January 8, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Wall Street Journal
What CEOs Expect for Business in 2015
by John Bussey

We asked the 153 members of the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council to tell us whether they’re positive or negative about business prospects in 2015, and why. Here’s what several had to say:…John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic,  Disruptive technologies – The Wall Street Journal newspaper logoranging from regenerative and genomic medicine to remote monitoring devices – have already begun to alter health care delivery. We’re excited to work with diverse business partners to quickly commercialize these and other novel scientific discoveries so they benefit patients everywhere.

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.

Previous Coverage in December 12, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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


Wall Street Journal
The Day You Look Up to Your Child
by Sue Shellenberger

It is a parenting milestone that seems to take place overnight: Your child is suddenly taller than you… Children are reaching their Wall Street Journal Business Logoadult height at younger ages, however, says Siobhan Pittock, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minn. She cites a gradual trend toward puberty starting a few months earlier, causing children to start their growth spurt earlier… Eric Sorenson’s son Tom rocketed past him in a matter of weeks, says Tom’s mother, Kristin, of Rochester, Minn. They noticed the shift when looking at a couple of family photos taken two months apart, when Tom was 14. In the first, Tom appears about 2 inches shorter than his 5-foot-9 dad.

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.

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Wall Street Journal, The 10-Point. A personal, guided tour to the best scoops and stories every day in The Wall Street Journal, from Editor in Chief Gerard Baker. A Tall Tale. It’s a strange thing to look up tThe Wall Street Journal 10-Point Columno your child. Our Work & Family columnist Sue Shellenbarger writes about a milestone that in many households seems to take place overnight: when a child grows taller than mom and dad. Adults’ height hasn’t changed much in recent years, but a pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center says children are reaching their grown-up height at younger ages.

Star Tribune
2014 Twelve in Review. Looking back at the newsmakers

Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO, Mayo Clinic. In 2014, the Mayo Clinic set in motion a 20-year, $6 billion economic development project in its hometown of Rochester. The goal is to enhance Mayo’s status as a global destination for health care,Star Tribune newspaper logo while growing the local economy.

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.

Previous Coverage on the future of Mayo Clinic in December 12, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

Star Tribune
A visionary blueprint arrives for Rochester, Mayo Clinic
by Tina Smith and Ardell Brede

The 20-year plan for the Destination Medical Center lays out the steps toward a global center for health and wellness…A global Star Tribune commentaries logodestination for health care and wellness. This is the vision of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative — a vision that is now one step closer to becoming reality with the completion of the comprehensive draft development plan on Dec. 17.

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.

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KARE11 (AP), Rochester businesses closing amid Mayo plan. The face of downtown Rochester is changing as the city remakes itself amid Mayo Clinic's development of its massive Destination Medical Center. Minnesota Public Radio News reports several longstanding businesses will soon close due to the rising cost of commercial downtown space. The effects of the 20-year plan to cement Mayo as a global health care destination have prompted concerns from residents who want to ensure Rochester doesn't simply become a city for nonlocals.

Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, Mankato Free Press

Previous Coverage in December 18, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: The development plan proposed at the DMCC Board meeting  Dec. 17 is a BIG PLAN (694 pages) in support of a bold vision. And what everyone wants to know is: What’s going to happen and how much will it cost? More information can be found on the DMC blog.

Public Affairs Contact: Jamie Rothe


2-time transplant survivor's new heart ready for a wedding
by Rob Olson

In a 100-year-old home in Rochester, originally built for one of Mayo Clinic's first surgeons, is where Alyssa Sandeen spent 5 months of her life. We first told you aMy Fox KMSP TCbout Sandeen in the summer of 2013, not long after she got her second heart transplant. She got her first at age 8 in 1998, a heart that lasted 15 years – but barely.

Reach:  FOX 9 News broadcasts in Minneapolis-St.Paul, the 16th largest television market in the United States with 1.7 million TV homes.

Context: Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, with transplant services in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, performs more transplants than any other medical center in the world.

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo


Red Wing Republican Eagle
2014 top stories: #4 - Cannon Falls has healthy development
by Michael Brunt

It was a big summer for Mayo Clinic Health System and the city of Cannon Falls, which celebrated the opening of a new 92,000-Red Wing Republication Eagle logosquare-foot medical center off Goodhue County Road 24. “The new facility has allowed us to serve our patients better in many ways,” said Bill Priest, operations administrator.

Reach: The Red Wing Republican Eagle, which is published twice each week and has a circulation of more than 5,400, has served residents of Red Wing, Minn., since 1857.

Previous Coverage in July 31, 2014 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights
Context: The new clinic opened on Aug. 4, 2014 and the hospital and emergency department opened on Aug. 7, 2014. More information on the new clinic and hospital can be found here.

Public Affairs Contact: Asia Christensen

Harvard Business Review, An Alternative to Health Care M&A by David Hayes, M.D. One of the main justifications for the mergers and acquisitions sweeping the health care industry is greater integration between the physicians and teams that care for patients. But consolidation does not ensure integration…We at Mayo Clinic believe remaining independent and forging a clinical affiliation is a powerful alternative means for integrating care.

Wall Street Journal, Rangers Trying to Avert an Outbreak of the Mumps by Dave Caldwell…Mumps, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, is a viral infection that affects the salivary glands, causing swelling under the ears. Most recover in about two weeks.

TIMEMedicine Is About to Get Personal by David Von Drehle… According to Colin West, a co-director of the Mayo Clinic’s program on physician well-being, the U.S. faces a shortage of tens of thousands of primary care doctors–at a moment when we need them more than ever. In a definitive survey of third-year med students published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, he found that only about 20% were headed into primary care.

CBS News, What to expect from Apple in 2015…A Healthier Apple…As Mashable points out, Apple has teamed up with the prominent partners in the field including the Mayo Clinic, and appears committed to developing monitoring software and HealthKit integration in the months ahead.

CBS News, Should Americans be more worried about this year's flu strain? The CDC has officially upgraded the flu to epidemic status. CBSN talks to Mayo Clinic Infectious Disease Physician, Dr. Pritish Tosh about the continuing flu concerns across the country. Additional coverage: Bloomberg, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Businessweek

International Medical Travel Journal, USA: Florida hospitals aim to boost medical tourism. Florida Taxwatch report, ‘Medical tourism in Florida,’ concluded that Florida has an opportunity to bolster economic development by investing in medical tourism. It reveals that the majority of inbound medical tourists to the USA come from the Middle East, South America and Canada. The Mayo Clinic says that 20% of clients are Floridians travelling from more than 150 miles away within Florida, requiring hotel stays.

ABC News (Online story and Dr. Tosh appeared on World News), Why the Flu May Be Especially Deadly to Children This Year by Liz Neporent. Three children in Minnesota have died of complications from a particularly potent strain of the flu virus, health officials said. An additional seven children were in the intensive care unit of the Children's Hospital in St. Paul, according to the most recent report from the Minnesota Health Department… Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician with the Mayo Clinic and a member of the Mayo vaccine research group, said this year’s strain of flu is especially dangerous and can quickly become a life-threatening condition in children. Additional coverage: Daily Mail UK, ABC News, Yahoo! News, Diabetes Insider

Modern Healthcare, Mayo Clinic expands kiosk virtual-visit pilot to local school by Darius Tahir…The health system will place its kiosks, from kiosk-maker partner HealthSpot, in a middle school in Austin, Minn. That will allow school employees to see Mayo Clinic doctors in a convenient, lower-cost fashion, and so should reduce absenteeism costs for the school, argued Dr. Mark Ciota, CEO of the Albert Lea and Austin, Minn., sites of the Mayo Clinic system.

FierceHealthIT, Mayo Clinic, Austin Public Schools team up on telemedicine system by Katie Dvorak. The Mayo Clinic Health System, in partnership with Austin Public Schools, is working to improve care at education facilities through the use of Mayo Clinic Health Connection. The telemedicine system combines cloud-based software and walk-in kiosks, which will be placed at Ellis Middle School in Austin, Texas, early next month, according to an announcement.

Parade magazine, Stay Fit! Remain Empowered This Holiday Season!...Weight gain during the holiday season is common with many Americans gaining between one-five pounds. To boot, too often the weight is not lost and is the main contributor to the gradual increase most people see year-to-year. -Mayo Clinic

SHAPE magazine, The Ultimate Workout for a Flat Stomach, According to Science by Rachel Schultz …As you age, your muscle mass typically diminishes while fat increases (unfair!). Women in particular often fill out in their belly with age because of decreasing levels of estrogen (which influences where fat is distributed in the body, according to the Mayo Clinic).

Arizona Republic, Friends defend animal-hoarding suspect by Yihyun Jeong. Friends and neighbors spoke out Tuesday in defense of a woman the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has accused of animal cruelty, as deputies continued to look for a way to safely transport the zebras that they say were among the more than 100 animals they say they found Monday on her north Phoenix property.…That's how hoarding begins, said Dr. Robert Bright of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. A person can have good intentions, but they gradually lose perspective when an excessive amount of animals builds up, he said. "They don't realize that there may be a lack of standard care, such as nutrition, or the ability to act on the deterioration of the animals," Bright said.

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USA Today (Arizona Republic),
Friends defend 'Noah's Ark' animal-hoarding suspect. Friends and neighbors spoke out Tuesday in defense of a woman police have accused of animal cruelty, as deputies continued to look for a way to safely transport the zebras that they say were among the more than 100 animals they say they found Monday at her home…That's how hoarding begins, said Dr. Robert Bright of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. A person can have good intentions, but they gradually lose perspective when an excessive amount of animals builds up, he said.

1500 ESPN, Myers: It's tough to see Ballard battle concussion, mull retirement by Jess Myers. Concussions are a mystery. And for a hockey player, they're a particularly cruel mystery. If a player breaks his arm in a game, he knows that in six or eight weeks, he'll be back on the ice. When he suffers a concussion, there's no clear picture of the future. Dr. Michael Stuart from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester knows a fair amount about concussions, and about hockey. Three of his sons have played in the NHL, including Mark, who is currently a Winnipeg Jets defenseman. When the doctor's friends ask how soon their hockey-playing children can return to the ice after a concussion, he gives a necessarily vague answer: "Somewhere between a week and never."

Reuters, UPDATE 1-DASH named best overall diet for fifth year –report by Patricia Reaney. The DASH diet, rich in vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, has been named the best overall diet for the fifth consecutive year, outpacing Weight Watchers and the Mediterranean diet, U.S. News & World Report said on Tuesday…The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet, which is designed to lower levels of cholesterol, came in second in the best overall category, followed by the Mediterranean diet, Weight Watchers and the Mayo Clinic Diet, which each tied for third place.
Additional coverage: TODAY Show, NBCNews.com, ABC News, FOX News, Huffington Post, Edmonton Sun, HealthDay, Huffington Post, Forbes, Telemundo, KCAL LA, KCBS LA, Glamour, Latin Post

Chicago Tribune, Snow moves in, more numbing cold to follow by Lexy Gross…Last winter’s frigid temps brought more than five times the usual number of frostbite cases to University of Chicago Medicine, according to spokesman John Easton. Frostbite—freezing of the skin and underlying tissues — happens when skin is exposed to cold weather conditions, and can speed up quickly with subzero wind chills, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Al Jazeera America, Alcohol poisoning kills 6 per day in US, CDC study says by Philip Victor. Alcohol poisoning kills an average of six people each day in the United States, with most of the deaths among middle-aged white men, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a new report released Tuesday. Binge drinking played a bigger role than alcoholism in most of the deaths, the report said.…The Mayo Clinic defines alcohol poisoning as the “consequence of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time,” which can affect “breathing, heart rate, body temperature and gag reflex and potentially lead to coma and death.”

Infection Control Today, Study Rules Out Spiders as Common Cause of Bacterial Infections in Humans. Can spiders be carriers of human pathogens? Can they provoke an infection through a break in the skin? A team of scientists, led by an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside, has data-mined the history of publications on spider envenomations to conclude that the evidence for spider-vectored infection is scanty…Vetter was joined in the study by David L. Swanson, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Additional coverage: Science Codex

EndoNurse, Arizona State University-Mayo Clinic research addresses irritable bowel syndrome. The disorder is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and it is the target of a research project by Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic researchers that has received funding through the ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program. “IBS is the second-highest cause for work absenteeism after the common cold," said Amy Foxx-Orenstein, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, who brings 25 years of clinical research experience in IBS to this first-of-its-kind research project.

Science Times, Influenza Could Be Lethal to Children This Year by Brian Wu. This year's strain of the influenza virus may just prove to be lethal to children this year.  And while the annual infection has only just begun, three children in Minnesota have already died of complications from a very potent strain of the influenza virus, health officials say. Seven other children were also placed in the intensive care unit of the Children's Hospital in St. Paul, according to a recent report from the Minnesota Health Department. Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician with the Mayo Clinic, and a member of the Mayo vaccine research group, says this year's strain of the virus is far more dangerous than past strains, and could even become a life-threatening illness for children.

Breast Cancer News, Study Finds Women With Atypical Hyperplasia Have Increased Risk of Breast Cancer. A recent study from Mayo Clinic researchers, published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that women who are diagnosed with atypical hyperplasia of the breast (atypia) have an increased risk of developing breast cancer…“By providing better risk prediction for this group, we can tailor a woman’s clinical care to her individual level of risk,” lead study author Lynn Hartmann, M.D., an oncologist at Mayo Clinic, said in a news release.

KIMT News, Study links condition with risk of breast cancer by Adam Sallet. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have found yet another link for women and an increased risk of breast cancer. The study shows that women found to have atypical hyperplasia, which impacts the breast cells that produce milk, have a higher chance of getting breast cancer. Doctors say it’s a pre-cancerous condition found in only one-tenth of the more than one million breast biopsies with benign findings in the U.S. every year. “We know that they are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer in the future and they may qualify for some different levels of screening for breast cancer, some different imaging studies, as well as prevention medication,” current Lead of the Study Team Dr. Amy Degnim says. Additional coverage: FOX News, Pioneer News, SMN Weekly, Bioscholar

Bustle.com, 8 Habits of a Well-Rested PersonBanish Your Pet. You might love your cat or dog, but letting your pets sleep in your bed might be ruining your sleep: A Mayo Clinic study found that 53 percent of pet-owning patients reported interruptions in their sleep every night. Try to keep your pets in their own space if you’re trying to increase the quality of your shut-eye.

Chicago Now, Five Yoga Resolutions for a New Year…According to an article published by the Mayo Clinic, positive self-talk leads to positive thinking. Positive thinkers generally enjoy a longer life span, lower rates of depression, better coping skills during times of stress and may even have reduced risks of cardiovascular disease. 'Yes, you can!'

Medscape, Anti-TNF Best at Preventing Postsurgery Relapse in Crohn's by Lara Pullen, Ph.D. Siddharth Singh, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues published the results of their systematic review online September 25, 2014, and in the January 2015 issue of Gastroenterology. The team assessed the relative efficacy of all available agents used for postoperative prophylaxis after surgical resection in patients with CD. Their systematic search included literature published through March 2014.

Detroit News, Dear Dr. Roach: I read with interest your response to the patient with smoldering multiple myeloma. Seven years ago, I also was diagnosed with smoldering myeloma and was told exactly what the patient who wrote in was told. I went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where they had a study using dexamethasone once a week with a daily injection of anakinra. I am having no symptoms, have no bone lesions and all my blood work is normal. C.S. Dear C.S.: Thank you for writing in. I looked up the study and found, indeed, a very favorable preliminary (phase 2) trial. This looks to be a significant advance in treatment of smoldering myeloma.

Orthopedics This Week, Efficacy Of Athlete Stem Cell Treatments Questioned…Regalado reports that Shane Shapiro, M.D., an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, is carrying out a test on 25 older adults who have arthritic knees. Shapiro is obtaining bone marrow from each subject, spinning it in a centrifuge to concentrate the stem cells and injecting them into the arthritic knees. Each participant is injected with stem cells in only one knee. The other knee gets a shot of salt water. Those saltwater treated knees are the controls. Shapiro does not expect to learn the results of his test for a year.

International Business Times, New Year, New You: Are Juice Cleanses, Detox Diets Healthy? By Morgan Winsor… Heavily restricting your calorie and nutrient intake slows the body’s metabolism. So, not only will you gain back the weight you lost and then some but it’ll be even harder to lose it again. “In the long run, that’ll sabotage your weight-control efforts,” Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic, told MyHealthNewsDaily.

Woman’s World, 5 easy ways to Beat bronchitis… 3. Soothe Your Airways with a Humidifier. Warm moist air helps loosen mucus in your bronchial tubes, so it's easier to cough up, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

Twin Cities Business, Learn It Your Way by Suzy Frisch. Businesses enlist the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to offer custom training to meet pivotal workforce needs… Shifts in health care regulations and practices such as electronic medical records also have prompted a growing interest in custom training. Rochester Community and Technical College recently developed a new curriculum at the request of Mayo Clinic for its administrative clinical assistants. Though Mayo ran an in-house training program for years, it no longer was financially sustainable because of new HIPAA and Affordable Care Act regulations, says Jo Ellen Hamilton, resource training and development liaison at Mayo.

Twin Cities Business, The Mayo Clinic's Runaway Wheelchairs by Stephen Montemayor. Spend any time in Rochester, particularly near the city’s sprawling Mayo Clinic campus, and a peculiar staple of its landscape may turn up—along skyways, near coffee shops, and even en route to airports. Vacant Mayo-issued wheelchairs get around… Marquez estimates that Mayo’s Rochester campus loses as many as 150 of its fleet of 1,180 wheelchairs each year. At a cost of $550 per wheelchair, that’s a loss of $82,500 annually. “This is the business climate we’re working in,” Marquez says. “We have an open campus; stuff just moves.”

WKBT La Crosse, Volunteers brave cold so no one goes hungry by Kyle Dimke… Mobile Meals of La Crosse delivers to between 75 and 100 people every day. The food is prepared by Mayo Clinic Health System and Bethany Lutheran Homes and all deliveries are made by volunteers, which keeps the cost low.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Does ANYBODY want development job for Rochester's grand plan? By Mark Reilly. Rochester's Destination Medical Center — the multibillion-dollar project intended to transform both the Minnesota city and the Mayo Clinic, its biggest business — has been looking for a director for its Economic Development Agency nearly a year. So far, no takers.

Kenyon Leader, Norovirus outbreaks numerous by Terri Lenz. The Minnesota Department of Health is sending out the message loud and clear: wash your hands, people!... For proper hand washing the Mayo Clinic advises wetting hands, applying soap and then vigorously scrubbing hands together (tops, bottoms and between fingers) for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying with a clean towel, hot air or paper towel. Hand sanitizer will also suffice to kill germs, provided they are at least 60 percent alcohol, hands are wet with sanitizer and it is rubbed in until dry.

Kenyon Leader, Jeffery Wheeler, M.D. joins Mayo-Cannon Falls by Mary Phipps. Jeffery Wheeler, M.D., Family Medicine, now provides care to patients of all ages at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls. Dr. Wheeler joined the practice in Jan. He came to Cannon Falls from Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca.

Chicago Tribune (LA Times) Study targets sudden deaths of young people… Nearly 400,000 cardiac arrests occur out of hospitals in the U.S. each year, according to the American Heart Association. 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.

KVOA Tucson, Baby Jay Varga: Fecal Microbiotic Transplant Successful. He needed a fecal transplant, from big brother, Vincent. That transplant was a success, at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Mom says, both boys are doing well and will be back in Tucson tomorrow.

KVOA Arizona, Kristi's Kids: Jay's Journey…Vincent Varga, 8, loves his little brother Jay. "What I love about him is that he's playful, he likes to bang stuff," Vincent said. "Our family is really special that we get to have this lovely little baby inside our house."… Jay was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect. He's gone through several heart procedures and is on a lot antibiotics. But the medicine cancelled out all the good bacteria in his intestines…Jay got Clostridium Difficile, or "C-Diff," which prevents him from absorbing critical nutrients. Sometimes there's agonizing diarrhea…For the transplant, Jay and his family have to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. And that good bacteria that Jay needs? His older brother Vincent said "I'm going to donate them, so we can save his life."

WCPO Cincinnati, Staying Safe in the Cold Weather…The Mayo Clinic recommends loose, warm layers, and socks that are bigger. Eat well balanced meals and stay hydrated.

Reuters, Apervita Nets $18 Million in Series A Funding to Democratize Health Analytics…One algorithm developed at Mayo Clinic allows physicians to utilize the Apervita platform to analyze information stored in medical records, identifying high risk patients in most need of an implantable cardiac defibrillator. Additional coverage MedCity News, Chicago Inno, Chicago Business

Post-Bulletin, Cardio3 buys cancer-fighting firm for $10 million by Jeff Kiger. Cardio3 BioSciences, which works closely with both Mayo Clinic and the City of Rochester, has paid $10 million for the oncology division of a New Hampshire firm…Mayo Clinic first acquired equity in Cardio3 in 2007, when it licensed stem cell research by Mayo Clinic's Dr. Andre Terzic and Dr. Atta Behfar. The cardiopoiesis technology uses to repair patients' hearts by re-programming their own stem cell to regenerate cardiac tissue.

The Daily News NY, Treatments could help Warsaw woman feel better in a few weeks… Her doctors noted her unusual response, and were determined to find an explanation. Combined with an in-depth review of her history, they believe it was no coincidence she started feeling sick after her bee sting, and traced her condition to the autoimmune disorder. “I'll be getting a round of immunotherapy,” Todd said.... Mayo Clinic Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog said it’s the same treatment someone who’s getting an organ transplant would go through.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Linebacker Mike Hunt's career ended by concussion by Martin Hendricks. Mike Hunt is going to hang onto his NFL memories as long as he can. The former Green Bay linebacker from 1978-'80 still remembers many of the highs and lows of his three seasons as a Packer…He sat out the 1981 season and worked as a fishing equipment salesman. After being evaluated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he attempted a brief comeback with the Packers in 1982 but permanently retired during the preseason when symptoms recurred.

Eden Prairie News, Aho returns to council after cancer treatment. Eden Prairie Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and City Council Members Sherry Butcher and Kathy Nelson were sworn in Tuesday after being re-elected Nov. 4. Generating more excitement was City Council Member Brad Aho’s appearance. Aho had been in Rochester at the Mayo Clinic battling multiple myeloma and was attending his first City Council meeting since his bone marrow transplant.

Post-Bulletin, Letter: Rochester has angels willing to help visitors in distress. My car wouldn't start. The sub-zero temperature and an old battery were not a good combination. I was to be at Methodist Hospital at 8 a.m. By 7:45 a.m., I knew I wouldn't make it. I had the luck to be staying at a charming, older hotel just two blocks from the Mayo Clinic…The people there, which included the office staff and, of course, my angel, the maintenance man, came to my rescue, got my car started…Linda Albrecht-Blom, Lake Benton, MN.

Arizona ABC 15, Search data shows what New Year's resolution dieters look for online. People who made resolutions to get physically and financially fit are searching for challenges, according to the folks at Yahoo!. Searches for “new year’s resolutions” have spiked by 1,106 percent, with more men searching than women, according to Yahoo Search Trend Expert Lauren Whitehouse…Top-spiking diets: 1. Mayo Clinic Diet 2. 3-Day Diet 3. Dash Diet…

KSTP, Mayo Clinic Offers Automated Voice Message System. Mayo Clinic is making it easier for patients to both book and change their appointments. Mayo Clinic Health Systems kicked off the New Year with its new automated voice message system, which it says will allow patients to schedule and reschedule their appointments. Officials say the system calls patients two days in advance of their clinic, lab or rehabilitation services appointments. Patients can also choose to receive a text message reminder.

Dell Rapids, SD Tribune, A Little Piece of History: A trio of amazing doctors by Craig Kumerfield… The surgical skills of Doctors M.M. and A.F. Grove were widely recognized. Both Grove brothers received their training from some of the same instructors who taught the world famous doctors, Charles and William Mayo, founders of the Mayo Clinic

Bloomer Advance, Emergency/Urgent Care Renovations To Begin Soon. In mid-February, the Emergency/Urgent Care departments at Mayo Clinic Health System – Chippewa Valley in Bloomer will begin an eight-week renovation project. During this time, the Emergency/Urgent Care departments will remain open.

Virtual-Strategy Magazine, Champion Medical Technologies and Mayo Clinic To Co-Develop A Medical Device Warranty Credit Management Solution For Hospitals. Champion Medical Technologies, a healthcare information technology company and leader in tissue tracking and medical device management systems (MDMS) for hospitals, has entered into an agreement with Mayo Clinic to develop and market a warranty credit management system for medical implants used in cardiac electrophysiology.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, More claims filed against Van de Loo. Three more medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed in Eau Claire County Court against a former Eau Claire pediatrician who surrendered his medical license last year. John Does number 60 through 62, two of whom are listed as minors, filed civil suits Tues­day against David Van de Loo, Mayo Clinic Health System and their insurers.

Everyday Health, Perfume Maker Loses Her Sense of Smell by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Kim Spadaro describes the feeling as “a mushroom cloud explosion in my head.” Not painful, but disorienting. Her heart was racing and she felt “like I needed to hang on.” Doctors at Mayo Clinic told her the cause was a brain tumor. The good news: The tumor was not a threat to her life. It was a kind of benign tumor called a meningioma that grows in the lining of the brain.

Florida Times-Union, Career Track 2015: Movers and shakers in Jacksonville. Mayo Clinic has named John Presutti as chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, Ga., effective March 2. He succeeds Kenneth Calamia, who will retire from Mayo Clinic at the end of 2015. Additional coverage:  Post-Bulletin

San Jose Mercury News, Beating those after the holiday blues by Jean Bartlett. Advice for the latter issue comes directly from the Mayo Clinic. "Get plenty of sleep, get some exercise and don't abandon healthy habits." For those who experience loss through the holidays, the Mayo Clinic offers this counsel.

Star Tribune, Frostbite: How to identify symptoms and how to treat it by Vineeta Sawker…Mayo Clinic doctors say a prickling feeling or numbness can be an indication that your skin has been affected by the cold. Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist Dr. David Nestler compares frostbite to burns. (Story also uses an image from Mayo Clinic) Additional frostbite coverage: BringMeTheNews, MPR

Fortune, Predictive analytics, a potent prescription for health care by Heather Clancy… That’s one reason this is a major early focus for IBM’s  IBM -1.57%  WatsonAnalytics service. So much so that the company is customizing its technology for the Mayo Clinic to speed up cancer research and encourage higher patient participation. “With shorter times from initiation to completion of trials, our research teams will have the capacity for deeper more complete investigations,” said Nicholas LaRusso, the Mayo Clinic doctor leading the project. “Coupled with increased accuracy, we will be able to develop, refine, and improve new and better techniques in medicine at a higher level.”

Forbes, A Customer Success Secret Most Entrepeneurs Get Backwards by Micah Solomon…Consider the Mayo Clinic, the integrated medicine mecca in the unlikely town of Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo chooses to situate its children’s cancer center right in the middle of one of its newest buildings (just off the lobby) because Mayo feels this makes the statement that it isn’t hiding from this oft-dreaded ailment; it’s confronting it head on, as author Leonard L. Berry has pointed out.

Reuters, Suspicious breast mass may pose greater risk than previously thought by Gene Emery. A type of "benign" mass found in the breast tissue of about 100,000 U.S. women each year poses a greater risk of cancer than previously thought, according to a new review…"It gives you the scale of the risk" and it turns out to be a bit higher than the estimated risk that comes from some popular methods used to try to predict a woman's likelihood of developing breast cancer, said Dr. Lynn Hartmann of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who led the review. Additional coverage: Medscape, Tech Times

Arthritis Today, Arthritis: A Hidden Heart Threat by Marianne Wait. You know that inflammatory types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), ankylosing spondylitis and gout can affect your cardiovascular system as well as your joints. But your doctor may not be doing all she should to help you combat it.  "I think we're starting to pay more attention, but I think we can say that we're not giving it enough attention," says Eric Matteson, MD, professor of medicine and chair of the division of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Arthritis Today, Breathe Easy, Know how to spot RA-related lung problems by Marianne Wait…Symptoms of rheumatoid lung disease can be as obvious as coughing or shortness of breath, or they can be subtle. "There can be just fatigue while doing exercise," says Tim Bongartz, MD, associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Maybe the patient can't get as far as she used to get" when walking down the street.

Post-Bulletin, Finding a perfect fit with employees by Jeff Hansel. Angelo Williams is the kind of co-worker you'd like to work with. Friendly. On time. Hard working. Attention to detail… But Williams was pleasantly surprised to walk into the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic for the first time, more than a year ago. "I didn't think it would be this nice and this up-to-date," Williams said. The facility fit him like a glove… Williams got his dream job with Sodexo, a company that provides all of Mayo Clinic Rochester's food service on contract.

MedPage Today, Methotrexate: A New Tx Option in Eosinophilic Fasciitis? By Diana Swift. Methotrexate appeared to be an effective treatment for the rare disease, eosinophilic fasciitis (EF), according to a small study. In a retrospective review of 16 patients, treatment with methotrexate led to complete remission in about 60%, reported Florentina Berianu, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and colleagues.

Daily Mail UK, How blowing your nose too hard can fracture your skull and why your PlayStation console can cause sores on your palms by John Naish…Even massages may be a potential risk. In 2007, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona reported that a 38-year-old woman was left with permanent pain in her left arm after receiving a strong neck massage that damaged her spinal nerves.

Faribault Daily News, Faribault Mayo introduces new staff, changes in services. Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault is introducing new services, moving OB-GYN services to a new location and has hired new staff. Cooper Rendon, certified physician assistant, joined the practice on Dec. 8.  He will begin seeing occupational health patients in early January at the Crossroads Professional Building in Faribault, at the corner of Highway 3 and Lyndale Avenue.

Oklahoman, Strange But True: Americans succumb to 'killer chairs' by Bill Sones. Q: We live amid a sea of them: adjustable, swivel, recliner, wing, club, lounge, arm, dining, bar, four-legged, three-legged, those in cars, planes, trains. They’re chairs, of course, but why are they said to be such bad news? A: As Mayo Clinic endocrinologist James Levine puts it in Scientific American magazine, they’re also “killer chairs.” “We sit in them, work in them, shop in them, eat in them and date in them.

ASU news, ASU-Mayo seed grant addresses irritable bowel syndrome… The disorder is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and it is the target of a research project by Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic researchers that has received funding through the ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program. “IBS is the second-highest cause for work absenteeism after the common cold,” said Amy Foxx-Orenstein, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, who brings 25 years of clinical research experience in IBS to this first-of-its-kind research project.

Dallas Morning News (Washington Post), Asthma and exercise can coexist… The Mayo Clinic recommends eating a low-salt diet, fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, as well as fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, which may help with symptoms.

Post-Bulletin, After a year, still no DMC Economic Development Agency director by Jeff Kiger, After almost a year of searching and spending more than $13,000, the hunt for an executive director to lead the Destination Medical Center's Economic Development Agency will continue into 2015. The DMC group originally posted advertisements for the position in February, in hopes of hiring someone by April, said Lisa Clarke, who is filling the role until a full-time director can be hired. Clarke is DMC's board secretary and Mayo Clinic's Community Engagement head.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic takes privacy precautions by Mike Klein, A story in Sunday's New York Times highlighted the precautions that Mayo Clinic takes to protect the privacy of patients amid a slew of medical reality shows such as "NY Med." The article told the story of a woman who was surprised to view her husband's death at New York-Presbyterian Hospital while she was watching the popular real-life medical series.

Pierce County Herald, Appointment reminder service now available at Mayo Clinics, With the New Year comes a new convenient tool to help remind Mayo Clinic Health System patients of their next clinic, lab or rehabilitation services appointment. Beginning in January, 2015, patients will receive automatic appointment reminders… “Many of our patients have been asking for this service. We understand life gets busy and sometimes appointments can be forgotten, especially if scheduled far in advance,” says Tom Witt, M.D., CEO and president of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.

Daily News Online NY, Warsaw woman says mystery illness has been diagnosed, Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota have diagnosed the mystery illness that has caused a Warsaw woman to lose 160 pounds over the past 11 months. Holly Todd of Warsaw announced on her Facebook page Monday that her illness has been diagnosed as ‘‘dysautonomia and neuroimmunology.’’ Additional coverage: WKBW Buffalo NY

Everyday Health, Physicians’ Prayers for Their Patients During Surgery by T. Jared Bunch, M.D…Recently, I have thought a lot about one mentor, the late Dr. Blayne Hirsche. Dr. Hirsche was a gifted plastic and hand surgeon. He trained in surgery at Harvard and the Mayo Clinic. He founded the Hirsche Smiles foundation, which has performed thousands of reconstructive surgeries on children in Mexico and Guatemala. His legacy of compassionate care and service lives on through this foundation… After the surgery, Hirsche asked the lead surgeon what had happened and why had he stopped. The lead surgeon said he stopped when he realized they were going to lose the patient, and he prayed for help.

HJ News Utah, Smart phone, smart life by Caroline Shugart… There is a tremendous amount of wellness-promoting information on the Internet, and your smart phone gives you immediate access to it… For example, if I type “controlling high blood pressure” in Google Chrome, I get over 24 million “hits” (the top spot goes to the Mayo Clinic’s page, “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication”).

Chippewa Herald, Emergency department to begin renovations, On Jan. 19, the Emergency/Urgent Care departments at Mayo Clinic Health System – Chippewa Valley in Bloomer will begin an eight-week renovation project. During this time, the Emergency/Urgent Care departments will remain open. “The project will update the space, as well as improve the workflow of the departments with an integrated triage room and expanded work space,” said Mary Stencil, Emergency Department director.

Post-Bulletin, Dayton talks about transportation, Zip Rail, DMC by Heather Carlson. As Gov. Mark Dayton prepares to be sworn-in to a second term today, the 67-year-old Democrat outlined an ambitious agenda for the 2015 session that includes major investments in transportation and a quick fix to Destination Medical Center's funding formula.

Bioscience Technology, A Fascinating Year in Breast Cancer Advances by Cynthia Fox, some of the most important advances in breast cancer this year were related to all kinds of heterogeneity: within tumors, between tumors in a single patient, and between tumors in early and later stages, according to oncologists speaking at conferences, and contacted by Bioscience Technology… However, he said, preliminary evidence presented by the Mayo Clinic’s Edith Perez at the San Antonio conference cast some doubt on the Herceptin finding. “We have a big, big challenge here,” he said. “If we are to use quantification of TILs as a marker, we have to standardize the methodology for the assessment thoroughly.”

FierceHealthIT, Mayo Clinic, Austin Public Schools team up on telemedicine system by Katie Dvorak. The Mayo Clinic Health System, in partnership with Austin Public Schools, is working to improve care at education facilities through the use of Mayo Clinic Health Connection. The telemedicine system combines cloud-based software and walk-in kiosks, which will be placed at Ellis Middle School in Austin, Texas, early next month, according to an announcement.

Everyday Health, When Our Own Bodies Attack – The Mystery of Autoimmune Diseases by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Jude Smith is one of the younger veterans of a battle more Americans are waging against their immune systems…Doctors at Mayo Clinic diagnosed a rare autoimmune disease called ITP, immune thrombocytopenic purpura. “We don’t know exactly what causes ITP,” says Behzad Bidadi, MD, an expert in pediatric blood diseases at Mayo Clinic.

LA Times, Father's diagnosis affected Jordan Clarkson on the court by Mike Bresnahan. Jordan Clarkson didn't get off the bench in the Lakers' latest game, as if that was even close to a travesty. His real edification on the unpredictability of life came last year, after the best game of his college career at Missouri…While his father began treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Clarkson's game faded. He didn't score 28 points again and never approached the same 11-for-17 accuracy he showed that early February night.

Star Tribune, Minnesota's nonprofit health care: Can you heal me now? by Steve Calvin. In 2013, the Mayo Clinic had a margin of revenue over expenses of $612 million. While Mayo is a global brand, HealthPartners, Allina and Fairview also had margins totaling $848 million. Is nonprofit health care benefiting the community?

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Stick with your resolutions by Michael Brun. As 2014 comes to a close, people everywhere will be looking to make a fresh start for the year ahead.    A little under half of Americans traditionally make a New Year’s resolution, but a large number either don’t succeed in their goals or let them fall by the wayside — putting into question the usefulness of the yearly ritual. "There’s a huge failure rate, and a big part of that is that we just make bad resolutions," said Dr. Michelle LeRoy, a psychologist with Mayo Clinic Health System.

La Crosse Tribune, New PDC hospital among top health care developmentsACA, health teams, technology. As 2014 wound down to ramp up 2015, administrators at other health care systems in the Coulee Region took time to reflect on what to expect in the industry this year and the continuing rollout of the Affordable Care Act. “The concept of health care teams caring for populations is a trend that is going to continue,” said Dr. Tim Johnson, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse.

Sioux City Journal (Star Tribune), Mayo seeks to dominate with data. 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 ailments -- diabetes with heart failure and kidney disease -- that offer conflicting treatment options.

Des Moines Register, Coming up: More cold, snow for Des Moines…To prevent frostbite, the Mayo Clinic website recommends staying safe and warm. Limit time outdoors in cold, wet or windy weather. Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing. We a hat or headband that fully covers your ears. Wear mittens rather than gloves. Keep moving Eat balanced meals and stay hydrated.

Chippewa Valley News, Family medicine physician joins Mayo in Bloomer, David Helland, M.D., a family medicine physician,has joined Mayo Clinic Health System – Chippewa Valley in Bloomer. His areas of special interest include adult medicine and geriatrics, caring for both emergent and chronic conditions.

Waseca County News, Physician offers keys to a healthier 2015. Daniel Stahl is a Mayo Clinic Health System family physician.  The new year is here, and resolutions are ever-present. Many of these commitments to betterment involve some form of health improvement. As we all know, lifestyle changes are easier planned than implemented. However, there is some low-hanging fruit when it comes to enhancing your well-being in 2015. While some of these suggestions are obvious, they can’t be reiterated enough.

Buffalo News, Mayo Clinic Q&A: Antidepressants offer gradual, not instant, relief, Dear Mayo Clinic: How soon after starting on antidepressants should I begin to feel better? What type of changes will I notice? It’s been three weeks and I don’t feel like my depression has lessened. If anything, it seems to be getting worse. Do I need to try another medication?

My FOX Carolinas, A Soldier’s Hope. One of the side effects of every war is major leap forward in medicine especially when it comes to the science of prosthetics. Visiting the Mayo Clinic where its cutting edge was put to its paces, is as close to natural as I have ever felt says a decorated army ranger who has been without his right lower leg for the better part of a decade. Today in a lab in the Mayo Clinic he's covered in motion sensors and made to walk up and down a ramp over and over and over again. Every movement is recorded the in the computer, the same technology used by Hollywood for animation.

Florida Times-Union, Cheers: Fighting Alzheimer's. Jacksonville’s medical community is on the front lines in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, and its fight has received significant support from the state. Three researchers at the Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus have been awarded a total of $1.2 million in grants as part of a state program to research ways to prevent and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.

Daily Mail UK, Grand Ole Opry's Little Jimmy Dickens dies at age 94. Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humor and as the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94. Dickens died on Friday at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said… He was treated at the Mayo Clinic and Vanderbilt Medical Center in 2008 for a bloodstream infection and urinary tract infection. He was hospitalized for pneumonia in December 2004. Additional coverage: The Star, News Talk 980, Winnipeg Free Press, Chicago Tribune

MPR, Minnesota Legislature 2015: 7 key players by Catharine Richert…Tina Smith, lieutenant governor… She'll remain board chair for the Destination Medical Center Corp., a nonprofit overseeing how state dollars are used to expand and improve Rochester, Minnesota, as Mayo Clinic grows. Smith's used that position already to urge legislators to pass a quick but critical tweak to the project's funding law.

MPR, 9 key issues facing the 2015 Legislature by Catharine Richert…Destination Medical Center funding fix: Legislators need to make a tiny fix to a law that authorized one of the state's largest economic development projects. Developers are holding off on the massive expansion of Rochester, Minnesota, and Mayo Clinic until there's certainty the state will come through with funding. One concern is that the fix will be bogged down with other tax changes.

Star Tribune (LA Times), Early deaths are often mysteries, but “molecular autopsies” may at last provide some answers… 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’s Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory in Rochester, Minn., and an early proponent of the molecular autopsy approach.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Mayo Clinic gets $1.2 million from the state for Alzheimer's research by Alexa Epitropoulos. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville location have been granted $1.2 million to study several aspects of Alzheimer's disease. The grant was given by Florida Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer's Research Program, a program created this year to fund and support research efforts for Alzheimer's, according to the Florida Times-Union.

ABC News (Health.com), You Can Video Call a Doctor Now, But Should You?... To stretch the video capabilities, there are also solutions like HealthSpot, which creates kiosks that are sort of like the medical version of an ATM, says the company’s CEO Steve Cashman. Staffed with doctors from big health systems like the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and Kaiser Permanente and located in places like community centers and strip malls, all you do is step inside and the doctor appears on screen.

Arizona Republic, Frontier medicine: Arsenic and bloodletting by Noah Austin… Today, Arizona is a veritable mecca for medical treatment, with top-notch facilities including the Mayo Clinic and the Barrow Neurological Institute. And as far as we know, they don't prescribe arsenic at any of them.

Femto Medicine, Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Shane Shapiro Discussing Latest in Stem Cell Research at #WSCS14. Dr. Shane Shapiro, orthopedic physician, discussing highlights of stem cell research and regenerative medicine from the Mayo Clinic in Florida campus, during…

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Patients from All Over the World Find Homes in Local Hospitality Houses by Hannah Tran. Sarah Keller's husband will be under Mayo Clinic care for a while. He was diagnosed with leukemia and the Keller family may be away from their home in Mapleton, Minnesota, for over six months… Keller came across the Serenity House Network, which provides fully furnished homes for Mayo Clinic patients and their families.

Voxxi, Why this could be a deadly flu season for children…“The virus can enter the blood stream and then the brain, creating severe respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, and a very high fever,” Dr. Pritish Tosh of the Mayo Clinic told ABC News. “If the body’s reaction to the virus is too vigorous, this can cause as much damage as the virus itself.”

New Year’s Day Baby Stories: WEAU, Jan. 1; WQOW, Jan. 1; Leader-Telegram, Jan. 2; KTTC, Jan 1; Post-Bulletin, Jan. 2

KEYC Mankato, CDC: Flu Now at Epidemic Levels. The CDC says the flu has reached epidemic levels in the u–s, and it's taken quite a hold here in our area as well. More than 40 beds are being used for influenza–related symptoms at MCHS. Hospitals are already limiting patient visitation, and with the designation of an epidemic, that'll grab even more attention. "We ask those who are ill not to visit,” says Kathleen Frederick at MCHS Mankato. “We're trying to protect the vulnerable in our hospital from getting influenza."

Florida Times-Union, The doctors are in: 5 million reasons to thank blood donors - and be one by Gerardo Colon-Otero, hematologist and medical oncologist, Mayo Clinic in Florida. My patient was telling me how a few weeks prior to our visit, he almost died. Unexpectedly, he started vomiting blood and was rushed to the closest emergency room where a diagnosis of a bleeding peptic ulcer was made… Letter by Dr. Marsha Bertholf and Dr. Abba Zubair about donating blood: Florida Times-Union

WKBT La Crosse, Fighting seasonal depression during the winter months…Besides therapy, there are other ways to fight feeling down during the coldest months of the year. "There's a lot of behavioral stuff you can do to manage depressive symptoms, keeping active is a really good idea," said Amber Sherman, a clinical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. "We are all very Vitamin D-deficient in the Midwest, so it's always a good idea to keep up on that."

MedPage Today, 2015 Merger Forecast 'Cloudy' by John Commins…"Mayo is expanding its Mayo Clinic Care Network and they are up to about 25 hospitals now, mostly in mid-sized markets like Lansing, Mich., and Grand Forks, N.D., where they are sharing a broader range of specialty expertise and more generalized expertise," he says. If you are a hospital that is getting dinged by Medicare for too many readmissions, Mayo Clinic is happy to consult with you on strategies for reducing readmissions."

Arizona News Zap, Phoenix Mayo Clinic lauds liver transplant survival rate. Mayo Clinic’s campus in northeast Phoenix has been identified as having the highest one-year patient survival rate in the U.S. for adult liver transplantation. The statistics include both deceased and living-donor liver transplants, according to a press release.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, New program at Chippewa Valley Family YMCA targets cancer survivors..Sarah Lewis, a cancer guide at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, couldn’t agree more. “There is a lot of research showing the benefits of exercising during and after treatment for cancer,” she said. “To do it in a program is good. It gives patients a place to start.”

Reuters, Learn About Cancer Care in Your Community…You may have heard about National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers. Perhaps there is even one in your city. NCI-designated Cancer Centers are often located at well-known, academic institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic, and are an important source of care for cancer patients.

MedPage Today, 'Immune Reset' Effective Against MS Short Term by John Gever. Some 90% of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis had no clinical relapses or signs of progression 3 years after receiving high-dose immunosuppression followed by autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplant, researchers reported.…"The jury is still out regarding the appropriateness and indications of HCT [hematopoietic cell transplant] for MS," wrote M. Mateo Paz Soldan, MD, PhD, of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and Brian G.Weinshenker, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Florida Times-Union, Health Notes: Mayo Clinic researchers get $1.2 million from state to research Alzheimer's disease by Charlie Patton. Three researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville have received $1.2 million from the newly funded Florida Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Research Program to study various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. The program was created earlier this year by the state to support research of Alzheimer’s disease.

KAAL, Christian's Never-Ending Story, We have a wonderful update to share with you on organ donation. ABC 6 has learned 8-year-old Christian Yang, whose organs were donated last year, is being honored in the Rose Parade on New Years Day in Pasadena, California.

Arizona Daily Star, Sahuarita woman to ride float in Rose parade by Stephanie Innes…Jazmyn Creason, who had a successful liver transplant in 2011 at Stanford University Medical Center’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, will be part of a float that includes both organ donors and recipients. …She needs a kidney transplant and members of her family are currently undergoing testing through the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix to determine whether any of them will be a match to be a living donor, Keidel said.

Forbes, A Few Rules To Remember About Alcohol While You're Celebrating by David DiSalvo …On the topic of drinking even more than you already have, do your best to remind yourself that it’s quite possible to poison yourself with booze. Alcohol poisoning is a real deal and it’s potentially deadly. According to the Mayo Clinic you should be concerned that you or someone you’re with is in danger if any of these symptoms are present: Slow breathing (less than eight breathes per minute); blue-tinged or pale skin; seizures; low body temperature; vomiting; and passing out so deeply that you can’t be woken. If you suspect that someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning, don’t hesitate to call 911.

Argus Leader, Heart surgeon enjoys training next generation, This issue’s Q&A profiles Dr. J. Michael Bacharachof North Central Heart Institute and a professor with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.…Q: What do you enjoy most about your work? A: “The technology is certainly intriguing, but I do enjoy patient care very much. One of my greatest joys has been training vascular surgeons from Mayo Clinic to enhance their endovascular experience. It is their favorite rotation. These are the new leaders who will go out in the field.” Q: Do you have a charity or organization that’s especially close to your heart? A: “It’s certainly hard to be a cardiologist and not believe very strongly in the work of the American Heart Association. I’ve also been very supportive of the Mayo Foundation.”

Huffington Post, How to Get Researchers to Notice an Ultra-Rare Disease, Kathy and Gary Brewer shortly before their marriage in 1998. That same year he developed the rare illness that led to his death in 2007.…Brewer's devotion is paying off. She cobbled together a medical advisory board that includes experts from the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, the University of California at San Diego and other centers. In September, the alliance sponsored its second international medical symposium and patient and family gathering.

Star Tribune, On Weather with Paul DouglasHow To Choose A Light BoxThe Mayo Clinic has some good advice on how to choose a light box, one that simulates sunshine and helps to relieve symptoms of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here's an excerpt: "...A light box mimics outdoor light. Researchers believe this type of light causes a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood and eases other symptoms of SAD. Most people use light boxes for a minimum of 30 minutes each morning. You can buy a light box over the counter, or your doctor may recommend a specific light box. Most health insurance plans do not cover the cost..."

KAAL, Incoming Minnesota Lawmaker to Play Active Role. The incoming lieutenant governor of Minnesota is promising to play a more active and visible role than her predecessors. Tina Smith is about to make the transition from Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff to his lieutenant governor. Although she's still figuring out what her role will be, she says she wants to publicly serve as the governor's right-hand woman. Smith will continue working on the board overseeing the economic development project for Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center in Rochester. She says she also plans to focus on job growth in other initiatives. Additional coverage: KTTC

Albert Lea Tribune, Say ‘no more’ to plain, boring health food by Emily Schmidt, Mayo Clinic Health System, As a registered dietitian, I frequently hear eating healthy is boring. People say, “If it tastes good, it must be bad for you.” I’m here to declare this is far from the truth! Eating healthy should never be boring, but instead delicious and an overall positive experience.

Star Tribune, Claire Richards, 24: Budding scientist, eternal optimist by Maura Lerner. (Mayo patient story) In her first semester of medical school, she learned that her cancer had returned. She used her last months to send a powerful message to friends and fellow students.

Star Tribune, New generation of Somali women is on the rise in Minnesota by Mila Koumpilova…In the community, Noor’s hire made a splash on social media. Somali leaders hosted dinners in her honor. Abdirahman Ahmed, the owner of Safari Restaurant in Minneapolis and a friend, held one of them. The dinner was emotional and celebratory, says Ahmed, but the guests also took the opportunity to give the new CEO a piece of their minds. Ahmed urged Noor to think big. He pitched a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, with Mayo visiting hours at the center.

Post-Bulletin, Pulse on Health: A year packed with health-related events by Jeff Hansel…In February, Mayo Clinic announced it would collaborate with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx on a new sports-training center in Minneapolis at what is now called "Mayo Square," part of a $50 million makeover of "Block E" in Minneapolis.

Huffington Post UK, 10 Facts About The Female Body Including What Gives You A Yeast Infection by Rachel Moss…8 Things to Know About Your Period. When Your Mom Stopped Getting Her Period Matters For You. "In many cases, our moms never talked to us about when they went through menopause," said Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology with the Mayo Clinic -- but it has implications for when you might stop getting your period.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester council needs to find funds for more police officers by Mike Vik. As a retired Rochester Police Department sergeant, I served this community from 1977 to 2006 with more than 17 years on the Rochester/Olmsted Emergency Response Tactical Unit. Out of choice, I worked in the uniform division on rotating shifts. In addition to the city finding money for more officers, the Mayo Clinic should pony up about $1 million for public safety. Destination Medical Center will fail if the city becomes a free-for-all for predators, thugs and law-breakers. The only thing standing between safety and the predators are the men and women of law enforcement.

NBC Nightly News, San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation. Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes. …While Kappenhagen recognizes that "there is no magic wand in education, just like in life," meditation has been found to increase focus and stimulate a sense of calm, not just during the quiet time, but also for the rest of the day, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Dunn County News, What’s that sound? A heart murmur can be innocent or serious by Michel Barsoum, M.D., Cardiac Center, Mayo Clinic Health System, Lubb-dupp. Lubb-dupp. Those are the words we often use to mimic your heartbeat. That steady, regular sound is made by your heart valves, opening and closing as blood circulates through your heart. You may have heard the term heart “murmur.” A murmur is an abnormal extra heart sound that can be heard through a stethoscope.

The Daily News, Warsaw woman with mystery illness at Mayo Clinic; may run out of money. First, the good news. Holly Todd has managed to make her way into the renowned Mayo Clinic, where doctors are to identify the illness that’s ravaged her body. “My initial appointment at the clinic was on Friday, Dec. 26,” she said Sunday via e-mail. “ I met with Dr. Ghosh and was encouraged by what he had to say. He seems to think I either have an uncommon disease which is presenting in a common way, or a common disease that is manifesting in an uncommon way.”

WIBW Kansas, "I Don't Feel Lucky Watching Her Suffer" | Topeka Woman Devoted To Community Service Faces Cancer, "You know everybody has their personal thing for them and for me it's the kids," says 41-year-old Jennifer Quinn. She lives each day for the kids. However, months of stomach pains forced Jennifer to spend less time helping the kids and focus more time on herself. It wasn't until she visited a doctor at the Mayo Clinic... "He said it was really bad news," said Jennifer. "That's when I knew it was a death sentence," says Jude. She was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. Her cancer was undetectable by a CT scan or MRI and there is no cure.

Mankato Free Press, Angie's donates $25,000 to Mayo study by Nate Gotlieb. Angie’s Boomchickapop has donated $25,000 to Mayo Clinic’s Breast Cancer Genome-Guided Therapy study, known as BEAUTY. Mayo clinic researchers are working as part of the study to individualize breast cancer treatments based on patients’ genomes and the genomes of individual tumors.

HealthDay, Stem Cell Therapy for MS Shows Promise. An experimental therapy that kills off and then "resets" the immune system has given three years of remission to a small group of multiple sclerosis patients, researchers say…During the past two decades, several hundred MS patients have received similar experimental treatment, said the authors of an accompanying journal editorial, Dr. Mateo Paz Soldan of the University of Utah and Brian Weinshenker of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

Portland Tribune, My View: High school football benefits outweigh risks by Ed Riley…The key here is that high school football is not the NFL. The Mayo Clinic found that the risk of high school football players developing degenerative neurological diseases later in life is no greater than if they had been in the band, glee club or choir.

Reuters, New Research Study by the Mayo Clinic Finds Sedation-Free TNE With EndoSheath(R) Technology May Provide an Effective Alternative to Standard Upper Endoscopy Procedures… The research trial was conducted by gastroenterologists at the Mayo Clinic utilizing the Vision Sciences® Transnasal Esophagoscope with EndoSheath Technology and evaluated over 200 patients in both a clinic setting and in the community as part of the health system's mobile research program.

Kontax.com, Franklin Cockerill Celebrates Groundbreaking Laboratory Design, Dr. Franklin Cockerill, a highly esteemed medical professional as well as former CEO and President of Mayo Collaborative Services and Chairman of their Laboratory Medicine and Pathological Department, has had a long career of accomplishments that serve as testament to his success in the medical field. Additional coverage: Scoop Asia, Briefing Wire

Digital Journal, FlexJobs Announces the 50 Most Surprising Work-From-Home Jobs of 2014. After reviewing tens of thousands of flexible jobs, the FlexJobs research team has compiled a list of the fifty most surprising work-from-home jobs from the past year….The Mayo Clinic, the American Heart Association and Xerox are among the companies that posted some of these surprising work-from-home jobs.

WCCO, Minnesotan To Meet: Dr. Jess Prischmann by Jamie Yuccas. His is the story of the “American Dream.” A first-generation American whose grandparents were dishwashers and confectionary workers in India. Hard work must run in the family. Dr. Jess Prischmann spoke broken English in Kindergarten and is now a highly respected facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon…“I graduated top of my class, got inducted into the national medical honor society, sat for my boards, got 99 percentile on my board exams and was chosen to do my residency at Mayo Clinic,” said Dr. Prischmann. She was just 23 years old when she started her residency at Mayo Clinic. During her time there, she and her sister, a director at CBS Radio in New York, visited Minneapolis to Celebrate Jess’ birthday.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic's top baby names of 2014, Mayo Clinic Health System has announced the most popular baby names chosen at the hospital in 20-14. The most popular girls name is Ava. That is followed by Zoey, Emma, Evelyn and Willow. Coming in sixth is Brooklyn, followed by Grace, Isabella, Lilly and Piper. The most popular boys name is Jackson. That is followed by Landon, Bentley, Liam and Luke. Coming in sixth is Oliver, followed by Sawyer, Declan, Jacob and Joshua.

HemOnc Today, Alliance N9831: Stromal TILs related to chemotherapy benefit in early-stage, HER-2–positive breast cancer. Edith A. Perez, MD, deputy director at large for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, professor at Mayo Clinical College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla., and a HemOnc Today Editorial Board member, discussed results of a phase 3 study which found that elevated stromal tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte levels were linked to longer RFS in patients with early-stage, HER-2–positive breast cancer treated with chemotherapy alone.

HealthDay, Expert Offers Tips For Preventing Holiday Migraines. The holidays can be a challenge for people who suffer migraines, which can be set off by certain foods and drinks. "This is the season in which many people overindulge in things that can trigger attacks of migraine," Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation, said in a news release from the foundation. "It's important to think through food and beverage choices, to help reduce the risk of having a migraine attack," added Dodick, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Telegraph UK, 20 ways to beat the seasonal stupor… 9 Tap into water. If you’ve slightly overdone it on the eggnog, now’s the moment to swap it for water. Getting hydrated will help if you are coming down with a seasonal sniffle. “Drinking liquids keeps mucus membranes moist,” says Prof Kenneth DeVault from the Mayo Clinic in Florida. “This is particularly helpful if your house is warm and dry.”

MPR, As businesses close, early effects of Rochester's 20-year plan hit home by Elizabeth Baier, As year's end approaches, several businesses in downtown Rochester are preparing to close their doors. Home to Mayo Clinic, the city is in the early stages of a 20-year plan to transform itself as the Mayo strives to become a global health care destination. Now, some immediate effects of that long-term plan are becoming apparent.

Post-Bulletin, P-B Newsmaker of the Year: Lisa Clarke was the face of DMC by Rachel Leingang. Many people have played critical roles in the Destination Medical Center initiative, but none have been more out in front of the public communicating about the nearly $6 billion initiative than Mayo Clinic's Lisa Clarke. She is the Destination Medical Center Corp.'s board secretary, the DMC Economic Development Agency interim director and Mayo Clinic's Community Engagement head.

KTTC, Rochester firefighters deliver gifts to children at Saint Marys Hospital. Some Rochester firefighters paid a visit Wednesday morning to kids spending Christmas Eve in the hospital. A crew and their fire engine stopped at the Children's Floor of Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. The firefighters gave each of the children some early Christmas presents. The gifts were purchased by Rochester firefighters and their families. This is part of a decades-long tradition of the department donating toys to children at Christmastime.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic's transplant program boosted. Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix has been identified as having the highest one-year patient survival rate in the U.S. for adult liver transplantation, according to a release from Mayo. The statistics include both deceased and living-donor liver transplants. Additional coverage: Yuma News Now

Wilson Post Tenn., Giving with all his heart by Sabrina Garrett. It really is better to give - or as restaurant owner Michael Lewis put it - "give back." Lewis hosted a group of veterans at Southern Kitchen on Tuesday and provided them with the holiday meal they deserve. Each veteran was treated to dinner and a gift…Lewis received a call over the summer that he would be the recipient of a heart transplant. He had surgery on June 13 and spent three months at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota doing mandatory rehab. He returned to Lebanon on Sept. 9.

Tampa Bay Tribune, Retired Marine sergeant major seeks answers for illness… "We used to run seven-minute miles together," James Hines said. "Now this guy can't walk up the stairs without having a hard time. All of a sudden he's fallen off a cliff. I'm afraid he's dying." Hines visited a Mayo Clinic facility in Jacksonville this month for a week of tests and meetings with specialists. He returns in January. So far, doctors have diagnosed him with fibromyalgia, an ailment of unknown origin that causes widespread pain.

News4Jax, Penicillin Allergies. An allergy to penicillin is the most commonly reported drug allergy. Dr. Thanai Pongdee, Allergy and Asthma Expert at Mayo Clinic.

Boston Globe, Helping children push past the pain by Deborah Kotz… The six-year-old Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center in Waltham, however, is one of only four programs in the country that offers an extensive outpatient program with therapists who focus on treating elusive pain conditions such as chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, or other pain syndromes that result after a virus or injury… Acceptance of pain is a crucial psychological component of successful rehabilitation, said Karen Weiss, a psychologist and clinical director of the pediatric pain rehabilitation center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. — not affiliated with the Mayo Family clinic in Waltham — which accepts 13 to 18 children at a time in its three-week outpatient program.

NBCNews.com, 'She's OCD!' 'He's Schizo!' How Misused Health Lingo Can Harm… In cases of culturally bad acts, psychiatrists may use the term "antisocial personality disorder," which a spans a slew of diagnostic criteria. According to the Mayo Clinic, antisocial personality behavior can include having "no regard for right and wrong" and no feelings about "the rights, wishes and feelings of others."

Post-Bulletin, Economic plan focuses on growth beyond Rochester by Jeff Kiger…Where DMC is built around Mayo Clinic and the health care industry, as well as downtown Rochester, Journey To Growth is aimed at spurring the economy throughout the community. That means manufacturing, technology and more in Olmsted, Dodge and Wabasha counties.

KTTC, In the hospital for the holidays: Patients make it a Merry Mayo Christmas by Devin Bartolotta. Although Christmas-time is largely about spending time with loved ones, there are plenty of folks who don't get to go home for the holidays. Some of them are spending their days at the Mayo Clinic for treatments or tests… Angela and her husband, who call Michigan home, were supposed to spend just two days at the Mayo Clinic, but now a two and a half week stretch meant spending Christmas in Rochester. Choosing good health over good times, they made the most of it.

Arizona Republic, Arizona e-cigarette study targets Facebook, Twitter by Ryan Van Velzer. University of Arizona and Mayo Clinic researchers are turning to Twitter for the lowdown on electronic cigarettes. Researchers will comb through social media to better understand e-cigarette consumer habits and health effects using a $2.7 million, 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health…University of Arizona is partnering with Mayo Clinic's Dr. Scott Leischow, co-principal investigator, to guide the research and make sure the team is asking the right questions, Leischow said.

Forbes, Psst: Here's The One Customer Service Improvement You Need To Make In 2015 by Micah Solomon…Want To Outfox Your Competitors? Compress Time. Two hospitals with Midwestern origins—Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic—have become world-famous for their innovative approaches to healthcare… Mayo refuses to settle for the sluggish, unreliable timeline common in many hospitals today. One way Mayo sets itself apart is in its approach to reading scans, such as mammograms.

Motley Fool, The Unfortunate Concern That Nearly Half of All Cancer Patients Face by Sean Williams…A 2012 study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings had a different suggestion for lowering long-term cancer drug costs. Authors Mustaqeem Siddiqui and Vincent Rajkumar argued that a value-based reimbursement model is necessary to prevent pharmaceutical companies from setting exorbitant prices. Such a model would have some measurable formula allowing us to gauge how much of an improvement in quality of life a cancer drug brings to patients. The greater the improvement, the higher the price point.

Chicago Sun-Times, Book excerpt: 'Who Killed the Candy Lady'... On Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 1977, Helen Vorhees Brach walked out of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and disappeared forever. The 65-year-old Brach had spent eight days at Mayo, getting a full but routine examination.

Sioux City Journal Iowa, Analysis: Minority Iowans struggle to find adequate health care… Isaiah Newsome hopes things start looking up 2015. He and his mother are to go to Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., in January so Newsome can have a bone marrow transplant. He is to have chemotherapy to wipe out his diseased blood cells, giving new ones a chance to form normally and stop his constant pain.

HemOnc Today, VALOR: Vosaroxin combination provides ‘potential new agent’ for treatment of AML. Mark R. Litzow, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Leukemia Committee, highlights data demonstrating that combination therapy with vosaroxin and cytarabine was associated with longer OS in patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

La Crosse Tribune, Blair woman is home for Christmas after life-saving responses to heart attack… Flown by helicopter to Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Kristi underwent surgery in which she received two stents — one for a blocked artery and another for two partially blocked arteries. “She basically died at home,” said Dr. Charles Cagin, the Mayo-Franciscan cardiologist who performed the surgery. “Her husband’s prompt call to 911, the actions of the responders and in Whitehall absolutely saved her life.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Donor transfers 42 acres in Wisconsin to Mayo Clinic by Rich Kirchen. An anonymous donor has transferred 42 acres of developable land at a high-profile highway intersection in Elkhorn, Wis. to Mayo Clinic. But the donation is not an indication the Rochester-based health care system is expanding into southeastern Wisconsin. Mayo Clinic will instead sell the land and use the proceeds to further the organization's mission, spokesman Bryan Anderson said. Additional coverage: Gazette Extra Walworth County, Post-Bulletin, Milwaukee Business Journal

Brainerd Dispatch, Sports Santa: Wishing for a Christmas miracle by Mike Bialka, All Sports Santa wants for Christmas is a miracle. A miracle that will cure my sister of cancer. My sister Judy has been fighting a courageous fight against melanoma for several years now…About two months ago she went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a body scan that revealed a spot on her hip but indicated her brain was free of cancer. The spot on her hip was removed and we thought maybe all of this heinous disease had been eradicated.

St. James Plaindealer, MCHS Continues to Improve Rural Medical Care. During the tenure of Ryan Smith as administrator of Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James, the hospital has made many improvements, and Smith said they have no plans to stop innovating. For example, MCHS is transitioning into more of a team-based approach to patient care, Smith said. A group comprised of medical professionals like a physician, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, dieticians, behavioral health specialists, and complex care coordinators unite to look at lists of patients and determine the best course of action for everyone.

KAAL, Great Deeds Brings Christmas to Families Away From Home by Hannah Tran. A military mom who’s based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is stuck in Rochester with her family for treatment for her son from Mayo Clinic. Until this week, they hardly had any plans for Christmas. "Around the holidays, we are used to being around our own families," said Alexis Flor… Flor’s son is receiving treatment at Mayo Clinic. The family is staying at a home provided through an organization that offers housing to families for traveling patients.

Wisconsin State Journal, Doug Moe: UW grad Shannon Strader leaves school with more than a diploma… Strader had surgery at the Mayo Clinic in June 2011, following high school graduation. It took eight hours; recovery was arduous. The pain returned. In the end, Strader needed two more surgeries. Her renal vein had begun to close, requiring a stent, and then another. The second stent — installed between Strader’s freshman and sophomore years at UW-Madison — was the game-changer.

Des Moines Register, Jennie Smith: From tomato farm to global science company by Donnelle Eller. Life is changing for Jennie Smith. Smith is known for growing beautiful heirloom tomatoes on her three-acre farm near Carlisle, called Butcher Crick Farms, and selling them at the downtown farmers market and to local restaurants.…Smith decided to move in with her grandparents after her father discovered he had a brain tumor. He successfully recovered after an operation at Rochester's Mayo Clinic. But the scare left Smith feeling she "wanted a stronger connection" with her family, their stories and their farm.

The Gazette Iowa, UnityPoint, Mayo Clinic collaboration benefiting patients, physicians by Chelsea Keenan. When Scott Franz’s pancreatic cancer reoccured earlier this year, his doctor at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital had to come up with a new aggressive treatment plan. art of that plan was accessing the expert knowledge of Mayo Clinic physicians. UnityPoint Health in Cedar Rapids announced in May that it was part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, an international group of 30 other organizations that receive health care consulting on difficult and complex cases from the Rochester, Minn.-based medical research organization.

MedPage Today, ASCO Oncologists: Why I Tweet…In this video interview, the oncologists discuss diverse ideas for using Twitter: Recruiting for clinical trials, sharing new findings, and learning in virtual journal clubs. The participants:Paul Haluska Jr., MD, PhD, @Ovatars, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Woman’s Day, Deep Sleep Guide by Jessica Migala, It's not just the number of hours you spend in bed that affects how well-rested you feel when you wake up. In fact, what you do during the day makes a big difference, too. Try these morning-to-night tips to prep your body for its most restorative sleep…Source: Timothy Morgenthaler, MD. consultant. Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Great Falls Tribune, Is sitting killing you? Desk workers look for solutions…The damage of sitting has even led one cardiologist to liken it to another health scourge. "Sitting is the new smoking," said Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative.

Mail and Guardian Africa, It works for the boss to be a jerk by Sarah Wild…The sociopaths in suits, Could it be that those narcissistic traits are a sign of something deeper? The signs displayed by a sociopath can overlap with the traits of someone with narcissistic personality disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, a sociopath displays an overblown ego, a sense of superiority, persistently lies and engages in deceit to exploit others, lacks empathy, takes unnecessary risks and repeatedly violates the rights of others by dishonesty and misrepresentation.

Post-Bulletin, Intent behind DMC plans need to be considered before continuing by Joanna C. Rovelstad. I was confused, reading the Dec. 18 announcement of Destination Medical Center plans and by board member Bill George's comment "What's going to allow us to compete? … What's going to attract people to come here? There's a little of an assumption here of … if we build it they will come." Have we forgotten what motivated Mayo Clinic to become a medical center of world renown?

MinnPost, Rochester-area legislators would like lower MNsure costs in their region by Joe Kimball. Rochester-area legislators would like to find a way to change the way MNsure divides the state for the health insurance exchange. MNsure's exchange offers different plans and pricing in nine regions; Region 1, which includes the Rochester area and the Mayo Clinic, has the highest prices. For 2015, the second year of the exchange, there are some lower cost plans offered in that region, but it remains high, due to the premium care at Mayo, officials said.

Managed Care Magazine, As Goes South Dakota So Goes the Country?... Ginsburg warns that AWP regulations could particularly disrupt an emerging trend to structure narrow networks around a large, prominent health system, not unlike the relationship Medica and Mayo Clinic Health System forged in the summer to offer group coverage through Medica’s private health exchange. “The plan that has a Mayo Clinic network isn’t going to want to accept providers that are really not part of the Mayo Clinic and its affiliated providers,” Ginsburg says.

Commercial Property Executive, $6B Destination Medical Center Draft Development Plan Revealed by Ioana Neamt. A $6 billion, long-term initiative meant to turn the Mayo Clinic and the city of Rochester into one of the leading medical destinations in the world recently reached a crucial milestone. A 694-page draft development plan was submitted to the Destination Medical Center Corp. (DMCC) board on Dec. 17.

ARS Technica, E-readers and tablets really do seem to alter your sleep schedule by John Timmer. A number of studies have suggested that this is a real problem—enough that the Mayo Clinic's advice on getting better sleep notes that "Some research suggests that screen time or other media use before bedtime interferes with sleep." Now, new research published in PNAS provides some hard numbers to back up these worries. But it's a small study with some significant limitations, so this shouldn't be seen as the final word on the topic.

Austin Daily Herald, District brings health care to staff. Health care is changing at Austin Public Schools in hopes of creating easier access and cheaper doctor visits. On Monday, the district announced a partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin that aims to make access to medical services easier through the use of Mayo Clinic Health Connection — a kiosk which allows patients to be treated for basic care via teleconference through the HealthSpot platform.

KIMT, Local school district taking part in future of health care by Jerron Rennie. A local school district is now on board with what could be the future of health care. Earlier this year Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin unveiled a kiosk that can be used for health checkups. The kiosks feature cloud-based software and a high definition video conference with a health care professional.

KIMT News, County has new medical consultant. Those at Mower County Community Health are working with a new consultant after the need suddenly arose mid-October. That was when Dr. Dick Schindler, who was the county’s consultant, died in a bike accident. The new consultant is Dr. Vijay Chawla, who is a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

San Antonio Express (Star Tribune), Mayo seeks to dominate with data. 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 ailments — diabetes with heart failure and kidney disease — that offer conflicting treatment options.

LA Daily News, Successful Aging: Is it dementia or MCI? By Helen Dennis…The Mayo Clinic describes several symptoms of MCI: • Forgetting things more often. • Not remembering important events such as appointments or social engagements. • Losing your train of thought or the thread of conversations. • Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by making decisions and planning the steps to accomplish a task or interpreting instructions. Additional coverage: Long Beach Press-Telegram

BringMeTheNews, ‘Stomach flu’ invades Minnesota; officials urge people to wash hands frequently…A spokesman for Mayo Clinic told the Star Tribune they’ve already seen more flu patients than they did in the entire flu season a year ago.

Post-Bulletin, Pilot cancer survivors' program a success by Jeff Hansel. When Judy Jones first began attending a cancer-survivors' exercise program at the Rochester Area Family YMCA, she struggled to pedal a stationary bike for 10 minutes…Jones is part of a collaborative pilot program at the Rochester Area Family Y, which collaborates with Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and a national YMCA program called "Partners in Recovery."

Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Home Health Care: Revisiting Some Top Alzheimer's and Dementia Stories of 2014 A subtype form of Alzheimer’s had been identified by neuroscientists at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. This unusual Alzheimer’s subtype was very progressive, appeared in younger men, and symptoms were not typical to the more common AD symptoms. The lead author of the study was Melissa Murray, Ph.D. The Mayo Clinic scientists presented their findings at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Star Tribune, Nonprofits prefer cash, but some donors have other ideas by Christopher Snowbeck. Nonprofits usually get cash donations, but some gifts could be found wrapped under a Christmas tree — at least, a really big one…the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic scored a Town Car valued at $17,000…From gift cards and coffee grounds to clothing and household goods, the contributions beg the ques­tion: What do nonprofits do with all this stuff? “It’s kept among the fleet cars at Mayo Jacksonville,” Elaine Eberhart, associate chair for gift planning at Mayo Clinic, said of the Town Car. “Mayo personnel are driving it around Jacksonville now, to make trips around town for business purposes.”

Post-Bulletin, Rochester patients pay a LOT more by Jeff Kiger. A new study of health-care costs in Minnesota lists Mayo Clinic as the most expensive, with an average monthly patient cost of $826, almost double the state average of $435... While Mayo and OMC officials said they're supportive of transparency in reporting health-care costs, they said this new study presents a skewed picture. "Mayo Clinic Rochester sees 10 times more 'complex patients' than any other community medical center in Minnesota because we are a destination medical center," said Dr. John Wald, Mayo's medical director for public affairs and marketing. Additional coverage: Insurance News Net

NPR, For Those Suffering Chronic Pain, The Hardest Part Is Convincing Others. Chronic pain affects tens of millions of Americans and for many of them, there is no cure. We hear from three sufferers about what they've lost and what they've learned.… MARTIN: After popping pills for months on end Courtney Weatherby-Hunter went to what she calls pain camp. It was run by the Mayo Clinic. She was the youngest person there. WEATHERBY-HUNTER: You know, day one of the program I had another patient come up to me and say you don't look like you belong here.

Coloradoan, Don’t just sit there; find ways to get on your feet… For example, sitting for more than four hours per day increases your risk of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Sitting for more than four hours per day increases your risk of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Martha Grogan, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, recently stated, “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.”

HemOnc Today, Ixazomib may provide more convenient, effective treatment for multiple myeloma. Shaji K. Kumar, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., discusses the experimental agent, ixazomib, which may provide patients with multiple myeloma with a more convenient treatment regimen. Currently, the only available proteasome inhibitors are bortezomib (Velcade; Millennium) and carfilzomib (Kyprolis; Onyx) and they are can only be administered intravenously or through a subcutaneous injection.

Phoenix Business Journal, See the top 3 health care stories of 2014 by Angela Gonzales. Millions of dollars will be spent in the Phoenix hospital market as a result of three of the industry's biggest stories in 2014. The three biggest health spends of the year are: • Maricopa County voters approved a $1 billion bond issue to re-build the Maricopa Medical Center and a psychiatric hospital • KUD International Inc. plans to invest $1 billion to develop a bio corridor near the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

La Crosse Tribune, Record-shattering suicides confound La Crosse County health officials… The initiative also had a float for the first time in the Rotary Lights Parade to focus attention on the crisis, initiative member Christine Hughes said.  “Most of the time, they’re not getting help first,” said Hughes, a clinical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. “That’s why it is so hard to determine the cause.

Dunn County News, Cardiologist joins Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Thomas Roy, M.D., recently joined the Cardiac Center at Mayo Clinic Health System, 1400 Bellinger St… “Relocating to my wife’s hometown of Eau Claire and having family in this area make this move quite special,” Dr. Roy says. “To be part of Mayo Clinic in northwest Wisconsin is also a tremendous and humbling opportunity.”

Globe Gazette, Access to adequate health care difficult for some in Iowa by Tessa Lengeling. Isaiah Newsome likes to play sports and hang out with friends, like any 17-year-old. But most of the time these activities are cut short as his body, stricken with sickle cell anemia since birth, fills with pain.… Isaiah Newsome hopes things start looking up 2015. He and his mother are to go to Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, in January so that Newsome can have a bone marrow transplant. He is to have chemotherapy to wipe out his diseased blood cells, giving new ones a chance to form normally and stop his constant pain. Additional coverage: Des Moines Register

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Clearwater Winter Parade: Elves, horses, kids, cold and fun… The parade included a 50-foot Chinese dragon to help promote the upcoming Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival on Aug. 8 at Half Moon Beach, said Jay Edenborg, director of public affairs for Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

WKBT La Crosse, Low vaccination rates cause 'kids' diseases to increase in adults. Vaccination-preventable diseases like mumps, whooping cough and chickenpox are more serious in adults… Vaccination-preventable diseases like mumps, whooping cough and chickenpox are more serious in adults. "As an adult we just don't have the ability to fight them off the same." Traci Kokke, an infectious disease nurse at the Mayo Clinic Health System, said.

Karolinska Institutet, Awards for the 'KI-Mayo collaboration' announced, Collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Mayo Clinic deepend at the end of 2011 when a formal comprehensive agreement was signed. The agreement expanded the collaboration to include innovation and administration, in addition to research and education. Since then, special project and travel grants have been advertised to further the collaboration.

Post-Bulletin, Answers to DMC questions fail to address local vision for downtown, by Max Sullivan. I went to the Destination Medical Center meeting Dec. 17 to find answers to two questions: What is the plan for the $400 million transportation budget, and what is the vision for the future for downtown Rochester? I got my answers. Light rail ... …ah ... the new trolley system will solve all our problems. There will be no parking problem because there will be no parking, except for Mayo Clinic customers.

Post-Bulletin, For over 100 years, Saint Marys decorates for the holidays by Derek Sullivan, In 1900, Sister Theodora Mikali thought Saint Marys Hospital could use a little more Christmas color. So she decorated the lobby's windows, doors and desks with red, green and white crepe paper to add some holiday cheer to the hospital's lobby.

WMTV Madison, Wis., Local student raises more than $100,000 for uncle with ALS… Edgewood College junior Nita Jonuzi is raising money for her 36-year-old uncle, Flamur Jonuzi of Waunakee, to get a developmental new treatment for ALS. In about a month, her campaign has raised more than $100,000… The money raised will help fund the costs of stem-cell therapy for Flamur, who will begin the treatment in January at the Mayo Clinic.

WEAU Eau Claire, Dragon Boat Race Festival comes to Eau Claire this summer. A new species will be invading the waters of Half Moon Lake come August. Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire is sponsoring the inaugural Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival. “We wanted to do a really fun, brand new event to the Chippewa Valley area and invite people to come and have a day of community health, wellness, fun activities, we will have kids programming going on,” says Anne Sizer, Community Development Director for Mayo Clinic Health System.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo gives tips to avoid spreading the flu… "As my job of being a nurse is making sure people do get together and put a little bug in their ear so they don't get a bug, and say, you know, 'hey, here make sure that we're washing hands and covering a cough,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Infectious Disease Registered Nurse Traci Kokke.

USA Today, Viewpoint: Does the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show play a role in female college student eating disorders? According to a survey on the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders’ website, nearly 20% of more than 1,000 college students admitted to having or previously having eating disorders.…The Mayo Clinic lists many different signs of eating disorders, including: refusal to eat, social withdrawal, frequently being cold, fears of eating in public, etc. If someone is showing these signs, there are ways to get help.

Forbes, Increase Productivity 13% -- Decrease Fatigue 29%: Is There An App For That? by Carol Goman. Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative is credited with coining the phrase, “sitting is the new smoking” to draw attention to the health problems created by our sedentary lifestyles.

Arizona Family, PCH, Mayo Clinic perform special surgery on patients from across US. "This surgery has a really huge impact on a person's self-confidence, a person's overall health and well-being," said Michael, who was born with a birth defect known as Pectus Excavatum. "For the last 35 years of my life, I've been dealing with this birth defect that has created a lot of problems related to my overall health."… "We partnered with the surgeons at the Mayo Clinic, who are just starting up this program, and said, 'Look, let's look at aspects of this that we can do better,' and we changed the way the procedure was done," Notrica said.

Pioneer Press, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway plays after father's death by Chris Tomasson, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway played Sunday against Miami at Sun Life Stadium after his father died Friday. Alan Greenway of Mount Vernon, S.D., died at age 56. He had been battling leukemia for more than two years. Keloland.com of South Dakota reported the funeral is Tuesday in Mount Vernon. Alan Greenway was diagnosed with leukemia on May 10, 2012. In an interview with the Pioneer Press last July, Alan Greenway said he was flown from a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with a dire prognosis. Additional coverage: Daily Republic S.D.

MACS Magazine (London), How to Avoid Sitting Too Much…According to the Mayo Clinic, 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours sitting per day, and 20 to 35 percent spend four or more hours a day watching TV. The study, conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination surveys, reports that sedentary lifestyles shorten life expectancy. If Americans would cut their sitting time in half, their life expectancy would increase by roughly two years.

TIME, Should You Video Chat With Your Doctor? By Ameilia Harnish…To stretch the video capabilities, there are also solutions like HealthSpot, which creates kiosks that are sort of like the medical version of an ATM, says the company’s CEO Steve Cashman. Staffed with doctors from big health systems like the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and Kaiser Permanente and located in places like community centers and strip malls, all you do is step inside and the doctor appears on screen.

North Neighbor News Ohio, Studying at Mayo Clinic, Christina Webber, a 2008 Hoover graduate, is pursuing her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences with a specialization in biomedical engineering and physiology in the Mayo Graduate School at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Huffington Post, City Life May Be To Blame For Rising Diabetes Rates by Anna Almendrala…Stress isn’t just an emotional state. Prolonged stress and associated feelings of anxiety, fatigue, anger, fear or sadness can have a physical impact on the body. For instance, stress causes the body to release cortisol, a hormone that the Mayo Clinic calls the body’s “natural alarm system."

FOX News, PayPal founder taking steps to live to 120. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel hopes to stick around to enjoy a fortune estimated by Forbes at $2.2 billion into the 2080s at least. The venture capitalist and Facebook investor, 47, says he "certainly hopes to" live to 120 and is already taking steps to help him get there…He also takes human growth hormone daily, which "helps maintain muscle mass, so you're much less likely to get bone injuries, arthritis."…The San Jose Mercury-News points to a Mayo Clinic blog post that recommends "against using HGH to treat aging or age-related conditions.") Thiel tells Bloomberg he also drinks red wine and runs on a regular basis.

Illinois News Network Radio, Second prison gets chicken pox. Another Illinois prison has convicts with cases … of chickenpox. The scratchy viral skin infection has led to reports partial lockdowns at Correctional Centers in Pinkneyville and Menard in the past week. There are antihistamines that can be prescribed to relieve the symptoms but online medical treatment information through the Mayo Clinic says the virus is usually allowed to work its course. The Mayo Clinic also reiterates not to give aspirin to people with chicken pox products because it could lead to a rare condition called Reye’s syndrome which can cause brain and liver damage.

Pioneer Press, Q&A: Love Your Melon started as class project by Nancy Ngo… Founded in 2012 by University of St. Thomas students Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller as part of a class project, Love Your Melon hats have a buy-one-give-one philosophy. For every Love Your Melon hat purchased ($30 through loveyourmelon.com), one is donated to a child battling cancer. Hospitals and organizations the duo have worked with include the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities-Upper Midwest and The Pinky Swear Foundation in the Twin Cities metro as well as the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Star Tribune, Flu spikes in Minn. schools; hospitals see more cases by Jeremy Olson. Minnesota schools reported a surge in outbreaks of flu-like illness last week — to levels not seen since the 2009 H1N1 epidemic — and another 60 people were hospitalized, according to weekly flu figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health…“We’ve seen more flu patients this year already than all of last year combined,” said Dr. John Wald, a spokesman for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, which is providing specialized treatment to patients with severe breathing complications.

KARE11, Flu outbreak worst since 2009 by Allen Costantini. Southern Minnesota is reeling from the latest bout with Influenza. Medical facilities report being taxed by the influx of patients. Dr. Ruth Bolton, Mayo Clinic Urgent Care, reports a doubling of the patient load at clinics in the Mankato area. As a result she reports two hour waits by patients in the clinics.

WCCO, Tamiflu May Be Hard To Find, But Don’t Give Up by Angela Davis…Mayo Clinic Health System says patients at its hospitals can only have two guests at a time right now. And those visitors can’t be sick.

St. Peter Herald, Flu concerns prompt health organizational press conference by Dana Melius…Two pediatric deaths have been reported in Minnesota, Krier said, adding to public concerns and health care industry action. Mayo Clinic Health System, which held the press conference, announced it is implementing visitor restrictions at its hospitals in Mankato, Waseca, New Prague, Fairmont, Springfield and St. James. Additional flu coverage: Mankato Free Press, KSTP, Duluth News Tribune, Waseca County News, KEYC Mankato

Coffee Lunch Coffee, Team Think.Over the years, my friend, Eric Morgenstern, has often quoted Kenneth Blanchard with the saying, “None of us is as smart as all of us.”  It goes right along with the idea that “two heads are better than one” and other such concepts.  It all means that by pooling resources – that is, brainpower – the solution is likely to be better thought out, more carefully considered, more robust in nature and more likely to succeed. I witnessed this first hand a few weeks ago during time my family spent in Rochester, Minnesota, at the famed Mayo Clinic. 

MedPage Today, How does one manage bladder symptoms in MS?... What are the best ways to manage the bladder symptoms of multiple sclerosis? We asked two experts to comment on this important but often neglected quality-of-life issue for MS patients: Benjamin Brucker, MD, of NYU Langone Medical Center's urology department in New York City, and Brian Weinshenker, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. 

KJZZ Radio, Dr. Joseph Sirven: Ode To The Holidays. Dr. Joseph Sirven is the Chairman of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic., “It’s the hap-happiest season of all” played, overhead while on my way to see my afternoon patients. Yet, in the sanctity of the exam room, Christmas carols gave way to, “Can you prescribe some Xanax to get me through this month?” or “How can I get through my in-laws lecturing me when I visit over Christmas?” Or my personal favorite, “Doctor, can you write a prescription excusing me from my holiday dinner?”

KAAL, Students Sing For Hospital Patients by Meghan Reistad. Christmas typically brings people home for the holidays, but that is not always the case for people receiving care at the Mayo Clinic. A group of high school students, called the Creative Youth Coalition, is giving back by making the holiday season a little brighter for patients. Thursday, they entertained at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center for the holiday party. They played songs from a CD they just started selling to give back to the community.

Yahoo! Health, What It Means To Have 'Dense Breasts' — And Why It Matters by Christie Wilcox…“When you have dense breasts, what you see is all white, and that’s why we cannot see the tumors very well,” explains Edith Perez, MD, deputy director at large for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the Serene M. and Frances C. Durling professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic, former Mayo exec settle lawsuit over trade secrets by Jeff Kiger. Mayo Clinic has withdrawn its trade secret lawsuit against Dr. Franklin R. Cockerill III, the former CEO of Mayo Medical Labs, as part of a settlement agreement. The settlement was reached Wednesday, and Mayo Clinic withdrew "with prejudice," meaning it cannot pursue the matter again…As part of the settlement, Cockerill agreed not to work or consult for Mayo's largest competitors for two years. He also agreed to return all information he took from Mayo Clinic and pay a portion of Mayo Clinic's legal expenses. Additional coverage: KIMT, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal,

Huffington Post, Women's Holiday Stress: Is the Way I'm Doing the Holidays Working for Me? Co-authored by Jordan Rullo, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist. Women report more stress over the holidays compared to men. They also say it's harder to relax during the holidays, and they are also more likely to engage in default coping skills (like comfort eating). Why is this the case? 

Star Tribune, Study finds patient costs vary significantly among Minnesota clinics by Jeremy Olson…At Fargo-based 7-Day Clinic, a walk-in provider of basic services such as strep tests and vaccinations, regular patients cost only $269 per month, and at Hudson Physicians patients cost $344. On the other end of the scale, patients receiving most of their primary care from University of Minnesota Physicians cost $567 and patients with Mayo Clinic cost $826 per month. Earlier version: Star Tribune

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Study finds Minnesota's priciest health providers by Katharine Grayson, At the lowest end was Moorhead-based Seven Day Clinic, with a monthly cost of $269. At the high end was Rochester-based Mayo Clinic, at $826 per month. Those dollar figures combined payments from insurers and patients. (See the organization's full list here.)

Shakopee Valley News, High school student's diagnosis rallies community to her aid by Cristeta Boarini. The Twitter-verse in Shakopee is flooded daily with tweets supporting #teamannamarie...They are all tweeting for 15-year-old Annamarie Charloff, a Shakopee High School sophomore who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer…Thanks to calls, connections and petitioning from family and friends, Annamarie was able to quickly get accepted to the Mayo Clinic for treatment. Once Mayo was involved, Dawn Charloff said the professional team the hospital has assembled has shown why the hospital is so renowned for its care. “They have made me feel very safe. Before I even met them, they already made me feel like they really care,” Annamarie said.

Parents magazine, 19 Sleep Tricks for Moms by Michelle Crouch. 3. Curb screen time. Using a tablet, a computer, or a mobile phone within an hour of bed can throw off your circadian rhythms. If you must use a gadget, a recent Mayo Clinic study found that lowering the brightness and holding it at least 14 inches from your face will reduce its effect on your sleep. Another option, a blue-light filter to fit over your screen.

Good Morning America, Iowa Spa 'Makeover' Lifts This 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient by Gillian Mohney. An Iowa spa catered to a very special client when it gave a full "makeover" to young cancer patient Wednesday. Taryn Oberthein, 4, has spent much of the past year dealing with doctors and hospitals after she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer, according to ABC News affiliate KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells in different areas in the body, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Yahoo!

Reuters, Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems by Susan Kelly…"We are losing lives, and billions of dollars, by not having interoperability," said Marc Probst, chief information officer for Intermountain Healthcare. His hospital system and a group including Mayo Clinic, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and software providers Cerner, Athenahealth, McKesson Corp and Epic this month announced they will collaborate to develop data-sharing standards.

Minnesota Monthly, Future Twin Cities: What Life Will Look Like in 2040 and Beyond by Rachel Hutton…Twin Cities area is home to six of the top 30 global food and agriculture companies, more water technologists than any other region in the world, and a substantial number of major health-care companies, between the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota, UnitedHealthcare, Medtronic, and others. “There’s no place in the world that’s more prepared to lead on food, water, and health technology than the greater Minneapolis–St. Paul region,” he suggests.

Minnesota Monthly, How to Eat for a Healthy Heart by Sheila Eldred…Clinical research studies linking measurable results with Step One consumption, including one at Mayo Clinic, are still in the early stages, but anecdotally, evidence is building. Birr says one of her favorite jobs at Step One is answering the phone and hearing customer success stories.

Harvard Business Review, Hospital Coalitions Save Money and Improve Care by Chris Holt…An example of this type of collaboration is VHA’s Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center (USMCSC). The 42 members of this purchasing coalition formed in 2008 include Mayo Clinic, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and Sanford Health. This coalition has been able to consolidate the purchase of approximately $2 billion in medical devices, supplies, and pharmaceuticals each year, consistently saving 15% to 20% on contracted items year over year.

Voxxi, 7 easy ways to make water taste better by Hope Gillette. First, however, it is important to remember why you should be drinking more water and just how much is recommended. According to the Mayo Clinic, the old saying “drink 8 glasses of water a day” isn’t too far off, but the actual recommendation from The Institute of Medicine notes an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day, and for women, the AI is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.

Sydney Morning Herald, Marcus Blackmore: the medicine man by David Leser. Long before Marcus Blackmore became king of the largest nutraceutical empire in the southern hemisphere, he used to study the scriptures of his father's faith, a heretic creed to many because of its fundamental belief in nature's healing powers. "Doctors can bury their mistakes," Maurice Blackmore, the man widely regarded as the father of Australian naturopathy, used to tell his son. "So why do patients only come to seek my advice after they've been to five doctors without any results?"… "He always wore a jacket and tie and had two nurses wearing white coats with a chain, watch and badge," his son says. "You would swear you were walking into the Mayo Clinic."

Becker’s Hospital Review, New Mayo residency program to alleviate shortage in rural Wisconsin by Shannon Barnet. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System will be opening a new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in northwest Wisconsin to ease the demand for primary care physicians, according to a Leader-Telegram report.

WEAU Eau Claire, New residency program aimed to keep doctors in Chippewa Valley. A new residency program at Mayo Clinic Health System -Eau Claire is expected to reduce a state-wide shortage of primary care physicians. In 2011, researchers from the Wisconsin Hospital Association predicted a shortage of more than 2,000 doctors by 2030.

Post-Bulletin, Billboards sending wrong message to Mayo Clinic patients by Kenneth Scribner. With all due respect, the "Medica, Mayo Clinic and Me" theme on local billboards is sending the wrong message to Rochester and Minnesota. It suggests the Mayo patient is least important. The primary reason Medica is in the triad is because Medica is footing the bill. Maybe the message would be better reflected by stating it as "Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) and Mayo Clinic."

Bloomberg, Mayo Clinic Settles With Ex-Lab Chief Who Moved to Quest. A trade secrets misappropriation suit between the Mayo Clinic and one of its former executives has been settled, Rochester, Minnesota’s PostBulletin newspaper reported. The clinic sued Franklin R. Cockerill III, the former chief executive of its Mayo Medical Labs unit, in Minnesota state court in October, claiming he moved to a new job with a Mayo competitor --Quest Diagnostics Inc. (DGX) of Madison, New Jersey -- taking memory sticks with company trade secrets, according to the newspaper. Additional coverage: Healthcare Dive

Modern Healthcare, Mayo settles with ex-employee over trade secrets allegations by Lisa Schencker. The Mayo Clinic has settled with a former executive whom the clinic accused of leaving for another job with trade secrets in hand. The clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories settled this week with Dr. Franklin Cockerill III, former chair of Mayo's laboratory medicine and pathology department and president and CEO of the laboratories. Cockerill left Mayo for a job that began Oct. 1 as chief laboratory officer for Quest Diagnostics, a diagnostic laboratory company headquartered in Madison, N.J.

El Siglo, Ejercicio y buena alimentación previenen diabetes…De acuerdo con el doctor Adrian Vella, endocrinólogo de Mayo Clinic, tomar medidas para evitar que la prediabetes avance a diabetes es de suma importancia para la salud, ya que la diabetes conlleva una amplia gama de complicaciones como son ceguera, la cual en Estados Unidos es la principal afectación en personas de 20 a 74 años. Additional coverage: Diario Imagen

AM de Queretaro, Las personas delgadas también pueden padecer exceso de grasa, Que la báscula diga que tenemos un peso adecuado no quiere decir que nuestro corazón esté a salvo. Es posible que una persona con un peso normal tenga exceso de grasa y que eso lo ponga en riesgo, señaló Francisco López-Jiménez, director de Prevención Cardiovascular de la Clínica Mayo.

Teleritmo de Arizona, Bailando Por La Cura…El Director del Programa José Rosales Chávez de  ASU y el Coordinador de la División de  Hematología &  Oncología de Mayo Clinic el Dr. Ruben Mesa  estarán trabajando arduamente para la realización de este atractivo estudio.  Aseguran los expertos en la materia que este estudio sin duda resultará beneficioso para las participantes.  La Universidad Estatal de Arizona y Mayo Clinic está convocando a las mujeres interesadas para que se inscriban los próximos días en este grupo  en donde además de divertido será un descubrimiento en materia médica.

La Crónica de Hoy, Tener prediabetes es una advertencia para cuidarte… El Dr. Adrian Vella, Endocrinología de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesot, explica que el rango medio, entre 100 y 126 miligramos por decilitro, se conoce como prediabetes. El número clave al que hay que vigilar está dentro del rango de 110. Las investigaciones han descubierto que 40% de las personas cuya glucosa sanguínea en ayunas permanece de manera constante sobre 110 avanza hacia la diabetes durante el transcurso de diez años.

Sin Mordaza (Argentina), Del Potro no iría a Australia, Juan Martín del Potro no puede proyectar su futuro. Persisten las molestias en la muñeca operada, una pesadilla que no tiene fin. Cuando sobre el final de marzo pasado, en la clínica Mayo de Rochester (Minnesota), Juan Martín del Potro se sometió a una operación en la muñeca izquierda y el cirujano Richard Berger descubrió que el daño en los ligamentos era peor del que habían arrojado los estudios de imagen de alta resolución, el tenista y su entorno más íntimo supieron que el regreso al circuito no sería nada sencillo. Additional coverage: Tandil Diario, Nordestealdia.com

Diario Imegen, Cápsulas de la salud…Los dolores de cabeza son comunes en adolescentes  en la mayoría de casos, no son síntomas de un problema médico grande, pero cuando persisten  es mejor evaluar la situación. expresa la Dra. Jennifer Fisher, psiquiatra infantil y del adolescente de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, pues afirma que existen varios tipos de dolor de cabeza. Los más comunes son por tensión y migraña.

Pulso Diario de San Luis, Cansancio y falta de aire, ¿cuáles son los síntomas más comunes de fallas del corazón?... Cuando el corazón no logra bombear sangre de manera adecuada, algunas partes del cuerpo podrían sufrir las consecuencias, lo que provocaría síntomas como el cansancio y la falta de aire, informó el centro de medicina e investigación Mayo Clinic.

El Siglo Mexico, Efectos negativos de comer en la noche, Acidez estomacal. Acostarse después de cenar puede provocar que los ácidos del estómago suban al esófago y con ello, una sensación de ardor en la garganta o en el pecho. Esto sucede sobre todo con alimentos altamente grasosos, condimentados, picantes o ácidos. Al respecto, Timothy Morgenthaler, especialista del sueño de Mayo Clinic, sugiere abstenerse de este tipo de comidas en las noches.

Goji Mag, Cancer du sein : un risque très important pour les femmes atteintes d'hyperplasie mammaire…Il a déjà été établi que les femmes atteintes d'hyperplasie mammaire (une prolifération importante des tissus du sein) avaient un risque important de développer un cancer du sein. Cependant, d'après une nouvelle étude américaine de la prestigieuse Mayo Clinic, publiée dans la revue scientifique New England Journal of Medicine, ce danger est beaucoup trop sous-estimé.

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