December 4, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Charlie Rose (PBS)
John Noseworthy, President and CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (24-minute interview)

John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic, was interviewed in New York City on Dec. 1 by Charlie Rose, host of his nationally distributed PBS show since the early 1990s. Dr. Noseworthy Charlie Rose Bannerwas interviewed about Mayo Clinic and as a thought leader on health care in the U.S. The in-depth interview covered a range of many topics from Mayo's history to the future of health care.

Reach: Charlie Rose engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions. The program is taped at Bloomberg LP's headquarters in New York City and airs on PBS stations across the U.S. as well as during evening hours on Bloomberg Television around the world. Charlie Rose also co-anchors "CBS This Morning" and is a contributing correspondent to “60 Minutes.”


Bloomberg TV (PBS)
Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy: Charlie Rose (11-minute interview)

Bloomberg TVOn “Charlie Rose,” a conversation with John Noseworthy, the President and CEO of  Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. (U.S. News & World Report named Mayo Clinic the best hospital in the nation this year.)

Reach: Charlie Rose engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions. The program is taped at Bloomberg LP's headquarters in New York City and airs on PBS stations across the U.S. as well as during evening hours on Bloomberg Television around the world. Charlie Rose also co-anchors "CBS This Morning" and is a contributing correspondent to “60 Minutes.”


FOX Business
Mayo Clinic CEO talks health care innovation
Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy discusses how innovation is being used to get ahead of disease and the Affordable Care Act’s impact.

Reach: has more than 13 million unique visitors each month. Fox Business Network is headquartered in News Corporation's studios in midtown Manhattan with bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Opening Bell Fox BusinessFrancisco (Silicon Valley), Washington, D.C. and London.


Baltimore Business Journal
What Johns Hopkins can learn from Mayo Clinic
by Sarah Gantz

Mayo Clinic is seemingly everywhere. Over the past few years Mayo has built up a network of 29 affiliated hospitals in 18 states (plus hospitals in Mexico and Puerto Rico). These hospitals use the Mayo brand and can tap Baltimore Business Journalinto Mayo resources but are not owned by the Minnesota health system… "When we look at health care in this country, we are at a crossroads in terms of what's going to happen — the industry is changing quickly," said Mayo CEO Dr. John Noseworthy.

Reach: The Baltimore Business Journal has more than 8,700 paid subscribers and has more than 244,000 unique visitors to its website each month. The Business Journals are a division of American City Business Journals.

Additional Coverage:
Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins take different paths to out-of-state growth by Katharine Grayson, Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins each view forging partnerships with out-of-state hospitals as a growth strategy, but the big-name international health care brands are taking different approaches to expand their reach.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Johns Hopkins takes different strategy by Mike Klein. Johns Hopkins, the Baltimore-based health-care giant that's a nationwide competitor of Mayo Clinic, is taking a different route toward expansion.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Bryan Anderson


Florida Times-Union
Mayo Clinic study finds many people who think they are allergic to penicillin are not
by Charlie Patton

When Lisa Dickelman-Foster was 16, she was given penicillin to treat her mononucleosis. She went into anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition…He urged Dickelman-Foster, who works as a nurse at the Mayo Clinic’s hospital in Jacksonville, to get tested to see if she was still allergic to penicillin. Thanai Pongdee, a specialist in allergy/immunology with the Mayo Clinic, tested her and found that she was no longer allergic.Florida Times-Union newspaper logo

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

Context: Thanai Pongdee, M.D. is an allergy and immunology expert at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Physicians in the Division of Allergy see patients with immunologic and allergic disorders. Their goal is to provide patients with comprehensive evaluations, diagnosis, treatment and education about allergic conditions.

Public Affairs Contact: Cindy Weiss


Harvard Business Review
Why Health Care May Finally Be Ready for Big Data
By Nilay D. Shah and Jyotishman Pathak

There has been a lot of buzz about “big data” over the last few years. This is hardly surprising, given the sheer scale of the data sets that are being Harvard Business Review Logoproduced daily. A total of 2.5 quintillion terabytes of data were generated every day in 2012 alone, and it is estimated that as much data is now generated in just two days as was created from the dawn of civilization until 2003. While other industries have been far more successful at harnessing the value from large-scale integration and analysis of big data, health care is just getting its feet wet. Yes, providers and payers are increasingly investing in their analytical capabilities to help them make better sense of the changing health care environment, but it is still early days. Here are some key elements that are crucial for health care to truly capture the value of big data.

Reach: Harvard Business Review – Online provides editorial content designed to complement the coverage found in its parent print publication, which focuses on business management. The site receives more than 232,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Nilay D. Shah is an associate professor in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at Mayo Clinic, where he focuses on studying and improving the health-care-delivery system. Jyotishman Pathak is director of clinical informatics services at Mayo Clinic and an associate professor in its Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics. He also serves as director of clinical informatics at the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


Pulse on Health: Regenerative medicine guru shines light on cardiology
by Jeff Hansel

The director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine has received the American Heart Association's 2014 Basic Research Prize. An auditorium filed with thousands of researchers honored Dr. Andre Terzic at Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperthe 2014 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago as the group's sole annual recipient.

Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn. and southeast Minnesota.

Context: The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded the 2014 Basic Research Prize to Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic. The award, presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago, recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science. Dr. Terzic was commended for pioneering applications of emerging technologies to advance the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. “In the year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic, we are particularly proud that one of our own has been recognized with such a prestigious national award,” says Charanjit Rihal, M.D., chair of Mayo's Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. “Dr. Terzic has truly advanced the frontiers of medical science. As a pioneer in cardiac regenerative medicine, he and his team have been at the vanguard of health care.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Jennifer Schutz

NBC News, S. Names 35 Ebola-Certified Hospitals, Federal health officials have certified 35 U.S. hospitals for treating Ebola patients, in case any more come to the U.S. The hospitals have the facilities and, more important, the staff, to handle the 24-hour care in intense isolation that's needed to treat someone with Ebola. They also have the wherewithal to get rid of all the waste, which must be decontaminated before disposal… Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune, Florida Times-Union, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, WUWM Milwaukee, Brainerd Dispatch, CBS, HealthDay, USA Today, The Guardian, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, Washington Post, Winnipeg Free Press, Diario Mexico, KMSP, WCCO, ABC15 Ariz., Star Tribune, Huffington Post, Pioneer Press

NBC News, Radiation Danger? Kids May Get Unneeded X-Rays. Children may be getting chest X-rays they don't need, doctors reported Wednesday. A look at the chest X-rays taken at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, showed that the great majority did absolutely nothing to tell doctors what was wrong with a child, while exposing the kids to radiation. "Chest X-rays can be a valuable exam when ordered for the correct indications," said Dr. Ann Packard, a Mayo Clinic radiologist whose findings were presented at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Additional coverage: KYTX, News Medical, Medical Xpress, Digital Journal

Gulfshore Business, Broadcast News. Longtime NBC2 owners, Bernie and Edith Waterman, talk about their legacy. Reporter Rose Brady did a sidebar on the Watermans giving to Mayo Clinic (Page 21).

Reuters, Space tourists face unique health risks by Rob Goodier. Space tourists may soon be plunking down six figures and buying passage to a low-earth orbit – but they should know there are likely to be health risks, experts say…The problem with the lack of data may be compounded by the public's high expectations for safety. “The only real reference point right now is commercial air travel, and we are a victim of our own excellent safety measures,” says Dr. Clay Cowl, chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, who was not involved in Castleberry's research. Additional coverage: Business Insider, Yahoo! Canada

Reuters, Readable info on vaginal birth after cesarean is scarce online by Kathyrn Doyle…Many of the most common search results for information on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) are written at too high a reading level, the researchers found… Half of the sites that showed up in their search were run by medical organizations, like the Mayo Clinic, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Institutes of Health, while the other half included Wikipedia and blogs or communication boards. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Canada

NY Times, A Lesser Warning? Maybe by Matt Richtel, Maker of Snus, a Smokeless Tobacco, Says It's Less Harmful Than Cigarettes… “Imagine a tobacco company being able to advertise saying, ‘We were reviewed by the F.D.A., and the F.D.A. has confirmed this product is significantly less harmful than cigarettes,’ ” said Scott J. Leischow, a behavioral scientist and professor at the Mayo Clinic. “It would be unprecedented.”

Boston Globe, Boston scientists find gene mutations that are a precursor of blood cancer. Vincent Rajkumar, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said that for half a century, researchers have known of a protein in the blood that raises the risk for multiple myeloma. That protein increases risk for that one type of cancer by about the same amount as the mutations discovered in the new study.

TIME, 5 Meditation Tips for People Who Can’t Focus by Hallie Levine… how can you embark on a serene course of meditation when you can barely quiet your multitasking brain long enough to finish tasks at home or at work? Here, five tips from meditation guru Amit Sood, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living., Vietnam vet gets heart of 21-year-old killed in fire by Brooks Hays. Patrick Henry Pearse said that from death springs life. Ancient rhetoric is likely little consolation to the family of Matt Heisler, a 21-year-old University of North Dakota student who died in an off-campus house fire last spring…Heisler's parents and younger sister were touched by the chance to hear his heart beat once again -- this time in the chest of  Tom Meeks, a Vietnam veteran who was diagnosed in 2011 with a rare heart disease called amyloidosis. Before making it onto a transplant waiting list, Meeks was rejected by five different hospitals. Finally, Meeks was accepted by the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: MyFOX Chicago, CNN,, New Hampshire Voice

Yahoo! Parenting, Mom Asks Facebook for Kidney Donation by Elise Sole. A New York City mother-of-three is making a public plea on Facebook for a kidney donation before her condition worsens.  Elaine De Leon, 35, of Washington Heights, New York was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2010 and after the birth of her now 2-month-old son, her kidneys — then only functioning at 28 percent — fell to 12 percent, according to a story published recently by the New York Daily News…“If a person’s kidney is functioning at around 10 percent, symptoms range from fatigue, swollen limbs, weight gain, heart strain, and difficulty breathing,” Mikel Prieto, M.D., Surgical Director of the Kidney and Transplant Program at the Mayo Clinic, tells Yahoo Parenting. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Canada

Genome Web, Sequencing Reveals Changes in Gut Microbiome from PPI Treatment, Supports Link to C. Diff Infection…The study, by a team from the Mayo Clinic, appeared last week in the journal Microbiome. Senior author John DiBaise told GenomeWeb that prior observational studies had identified a strong enough link between PPI use and the incidence of C. difficile infection that the US Food and Drug Administration requires that the package inserts for such drugs contain a warning about this risk. However, the mechanism of the link between PPIs and C. diff infection remained unclear.

KMSP FOX9, Panthers' Greg Olsen understands Minn. boy's heart condition by Lindsey LaBelle. 4-year-old boy from southern Minnesota has something in common with Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen's son. Ryder Smith of Blooming Prairie and his family got to meet Olsen on the sidelines before the Vikings defeated the Panthers at TCF Bank Stadium. Olsen's 2-year-old son TJ has the same heart defect as Ryder. It's called HLHS, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped. It affects more than 2,000 newborns each year in the U.S.

KAAL, 4-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Shares Special Connection with NFL Player by Dan Conradt. It's a parent's nightmare: word that their newborn son had a rare heart ailment that would keep him in intensive care for the first month of his life. Sunday, a Blooming Prairie family celebrated healing and the fact that they're not alone. "This is my son Ryder," Jared Smith said. On Monday, Ryder Smith turned four-and-a-half years old. On the day after he was born, Jared and Kristine Smith learned that their son had been born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome… “They're doing a study through Mayo Clinic and asked him if he wanted to participate," Smith said. He and his family are taking part in the same study.

BringMeTheNews, Boy with rare heart defect, NFL star Greg Olsen bond at Vikings game…Four-year-old Ryder Smith, of Blooming Prairie, was the special guest of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, whose son T.J suffers from the same condition –  hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), ABC 6 reports. Smith’s name was drawn out of a ballot of fellow HLHS sufferers after Olsen announced during a Mayo Clinic HLHS event last month he would host a family at the Vikings game.

Science Codex, Triple-negative breast cancer patients should undergo genetic screening: Mayo Clinic. Most patients with triple-negative breast cancer should undergo genetic testing for mutations in known breast cancer predisposition genes, including BRCA1 and BRCA2, a Mayo Clinic-led study has found…"Clinicians need to think hard about screening all their triple-negative patients for mutations because there is a lot of value in learning that information, both in terms of the risk of recurrence to the individual and the risk to family members. In addition, there may be very specific therapeutic benefits of knowing if you have a mutation in a particular gene," says Fergus Couch, Ph.D., professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study. Additional coverage: Science Daily, Science Newsline

Medscape, CT Contrast Agent Does Not Increase Risk for Kidney Injury by Jenni Laidman. The use of iodinated contrast material in computed tomography (CT) did not increase patient risk for acute kidney injury (AKI), dialysis, or death, even among patients with poor renal function or predisposing comorbidities, according to a study published in the December issue of Radiology. Robert J. McDonald, MD, PhD, a radiologist in the Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues compared outcomes for 21,346 patients who received abdominal, pelvic, and thoracic CT scans from 2000 to 2010, half (10,673) of whom received an iodinated contrast agent and half (10,673) of whom were scanned without a contrast agent.

American Psychologist, Losing weight, but not healthy by Anna Miller. Tara-Leigh Tarantola thought she knew what a person with anorexia looked like: "This really tiny, little, thin girl who won't eat." In other words, not her son, Zachary Haines, a happy-go-lucky teenager who once had a football player's bulky build…But because Haines was once considered obese and never dropped to what the body mass index charts indicate as "underweight," his dramatic weight loss was overlooked, even applauded. For more than a year, the clinicians "didn't seem to think anything was wrong," says Haines, now a sophomore in recovery at Temple University in Philadelphia. Haines's experience is all too common, says Leslie Sim, PhD, a psychologist at the Mayo Clinic who's found that obese teenagers are just as likely to develop eating disorders as the general population. (Pediatrics, 2014).

Jamestown Sun (N.D.), Familiar tunes can cut dementia's fog, soothe minds and spark memories… Ron Petersen, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic, said nursing homes have reported that music has helped reduce the anxiety and agitation of residents with dementia. In some cases, residents haven't needed as much medication to calm them, Petersen said. On top of these benefits, the residents dig the music.

Vox, Surprisingly simple tips from 20 experts about how to lose weight and keep it off by Julia Belluz…Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietician at the Mayo Clinic, also said unreasonable expectations — and the self-berating that often ensues — just makes weight loss even more difficult. "When people try and fail, their confidence is so low, and they just lose the confidence to believe they can really sustain even a more reasonable change, or they don't think the reasonable change is going to do much."

Medscape, New Data Released on Tofacitinib in Unexpected Pregnancy…"This report is a caution that little is known about the effects of tofacitinib in pregnancy," said Eric Matteson, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "It is important to realize that one-third of patients were on methotrexate, which is a known teratogen, and may have affected the outcomes. It is also important that about half the pregnancies are reported to have had a normal delivery," Dr Matteson said.

Cancer Network, Data Supports Ixazomib for Phase III Myeloma Trial by Leah Lawrence, Data from a phase I/II clinical trial supports further evaluation of the investigational, oral, proteasome inhibitor ixazomib in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of newly diagnosed multiple myeloma.  “The results suggest that the combination could be active in this setting, with more than 90% of the patients achieving a disease response,” researchers led by Shaji K. Kumar, MD, of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, wrote in the Lancet Oncology.

Oncology Times, NIOSH Study Documents: Safety Guidelines Still Often Not Being Followed by Many Nurses Who Handle Hazardous Chemotherapy. Many oncology nurses aren't following safety guidelines when handling antineoplastic drugs, according to a new study by researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)…At the Mayo Clinic, they formed a multidisciplinary committee to address safe-handling issues. Committee members represent nursing (oncology and non-oncology), nursing education specialists, pharmacy, safety/risk management, environmental services, surgery, procedural, occupational and preventative medicine, and waste management. The committee is charged to review best practices identified by ONS, NIOSH, and the U.S. Pharmacopia.

Post-Bulletin, Our View: Just some of the business closings related to DMC.  The recent flurry of business closings leaves one with an indisputable conclusion: Rochester is changing rapidly as 2015 draws near. Rochester natives, returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday, were sure to recognize downtown if they drove around the community during the holiday weekend. But if they came back next month, they would be stunned by the absence of iconic Rochester businesses… While the loss of these longtime businesses can be linked to the Destination Medical Center, the 20-year development plan intended to secure Mayo Clinic's reputation as a global port of call for health care, other closures can be attributed to business cycles unrelated to DMC.

Post-Bulletin, Letter: DMC growth will likely mirror past growth within Rochester by Jane Scanlon. Several letters have wondered how the Destination Medical Center plan will affect their lives. If I were to live long enough, it would be "deja vu all over again." We came to Rochester in 1950. The population was more than 36,000; the Mayo Clinic consisted of the Plummer Building and the red brick building, now replaced by the Seibens. Saint Mary's Hospital consisted of the Mother Alfred building, and the downtown hospitals consisted of the Colonial Building plus an operating suite on the top floor of the Kahler Hotel.

MinnPost, Duluth seed-sharers and state look for common ground by John Fitzgerald… Brett Solum, a 13-year-old in Moorhead, has 45 to 100 epileptic seizures each day. His docs at the Mayo Clinic say medical marijuana will definitely give him some relief so his parents, Amber and Paul Solum, are happy Moorhead will likely be one of the sites for a medical marijuana dispensary. Additional coverage: Prairie Business

The Scientist, Cannabis Biotech by Daniel Cossins. As medical marijuana businesses set up shop across the U.S., a handful of companies are taking the pharmaceutical route, guiding cannabis-derived drugs through clinical trials… Collectively, human endocannabinoids have been found to help regulate almost every physiological system: nervous, immune, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular. “We know the endocannabinoid system is spread far and wide throughout the body and potentially can influence all kinds of other systems, disease states, and mental states, so it provides all kinds of possibilities for therapeutic targets,” says psychiatrist J. Michael Bostwick of the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic.

Boston Business Journal, Seres Health gets $48M for final trials of microbiome-balancing drug…In September, Seres presented early-stage trial results at a conference which showed the drug helped 29 out of 30 patients to remain infection-free for two months, which was the main goal of the Phase 1/2 trial held over the summer. Those results prompted Darrell Pardi, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic and one of the study investigators, to say in a statement that the drug "may be a way to treat other gut infections, and could complement antibiotics by restoring microbial diversity after antibiotic therapy."

NewsMedical, Initial relapsing phase hastens postprogression MS disability by Eleanor McDermid…Progression accounts for most disability accrual in MS, says Orhun Kantarci (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, USA) and study co-authors. However, given their findings, they suggest that some patients may benefit from continued therapy to prevent relapses after progression onset.

Scope (Stanford Medicine), A doctor’s attire – what works best? By Rina Shaikh-Lesko. Does what your doctor wear matter to you? You may simply want your doctor to be competent and compassionate, but a recent article in The Atlantic points out some subtle issues in the effects a doctor’s dress may have…There’s a middle ground that doctors have to strike that may be tricky depending on their specialty, their hospital or clinic’s dress codes, (Mayo Clinic requires all docs to dress in a business suit) among other things. And that’s not even considering the issue of how a doctor’s clothes can spread infectious disease.

Dunn County News, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire earns American College of Cardiology award for cardiac care…“We’re very proud of our cardiovascular and Emergency Department teams who work extremely hard to follow these heart attack protocols that improve the lives of some of our most seriously ill patients,” says D. Fearghas O’Cochlain, M.D., interventional cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Mankato Times, Mayo Clinic Health System to hold children’s memorial service Dec. 14. Losing a child, be it during pregnancy, childhood or adulthood, is heartbreaking. As part of International Children’s Memorial Day, which occurs annually on the second Sunday in December, candles will be lit around the world in memory of children who have died.

Huffington Post UK, Slideshow: Breast Cancer Signs and Treatment… What Are The Symptoms? "A new painless, firm breast lump with irregular margins is a potential symptom of breast cancer," says Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a breast cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic. "The cancer diagnosis is confirmed following a biopsy of the lump." She notes that usually, women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer are healthy and don't feel sick at all.

Times of India, Basic medical science colloquium series begins. The first colloquium speaker is Prof Harvinder S Luthra, John Finn professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota, the US, who will speak on "Arthritis: Its Many Faces" on December 1, at 11.30am in seminar room, PU, Sector 25 campus. Dr. Luthra is a rheumatologist who is affiliated to multiple hospitals in the Rochester area, including Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic - Saint Mary's Hospital. He has been involved in developing and studying animal models for rheumatic diseases.

The Atlantic, The Clothes Make the Doctor by Anna Reisman. Often, a physician's first step in building a positive relationship with patients is figuring out what to wear… I didn’t care what the doctor looked like—or so I thought, until a woman clicked into the room in stilettos and a tailored expensive-looking suit… What I remember most was the feeling that she had somewhere more important to be, like a board meeting, where the discussion would involve the business of medicine rather than the art of it. Maybe it wouldn’t have bothered me if I were meeting her at the Mayo clinic, where all doctors wear business suits—a uniform, really—where I would have expected it.

James Plaindealer, Students Become Educators at Health Fair Friday by Ryan Anderson. Once again this year, sophomores in Steve Chapin’s St. James High School health class conducted their annual health fair, delivering reports on a wide range of topics, from concussions and lucid dreaming, to Kawasaki Disease and Vitiligo…Chapin has evaluators from the health community, like Ryan Smith, administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James, look over the projects and ask the students probing questions, he said. “Having these experts question them brings more out of the kids, and it forces them to a higher level.”

Dunn County News, Injured at work? You can choose the doctor by Andrew Floren, M.D. Occupational Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System… It’s important for people to know that in Wisconsin, injured employees have the right to choose what health care facility they go to for workers’ compensation care, and they can see the provider that is right for them. Employees also have the right to seek a second opinion from another provider if they feel the first may have missed something, regardless of group health care policy limitations.

Independent Record (Mont.) Intermountain: Healing both children and families… Going to Intermountain Clinic “is sort of like going to the Mayo Clinic,” said Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, the chief clinical officer. “If you go to the Mayo Clinic, you go there because there is a variety of specialists that speak to one another.”

Pioneer Press, Isaac Kolstad's 'sucker punch' started Mankato fight, lawyer says,…The Mayo Clinic Health System neurosurgeon who treated Kolstad, Dr. Dominic Cannella, couldn't say which injuries were caused by each of the blows. When investigators interviewed him in May, he said Kolstad had brain damage caused by a blow to the head and vomit that entered his lungs after he was knocked down.

iOL Lifestyle, Going gluten free and aging backward, review by Nancy Szokan, Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free by Joseph Murray. 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 guide to one of today's dietary fixations: avoiding gluten.

Austin Daily Herald, Our Opinion: Support United Way’s campaign… On Nov. 20, the United Way of Mower County’s annual campaign got a big boost to its campaign season. It received $150,895.50 from the Hormel Foods Corp. plant, a record amount pledged by the plant workers. On the same day, Mayo Clinic Health System employees in Austin took the opportunity to throw a whipped-cream pie in the face of one of her administrators after her department met their goal for the United Way Employee Campaign this year.

State Press Magazine, A queen among students by Hayli Metter. Jordan Wessel feels pretty out of place when she has any rare moment of down time. But she doesn’t look like it… A nutrition junior who dreams of opening her own health and fitness clinic, Wessel faced years of health problems of her own before coming to college, where doctors diagnosed her with multiple illnesses, all of which kept her bedridden for over two years. “I pretty much lived at Mayo Clinic,” she says, remembering the experiences. “Stomach pains – excruciating stomach pains. I couldn’t eat anything without getting sick."

News4Jax, Anger management: 10 tips to control your temper by Mayo Clinic News Network. Do you fume when someone cuts you off in traffic? Does your blood pressure rocket when your child refuses to cooperate? Anger is a normal and even healthy emotion — but it's important to deal with it in a positive way. Uncontrolled anger can take a toll on both your health and your relationships. Additional coverage: WPTZ NY

InForum (N.D.), Moorhead's selection as medical marijuana distribution site ‘fantastic’ news for local family by Don Davis. Moorhead will likely be one of eight Minnesota cities where medical marijuana will be sold to patients with certain ailments, starting as soon as July. That’s fantastic news for Amber and Paul Solum of Moorhead. Their 13-year-old son, Brett, has 45 to 100 epileptic seizures a day. His team of neurologists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester regard him as a “prime candidate” for medical marijuana. Additional coverage:  BringMeThe News

Hamburg Reporter (Iowa), Hendrickson refuses to be beaten by Epilepsy by Sandy Parmenter…Marcy Hendrickson was an active 16-year-old, on the swim team and track and basketball teams, and proud to have gotten her driver's license three months earlier, when she had her first seizure…Hendrickson was eventually diagnosed with intractable Epilepsy, meaning her seizures were not controlled…She went next to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., then to St. Louis Children's Hospital, where they implanted a Vagus Nerve Stimulator in her chest in an attempt to control the seizures., Sanford-Burnham scientist wins GSK drug discovery challenge. Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona (Sanford-Burnham) and Mayo Clinic today announced that a joint team of scientists has been selected as a winner of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)'s 2014 Discovery Fast Track Challenge.

Arizona Republic, Men’s health awareness is much-needed spotlight. Jason Jameson, M.D., a medical urologist at Mayo Clinic, partners with colleagues in cardiology and endocrinology to direct Mayo’s Men’s Health Program. He answered questions about men’s health., Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your ‘Good’ Gut Bugs?... The research doesn’t confirm that these changes make it more likely users will become ill, and study authors aren’t recommending that anyone stop taking the so-called proton pump inhibitors. However, these antacids “should be used at the lowest dose that provides adequate relief of symptoms, and attempts to discontinue their use should be considered periodically,” said study co-author Dr. John DiBaise, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Hindustan Times, Over 150 examined during check-up camp at Golf Club. Doctors from Mayo Clinic in Sector 69, SAS Nagar, conducted the check-up. The camp was inaugurated by GS Kochhar, chairman, social corporate responsibility arm of the club… The doctors’ team from Mayo Clinic included, Dr. Deepak Tayagi Neurosurgeon, Dr. Jatindera Singla orthopedic and Jasmeet Singh, medical specialist. Besides, free bone density test, blood pressure check-up and blood sugar tests were also held.

Post-Bulletin, Transplant recipient has two big reasons to give thanks. This Thanksgiving will be a holiday Courtney Kidd will never forget — even though she might not remember much of it. Kidd, 32, has suffered serious health problems since birth. On Monday, the Bourbonnais, Ill., woman underwent 18 hours of surgery to complete liver and heart transplants at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus.

WQOW Eau Claire, Thank Shoe. Patient donates slippers to clinic., Famed NHRA team owner Don Schumacher undergoes cancer surgery by Jerry Bonkowski. Just days after his teams won the 2014 NHRA championships in Top Fuel (son Tony) and Funny Car (Matt Hagan), team owner Don Schumacher took a detour on his way back to Indianapolis that may ultimately have saved his life. Schumacher stopped in Rochester, Minnesota to undergo his yearly physical at the renowned Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: LA Times,

WQOW Eau Claire, Keeping holiday weight gain under control by Bridget Curran. Holiday food and drinks don't end with Thanksgiving.  The seasonal peppermint mochas, homemade goodies and festive holiday dinners have only just begun.  And while indulging may be fun for a while, the effects are sure to catch up to your waistline.  The facts aren't fun.  “36% of America is clinically obese and about 66% are overweight and/or clinically obese,” says Diane Dressel, Registered Dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

La Crosse Tribune, Sister Leclare Beres, 88, devoted her life to service… Officials at both Mayo Clinic Health Systems and Gundersen Health System concede the clinic might never have been realized without the steady, persistent drive of Beres, who died late Friday at age 88. “The time was right for us to do something in our community for the uninsured. With Sister Leclare’s leadership, it just came together,” said Joe Kruse, now CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, who worked closely with Beres to form the free clinic and remained close friends over the years.

Modern Healthcare, Vanderbilt study demonstrates EHR data-crunching ability by Darius Tahir. The potential of using large data sets to come to possible treatment-related conclusions not otherwise evident is demonstrated by results of a recent study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.… The study combed through 15 years of EHR records from Vanderbilt, looking at approximately 14,000 cancer patients with diabetes. Researchers then re-checked their findings with records from the Mayo Clinic over a similar timeframe and found similar results. Additional coverage: Design & Trend

Pioneer Press (AP), Concerns arise as Mayo Clinic expansion plan needs legislative help. The financing plan for a massive expansion of Mayo Clinic needs a small change from state legislators, which is making some lawmakers worried that politics could cause a delay. A state law outlines how the Mayo Clinic's 20-year plan to remake its flagship campus, the Destination Medical Center, will be funded, including $327 million in state aid. But that aid is contingent on $6 billion in private investments, and the Minnesota Attorney General's office issued an opinion saying those investments need to be doubled in order to tap state money. Additional coverage: Albert Lea Tribune

Inside Bay Area, Town Crier: Mom, 90, finds cheery warmth amid chill by Ginny Prior. Happy Thanksgiving from Minnesota! When it comes to gobblers, California's got nothing on my home state. In fact, Minnesota is America's top turkey producer with 49 million birds raised annually. But I didn't just come here to talk turkey. My mom turned 90 this week, and her birthday present -- a bucket list item she'd wanted for years -- was a road trip to Rochester, home of the Mayo Clinic. And no, it wasn't for medical reasons. My mom can shop circles around me at the mall. She wanted to see the impressive Mayo family estate in its holiday splendor.

Post-Bulletin, Our View: Rochester is logical choice for human rights office. Nobody disputes that Rochester and the surrounding region are going to grow rapidly in the next 20 years. However, with the positive effects that accompany Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative will come ancillary issues, some of them not positive at all. "We need to prepare the community for the growth that is coming and everything that comes with it — the crime, the discrimination, whatever the case may be," said Kolloh Nimley, community program specialist with the Rochester office of the Council on Black Minnesotans. "We need to prepare for this growth so that we're successful with it."

Post-Bulletin, Computer equipment damaged in fire at Mayo Clinic's Harwick Building by Kay Fate. A Fire overnight Thursday caused about $7,000 damage to computer equipment at Mayo Clinic’s Harwick Building.

Iowa State Daily, Woods: Runny noses, over-the-counter drugs don't mix… Avoid asking your doctor for antibiotics for a cold or using old antibiotics you have on hand. You won't get well any faster, and inappropriate use of antibiotics contributes to the serious and growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria,” states the Mayo Clinic. So about those home remedies. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best way to rid yourself of the cold through natural means is water, juice, clear broth or warm, lemon water with honey because it helps loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.

AP, HORSE TROTS INTO HOSPITAL: IT'S THERAPY, NO JOKE by Lindsey Tanner…A review of 10 years of studies about in-patient therapy using dogs, published in April in the Southern Medical Association's Journal, concluded that it's safe and can be effective. Dr. Caroline Burton of Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, a co-author of the review, owns seven dogs, four regular horses and a donkey, and strongly supports animal-assisted therapy. Burton acknowledged that skeptics dismiss it as "touchy-feely" and lacking hard evidence of any meaningful medical benefits. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, ABC News, Vida en el Valle, Yahoo! En Espanol, Daily Mail UK

CBS Morning News, Many chest x-rays in kids unnecessary, study says, Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say that a large percentage of pediatric chest x-rays did not alter which treatment the doctor prescribed. Also, patients who undergo meniscus surgery can have more risk of arthritis. Additional coverage: HealthDay, Yahoo! News, Science 2.0, Modern Healthcare

KIMT, Christmas at Mayowood. The holiday season is here and that means a well-known home in our area is dressed in holiday cheer. Mayowood mansion, located in Rochester, was built in 1911 by a co-founder of Mayo Clinic, Dr. Charles H. Mayo. His family lived in the home for decades and everything inside has been persevered the way it was when they lived in the home. During the holiday season, the rooms change and decorations are added for the Christmas spirit. Tours, through December 13th are held and folks from across our area are welcome to visit the mansion.

My FOX Chicago, Vision-based test accurate and easy for concussion screening… The ‘King Devick Test' was originally designed to help screen for learning disabilities by tracking the movement of the eyes. Now, it's proven to be a fast and effective way to diagnose a concussion on the sideline, as well as get a player off the field before sustaining an even more serious injury. “More than 50 percent of brain pathways are responsible for controlling eye movement, so injuries to the brain almost universally affect eye movement,” said Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic…Director of the Sport Neurology and Concussion Program.

WEAU Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic's "Love Light Campaign" helps area hospice centers. As the holidays approach, Mayo Health System is inviting people to take part in an annual tradition, the "Love Light Campaign."… "It helps us remember those loved ones who are important to us at a very important time of the year and we're pleased to have such a great turnout and to be able to work with many people in the community to make this possible," says Dr. Randall Linton, Mayo Clinic Health System.

US News & World Report, 8 Sneaky Symptoms of Stress by Kristen Fawcett. “The stress response prepares the body to be at war,” says Amit Sood, author of “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living” and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. “The body shores up resources to enhance its survival. It increases blood glucose, increases blood flow to muscles, pushes the heart to work harder and predisposes [individuals] to inflammation.”

KIMT, Pertussis versus the common cold…Those in the medical field say you should check for these symptoms very closely. “But unlike a cold the cough takes over and persists we ask our patients to be considered for testing for pertussis if they have an unexplained cough that’s gone on for 7 days or more,” Mayo Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson said.

Chicago Tribune, Environmental Nutrition: To drink or not to drink, a health perspective by Marsha McCulloch…Alcohol and your heart  How alcohol is used largely determines whether it's toxic or beneficial, says a March 2014 Mayo Clinic Proceedings review of alcohol and cardiovascular health. Light to moderate drinking (up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men) has been linked with decreased risks for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart failure.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Johns Hopkins takes different strategy by Mike Klein. The Baltimore Business Journal, as well as its affiliate the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, recently compared the two health systems, including a post with the headline "What Johns Hopkins can learn from Mayo Clinic."… Mayo has focused on building Mayo Clinic Care Network, a collection of affiliated hospitals around the country that can tap into Mayo's expertise. Mayo doesn't acquire hospitals that join its network, but does let members use the Mayo brand, the stories say.

WKBT La Crosse, Response officers make difference in Washburn neighborhood by Brittany Schmidt. A communitywide effort to revitalize neighborhoods in the La Crosse area appears to be off to a good start. For almost a year, residents in the Washburn neighborhood, which is just south of downtown and includes Viterbo and Mayo Clinic Health System, have been seeing two familiar faces riding around in their squad car.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester families hit hard by flu by Jeff Hansel. Rochester families are being hit hard by influenza… The number of cases in general is ramping up, especially in the Rochester region. "Yes, there has been a definite increase in the number of influenza cases in the past few days," said Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, a Mayo Clinic infectious disease specialist and the clinic's point person on flu.

Chicago Tribune (HealthDay), Mentally stimulating jobs may benefit aging brains 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.

Vox, The right way to count calories, according to weight loss experts by Julia Belluz…Experts do have some tips for how to estimate in situations where calorie counts aren't available. The first: assume the worst. "When eating out, it's a good bet, even when choosing healthier options, that you are going to eat more calories than you would at home," said Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietician at the Mayo Clinic.

News Medical, Mayo Clinic recommends genetic screening for patients with triple-negative breast cancer. Most patients with triple-negative breast cancer should undergo genetic testing for mutations in known breast cancer predisposition genes, including BRCA1 and BRCA2, a Mayo Clinic-led study has found. The findings come from the largest analysis to date of genetic mutations in this aggressive form of breast cancer. The results of the research appear in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Colorado State University News, Colorado State University researchers examine what causes blood vessels to expand during exercise. A Colorado State University researcher has teamed up with the Mayo Clinic to pin down what causes blood vessels to expand during exercise. Findings from the $3 million project funded by the National Institutes of Health could uncover new treatment options for diabetes, strokes and heart attacks… The four-year project, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the NIH, will be conducted with Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Post-Bulletin, Antacids might hurt instead of help. New research from Mayo Clinic suggests antacids are bad for your body's microbial diversity. Yep, that's right, antacids might be bad for the health digestive system you're trying to calm… Previous studies have shown that people who use antacids have a greater incidence of C. difficile, a bacterium that, according to Mayo Clinic, can cause symptoms such as diarrhea or even life-threatening inflammation of the colon.

WQOW Eau Claire, Gavin's Gifts: Presents delivered to families with sick and premature infants by Emily Valerio. Santa's elves came early, in the form of a family of five. They delivered gifts at an Eau Claire hospital Wednesday. The Richel's, from Lake Hallie, paid a visit to the special care nursery at Mayo Clinic Health System.

La Crosse Tribune, Donated teddy bears offer comfort, information on rare disease by Mike Tighe. Chloe Bruland and her dad, Mark, deliver 80 teddy bears to Mayo pediatrics to draw attention to opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome, a rare disease Chloe has… Families appreciate the bears, said Taylor Pape of Monona, Iowa, who is with her infant son, Brexten, during his hospitalization at Mayo-Franciscan with pyloric stenosis, a gastrointestinal affliction. “It’s a nice gesture that makes you feel like you’re at home,” Pape said.

Fernadina Beach News Leader, ‘Never enough time’ by Heather Perry. Pat and Pattie Killingsworth have faced more than their share of health challenges. Pattie is a three-time cancer survivor and Patrick has battled multiple myeloma since 2007…Killingsworth is fighting his cancer with a team of doctors, all within easy reach of his Fernandina Beach home. He started therapy at Mayo Clinic Rochester in Minnesota before coming to the Sunshine State…“He’s very nice and knowledgeable. My myeloma specialist is at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Dr. Vivek Roy. All are outstanding doctors,” said Killingsworth.

NewsMax, Fish Oil For Healthy Heart? How Supplement Helps Cardiac Health by Morgan Chilson…Studies have indicated that omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce the risk of sudden heart failure.  The Mayo Clinic looked at studies done on omega-3s, ranking them in categories that included “strong scientific evidence for this use,” and “good” and “unclear” evidence. The heart benefits of omega-3s contained in fish oil were “strong,” the website said.

Mundo de Hoy, Lo que debes saber sobre la mastectomía…La Dra. Judy C. Boughey, Cirujana de Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota, explica que la mastectomía es una cirugía que implica extirpar la mayor parte del tejido mamario de un seno como medio de tratar o prevenir el cáncer. Additional coverage: Notimundo

Mundo de Hoy, Médica Sur, grupo hospitalario en el país con mayor impacto en redes sociales. Con base en lo anterior, en el ámbito de la salud las redes sociales deben ser entendidas como instrumentos que permiten a personas que trabajan en un proyecto común, pero que están separadas por tiempo y espacio, interactuar e intercambiar opiniones, señaló el Dr. Farris Timimi, Director Médico del Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, en el marco de la conferencia “El compromiso con las redes sociales y la evolución de la medicina”, impartida por el especialista en el Auditorio de la Fundación Clínica Médica Sur.

XeQ Radio (Mexico), Escuchan el corazón de su hijo en el pecho del hombre que salvó. Tom jmeeks, veterano de Vietnam de 61 años, le diagnosticaron una rara dolencia llamada amiloidosis, que requería de una intervención urgente, ya que no tenía cura y le provocaría un fallo multiorganico. Esta enfermedad es caracterizada por el crecimiento anormal de proteínas, así que desde la clínica Mayo optaron por un trasplante para tratar de salvarle la vida.

El Confidencial, Los 8 ejercicios que te van a curar el dolor de espalda, según la clínica Mayo… La clínica Mayo, una de las más prestigiosas de Estados Unidos, considerada por muchos como la primera del país y pionera en el tratamiento de muchas dolencias, recomienda una serie de ejercicios de estiramiento y fortalecimiento que alivian y refuerzan nuestras espaldas. Son ejercicios muy sencillos que podemos hacer en nuestra casa y en los que no emplearemos más de quince minutos diarios.

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