August 14, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Wall Street Journal
How Many Bites Do You Take a Day? Try for 100
by Sumathi Reddy

In the never-ending pursuit of weight loss, a number of researchers are developing tools that count how much or how fast we eat.  The Bite Monitor, worn on the wrist like a watch, tallies the number of bites you take…"If you're eating too fast, you're probably not chewing and enjoying your food very well andThe Wall Street Journal newspaper logo you're probably going to be more likely" to eat too much, said Michael Jensen, an endocrinologist and obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn…Dr. Jensen, of the Mayo Clinic, questioned the usefulness of counting bites. A bite of pizza is very different from a bite of salad, he noted. Bites also come in different sizes, and restricting people to 100 bites a day might just encourage them to take bigger mouthfuls, he said.

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: Michael Jensen, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. Endocrinology, Metabolism, Diabetes, Nutrition, and Internal Medicine is a Division of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic. It has a staff of more than 40 clinical endocrinologists, organized into a number of specialty groupsDr. Jensen and his lab study the effects of obesity and how body fat and body-fat distribution influences health. The regulated uptake, storage and release of fatty acids from adipose tissue play a major role in determining the health effects of body fat.

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Traci Klein


Classical Notes Blog: Watch a Minnesota Orchestra violinist receive brain surgery - while playing
by Jay Gabler

In a remarkable video from 2010, Rochester's Mayo Clinic shows Minnesota Orchestra violinist Roger Frisch having electrodes implanted into his brain — while he plays…The solution devised by surgeon MPR News logoKendall Lee was to implant electrodes intended to stimulate Frisch's brain in a manner that can reduce such tremors…Frisch now has a device that he can activate with the flick of a switch to turn the electrodes on — and his tremors off.

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.

Context: You may remember the story, a few years ago, about the professional musician who played the violin during his brain surgery? That journey began at Mayo Clinic when a surgical team implanted electrodes in his brain to stop a tremor that could have ended his career. Today, more than five years after his deep brain stimulation surgery, Roger Frisch continues to be one of the world's foremost violinists. More information, including a video of the deep brain stimulation surgery, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Dana SparksDuska Anastasijevic


Minnesota responds to rural doctor shortage with teams, training, telemedicine
by Mike Cronin

Like rock stars on tour, Dr. Jennifer Langbehn and nurse practitioner Julie Pace have groupies. Some later-in-life patients such as Eunice Wiken, 87, followed Langbehn and Pace to the Mayo Clinic facility in St. James, about 120 miles southwest of Minneapolis, from Madelia in 2011. She had received treatmentMinnPost media outlet logo from the duo for more than a decade. No way was she going to change just because their providers moved 13 miles away. Wiken trusts them. At her age, that’s crucial.

Reach: MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise which provides news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists, most of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. MinnPost averages more than 78,000 unique visitors to its site each month.. In Dec. 2013, MinnPost also had 27,300 followers on Twitter and its main Facebook page was liked by 9,500-plus readers.

Context: Mayo Clinic Health System is a network of clinics and hospitals serving more than 70 communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Georgia. Our community-based doctors and their patients are supported by the highly specialized expertise and resources of Mayo Clinic. This partnership is dedicated to providing quality health care close to home. Jennifer Langbehn, D.O. is a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James, Minnesota.

Public Affairs Contact: Micah Dorfner


Jacksonville Business Journal
Rupp stepping down as CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida
by Colleen Michele Jones

Dr. William Rupp announced today that he will retire at the end of 2014 as vice president and CEO of Jacksonville Business Journal newspaper logoMayo Clinic Florida. Rupp, who also serves as the current chair of the Jax Chamber, has led the institution’s Jacksonville campus since 2008. The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named Dr. Gianrico Farrugia to succeed Rupp.

Reach: The Jacksonville Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals.

Additional Coverage:

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic sending Minnesota doctor to lead Florida business

Modern HealthcareMayo Clinic Florida names new CEO

Becker’s Hospital Review, 9 CEO changes in hospitals, health systems


Context: The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic vice president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Farrugia succeeds William Rupp, M.D., who will retire from Mayo Clinic at the end of 2014. The announcement was made August 8 at the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees quarterly meeting where the board also recognized four recipients of Mayo Clinic named professorships. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky


Huffington Post, Get Up Offa That Thing! by Craig Bowron, The King of Soul and apparent exercise physiologist, Dr. James Brown, had the science down cold when he gave his listeners the following prescription: "Get up offa that thing, and dance and you'll feel better." Because as an editorial in the latest edition of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings proclaims, sitting is unhealthy…The editorial, "The Chairman's Curse: Lethal Sitting," by Dr. James Levine, a nationally-recognized expert on obesity and inactivity, points out that being sedentary and out of shape is not only unhealthy, it's unnatural.

Real Simple, What to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone With Depression by Laura Schocker,  On Monday morning, beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead of what early reports indicate was an apparent suicide…While there used to be an old wives’ tale that bringing it up increased someone’s chances of committing suicide, Sederer says that’s not true—the real risk is in not asking at all. For detailed suggestions on how to deal with a suicidal loved one, check out the Mayo Clinic’s tips here.

Real Simple, A Sound Reason to Drink Coffee by Laura Schocker, Here’s news that’ll give you a jolt: According to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Medicine, a regular dose of caffeine could help to prevent a common hearing condition…Tinnitus affects roughly one in five people, according to the Mayo Clinic, and often signals another underlying condition, such as an ear injury or hearing loss.

Real Simple, This 1 Question Can Help You Spot a Narcissist by Laura Schocker…The word narcissism itself comes from the mythical Greek character Narcissus, who became besotted with the reflection of his own image. Today, it’s used both clinically, in the case of narcissistic personality disorder, which the Mayo Clinic describes as a personality disorder “in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration,” and casually to describe someone with a big ego.

Shape, Will Counting Your Bites Help You Lose Weight? by Keri Gans, Seems like every other day some new idea for weight loss is born. The latest, and I'm not sure the greatest, is the Bite Counter…However I do agree with Michael Jensen, an endocrinologist and obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic, who told The Wall Street Journal, "If you're eating too fast, you're probably not chewing and enjoying your food very well and you're probably going to be more likely to eat too much.”

Chicago Tribune, Williams' genius diverted us from sadness by Cal Thomas, Robin Williams made me cry. Like his mentor, the late Jonathan Winters, Williams, who committed suicide Monday, made me laugh so intensely tears would come to my eyes…An estimated 19 million Americans suffer from depression, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Similar Coverage: ABC News, ABC News Radio, Arkansas News, Washington Examiner

Yahoo! News (LiveScience), Robin Williams Death: The Difference Between Depression & Normal Sadness by Karen Rowan, Robin Williams was found dead this afternoon at his home near Tiburon, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. The actor and comedian was 63…Symptoms of depression extend far beyond feeling sad, and may include: loss of interest and pleasure in normal activities, irritability, agitation or restlessness, lower sex drive, decreased concentration, insomnia or excessive sleeping and chronic fatigue and lethargy, according to Mayo Clinic. Additional Coverage: Fox News, Yahoo! News UK & Ireland, Yahoo! News Malaysia

KAAL, Local Reaction to the Sudden Death of Actor Robin Williams by Hannah Tran,…Dr. Mark Frye, Chair of Mayo Clinic's Depression Center, says depression can be the most complicated and painful illnesses out there. "We still make a diagnosis of major depression by asking for or looking for a set of symptoms and signs that a patient might endorse," said Dr. Frye.

KEYC, In Wake of Robin Williams' Death, Experts Urge Those with Depression to Seek Help, The entertainment world is mourning the loss of one of the most beloved comedians of all time. Robin Williams died today at the age of 63…Umesh Vyas, M.D. with MCHS Behavioral Health says, "With education and awareness people do understand mental illness is just like having a problem in the heart. You go to the cardiologist. The brain is another organ in the body and you go to the doctor to get help."

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Local experts: Williams' suicide reveals toll of depression by Emily Miels, Local mental health professionals hope the death of actor Robin Williams serves as catalyst for discussion about mental illness and opens the door for those who need help. While actors such as Williams appear happy and seem to have it all, that doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling, said Filza Hussain, a psychiatrist with Mayo Clinic Health System based out of Rice Lake.

Modern Healthcare, Mayo Clinic increases surplus in second quarter as capital projects loom by Ben Kutscher, The Mayo Clinic reported a higher operating margin in the second quarter compared with the same period last year as its revenue increased while salary costs remained flat. Its operating margin increased to 7.9% for the quarter, up from 5.6% in the prior-year period.

CBS News, Stress of surgery might lead to strokes, study says (Video), Patients who experience heart flutters during surgery could be at a greater risk for strokes, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Also, Mayo Clinic researchers say that five percent of heart attack survivors get too much exercise. Marlie Hall reports on some of the day's top health stories. Additional Coverage: Dublin News

Chicago Sun-Times, Voices: Sue’s Morning Stretch: Set school sleep habits now by Sue Ontiveros,…With the new school year beginning soon, parents should start getting kids used to the schedule they are going to have to keep. Those days of staying up late and sleeping in? Sorry kids, it’s time to end them…Get them to bed 15 minutes earlier each night and up 15 minutes earlier each morning. It’ll have a positive impact on their school year, according to Morgenthaler, who’s a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

The Globe and Mail, How much should you exercise if you’ve suffered a heart attack? New study crunches the numbers, If you’re a heart-attack survivor, it is important to get exercise, but not as much as you might think…The study, published this week in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, was led by Dr. Paul Williams, a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Dr. Paul Williams, a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Connecticut.

BBC, Desk hacks: Must-have gadgets by Karina Martinez-Carter, Some like it humid:Humidifiers can relieve the discomfort of dry office air, particularly when the heat is cranked up during the winter months. They ease breathing and can alleviate respiratory issues and provide relief for parched skin by pumping moisture back into your immediate atmosphere, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Post Bulletin, Mayo Clinic announces biomedical discovery center by Jeff Hansel, Mayo Clinic has announced a new Center for Biomedical Discovery to promote innovation, commercialization, fundraising and "discovery science as a priority of the institution." Mayo named Mark McNiven, Ph.D., as the center's new director. "This new center will increase our ability to better understand the basic mechanisms that contribute to most human diseases," he said in a statement from Mayo.

Trustee magazine, Partners in Clinical Excellence, Concentrated in the center of Michigan, Sparrow Health System was doing quite all right: an integrated delivery network with nearly 800 beds spread across five hospitals, an HMO, a PPO and more than $1 billion in annual revenue. But it wasn't sufficient for a future that could hit community hospitals hard… Ramping up to a more complex, high-level clinical operation called for help from outside: a partnership with Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. "Mayo is enormously skilled at practicing in a hospital environment at those very, very high levels," Raven says.

MPR, Small world after all? Ritchie plans push to bring World's Fair to Minnesota by Tim Nelson, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie already has plans after he leaves office next year. He wants to help Minnesota win a bid for a World's Fair in 2023…"We love to host people and to show them this beautiful place, our hard working, creative, innovative people, our incredible educational institution, our medical, our Mayo Clinic and all of that," Ritchie said. "The World's Fair is the kind of ideal opportunity. Minnesota is the ideal place."

Politico, Draft recommendations on C-CDA call for more detail — CIA VC tech firm’s CISO gives warning on EHRs by Ashley Gold, An ONC workgroup Monday outlined a draft of its recommendations on how to improve the clinical documentation framework mandated for health information exchange in Stage 2 meaningful use… It also recommended that another workgroup be convened to review in greater detail both barriers and solutions. Co-chair Cris Ross, who is chief information officer at the Mayo Clinic, said the C-CDA’s defects are getting in the way of providers meeting Stage 2 meaningful use standards. “I think if we don’t help solve the C-CDA problem now, there may not be a second road,” Ross said.

WEAU, One high school athlete is sitting out from sports because of concussions, High school football and hockey are all about big hits...Now that parents and coaches are paying more attention to young athlete's safety. Are we putting these young athletes at risk?...So after his fourth concussion they made the hard decision to have Tanner sit out of contact sports at Memorial High School. Nurse Practioner Angie Oldenberg at Mayo Clinic says she sees a lot of families struggling with this decision to not participate in these sports. But ultimately it's a smart decision on the athlete's behalf.

Financials Trend, Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM) Association With Mayo Medical Laboratories,…CEO, William Welch said that Sequenom appreciate the Mayo Clinic’s commitment and dedication towards their key services including the research, patient care and innovation. The management is excited to enter into an agreement with the third-largest provider of clinical research laboratory services. It will help the patients to get access of the most-advanced revolutionary technology.

Red Orbit, Emergency Gallbladder Surgery: Do You Need It, Or Can You Afford To Wait?, Gallstone pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit emergency rooms. Figuring out who needs emergency gallbladder removal and who can go home and schedule surgery at their convenience is sometimes a tricky question, and it isn’t always answered correctly. A new Mayo Clinic study found that 1 in 5 patients who went to the emergency room with gallbladder pain and were sent home to schedule surgery returned to the ER within 30 days needing emergency gallbladder removal.

Investor’s Business Daily, Apple makes new iPads, sees fitness band as medical, Apple's fall product lineup hasn't been unveiled yet, but fresh media reports signal next-generation iPads already in production and a fitness band being positioned as a medical device…Apple has previously disclosed HealthKit partnerships with Nike (NYSE:NKE), the Mayo Clinic, and health-informatics firm Epic Systems.

CBS News, Too much exercise can be harmful after a heart attack by Kathleen Doheny, Heart attack survivors are encouraged to exercise regularly to improve their cardiac health, but new research suggests there's a point of diminishing returns…For the majority of participants, increasing exercise but remaining within moderate limits significantly reduced the risk of heart-related deaths, Williams found…The study is published online Aug. 12 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additional Coverage: AFP, Le Parisien, Yahoo! India, Women’s Health, Arizona Republic, Madrid Press, WebMD, La Estrella De Panama, France 24

USA Today, Fact or fiction: Can hand sanitizer use create a superbug? by Lori Grisham, Hand sanitizer dispensers are mounted everywhere — in office buildings, restaurants, schools and hospitals…Fact: Use enough sanitizer to completely cover your hands. Apply the sanitizer in a similar manner to how you use hand lotion, according to recommendations from the Mayo Clinic. Use enough that it covers both the front and the backs of both hands completely and rub your hands together until they are dry.

Twin Cities Business, FDA Approves Colonoscopy Alternative Developed At Mayo Clinic by Kevyn Burger, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new, noninvasive test that screens for colon cancer. KARE reports the screening test, called Cologuard, was developed by the Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences. The take-home, stool DNA test could be given to patients instead of a colonoscopy and could revolutionize the screening process for colon cancer. Additional Coverage: KARE 11, BringMeTheNews, Asian Hospital & Healthcare Management, Hispanic Business

Post Bulletin, Mayo Clinic specialist: U.S. ebola outbreak 'unlikely' by Jeff Hansel, A Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist says ebola is unlikely to spread in the United State, even if it arrives with infected patients traveling from West Africa. The real concern, said Dr. Pritish Tosh, who once worked for the Centers for Disease Control epidemiology intelligence service, should be the public health needs in West Africa — and the hundreds who have already died there.

Star Tribune, Loews chairman Tisch: Upgrade coming to former Graves 601 Hotel by Janet Moore,Tisch appears mighty bullish on Minneapolis, particularly because his new property is part of the Block E complex, now undergoing a $50 million renovation. The new Block E, now called Mayo Clinic Square, will serve as the headquarters and practice site for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and as a sports medicine clinic for the Rochester-based health care giant…“Minneapolis has an extremely bright future,” Tisch said. “Look at the dollars being spent to upgrade the area. Target Center, Mayo Clinic Square, the Vikings stadium, and the fact that Super Bowl 2018 will be here. Hopefully the Giants will be one of the teams playing because then I’ll know where I can get my hotel room.”

KAAL, Kids at Mayo Clinic Meet the World's Greatest Superheroes by Steph Crock, Pediatric patients at Mayo Clinic's Children's Center took a break from their daily check-ups to watch some of their favorite superheroes in action…"I never knew they had superheroes that come to a hospital but it was pretty special for them to come here today for me," said patient Carter Simonson.

Huffington Post, The Trick to Making Sports Fun for Kids? Good Coaching by Edwin Moses, As the chairman of an international nonprofit that focuses on using the power of sport to affect social change, a recent article from USA Today titled "Fun - Not Winning - Essential to Keep Kids in Sports" about children dropping out of organized sports struck a nerve…bout 70 percent of kids stop playing organized sports by Middle School according to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. So by the time most children are 12 or 13 years old, they've already given up participating in sports to pursue other endeavors -- most of which are not going to provide the physical activity children require at that age to be healthy.

RE Journal, PCCP provides $43 million loan for renovation of Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis, PCCP, LLC has provided a $43.1 million senior loan to Provident Real Estate Ventures, LLC for the renovation and repositioning of Mayo Clinic Square, a 217,354-square-foot mixed-use project in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, formerly known as Block E.

Post Bulletin, Mayo Clinic Square gets $43 million boost by Jeff Kiger, The transformation of Minneapolis' Block E into Mayo Clinic Square received a financial boost last week with a $43 million loan…"We now can move forward to complete the renovation of this most important asset located in the heart of Minneapolis," Provident Real Estate Ventures CEO Phillip Jaffe said.

Star Tribune, Financing for Block E overhaul arranged by Janet Moore, Financing totalling $43 million has been arranged for the renovation of Block E into Mayo Clinic Square, according to CBRE Capital Markets, which represented the owners of the downtown Minneapolis property, Camelot LLC. Pretty much all of Block E, except Kieran's Irish Pub, Starbucks and Jimmy John's, will become corporate space and a training facility for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, as well as the Mayo Sports Medicine Clinic for elite and amateur athetes and active adults.

Reuters, Exclusive: Apple prepares Healthkit rollout amid tangled regulatory web by Christina Farr, Apple Inc has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems, people familiar with the discussions said…The iPhone maker has previously disclosed partnerships with Nike Inc, Epic, and the prestigious Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, which boasts a suite of mobile apps. Mayo is reportedly testing a service to flag patients when results from apps and devices are abnormal, with follow-up information and treatment recommendations.

Pioneer Press, Mayo-backed colon screening test gets FDA approval by Christopher Snowbeck, The Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced approval for Cologuard, a new test kit developed in part at the Mayo Clinic for screening patients to assess their risk for colorectal cancer. In a related announcement Monday, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed that the federal Medicare cover costs for the new test. Additional Coverage: KARE 11, HealthDay, Wisconsin State Journal, Health

Omaha World-Herald, In boxers or not, they give briefing on colon cancer, The annual run and walk, sponsored by the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force to raise awareness for colorectal cancer, included a 5K race, 1-mile walk and events for children…In addition to the lively boxer-clad event, the ballpark also was the site for the Mayo Clinic's touring mobile exhibit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Rochester, Minnesota-based organization. The exhibit is traveling to 45 cities to spread awareness of the Mayo Clinic and its goals.

Today Show, Student battling cancer graduates with 4.0, helps other young patients fulfill their dreams, A young man who survived a life-threatening illness has been inspired to help other young adults fighting cancer fulfill their dreams…Since his diagnosis, Blake has married his wife Maja, whom he has known since he was a high school freshman and who helped him and his family through the difficult treatment. She now works as a blood cancer researcher with the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ringing in your ears? Try drinking coffee by Madison Burke…The effect was strongest in women who drank three or four cups of coffee a day, but keep in mind, that much caffeine really isn't recommended. The Mayo Clinic says drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day causes insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, upset stomach, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors., How Many Patients Sent Home From ER With Gallbladder Pain Eventually Need Surgery?, Interview with: Dr. Juliane Bingener-Casey, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “About half of patients seeking emergency care for gallbladder problems were immediately admitted and underwent urgent cholecystectomy, the other half went home. The half that went home was younger and had lower WBC counts, lower neutrophils and less people with elevated temperature than the patients immediately admitted.

Yahoo! News (U.S. News & World Report), Testing High School Athletes for Doping Uncommon by Alexandra Pannoni, One of the largest school districts in the U.S. is making a bold move to combat doping in high school sports…Regardless of why high schoolers are using these drugs, they can have serious side effects. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart problems, psychiatric disorders and halted growth and development are among the side effects of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, How to Cope with Hot Flashes During the Summer Months by Ellen Dolgen, While most folks look forward to summer, do you find yourself dreading the coming months?...During perimenopause and menopause, the levels and balance among estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone begin to fluctuate. The hypothalamus, an area at the base of your brain that regulates body temperature, becomes more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Click Orlando, Back to school: Lighten backpacks, other safety tips by Mayo Clinic News Network, Depending where you live, the school year is about start anew or has already begun. Mayo Clinic experts would like to help lighten the load. Family medicine physician and pediatrician Alva Roche Green, M.D., says a great place to start is easing the burden in those heavy backpacks kids often lug around.

KIMT, Crane accident victim released from hospital by Mike Bunge, The man injured when a multi-million dollar crane tipped over in Mower County has been released from the hospital. 35-year-old Matthew Yardley was taken to Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Friday after the crane he was operating at a wind turbine site five miles south of Grand Meadow fell over.  Yardley, an employee of Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental, was working to repair the turbine project owned by Next Era Energy.

New4Jax, Mayo Clinic pediatrician gives health advice to parents, It's time for back-to-school physicals, and not just because of the mandatory paperwork every child needs to attend school. That's what Mayo Clinic pediatrician and family medicine physician Alva Roche'-Green told Alicia Booth on "The Morning Show" Saturday.

News4Jax, UF student with stage 4 cancer graduates Saturday, After 600 hours of chemotherapy, 63 nights in the hospital and five years in college, one determined Jacksonville native is graduating from the University of Florida. Todd Blake, 23, will receive his bachelor’s degree in business administration Saturday with a summa cum laude designation (4.0 GPA).…Doctors diagnosed him with stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the immune system. It is typically curable, but due to Blake’s advanced stage, he needed treatment fast. He dropped his courses, moved out of Jennings Hall and started chemotherapy at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Additional coverage: The Ledger Fla.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell, A new tool appears to accurately predict whether someone who's had a kidney stone will have another one in the future, researchers report. They said the tool could help patients and their doctors decide whether preventive steps are needed. The questionnaire, described in an article published Aug. 7 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, was created by Dr. Andrew Rule, of the Mayo Clinic, and colleagues.

HealthDay, Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell, A new tool appears to accurately predict whether someone who's had a kidney stone will have another one in the future, researchers report. They said the tool could help patients and their doctors decide whether preventive steps are needed. …The questionnaire, described in an article published Aug. 7 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, was created by Dr. Andrew Rule, of the Mayo Clinic, and colleagues.

WNDU Ind., Is our health system treating all patients fairly? By Maureen McFadden, Does your health outcome depend on your age, gender or race? Most people would like to think the answer is no. But studies show there are disparities… One example was done by the Mayo Clinic where 2,271 men and women went to the emergency room complaining of chest pains and it was seen that men were looked at much more carefully rather than the women who were often overlooked…Mary O’Connor, M.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Modern HealthcareAnother year of pay hikes for non-profit hospital CEOs by Rachel Landen…Similarly, at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, a market assessment for compensation purposes is conducted annually, “but we have a continual review as we see shifts in the competitive landscape,” said Jill Ragsdale, Mayo Clinic's chief human resources officer. “We want to make sure we can recruit and retain the highest quality of staff.” Mayo Clinic evaluates and sets its compensation through the work of its board, an independent committee and third-party compensation consultants.

Star Tribune, St. Anthony: Rebiotix CEO banks on investor cash and promising biologic solution by Neal St. Anthony, Medical company CEO Lee Jones now has the capital she needs for a delicate mission. Jones, a veteran medical industry entrepreneur, raised $25 million from venture investors to prove whether healthy microbes stripped from human feces can be used to combat a nasty gastrointestinal disease more effectively and economically than antibiotics and hospitalization…“We’ve heard from our clinical-study sites at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Arizona, the University of Chicago Hospital, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and several other sites,” Jones said. “This was a last resort for patients who had been leading miserable lives. Now they are healthier and happy.”

Star Tribune, Planners say high-speed link through Dakota will fly by Libor Jany, The areas slated to be served by the Zip Rail line that would connect Rochester to the Twin Cities have many of the desirable attributes of a high-speed rail corridor, its planners say…ochester, whose population has doubled since the 1970s to more than 107,000, is expected to add another 32,000 residents over the next 20 years. In that span, officials estimate the state’s third-largest city will add thousands of jobs, many created by the Mayo Clinic’s $6 billion Destination Medical Center expansion. According to Krom, a growing number of Mayo workers commute from the Twin Cities…

Huffington Post, Stress, the Brain and the Neuroscience of Success by Don Goeway, In the last 10 years, a new field of neuroscience has mapped the mental zone that can literally change the brain to quiet an overly active stress response system and simultaneously pave the way for higher brain networks to perform at optimum…There are two brain scans from the Mayo Clinic that show the impact of stress on brain function. One scan shows a brain beleaguered by stress. The other shows a brain functioning at optimum, lit up and pulsing with activity.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire health care systems not included in new partnership, Marshfield Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire were among health care systems not involved in a statewide partnership announced Wednesday. Still, Marshfield Clinic executive director Dr. Brian Ewert called the partnership of six statewide health systems “encouraging for the state of Wisconsin.”

Kansas City Star, Missouri athlete who collapsed has heart condition…School district spokesman Tim Krakowiak told the Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic ( ) that Caleb was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, detected in about 0.00004 percent of people, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is caused by an extra electrical pathway in the heart that can cause rapid heartbeat.

Le Sueur News-Herald, Training helps Minnesota Valley Health Center staff prepare for emergencies by Josie Oliver…Staff were invited to attend an active shooter training presentation Wednesday afternoon to further educate themselves on emergency preparedness. Regional Security Manager for the Mayo Clinic Health System Steve Daniel was the presenter.

Coeur d' Alene Press, Before Jon there was Joe, Kootenai Health is on a roll, adding a hundred or so good-paying jobs every year while expanding in quantity and quality of medical services. But the good times didn't start the moment Jon Ness arrived four years ago…Chatting after Tuesday's announcement that Kootenai Health is now a member of the most prestigious family in American medicine - that would be the Mayo family - Ness, the hospital's CEO, lauded the foundation built by his predecessor, Joe Morris., Tips for using social media, Internet for health support… Hospital sites. Dr. Sevilla noted two of the best hospital websites in the country are the Mayo Clinic ( and the Cleveland Clinic ( Additionally, many hospital networks maintain active social- media platforms. The Mayo Clinic, for example, regularly posts to its Twitter feed interesting facts, links to recent studies, photos and videos (

Le Sueur News-Herald, Tour at W.W. Mayo House honors Le Sueur Tigers by Josie Oliver, Many of the descendants of the 150 Le Sueur Tigers who marched to New Ulm during the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 still in of Le Sueur community. “A marker in Louise Park honors the Le Sueur Tigers. There are many names that are still local on the marker, so it’s good for people to know they may be descendants of the Tigers,” Becky Pollock, site manager of the W.W. Mayo House said.

MedPage Today, HCV Bright Future Needs Primary Care Docs, In this guest blog, Hugo E. Vargas, MD, chair of the division of hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., urges primary care doctors to get excited about the potential for hepatitis C treatment and cure.

NY Times, Women Pace Marathons Better Than Men Do by Gretchen Reynolds, During marathons, women pace themselves more evenly than male competitors do, according to a study of thousands of racers. The results provide unexpected insights into some of the physical and emotional differences between male and female runners, and also how both genders might improve their race times by noting how the other one runs…So for the new study, which was published last month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers at Marquette University in Milwaukee; the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn…began by gathering data about the finishers at 14 marathons. The races included prominent ones, such as the Chicago and Disney marathons, and smaller events.

ABC News, Jaime Pressly Opens Up About Undergoing a Mastectomy…"I have a high threshold for pain, I was a dancer for 25 years. When I had my son, I got mastitis but I didn't know, cause I thought it was just regular breast feeding pain." According to the Mayo Clinic, mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue, and treatment usually includes antibiotics. For the actress, she ended up almost having a full mastectomy because it spread and mutated…A mastitis infection warranting a mastectomy would be extremely rare, said Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a practicing OBGYN and senior medical contributor for ABC News. Mastitis is typically treated with antibiotics and warm compresses, she said.

AZ Big Media, NIH awards BAI, Mayo $8.3 million, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) renewed funding for the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) and Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, longitudinal study of the earliest changes associated with the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The award, an estimated $8.3 million over the next five years, continues NIH’s long-term support of the investigation.

FOX News, Teen with gigantism overwhelmed by support from shoe donations, Gigantism, also known as acromegaly in adults, is a hormonal disorder that develops when the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone your bones increase in size, including those of the hands, feet and face, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Daily Caller, Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded To ‘Idiotic’ by Ann Coulter, I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered…Why did Dr. Brantly have to go to Africa? The very first “risk factor” listed by the Mayo Clinic for Ebola — an incurable disease with a 90 percent fatality rate — is: “Travel to Africa.” Additional coverage: The Hill

JAMA, Waiting for Words, by John H. Davidson. MD, Division of General Internal Medicine. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota., She showed up on the afternoon of Christmas Eve to be seen as a new patient. She indicated that she had come at the insistence of herfamily. They were worried about her diabetes. She offered that over the previous decade she had seen more than 20 physicians…It cannot be said too often that in learning to communicate effectively with the very sick, listening, really listening, is as important as talking....

Times Colonist, Scientist: Sitting as dangerous as smoking, There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking…We lose two hours of life for every hour we sit, writes Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk.

KING5 Wash., Mayo Clinic researching ALS stem cell treatment, Time with grandchildren is especially precious for Linda Leight. Just like Lou Gherig, she has ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis  It will eventually paralyze nearly all muscles in the body. With Linda, it started with her voice. The disease has slowed her speech. Eventually she won't be able to breathe. There is no cure.

Huffington Post, 4 Good Reasons To Never Get Plastic Surgery by Yagana Shah…3. It’s risky business…You may not have known, but pre-existing conditions, like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or even a smoking habit, can all interfere and cause complications, putting your health at risk. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are multiple risks, as with any surgery. Scars, nerve damage, infections, and blood clots are all possible complications.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Medications for osteoporosis can have negative effect on bone healing after tooth extraction by Christopher Viozzi, D.D.S., M.D., Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Mayo Clinic, : DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I need to have a tooth extracted. Because of my osteoporosis, the dentist said I should go to an oral surgeon. Why is that important? How do I find out their qualifications?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Former smoker should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm by Peter Gloviczki, M.D., Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father, who's 70, was a smoker for 30 years. I've read that men who used to smoke should be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. What does the screening involve? What would be done if he's found to have an aneurysm?

Medical Xpress, Wellness coaching: Mayo Clinic resiliency expert explains how it improves overall quality of life, Wellness coaching has become an increasingly prevalent strategy to help individuals improve their health and well-being. Recently, wellness coaching was found to improve quality of life, mood and perceived stress, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Matthew Clark, Ph.D., L.P., lead author of the study and resiliency expert at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, answers some common questions about wellness coaching.

Huffington Post, Ingesta de cafeína empeora los sofocos y sudores nocturnos de la menopausia, Un nuevo estudio de Mayo Clinic, publicado en línea por la revista Menopause, descubrió una relación entre la ingesta de cafeína y los más molestos sofocos y sudores nocturnos en las mujeres posmenopáusicas.

El Huffington Post, Seguramente estás utilizando mal el repelente de insectos by Abigail Wise, Los productos con permetrina también se pueden usar directamente sobre la ropa, pero no deberían aplicarse sobre la piel”, explica a The Huffington Post la doctora Bobbi Pritt, directora del Laboratorio de Parasitología Clínica en la Mayo Clinic. Ya lo sabes, lee bien los ingredientes antes de elegir tu repelente.

Vivir Con Diabetes, La miopía y su aparición en niños cada vez más pequeños…El Dr. Brian Mohney, de Oftalmología de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, comenta que muchos niños desarrollan miopía durante el período de la escolarización primaria, por lo general,  alrededor de los seis o siete años de edad y el padecimiento suele continuar empeorando durante la adolescencia con el crecimiento del niño.

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