October 16, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Wall Street Journal
Exercise, Diet and Sleep Can Improve MS Symptoms
by Laura Landro

Exercise, sleep and a low-salt diet may be part of the solution for multiple sclerosis patients. Researchers are increasingly looking to lifestyle, diet and exercise, including salsa dancing, to help mitigate the often-debilitating effects of MS, which include problems with muscle control, balance, visionThe Wall Street Journal newspaper logo and thinking.…While quitting smoking, getting more sleep and reducing excess salt “are general health strategies that are good for us anyway, they are actually making a difference with respect to the behavior of the disease,” says Dean Wingerchuk, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

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

Context: Dean Wingerchuk, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh


Star Tribune (Post-Bulletin)
Mayo's airborne blood bank celebrates 30 years

On May 20, 2012, Nels Gunderson hung in the balance between life and death. His survival depended on access to first responders, rapid medical Star Tribune newspaper logostabilization and an airborne blood bank carried by the Mayo One medical helicopter. It also depended on the helicopter conveying him quickly from his back yard in Osseo, Wis., to the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, about 90 miles away, where a surgical team was working on him less than two hours after his son dialed 911. Thirty years ago this month, Mayo One flew its first patient. To celebrate its anniversary, the airborne service offered a glimpse inside the flying hospital.

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, Medical helicopter safety remains Mayo One priority by Jeff Hansel… In fact, many of the safety features recommended in 2009 by Mayo One medical-helicopter experts after a spate of fate crashes around the country have been instituted. For example, said Glenn Lyden, spokesman for Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, the use of night-vision goggles has increased among providers of medical-helicopter services.

Context: Mayo Clinic Medical Transport provides ground and air medical transport services from bases in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Public Affairs Contact: Glenn Lyden


Customer Service Beyond Coupling: From Four Seasons' Hospitality To Mayo Clinic's Healthcare
by Micah Solomon

Mayo Clinic, the extraordinary Rochester, Minnesota based hospital and healthcare organization, provides what can be called “destination medicine,” as Leonard Berry terms it: the collaboration of experts from a range of specialties to provide diagnosis and treatment or a treatment plan for what are often very serious cases.Forbes magazine logo

Reach: Forbes magazine focuses on business and financial news with core topics that include business, technology, stock markets, personal finance, and lifestyle. The magazine is published twice each month and has more than 925,000 subscribers. Forbes Online receives more than 10.4 mllion unique visitors each month.

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FierceHealthcareMayo Clinic looks to changing demographics in customer service approach by Zack Budryk, A patient experience approach by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota may represent a new front in healthcare customer service, according to Forbes. The clinic's approach, "destination medicine," brings together experts from a broad spectrum of specialties and, because entire families often visit the clinic, Mayo's room design keeps large groups of relatives and friends in mind. The design includes features like specially shaped sofas that can seat as many as a dozen visitors.

Context: Thousands of people come to Mayo Clinic each day for diagnosis and treatment of a medical problem. Many people make their own appointments and some are referred by a doctor. Most people are treated on an outpatient basis, meaning their evaluation, tests and treatments are done in the clinic, and they return to their home or lodging at the end of the day.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein


New York Times, Am I Sick? Google Has a Doctor Waiting on Video, by Conor Dougherty, The Internet can be a dangerous place to get medical advice. Stomachaches turn into cancer, stress becomes an endocrine tumor. Crack remedies and strange diets abound. Now Google is playing with a new technology that it hopes will help people find more reliable medical information. It’s called a doctor…Apple also said it would allow makers of health-monitoring apps to integrate tightly with HealthKit. For example, the Mayo Clinic has retooled its app so that if a patient’s vital signs, like blood pressure, seem concerning, HealthKit can notify the hospital so that a doctor can reply to the patient.

New York Times, The Empty-Nest Book Hatchery by Nancy M. Better,…According to the Mayo Clinic, empty-nest syndrome isn’t a clinical diagnosis, but a phenomenon: “In the past,” the website notes, “research suggested that parents dealing with empty-nest syndrome experienced a profound sense of loss that might make them vulnerable to depression, alcoholism, identity crisis and marital conflicts…”

New York Times, Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain? by Moises Velasquez-Manoff,…One-tenth of samples usually come back positive for the self-directed antibodies indicative of autoimmunity, said Sean J. Pittock, a neurologist there. Many of these patients have cancers, which can trigger an attack. But a fraction have an autoimmune disease of the brain…Not everyone buys the idea, however. In a recent study, the neuroimmunologist Andrew McKeon at the Mayo Clinic mostly found copper deficiencies in his celiac patients with neurological problems

New York Times, Heavier Babies Do Better in School by David Leonhardt and Amanda Cox,…The relationship between birth weight and test scores was present by the time children enrolled in kindergarten and remained fairly constant throughout elementary and middle school… Dr. Wendy M. White of the Mayo Clinic said that she would want to make sure that often unobserved health problems, including those unconnected to genes or fetal conditions, weren’t causing both lower birth weights and cognitive gaps.

Wall Street Journal, The Best Fitness Trackers Compatible With Apple’s Health App by Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Although the big-picture potential of this feature could be huge (major health-care providers, like the Mayo Clinic, are building apps that allow you to send data directly to your physician), the Health app has already rocked the fitness-tracking world. Instead of having to commit to a single device, you can now swap, say, your sporty Jawbone UP24 for a more discreetly placed Misfit Shine when you head out for the evening, and know that the steps tracked by both devices will get duly counted.

Bloomberg Businessweek, Fake Ebola Patients Help Hospitals Prepare for Next Case by Kelly Giblom, Michelle Fay Cortez and Caroline Chen, While it’s necessary for hospitals to be prepared, public fears in some cases have been blown out of proportion, said physicians who worry that Ebola paranoia may distract from more relevant threats, like the flu. “There are two epidemics going on,” said Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic. “There is the real epidemic in West Africa and there is the epidemic of fear in the United States.”

Washington Post, Treating menopausal symptoms: What you need to know… Carol Kuhle of the Women’s Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn., says that studies published in the last few years support hormone therapy.  Alice Chang, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist, said that women whose quality of life is compromised by menopausal symptoms should start by talking to their gynecologists. “For someone who has been debilitated by symptoms, you need to find a doctor who will really talk to you and listen to your concerns. The doctor should assess your risk factors and understand the benefits and risks you face. Right now, people just don’t know enough about the data, and it is easier for doctors not to prescribe at all,” Chang says.

Washington Times, ‘Ebola shouldn’t be the reason people aren’t seeing their family for Thanksgiving’ by Jennifer Harper, Will public alarm over a deadly disease impact the upcoming holidays? Americans are becoming wary of travel, a survey finds. But even an infectious disease specialist hopes this isn’t the case. “Ebola shouldn’t be the reason people aren’t seeing their family for Thanksgiving,” says Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, 8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Your Tongue by Sarah Klein, White patches on the tongue and inside the mouth can be a sign of thrush, a fungal infection usually treated with antifungal medications in healthy adults and kids without major consequences, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, Practical Strategies for Parenting a Suicidal Teen by Michelle LeRoy, PhD, LP, Mayo Clinic Health System, Most parents would panic if they discovered that their teenager was experiencing suicidal thoughts. Sometimes teens disclose to a parent when they are feeling depressed or suicidal. Frequently, parents find out about suicidal thoughts indirectly by reading their teen's texts or Facebook posts or hearing about it from their teen's friends, teacher, doctor, or mental health provider. Other parents just "know" when something seems wrong.

Huffington Post, 114-Year-Old Woman Has To Lie About Age To Join Facebook, We can think of plenty of reasons people would lie about their age -- pride, vanity, or to get into the coolest club. But Anna Stoehr's reason was much, much simpler: she just wanted to join Facebook. The centenarian who just celebrated her 114th birthday felt her age when she tried to create a Facebook account recently, only to discover that the social networking site's options for date-of-birth only go back as far as 1905. Stoehr was born in 1900.

Huffington Post, Do You Know Your Breast Density? By Jennifer Owens, Here's a quick primer on what we all need to know about dense breasts: …An estimated two-thirds of premenopausal women have dense breasts, as do a quarter of postmenopausal women, says Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., a breast diagnostic clinic consultant with the Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post Canada, Signs Of Breast Cancer: How To Educate Yourself About The Disease by Rebecca Zamon…Breast cancer is a terrifying, seemingly arbitrary form of cancer that has affected almost every person in the country. But instead of doom and gloom, the news is actually looking up, as fewer women get the disease and more information is established that can help fight it. "The number of cancer cases have actually decreased over the past decade," explains Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, who researches breast cancer at the Mayo Clinic. "This could be thanks to a decreased use of combined hormone therapy, improvement in lifestyle factors and the use of anti-estrogen medication by women who are at increased risk."

Yahoo! Health, How to have a healthy work day, 1. Get a stand-up desk, Dr. James Levine, a Mayo Clinic professor, found that we burn about 6300 fewer kilojoules per day than we did 150 years ago. That deficit could mean a 5kg gain in one year, not to mention the fact that numerous studies have found prolonged sitting can contribute to conditions including diabetes, heart disease and chronic back pain. Additional coverage: Houston Chronicle

TIME (Health), 5 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Mushrooms by Rachel Swalin, If you’re looking to keep off the pounds, adding mushrooms to your diet could help. The fungi are actually considered a low-energy-density food, meaning you’ll get fewer calories in a bigger portion of food, according to the Mayo Clinic.

U.S. News & World Report (HealthDay), For Ebola, No New Drugs Riding to the Rescue -- for Now by Dennis Thompson, There's no magic bullet in the foreseeable future for the treatment of people infected by Ebola, infectious-disease experts say…"There are no licensed medications for the treatment of Ebola," said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "The medications now being discussed have not gone through clinical trials, so we don't know if they have any effect to improve or harm patients."

Forbes, Does The Mediterranean Diet Really 'Reverse' Metabolic Syndrome? by Alice G. Walton, A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that the now-legendary Mediterranean diet may reverse metabolic syndrome…But papers have a way of touting the good while brushing away the bad, or insignificant. He also points out that there’s no consensus about what the Mediterranean diet actually is – even the Mayo Clinic says that a key element of the diet, red wine, is optional.

People, 3 Unexpected Health Benefits of Wine by Rachel Swalin,  It may improve your skin Wine contains an antioxidant called resveratrol, typically found in grapes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Studies suggest it can prevent damage to blood vessels and lower bad cholesterol levels, but new research says it might do wonders for your skin. 

Financial Post, Lawrence Solomon: We’re more vulnerable to diseases …A striking example of our new vulnerability involves the smallpox vaccine, which a generation ago was universally administered — credited with eradicating smallpox, this was seen as a safe vaccine whose serious side effects were infrequent. Today this same vaccine is no longer seen as safe, not because it has changed but because we have. “Thirty percent of the population has a contraindication to receiving the current vaccine,” says Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, which makes us susceptible to dangerous complications such as encephalitis and heart attacks.

The Daily Beast, E-Cigarettes: The Side Effects Nobody Talks About…“Lack of production oversight for any inhaled product raises a concern for impurities or contaminates,” says Dr. Andrew Nickels, Allergy and Immunology Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Though he has not yet had a patient complain of e-cig allergies, “From an allergy standpoint, additives such as flavors, could be a source of allergic reactions.”

Men’s Health, Foods that Make You Fast, Marathon Guide Series Part:3…Fuel for Performance, Carbohydrates are literally fuel that your body taps on for physical activities. When carbohydrates are consumed, the body converts them into sugar that subsequently enters the bloodstream and provides energy – excess sugar is stored as glycogen. Because your muscles can only store limited amounts of glycogen, the carbo-loading method aims to increase the amount of carbohydrates muscles can hold, sometimes by up to two times the normal amount, according to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic.

News4Jax, Doctors stress importance of flu shots, some states make them mandatory for young children by Elizabeth Campbell…A local pediatrician says she doesn't see that happening in Florida any time soon but says parents can never be reminded too many times about the importance of their children getting vaccinated. Dr. Alva Roche-Green at Mayo clinic says once they hit 6 months, they're old enough to get vaccinated. The only time a child should not get vaccinated is if they have certain allergies, breathing problems like asthma or have compromised immune systems.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Gift of $9.6 million will build 'home away from home' for Jacksonville cancer patients, A gift by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will help establish a Hope Lodge in Jacksonville…The e will be located on Mayo Clinic’s Florida Campus on land donated by Mayo Clinic.

Florida Times-Union, 'Place to heal:' American Cancer Society, national foundation to build Hope Lodge in Jacksonville…The 32-room lodge will enhance Jacksonville’s position as a medical destination and support the work of cancer specialists affiliated with Mayo Clinic, UF Health, Baptist Health and St. Vincent’s HealthCare and other local cancer treatment facilities, said the society’s Jacksonville campaign director, Kellie Ann Kelleher.…The society worked with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. In Jacksonville the society is working with the Mayo Clinic, which is providing land on its Southside campus for the Hope Lodge. Additional coverage: WJCT News

Florida Times-Union, Doctors Q&A: On palliative care and why doctors ask about religion, These questions have been answered by Robert P. Shannon, MD, Family & Palliative Medicine Program director, Mayo Clinic…Certainly, any cancer diagnosis can be a devastating one. Hearing that it has spread is certainly bound to create feelings of anxiety and fear. That being said, you have a wise cancer specialist, indeed

ABC-7 Fort Meyers/Naples, Mayo mobile clinic on the move by Lindsey Fry, he Mayo Clinic is celebrating its 150-year anniversary of providing care to people all across the US. Their celebration style is catching some attention. Mayo is using a mobile exhibit to show how much they've grown. The exhibit is traveling around the country and Canada…President of NCH Healthcare, Allen Weiss said they decided to partner with Mayo to expand their healthcare services. Additional coverage: Naples News

Daytona Beach News-Journal, Edgewater couple talks about life with ALS, accepting the challenge by Jim Haug, Suspecting that Ernie might have a neurodegenerative disorder, he referred the Dignans to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where they got the diagnosis of ALS. The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is the only clinic in Florida to be certified by the ALS Association for its “state of the art care” and management of ALS.

WOKV, WOKV Special Broadcast Friday: Is Jacksonville ready for an Ebola outbreak? by Rich Jones, The Ebola story is everywhere…This Friday at 8am on Jacksonville's Morning News, we are bringing together local experts from the Mayo Clinic, Baptist Health, and UF Health to answer your questions about Ebola. We will be trying to find out how Jacksonville-area hospitals are preparing for the possibility of a confirmed case.

WDIV Detroit, After heart condition claims 4 siblings, man needs 2nd heart transplant, Ernie Balcueva watched his four brothers die without warning from the same heart condition. The condition causes the heart to go into an irregular rhythm that can't be reversed, and eventually becomes fatal. He was also struck with the condition, but got his first chance at new life with a heart transplant in 1999 at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. But he's facing trouble again.

Neurology Now, Head Strong: How Experts Preserve Their Minds, Aging doesn’t have to be a passive process. Experts agree you can intervene. “That doesn’t mean you’re never going to lose your memory, but if you lose it at 82 instead of 77, that’s a big deal,” says Ronald Petersen, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, MN.

Latin America Herald Tribune, Del Potro Puts Off Return to ATP Tour Until 2015, Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro said Tuesday that he was putting off his return to the ATP World Tour until 2015, when he will have recovered from surgery on his left wrist…“I no longer have pain and discomfort. Day to day, I am feeling better,” Del Potro said. The 26-year-old Argentine star has been sidelined since March, when Dr. Richard Berger operated on his wrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: El Nacional, El Dia Deportes, La Nacion

TechTimes, Ebola scare hits Boston. Here are some Ebola precautions for health care workers, ordinary citizens by Sumit Passary, Mayo Clinic, a non-profit medical practice based in Minnesota, has also issued prevention guidelines for citizens that focuses on avoiding contact with the deadly virus. The prevention guidelines suggest that one avoid visiting infected areas of West Africa. As Ebola is an infectious disease, washing hands frequently is one of the most preventive ways to ward off the disease.

ChicagoInno, UIUC and the Mayo Clinic Get $9.3 Million to Try and Solve the BioMed Big Data Puzzle, Today, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignand the Mayo Clinic, the leading non-profit medical research group, have received a $9.3 million, 4-year grant to create one of several new Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing. The funding comes from the National Institutes of Health's 'Big Data to Knowledge' campaign, an initiative set up in 2012 with the goal of harnessing the potential and power of BioMed big data.

Chicago Tribune, Physician burnout is on the rise by Barbara Sadick…When asked in separate studies by the Mayo Clinic and a RAND Corp./AMA collaboration what makes them satisfied in their work, physicians stressed the importance of a sense of autonomy that allows them to make the best decisions for their patients. As pressure mounts to treat patients quickly, and oversight by the government and insurance companies increases, these decisions can become compromised.

Pioneer Press, Edina Blue Cross store set to open next month by Tom Webb, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota said its first-ever retail store will open Nov. 8, across the street from Southdale Center in Edina. Blue Cross officials said the store is intended to be a place "where people can receive face-to-face help ranging from personalized service and claims support for their Blue Cross health plan to free wellness and how-to seminars….Bloomington-based HealthPartners experimented with a "pop-up shop" for selling health insurance policies but didn't try it again last year. In 2011, the Mayo Clinic opened a health and wellness shop at Mall of America, but it closed in 2013.

BringMeTheNews, Skilled worker shortages plague Minnesota companies from Roseau to Rochester…Nurses needed at Mayo Meanwhile at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic a shortage of nurses is about to worsen. The Rochester Post Bulletin reports a change in the way retirement benefits are calculated will kick in on Jan. 1 and helps explain a surge in retirements at the end of this year. Additional coverage: Advisory Board Daily Briefing

MPR, As ALS makes him wind down, Bruce Kramer reaches out… Two systems assist Kramer's breathing, though he has to make an effort to keep them coordinated. A lightweight harness goes around his head to keep a breathing mask firmly tucked in place. It makes him sound as if he has a bad cold. The mask is connected to a BiPAP machine, which he has to synchronize with the diaphragmatic pacing system that he had installed at Mayo Clinic last year.

Sports Illustrated, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli to have surgery for sleep apnea, Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will have facial surgery next month in hopes of resolving sleep apnea. According to the Mayo Clinic, sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause hypertension, stroke, or heart failure.

ABC15 Arizona, Why patients with heart disease should still get a flu shot by Mayo Clinic News Network, If you have heart disease, flu season can be a dangerous time. Death from influenza (flu) is more common among people with heart disease than among people with any other chronic condition. Fortunately, getting a flu shot can reduce your risk of catching the flu or developing complications from the flu.

Post-Bulletin, Amazing new surgery corrects spines before birth by Jeff Hansel, Did you know surgeons can reduce the risk of neurological complications from spina bifida by operating while a baby is still in the womb? It's complex procedure called "in-utero spina bifida surgery" and requires a diverse team of experts to accomplish, according to a Mayo Clinic video added to YouTube recently.

Post-Bulletin, P-B Endorsement: Rochester mayor: Ardell Brede vs. Cindy Maves, It's no exaggeration to suggest this is the most important mayoral election in Rochester's history. Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center plan has put the community on the cusp of the biggest economic development in Minnesota history. The next mayor will be the public face of the development for the next several years.

Becker’s Spine Review, 12 hospitals, practices upgrading orthopedic services by Laura Dyrda, Here are 12 hospitals and physician practices upgrading orthopedic services with new equipment, expansions and certifications. Mercy Orthopedic Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., opened its $42 million facility with two stories including an orthopedic rehabilitation clinic, patient rooms and preoperative screening area. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Cliniopened a sports medicine center in Minneapolis.

Chicago Tribune, Triathlete shares remedy for swimmer's ear by Joe Graedon… The Mayo Clinic suggests a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol be applied to the ears before and after swimming. Its ear experts recommend pouring in about 5 milliliters and letting it drain out.

Star Tribune, If voters re-elect him, Dayton commits to full 4-year term 'absent something catastrophic' by Brian Bakst… Dayton has had health troubles since taking office in 2011, undergoing three procedures at the Mayo Clinic to alleviate hip and back problems that have hindered his mobility. He sometimes uses a cane for stability.

Mining Journal Mich., Yoopers step up: Benefit to help teen in health crisis by Renee Prusi, The doctors here have referred Mara to the renowned Mayo's Clinic and she has an appointment in mid-November to plan surgery and then decide what other treatment (chemotherapy, radiation) might be needed.

Aspen Times, Former Miss America and sexual abuse victim to speak at the Wheeler by Andrew Salvail, A former Miss America who survived sexual abuse as a youth — and has been speaking about the issue for the past few decades — will be featured at the Wheeler Opera House this week…According to Van Derbur, her father abused her more than 600 times from age 5 to 18. As a young adult, working as a motivational speaker, she buried those memories. They were triggered when her daughter, Jennifer, turned 5. Van Derbur said her body “suddenly went into physical paralysis.” She was hospitalized for weeks, and when her doctors could find nothing physically wrong, she went to the Mayo Clinic, but the famed health care facility also found no answers.

News Oklahoma, Edmond student excels despite health challenges… During the darkest days of Laurin’s health crisis, a medical official in Connecticut examined her and concluded she had below-average intelligence, said Laurin’s mother, Dana Bixby. The official wasn’t sure Laurin ever would respond or be cognitive again. It was one of many wrong diagnoses in a health struggle that could have destroyed someone not as determined… The turnaround came in spring 2013, when experts at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota determined she suffered from medication toxicity. She was weaned off the meds and put into a physical therapy program. Better yet, a longstanding bout against OCD ended.

Star Tribune, A picture-perfect pheasant hunting opener by Doug Smith, Gov. Mark Dayton, who launched the first event four years ago, didn’t hunt. In February, he had surgery at the Mayo Clinic to repair his hip and wasn’t ready to hike over rugged terrain. “I’m on wounded reserve; I’m a walking poster board for the Affordable Care Act,” he quipped to 430 people at a banquet Friday night.

Star Tribune (AP), Mayo Clinic-Rochester organizes historic gathering with 7 chief executive officers since 1976, Mayo Clinic-Rochester held an historic meeting, with seven local and national chief executive officers since 1976 gathering in one room… Each CEO heaped praise upon the Franciscan sisters of Rochester and their role in both Mayo's past and its future. It was the final major event in Mayo's yearlong sesquicentennial celebration.

Star Tribune, If voters re-elect him, Dayton commits to full 4-year term 'absent something catastrophic' by Brian Bakst, Dayton, 67, told The Associated Press in an interview this month that he's heard the rumors he'd leave office before the end of a second term and catapult running mate Tina Smith into the top job. Not true, he said… Dayton has had health troubles since taking office in 2011, undergoing three procedures at the Mayo Clinic to alleviate hip and back problems that have hindered his mobility. Additional Coverage: Pioneer Press, KSTP

Star Tribune, New data disclosures highlight doctor-payment relationships, The highest-compensated Minnesota doctor in the database is an orthopedic surgeon and inventor. Dr. Daniel Berry, a former department chair at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, received a total of $911,745 in industry payments… “Relationships with industry are very common, and Mayo encourages and supports relationships with many companies,” said Dr. Richard Ehman, vice chairman of the conflict-of-interest review board at Mayo. “We have policies that make sure they are the right kinds of relationships.”

Health Day, Americans Increasingly Anxious About Ebola: Poll by Dennis Thompson, The public's rising concern over Ebola is understandable, said Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician and researcher Dr. Pritish Tosh. "Ebola is an agent that evokes a lot of fear, and can result in societal disruption," Tosh said. "There's a reason why it's considered a possible bioterrorism agent. So any time you have any cases in the United States, there is a heightened amount of anxiety."

Miami Herald (Bismarck Tribune), Bismarck teacher returns as ‘walking miracle’, His surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, gave him two options, Gefroh said, a fourth open heart surgery or to go home and spend time with his family before he died… Gefroh pulled through and he said that his surgeon, Dr. Rakesh Suri, called him a "walking miracle." "The last two were the most grueling, "said Jean Gefroh, Gefroh's wife. "The people at Mayo are magicians." Additional Coverage: Washington Times

KTAR, Valley high school student battling rare blood condition, "This poor girl had blood test after blood test after blood test," said Davis. "We saw a list of doctors. At one point in time, (Lawson) said, 'I've seen all of the 'ologists that you could absolutely see.' Still, we didn't have answers!" Finally, someone suggested that the go to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. There, Lawson was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, aka dysautonomia.

Billings Gazette, Heart of a champion: Gardiner's Thomas back on court 8 days after surgery, The big deal is she played just eight days after having heart surgery at the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “I always knew I would play again,” Thomas said. Thomas was treated for Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition where an extra electrical pathway between the heart’s upper chambers and lower chambers causes a rapid heart beat.

International Business Times, Mediterranean Diet: Reverses Metabolic Syndrome, Lowers Heart Disease Risk? Separating Fact From Fiction by Charles Poladian, According to the Mayo Clinic, the focus of the Mediterranean diet is to get rid of salt and unhealthy fat from butter and replace them with herbs and olive oil. Other guiding principles include limiting red meat consumption to no more than a few times a month, eating fish and poultry at least twice a week, swapping out sweets for fruits and replacing everything lost with plenty of vegetables and nuts.

The Hollywood Reporter, Power Publicist Nanci Ryder Reveals ALS Diagnosis: "I Have No Interest in Dying", She credits UCLA's  Gerald Berkewith being the first to suggest ALS, though she also traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., before receiving an official diagnosis in Boston from leading ALS physician Merit Cudkowicz, chief of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, who is treating her along with Dr. Robert Baloh, director of neuromuscular medicine at Cedars-Sinai.

Calgary Herald, Extreme fitness running on empty, Best of all, science is rewarding fans of what we could call the slow-exercise movement. Some reports suggest that just standing up (at your desk) is pretty darn healthy. Standing, it seems, can reduce upper back and neck pain and improve moods, according to a Minnesotan study in 2011. And James Levine of the Mayo Clinic reported in 2012 that standing at your desk was healthier than going to the gym, after a day spent sitting down.

Qatar Tribune, Why a gluten-free diet, So, what about patients who think they are sensitive only to gluten? Dr. Joseph A Murray, gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic and an expert on celiac disease, urges that they first be tested for celiac disease, a condition that has become dramatically more prevalent in recent decades. The signs of gluten sensitivity often mimic those of celiac disease, as well as irritable bowel syndrome…A forthcoming book edited by Murray, Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free, lists the essential requirements for diagnosis of non-celiac gluten sensitivity…

KAAL, Nursing Job Shortage at Mayo by Hannah Tran, It’s a year to retire for many Mayo Clinic employees nationwide. There’s a surge in retirement rates it’s starting to create a significant shortage of nurses. "They said, you know, baby boomers are retiring, there will be a shortage of nurses in the future and that apparently seems to be what is going on, this seems to be the case,” said Theresa Majeras, who’s been an employee at Mayo Clinic for years.

KAAL, Protocol, Equipment When Handling Ebola Questioned by Steph Crock, The two cases of transmission in the states were both to health care workers, so of course, hospital staff across the nation are concerned, including those here at Mayo Clinic. "The health and safety of our employees is among our foremost concern," said Dr. Pritish Tosh, Infectious Diseases Physician at Mayo Clinic.

KAAL, AT&T Donates $1.2 Million to Mayo Proton Beam Therapy Program, A big grant for what Mayo Clinic officials call the latest technology for cancer treatment.  AT&T gave a $1.2 million check to support Mayo's Proton Beam Therapy program. "We gratefully accept this gift from the AT&T foundation grant, this is a substantial grant that will greatly benefit the proton beam radiation center as well as all of our patients seeking care at Mayo Clinic," said Mayo's Stephanie Childs. Additional coverage: MPR, KTTC, KIMT

KAAL, Rochester Prepares for Capitol Christmas Tree Arrival by Meghan Reistad, If you were around Mayo Clinic’s Gonda Building today, you may have noticed a festive new addition to downtown. Mayo Clinic hosted a tree planting event today to prepare for the Capitol Christmas Tree coming to Rochester this November…"Just to connect them with nature and arts as they've made this art to decorate the tree and just, not only celebrate them but, emphasize the importance of our earth and nature and our forest that connects us all in our community and our world,” said Dr. Cathy Marks from Mayo Clinic.

KAAL, Mayo Testing Interactive Kiosks for Telemedicine by Dan Conradt, You know how fast medical technology is changing. Now, the next generation of patient diagnosis might be as close as the second floor at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. “This device is the health spot station," said project manager Melissa Barr. “It is a self-contained unit where you can access medical care for common conditions,” said Mayo’s Dr. Mark Ciota. Additional coverage: KIMT

KAAL, OMC, Mayo Team Up to Provide Flu Vaccines in Schools by Steph Crock, With a lot of different viruses spreading around, schools in our area are trying to take action on the one's they have vaccines for. Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center are teaming up to stop the spread of the flu in schools. There was a long line of kids Thursday, all waiting for something not so fun, shots or fluid squirted up their nose. "We have trained volunteers that will come around and help hold hands and dry some tears, we reward them with stickers," said Rochester Public School’s Lead Licensed Nurse, Kimberly Pokrandt.

KTTC, Brandix i3 graduates from the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, At the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, a new business is ready to welcome new employees and future business partners. Brandix i3held an official ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning. The Sri-Lanka based company specializes in enterprise resource planning applications. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, KIMT

KTTC, Mayo Clinic prepares isolation plan in case of Ebola spread by Krista Corrigan, Leadership at Mayo Clinic met Wednesday morning in Rochester for more than an hour to discuss Ebola protocols. The briefing was spearheaded by Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician at the clinic. Dr. Tosh says protocols are in place at Mayo Clinic to treat a patient with ebola, should a situation arise. Currently, they are going through the process of making sure every doctor and nurse working in the isolation unit has formal training to protect the patient and themselves.

MinnPost, Brain researchers at U of M and Mayo Clinic get federal grants of $1.6 million by Joe Kimball, Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic have received major grants from the National Institutes of Health's “BRAIN” Initiative, a national research effort to map the human brain in hopes of finding new ways to prevent and cure brain disorders.  The NIH announced recently that the Minnesota researchers were among the 100 projects it was funding with $46 million in grants.

Pacific Standard magazine Calif., A Global City of Eds and Meds by Jim Russell, Why are people from all over the world watching tiny Rochester, Minnesota?  Concerning incomes without geographic limits, foreign buyers drive up rents in global neighborhoods. With a strong desire to live, work, and play in global neighborhoods, millennials commit more of their annual wage to shelter than others are willing to bear…What’s the “Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center”? It is the definition of tradable health care that attracts wealthy clients (and investors) from the Middle East.

Post-Bulletin, Local health officials: We are prepared for Ebola by Jeff Hansel, Preparations include quizzing emergency room patients about Ebola symptoms, tracking ill passengers on incoming flights and having protective suits ready for medical personnel. "We've been working on this since July," said Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert Dr.Pritish Tosh. "So, we are four months into our preparations for exactly this."

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Exact Sciences' colon cancer screening test now covered by Medicare by Kathleen Gallagher, Madison-based Exact Sciences Corp.'s noninvasive, colon cancer screening test is now being covered for Medicare patients, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said late Thursday...Shortly after the approvals, Mayo Clinic said it would be the first health system to offer the company's test.

Post-Bulletin (La Crosse Tribune), Mayo opposes Wisconsin power line by Mike Tighe, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare objects to one of the routes for the Badger-Coulee power transmission line because it could stymie development on its new 187-acre property in Onalaska or its 8-year-old clinic a few miles away. Although the La Crosse-based system has not determined its plans for the parcel it bought in February, chief administrative officer Joe Kruse said Monday that he and CEO Tim Johnson have filed an objection with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to the southern route of two proposed pathways.

Post-Bulletin, Back and Forth: Mayo Gonda singers music is rewarding and healing by Harley Flathers, About 60 years ago the gigantic "Man and Freedom" statue was transported from Chicago to Rochester by Don Monson of Monson Trucking Line in Zumbrota. The 4,200-pound Ivan Mestrovic sculpture of a naked man covered only by a fig leaf rode in an open flatbed trailer. Today the big fella overlooks Mayo Clinic's Nathan Landrum Atrium, which is often filled by music.

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Paul Revere's ride included a stop at Mayo, Dear Answer Man, was Paul Revere ever treated at Mayo Clinic in Rochester? Of course not. Mayo Clinic would claim to be 300 years old if it could get away with it, but the famous Boston coppersmith lived long before Doc Mayo hung out his shingle in Rochester. Oh, wait -- you mean THAT Paul Revere, the one with the rock band called the Raiders. He died at age 76 this week, as you may have read, and according to his manager, he was treated at Mayo Clinic.

Post Bulletin, Ex-Mayo Clinic exec accused of stealing trade secrets by Jeff Kiger, A former top Mayo Clinic executive is being sued for allegedly hiding his hiring by a competitor of Mayo Medical Laboratories for months while he continued to work for Mayo while stealing trade secrets. Mayo Clinic filed a lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract against Dr. Franklin R. Cockerill III, who was president and CEO of the for-profit Mayo Medical Labs for eight years. Additional Coverage: KAAL, KIMT, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Joe.ie, How much water should you drink each day? Here's a handy guide…The folks at the Mayo Clinic in the US have published some guidelines that we thought were well worth sharing with you…The Mayo Clinic also advise that if you live at altitude, live in high temperatures or have an illness that will dehydrate you like diarrhoea or vomiting, the you will need to take on more water too.

The News Gazette Ill., UI, Mayo Clinic get $9.34 million from National Institutes of Health by Christine Des Garennes, The University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic have been awarded $9.34 million to develop a new tool to help doctors and biologists better analyze gene-based data. The grant is part of a $656 million initiative, called Big Data to Knowledge, launched by the National Institutes of Health. This week, $32 million was allocated to 12 different centers where researchers will build new software and training programs and develop approaches that will allow scientists to better understand human health and diseases.

Chronicle of Higher Education, NIH Awards $32-Million to Tackle Big Data in Medicine by Paul Basken, The National Institutes of Health on Thursday awarded almost $32-million in grants to more than two dozen institutions to devise innovative ways of helping researchers handle huge sets of data seen as increasingly central to future medical discoveries…Those with multiple awards are the University of California at San Diego, with three grants, and Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester…

NY Daily News, Stop scapegoating the cat-kicker by Gary Francione…No one maintains that animal foods are necessary for optimal human health. Indeed, conservative groups like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association, the Mayo Clinic and others acknowledge that vegan diets are not only adequate for humans but may provide important health benefits.

FierceBiotech, New U.K. biotech bags £15.5M…Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly EuroBiotech Report…In Belgium, Cardio3 Biosciences began putting its business development strategy into action by striking a deal to access regenerative medicines discovered at Mayo Clinic.

IM Diversity, Univ. of Mississippi Medical Center, Mayo Clinic collaboration helps diverse patient population, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic is expanding its partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, broadening a collaboration in research, clinical trials and education. The relationship began in 1995 with a study of arterial disease in different ethnic groups that continues. The new agreement, signed last week at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, builds on a 2010 memorandum of understanding that initiated the first formal bond between the centers.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System on Ebola: "Get your flu shot and stop freaking out," Here in La Crosse both hospitals continue preparing for the unexpected happening of an Ebola case. At Mayo Clinic Health System they're stocking up on protective equipment in case of an outbreak.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo flu clinic opens for season… An infection preventionist is expecting a flu season similar to last year. "We have already seen flu activity start to begin, so it's a great time to go out and get your flu shot, because, again, it takes 2 full weeks for your flu shot to give you complete coverage,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Infection Preventionist Kellee Dixon.

WQOW Eau Claire, Area hospitals are preparing for Ebola, Hospitals nation-wide are now being told they must be prepared to deal with Ebola and contain it. “We've got our splash protection suit, basically it's a full body isolation,” explains Chuck Schlichting, the Emergency Department Supervisor. Foot coverings, face shields…The Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire is among the many hospitals that received notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be on alert. On Monday the CDC said every hospital must know how to diagnose Ebola and be ready to isolate a suspected case.

WQOW Eau Claire, Eau Claire nurse shares story of battle with breast cancer by Emily Valerio, You have breast cancer. One in eight women will hear those words in her lifetime... But because of a growing awareness and additional research, more than 2.8 million women can call themselves survivors. Monday, News 18 introduced you to one of those women, Tracey Samuelson. She's an Eau Claire mother and nurse who was forced into the role of patient after her diagnosis. Tracey has been a nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire since 1997. It wasn't until last year that the roles reversed and she became the patient.

St. Peter Herald, St. Peter hospice volunteers celebrate 30 years of service by Dana Melius, Mary Compart and Bernice Youngman smiled, laughed and reminisced over 30 years of volunteer service for the Friends of St. Peter Hospice. Yes, they have shed a few tears along the way while caring for the sick and dying. But their shared passion has produced such rich rewards. Compart, 83, and Youngman, 82, have no plans to step away from hospice service. They are among about 35 active volunteers in the Friends of St. Peter Hospice, which is currently being administered by Mayo Clinic Health System. Kim Rotchadl serves as volunteer coordinator.

Chippewa Herald, Residency program has impact on area health care… The residents in the Eau Claire Family Medicine program work with the area providers such as Mayo Clinic Health System, Marshfield Clinic, Sacred Heart Hospital and Oak Leaf Medical Network. The residents not only provide patient care, they learn from the specialists associated with those providers.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo welcomes new provider in Albert Lea and Austin, Hanna received her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She previously worked as a nurse practitioner in the Medical and Surgical Transplant Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Hanna received her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She previously worked as a nurse practitioner in the Medical and Surgical Transplant Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Waseca County News, FALL HEALTH CARE: Most breast cancer patients who had health breast removed at peace with decision by Suzy Rook, More women with cancer in one breast are opting to have both breasts removed to reduce their risk of future cancer. New research shows that in the long term, most have no regrets. Mayo Clinic surveyed hundreds of women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies between 1960 and 1993 and found that nearly all would make the same choice again. The findings are published in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Mankato Free Press, Local officials review Ebola procedures by Nate Gotlieb, Local hospitals and others with a health-care interest are reviewing procedures and potential gaps in their systems with regard to Ebola. Members of the South Central Healthcare Coalition, which includes 15 hospitals, multiple clinics and public health officials from 11 south-central Minnesota counties, are also preparing for training exercises that will test their capacities for dealing with an affected patient. Eric Weller, the region’s lead health care preparedness coordinator, said the chances of someone in the area getting Ebola are miniscule and that one would need to be exposed to somebody who already has it.

Salud Cronica, Los antecedentes familiares de cálculos renales aumentan el riesgo, De acuerdo con la Dra. Amy Krambeck, Urología de Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, las personas que viven en climas más cálidos tienden a presentar más cálculos renales que quienes viven en climas más fríos, lo que parece estar relacionado al mayor tiempo que pasan a la intemperie en el clima cálido y como resultado, a la cantidad de sudor producido. La transpiración puede conducir a la deshidratación, la cual es un factor de riesgo importante para cálculos renales.

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