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Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations
AGING AMERICA: Exercise as the Fountain of Youth
…Exercise may be the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth, one of the best ways to age happy and well. "The mantra now is, exercise is a drug" — able, like some medications
are, to prevent and treat a host of age-related ailments, said Dr. Andrea Cheville, a Mayo Clinic expert on exercise in the elderly.
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.
Additional coverage: Star Tribune (AP), KAAL, ABC News, Huffington Post Canada, Monterey Herald, Ottawa Citizen
Context: Andrea Cheville, M.D., Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is an expert on exercise in the elderly.
Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer
On the Road with Jason Davis: Mayo Clinic Celebrates 150 Years
KSTP's Jason Davis goes on the road to Arizona, Florida and Minnesota for his feature on Mayo Clinic. This was Davis's last report for his On the Road series before retiring at the end of May 2014 after nearly four decades with KSTP. This year, one of Minnesota's best known institutions celebrates its 150th anniversary. It was in 1864 that Dr. William Worral Mayo started his small clinic in Rochester, and just how that small practice grew into a world-renowned facility is a fascinating story. Jason Davis went on the road to learn about the past, present and future of Mayo Clinic.
Reach: KSTP-TV, Channel 5, is an ABC affiliate serving the Twin Cities area, central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the 15th largest market in the U.S.
Additional Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary and history of Mayo coverage:
KTTC, Mayo Clinic celebrates 150 years by Courtney Sturgeon
KARE11, Recovering Brokaw hosts Mayo's 150th anniversary
KTTC, The early beginnings of the Mayo Clinic ; Mid-century advancements, Recent history
KTTC, Dr. John Noseworthy reflects on 150 years of Mayo Clinic success
MPR, Mayo's mark: 5 innovations that changed health care
Post-Bulletin, Jordanian king touched many in Rochester
Post-Bulletin, Descendants of Dr. W.W. Mayo visit family home
Post-Bulletin, Massive medical team focused 'millimeter by millimeter' to separate twins
Post-Bulletin, 150th anniversary: Mayo Clinic helped U.S., allies win World War II
Post-Bulletin, Oddchester: 150 years in less than three hours
Greenhouse Grower, Mayo Clinic Will Promote Coreopsis ‘Electric Avenue’ As Its Flower Of Hope
Perishable News, Mayo Clinic Chooses Yellow Coreopsis As Its 'Flower Of Hope'
WCCO, Star Tribune, Big News Network, WCCO AM, Coon Rapids Herald, Post-Bulletin, Post-Bulletin, Post-Bulletin
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 Contacts: Rebecca Eisenman, Kelley Luckstein
Mayo Clinic announces campaign to raise $3 billion
by Mary McGuire
Mayo Clinic is looking to the future in a big way as it launches a campaign to raise $3 billion. It's all part of the "You are ... the campaign for Mayo Clinic" being announced Thursday. The goal of the campaign is to raise $3 billion by the end of 2017 to strengthen patient care, research and education at Mayo.
Additional coverage: KTTC, Becker’s Hospital Review, KROC-AM
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 the Mayo Clinic News Newtwork and campaign website.
Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich
Mayo Clinic trial: Massive blast of measles vaccine wipes out cancer
by Dan Browning
Stacy Erholtz was out of conventional treatment options for blood cancer last June when she underwent an experimental trial at the Mayo Clinic that injected her with enough measles vaccine to inoculate 10 million people. The 50-year-old Pequot Lakes mother is now part of medical history…But the experiment provides the “proof of concept” that a single, massive dose of intravenous viral therapy can kill cancer by overwhelming its natural defenses, according to Dr. Stephen Russell, a professor of molecular medicine who spearheaded the research at Mayo.
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.
KARE11, Minn. woman's cancer in remission thanks to measles
Washington Post, Woman’s cancer killed by measles virus in unprecedented trial
MPR, How the Mayo Clinic handles potential patients in clinical trials
USA TODAY, Massive dose of measles vaccine clears woman's cancer
WGN-TV, Mayo Clinic: Woman’s cancer cured with huge dose of measles vaccine
International Business Times UK, Mayo Clinic Landmark Trial: Measles Vaccine Wipes out Cancer in Patient
Daily Beast, Measles Vaccine Killed Patient's Cancer
Mashable, Measles Vaccine Wipes Out Cancer in Groundbreaking Test
UPI.com, Massive dose of measles vaccine knocks out woman's cancer
azcentral.com, Measles vaccine cures woman's cancer in study
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Context: In a proof of principle clinical trial, Mayo Clinic researchers have demonstrated that virotherapy — destroying cancer with a virus that infects and kills cancer cells but spares normal tissues — can be effective against the deadly cancer multiple myeloma. The findings appear in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Two patients in the study received a single intravenous dose of an engineered measles virus (MV-NIS) that is selectively toxic to myeloma plasma cells. Both patients responded, showing reduction of both bone marrow cancer and myeloma protein. One patient, a 49-year-old woman, experienced complete remission of myeloma and has been clear of the disease for over six months. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis
New York Times, 10 Ideas for a Smoother Road Trip by Stephanie Rosenbloom, Road trips can be many things — thrilling, purposeful, strange — yet rarely are they glamorous. You can remedy that by renting a fancy car, but if you’re on a budget or plan to drive your own car, there are other ways to hit the road in style… SUNGLASSES Essential for drivers, the right sunglasses protect everyone’s eyes (and allow passengers to doze off with a measure of privacy). Opt for a closefitting pair with large lenses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. The Mayo Clinic’s website suggests drivers wear gray-tinted glasses to see traffic lights correctly.
Huffington Post (Live Science), 7 Fertility Myths, Busted by Rachael Rettner, There are many things couples trying to have a baby can do to boost their chances of pregnancy. But there is also a lot of misinformation out there about fertility, so experts say people should be careful about which advice they heed…But studies show this is not the case, said Dr. Jani Jensen, an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In a study of 200 women who took birth control pills for at least a year, 40 percent had a period or became pregnant just one month after they stopped taking the pill. And by three months post-pill, nearly 99 percent had a period or became pregnant, Jensen said.
iAfrica, Is your 'flu' just a common cold? by Jessica Woodruff, As you get out of bed the symptoms suddenly hit you, stuffy nose, scratchy throat and a pounding headache. But is this the flu or simple a case of the common cold?...According to Mayo Clinic there are 100 different viruses that cause a common cold, which is exactly why it is dubbed "common". The general rule is that if you're suffering from symptoms from the neck up (a sore throat, runny nose and headache), you've most likely contracted a harmless cold.
Ragan’s Healthcare, Medicine’s future: Group exams, doctors on demand and email check-ins by Leigh Householder, “The doctor will see you now” has traditionally been followed by a walk down an antiseptic-smelling hallway…But today, it could mean your phone’s camera is about to light up, your email is about to ding, or even that you’re moments away from meeting a few new friends…Interestingly, these interactions are truly incremental, supportive health care. In a retrospective study of 2,357 people, the Mayo Clinic found that there was no significant change in the frequency of office visits for patients who connected with their doctors via the network’s electronic messaging system.
Asian Hospital and Healthcare Management, Mayo Clinic researchers validate rapid sideline concussion test for youth athletes, A rapid, easy-to-administer eye movement test is showing great promise as a sideline concussion test for youth sports, a Mayo Clinic study finds…"Youth athletes are at a higher risk for concussion and a longer recovery time than adults," says Amaal Starling, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and a co-author of the study. "While the test has already been clinically validated for detecting concussion in collegiate and professional athletes, we wanted to ensure it was also validated in adolescents." Additional Coverage: Pharma Focus Asia, Broadway World, The Sports Digest, Digital Journal,
La Crosse Tribune, Spry hospital volunteer leaves 'em guessing on age by Mike Tighe, Patients and visitors don’t win any bets trying to guess Esther Vandre’s age when she greets them at her volunteer station at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. “They’re usually off by 10 or 15 years,” said Cindy Wemette, a registration receptionist who has worked with Vandre for nearly two decades. “On Monday, we surprised her with a balloon and flowers for her birthday, and people were asking her how old. “When people heard 95, that’s when jaws dropped,” Wemette said.
Daily Register, West Side creates human rainbow by Tom Kane, You can tell when a teacher is really special…Instead of jumping all over Melinda Wolf when she returned from cranial cancer surgery at The Mayo Clinic the students and staff of West Side Primary School created a human rainbow greeting card. They wore different colored shirts and posed on the lot behind the school. The rainbow effect was quite noticeable and touched the heart of Wolf who said, “West Side is like my family. Since I was diagnosed Feb. 16 they have been with me.”
Nerd Wallet, The Most Commonly Prescribed Drugs in America by Napala Pratini, We remain a prescription nation. Nearly 70 percent of Americans take one prescription drug and more than half take two, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center. What’s more, about 20 percent of Americans use at least five prescription medications. That same research shows that prescription drug use has been increasing steadily in the U.S. for the past decade.
Rapid City Journal, Alderman Jerry Wright at Mayo Clinic for cancer treatment by John Lee Mclaughlin, Ward 3 Alderman Jerry Wright has been diagnosed with cancer and will soon start chemotherapy and radiation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "I was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, non-Hodgkin's," Wright, 66, said over the phone Tuesday afternoon. "The cancer has stayed in the original area, which is my neck. I think we're in good shape."
Connecticut Post, Did you know salt reduces stress?, Stress can kill you and the longer you experience stress the worse your health can become. In fact, exposure to long term stress causes the body to produce several hormones that can lead to anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, trouble sleeping, obesity, and memory loss, according to the Mayo Clinic…Now, new research from the University of Haifa published in the science journal Appetite (has confirmed the relationship between salt and stress in humans. Researchers found an inverse correlation between salt and depression/stress, especially in women. Additional Coverage: St. Louis American, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tri-County Times, Del Rio News-Herald,
Perishable News, Mayo Clinic Chooses Yellow Coreopsis As Its 'Flower Of Hope', At Mayo Clinic, we understand that enjoyment of nature can play a key role in the healing process…To recognize the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial in 2014, we looked for a flower that would grow at each Mayo site – Minnesota, Arizona and Florida, as well as the Mayo Clinic Health System campuses in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Georgia. Result: the Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope™.
Wall Street Journal, Are You Too Busy? How to Know Your Limits by Sue Shellenbarger…A person’s capacity to manage a lot of tasks and activities is shaped by genetics and early experience, says Amit Sood, a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn. Some people inherit a tendency to be more reactive to stress and overload. Those who receive plenty of early nurturing and warmth, and who experience just enough early adversity to instill resilience but not too much, are often better able to cope, says Dr. Sood, author of “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.”
News4Jax Fla., MERS in Florida, The CDC has confirmed that a health care worker visiting Orlando from Saudi Arabia has been diagnosed with the MERS respiratory virus. It's the second case in the US that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East. MERS begins like a flu-like fever and cough, but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia...even death. A third of those who develop symptoms die from it. Doctor Vandana Bhide with the Mayo Clinic joins us now to talk about MERS.
MedPage Today, Asthma Risk Up With Early Antibiotic Use by Michael Smith, Kids treated with antibiotics before their first birthday have increased risk of asthma, researchers reported…But the finding is sufficiently strong that doctors should be careful when prescribing antibiotics for infants, they argued. Indeed, that's the take-home message of the study, commented Martha Hartz, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. It "reinforces to pediatricians and family practitioners that overuse of antibiotics has its downsides," she told MedPage Today. "Unless a child needs an antibiotic, if there's some way around it that's not harmful or life-threatening to the child, they should be avoided."
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology, Expert Consensus Statement Attempts To Close Gap On ICD Guidance for Specific Populations The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released Expert Consensus Statement on the Use of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Patients Who Are Not Included or Not Well Represented in Clinical Trials at Heart Rhythm 2014, the 35th annual scientific sessions of HRS…"Without exception, guidelines help clinicians make important decisions when it comes to ICD therapy; however, we must continue to refine our understanding of who benefits from ICD implantation in order to optimize patient care," said task force chair and lead author of the statement, Fred M. Kusumoto, M.D., FHRS, the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.
USA TODAY (Arizona Republic), 3D PRINTERS: TURNING SCIENCE FICTION INTO REALITY, Phoenix Children's Hospital used a 3D printer to create a model of 8-month-old Luke Miller's heart. Doctors used the plastic replica as a guide for a delicate surgery performed on the boy in September, two weeks after his birth. 3D printers have also been used to create biomedical models, implantable body parts, dental crowns, hearing aids, Invisalign braces and even 3D human liver tissue. Mayo Clinic has used 3D printing to make models of hip replacement parts…Mayo Clinic has used 3-D printing to make models of hip-replacement parts for its patients. Orthopedic surgeons make their own 3-D models to help guide them during operations, Mayo spokeswoman Lynn Closway said.
Arizona Republic, 3-D printing touching lives layer by layer by Peter Corbett…Bio-printing liver tissue…Additive manufacturing is also useful for developing low-volume medical implants for hip and knee replacement, according to Grimm. Mayo Clinic has used 3-D printing to make models of hip-replacement parts for its patients. Orthopedic surgeons make their own 3-D models to help guide them during operations, Mayo spokeswoman Lynn Closway said.
ThirdAge, Tools To Take Charge Of Your Cancer Survivorship by Sheryl Ness, RN, nurse educator for the Cancer Education Program with the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., Most major cancer centers today offer a survivor care plan to organize your diagnosis, treatment and follow-up plan. It will soon be a standard of care to provide treatment summaries and survivorship care plans to all cancer patients…If you are a patient with the Mayo Clinic, there is a free app that gives you access to Mayo wherever and whenever you like. It provides you with: Updates on health news and information from Mayo Clinic.
WENY NY, Health Report: Hand and Wrist pain with Golf, Dr. Sanj Kakar, Mayo Clinic hand specialist, The links hit 3 more than 28-million Americans love to hit the links according to the National golf foundation. However, after a day on the course, some of them may wonder if the links hit back.
Orthopedics Today, Inflammatory neuropathy may cause weakness, pain after hip surgery…“Neuropathy after surgery can significantly affect postsurgical outcomes,” Nathan Staff, MD, PhD, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, stated in a Mayo Clinic press release. “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.”
Spire Healthcare, Nerve damage after hip surgery 'due to inflammation'…Nathan Staff, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, commented: "We know new or worsened weakness after hip surgery can be attributed to surgical factors, such as stretching, compression, contusion, hematoma or even transection of the nerve. “But now we know that this weakness may be attributed to an inflammatory issue, and it's important that physicians look for this cause, too."
CNN, Where is Casey Kasem? Family members, judge concerned by Josh Levs, He's a radio icon and onetime voice of a beloved cartoon character. Now 82, Casey Kasem is suffering from Lewy body disease -- a common cause of dementia, a spokesman for his daughter told CNN on Tuesday. And his children say they don't know where he is. Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can be hard to diagnose because Parkinson's and Alzheimer's cause similar symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Health. Additional coverage: Huffington Post, News4Jax, Washington Post
CNN, Radio icon Casey Kasem spotted in Washington state by Rachel Wells and Holly Yan, Days after he left a nursing home, radio icon Casey Kasem was spotted in Washington state -- but his exact location remains unclear. Kitsap County sheriff's deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday at an address provided by California Adult Protective Services, according to CNN affiliate KOMO…His case has drawn attention to Lewy body dementia -- the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's, according to the Mayo Clinic.
MPR, The disappearing ‘Lynx’ of Minnesota by Bob Collins, We’re not sure we’re ready for this yet. The Minnesota Lynx have removed the name from the jerseys. We knew it was coming when they signed a marketing deal with the Mayo Clinic, but we like this…
Fierce Healthcare, Mayo Clinic: Reduce readmissions with complex, patient-empowering interventions by Zack Budryk, Several strategies could potentially reduce 30-day hospital readmissions by nearly 20 percent, according to a Mayo Clinic review published in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Reducing early hospital readmissions is a policy priority aimed at improving quality of care and lowering costs," lead author Aaron Leppin, M.D., told Mayo Clinic News Network. "Most importantly, we need to address this issue because hospital readmissions have a big impact on our patients' lives."
Science Codex, Mayo Clinic study identifies strategies that reduce early hospital readmissions, A Mayo Clinic review of 47 studies found that 30-day readmissions can be reduced by almost 20 percent when specific efforts are taken to prevent them. Key among these are interventions to help patients deal with the work passed on to them at discharge. The results of the review are published in this week's issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. "Reducing early hospital readmissions is a policy priority aimed at improving quality of care and lowering costs," says Aaron Leppin, M.D., a research associate in Mayo Clinic's Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit.
Healthcare Professionals Network, Antibodies Block Migraine in Preliminary Studies by Tom Lyden, Results of 2 new studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Philadelphia suggest humanized anti-calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) antibodies may be safe and effective as treatments to prevent migraines in patients with a high monthly frequency of migraines. David Dodick, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ, said there is room for cautious optimism about new medications to target the mechanisms behind migraine based on the results of his and another small randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies presented at the conference.
MedPage Today, New Antibody Promising in Severe Colitis, Mean age was about 40 and disease duration was 9 years. Mean Mayo Clinic score at baseline was 9.2. Clinical remission was defined as a Mayo Clinic score of 2 or less and no subscores greater than 1. Clinical response was defined as a 3-point decrease and 30% improvement on the Mayo Clinic score, plus a 1-point decline in rectal bleeding score.
KAAL, RST Adds Atlanta, Detroit Stops Starting this Fall by Hannah Tran…15 more seats on bigger planes means more passengers and more patients. There are nearly 3 million visitors annually to Rochester, where Mayo Clinic hopes to continue to build as the Destination Medical Center. "But it is also critical to Mayo Clinic's ability to provide seamless whole person care to everyone in need of healing,” said a Mayo Clinic representative.
Star Tribune, Delta adding flights from Rochester to Atlanta, Detroit, Commercial air travel in and out of Rochester is getting a significant boost, with Delta Air Lines announcing Monday that it will soon add daily round-trip service to Atlanta and Detroit. The service to the two major hubs begins Sept. 14, with tickets and their fares available starting Saturday.…Dr. John T. Wald, medical director of public affairs at Mayo Clinic, said in a statement that the new service would make travel to and from Rochester more convenient for Mayo patients and visitors.
News4Jax, Aerobic exercise: Top 10 reasons to get physical by Mayo Clinic News Network, Regular aerobic activity such as walking, bicycling or swimming can help you live longer and healthier. Need motivation? See how aerobic exercise affects your heart, lungs and blood flow. Then get moving and start reaping the rewards.
KUER Radio West, The Dangers of Inactivity, Chances are good you’re sitting down as you read these words. After hearing what Dr. James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, has to say about sitting, you might find yourself standing a lot more. That’s because Dr. Levine’s research suggests that spending most of your day sitting and physically inactive – at work, at home and everywhere else – won’t just give you a sore back: there’s a good chance it could lead you to an early grave. Dr. Levine joins us to explain the dangers of inactivity. (Rebroadcast) GUESTS Dr. James Levine is a professor of medicine and an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. His research focuses on obesity and inactivity.
Chicago Tribune, Shoulder pain leads to a search for realignment by Hilary MacGregor, Whether it was years of swimming, too much sitting at the computer or too much driving, life was taking its toll on my body. My shoulder was messed up beyond belief; the pain seeped down my right arm and across my back, up into my neck…Dr. James Levine, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who invented the treadmill desk, coined the mantra "sitting is the new smoking," and Reed agrees. "Movement is the missing ingredient in our modern, technologically oriented society," Reed said. "We move significantly less than we did just a couple of generations ago."
LA Times, Shoulder pain leads to a search for realignment by Hillary MacGregor…Walking more, driving less, I knew that part of my problem was that I spent too many hours in front of the computer or in a car. Walking might not help my shoulder per se, but I felt that it would help my body overall. Dr. James Levine, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who invented the treadmill desk, coined the mantra "sitting is the new smoking," and Reed agrees. "Movement is the missing ingredient in our modern, technologically oriented society," Reed said. "We move significantly less than we did just a couple of generations ago."
Rochester magazine, 6 Pros, 6 Ways to be your Beautiful (and Healthy!) Best, Jerry Brewer, MD, Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic...Over the past number of years, we have heard more and more about the dangers of sun exposure and the associated increasing risk of developing skin cancer, especially in young and middle-aged women…another great reason to sun protect is because the sun is the most significant factor in the aging process of our faces. (Page 68) Mankato Free Press, Introducing the new iPad ... baby by Robb Murray, Natalie and Jake Jirak weren't really ready for this. At 31 weeks, they were still two months away from having to think seriously about "the moment" — you know, when an expectant mother's water breaks and the young couple looks into each other's eyes with that knowing look that says, "Oh, sweetie, we're about to become parents!" Plus, they'd only been to two of their five birthing classes. Still, ready or not, Jase was coming. Early. And by the time it was over he'd leave the hospital with the distinction of being the first baby for which an iPad was used as a key tool in keeping him healthy, maybe even alive. Ophthalmology Management, Anterior-segment OCT in glaucoma management by Syril Dorairaj, M.D., Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Since anterior segment OCT (AS-OCT) was introduced in 2006, clinicians have frequently used it to gather data for a multitude of patient presentations. Increasingly, ophthalmologists have used AS-OCT to gather data for evaluating glaucoma and monitoring its progression.
WHO Des Moines, Brain Injury Patient Story – TJ Denham…He's been recovering at Brain Rehabilitation Center in Ankeny since December. Before that he spent months at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "He's improving slowly, but he's improving. He's re-learning to eat, swallow, walk and talk. may not be able to speak, but he has plenty to say. "Wow, it has been a crazy year, 9 months at Mayo, 1 month at home and almost 5 months at on with life. I am thankful for the support from my family, friends, church and school.” TJ just started using this speech generating device.
Medscape, Intracerebral Hemorrhage: The Most Common Causes, Medscape interviewed James P. Klaas, MD, Instructor, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, about his study assessing the most common causes of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)…Dr. Klaas: Hypertension is traditionally considered the biggest risk factor for primary, nontraumatic ICH.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic moves ahead with regenerative medicine by Jeff Hansel, It's been four years since Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy proclaimed regenerative medicine a strategic priority for the institution. In that time, researchers have moved Mayo into human clinical trials with potential treatments for heart damage and Lou Gehrig's disease…Mayo also opened its Regenerative Medicine Clinic. Director Dr. Andre Terzic said the new clinic has been able to educate patients "whether maybe there is a regenerative option" for their conditions. Le Center Leader, Pediatric occupational, speech therapy services now available at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague, Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague recently began offering pediatric occupational and speech therapy services as part of its newly expanded Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. Patty Friedrich, occupational therapist, and Monica Anderson, speech-language pathologist, provide their respective services at 314 E. Main St., Suite No. 3, formerly South Metro TheraPlay.
NPR, Medicare Won't Always Pay For Boomers' Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs by Richard Knox…"There isn't a day that goes by where I don't have a story very similar to Mr. Bianco's," says Dr. Hugo Vargas of Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., Bianco's liver specialist. Vargas has been trying for two years to stave off the deadly complications of Bianco's infection. So far, nothing has worked. But there's a very good chance that Bianco can be cured of his hep C. Potent new drugs can clear the virus from his body for good. "People are ecstatic," Vargas says. "It really is amazing to be seeing what's happening."
NY Times, A Soldier’s War on Pain by Barry Meier, Four years and a lifetime ago, a new war began for Sgt. Shane Savage. On Sept. 3, 2010, the armored truck he was commanding near Kandahar, Afghanistan, was blown apart by a roadside bomb…Sergeant Savage came home eight days later, at age 27, with the signature injuries of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan: severe concussion, post-traumatic stress and chronic pain. Doctors at Fort Hood in Killeen, Tex., did what doctors across the nation do for millions of ordinary Americans: They prescribed powerful narcotic painkillers. …A 2008 study by the Mayo Clinic found that patients who were weaned off opioids and put through a non-drug-based program experienced less pain than while on opioids and also significantly improved in function. Other studies have had similar findings.
Modern Healthcare, 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders, 2. John Noseworthy, President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
The Journal (Mankato), Family rallies behind infant stricken with cancer by Clay Schuldt, In January, Paul and Jen (Johnson) Verzalik, were hit hard by the news their son Carson Davis Verzalik, not quite one year old, was diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. The diagnosis came the day before Carson's first birthday. The next morning he went into surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove a tumor doctors had found.
EMS1.com, Kindergartner honored for saving mom during seizure by Robert Nott, Darlene Lopez has a faint memory of her 5-year-old daughter, Gracie Hawkins, slowly feeding her pieces of Reese’s peanut-butter filled Easter eggs while saying, “A bite for me, a bite for you, Mama.” The sugar intake pulled Lopez out of a seizure. Lopez, a diabetic, had gone to sleep the night before and didn’t wake up the next morning when Gracie was ready for breakfast. Fortunately, the Agua Fría Elementary School kindergartner acted swiftly to save her mother’s life…She needs both a kidney and pancreas. She almost got them this week after receiving a call from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona regarding a donation of both organs.
Arizona Republic, Canceled appointments hound vet seeking doctor's care by Craig Harris…Jap Lee Harrison Jr. just wanted a doctor's signature to confirm he was a disabled veteran who qualified for government financial assistance to get safety rails and other modifications for a bathroom in his south Phoenix home.Harrison said the past few years he has had other problems with care at the Phoenix VA — when he suffered a stroke and when he tried to get his glasses fixed. He said he relied on private insurance he had purchased in order to get care at the Mayo Clinic for an enlarged prostate. "I don't depend on the VA alone. I learned that awhile back," Harrison said.
NY Times, Rutgers Player Is Charged With Assault in Minnesota by Ashley Southall, A Rutgers quarterback has been arrested in connection with an assault in southern Minnesota that left another football player in critical condition, the police said…The quarterback, Philip Nelson, 20, was arrested…The police suspect Nelson of assaulting Isaac Kolstad, 24, a linebacker at Minnesota State University, Mankato…He was in critical condition at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, his family said in a statement issued by the hospital.
HealthDay, Solar Flares Might Actually Help Some Heart Patients by Alan Mozes…The new analysis tackled one such environmental phenomenon -- solar flares, or storms -- and found that they seemed to offer some measure of protection against the risk of arrhythmias and correlated with decreased ICD activity. Why? "To be honest, I have no idea why," said study author Dr. Elisa Ebrille, a cardiology research fellow in the division of cardiovascular disease with the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.
HealthDay, Diabetics Fare Well After Kidney Transplants, Study Finds, Survival rates for people with diabetes who have a kidney transplant are similar to those of people without diabetes, a new study finds…"We were really encouraged to see this gap improve so dramatically," study leader Dr. Fernando Cosio, medical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation, said in a Mayo news release.
LaCrosse Tribune, Gundersen, Mayo make list of top 150 health spots to work, Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare made Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of the top 150 health care organizations in the nation to work for. Gundersen and Mayo-Franciscan, which made the list by virtue of its affiliation with Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo, made the list because of employee benefits and other factors, according to Chicago-based Becker’s.
FOX News, 11 reasons why you’re not losing belly fat by Carey Rossie, You're getting older…"If women gain weight after menopause, it's more likely to be in their bellies," said Dr. Michael Jensen, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic's endocrinology division. In menopause, production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down.
Huffington Post, 15 Million Americans Struggle With This Medical Condition -- And A New Study Shows How Yoga Could Help by Amanda Chan, Urinary incontinence affects more than 15 million men and women in the U.S. not just medically, but emotionally and psychologically. Now a small new study shows that a pelvic-health-focused yoga practice could help people with the condition to gain more control of their urge to go…Other behavioral techniques for managing urinary incontinence include bladder training (where you try to increase the amount of time you can hold it before you need to urinate), scheduling toilet trips, managing your diet, and engaging in pelvic floor muscle exercises, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Washington Post, Might crafts such as knitting offer long-term health benefits? By Amanda Mascarelli…In a 2012 study, Mayo Clinic professor of neurology and psychiatry Yonas Geda and colleagues studied the effects of activities including knitting, quilting and playing games in 1,321 seniors, nearly 200 of whom had mild cognitive impairment, an intermediate stage between normal aging and dementia.
HealthData Management, Mayo Clinic Standardizes Low-Risk Cardiac Care by Greg Goth, New research from Mayo Clinic shows that implementing a uniform method to care for lower-risk cardiac surgical patients improves outcomes, reduces patients’ time in the hospital and lowers overall per patient costs by 15 percent…David Cook, M.D., a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist, said two-thirds of patients "would be amenable" to the new model, cautioning that it’s critical to apply the right tools, care model and work model to the right patient population.
Globe Gazette Iowa, Health challenges keep mother and daughter close by Kristin Buehner, Connie Stille and her daughter, Erin Pohlman, are about as close as a mother and daughter can be. They shop together, laugh together and for the present, live together. Both face the challenge every day of life with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy, and now both also have pacemakers. Erin, 30, of Mason City, received a pacemaker and defibrillator on Monday at the Mayo Clinic then returned home. She was in a great deal of pain and returned with her mother to Rochester Thursday.
Financial Post, Lawrence Solomon: Vaccinomics: personal vaccines, Vaccines as we know them are on the way out. On the way in are personalized, precision vaccines, created through a new discipline called vaccinomics that promises to protect a higher proportion of the population at far lower cost and without the real and potential harms that mass vaccination programs inflict on some people. “The old paradigm isn’t working anymore,” Dr. Gregory Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group explains matter-of-factly. “It didn’t work with HIV, it doesn’t work with other complex viruses and pathogens.”
Star Tribune, Rash Report: Food fight intensifies with 'Fed Up' documentary, In fact, regarding nutrition, knowledge isn’t often power. “More information doesn’t mean that people are more informed,” said Yzer. Dr. Donald Hensrud, chair of preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, agrees. “Knowledge doesn’t equal a change in behavior. The industry has a lot more resources to send out the messages they choose,” he said. Indeed, Americans are sedentary at the table as well as the couch: Nutrition, just like exercise, is a hard habit to reset.
ABC 15 Arizona, Does drinking pomegranate juice help lower cholesterol? by Mayo Clinic Staff, It's unclear whether drinking pomegranate juice can lower cholesterol. But, it's thought that pomegranate juice could block or slow the buildup of cholesterol in your arteries when you have persistent, elevated levels of fats (lipids) in your blood and other risk factors associated with heart disease.
MedCity News (Reuters), Another reason to eat more fruits and veggies: They may prevent stroke by Andrew Seaman…The researchers cannot say for certain that eating fruits and vegetables caused fewer strokes among the participants. They point out that there could be other factors that influence the results; for example, people who eat more fruits and vegetables may lead generally healthier lives. "It doesn’t surprise me too much in that it seems to confirm what a lot of other studies have shown," Dr. David A. Miller said. Miller, who was not involved in the new study, directs the Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
Reuters, Fruits and vegetables linked to stroke prevention by Andrew Seaman…The researchers cannot say for certain that eating fruits and vegetables caused fewer strokes among the participants. They point out that there could be other factors that influence the results; for example, people who eat more fruits and vegetables may lead generally healthier lives. "It doesn’t surprise me too much in that it seems to confirm what a lot of other studies have shown," Dr. David A. Miller said. Miller, who was not involved in the new study, directs the Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional coverage: Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune
Herald Tribune, What is Gluten? By Solange Reyner, According to the Mayo Clinic, gluten is a protein found in grains "such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)." It's quite common these days to hear people say they are on a "gluten-free diet," and it's been noted as a craze, or a diet fad, so late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked some fun at it.
HealthDay, Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Prevent Heart Rhythm Disorder by Maureen Salamon, Weight-loss surgery not only helps obese people drop pounds, but it may also prevent the dangerous heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, according to new research. Scientists from the Mayo Clinic found that significantly fewer patients who underwent weight-loss surgery, also known as "bariatric" surgery, developed atrial fibrillation -- a rapid and irregular heartbeat -- than those who didn't have weight-loss surgery. Atrial fibrillation affects more than 2.7 million American adults. Additional coverage: WXXA NY
Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Nosebleeds can be bothersome, but rarely are a sign of a serious condition by Esther Krych, M.D., Community Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 12-year-old daughter gets nosebleeds often, especially during the winter, and usually at night. They don't last long, but they...
Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge:Assessment of symptoms, neurological exam often sufficient to identify concussion by Michael Link, M.D., Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A few months ago, I was in a minor car accident and was told I had a mild concussion. I hadn't lost consciousness and only felt slightly "off," but my doctor told me to lay low for a few weeks. Wouldn't an MRI or CT be necessary to know for sure that I had a concussion?
iMedicalApps, Study from Mayo Clinic highlights potential of mobile technology to transfer patient rehabilitation by Satish Misra, M.D., In a recent study out of the Mayo Clinic, patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation post-MI were offered the opportunity to use an app that provides the ability to track their progress and delivers daily supportive messaging as well as education material. In addition to greater improvements in body weight, blood pressure, and quality of life when compared to a non-user population, they also found a significant reduction in rehospitalization.
KTIV Iowa, Siouxland girl saved by rare liver transplant by Brianna Clark, According to health officials at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, more than 16,000 people across the nation are waiting for liver transplants. In HealthBeat4, KTIV sits down with a Siouxland girl who had to fight to get her name on that list. Pressley Cochran-Bray, 13, from Spirit Lake, Iowa was diagnosed in November with hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer typically found in adults…Without a new liver, Pressley's doctor, Julie Heimbach from the Mayo Clinic, said the cancer could grow back. The problem, getting Pressley on the donor recipient list because her type of cancer is not typically accepted for transplantation.
Your Houston News, Local resident raises awareness for kidney disease after own struggle by Jennifer Summer, Humble resident Maegan de Grood Sheiman had never had serious kidney issues until she became pregnant with her daughter in 2007…“Right when I had my daughter is when the doctors think this disease was activated in my body,” Sheiman said. “At that time, I ended up passing six kidney stones in six weeks and was in extreme pain. I scheduled an appointment at the Mayo Clinic where I underwent three days of tests. The Mayo Clinic actually diagnosed me after seven nephrologists could not.”
Becker’s Hospital Review, 21 Hospitals and Health Systems With Strong Finances by Bob Herman…Hospitals and health systems are ordered by when the rating agency released its report, starting with the most recent. 1. Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., issued $300 million of revenue bonds in late April, and Moody's reaffirmed the system's high "Aa2" credit rating. Moody's analysts said Mayo's finances are among the strongest of any system, thanks to its "excellent clinical reputation," strong patient demand, favorable payer mix and top-notch fundraising team. Mayo is in the process of transforming Rochester into a global medical hub and has consequently increased its debt.
La Salud, Lanzan panel de pruebas de 50 genes para cancer, Mayo Clinic anuncia el lanzamiento de CANCP, un nuevo panel de pruebas genéticas para el cáncer que permite personalizar la quimioterapia de cada paciente con base en la singular firma genómica del tumor. CANCP es la abreviatura para “panel genético dirigido contra el cáncer de tumor sólido mediante secuenciación de nueva generación”, examen que analiza regiones específicas en 50 genes conocidos por alterar el crecimiento del tumor y responder a la quimioterapia.
El Heraldo de Chihuahua, Tecnología holandesa en el corazón de mamá …Es nieto de griegos, pero él es chihuahuense, estudió en los Estados Unidos su especialidad, obtuvo el grado de máster fellow por el Colegio de Cardiología de los Estados Unidos, es el tercer latinoamericano en alcanzar esa distinción. "Hacer esta operación significa poner a Chihuahua en el top, en el rango más alto de la cardiología, es ir al mismo paso que la tecnología más avanzada", nos platica. Tiene 36 años ejerciendo, él fue el pionero que trajo a Chihuahua la angioplastia coronaria, que es limpiar las arterias para evitar que una persona muera de infarto. Estudió sus postgrados en Houston, en la Metodista, y además en la Clínica Mayo de Rochester.
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