November 26, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Family hears son's heartbeat in another man's chest
by Adrienne Broaddus

Throughout life, we all wait for something or someone. Tom Meeks spent three years waiting for a heart transplant. Back in April of 2011, the Vietnam Veteran was diagnosed with a rare heart disease called amyloidosis. KARE-11 TV, Minneapolis-St. PaulDoctors said he wouldn't survive without a transplant…Meeks was led to the Mayo Clinic. Meeks said doctors didn't make any promises but told him they would run the test to see if he was eligible to be placed on a waiting list.

Reach: KARE is a NBC affiliate in the Minneapolis-St.Paul market.

Additional Coverage:

Buzzfeed, A Family Listens To Son’s Heart Beating In Another Man

Mashable, Daily Mail (UK), Massachusetts Newsday, WJXX, Mirror (UK), E! Online, De Telegraaf (NL), The Blaze, The Independent (UK), The Telegraph (UK), 9 News (AU), Metro (UK), WLTX, The Coast (NZ)

Context: Mayo Clinic doctors actively research heart transplantation techniques, presenting their work at national and international meetings. The Mayo Clinic Transplant Center supports many studies for heart transplant research. Mayo Clinic researchers seek new ways to treat people who need transplants of all types.

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo


Washington Post
Going gluten-free? Mayo Clinic offers advice, with recipes included.
By Nancy Szokan

Here’s a news flash: There are a lot of fad diets out there and a lot of people claiming to be experts in what you ought to eat. You’re wise to be wary. Which is why it’s worth noting when a reputable source comes out with a Washington Post newspaper logoguide to one of today’s dietary fixations: avoiding gluten. “Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free” is the latest addition to the clinic’s extensive series of personal health guides. This one is written by Joseph Murray, who became interested in celiac disease (where reaction to gluten results in damage to intestinal lining) as a medical student in Ireland and gained what he calls “a new appreciation” of the disease’s complexity since coming to the United States.

Reach: Weekday circulation of The Washington Post averages 518,700, and Sunday circulation averages 736,800.

Additional Coverage:

Medical Daily, Gluten-Free Diet Does Not Make You Healthier: Only People With Celiac Disease Should Go Gluten-Free

Allergic Living, Q&A with Celiac Expert Dr. Joseph Murray by Lisa Fitterman, His patients call him ‘Doc’

Context: Joseph Murrary, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic expert in celiac disease. “Mayo Clinic Going Gluten-Free is a “backpack for survival” for those who have celiac disease and other related conditions, empowering patients to live productive lives,” said Joseph A. Murray, M.D. gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Murray discusses his recently published book that helps consumers learn how to manage a gluten-free lifestyle and live healthy lives. The interview can be found here.

Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen


Florida Times-Union
Patients, families at Jacksonville's hospitality houses bond during treatment
by Beth Cravey

When June Levin was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in March and told she would need a bone marrow transplant, she worried most about losing her long hair and falling behind in graduate school. But after theFlorida Times-Union newspaper logo 26-year-old North Dakota woman entered the world of cancer treatment — she received a bone marrow transplant at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic in July — she met other patients in far more dire straits.

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

Context: Gabriel House of Care  is a hospital hospitality house for transplant recipients and caregivers receiving care away from home. Gabriel House of Care is located on the campus of Mayo Clinic in Florida and is operated by St. Andrew's Lighthouse, Inc.

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Scotti


WQOW Eau Claire
Common cold leads to brain surgery for Eau Claire woman
by Bridget Curran

It's not every day that the common cold leads to brain surgery. Masked as something minor,  “I had gotten a little cold that weekend,” says Renee Wininger, an Eau Claire resident.  The problem was anything but that. “But WQOW TV Logowhen I sneezed, it felt like there was a knife going through my temple right here,” says Wininger.  “When I hear that, you know, I'm thinking, this is something that needs to be explored further.  So I don't usually do a neurological exam when people come in with a cold,” says Catharine Decker, a MD at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Reach: WQOW is an ABC affiliate serving the Eau Claire, Wis. area.

Context: Catharine Decker, M.D. is a physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Meznarich

Becker’s Hospital Review, 130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2014, John H. Noseworthy, MD. President and CEO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.).  Dr. Noseworthy joined Mayo Clinic in 1990 and has served as its president and CEO since 2009. Before being appointed CEO, Dr. Noseworthy held a number of other leadership positions at Mayo Clinic, including medical director of development from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Noseworthy has also been a consultant for Mayo Clinic's department of neurology since 1992.

Malibu Times, Glen Campbell Documentary Strikes Chord on Alzheimer's…Kim affirmed that Glen wanted to do the film. “At the beginning, he was only in the early stages of Alzheimer’s,” she said. “In 2007, he was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. We then went to the Mayo Clinic to find out if he had Alzheimer’s. Before the ‘Mayo test’ was developed, the only way to find out for sure if someone had Alzheimer’s was to do an autopsy.”

TIME (, The Hidden Dangers of Medical Scans, Medical imaging tests are exposing more of us to potentially cancer-causing radiation. “They can detect differences between normal and abnormal tissue about 1,000 times better than a traditional X-ray,” says Richard Morin, PhD, professor of radiologic physics at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. “Before CTs, if we suspected cancer in the abdomen or internal organs, we had to cut the patient open and do exploratory surgery, which could mean a weeks-long hospital stay. Now with a single scan we can confidently make the call in minutes, and the patient walks out the door afterward. If it’s an appropriately ordered exam, the benefit is far, far greater than any radiation risk.”

CNN, Could a form of sugar treat deadly Niemann-Pick disease? By Caleb Hellerman…In January 2004, they welcomed twin girls into the world. They called them Addison and Cassidy -- Addi and Cassi, for short. The story took a dark turn when the girls were nearly 2 years old. There were unexplained fevers…Some NIH scientists and their supporters said it was critical to support the clinical trial. Otherwise, how would anyone know if the treatment worked? "We need to get an answer," says Dr. Marc Patterson, a leading NPC expert at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. "If you do it at NIH, it's controlled, and it's likely the data will help show whether or not it works. If you do it in your own child, it's hard unless you have a treatment that really reverses the symptoms."

Reuters, 'Kissing disease' outbreak closes Oklahoma school district, A small Oklahoma school district has ordered all of its students to stay away from classes until December due to an outbreak of mononucleosis, officials said on Thursday…The Mayo Clinic said the virus that causes the so-called "kissing disease" is transmitted through saliva, and people can be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has "mono".

The Jewish Voice, Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain?, "But it says that the things we do during our lifetimes can make a difference for risk reduction for dementia, and that's a good thing," added Knopman, also a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Minnesota.

The Australian, How to avoid being frazzled while on holiday this Christmas by John Connolly.… Holiday at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester: This will be the best two days you ever spend in your life. For $15,000 you get every part of your body photographed, a specialist to look into every orifice, a pathologist to examine more of your blood than Uma Thurman drew in Kill Bill, more reports on your inner workings than a thermometer has degrees and an assessment at the end (and of your end) that will probably save your life. The Mayo in Minnesota is no ordinary blood bin. Made up of nine famous architect-designed buildings, the not-for-profit Mayo is an integrated medical facility that ranks among the best in the US in just about every specialty. It also has the best art collection of any big hospital with Warhols, Rodins, and Miros next to the “don’t spit on the floor” signs.

HealthDay, Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain? By Maureen Salamon…Dr. David Knopman, vice chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council at the Alzheimer's Association, praised the "very nice and unique" new research, but pointed out that it was an observational study that could not prove that job complexity leads to better thinking skills as people age. "But it says that the things we do during our lifetimes can make a difference for risk reduction for dementia, and that's a good thing," added Knopman, also a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Minnesota.

Post-Bulletin, Magazine honors Mayo Clinic CEO's leadership, Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy was chosen as 2014's Person of the Year by Twin Cities Business. As Mayo Clinic prepares for an aggressive expansion under the Destination Medical Center initiative, Noseworthy' leadership is increasingly being noticed. In August, Modern Healthcare magazine listed Noseworthy as 16th on its list of the 100 most influential people in healthcare.

Washington Post, Tree slinks into the Capitol when not a creature was stirring by Julie Zauzmer, After a 19-day journey of about 2,000 miles, the U.S. Capitol’s Christmas tree has arrived. It took two tractor-trailers, not Santa’s reindeer, to transport the tree and all its accoutrements from Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota to the front of the Capitol…The tree visited schools, parks, museums, a Cleveland Browns football game and the Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic.

Washington Post, The daunting, dangerous task of clearing the Buffalo snow by Abbi Ohlhesier, In some Buffalo-area towns, residents are staring up at six feet of snow after a series of lake effect storms dumped rapidly accumulating flakes on the region.   “One of the big challenges we see is people overdo it a bit,” Torrey Laack, an expert in emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said in an interview. “It’s a fair amount of exertion. Sometimes people do this even though their heart isn’t healthy enough to do this sort of exertion.”

Washington Post, Using a public restroom hand dryer? You may be spreading bacteria all over the place…But what to do with those wet hands? Putting them under a hand dryer could end up spreading bacteria in public restrooms, according to research conducted by University of Leeds scientists and published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.…There isn't widespread agreement on which kind of hand dryer is better, as noted in a 2012 review of 12 previous studies, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Reuters UK, Air dryers may spread more hand germs by Janice Neumann, New research funded by a trade organization of paper towel manufacturers suggests that towels spread less bacteria. Previous studies have shown mixed results, some finding air dryers spread more bacteria and others showing they’re as safe as towels. A review of past studies published in 2012 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggested that in healthcare settings, at least, “paper towels should be recommended.” Additional Coverage: MinnPost, The Independent (UK), Yahoo! News

Daily Mail UK, My formula for a happy marriage: Jackie Stewart and his wife Helen have been together 52 years, here he reveals what's kept them strong,  Jackie Stewart turned 75 this year. It’s quite a milestone in anyone’s book, but for Jackie it’s pretty much a miracle…The day after we speak he’s due to fly to America for his annual health check at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He’s been going there for 31 years, since he happened to sit next to a cancer specialist who worked there on a Concorde flight from the US just days after he’d buried a friend who died of the disease. It’s not only Jackie who goes; his wife Helen and sons Paul and Mark do too.

The New Yorker, The Excrement Experiment by Emily Eakin, Treating disease with fecal transplants…“What do we do with the fifteen thousand patients who are really desperate for something that works?” a doctor from the Mayo Clinic asked F.D.A. officials. “If your mother shows up with severe or recurrent C. difficile, are you going to not offer something that you know how to do safely, effectively, and say, ‘I can’t do it because the regulatory agencies in the United States have decided that this requires a special licensure’?”

NY Times Magazine, Friendship Breakups Are Our First Heartbreaks by Ann Friedman, The scenario is as old as elementary school. Two girls become inseparable — not just BFFs, but essential to each other’s breathing. They share a vocabulary, a wardrobe, a thicket of secrets. …“Friendship has a bigger impact on our psychological well-being than family relationships,” sociologist Rebecca G. Adams told the New York Times a few years ago. The Mayo Clinic suggests patients prioritize their friendships if they want to be physically healthy.

KIMT, Iowa teen fighting cancer receives transplant by Adam Sallet, Many of us have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday, but that couldn’t be more true for a Spirit Lake family, whose daughter fought the battle of her life this past year. Seeing her now, you’d never believe the year that 14-year-old Pressley Cochran-Bray has had. “Nobody can prepare you for such a hard thing,” says Pressley. One year ago, her life changed drastically. “She walked off the volleyball court in October feeling a stomach ache that didn’t go away and [we] couldn’t figure out what it was and had no idea we would encounter such an incredible disease,” says her father, Bill. After scans, doctors determined that Pressley’s liver was the size of a football, she then received a referral to Mayo Clinic.

Everyday Health, When Our Own Bodies Attack – The Mystery of Autoimmune Diseases…It started with strange bruises on his skin. Doctors at Mayo Clinic diagnosed a rare autoimmune disease called ITP, immune thrombocytopenic purpura. “We don’t know exactly what causes ITP,” says Behzad Bidadi, MD, an expert in pediatric blood diseases at Mayo Clinic. “We believe that the immune system in the body mistakes the platelets for being foreign and attacks them.

Mankato Free Press, Speaking of Health: Keys to a healthier weight by Jonny Salim, M.D. Mayo Clinic Health System family physician, Losing weight is difficult, and even if you manage to drop excess weight, maintaining a healthy size may seem impossible. But there are tried and true techniques that are key to lowering the numbers on your bathroom scale.

Vox, Why vitamin D pills are probably worthless for most people by Julia Belluz…How should you think about vitamin D? "Perhaps the best way of interpreting the insufficient evidence statement from the Task Force," said the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Victor Montori, "is that clinicians and their high-risk patients should consider the issues together and decide what to do, recognizing that their decision cannot be too confident and may need to be revised as new meaningful evidence appears."

Post-Bulletin, Thanksgiving: Time to "Consider the Conversation" by Jeff Hansel…A coalition from Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and the Assisi Heights Spirituality Center want families to talk about their end-of-life wishes this Thanksgiving. At a "Consider the Conversation" forum last week at Assisi Heights, Rochester resident Sheri Peters, a registered nurse at Olmsted Medical Center, shared her own family's personal experience with end-of-life care…"It's about enabling a family so that they can make a decision, knowing what their loved one's values and decisions would be," said Dr. Cory Ingram, a palliative-care consultant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Post-Bulletin, Pulse on Health: Staff concerns get Mayo Clinic leaders' attention by Jeff Hansel, Enough Mayo Clinic employees have voiced concern about the clinic's focus on productivity to draw the attention of Mayo leadership. It's hard to know if the concerns of current and former staffers about Mayo's leadership style are valid. It can take time for evidence to show up in patient-safety reports, surveys or national rankings…And Dr. John Wald, Mayo's medical director for public affairs, emphasized to me last week that Mayo values "are the thread that holds every one of us together." As a practicing neuroradiologist, Wald is on the front lines of patient care at Mayo. His own colleagues, he told me, say things like, "Where are we going? What are we doing?"

WCCO, Wander Minnesota: Post-Turkey Thanksgiving Weekend Options by Amy Rea, You’ve slept off the turkey, you’re not interested in battling crowds on Black Friday, but you have free time and possibly family and friends to entertain. What is there to do this weekend? Plenty. Here is just a sampling of events taking place around the state in the days after Thanksgiving. In Rochester, the historic Mayowood Mansion is decorated for the holidays and open for tours. This was the home of Dr. Charles Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic.

Modern Healthcare, GE will steer workers to Northwestern Memorial for hips and knees by Bob Herman, An agreement between the prominent Chicago hospital and one of the largest employers in the country is yet another example that self-insured companies want to work more directly with high-quality health systems for certain procedures…Wal-Mart and Lowe's also have heart and spine agreements with the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic. GE has other provider-based centers of excellence for organ transplant, bariatric surgery and some types of cancer care.

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, Who wants to build the Mayo Civic Center expansion? By Mark Reilly, The city of Rochester is seeking a contractor for its $79 million civic center expansion. The Star Tribune reports that the city will issue a request for proposals today, with plans to have construction underway by the first quarter of 2015…It's the latest in a series of construction projects around the city related to the multibillion-dollar expansion at the Mayo Clinic.

Le Center Leader, Le Center families find support in each other after sons' diagnoses When 16-month-old Silas Vlasak was diagnosed with epilepsy in July, his parents Cassie and Matt Vlasak found resources were limited in their Le Center community. The couple has spent countless hours on the Internet researching epilepsy, but through Facebook, Cassie reconnected with a high school acquaintance who also has a young son with epilepsy.…Cassie and Matt have been taking Silas to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, but will take him to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a second opinion.

Molecular Imaging, Lightspeed The Coming of Age of Proton Therapy…For larger clinics, multi-room designs are still the desired design. Such centers are in the process of installation at the Mayo Clinics in both Rochester, Minn., and in Pheonix. Even so, careful study of health outcomes must precede any proliferation of technology, especially for such a large ticket item.

KAAL, Rochester Firefighters Respond to "Ebola Scare" The Rochester Fire Department says it responded to an "Ebola scare" yesterday.  Deputy Chief Operations, Steven Belau, says firefighters wearing basic biohazard protection gear responded to reports of flu-like symptoms at an apartment complex in southeast Rochester…He says a language barrier made sharing information difficult, but based on the initial information of travel and flu-like symptoms, Mayo Clinic Saint Marys Hospital was alerted and the community's Ebola response plan was initiated. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Decorah Newspapers, WMC appoints new chief nursing officer, Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare have named Susan Heitman, RN, DNP, to serve as the next chief nursing officer at WMC. Heitman will be responsible for overseeing the practice of nursing throughout the Medical Center to ensure the delivery of comprehensive, quality and coordinated services that meet the needs of those being served.

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic welcomes new hospitalists, Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin recently welcomed hospitalists Alexandra Osuchowski, M.D., and Mohammad Hussain, M.D., to its Albert Lea campus, according to a press release.

WJXT, Stay Heart Healthy Through the Holidays, Amy Pollak, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, appears on the show.

Voice Chronicle, Hookah Smoke May Cause You Leukemia, Beware!... Hookah is a popular substitute to smoking cigarettes for many people, especially youngsters, across America. Researchers who studied hookah found it to contain benzene which is linked to the causes of leukemia…Dr. Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic further warned, “Hookah session can be the equivalent of smoking 10 to 40 cigarettes because of their long duration. People sit there for an hour or so kind of puffing on these things, thinking that the water is filtering out all the bad stuff, when the reality is it does not do that. A single hookah session delivers 1.7 times the nicotine, 6.5 times the carbon monoxide and 46.4 times the tar of a single cigarette.” Additional coverage: Daily Mail UK

Star Tribune, Bethel U. launches online course for midwives by Maura Lerner, Rebecca Smith was dreaming about becoming a midwife. But at 32, she didn’t want to quit her job — or uproot her family — to go back to school…Smith, who lives in Rochester, is studying online how to be a midwife…Smith, the student from Rochester, is one of them. A nurse at the Mayo Clinic, she said she jumped at the chance to get her master’s online. “I work full time, and I have a 9-month-old son and my husband works full time,” she said. “The ability to not have to go to classes is huge.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Z-M hit with whooping cough by Michael Brun, Minnesota Department of Health is working with local agencies and clinics to control a pertussis outbreak in Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools…Treatment for older children and adults usually can be done at home with antibiotics to speed up recovery, Dr. Elizabeth Cozine with Mayo Clinic Health System said in a news release. Patients should stay home for five days after beginning treatment to ensure they are no longer infectious., Kevin Martin Injury Update, An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) taken at Mayo Clinic Square on Kevin Martin’s right wrist revealed a fracture. He will be sidelined indefinitely. Further evaluation will be done over the next few days to determine the next course of action.

Des Moines Register, Nate Yoho: 30 days of thanks in 1 birthday…Nate Yoho, 31, doesn't post a lot to Facebook, but he sure is thankful, especially in November. Nate, who lost his wife to brain cancer in 2013, had proposed to her in November. And his daughter, Caralyn, was born by surrogate a year ago this month. If Nate, who lives in Grimes, were to compile a 30 Days of Thanks list, it might go something like this: Resolve. Nate and Laura married in August 2011. Laura worked out as hard as she could. She got into the best physical condition of her life, Nate says. Despite this, her tumors kept coming back. There were surgeries and treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Finally, a tearful doctor told the couple nothing more could be done.

Iowa City Press-Citizen, Nate Yoho: 30 days of thanks in 1 birthday, Despite this, her tumors kept coming back. There were surgeries and treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Finally, a tearful doctor told the couple nothing more could be done…Laura died July 23, 2013. Her family and Nate were crushed. But inside the belly of Laura's best friend grew hope: a baby girl to be named Caralyn.

ABC15 (Arizona), Don't Fall For Flu Shot MythsMayo Clinic explains you have to get vaccinated every year because the flu viruses evolve every year. The flu viruses that you were vaccinated for last year, probably aren't the same viruses that are going around this year.

HemOnc Today, Trastuzumab plus adjuvant chemotherapy improved OS DFS in HER 2 positive breast cancer…“This study reflects that excellent science in collaboration between NCI-sponsored cancer cooperative groups and our patients can clearly help improve standards of care,” Edith A. Perez, MD, director of the breast cancer program at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and a HemOnc TodayEditorial Board member, told HemOnc Today., More People Go Abroad for Healthcare…In late May, Melissa Goodwin, manager of global referrals with the Mayo Clinic, a 150-year-old prestigious medical facility in research, education and practice in the US, visited China with several colleagues, seeking cooperation with Chinese hospitals. "China has moved from nowhere to a relatively important place in our global strategy," Goodwin says, adding that the number of Chinese patients in her hospital has increased fast and will continue to do so.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo-Franciscan statue salutes healers' mission by Mike Tighe, A sculpture titled “The Healer’s Touch” near the hospital entrance at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare symbolizes the curative mission of workers there, an official said. “We want to thank all of you for being a part of the healing and caring environment,” chief nursing officer Diane Holmay told a crowd of nearly 50 people — about half of them Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration — at a prayer ceremony before the dedication of the statue Friday. Additional coverage: WXOW

Star Tribune, Businesses, downtowns work to become 'dementia-friendly' by Jenna Ross, Minnesota, Wisconsin join a growing movement to be more accommodating and inclusive…“What people sometimes get caught up on is the notion that we have places for people with dementia to go to,” said Angela Lunde, the Mayo Clinic’s dementia education specialist. Dementia-friendly shouldn’t just be about “places we house those with dementia,” she said, but making everyday places inclusive.

Fairmont Sentinel, NFL rivalry boosts food drive by Judy Bryan, The hospital and clinic employees at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont showed their support for local food shelves this week, but it was Bob Bartingale, the facility administrator, who paid the price. Bartingale was unaware of the food drive goals - or the email circulating among the staff - until he saw the poster. If 1,000 items were donated, Bartingale would dress in Vikings attire.

Post-Bulletin, Letter: Mayo Clinic already has ability to have wide impact on health care by Joanna C. Rovelstad…I believe in this digitally connected new age — with people from many nations living and working in Rochester, Mayo's non-profit programs for health care, education and research could make universal health care possible.

Post-Bulletin, Destination Medical Center video project kicks off by Rachel Leingang, Destination Medical Center debuted a new video venture, called the Rochester Story Project, to showcase the stories of local residents. "We've been focusing a lot on the buildings … but the people are really the fabric of the community," said Jamie Rothe, DMC manager of public affairs.

Dunn County News, Love light campaign to honor loved ones…Community members can honor or memorialize a loved one by purchasing lights that adorn love light trees in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Menomonie and Osseo. “During the holiday season, love light trees give people the opportunity to express how much a person meant to them or means to them today,” Maria Seibel, development specialist for Mayo Clinic Health System, said.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo leaders get pied for successful United Way campaign by Jenae Hackensmith…Mayo Clinic Health System recently finished its United Way Employee Campaign. If a department had at least 90 percent or more of its employees participate in the campaign, they got the chance to throw a whipped-cream only pie in the face of their manager or administrator…John Coppes, the OBGYN Medical Director of both Austin and Albert Lea, excitedly awaited his fate as he stood next to the other four administrators…“It’s supporting a good cause for United Way,” he said. Additional coverage: KIMT

WQOW Eau Claire, PEACE IN PICTURES: Nonprofit offers healing through remembrance photography by Amie Winters, It's said that a photo is worth a thousand words. Some argue it's worth so much more. In fact, some parents say a photo is what pulled them through the most tragic time in their lives -- the loss of a child…"Going up in the elevator there's always that little, 'what am I walking into?'" said Jan Favret, a fellow nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System, and a photographer on the side, who works with an organization called "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep."

TechTarget, Radiologists have and will face meaningful use audits by Shaun Sutner…Another RSNA presenter, Bradley Erickson, M.D., associate chair for radiology research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., specializes in radiology workflow efficiency and standards, among other radiology subspecialties. Erickson's efforts with colleagues to establish a standard lexicon for radiology workflow events have already seen results; some 100 of the terms agreed upon have been included in RadLex, RSNA's larger lexicon of 68,000 radiology terms.

Healthcare Professionals Live, Baseline Interferon Ratio Predicts Response to anti-TNF Therapy by Richard Robinson…“It is clear that different rheumatoid arthritis patients respond to different therapies, and yet we do not understand the biological differences between patients that cause this variable response, or have methods for predicting which treatment will best suit a particular patient,” said lead author Timothy Niewold, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Quad-City Times, Yes, you adults need to get your shots, too by Deirdre Baker, Adult patients tend to have a similar reaction when they get advice on vaccinations from Dr. Bindu Alla, a family physician in Moline: "They think that once they become an adult there are no more shots," she said. To the contrary, vaccines are recommended for adults based on a person's age, prior vaccinations, health, lifestyle, occupation and travel habits, according to the Mayo Clinic website (

FOX News, Preventing Alzheimer’s: 4 ways to cut your risk by Elizabeth Renter…Nonetheless, if a grandparent or loved on in your family developed Alzheimer’s later in life, your risks are less understood. The most common gene associated with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease is called apolipoprotein E (APOE), namely APOE e4, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although genetics play a role in late-onset Alzheimer’s, the issue is clouded by several factors—  including the influence of lifestyle.

Chicago Now, Arthritis, or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? By Sabrina Nixon, Each morning I wake up with pain and discomfort in my hands due to arthritis. My sister says that I may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Arthritis is inflammation in the joints that causes pain and swelling…Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. According to the Mayo Clinic, a number of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome such as…

MPR, Legislators to revisit key part of Mayo Clinic financing plan by Catharine Richert, State legislators likely will have to go back to the drawing board to adjust the financing plan for Mayo Clinic's expansion, one of the biggest economic development projects in Minnesota's history…Davids said he won't bog down the funding fix with a plan to adopt Mayo Clinic's original funding proposal, but will hold hearings on the issue next year.

HealthDay, Parents Need to Take Lead on Teen Concussion Prevention, Parents must make sure sports-playing teens have the right protective gear and undergo standard, Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz. in an American Migraine Foundation, said in a foundation news release. Additional Coverage: Health, Winnipeg Free Press, S. News & World Report

USA Today, The Doctors: Getting back in 'the mood', You probably know that changes in hormone levels, stress or just being too tired can affect sex drive, but other factors, such as certain prescriptions, can leave you feeling less frisky, too…Wine may make you more lovey-dovey, but too much can numb your sex drive, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Business Insider, 20 Health ‘Tips’ You Will Hear Over The Holidays That Are Totally Wrong, Eating ice cream will make your cold worse…The idea that dairy increases mucus production is very fortunately not true, according to researchers and a doctor at the Mayo Clinic, who says “in fact, frozen dairy products can soothe a sore throat and provide calories when you otherwise may not eat.” Bless him.

Government Executive magazine, 4 Reasons Leaders Invest Too Much Time in the Wrong People by Art Petty, Fresh off my rereading (and teaching) of the outstanding book, Management Lessons from the Mayo Clinic (applicable to leaders and managers in all industries), the authors offered two pertinent reminders on the people factor in this institution’s 100-plus year run of excellence: The people remain the conclusive explanatory variable, and attracting great people is the first rule of execution. 

Yahoo! Beauty, A Prescription for Produce? by Cassie Shortsleeve, The Mayo Clinic recently estimated that a staggering 70 percent of Americans are on prescription drugs. Which makes it especially nice to know that some docs have started scribbling a different kind of Rx on their note pads: one for fresh produce. The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program…prescribes “Health Bucks” to be redeemed at local farmers’ markets.

KAAL, Rochester Airport Executive Director Announces Resignation, The airport is owned by the city of Rochester, but managed by Mayo Clinic.  Mayo Clinic spokesman, Bryan Anderson said through a news release this afternoon, that Lenss intends to take a similar position at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids. Additional Coverage: Post Bulletin,

Arizona Republic, Ferguson: Road rage without the cars by EJ Montini, What happened in Ferguson was road rage without the cars. It has happened before…The Mayo Clinic website describes it this way: "Intermittent explosive disorder involves repeated episodes of impulsive, aggressive, violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation. Road rage, domestic abuse, throwing or breaking objects, or other temper tantrums may be signs of intermittent explosive disorder…”

Big Ten Network, Taking a look at recent memorable Paul Bunyan Axe battles, The Badgers played without head coach Barry Alvarez, who was in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., 75 miles away, awaiting knee surgery. Assistant head coach John Palermo coached the team.

Health IT Outcomes, Cloud-Based Financial Analytics Platform Helps Manages Costs And Improves Patient Outcomes, Elizabeth Healthcare announced it has partnered with Strata Decision Technology by selecting StrataJazz to help drive financial performance while better understanding and managing the cost of care…In 2012, the organization became the first healthcare system in Kentucky, Ohio, or Indiana selected as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

HealthData Management, Researchers Find Drug Repurposing Signals Using EHR Analysis, The study, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, includes Vanderbilt faculty members Josh Denny, M.D., associate professor of biomedical informatics and medicine, and Hua Xu, adjunct associate professor of biomedical informatics, as well as colleagues at Vanderbilt, Columbia University and the Mayo Clinic. Additional Coverage: iHealthBeat, MedicalXpress

Reuters (Press Release), Cardio3 BioSciences Announces the Nomination of Three Co-Principal Investigators for Its CHART-2 Phase III Clinical Trial of C-Cure® for the Treatment of Heart Failure, Dr Bernard J. Gersh, Dr Thomas Povsic and Dr Gerasimos Filippatos will be Co-Principal Investigators of the phase III clinical trial CHART-2, authorized by the FDA in January…Dr Bernard J. Gersh is currently Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

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