December 12, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News LogoMayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Laura Wuotila with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News.

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Wall Street Journal
Mayo CEO: Focus on Health Care, Not Health Insurance
Wall Street Journal Video logoAt WSJ’s CEO Council, Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., talks with the WSJ’s Sara Murray about the Affordable Care Act and ways to provide better health care.

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: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO. Dr. Noseworthy participated in the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. In early December, top global CEOs gathered once again in Washington, D.C., for the annual meeting of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein


Star Tribune
Part 1: The Next Mayo / Remaking a Medical Giant, Mayo Faces New Price of Success
by Jeremy Olson

(The Next Mayo is a Star Tribune series examining Minnesota’s legendary clinic in a competitive new era for health care.) Mayo has been lauded by President Obama and influential health economists as an example of superb care and medical efficiency. Yet Mayo also has a reputation in Star Tribune logoMinnesota — confirmed by publicly available health data — for high prices. How Mayo resolves that paradox will determine the future of a clinic that has become a signature Minnesota brand. Additional stories: A conversation with Dr. John Noseworthy, Q&A: Mayo Clinic Care Network director Dr. David Hayes, Q&A: Mayo Clinic gastroenterology dept. chair Dr. Vijay Shah


Star Tribune
Part 2: Mayo Cautiously Builds An Empire
by Dan Browning and Jackie Crosby

Jordan Hatfield’s case puzzled the doctors. A champion javelin thrower and top student at Northern Kentucky University, Hatfield developed stomach pains and insomnia during his sophomore year. Then came headaches, vision problems and nerve pain...Hatfield is among dozens of patients in Star Tribune Health newspaper logoKentucky to benefit from the Mayo Clinic Care Network, an ambitious effort by the Rochester-based health system to expand its reach and secure its place in an era of rapid changes in health care. In just four years, Mayo has signed up 31 affiliates in 18 states, Mexico and Puerto Rico.


Star Tribune
Part 3: Mayo Seeks to Dominate with Data
by Jackie Crosby

The patients arrive at the Mayo Clinic from all over the world, thousands a day, each presenting a different medical challenge. Some have illnesses so rare that even medical journals don’t offer a time-tested treatment plan. Others bring a complicated combination of ailmStar Tribune Business section logoents — diabetes with heart failure and kidney disease — that offer conflicting treatment options… “What we’re trying to find out, if we can, is what does health care cost, and what of that spend really adds value to a patient’s outcome over time, especially with these high-impact diseases,” said Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy. Additional stories: ‘Big data’ is changing American medical care, Timeline: A look back at key events in the history of the Mayo Clinic


Star Tribune
For Mayo Patient, helping medicine even in death
by Jackie Crosby

Tony Luebbers was one of the first patients in which his hometown doctors at St. Elizabeth Healthcare could work hand-in-hand with the Mayo Clinic Star Tribune local logoin Rochester. It turned out to be one for the medical books. Luebbers, a retired accountant, had gone to see his family doctor in this northern Kentucky city complaining of stomach pains. Multiple screenings and biopsies left doctors baffled. Through St. Elizabeth’s affiliation with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Luebbers’ Kentucky doctors were able to share lab results and medical records, and consult directly with Mayo’s deep bench of experts.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: The Next Mayo is a Star Tribune series examining Minnesota's legendary clinic in a competitive era for health care.

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich


Cannon Falls grad survived 20 hours of surgery, accepted paraplegia
by Brett Boese

The phone rang, and all Tess Pfohl could do was pray. It was the day before Thanksgiving, about three months since the 25-year-old Cannon Falls native had undergone 20 hours of surgery to remove a potentially fatal cancer that had wrapped itself around her spine. Pfohl had voluntarily chosen to become paraplegic in hopes of extending her life, but Mayo Clinic doctors were unwilling to discuss her chances of survival. Mayo Clinic surgeon Dr. Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperMichael Yaszemski said the world-class facility has performed just 160 such surgeries in the past 18 years…Pfohl, who normally is an avid social media user, went silent during the wait. She returned only after breathing a sigh of relief when the Mayo Clinic called to report the spot wasn't cancerous.

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: Michael Yaszemski, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Yaszemski investigates bone, cartilage and spinal cord regeneration using synthetic polymeric scaffolds, cells and controlled delivery of bioactive molecules. Dr. Yaszemski's Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Laboratory is equipped to perform polymer synthesis and characterization and scaffold fabrication utilizing injectable techniques and solid freeform fabrication techniques. His research team cultures cell-polymer constructs, studies delivery kinetics of bioactive molecules from microparticles and microparticle-scaffold combinations, and studies these scaffold-cell-biomolecule combinations in vivo. The team investigates musculoskeletal sarcoma biology and works on the controlled local delivery of chemotherapeutic agents to osteosarcoma, chordoma and chrondrosarcoma.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Forbes, One Inspiring Story Of How Capitalism Is The Ultimate Livesaver by Steve Forbes. HERE’S ONE AMONG ENDLESS EXAMPLES of how capitalism has kept alive hundreds of millions of people who otherwise would have been doomed. The other day I read a piece in the Mayo Clinic publication Discovery’s Edge about the institution’s role nearly a century ago in the battle against diabetes. Back then the onset of diabetes was a death sentence. Doctors at Mayo and elsewhere had formulated special diets, which, strictly adhered to, might prolong life for as much as three to five years.

NY Times, Think Like a Doctor: A Hideous Sore Solved by Lisa Sanders, M.D. On Thursday we challenged Well readers to take on a case of a 29-year-old woman and her boyfriend who developed matching rashes: hers on her arm, his on his abdomen…The first correct answer, posted just five minutes after the case went up, came from George Bonadurer, a second year medical student at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. Like many of you, he said that seeing the picture of the lesions plus knowing that the couple had traveled to Brazil led to a diagnosis of leishmaniasis.

Washington Post, Aging marathoner: Still running, but at a much slower pace by Marlene Cimons. This is the tale of an ancient marathoner, a story of challenge, expectation, nostalgia, disappointment and acceptance. It almost sounds like the stages of grief and loss. And in a way, it is: At 69 years old, I have lost my younger self, the one who for years could run 26.2 miles in less than four hours… “The maximum heart rate goes down — that is, the number of beats per minute when you are going all-out,’’ meaning an athlete delivers less oxygen to the muscles, hurting both speed and endurance, says Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic researcher who studies how humans respond to the stress of exercise.

Washington Post, Don’t let asthma keep you from exercising by Mike Plunkett. Asthma: It’s that first breath that always seems the worst. The chest tightens and the breath shortens. A cough, a wheeze and an attack… If you’re out in cold weather, try to breathe through the nose, which helps humidify the air so the airways won’t dry out. Wearing a mouth covering or some type of scarf also helps. The Mayo Clinic also suggests that eating a low-salt diet, fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, as well as fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C, may help with symptoms.

USA Today, Should you fear holiday bulge? By Lori Grisham. Conventional wisdom says Americans can pack on pounds during the holidays. A 2013 Consumer Reportssurvey found that gaining weight was cited as a holiday fear by one out of three Americans. But is it really something to worry about? Data suggests that people gain between 1 or 2 pounds, according to Donald Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Hensrud cited a 2000 study by The New England Journal of Medicine.

USA Today, Teen takes antibiotic, burns 'from inside-out' by Melanie Eversley. A California teen is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body from the inside-out. Yaasmeen Castanada, 19, is fighting for her life in the burn unit of the University of California Irvine Medical Center after a diagnosis with a life-threatening drug reaction called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome…The syndrome is a rare and extreme reaction to medication or an infection, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can begin with flu-like symptoms, but results in the top layer of skin dying and shedding, according to Mayo.

Prevention magazine, 5 Ways To Burn More Calories On The Elliptical by Amy Roberts… If you're already injured or suffer from a chronic condition like arthritis, the elliptical may be your best bet for low-stress cardio training. And "if you're not injured, it's a great way to add variety to your workouts if your goal is general fitness," says Gaudette. He recommends elliptical sessions to his runners for cross training (try this exercise to become a better runner). Edward R. Laskowski, MD, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, agrees. "For example, if you run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the elliptical is a nice-low impact choice on Tuesday and Thursday to help prevent overload injury and enable recovery from your impact exercise sessions."

CBS News, How to stop stressing over holiday spending…If you are in over your head, the stress of spending what you don't really have may lead to an array of physical and emotional symptoms including anxiety, anger, depression and headaches, to name a few. The Mayo Clinic also points to stress as a culprit behind overeating and drug or alcohol abuse. During the holiday season, these temptations are readily available and can inhibit good judgment and willpower.

Reuters, Nearly half of Americans think flu shot can make you sick by Kathryn Doyle. More than 40 percent of a sample of U.S. adults believe the myth that flu vaccines can give you the flu, and even correcting that misconception might not convince them to get the vaccine, a new survey suggests. “It is absolutely biologically impossible to get the flu from the vaccine,” said Dr. Gregory A. Poland, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who studies the immunogenetics of vaccine response. Additional coverage: Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune

Reuters, Addition of Amgen drug boosts benefits in relapsed myeloma: study by Bill Berkrot. Significantly more patients with relapsed multiple myeloma responded to a three-drug regimen including Amgen Inc's Kyprolis than those who got the standard two-drug treatment, according to results from a late-stage trial…The data should help increase use of Kyprolis - the drug at the center of Amgen's nearly $10 billion purchase of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Kyprolis had $94 million in third quarter sales. "This is really an important study that's going to set the stage for improved therapy for patients worldwide," said Dr. Keith Stewart, the study's lead investigator from Mayo Clinic in Arizona. "It probably establishes this (regimen) as the standard of care." Additional coverage: BioWorld, PharmaTimes, The Street, CNN Money

Bloomberg, Chiefs’ Safety Diagnosed With ‘Very Treatable’ Hodgkin Lymphoma by Eben Novy-Williams. Kansas City Chief's safety Eric Berry was diagnosed with a form of cancer that his doctor said is “very treatable.”… Hodgkin lymphoma is the rarer of two types of cancer of the lymphatic system. The disease makes it harder to combat infection as cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally, weakening the immune system, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Bloomberg, Cubist Deal a Rare Bright Spot in Dismal Field of Antibiotics by Michelle Fay Cortez. Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CBST)’s big payoff for its investments in developing antibiotics is a bright spot in a field without much good news for patients and their doctors…Even the best antibiotics suffer from a paradox: Doctors are reluctant to use them because they don’t want them to become ineffective, said Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician and member of the vaccine research group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Instead, they reserve the drugs for the sickest patients and those with few alternatives in hopes that they will remain potent for longer, he said.

Huffington Post, Fight for What We Care for by Bill Marriott. More than a year ago, Donna and I lost our beloved son, Stephen, who had been diagnosed in his teens with a rare mitochondrial disease that slowly cost him his eyesight, his hearing, his strength, and finally, his life…. My continuous search for answers resulted in a collaboration that was rare in the medical community. Our foundation gave an endowment to three separate institutions - Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mayo Clinic - for Mitochondrial Disorder clinical research. However, there was a big stipulation. As part of the agreement, these doctors from different institutions were encouraged to work together by meeting regularly and sharing data. This type of collaboration is unusual. It is not very often that medical institutions have worked together and shared data during research.

FOX Business, Gene information will now be shared by doctors & scientists on Google Cloud…Bob Wright, Former NBC Universal Chairman, “There were two other organizations that have come on the scene. One is the Mayo Clinic now providing whole genome sequencing for all of its cancer patients, and up in Boston Institute, Dana Farber, a prominent cancer research institute doing it with current patients, but there are two issues. The cost of the genome sequencing was so expensive, the federal government doesn't do it, it isn't possible. That has really gone down.”

Forbes, From AARP To Pfizer, Partners Seek Optum Labs Big Data To Improve Health by Bruce Japsen… Optum Labs, the collaboration between UnitedHealth Group UNH -0.41%’s (UNH) Optum Health and the Mayo Clinic , has more than 20 partners looking for new ways to treat and prevent diseases as well as improve outcomes and lower costs of expensive chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Huffington Post, Holiday Blues by Dr. Donna Dannenfelser…Positive thinking triggered by our gratitude has proven health benefits, including strengthening the immune system, reducing stress and depression, reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, better coping skills during hardship and overall increased sense of well-being, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, Simple Tricks To Make You A Better Runner That Have Nothing To Do With Running by Kate Bratskeir. Incentivize your run. This last trick does require a little cash, but if you do it right, you could be increasing your bank account balance and your weekly mileage. No, money can't buy happiness, but it might be able to motivate you to keep on trekking. A 2013 Mayo Clinic study found that people were more likely to stick with their weight loss program if they had financial incentives.

NY Magazine, Which Post-Breakup Vacation Is Right for You? by Alyssa Shelasky…Whether you're the dumper or the dumpee, it's essential to take some distance and indulge in self-care after a split, and a spa, wellness retreat, or feel-good haven can be a great first stop. Why? “Spa treatments have been shown by institutions like the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic to help reduce stress, promote relaxation, and soothe the rough edges of anxiety, which is what you need when you’re going through a major life change like a divorce or a devastating breakup,” says Rona Berg, editor-in-chief of Organic Spa magazine.

Reader’s Digest, 7 Things Doctors May Not Tell You About Healthy Blood Pressure by Lauren Gelman…Gaining just a little weight can jack up your numbers. People who gained just 5 percent of their body weight (that’s 7.5 pounds for a 150-pound person) over an eight-week period saw a small but measurable uptick in their blood pressure—an average of 4 mm Hg for their systolic reading, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. People who gained weight specifically in their belly had even higher increases.

LA Times, Clinical trial seeks answers to sudden deaths of healthy young people. Jason Lappies woke in his San Diego apartment on the morning of June 26. Not needing to report to work right away, he settled onto his couch to watch a World Cup soccer match. He teased his roommate, who had to rush off to a job. When the friend returned later in the day, Lappies, 31, was still on the couch, positioned exactly as he had been in the morning. He had died, mysteriously and unexpectedly…The number of those that are "youthful sudden deaths" — occurring before middle age and before coronary artery disease is more likely to be a trigger — is unclear but believed to be 1,000 to 5,000, said Dr. Michael Ackerman, director of the Mayo Clinic Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory in Rochester, Minn., and an early proponent of the molecular autopsy approach. Additional coverage: Seattle Times

Fortune, Techstars helps startups get a little more corporate by Erin Griffith… Startups that participate in a Techstars accelerator will get a chance to spend two weeks working at the corporate headquarters of partner companies. There, they’ll receive “hands-on mentorship and business development opportunities from the corporation’s network of executives, partners, and community members.” The first partner is Mayo Clinic, which will work with health care startups. Additional coverage: Xconomy

Des Moines Register, Startup accelerator Techstars partners with Mayo Clinic by Matthew Patane. A prestigious startup accelerator is expanding what it offers to fledgling companies who graduate from its three-month program. Techstars announced Tuesday that it has started Techstars++, a business development program where startups can work on-site with established companies. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is the program’s first partner. Techstars founder and CEO David Cohen said the accelerator plans to add more partners soon. Additional coverage: KTTC, MedCity News, Austin Business Journal, News Medical, BetaBoston (Boston Globe), BostInno, The Next Web, TechRockies, Puget Sound Business Journal

Consumer Affairs, What to ask your doctor before surgery by Mark Huffman. You might be told you need surgery for any number of medical issues. Some may seem simpler than others, which might appear downright scary. But a patient's reaction is usually based on incomplete information. To fill in these blanks, you need to ask the right questions…How do you know what questions to ask? Robert Cima, M.D., a surgeon and chair of Mayo Clinic’s surgical quality subcommittee, says your family and friends can help in that area. They probably have questions that haven't even occurred to you.

KOLD TV Tucson, E-Cigs Future in UA’s Hands…UA researchers from the College of Management want to monitor social media posts to find out why people use them and their effects…This is a collaborative study done with the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Scott Leischow. The study could lead to the “R” word: regulation. "We want to make it useful for the public health community because it's important for those in public health to access information in order to best intervene and best regulate these kinds of products,” said Dr. Leischow. Additional coverage: Tucson News Now

KSAT San Antonio, Breast Cancer Symposium begins in San Antonio…Each day, all day, presenters will be offering their findings in clinical trials and other studies that will have a direct impact on the tens of thousands of breast cancer patients worldwide. Dr. Edith Perez, from the Mayo Clinic facility in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of the organizers and she notes that immunotherapy will have a big moment on Wednesday. There is going to be new data related to the potential of modulating the immune system, leading to important outcomes for patients. This is a strategy that many patients have been asking for many years," she hinted. "We are going to be able to do something to change the immune system to enhance patient outcome and we are getting there."

WEAU Eau Claire, Safe Sleep Task Force has future plans for crib program. The term “co-sleeping” can be confusing. It can refer to both sharing a bed and sharing a room. Over the weekend a 2-month-old boy in Milwaukee died while sleeping with family members on an air mattress. Police are investigating it as a possible co-sleeping death. According to the Milwaukee Health Department, each year an average of 15 infant deaths in the city are linked to unsafe sleeping environments.…Lisa Moelter is the Pedatric RN Coordinator for Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. She represents Mayo in the Safe Sleep Task Force. Moelter is also a new grandma. “Being a grandparent for the first time, I think I'm more nervous being a grandmother than I was a parent,” joked Moelter.

MedPage Today, MM Regimen Not Affected by Age by Michael Smith. For newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients who aren't eligible for transplant, age does not impact the choice of treatment, a researcher said…The FIRST trial's results, showing continuous therapy was the better option, left open the question of age, commented Shaji Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in the study.

MedPage Today, Oral MM Drug Shows Promise by Michael Smith. An all-oral combination of drugs for multiple myeloma -- including an investigational proteasome inhibitor -- had high efficacy in previously untreated patients, researchers said here. The investigational drug, dubbed ixazomib, also deepened responses when used as long-term maintenance therapy, according to Shaji Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.

KIMT, Atrial fibrillation and the holidays by Adam Sallet…Health experts say binge drinking anytime, even the holidays, can cause issues like atrial fibrillation. “Often in people who otherwise have no structural heart disease, no heart problems whatsoever and in fact discontinuation of alcohol can help it go away in that setting,” Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Paul Friedman says. That heart condition can be very serious and will increase your chances of having a stroke five fold.

News4Jax (CNN), Top 10 U.S. companies to work for…Glassdoor asked people about the pros and cons of their employers, and had them rate their company between one and five stars. More than 800,000 responses were submitted between November 2013 and November 2014.Mayo Clinic, a professional work environment, state-of-the-art facilities, and collaboration between departments add up to a great working environment, says a research associate. Additional coverage: Cincinnati Business Courier, CBS News

La Crosse Tribune, Retired Mayo nurse leaves literacy legacy for kids at Mayo-Franciscan by Mike Tighe. Kathy Chapiewsky left a literary legacy when she retired after a 45-year nursing career at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. The 63-year-old La Crosse woman regards reading as an essential skill, but she noticed that a book program for her young patients and their siblings at Mayo-Franciscan’s Family Health Clinic was hitting a wall on age groups.

MedCity News, Hennepin Medical joins TreeHouse Health accelerator in Minneapolis by Dan Verel. Hennepin County Medical Center and TreeHouse Health are teaming up to spur innovation in and around the Twin Cities, becoming the latest hospital-incubator collaboration that hopes to bring ideas straight to market and reduce healthcare costs…And with big data, it’s certainly promising, Pryor said, but the attention needs to focus on the smaller hospitals and not simply healthcare giants like Kaiser Permanente or the Mayo Clinic.

Le Sueur News-Herald, Seasonal Affective Disorder: It’s more than just a winter slump by Jessie Wolf, Mayo Clinic Health System licensed independent clinical social worker, Feeling down and a little upset about cold, wintery days is fairly common in Minnesota. The acts of scraping windshields, being holed-up indoors and shoveling a foot of snow out of your driveway don’t exactly incite excitement and positivity.

Science Codex, James Ingle of Mayo Clinic Recognized for Breast Cancer Research. James Ingle, M.D., an internationally recognized breast cancer expert, will receive the 2014 William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award on Dec. 10 at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Dr. Ingle is a professor of oncology and the Foust Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

Medical Xpress, Continued metformin beneficial for diabetes with cirrhosis. Continuation of metformin therapy may improve survival in diabetes patients who are diagnosed with cirrhosis, according to research published in the December issue of Hepatology. Xiaodan Zhang, of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues conducted a retrospective study of 250 patients with diabetes who were receiving metformin at the time of diagnosis with cirrhosis. The effect of continued therapy with metformin on survival was investigated. Additional coverage: Doctors Lounge

Medical Xpress, Genotyping errors plague CYP2D6 testing for tamoxifen therapy. Clinical recommendations discouraging the use of CYP2D6 gene testing to guide tamoxifen therapy in breast cancer patients are based on studies with flawed methodology and should be reconsidered, according to the results of a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute…"The potential benefit of CYP2D6 testing is obvious but has been difficult to establish. One major reason appears to be the lack of analytical validity," says Matthew Goetz, M.D., an oncologist at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and senior author of the study.

Victoria Advocate, Too much of good thing can be bad by Phylis Canion. I am totally confused on vitamin D. Can you please help me - and many others I am sure - understand if I should or should not take vitamin D…In most cases, hypervitaminosis D, too much, is caused by taking more than recommended values. According to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended allowance of vitamin D for most adults is 600 international units daily.

Hospitals & Health News, Baby Boomers Expect More Out of Health Care…Make it Easy…The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation is one source of much-needed creativity. It has assembled a 5,000-square-foot Healthy Aging and Independent Living Lab attached to a continuing care community, with the goal of helping seniors to live longer and more independently. The lab allows Mayo researchers to test ideas in a real-world environment, says Barbara Spurrier, administrative director of the Center for Innovation.

KTVZ Oregon, 7 steps to better sleep by Mayo Clinic News Network. Feeling crabby lately? Or simply worn out? Perhaps the solution is better sleep. Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep — from pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as layoffs, relationship issues or illnesses. It's no wonder that quality sleep is sometimes elusive.

Yahoo! News, 6 Tips to Keep Diabetics Out of the HospitalFend off depression. "This is a chronic illness where patients are reminded daily they have diabetes," says Tom Donner, director of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center. "That's a taxing burden." Depression is dangerous for people with diabetes because it can make them feel as if they have no control over their illness, says Robert Rizza, executive dean of research and a diabetes specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Post-Bulletin, Author lived to tell a painful tale by Derek Sullivan. Habibo Haji has had a remarkable journey, and the former refugee and current nurse found a way to share her story… Haji's memoir recaps her life from a small village in Somalia to a refugee camp in Kenya to her arrival in the United States. When Haji arrived in the U.S. in September 1998, she did not speak English. Haji learned the language, eventually becoming a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic.

JAMA, Optimal Medical Therapy vs CT Angiography Screening for Patients With Diabetes by Raymond Gibbons, M.D., Mayo Clinic. Patients with diabetes mellitus have long been recognized as having a much greater incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD), which is a major factor in their poorer long-term outcomes…The true prevalence of CAD in asymptomatic patients with diabetes is unknown. Although retrospective studies of patients with diabetes undergoing stress testing have suggested a high prevalence that exceeds 50%,3 prospective analyses have shown significantly mm lower rates.

Dallas Morning News (HealthDay), Having a mentally taxing job may sharpen the aging mind… 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.

Dallas Morning News (Washington Post), Take a page from one of these new books on health by Nancy Szokan, 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 A. Murray, who became interested in celiac disease (where reaction to gluten results in damage to the 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.

AZO Nano, Lab-on-a-disc Device for Inexpensive Cancer Diagnosis. It’s the one word no one wants to hear escape from their doctor’s lips. But each year, 12.7 million people around the world do. The word is cancer.… What if there was a way to diagnose cancer quickly and easily, anywhere in the world? …“I think that could be transformative,” says Karen Anderson, an associate professor in Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and an oncologist at Mayo Clinic Arizona.

Dallas Morning News, Heartburn drugs rid stomach of acid, ‘good’ bugs, study finds. Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests…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 the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Becker’s Hospital Review, 50 of the most powerful people in healthcare | 2015, John Noseworthy, MD. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is regarded as the No. 1 hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, and its president and CEO is Dr. Noseworthy. He has led the system since 2009 after he served as chair of its department of neurology. Throughout his career as CEO, Mayo Clinic has made great strides in healthcare innovation and improving care quality. For instance, in 2013, Dr. Noseworthy launched Mayo's $5 billion, 20-year Destination Medical Center initiative to make its Rochester home a global medical hub.

KARE11, Wrestler's father succumbs to cancer by Lindsey Seavert. The father of a state champion wrestler whose battle with cancer became front page news has succumbed to the relentless disease. Steve McKee died over the weekend from a rare form of cancer that was diagnosed in 2013. North Wright County Today reports that tumors pressing on his spine, heart and lungs eventually spread to his bones… McKee's wife, Nina McKee, said the family donated Steve's cancer masses for research at Mayo Clinic. A funeral is planned for Friday.

Missoulian, Community Medical Center: Partnership benefits western MT… A recent Journal of the American Medical Association article stated that for-profit hospitals do not translate into higher costs for patients. Community Medical Center will begin paying taxes to support essential services in the Missoula area, a function of great benefit to our community. Best of all, Billings Clinic’s affiliation with the Mayo Clinic will continue to put Missoula on the map as a great place to get quality care, start a business and raise a family.

Globe and Mail (AP), Hospitals look to horses to help with the healing process… 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, Fla., a co-author of the review, owns seven dogs, four regular horses and a donkey, and strongly supports animal-assisted therapy.

News OK, Living with chronic pain, Oklahomans struggle to find a new normal by Jaclyn Cosgrove… This month , Melanee Ballard hopes to put up a Christmas tree — if she can stand up for that long. Ballard, 56, a grandmother, hasn’t put up a tree in two years because the pain that radiates through her back and shoulders regularly limits her activities. In late 2012, Ballard fell and broke her wrist and ankle. Since then, she has been diagnosed with arthritis and developed fibromyalgia, a disorder that can cause widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, along with sleep, memory and mood issues, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Spectrum (Utah), Parkinson’s is a bummer, but what can you do? By Angela Etter … As defined by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.”

News4Jax, Put healthy foods in your holiday eating plan by Mayo Clinic News Network. We often think of holiday food as rich and fattening and perhaps not very good for us. But you can find ways to eat healthy by adding more healthy foods into festivities.

OncLive, Stewart Discusses the Efficacy of Carfilzomib in the ASPIRE Trial.  Keith K. Stewart, MB ChB, from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, discusses findings from the phase III ASPIRE trial that evaluated the novel proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib (Kyprolis) in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone for patients with relapsed multiple myeloma. Additional coverage: OncLive, HealthCanal, Medscape, HemOnc Today

Modern Healthcare, Revising standard surgery protocols to speed recoveries by Maureen McKinney. Dr. Tonia Young-Fadok was always looking for innovative ways she and her colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix could improve the quality of care for their colon and rectal surgery patients.

Science World Report, Three-Drug Combo Helps Multiple Myeloma…Findings revealed that the combo produced significantly better results than simply using the two drugs alone, according to investigators from the Mayo Clinic. Interim analysis of the ASPIRE clinical trial, which enrolled 792  relapsed multiple myeloma from 20 countries, found an "unprecedented" prolongation of the time patients were free of disease progression, says the study's lead investigator, Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B, a Mayo Clinic oncologist in Arizona.

HCPLive, Cause of Diarrhea in Cancer Patients by Amy Jacob. Results from a recent study show that weak bile acid absorption leads to chronic diarrhea among cancer patients …Additionally, according to John K. DiBaise, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, AZ,“Use of bile acid sequestrants is often poorly tolerated and the response variable. I find it difficult to strongly recommend this strategy without a definitive diagnosis or at least a very high index of suspicion.”

KEYC Mankato, Flu Season Expected To Be Worse Than Average. State health officials say Minnesota has recorded its first death of the 2014 flu season. And they say this flu season could be worse than average after the most recent strain was found to not match up with the vaccine. Dr. Steve Campbell says, "We're just starting to see influenza pick up."… Officials with Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato say it's not too late to get the vaccine.

Post-Bulletin, Pulse on Health: Something most women need to know by Jeff Hansel…The Food and Drug Administration warned earlier this year that a device used to surgically remove the uterus or uterine fibroids risks spreading as-yet undetected cancerous tissue. Most women, the FDA says, will develop fibroids at some point in life. Many will need myomectomy to remove fibroids, or a hysterectomy. But the tool often employed, called a laparoscopic power morcellator, uses rotating blades to cut the fibrous tissues so they can be removed…Mayo Clinic told the Post-Bulletin last week that surgeons here in Rochester balance many considerations when they advise each patient about surgical options. Mayo has not mandated a strict ban on the use of morcellators during surgery, the clinic said in a statement. The FDA, likewise, did not ban use of the tools. Rather, it has warned about the risk

News4Jax, Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canines Program. These therapy dogs come to Mayo Clinic to help lower blood pressure and provide companionship for the patients. Joan Streightiff, program service chair, and Sue Walters are featured on the show.

WEAU Eau Claire, Flu vaccine not as effective this year. Your flu vaccine may not be as effective this year. Nationwide the most common strain of the flu this year is H3N2. However, Mayo Clinic Health System said that's not one of the strains that's specifically targeted by this year's vaccine. So far, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse hasn't seen any cases of the H3N2 strain.

WCCO, Mayo Clinic Works To Develop Ovarian Cancer Vaccine…That’s why the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) spends most of their budget on funding research. WCCO’s Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield took a look inside the Mayo Clinic to see where some of that money goes. There are a lot of important things going on at this international hub for health. Inside one lab, Dr. Matthew Block is in charge of one of them. He works to “either reduce the curable rate or improve the cure rate or delay occupancies.”

Everyday Health, If You Don’t Snooze, Your Heart Loses by T. Jared Bunch, M.D….I’ll share a common example of a person who was sacrificing sleep, and possibly his heart health, for other goals. While I was at the Mayo Clinic I had the opportunity to work and train in the Executive Health Program. This is an innovative clinic designed to meet the needs of very busy individuals who often do not have a lot of time to devote to their health. In cardiology at Mayo Clinic we often dealt with two specific aims of this program.

Fairmont Sentinel, Mayo heats up healthy eating by Judy Bryan. Two years ago, Federico Felix began a mission to eliminate deep-fat fryers from hospital cafeterias under his realm. As executive chef for the Mayo Clinic Health System region that includes Waseca, New Prague, Mankato and Fairmont, he knew the fat and calorie content of fried foods. He also knew the popularity and demand for comfort foods such as chicken tenders and french fries.

Breitbart, Sandy Hook Educators Promote Gun Control Laws That Wouldn't Have Prevented Attack…And while "easier access to help for mentally ill" is a noble action, Breitbart News previously reported that Mayo Clinic psychiatrist J. Michael Bostwick, M.D., warns that most mass shooters "are not mentally ill" or if they are, "it is [only] recognized after the fact."

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Mayo trauma center reverified. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has been reverified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, a committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. To maintain verification, a review is required every three years. Mayo Eau Claire became a Level II Trauma Center in 1998.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Discovery's Edge goes Android. Mayo Clinic's Discovery's Edge has launched a cellphone app on the Android platform to bring research-discovery news to users "however, whenever and wherever you want to read it." Discovery's Edge is Mayo's online research magazine.

Post-Bulletin, Experts give science fair tips to young students by Tom Weber…On Saturday, they received expert help from scientists, researchers and STEM students. Among the experts was Amy Chan, a Mayo Clinic graduate student who has been a science fair judge the past two years.

Pioneer Press, The kindness of strangers. Reports Christian's Pa on Clam Lake: "Yesterday, 595 days since my stem-cell transplant, I received an email from my previously anonymous donor. What an emotional rush for me! "I was diagnosed with MDS [myelodysplastic syndrome] in November 2012. My four siblings were not a match, so my doctors at Mayo Clinic contacted the Be The Match Registry. The extensive plans for my transplant were made, and I was infused on April 17, 2013.

Modern Healthcare, Argonaut initiative launches electronic health info exchange by Joseph Conn. Efforts to bring an Internet-based solution to healthcare's lackluster capability to exchange electronic information has gained momentum with the cooperation of five rival developers of electronic health-record companies and four large, tech-savvy health systems…Other healthcare providers on board include Partners HealthCarein Boston, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

MTV, TV Show: My Wife and Kids.The garage is clean.”Is it Junior clean, or is it dad clean?” “It's hospital clean.”  “Is it county hospital clean, or is it Mayo Clinic clean?”  “It's eat-off-the-floor clean.” “Is it you-eating-off-the-floor clean, or me-eating-off-the-floor clean?”

Medscape, Engaging Underrepresented Populations in Medical Research. I'm Dr Scott Wright, a professor from Mayo Clinic. Today I have the privilege of convening a roundtable review on the perceptions and attitudes toward health-related research participation among African American women. I'm joined by my colleagues, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, founding director of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic, and now director of diversity and a long-time researcher in this field, and Dr LaPrincess Brewer, one of our advanced clinical fellows, who has done graduate work in this topic.

More magazine, 6 Ways to Fend Off Forgetfulness As You Age by Christine Ashwanden… Many of the modifiable risk factors are connected to the functioning of the cardiovascular system. Smoking, high blood pressure and clogged arteries can impair blood vessels that deliver nutrients to the brain, which diminishes people’s cognitive function, says Donn Dexter, MD, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

WCCO, Woman Must Delay Cancer Treatment Until Delivering Twins… But a Minnesota woman who found out she has thyroid cancer is waiting to get it treated. Zach and Teri Johnson always wanted twins. “We went into the ultrasound not even one percent thinking that we were going to have twins,” Teri said. Teri will be full-term on Christmas Day, and the babies could be delivered on New Year’s Day. After they’re born, Teri will eventually have surgery at the Mayo Clinic to remove the tumor.

Science Magazine, Unknown significance…How much each of these genes raises risk in individuals, and at what age, is often fuzzy. “The clinical work got out ahead of us,” says Fergus Couch, an authority on BRCA and other breast cancer genes at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “The [sequencing] technology changed so quickly” that “we did not have time” to develop answers to the questions patients and doctors are now asking.

Medscape, Gene Testing in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Patients by Liam Davenport… This study has important implications for clinical practice, said lead author Fergus J. Couch, PhD, professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. This is "a confirmatory study so large that it really does give fairly accurate probability estimates for these patients," Dr Couch told Medscape Medical News.

Delta Sky magazine, The Traveling Patient. Domestic medical travel is booming. Here’s why. The story features Mayo Clinic patient, Linda Wortman and Mayo Clinic cancer services.

Vox, Everybody farts. But here are 9 surprising facts about flatulence you may not know, by Joseph Stromberg…This might be more than you'd expect, but it's been measured in controlled studies. The surprisingly hefty amount is the result of bacteria that live in your colon and feed on most of the food you eat, says Purna Kashyap— a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic who studies the gut microbiome.

WEAU Eau Claire, Health care provider to increase rates in 2015. An area health care provider plans to raise its rates in the new year. Starting January 1, Mayo Clinic Health System sites in northwestern Wisconsin will increase rates by 3.5 percent. The increase is to account for a lack of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, as well as care the provider gave to patients in need. A spokesman said Mayo Clinic Health System provided $420,000,000 in uncompensated care in 2014. About $19,000,000 of that was considered charity care.

Decorah Newspapers, Get your tags for hunting, Stay safe. To hunters, waiting patiently in the woods for the opportunity to hunt an animal may not seem like a dangerous activity, yet the same injuries routinely occur each hunting season. The most common medical emergencies include heart attacks, injured backs and broken bones. Larry Barthel, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System emergency medicine physician at Winneshiek Medical Center offers several tips for a safe hunting season.

Science Magazine, Researchers struggle to gauge risks of childhood anesthesia. Most surgeries performed in children under 3—when animal data suggest the developing brain is most vulnerable—are not optional, however. And there is no tried-and-true alternative to the drugs that have raised safety concerns. “Based on the current knowledge, we're kind of stuck,” says David Warner, a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, whose recent analyses of a database of local children point to increased risk of learning disabilities and lower test scores after multiple anesthesia exposures.

Waseca County News, Smart decisions improve your winter health by Sheri Hendricks, NP, Mayo Clinic Health System. Winter isn’t only inconvenient, it can be treacherous. The cold, ice and snow add complexities to our lives and potentially to our health. Sickness, frostbite and accidents are all things to consider when entering into another chilly Minnesota winter. Here is some advice to keep you healthy and safe.

Chronicle of Higher Education, If students have time to get drunk, colleges aren’t doing their job, by Kevin Carey. A few years ago, I found myself sitting in the corner of a campus student lounge, talking to a 19-year-old named Jessica about what brought her to college, how much she studies, and why her weekends almost never involve getting drunk. She wasn’t a teetotaler for religious reasons and it wasn’t because there were many other fun things to do. Her college was in Rochester, Minn., which, in midwinter, consists mainly of subzero temperatures and a lot of elderly sick people in and around the Mayo Clinic…Jessica wasn’t a party animal for two reasons. First, she had a lot of school work to do. The University of Minnesota’s Rochester campus is new and unusual. There are only two majors: health professions and health sciences.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Art, music in spotlight at Holiday Celebration…Visitors will be introduced to “scientific glassblowing” by Steven M. Anderson. During his training in New Jersey he concentrated on the scientific aspects of the craft.Today he is the third glassblower in the history of Mayo Clinic at Rochester — a position dating back to the 1920s. He creates unique scientific apparatuses and plays a role in the advancement of research and medicine at Mayo.

WKBT La Crosse, Response officers make routine stops at YMCA and Boys and Girls Club. In an effort to cut down on crime and revitalize the city of La Crosse, the Police Department is putting more of an emphasis on community policing.…“They are not always in the squad car driving around the neighborhood. They are out in the community and meeting people and present,” said Joe Kruse, chief administrative officer for Mayo Clinic Health System.

Vox, One hour of hookah is as bad for you as 100 cigarettes by Julia Belluz… When compared with cigarette smoking, according to the Mayo Clinic, "The tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe, and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke." There's reason, they continue, to think it might actually be more dangerous. "Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do because of the large volume of smoke they inhale in one smoking session," the Mayo Clinic's report says, "which can last as long as 60 minutes."

Chippewa Herald, A Welcome Delivery. A first grader at Halmstad Elementary in Chippewa Falls, Gavin Richel likes playing soccer, Skylanders games and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Wednesday, the six-year-old from Lake Hallie stopped by the Special Care Nursery at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire with 43 packets of gifts. He went to the hospital with his older brother, Gunnar, 13, a seventh-grade student at Chippewa Falls Middle School, and sister, Greta, 5, who attends Monkey Business Early Educational Community in Chippewa Falls. The children were assisted by their parents, Ted and Amy Richel.

Modern Healthcare, EHR vendors, tech-savvy providers unite around Internet-like interoperability. Five major electronic health-record system developers and four information-technology pioneer provider organizations have formed an alliance to promote a new, Internet-based approach to interoperability and clinical information exchange. …Joining them are tech-savvy providers Beth Israel Deaconess and Partners HealthCare, both based in Boston; Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Modern Healthcare, Kaiser virtual-visits growth shows the technology's potential by Darius Tahir…Kaiser's increasing use of virtual visits dovetails with a broader tech trend in healthcare. Mayo Clinic, for example, is piloting a kiosk to provide telemedicine to employees at its Albert Lea, Minn., campus. A recent report from consultancy Deloitte estimates that 75 million virtual visits will have occurred in North America during 2014.

Fierce HealthIT, 3 keys to applying data to improve healthcare by Susan Hall. It's "still early days" for effectively harnessing big data in healthcare, though there are signs of progress, according to a Harvard Business Review article. The authors, Nilay D. Shahan and Jyotishman Pathak, both from the Mayo Clinic, point to advancement in three key areas…

News Medical, Tips to reduce migraine risk during holiday season. Certain foods and drinks can trigger migraine in many people, and those who suffer from migraines need to be especially careful to avoid these triggers as they attend holiday celebrations. With this in mind, the American Migraine Foundation and its Chair, David W. Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, want to help people with migraine avoid these potential triggers, so that they can better enjoy the season. Dr. Dodick is also Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Scottsdale, AZ).

ScienceDaily, Immune function marker does not predict benefit of trastuzumab in HER-2+ breast cancer patients. A marker of immune function that predicts for better outcomes in patients treated with chemotherapy for triple negative breast cancer is also linked to improved prognosis in patients treated with chemotherapy for HER2-positive breast cancer. But that marker -- the quantity of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (S-TILs) in a biopsy -- appears irrelevant when trastuzumab is used. Additional coverage: Science Newsline, Science Codex

Owatonna People’s Press, Owatonna high school student dies after flu-like symptoms. An Owatonna High School senior has died after exhibiting what her family has characterized as “flu-like symptoms.” Shannon Zwanziger, 17, died Tuesday after being flown to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Her father, Terry Zwanziger, said that Shannon had come home from school sick last Wednesday, Dec. 3, and stayed home from school on both Thursday and Friday. Additional coverage: Waseca County News, BringMeTheNews, Pioneer Press, Star Tribune

Star Tribune, Flu shot less effective, what to do? by Allie Shah. A Grinch-like glitch in this year’s flu vaccine may make it harder to combat the dreaded virus this season. The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that the virus has mutated so the current shot may not be as effective as hoped in protecting against the altered strain of flu. What to do? For advice, we turned to Mayo Clinic pediatrician and vaccine researcher Dr. Robert Jacobson.

MIT Technology Review, The NFL Has a Problem with Stem Cell Treatments by Antonio Regaldo. Professional athletes are getting injections of stem cells to speed up recovery from injury. Critics call it a high-tech placebo…Meanwhile, clinics offering overseas procedures, like Precision Stem Cell, use images of players including Rolando McClain, now of the Dallas Cowboys, and promote media reports of players who have had treatments. “Our patients are reading that and saying ‘We want what this guy got,’” says Shane Shapiro, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. Shapiro is now carrying out a test of the bone marrow treatment in about 25 older people with arthritic knees.

WEAU Eau Claire, Obesity and inactivity in Wisconsin continue to rise by Noelle Anderson. Mayo Clinic Health System Dietician Diane Dressel, says the high amount of adult obesity is leading to childhood obesity. “Children learn from adult habits and the obesity rates in children are escalating horribly fast. People need to take a totally different avenue when it comes to weight management. They have to make it a priority. Most people are being very passive about their weight problem; they don't even see themselves as overweight,” says Dressel. Additional coverage: BringMeTheNews

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic partners with Techstars on start-up program by Jeff Kiger. A Colorado-based investment firm and business "start-up accelerator" is launching a new program to bring entrepreneurs in to work with Mayo Clinic and possibly develop new companies. Techstars, which has worked on educational programs at the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, is launching a new program called Techstars++…Mayo Clinic Ventures Chair Jim Rogers explains the entrepreneurs will have access to Mayo Clinic physicians and clinical researchers to see if they can improve processes "to improve patient care" and develop business opportunities. Additional coverage: Detroit Free Press

MPR, 2014 Mayo Transform: Dr. David Katz on lifestyle medicine, Part 1: Dr. David Katz of the Yale University Prevention Research Center says there's a short list of lifestyle factors that give us incredible power over our medical destinies. Dr. Katz told the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation's 2014 Transform Conference that lifestyle is the best medicine, and culture is the spoon. DNA is not our medical destiny, dinner is.

Targeted Oncology, Pembrolizumab Demonstrates Activity, Acceptable Safety in TNBC by Silas Inman…"Breast cancer has not typically been found to be a disease that we can target with immune-modulating therapies, which is why it has been explored in other tumor types first," breast cancer expert Edith A. Perez, MD, the deputy director at large for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, said during a press briefing.

ScienceTimes, Hookah Leads To Increased Probability Of Smoking Cigarettes Amongst Teens…In a report published by the American Lung Association (ALA), Dr. Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic attributed such comparison to the long duration of a hookah session. "When you smoke a cigarette, a person smokes it maybe for just a few minutes and then you're through with it. But hookah sessions are social and 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," Hurt said.

Oncology Nurse Advisor, Evolving roles for oncology nurses: Biospecimen collection by Bryant Furlow. The personalized oncology revolution hinges importantly on determining and monitoring tumor and patient genetics and molecular biomarkers that can guide targeted therapy. The oncology nurse is frequently responsible for collecting, preparing, and often, managing, the biospecimens needed for these analyses. As molecular tests have proliferated, the “complexity, required knowledge, and expectations of the oncology nurse have changed dramatically over the past decade,” says Sharon Kaufman, MS, a research protocol specialist at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

Barron News-Shield, Mayo love lights shine again. When Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland recently illuminated its Love Light Tree for the 2014 holiday season, a special guest was in attendance. Dr. Michael Damroth, who practices in family medicine, was accorded the honor of lighting trees, in appreciation for his 41 years of service to patients and the medical center. Love Light Tree proceeeds will support hospice services for terminally ill patients and their families living in Barron and surrounding communities.

Phoenix Business Journal, How Arizona has become a worldwide leader in bioscience by Francine Hardaway…When the Arizona Research Consortium was first funded in 2002 by the Flinn Foundation, no one (including me) believed it had a prayer to put us on the national map. I'm not sure we knew enough about how collaboration in the biosciences could really be helpful. And we had no history of success in these fields, except for maybe with the efforts of the University of Arizona and Mayo Clinic.

Myeloma Beacon, ASH 2014 Multiple Myeloma Update - Day Two: Education Session And Midday Oral Session. This past Sunday was the second day of the American Society of Hema­tology’s (ASH) annual meeting, which was held in San Francisco. As on the first day of the meeting, myeloma-related pre­sen­ta­tions once again took place during several sessions throughout the day…The first talk was given by Dr. Keith Stewart from the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Stewart pre­sented results from the "ASPIRE" trial, which compares the efficacy of Kyprolis, Revlimid, and dexamethasone to Revlimid and dexamethasone in relapsed myeloma patients (abstractpresentation slides[PDF] courtesy of Dr. Stewart).

The Ledger Fla., Like Father Like Daughter: Family Duo Attends Florida Polytechnic by John Ceballos. Kenny Quinn high-fived his daughter, Makala, over a job well done. Makala, 18, is a freshman at Florida Polytechnic University. She is studying in the school's Advance Technology department with an emphasis on health informatics, a discipline that combines information technology and health care management to improve patient care…Three years ago, he began working for Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville as a training specialist, teaching the facility's health care staff how to use the electronic medical record system. Additional coverage: News Chief

Smithsonian TweenTribune, Horses bring love and laughter to hospital patients. Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital…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. She strongly supports animal-assisted therapy.

KAAL, 15 Recipients of Mayor's Medal of Honor Surprised at Ceremony by Steph Crock. It began 31 years ago and now it's an annual tradition in Rochester. The Mayor's Medal of Honor Ceremony honored 15 people this year for their contributions to the community. "I had no idea, I was totally surprised," said Donald Bray, the recipient of the City Service Award…Since May of 2008, Bray has spear-headed a group that provides housing for fellow police officers while they seek medical care at Mayo Clinic. "It's run through the Rochester Police Benevolent Association and what it offers is free housing for police officers or any member of their immediate family," said Bray.

Journal-Times Ky., Grayson youth gets VIP treatment. Dalton Lucas is a typical eight-year-old boy…however, Dalton is facing a potential leukemia diagnosis…We've spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital trying to find out exactly what's wrong,” she said. “He had just been having so many problems that the doctors finally decided to take his blood work and send it to the Mayo Clinic for testing.” She says that the doctors were leaning toward leukemia as the culprit but final word on Dalton's diagnosis won't come until the Mayo Clinic team returns its findings.

Salud Cronica, Sugerencias para prevenir enfermedades estacionales…Por fortuna, hay algunas cosas que se pueden hacer para proteger a los demás y a nosotros mismos de las enfermedades. Alice Bachop, enfermera especialista en Medicina Familiar del Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic, hace las siguientes recomendaciones para prevenir el contagio de enfermedades comunes.

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