October 2, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Herceptin Best for Certain Breast Cancer Patients, Study Says

Herceptin is the best drug treatment for a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive and should remain the standard of care for that type of tumor, according to new findings from a long-term clinical trial. HER2-positive breast cancers tend to be more aggressive than other types of breast cancer, according to theHealth Day Logo Mayo Clinic… Heart safety was rated good for both groups of patients. And there was no difference in the rate of cancer spreading from the breast to the brain, study co-chair Dr. Edith Perez, director of the Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, said in a Mayo news release.

Reach: HealthDay distributes its health news to media outlets several times each day and also posts its news on its website, which receives more than 39,000 unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: US News & World Report

Context: Analysis of more than 8,000 women who participated in the world’s largest study of two treatments for HER2-positive breast cancer reinforces other findings from the clinical trial showing that trastuzumab (Herceptin) should remain the standard of care for this cancer, says a Mayo Clinic researcher. This study, being presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Congress in Madrid, reveals that when used as a single HER2-targeted therapy in addition to standard chemotherapy, trastuzumab offers a better outcome than does lapatinib (Tykerb), says Edith A. Perez, M.D., deputy director at large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and director of the Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program at Mayo Clinic in Florida. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Scotti


Mayo Opens Spa Focusing on Overall Wellness
by Jenna Lohse

Mayo Clinic is internationally known for medical breakthroughs and lifesaving procedures, but now it's taken a new step into prevention. Doctors say it all comes down to a person's overall wellness. Mayo's new spa program called Rejuvenate just opened.  Step into a new part of Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program and KAAL-TV-6 logoleave the stresses in life behind for a bit. "I had my first facial today, so I’m a new believer,” said Dr. Brent Bauer, Medical Director of Rejuvenate. He says overall wellness is key. "I think it's time to ask that question how do we keep people from getting sick in the first point,” said Bauer… "A spa service such as message can lead to better outcomes, people who have had cardiac surgery for example, we've been doing some of those things in the hospital and the clinic setting for quite some time,” said Dr. Donald Hensrud, Medical Director of Mayo’s Healthy Living Program.

Reach:  KAAL is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., which owns all ABC Affiliates in Minnesota including KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul and WDIO in Duluth. KAAL, which operates from Austin, also has ABC satellite stations in Alexandria and Redwood Falls. KAAL serves Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa.

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Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic adds services at Healthy Living Program by Jeff Hansel, Mayo Clinic plans to open a spa and weight-loss program at its downtown Rochester Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. "We are excited about taking wellness to the next level," Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Healthy Weight and Rejuvenate at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, said in a statement from the clinic. 

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Context:  The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, which launched earlier this year, is expanding its wellness offerings to include a weight management plan and spa services. The Healthy Weight Plan andRejuvenate at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program will open this fall and enhance the already popular wellness plans available for guests.  “We are excited about taking wellness to the next level,” says Donald Hensrud, M.D., the program’s medical director. “Our expanded services embrace the idea of involving the entire body and mind. No matter your age or health needs, if you’re looking to better manage stress, lose weight, get active, or eat and cook healthfully, our program offers a diverse selection of wellness options for anyone seeking whole-body wellness.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein


Star Tribune
Mayo opens downtown sports center
by Jeremy Olson

In the years to come, Mayo Clinic’s new sports medicine center in downtown Minneapolis will no doubt treat NBA stars, heal MLB sluggers and help promising athletes reach their potential.Star Tribune Health newspaper logo

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.

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Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Mayo Clinic's Block E center opens Wednesday… What used to be called Block E, on Hennepin between Sixth and Seventh streets, has been peeled open and is covered with plastic while they work on the facade. On the third floor, the 15-screen cineplex has been gutted, and that's where the 22,000-square-foot Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center has been installed.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic’s downtown Minneapolis clinic opens Wednesday by Katharine Grayson, Mayo Clinic will offer services ranging from regenerative-medicine treatments to golf-swing assessments at its downtown Minneapolis sports medicine facility opening Wednesday. The 22,000-square-foot clinic, part of a $50 million redevelopment of the Block E building, will employ about 30 people, said Medical Director Jon Finnoff in an interview.

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Context: Mayo Clinic announced this week the opening of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis. Services in the new 22,000-square-foot facility include health and well-being programs, injury prevention, EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) performance solutions, physical rehabilitation and sport-specific skills programs, and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic sports injuries for athletes of all ages. The facility will be staffed by orthopedic and physical medicine & rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning specialists, as well as EXOS performance specialists and dietitians.

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“For more than two decades, the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center has provided care for professional and international sports teams, premier athletes and weekend warriors from virtually every sport,” says Jonathan Finnoff, D.O., medical director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic Square. “Our approach to integrated, multidisciplinary care to optimize performance, minimize risk and treat injury is truly a differentiator.” More information about Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Focus on concussions transforms high school football in Minnesota
by Trisha Volpe

…"If athletes and parents and coaches and healthcare providers and administrators are aware of the problem, they understand the symptoms and signs, they're able to recognize them and maybe they're compelled to refer to a healthcare provider because of the law, then we are seeing more folks, which is a good thing," saidMPR News logo Dr. Michael Stuart, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert at Mayo Clinic.

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

Context:  Michael Stuart, M.D. is co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


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Rat heart cells could offer clues to treating hypothermia
by Liz Baier

In a dark corner of a lab inside Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary's Campus, Niccole Schaible peers through a microscope into the cardiomyoctes, or muscle cells of a MPR News Logorat's heart. They're on a glass slide, nearly invisible to the naked eye. "It's kind of a cool procedure when you actually see it contracting," she said. "When you look through the microscope and actually see this thing beating."

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Brainerd Dispatch (MPR), Rat heart cells could offer clues to treating hypothermia by Liz Baier, In a dark corner of a lab inside Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary's Campus, Niccole Schaible peers through a microscope into the cardiomyoctes, or muscle cells of a rat's heart. They're on a glass slide, nearly invisible to the naked eye… Schaible is a graduate student of biomedical engineering and physiology at Mayo Clinic. She's using the rat's muscle cells to understand why heart failure often occurs when patients are warmed after severe hypothermia.

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MPR, Eleven years after cancer diagnosis, the bad news by Bob Collins, There’s more to define Jenna (Langer) Vancura’s life than her battle with cancer. But her illness has consumed a lot of it. The 27-year-old New Ulm, Minnesota, native spent much of her senior year in high school at the Mayo Clinic… On Tuesday, 11 years to the day since we first found my cancer, my doctors bravely told me that my body was finally succumbing to the disease. It’s that realization nobody wants to have, but most need to have at some point. My mom thanked my doctors for their honesty; it’s hard to come by.

Wall Street Journal, New Implantable Pump Could Cut Diabetes Treatments by Ron Winslow, A diabetes drug delivered continuously from a small implantable pump resulted in a marked and sustained reduction in blood sugar in patients in two studies, potentially setting the stage for a once-a-year treatment option to manage the disease…Patients with Type 2 diabetes "tell me they don't want shots in any form," said Andy Basu, an endocrinologist and diabetes expert at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. He isn't familiar with the ITCA 650 pump, but said a "one-time device that goes in for six months or nine months and is shown to be safe and effective...would be a big deal for many patients."

Forbes, New technology brings about a revolution in medical care by Matthew Herper, DNA sequencing is revolutionising the diagnosis and treatment of everything from cancer to Down syndrome at breakneck speed, changing health care forever. Incredibly, only one company—Illumina—is making it all possible. It's just getting started… When Renee Valint’s daughter Shelby was born in 2000, she seemed weak, like a rag doll. Shelby learnt to walk and talk, but she did so slowly, missing developmental milestones. By age four she was confined to a wheelchair, and she started using a computerised voice to communicate in the fifth grade. Desperate, Renee took her from Phoenix to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for one last week of tests and discussion with some of the country’s top doctors.

Huffington Post, Red Sox First Baseman Mike Napoli Will Be Treated For Sleep Apnea by Sarah Klein, Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli missed the last 10 games of the season due to "an array of injuries," according to ESPNBoston.com, but he won't need surgery. Instead, he'll be receiving treatment for sleep apnea…Experts estimate that around 18 million or more Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Risk factors include being overweight, male, over 60 or having a thick neck, among others, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post UK, Moody Women May Be More At Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease, Study Claims… But absolutely make the call Regular communication is the most crucial and valuable component in keeping the relationship ongoing and strong. During conversations, keep the sentences and dialogue short and simple. Keep the call itself short, too. “Little two-, three- and four-minute phone calls are probably better than 15-minute phone calls,” says Angela Lunde, dementia education specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

NY Times, Roche Breast Cancer Drug Perjeta Appears to Greatly Extend Patients’ Lives by Andrew Pollack, A drug used to treat advanced breast cancer has had what appears to be unprecedented success in prolonging lives in a clinical trial, researchers reported on Sunday. Patients who received the drug — Perjeta, from the Swiss drug maker Roche — had a median survival time nearly 16 months longer than those in the control group…Two experts not involved in the study, Dr. Edith A. Perez of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Dr. Harold J. Burstein of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said the results were impressive. “Usually we see two months of improvement,” Dr. Perez said. Additional coverage: Boston Globe, Star Tribune, MedPage Today, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Francisco Gate, Seattle Times, Tampa Bay Times, The Times of India, Buffalo News

NY Times, Celiac Disease, a Common, but Elusive, Diagnosis by Jane Brody… First-degree relatives of someone with celiac disease should also be tested for it, even if they have no symptoms. If another person in the immediate family has the disease, second-degree relatives should be tested, Dr. Joseph A. Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in an interview. “Celiac disease is now five times more common than it was 50 years ago, and that’s not just the result of better diagnoses,” said Dr. Murray, who is also editor of “Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free,” to be published in November. “We looked at old stored blood samples, and that showed a real increase in incidence.”

NY Times, Sunday Review Nir Barzilai, Nir Barzilai is the Israeli-born director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx…I tell people to go to the Mayo Clinic website. You have a symptom or a disease, go there and you get the best information written by the best doctors without bias.

The New Yorker, Cycling’s Greatest Hour by Joshua Hunt… Voigt, who was the oldest rider in this year’s Tour de France, is now the oldest to hold the hour record. The professionalization of many sports has encouraged athletes to stay competitive well into their thirties and forties, and there have been several outstanding older endurance athletes since the early seventies…Michael Joyner, of the Mayo Clinic, who studies how endurance athletes perform in their later years, told me that the physiological key to Voigt’s record-breaking effort is a high VO2 Max, which is the measure of an individual’s maximum rate of oxygen consumption.

Prevention, Sure It's Just Gas? 5 Surprising Culprits Of Sharp Stomach Pain by Jordan Davidson, Just because you won't see Lady Mary and the dowager discussing gas and bloating over tea at Downton doesn't mean the topic is taboo. In fact, accurately articulating your symptoms paves the way to identifying what's triggering your discomfort. One recent study found that ER docs at the Mayo Clinic, of all venerable places, often misdiagnosed stomach pain caused by gallbladder problems—leading to return trips for emergency surgery and general suffering on the part of the patient.

Prevention, 60-second fix for a stiff neck by Lisa Whitmore, t’s 7 am. Time to start your day! You go in for a big stretch when...yeowch! Neck cramp! A knot in any muscle is a nuisance, but it's especially frustrating when the offender is lodged in your neck or upper back.  Relax (well, figuratively speaking): You can actually knead away the cramp yourself with this quick routine, courtesy of Allyn Kakuk, DPT, a wellness physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic. Here's how: Step 1: Find the sore spot. If it's on the right side of your neck or upper back, place your right hand on the area. If it's on the left side, use your left hand. Additional coverage: FOX News

Self, Health News, The latest research, trends and more to help you live better this month, by Jessica Migala, Sleep Tight with Your Pup… You've probably heard the warnings that sleeping with your dog can wreck your rest, but do you really have to kick your furry friend out of bed? Perhaps not. Findings from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix suggest that only about 10 percent of pet owners are disrupted by their pet's snoring, whimpering and wandering. The other 90 percent of us can continue to snuggle away.

Yahoo! News Canada, Apple's Health App Tracks Almost Everything, Except Periods, Apple has finally released its much-anticipated health app, but some are asking why the app has no feature for tracking a woman's menstrual cycle…Perhaps the app lacks a menstrual tracker because Apple's employees are primarily male, The Verge's Arielle Duhaime-Ross wrote. But that shouldn't excuse the company, which has partnered with medical experts at the Mayo Clinic and elsewhere, Duhaime-Ross said.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Self-care steps may help to prevent tonsil stones from returning by Ann Bell, M.D., Otorhinolaryngology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes tonsil stones? Is there a way to permanently get rid of them, other than having my tonsils removed? I'm 48 and have heard that having a tonsillectomy as an adult is a significant surgery that can lead to other problems.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Cause of ischemic colitis often unclear by Sarah Umar, M.D., Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What exactly is ischemic colitis? Do doctors know what causes it? ANSWER: Ischemic colitis occurs when blood flow to part of the large intestine (colon) is reduced due to one of two reasons: either there's a blocked or narrowed blood vessel (occlusive), or there's a temporary decrease in blood flow to the colon (nonocclusive).

MedPage Today, ESMO Quick Take: First-Line Pertuzumab, Trastuzumab & Docetaxel: CLEOPATRA,  Discussant: Edith Perez, MD, Deputy Director at Large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Additional coverage: MedPage Today

Medscape, Memory Complaints Predict Future Cognitive Impairment by Pauline Anderson, Patients reporting memory problems are at increased risk for subsequent mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia, a new study suggests…Meaningful Trend Ron Petersen, MD, PhD, director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, praised the research. "It's a good study done by good group of people and adds more evidence that this trend toward subjective concerns is meaningful and could be important in terms of predicting what's going to happen down the road," he told Medscape Medical News.

WCCO, Minn. Doctors Must Now Tell Patients about Dense Breast Tissue by Angela Davis, October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. And this year, Minnesota has a new law in place that changes what doctors are required to reveal about a woman’s mammogram result. “So this law is really about making sure women get the most information they possibly can out of their mammograms,” said Dr. Kathryn Ruddy, a breast medical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Star Tribune Violinist has risky surgery, ready to run again by Rachel Blount, During his 40-year tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, Roger Frisch has played many of the world’s great concert halls, bringing Beethoven and Brahms to life through his 250-year-old Italian violin. Yet the most memorable performance of his career came under the cold spotlight of an operating theater at the Mayo Clinic, before an audience waiting to hear him coax just one note from a cheap, squeaky instrument… Mayo neurosurgeon Dr. Kendall Lee thought Frisch would be the ideal candidate for a new technique. His medical team bought a $75 violin on eBay and connected it to computers; when Frisch played, it would guide the surgeon to place the electrodes in just the right spot.

Star Tribune, Garrison Keillor: Out of surgery and on to orange Jell-O, Garrison Keillor reports he is "feeling good" after surgery Thursday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. "The IV went in and night fell and a couple hours later I woke in Recovery, no fuss, with a very pleasant nurse who gave me some ice to chew on and we chatted like old pals and at noon I got wheeled up to my room for a lovely lunch of vegetable broth, coffee, cranberry juice, and orange Jell-O," he posted on Facebook.

Star Tribune, Minnesota gets 3 grants in landmark federal BRAIN project by Dan Browning, Research teams at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic will receive nearly $5 million over the next three years in the first batch of grants from the National Institutes of Health’s prodigious initiative to map the human brain. The so-called BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies) initiative, a long-term project that has been likened to the effort behind the United States’ first moon landing, will release $46 million toward 58 projects in fiscal 2014 — three of them in Minnesota — NIH director Francis Collins said Tuesday.

Star Tribune, His heart gaining strength, can he lose the implant? By Jeremy Olson, The world didn’t end on Dec. 21, 2012 — doomsday, according to some predictions — but Blake Brunner wondered for a moment if it had. His vision went black, then returned and then he collapsed. “I was freaking out,” the Forest Lake teenager recalled. A mechanical pump in his chest was failing, he would later learn, and was no longer pushing blood through his body to assist his weakened heart…Explant surgery remains in its infancy, with the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, having completed only about a dozen. None have taken place at Mayo Clinic. Cardiologists nonetheless have high hopes that more and more patients can give up the devices.

Star Tribune, Schafer: Computer power fuels advances in medicine, Physician John Logan Black has been in the field of genetic testing for more than a decade. As co-director of the Mayo Clinic’s personalized genomics laboratory, he remembers when it was “a dream” to one day be able to provide physicians with individual genetic tests so they could prescribe the right drugs. That dream has been realized — years early. Mayo and theMinneapolis venture firm Invenshure late last week announced the formation of Oneome, which provides just that service.

Star Tribune, Gardenhire catches support of Twins players, Trevor Plouffe turned on his television Monday and saw Ron Gardenhire’s farewell news conference. The Twins third baseman had just returned home from having surgery on his broken forearm at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Plouffe asked his wife, Olivia, to drive him to Target Field so that he could say goodbye to his manager in person. “We just kind of dropped everything and rushed over there,” Plouffe said.

Twin Cities Business, Creating a Great Workplace by Adam Wahlberg, Mayo Clinic: Employees' needs beyond work To Brent Bultema, director of recruitment strategies at Mayo Clinic, the secret to employee recruitment is all about storytelling. "Mayo Clinic has 150 years of stories to  rely on, and we tell those frequently. It starts at orientation through leaders providing their personal stories and tying our cultural norms back to the Mayo brothers," he says. "That's been important to make sure that your history and your culture resonate with your employees, since culture can be an abstract thing."

Post-Bulletin, Franciscan sisters celebrate hospital's history by Jeff Hansel, One hundred and twenty-five years ago today, Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester opened its doors — a day early. "It wasn't supposed to open until the first of October. But it opened the day before because a patient needed surgery," said Sister Generose Gervais, the last Franciscan sister in Rochester to hold the post of hospital administrator.

Post-Bulletin, Blood Donations Needed by Jeff Hansel, The Mayo Clinic Blood Bank has made an urgent plea to its 34,000 Rochester-based employees for blood donations, and Mayo is now also reaching out to the broader community… The supply of O negative blood is now "well below critical thresholds and the need is ever-present," says a statement from Mayo attributed to Dr. Justin D. Kreuter, medical director of the Mayo Blood Donor Program.

Post-Bulletin, Our View: DMC legislation should be fixed quickly, When the Destination Medical Center bill passed the Minnesota Legislature in 2013, advocates of Mayo Clinic's 20-year expansion plan proclaimed it one of the biggest moments in Rochester's history… But the celebration was premature. An opinion released Tuesday by the Minnesota Attorney General's office said $12 billion — not $6 billion — in private funding would need to be raised before DMC could tap the full amount of $327 million in state money earmarked for the project.

Post-Bulletin, Back and Forth: Learn about Mayo Clinic history during Heritage Days by Harley Flathers, Some old sage once said, "History is what happens while you're waiting for something to happen." With Mayo Clinic's 150th anniversary in full swing, we can learn what has happened to the clinic during its Heritage Days celebration Oct. 6-10. Mayo has done a superb job of recording history, beginning with Dr. William Worrall Mayo coming with his family to Rochester from LeSeuer in 1863. His sons Will and Charlie and the Sisters of St. Francis all added chapters to the history book. (Or should I say several books?)

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic buys properties in Austin, Mayo Clinic Health System of Albert Lea and Austin has purchased the former A&W restaurant near the Austin Mayo Clinic facility. It also purchased a house next to the old A&W at 910 Fourth St. N.W., according to Scot Ramsey, operations administrator for the Facilities Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin.

KTTC, DMC Leaders on Tour, Tom Overlie reports from Bellevue, Washington.

KEYC, Local Health Officials Say Ebola Not A National Risk, We reported last night that a hospital in Dallas is treating a patient that flew in from Liberia. So now, will it spread and what's the likelihood? Jessica Sheehy, infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic says, "There's very low likelihood of it being spread out of his close contacts and family who may have been taking care of him while he's sick. You can only transmit the virus when you're showing symptoms."

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Workshops help patients take control of health woes by Michael Brun… Diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia and heart disease are examples of conditions the workshops can help patients manage, organizers say. "Everyone has different problems, but they all deal with the same issues," said Whitney Quast, cardiac rehabilitation specialist. She is one of six trained facilitators and two volunteers who oversee the Mayo Clinic Health System workshops.

KAAL, Wild Players Visit Mayo Clinic for Youth Hockey Seminar by Meghan Reistad, Rochester’s Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center was busy hockey players, coaches and parents for an educational seminar with the Minnesota Wild. Around 150 people showed up for the free workshop, with a few highly anticipated guests. “Tonight was a really fun night because we had two NHL players, one former one current for the Minnesota Wild,” said Dr. Michael Stuart from Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine.

KAAL, Mayo Experts Say Ebola Unlikely to Spread in U.S. by Steph Crock, Health officials are on high alert after the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States. The man, who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia, is now in isolation in a Dallas hospital in serious condition. Now, the Minnesota Department of Health and Mayo Clinic are responding to the confirmed case. “In some ways, it was just a matter of time before we saw a case, especially because the outbreak in Africa continues to rage on," said Doctor Pritish Tosh with the Mayo Clinic.

KAAL, First Debate For Gubernatorial Candidates Highlights Differences… Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center project also came to the forefront Wednesday, with each candidate saying they’re in favor of the project. But that doesn't mean they see eye to eye. "This is one of the areas where there is principal disagreement,” Gov. Dayton said. “I believe there is a role for government to provide incentives and then to partner with the private sector in order to make these projects happen." Additional coverage: Star Tribune, KARE11

Faribault Daily News, Flu season has arrived in Faribault by Camey Thibodeau, With flu season upon us, health care professionals want you to know how best to protect yourself and your family from the virus. Flu season begins in October and can persist into May. It peaks from December to February. Shelly Myrom, a certified nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault, said a flu shot or flu nasal mist is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Federal grant to help region battle youth drug abuse… We think of drugs and alcohol in high schools,” he said. “We need to get the message out to younger kids.” Parents also need to hear that message, said Capt. Dan Bresina of the Eau Claire County sheriff’s office. He and pharmacist Cathy Lea of Mayo Clinic Health System Pharmacy & Home Medical are pleased the Alliance is going to target youth prescription drug misuse.

Le Center Leader, Marathon legend Dick Beardsley to keynote Mankato Marathon speaker series by Pat Beck, The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, is proud to announce the 2014 keynote speaker for the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic Speaker Series is marathon legend Dick Beardsley – the first fastest American born runner in the marathon distance.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic physician weighs in on first U.S. Ebola diagnosis by Ali Killam… One physician says it was only a matter of time before a case popped up in the US, of someone who contracted the virus in West Africa, and was officially diagnosed on American soil. However, he made sure to say not to worry because the possibility of this virus spreading here at home is very slim. "In some ways, the risk to the community is unchanged, at least in the United States," says infectious diseases physician, Dr. Pritish Tosh. "The types of things that spread Ebola in West Africa are really related to a lack of public health infrastructure and access to health care."

Bloomberg, Doctors Pull In $3.5 Billion in 5 Months From Drug and Device Companies by Caroline Chen, U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals were paid $3.5 billion by drug and device makers over five months in 2013, according to the first comprehensive disclosure of the companies’ financial ties to the medical professionals that prescribe and use their products…For example, one researcher at the Mayo Clinic who was conducting company-funded research was also given a grant for work related to writing up the findings. The grant was recorded as a gift, said Richard Ehman, a professor of radiology and vice chairman of the conflict interest review board at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Arizona Republic, Star Tribune

Manitoba Co-operator, Study: Can Manitoba crops reverse prediabetes? Manitoba-grown ingredients might reverse prediabetes, according to researchers behind a new study. The Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network (MaHRN), in partnership with Minnesota-based Step One Foods, leads the study, funded by Manitoba Jobs and the Economy. Research kicked off last week when clinical teams met for the first time to determine the criteria for participants, talk details and outline a timeline. Research will be conducted in Manitoba at MaHRN and in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic.

Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill), In need of a new heart, she longs to be a mom Courtney Kidd had her Bourbonnais two-bedroom townhouse all ready. It had a baby crib as well as a day bed. Toys were all around. The home had been childproofed. The 32-year-old woman was set to become a foster parent… All she needed was the child. Whether the youngster was a boy or girl didn't matter. Then life, as it has done over and over again to this young woman, threw her a curve ball… Battling heart ailments since her first day of life, Courtney could feel her health slipping…As difficult as that was to accept, life for the Kidds is about to grow even harsher as Anne and Courtney make their way Sunday to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where Courtney will wait for a donor heart to replace hers, now functioning at only 20 percent capacity.

The Journal Review (Ind.), Helping Hands by John Dykstra, Dan Keffer couldn’t harvest his soybeans this year with his wife, Debbie, battling Leukemia. So, the Crawfordsville farmer tried to hire others to do it for him. However, those farmers refused to take payment and brought the community together to help a farmer in need. About 30 farmers gathered Monday at Keffer’s farm to harvest his soybeans in a day-long effort… Dan and Debbie have been at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Debbie was diagnosed with Leukemia in January and is undergoing an experimental treatment.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System Welcomes New Linear Accelerator by Stacy Shones, What does it take to lift 20,000 pounds of medical equipment into the basement level of a medical facility? Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Radiology Oncology department found that out Friday when its new linear accelerator arrived on the La Crosse campus… Mayo Clinic Health System physicist Kevin Mcnamara said the new linear accelerator system will bring some of the most innovative thinking in cancer care including offering a range of capabilities that turn leading research into integrated care.

WENY NY, Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, Mayo Clinic News Network story with Max Gumble. Dr. Megha Tollefson, Mayo Clinic Pediatric Dermatologist is featured.

WQOW Eau Claire, Local stroke survivor speaks at annual heart walk, The Eau Claire Heart Walk took place in Carson Park Saturday; it's a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association.   The guest speaker for the event was Stephanie Sherry, from Eleva. Ten weeks ago, Stephanie suffered a stroke when a clot entered her brain.

Detroit Free Press, For healthy joints, walk, walk, walk and walk some more by Cassandra Spratling..."People (with arthritis) always ask what kind of activity to do," said Dr. Eric Matteson, chair of the division of rheumotology at the Mayo Clinic. "I tell them the best form of exercise to do is the one that we were put on the planet to do — walking." Walking not only strengthens muscles, but "triggers nerves that tell our muscles and joints how to move," he said.

Detroit Free Press, Yoga strengthens muscle, helps shrinks pain in joints by Robin Erb… "Not every form of yoga is good" for someone with arthritis, said Eric Matteson, chair of rheumatology at the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, which has produced two books on arthritis. "Some (yoga styles) are very extreme and put tendons and muscles under a lot of stress."

Pioneer Press (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram), Wisconsin's growing obesity rate spurs action in Eau Claire County, The "State of Obesity" report shows Wisconsin, a state that prides itself as the land of cheese, brats and beer, had the 22nd-highest adult obesity rate in the nation in 2013, and 20 states had a rate of at least 30 percent. "The numbers are very telling. Over the last 20 years, we have progressively become more and more obese as we have gotten more sedentary and eaten more processed food," said Sara Carstens, co-chairwoman of an Eau Claire, Wis., chronic disease prevention task force and director of community engagement and wellness for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwestern Wisconsin. "It's a public health crisis."

ABC 15 Phoenix, What to do: dust storms, downed power lines, flooding, severe weather and more… Valley Fever is often associated with dust storms, a condition that is caused when fungus in soil infects your lungs, Mayo Clinic says. After a dust storm, pay attention to symptoms like chest pain, coughing, fever, fatigue and more that can signal this or another health condition.

TIME, Here’s Why Europe Is OKing Fecal Transplants by Mandy Oaklander… There’s little question that it works, but only a few facilities, including the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, perform fecal transplants in the U.S. because it isn’t standardized yet. Though Mayo Clinic screens donors for months through blood and stool tests, for example, not everyone does. “You don’t really know what’s in this concoction that you’re putting into somebody, and the FDA really doesn’t like that,” says Robert Orenstein, associate professor and chair of the division of infectious diseases at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

KTTC, Mayo and RPD collect unwanted drugs by Devin Bartolotta, Saturday was drug take-back day at the Mayo Clinic. From 10 to 2, Mayo and Rochester Police teamed up to accept any unwanted or unused drugs from the community. 432 cars had dropped off drugs by noon, right at the Gonda Building entrance on 3rd Avenue Southwest. Additional coverage: KAAL

BioProcess, Researchers Uncover Key Pathway Contributing To Alzheimer's Disease By C Rajan, Researchers at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, have identified a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway which might be responsible for the development of Alzheimer's disease. They found that this defect caused overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients and loss of communication between neurons, which are both processes known to contribute to the development of the disease. Dr. Guojun Bu, a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic and the study's lead investigator said, "This defect is likely not the sole contributor to development of Alzheimer's disease, but our findings suggest it is very important, and could be therapeutically targeted to possibly prevent Alzheimer's or treat early disease."

The Gleaner (Jamaica), Mayo Art For The Heart by Laura Tanna, It’s hard to imagine Rochester, Minnesota, near the American Great Lakes as a 'frontier town', but that's what it was in 1863 when an English immigrant doctor brought his wife, son, and two daughters to live there. A second son was born to the couple and eventually Dr. William Worrall Mayo and sons, Dr. Charles Horace Mayo and Dr. William James Mayo, joined forces with the Sisters of St Francis to open what has become the internationally renowned Mayo Clinic which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Twins MLB.com, Twins: Second opinion for Plouffe, Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe will get a second opinion on his fractured left forearm on Monday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, Pioneer Press

Mets MLB.com, Niese exits final start with elevated heart rate by Anthony DiComo, An old issue, once brushed aside but never completely forgotten, forced a premature end to Mets starter Jon Niese's season. Niese left Friday's game against the Astros in the sixth inning with an elevated heart rate, which has affected him in the past.… A typical ablation procedure threads catheters through veins to a patient's heart, according to the Mayo Clinic, to correct structural problems that can cause arrhythmias.

New American Media,  Minnesotans Show How to Create ‘Dementia-Friendly’ Communities, Minnesota is one of more than 40 states that have done or are developing a plan to care for the growing elder population with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association…That led in 2011 to the Act on Alzheimer’s collaborative of 50 state organizations, including all major health plans, medical and hospital associations, Mayo Clinic and AARP. Among the collaborative’s activities, it has approved modest grants to help Roseville, the City of St. Paul and other communities develop individualized action plans.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Good growth prospects include banks, colon cancer test… The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August approved Exact's Cologuard test to be sold commercially. Mayo Clinic, which participated in development of the test, in August became the first health system to say it would offer it.

Baltimore Sun, Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans [Letter], Yet school officials were wise to be cautious. They may have been familiar with a recently published Mayo Clinic study that found that 30 percent of patients with cat bites to the hand had to be hospitalized and that the average length of stay for these patients was 3.2 days.

Arizona Daily Star, 2 local students attend medical outreach program, Two Palo Verde High Magnet School seniors were selected to participate in a program promoting the orthopedic surgery and engineering fields for young women. Rebecca Condes and Riley Shott attended the Perry Initiative’s Outreach Program at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix on Sept. 20.

Argus Leader, Augie cheer team shares spirit with girl, 6… For several months, Kallie had suffered from a succession of seemingly minor physical ailments. Then, seizure-like episodes began, sometimes 10 to 20 a day. No one was sure why they happened. After a 15-hour surgery in St. Paul, Kallie was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, grade three. A five-hour surgery almost two months later at Mayo Clinic removed the rest of the tumor, and she was transferred to a Boston hospital for proton beam radiation.

Fillmore County Journal,  Chatfield looks to the future…DMC, John Murphy, public affairs Mayo Clinic, spoke on the long term strategy plan known as Destination Medical Center (DMC), which is part of the business plan for Mayo Clinic’s future. He said their competitors, including Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Harvard Hospitals are working to replicate the “Mayo Model”.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Jacksonville bone marrow consortium helps leukemia survivor, who is now paying it forward by Colleen Jones, Looking back, the only thing Charlie Willwerth noticed was that he felt tired — really, really tired. With no other symptoms visible, Willwerth’s primary care physician ordered a complete blood workup and then a biopsy of his bone marrow. The diagnosis: Willwerth, then 58, had acute myeloid leukemia… This was in 2010 and Dr. Vivek Roy, Willwerth’s specialist at the Mayo Clinic, laid out a plan of attack to combat the potentially deadly condition: start chemotherapy right away, and begin contacting Willwerth’s siblings to see if either tested as a potential match for a bone marrow transplant — the only way to stop the clock on the leukemia advancing.

KEYC Mankato, Unwanted Prescription Drug Drop Off Event Saturday by Mitch Keegan, Last April, Americans turned in over 780,000 pounds of prescription drugs as part of National prescription drug take back day.  On Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering with the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Department and the Mankato Department of Public Safety to collect unwanted prescription medications - no questions asked. Additional coverage: St. Peter Herald

Cronkite News, At-home test could catch cancer early, but some worry about impact by Michael Gordon…MICHAEL GORDON/CRONKITE NEWS: But at Scottsdale’s Mayo Clinic, Dr. Helen Ross is skeptical of at-home tests that don’t have the FDA’s support. DR. HELEN ROSS/SCOTTSDALE MAYO CLINIC: If the test really is a good test it would be nice to have it validated in a clinical trial, in a cancer center, or in a setting of clinical researchers who have experience with diagnostic testing.

FOX9, HCMC treating more cat bites, infections…Statistics from the past several years show an increase in the number of people admitted to HCMC because of cat injuries. There were 67 cases last year, and 2014 has already brought in another 57 patients…On a broader scale, a three-year study from the Mayo Clinic shows a third of cat bite victims end up being hospitalized. That's because cat bites are more like puncture wounds, and the bacteria that can get inside has nowhere to go and can instead become a tissue infection.

KAAL, Unique Party Celebrates Seniors with Teeth by John Doetkott… It was what could be Minnesota's first ever 80-20 party. The "80" because every guest is at least 80-years-old, the "20" because they all have at least 20 original teeth…"Mayo Clinic says that people with their own teeth, on average, live 10 years longer," Dr. Peter Green said.  "So I think it's not a coincidence that the people that are in their 80's that are celebrating, 80's, 90's, 100's today that are celebrating with us, have at least 20 teeth."

Health e Galaxy (Reuters), Surgery, lasers show modest QOL benefit for varicose veins, A comparison of surgery, thermal ablation and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy as treatments for varicose veins has concluded that foam treatments produce a slightly lower quality of life and a higher failure rate six months after therapy.. Yet Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a vascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in the research, said the findings may encourage greater use of foam. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Noticias, Health.com

Becker’s Hospital Review, Methodist joins Mayo Clinic Care Network: Q&A with Methodist's Dr. Stephen Mansfield & Mayo's Dr. David Hayes by Anuja Vaidya, On Sept. 9, Dallas-based Methodist Health System announced that it joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The affiliation will allow physicians at Methodist to collaborate closely with Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic on patient care, community health and innovative healthcare delivery. Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, president and CEO of Methodist Health System, and David Hayes, MD, medical director of Mayo Clinic Care Network, discuss the affiliation, what it means for their organizations and what excites them most about the future post-affiliation.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic Health System sets flu vaccine schedule, We’ve told you about some of the flu clinics open across north Iowa, Now Mayo Clinic Health System is offering flu vaccine in the area too. Flu vaccine clinics are set to start in October. The first one will be in the southern Minnesota town of Alden next Wednesday. Other clinics are offered throughout the month in our area, including Albert Lea, Kiester, Lake Mills, New Richland and Wells.

Deportes, La otra carrera del maratón… Ahora se pone de moda la discusión sobre las dos horas del maratón. La situación no es nueva, pero cada vez que alguien quiebra el récord mundial, reflota la inquietud que en 1991 intentó dilucidad el fisiólogo Michael Joyner. El especialista de la clínica Mayo aseguró que, dadas ciertas condiciones físicas y de carrera, se podría cubrir los 42,195 kilómetros en 1.57’58”, sin poner un plazo determinado. Additional coverage: Entorno Inteligente

La Salud, ¿Qué es una lesión del manguito rotador?... De acuerdo con el Dr. John W. Sperling, Ortopedia de Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, las lesiones del manguito rotador son frecuentes, especialmente al envejecer. Podrían ser el resultado de un evento único, como una caída sobre el hombro o un intento de levantar o arrastrar un objeto demasiado pesado o podrían dañarse con el paso del tiempo por el estrés causado por movimientos repetidos o el envejecimiento.

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