August 28, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Star Tribune
Mayo offers at-home colon cancer test; stool sample goes in the mail
by Paul Walsh and Jeremy Olson

Patients often plead they’ll do anything to avoid a colonoscopy for cancer screening. Now doctors at the Mayo Clinic have an alternative that will put that sentiment to the test. Mayo officials announcedStar Tribune newspaper logo Monday they will be the first in the United States to offer patients the Cologuard test, by which patients collect their stool samples and mail them in sealed containers for DNA analysis of their colon cancer risks.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.


Mayo Offers At-Home Colonoscopy Alternative

It's the test no one wants but everyone needs, at least until now. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic will be the first to offer the Cologuard test, which they say is a new alternative to getting a colonoscopy. Basically, KSTP-TV Eyewitness News Logpatients taking the Cologuard test would collect their own stool samples and mail them in for analysis. "Patients can do this test in the comfort and convenience of their own home, and only those patients who have positive tests would be asked to undergo a follow-up diagnostic colonoscopy," said Dr. John Kisiel, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

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.


Mayo Clinic To Offer At-Home Test For Colon Cancer

It’s called Cologuard and in the privacy of your bathroom at home, you can use it to collect a stool sample and mail it in for analysis. “The most important advance and why this test is really revolutionaryCBS Minnesota is that this will allow a larger percentage of the population that needs screening to undergo screening,” said Dr. Vijay Shah, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

Reach: WCCO 4 News is the most-watched newscast in the Twin Cities, in 5 out of 7 newscasts.

Additional Coverage:

Star Tribune, Steve Sack editorial cartoon: Mayo Clinic Home Colon Cancer Test

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to discuss new screening test, Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences Corp. have scheduled a Monday audio conference with journalists to discuss a product called Cologuard "a stool DNA test for colorectal cancer screening."…Mayo gives no specifics about its Monday news conference. But it has previously noted online that an "ideal screening test would be noninvasive and affordable; require no bowel prep, medication restriction or diet change; and would detect neoplasms on both sides of the colorectum with high accuracy."

Post BulletinMayo Clinic first to offer screening for colorectal cancer, By Jeff Hansel, Mayo Clinic announced today that it will become the first health-care organization to offer newly FDA-approved screening tests for colorectal cancer, the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S.

BringMeTheNews, Quick Bite: 3 stories to read over lunch, The Mayo Clinic will be the first health center in the nation to offer patients a mail-in stool sample test that is an alternative to a colonoscopy. The new procedure, called the Cologuard test, got FDA approval earlier this month. It was co-invented by a Mayo gastroenterologist. The test will be available by prescription. 

Star Tribune, Readers Write: Mayo’s policy sensitive to conflicts of interest, In response to the Aug. 27 letter “Cologuard test isn’t just a Mayo product”: The Mayo Clinic receives no royalties when a Mayo patient is prescribed the Cologuard test. Mayo will receive royalties when other providers prescribe the test outside of the Mayo Clinic. This arrangement is consistent with our robust policies governing conflict of interest at Mayo.

Star Tribune, Reader’s Write: Cologuard test isn’t just a Mayo product,…The story also reported that a Mayo doctor is co-inventor of Cologuard. But it didn’t report that under a license agreement with Exact Sciences in Madison, Wis., the doctor and Mayo “share in equity and royalties” for the test kit. Mayo is a fine and respected clinic, but there are many quality primary-care doctors and centers far closer to interested patients that, unlike Mayo, don’t have a direct revenue motive for prescribing Cologuard.

Kansas City Star (AP), Mayo Clinic to offer at-home colon cancer test, Doctors at the Mayo Clinic are offering a new way for patients to be tested for colon cancer. The Star Tribune ( ) reports officials announced Monday the Rochester clinic will be the nation's first to provide patients with a new at-home colon cancer test. The Cologuard test recently won government approval as the first such test that uses patients' DNA to detect warning signs in stool samples.

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Context: Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) today announced that Mayo Clinic will be the first health system to offer Cologuard®, the first and only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. Cologuard will be available to patients through their primary care physicians at Mayo Clinic.

cologuardAvailable by prescription only, Cologuard offers people 50 years and older who are at average risk for colorectal cancer an easy to use screening test which they can do in the privacy of their own home. It is the first noninvasive screening test for colorectal cancer that analyzes both stool-based DNA and blood biomarkers to detect cancer and precancer. The Cologuard technology platform was co-developed by Exact Sciences Corp. and Mayo Clinic as part of a broad, exclusive collaboration. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen


Mayo Clinic president and CEO accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Mayo Clinic president and CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy, took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge this week after being nominated by KTTC reporter, Mike Sullivan. Video of Dr. Noseworthy accepting theKTTC TV logo challenge appeared on YouTube ( The Ice Bucket Challenge helps raise awareness and support for ALS research.

Reach: KTTC is an NBC affiliate that serves the Rochester, Minn. area including the towns of Austin, Mason City, Albert Lea and Winona. Its website receives more than 73,300 unique visitors each month.

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KAAL, Amid Ice Bucket Challenges is the Real Challenge for Families Battling ALS by Jenna Lohse, Dumping cold water over your head to raise millions of dollars for ALS research seems to be all the rage in recent weeks, but sometimes we forget why we're doing things. What is ALS and how does it feel to live through it every day? Ernie Faulkner never would have dreamed to be taking care of his bed-ridden wife at just 63 years old…His wife Linda was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. They traveled from South Carolina to Mayo Clinic, but Linda is now in hospice care, with little time left. "It can't be long I don't see, unless there's a miracle of biblical proportions,” said Faulkner…"This disease is devastating, for individuals many of the people who it's affected are in the prime of their lives,” said Dr. Eric Sorensen, Medical Director of Mayo's ALS Center.

Context: To help raise awareness and support for ALS research, John Noseworthy, M.D.Mayo Clinic president and CEO, braved the shower of icy water and took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge this week. Dr. Noseworthy was nominated by reporter, Mike Sullivan, at KTTC News, the local NBC News affiliate in Rochester, Minn., to take part in the challenge. Though he was miles away in Canada on vacation, Dr. Noseworthy didn’t hesitate to pledge his support to ALS research and take the challenge. Learn more about ALS research at Mayo Clinic.

Other Dr. Noseworthy-Related Media Coverage:

Twin Cities Business, Three MN Leaders Among ‘Most Influential People In Health Care’ by Stephen Montemayor, Three Minnesotans this week made a publication’s annual “100 Most Influential People in Health Care” list, led by UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen Hemsley ranking in the top five…The health care publication also ranked Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy 16th while Rulon Stacey, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, came in at 87th.

Post Bulletin, Magazine: Noseworthy 16th most influential in healthcare, Modern Healthcare magazine lists Dr. John Noseworthy, president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic, as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare. It is the 13th annual publication of the list, which Modern Healthcare put together after receiving more than 15,000 nomination submissions this year. A story announcing the ranking was posted on the magazine's website Saturday.

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley LucksteinDuska Anastasijevic, Karl Oestreich

Huffington Post, What Kidney-Stones Are And How You Can Prevent Them by Andrea Atkins, It’s late summer, and that means hot days spent at the beach, licking ice cream cones, backyard barbecues, and lots of fun with family and friends. But did you know summer may also mean kidney stones, an ailment many moms describe as more painful than childbirth? Yeah, it's that bad. “The peak time for Emergency Room visits for kidney stones is August,” which coincides with the hottest days of the year, says William Haley, M.D., head of the Mayo Clinic Kidney Stone Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Parade Magazine, Got Bumps? The 8 Best Products For Keratosis Pilaris by Jennifer Tzeses,  you’ve ever noticed rough, white or red bumps on the back of your arm — don’t worry, you aren’t turning into a chicken; you likely have keratosis pilaris. It may sound scary, but this common skin condition is nothing to be concerned about. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s a result of a keratin buildup, which clogs the hair follicles.

USA Today, Why your work chair might be killing you by Hazma Ali, Standing while you read this could do something toward 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.

CNN, What happens when you survive Ebola?,…5. How does ZMapp work? Antibodies are proteins used by the immune system to mark and destroy foreign, or harmful, cells. A monoclonal antibody is similar, except it's engineered in a lab so it will attach to specific parts of a dangerous cell, according to the Mayo Clinic, mimicking your immune system's natural response. Monoclonal antibodies are used to treat many different types of conditions.

Wall Street Journal, Nonprofit Hospitals' Earnings Fall as Costs Outrun Revenue by Christopher Weaver, Nonprofit hospitals' income declined for a second straight year in 2013 and their median rate of revenue growth fell to an all-time low…Still, The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reported operating income of $347 million for the first six months of 2014, up from $197 million from a year ago. That uptick was "driven by what I'd say are good volumes and a good patient mix," said Kedrick Adkins Jr., Mayo's chief financial officer. He said Mayo had initially been concerned that the Affordable Care Act might decrease its revenue. But, he said, that hasn't happened yet, and a rebounding economy has helped, too.

Reuters, Robotic prostate removal tied to surgical changes, costs by Andrew Seaman, The introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer may have led to changes in the number of surgeons performing prostate removals and in the overall cost, according to a new study…When it comes to prostate removal, the surgeon’s experience is likely more important than whether it’s done with or without a robot, said Karnes, an urologist from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

U.S. News & World Report, UCLA's DNA Detectives in Action by Michael Morella,…UCLA is one of a number of institutions – Harvard-affiliated Partners HealthCare, Baylor College of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic among them – now regularly charting patients' exomes, the protein-coding portions of genes that account for only about 1 percent of DNA but close to 85 percent of known disease-causing DNA errors, and putting that information to clinical use. 

HealthDay, Even Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Dangerous Eating Disorders, Study Finds by Tara Haelle,…Leslie Sim, an assistant professor of psychology at Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., said, "People are calling it atypical anorexia, but we see it every day. We see people who have all the psychological, behavioral, cognitive and physical symptoms of anorexia nervosa, but the only difference is their weight." Additional Coverage: CBS News, WebMD

LA Times, Do sleepy teens need later school start times? Pediatricians say yes by Deborah Netburn, If you thought trying to get a groggy teenager out of bed in time for school each morning was your own private struggle, you thought wrong…"When high school classes begin early in the morning, we ask teens to shine when their biological clock tells them to sleep," Timothy Morgenthaler, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, said in a statement. Additional Coverage: Portland Press Herald

WAAY TV (AP), Screen time tampers with preteens' ability to read the emotions of others, Sixth-graders who turned off the TV and stepped away from other screens for a few days were much better at reading other people's emotions than those engaged with media during that same time…The Mayo Clinic, for example, notes that excessive screen time has been linked to obesity, irregular sleep, behavior problems, impaired academic performance, violence and fewer hours for creative, active play. Additional Coverage: News OK, WTXL, Deseret News, WWSB

Fox News (Healthline), Grossed out by fecal transplants? Now there’s a pill instead,…What if patients could get the benefits of an FMT without the “ick factor”? A team led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has developed a delayed-release pill, dubbed SER-109…“The results of the study were not surprising and we were expecting a high cure rate,” lead study author Dr. Sahil Khanna of the Mayo Clinic told Healthline. “Previous studies involving conventional fecal transplant from the upper gut have demonstrated good success rates.”

Star Tribune, Minnesota doctors now must report dense breast tissue on mammograms by Jeremy Olson, The standard “all-clear” letter sent after mammograms to tell women they are cancer-free is going to contain new and potentially troubling information for thousands of Minnesota women…Letters with mammogram results started going out from Mayo Clinic this month with information on tissue density. The response has been so mild that the clinic’s director, Dr. Karthik Ghosh, wonders if women are reading beyond the first sentence indicating a negative test result.

Yahoo! News (LiveScience), No Dietary Supplement Treats Concussions, FDA Warns, Consumers should beware of dietary supplements that claim to treat a concussion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations said today…Most concussions are mild and their effects are usually temporary, and can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Minnesota Business Magazine, Spread the Mayo by Sarah Ehlen, Trips in and out of Rochester just got easier. This month Delta Airlines begins daily nonstop commercial flights between Rochester International Airport (RST)and two major hubs: Detroit and Atlanta. The “RST Diversification Plan,” as Delta calls it, increases its Rochester flight services by 90 percent.

MedPage Today, The Siren Call of E-Cigarettes by Shara Yurkiewicz,…In this video feature, health care providers and researchers discuss the most important takeaways from the American Heart Association statement. Our guests include: Deborah J. Ossip, PhD, director of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York; J. Taylor Hays, MD, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota…

FierceHealthIT, Amazon, FDA meeting a harbinger for potential healthcare move, Amazon representatives met with Howard Sklamberg, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's deputy commissioner for global regulatory operations and policy...That, in addition to the July hiring of Babak Parviz, an ex-Google employee who renowned for developing Google Glass and the company's smart contact lens, point to a potential move for Amazon, the article predicts…Apple already has a partnership with the Mayo Clinic lined up, and also has spoken with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Kansas State Collegian, Run K-State: It’s not so tricky by Lindsey Staab, Whether you’re training for a marathon, booking long hours at the gym or are just trying your toe on the track, running is a universal source of physical activity that most people can do…According to Mayo Clinic, an elliptical machine can be less stressful on the knees, hips and back than running on a treadmill.

KCCI, Is it a cold or an allergy? by Mayo Clinic News Network, If you tend to get "colds" that develop suddenly and occur at the same time every year, it's possible that you actually have seasonal allergies. Although colds and seasonal allergies may share some of the same symptoms, they are very different diseases. Additional Coverage: KHBS (Arkansas)

Hispanic Business, Data from Mayo Clinic Provide New Insights into Bladder Cancer,…Fresh data on Oncology are presented in a new report. According to news reporting from Rochester, Minnesota, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder (TCC) represents nearly 90% of genitourinary malignancies and typically presents with locally invasive symptoms.

National Association of Realtors, Realtor® Award Finalists Selected for Their Dedication to Community Service, Edward P. Pompeian, Realty Growth Inc., Rochester, Minn. Pompeian founded Gift of Life Transplant House in 1984 to give organ transplant patients an affordable place to live while awaiting an organ donation or receiving post-operative treatment at the Mayo Clinic.

WXOW, Mayo Clinic Health System of Onalaska joins ALS ice bucket challenge, Mayo Clinic Health System of Onalaska joined in the ALS ice bucket challenge Tuesday evening to commemorate the memory of one of their fellow employees who passed away from ALS last April…The employees of Mayo Clinic Health System also donated to the cause, and the total is still being counted. (Baptist Press), Ice Bucket Challenge hits stem cell snag,  Participants in the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised more than $50 million to combat ALS, may be unwittingly supporting embryonic stem cell research, pro-life advocates have warned…Walker and Carter noted that there are "pathways to participation" in the Ice Bucket Challenge "that don't require moral compromise" and listed three ALS charities that only fund adult stem cell research: the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, the Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC and Dr. Anthony Windebank's team at the Mayo Clinic.

News 4 Jax, Extreme sports, workouts becoming more popular by Jodi Mohrmann, A dislocated jaw, broken ribs and 20 cases of cauliflower ear hasn't stopped Caroline Portugal from cage fighting…A study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found benefits drop off the longer and harder you exercise and extreme workouts can damage your heart.

Ragan’s Health Care Communication News, Infographic: How hospital branding guides consumers' decisions by Rob Reinalda,…An infographic from National Research Corp., culled from its 2014 Market Insights Study of National Brands, shows that Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, and Kaiser Permanente are in the top echelon in terms of national name recognition and reputation. The graphic also examines how those factors guide consumers’ decisions.

Urban Milwaukee, Representative Zepnick: Again Proposes Ideas and Invites Discussion on New Milwaukee Bucks Arena,…“When it comes to this fuzzy proposal from City Hall about linking a taxpayer subsidized “entertainment district” to a new Arena, I urge Milwaukee officials to examine the “Block E” project in Downtown Minneapolis…After 10 years of planning and debate and over $50 in taxpayer subsidies, the entire block is boarded up and nearly all tenants, including a 15 screen movie theater are gone forever. The next stage is apparently to use the space for Timberwolves practices and the Mayo Clinic is locating some offices there. Not exactly what I would call a transformative effort to bring people downtown…’’

The Good Men Project magazine, ‘Prince Charmless’ Series Explodes Stigmas Against Male Domestic Violence Survivors,…“Prince Charmless” targets men who have experienced domestic abuse, tearing down stigma and again urging victims to speak up…Rather, the intention is to focus on the challenges unique to each situation. Notes the Mayo Clinic: “Because men are traditionally thought to be physically stronger than women, you might be less likely to report domestic violence in your heterosexual relationship due to embarrassment…”

KARE 11, Motivation Monday: Dieting for dollars, There's evidence that dieting for dollars really can help you slim down. A study from the Mayo Clinic found that dieters offered a financial incentive were more likely to lose weight! Fitness expert, Chris Freytag, stopped by Sunrise to explain how money is a good motivator for losing weight.

FierceHealthFinance, Mayo reports big boost to bottom line by Ron Shinkman, The insured patient generation created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is gravy for the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic posted huge gains to its bottom line as a result of the ACA. It makes unaudited financial data public because of the municipal bonds it has issued to improve its infrastructure in Rochester, the city where it's based, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reported.

Post Bulletin, Surgery on spine tumor successful for Cannon Falls grad by Heather Carlson, Three days of surgery at the Mayo Clinic to remove a tumor wrapped around 25-year-old Tess Pfohl's spine were a success, according to a message posted on Pfohl's Facebook page. "It's Tess! I. Am. Alive. I'm feeling very lucky to still be breathing this air," she wrote in the Aug. 18 post.

Post Bulletin, Hot, but it could have been worse by Paul Christian, Even though it was the warmest day (87 degrees) of the summer so far, let's just say it could have been worse for Sunday's Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Race Half-Marathon. "We caught a break, and I mean in a good way,'' said Dr. Ed Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "It was cloudy and there was a slight breeze. And at this time of year, that's all you could ask for.''

News 4 Jax, Heat Advisory: How much water to drink by Jennifer Waugh, Another day of dangerously high temperatures should be a reminder to all of us about staying hydrated in this hot weather…Dr. Vandana Bhide, of Mayo Clinic, says too much water can deplete your body of important nutrients. "If you sweat a lot or exercise for more than 30 minutes, you should increase the amount of water you drink," Bhide said.

Post Bulletin, Firm working with Mayo Clinic offers high-tech recovery by Jeff Kiger, A new health care firm working with Mayo Clinic wants to tap into something its founder calls "social wellness" to "supercharge" a patient's personal support team of family, friends and other caregivers during recovery. Minneapolis-based Hunhu Healthcare (pronounced "who-knew") is licensing help from Mayo Clinic experts to create a cloud-based database to pair with a social networking platform and an interactive "pendant" device. When worn, the pendant will monitor falls, track movement and provide communication.

Post Bulletin, Mayo Clinic exec re-elected to Minnesota Chamber board, Dr. Patricia Simmons was re-elected to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is executive medical director for health policy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester…The volunteer board sets public policy priorities for the business community, carries the message for the statewide business community to the State Capitol, and develops resources and strategies to ensure businesses in Minnesota can grow and succeed.

Post Bulletin, Cardio3 ramps up preparation by Jeff Kiger, When a Belgium-based biotech firm launches a U.S. clinical trial of its therapy to repair damaged hearts later this year, the project will be supported by a Rochester freezing and sample preparation facility and possibly more in the future. Cardio3 BioSciences, which has been closely aligned with Mayo Clinic since 2007, is working to get approval of its treatment that uses a patient's own stem cells to regenerate their heart tissue.

KMIZ (Missouri), Prenatal vitamins: OK for women who aren't pregnant? by Mayo Clinic News Network, You may be tempted to take prenatal vitamins because of unproven claims that they promote thicker hair and stronger nails. However, if you're not pregnant and not planning to become pregnant, high levels of certain nutrients over a long period of time may actually be more harmful than helpful. Additional Coverage: KVIA (Texas), KCCI (Iowa),

MomStart, Ensuring Health for Mom and Baby, Are thoughts of baby booties and the pitter patter of small feet running through your mind?...Two of the most important ingredients in a prenatal vitamin are iron and folic acid, according to the Mayo Clinic. Moms to-be and those trying to conceive should really learn how these two elements work in pregnancy. Iron will help baby grow and support mom’s body by preventing anemia.

Ivanhoe, Health Disparities In America, Does your mental 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…Orthopedic surgeon for the Mayo Clinic in Florida, Mary O’Connor M.D. says doctors often treat women like Lauren differently than men. O’Connor told Ivanhoe, “The term I like to use is, I’m not sure that a woman’s voice is always heard as clearly.”

KTTC, A weekend of health and wellness events in Rochester, As part of the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial celebration, hundreds of people will take part in a weekend of health and wellness events in Rochester. Running and walking events, a health and wellness expo and guest speakers, including Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno, are all part of the Healthy Human Race weekend. 

KAAL, Hundreds Came Out for First Ever Healthy Human Race by Hannah Tran, On the downtown streets of Rochester,  up a gruesome hill or two, and through the scenic trails that line the city came the sounds of thousands of feet from all over the Midwest…Vsetecka was the first woman to finish the marathon. The Healthy Human Race wasn’t just a celebration of Mayo Clinic’s 150th year of patient care. Vsetecka is also embracing what makes her a healthy human, like many other race participants.

Business Insider, Apple Hints At A Push Into Healthcare — Let's All Hope That Happens by Dave Smith, The United States’ health care system is extremely complex, but many doctors and experts believe it’s also inherently broken…But HealthKit isn't just for Apple devices; Apple announced an application programming interface (API) for HealthKit earlier this summer, which means medical companies that build equipment like heart rate or blood pressure monitors can hook their tools into this all-inclusive platform as well. The Mayo Clinic, which serves over 1.1 million patients each year, has already signed on to be an early partner in Apple's fledgling health initiative, among others (pictured below).

Twin Cities Business, New St. Thomas Dean To Build Bridges With Health Care Sector by Liz Fedor, When Dr. Stefanie Lenway was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Minnesota, she didn’t spend much time thinking about the crosstown business college at the University of St. Thomas…“I’d love to connect with the Mayo Clinic,” she says. “St. Thomas also has a very strong relationship with UnitedHealthcare, which I’d like to build. That’s a start. I do think the college will have to do some careful strategic analysis to figure out what part of health care to focus on, because it’s [a] huge [field].”

TODAY Show: Health, 6-year-old surfer girl won't let disease wipe out her serious skills by Jeffrey Donovan, Nicknamed “The Flying Squirrel," 6-year-old Quincy Symonds is making waves not only for her incredible surfing skills, but also for her courage while coping with a genetic condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia…It's especially impressive given Quincy's medical condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, congenital adrenal hyperplasia limits adrenal glands' ability to make certain vital hormones.

Pioneer Press, Savage woman living with terminal cancer: 'You don't need a big bucket list' by Molly Guthrey, On Memorial Day 2011, Stacy Mueller suddenly began slurring her speech and losing her balance…"He told me they found a mass on the right side of my brain," Mueller says. "We didn't have a lot more info than that." Her next appointment, with a neuro-oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, was scheduled for four days later…Doctors recommended slowing the tumor's growth with radiation and chemotherapy.

Arizona Republic, Fox Sports’ Walsh working through concussion effects by Paola Boivin, In the realm of sports broadcasting, Todd Walsh is omnipresent…”You haven’t lived until you walk 10 feet to a cone and wonder how you did,” said Walsh, his dry humor intact after a visit to the Mayo Clinic on Friday. In late July, Walsh said he was involved in a car accident…”I didn’t realize how concussion affect so many parts of your life,” Walsh said.

The Weather Channel, 8 Surprising Signs You Risk Heat Stroke by Annie Hauser,…One example: your weight. Among New Yorkers who died from heat stroke between 2010 and 2011, 48 percent were obese and another 29 percent were overweight, LiveScience reported. This is a trend seen across most heat waves; obesity is a known risk factor for hyperthermia, according to the Mayo Clinic.

TIME, Life Lessons From One of the World’s Oldest Men by David Von Drehle,…Charlie died on Aug. 17, about an hour after he turned 109. That was long enough for him to leave a powerful mark on me…When science advanced beyond ether and brandy for surgery patients, he leapt at the chance to learn anesthesia at the Mayo Clinic. That was 1944., Lynx Present Grant To Mayo Clinic, The Minnesota Lynx continue to give back — this time to an institution particularly close to the organization. Minnesota and Mayo Clinic began Year 1 of their multiyear sponsorship at the start of the 2014 season…That partnership proved to be mutually beneficial again Thursday as the Minnesota Lynx Foundation gave a $5,000 grant to Mayo Clinic to support their breast cancer research program. Lynx President Chris Wright presented the check to Dr. Jim Ingle, who accepted the grant on behalf of Mayo Clinic. 

Florida Times-Union, Cheers: Mayo wins national recognition, Cheers to the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic’s renowned stroke center for becoming the first in Florida to earn national Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. The recognition means the Mayo Clinic’s medical peers view the stroke center as one of the nation’s leaders for providing care to stroke victims, particularly those suffering from complex or advanced conditions. Additional Coverage: News 4 Jax,

Irish Times, Bypassing surgery for new cardiac treatment by Dick Ahlstrom, As Prof Noel Caplice describes it, a revolutionary new system that avoids putting patients through heart bypass operations was literally a “back-of- the-garage” effort. A cardiologist in Cork, he came up with the treatment when working as a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic seven years ago. During this time, Caplice and an engineer friend worked on prototype meshes and attaching these to stents.

La Crosse Tribune, Tomah athlete returns to help others, Dr. T.J. Bramwell first became interested in medicine while playing running back for Tomah High School’s football team in 1998. His primary physician, Dr. Rod Erickson, attended each game, sitting on the sidelines with the players and helping injured players get back on their feet. Sixteen years later, Bramwell works beside Erickson as a doctor of osteopathic medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska and Tomah.

Yahoo! Travel, Everything You Need to Know About Sleeping on the Plane and Beating Jet Lag by Heidi Mitchell, Road warriors, aka frequent travelers, need their sleep in order to stay refreshed, whether they’re on a quick flight or a long-haul trip to a different country…2. Use the right medication to get quality z’s on the plane. Ambien (generically called zolpidem and available by prescription) is the holy grail of sleep medication for travel. “It’s short acting, it works for most people, and it’s potent,” says Dr. R. Robert Auger, a sleep specialist at the Mayo Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

SheKnows, Can the measles vaccine cure cancer?, A cure for cancer. How long have we waited to hear those words?...On Monday, the Mayo Clinic announced that Stacy Erholtz, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, is currently cancer free thanks to a mega dose of the measles vaccine. Yep, the treatment is derived from the same MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine that's been so vilified in the past few years.

KROC AM, Mayo Cancer Center Awarded Large Grant by Kim David, A top cancer expert at Mayo Clinic has been awarded a significant grant to help design and conduct clinical trials and care delivery research. The research base in Rochester will be one of seven around the country involved in the project as part of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, a member of a national clinical trials network sponsored by the NCI.

Daily Herald Utah, Cooking for family, friends a great remedy to loneliness by Karen Hoag, The Mayo Clinic Health Letter makes its way into my email monthly. I peruse the highlights and pass it on to our health reporter. I have a great respect for the Mayo Clinic because I lived for 18 years near its first home, Rochester, Minn. Scientists and medical residents from the Mayo Clinic were active members of the LDS Ward I attended and made positive impressions with their compassion, loyalty and sense of humor.

News4Jax, Mercury in Fish, A warning to pregnant women and parents with young children, Joining me now is a physician from Mayo Clinic, Dr. Vandana Bhide.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic leaps onto road race scene by Paul Christian…Mayo Clinic is partnering with the Rochester Track Club and the city of Rochester to put on the big event, which features a speaker series, Health and Wellness Expo and four running/walking events. "We don't want to call them races,'' said Kim Otte, a chief compliance operating officer at Mayo and one of the co-chairs of the weekend, "because our main focus is on health, wellness and is definitely family-oriented.

Forbes, iPhone 6: Doctors Raise Concerns Over Apple HealthKit, by Gordon Kelly…HealthKit will display all their information in one phone with an easy to read dashboard and Apple has also said it is working with the Mayo Clinic in the US and the Cambridge Trust in the UK to connect your results with your GP or even to contact a hospital proactively.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic Heath System leads the way in baby-friendly practices by Nicole Goodrich…There are no babies in the nursery at Mayo Clinic Health System. "We're basically using this almost as a store room," said Nancy Hoversten, the Nurse Manager of the Women's Special Care Unit at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin as she looked over the empty nursery.

The Spoof, Mayo Clinic accused of using fudged data in fart survey! A press conference was held this morning in Rochester, Minnesota by a large group of the participants in the recent Mayo Clinic survey: The heartbreak of LYOF (Loving your own farts). The group is contending that the survey was not only flawed by the use of fudged data but that the pill that was developed by the clinic to re-direct the gaseous results of farts was not only flawed but had results that were far beyond fudged.

La Salud, La salud de tu bebé: ¿La edad afecta?Existen investigaciones en donde se demuestra que hay un mayor riesgo médico en los bebés que son hijos de hombres mayors…La Dra. Jani Jensen, de Endocrinología Reproductiva e Infertilidad, Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota, comenta que una vez alcanzada la pubertad, la mayoría de los hombres continúa produciendo espermatozoides durante el resto de su vida. Esto quiere decir que su capacidad de reproducirse se extiende hasta la edad avanzada. Additional coverage: Imagen Poblana, El Arsenal

Yahoo! Mexico, Bajar de peso, posible solución a ronquidos, Bajar de peso y seguir una serie de recomendaciones sencillas puede reducir la apnea del sueño y los ronquidos, explicó el especialista en Neumología y Cuidados Intensivos de la Mayo Clinic de Jacksonville, Florida, Joseph Kaplan.

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