May 22, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



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Measles Vaccine Cures Woman Of Cancer
by Markham Heid

Mayo Clinic researchers have wiped out a 49-year-old Minnesota woman’s blood cTime magazine logoancer with a radical new virus-based treatment that involved injecting her with “the highest possible dose” of a measles vaccine, suggesting virotherapy could treat some cancers.

Reach: Time magazine has a weekly circulation of 3.3 million. Time Online receives mores than 4.6 million unique visitors to its website each month and its monthy page views are more than 32.8 million.

Additional coverage:  USA TODAY, Imperial Valley News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, SELF, LA Times, Boston Globe, Reuters, Telegraph UK, Hawaii Reporter, Design & Trend, Post-Bulletin, KSDK, Forbes, Leadership Newspapers, Le Figaro Sante, EveryJoeStar Tribune 

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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

Fort Hood shooting survivor faces challenges in MN
by Boyd Huppert

Patrick Zeigler sits quietly in a traveling museum celebrating 150 years of the Mayo Clinic. KARE-11 TV, Minneapolis-St. PaulPatrick is volunteering his time at the wounded warrior display. Visitors stop to read the text and view the pictures around him. Some notice Patrick's army cap and his service dog Ranger, then extend a hand to thank Patrick for his service.

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

Context: Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler was critically injured in the shooting at Fort Hood in November 2009 -- Zeigler was shot four times, including once in the head, during the attack. His first trip to Rochester came at a critical point in his recovery, and the soldier credits his Mayo Clinic team with saving his life.

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Rebecca Eisenman


Mayo Clinic Develops New, Less Invasive Weight Loss Procedure
by Naomi Pescovitz

A new study was underway for a weight loss procedure not meant for the morbidly obese. "This is radically different from the surgery because the surgery is radical," said Dr. KSTP-TV Eyewitness News LogChristopher Gostout, Consultant at Mayo Clinic and Director of the Developmental Endoscopy Unit. Gostout and Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mayo, had developed a way to shrink a person's stomach, without the scarring or slicing through the skin.

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.  KAAL, like KAAL TV logoKSTP,  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: KTTC, WXOW La Crosse

Context: Christopher Gostout, M.D., and Barham Abu Dayyeh, M.D., are Mayo Clinic physicians in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Public Affairs Contacts: Brian KilenRebecca Eisenman


Arizona Republic
Kidney donation leads to friendship between women
by Wendy Neri

At first glance, Nancy Shaver and Kati Walker could hardly be more different. Two decades apart in age, one is a longtime elementary-school principal with closely cropped Arizona Republic newspaper logowhite hair and an exuberant laugh; the other, a vibrant young mother, artist and fitness enthusiast with ombre hair and tattoos.…Soon after, Shaver, Walker, and both the transplant and donor teams at Mayo Clinic scheduled the transplant surgery for the following January. At that point, Shaver and Walker began meeting for coffee to get to know each other better.

ReachThe Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages 83 million pages views each month.

Context: Mayo Clinic doctors actively perform research in kidney transplantation, presenting their work at national and international meetings. The Mayo Clinic Transplant Center supports many studies for kidney transplant research.

Public Affairs Contact: Lynn Closway

New Yorker, The Yips, What's behind the condition that every golfer dreads? By David Owen...The study was narrow, and it wasn't utterly serious, since it was commissioned by a television network, but it attracted the attention of Aynsley M. Smith, a sports psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was interested in the yips and how they differed, or didn't differ, from choking. She and Crews, along with several other researchers, eventually conducted a study, funded by Mayo, in which they used a variety of devices to measure movements in the hands and wrists of affected and unaffected golfers, along with various vital signs. In a paper, Smith proposed a definition of the yips as a "continuum," with choking at one end and a category of neurological disorders called focal dystonias at the other.

Golf Digest, Scientists, psychologists, and the Mayo Clinic take on the yips By David Owen, Another person I talked to is Debbie Crews, a sports psychologist and a consultant to the women's golf team at Arizona State. She has participated in three studies of the yips sponsored by the Mayo Clinic, and she's about to participate in a fourth. Even for golfers who don't have the yips, Crews is a good person to know.

Wall Street Journal, What's the Best Way to Pull an All-Nighter? By Heidi Mitchell, The occasional all-nighter is a necessary evil for many professionals and students trying to meet a tight deadline. Are there any strategies to make that all-night session and recovery easier? One expert, Eric Olson, co-director of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minn., weighs in on the most effective ways to stay alert until dawn, and why Monday nights are best.

New York Times, Tracking Down the Deer Runner by Michael J. Joyner, M.D., Perhaps the biggest new idea in exercise research in recent years has been the endurance running hypothesis…In 1978, Michael Baughman, a writer living in Ashland, Ore., wrote an article in Sports Illustrated about his attempt to run down a deer in the ranch land and orchards near his home. I recently tracked down Mr. Baughman to learn more about what motivated him to write that article and his thoughts on the endurance running craze…Michael J. Joyner is a physiologist and anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Bloomberg Businessweek, Some Good News for the E-Cig Industry: Vaping Can Help Smokers Quit by John Tozzi, The e-cigarette industry got some good news this week: A survey of almost 6,000 smokers in Britain trying to quit found that those who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to stop using smoking tobacco than those who used over-the-counter quitting aids or had no help at all. The study, accepted by the journal Addiction and published online Tuesday, comes as U.S. regulators weigh new rules for nicotine vaporizers…While vaping is widely believed to be safer than inhaling tobacco smoke, it’s “not safer than just breathing clean air,” as Dr. Richard Hurt, former director of the Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center, said in a recent interview. Other research in the U.S. suggests that smokers’ perception that e-cigarettes are less harmful is declining.

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Traveling Exhibit Makes Stop In Mankato…CEO Greg Kutcher says, "It shows how the scientists came together, how they came together with the communities, some of the amazing discoveries along the way and where we're at now in developing the future of health care."

Mankato Free Press, Mayo Clinic 150th anniversary mobile exhibit coming Wednesday by Robb Murray, Don’t worry about planning a visit to the Mayo Clinic in honor of its 150th anniversary. The Mayo Clinic is coming to you. On Wednesday a semi will pull into town that carries Mayo’s mobile exhibit, a slick and futuristic walk-through that gives exhibit-goers a taste of where Mayo came from, where it is and where it might be going.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to play role in 2018 Super Bowl by Heather Carlson, Minnesota's successful bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl included a commitment from Mayo Clinic to share its expertise on sports medicine and injury prevention at the event. Dr. Patricia Simmons, an executive at Mayo Clinic, said Twin Cities business leaders first approached the clinic a couple of months ago to see if Mayo would want to be involved in Super Bowl-related activities, should Minnesota win the bidding.

WCCO, Minnesota Super Bowl…The committee also wanted Minnesota Super Bowl to leave a legacy of volunteerism. Reporter: they did that in 1992, started a foundation. This time they will bring in physicians with the MAYO CLINIC to work with children on nutrition, sports medicine and get them excited about sports and living and eating healthy. They want that to last far beyond the Super Bowl.

HealthIT Analytics, Hospital readmissions decrease “whenever you try,” says Mayo by Jennifer Bresnick, Reducing the number of unnecessary hospital readmissions may be as easy as just paying attention, says research from the Mayo Clinic published in JAMA this month.  After reviewing more than forty trials related to interventions intended to cut the 30-day readmission rate among discharged patients, Dr. Aaron Lepper, a research associate at Mayo’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit, found that pretty much anything that tried to account for a patient’s individual needs when creating a discharge plan was effective in helping that patient understand and adhere to his or her care regimen.

HealthData Management, Mayo Meta-Analysis Finds Multi-faceted Strategies Best for Readmissions by Greg Goth,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. “Patients are sent home from hospitals because we have addressed their acute issues,” said the review's first author, Aaron Leppin, M.D.

MinnPost, Minnesota's medical cannabis law: Variations on a national theme by Sarah Williams, Mayo Clinic psychiatrist J. Michael Bostwick has spent considerable time trying to make sense out of the “peculiar and misguided tumult” over marijuana in American culture. He’s not sure that he’s entirely succeeded. His 2012 abstract published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings [PDF] took a close look at the “blurred boundaries” between medical and recreational use, and explored such topics as the relationship between psychosis and marijuana, the dangers of early use, what promise there might be in pharmaceutical applications, federal barriers to research, and why some states finally went rogue.

KAAL, Families Celebrate Medical Cannabis Compromise by Steph Crock, With medical marijuana on the brink of becoming law, the families who've been fighting for it are excited about this recent glimpse of hope…"For some people it's a wonderful hope for them, but the Epilepsy Foundation as well as the Mayo Clinic continue to research it," said Vicki Snyder, a community outreach coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.

CNN, When you need antibiotics -- and when you don't by Jacque Wilson, …Pneumonia Pneumonia can be caused by a variety of things: bacteria, viruses and fungi, according to Mayo Clinic. Antibiotics will work if the doctor has identified the specific type of bacteria causing your infection. Antiviral medications can also be used to treat viral pneumonia. Additional coverage: News4Jax

Vancouver Desi, This hormone ‘ate’ his finger bones!You may have heard about a hormone called parathyroid but to your shock, excess of this hormone can even ‘eat’ your fingers! High levels of parathyroid hormone in a 45-year-old patient in Japan led to an acceleration of the normal breakdown of his bones, resulting in a condition of shrinking finger bones, doctors found…When doctors removed his tumour, the man’s hormone levels quickly returned to normal. “This patient had a very high parathyroid hormone level, and a large tumour by today’s standards, likely indicating long-standing and severe disease,” Bart Clarke, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota said.

KIMT, Don’t cut sleep short by Jeron Rennie…Local and national doctors are calling our sleep habits a national epidemic. They say only about 60 percent of people are getting the proper amount of sleep, which they say is seven to nine hours a night for adults. “Sleep is not a luxury, it is a requirement. It is certainly one of the three main pillars of health along with good diet and exercise, so I think everyone really needs to concentrate on not only eating well and exercising well, but on sleeping well,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler with the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine.

Genome Web, N-of-One Inks Mayo Clinic MDx Alliance, N-of-One said today that it has signed an agreement to provide clinical interpretation support for the Mayo Clinic's molecular diagnostics testing. N-of-One said that it will assist Mayo Medical Laboratories, a reference lab within Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, with biological and clinical knowledge and in identifying therapeutic options and potential clinical trials for patients who have their tumors sequenced. The Lexington, Mass.-based bioinformatics firm also will provide support services for Mayo's Center for Individualized Medicine.

GenomeWeb, Mayo, Whole Biome Collaborate on Microbiome Diagnostics, The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and Whole Biome announced on Tuesday a collaboration to develop microbiome-targeted diagnostics. The initial focus will be on women's health, and in particular preterm labor, the most common cause of infant death and a leading cause of long-term disability in children, the partners said.

FOX News, Family Members of Phoenix VA Victims React to Growing Scandal, The VA was not able to do the bladder removal surgery. They couldn't do that. So they started him on chemotherapy and approved the outsourcing to the Mayo Clinic for him to get chemo therapy but the doctor at the Mayo Clinic wanted him to do surgery after the chemo therapy stopped. Couldn't do it. They waited until eight months, the VA didn't approve us with the outsourcing for eight months.

FOX News, Dr. Manny: Why doesn’t Obama come up with solutions for our veterans now?...The Department of Veterans Affairs needs a complete overhaul, and in my opinion, that overhaul solution should come from health care leaders in the private sector.  We can look to numerous national examples of thriving health care systems, including the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson and more.  These are places of excellence, great medical quality, and innovative ideas, which work day in and day out to provide optimal service to their patients.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, New Mayo business offers 'biobank' access to clients by Mark Reilly, The Mayo Clinic is launching a bioservices business that will process and store patient specimens, and let customers use its growing store of biological samples. The Post-Bulletin reports on the new venture by Rochester-based Mayo, which is calling the startup Mayo Clinic Bioservices. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

CNN, Thousands may have been exposed to hepatitis A at Missouri restaurant by Matthew Stucker, As many as 5,000 people may have passed recently through a Missouri restaurant where an employee with hepatitis A worked while possibly contagious, health officials said Wednesday. Red Robin said the employee last worked on May 16…Hepatitis A is usually transmitted via contaminated food or water, or by someone who's infected, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, World IBD Day: It's Not All Sunshine and Flowers…In the United States, there are more than 1.4 million people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main diseases that fall under the umbrella of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). According to the Mayo Clinic, Crohn's disease causes inflammation anywhere along your digestive tract and ulcerative colitis causes inflammation in primarily the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

KIMT, Beating cancer together, A breast cancer diagnosis has brought two area women closer together. Julie Latusek and Joan Stiles have been undergoing radiation treatment at the Albert Lea Cancer Center, but they’ve been going through it together. They started out as complete strangers that only shared similar appointment schedules, but now, they have grown into the best of friends. This new found friendship wasn’t just a bonus to their recovery, but Stiles believes that it could have actually helped their recovery…Dr. Timothy Kozelsky was their radiation oncologist at the clinic.

KTUU Alaska, Lawmaker Shares Tale of Triumph over Prostate Cancer, State Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage) and his battle with prostate cancer are one of 150 success stories with which the Mayo Clinic is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Hawker says he'll never be cancer-free, but he wants his journey to give other men hope.

Innovations Report, Molecule linked to aggressive pancreatic cancer offers potential clinical advances, Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered an enzyme they say is tightly linked to how aggressive pancreatic cancer will be in a patient…"The implication from our research is that Rac1b is activating unique pathways in pancreatic tumors that make this cancer aggressive. If we can therapeutically target that pathway, we may be able to have an impact on this very difficult-to-treat disease," says the study's senior investigator, Derek Radisky, Ph.D., a researcher with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Additional coverage: Bio-Medicine, HealthCanal, Medical Xpress, News Medical, Science Codex

Louisville Business Journal, Southern Indiana practice takes part in cancer-detection study, New Albany-based Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana PC is participating in a colorectal cancer prevention trial being conducted by the Mayo Clinic…First, data is collected to establish a baseline by identifying current rate levels. After that, five of the clinics receive education and additional training from the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michael B. Wallace, who is the principal investigator on the project.

Orange County Register, Migraine prevention drugs show promise by Cynthia Lalicker, The unbearable days of the pounding, aching, tension in your head may decrease, thanks to new migraine prevention drugs being tested. Two studies have been conducted by Dr. Peter Goadsby, a professor in the department of clinical neuroscience at Kings College London, and also of the University of California, San Francisco; and Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Pacific Standard, Santa Barbara, Calif., Medicine’s Dirty Secret: Fecal Transplants Are the Next Big Thing in Health Care by Bryn Nelson…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 fecal microbiota transplant in 2011, a patient who had been bed-ridden for weeks left the hospital 24 hours later.

Grand Forks Herald, Not ‘on board’: What to do when support for healthy lifestyle change isn’t mutual by Pamela Knudson, One of the first things Dr. Donald Hensrud learned when he began working with patients in the area of wellness and prevention is the futility of trying to change another’s behavior. “I realized quickly you can’t change someone else,” said Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, Rochester, Minn. “Change is difficult for people. Some are ready; some are not.”

Government Executive, Business Travelers: The Complete Guide to Fighting Jet Lag by Rachel Feltman, But do drink (just not alcohol) According to the Mayo Clinic, dehydration can make jet lag symptoms more severe. And airplane cabins have extremely dry air, so drink plenty of water on the flight.

KAAL, Purdy Inspires Amputees on Dancing with the Stars…Olympian Amy Purdy is proving you can overcome any challenges as she dances with two prosthetic legs…On the television screen with dance partner Derek Hough, they look like another amazing pair of dancers on the show. But with a closer look, you can tell that Amy Purdy's feet and legs are not her own, they are prosthetic…Mayo Clinic employee Jessica Cullifer didn't even know she had prosthetic legs. "You can't even tell," she said.

MSNBC, Battle to the Midterms, Andrea Mitchell interviews Former. Gov. Haley Barbour (R) Mississippi…you talked about republican consultants and strategists and the way they can take ugly turns. What do you think about Karl Rove and his injecting the whole age and health issue into the potential candidacy of Hillary Clinton yet undeclared. I wasn't there to hear what he actually said. But I've never known of a campaign where the candidate's health wasn't put out on the table and completely looked at, certainly I worked for Ronald Reagan and that was certainly the case. At one time, I thought about running for president and before I did anything I went to Mayo Clinic and got a total checkup. If I had ended up running, one of the first things we would have done is made that public. That's nothing unusual about that.

WCIUD Chicago, The Doctors: Virus as a Vaccine? Recent studies at the Mayo Clinic shows a woman with a in crucial blood cancer has gone into reemission after taking massive dose of measles vaccine. This is the first time this method has been used. Two patients were multiple myoloma were in the trial. One remained cancer free after six months. Researchers hope this work will lead to a single cure for certain cancers. Additional coverage: Aureus Medical Group, Norte Digital Mexico, KSHB Kansas City, CNN Newsroom (Skype Interview), FOX News Live

Modern Healthcare, Northwestern merger puts Cadence's Cleveland Clinic alliance in jeopardy by Andrew Wang (Crain’s Business), Though they have agreed to merge into one health system, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Cadence Health haven't yet decided on one key issue: the fate of Cadence's highly touted clinical affiliations with Cleveland Clinic…Rather than growing through mergers and acquisitions, internationally known systems like Cleveland and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., more often build their own satellite locations or sign smaller community-based systems up to affiliations. The arrangements garner Cleveland and Mayo a new revenue stream at little cost and a potential source of patients from outside their home markets. In exchange, community systems like Cadence hope some of their partners' brand equity rubs off. Additional coverage: Chicago Healthcare Daily

KHOG Ark., Shopping for shades? Follow these tips by Mayo Clinic News Network, Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage your eyes, not just your skin. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Skip sunglasses that are labeled 'cosmetic' and those that don't offer details on the amount of UV protection.

Huffington Beach Independent, All About Food: Adhering to these food myths? Stop. By Terry Markowitz, I recently received my Mayo Clinic Health Letter and one of the main topics was dietary supplements. All that I have read lately seems to suggest that these supplements are fairly useless and cannot substitute for a well-balanced, healthy diet. Whole foods are more complex and contain many different micro-nutrients not found in supplements. In addition, they provide dietary fiber, and fruits and vegetables also provide phytochemicals.

WCCO Rosens Sports Sunday, WNBA, Back with Laurel Ritchie, the fans notice it says Mayo Clinic. Are more and more teams going the corporate route? I think it is about partnerships coming together and really leveraging the strengths of the Lynx and the strength of the Mayo Clinic and the name is one of many elements.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester 5-year-old battling cancer — in style by Jeff Hansel, Five-year-old Emma Crossman and her mother, Malynda Jordahl, are waging a personal battle — with their own, unique style…Turns out Emma has a rare condition called Wilm's tumors in each of her kidneys. She was transferred to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys. Nurses at OMC were so touched that they started a "Hope for Emma team" and health providers at Saint Marys, of like mind, began selling T-shirts.

EMPR, How to Start a Subspecialty Clinic, In-house clinics can be an attractive option for providing more cost-efficient and high-quality health care for patients with particular medical conditions. Creating such clinics need not require a large capital investment. In fact, all that is needed is likely already in the practice setting. “I encourage the creation of subspecialty type of clinics,” said Daniel Elliott, MD, Associate Professor of Urology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Campus Safety Magazine, How to Reduce Emergency Department Violence by Robin Hattersley, Director of the Year finalist Drew Neckar of the Mayo Clinic describes how his institution revised how it manages patients with behavioral health issues to decrease incidents and increase customer satisfaction.

KIMT, MERS Concerns…Health officials from around the globe are taking a closer look at the respiratory syndrome called MERS. Nearly 500 people from Saudi Arabia have tested positive for the condition with more than 150 people actually dying from it. “This is coming from people in close contact with camels or raw camel products but, also you see secondary cases, people who come in contact with people who have become primarily infected,” Mayo Clinic researcher in infectious disease Dr. Pritish Tosh said.

Stewartville Star, Williams: DMC plan will affect Stewartville by Mark Peterson, The Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center (DMC) plan will significantly affect not only Rochester, but all surrounding communities as well, Jerry Williams told the Stewartville School Board last week. Williams, the interim president of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, said that the Mayo Clinic and Rochester will not be able to carry off the DMC initiative alone. "Stewartville is an integral part of this," Williams said. "All area communities will be impacted by what's going to happen with the DMC."

MedPageToday, Steroid Use in RA More Common by Nancy Walsh, More patients with rheumatoid arthritis today are initiating treatment with glucocorticoids (GCs) early in the course of disease than was the case 20 years ago, a retrospective study found. During the first year of disease, 68% of patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis between 1995 and 2007 started GCs compared with 36% of those diagnosed between 1980 and 1994 (P<0.001), according to Ashima Makol, MD, and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

ASU News, Partners of HPV-related cancer patients are at low risk of infection…In a first-of-its-kind study*, Karen Anderson, a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, along with collaborators from six other institutions, examined patients with HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer (HPV-OPC). The results of their study, known as HOTSPOT (for Human Oral Papillomavirus Transmission in Partners over Time), indicate that long-term sexual partners of HPV-OPC patients are not at increased risk for HPV infection. (Karen Anderson, is also a medical oncologist and an associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona.), Radical Cystectomy: Simple Test of Functional Status Identifies Higher Risk Patients, Interview with: Sarah P. Psutka, MD, Fellow in Urologic Oncology, Mayo Clinic, MedicalResearch: What are the main findings of each study? Dr. Psutka: In this study, we analyzed 1335 patients who underwent radical cystectomy at the Mayo clinic between 1996 and 2006.

News4Jax, When controlling diabetes, look beyond carbs by Mayo Clinic News Network, When trying to control your diabetes, don't eat unlimited amounts of foods just because they're free of carbs (carbohydrates). Carbs aren't your only dietary consideration.

Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses, Expert Consensus Statement Attempts to Close ICD Therapy Guidance Gap…CDs have emerged as an important treatment option for patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, and are very effective for stopping life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms. However, while ICD therapy has been proven beneficial in many patient populations, there remain scenarios where clinicians are often asked to make decisions regarding ICD therapy for patients who fall outside of existing guidelines. "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, MD, FHRS (chair), of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Journal Star Neb., Mayo Clinic is next checkpoint on Chinese immigrant's American journey…Juan Du Goracke was in her 20s, a doctor in her home country who spoke only some English — she didn't know what lasagna meant — when she made the 7,000 mile trip from China to Nebraska with nothing but clothes, some medical textbooks and a fiancée in tow. Now, Juan, 32, has become an American citizen and a physician assistant, with a job lined up at one of the world's best hospitals — the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Huffington Post, This Nighttime Phenomenon Could Be Causing Your Headaches And Jaw Pain by Amanda Chan,Teeth-grinding and clenching while sleeping isn't just incredibly annoying for your bed partner. It could also be what's causing your headaches, jaw pain and wearing down of your teeth.…We asked Messina and Dr. Erik K. St. Louis, M.D., head of the Section of Sleep Neurology at the Mayo Clinic, to explain to us what works, and what doesn't, to make the grinding stop.

Huffington Post, This Teen Got 4-Lb. Facial Tumor Removed Thanks To Businessman Who 'Couldn't Give Up On Her' by Robbie Couch, When Larry O’Reilly returned to Haiti in 2012, he was excited to see the school girl he'd taken under his wing. But O'Reilly was shocked at the sight of Hennglise Dorival. The tumor on her face had returned…Although the rare tumor is non-cancerous, according to the Mayo Clinic, it is very aggressive and can be deadly if its expansion cuts into vital organs or stops airflow.

Huffington Post, 6 Ways to Manage Chronic Pain by Peter Field…2. Stay hydrated: According to the Mayo Clinic, some chronic pain issues are made worse by dehydration. In order to make sure dehydration is not an issue for you, drink lots of water and steer clear of coffee.

FOX News, The hidden type of Alzheimer's doctors miss, The claim: Roughly 1 out of 10 Alzheimer's patients—particularly men—may suffer from a subtype of the disease called hippocampal sparing Alzheimer's (HSP). As the name suggests, this form of the disease spares the patient's hippocampus, or memory center. But it can cause angry outbursts, vision problems, and other bizarre behavior that often leads to wrong diagnoses and incorrect treatment, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

KTTC, Graduation day for two Rochester institutions, It was a day of pomp and circumstance at Mayo Civic Center as graduates from Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota Rochester received diplomas. Hundreds attended the Mayo Clinic's medical school and graduate schools' commencement ceremonies at Mayo Civic Center's Presentation Hall.

All About Jazz, Doc Stewart And Big Band Resuscitation: Code Blue! (2014) by Edward Blanco, Those who subscribe to the notion that big band music is a dying musical art form, are obviously unaware of Chris "Doc " Stewart and his star-studded Resuscitation big band that have just given the genre a shot in the arm, a jolt of electricity and some life-saving musical medicine with the amazing Code Blue! An alto saxophonist by passion and pleasure, Stewart is actually an emergency room doctor with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, practicing the trade for the past twenty-four years while seemingly surgically attached to the saxophone.

Salisbury Post S.C., Rare procedure saves 88-year-old woman from life-threatening infection, Mildred McGee was dying. Suffering from her fourth serious bout of Clostridium difficile infection, or C. diff, in as many years, the 88-year-old Rowan County woman had been hospitalized and bedridden for two weeks with diarrhea so severe it was nearly constant…She approached family members and said they needed to consider fecal microbiota transplantation. In other words, a stool transplant…Mayo Clinic in Arizona has performed more than 20 fecal microbiota transplants in C. diff patients. In every case, the infection was completely eradicated, often within hours or days.

Lincoln Journal Star, Irons receives Outstanding Contribution Award, Mayo School of Health Sciences Alumni Association (MSHSAA) in Rochester, Minn., has selected Sonya Irons, PT, DPT, CCS to receive the 2014 Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award…With more than 11,000 members, MSHSAA includes alumni from more than 60 programs within Mayo School of Health Sciences across Mayo Clinic's three campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Irons graduated from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2003.

KIMT, Healthy Human Race set for August with Apolo Ohno by Adam Sallet, Eight time olympic medalist Apolo Ohno will be headlining this year’s Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Race. The three day event in August will have numerous rans, activities and even a fun run. There will also be an expo to showcase the latest in health and wellness. Officials with the Mayo Clinic say they are excited for the event, especially since such a role model for fitness like Ohno will be attending.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Bleeding can be associated with diverticulitis, but isn't a common symptom by Michael Picco, M.D., Ph.D., Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was diagnosed with diverticulitis six months ago. I received antibiotics and have been feeling fine since the diagnosis. But over the past week, I've had blood in my stool. Could this be from the diverticulitis, or something else?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Living donor kidney donation starts with thorough medical evaluation by Mikel Prieto, M.D., Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the process for evaluating whether or not I'm a good candidate to donate one of my kidneys? How long is recovery for the donor?

Post-Bulletin, Oil boom raises railroad safety concerns in Minnesota by Jeff Kiger…Training and proper equipment can help emergency teams deal with a major oil train accident. However, no amount of either can fully prepare for a disaster in Rochester. "The proximity of the rails is a challenge," said Dr. John T. Wald, medical director for marketing and public affairs at Mayo Clinic. "A toxic cloud would be upon is in minutes."

Scientific American (Nature), Drugs to Be Derived from Insights into Body-Dwelling Bacteria by Sara Reardon, The human body teems with trillions of microorganisms — a microbial landscape that has attracted roughly $500 million in research spending since 2008… Probiotics, or beneficial gut bacteria, have become a popular therapy in recent years…“Probiotics may be relatively safe, but not particularly potent in terms of modifying diseases or symptoms,” says Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Washington Post (Kaiser Health News), Medicare Reverses Denial Of Costly Treatment For Hepatitis C Patient by Richard Knox, Walter Bianco, an Arizona man denied access to new drugs to cure his hepatitis C infection, will get the costly medications after all…“I am very pleased that Mr. Bianco received approval for the treatment he needs,” said Dr. Hugo Vargas of Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I hope all patients in similar (or more urgent) circumstances can be given a fair hearing.”

Parade magazine, Why Weightlifters Should Incorporate Yoga into Their Workouts by Beth Shaw, Retired New York Giants offensive lineman Shaun O’Hara once said that yoga increased his endurance and flexibility, giving him the boost to play through a long season and into the playoffs. According to the Mayo Clinic, football players and other athletes who lift a lot of weights, train non-stop, and are prone to injury can greatly benefit from yoga. The reason? Yoga helps flush out excess lactic acid in over-worked muscles, reducing an athlete’s chances of experiencing the kind of soreness and stiffness that can make his next weight workout much more challenging.

Huffington Post, 12 Habits of Highly Healthy People by William Bradshaw, While at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a series of twelve large posters that extended for about thirty feet caught my attention. The twelve posters were all under one heading: "12 Habits of Highly Healthy People." Note: not just healthy people, but "highly" healthy people. I spent some time in thinking about each of the twelve habits. Some were not surprising--others were, at least for me.

MinnPost, How Mall of America hopes to lure Chinese, the 'world's most lucrative tourist' by Abe Sauer, It was nearly impossible for a Chinese citizen to travel outside his or her nation when the Mall of America opened in 1992. And even if they could, they had no money to spend. Twenty years later and Chinese tourists are the world's biggest spenders…Said Himle, "We are looking at leveraging the fact that the University of Minnesota has the largest population of Chinese nationals, as well as a huge alumni base in China with an alumni office operating in Beijing. The Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, 3M and Cargill are all also huge draws."

Yahoo! Health (Daily Rx), Planning a Prenatal Diet by Morgan Jones,…For the most part, according to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy eating plan for moms-to-be should follow the same principles of general healthy eating. However, there are some nutrients that these women should take care to consider, including folate. "Folate is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects, serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord," the Mayo Clinic explains.

KCRG, St. Luke’s Partnership with Mayo Clinic a First for Iowa, Patients in the Corridor with complex medical conditions have had to travel some distance outside the area for treatment from specialists at health care centers such as MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio or the Mayo Clinic in the Rochester, Minn. But UnityPoint Health in Cedar Rapids announced Thursday that it is now part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, an international group of 27 other organizations that receive health care consulting on difficult and complex cases from the medical research organization.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic care network expands to Iowa, Cedar Rapids is the first health care organization in the state to join the network of groups that share Mayo Clinic knowledge and collaborate promotes collaboration. The network, which began in 2011, now includes 28 member organizations across the country. "UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids has earned national recognition multiple times for high-quality, low-cost health care," says Ted Townsend, president and CEO of UnityPoint – Cedar Rapids. "We believe this collaboration with Mayo Clinic elevates health care standards for our region."

Women’s Health, What Premature Ejaculation Can Really Do To Your Sex Life—And Relationship by Kenny Thapoung, Well, science confirms it: Premature ejaculation (PE) can really put a damper on your sex life—and maybe even your relationship, according to a new study published the Journal of Sexual Medicine. But the reason why PE can ruin a good time may surprise you…That said, it's normal for him to get a little too excited every once in a while (he is having sex after all). In fact, the Mayo Clinic estimates that as many as 1 in the 3 men will experience PE at some point in their lives.

Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, Obese Patients Hospitalized Longer After TKR, Obesity is associated with longer hospital stays and higher costs in total knee replacement (TKR) patients, independent of whether or not the patient has an obesity-related disease or condition (comorbidity), according to a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS)…"The higher costs associated with obesity are believed to be largely due to managing comorbid medical conditions linked to obesity, such as diabetes," said lead study author Hilal Maradit-Kremers, MD, an associate professor of epidemiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Fort Mill Times, Medica and Mayo Clinic Health System Team to Provide a New Healthcare Option in Northwestern Wisconsin, Medica and Mayo Clinic Health System announced today a new relationship that will make care available at a lower cost and provide a seamless consumer experience. It is available in northwestern Wisconsin through Medica’s market-leading private health exchange, My Plan by MedicaSM. Medica with Mayo Clinic Health System is available for group coverage with an effective coverage date of July 1, 2014 or later. Additional Coverage: News Medical

Huffington Post, Unmasking Sleep Apnea Treatments: What to Try If  CPAP Doesn't Work for You by B. Gail Demko, Your piercing, chainsaw snore may be a favorite family joke -- but it should also be a figurative wake-up call…On average, the bed partner of a snorer loses at least an hour of sleep per night, according to a study published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings. A CPAP machine may silence the snoring, but its constantly running motor might not help the bed partner sleep more soundly.

Owatonna People’s Press, Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna announces second week results for On the Move by Stacie Rions, Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna announces the second week results for the annual On the Move campaign. There is still time to join the program. To join or report your steps, call 507-446-5121 or email

Open PR, Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Robin Patel Named Principal Investigator for Curetis’ Unyvero™ LRT Trial, Curetis AG, a developer of next-level molecular diagnostic solutions, today announced that Robin Patel, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has been named Lead Principal Investigator of the company’s Unyvero™ LRT Application FDA trial…“I am honored to follow Dr. Ginocchio as Lead Principal Investigator of this trial investigating the performance of a highly multiplexed panel targeting multiple bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes in lower respiratory tract samples,” said Dr. Patel.

Univision Noticias, Una de cada tres personas mayores a 65 años sufren pérdida de la audición, El Dr.Taylor Pollei, Mayo Clinic Phoenix, Arizona, explicó los mayores problemas de audición y habla y cómo prevenirlos y tratarlos.

Glamour Mexico, Sleeping beauty! 10 tips para sacarle provecho a tus horas de sueño…OJO: De acuerdo con la Clínica Mayo, el promedio de horas que un adulto debe dormir van entre 6 y 8, de lo contrario puede ocasionarte mal humor, hambre, falta de concentración e incluso enfermedades cardiovasculares, obesidad y depresión.

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