the disease, according to David Dodick, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz.

KWQC Ill., Kellen’s Heros, As a parent it is hard to deal with your child being sick. It's even harder when you have no idea what is wrong with them or how to make their pain go away. A little boy who has inspired a community, both in his hometown and in his own online community that has formed. People are lining to be "Kellen's Heroes."…A first it was his feet and ankles. Then knees and thighs. At that point, he was crying that his knees and feet hurt all the time. Frustrated and scared as his chest and stomach also started to swell, the family made the long and expensive journey to the Mayo Clinic. Finally a diagnosis. Primary lymphedema. Extremely rare in children.

KBOI Idaho, Problems with your pills by Alana Brophy, Many of us rely on prescriptions, in fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, seven out of 10 Americans take at least one prescription medication. With those numbers, a mistake within your drug refill could be potentially deadly.

WKMG Orlando, What is a dust mite allergy?By Mayo Clinic News Network, Dust mite allergy is an allergic reaction to tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust. Signs of dust mite allergy include sneezing and runny nose. Many people with dust mite allergy also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Coloradoan, Fossil Ridge swimmer shows heart after surgery by Tyler Silvy, Since Kendall Christy was born, his parents knew some day they might have to make a tough decision…doctors discovered Christy had a rare genetic heart disorder called Ebstein’s Anomaly…“He said ‘I sent your medical records to a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic and he thinks he can fix it,” said Irv Christy, Kendall’s dad. In July 2012, after four hours of surgery and four days at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Kendall was on his way to recovery.

Sprout Social, How 4 Healthcare Institutions Are Leading the Conversation With Social by Jennifer Beese…It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’ve included the Mayo Clinic, which has long been seen as the flagship example for social media in the health care industry. Not only was it one of the first to offer online resources for patients, but it also launched the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, a program aimed at improving the use social networks for better global health.

Twin Cities Business Magazine, Two Of Millennials' Favorite Cos. To Work For Are In MN, Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group are among Millennials' top picks for employers.The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) compiled the list after surveying more than 12,000 of its 1 million members, and the results were also published by Forbes. Rochester-based Mayo Clinic, the nonprofit hospital and research giant, placed 12th on this year’s list—down one spot from 2013’s ranking. The hospital consistently ranks among the best in the nation.

WEAU Eau Claire, Boy found frozen and survived reunites with medical team that saved him, Paulie Hynek does not have any memory of what happened to him 13 years ago. The shock of hearing he had a heart-stopping, some would say near death experience does not faze him. "I don't remember it blowing my mind," he said. But every person in this room remembers February 2001 clear as day. "The flight request came in as soon as I walked in the door," said Brian Murley, a Flight Nurse on Mayo One. Additional coverage: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Financial Post, Lawrence Solomon: Vaccines can’t prevent measles outbreaks, Measles in highly immunized societies occurs primarily among those previously immunized The recent outbreaks of measles in Canada and the United States came as a shock to many public health experts but they wouldn’t have to Dr. Gregory Poland, one of the world’s most admired, most advanced thinkers in the field of vaccinology.

St. Cloud Times, Location influences cost of visit to a doctor by Donovan Slack, When it comes to the price of visiting a doctor, location matters in Minnesota. In Central Minnesota, the charge for an initial office visit by a Medicare patient to a family practitioner in 2012 ranged from an average of $125 each for a solo practitioner in Cold Spring to $263 for a pair of doctors at a HealthPartners clinic in St. Cloud. The statewide average for such a visit was $200. Family practitioners at the Mayo Clinic — which accounted for 23,500 of the 150,000 Medicare average provider billing records released for Minnesota — charged $120 to $150…The single highest average physician charge was for total knee replacement surgery at a Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea, where bills for 21 such procedures averaged $11,900 each.

La Crosse Tribune,Viterbo's O'Reillly pitching through tragedy by David Griswold…It started out as a typical vacation for Pam O’Reilly, the mother of five boys, including Ben, who is a starting pitcher for the Viterbo baseball team. At first, Pam — a nurse at the St. Mary’s emergency room at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. — thought it was just a bug. However, after getting a bone marrow test at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, it was apparent that it was much more serious. “She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia,” said Ben, who is the youngest of five boys.

WJXT Fla., Stroke awareness month, May is stroke awareness month so to highlight the condition Dr. David Miller, medical Director for Mayo Clinic's primary stroke center, and Jessica Cook, a young stroke victim, talk about the health concerns and symptoms of a stroke.

Detroit Free Press, Keith Famie's newest film focuses on women and aging, Metro Detroit filmmaker Keith Famie will debut his latest documentary, “The Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective on Growing Old,” on Monday in New York. The event will feature two illustrious speakers from the field of medicine: Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee of the New York Institute of Technology(who happens to be the sister of Motown legend Diana Ross) and Dr. Sharonne Hayes, founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic.

Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Joint Efforts, When Mayo Clinic moves into downtown Minneapolis next year—the largest expansion ofthe Rochester-based health care facility in the Twin Cities metro so far—it will not only light up the long-declining Block E, it will also change the landscape of Twin Cities orthopedic care. Newly minted as Mayo Clinic Square, the first-of-its-kind facility will feature a clinic, practice basketball courts, and a workout area connected to the Target Center that caters to Mayo's newpartners, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.

Mpls St. Paul Magazine, The Super Power of your Race Dollars, Money from the Susan G. Komen Minnesota grant program goes toward support and research organizations that serve our state's women and families. Here are just six, including the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic…THE HEALTHY ROAD TO A VACCINE,  Research on immune cells in breast tissue, from the Mayo Clinic © $600,000 for the next three years. What can healthy breast tissue teach us about breast cancer? Lots.

Chippewa Herald, Quite a touch: Woman physical therapist of the year by Caleb Brown, Jackie Ross can trace her medical career to a ninth grade homework assignment. “I had to write a vocational project on two different careers,” she said. She interviewed a physical therapist and a medical records worker. One of those papers inspired her to follow a path that led her from being a candy striper at a Minnesota hospital to her current position at the Mayo Clinic in Chippewa Falls.…“I have seen therapists where your care ends when you leave these four walls,” said Paul Meznarich, public relations director for Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire.

Imperial Valley News Calif., Collaborative Teams Building the Future of Health Care, Those of us who have sought medical care at Mayo Clinic may have witnessed first-hand the “miracles” that happen here. We see nurses, physicians, pharmacists, therapists…whole teams of practitioners working together to turn around even the most dire diagnoses. We see the cutting edge procedures that save lives, and probably the most impactful of the Mayo brother’s vision that still lives today, integrated teams of physician and research specialists working side-by-side discovering solutions for patients every day.

WKBT La Crosse, Local nurses honored at Mayo Clinic Health System…The hospital says nurses are critical for providing care, especially at a time when they are in short supply. "We know that we're going to need more and more nurses," said Mayo Clinic Health System Chief Nursing Officer Diane Holmay, "we do not have enough nurses to continue into the future with our patients getting more complex and aging baby boomers so our, some of our nursing staff is going to be starting to retire, and indeed have started retiring already."

Smithsonian Magazine, Should We Destroy Our Last Living Samples of the Virus That Causes Smallpox? by Helen Thompson, But not everyone thinks that having the live virus around is absolutely vital to achieve these research goals. “I don’t agree that more is left to be done that cannot be done without live variola virus,” says Gregory Poland, an immunologist who develops vaccines at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

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