July 17, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Mayo Clinic Takes Top Spot on Best Hospitals List
by Jenna Lohse

Mayo Clinic in Rochester earns the top spot on a prestigious list of the nation's top hospitals. U.S. News and World Report ranked Mayo Clinic number one on its yearly list of the nation's best hospitals…"Oh, awesome. They know everything and if they don't know it they know where to get it,” said Peg Lesmann, who traveled to Mayo from North Dakota. "It's very well organized and run,KAAL-TV-6 logo everyone has been very friendly,” said Wayne Davis. "I’ve never seen anything go like clockwork, it's perfect," said Mary Bailey, patient at Mayo Clinic…"The fact that we're recognized for providing outstanding care in the community of outstanding health care organizations around the country, we're just very proud of that and I have to say, I think there's a little bit of a spring in our step today,” said Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic CEO.

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Star TribuneMayo Clinic is ranked as top U.S. hospital by U.S. News

Baltimore Sun, Hopkins Hospital bumped from top spot to No. 3 on U.S. News ranking

ABC 15 ArizonaU.S. News and World Report ranks Mayo Clinic No. 1 in Phoenix and Arizona. Additional coverage: Tucson News

La Crosse Tribune, Gundersen, Mayo-Franciscan in top 15 Wisconsin hospitals on U.S. News list

WEAU Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System recognized in annual best hospitals list

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Health Matters, High ranking: Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is ranked No. 6 in Wisconsin and is recognized as the No. 1 hospital in northwestern Wisconsin in the 25th U.S. News & World Report annual America's Best Hospitals list released Tuesday. 

Endocrine Today, U.S. News & World Report announces top hospitals for endocrinology and diabetes care

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Context: Mayo Clinic has achieved the highest honor in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top hospitalsMayo Clinic earned more number one rankings than any other provider, ranking number one or number two in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes. “We have a deep commitment to delivering high-value health care that best meets patients' needs. We owe our success to truly dedicated staff that provide a seamless patient experience and the care that each individual needs,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. More information, including a video interview with Dr. Noseworthy, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Rebecca Eisenman

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MPR News logoGuests: Jarrod Leffler: Child and adolescent psychologist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic.

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Context: Jarrod Leffler, Ph.D., is a child and adolescent psychologist with Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Bloomberg Alzheimer Researchers See Protein as Target for Drugs by Michelle Cortez A protein discovered less than a decade ago appears to play a role in whether symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease emerge, suggesting another avenue for exploration in efforts to find a treatment…“This injects new vigor in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Keith Josephs, the lead author and a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Bloombergin a telephone interview. “The world has focused on two proteins, beta amyloid and tau. TDP-43 is going to be the new kid on the block.”

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Additional Coverage: AP, New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease Bloomberg, Alzheimer’s Drug Fails to Help Moderately Ill in Trials 

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Context:  Since the time of Dr. Alois Alzheimer himself, two proteins (beta-amyloid (Aβ) and tau) have become tantamount to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). But a Mayo Clinic study challenges the perception that these are the only important proteins accounting for the clinical features of the devastating disease. In a large clinico-imaging pathological study, Mayo Clinic researchers demonstrated that a third protein (TDP-43) plays a major role in AD pathology. In fact, people whose brain was TDP positive were 10 times more likely to be cognitively impaired at death compared to those who didn’t have the protein, showing that TDP-43 has the potential to overpower what has been termed resilient brain aging. The study was published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica. “We wanted to determine whether the TDP-43 protein has any independent effect on the clinical and neuroimaging features typically ascribed to AD and we found that TDP-43 had a strong effect on cognition, memory loss and medial temporal atrophy in AD,” says Mayo Clinic neurologist Keith Josephs, M.D., the study’s lead investigator and author. “In the early stages of the disease when AD pathology was less severe, the presence of TDP-43 was strongly associated with cognitive impairment. Consequently, TDP-43 appears to play an important role in the cognitive and neuroimaging characteristics that have been linked to AD.” More information on the study, including a video interview with Dr. Josephs, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

Mustaches may raise burn risk with home oxygen therapy
by Krystnell Storr

ReutersA new case report from U.S doctors suggests that men who use home oxygen therapy should consider a clean-shaven look to reduce their risk of serious facial burns. “If you’ve ever tried to start a campfire, you always start with some dry little twigs and once that starts - and that’s kind of the mustache - then that oxygen tubing lights on fire, it’s like a blow torch shooting up their nose,” said Dr. Andrew Greenlund of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “So, if we can prevent it, it would be good.”

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Context: Facial hair and home oxygen therapy can prove a dangerously combustible combination, a Mayo Clinic report published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds. To reach that conclusion, researchers reviewed home oxygen therapy-related burn cases and experimented with a mustachioed mannequin, a facial hair-free mannequin, nasal oxygen tubes and sparks. They found that facial hair raises the risk of home oxygen therapy-related burns, and encourage health care providers to counsel patients about the risk. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

NY Times, Ask Well: Exercise and Headaches by Gretchen Reynolds…Exercise certainly can cause headaches. Last year, the International Headache Society listed “primary exercise headaches” among its headache triggers, which also include coughing, sneezing and orgasms. “Primary exercise headaches develop during or after sustained exertion,” said Dr. Rashmi Halker, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., an author of a recent review of studies related to exercise headaches.

HealthDay, Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors, Study Finds by Kathleen Doheny… For certain seniors, widowhood may even delay dementia, the researchers found. "For those who had a mild memory problem, losing the spouse was associated with a later age of developing full-blown dementia compared to those who stayed married," said study researcher Dr. Bryan Woodruff. Woodruff, an assistant professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., can only speculate on the reasons for this perceived association. Additional coverage: Bio-Medicine, Health.com, Philadelphia Inquirer

HealthDay, Staying Active May Help Prevent Dementia, Being physically active in middle age appears to help reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, suggest the findings from two new studies. "In our studies, we found that physical exercise at various levels, especially in midlife, is beneficial for cognitive function," Dr. Yonas Geda from the Mayo Clinic, said in an Alzheimer's Association news release. Additional coverage: Philadelphia Inquirer

USA Today, Lifestyle changes are key to easing Alzheimer's risk by Karen Weintraub, While medications have consistently failed to prevent Alzheimer's or significantly slow its progression, commonsense health activities can make a profound difference, a growing body of research shows…"The routine things, the things that are simple, have turned out to be protective," said Yonas Geda, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., who was not involved in the Finnish study. "It keeps going back to the old advice from grandma." Additional coverage: The Town Talk, Argus Leader, KARE11

Wall Street Journal, Key to Detecting Alzheimer's Early Could Be in the Eye by Shirley Wang…Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed primarily by clinical examination using memory tests and questions about how a patient is functioning. But researchers are attempting to devise tools, particularly using biological markers, to improve the detection of early stages of the disease, said David Knopman, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic and a member of the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council.

ABC News (AP), New Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Disease by Marilynn Marchione…For many years, the only sure way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease was after death, when brains could be examined for amyloid and tau. Several companies now make imaging agents that can reveal amyloid on brain scans, and the new research shows an experimental product from Eli Lilly & Co. can do the same for tau. "I think it will transform the field" because tau correlates better with symptoms than amyloid does, said Dr. Clifford Jack, a Mayo Clinic dementia expert with no role in that work. Additional coverage: Star Tribune

NBCnews.comStudy Finds Possible 'Recipe' for Preventing Alzheimer's by Maggie Fox, Just two years of exercising, eating healthier food and doing a little brain training boosted people’s memory function, researchers reported Monday. It’s the first proof that some of the things people have been trying to prevent Alzheimer’s may actually work. The study has not yet shown that the "recipe" actually does prevent Alzheimer's. That'll take years more to demonstrate, says Dr. Ronald Petersen of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Washington Post, Sleep disorders may raise risk of Alzheimer’s, new research shows by Fredrick Kunkle, Sleep disturbances such as apnea may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, while moderate exercise in middle age and mentally stimulating games, such as crossword puzzles, may prevent the onset of the dementia-causing disease, according to new research to be presented Monday…Similarly, a three-year study of people with mild cognitive impairment by researchers at the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging suggests that moderate physical exercise in middle age could decrease the risk that their cognitive deficits progress to dementia.

USA Today, Cancer drug finds new use as fertility treatment by Liz Szabo…The results are likely to change medical practice, encouraging doctors to try letrozole first, says Charles Coddington, a professor at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic and president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, who was not involved in the study. Today, doctors typically start with clomiphene, mostly because its side effects and safety are well-established, then switch to letrozole only if women don't conceive, Coddington says. Additional coverage: KARE11

USA Today (The Doctors), The Doctors: Considering cholesterolQuit smoking. It may help improve good, HDL cholesterol, the Mayo Clinic says. Stubbing the habit also decreases blood pressure within 20 minutes and reduces the risk of heart attack within a day.

Wall Street Journal, As Births Slow, P&G Turns to Adult Diapers by Serena Ng…As many as 25 million Americans—or around one in 10 adults—have some form of urinary incontinence, which can range from occasional small leaks when people cough or sneeze to a complete loss of bladder control. Causes include pregnancy and childbirth, bodily changes that accompany aging, and a range of health conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic.

ABC News, Boy With Brain Cancer Becomes Sheriff Deputy, A young boy battling brain cancer has been named the "nation’s youngest special sheriff deputy” in Huntington County, Indiana. Wyatt Schmaltz, a 3-year-old with stage 4 neuroblastoma, was dubbed “Deputy Wyatt” by County Sheriff Terry Stoffehel in a ceremony Wednesday. "We have given Wyatt all the powers of a real Sheriff Deputy, which are to carry out the orders of the Sheriff,” Stoffehel said in a statement. “Right now, his only orders are to get better."…Wyatt is fighting to survive stage 4 neuroblastoma, a form of brain cancer that most commonly affects children 5-years-old and younger, according to the Mayo clinic.

NBC Today Show, Health Trivia, This is one pound of fat here and the answer, number two, 3500. It's the general rule of thumb to use to calculate weight management according to the Mayo Clinic it takes more than six hours on a bike or seven hours jogging to burn that many calories.

NBC News, Niacin May Be Too Risky As Heart Drug, Reports Find by Maggie Fox…The highly respected Mayo Clinic still recommends that people consider niacin. “Taking niacin — either by itself or along with other cholesterol-lowering medication — may help control your total cholesterol level,” it advises, although the statement also says people should only do so after talking to a doctor.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Eye infections common, especially in children by Stephanie Starr, M.D., Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My grandson had a virus with flu symptoms. Then one of his eyes got very red, but it wasn't itchy or matted shut. When my daughter took him to the doctor, she was told it was the virus settling in his eye. But it wasn't pink eye. What's the difference between this type of eye infection and pink eye? Are the treatments different?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Be sure to include your teenage son when discussing changes in his behavior by Jarrod M. Leffler, Ph.D., ABPP, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 14-year-old son is going through puberty and has become withdrawn and non-conversational. When should I become concerned about the possibility of depression at this stage of life? Is it unwise to push him to join in family chats and activities?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Many tests are available to seek out the cause of miscarriages by Carl Rose, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 32 and have had one healthy pregnancy and baby. But over the past 18 months, I've had two miscarriages, both in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. My doctor does not recommend testing until after a third miscarriage. What do you recommend? What kind of tests can be done to determine if there is a problem?

USA Today, Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg headed home after successful surgery by Randy Peterson, Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg's surgery to replace his pacemaker was such a success Tuesday, that he's expected to be discharged shortly…"I want to thank my doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, as well as everyone that has extended their well-wishes to me. Our family truly appreciates your support." Additional coverage: Des Moines Register

Star Tribune, Hunger games: Is intermittent fasting healthy? By Allie Shah…Not everyone is sold on the idea of fasting for better health. Dr. Robert Cima, a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic, tells his patients to eat the day before a surgery — a departure from the usual pre-surgery drill. A well-nourished body is more likely to recover quickly from the trauma of surgery, he argues.

Star Tribune, Hoped melanoma journey will teach others by Jeremy Olson, Claire Richards lived only 24 years, but she hoped her life — enriched by mathematics and swing dancing and Shakespeare — would inspire others, and that her death from melanoma would teach others to take precautions against skin cancer...Richards had been cancer-free for two years until a routine imaging scan detected a nodule in her lung. She eventually returned home from medical school and enrolled in a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic, which tried to use an experimental “PD 1” medication to boost her immune system.

HealthDay, Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures? By Maureen Salamon,While a host of cardiovascular ailments are associated with excess pounds, new research supports a puzzling "obesity paradox." It found that overweight heart patients experience fewer heart attacks and higher survival rates after cardiac procedures than their slimmer peers. …The study is published July 16 in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additional coverage: Daily Mail UK

HealthDay, New Eczema Drug Shows Promise in Early Trials by Alan Mozes…Dupilumab, which is injected, interferes with the activity of two key proteins that play a critical role in the inflammatory processes that fuel eczema…But Dr. Mark Davis, chair of the clinical division of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., added that "it's great to have any hope at all on the horizon." Davis said, "This is really the first information we have on how well it works. So, we really don't know yet what place it'll find in our treatment arsenal. But it certainly would be great to have another quiver in our bow for treatment. Only time will tell."

Essence magazine, Beat The Energy Drain…7. You're taking medication The cause of your lack of energy could be in your medicine cabinet…But don't forget about over-the-counter pills. According to the Mayo Clinic, antihistamines, cough medicines and cold remedies may also be behind fatigue.

Winnipeg Free Press, Number of men on replacement testosterone up dramatically despite safety concerns…Dr. William Young, chair of the division of endocrinology and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic, agreed pharmaceutical marketing has created a demand for men to be evaluated for low testosterone.

Science Daily, Abdominal aortic aneurysms: Surgeon explains who needs screening, treatment, An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition: If the body's major blood vessel ruptures, it can prove deadly. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently updated its recommendations on screening. Mayo Clinic vascular surgeon Peter Gloviczki, M.D., explains who should be watched for abdominal aortic aneurysms, how they are diagnosed and how surgery, which now includes a less invasive endovascular option, is improving survival rates… Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

Forbes, The Convergence of Medical and Consumer Health Apps by Paul Bennett...When used in a clinical setting monitored by physicians, mobile apps are already leading to improved health. In a recent cardiac rehabilitation program at the Mayo Clinic, patients who used a smartphone-based app developed by the clinic to record daily measurements such as blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, minutes of physical activity, and dietary habits over a three-month period were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge, compared with those patients who followed a traditional regime.

Daily Mail UK, Snoring? It's not nearly as embarrassing as night-time groaning by Roger Dobson, That irritating 'snore' of your partner's may not be what it seems. A swathe of new research raises the tantalising prospect that they're not actually a snorer at all - they're a nocturnal groaner. And knowing the difference could be crucial to getting a peaceful night's sleep….Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say the groaning can be loud, and, in some cases, very frequent. Their sleep monitoring showed that during just a single night, one patient groaned 343 times.

NBC.com, Inside the Vaper's Den: E-Cig Salvation, and New Dangers by Ben Popken, AA has 12 steps to take. For vapers, there are 7,000 chemicals to kick. At a wooden bar beneath neon lights, fingers tap. A vial of e-cigarette "juice" pours into a pen-shaped device. With the click of a button, electricity flows, a coil heats, and flavored, diluted, liquid nicotine transforms to a gas …"You remove the combustion process and you obviously have a safer product," said Dr. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. "It would be impossible to assume they're safe given that the industry is completely unregulated and given that people are inhaling different chemicals deep into their lungs."

Huffington Post Canada, Hookah Smoking Among Teens On The Rise, Despite Health Ravages…"The fact is, studies from Mayo Clinic show that, if anything, you get more exposure than cigarette smoking by smoking hookah, and the water in the hookah actually does not necessarily filtrate all these poisons," Dr. Zyad Kafri, a hematologist-oncologist at St. John Providence Hospital, told CBS affiliate, WWJ Detroit. "And in general you get more exposure to toxic chemicals than cigarette smoking."

Elle, Should You Be Taking A Probiotic? Do Probiotics Work? Maybe? “There’s been a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggest [taking a probiotic] could help a lot, but it’s hard to frame it in a scientific way,” says Nicholas Chia, PhD, associate director of the micobiome program at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Washington Post, The boy who was allergic to his iPad. Not a joke. By Lindsey Bever…An 11-year-old with an itchy rash may have been allergic to his own iPad — or the nickel it may have contained — according to a report released Monday in Pediatrics…According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of a nickel allergy may include:

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic plans to open new Rochester clinic by Katharine Grayson, Mayo Clinic will open a 22,800-square-foot clinic in southeast Rochester, the health provider said Friday. “The south Rochester location is an investment in our patients’ health and well-being, and will provide greater access to Mayo Clinic care within the community,” said Dr. David Agerter, Mayo Clinic Employee and Community Health medical director. Additional coverage: KTTC, Post-Bulletin, BringMeTheNews

Barron’s magazine, When Teamwork Pays, The best teams of financial advisors bring unusual depth and continuity to clients. An up-close look at three top teams…Here is how Savant, Graystone/Scherer, and Venture Services Group are each putting teamwork into action. Savant Capital Management's principals like to say that they built their firm more along the lines of a world-class medical practice than a typical advisory shop.  "We'd heard a lot about the Mayo Clinic, where the best specialists work as a team to diagnose better and create better treatment plans," says Brent Brodeski, who helped redesign Savant, starting in the late 1990s.

Consultant 360 (Reuters), Proton therapy may have advantages for nasal, sinus cancers by Megan Brooks, Charged particle therapy is associated with better outcomes than photon therapy for patients with tumors of the nasal cavity or paranasal sinuses, according to a new meta-analysis. "This is a challenging set of tumors to treat because of their rarity, heterogeneity and where they present. They are located near the anterior skull base abutting many critical structures such as the brain and brainstem, optic structures and cranial nerves," Dr. Samir Patel of Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, told Reuters Health.

Medscape, In Sinonasal Cancer, New Radiotherapy Trumps Old? By Nick Mulcahy…Researchers from the Mayo Clinic report that "charged-particle therapy," which includes proton-beam therapy, appears to be more effective than traditional photon therapy in these sinonasal cancers…The clinical benefits of charged-particle therapy might reflect theoretic advantages, according Samir Patel, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and colleagues.

Fierce for Black Women, Fighting Fibroids and Winning: Raise Your Voice by Sheree Crute…The symptoms are more serious in black women, regardless of their level of education, income or health insurance status. “The amount of money spent on research is extremely low compared to the number of women living with fibroids,” says Elizabeth Stewart, M.D., a scientist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Ozy.com, Ivana Gadjanski, the Scientist-Poet by Melissa Pandika…The daughter of a poet, Gadjanski is a researcher and project leader at Serbia’s R&D Center for Bioengineering , where she’s developing an easier method for growing cartilage that could one day be used to treat sports injuries and arthritis…Gadjanski is also establishing a 3-D tissue printing facility at the R&D Center for Bioengineering, which will use cells (perhaps including Gadjanski’s cartilage cells) and scaffolding proteins instead of ink — a significant step toward solving the organ-donor shortage. Which, says Jorge Rakela, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, “has the potential for being a very important breakthrough .”

Science Codex, Mayo Clinic calls for standardization of safe imaging protocols for children, The benefits of medical imaging far outweigh the risks when children receive The Right Exam, ordered The Right Way, with The Right Radiation Dose…"No hospital or medical imaging facility in the country should be granted the privilege of imaging children unless it first meets fundamental safe practice performance measures," says Stephen Swensen, M.D., lead author and radiologist, Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Science Daily, Medical Xpress, Jersey Tribune, Aunt Minnie

Nature, Food science: Fat chance By Rachel Brazil, Seizure control…Russell Wilder, a metabolic-disease expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, devised the classic ketogenic diet in 1921. It consists of a weight ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 of fat to a combination of protein and carbohydrate. This means that about 90% of daily calories come from fats, compared with the less than 35% recommended by US Department of Health and Human Services.

National Pain Report, Pills for Breakfast: Still Sick, Even After the Mayo Clinic…I had tried to mentally prepare for this outcome, to remind myself that nothing might come from this visit. But I also had still allowed myself to hope for more. And honestly, with so many people out there on social media rooting for me and writing messages on my Facebook wall about how they were praying I would be cured at Mayo, I somehow also felt like I was letting the whole world down. For a half a second, I honestly thought about pretending that I had actually been cured at Mayo.

Newsone, Soup & Conversations: How Mayo Clinic Is Saving Black Women’s Hearts…And according to the American Heart Association, even though heart disease is the number one killer of woman, many women don’t know the signs that they’re experiencing heart trouble. In fact, 64% of women who’ve had a heart attack showed no symptoms of heart disease before the attack. Thankfully, Mayo Clinic is one of the many organizations fighting to save women’s lives through cutting-edge research and by empowering women to improve their own heart health.

MSN Healthy Living, 5 reasons you’re so darn tired…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.

Equinox, Why Health Doesn't Have To Be HereditaryAdd Years to Your Life A long, healthy life may run in grandpa’s genes, but research increasingly points to the idea that certain physical performance tests can help to predict longevity, explains Michael Joyner, M.D., and an exercise physiology expert at the Mayo Clinic. Start simple. Joyner cites a recent Brazilian study of about 2,000 people: The easier it is for you to pick yourself up off of the ground (going from sitting to standing without using your hands), the longer you’ll likely live.

ABC 15 Arizona, Rally for Red: Why it's time to 'know your numbers' by Katie Raml, When it comes to staying heart healthy, doctors at Mayo Clinic say there are some important numbers you need to know: your blood pressure, your blood sugar and your cholesterol level.

ABC15 Arizona, A look inside Mayo Clinic's Simulation Center, Mayo Clinic cardiologist, David Fortuin, M.D., joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live to talk about Mayo Clinic's Multidisciplinary Simulation Center and how it's used to perfect Mayo's team approach to patient care.

ABC15 Phoenix,Fitness for less: Low-cost ways to shape up by Mayo Clinic, Want to work out but think you can't afford it? Think again. Consider these low-cost alternatives to a pricey gym membership. If the only thing keeping you from starting a fitness program is the cost of a gym membership, here's good news. You don't need to join a gym to take physical activity seriously.

ABC15 Phoenix,High cholesterol risk factors: What you can control by Mayo Clinic, Too much low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad," cholesterol is a serious problem that can lead to heart disease. LDL cholesterol is the main source of cholesterol buildup and blockage in the arteries. On the other hand, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries.

Phoenix Business Journal, Meeting businesses’ needs, The Valley and Arizona have come under Are recently for not being able to meet the needs of businesses searching for new employees. We asked organizations from our list how the state's labor pool was faring in meeting those needs. Here's what some had to say: "The local labor market supplies an ample amount of applicants for jobs available at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Recruitment efforts include the regional market, national, as well as across the Mayo enterprise. Eighty-two percent of our hires in 2013 were Arizona applicants." NICHELLE BAKER, human resources chair. Mayo Clinic in Arizona (Mo. 23)

Phoenix Business Journal, Largest Employers, Ranked by number of Arizona employees, #23: Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Arizona Newszap, Arizona Pop Warner, Mayo Clinic researching youth sports-related injuries, In response to growing concerns about concussions and head injuries in youth sports, Arizona Pop Warner Football and Cheer and Mayo Clinic on July 11 announced a collaboration that will provide intensive medical research about the effects of sport-related injuries, according to a press release.

Albert Lea Tribune, Medical center maintains trauma status by Hannah Dillon, Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea in June maintained its status as a Level IV trauma center after being redesignated by the Minnesota Department of Health. Joy Shaft, emergency department nurse manager and trauma program coordinator for Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, said the medical center was first designated as a Level IV trauma center in 2011.

FresnoBee, Fresno State professor looks for breakthrough with Alzheimer's research by Hannah Furfaro, Watching old home videos transports Fresno State researcher Santanu Maitra back to when his mother first began wrangling with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. To aid her slipping memory, Monika Maitra would jot down notes -- so-and-so was coming to visit, add potatoes to the grocery list -- on the walls...What had become a more than four-year endeavor was ready to speed ahead. A neuroscience professor named Jungsu Kim was swift to take notice. He'd been toiling for years at his Mayo Clinic lab in Jacksonville, Fla., studying the same gene Maitra is targeting. In his own research using mice, Kim had replaced the animal's "bad gene" with one from a human cell. His results convinced him that decreasing the presence of that "bad" human gene was the right method.

Get the Gloss, A Healthy Curiosity: Fat measures - BMI vs. body fat…SO HOW IS BMI IS FLAWED?...In one study that looked at the accuracy and usefulness of the BMI, scientists at the renowned Mayo Clinic reviewed data from 40 studies involving 250,000 people with heart disease. They found that while severely obese patients had a higher risk of death, overweight people had fewer heart problems than those with a normal BMI.

Owatonna People’s Press, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna welcomes cardiologist by Stacie Rions, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Cullen, M.D., cardiologist. Dr. Cullen received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He completed his internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Post-Bulletin, Back and Forth: Who was Moonlight Graham? By Harley Flathers, As part of Mayo Clinic's 150th-year celebration they are presenting daily through Tuesday a film called "The Real Moonlight Graham: A Life Well Lived." The presentation of the film about the great baseball player — at Geffen Auditorium, just off the Mayo Gonda Building subway level — coincides with the 25th anniversary of the release of "Field of Dreams" and with the MLB All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Post-Bulletin, Back and Forth: Remembering Doc Zollman and the Olmsted County Fair by Harley Flathers…I'm including the story of Doc Zollman as part of Mayo Clinic's 150th anniversary and the fair's 154th year. Doc got involved with the fair shortly after he came to Rochester from Macon, Mo., on Oct. 1, 1952. He came as an assistant to the staff of the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation in veterinary medicine. Zollman was certified as a specialist in veterinary medicine in the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1958.

Post-Bulletin, Researchers find possible path through narrow barrier by Jeff Hansel, Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester have taken a first, major step toward the possibility of more direct treatments for high-risk conditions such as brain tumors and Alzheimer's disease.

Post-Bulletin, Live life by the book, and you'll avoid this doc by Jeff Hansel, A popular Mayo Clinic health guru has updated his popular health-advice book, writing in the second edition of "How Not to Be My Patient" that one of the keys is to educate yourself so that you can take charge, even during emergencies. "If you can't take charge, you need to know how to call on a network of support for help," said Dr. Edward T. Creagan, a cancer and palliative care specialist.

KTTC, Study claims electronic devices may cause nickel rash…A recent study out of the Medical Journal "Pediatrics" revealed there many be nickel in the protective coating found on many common electronic devices, like tablets and cell phones…"With the increasing use of technological devices, such as iPads and laptops, the incidences of nickel-allergic contact dermatitis by exposure to electronic machines is going up," said Dr. Dawn Davis of Mayo Clinic.

KTTC, Minnesota National Guard returns Dakota flag it took to Afghanistan by Mike Sullivan, If you look hard enough between the beating drums, chanting voices, and jingling feet of the Dakota tribe you can see a group that stands out from the rest, the Minnesota National Guard.  The unit is carrying a special gift, the Dakota Flag. "I was associated with being one of the tribal physicians here, I had the honor of doing that," said Col. Walter Franz of the Minnesota National Guard. "We took it with us as a deeply honored gift from the tribe."

KTTC, Four key changes for Rochester in DMC plans by Devin Bartolotta, On Thursday engineers, analysts and strategists proposed ideas to get the conversation started about the Med City's bright future.  Lisa Clarke, Executive Director of the Economic Development Agency, described that Rochester is on the brink of becoming a modern, urban environment.   "20 years from now, we hope to see a Rochester that actually continues to meet the needs of our patients, our visitors, family, friends, but also something that's linked into the future," said Clarke. Additional coverage: KTTC,

KAALApache Mall Donates $25K to Mayo Clinic by Meghan Reistad, The sesquicentennial anniversary, and a need in the community, motivated Mayo Clinic to start up the 150th Patient Care Fund. Now, the Apache Mall is also helping out. The Apache Mall is now the largest donor to the fund, donating $25,000. Additional coverage:  KTTC, KIMT, Post-Bulletin

KAAL, Young Man from Mongolia Thanks Locals for Helping Him Through Life-Saving Surgery by Hannah Tran, A young man from Mongolia is in Rochester to say thanks to the church and family that saved his life twelve years ago. He was one of the three sponsored children who traveled to Rochester for a life-saving heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Bayassa Bars, age 26, is a typical young adult. He's happily engaged, has a career plan, and he recently finished college all the way in Mongolia.

Decorah Newspapers, WMC introduces Patient Online Services, Winneshiek Medical Center is unveiling a new service to patients… online…“Patient Online Services helps us meet the needs of our patients in an increasingly online environment,” said Tyler Menke, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician at WMC.

Dunn County News, Menomonie disc golf courses gaining more recognition…Amy Mittlestadt, Public Affairs for the Mayo Clinic Health System said, “The Mayo Clinic Health System Disc Golf Course is a true reflection of Menomonie’s dedication to collaboration, responsibility and wellness. Mayo Clinic Health System became the main sponsor of the course, as disc golf aligns with their efforts to promote physical activity for youth and their families.”

The Dunn County News, Want better balance? Practice tai chi by Travis Young, L.Ac., Mayo Clinic Health System, I first began learning tai chi 20 years ago because I was interested in the martial arts and the amazing feats martial artists could perform. Through the years, the benefits of this Chinese form of meditative exercise continue to reveal themselves and amaze me.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, More than a nuisance, by Michael Brun…But for the thousands of Minnesotans living with food allergies, avoiding exposure to common ingredients is an everyday concern — as even a small amount of an allergen can trigger a deadly reaction. Laura Kelly, a dietary aide with Mayo Clinic Health System, knows just how serious a food allergy can be. Her nephew, who had a severe dairy allergy, died last month at the age of 16 from complications after a restaurant cook inattentively made his breakfast with butter.

KCCI Iowa, ISU coach Hoiberg to undergo surgery Tuesday,Iowa State University mens basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will have his pacemaker replaced Tuesday morning in Rochester, Minnesota. ISU spokesman Mike Green said Hoiberg will have surgery at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic, and is expected to be released in the afternoon. The coach has made no statement on the matter.

St. Peter Herald, Girl from St. Peter donates money to babies, children at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato, Six-year-old Auden Anderson used money given to her on her birthday to buy gifts for children and babies admitted to Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato.

Chippewa Herald, Geissler is grand marshal just seven days after heart attack, All day this past Monday, the nurses and doctors at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire kept asking Huntz Geissler for his birthdate. And he kept telling them that today was his 63rd birthday. “Some birthday — in critical care,” he said. Geissler was there because he suffered a heart attack the previous night at his Cadott home.

Business Standard, Pre-diabetes no category: Study…Healthy diet and physical activity remain the best ways to prevent and to tackle diabetes."Unlike drugs, they are associated with incredibly positive effects in other aspects of life," added co-author Victor Montori, a professor at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the US.

Frisco Enterprise, Texas leads nation in heat-related car deaths among children by Lance Rinker, Since 1998, an average of 38 children die from heat stroke every year as a result of being left in a car, and 15 young lives have already been claimed in 2014 alone, with three of those deaths occurring in Texas. Since 1990, there have been more than 700 heat-related deaths of children left in vehicles, and Texas leads the nation with 107 deaths during that timeframe. According to the Mayo Clinic, heat stroke occurs when a person’s temperature exceeds 104 degrees and the thermoregulatory system is overwhelmed.

Eugene Daily News, We’re Having A Heat Wave. What To Do? By Tim Chuey, The two major medical problems caused by exposure to heat and/or very high humidity are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat Exhaustion as defined by the Mayo Clinic “is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating, and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It’s one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe. Heat Stroke as defined by the Mayo Clinic ” is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or by doing physical activity in hot weather.

Periodico AM, Cuando el reflujo es molestia recurrente by Georgina Montalvo, Cuando después de comer tiene la sensación de un sabor de comida o líquido agrio en la parte posterior de la boca, dolor o presión en el tórax, o una sensación de ardor en el pecho, es un hecho que padece la conocida acidez estomacal o "reflujo ácido" para los médicos. Si eso sucede más de dos veces al mes, el "reflujo ácido" cambia de nombre a "enfermedad de reflujo gastroesofágico" o ERGE, afección que suele requerir tratamiento, explica Jeffrey Alexander, gastroenterólogo de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: La Crónica de Hoy

Paris Match, Deux Médicaments Préventifs Prometteurs, Le Dr Marc Schwob* explique l’action ciblée de ces deux nouvelles molécules sans effets secondaires.…Les résultats d’études avec ces anticorps sont-ils probants ?Deux études comparatives contre placebo ont été réalisées, l’une à Londres à la Princess Margaret Migraine Clinic sur 163 patients, l’autre en Arizona (Etats-Unis) à la Mayo Clinic sur 217 patients, tous atteints de migraines fréquentes (entre environ cinq et quatorze jours par mois). Canoe, Santé des aînés…La semaine dernière, une autre étude publiée dans la revue médicale Mayo Clinic Proceedings a découvert que deux heures passées sans bouger pouvaient avoir un effet aussi nocif sur la santé que 20 minutes d'exercice peuvent avoir un effet bénéfique.

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