June 12, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Wall Street Journal
Apple’s New Health Focus Comes at Propitious Time
by Clint Boulton

…Apple and the Mayo Clinic are collaborating on one such integration in which HealthKit, capturing data from a blood pressure app, will notify the hospital in the event a patient’s blood pressure falls outside normal range. Mayo Clinic physicians will provide the patient recommendationThe Wall Street Journal newspaper logos — take medication or come in immediately — in the context of the app, said John Wald, Mayo Clinic’s medical director for marketing and public affairs.

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, is second in newspaper circulation in America with an average circulation of 223 million copies on week days.  Its website has more than 4.3 million unique visitors each month.

Additional Coverage:
Forbes, In Healthcare, Apple Will Struggle To Match Huge Samsung Ambitions

Product Reviews, mHealthNews, Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, Fast Company

Previous Coverage in June 5 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: During last week's  keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2014Apple, Inc., unveiled HealthKit, a digital repository for various types of health-fitness related data. Apple highlighted HealthKit through a new Mayo Clinic app under development that would offer users a more personalized experience and make their health data more actionable in supporting healthier lifestyles. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal
Made at Mayo: Cultural shift lets Mayo Clinic researchers helm their own startups
By Katharine Grayson

For most of its history, Mayo Clinic has lauded innovative medical research, but made entrepreneurship against the rules. The health care giant barred its Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal newspaper logodoctors from owning medical companies or serving as C-level executives. That meant researchers had to bid farewell to their inventions, as Mayo licensed their medical therapies to new firms they couldn’t lead or to larger companies.

Reach: The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals which owns more than 40 other local business newspapers.

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Made at Mayo: Mayo professor doubles as founder of text tech company
Made at Mayo: Oncology professor launches startup to track cells and viruses
Made at Mayo:
Zumbro uses custom peptides to battle hypertension

Context: The Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator provides infrastructure that enables entrepreneurism for the Rochester community. Founded by the Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI), City of Rochester, Mayo Clinic Treasury Services and Mayo Clinic Ventures, the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator provides collaborative space for new companies, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs. It also works with existing companies and service providers to support entrepreneurial ventures. It encompasses over 2,000 square feet within the skyway level of the Minnesota BioBusiness Center. The Accelerator promotes local and regional economic development through new company creation and expansion. "Our goal with the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator is to bring together like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and advisers to share ideas, resources and expertise, and by doing so we hope to build a unique ecosystem and support the spirit of entrepreneurism in Rochester," says Jim Rogers, chair, Mayo Clinic Ventures. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen


Hockey: Stuart ready to get Jets back to postseason

Mark Stuart is settled and content in Winnipeg. The Rochester native is an assistant captain of an NHL team, he likes the city and the hockey-mad fans who call it home. "It's always nice to have that stability and in a place I enjoy," said Stuart, who was at the new Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center on Wednesday to Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperwork out and talk to Rochester youth hockey players and their parents about the Center's hockey training program. "Winnipeg is where I wanted to be. I'm excited to be there."

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: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is a global leader in sports and musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion research, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, sports performance optimization, and surgical and nonsurgical management of sports-related injuries.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Study: Sharing A Bed With Your Pet Can Disturb Your Sleep

This is an obvious statement — pet owners love their furry family members. There’s always debate though, on where you let them sit or sleep. A new study from WCCO logothe Mayo Clinic says while cozying up with your dog or cat may sound nice, pets actually disturb your sleep.

Reach: WCCO 4 News is the most-watched newscast in the Twin Cities, in 5 out of 7 newscasts.

Additional coverage:
Daily Mail UK, Sidebar: Pet Owners Are Increasingly Being Kept Awake By Their Animals
Prevention magazine, The Cutest Reason You Can’t Sleep
Health24, BringMeTheNews, WBZ-CBS Boston, WDAF Kansas City, WFLD-FOX  Chicago, WOIO-CBS Cleveland, KTLA Los Angeles

Context: While countless pet owners peacefully sleep with a warm pet nearby, a new Mayo Clinic study, presented this week at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, finds an increase in the number of people experiencing sleep disturbances because of their pets. A previous Mayo Clinic study published in 2002 reported that of patients who visited the clinic’s sleep center and owned pets, only one percent reported any inconvenience from their pets at night. The new study shows a larger number of patients — 10 percent in 2013 — reported annoyance that their pets sometimes disturbed their sleep. “The study determined that while the majority of patients did not view their pets intolerably disturbing their sleep, a higher percentage of patients experienced irritation — this may be related to the larger number of households with multiple pets,” says Lois Krahn, M.D., Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and author of the study. “When people have these kinds of sleep problems, sleep specialists should ask about companion animals and help patients think about ways to optimize their sleep.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Bloomberg,Why Don't Doctors Prescribe More Weight-Loss Drugs? by John Tozzi…Part of the reason is that the benefits are small for most people who take them. “It’s really rare that you have patients that come back and say this is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I’ve done so well with this,” says Dr. Michael Jensen, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Jensen has been a paid consultant for weight-loss drug makers. “I think all the companies are finding it a challenge to get much traction with their medication,” he says.

Science World Report, An Endoscope with an Oxygen Sensor Helps Detect Pancreatic Cancer by Kathleen Lees, Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have determined how to identify pancreatic cancer in patients through the use of a simple endoscopic procedure by attaching a an optical blood oxygen sensor, according to a study published in GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy…"Although this is a small pilot study, the outcome is very promising. There is no test now available that can accurately identify pancreatic cancer at an early stage, short of removing some of the organ," said the study's senior investigator and gastroenterologist Michael Wallace, M.D., M.P.H., in a press releaseAdditional coverage: Medical Design Technology magazine, Science Daily, Surgical Products Magazine, Science Newsline, Science Codex, News Medical, Medical Xpress, Imperial Valley News, HealthCanal, Counsel & Heal, Bio-Medicine

Dermatology Times,Tumor size a determining factor in melanoma drug’s efficacy  by Bill Gillette, Researchers at Mayo Clinic have found that pretreatment tumor size is the primary reason some patients with advanced melanoma respond better than others to the experimental immunotherapy MK-3475 (Merck)…“We demonstrate baseline tumor size is the most important clinical factor for patients with metastatic melanoma receiving MK-3475,” Mayo Clinic oncologist and lead investigator Richard W. Joseph, M.D., tells Dermatology Times.

MedPage Today, ASCO: Myeloma Study Results Inconclusive by Charles Bankhead, A trial comparing two immunomodulatory regimens for myeloma failed to demonstrate noninferiority for the newer drug…Lenalidomide was associated with less toxicity and better quality of life, A. Keith Stewart, MBChB, of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., reported here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.

MedPage Today, 10 Years of Hormones for Breast Cancer, ASCO Says by Charles Bankhead, All women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer should have the option to continue adjuvant hormonal therapy for as long as 10 years, according to an updated guideline from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).…Matthew Goetz, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said that "the benefits of extended tamoxifen seem to outweigh the risks, especially in premenopausal women where the risks of serious side effects -- such as blood clots and uterine cancer -- appear to be much lower."

Medscape, Four 'Hot Topics' in Neurology… Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy…Recent research has shed some light on the pathologic substrate of these phenotypic manifestations, but as Dennis Dickson, MD, Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, reminded us in his talk,[1] this field of research is still in its infancy. The prevalence of CTE is unknown, but according to data from the Mayo brain bank, Dr. Dickson estimates that it could be as high as 20% in male athletes involved in contact sports.

Pioneer Press, Business Briefing: Healthcare, Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, with Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, has been named president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Motley Fool, Apple: Health Care's New Hottest Stock? …During the keynote presentation, Apple showed devices from Nike (NYSE: NKE  ) , Fitbit, Wahoo Fitness, iHealth, and Withings -- which will all be compatible with HealthKit. Apple also integrated Mayo Clinic's app with Health, allowing Health to alert Mayo Clinic's app or medical professionals if abnormal readings in blood pressure, heart rate, or other vital signs are detected. Additional coverage: Oman Tribune, CNNExpansión, News1130 Vancouver, Las Americas News, Chicago Tribune, Tech{dot}MN

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic celebration to feature new exhibits  by Brianna Jett, In honor of its 150th anniversary, Mayo Clinic is sharing some of its secrets. On Thursday, the clinic will open its doors after normal business hours for its Sesquicentennial Open House, showcasing exhibits the public hasn't seen before…."We're bringing out some special treasures from the archive," said Matthew Dacy, the Mayo Clinic director of development and a member of the sesquicentennial planning committee. The committee has been meeting for nearly two years.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic bands three Peregrine Falcon chicks during annual check up, Usually you have to look sky high to catch a glimpse of a Peregrine Falcon soaring downtown, but Wednesday you could get up close and personal at the Mayo Clinic's annual banding of the falcon chicks. The tradition may be approaching thirty years, but it seems each time the Mayo staff and raptor specialists make the trek to the top of the Mayo Building, it's like they are seeing these baby chicks for the first time.

Time, Dunkin’ Donuts Says Its 600-Calorie Sandwiches Are “Snacks” Not Meals by Alexandra Sifferline, In an interview with the Associated Press, Dunkin’ Donuts CEO Nigel Travis says the chain’s sandwiches are snacks, not lunch… The Mayo Clinic, for instance, recommends snacks be around 100 calories and they suggest things like baby carrots, low-fat yogurt, and nuts. The USDA suggests similar things, like veggies with hummus, apple slices, and pumpkin seeds. Additional coverage: Design and Trend

Financial Content, Geron Reports Removal of Partial Clinical Hold on Myelofibrosis IST… The partial clinical hold was placed in March 2014 due to a safety signal of hepatotoxicity that was identified in clinical trials of imetelstat. In order to resolve the partial clinical hold, the investigator, Dr. Ayalew Tefferi of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, was required to provide follow-up information regarding reversibility of hepatotoxicity for all patients who received imetelstat in the Myelofibrosis IST. Additional coverage: CNBC (Reuters),Wall Street Journal press release

ABC News, Why Vanessa Carlton is Excited to Go on Tour With Her Husband... Months removed from an ectopic pregnancy she suffered in November, Carlton said she is "totally healthy now" and that she and her husband still "want to plan a family soon," though she has nothing to announce currently…An ectopic pregnancy is when the "fertilized egg implants somewhere outside the uterus," according to the Mayo Clinic and is usually extremely dangerous for the mother.

WKBT La Crosse, Health fair brings preventative care to those with limited income, no insurance…Mammograms, blood pressure checks and diabetes screenings were just a few of the services outside of the La Crosse County Health building Wednesday, some of those for no cost. The Health Matters Health Fair was put on by Mayo Clinic Health System, Health Traditions and the La Crosse County Health Department.

LA Times, FDA, in a turnaround, says pregnant women should eat more fish by Brianna Sacks, The FDA, in a change of course, now wants pregnant women to eat more fish. But not the kinds that are high in mercury…The updated advice aligns recommendations for pregnant women and young children with those in its 2010 dietary guidelines for Americans. "Seafood can be a great source of protein, iron and zinc — crucial nutrients for your baby's growth and development," wrote Dr. Roger W. Harms, a pregnancy specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "In addition, the omega-3 fatty acids in many fish can promote your baby's brain development." Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, The Columbian

Detroit Free-Press, Oh baby! The Pregnancy & Maternity Guide… What's that? Terms you need to know if you're pregnant or want to be, Here are some definitions of terms to know about pregnancy, labor and delivery. Sources are the 'Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy' and 'Your Pregnancy and Birth' by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

WKBT La Crosse, Baby shower offers services for new and expectant mothers, The annual Biggest Baby Shower EVER was held at the Children's Museum. The event showcases all the departments and services at Mayo Clinic Health System that are available for families and children. There were also vendors on hand and non-profit groups from around the community. "It's kind of a one-stop-shopping, it's really a great opportunity to see what Mayo Clinic has to offer because we're good at what we do and we love to have people come and talk to various staff people and providers about those services as well again, as other resources in the community that they might find helpful during pregnancy or raising their children or being a grandparent to small children," said Beth Padesky from Mayo Clinic Health System.

NY Times, Sports Should Be Child’s Play by David Epstein, The national furor over concussions misses the primary scourge that is harming kids and damaging youth sports in America…The sports science data support a “sampling period” through at least age 12. Mike Joyner, a Mayo Clinic physician and human performance expert, would add general physical literacy-building to the youth sports menu: perhaps using padded gymnastics gyms for parkour, which is essentially running, climbing or vaulting on any obstacle one can find.

Physical Therapy Products, Youth Ice Hockey Injuries Focus of Mayo Clinic Study, A new Mayo Clinic study reviewed the types and severity of injuries among youth ice hockey players. The study examined the variety of injuries and determined fractures and concussions to be the most frequent, with a number of these injuries requiring surgery and hospitalization. The study reviewed patients over a 16-year period who were evaluated at a pediatric trauma center after enduring an injury while playing ice hockey.

HealthDay, Broken Bones, Concussions Most Common Injuries in Youth Hockey…"Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in Minnesota and is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the United States. Due to the fast, hard-hitting nature of the game, people often ask, 'What kinds of injuries might happen to my children?' " study author Dr. Michael Ishitani, a pediatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic Children's Center, said in a Mayo Clinic news release. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Post Bulletin, Make Pillow a Priority by Jeff Hansel, Adequate sleep is an essential step in avoiding errors and accidents, said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, aMayo Clinic sleep specialist and incoming president of the academy…Heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and obesity have all been linked to poor sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control. "It has, in fact, been recognized now by the CDC and the Institute of Medicine that insufficient sleep, and inadequate sleep quality, is actually a national health problem," Morgenthaler said.

Philadelphia Inquirer, More Americans kept awake by Fido, Fluffy…the percentage of people reporting sleep-time trouble with their pets rose from 1 percent in 2002 to 10 percent by 2013, according to a small study by Mayo Clinic researchers in Phoenix. "While the majority of patients did not view their pets intolerably disturbing their sleep, a higher percentage of patients experienced irritation [and] this may be related to the larger number of households with multiple pets," study lead author Dr. Lois Krahn, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist, said in a clinic news release. Additional coverage: Greece Post, Health magazine, NewsMax Health, NBC Today

Science Codex, International team creates heart disease risk tool tailored to rheumatoid arthritis…Pinpointing which rheumatoid arthritis patients need stepped-up heart disease prevention efforts has been a challenge; research by Mayo Clinic and others has found that standard heart disease risk assessment tools may underrate the danger a particular person faces…"There are completely new factors that are considered," says co-author Sherine Gabriel, M.D., a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at Mayo in Rochester. "What's unique about this calculator is that it incorporates rheumatoid arthritis disease characteristics into the assessment of cardiovascular risk."

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic doctor to help lead endocrinology society, Dr. Daniel Hurley of Mayo Clinic was elected secretary of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists at its 23rd Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Las Vegas. As secretary, Hurley will serve on the Association's executive committee and board of directors. He will also serve on committees and task forces as appointed by the AACE president.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Flick to head Mayo Clinic children's center, Dr. Randall Flick has been appointed as the new medical director of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center…Previously, Flick served as chair of hospital operations and quality in the Children's Center; vice chair for quality in the Department of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine and medical director of the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital. Flick is president-elect of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Board of Directors and Chairs an advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration.

The Atlantic, The Elusive, Manipulative Adopted Child by Tina Traster, Learning how to bond with my daughter, who found comfort in the familiarity of being alone, has come through understanding reactive attachment disorder…I retrain my eyes on the computer screen. There are scores of hits on “reactive attachment disorder.” I could scroll for days and there would still be things to read. I click through to the Mayo Clinic website. It says: Reactive attachment disorder is a rare but serious condition in which infants and young children don’t establish healthy bonds with parents or caregivers.

Florida Times-Union, Ask the doctors: Family practice physicians answer your questions about health issues, I am training for my first half-marathon. What can I do to prevent an injury? Answered by Walter C. Taylor, program director, Family Medicine Residency; program director, Sports Medicine Fellowship; assistant professor of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

UVA Today, U.Va. Professor Pens History of Mayo Clinic Nurses, Arlene Keeling was pleased when she received word in 2012 that she’d been chosen to write the definitive history of nursing at the esteemed Mayo Clinic…For Keeling – U.Va. School of Nursing’s Centennial Distinguished Professor, director of the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry and chair of the Nursing School’s Department of Acute and Specialty Care – the process was both exciting and emotional. “After immersing myself in the primary data from the Mayo Historical Unit, the archives of Saint Marys Hospital and the Methodist Kahler Alumni Room, I began to see nursing’s role in the story,” she recalled. “By the time I was writing that Sister Mary Joseph, Dr. Will and Dr. Charlie Mayo died in 1939, I was in tears. Mayo Clinic’s nursing history had come to life for me, and I wanted to share it.”

Pain Medicine News, Drug Abuse Among Residents Uncommon, But Occasionally Fatal by Ben Guarino, Between 1975 and 2009, 28 anesthesiology residents died as a result of substance use disorder (SUD), according to a study by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and Mayo Clinic…The rate of SUD fell between 1996 and 2003, but it has risen in recent years, according to the researchers. "Although relatively few anesthesiology residents develop SUD, the incidence is continuing to increase," said David Warner, MD, an author of the study and an anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in a statement.

Arizona Republic, Question: What hospitals in Phoenix, if any, perform adult heart transplants? By Andrea Hiland, Answer:Arizona Republic reporter Ken Alltucker says there are three heart-transplant programs in Arizona — two for adults, one for children. Mayo Clinic in Arizona completed 21 heart transplants last year. Phoenix Children's Hospital has the only pediatric heart-transplant program, completing eight transplants each of the past two fiscal years, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Huffington Post, 7 Sneaky Reasons You're Bloated by Abigail Wise, It’s uncomfortable, gross and occasionally embarrassing, but bloating is something we all deal with at one point or another. Gassiness isn't just from gorging yourself at the last family meal…You’re stressed out…While stress itself could be to blame for bloating, the nervous habits that many of us pick up when we're anxious could also be the culprits, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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?

Science World Report, Mayo Clinic Researchers Discovered a New Type of Cancer…Researchers at the Mayo Clinic discovered that when the genes PAX3and MAML3 manage to combine, the result is a chimera that causes biphenotypic sinonasal sarcoma. An operation to remove this malignant tumor would require a disfiguring facial surgery, but there may exist some cancer drugs that can target it. Additional coverage: Science Codex, ScienceBlog, Headlines & Global News

San Diego County News, Palomar Medical Center To Host Mayo Clinic Mobile Exhibit On Tuesday, To honor 150 years of serving humanity, Mayo Clinic is taking its story to the public in a free exhibit destined for stops in more than 40 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada from April through October. This high-impact, 1,000-square-foot exhibition on wheels will bring to life Mayo Clinic’s values and vision for the future of health care.

Wall Street Journal, Health-Care Providers Want Patients to Read Medical Records, Spot Errors by Laura Landro…Technology is giving the efforts a boost: More than half of doctors use electronic medical records, compared with just 17% in 2008, according to the federal government, which offers financial incentives to providers tied in part to giving patients access to their health information online. Several large medical providers, including Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, the Veterans Health Administration, Geisinger Health System and Kaiser Permanente, are giving patients direct online access to their doctors' notes. And they are experimenting with different ways to solicit feedback and allow patients to correct or add to their records.

ASCO Post, ALTTO Trial Finds Dual Anti-HER2 Therapy No Better Than Trastuzumab Alone by Caroline Helwick, The highly anticipated results from the phase III ALTTO trial show no additional benefit for adding lapatinib (Tykerb) to trastuzumab (Herceptin) in the adjuvant treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer. The results were presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting’s Plenary Session by Martine J. Piccart-Gebhart, MD, PhD, Chair of the Breast International Group in Brussels, and at a media briefing by Edith A. Perez, MD, Deputy Director at Large at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Piccart-Gebhart and Dr. Perez are co–principal investigators of ALTTO.

ABC30 Fesno, Calif., Lasers targeting epilepsy…Nicole had her first epileptic seizure when she was just six months old and they got progressively worse. When medication failed, her only option was an invasive brain surgery that usually takes months to recover from…"You actually remove a piece of the skull temporarily and then the surgeon has to go and physically remove or cut away the epileptic tissue," Jerry Shih, MD, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Mayo Clinic, Florida, told ABC30.

Consumer Affairs, Scientists getting better understanding of ADHD by Mark Huffman…A new study by neuroscientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida and at Aarhus University in Denmark believe a contributing factor is a miswiring of neurons in the brain's reward system…“A number of studies have reported that ADHD patients commonly exhibit miswiring in this brain area, accompanied by altered dopaminergic function,” said Dr. Anders Nykjaer, the study's lead investigator. “We may now have an explanation as to why ADHD risk genes have been linked to regulation of neuronal growth.”

Huffington Post, Wisconsin: Outstanding Child Abuse & Foster Care Professionals to go Along with the Great Food by Dominic Carter, …But that brings me to the reason why I was in La Crosse Wisconsin. There, like many communities across America, they do such admirable work on the issue of Child Abuse. The Mayo Clinic there was holding its annual Child Maltreatment conference. You may not have noticed it, but all across America "multidisciplinary" teams are now being used to intervene when child maltreatment is reported…Even the Medical Director of the La Crosse Mayo Clinic attended, Dr. David Rushlow, opened the conference. At 8:00 AM in the morning, they had hundreds of Child Welfare professionals, eager to improve on their expertise.

Star Tribune, You're Putting On Your Bug Spray All Wrong. This is timely and relevant, considering you can hear the mosquitoes and ticks giggling in the background. Here's an excerpt from Huffington Post…But if you're out to fight both ticks and mosquitos, reach for a spray with 20 percent or more DEET -- think Off!, Cutter and Ultrathon. "Permethrin-containing products can also be used directly on clothing but should not be applied to skin," Dr. Bobbi Pritt,  director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, tells The Huffington Post..."

Huffington Post, You're Putting On Your Bug Spray All Wrong by Abigail Wise, …"Permethrin-containing products can also be used directly on clothing but should not be applied to skin," Dr. Bobbi Pritt, M.D., director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, tells The Huffington Post. Play it safe by always reading the ingredients before taking your bug spray to the checkout line.…"I'm generally in favor of trying to find natural solutions for most of life’s challenges –- but this is one time where, for many of us, a little risk from DEET may be worth it," Dr. Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, tells The Huffington Post.

News7Jax, Are ellipticals better than treadmills? By Mayo Clinic News Network, You can get an effective aerobic workout with both an elliptical machine and a treadmill. In general, you can let your fitness goals determine whether you choose an elliptical machine or a treadmill — or a different piece of exercise equipment.

WSBT, Heart attack turns inspiration for local family by Annie Cheng, The couple initially planned to go through with the pregnancy. But after spending eight days at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, no physician gave them the green light. "From what the doctors told us, for us to go through with the pregnancy, they used the 'catastrophic,'" Nat says.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Baldwin Area Medical Center drops sugary and artificially sweetened beverages…Sacred Heart Hospital, Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls do not have a similar program in place but have considered it…Visitors and staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire get daily “wellness meal deals,” which have an entrée, vegetable, fruit and skim milk in a price discounted bundle.

La Crosse Tribune, Health care runs in the family by Mike Tighe, “Part of it is with our Catholic heritage, our background, we have a desire to care for people, to take care of people in need,”  Jenifer Schiltz, surgery nurse supervisor at Mayo-Franciscan. Health care is a family affair for two generations of a Hokah, Minn., clan who credit their Catholic background for their gravitation to the healing arts. The three daughters and son of Martin and Kathleen Scholze chose various jobs in the medical profession, and three still work at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse.

Bloomberg, Rite Aid Memory Test Triggers Needless Fear, Doctors Say, Memory tests given at Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) drug stores as an early warning for Alzheimer’s are drawing fire from doctors who say they don’t work well and may cause unwarranted fear among people who don’t have the disease…“Teaching someone how to perform a cognitive assessment is not a trivial manner,” said David Knopman, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, in a telephone interview. “It takes some training and background in knowing about neurology.”

Southern MN Business, New doctor joins Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca by Suzy Rook, Growing up on a farm in Springfield, Minn., and shadowing a local physician as a high school student, Bob Jeske knew he wanted to pursue a career in rural family medicine from a young age. Jeske recently joined the family medicine practice at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca and began seeing patients on June 10.

Florida Times-Union, House calls vital to Northeast Florida patients, doctors, by Teresa Stepzinski, Just days from surgery to repair a leaking heart valve, Norma Andrews was surrounded by all the comforts of home as her doctors checked her blood pressure and the circulation in her legs…Walter Taylor remembers as a child the doctor “would come to the house when you had measles, chickenpox or whatever.” It’s not like that anymore, said Taylor, director of the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Everyday Health, Can This Common Blood-Thinner Prevent Stroke? by Barbara Sadick…Stephen Kopecky, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and president of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, said that when working with patients who have atrial fibrillation, the biggest hurdle is deciding whether to prescribe an anticoagulant — a medication to prevent blood clots from forming. Because the average age of an atrial fibrillation patient is 76 years old, the risk of stroke has to be weighed against the risk of bleeding. After that, he said, the decisions get easier.

Star Tribune, Minnesota's good fortune by John Ella…Nevertheless, Minnesota still has an unusually high number of big-company headquarters per person. The Fortune 500 rankings do not include the state’s largest employer, Mayo Clinic, which is embarking on a major expansion. UnitedHealth Group moved up to No. 14 in the rankings, apparently undaunted by or benefiting from Obamacare, and Medtronic and St. Jude are doing well. In other words, Minnesota excels in medical devices, health insurance, and health care itself.

HIT Consultant Reuters, Former Merck dealmaker takes aim at colon germ by Ransdall Pierson, An infectious disease expert and former head dealmaker at Merck & Co is racing against his ex-employer and other drugmakers to develop a treatment for a germ that ravages the colon and kills as many as 14,000 Americans each year. Roger Pomerantz on Monday became chief executive officer of privately held Seres Health, whose lead product has proven highly effective against the c. difficile bacteria in early-stage clinical trials…Mid-stage trials of SER 109 involve about 40 patients and are being conducted at numerous centers, including the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

Times Colonist, The Doctor Game: Get past the ick factor and this could save lives by W. Gifford Jones…Because of the use of the elephant gun to treat heartburn, along with the general overuse of antibiotics, C difficile is no longer a rare problem. A report in the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology claims that 15 to 20 per cent of patients receiving antibiotics develop antibiotic diarrhea. Another report from the Mayo Clinic says that every year, three million North Americans develop C. difficile infections.

The Guardian UK (Washington Post), Has science solved the mystery of the hiccup? Don't hold your breath…One chronic hiccuper who stepped into psychologist Duane Hurst's office two years ago got so fed up with her five-year run of daily hiccup spells that she initially requested an invasive procedure to crush the phrenic nerve, effectively paralysing her diaphragm. Hurst, of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, thought such a procedure was far too extreme and instead offered to try a technique called heart rate variability biofeedback.

Politics in Minnesota, Zip Rail backers hope to market train to private sector, Passenger rail planners are narrowing down about 15 potential routes for a high-speed train between Rochester and the Twin Cities, aiming to capture the most riders and potentially pique the interest of a private funder. The proposed train, known as the Zip Rail, would likely originate in downtown Rochester at the northwest quadrant of North Broadway and Civic Center Drive — blocks from the Mayo Clinic campus and the Mayo Civic Center that just received $35 million in state bonding for an expansion.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Failed Medtronic trial may be good news for this Mayo startup by Katharine Grayson, Disappointing clinical-trial results from a Twin Cities med-tech giant may lift the fortunes of a small Mayo Clinic biotech startup, Zumbro Discovery Inc. When I met Mayo researchers Dr. John Burnett and Dr. Horng Chen a few months ago, they told me Medtronic Inc.’s Symplicity system for treating high blood pressure would likely be their startup’s biggest competitor. Not long after, Medtronic announced trial results showing Symplicity was a safe, but ineffective treatment for resistant hypertension.

Washington Post, Here’s why LeBron James may have cramped up when no one else did, Anyone who’s ever experienced muscle cramps knows they’re no fun. They can be paralyzing. And in the case of Miami Heat star LeBron James, they can be painful not just physically, but also for the ego. (Gatorade’s comment was a little harsh.) But they probably shouldn’t be. Muscle cramping is a legitimate medical problem, not an excuse. The Mayo Clinic writes:“A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles. …Though generally harmless, muscle cramps can make it temporarily impossible to use the affected muscle.”

Modern Healthcare, Doc recertification program focuses on quality improvement by Andis Robeznieks, The American Board of Medical Specialties' Maintenance of Certification program has come under fire from physicians who consider it onerous, irrelevant and expensive. But an ABMS initiative, called the Portfolio Program, aims to answer such criticisms with a streamlined process that allows physicians to use quality-improvement projects conducted within their organizations to satisfy individual MOC requirements. The Portfolio Program, which began in 2010 as a project between the family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics boards and the Mayo Clinic, is now active at 18 of the ABMS' 24 specialty boards. Orthopedic surgeons launched their program in April.

MaxPress, Estudo ALTTO sobre terapia combinada anti HER2, no Câncer de Mama, indica que um único agente, o Trastuzumabe, permanece como o padrão ouro de tratamento…“Essas descobertas sugerem que o tratamento auxiliar padrão (pós-cirúrgico) no estágio inicial do câncer de mama HER2 positivo deve continuar sendo com o uso de trastuzumabe, em combinação com a quimioterapia”, diz a vice-diretora geral do Centro de Câncer da Clínica Mayo (Mayo Clinic Cancer Center) Edith A. Perez, que também é diretora do Programa de Genômica Translacional do Câncer de Mama (Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program) da Clínica Mayo de Jacksonville, Flórida.

La Salud, Viaja a salvo en el verano si fuiste sometido a una cirugía…El autor principal del estudio, el Dr. Stephen Cassivi, cirujano torácico de Mayo Clinic, proporciona cinco sugerencias para un viaje de regreso más seguro y cómodo después de la operación…

Cronica, Inmunoterapia alternativa para el cáncer de mama…De acuerdo con la Dra. Barbara Pockaj, investigadora principal del estudio y cirujana de Mayo Clinic “El presente estudio podría cambiar la capacidad actual de tratar a las pacientes con cáncer de mama triple negativo. Esto podría ser una señal de que la inmunoterapia sirve para tratar a estas pacientes que no cuentan con muchas alternativas, lo que realmente ampliaría sus opciones”.

La Slaud, ¿Alteraciones en el sueño por dormir con tu mascota?...La Dra. Lois Krahn, psiquiatra de Mayo Clinic y autora del estudio, comenta que “El estudio determinó que si bien la mayoría de pacientes no creía que las mascotas les alteraban el sueño de forma intolerable, un porcentaje mayor de pacientes sí sentía irritación, lo que podría vincularse a la mayor cantidad de hogares con varias mascotas. Additional coverage: Plenilunia, Cronica

Yahoo! Noticias, Uno de cada cuatro trasplantes de riñón se pierde debido al rechazo por anticuerpos, El doctor Fernando Cosío, director médico para Trasplantes de Riñón y Páncreas de la Mayo Clinic en Minnesota, ha explicado que "durante muchos años no reconocimos el rechazo humoral y los avances en el trasplante renal se basaron en el desarrollo de medicamentos que controlan el rechazo celular pero no el de anticuerpos".

Medicable, Mayo Mlinic: Viaja a salvo en el verano si fuiste sometido a una cirugía, Los viajes de verano no sólo son por vacaciones, pues para algunas personas puede incluir trasladarse hasta un hospital fuera de la ciudad, con el fin de someterse a una cirugía. Si necesitas viajar para una cirugía de tórax, es posible que te preguntes si es más seguro regresar a casa por tierra o por avión. Un nuevo estudio de Mayo Clinic descubrió que, contrario a las creencias, los viajes por avión son tan seguros como viajar por tierra después de la cirugía de tórax, y casi nunca hay una razón para esperar semanas y regresar a casa en avión.

Medicina Digital, Mayo Clinic se ubica entre los mejores hospitales para hispanos en la lista del año 2014, Mayo Clinic ganó un puesto en la lista del año 2014 de “Best of the Best” (los mejores entre los mejores) hospitales principales para las personas de origen hispano por segundo año consecutivo.

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