August 21, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Public Radio International
Science Friday: Measles becomes a 'biological weapon' against cancer
by Adam Wernick

A patient with supposedly incurable cancer is now in complete remission thanks to a new experimental treatment she received at the Mayo Clinic: Killing cancer cells with massive doses of the measles virus.Public Radio International logo

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Previous Coverage in May 15, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: In a proof of principle clinical trial, Mayo Clinic researchers have demonstrated that virotherapy — destroying cancer with a virus that infects and kills cancer cells but spares normal tissues — can be effective against the deadly cancer multiple myeloma. The findings appear in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Two patients in the study received a single intravenous dose of an engineered measles virus (MV-NIS) that is selectively toxic to myeloma plasma cells. Both patients responded, showing reduction of both bone marrow cancer and myeloma protein. One patient, a 49-year-old woman, experienced complete remission of myeloma and has been clear of the disease for over six months. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Sharon Theimer


Florida Times-Union
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission
by Charlie Patton

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Florida Times-Union newspaper logoCommission, the oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Mayo is the first hospital in Florida to receive the designation, which was created by The Joint Commission in 2012. It was previously designated a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center. Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center South and UF Health Jacksonville remain Joint Commission Primary Stroke Centers.

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

Context: Mayo Clinic’s stroke center in Jacksonville is the first center in Florida to receive national Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, joining an elite group of centers throughout the United States that are focused on providing advanced and complex stroke care. Centers that achieve this distinction — awarded by The Joint Commission working with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association — are recognized as leaders that help set the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. More information, including video interviews, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Cindy Weiss


Over and over, Bruce Kramer takes a test he'll never beat
by Cathy Wurzer

Nobody likes taking tests, whether in school or a doctor's office. But not everyone has experienced tests the way Bruce Kramer has. "I didn't like being measured like this," Kramer said the other day, "but youMPR News logo have to get over that."…Dr. Lyell Jones is Kramer's Mayo physician. He explained that a patient's score is "a useful tool, but it's not a perfect predictor of how long a patient will live with ALS. And to be honest, we really don't have a really ideal tool to measure or predict how long a patient will live with ALS."

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.

Previous coverage of Bruce Kramer's story in January 17, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: Bruce Kramer of Minneapolis received a medical diagnosis that changed his life in an instant. Kramer, who was 54 at the time, had noticed his left foot feeling heavy and a little floppy. His ordinarily muscular thighs would tremble noticeably, and he had taken a couple of falls and found it tough to get back up…Jeffrey Strommen, M.D., the Mayo Clinic physician overseeing Kramer's use of the DPS, says, "he's more energetic. He feels stronger and we do have some evidence, albeit, limited that this may actually prolong survival." Dr. Strommen is a Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


Minnesota Orchestra Violinist Fiddles During His own Brain Surgery
by Jennie Olson

A violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra deserves a standing ovation for a performance where he played KSTP-TV Eyewitness News Logthe violin during brain surgery. Violinist Roger Frisch has performed around the world, but a tremor in his hand started preventing him from playing. Doctors at Mayo Clinic used a technique called deep brain stimulation, where they inserted an electrode to stop the tremors.

Reach: KSTP-TV, Channel 5, is an ABC affiliate serving the Twin Cities area, central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the 15th largest market in the U.S.

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BuzzFeed, A World-Class Musician Was Asked To Play Violin During His Own Brain Surgery


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Previous Coverage in August 14, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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


Trial to use stem cells to repair heart
by Stephen Rydberg

Medical officials are talking about a breakthrough clinical trial that could help the heart repair itself. On Tuesday afternoon, Mayo Clinic and Cardio3 Biosciences officials outlined an FDA-approved clinical trialKTTC TV logo to be carried out here in the United States. A similar trial has already been underway in Europe. Cardio3 CEO Christian Homsy says stem cells are a major part of this heart-healing process. "What we do is take cells from a patient and we reprogram those cells to become cardiac reparative cells. Those cells have the ability to come and repair the heart." Those stem cells would come from the bone marrow of patients who suffer from heart failure.

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Context: Earlier this year, Cardio3 BioSciences, an international Mayo Clinic collaborator, received FDA approval for a phase III pivotal clinical trial of its stem cell therapy. The trial will test the Mayo Clinic discovery of cardiopoietic (cardiogenically-instructed) stem cells designed to improve heart health in people suffering from heart failure. The multisite U.S. trial, called CHART-2, will aim to recruit 240 patients with chronic advanced symptomatic heart failure. Cardio3 BioSciences is a bioscience company in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium. "Regenerative medicine is poised to transform the way we treat patients," says Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. Watch the video below to see how stem cells are being used to treat people with heart failure. More information about the collaboration can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network and in Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's online research magazine.

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Jennifer Schutz


Researchers from the Mayo Clinic are ahead of the game with ALS
by Erica Bennett

It's an act thousands of people are taking part in. Oprah, Britney Spears. Even LeBron James. Although the ice bucket challenge is fun to watch, it has a purpose. Action News Jacksonville logoThe goal is to raise money for ALS, a neurological disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. "Will definitely add to the level of support. The financial support needed to make these breakthrough discoveries,” Dr. Leonard Petrucelli said.

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Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic researchers report ALS find

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KAAL, Mayo ALS Doctors Take Ice Bucket Challenge, By now you've probably seen the videos of the ice bucket challenge. Friday it was Mayo Clinic doctors getting wet. Doctors Eric Sorenson and Nathan Staff work at the ALS center at Mayo. The challenge is a way to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, which is a deadly degenerative nerve disorder.

Context: A team of researchers at Mayo Clinic and The Scripps Research Institute in Florida have developed a new therapeutic strategy to combat the most common genetic risk factor for the neurodegenerative disorders amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In the Aug. 14 issue of Neuron, they also report discovery of a potential biomarker to track disease progression and the efficacy of therapies. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky


AP Photos: spa show is a feast for the senses
by Beth Harpaz

Smells good, tastes good, feels good: The International Spa Association's annual industry show was a feast for the senses. Spas showed products and treatments that seemed good enough to eat — and a few demonstrations actually did involve edibles...The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, demonstrated vegetarianAssociated Press Wire Service Logo stir-fry cooking to promote its Healthy Living Program. The program offers a class trip to a restaurant to teach participants how to order healthy menu items.

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Skin Inc., Spas Mold Menus On Cultural Traditions…Food is a simple way to bring people together to share in a culture. At this year’s Media Event, many spas used food as a means of tying a native tradition to a classic treatment…Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program discussed the link between diet and overall health and showed that healthy cooking is easy with a healthy food prep demonstration.

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Previous Coverage in Mayo Clinic in the July 3, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Arizona Republic
CT Radiation doses dropping

Misconceptions a­bound about the risks associated with radiation dosages and CT (computed tomography) or x-rays. Dr. Amy Hara and a team of other Mayo Arizona Republic newspaper logoClinic radiologists have been implementing new procedures, new devices and new software to lower the dosages in more than 125 protocols since 2008. Hara said that overall doses have dropped up to 50 percent for some scans.

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

Context: Many misconceptions exist about the risks associated with radiation doses and CT scans. Experts at Mayo Clinic want patients to have the right information about radiation dose, including when to have procedures with radiation, such as a CT scan, versus when to have magnetic resonance imaging or other non-radiation tests. Since 2001, a team of diagnostic radiologists and medical physicists at Mayo Clinic have been actively developing and implementing new techniques to lower radiation doses. They have installed new CT scanners and software and implemented new scanning instructions to lower the doses for more than 100 different CT protocols. Amy Hara, M.D., a diagnostic radiologist at Mayo Clinic Arizona says that doses have dropped more than 50 percent for several scan types. Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., a medical physicist at Mayo Clinic Rochester, emphasized that their goal is to reduce the radiation dose without compromising the image quality — and advances in technology are making that possible. More information, including a Q&A and video interview with Dr. Hara can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

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Health magazine, Diet vs. Exercise by Alyssa Shafer, It’s No Secret: To Drop pounds, you should eat less and move more. But what you may not realize is that at different points in your take-it-off efforts, the key is to emphasize diet or exercise. "It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the changes we're supposed to make on the road to weight loss," says Donald Hensrud, MD, medical director of the Healthy Living Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. There are so many fitness apps and diet-friendly foods, he continues, "that often people take on too much and then give up altogether." Consider this your guide to a smart, sane and more sustainable slim down.

MPR, Medical professionals carefully embrace social media by Elizabeth Baier, Social media has become ubiquitous as sites like Facebook and Twitter allow users to stay in touch with friends and many others. But for professionals like teachers, police officers and doctors, there are ethical issues to consider before sending out a tweet or accepting a friend request. For some, navigating the virtual and real worlds can be a challenge, as well as a risk… Mayo Clinic has a social media policy that discourages friending patients online. It also reminds doctors never to practice medicine in public. But those are professional expectations that shouldn't scare doctors from using platforms like Twitter to interact with patients, said Lee Aase, director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Social Media.

Huffington Post, My Gynecologist Followed Me on Twitter -- I Wish She Hadn't by Hinda Mandell,The fact is that I do care. I feel uncomfortable, because I don't know how to navigate this new, social-media dimension of our very professional, very contained-to-a-medical-setting relationship. Is she going to retweet links I share? Is she going to respond with an "LOL" when I share mishaps about my day? Is she going to tweet reminders of upcoming appointments?...When asked what advice he'd offer his colleagues in the health care profession about Twitter use, he directed me to the social media policy of the Mayo Clinic: "Don't Lie, Don't Pry, Don't Cheat, Can't Delete, Don't Steal, Don't Reveal."

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center scores $47.5 million grant, The National Cancer Institute has chosen Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester as one of seven research bases nationwide and awarded it a $47.5 million, five-year grant. Dr. Jan Buckner, Mayo's deputy director for cancer practice, will lead the NCI's research base, which will design and conduct clinical trials and other research on cancer, Mayo has announced. Additional coverage: Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Jacksonville Business Journal, Mayo Clinic first in Florida to receive national comprehensive stroke center certification by Colleen Jones, Mayo Clinic’s stroke center in Jacksonville is the first center in Florida to receive national comprehensive stroke center certification by the Joint Commission, the largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, as well as the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

KAAL, Mayo Doctor: Some New Ebola Drugs Worth Potential Risks by Meghan Reistad, As of Wednesday, at least 1,350 people have died as a result of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ccording to the World Health Organization, Liberia has the highest death toll of any country… According to Dr. Pritish Tosh, from Mayo Clinic, stopping the spread of Ebola starts with sanitation. "It's going to be stopped through the same steps that have stopped it in past decade. That's improvement in community hygiene and infection control practices in the hospitals," said Tosh.

NBC News, Civilians With PTSD: How Military and Jet-Ordeal Research Might Help by Bill Briggs, Vasst military research — aided by such new studies as a look at a sky-high brush with death — may help the many civilians suffering from PTSD, the often debilitating and sometimes lethal signature wound of American wars… Seven of the 15 survivors who participated in the study experienced PTSD symptoms, which can include intrusive memories, nightmares, sleep trouble, angry outbursts, hypervigilance, overwhelming guilt, feelings of detachment and difficulty maintaining relationships, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Psych Central, Tinkering With Genes to Prevent Migraines by Jane Collingwood, wo new drugs in promising clinical trials use genetic engineering to prevent migraine headaches, the third most common and seventh most disabling medical disorder in the world… Co-author on both studies, David Dodick, M.D., of Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix commented, “Migraine remains poorly treated, and there are few effective and well-tolerated treatments approved that prevent attacks from occurring. There is a huge treatment need for migraine.”

KOMO News Wash., Exercise important to help kids build strong bones by Herb Weisbaum, It's never too early to save for a rainy day. That's goes for saving money and it definitely applies to your bones. You want to build strong bones early in life. Dr. Ed Laskowski, an expert in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic, says bone is very much alive, growing and remaking itself.

Forbes, Flatley's Law: How One Company Is Creating Medicine's Genetic Revolution by Matthew Herper, When Renee Valint’s daughter Shelby was born in 2000, she seemed weak, like a rag doll. Shelby learned to walk and talk, but she did so slowly, missing developmental milestones. By age 4 she was confined to a wheelchair, and she started using a computerized voice to communicate in the fifth grade. Desperate, Renee took her from Phoenix to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for one last week of tests and discussion with some of the country’s top doctors.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo welcomes new provider in Austin, Albert Lea, Albert Lea and Austin recently welcomed Hamid Rehman, M.D., Pulmonology, to its Albert Lea and Austin campuses. Dr. Rehman received his medical degree from Rawalpindi Medical College, University of Punjab in Pakistan. He completed his residency at the University of Connecticut Residency, Primary Care Internal Medicine Program and his pulmonary fellowship and residency at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Heisman hero heads home from Mayo Clinic, Dear Answer Man, somebody told me there was a famous athlete at the clinic this week. I didn't see anything about it in the paper, but I assume you know who it was, since no one knows as much as you do. Was it Arnold Palmer? It's a good thing you asked because it wasn't Arnie. It was Johnny Lujack, the oldest living recipient of the Heisman Trophy. According to a news report, he was released from Mayo on Sunday after three weeks here for spinal surgery and recovery.

Compass Healthcare Consumerism Blog, Mayo Clinic Population Health Management Benchmark Stat by Dr. Eric Bricker… The September 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings (journal for the Mayo Clinic) has some great benchmarking stats on this subject.  The Mayo Clinic performed its own Population Health analysis on over 21,000 patients that use their health system.  They had the patients fill out a questionnaire (aka ‘Health Risk Assessment’—sound familiar?) and reviewed blood samples (aka ‘Biometric Screening’—sound familiar?).

Post-Bulletin, Flowers make medical needs 'a little less painful' by Jeff Hansel, As Melanie Jacobs passed the Mayo Clinic Hospital Francis Building information desk, a woman said, "Do you have a patient? These flowers are free." "Yes we do!" Jacobs exclaimed, inching forward. She had just been admiring a bouquet of bright gladiolus flowers at the upstairs nursing unit.

Baltimore Sun, Dementia risk falling, but remains a threat by Pat Farmer, On my way to a meeting one morning last month, I heard on my car radio, "Dementia risk falling in the West." This was good news and definitely intriguing and worth some research as to why… Scientists, led by Dr. Keith Josephs of the Mayo Clinic, have now linked a new brain protein, TDP-43, to Alzheimer's. Apparently everyone has this protein; however, the abnormal form is found in different parts of the brain cell and in ball-like deposits in certain areas of the brain.

CNN, What is Parkinson's disease? by Jacque Wilson, Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died this week, his wife says…Parkinson's disease is a "progressive disorder of the nervous system," according to the Mayo Clinic, that primarily affects a patient's movement. It often starts with a small tremor in the hand or muscle stiffness and gets worse over time.

Star Tribune, On Weather with Paul Douglas, 1883: A series of tornadoes touches down in southeastern Minnesota, resulting in 40 fatalities and over 200 injuries. Appalled by the lack of medical care received by the victims of the tornado, Mother Alfred Moes, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis, proposes to build and staff a hospital if Dr. W.W. Mayo will provide medical care. St. Marys Hospital opens in 1889 with 27 beds and eventually grows into the Mayo Clinic.

The Lancet Neurology, David Dodick: working for patients with headache by David Holmes, Nobody who is profiled in the Lancet Neurology could ever be accused of being a slouch, but I can't recall ever having spoken to someone who has worked as mind-bogglingly hard as David Dodick. It was 0700 h in Arizona when I spoke to him at his office at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, USA and he had already been up for 4 hours.

Modern Healthcare, Mayo Clinic Florida names Dr. Gianrico Farrugia CEO, Who: Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, 50, Current roles: Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and a professor of medicine, physiology and biomedical engineering at Mayo's medical school. “We now can quickly decode every letter in a patient's genes and their whole genome,” he said on the center's website. “This information opens remarkable opportunities in our ability to individualize the way we prevent, predict, diagnose and treat diseases.” Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review

Florida Times-Union, Changes and promotions in First Coast businesses, The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named Gianrico Farrugia vice president and chief executive officer of the clinic’s campus in Jacksonville. He succeeds William Rupp who will retire from Mayo Clinic at the end of 2014. Farrugia has been with Mayo Clinic for more than 26 years as a physician in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Division of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minn....

Wall Street Journal, More Hospitals Use the Healing Powers of Public Art by Laura Landrow…The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., chooses art to create a "healing environment," says Chrysanthe Yates, director of its Lyndra P. Daniel Center for Humanities in Medicine. Despite artistic merit, not all works fit the bill. For example, the hospital passed on an option to display a show of works about the Vietnam War, "which were beautiful but very stark and for obvious reasons not appropriate," she says. Mayo also exhibits pieces on loan from Jacksonville's Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. The institutions are collaborating on a program for Alzheimer's and dementia patients and their caregivers, who meet at the museum for conversations about art works as a means of soothing and relieving stress. A research study is planned to measure those effects. Additional coverage: Daily News, Digital Journal

The Atlantic, How One Woman Deciphered Her Own Genetic Mutation by Ed Yong, Kim Goodsell was running along a mountain trail when her left ankle began turning inward, unbidden…Kim, a woman for whom extreme sports were everyday pursuits, could no longer cope with everyday pursuits. Instead of a lakeside tent, she found herself at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After four days of tests, Kim’s neurologist told her that she had Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a genetic disorder that affects the peripheral neurons carrying signals between the spinal cord and the extremities.

The Atlantic, The Future of College? By Graeme Wood...The paradox of undergraduate education in the United States is that it is the envy of the world, but also tremendously beleaguered. In that way it resembles the U.S. health-care sector. Both carry price tags that shock the conscience of citizens of other developed countries. They’re both tied up inextricably with government, through student loans and federal research funding or through Medicare. But if you can afford the Mayo Clinic, the United States is the best place in the world to get sick.

CNN, Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation -- so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other… More exercise isn't always better Journal: Mayo Clinic Proceedings…Researchers at Mayo Clinic followed more than 2,300 heart attack survivors for an average of 10 years. Survivors who did the exercise equivalent of 1 kilometer (.62 mile) of walking or running a day reduced their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 21%. Additional coverage: News4Jax

NPR, When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write by Leana Wen, The woman was sitting on a gurney in the emergency room, and I was facing her, typing. I had just written about her abdominal pain when she posed a question I'd never been asked before: "May I take a look at what you're writing?"…The OpenNotes experiment has become something of a movement, spreading to hospitals, health systems and doctors' offices across the country. The Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System and Veterans Affairs are among the adopters so far.

Huffington Post, Why Biting Your Nails Is More Than Just A Bad Habit by Amanda Chan…For starters, biting your nails can raise the risk of catching a cold or other illness because you're putting your unwashed hands in your mouth. It can also raise the risk of paronychia, or infection of the skin surrounding the nail, says Rochelle Torgerson, M.D., Ph.D., a dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, Here's Why Women Get PMS, If You Believe This Scientist's Evolutionary Explanation by Sara Gates, The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome may be distressingly familiar to many women, but why women get PMS in the first place has long been something of a mystery…According to the Mayo Clinic, PMS affects about three out of every four menstruating women, causing symptoms ranging from depression and mood swings to tender breasts, food cravings and irritability.

Irish America Magazine, Irish Collaboration with Mayo Clinic, A collaboration between Ireland and the Mayo Cljnic that could significantly impact the future of medical technology was recently announced.  Enterprise Ireland, the government agency in Ireland responsible for supporting Irish businesses in the manufacturing and internationally traded service, will see the commercialization of up to 20 novel medical technologies in Ireland over the next five years with the aim of creating several high-value medical technology spin-out companies.  Taoiseach Enda Kenny was on hand to witness the signing of the agreement between Jeff Bolton, Vice President Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Keith O'Neill, Director Life-Sciences Commercialization, Enterprise Ireland in Dublin.

ABC News, Cancer Tops List of Surprising Health Problems Tied to Obesity by Liz Neporent, Sleep Disorders: Sleep and excess weight do not make good bedfellows…Dr. Donald Hensrud, a nutritionist and preventive medicine expert in the department of endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic, said one of the most immediate health dangers for many obese people is sleep apnea, a condition in which a person gasps or stops breathing momentarily while asleep. "Sleep apnea can be caused by increased fat around the neck area that presses down and closes off the soft tissues of the airways while a person is lying down, especially on his back," Hensrud said. 

USA Today, Study: Flies on food should make you drop your fork by Chuck McClung,…While 61 percent of 300 people asked by pest-control company Orkin would drop their forks at the sight of a cockroach, it's the lowly fly that presents more of a health hazard…According to the Mayo Clinic, diseases carried by flies are typhoid, cholera and dysentery. Symptoms of these conditions can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, headaches and lethargy. Additional Coverage: KARE 11

National Geographic, Taking the Yuck Out of Microbiome Medicine by Carl Zimmer, Recently, doctors at the Mayo Clinic, the Miriam Hospital in Providence, and Massachusetts General Hospital ran a clinical trial on people to see if the pills from Seres were safe and effective. They gave the pill to fifteen people. The results were striking: the overall cure rate was 100 percent. (The detailed abstract pdf is here.)

Chicago Tribune, Son of stem cell transplant recipient gives back by Michelle Manchir, When Bryant Sullivan got an email last year letting him know he was a potential stem cell match for a woman in need of a transplant, agreeing to blood tests and potentially more intrusive operations in order to be a donor was an easy choice, he said…Dr. Mrinal Patnaik, who was Joanne Sullivan's doctor and works in the hematology and bone marrow transplant division of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said he hopes the Sullivans' story will inspire new potential stem cell donors to sign up.

ABC News, Meet the Window Washers That Transform Into Superheroes for Sick Kids by Sydney Lupkin, Roger Corcoran has been a window washer for 35 years. But on Wednesday, he was Batman. The 61-year-old grandfather of two rappelled down the side of Mayo Clinic Children’s Center alongside Spiderman and Superman. “When a kid wanted to know why I was so old, I told him I played the original batman,” Corcoran said with a chuckle.

CNBC, Why your chair might be killing you by Hamza Ali, Standing while you read this could do something towards saving your life, according to Dr. James Levine, whose new book reveals how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us. "Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death," says Levine, a professor of medicine at the U.S.-based Mayo Clinic, in his book "Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It". Additional coverage on this topic: Gulf Times

Bloomberg, Organic Food by Leslie Patton, Organic food sales have gone through the roof. It’s no wonder. It’s widely believed that organic foods are more nutritious and safer than non-organic — they’re even said to fight cancer — even though the evidence is far from clear. Consumers have been paying a lot to eat organic; food certified as organic sometimes costs twice as much as conventional products. The premium prices may not be buying everything that’s promised…The Mayo Clinic weighs in on whether organics are safer and more nutritious than conventionally-grown food.

Arizona Republic, Medical 'self-referral' practice raises conflict of interest questions by Ken Alltucker…Other metro Phoenix doctors who offer radiation oncology believe "self-referral" opens questions about whether urologists who own radiation centers are influenced by money. "What it shows is that a lot of medicine is business," said Dr. Steven Schild, a radiation oncologist with Mayo Clinic. "You have to be cognizant of that when making health-care decisions.... You want an objective explanation where people have all the options and are not being pushed into one thing."

Arizona Republic, Pop Warner Arizona partners with Mayo Clinic on tackling concussions by Nathan Brown…The league provided this service free of charge in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic — a groundbreaking partnership specific to Arizona…"Youth athletes are more susceptible to concussions, period," Arizona Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. David Dodick said. Dodick said the average human brain doesn't reach maturity until around age 25.

ABC15 Phoenix, Mayo Clinic discusses heart disease, pregnancy, Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Tasneem Naqvi, M.D., joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live for a discussion about pregnancy and heart disease. Learn about cardiac diagnostic and treatment options abailable at Mayo Clinic by joining ABC15 and Rally for Red, and from Mayo Clinic staff members on the 15th of each month on Sonoran Living Live.

ABC15 Phoenix, The untold dangers of ramen noodles, If you're reading this late at night and find yourself reaching for the ramen noodles—you might want to rethink that. The go-to snack for cash-strapped college students, ramen noodles have been called out in a recent study for being hazardous to consumers' health. According to Mayo Clinic research, the food can increase the risk of metabolic syndrome for women.

Imperial Valley News, Living with cancer and Caring Canines by Sheryl Ness, R.N., Her name is Hanna. She is a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier. Her birthday is November 26, 2011, and she loves romping with pals, meeting new friends and long walks. She will greet you with her friendly, warm eyes and a wag of her tail. Hanna is part of Caring Canines, a new program at Mayo Clinic that offers pet-assisted therapy to patients, family and staff every Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Center on the lobby level of the Gonda Building in Rochester, Minnesota.

Imperial Valley News, Mark McNiven, Ph.D., Heads New Mayo Clinic Center for Biomedical Discovery, Mayo Clinic has named a veteran cell biology researcher to head its new Center for Biomedical Discovery. Mark McNiven, Ph.D., brings over 30 years of scientific experience to the position and a decade as leader of Mayo’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The appointment was announced this week by Gregory Gores, M.D., executive dean for Research.

KAAL, More Women Pursuing Leadership Positions, The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce says its seen more interest from women wanting to pursue leadership positions in a variety of fields. Women account for about 14 percent of leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women make 77 cents for every dollar men earn across the country. A women's business networking group at the Chamber is trying to change those numbers.

KAAL, Bridges2Healthcare Graduation, A group of students in Rochester are now back on track for jobs in the healthcare field thanks to a nontraditional training program. These students took advantage of Bridges2Healthcare, an individualized education program that targets those who struggle with traditional settings like first generation immigrants, or students with English as their second language. They all have an individual story, but they need extra support and guidance, but they have the will, they have the desire, they have the skill to be successful, and they're passionate about healthcare. 35 students graduated today. Mayo Clinic partners with the program in order to help fill the demand for employees in the healthcare field.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Holds Forum on Mental Health,  A public forum was held Monday night in Rochester to discuss mental health and suicide prevention. The meeting was hosted by Mayo Clinic's Psychiatry and Psychology Department. It featured a number of speakers, including experts in the mental health field and people affected by suicide. The event was held exactly one week after the death of actor Robin Williams, who died of suicide.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Holds Annual 'Sib Shop' by Steph Crock, This is the fifth year Mayo Clinic has held a "Sib Shop" for kids. They have them two times a year, the one Thursday was at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. It’s a time for kids, ages 6-13, to come together with other siblings who have a brother or sister with special needs or a medical condition. They were out there taking their mind off of things by zip-lining, singing, and dancing with peers who are going through something similar.

Post-Bulletin, The legacy of the Mayo brothers by Bryna Godar, Seventy-five years after their deaths, Charles and William Mayo's statues still stand in a vastly transformed Rochester. "If you want to see their legacy, one only has to stand in Rochester and look around," said Peter Kernahan, a lecturer in history of medicine at the University of Minnesota who is working on biographies of the brothers. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic lists top 150 contributions to medicine by Jeff Hansel, In celebration of its sesquicentennial, Mayo Clinic has compiled a consensus list of its top 150 contributions to medicine since Dr. W.W. Mayo first advertised his medical services 150 years ago. According to Mayo, a comprehensive compilation of the clinic's contributions has never before been assembled. "To meet this need, we studied existing information and surveyed Mayo's departments and work groups," states a letter from Dr. Kerry D. Olson, chairman of the Mayo Sequicentennial Committee. Additional coverage: Yuma News Now

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic residents compete in Surgical X-Games by Bryna Godar, Friday afternoon, surgical resident Paul Nickerson sorted through a pile of felt, yarn, straws and puff balls, searching for a part to best represent the fascia in the neck he was building in front of him…It is part of the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center's attempt to maximize educational hours with hands-on practice as surgical residents deal with less clinic time and patient contact. "We think adult learners learn better with their hands," said David Farley, director of surgery in the simulation center.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic's finances look strong by Jeff Kiger, Mayo Clinic enjoyed healthy growth in revenue and income in the first half of 2014, according to documents obtained by the Post-Bulletin. Many other U.S. health-care systems saw a similar boost, with some analysts attributing it to a one-time boost from the Affordable Care Act. The clinic files unaudited quarterly financial reports on the public Electronic Municipal Market Access website because of the $300 million in municipal bonds it has issued to investors.

Post-Bulletin, According to statistics, she should be dead by Paul Christian, The Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Race Weekend will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Linda Wortman plans to be here, running either the 5K on Saturday or the relay portion of a half marathon (6.5 miles) on Sunday. Running? Who's kidding who, she should be dead. "According to all the statistics I've read, I shouldn't be here,'' she said…That was early in the winter of 2007, and not liking what she heard, headed to the Mayo Clinic...The X-ray indicated tumors were growing and growing fast. Lung cancer.

Post-Bulletin, Neurological Recovery House planned for Rochester by Jeff Hansel, Chris Norton, a Luther college football player who received a spinal injury as a freshman in an October, 2010 game, is helping to start a Neurological Recovery House in Rochester. The Recovery House is expected to open in September…He was paralyzed below the neck and spent 129 days at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys Campus.

KTTC, Meet...Clinic Joe! by Tom Overlie, Joseph Fritsch served as the polite and welcoming doorman, and goodwill ambassador of Mayo clinic from 1929 to 1954. Patients and colleagues say they appreciated his warmth, humor and compassion…In honor of its 150th anniversary, Mayo Clinic is sharing some of these interesting stories, and opening its doors to parts of the clinic not normally seen by the public.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic support center grows by Jeff Kiger, Mayo Clinic is ramping up its laboratory space in Rochester with an almost 70,000-square-foot expansion of its Superior Drive Support Center…Dr. Franklin R. Cockerill, chairman of the Dept. of Lab Medicine and Pathology as well as president and CEO of Mayo Medical Labs, told the crowd gathered for the ceremony that three labs now located downtown in the Hilton Building will move into the new space.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic to expand Superior Drive Support Center…"The department of lab medicine expanding is a good sign because that means Mayo Clinic is going to continue to see more patients either here in Rochester or we're going to be receiving more and more samples from patients across the globe so the prospects of new employees is good, but I think what does it point to specifically is that Mayo Clinic is growing," said Matt Binnicker, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

KIMT, Mayo tests heart health guidelines by Adam Sallet, The world famous Mayo Clinic is once again creating a buzz in the medical community. On Thursday, the health giant released their findings on 2013 heart health guidelines backed by the American Heart Association. Some consider those guidelines controversial because they suggest that most diabetics should be on statins to lower their cholesterol. However, Mayo’s research is pointing them in a different direction. “We differ and believe that certain diabetic individuals that maybe at a lower risk may not necessarily need to be on statin medication,” Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Iftikhar Kullo said.

News4Jax (Fla.), Keeping kids in sports by Mayo Clinic News Network, As daily news reports remind us about the obesity issues facing our society, there’s some concern young people are dropping out of sports just when they should be encouraged  to stay active.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Jacksonville researchers awarded grant for molecular x-ray diffractometer by Catherine Byerly, It's not science fiction — it's something that researchers at the University of North Florida are working on: a high-tech instrument will enable investigations into new, currently unknown materials and their applications…The the XRD will additionally engage faculty and student collaborators at the Mayo Clinic, Florida Institute of Technology, Jacksonville University, McNeese State University and Stetson University.

Consumer Affairs, Yoga found to improve older adults' health by Mark Huffman…Physicians in recent years have begun recommending yoga for male and female patients of all ages. The Mayo Clinic says it cannot only reduce stress, but lower blood pressure and improve heart function. “Hatha yoga, in particular, may be a good choice for stress management,” Mayo Clinic physicians advise on the Clinic's website. “Hatha is one of the most common styles of yoga, and beginners may like its slower pace and easier movements.”

Pioneer Press, Minnesota lawmakers to talk policy, take in Twin Cities at national summit by Bill Salisbury…Legislators and their families will be offered trips to the Mall of America and the Minnesota State Fair, plus a St. Paul tour. They also can take tours of the Mayo Clinic, a farm and Xcel Energy's control room.

Star Tribune, HealthEast hospitals embracing a 'baby-friendly' approach to birth by Samantha Schmidt…Hennepin County Medical Center has been working toward its own baby-friendly certification, and since the beginning of its program has increased the percentage of mothers exclusively breast-feeding in the hospital from 24 percent to 62 percent, said Dana Barr, a family medicine staff physician at the HCMC Richfield Clinic. Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin in Austin, Minn., and the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis also received the certification in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Regions Hospital in St. Paul also is seeking its certification.

Le Sueur News-Herald, Tips to make your clinic trip more productive by Katie Thompson, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System, Life is busy. When it’s time for a trip to see your health care provider, the idea is to get in, get what you need and then get back to your day. So, it’s safe to assume everyone wants to have the most productive clinic visit possible. Your health care provider wants to be efficient while also being comprehensive too. The key to a fulfilling clinic visit is for you and your provider to work together to get to your concerns quickly and effectively.

KEYC Mankato, New State Rule Requires Vaccines, Requirements set in place by the Center of Disease Control and the state of Minnesota require 7th graders to show they've received the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough, as well as meningitis. Physicians assistant, Jessica Sheehy said, "With the current 7th grade population the vaccination they received as very young children was the new form of this vaccination there for it was five to ten years ago and those immunities for those previous vaccinations will have started to wane. So that's why we want to get them an updated booster."

Faribault Daily News, Mayo economic development group talks growth with Rice County by Brad Phenow, To help secure the Mayo Clinic as a destination medical center, all of southeastern Minnesota needs to contribute — and then can benefit economically…To focus on getting other communities onboard with the area’s strategic plan, John Murphy, communication consultant for Mayo Clinic, presented a strategic plan to the board.

Petoskey News Mich., Chasing more than a win: Harbor Springs family eyes Marathon Nationals this weekend by Drew Kochanny, For 14-year-old Chase Fairbairn of Harbor Springs, who will compete in the full race for the first time, the Marathon Nationals will be about the competition and Chase for the Cure of childhood cardiomyopathy, a disease and battle he struggles with himself. …As Chase's competitive drive shifted toward boat racing, the Fairbairn family turned to the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Michael J. Ackerman of Rochester, Minn., for answers, where they'd find the diagnoses of childhood cardiomyopathy, an extremely rare disease where the heart muscles fail or turn to scar or fatty tissue.

Quad-City Times, Lujack returning home from Mayo Clinic by Steve Batterson, Johnny Lujack, the oldest living recipient of the Heisman Trophy, is scheduled to be released from the Mayo Clinic today and will return to his Quad-Cities home three weeks after being airlifted to the Minnesota facility where he underwent spinal surgery.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System hosts golf tournament to benefit Gerard Hall by Sean Tehan, On Monday, Golfers took out their nine irons, putters, and woods to the green for Mayo Clinic Health System's annual charitable golf tournament. 88 golfers took part in the tournament to benefit Gerard Hall, a community-based residential facility for single moms and their children. Last year, the event raised $17,000, as half of the money went to Gerard Hall. This year, all the proceeds went towards the organization. “In our community we have several parents who are struggling.” Golf Tournament Chairperson Sue Lynch said.

Janesville Argus, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca now offers specialized care for balance, breathing, hearing and speaking, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca now offers specialized ear, nose and throat (ENT) and audiology services every other Friday. Katie Kendhammer, Au.D, Audiology, and Sarah Moyle, physician assistant, ENT, work as a team to provide care to patients of all ages who have issues with balance, breathing, hearing, speaking, and other parts of the head and neck.

Janesville Argus, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course by Debbie Zimmerman, Mayo Clinic Health System will offer an eight-week “Living Life Mindfully: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” course…Taught by Elizabeth Power Hawkinson, Mayo Clinic Health System licensed independent clinical social worker, the course introduces the fundamental techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven, complementary medicine program used to reduce stress and promote overall health and well-being.

Owatonna People’s Press, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna welcomes new physician, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna is pleased to announce the addition of Bradley Thompson, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. Dr. Thompson received his medical degree from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Kansas City. He completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency in Rochester.

Capital Gazette (Md.), Better Nutrition: A look at the Mayo Clinic diet by Ann Caldwell, The best way to lose weight and improve health is to adapt a healthy eating lifestyle—not a diet. One program that is designed to achieve a long-term weight control is the Mayo Clinic diet. (Although, I wish the Mayo Clinic folks removed the word "diet" at the end and replace with "lifestyle"). This program focuses on an individual's lifestyle, not simply what they eat. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach, rather it teaches you how to choose healthy foods and portions and to develop healthy lifestyle habits so that you can maintain a healthy weight for life.

HealthDay, Treatment Delays for Many Who Need Gallbladder Surgery: Study, About one in five patients with gallbladder pain don't have emergency surgery when they first need it, a new study finds…This suggests that younger and older patients, as well as those with other health problems, who arrive at the ER with abdominal pain may require a second look before they are sent home, the Mayo Clinic researchers said…"It makes a big difference if you get the right treatment at the right time," co-lead author Dr. Juliane Bingener-Casey, a gastroenterologic surgeon, said in a Mayo Clinic news release.

Modern Healthcare, Another year of big pay hikes for not-for-profit hospital CEOs by Rachel Landen, Despite the ongoing public ire aimed at executives at not-for-profit healthcare systems because of their multimillion-dollar pay packages, their salaries and total cash compensation continued to rise at a far faster clip than average worker sallies in 2012…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.

Cannon Falls Beacon, MCHS reports a smooth transition, Transition from the old facility on Mill Street to the new building on County 24 Blvd. in Cannon Falls has gone smoothly according to officials at Mayo Clinic Health System. All operations are now under the new roof. "The move into the new medical center went extremely well," says Bill Priest, operations administrator in Cannon Falls.

Ellwood City Ledger, Improving health care in rural communities, For people who reside in rural communities, access to health care services is often limited. Some rural facilities may not be equipped to handle transitional care or specialized follow-up care after a life-changing illness or event. Allevant Solutions, LLC., a collaborative effort of Mayo Clinic and Select Medical, is a resource available to make improved health care a reality.

El Nuevo Dia, ¿Deberías añadir suplementos de enzimas a tu lista de compras? Los suplementos de enzimas que se adquieren sin receta médica cada vez son más populares, pero, ¿deberíamos todos añadirlos a nuestra lista de compras? El doctor Brent Bauer, director del Programa de Medicina Complementaria e Integradora de Mayo Clinic, es coautor del nuevo trabajo que aparece en la revista médica Mayo Clinic Proceedings sobre las ventajas y las desventajas de las enzimas de venta libre.

AARP En Espanol, 8 maneras de prepararte para una cirugía por Elizabeth Agnvall, Jean Hanson necesitaba una nueva cadera. Después de años de enseñar Educación Física y de surcar pistas de esquí por todo el mundo, la residente de Sedona, Arizona, sentía tanto dolor que necesitaba un andador ortopédico para moverse. Finalmente decidió someterse a una cirugía en la Mayo Clinic de Phoenix, pero se encontró con un pequeño problema: los médicos del lugar no la operarían a menos que ella dejara de fumar.

CNN Espanol, Más ejercicio no siempre es major, Revista: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Después de un infarto, los médicos generalmente alientan a los pacientes a ponerse en forma con la esperanza de revertir el daño, causado por las enfermedades cardiovasculares. Pero algunos sobrevivientes pueden hacerlo en exceso al intentar prevenir una recaída. Los investigadores en la Clínica Mayo de Estados Unidos analizaron a más de 2,300 sobrevivientes de infartos durante un promedio de 10 años.

La Cronica de Hoy, Infecciones de los ojos son comunes en niños…La Dra. Stephanie Starr, Medicina Comunitaria para Niños y Adolescentes, Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota, comenta que la conjuntivitis viral dura el mismo tiempo que la gripe, o sea entre una o dos semanas y no requiere tratamiento. Debido a que no es producto de una bacteria, los colirios con antibiótico no sirven para este tipo de infección.  Additional coverage: Mundo de Hoy

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