July 31, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Wall Street Journal
What Makes a Superfood?
By Heidi Mitchell

Salmon has at times been touted as a cancer preventive. Many nutritionists praise the health benefits of blueberries, kale and cinnamon bark. How does a food get elevated from the grocery aisle to superfoodThe Wall Street Journal Logo status? One expert, Phil Hagen, a preventive-medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn., explains why there is more to food than a name.

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.

Context: Phillip Hagen, M.D. is a physician in Mayo Clinic's Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine department.

Public Affairs Contacts: Ginger Plumbo, Traci Klein


Florida Times-Union
Gift from Bacardi family will help Mayo Clinic researchers in Jacksonville close in on 'the future of medicine'
by Charlie Patton

The future of medicine is regenerative medicine. That’s a view shared by Thomas Gonwa, associate Florida Times-Union newspaper logodirector of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine in Jacksonville, and by Jorge and Leslie Bacardi. “Regenerative medicine will be the cutting-edge medicine of the 21st century,” Gonwa says. “We think it is the most important thing happening in medicine,” Leslie Bacardi said. Now the Bacardis, who live in Nassau in the Bahamas, have given what Mayo Clinic officials call “a substantial gift” to fund ongoing research and clinical trials in regenerative medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Reach: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.

Additional Coverage:

Phys.org, Bacardis make gift to significantly advance Mayo Clinic's regenerative medicine research

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic Florida gets regenerative medicine boost

WEJZ Fla., Bio-Medicine, Mayport Mirror Fla.

Context: Imagine a future in which a new lung is grown for a patient in need, using the patient’s own cellular material, or a day when an injection of replacement cells will enable a patient to self-heal damage in the brain, nerves or other tissues. Regenerative medicine is no longer science fiction, and a substantial gift from Jorge and Leslie Bacardi of the Bahamas will significantly accelerate the research of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine on the Florida campus. More information, including a video interview with Jorge Bacardi can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affair Contact: Kevin Punsky


Injuries come frequently despite advances in safety, sports medicine and training

…August inevitably will be filled with more cringes and crutches, even though the NFL has tried to make the game safer in recent years. The league has placed limits on padded practices and implemented moreAssociated Press Wire Service Logo rules changes to protect players on both sides of the ball. "Despite all the advances in sports medicine, nutrition and training, we just can't prevent all injuries," said Dr. Ed Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota. "What we can do is protect them as much as possible through training and technique."

Reach: The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative, owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members. News collected by the AP is published and republished by newspaper and broadcast outlets worldwide.

Additional Coverage:

New York Times (AP), N.F.L. Teams Chase the Dream of an Injury-Free Camp

ABC News, Star Tribune, USA Today, Fox News, Yahoo! Sports, CTV News

Context: Ed Laskowski, M.D., is co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is a global leader in sports and musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion research, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, and surgical and nonsurgical management of sports-related injuries.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Arizona Republic
Coaches, Mayo team up on head injuries
by Nathan Brown

The 2014 Arizona Pop Warner Football Clinic, headlined by Dr. David Dodick, brought coaches from all Arizona Republic newspaper logolevels of Arizona Pop Warner together to discuss protocols being put in place with a partnership between the Mayo Clinic and Arizona Pop Warner for the upcoming season. Dodick, along with fellow Mayo Clinic doctors Amaal Starling and Bert Vargas, education coaches on the impact of concussions along with the new testing.

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

Additional Coverage: ABC 15

Context: In response to growing concerns about concussions and head injuries in youth sports,Arizona Pop Warner Football and Cheer and Mayo Clinic have announced a groundbreaking collaboration that will provide intensive medical research about the effects of sports-related injuries. As part of the program, all participants ages 10 years and older in Arizona Pop Warner’s flag and tackle football programs, as well as all participants in the organization’s cheerleading programs, will be required to complete a comprehensive evaluation prior to play that will provide a baseline for future testing in the event of an injury. This baseline evaluation will provide immediate data when testing young athletes after an injury, helping physicians determine the nature and extent of the injury and helping to assess a timeline for return to competition. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh


Minn. musician bikes from Seattle to Boston to honor friend

He's collaborated with everyone from Eric Clapton the world-renowned Minnesota Orchestra, but a local musician is putting his career on hold to remember a lifelong friend who died of cancer.…Maurer said heMy Fox KMSP TC hopes to inspire people to see life at 10 mph instead of 60, like Held inspired him. He also hopes that those who are inspired will donate to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, which is where Held went for treatment.

Reach: Minneapolis-St.Paul is the 16th largest television market in the United States with 1.7 million TV homes.  FOX 9 News (WFTC) is the Twin Cities Fox affiliate.

Context: George Maurer is an accomplished musician and composer (recently won a McKnight Composer Fellowship) who is on day a 48-day bike ride from Seattle to Boston (covering 48 states) in memory of his friend Carolyn Held, who passed away in 2012 from cancer. The bike ride is a fundraiser for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center where Carolyn was a patient. Carolyn made the same bike rip in 1988 to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Little Falls, Minnesota. More information cane be found on George's Blog, his Facebook page and by watching a video explaining the trip.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor


Cannon Falls Beacon
Facility design a team effort

From check-in to departure, patients at Mayo Clinic Health System will notice process improvements in Cannon Falls Beacon Newspaper logothe new medical center that incorporate functional design which will better provide seamless care. Clinic exam and hospital suites were designed with the help of staff.

Reach: The Cannon Falls Beacon is a weekly newspaper published in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

Additional Coverage:

Mayo Clinic Health System opens new location in Cannon Falls

Ribbon Cutting for Mayo’s New Cannon Falls Facility

Mayo Clinic plans ribbon cutting for new Cannon Falls clinic

Context: I’m in awe,” says Jerry Williams of Mayo Clinic Health System’s new clinic and hospital. Williams was one of approximately 2,000 who toured the new medical center during a public grand opening event on Friday, July 25. Located at 32021 County 24 Boulevard, the new clinic opens on Aug. 4 and the hospital and emergency department open on Aug. 7. More information on the new clinic and hospital can be found here.

Public Affairs Contact: Asia Christensen

SHAPE, The Top Hospitals in America by Amanda MacMillan, Minnesota residents have reason to celebrate this month: The Mayo Clinic, located in Rochester, was recently named the nation's top hospital in U.S. News and World Report's 2014-2015 rankings. New York, Boston, and Los Angeles also made out well, as the only cities with more than one hospital making the top 17 "Honor Roll" list.

The Irish Times, Inform Bioscience to licence breakthrough technology from Mayo Clinic, Irish biotech start-up Inform Bioscience is to sign a licence agreement tomorrow with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic to acquire a portfolio of biomarkers for use in developing a test to detect pre-eclampsia in pregnancy…The Mayo Clinic and Enterprise Ireland recently formalised a collaboration which will see the commercialisation of up to 20 medical technologies in Ireland over the next five years, creating high-value medical technology spin-out companies. The licensing of technology by Inform Bio is in addition to this agreement.

Business & Leadership, Inform Bioscience signs licence agreement with Mayo Clinic, Irish biotech start-up Inform Bioscience has signed a license agreement with the Mayo Clinic in the US to acquire a portfolio of biomarkers for use in developing a prognostic test to detect preeclampsia in pregnancy…Discovered through pioneering research conducted by Mayo Clinic nephrologist Vesna Garovic, the biomarkers licensed by Inform Bioscience have the potential to detect preeclampsia much earlier than current methods.

NY Times, Wrist Injury Forces Rafael Nadal Out of Two U.S. Open Tuneups by Ben Rothenberg, Rafael Nadal’s prospects of repeating last year’s remarkable run on North American hardcourts were dealt a significant blow Tuesday when he injured his right wrist in practice…Dr. Richard Berger, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic who specializes in wrist operations, operated on the nondominant wrist of Juan Martín del Potro, his left, this spring.

NY TimesThe Lessons Thus Far From the Transition to Digital Patient Records …No one thinks a modern health care system can cling to paper records. But the policy goal of the federal incentive program was to use digital technology to curb costs and improve care. The legislation was called the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. And there are examples of health care providers that use digital patient records effectively — mostly large medical groups, like Kaiser Permanente, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic and the Marshfield Clinic, that have worked with the technology for years.

TIME, Depression Is a Risk Factor for Dementia, New Research Says by Alexandra Sifferlin, The two have been linked before, but the new study says depression may be an independent risk factor for the disease. If it was possible that treating depression could curb dementia risk, that would be game changing, medically speaking. That hasn’t been proved yet, but it’s an active area of research. The Mayo Clinic recommends that patients opt for treatments that are safe for both issues — for instance, taking antidepressants for depression, though “these medications may not be as effective at treating depression with Alzheimer’s as they are at treating depression alone,” they write.

Wall Street Journal, Goldman Lead Director Retires Due to Illness by Justin Baer, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s lead director retired from the New York firm to undergo treatment for multiple myeloma…He continued to attend meetings and conference calls with the firm until last month but recently informed Mr. Blankfein that his condition had deteriorated, a person familiar with the matter said. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells that help the body stave off infections, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

Fortune, Please stand up while you read this by Anne Fisher…So maybe you recall the alarming headlines, earlier this year and as long ago as 2010, that said sitting—dubbed by some as “the new smoking”—will probably kill you. “Excessive sitting is a lethal activity,” Mayo Clinic endocrinologist James Levine memorably told The New York Times. Yikes.

Reader’s Digest, Sitting Is Killing You: What One Office Decided to Do About It by James Levine, M.D…I have spent the last 25 years running the anti-chair movement from my laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I’ve learned that people with obesity who lived in the same environment as people who are lean sit 2 hours and 15 minutes more a day than lean people.

CBS This Morning News, Get up! Sitting could harm your health, Mounting evidence reveals for every hour we sit, two hours of life are lost. Dr. James Levine, a leading obesity researcher at the Mayo Clinic and the inventor of the treadmill desk, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss why your chair may be killing you.

Harpers Bazaar, Is Your Office Making You Fat? By Nicole Catanese…"Your body isn't built to sit," says James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a leading advocate of the treadmill desk. "When you sit for a long time, the receptors on the muscles in your body that are inactive—lower back, buttocks, and legs, torso, abdominals, shoulders, and arms—start to change and become more resistant to insulin, causing blood sugar and triglyceride levels to rise." 

Daily Mail, Sitting down is KILLING you! Heart disease, obesity, depression and crumbling bones - a terrifying new book by a top doctor reveals they are all linked to the hours we spend in chairs by Professor James A. Levine,…At the start of my research, which focused on obesity, some fellow scientists dismissed my work as wrong-headed and irrelevant. One rival even wrote to my boss at America’s prestigious Mayo Clinic, accusing me of being psychiatrically deranged…A group of scientists at the Mayo Clinic decided to measure the spikes in blood sugar that most of us get after eating a meal — then looked at what happened when people either sat still or got up to move around. The result of the study was startling. If a person stayed sitting down after a meal, their blood sugar peaked like a mountain for around two hours.

ASU News, ASU endocrinologist addresses modern threat of 'sitting disease', Recent research suggests that excess sitting can be linked to 34 chronic diseases and conditions. Noted endocrinologist James Levine offers his insight on the subject in a USA Today interview. A longtime researcher of “sitting disease,” Levine co-directs the Arizona State University-Mayo Clinic joint initiative known as Obesity Solutions.

Salon, The truth about sleep: You aren’t getting nearly enough of it…The Mayo Clinic and Center for Disease Control say seven to eight hours of sleep for an adult is the standard. There are, however, variations in sleep patterns, according to Psychology Today, and a study out earlier this year suggests seven hours may be better than eight.

The Australian (WSJ), Sleep less, live well…Other experts caution against studies showing ill effects from too much sleep. Illness may cause someone to sleep or spend more time in bed, these experts say. And studies based on people reporting their own sleep patterns may be inaccurate. “The problem with these studies is that they give you good information about association but not causation,” says Timothy Morgenthaler, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which represents sleep doctors and researchers, and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic Centre for Sleep Medicine.

Scientific American, How To Talk To a Roomful of Artists Who Are Better Than You by Glendon Mellow, This past weekend I participated in the Association of Medical Illustrators annual meeting (hashtag #AMI2014), held with the hospitality of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Here are my public speaking tips when speaking to a roomful of artists who are better than you. Okay, first let’s define “better”.

Star Tribune, Scientists discover more about the battle in your belly by Allie Shah…Studies have found that some 70 percent of our immune system is tied to the bacteria in our gut. The composition of gut bacteria in the body has been linked to cancer, depression, rheumatoid arthritis and even autism, although doctors caution that the research is preliminary and more studies are needed. “We are coming to terms with the fact that gut bacteria form an additional, really important factor when we think about how people get disease and how treatment affects them,” said Dr. Purna Kashyap, associate program director of the Mayo Clinic’s Microbiome Program.

Minnesota Medicine, Page 12: Illuminating “Moonlight,” Mayo film tells the real story of a baseball player-turned-physician.

HealthcareDive, One network to rule them all: The future of Mayo, Cleveland Clinic hospital affiliates by Judy Packer-Tursman, At first glance, Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic offer similar advantages to their dozens of community-hospital affiliates across the U.S.—national branding with an elite academic medical center for a competitive edge, access to clinical and management expertise, research opportunities, and so on.

Independent UK, Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?...Apple's Health Kit has received backing from the Mayo Clinic, a Minnesota-based medical research group that has tested a system of direct notifications whereby clinics could inform patients of unusual patterns in the data they've received. "The big vision is to switch from the old patient funnel where you feel sick, tell a friend, see a doctor, get tests, receive the results," says Ben Heubl from Zesty, a healthcare appointment booking service. "The new funnel is different: you track your results anyway – because the devices do it for you – and book an appointment online automatically."

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Dizziness a common problem with many possible causes by Paul Takahashi, M.D., Primary Care Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 68 and have periodic spells of dizziness. They don't last long and I don't seem to have any other symptoms. Should I see a doctor? What might these spells indicate?

HealthData Management, Mayo Researcher to Manage Oncology Alliance Data Center by Greg Goth, Mayo Clinic biostatistician Daniel Sargent has been awarded a $32.7 million, five-year grant by the National Cancer Institute to lead the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology’s Statistics and Data Center. The Center will be located at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn.

LA Times, There is something rarer than being killed by lightning, CDC says…Hypothermia can set in when a person’s temperature drops from the normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit to 95 degrees or lower. At those temperatures, “your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally,” according to this primer from the Mayo Clinic. Very cold weather can also make chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases worse, the CDC report noted.

Grandparents.com, What Kidney Stones Are—And How You Can Prevent Them, It’s late summer, and that means hot days spent at the beach, licking ice cream cones, backyard barbecues, and lots of fun with family and friends. But did you know summer may also mean kidney stones? “The peak time for Emergency Room visits for kidney stones is August,” which coincides with the hottest days of the year, says William Haley, M.D., head of the Mayo Clinic Kidney Stone Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Huffington Post, The Real Danger of 'Too Much Exercise' by Brad Stulberg and co-authored by Dr. Michael Joyner, a physiologist and anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic., Is too much exercise bad for you? The idea that extreme endurance exercise (e.g., exercising over an hour a day, racing multiple marathons in a lifetime, participating in Ironman distance triathlons) might be harmful for long-term heart health has gained traction in recent years.

KARE11, High Speed Rail to Rochester, There are new efforts to connect the Twin Cities and Rochester with high speed rail. Zip Rail is a high speed passenger train that proponents say would get commuters between the two communities in 45 to 50 minutes….with any major transportation project comes major hurdles. We witnessed it here in the Twin Cities, but those supporting zip rail believe the benefits will far outweigh any obstacles. Mayo Clinic has major plans for expansion. The city of Rochester is growing, too, now more than ever they see the need to connect and fast to the Twin Cities.

KAAL, Nationwide Shortage of Blood Donors by Hannah Tran, It's Andrew Nelson's fifth time donating blood at Mayo Clinic's Hilton building. "Three or four times a year, I think you can come in every three to four months," said Nelson…"One of the other reasons it's happening is because we are seeing a shift in the donor population," said the Medical Director of the Blood Donor Center at the Hilton Building.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Blood donors needed desperately in summer by Christena O’Brien, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire transfused almost 6,000 units of blood products in 2013, and the need for more blood continues, representatives of Mayo and the American Red Cross said…While the need for blood varies each day, it never goes away, said Donita Stanley, pathology supervisor at Mayo.

KTVZ Ore., Stay safe in sun by knowing the best sunscreen options by Mayo Clinic News Network, Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers his guidance.

KIMT, A better alternative to sunbathing, You have a few options of what to do with your money when you want a healthy looking glow. One alternative to UV rays from the sun and tanning beds that’s growing in popularity is sunless tanning. The Mayo Clinic says, it’s a safer alternative during this wedding and outdoor season.

Florida Times-Union, Advisory brings warnings to avoid dehydration, heat stroke by Meredith Rutland, Medical professionals recommend that residents drink plenty of water, go inside often to cool down and wear light clothing. Residents tend to underestimate the effect heat can have on their bodies, said Dr. Vandana Bhide, a Mayo Clinic physician. “We live in Florida, so I think we all think we’re used to it,” she said. “What people do is they wait until they’re thirsty, and that’s too late.”

Prairie Business N.D., Mayo Clinic's high-tech mobile museum rolls through Grand Forks, David Cockriel, an Altru Health System employee, waved his arms back and forth as a skeleton on an interactive screen mirrored his movements Monday at a traveling high-tech mobile museum from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The 40-ton mobile exhibit, stationed in the parking lot of Altru Clinic in Grand Forks, uses nearly 1,000 square feet to tell Mayo’s story. The museum has been on tour since April and will visit 45 cities in the United States and Canada by Oct. 31 to celebrate the Mayo Clinic’s 150th anniversary.

WEAU Eau Claire, ASSIGNMENT 13: The high cost of health care by Jenny You…We did hear back from Mayo Clinic Health System: "Mayo Clinic Health System strives to provide expert, whole-person health care in an environment that is conscious of cost to the consumer. It’s important for patients to be informed about their medical care — regarding both quality and cost. We encourage patients to ask questions so they can make informed decisions about their care.

WKBT La Crosse, Pre-visit payment plan expected to enhance patient experience…It's called a pre-visit payment plan and Gundersen Health System is now using it to bill all of its patients. Officials at the medical center are hoping it not only increases transparency but also helps reduce the sticker shock when patients get their bill…A spokesperson with Mayo Clinic Health System says the pre-payment plan at Mayo is only for elective procedures, for example cosmetic or other non-covered procedures.

WXOW La Crosse, Breast Care Center in La Crosse gets new location, new look, The Breast Care Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse opens it's doors on Wednesday after moving to a new location…“We really moved to bring the disciplines involved with taking care of our breast patients together,” said Kathleen Christian, MD, Breast Surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Medscape, Caffeine May Worsen Vasomotor Symptoms of Menopause‏ by Laurie Barclay, M.D., Caffeine intake is associated with worse hot flashes and night sweats, but fewer problems with mood, memory, and concentration, in menopausal women…"While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats," lead author Stephanie S. Faubion, MD, director of the Women's Health Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said in a clinic news release.

HealthDay, Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes? Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests. "While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats," said researcher Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women's Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Huffington Post, ScienceDaily, Science World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer

MarketWatch, Sequenom Enters Into License Agreement With Mayo Medical Laboratories, Sequenom, Inc., a life sciences company that provides innovative genetic analysis solutions, and Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML), the third-largest provider of esoteric laboratory services in the United States, have announced a license agreement for noninvasive prenatal testing patents and applications.

Philadelphia Business Journal, Penn and Mayo Clinic researchers challenge scientists to improve epilepsy treatment…Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Mayo Clinic are challenging the best minds in science to improve how epilepsy is treated. The "Seizure Detection and Prediction Challenge" will involve two competitions, with $28,000 in prize money, aimed at finding new ways to detect and predict seizure onset. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that afflicts 3 million Americans and 50 million people worldwide.

WXOW, Add immunization to your back-to-school checklist…Kids will be going back to school in a little over a month. Along with the new backpacks and pencils, parents are being reminded to make sure their children's immunizations are up to date. “It's not only good for your child, it's good for you as a parent,” said C. J. Menagh, MD, Pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska and Chair of Immunizations. “Because if that child comes home with some illness, let's say they get whooping cough, let's say they get measles, you're going to be out of work from anywhere between five days and two weeks.”

La Crosse Tribune, Cancer patient grateful for decade of care by Mike Tighe, Christina Papenfuss has a special reason to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Center for Advanced Medicine and Surgery at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. The 41-year-old Papenfuss, diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before the center opened in July 2004, recalls the Spartan conditions when she first met with Dr. Haleem Rasool in a small office to discuss her treatment compared with the new facility’s amenities.

FOX News N.D., Mayo Clinic Celebrates 150th Anniversary, The Mayo Clinic is touring the country with its mobile exhibit to celebrate its history and future…"It's been really exciting the employees from Altru have been fantastic we've had a partnership with them for years and a lot of patients have come through that are mutual patients of both Altru and mayo clinic it's just been really a fun morning," said Mayo Clinic Administrator Kelly Morse Nowicki. Video

Owatonna People’s Press, Bunkers, Berg update Owatonna Noon Rotary about health care in area by Ashley Stewart, In the last two decades, health care has changed in the U.S. And on Tuesday, Dr. Brian Bunkers, chief executive officer, and David Berg, chief administrative office, with Mayo Clinic Health System — Owatonna and Faribault, spoke to the Owatonna Rotary Club about the changes Owatonna has seen and will see.

Irish Examiner, Technology to detect preeclampsia in pregnancy, An Irish biotech startup company will join forces with the Mayo Clinic in the United States to license and develop a technology to detect preeclampsia in pregnancy. Preeclampsia, affects around three million mothers worldwide every year and is associated with premature births and infant illness including cerebral palsy, blindness and epilepsy.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic plans offices in former Red Lobster space by Jeff Kiger, Mayo Clinic has decided to put administrative offices in the long-empty former Red Lobster space in downtown Rochester…"We are in the process of converting the space into administrative space that can accommodate individuals and teams from different departments to co-locate for a period of time in order to collaborate on projects," Mayo's Kelley Luckstein said in an email. The space should be ready for staff to move in by November.

WQOW Eau Claire, 7/28 Daybreak Interview: Great Escape Women's Camp…Mayo Clinic Health System and YMCA offer Great Escape Women's Wellness Camp Aug. 16 to 19. Women are invited to step out of their daily routines and into an atmosphere designed to revitalize the mind, body and spirit. Great Escape Women's Wellness Camp will be Saturday to Tuesday, Aug. 16 to 19, at Camp Manitou in New Auburn, Wis.

KIMT, Mayo adding clinic to Rochester…The more than 22,000 square foot building will house a primary clinic for Mayo beginning in 2015. Construction is underway near the Shoppes on Maine development. Those with Mayo say they are very excited for what patients can expect. “We are doing this in response to them, and it’s kind of our investment for their health and well being going forward. We are very delighted to be able to do this,” Medical Director, Dr. David Agerter said.

Stewartville Star, Economy needs to remain diverse, RAEDI leader says by Mark Peterson, Economic growth in southeastern Minnesota in the years to come should hinge on more than just the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative, Gary Smith told the Stewartville City Council last week. Smith, the president of Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc., (RAEDI) said that southeastern Minnesota's current economy is 40 percent dependent on the Mayo Clinic.

WKMG Orlando, Cancer causes: Popular myths about causes of cancer…Here, Timothy J. Moynihan, M.D., a cancer specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., takes a closer look at some popular myths about cancer causes and explains why they just aren't true.

Star Tribune, Biz briefs: Lakeville fitness club opens by Susan Feyder, New Mayo facility: There’s a new medical center on the south side of Cannon Falls. After 16 months of construction, contractors recently put finishing touches on the new facility for Mayo Clinic Health System. The 92,000 square-foot facility, which includes a clinic, hospital and emergency department, is at 32021 County 24 Blvd. It has three times the space of a building it is replacing, which was constructed in 1958. Additional Coverage: KTTC

Parents Magazine, How to Make Family Vacations Educational by Heather Gowen Walsh,…Help give your child a brain boost this summer, wherever your travels take you…One of the best ways to get your little traveler thinking: Enlist her help planning the trip. "Children this age are being taught in school to think critically and to ask questions like who, what, why, and where. That translates naturally when you travel," says Daniel Hilliker, Ph.D., a child psychologist at Mayo Clinic Children's Center, in Rochester, Minnesota.

Huffington Post, 9 Things You're Doing That Drive Your Doctor Crazy by Sarah Klein,…To help preserve the sanity of the people in charge of our care, we asked Katz and other well-known docs to share a few of their biggest patient pet peeves. Here are some we could all benefit from giving up…"There is a disturbing, yet growing, trend of people rejecting vaccinations for themselves and their children. The science on this is quite clear: The vaccines we recommend for routine use in children and adults are extremely safe. They also save lives. Since we have seen a reduction in vaccination, we have seen a concomitant increase in vaccine-preventable disease in the United States…”--Pritish Tosh, M.D., Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases physician and researcher

Pioneer Press, Vikings' Chad Greenway: A giant of the earth by Brian Murphy,…Right now, the crisis is Alan Greenway's health. Doctors aggressively treated his leukemia into remission, but not before a fungus punctured his weakened immune system and invaded his sinuses. The fungus quickly spread to his brain. By mid-June 2012, Greenway was flown from a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with a dire prognosis.

Huffington Post, 9 Things Your Feet Could Be Trying To Tell You, As long as everything appears to be working properly, we may not pay much attention to our feet…The sensation of burning feet can vary from mild (numbness and tingling) to severe (distracting pain that can even interfere with sleep)…In the meantime, the Mayo Clinic suggests resting and elevating your feet to ease symptoms.

Chicago Tribune, Silently suffering in the bedroom by Heidi Stevens, There’s a passage at the beginning of Michele Weiner Davis’ 2008 book, “The Sex-Starved Wife: What to Do When He’s Lost Desire” (Simon and Schuster), that underscores what experts say is a larger problem than our culture lets on…Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood, according to the Mayo Clinic website: “As you get older, (a man’s) testosterone level gradually declines – typically about 1 percent a year after age 30.”

MedCity News, Optum Labs making progress in huge data collaboration – 40 million lives worth by Dan Verel, Optum Labs, an ambitious data-sharing effort between some of the biggest payers and providers, is picking up steam, gaining new partnerships that collectively could be a massive source of revealing information for nearly all corners of the healthcare sector. What started as a collaboration between Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, and the Mayo Clinic has attracted about 15 total partners just this year, and the mountains of data being examined will soon be applicable to the various disciplines, according to Dr. Paul Wallace, chief medical officer of Cambridge, Mass-based Optum.

Star Tribune, Cultural offerings help Northfield to rank high on top 10 list for small towns, Culture and colleges have helped land Northfield on a Top 10 list for American small towns. Livability.com put the city at No. 2 among cities under 20,000 people. The website praised Northfield’s proximity to hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic, as well as its schools, parks, farmers markets and “excellent cultural amenities.”

News 4 Jax, Preventing kidney stones, We're in the middle of summer. The elements can take a toll on our body many people don't know that living here in the heat and humidity can increase your risk for kidney stones. Dr. William Haley, Nephrologist from Mayo Clinic, appears on the show to discuss.

Runner’s World, Talent v. Training in Runners by Alex Hutchinson, It's been almost six years now since Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers brought the idea of a "10,000-hour rule" to widespread attention…What does the debate tell us about running? And what light can running shed on the debate? What follows below are some thoughts (and helpful diagrams) from Dr. Michael J. Joyner, a physiologist and anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic. As well as being a prolific and influential researcher (one of his classic papers from more than two decades ago figures prominently in a feature I've just finished for a forthcoming issue of Runner's World), Michael writes a great blog called Human Limits, which you should check out if you haven't already. 

Jerusalem Post, Whey protein could help diabetics by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Consuming whey protein – a popular protein among sportsmen who want to build muscle – before a regular breakfast reduces the blood sugar “spikes” common after meals rich in carbohydrates…Just sitting too much can lower levels of heart-lung fitness; being sedentary for just two hours at a time can be just as harmful as 20 minutes of exercise is beneficial to the body. This was discovered by cardiologists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, who recently published their findings in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Becker’s Hospital Review, How I Became a Healthcare CIO: 10 CIOs, 10 Different Career Paths by Helen Gregg, Many of the country's top CIOs came to their positions from stints in different leadership or clinical roles within hospitals and health systems or from IT roles outside the healthcare industry. Below is a roundup of 10 different career paths of 10 prominent hospital and health system CIOs…Healthcare CIO to Health System CIO: Cris Ross. CIO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Mr. Ross came to Mayo Clinic in 2010 after serving at Surescripts, where he led the company's interoperability business as executive vice president and general manager of clinical interoperability.

Star Tribune, Mergers and acquisitions involving Minnesota investors, DICOM Grid Inc. Multiple investors DICOM Grid, a provider of Internet-based products for Phoenix digital medical imaging, has raised $6 million in funding from investors, including Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Letter: Hospital gets top marks, Recently I was a patient at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, where I had to have major surgery. First, a big shout-out to Dr. Paul Hartzheim, who in my opinion is the best surgeon a person could find. He showed care before, during and after my surgery. The great nursing staff bent over backwards to see that I was taken care of. The rest of the Mayo staff, including those who cleaned my room, did the same. We are fortunate to have a wonderful hospital right here.

KXNET N.D., Mayo Clinic Celebrates Anniversary, The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has long been a point of referral for patients with specialized or unusual medical conditions. Now, Mayo Clinic is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a tour of the region - in a mobile exhibit that features information about the clinic's origins, past accomplishments, and dedication to the improvement of health care.

Fierce Healthcare, 4 pillars for physician engagement, Healthcare leaders Thomas H. Lee, Toby Cosgrove share tips based on sociologist Max Weber's theoriesAppeal to a sense of tradition. Healthcare organizations must establish distinct, constant standards, authors wrote. For example, staff members at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota must wear business attire every day, which serves as an elegant representation of the institution--meant to embody the "Mayo way of doing things," according to the authors.

NPR, For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions, Many of us get confused by claims of how much the risk of a heart attack, for example, might be reduced by taking medicine for it. And doctors can get confused, too.…Dots Help Decide Simmons tried it with her patient Joe Bianco, 60, when talking over his risk for heart disease a few weeks ago. Rather than just using a number to tell him his risk for a heart attack, she made it visual with this statin/aspirin decision aid calculator, developed by the Mayo Clinic.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Luther Hospital’s class of ’64 reuniting next weekend…Luther Hospital, now part of Mayo Clinic Health System, had a nursing school from 1908 to 1967. More than 1,000 students graduated from the three-year program. “Looking at the Luther Hospital school’s long legacy, it’s humbling to think how many patients’ lives those graduates touched,” said Pam White, chief nursing officer for the northwest Wisconsin region of Mayo Clinic Health System.

East Peoria Times Courier, Health Watch: Go the extra mile, Beat the chair - The average American sits 13 hours a day according to a new survey. Even if you work out for an hour a day, sitting for that long still isn’t healthy. According to The Mayo Clinic, long periods of sitting can lead to a number of health concerns, including obesity and abnormal cholesterol levels, and also increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Medical Product Outsourcing, Mayo Clinic Forms Collaboration with Enterprise Ireland, The Mayo Clinic is joining forces with Enterprise Ireland, the Irish enterprise development agency, to advance medtech innovation stemming from the clinic…“This collaboration bridges a financial gap for translational research,” said Greg Gores, M.D., executive dean for research at Mayo Clinic.

CITE World, How IBM could help Apple win one of the biggest markets of all… The applications today have been developed singularly. And many of the applications on population health, such as Fitbit and others, are just integrated into the phone and not into your actual medical record and your care management. Emphasizing the point, he also said that the deal "does deliver on the promise of being able to connect the health care systems to the patient, to the consumer, in a new way." That pretty much describes the medical value proposition of HealthKit -- it offers a way for health metrics recorded and aggregated on an iPhone to be transmitted securely to a health care provider for review and/or be automatically added to a patient's electronic record. It is exactly what Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of the prestigious Mayo Clinic, described as one goal of his organization in developing an iOS 8 version of the clinic's patient-facing app.

USA Today, The Week in Tech: Apple's watch, Amazon's phone by Jefferson Graham, he tech week's news was dominated not by what Apple has in stores, but what's coming in the fall…Facebook said this week its users are hanging around for 40 minutes every day. By comparison, the Mayo Clinic recommends 30 minutes of daily exercise. So let's hope folks are using their mobile phones and walking while checking their likes and status updates.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: In most cases, tailbone pain goes away on its own, by David Bell, M.D., Primary Care Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is there any treatment for a painful tailbone? My mother is 70 and won't go to the doctor even though she's miserable. She says there's nothing they can do for her. Shouldn't a doctor be consulted in this case?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Parkinson's a common cause of parkinsonism, but not the only one by James Bower, M.D., Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband was originally diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but later it was determined he has atypical parkinsonism. What's the difference? What treatments work best for his condition?

Hometown Focus, Heart transplant patient pleased, Bob Aronson is no stranger to hospitals. The 75-year-old Chisholm native built his career as a communications consultant for many hospitals and clinics, including Mayo. He also had a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic in 2007. But despite the familiarity, he wasn’t sure what to expect when his wife Robin encouraged him to go to the Fairview Range Medical Center emergency room in Hibbing one day in June 2013.

Quad-City Times, Q-C's Johnny Lujack airlifted to Mayo Clinic by Jack Cullen, Johnny Lujack, 89, the oldest living recipient of the Heisman Trophy, was airlifted Monday for neurological examination to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to Quad-City family members who posted updates on Facebook. Lujack, a longtime Quad-City resident and businessman, has homes in Bettendorf and Indian Wells, Calif.

WNDU Ind., Irish legend Lujack recovering well after successful neck surgery, Notre Dame legend Johnny Lujack is recovering after successful laminectomy surgery at the Mayo Clinic to relieve pressure to his neck, his grandson Grant Pohlmann tells me. Lujack will remain at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for the next several days to recover and will then begin to rehab.

HealthDay, ¿El café está agravando sus sofocos?,…"Aunque estos hallazgos son preliminares, nuestro estudio sugiere que limitar el consumo de cafeína podría ser útil para las mujeres posmenopáusicas que sufren las molestias de los sofocos y los sudores nocturnos", afirmó la Dra. Stephanie Faubion, investigadora y directora de la Clínica de Salud de las Mujeres de la Clínica Mayo en Rochester, Minnesota.

Mundo Hispanico, Evite lesiones este verano, En esta temporada vacacional tome precauciones ante posibles lesiones, sobre todo si planea hacer en familia actividades fuera de lo común. Expertos de Mayo Clinic ofrecen algunas sugerencias sobre cómo prevenir en esta temporada vacacional algunas lesiones comunes.

Reporteaje De, Fibromialgia: Entrevista con Fernando Rivera, experto de Clínica Mayo…Sobre el particular, conversamos con el doctor Fernando A. Rivera, de la Clínica Mayo de Jacksonville, Florida, quien es miembro del Colegio Médico de Estados Unidos e integra la División de Medicina de Consulta y Diagnóstico de dicho centro médico, además de ser docente de la Escuela de Medicina asociada.

Yucatan a la mano, Lanzan programa piloto…Se les hará un examen de la vista por la Dra. Janice Blair quien es jefa de médicos de la clínica Mayo para ver si no es que ya ha comenzado a dañarles la diabetes, seguidamente se les analizarán sus pies para saber si no tienen llagas o lesiones y que sea motivo de amputación. También se hablará con los pacientes de la importancia de hacer ejercicio. Se les tomará muestras de sangre para que sean analizadas en la clínica Ortegón, que colabora con este hospital de San Lucas.

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