October 30, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Could a robot do your job?

... And doctors, long thought immune to being automated, now face competition, including a machine that replaces an anesthesiologist in lowUSA Today Newspaper Logo -risk colonoscopy procedures.... Starting next year, The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota will use Watson to sort through 8,000 Mayo studies and approximately 170,000 ongoing studies worldwide to match patients to clinical trials.

Reach: USA TODAY  has the highest daily circulation of any U.S. newspaper with a daily average circulation of 4.1 million, which includes print, various digital editions and other  papers that use their branded content.

Previous Coverage in Sept. 11, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: Mayo Clinic and IBM  are using  Watson, the IBM cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials, beginning with research studies in cancer. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway. “In an area like cancer —where time is of the essence — the speed and accuracy that Watson offers will allow us to develop an individualized treatment plan more efficiently so we can deliver exactly the care that the patient needs,” says Steven Alberts, M.D., chair of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis


Star Tribune
Mayo scores major dementia grants
by Dan Browning

After more than a decade of work on what’s been called “the most common disease no one has ever heard of” — frontotemporal dementia — Mayo Clinic Star Tribune newspaper logohas been chosen to participate in a set of federal research projects that could help unlock a broad set of related brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease...“What is really striking is that four major grants have now been funded in [this] area, which is tens of millions of dollars [over five years],” said Dr. Brad Boeve of Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s leading FTD researchers and principal investigator for one of the new grants.

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.

Additional Coverage:

Florida Times-Union
Mayo researchers getting funds for ALS, dementia research
by Steve Patterson

Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville are getting about $6 million in new grants to study a genetic breakdown tied to bothFlorida Times-Union newspaper logo Lou Gehrig’s disease and a form of dementia, clinic officials said Thursday. The work could lead to new testing and treatment approaches to the affliction based around a particular gene, called C9ORF72.

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

KIMT, Mayo Clinic awarded grant for dementia research by DeeDee Stiepan…“We really want to eradicate these genes from the devastating effects that can occur in people who are already known to have these mutations, as well as those families who may, through obviously no fault of their own, pass it on to their children,” explains Dr. Bradley Boeve, a Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic.

Augustine Record, Mayo researchers getting funds for ALS, dementia research by Steve Patterson. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville are getting about $6 million in new grants to study a genetic breakdown tied to both Lou Gehrig’s disease and a form of dementia, clinic officials said Thursday…The research will build on earlier work by another Mayo scientist, Leonard Petrucelli, who last year focused attention on buildups of proteins where the C9ORF72 mutation is found.

KTTC, WQOW Eau Claire, Post-BulletinKansas City Star, Miami Herald, The Telegraph Ga., Post-Bulletin, Daily Journal

Context: Mayo Clinic has been awarded two grants for large, five-year projects on frontotemporal dementia (FTD), characterized by degeneration of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. While rare, it may strike people in their twenties, even in their teens. The projects are funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). The grants, allocated to the research teams at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Jacksonville, Florida, cover a wide spectrum of FTD research, to advance their studies aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from this disorder. More information on the grants can be found here and here on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Duska Anastasijevic  (Minnesota) and Kevin Punsky (Florida)


Star Tribune
Schafer: Mayo Clinic surgeon, scientist team up as entrepreneurs
by Lee Schafer

Rakesh Suri and Jordan Miller are the kind of entrepreneurs who are easy to cheer for. Suri is a heart surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, and Miller is a Star Tribune Business section logoscientist who arrived in Rochester 5 ½ years ago to help with a research program into cardiac valve disease. Admittedly they are not typical business underdogs, not as top-of-the-profession staff at the renowned Mayo Clinic. What’s to like is how they want to take something out of the lab to help people live longer. And starting a company seems to be the only practical way to get that done.

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.

Context: Rakesh Suri, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic cardiac surgeon and is also affiliated with Mayo Clinic Transplant Center.  Jordan Miller, PhD, is an in the Division cardiovascular surgery researcher with an academic appointment of Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Physiology. His research program focuses on three main areas: 1) understanding mechanisms contributing to aortic valve and atherosclerotic plaque calcification, 2) identification of reciprocal regulators of skeletal and cardiovascular calcification, and 3) understanding mechanisms contributing to vasomotor dysfunction in health and disease.

Public Affairs Contacts:  Sharon Theimer, Traci Klein


New Yorker
Breaking Away
by David Gendelman

…They also likely thought about the advantages gained by staying with the main pack, like protection from the wind provided by the runners in front. There’s also The New Yorker magazine logo“a psychic edge,” Michael Joyner, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said. “People get in a rhythm. You’re feeding off other people. All of the signals that the average person would describe as painful, the élite is using as a red line. They’re running right on the edge. When you’re with somebody else, your perception of the effort you require, your perception of fatigue, might be less. You might be able to stay in the zone longer.”

Reach: The New Yorker is a weekly magazine with a circulation of more than one million readers. The magazine covers culture, art, fiction, business, politics, science and technology. It reports on current ideas and evolving issues, often with a touch of humor. Launched in 1925, it is published by Condé Nast Publications. Its mission is to report and reflect on the world at large with wit, sophistication and originality. The New Yorker's website has more than 722,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Michael Joyner, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. Dr. Joyner and his lab team are interested in how humans respond to various forms of physical and mental stress during activities such as exercise, hypoxia, standing up and blood loss.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

The New Yorker, Against the Grain by Michael Specter. Should you go gluten-free?…Joseph A. Murray, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and the president of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease, has also studied wheat genetics. He agrees with Kasarda. “The wheat grain is not a lot different than it was fifty years ago,’’ Murray told me.

Yahoo! (AP), New home test shakes up colon cancer screening by Marilynn Marchione. Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do…The test was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last month and will be offered by prescription at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where it was developed, and soon nationwide. It's called Cologuard and is sold by Exact Sciences Corp. of Madison, Wisconsin. Mayo Clinic and one of its doctors get royalties from the test. Additional coverage: KAAL, Pioneer Press, NBC News, FOX 10 Phoenix, FOX News, ABC News, Star Tribune

Star Tribune, Correction: Colon Cancer Test story. In a story Oct. 26 about Cologuard, a new DNA test for colon cancer screening, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the test was approved in September and was not yet available nationwide. The test was approved in August and has been available through the Cologuard website and private practice physicians for people willing to pay for it themselves, not just  starting Monday at the Mayo Clinic with Medicare reimbursement.

KMSP, New colon cancer home test could save lives by Iris Perez…Over the years, there has been controversy surrounding the risks of colonoscopies. Cologuard gives patients a less expensive screening alternative that is also non-invasive. Doctor John Kisiel is a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic who says he's excited to offer the test to patients…“Getting screened without symptoms is of paramount importance because typically, when symptoms develop, they herald a late stage or advanced cancer that may be late stage or difficult to treat,” Kisiel said.

Reuters, Weak muscles can put diabetics at risk on stairs by Janice Neumann. When nerves in the legs and feet are damaged from diabetes, people often have trouble on stairs, but a new report suggests exercise might help lower their risk of falling…Dr. Peter Dyck, who directs the Peripheral Nerve Research Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Reuters Health in a phone interview that the study helps confirm some of the reasons for the unsteady gait of diabetics. But Dyck, who was not involved in the study, said he wasn’t convinced that exercise would help these individuals because of their sensory loss. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Canada, Business Insider

NY Times, A Farewell to His Fans and Himself by Larry Rohter. From the very first scene, “I’ll Be Me” signals that it is not going to be a conventional documentary about a celebrity, in this case the country-pop singer and guitarist Glen Campbell. As Mr. Campbell sits in a darkened room watching home movies of his younger self, he asks his wife, Kim, “Who is that?”…The film represents an important educational opportunity, said Dr. Ronald C. Petersen of the Mayo Clinic, who diagnosed Mr. Campbell’s disease and is also chairman of a national Alzheimer’s Advisory Council.

KARE11, Glen Campbell I'll Be Me Opens Friday At Theaters Nationwide. An eye opening documentary called "Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me" opens Friday at theaters nationwide. The film focuses on the country music legend's "Goodbye Tour" he embarked upon after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Glen's wife Kim Campbell stopped by KARE 11 News at 11 to promote the documentary, along with Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Director Dr. Ronald Petersen and movie director Trevor Albert.

Post-Bulletin, Film shares Glen Campbell's journey into twilight by Rachel Leingang. Glen Campbell's 151-show farewell tour was a remarkable showcase of bravery and artistry, as he continued to perform despite his advancing Alzheimer's disease… People, especially celebrities, usually aren't very open about their diagnosis or Alzheimer's disease progression, said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

NY Times, Wikipedia Emerges as Trusted Internet Source for Ebola Information by Noam Cohen…Wikipedia? The online encyclopedia’s Ebola Virus Disease article has had 17 million page views in the last month, right up there with the C.D.C.’s Ebola portal and the W.H.O.’s Ebola fact sheet, as well as the Ebola coverage of prominent health care brands like WebMD and the Mayo Clinic.

NY Times, Sunday Review: Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain? By Moises Velasquez-Manoff. At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., a center of research on neurological autoimmunity, patients with autoimmune epilepsy, dementia and other recently described autoimmune disorders are frequently “cured” with immunotherapy….THE Mayo Clinic is on track to run 140,000 tests this year for autoimmune disorders of the brain, about a 20 percent increase over last year. One-tenth of samples usually come back positive for the self-directed antibodies indicative of autoimmunity, said Sean J. Pittock, a neurologist there.

NY Times, SundayReview, The Problem with Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen. MANY people think that the key to success is to cultivate and doggedly maintain an optimistic outlook. This belief in the power of positive thinking, expressed with varying degrees of sophistication, informs everything from affirmative pop anthems like Katy Perry’s “Roar” to the Mayo Clinic’s suggestion that you may be able to improve your health by eliminating “negative self-talk.”

USA TODAY (Des Moines Register), Advice pours in for parents of boy with no urge to eat by Kyle Munson. The plight of one sick boy in Iowa has inspired an outpouring of sympathy and advice from around the globe. A Des Moines Register story chronicled how 12-year-old Landon Jones woke up one day last October having lost all urge to eat and drink. In the past two days, the boy's story has triggered reaction nationwide as well as from Canada, Brazil, Italy and beyond. The Drudge Report, USA TODAY and other news sites helped the story catch fire online. The phone mail box and email inbox of Landon's father, Michael, have overflowed. His cellphone battery, unless it's plugged in, drains from the constant ringing. Additional coverage: CBS News

FOX News, Doctors perplexed by boy who's never hungry or thirsty by Matt Cantor. A year ago this month, Landon Jones, 12, suddenly lost his desire to eat and drink—and it hasn't come back. The case remains a mystery, and possibly unique, says a Mayo Clinic doctor…Experts say there's likely something wrong with Landon's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates hunger, thirst, and other functions. Additional coverage: Daily Mail UK

Des Moines Register, Medical mystery: Iowa boy, 12, has no urge to eat, drink by Kyle Munson, The soundtrack of daily life in the Jones's household is a persistent mantra that Michael and Debbie intone for their 12-year-old son, Landon. Take a bite. Take a drink. Take a drink. Take a bite. These parents have been forced to jabber away like this in the last year because of their son's mysterious illness: He lacks all impulse to eat or drink…Dr. Marc Patterson, a Mayo Clinic child neurologist with 33 years of experience who first examined Landon in November, said the boy very well may be the only case of his kind in the world…"We looked very hard investigating Landon, and we've not been able to make any definite diagnosis," Patterson said. Additional coverage: USA TODAY

TIME, The Rise of Celiac Disease Still Stumps Scientists by Mandy Oaklander. Two new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine rocked the world of celiac research, both proving that scientists have a ways to go in their understanding of celiac disease, which affects about 1% of the population, whether they know it or not… Though both studies were excellently designed and executed, says Joseph A. Murray, MD, professor of medicine and gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, each was “a spectacular failure.”

Huffington Post, Simple Eye Test Could Detect Alzheimer's Disease, Study FindsBut 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.

Huffington Post, I'll Have a Glass of Grapefruit Juice With My Bacon Fat by Judith Wurtman. But leaping ahead to the l970s, we find grapefruit emerging as the star food of the Hollywood Diet, or the Mayo Diet, supposedly endorsed by the Mayo Clinic, which disdained to have anything to do with this fad.

NPR, How To Sell Bogus Health Cures In 5 Easy Steps by Nancy Chute. I'm bummed that the green coffee weight-loss cure touted by Dr. Oz doesn't work. It could have been the perfect painless antidote to my habit of lying on the sofa eating Russian chocolate…Here's how to market your own dubious cure (or avoid them), with a hat tip to the FDA and Mayo Clinic:

US News & World Report, Is Surgery Safer at a Teaching Hospital? By Hannah Webster. Every operation has risks. How does that change – or not – when surgical residents are involved?...David Farley, a professor of surgery at the Mayo Medical School and former program director of the General Surgery Training Program, has also focused on the subject in his research and has seen a difference in procedure lengths."

HealthDay, Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle. Want to lower your risk of a first-time stroke? New guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association reinforce the idea that a healthy lifestyle is crucial…"We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors that can be changed or controlled, especially high blood pressure, account for 90 percent of strokes," said Dr. James Meschia, lead author of the guidelines and professor and chairman of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., in an American Heart Association news release. Additional coverage:  Counsel&Heal, Counsel&Heal, Health24, Newsday

Parents magazine, 5 Easy Ways to Meditate Every Day…How Meditation Works…"Over time, the release of stress hormones like cortisol can increase blood pressure and the risk of heart attack, stroke, and perhaps even certain cancers," explains Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and author of  The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

MedPage Today, COPD Symptoms Diminish With Portable Ventilator by Charles Bankhead…"The significant improvements in clinical measures seen in this study are similar to the results we see in the clinic when patients add a portable noninvasive open ventilation system to an existing regimen, that may include pharmacological agents and oxygen therapy," said Larry C. Casey, MD, PhD, of Mayo Clinic Health System and Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wis. Additional coverage: Lung Disease News

The Walrus, Giving Up the Ghost, by Lynn Cunningham…But matters of decor are not top of mind on this Friday in January, as I stand outside the entrance of the building. Instead, I’m focused on cigarettes—or, more precisely, smoking as many of them as possible in the time left before 4:30 p.m., when nine other people and I will hand over our packs and lighters, and put our faith in the Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center. Additional coverage: Walrus Podcast, CBC radio

FOX News (Reuters), Weak muscles can put diabetics at risk on stairs… Peter Dyck, who directs the Peripheral Nerve Research Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Reuters Health in a phone interview that the study helps confirm some of the reasons for the unsteady gait of diabetics. But Dyck, who was not involved in the study, said he wasn’t convinced that exercise would help these individuals because of their sensory loss.

MedPage Today, KevinMD's TakeTypically, I suggest LinkedIn and Google My Business as starting points. But some have asked me about Doximity.  Doximity is a physician-only social network, run by the people who founded Epocrates.  At the recent social media summit at the Mayo Clinic, it was recommended that doctors start with Doximity first. Well-known social media leader Bryan Vartabedian, MD supported this recommendation.

Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic Takes Tech Steps To Connect Patients And Providers by Megan Williams. Always a leader in healthcare technology and patient-centered care, the Mayo Clinic has recently launched a new initiative aimed at providing patients with “real-time interactive communication with healthcare providers.”...According to Matt Bernard, M.D., Southeast Minnesota region Primary Care Service Line chair, “Mayo Clinic is committed to reducing health care expenses for employees and employers by improving access to medical services through convenient and more affordable care through Mayo Clinic Health Connection…

Globe and Mail, Health Canada approves sales of Spartan DNA testing device by Richard Blackwell. Spartan Bioscience Inc. has the regulator’s approval to sell the device, which can help ensure heart patients get the right medication for their genetic makeup. Up to now it has only been able to use the machine in Canada in clinical trials.…But he expects sales to jump sharply after the company gets the results of a large North American clinical trial involving more than 5,000 patients that is being funded by the Mayo Clinic.

Globe and Mail, Menopausal women tackle stigma of symptoms to prolong sex lives by Adriana Barton…Nevertheless, not all menopausal women develop GSM. Non-smokers are less likely to suffer, since smoking reduces blood circulation, and vaginal deliveries appear to have a protective effect. The Mayo Clinic notes that regular sexual activity – with or without a partner – “increases blood flow and makes your tissues more elastic.”

FOX9, Minnesota's Limb Lab gives back heroes what they lost. Matt Bacik is a decorated army ranger from Alabama, and he has had about two dozen different prosthetics since he lost his leg. He's now a customer of Limb Lab, a prosthetics company out of Rochester, Minn. and on Wednesday, he was able to put his newest through its paces. Bacik is a bit of a lab rat at the Mayo Clinic, and he says his new limb is as “close to natural” as he's ever felt. He has been without his right lower leg for the better part of a decade.

ZDNet, IBM Watson lends analytic power to genomic medicine…This isn't the first foray Watson has made into healthcare. The super computer has also been utilized by the Mayo Clinic, as well as through IBM's partnerships with healthcare providers such as WellPoint and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. IBM even says the latest pilot initiative with the Cleveland Clinic is an extension of on-going programs with the renowned cancer treatment center that aim to aid in the advancement of big data in healthcare.

Green Bay Press Gazette (Post-Bulletin), Mayo’s airborne blood bank celebrates 30 years. On May 20, 2012, Nels Gunderson hung in a balance between life and death. His survival depended on access to first responders, rapid medical stabilization and an airborne blood bank carried by the Mayo One medical helicopter.

WWMT Mich., Oakland County man needs second heart transplant, A Saginaw native who had a life-saving heart transplant 15 years ago now needs another one. The Saginaw News reports that Ernie Balcueva of Sylvan Lake in Oakland County is awaiting a match for a transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Balcueva's body is rejecting his first heart transplant. Balcueva has battled heart complications since he was a child. Four brothers died of the same disease he suffers from before they reached 34.

KAAL, Rare Heart Condition Claims the Lives of Four Brothers, Fifth Brother Needs Second Transplant by Steph Crock... patient at Mayo Clinic is in desperate need of a new heart. He suffers from a rare heart condition, the very one that killed all four of his brothers at very young ages. He’s already had one heart transplant but that was 15 years ago, he's now waiting for a donor again… "Ernie's family is very unique. They have a cardiomyopathy heart muscle disorder that leads to sudden death," said one of Ernie's Doctors, Brooks Edwards, M.D. at Mayo Clinic.

Coeur d' Alene Press, 'Who are you and what have you done with my son?' by Mikki Stevens…'Fun-loving' is a good description for Kelly Caldero. She once decorated a colleague's office with everything spider-esque she could find. After enjoying his "freak out," she told him it was just a little thing she could do to help him overcome his arachnophobia.…The Mayo Clinic defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a type of anxiety disorder triggered by witnessing a traumatic event causing intense fear, helplessness or horror.

MedPage Today, Genetic Tests Dominate Thyroid Meeting, by Kristina Fiore…ATA president Hossein Gharib, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said use of the Asuragen and Veracyte tests has spread more widely than seen at last year's ATA meeting, but clinicians are still determining how best to use them.

Washington Post, Let grandmas teach you a thing or two — about Facebook by Jessica Contrera. A few weeks later, many more people learned about the then-113-year-old when a TV station in Plainview, Minn., aired a story about her that went viral. It said that the woman, Anna Stoehr, tried to sign up for a Facebook account on her iPad mini (the regular iPad was too heavy) — and she had to lie about her age because Facebook’s upper age limit wouldn’t recognize her birth year of 1900. (Anna is a Mayo Clinic patient)

Chicago Tribune, Remarkable Woman: Dr. Ruby Roy, pediatrician. La Rabida Children's Hospital pediatrician Ruby Roy spends her days changing lives.… her younger son, now 18, was born with a rare congenital heart disease….How is your son's health now? A: He's doing fabulous. He had open-heart surgery eight years ago. He was one of the first kids in North America to get an experimental valve repair at Mayo (Clinic). He was 11, and it took him an entire year to heal from that. Then he grew 8 inches the following year. But his repairs survived. He might need another surgery and he might not and I'm actually pretty calm about that.

Oncology Nurse Advisor, Benefit seen for adding trastuzumab to breast cancer chemotherapy. Adding a year of trastuzumab (Herceptin) to standard chemotherapy improves overall survival by 37 percent and raises 10-year overall survival rates from 75 to 84 percent, according to research published online Oct. 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Edith Perez, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and colleagues followed 4,046 women with breast cancer.

Post-Bulletin, How to make HIV disappear by Jeff Hansel, One in 139 women in the United States will be diagnosed in her lifetime with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, says the director of the Mayo Clinic HIV clinic. "Every single adult in the United States should be tested for HIV," said Dr. Stacey Rizza, chair of the Mayo Clinic HIV Clinic. Mayo is updating its record system so that health providers will be prompted to prescribe an HIV test for any patient who hasn't already had one.

Ragan’s Health Care Communication News, Yes, he played the violin during his brain surgery. For now, Roger Frisch doesn’t know the sounds of silence. When the hand that glides his violin bow became shaky, Frisch went to Mayo Clinic. That’s when doctors and engineers began brainstorming.

The Daily Meal, James Beard Award-Winners Join ‘America Cooks with Chefs’ by Karen Lo. Six James Beard Award-winning chefs from all over the country have been selected to participate in America Cooks with Chefs, a nationwide wellness movement and seven-episode video series on Ora.TV that will pair six contestants with six of America’s most talented chefs…The initiative is an effort between Palisades Media Ventures, the Clinton Foundation, the James Beard Foundation, and Good Housekeeping and is sponsored by Deloitte, Weight Watchers, Barilla, and Mayo Clinic.

Ahwatukee Foothills News, Mayo Clinic appoints Ivy to Arizona Leadership Council. Mayo Clinic has added Catherine Ivy to its Arizona Leadership Council. Ivy is the founder and president of The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation), the largest privately funded brain cancer research foundation in North America. It is based in Phoenix.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Chosen as Ebola Treatment Center for Minnesota, Mayo Clinic Officials speak out after it's announced they've been chosen as a treatment center for Ebola patients. The Minnesota Department of Health announced a coordinated treatment plan to handle any potential Ebola cases, with Mayo Clinic playing a key role. Saint Marys Campus at Mayo Clinic is one of four hospitals chosen in the state to be an Ebola treatment center, and it's the only one outside of the Twin Cities…. "I'm not surprised we were chosen. We are leaders in patient care. People trust us and I'm glad. They have a reason to trust us," said Amy Williams, M.D. at Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: MPR, KARE11, Star Tribune, KMSP, KAAL, KTTC, Post-Bulletin, BringMeTheNews

KAAL, Olmsted County Officials Train for Ebola…State agencies met Thursday morning to discuss Ebola concerns, while our area has been taking similar steps. More than 100 representatives from several Minnesota agencies went through a mock exercise put on by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety…Olmsted County just met with local officials on Wednesday. "Our health care partners locally, both Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center, our emergency management, the fire department, law enforcement, the volunteer organizations in the area…" listed Giesen.

Cannon Falls Beacon, Hospital ready for Ebola by Mike Dalton. Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls is well-prepared to handle any crisis that might arise due to the Ebola virus, representatives said Monday…In a statement, Clinic officials said "Mayo Clinic has the capability to isolate and treat patients in our hospitals. In Minnesota, we have plans in place to transport any patient at any of our regional Mayo Clinic Health Systems sites to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester. Transfer will be done only by Gold Cross ambulance units, so local ambulance services will not have to do transfers."

The Atlantic, Even Before Ebola, Hospitals Struggled With Infection Control by Jordan Rau (Kaiser…Some major teaching hospitals, like Denver Health Medical Center, Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, and Mayo Clinic’s hospitals in Rochester, Minnesota, have been able to maintain low infection rates, the analysis shows.

Arizona Republic, ASK THE EXPERT, Test offers new option for colorectal cancer screening. Russell Heigh, M.D., gastroenterology and hepatology at Mayo Clinic, discusses a new test that may serve as an alternative for colonoscopy. Heigh participated in research evaluating the test. Question: Are there alternatives to the standard colonoscopy procedure to detect colon cancer?

Michigan Live, Team Balcueva: Saginaw native, Oakland County resident needs second life-saving heart transplant by Heather Jordan…For the last several months, Ernie Balcueva and his parents, Edgar and Mary Jane Balcueva, have been at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. That's where Ernie Balcueva must stay until he is matched to a heart donor, she said.

Myeloma Beacon, New Criteria For The Diagnosis Of Multiple Myeloma And Related Disorders by Vincent Rajkumar, M.D., The International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has issued updated criteria for the diagnosis of multiple myeloma. The criteria have been published in The Lancet Oncology and are ac­com­panied by recommendations for monitoring and updated criteria for other related plasma cell disorders.

Star Tribune, New book showcases grand homes of Minnesota…Q: What are some of the fascinating back stories of these homes and the people who built them?...Dr. Henry Plummer was a self-taught genius engineer and invented the Mayo Clinic more than the Mayo Brothers. He predicted his own death. Driving home to his estate, he realized he was having a stroke and gathered his family before he died within 24 hours. Talk about a cool customer.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Possible link between general anesthesia and dementia by Tracey Romero… A 2013 Mayo Clinic study which looked at the medical records of patients with dementia and compared them to a group who were not suffering from the neurological disorder found that both groups had experienced similar rates of exposure to anesthesia, indicating that it is not a risk factor.

Des Moines Register, Breast density impacts how screenings are interpreted by Estela Villaneuva-Whitman…In Iowa, the Army of Pink, led by breast cancer survivor Bridget Pargulski, has promoted similar legislation for two years. Pargulski, of Johnston, had been followed by a breast care specialist for nine years due to fibrocystic breast disease…A second opinion at the Mayo Clinic determined that her tumor had likely been there for five years. The provider encouraged her to reach out to Are You Dense? Advocacy, an organization pushing for patient notification of breast density.

Des Moines Register, The Register's Editorial: Telemedicine rules create a double standard. So-called telemedicine provides Iowans access to health services they may not otherwise have. Veterans, prison inmates and elderly residents do not need to travel long distances. This method of delivering care is especially important in a rural state, providing access to experts across the state and has been used in Iowa for many years…The proposed new rules require, for example, a physician treating a patient to be licensed in the state of Iowa. This could make it difficult for Iowans seeking telemedicine care from a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, one doctor told The Des Moines Register editorial board.

Dunn County News, Counselor joins Mayo Clinic Health System, Matthew Anderson, a licensed professional counselor, recently joined Behavioral Health Services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Post-Crescent (Wisc.), ThedaCare’s new cancer care model focuses on collaboration…ThedaCare’s model is built around our clinical care team, as well as keeping close connections to a patient’s primary care doctor. It also includes behavioral health supports, e-consultations with specialists in 22 specific types of cancer at the Mayo Clinic, videoconferencing to facilitate discussions among patients and doctors, palliative care, hospice care, survivorship care, financial counseling, connections to community resources, care navigation support, and complementary treatment options like acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga and prayer.

VOXXI, Altering gut bacteria could help people with lupus…“Clostridium difficile is a huge problem for the elderly,” Robert Orenstein, D.O., of Mayo Clinic in Arizona said in a statement. “There is a large population of older patients with an ongoing cycle of relapse for which there are few conventional options.

Argus Leader, West Nile trial tests faith of couple…Gloria spent three weeks in the Avera McKennan ICU. It was the first step in a bleak odyssey that left her near death on several occasions, in a coma and paralyzed from the neck down and requiring a ventilator to breathe and a feeding tube. Her journey took her to medical care facilities in Red Wing, Lake City and Pipestone, Minn., and to the Mayo Clinic's St Mary's Hospital. "A doctor at the Mayo said I was a miracle, because people just don't make it through what I did," she says.

Life by Daily Burn, Hate Breakfast? Why Research Says That’s Actually OK…Then there are the millions who forego grub in the a.m. altogether. But how do these morning behaviors really affect weight loss, energy levels and appetite throughout the day? In order to help you crack the breakfast code, we tracked down the latest research, in addition to insights from Katherine Zeratsky, a nutrition instructor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: CNN

Modern Healthcare, Cerner's Q3 profits climb as it preps to add Siemens Health by Bob Herman. Third-quarter earnings at Cerner Corp. rose 12%, roughly in line with analysts' expectations, as the health information technology company continues to diversify and grow its business.…The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., is similarly looking for a technology overhaul. Cerner executives said they are “well-positioned” for the Mayo deal but did not elaborate further.

NBC40 N.J., Shore Medical Center selects Mayo Medical Lab. for its advanced testing needs by Brandon Longo, Officials with Shore Medical Center have announced on Thursday that they have selected Mayo Medical Laboratories as its primary reference laboratory. This partnership will give SMC access to Mayo Clinic's extensive menus of laboratory tests and clinical expertise, while enhancing the efficiency and affordability of advanced laboratory testing.

Washington Post, The presence of marijuana in Michael Brown’s system tells us little about why he died by Christopher Ingraham… In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dr. Michael Bostwick, an addiction specialist at the Mayo Clinic, agreed: "Numbers do not in my experience predict behavior or even completely explain it,” he said. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

Monticello News Ga., Flip Your Switch by Suzanne McGinnis. “We lose two hours of life for every hour we sit,” according to Dr. James Levine, who is ‘dead serious about his claims that sitting is worse than smoking.’ His new book, “Get Up!”…. Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk says that “sitting all day is not natural and to blame for ailments, including obesity.”

News4Jax, Peyton Blodgett update, Eight-year-old Peyton Blodgett is having trouble with his kidneys after nearly 2 days in the woods without water. Dr. Vandana Bhide, Mayo Clinic is interviewed.

BringMeTheNews, Working the night shift could be hazardous for your (gut) health by Elizabeth Millard…“Our bodies are 10 times more bacterial cells than they are human cells,” Heidi Nelson, MD, director of the Microbiome Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, told Experience Life. “We are finally beginning to understand the microbial populations that we coexist with.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Breast cancer hits wife, husband in two-year period. Darricke Bennett supported his wife, Undraye, throughout her breast cancer treatment. Then he got the disease himself, and it was Undraye's turn to be at his side.…After getting a concurring second opinion from the Mayo Clinic, Darricke decided not to have chemotherapy. But he will take a drug called tamoxifen for the next five years. It blocks the estrogen that was stimulating his cancer to grow. Men and women both have estrogen and testosterone at varying levels. Paradoxically, Undraye's cancer was not stimulated by estrogen.

Austin Daily Herald, Ciota, Mayo officials tout team-based care, other medical innovations at health forum by Trey Mewes. Over the next two years, health care is going to work a little different at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin CEO Mark Ciota explained how the hospital’s team-based health care approach would mean more preventative care, long-term cost savings and a shift in the way things work at hospitals during a community health forum at the Paramount Theatre Monday night. Additional coverage: Albert Lea Tribune

KIMT, Covering Your Health Special Report: The truth about clinical trials by Dee Dee Stiepan. We’re taking you inside the research labs at Mayo Clinic, where some of the most cutting edge studies are happening as we speak. We’re introducing you to a group of people who have dedicated their lives to making sure the field of medicine moves forward. Some may describe Bob Ledebuhr as a human guinea pig, but ask Bob and he just doesn’t see it that way…“Every year we receive close to 3,000 calls from all around the world of people contacting us about the latest cancer research.” Toni Mangskau is the Clinical Trial’s Referral Coordinator for the cancer center at Mayo Clinic.

Vancouver Desi, Have nuts, fruits to lower stroke risk, Eating diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, poultry and fish combined with physical activity and keeping your blood pressure under control can lower risk of a first-time stroke, research shows. “We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors that can be changed or controlled – especially high blood pressure – account for 90 percent of strokes,” said lead study author James Meschia from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Missoulian, Partnership benefits Missoula. As a woman and alderwoman for Missoula, I wanted to send my thoughts to you in regards to the new partnership between Billings Clinic and Community Medical Center. I believe the Missoula community will be well served by the partnership between Community Medical Center and Billings Clinic Regional Care. Billings Clinic’s affiliation with the prestigious Mayo Clinic and its record of safety and quality will help further Missoula’s reputation as an innovative leader in the healthcare sector.

WXOW La Crosse, Wisconsin woman gives birth in hospital elevator. Two Wisconsin parents welcomed their newest child in an unexpected way on Monday. Steve and Sarah Weyers drove to Mayo Clinic Monday night to deliver their third daughter.  Steve dropped Sarah off to get checked in and when he came in from parking the car, her water had already broken.  The couple then got inside the elevator to go to the delivery floor, but their daughter was ready to be born right there in the elevator.

Pioneer Press, Artist group gives new meaning to 'healing art' by Allison Kronberg. With fresh paint and unique works by local artists, the Ramsey County Detoxification Center looks less like a jail.…While many hospitals, such as Mayo Clinic in Rochester, have large budgets or grants to purchase and display art, most state-run facilities have little or no budget for art.

Atlanta Daily World, New home test shakes up colon cancer screening. Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that’s noninvasive and doesn’t require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding whether to get it is a more complex choice than ads for “the breakthrough test … that’s as easy as going to the bathroom” make it seem. Additional coverage: canada.com, MSN Saudi Arabia, La Voz, Vida en el Valle, Voxxi

Forbes, Ex-Google Executive Launches Digital Health Start-Up To Fight Chronic Disease by Zina Moukheiber. It’s a common story. A bruising encounter with disease or the health care system spurs an entrepreneur to come up with a solution. Stephanie Tilenius watched her father struggle during his lifetime with obesity, before succumbing to a heart attack. A consultation with a Mayo Clinic or Cleveland Clinic physician might have saved his life, but he couldn’t afford it.

Tallahassee Democrat, Power of touch: Massage can relax, heal. For most people the word “massage” conjures images of an afternoon of blissful indulgence at a spa, or perhaps a professional athlete getting a rub-down after a big game. But there is far more to massage than those common images suggest. According to a recent report from the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of massage go well beyond relaxation or rehabilitation of overused muscles. Massage is beneficial for ailments and conditions including headaches, digestive problems, anxiety, and nerve pain, as well as sports injuries and stress.

Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minnesota Africans tackle Ebola. Hundreds of local residents gathered at the North Hennepin Community college Saturday evening for an Ebola information session organized by the Minnesota Africans Against Ebola Task Force and the Minnesota Department of Health…. The other two are University of Minnesota Medical Center’s West Bank campus and the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

BringMeTheNews, Hungover? That cup of coffee is not the cure you seek by Danielle Magnuson…Caffeine on top of a hangover can even trigger a full-blown hypoglycemic attack, which shares much in common with a panic attack. Intense anxiety and heart palpitations may characterize hypoglycemia, says Mayo Clinic.

WKBT La Crosse, New test allows for colon cancer testing at home…Doctors say it's a great alternative for those who might be hesitant of the usual screening process. “For all the candidates to receive colon cancer screening in the united states only about half agree to that screening which means we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-24 million people who are in the age group 50- to approximately 75 years of age who never get screened for colon cancer,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Doctor Michael VanNorstrand.

WKBT La Crosse, Local nurses are ready in case Ebola makes it to La Crosse, Since Ebola was discovered in the U.S., two healthcare workers who were treating the disease have become infected. A recent survey shows the majority of nurses nationwide say they aren't sure how to handle a potential case of Ebola. But at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, nurses meet daily and talk about the Ebola threat. "It's a hot topic of Vancouver Desidiscussion," said Kathy Bryant, an ER Nurse at Mayo.

WQOW Eau Claire, Car control class helps teens drive safely by Bridget Curran…"If we can help them feel those situations so they don't over-react or over-correct, and that panic is usually what gives them a bad outcome, verses letting the car help them and safely survive," says Leland Mayor, the Director of the program and an Orthopedic Surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System.

La Crosse Tribune, Enchanted Forest greets trick-or-treaters at Hixon. Hixon Forest’s annual transformation Saturday into the Enchanted Forest treated hundreds and hundreds of children to an afternoon of play, treats, music and magic. Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare sponsored the event for the 15th year.

The Chippewa Herald, Local community team working on joint Ebola planning. In the event that the Ebola virus is diagnosed here, an comprehensive team is working together to ensure that Dunn County is well prepared. In collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the group includes Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar (Menomonie) staff and physicians…

WEAU Eau Claire, The Teal Pumpkin Project changes the way kids with allergies trick-or-treat. A nationwide trend is turning pumpkins from orange to teal this Halloween. The new movement allows kids with food allergies to still have fun while trick or treating. This year, the Food Allergy Research and Education foundation is changing the way kids with allergies trick-or-treat. Adela Taylor, allergist at Mayo Clinic Health System says trick or treating can be a nightmare for kids with allergies.

Mankato Free Press, Angie's Artisan Treats raises money for Mayo BEAUTY study by Nate Gotlieb… Mankato-based Angie’s Artisan Treats is supporting Mayo’s Breast Cancer Genome-Guided Therapy study, known as BEAUTY, through sales of limited-edition, pink-ribbon popcorn bags. The company raised $25,000 for the study last year and expects to raise a similar amount this year, co-founder Angie Bastian said… “Right now we treat according to the subtypes of how the breast cancer behaves with hormones and something called HER2, which is a surface protein,”said Dr. Stephan Thome, a Mayo Clinic Health System oncologist and hematologist.

Dairyland Peach, Hunters need to know their own heart health by John Michaelson…Dr. Arashk Motiei is a cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato. He says it’s very easy to put extra stress on the heart with the physical exertion that comes along with hunting and hiking through the fields and woods.

Pl, 60 lat temu opracowano talidomid, lek z dwoma obliczami…Prof. A. Keith Stewart z Mayo Clinic w Scottsdale w Arizonie powiedział, że w tym roku przypadają dwie ważne rocznice związane z talidomidem, lekiem z dwoma obliczami. Przed 60 laty, w 1954 r., opracowali go niemieccy chemicy, a potem wprowadziła go na rynek niemiecka firmaGruenenthal. 

Azteca Noticias, Amígdalas irritadas, señal de cálculos amigdalinos, Amígdalas irritadas, enrojecidas y con presencia de pequeños puntos de color amarillo pálido, son señales de padecer cálculos amigdalinos. Estos cálculos suelen producir mal aliento debido a la agrupación de bacterias, además pueden derivar en inflamación crónica de amígdalas, aunque en la mayoría de casos son "solo un fastidio", refirió la institución Mayo Clinic en un comunicado. Additional coverage: El Hoizonte

Siempre! Presencia de Mexico, Los males en los tejidos blandos de la rodilla…El doctor Henry Clarke, de la clínica de Ortopedia de Mayo Clinic de Scottsdale, Arizona, explica que la bursitis de rodilla consiste en la inflamación de la bursa localizada cerca de la articulación de la rodilla.

Plenilunia, Lo que debes conocer de la colitis isquémica…La Dra. Sarah Umar, Gastroenterología y Hepatología de Mayo Clinic de Scottsdale, Arizona,  comenta que a pesar de que la causa exacta de la colitis isquémica por lo general es incierta, cuando se recibe la atención médica adecuada, la mayoría de personas diagnosticadas con la enfermedad se recupera en cuestión de uno o dos días y nunca más vuelve a presentar otro evento. Additional coverage: mx

Univision Arizona, ¿Heces humanas sanan mejor que un antibiótico?... “El concepto es insertar heces de una persona sana en una persona enferma, para curar una determinada enfermedad. La meta es reconstituir la homeostasis microbiana normal del intestino y romper el ciclo de agentes antibióticos que alteran el microbioma,” explica la Doctora  María Vázquez Roque, MD, profesora asistente en gastroenterología y hepatología de la Clínica Mayo. Additional coverage: Hola Doctor

Salud Cronica, Dolor abdominal, un síntoma de la colitis isquémica…La Dra. Sarah Umar, Gastroenterología y Hepatología de Mayo Clinic de Scottsdale, Arizona,  comenta que a pesar de que la causa exacta de la colitis isquémica por lo general es incierta, cuando se recibe la atención médica adecuada, la mayoría de personas diagnosticadas con la enfermedad se recupera en cuestión de uno o dos días y nunca más vuelve a presentar otro evento.

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