November 6, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Boston Globe
Yes, sitting at work is bad, but is standing actually better?
By Deborah Kotz

…In a June study, 28 office workers who were given a sit/stand desk for a month reduced their time spent in a sedentary position by 38 Boston Globe Logominutes a day compared to when they used a traditional desk. They also reported a mood boost, increased energy, and reduced fatigue. “I think it’s correct to say we’re in the middle of a ‘stand up movement,’ but the emphasis needs to be on movement,” said the study author Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. “I don’t want people to think that they should stand up like still soldiers. That is not a good idea.”

Reach: The Boston Globe has a daily circulation of more than 215,000 and Sunday circulation of more than 362,000.

Additional coverage: Boston Globe10 ways companies can encourage workers to move

Context: James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who is often sought out by journalists for his expertise. Basing his techniques of non-exercise activity on years of Mayo Clinic research, he offers cost-effective alternatives to office workers, school children and patients for losing weight and staying fit. Author, inventor, physician and research scientist, Dr. Levine has built on Mayo’s top status as a center of endocrinology expertise and has launched a multi-nation mission to fight obesity through practical, common-sense changes in behavior and personal environment.

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob NellisJim McVeigh


Glen Campbell's public decline with Alzheimer's documented in new film

…MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kim Campbell and Dr. Ronald Petersen, Director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. He was one of MPR News logoGlen Campbell's doctors.  A new documentary about the life and career of music icon Glen Campbell opens in theaters  nationwide. "I'll Be Me" is not an ordinary music biopic because Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and decided to deal with it publicly. The film documents his emotional "Goodbye Tour" and how his wife Kim became his caregiver.

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

Additional Coverage:

Post-Bulletin, Glen Campbell film called touching

KTTC, Country star Glen Campbell's family and doctor talk about Mayo's role in fight with Alzheimer's

Pioneer Press'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me' is moving, funny portrait of country star's struggle with Alzheimer's

Context: This film will increase awareness of Alzheimer’s impact on patients and their caregivers and is a call to action for our nation to find a cure for this disease.  Our future depends on us pushing the boundaries of knowledge and discovery of cures for this and other devastating diseases,” says John Noseworthy, MD, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. Dr. Ronald Petersen is director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. The Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is part of a network of 28 centers around the country sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


8 Things Your Sleep Habits Say About You

by Jordan Davidson…The symptom: You slept your way through 3 ham sandwiches and an entire pound cPrevention logoake. What it might mean: Parasomnia and REM Behavior Disorder (RBD). Erik St. Louis, a Mayo Clinic sleep physician, recently ended up with a patient who spread jelly on his Nook and left it in the fridge. Sleepwalkers may make a snack, take a walk, and then return to bed with no idea they ever left. The really scary ones drive.

Reach: Prevention is published monthly with a circulation of 2.8 million.  Prevention - Online has more than 1.1 million unique visitors each month and has 9.3 million average page views each month.

Context: Erik St. Louis, M.D. is a physician with the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in sleep disorders evaluate and treat adults and children in the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The Center for Sleep Medicine is one of the largest sleep medicine facilities in the United States. Staff in the center treat about 6,500 new people who have sleep disorders each year. The Center for Sleep Medicine is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Public Affairs Contact: Alyson Gonzalez


Wall Street Journal
Just How Fast a Marathoner Could Wozniacki Be?
By Matthew Futterman

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki stunned the endurance world Sunday when she finished the New York City Marathon in 3 hours 26 minutes 33 The Wall Street Journal Logoseconds. It was her first marathon. She never did a training run longer than 13 miles, and she played in the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore the previous weekend. How fast would Woz be if she tried? Pretty darn fast. Michael Joyner, a physician at the Mayo Clinic aWSJ Daily Fixnd veteran marathoner who specializes in time extrapolations, posited that at 5 feet 10, Wozniacki would most likely be better suited to swimming or rowing. Still, Joyner added, Wozniacki could get 10% better from training and another 10% better by getting super-skinny. Or, “if she was a closet aerobic animal you might get 25%,” he wrote in an email.

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: 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

NPR Shots Blog, Sideline Robot Helps Trainers Spot Football Concussions by Alison Bruzek…A video call by smartphone or electronic tablet would be cheaper and even more mobile than the robot, some might argue. But Dr. Bert Vargas, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona who has been involved with some preliminary testing of VGo on the football field, says that, unlike a phone, the robot doesn't require an extra person to hold the camera up to the athlete. And the robot's movements are controlled remotely by the specialist, who can pan and zoom as needed.

Wall Street Journal, Are You Bathing Your Baby Too Much? By Dana Wechsler Linden… “We’ve become more aware how important the skin barrier is,” says Megha Tollefson, one of the authors for the academy of a coming clinical report on eczema. “It’s definitely one of the most important areas we should be looking at for eczema,” says Dr. Megha Tollefson, an assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Mayo Clinic.

CBS This Morning, Doctors baffled by boy's mysterious illness by Dr. Holly Phillips. Over the past year, the sixth grader has lost about 40 percent of his body weight, plummeting from 104 pounds to just 67. The Jones' search for answers has taken them to five different cities including Rochester, Minnesota, where pediatric neurologist Marc Patterson examined Landon at the Mayo Clinic… "This combination of loss of appetite and loss of thirst is something that I have not encountered before," he said. Patterson believes the problem could lie within the boy's hypothalamus, the pea-sized portion of the brain that regulates hunger, thirst and essential functions like sleep and body temperature.

Huffington Post, All Pain, No Gain? Put An End To Painful Sex During Menopause…One study by the Mayo Clinic found the incidence of hot flashes was reduced as much as 50 percent by consuming flaxseed.

Huffington Post, Parenting Survivors of Childhood Abuse Need a Voice by Dawn Daum…In a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, an online medical journal, an association was made between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and the lifetime diagnosis of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, sleep disorders and suicide attempts. Also associated with CSA were medical conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders, chronic pelvic pain, psychogenetic seizures and non-specific chronic pain.

USA Today, Intervention programs target students with dyslexia by Kevin Pieper. While listening to a dyslexia interventionist specialist this spring, Tracie Luttrell started to see the faces of students who were struggling in her elementary school — faces of past students who never really thrived but ones Luttrell knew were intelligent.…The Mayo Clinic defines dyslexia as "a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words."

TIME, 5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About BreakfastMyth 5: Drinking too much coffee in the morning will dehydrate you. Love that cup of coffee (or three) with your eggs in the morning? The good news is that while caffeine can dehydrate you a bit, you usually drink it mixed with a bunch of water. The water in your coffee or tea balances out the dehydrating effect of caffeine, according to the Mayo Clinic.

TIME, What Can Make You Happier, Increase Your Attention Span and Even Make You More Courageous? By Eric Barker…The Mayo Clinic explains a number of different methods. Here is the simplest one: Focus all attention on your breathing. Concentrate on feeling and listening as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Breathe deeply and slowly. When your attention wanders, gently return your focus to your breathing.

Good Housekeeping, 4 Things You Didn't Know About Stress by Maitland Greer…2. It can age you. Stress can make you biologically older by about 10 years — two times more than smoking. "Stress worsens almost every condition you can find in a medical textbook," says Amit Sood, M.D. Mayo Clinic stress management and resiliency expert and author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

Men’s Journal, 10 Ways to Protect Yourself this Cold & Flu Season. While so much of the public is focusing on Ebola, there's a much more common, highly contagious virus ready to rip though the nation: influenza…Get a Flu Shot… If you're squeamish about needles, there is now a nasal mist that's just as effective as the shot for guys 50 and younger. "We don't recommend the nasal mist for people over 50 because as we get older, we need more antigens to produce more antibodies, and the nasal mist doesn't have enough," says Kellee Dixon, a registered nurse and infection preventionist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. "But for everyone else over age 8, it's highly effective."

News4Jax, Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier by Mayo Clinic News Network… "If you don't do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you'll increase the percentage of fat in your body," says Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass — at any age."

KARE11, Man needs 2nd heart transplant after disease kills his 4 brothers, From the outside looking in of a hospital room at St. Mary's Hospital on the Mayo Campus in Rochester you would never guess how much heartbreak lives in the room of Ernie Balcueva. Because Ernie's room is decorated in pictures and goofy boxer shorts his friends have sent from his home state of Michigan…"Ernie's is a one in a million family, actually less than that. It's an extremely rare situation," Dr. Brooks Edwards, Mayo's Transplant Center Director said.

Detroit News, Oakland County man needs 2nd heart transplant by Heather Jordan. Fifteen years ago, after losing all four of his brothers to a rare heart disease, Ernie Balcueva underwent a heart transplant. It saved his life. Now, at age 45, the Sylvan Lake father of two needs another one…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.

Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville hospitals say they are ready for Ebola by Charlie Patton…“Mayo Clinic is prepared to quickly identify, isolate and treat patients suspected of having Ebola virus disease should the need arise,” said Nancy Dawson, vice chairwoman of Hospital Operations at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. “We have ongoing communications and training for our staff to ensure we can care for patients with Ebola, or any infectious disease, safely and appropriately. … Mayo Clinic is actively identifying patients with recent travel to affected regions or with close contact with an Ebola patient and quickly isolating them until Ebola has been ruled out.”

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic officials discuss Ebola responses by Rachel Leingang, City and county officials joined Mayo Clinic representatives Thursday to discuss how each agency is preparing for potential Ebola patients, should the need arise in Rochester…"The type of outbreak you see in West Africa is just not in the cards here" because of public health infrastructure and good access to medical care, said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic.

HealthDay, Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's? by Dennis Thompson, Malfunction of a key brain protein called tau is the likely culprit behind Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, a new study in mice concludes…Also, experts say, results of animal experiments don't necessarily apply to humans. But Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, said the new study adds to the growing evidence that "the role of tau is fundamental in the disease process."

Calgary Herald, Mystery patient in Vancouver's medical milestone revealed by Pamela Fayerman. It was a pivotal, even glorious moment in the evolution of gene science when, in the summer of 2010, Vancouver scientists announced they were the first in the world to sequence a patient’s rare and aggressive tumour to help select the most appropriate drugs…Dr. Donald Rix, a legend in Canadian philanthropy and the biomedical field who died in 2009 at the age of 78…Although Rix had connections to every top doctor, not to mention faith in experts here, he elected to have his primary tongue tumour removed at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  Additional coverage: Vancouver Sun

KAAL, Patients at Mayo Get Gifts From Young Cancer Survivor by Meghan Reistad. After battling cancer, one local 10-year-old is giving back to kids at Mayo Clinic going through what she experienced, not long ago. She’s raised more than 1,000 dollars through a book drive at Blooming Prairie Elementary School. With the money, she will donate 228 books to Mayo Clinic Children’s Center…“Rhabdomyosarcoma, it's a mouthful. It's a soft muscle cancer and it was on her face, in her nose actually,” said Madelaine’s Mother Amy Stoen.  Additional coverage: KSTP

ABC15 Phoenix, How Colleges Use Tanning Beds To Attract Students. Research shows about half of U.S. colleges are using free or cheap tanning beds to lure students, despite doctors' adamant warnings about the dangers.  Anokhi Jambusaria, M.D., MAYO CLINIC: "You should never use a tanning bed." Richard W. Joseph, M.D: "Melanoma is definitely related to tanning-bed use."

FOX10 Phoenix, Crumb rubber; is it safe for athletes to play on…Dr. Donald Northfelt is an oncologist at the Mayo Clinic. Questions about synthetic turf fields caught his attention.  His teenage son plays lacross and will soon start playing on a turf field at a high school in Scottsdale.

La Crosse Tribune, Joanne Hutson: Studies show vinegar might boost your health by Joanne Hutson, Mayo Clinic Health System,  Several small studies suggest that apple cider vinegar may have a beneficial impact on lowering blood glucoses. These studies sparked my interest, as cider vinegar is a natural product that has been around for more than 10,000 years. It is very inexpensive and already is in the cupboards of many households. In addition, vinegar adds a tremendous amount of flavor and “zing” to foods without calories, fat, carbohydrates or sodium.

Kansas City Star, In the heart of Kansas, kidney message was a sign of love by Dugan Arnett…Health issues were nothing new to Sharon; she had a kidney removed in 2005 after doctors found a small tumor on it. But this was different. The news hit Jim like a truck, his mind immediately going to the worst-case scenario...Eventually Jim reached the Mayo Clinic, which agreed to accept Sharon into its living donor program. Unlike deceased donor programs, which match recipients to organs from cadavers, the living donor program doesn’t have a waiting list. Potential organ recipients typically find their own donor.

Endocrinology Today, Rebecca S. Bahn, MD: Diverse leadership essential for institutional success, Rebecca S. Bahn, MD, professor of medicine and consultant in endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., discussed the importance of mentoring and supporting women in leadership roles during the American Thyroid Association Annual Meeting.

Florida Times-Union, OPINION: AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, No logic here. While the Affordable Care Act has provided health care services to many who did not qualify prior to its passage, it has increased the costs to others…My first wife was ill for over 20 years. Her diagnosis was “fever of undetermined origin.” We made two trips to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota without a definitive course of treatment. As an engineer, I challenged the doctors to find the answer to her ongoing medical condition. One of the doctors was candid when he said, “Medical science is not exact.”

News4Jax, The Bark vs. The Bite: A Georgia-Florida special…Michael Kelly introduces us to the Mayo Clinic injury report. Joined by Dr. Sarah Fillmore, thank you for taking the time. Let's take a look at the Florida Georgia game. The fact that both teams are coming off a bye weeks, how much does that help?

KIMT, Raising awareness of a “silent killer” by DeeDee Stiepan. It is the deadliest type of cancer in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year 27% of all cancer deaths are due to lung cancer. But today a local group is lacing up their running shoes in an effort to find a cure. The Wortman Lung Cancer Foundation is hosting the running lung walk and run…The money raised through this event goes toward supporting lung cancer research at Mayo Clinic.

Deseret News National, Investing in 'functional medicine' to cure disease, not soothe symptoms, for patientsCleveland Clinic effect. The Cleveland Clinic employs more than 3,000 doctors and 40,000 other caregivers who handle 5.5 million patient visits each year. Started in 1921 by four physicians who were inspired by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic has long been on the leading edge of medical progress.

Fierce BiotechIT, Cleveland Clinic teams with IBM to use Watson in genomics cancer research. IBM ($IBM) has made another foray into healthcare research. The latest collaboration sees the tech veteran team up with Cleveland Clinic to use Watson in genomics cancer research…The workflow is one of several ways groups including Mayo Clinic, the New York Genome Center and Sanofi ($SNY) are using Watson.

Minneapolis /St. Paul Business Journal, Red Wing Shoes defeats Mayo Clinic for Brand Madness title, Red Wing Shoes is Minnesota's best brand, according to a month-long tournament in which readers voted for the state's most iconic companies and products. The Red Wing-based shoe and boot manufacturer defeated finalist Mayo Clinicby 20 points in the championship round.

KMSP FOX9, Rosemount football player tackled, doctors find rare cancer. Watching him toss a football with his dad, it seems everything is normal for seventh-grader David Gerfast. He has no pain and no alarming symptoms, but just a couple of weeks ago, No. 65 on the Rosemount Middle School football team took a big blow during a game…In order to tackle the tumor, a team of Mayo surgeons tell the Gerfasts they are preparing for a three-day operation that will take up to 12-hours of surgery the first day, a day of sedated rest, followed by what could be an 18-hour surgery the third day.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic gets $100,000 donation for research of uncommon condition by Jeff Hansel. Indiana resident Heidi Henson turned to grab a bottle or toss a ball with her kids — one of her normal, playful daily activities as a young mother. At that moment, Henson experienced a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD…SCAD is the No. 1 cause of heart attack in young, pregnant women. And, said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic, it's possible SCAD is the No. 1 cause of heart attacks in women under age 50 overall.

Owatonna People’s Press, Owatonna, state health officials encourage early breast cancer detection methods. It could have been just like every other night for Renea Krause, but it wasn’t. “I don’t know why I even checked. I don’t know why,” she said. “I never expected to feel a lump.” But Krause of Owatonna did find a lump in her breast in April. “I thought I could just go to bed and wake up and it’d be gone, but I kept going back to check it and it was still there,” she said. “The next morning, I checked again and called my doctor in Kasson and went in.” Krause’s doctor felt the lump and sent her to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a mammogram and an ultrasound, which confirmed she had a lump. She then met with a surgeon.

Psych News, New APA Award Recognizes Emerging Field of Pharmacogenomic by Nick Zagorski. The David A. Mrazek Memorial Lecture in Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics will honor a pioneer in using genetic data to personalize drug treatments for mental illness, In 2000, when David Mrazek, M.D., came to the Mayo Clinic to take over as chair of the Department of Psychiatry, he brought his vision of patient care for the new century.…Sadly, Mrazek did not live to see this milestone, having passed away on May 6, 2013, at the age of 65. However, next May, APA will ensure that his vision lives on by recognizing his groundbreaking contributions with the inaugural David A. Mrazek Memorial Lecture in Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics at APA’s 2015 annual meeting.

Indianapolis Recorder, Infertility, miscarriages more common than society believes by Victoria Davis…Natural treatments. Dr. Mary Gallenberg of Mayo Clinic explained that while herb products claiming to treat infertility can be labeled as “all natural,” individuals should consider important issues surrounding fertility herbs. “Until researchers more clearly define the risks and benefits of herbs and supplements, conventional treatment for infertility appears to be the best option,” she said.

MedPage Today, Stroke Rounds: New Prevention Guidelines Favor Mediterranean Diet by Salynn Boyles…Lead author James F. Meschia, MD,of the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, told MedPage Today that adding the warfarin substitutes may increase the use of anticoagulant treatments for patients who need them. "We aren't saying that warfarin is not effective," he said. "It is clearly effective, but because of the need for close monitoring and (side effects) many patients are reluctant to take it and doctors may be reluctant to prescribe it."

MedPage Today, Missed Opportunities to Improve the System By Fred N. Pelzman, MD… The recent NPR piece about the incredible number of wheelchairs scattered all over Rochester, Minn., around the Mayo Clinic seems like an opportunity rather than a problem. Perhaps we can figure out an electronic tracking tool to help these wheelchairs scurry back home, where they can be available for someone who actually needs them today.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The healthiest companies to work for in America. These 44 companies are redefining office culture and proving that working hard and finding balance aren’t mutually exclusive…At Mayo Clinic, health is a family affair. And Mayo sets itself apart by widening the definition of family for its 61,100 employees: Domestic partners are included in health care coverage, adoption fees are reimbursed, child care and elder care resources are available, and parental leave includes both partners. The company also understands that employees who are busy caring for families aren’t always able to care for themselves, which is why it has on-site fitness centers for fitting in midday workouts and several health resources available by phone.

Arab News, Father of chemo blunder girl was ‘pressured’ to give his consent…Rama received support from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to undergo treatment at Mayo Clinic in the US. Rama had begun recovering after a month of treatment at the clinic and was discharged, but due to severe inflammation in her trachea and high fever, she was transferred to a specialized hospital for children, where she underwent a series of operations. She returned to Mayo Clinic to undergo several additional operations. She is expected to return to the US after one year for follow-up treatment.

BringMeTheNews, Study: Being more mindful may be good for your ticker…And don’t be put off by the term meditation, the Mayo Clinic says. “Meditation,” Mayo Clinic explains, “is an umbrella term for the many ways to a relaxed state of being. There are many types of meditation and relaxation techniques that have meditation components. All share the same goal of achieving inner peace.”

Hometown Focus, Life Link III: “When minutes matter…” Unique medical consortium provides vital service for critical patients. The trauma system places hospitals into different categories. There are four Level I hospitals in Minnesota: Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis; Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester, St. Mary’s Campus; North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale; and Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Level I pediatric facilities are Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis; Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul; Hennepin County Medical Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis; and Mayo Clinic Hospital- Rochester.

First Coast News, New push to market medical tourism in Florida. People from all over come to Florida for our beaches, food and the weather…but now doctors? Medical tourism is an industry growing throughout the world, and some state leaders want Florida to be a part of it. Non-partisan research group Florida Taxwatch released a new report highlighting the economic benefits. They believe big institutions, like the Mayo Clinic, could help raise millions of dollars in tourism.

Post-Bulletin, Researchers: No hitches in ALS stem cell study thus far by Jeff Hansel. Seventy-five years ago, when Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at Mayo Clinic-Rochester, regenerative medicine wasn't a term the public had heard of… "How can we help the body heal itself?" said neurologist  Anthony Windebank, deputy director for discovery in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo, during a recent presentation at Mayo Clinic's Research Information Centerin the Gonda Building.

KTTC, Christmas tree celebration brought to kids in hospital. On Friday, the tree will be passing through Rochester en route to Washington D.C. and a big celebration is planned, but some kids at Saint Marys Hospital won't be able to attend so instead they improvised Monday afternoon. This isn't the tree making the trip across the country, but to kids in St. Marys hospital it's the next best thing.  "I think kids transition quickly from Halloween to Christmas," said Chris Colby of Mayo Clinic.  Additional coverage: KAAL,

Bloomberg, Dementia Crisis Roils Japan as 10,000 Seniors Go Missing by Kanoko Matsuyama. Asayo Sakai banged on the front door, demanding to be let out. She was at her daughter’s apartment, where Asayo has lived for the past six years. She has no memory of how she got there or what she’s doing there…Doctors prescribe treatments such as antipsychotic drugs including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY)’s Abilify and AstraZeneca Plc (AZN)’s Seroquel. They’re used to prevent patients from harming themselves or their caretakers, said Ronald Petersen, director of Alzheimer’s Research Center at the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Japan Times

Post-Bulletin, Football: Mayo QB has learned on, off field from his father. Jay Alston has developed a key quality that every great quarterback possesses. "He has a short memory. I'm not sure where that came from. He didn't get that from me," his father, Ron, said with a laugh…Their father-son bond has grown deeper in the past year. Ron, the operations manager for cardiac and thoracic surgery at Mayo Clinic, was diagnosed in January with prostate cancer. Doctors were able to perform surgery and give Ron a clean bill of health, but that scare has helped the family grow even closer.

La Crosse Tribune, Trucker fights fear of doctors to win battle with prostate cancer. Mike “T-Bone” Tessmer is a scrappy over-the-road trucker who steered clear of doctors for decades because of terrifying surgery experiences as a child — but now champions annual checkups as a prostate cancer survivor. “I might live long enough to be a pain in the ass to a lot of good people,” the 62-year-old Onalaska man said with his characteristic guttural laugh after receiving a clean bill of health during a checkup Monday at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.

Medscape, Focus Groups Say MOC Has Little Benefit for Doctors, Patients by Marcia Frellick. Physicians in focus groups agreed that the maintenance of certification (MOC) process is unnecessarily complex and is "of little benefit to physicians, patients, or society," according to a study published online November 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine… David Cook, MD, from the Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues asked 11 focus groups to identify the primary areas of concern and to suggest changes to a process widely considered necessary in some form. They recruited 50 board-certified family medicine and internal medicine physicians.

Pioneer Press, Twinsights: Trevor Plouffe progressing well following forearm surgery. Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe continues to progress following Sept. 29 surgery to repair a fractured left forearm suffered during the season’s final homestand.… Plouffe flew back to the Twin Cities to have his cast removed a couple weeks ago at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and only wears something to protect his forearm when he knows he’ll be in a crowd.

The State Press, ASU researchers craft company, aid aneurysm patients… Endovantage software started field use at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, and it later expanded to the Barrow Neurological institute in Phoenix. Additionally, Endovantage is featured at the Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa in Brazil… Brian Chong, associate professor of radiology at the Mayo Clinic, became involved soon after the company started when he partnered in research with Frakes and Babiker. Chong said he works on blood vessels in the brain, or cerebrovascular treatment.

Post-Bulletin, Pulse on Health: Quarantines should be obeyed voluntarily by Jeff Hansel. Most Minnesotans comprehend that the risk of Ebola virus rampantly spreading here is incredibly small. One of the reasons, asserts Mayo Clinic infectious disease specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh, is the ability of U.S. health providers like Mayo Clinic to diagnose, isolate and treat patients who have recently traveled to West Africa, where an ongoing outbreak has killed thousands.

MyFOXAtlanta, Grady uses radioactive seeds in hunt for breast tumors. Jean Archer's cancer journey began in March, when she looked down as she got into the shower. The 63 year old mother and grandmother remembers, "I said, 'What is that!' And there I found that lump, and I went to my doctor." Archer's doctor sent her to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer…Instead of using a wire, they numb the breast, then insert a small radioactive seed into the tumor. This technique is called Radioactive Seen Localization, or RSL. It's been used at other medical centers, like Mayo Clinic, but never before in Georgia.

Renal & Urology News, Bariatric Surgery Ups Kidney Stone Rates by Jody Charnow. Bariatric surgery is associated with an increased rate of kidney stones, researchers found. John C. Lieske, MD, and colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., studied 762 Olmsted County, Minnesota, residents who underwent bariatric surgery. Of these, 78% had standard Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

India West, FDA Awards Grants to Boost Treatment of Rare Diseases. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Sept. 30 that two Indian American researchers, Mitesh Borad of the Mayo Clinic Arizona and Beena Sood of Wayne State University, were among those awarded 15 grants totaling more than $19 million to boost the development of medical device, drug, and biological products for patients with rare diseases, with at least a quarter of the funding going to studies focused solely on pediatrics.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, How Red Wing Shoes stomped the Brand Madness competition by Jim Hammerand. Cinderella wears Minnesota-made work boots. Red Wing Shoeswas the surprise winner of Minnesota Brand Madness, the tournament-style competition that let Business Journal readers pick Minnesota's best brand from 64 companies and products.

Phoenix Business Journal, From the Publisher: Some of what I’ve learned after 6 months in Phoenix by Ray Schey…I’ve had the opportunity to tour three of the Valley’s medical facilities: Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. These facilities have great leaders: Bob Meyer, Matt McGuire and Dr. Wyatt Decker, respectively.

Vancouver Desi, How genes decide recovery from alcoholism…Acamprosate is a commonly prescribed drug used to aid patients in recovery from alcoholism. “This association finding is a first step towards development of a pharmacogenetic test allowing physicians to choose appropriate treatment for specific subgroups of alcohol-dependent patients,” said Victor Karpyak, lead author and psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota in the US. Additional coverage: Science Codex

Florida Times-Union, Health Notes: Breast cancer drug shows promise by Charlie Patton… These findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, demonstrate how important trastuzumab has been to the treatment of this form of breast cancer, says the study’s lead author, Edith A. Perez, deputy director at large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and director of the Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Star Tribune, Free skin cancer screening coming to Unity Hospital in Fridley by Karen Zamora. Jan Adelman’s experience with skin cancer was a bit different. The Blaine resident had surgery in 2001 to remove a swollen lymph node, a standard procedure. The next day she received the phone call no one wants to get: “It’s melanoma.” Adelman, 69, had shots of interferon, which helps rev up the immune system to fight the melanoma cells, and exams twice a year. Five years later, doctors found another cancerous lymph node in her thigh. Adelman became part of a study for a melanoma vaccination at the Mayo Clinic.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Red Wing prep for visit from Capitol Christmas Tree by Brett Boese. Pediatric patients at Mayo Clinic Children's Center made a practice run through the upcoming holiday celebrations Monday in the courtyard at Saint Mary's Campus. The event was planned in preparation for festivities on Friday, when an 88-foot-tall spruce tree that will serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., visits Rochester.

JAMA, Recent Suicides Highlight Need to Address Depression in Medical Students and Residents…“It’s not so much that there is an increased incidence of depression in medical people, but rather that the rate of completed suicide in medical people is higher than in the general population,” said psychiatrist Charles Reynolds III, MD, senior associate dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “It kind of makes sense,” Liselotte Dyrbye, MD, professor of medicine and medical education at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “We know how to kill ourselves.” Additional coverage: Physicians News

Scientific American, Virus Therapy for CancerSuperviruses…In another immunity-related strategy, pioneered by our colleagues at McMaster University in Ontario and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Stojdl is engineering into therapeutic viruses genes thai encode molecules called tumor antigens that can elicit an immune response when present on tumor cells (for example, melanoma-associated antigen, or MAGE).

LiveScience, C-Section Rates Continue to Decline in the US by Elizabeth Palermo. The percentage of babies delivered by cesarean section in the United States has increased dramatically over the past several decades, but that trend is now reversing, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… However these efforts are likely linked to the risks that unnecessary c-sections pose for both mothers and babies, which include increased likelihood of certain medical conditions for babies, and an increased risk of infection in moms, according to the Mayo Clinic.

American Society of Anesthesiologists newsletter, Mayo anesthesiologist photos in October ASA Newsletter (David Danielson, M.D., an anesthesiologist and medical director of the Mayo Clinic Preoperative Evaluation Clinic; William Oliver, M.D., a cardiovascular pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist examines a patient).

Post-Bulletin, Girl starts book fundraiser for Mayo Clinic Children's Center. Madelaine Stoen has found a way to share her love of books. The 9-year-old from Blooming Prairie spearheaded a school-wide fundraiser to buy books for the Mayo Clinic Children's Center. When she was 3-years-old Stoen was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in her head and neck region. While receiving treatment at the Children's Center, Stoen said she always enjoyed choosing a book to read and to take home from the volunteers at the center.

Coeur d'Alene Press, Dehydration and its effects on your health by Dr. Wayne FItcher. The average adult loses about 10 cups water every day, simply by breathing, sweating, urinating and eliminating waste, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville couple, married 50 years, fight Alzheimer's: 'Life is a journey' by Beth Cravey. Bob Henson was an outgoing, well-traveled corporate vice president who loved boating, playing golf and walking his family’s pet Dalmatian…A visit to a neurologist led to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.…When he was diagnosed, he and his wife lived at Lake Lanier, Ga., and consulted doctors at Emory University. They later moved to Jacksonville to be near one of their daughters and the Mayo Clinic.

Bloomberg, Doctors-Turned-Entrepreneurs Seek Pan-Asian Ophthalmology Chain…As the company grows, Wong said having a pan-Asian network of specialists would encourage cross-referrals of more complex medical cases within the group. It will also allow eye doctors in less-developed nations to learn from their counterparts in more advanced countries, he said.  “We want to build an institution that can last and have a legacy,” he said, citing the example of the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, founded by a doctor more than a century ago and which had since expanded into a group of about 55,000 medical and research staff.

FOX Sports, Home is where Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg's heart is -- for now…The video is from nine years ago, from the moment when everything changed for Fred Hoiberg. It was then, right when his career was at its height, when Fred Hoiberg’s 10-year NBA run came to an abrupt end. One day he was the reigning league leader in 3-point percentage; the next day he was in a hospital bed at the Mayo Clinic, his chest cut open then stitched shut. The moment marks the end of one chapter in his story.

Realtor magazine, A Place to Call Home by Erica Christoffer. Ed Pompeian, a two-time kidney transplant recipient, has dedicated his life to creating a home away from home for Mayo Clinic transplant patients. Mary Kay Deen, whose grandsons call her Booma, is a long way from home. She’s traveled more than 1,000 miles from Bay St. Louis, Miss., to receive a stem cell transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to treat a form of blood cancer.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: NURSING AWARD: The following Mayo Clinic nurses received the 2014 Department of Nursing RN Individual Achievement Award. They are Juliane Myers, Heather Ohi, Nicole Lawson, Elissa Strunk, Joshua Wallenstein, Kay Petersen, Kelli Schindler-Nelson, Nicolee Fode-Thomas and Lisa Fatehi. The following Mayo Clinic Children's Center Registered Nurses received the 2014 Department of Nursing Individual Achievement Award in Pediatrics. They are Tiffany Boraas, Kay Comisky, Holly Hanson, Bryan Oelkers, Tami Omdahl and Malia Saker.

Madison State Journal, Kenseth family honors mother with event to benefit Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center by Tamira Madsen. As Matt Kenseth fought for his first NASCAR Cup championship in 2003, his family back home had begun a different battle, one with much worse odds of success. Matt’s mother, Nicki Kenseth, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at Mayo Clinic several months before he won the championship.

Post-Bulletin, Students' work adorns Capitol Christmas Tree by Bryan Lund. When House Speaker John Boehner lights the Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2, some of the 10,000 ornaments on it will look familiar to local students. Some 1,000 of them were produced by hand in a collaborative project between Mayo Clinic and local schools…The theme of the event and the ornaments is "Joy, Peace, and Health," says Dr. Jane Matsumoto, a member of Mayo Clinic's Dolores Jean Lavin's Center for Humanities and Medicine, which worked with the schools and community to coordinate the project and provide money for the materials.

WEAU Eau Claire, 19 cases of whooping cough plague area school district. As of Wednesday, there are 19 confirmed cases of Whooping Cough in the Mondovi School district. The first confirmed case in the district came on October 23. Whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection. According to Dr. Paul Loomis at the Mayo Clinic, it is spread through respiratory droplets; like coughing and sneezing.

MedPage Today, What is optimal use and duration of therapy of bisphosphonates for patients with myeloma related bone disease? For the month of November, MedPage Today has invited hematologists from leading medical institutions to "deconstruct" multiple myeloma diagnosis and treatment. In this installment, we asked "What is the optimal duration of bisphosphonate therapy for patients with myeloma-related bone disease?" Our participants are: Jason Valent, MD, from the department of hematology/oncology at the Cleveland Clinic; Shaji Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn…

VOX, The surprising reason why you get cold when you sleep by Susannah Locke. Most people feel colder at night — and need to pile on extra blankets. That isn't just because the world around you is colder. Your body temperature actually drops when you sleep:…Exercising before bed can also raise your body temperature, making it difficult to sleep, as Bernie Miller, supervisor at the Sleep Disorders Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, told Popular Science.

WKBT La Crosse, Local residents take part in research just by donating blood. Hundreds of people in the area are taking part in research studies just by donating some blood. Mayo Clinic Health System in the La Crosse area has been a part of Mayo's BioBank for a year now.

Post-Bulletin, John Weiss: Get home alive, deer hunters… It happens every year. People suffer serious injuries in the woods, or they can't find their way out of the woods. Bad things can happen even to the most experienced hunters. Here are two such stories…Springer said he thought Pierce was injured but still hunting, and was whispering on the phone because a deer was near. He went to the spot, and when he saw Pierce, he saw the blood from the broken nose. Pierce "just kept moaning 'help,'" he said. Springer called for an ambulance, and Pierce was taken to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Wabasha, and then to Mayo Clinic Hospital — Saint Marys Campus in Rochester, where he was hospitalized for six days. He later had to go back again because of an infection.

Concord Monitor (Washington Post), Glen Campbell documentary tough to watch by Ann Hornaday. "Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me" is a tough movie. In 2011, the legendary guitarist and singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just as he was releasing his 61st album, the presciently named Ghost on the Canvas… filmmaker James Keach went along for the ride, including the appointment at the Mayo Clinic when Kim and Glen Campbell first received the diagnosis. With sometimes startling candor, Keach chronicles not just the heartening example Campbell presents of fending off the worst predations of Alzheimer’s by staying active and doing what he loves, but the “bad days,” when he lashes out with anger and paranoia, or instinctively licks his dinner plate clean like a toddler.

Oncology Practice, Breast cancer margins, radiotherapy, axillary dissection evolve by Sherry Boschert. Previously, many surgeons sought to take 1, 2, or 3 mm of normal tissue around the cancer removed to reduce the risk of recurrence, he said. “This guideline will become the standard throughout the United States. The evidence on which this is based is reasonable, but it will be important for individual institutions and national databases to track the rates of local recurrence over time as these guidelines are implemented,” said Dr. Richard Gray of the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz. He confessed to being “a recovering addict” to margins of 2 mm or greater.

La Crosse Tribune, 51 Wisconsinites monitored for Ebola, but none in Coulee Region by Mike Tighe. Although no Ebola cases have been reported in Wisconsin, state health officials have monitored 51 residents who have traveled from Ebola-affected areas of West Africa. None is from La Crosse County or neighboring counties, and none has developed Ebola symptoms, said Christine Gillespie, a nurse and public information officer for the La Crosse County Health Department.… The health department, Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare are collaborating to ensure that they are prepared if a potential case arises, she said

Huffington Post UK, Medical Devices - Friend or Foe? By Gary Newe, The race is on. A few months ago, Apple set pulses racing with the launch of its new HealthKit application - a multi-purposing, data-aggregating hub for health and wellness data from multiple platforms, sensors and partners…Fellow tech giant Google is also limbering up to enter the healthcare fray with Google Fit, which is also questing for an integrated, networked approach to diagnostics by getting wearables and other data-yielding devices to engage in constructive dialogue. Both have aspirations to sync with the wider healthcare ecosystem, with Apple already buddying up with the Mayo Clinic to determine how the HealthKit can benefit 21st century doctors and patients alike.

Financial Express, Genetic markers for alcoholism recovery discovered…Mayo Clinic researchers studied the association between variation in candidate genes and the length of sobriety in alcohol-dependent patients treated with acamprosate in community-based programmes…“This association finding is a first step towards development of a pharmacogenetic test allowing physicians to choose appropriate treatment for specific subgroups of alcohol-dependent patients,” said Victor Karpyak, Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and lead author of the research. Additional coverage: Times of India, Laboratory Equipment, Daiji World

Iowa State Daily, Use proper hydration techniques by Hannah Marsh. The average person can only live three days without water..When 1% of the body’s water is lost, mental and physical coordination start to become impaired. However, by the time someone begins to feel thirsty, they have already lost 2-3% of their body’s water. According to Mayo Clinic, the average adult body is made up of approximately 60% water.

Salud180, 5 tips para quemar grasa corporal De acuerdo con especialistas de Mayo Clinic el peso se determina por el equilibrio entre las calorías consumidas y quemadas, es decir, si comes en abundancia y no practicas ningún ejercicio, es normal que toda esa energía se convierta en grasa y se acumule en todo el cuerpo, específicamente, en la cintura y abdomen.

El Financiero Mexico, Japón lidia con la demencia senil… Japón lidia con la demencia senil…Hoy Asayo sólo toma unas cuantas pastillas para la hipertensión y el colesterol alto. Ya no toma Aricept, usado comúnmente para retardar la progresión de la pérdida de memoria. Este fármaco tiene efectos secundarios, como náuseas y diarrea, en el 20% de las personas que lo toman, de acuerdo con la Mayo Clinic.

Yahoo! En Espanol, Qué comer para evitar infarto cerebral…Tenemos una gran oportunidad para mejorar la prevención de nuevos infartos porque los factores de riesgo se pueden cambiar o controlar –especialmente la presión arterial – “, dijo el Dr. James Meschia, autor principal del estudio y profesor y presidente de neurología de la Clínica Mayo en Jacksonville, Florida a EurekAlert!

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