September 25, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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FOX Business
Opening Bell: Mayo Clinic CEO: Possible Ebola could come to the U.S.

Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy breaks down what we need to know about Ebola in wake of the CDC forecasting as many as 1.4M cases of the deadly virusOpening Bell Fox Business
by January if efforts to contain it aren’t ramped up.

Reach: has more than 13 million unique visitors each month. Fox Business Network is headquartered in News Corporation's studios in midtown Manhattan with bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco (Silicon Valley), Washington, D.C. and London.

Context: John NosewortFox Businesshy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO. Dr. Noseworthy recently joined Fox Business’s “Opening Bell” to discuss a variety of health care-related topics.

Additional mentions:
FOX Business, Cut in: I’m Maria Bartiromo…then the Mayo Clinic’s, Dr. John Noseworthy on the Ebola crisis. All coming up tomorrow opening bell 9:00 am eastern.
FOX Business The Willis Report and FOX Business After the Bell

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Bryan Anderson


Reuters TV
New test to 'eradicate' colon cancer

A new diagnostic tool that targets genetic markers in human stools could significantly reduce deaths due to Reuters VIdeo logocolon cancer. Ben Gruber reports…But Dr. David Alquist of the Mayo Clinic says there's now a new option for colon cancer screening - it's called Cologuard - and it identifies genetic markers for cancer in stool samples with 94 percent accuracy.

Reach:  Thomson Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business newstechnology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms.

Previous Coverage of Colon Cancer Screening Test in August 29, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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


Additional Reuters TV Coverage of Mayo Clinic

Reuters TV
Inside-out stomach shrinkage a new option for the obese

Researchers in the United States have developed a new procedure that shrinks the stomach by as much as 80 percent without major surgery. Using a specialized endoscope, doctors re-shape the stomach byReuters VIdeo logo stitching it smaller from the inside out…Dr. Christopher Gostout, Gastroenterologist, Mayo Clinic, saying: "If you look at the mass of people in the United States and outside the United States who are obese now, we can't operate on everybody. But maybe if we can catch them before they get too bad with a pretty safe reliable technique, this would be a good fit."

Reuters TV
Round 2: Measles vs. Cancer

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic are starting a second round of human clinical trials to test if an engineered Reuters VIdeo logostrain of measles virus is an effective cancer treatment. The trial follows a successful first round of tests where a woman went into complete remission after a massive dose of the virus eradicated cancer in her body. Ben Gruber reports.


Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
MedEx program provides medical experience
by Christena O’Brien

Katie Benson stood behind Dr. Karen Myhre in an exam room last month and watched as the Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician examined 15-month-oldLeader Telegram logo Celeste Raa…The experience was part of the MedEx program at Mayo Clinic Health System, which provides high school juniors considering a career in medicine to spend one-on-one time job shadowing physicians who practice in a variety of specialties.

Circulation: The Leader-Telegram is the largest daily newspaper in west-central Wisconsin. It covers 12 counties with circulations of 23,500 weekdays and 29,800 Sundays.

Context: The MedEx program at Mayo Clinic Health System provides high school juniors the opportunity to spend one-on-one time job shadowing doctors who practice in a variety of specialties. To be considered for the program, students must be entering their junior year of high school, at least 16 years old and seriously considering a career as a physician. Before applying for the program, students must first become volunteers at Mayo Clinic Health System and complete 30 required volunteer hours. Once they have completed 20 of the 30 hours, they can apply to the program. This involves completing an application form, writing an essay and submitting letters of reference. Students who are accepted into the program will spend eight, four-hour shifts job shadowing a physician during a normal work day the summer after completing their junior year of high school. For more information about the MedEx program, contact

Public Affairs Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist 


Florida Times-Union
Health Notes: Mayo Clinic researchers believe many liver transplant patients can be 'fast-tracked' and avoid ICU
by Charlie Patton

The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-Florida Times-Union newspaper logotracked” to return to a surgical ward following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit…Amanda Chaney, a nurse practitioner with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, has been selected to participate in the Future Leaders Program by The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners.

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

Context: The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-tracked” to return to a surgical ward room following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). “To the best of my knowledge, our program has been the only liver transplant program in the United States, and perhaps in the world, with this unique fast-track patient care model consistently practiced,” says the study’s senior investigator, C. Burçin Taner, M.D., chair of Transplant Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Florida. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Scotti


Wall Street Journal
A Less-Invasive Procedure to Treat Fibroids
by Laura Johannes

Many women with fibroids have a hysterectomy, a complete removal of the uterus, or a myomectomy, a removal of just the fibroids. Laparoscopic power The Wall Street Journal newspaper logomorcellation is a common technique to break up tissue so those surgeries can be performed through tiny incisions but it has come under intense scrutiny… Long-term data published in recent years "shows that women have good relief of their symptoms," adds Mayo Clinic researcher Elizabeth A. Stewart. Dr. Stewart is co-author of a 2008 guideline by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which called the procedure "safe and effective."

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, is second in newspaper circulation in America with an average circulation of 223 million copies on week days.  Its website has more than 4.3 million unique visitors each month.

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Wall Street Journal, DEADLY MEDICINE by Jennifer Levitz and Jon Kamp…After Dr. Amy Reed had surgery to remove uterine fibroids, involving a procedure known as power morcellation, she learned that it had worsened her prognosis by spreading a cancer she and her doctors didn't know she had..."I don’t think there is an acceptable safe morcellator out there,” Bobbie Gostout, the Mayo Clinic’s chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology, said at the Florida conference, responding to the Korean study. “I think it is time to go back to our industry partners and say we need a new alternative. We need a contained system.” Dr. Gostout now says her practice has almost eliminated power morcellators since at least 2011 and would use them only for the rare patient, such as one more prone to bleeding or infection, in dire need of a quicker recovery time, or with limited pain-relief options. 

Context:  Elizabeth A. Stewart, M.D. is a  gynecologic surgeon at Mayo ClinicUterine fibroids cause significant fear and morbidity and can compromise workplace performance, according to a published survey of nearly 1,000 women in the U.S. The results were published this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Journal of Women's Health. The findings shed new light on the impact, prevalence and treatment concerns related to uterine leiomyomas (fibroids), which affect up to 80 percent of women by age 50. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Dana Sparks

Self, Exciting Cancer Breakthroughs You Should Know About by Laurie Tarkan…Creating Genetically Based Therapies…As part of the Mayo Clinic's Breast Cancer Genome-Guided Therapy study, Judy Boughey, M.D., professor of surgery at the clinic, along with her study co-leader Matthew Goetz, M.D., professor of oncology, and their team biopsy a woman's breast tumors before and after chemotherapy, and inject the samples into a mouse… Data-Mining the Cure for Pancreatic Cancer "Research on the genetics of pancreatic cancer is still in its infancy," says Gloria Petersen, Ph.D. a genetic epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic… Building Immunity Heather McArthur, M.D., a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, is working on a way to make the immune system attack breast cancer: Pre-surgery, she freezes tumors to kill cancer cells…Meanwhile, Eva Galanis, M.D., chair of the Mayo Clinic's department of molecular medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, is using engineered strains of the measles virus to wipe out several types of cancer.

CNN, Early memory lapses may be sign of dementia  by Jen Christensen, At least once a week a patient will come into Dr. Thomas Loepfe's busy geriatric clinic in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, with a worry. She will tell him she's been misplacing her glasses lately, or he'll say he's concerned about losing the car keys. "Age is the biggest risk factor for forgetfulness, so this can be perfectly normal," Loepfe said. As a geriatrician in the Mayo Clinic Health System, his patient population struggles with memory issues more than a pediatrician's. "I tell them it doesn't always mean there is something serious going on." Additional coverage: News4Jax, WMUR N.H.

FOX News, Most breast cancer patients don’t regret preventative mastectomies, Mayo Clinic researchers surveyed 583 female cancer patients who underwent the surgery from 1960 to 1993. Their study, published in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology, found that 83 percent were happy with their choice a decade later — regardless of whether they had breast reconstruction afterward. Eighty-four percent said they would make the same choice again, the majority of which decided against breast reconstruction. Additional coverage: KMSP Twin Cities

HealthDay, Varicose Vein Treatments All Work, but Aren't Quite Equal by Amy Norton. Three common treatments for painful varicose veins all ease symptoms, though there may be small differences in quality of life months later.…But the average difference was "minor," and unlikely to reflect a big impact on people's lives, according to Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a vascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Gloviczki was not involved in the study.

Bloomberg, Come for the Seven-Star Hotel, Stay for a Nose Job by David Wainer…Marina Ivanova went to the desert city for liposuction. The Moscow resident had looked for a place that would suit both her medical and vacation needs.… Debt Crisis Such efforts over the past decade have met setbacks and disappointments. The transformation of the local medical system came to a halt in 2009 after Abu Dhabi was forced to bail out its neighbor to prevent a default. When the debt crisis froze investments, Harvard University and the Mayo Clinic, who had been brought in to help upgrade Dubai’s medical system, quietly packed up and left the health-care zone.

Huffington Post, Looking To The World Of Sports To Solve Workplace Burnout by Jordan Jayson…Employees are taught that when they have no boundaries at work, it causes more stress with less recovery time -- they don’t have time to restore their energy. The philosophy of the course builds on a body of work that has linked physical activity with workplace productivity. For example, according to Dr. James Levine, an obesity specialist at the Mayo Clinic, the brain activity of a person who sits too long will actually start dimming, falling into what he calls a “slumbering state.”

Huffington Post, Memory Loss and Denial: 5 Warning Signs Loved Ones Should Not Avoid by Rita Altman, R.N.…But when families make the decision to get their loved one the appropriate care, they quickly discover they can breathe a sigh of relief -- all because the person with memory loss is receiving the support they truly need. According to experts, such as the Mayo Clinic, early interventions may also help to slow the progression, which can give the person better opportunities to plan for the future.

Huffington Post, One Habit Can Make You Richer, Thinner, Smarter and Happier by Alex Goldstein… Lack of Sleep Can Make You Clinically Depressed Sleep is so important that insomnia can make you clinically depressed, even if you've never had a history of depression. Mayo Clinic sleep specialist Dr. Robert Auger states, "People with insomnia and no history of depression would be four times more likely to develop depression than individuals with no history of insomnia." If your mood hasn't been what you want it to be, perhaps its because your sleep isn't what it should be.

Huffington Post, Post 50: 5 Summer Habits Every Middle-Aged Person Needs To Keep Doing This Fall by Ann Brenoff… Using sunscreen should be a four-season event, not something relegated to beaches in the summer. It's as easy to get sunburned in the winter as it is in summer, says the Mayo Clinic. 

NY Times, Finding Risks, Not Answers, in Gene Tests by Denise Grady...Various efforts are underway to interpret mutations and compile them in publicly available databases; one of the latest is an online registry to which patients can upload their own data. Eventually, they will be able to see how many other people have the same mutation, and how many get cancer. Called PROMPT, for Prospective Registry of Multiplex Testing, it was created by Memorial Sloan Kettering, the University of Pennsylvania, the Mayo Clinic and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Several genetic testing companies are also helping to promote it.

NY Times, Can a Computer Replace Your Doctor? By Elizabeth Rosenthal…Everyone agrees, of course, that useful technology can be lifesaving. At the Mayo Clinic’s Transform symposium this month in Rochester, Minn., I heard Eric Dishman, a general manager at Intel, explain how he had used data to individualize his own cancer care. More than a decade ago, when he was only partly responding to chemotherapy for a rare kidney cancer, he used a step monitor to help figure out what provoked his pain and then worked with a physical therapist to treat it. More recently, scientists were able to analyze the genetic sequence of his tumor, identifying a medicine for treatment. He is now cancer free.

CNN, More than 700 infants exposed to TB at Texas hospital by Jacque Wilson… An employee at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso came to work with an active case of TB some time between September 2013 and August 2014. He or she worked with infants in the nursery and in the post-partum unit at the hospital, the health department says…Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that generally causes coughing, chest pain and difficulty breathing, according to the Mayo Clinic.

TIME, 11 Ways to Stop Overeating After Your Workout by Amanda MacMillan…Research shows that people tend to reward themselves with rich foods and large portions after exercising, and that they often eat back all of (if not more than) the calories they just burned. There’s nothing wrong with small snack or a filling dinner after exercising, says Emily Brown, RD, a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and former professional runner. Additional coverage: ABC News

TODAY, Ballsy! Testicular cancer survivor has a creative way to raise awareness by Elizabeth Murray, Every day, Thomas Cantley walks six to eight hours pushing around a 6-foot-high inflatable ball. Cantley's goal: to push the giant ball from Santa Monica, California, down the southern coast of the U.S., stop in 11 cities, and eventually make his way to New York City…According to the Mayo Clinic, testicular cancer is rare compared to other cancers, but is also the most common cancer for men between the ages of 15 and 34. Furthermore, testicular cancer is highly treatable, even if it spreads beyond the testicle.

Chicago Tribune, Advocate Health Care and NorthShore to merge  by Peter Frost. Two of Chicago's largest hospital systems on Thursday approved plans to combine, creating a 16-hospital, $6.8 billion system that promises to change the competitive landscape of health care in the Chicago region…Both systems intend to maintain their teaching relationships: NorthShore's with the University of Chicago and Advocate's with the University of Illinois, Midwestern University and Rosalind Franklin University. NorthShore also intends to maintain its clinical relationship with Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Evanston Sun-Times

The Spectator UK, The age of personalised medicine is upon us, At the other end of the spectrum, such advice may seem frivolous. For advances in genetic profiling mean that pharmacogenomics is carving out a crucial role in the treatment of more serious illnesses. Dr Gianrico Farrugia, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Centre for Individualised Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, says developments in this area have been a ‘transformational event’ in medicine, with genetics now used to treat obesity, depression, rheumatoid arthritis and epilepsy. The Mayo Clinic is successfully treating patients that other doctors are struggling to diagnose. ‘We have embedded genetic information in our electronic medical records,’ explains Dr Farrugia. ‘It allows specific information to be gathered that predicts risk of disease or protection against a disease. Patient satisfaction has been very high.’

KTTC, Mayo Clinic will monitor every day life in new Well Living Lab by Mike Sullivan… While it is still undetermined how long someone will stay at the lab, Mayo Clinic says those that do enter the space can be subject to changes in air conditioning, lighting and temperature. These adjustments can be helpful in determining sleep or activity changes.  The head of the Innovation Center, Dr. Douglas Wood, says that even using a computer before bed time has the potential to affect sleep conditions.  It's just one of many situations that the center can monitor.

KARE11, Feature on Camp Wabi, Camp for children who are overweight… They are partners with the Mayo Clinic.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic Health Systems buys old A&W by Jeron Rennie. It has been rumored for a while, but now it is official. The Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin has completed the purchase of the former A&W location along with some land next to it. A&W, which closed in the spring of 2013, will be coming down soon according to Mayo Clinic Health System officials. They said they bought the land and building for its prime location next to the hospital. Additional coverage: Austin Daily Herald

WEAU Eau Claire, New technology changing local health care…At Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire, Dr. Paul Horvath with the emergency department said they’re up to 700 patient visits via TeleMedicine this year. Mayo has been using the web-camera tool for several years now. “It’s a tool that allows us to take the pretty high level specialty expertise and get that to patients who don’t have that immediately available in their community,” said Horvath.

Fort Frances Times, Coffee has some health benefits…Now, back to the health effects of coffee. Obviously, 10 cups is too much for anyone. Still, in moderation, coffee can be a healthy beverage. Donald Hensrud, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic, says, “Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills—from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer."

Pioneer Press, Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker had one goal: making the team…"The toughest part was it wasn't supposed to be very long," Zucker said of the break after his first surgery. "It was supposed to be a couple weeks, and then I'd be back." Zucker could only watch the playoffs. He rehabbed at Mayo Clinic and wasn't able to don skates until the second week of July.

WEAU Eau Claire, Telltale signs: Mother shares stroke survival story…Back in July, Stephanie Sherry suffered a stroke but thanks to the quick thinking of her sons, she's on the road to recovery…“A stroke is the leading cause of disabilities of all diseases,” Angie Gullicksrud, Stroke Coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System said. Gullicksrud, who helped Stephanie on her road to recovery, says strokes are the fourth leading cause of death right now in the U.S. That's why it’s so important to promote awareness.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo talk to help parents decode marijuana signals, Youths get mixed signals about marijuana, which makes it all the more necessary for parents to guard against smoke signals, according to a child and adolescent psychiatrist in La Crosse. The medical marijuana movement adds to the confusion, said Dr. Barry Irons of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.

Bioscience Technology, ASU, Mayo collaborates to advance Arizona's biotech industry. A collaborative project designed to strengthen the ASU-Mayo relationship, improve health care and aid in economic development is moving forward with leasing 150 acres of land near Mayo Clinic. The Phoenix Business Journal reported on the progress in its cover story Sept. 12. The development of the campus, next to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, is a collaborative effort of Mayo Clinic, ASU, the City of Phoenix and developer KUD International, LLC. Additional coverage: ASU News

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic, University of Ireland Galway collaborate. The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine and National University Ireland Galway "have signed a formal memorandum of understanding to pave the way for joint clinical trials using regenerative therapies." The NUI Galway Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials have long collaborated with Mayo and will now "focus on adult stem-cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials and biomedical engineering."

Post-Bulletin, Zip Rail decision delayed by public feedback by Brett Boese. Due to the high volume of public comments received by MnDOT about the proposed Zip Rail project, officials have delayed the release of a document that evaluates the project's potential sites. The project would connect Rochester to the Twin Cities with high-speed rail.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic helps kickstart new drug-guidance company. Mayo Clinic has partnered with venture business Invenshure to launch a new startup named Oneome. Oneome will sell access to Mayo reports that offer guidance on prescribing the best, safest drugs for patients. The drug Warfarin, for example, "can have markedly different effects in different individuals," said Dr. John Logan Black, Oneome co-founder and director of Mayo's Personalized Genomics Laboratory.

Post-Bulletin, Discrimination in health care industry common for transgender people by Jeff Hansel…If, for example, a transgender woman still has a prostate and needs a prostate exam, the doctor should do one, Zubich-Hanson said. But, too often, the patient is declined that health service because she's transgender. "Because women aren't supposed to have prostates, you instantly go, 'OK, well I can't treat this person,'" Zubich-Hanson said…"That's an unfortunate thing because primary-care people take care of people who've had heart surgery — and they don't know how to do heart surgery," said Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Todd Nippoldt, who is leading an effort to start a Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic at Mayo Clinic.

Post-Bulletin, Opinion: Misunderstandings cause daily fear, discrimination, Thank you, Post-Bulletin and Jeff Hansel for the great coverage to long-misunderstood conditions. Both transgender and DSD (Disorder of Sexual Development — also known as intersexed) now are recognized as genuine medical conditions…As a Mayo Clinic patient, I find it awesome that Mayo is a leader in providing us care with their new transgendered and intersexed specialty care program.

Insight News, The importance of folic acid and prenatal care to prevent birth defects, especially among Hispanic women. Although Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers don't have a definite answer as to why spina bifida birth defects occur, they have identified a few important risk factors and two different surgery options… "In-utero spina bifida surgery has the potential to reduce complications to the nervous system in children with spina bifida. Early referral to a specialized center offering fetal surgery is necessary to determine if the mother and baby are suitable candidates," says Nicholas Wetjen, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Children's Center neurosurgeon.

Globe and Mail, The data dilemma: Why more isn’t always better for our well-being by Elisabeth Rosenthal (NY Times)…Everyone agrees, of course, that useful technology can be lifesaving. At the Mayo Clinic’s Transform symposium this month in Rochester, Minn., I heard Eric Dishman, a general manager at Intel, explain how he had used data to individualize his own cancer care.

Calgary Herald, No need for expensive gadgets to track health by Tom Keenan …The August 2014 Mayo Clinic Health Letter praised body monitors for giving us the true story. “Many people overestimate their activity level,” they write. “When they see their actual activity level, they often learn to increase activity habits.”

Arizona Republic, NFL must get serious about tarnished image by Dan Bickle. "We know with acute concussions that, in addition to physical and cognitive symptoms, there can also be personality changes and mood symptoms," said Dr. Amaal Starling, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic's Sports Neurology and Concussion Program. "We know athletes with multiple concussions develop a post-concussion syndrome where they can have psychiatric problems and mood problems.

Medscape, Adults With Congenital Heart Disease: Common Mistakes, Who Are the Adults With Congenital Heart Disease? Sunil V Mankad, MD: Greetings. I'm Dr Sunil Mankad, associate professor of medicine and a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Today we will be convening a roundtable review about adult congenital heart disease.

Virtual Strategy Magazine, Mayo Clinic’s Mobile Exhibit Meets the Big Apple in Times Square, Mayo Clinic's free mobile outreach exhibit- "150 Years of Serving Humanity" - will be making an appearance in Times Square on September 23rd and 24th.  Additional coverage: WAGT NY, ABC12 Mich., Reuters, Digital Journal

Executive Insight, Top Patient Engagement Hospitals. Axial Exchange, Inc. and Becker's Hospital Review announced the results of the first National Patient Engagement Ranking at the Becker's Hospital Review…The national ranking evaluated provider organizations across the United States, ranking hospitals' patient engagement efforts based on an analysis of publicly available data. In the inaugural national ranking, Mayo Clinic hospitals (Eau Claire Hospital, Albert Lee and Rochester St. Mary's Hospital), Medical Center of the Rockies and Roper Hospital received the highest scores of all 3,077 U.S. hospitals assessed.

Modern Healthcare, Doc certification maintenance program important to patients: ABMS by Andis Robeznieks, The American Board of Medical Specialties wants physicians to know that it's working to make its Maintenance of Certification program as relevant and convenient as possible. But it also wants them to know the program is not going away and that the public wants and demands evidence that their doctor is keeping up with the latest medical developments… To facilitate this, the ABMS and the Mayo Clinic developed the Portfolio Program, which the ABMS describes as an initiative by which organizations can “sponsor and support multiple well-designed quality-improvement efforts involving physicians across multiple disciplines.”

MPR News, The benefits of raising a child as a millennial by Taylor Tepper, a millennial covering investing and banking for Money… There's also the fact that your ability to actually conceive children decreases as you age, per the Mayo Clinic, while the risks of complication--from C-sections to pregnancy loss--increase in your mid-to-late 30's.

Star Tribune, A draft plan of Mayo's "Destination Medical Center” shows how $6 billion would remake Rochester by Matt McKinney, The $6 billion redo of downtown Rochester billed as “Destination Medical Center” remains little more than drawings and dreams, but with an important deadline only five months away, the development project that will marry billions in private investment with half a billion taxpayer dollars has begun to take shape.

Post-Bulletin, DMC communications moves away from Mayo Clinic by Jeff Kiger. Mayo Clinic is no longer the official voice of Destination Medical Center. Minneapolis-based Himle Rapp & Co. now is fielding all questions about the $6 billion initiative as the DMC Economic Development Agency's public relations firm. Before Himle stepped into that role, Mayo Clinic staff handled all marketing and media requests about the initiative.

Post-Bulletin, DMC planners: We need more people in Rochester by Mike Klein. To meet the job demands of Destination Medical Center, planners have calculated that Rochester needs to roughly double its net in-migration, from roughly 1,000 people a year to about 2,000, according to Charlie Reiter, transportation planner for Olmsted County. "We hope so. I don't know how else we're going to fill the jobs, to be honest," Reiter said "It's a problem. That's a concern we've identified in trying to forecast future population."

KARE11, Rochester needs more people for jobs by Allen Costanini. Rochester has a problem that would be the envy of many other cities. The city expects to have an abundance of jobs available for the next several decades… "The whole idea of the Destination Medical Center is that it is a really unique partnership between Mayo Clinic, the State of Minnesota, the City of Rochester, Olmsted County and the entire community to come together and create jobs and economic activity and growth for the community," said Smith.

Finance & Commerce, AG finds $6B error in Destination Medical Center subsidy by James Warden, The formula that determines how much state money Rochester’s Destination Medical Center project receives inadvertently requires about $6 billion more in private investments for the project to get the full state match, according to an opinion the Minnesota attorney general’s office published late Tuesday. State Rep. Kim Norton, one of the sponsors for the DMC legislation passed in 2013, said Wednesday she is “deeply disappointed” by the opinion from the attorney general’s office and thinks it is an example of different lawyers coming to different conclusions. But the DFL legislator from Rochester added that she doesn’t think it’ll be a big deal to change the formula in the 2015 session to what was intended because the original bill passed with broad bipartisan support. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, KAAL, KAAL, KTTC

Cheat Sheet, Apple Pushes HealthKit Farther With New Partners by Jess Bolluyt…Mayo Clinic The Mayo Clinic, a renowned medical care and research center in Minnesota, is among the most high-profile partners with whom Apple is collaborating on tests of HealthKit. The clinic is reportedly testing a service that would leverage HealthKit to flag patients when the results recorded by their apps and devices are abnormal, prompting follow-up information and treatment recommendations.

KAAL, Making Hockey a Safe Sport by Megan Reistad, According to the Minnesota State High School League, more than 200,000 kids participate in athletics and activities each year. Local organizations are working to make sure kids have the skills to stay safe in the game.…With 900 of those kids playing at the youth level in the Rochester area, it is important to keep kids from injuries. "You play hockey with your body and your mind, so if your mind and body is not at the peak condition that it could be, you're probably not going to maximize your talents," said Joe Eischen from Mayo Sports Medicine Center.

BringMeTheNews, The soda wars: Re-examining artificial sweeteners v. sugar by Jessica Mador. In the journal Nature, the researchers reported that an experiment with mice showed that high doses of zero-calorie artificial sweeteners alter the bacterial population in the gut, changing the way the body processes sugar, and leading to high blood sugar, a risk factor for obesity and type 2 diabetes…So what’s the bottom line? The Mayo Clinic offers these final words on the unsettled debate. While food and drink made with artificial sweeteners can be helpful for diabetics and anyone looking to cut down on sugar or calories, Mayo cautions, “sugar substitutes aren’t magic bullets for weight loss.”

Becker’s Hospital Review, 10 Mayo Clinic innovations you probably don't know about by Lindsey Dunn. The Mayo Clinic has a long history of innovation, from its introduction of the group practice model at the beginning of the 20th century to the launch of its dedicated innovation incubator, the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation in 2008, which has resulted in the incubation of nearly 300 innovation projects. In an effort to share how lessons from the Clinic's innovation work, three leaders of the CFI — Nicholas LaRusso, MD; Barbara Spurrier, MHA; and Gianrico Farrugia, MD — have co-authored "Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation" (to be released later this month by McGraw-Hill Education).

Becker’s Hospital Review, 3 things the most innovative health systems do by Heather Punke…Rethink the practice of medicine. The Mayo Clinic, established more than 100 years ago, all started from innovating the practice of medicine by establishing an integrated group practice. "It was the seminal innovation of the Mayo brothers," says Nicholas LaRusso, MD, the founding medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. "At the time it was brilliantly innovative."

Austin Daily Herald, Cold and flu season is coming early this year by Jenae Hackensmith…Primary Care Nurse Manager at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Brenda Haynes, encouraged people to think about their families. “If you don’t feel that you’re at risk for this disease, I would ask you to think about your loved ones, and if they’re at risk, would you want to protect them as well,” Haynes said.

AZO Sensors, Mayo Clinic Supports Development of Tear-Based Glucose Meter. An award of $65,000 from Mayo Clinic in Arizona will help Arizona State University bioengineer, Jeffrey La Belle, continue development of a tear-based glucose meter designed to help people living with diabetes monitor their health.

Area Development, Revolutionary Advances in Life Sciences amid Industry Disruption and Uncertainty by Mark Crawford…For example, in Madison, Wisconsin, Exact Sciences Corporation recently announced Mayo Clinic will be the first health system to offer its new product Cologuard®, the first and only FDA-approved, noninvasive DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. “Cologuard represents a significant advancement in identifying colorectal cancer at its most treatable stage,” says Vijay Shah, chair of Mayo Clinic’s gastroenterology department.

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic experts comment on child respiratory illnesses by Mayo Clinic News Network. With the recent news about a large number of children affected by respiratory illnesses in the central U.S., Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician Phil Fischer and pediatric infectious diseases specialist W. Charles Huskins share information about these illnesses, what parents should look for and how to prevent them from spreading.

Dark Daily, Development of Frozen Section Technology is Subject of Newspaper Story Highlighting the Value Pathology Brings to Medicine. It’s a good thing for pathologists each time a local newspaper runs a story that highlights the contribution of pathology to the practice of medicine. Since pathologists typically don’t see patients, media stories about the pathologist’s role in diagnosing disease are effective ways to educate consumers. This was the case when Rochester, Minnesota-based recently ran a story about—who else—but the pathology laboratory at the Mayo Clinic.

Phoenix Business Journal, Mayo, ASU collaborate on biomedical campus in north Phoenix (Video) by Angela Gonzales. KUD International Inc. is working with the Arizona State Land Department to develop a 150-acre biomedical campus that eventually could create as many as 30,000 jobs. The New York developer plans to invest $1 billion to develop what could be one of the nation's largest research parks. Dr. Wyatt Decker, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said he is excited about the potential of the biomedical corridor. Additional coverage: Phoenix Business Journal, Phoenix Business Journal, Phoenix Business Journal (PDF), Phoenix Business Journal PDF, Yuma News Now

Science Newsline, Worldwide Study Demonstrates Accuracy of Genetic Analyses. Physicians envision a future in which genomic data from patients is heavily used to manage care — but experts have questioned the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. Now, a study by 150 researchers in 12 countries finds real strength and agreement across RNA genomic sequencing techniques and laboratories — as well as ways to improve what little variability exists to set a new high standard. Additional coverage: Super Computing Online, Science Daily, Science Codex, Daily news EN, Imperial Valley News Calif., Medical Xpress, HealthCanal

US News, The Worst Jobs For Your Health by Jada Graves. Take these preventive measures to ensure you’re working as safely as possible… Depending on your profession, you might also want to set up a consultation with an executive health program. “We see patients from all over the world who visit us for a day to a day and a half for consultations and tests,” says Kurt Carlson, an ​internist and medical director for the ​executive and international health program at the Mayo Clinic​. “The intent is for these people to return to their primary care provider with the recommendations we’ve given them, and we make an effort to communicate the results of our evaluation with those providers.”  Additional coverage: Huffington Post, Business Insider

KTTC, Architects present revised DMC plans to DMCC board by Devin Bartolott. Architects and planners met with the DMC board for the third time Thursday to discuss the evolving future of Rochester…"The planners have taken a lot of information and pulled it together to really transform Rochester,” said Economic Development Association executive director Lisa Clarke. Additional coverage: KTTC, Post-Bulletin, KAAL, Finance & Commerce

KTTC, Quality of life can impact cancer recovery Mayo Clinic doctors say by Nicole Goodrich. Mayo Clinic doctors say they already knew quality of life can impact a patient's chances of survival after surgery, but doctors also wanted to find out if quality of life could impact complications after surgery…."Can we then look at 'Do they need additional help, either before or after surgery? Should we be more alert? Should they have different monitoring? Should there be interventions before surgery so that we can prevent the complications?'" said Juliane Bingener-Casey, a Mayo Clinic Gastroenterologic surgeon. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse

WEAU Eau Claire, Keep your children's vaccines in check this fall… Dr. Dennis Breen, MD with UW-Health in Eau Claire said vaccinations should begin before the baby is even born. "So most important thing is that moms get vaccinated for influenza. In fact, influenza is a very dangerous disease for pregnant moms, so they need to get that. So that protects them but also passes some immunity to the child as well," said Breen.

MPR, Q&A: With supplies of respiratory drug low, hospitals look for alternatives by Lorna Benson, Some children's hospitals in the Twin Cities are running low on a drug that helps ease labored breathing. The shortage follows the outbreak of an unusual virus that has been causing severe respiratory illnesses in children across the Midwest…Officials at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester say doctors there have been treating a surge in children with acute respiratory illness, involving wheezing and difficulty breathing, since mid-August. But they say the hospital has been able to treat all patients.

Florida Times-Union, Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: Algae, bacteria a concern for people using St. Johns River by Clayton Freeman… Algal blooms produce toxic chemicals called microcystins, which can harm humans and animals. “When it produces this toxin, it can kill marine life and cause a lot of detrimental things,” said Vandana Bhide, a doctor of internal medicine at Mayo Clinic. “If people consume the water, they can get sick and it can be very serious.”

Star Tribune, Bill George: Strong female leadership sets Twin Cities apart…On Tuesday, the George Family Foundation will honor these and other women leaders — a total of 84 — before the Guthrie’s preview showing of “The Heidi Chronicles”: Health care. Minnesota has long been a leader in health care, thanks to Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and Abbott Northwestern Hospital. As chairwoman of Northwestern Hospital for Women, Virginia Piper led the 1970 merger that created Abbott Northwestern. She became a role model for exceptional female leaders like HealthPartners’ Mary Brainerd and Allina Health’s Penny Wheeler, as well as women leading Gillette Children’s, UMN Physicians and UMN Health.

KAAL, Zombie Apocalypse Training Exercise Prepares Locals for Epidemic…It may seem like a horrific part of the imagination, but to the surprise of many, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention actually has its own “Zombie Preparedness” section. Once again, Mayo Clinic and community partners including the U.S. Army, Olmsted County Public Health, UMR, and the Scouts are taking it to heart. They created their own Zombie Apocalypse simulation. “It shows you how you prepare a community for a biological threat,” said Dr. Ashok Patel from Mayo Clinic’s Critical Care Medicine Department. Additional coverage: KTTC, Post-Bulletin

USA Today (Kaiser Health), Hollywood's medical storylines vetted by those who know, Center at USC helps writers and producers get the big and small things right… They pride themselves on understanding TV deadlines and getting the right person on the phone quickly. The team of about a dozen — including people with backgrounds in journalism, public health and the film industry — consults with a long list of doctors and researchers from governmental and medical institutions around the country such as Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, as well as USC. Additional coverage: Arizona Republic

Washington Post, Hollywood has it wrong: I’m a teenager with an illness, and it’s not glamorous at all by Lillie Lainoff …I’ve been to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and Children’s Hospital in Washington…The teenagers going through chemotherapy weren’t racing down the hospital hallways in wheelchairs; they were holding onto plastic buckets in case they threw up. I’m not saying they were never happy. I can still remember the smile of a 6-year-old girl whom I sat next to in a waiting room at Mayo, glimpses of her balding head showing through a floral-printed scarf. While most children her age seem to have boundless energy, she sat quietly.

Digital Journal, IBM’s Watson to compute clinical trials by Tim Sandle. IBM’s cognitive computer has a new task for its massive "brain". The computer will be individualizing trial plans for cancer patients at the Mayo Clinic. Watson is already deployed to aid researchers and clinicians at several institutions. The “cognitive computer” is now, Fox News reports, helping oncologists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to review thousands of patient records to help sort individuals afflicted with cancer into appropriate clinical trials. Additional coverage: Imperial Valley News, The Motley Fool, NetMassimo Blog

La Verdad De Tamaulipas, El ácido fólico es importantes para prevenir defectos congénitos…Los médicos de Mayo Clinic piensan que la función nerviosa de los bebés con espina bífida parece empeorar rápidamente después del nacimiento, por lo que sería mejor reparar los defectos de la espina bífida cuando el bebé todavía se encuentra dentro del útero (intrauterino). El Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, neurocirujano del Centro Pediátrico de Mayo Clinic explica que la cirugía intrauterina de la espina bífida tiene el potencial de reducir las complicaciones del sistema nervioso en los niños con ese problema.

La Cronica, Temblor esencial un trastorno del movimiento… El Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog, Neurología de Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota, comenta que se desconoce la causa del temblor esencial y las personas que lo padecen generalmente tienen un familiar que también sufre el trastorno, lo que parece indicar que la genética desempeña alguna función. Additional coverage: Salud Cronica

Vivir Con Diabetes, Los juanetes pueden tener solución, De acuerdo con el Dr. Martin Ellman, Podiatra, Cirugía Ortopédica de Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota, la estructura del pie cambia con el transcurso del tiempo. A veces, los cambios son sutiles y no se notan, pero en otras circunstancias, son mayores.

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