July 3, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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New York Times

Medical Boards Draft Plan to Ease Path to Out-of-State and Online Treatment
by Robert Pear

Officials representing state medical boards across the country have drafted a model law that would make it much easier for doctors licensed in one state to treat patients in other states, whether in person, by videoconference or online…The Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, for example, has established links with more than two dozen hospitals The New York Times newspaper logoand health systems…“Cross-border licensure is a strategic imperative as we move forward in this brave new world,” said Kathleen M. Harrington, who is in charge of government relations at Mayo.

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of more than 735,000. Its website receives more than 16.2 million unique visitors each month.

Context: In stroke telemedicine, also called telestroke, doctors who have advanced training in the nervous system (neurologists) remotely evaluate people who've had acute strokes and make diagnoses and treatment recommendations to emergency medicine doctors at other sites. Doctors communicate using digital video cameras, Internet telecommunications, robotic telepresence, smartphones and other technology.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer


Test-driving the Mayo Clinic's new plan for healthy living
by Larry Armour

The famed clinic has a fresh approach to helping patients stick with a fitness program. I went to check it out. I’m sharing a gym in Rochester, Minn., with 16 men and women. We are part of a pilot program for a new venture called the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Plan. We were told to wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes, butFortune magazine logo the hardcore workout we all expected never shows up. Instead, we are introduced to a concept called NEAT, which stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.

Reach: FORTUNE has a circulation of more than 845,000 readers.  It's website receives more than 4.5 million unique visitors each month.

Context: The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is designed to help people break down barriers, dispel myths and give participants a comprehensive wellness experience tailored to their individual goals. What makes this program unique is that it doesn’t end once the person leaves the campus; it offers ongoing support long after the person returns home. “Mayo has been dedicated to the health and wellness of individuals for 150 years, and this program continues that tradition by offering life-changing experiences to people seeking whole-person wellness who want to maximize their health,” says Donald Hensrud, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “We’re committed to partnering with each participant to design an individualized wellness plan to help them reach their wellness goals so that their success continues once they return home and are immersed back into the reality of their busy lives.” More information on Mayo's Healthy Living Program can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein


Researchers, advocates see better ALS therapies on the horizon

This weekend marks the anniversary of one of pro sports' most poignant moments: Baseball great Lou Gehrig, standing before microphones near home plate at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 as a standing-room only crowd honored him as one of the most famous players of his time...There are two stem cell therapy trials going on atMPR-News-300x45 Mayo Clinic. Both involve using stem cells grown from a participant's stomach fat. One is looking at the safety of injecting ALS patients with varying doses of their stem cells. The other trial uses a patient's stem cells, modified with growth factors, and reintroduced into the patient's spinal fluid. Researchers hope those tweaked stem cells will protect cells that control movement from further damage and death from ALS. Dr. Anthony Windebank, with the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo, calls the fledgling therapy a "radically new kind of treatment." 

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

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Men’s HealthGehrig's Final, Finest At-Bat

Post-Bulletin, Gehrig honored, 75 years after speech 

 Seventy-five years ago, on July 4th 1939, baseball legend Lou Gehrig delivered the famous speech bidding farewell to the ballpark and his fans. Two weeks before Gehrig had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Accompanied by his wife, Eleanor, Lou left Mayo Clinic with the devastating diagnosis on June 20th 1939, a day after his 36th birthday. He died in June two years later, not quite 38 years old, of the rare neurological disease that would come to bear his name.

ALS is a type of progressive motor neuron disease that typically strikes at middle to later life and causes nerve cells in spinal cord, brain stem and brain to gradually break down and die. These nerve cells are responsible for muscle function so eventually, ALS can affect the ability to control the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe.

While ALS still evades cure and effective treatment, researchers at Mayo Clinic are conducting a Phase I clinical trial in the hope that they can guide newly grown stem cells to become protective of neuromuscular function.

“We use fat-derived mesenchymal stem cells from the patient's own body. These cells are modified in the laboratory and delivered through a spinal tap into the fluid around the patient's nervous system to promote neuron survival,” explains neurologist Anthony Windebank, M.D, deputy director for discovery in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “We hope that the growth factors that they are producing will help protect and promote the survival of nerve cells and therefore slow down or arrest the progression of ALS. If we can halt an ALS patient's loss of cells at 20 to 30 percent, that person’s function would be well-preserved," says Dr. Windebank. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


Post Bulletin
Hockey players get cognitive training from Mayo Clinic staff
by Jeff Hansel

Mayo Clinic's new Rochester training center for elite athletes has taken a cue from the Israeli military. The facility, in the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, this year Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperbegan cognitive training designed to increase hockey players' "hockey sense" — their awareness of where the puck and other players are on the ice. It uses "applied cognitive engineering" developed with USA Hockey…Dr. Michael Stuart, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, said athletes can actually improve their ability to anticipate what's going to happen on the ice based on the location of the puck or other players, including "both teammates and opponents."

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


Washington Post, Can your face reveal how long you’ll live? New technology may provide the answer by Tara Bahrampour, Imagine that an insurance underwriter comes to your house and, along with noting your weight and blood pressure, snaps a photo of your face. And that those wrinkles, mottled spots and saggy parts, when fed into a computer, could estimate how long you will live…James Kirkland, director of the Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said that more important than estimating a person’s life span would be predicting his or her functional state, which Olshansky’s database will not do. But like many discoveries that end up contributing to science in unexpected ways, “it could be part of a pipeline that eventually results in something,” he said.

USA Today, Isaiah Austin honored during NBA Draft by Micah Peters, Before the 16th pick was to be taken by the Chicago Bulls, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver paused to recognize and honor Isaiah Austin…Isaiah Austin’s career in competitive basketball ended suddenly last week when he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder that affects the heart, eyes, skeleton, and circulatory center, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website.

Reuters, Desert ultra-marathoners test spiritual and physical mettle by Doren Internicola, In the world of long-distance running there are the marathoners, ultra-marathoners and the desert runners who trek for days through drought, wind, heat and cold with supplies strapped to their backs…Gregory Chertok, a New Jersey-based trainer and psychology consultant for the American College of Sports Medicine, warned the going to extremes can be dangerous…Chertok noted a study published in the peer-review journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that the cardiovascular benefit of vigorous exercise built up over about one hour. Beyond that, further exertion produced diminishing, and possibly even adverse, effects in some people, he said. Additional Coverage: Yahoo! News

Reuters, Dark chocolate may ease walking for patients with artery disease by Andrew Seaman, Older people who have trouble getting around because of poor blood flow to their legs may be able to walk a little longer and farther after eating dark chocolate…Dr. Thom Rooke, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said the effect on walking appeared to be small and may not be particularly noticeable to the average person. “This is interesting and almost certainly has some scientific validity to it,” he said. “I’m not at all surprised that things in dark chocolate change measurable things in our blood that are capable of making our blood vessels expand or contract. I just don’t think this is going to be a major answer.”

Financial Times, Cult of the individual gives way to collaboration (subscription required) by Sarah Murray, Physicians work for three years at the Mayo Clinic before being offered a permanent position, with the decision based not only on their medical skills but on whether they can work as part of a team…“We have plenty of people with great reputations,” says John Noseworthy, president and chief executive of the clinic, a health system with dozens of locations in several US states. “But you have to give up a little bit of that self-promotional activity to work in a team.”

Bloomberg Businessweek, After That Prescription, Let’s Test Your Memory, In recent years, local pharmacies have become the go-to places for a variety of medical tests – everything from identifying HIV infection to checking fertility levels. Memory tests given at Rite Aid drugstores as an early warning for Alzheimer’s, however, are drawing fire from doctors who say the screenings don’t work well and may cause fear among people who don’t have the disease…”Teaching someone how to perform a cognitive assessment is not a trivial matter,” says David Knopman, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. “It takes some training and background in knowing about neurology.”

LA Times, Death by Geography by Alan Zarembo, In the world of organ transplantation, location is everything…He had come to the super-center of liver transplantation. St. Luke's, a Mayo Clinic hospital, achieved this status by capitalizing on its location, turning the national system's disparities to its advantage…Now, because no other center wanted it, Mayo was given a final chance to use it for any patient it wanted -- perhaps somebody healthier further down the list. As a nurse held the phone to his ear, Willingham called another surgeon, Christopher Hughes, asking for his opinion…St. Luke's hates to turn down a liver, he said, but there were just too many fat cells. Less-than-ideal organs stand a higher chance of failure.

WMAR Baltimore, Pepsi investigating man's report of debris in can, Photo Caption:A 12-ounce can of Pepsi has 32-39 milligrams of caffeine. (Info courtesy Mayo Clinic/Image courtesy Getty Images). Additional Coverage: KNXV, KJRH, WFTS,

Huffington Post, 5 Science-Backed Health Benefits Of Hypnosis by Sarah Klein, It sounds like the work of sorcerers and scam artists, but hypnosis can play a very real role in protecting and promoting health…Medical hypnosis, sometimes called hypnotherapy, uses verbal repetition and/or mental imagery (facilitated by a hypnotherapist or one's self) to induce a "trance-like state" of increased focus. It's typically described as feeling calm and relaxing and usually opens people up to the power of suggestion, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Runner’s World, In Marathon Pacing, Men Can Be 'Knuckleheads' by Amby Burfoot,..Now science and statistics have proven the value of this approach. A new study of more than 91,000 marathon finishers from 14 marathons (all in 2011) has shown that men slow significantly more in marathons than women. “The sex difference in pacing is robust,” the investigators conclude in Medicine & Sport In Science & Exercise. “It may reflect differences in physiology, decision making, or both.”…“You can come up with physiological reasons, but it’s hard to understand how they could have such a large effect,” co-author Michael Joyner, M.D., told Newswire.

CNN, 10 Least Stressed Out Cities, 4.  Minneapolis…Residents feel pretty great, too. Only 11% of residents surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control said they were in fair or poor health, and smoking is less common than in many other cities. That could be helped by the region's many state-of-the-art health care facilities, including the nearby Mayo Clinic, as well as a wealth of parks and bike paths.

Chicago Tribune, A Gut Reaction? By Julie Deardorff, Scientists can't predict what triggers rheumatoid arthritis…But they're targeting an intriguing new suspect: the trillions of microbes living and working inside the gut…But not all patients carry the genes, so environmental factors smoking, hormones, aging and infections must be involved too, said researcher Veena Taneja, an associate professor of immunology at the Mayo Clinic. "The gut seems to be the common link," said Taneja, whose work looks at whether bacteria can be manipulated to change the course of disease. "The gut microbiome is influenced by the genes and exposed to these things every day."

Fox News, Legendary NFL quarterback Phil Simms tackles skin cancer by Ruchi Shah, As a quarterback for the New York Giants for more than 14 years, Phil Simms knew how to take a hit. But nothing could prepare the NFL hall-of-fame player for the blow of finding out he had skin cancer…Since Simms’ initial diagnosis, he has undergone several Mohs surgery procedures to remove cancerous cells from his skin.  During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Fox News, BMI may miss 25 percent of kids with obesity, Some children who have a normal body mass index (BMI) might actually be obese, because they have extra body fat that's not picked up by the measurement, a new study says. As a result, some parents may have "a false sense of reassurance" that their child is not obese, and that they do not need to focus on their child's weight, said study researcher Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, director of preventive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Parents Magazine, Kids and Body Fat: What You Need to Know, We all know that far too many kids weigh more than they should for optimal health and well being…According to Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, MD, Director of Preventive Cardiology at Mayo Clinic and senior author of the article, “BMI is based on body weight, not body composition (the amount of muscle and fat), and weight cannot discriminate muscle from fat.” He adds, “A child’s body weight can still be within “normal limits” even if he or she doesn’t have much muscle mass but has a high level of body fat.”

Healthcare IT News, Mayo Clinic's tricks for patient portals by Erin McCann, Working on the patient portal portion of Stage 2 meaningful use? Officials at Mayo Clinic can offer some valuable insight into their own portal rollout – challenges that have arisen, privacy concerns and how to do it right…"In terms of the view, download and transmit, we think that we'll be doing well from that perspective," said Mark Parkulo, MD, vice chair, meaningful use coordinating group, who spoke at the HIMSS Media/Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum June 16 in San Diego.

Men’s Health, 5 Reasons You’re So Darn Tired by Ali Eaves,…Can’t figure out why you’re so tired? Consider these surprising energy-sappers…5. You Spoil Your Dog: Forget him crowding your bed—make your critter crash in his crate instead. In a new study from the Mayo Clinic, 10 percent of patients reported their pets disturbing their sleep at night.

Healthcare IT News, Apple makes promise of more health bits by Evan Schuman, Apple touted its work with Mayo Clinic and EHR vendor Epic, as it rolled out HealthKit, a software framework built into Apple's iOS8. It pieces together healthcare information from many third-party apps – including one from Mayo – to give consumers a comprehensive medical view on a mobile device…When data that a patient feeds into a trusted healthcare app, such as one from Mayo, is shared with other apps, there is the potential for that data to be lost in a data breach of one of those other third-party apps. If that happened, the Mayo patient would likely blame Mayo, even if the fault were within another company.

CNBC, Amid a soft US economy, the Twin Cities emerge with jobs by Heesun Wee, It's been five years since the recession, and job creation is gaining traction. But one pocket of America is doing especially well in this recovery—the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota…The Twin Cities' largest employers include UnitedHealth Group, the University of Minnesota and its large health-care complex, and Medtronic, a medical device and technology company. The region also gets foot traffic from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

LA Times, Vaccines are safe and problems are 'extremely rare,' study says by Karen Kaplan, Public health experts have taken a fresh look at the safety records of childhood vaccines and once again pronounced them safe…The report authors found moderately strong evidence that the vaccine is linked to intussusception, “a serious disorder in which part of the intestine slides into an adjacent part of the intestine” like a telescope, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, these adverse events are “extremely rare,” according to the Pediatrics report.

US News & World Report, 10 Medical Schools Where Graduates Have the Most Debt by Delece Smith-Barrow, Being a doctor is usually a lucrative career, but the price for obtaining an M.D. has skyrocketed in the last two decades…Graduates of the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota came close to averaging the least amount of debt of all medical schools that submitted data. Alumni who borrowed for medical school on average owed $75,217. The only graduates with a lower average debt were those from the Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland. Students at Hebert on average graduate with zero debt. The school does not charge for tuition and fees, but graduates are obligated to serve in the military.

Miami Herald, Mayo Clinic left out of state plan for more cancer research dollars by Tia Mitchell,…But Mayo, nestled in a forest of pine trees in suburban Jacksonville, has learned that being “Florida’s best-kept secret,” as its leaders like to say, has political consequences. As this year’s legislative session wore on, it became clear that Mayo would be snubbed in favor of centers that enjoy more support in Tallahassee. “It was eye-opening to us,” said Layne Smith, Mayo’s director of state government relations…“What we need to do is a better job educating legislators about who we are, what we do and why we deserve state support,’’ said Panos Anastasiadis, chairman of Mayo Florida’s department of cancer biology.

Arthritis Today, Hip Shot? Q: I have osteoarthritis in several joints, plus an irregular heartbeat…A:I suggest you talk with your cardiologist to see if your heartbeat is in a safe range when exercising, and ask what kind of exercise would be best from a heart standpoint. From an arthritis standpoint, it’s important to work on muscle strengthening…Eric Matteson, MD, rheumatology chair, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

HealthCanal, New Method to Grow Zebrafish Embryonic Stem Cells Can Regenerate Whole Fish, Zebrafish, a model organism that plays an important role in biological research and the discovery and development of new drugs and cell-based therapies, can form embryonic stem cells (ESCs)…“By addressing a major technical bottleneck in the field, this new culture system enables an array of exciting cellular and molecular genetic manipulations for the zebrafish,” says Stephen Ekker, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Zebrafish and Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

TIME, Natural Depression Supplements’ Dangerous Drug Interactions by Abby Abrams, Physicians may need to more carefully communicate the risks of natural treatments, a new study finds…Herbal supplements fall under a category called “dietary supplements,” and manufacturers do not need FDA approval before putting them on the market, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Daily Mail, Two-month-old conjoined twins die after parents decided not to risk separating them, Two-month-old conjoined twins have passed away in their home after their parents made the agonizing decision not to risk separating them…While surgery may be performed to separate them, it is risky depending upon where they are joined and whether they share internal organs, experts at the Mayo Clinic said.

Fierce Mobile Healthcare, Health app holds promise for improving respiratory rate measurement by Judy Mottl, A new health application may soon play a role in providing a better respiratory rate measurement approach that its developers say could help save lives, especially in assessing the health status of young children…Similar efforts include a biometric watch for pulse tracking being developed by the Optics Research Group at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and a wireless body monitor developed in 2012 by Mayo Clinic and Preventice to keep track of the irregular heart rhythms of users.

Healio, CVD risk assessment tool improves accuracy for rheumatoid arthritis patients, Researchers at the Mayo Clinic led an international team to develop a cardiovascular disease risk tool for patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are at a higher risk than the general population…“All of the research that we have done and that other teams have done with respect to heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) demonstrate that major predictors of heart disease in this population have to do with RA itself,” Sherine Gabriel, MD, a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic and study co-author, said in a video posted to YouTube regarding the study.

Fox News, 5 ways to beat the heat and stay hydrated by Tanya Zuckerbrot, Our body is made up of two-thirds water – something to remember in the sweltering heat when it’s easy to become dehydrated. According to the Mayo Clinic, it takes about eight or nine glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.  That sounds like a lot, but luckily there are all kinds of light, delicious and nutritious ways to get your fill.

Discovery News, Everything You Need to Know About Sunscreen by Sheila Eldred, Although experts disagree on which products are safe, they all agree that we should be slathering on some type of product when you can’t avoid the sun…Others worry about vitamin D deficiency if you're always wearing sunscreen. "This is a scenario where you can have your cake and eat it, too," said dermatological surgeon Jerry Brewer of the Mayo Clinic. "You can get vitamin D from the sun and your diet, and you can take a supplement if you're not getting enough from the sun." About 10-15 minutes of sun exposure is good for your daily vitamin D dose, depending on your skin tone.

Weather Channel, 10 Surprising Summer Skin Woes, Sweaty, salty, sunburned skin is everywhere come summer. But unfortunately, warm weather and sunshine can also bring with a side of not-so-fun skin conditions. One: heat rash. Heat rash develops when you have clogged pores that trap sweat under your skin, causing blisters, lumps and sometimes an itchy or prickly feeling, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Saludify, How to keep summer vacation weight off by Josh Benson, For many adults, the summer vacation to a beach, an amusement park or going on a cruise is akin to Halloween for kids: mass consumption, ramifications be damned…“Some of the things I talk about with patients is to make sure that you plan ahead,” Mayo Clinic Health System Registered Dietician Grace Fjeldberg told VOXXI. “Fast-food dining is certainly convenient but it does come with extra calories at times.”

Yuma News Now, Keep Your Summer Safe and Injury Free and Fireworks Safety by Dana Sparks, With the 4th of July holiday week coming up, experts at Mayo Clinic are offering up some injury prevention tips on some of the most common reasons that send people to the emergency department this time of year.

Rwanda New Times, Ramadan: Get your fasting to reflect health, To health experts, fasting is of ideal for the proper functioning of the body in some way…According to Mayo Clinic, in situations of fasting, glycogen stores are depleted within about 24 hours.  After depletion of these glycogen stores, most of the cells begin burning fatty acids for energy.

News 4 Jax, What is autism spectrum disorder? by Mayo Clinic News Network, Autism spectrum disorder is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. It also includes restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. These issues cause significant impairment in social, occupational and other areas of functioning.

New Jersey Herald, Moustaches, home oxygen tanks can be dangerous match, Facial hair increases the risk of burns for people who use home oxygen therapy, a new study warns…The Mayo Clinic team also analyzed clinic records and found that nine men were treated for home oxygen therapy-related burns between 1994 and 2013. Eight of the men had facial hair when they suffered their burns. Patients in such cases "can have very bad facial burns and airway burns also," study senior author Dr. Andrew Greenlund said in a Mayo news release.

HealthDay, Moustaches, Home Oxygen Tanks Can Be Dangerous Match…Facial hair increases the risk of burns for people who use home oxygen therapy, a new study warns…Patients in such cases "can have very bad facial burns and airway burns also," study senior author Dr. Andrew Greenlund said in a Mayo news release. "When fire burns the airway, then you have swelling and tissue death. It can be very dangerous." Additional coverage: US News & World Report, Yahoo!, Philadelphia Inquirer, MSN, Newsday

Houston Chronicle
, 11 Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism, 9. Cure Sitting Sickness, If you make phone calls for one hour at your desk, you'll burn 15 calories, but if you do it while standing up and pacing, you'll blast 100 calories. It's called NEAT—Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis—and ongoing research at the Mayo Clinic has found that we can burn up to an additional 800 calories a day simply by getting off our keisters and moving around more.

Sioux City Journal, Does 'pasture-raised' mean the eggs are better?...Clearly, this difference in perception matters to a company like Vital Farms and its network of 52 family farms working to produce those pasture-raised eggs. But should it matter to you? Brooks claims pasture-raised eggs are better quality and better for you. Dr. Philip Hagen, consultant in the preventive medicine division at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says that may be true in theory, but regular eggs from the grocery store have most, if not all, of the health benefits of pricier eggs raised under specific conditions.

ELLE Canada, THE BEST GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE EVER by Laura deCarufel, I love smoothies like other people love puppies…This green smoothie recipe, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, is everything. It’s beyond delicious: the mint cuts the spinach; the banana adds perfect texture, the berries a burst of summertime flavour. It’s incredibly healthy, and only 50 calories. It’s also a lovely purple colour. Bottom line? It’s the best of all possible worlds and you should totally try it this afternoon.

Fierce Mobile Healthcare, Docs: Wearable devices a possible game changer in medical care by Katie Dvorak, As wearable devices invade the healthcare market, doctors are mulling how data from the technology can change the face of medical care…Meanwhile, at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Fitbit was used to track activity of cardiac-surgery patients, according to WSJ. Patients were discharged sooner if they recorded a higher level of post-surgical activity.

Tampa Bay Times, Mayo cancer center vies for a share of Florida research dollars by Tia Mitchell, Gov. Rick Scott's plan to spend tax dollars to boost the national prominence of Florida's top cancer centers came as a pleasant surprise to the Mayo Clinic. One of the country's most prestigious names in research, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is in three states — the mother ship in Minnesota, plus Florida and Arizona. Mayo Jacksonville officials figured they — and the 14,000 cancer patients seen at the Florida site — would benefit from Scott's plan.

Post Bulletin, Seen & Heard by Megan Kennedy, Trading in white coat for a hard hat - When you think of doctors, you usually think of white coats, not construction hats. Dr. Narayan Kissoon, a resident in neurology at Mayo Clinic, proves they can wear both. Kissoon, along with others from his department, spent a day volunteering with Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity. "Our program director, Dr. Jones, encouraged us to be more involved with the community," Kissoon said, "and we are trying to do an event each quarter. We don't want this to be a one-time thing. We are trying to give back to the community that we serve, and that should never stop."

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic awards scholarships to grads by Hannah Dillon, Mayo Clinic Health System awarded four $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in its service area interested in pursuing an education in health care. This scholarship encourages students and gives them the opportunity to achieve their goals. One June Wells Scholarship was awarded to a student pursuing an education in communications.

GEN, Integrating Clinical Genomics Data into Standard Medical Practice, “The full-blown version of this five-year scenario is fiction,” says David Smith, Ph.D., professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the Mayo Clinic. “Now having your genome on a disk in five years will very likely be a reality but being able to fully interpret your genome’s data and make a clinically important decision remains more in the realm of fiction.” Dr. Smith’s lab relies on cutting-edge genomic technologies to better understand the molecular alterations that underlie cancer development.

Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom: Augie Nieto, fighting ALS, prepares for a walking miracle by Mitch Albom, Lindsay Nieto remembers it well, the day her father told her he was dying…Augie Nieto, a handsome, powerfully built, multi-millionaire businessman who made his fortune in exercise equipment — he created the Lifecycle — had just spent a week at the Mayo Clinic. “He told us he had been in Vietnam, waterskiing, and he kept falling down,” Lindsay said. “Then, when he got home, he couldn’t shave his own face.”…Augie Nieto and several therapists go through grueling workouts. Yes, workouts. Pushing stationary bike pedals. Rotating arm handles. All with one dream in mind: moving down the aisle, his daughter by his side, as he gives her away to be wed.

China Daily, Top Hospitals abroad targeting nation’s rich by Shan Juan, Leading hospitals overseas are setting their sights on newly rich Chinese seeking quality medical services. Melissa Goodwin, international department director at the Mayo Clinic, a medical practice in the United States with scores of hospitals and clinics, visited China last month to woo patients. "We've seen a steady increase in Chinese patients in the past five years, but the increase has been really significant in the past two years, jumping by more than 100 percent," she said.

Fierce HealthIT, 4 hospitals admired globally for health IT by Dan Bowman, Of the 30 most technologically advanced hospitals in the world, according to a list published this week by Top Masters in Healthcare Administration--a site that offers educational and career advice to hopeful medical professionals--more than half (16) reside in the U.S….Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (Minnesota, Arizona, Florida): Mayo, which ranked seventh on the list, is another facility constantly on the bleeding edge of technology use. In spring 2013, Mayo was among five hospital systems listed as being among the most admired entities making IT a competitive advantage by Gartner. More recently, Mayo this month announced a partnership with Apple regarding the latter's new HealthKit effort.

CNBC, Press Release: Foundation Supports Mitochondria-Targeted Therapeutic Discovery Project, The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine (FMM) announced today that it is working with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to support a research project led by Wolfdieter Springer, PhD, at the Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida to investigate a mitochondria-targeted therapeutic approach to treating Parkinson’s disease.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: New treatments for dry eyes may provide relief when standard treatments fail, by Dave Patel, M.D., Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes dry eyes? Is there an effective treatment other than constantly using eye drops to keep them moist? Also in: Orlando Sentinel

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Risk of increased health problems in children with older father appears to be small by Jani Jensen, M.D., Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How does paternal age affect fertility? Can the age of the father have an impact on the baby's health?

WTVR Virginia, Taking on Prostate Cancer, The Watsons vow to educate others about the impact prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society this year expects 233, 000 new cases will be diagnosed, and 29, 480 men will die from the disease, like Watson, 1 in 5 African- American men will be diagnosed with it during his lifetime, he says as long as he has this National and international platform he’ll use his toughtest test as a testimony to others. Pastor Watson says after undergoing surgery at the Mayo Clinic, he is now cancer free, he says his church will continue to educate, and advocate for prostate cancer screenings.

News One, The Surprising Way Black Men Can Lower Their Prostate Cancer Risk by Whitney Greer, According to the CDC, prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among men, with over 913,000 new cases and over 261,000 deaths worldwide each year…Also, Mayo Clinic found that men who took statins — drugs used to lower cholesterol — were less likely to develop prostate cancer, compared to men who did not take statins.

New Pittsburg Courier, Is Radiation Therapy A Better Breast Cancer Treatment? by Mayo Clinic Staff, Radiation therapy for breast cancer uses high-powered X-rays to kill cancer cells. Rapidly growing cells, such as cancer cells, are more susceptible to the effects of radiation therapy than are normal cells…Radiation therapy for breast cancer is almost always recommended after surgery that removes only the tumor (lumpectomy).

KXJB N.D., Benefits of 3D Mammography…"If your institution is at 4 or 5 cancers per 1000, adding 3D mammography might increase that to 6 cancers per thousand. So it is a significant increase. The idea is still new here in La Crosse, Gunderson still uses the typical digital mammogram machine while at MAYO CLINIC, 3D scans are only offered if a patient asks for one.

KTTC, Rochesterfest Parade, The grand Marshalls for tonight are Mayo Clinic’s CEO Dr. John Noseworthy and Sister Generose Gervais of the Sisters of Saint Francis. They'll lead the way representing Mayo Clinic’s past, present and future.

KTTC, Skies clear for Rochesterfest Grand Parade by Courtney Sturgeon, The Rochesterfest Grand Parade is one of the most popular summer traditions in the Med City and thousands of people came to enjoy the downtown event on Friday night…The parade started at 6:30 p.m. with Sister Generose Gervais of the Sisters of St. Francis and Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy leading the procession. Other dignitaries included Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede.

The Leader, Blooming Prairie clinic is tentatively set to re-open later this summer by Ashley Stewart,…Dr. Brian Bunkers, CEO and president of Mayo Clinic Health System — Owatonna and Faribault, said the opening date and hours of operation haven’t been determined yet, but it will happen. “It would be fair for us to say that the plans are for us to start with two days a week and as patient volumes build, expand that,” Bunkers said. “We want the Blooming Prairie community to know this isn’t just a dream. There’s some reality here. This will happen.”

Radio Health Journal, SCAD: spontaneous coronary artery dissection, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Founder, Women’s Heart Clinic, Mayo Clinic and two SCAD patients were featured on the program to discuss details on this form of heart attack and their experiences.

WNYF, Tomorrow's Health: Mental Activity Could Fend Off Dementia, Keeping the brain busy might protect older people from the onset of dementia. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied nearly 2,000 senior citizens. They found that a higher level of education and intellectual activity may delay the start of Alzheimer's symptoms by nearly nine years.

KAAL, New Push for IUD's as Birth Control Method by Brianna Long, Women make many decisions about their health in their lives. One of those decisions is birth control. The options seem endless, pills patches, shots, natural methods, etc. But many doctors are trying to get women to take a second look at long term methods, such as IUDs and implants.     "We are placing IUD's in many women who haven't had children with great success," said Dr. Petra Casey, the Director of Complex Contraceptive Practice at Mayo Clinic.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Mayo Clinic Health System invites public to tour Cannon Falls clinic, A new 92,000-square-foot Cannon Falls medical center is on schedule for a grand opening July 25, Mayo Clinic Health System announced Tuesday. The public will have a chance to tour the facility 3 to 7 p.m. following a 2:30 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony. The event also will feature free food, music, children activities and local emergency vehicles on display, including the Mayo One helicopter starting at 4 p.m.

La Crosse Tribune, Health Careers Camp helps students navigate their future, Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center's (AHEC) annual Health Careers Camp was held June 15-19…Mayo Clinic Health System's job shadows and tours of the Family Medicine Residency Program, Physical Therapy Department and Radiologic Services.

Fort Hood Herald, Yoga an all-encompassing workout by Albert Alvarado, Shelly White knows yoga may not be a familiar phrase around these parts, but the important thing is people keep coming to her class…Yoga puts pressure on the glandular system to increase total health. According to the Mayo Clinic, yoga helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure and improves heart function.

Prairie Business, Fargo native, MSUM alum to head Mayo children’s center, A 1987 University of North Dakota graduate and Fargo, N.D., native has been named medical director of the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minn. In his new role, Dr. Randall Flick oversees the care that Mayo provides “for all children, regardless of where it occurs,” he said, including relationships with its satellite facilities in Florida and Arizona, as well as through its affiliation with Altru Health System in Grand Forks.

Post Bulletin, Saint Marys Chapel organ gets extreme makeover by Bryan Godar, About 160 people turned out Thursday to celebrate the return of the Saint Marys Hospital Chapel pipe organ to its home of 82 years…"The opportunity presented itself to have it totally rebuilt, which means that everything went out — the works, the console, the pipes, everything went back to a shop in Ohio," Mayo Clinic carillonneur Jeff Daehn said…"The renewal has been a work of art in and of itself," Mayo Clinic Heritage Days Chair Matthew Dacy said during the concert.

KAAL, Teen's Special Gift to Mayo Clinic by Meghan Reistad, Jodeci Buck was 7-years-old when she first decided to help others. She often visited Mayo when her 9-year-old sister was going through chemotherapy treatments…She has collected more than 200 gifts to give kids at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. Instead of asking for cash, she requested toys for graduation gifts.

Yahoo! Argentina, Índice de Masa Corporal, insuficiente para detectar obesidad en niños, La medición del Índice de Masa Corporal (IMC) no detecta el exceso de grasa en niños que tienen un peso correcto, lo que podría omitir a 25 por ciento de infantes que por la gran cantidad de adiposidad se considerarían obesos. Francisco López Jiménez, cardiólogo de la Clínica Mayo, advirtió que, según un estudio sobre el tema, se necesita investigar más en los niños para determinar la posible repercusión de tener mucha grasa dentro del contexto de un IMC normal.

AftenPosten, Hikk! Forskerne vet ikke sikkert hvorfor vi hikker., Pasienten som for to år siden troppet opp på psykolog Duane Hursts kontor, var så lei av de daglige hikkeanfallene for femte år på rad at hun umiddelbart ba om et inngrep for å ødelegge mellomgulvs­nerven, som effektivt ville lamme mellomgulvet. Duane Hurst ved Mayo Clinic i Scottsdale i Arizona mente et slikt inngrep var altfor ekstremt og anbefalte i stedet en teknikk kalt biofeedback for å analysere variasjonene i hjertefrekvensen.

HuffPost Voces, ¿Le alteran el sueño las mascotas? Eso no le ocurre sólo a usted, Un estudio anterior de Mayo Clinic y publicado en el año 2002 informó que solamente uno por ciento de los pacientes dueños de mascotas que acudieron al Centro del Sueño informó tener algún inconveniente nocturno debido a los animales domésticos. El nuevo estudio revela que más cantidad de pacientes, el 10 por ciento en el 2013, informó molestias debido a la ocasional alteración del sueño por las mascotas.

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