January 30, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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FOX Business
Mayo Clinic CEO on state of health care

Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy discusses his priorities for 2015, patient care and technology in the U.S. and the development and cost of Hepatitis C therapies.

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

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

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


At Mayo, brain device offers hope for toughest epilepsy cases
by Liz Baier

After nine years of epileptic seizures and no success stopping them, Sheri Finstad was
MPR News logoready to try an experiment. In October, she came to Rochester, where Mayo Clinic doctors implanted a device in her brain designed to deliver mild electrical pulses and record the brain's reaction… "We can see exactly what our stimulation does to the ongoing activity in the brain," said Finstad's neurologist, Dr. Matt Stead. "That will allow us ... hopefully to understand better what patterns and types of stimulation are most likely to suppress their propensity toward seizures."

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

Context: Matt Stead., M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


The Atlantic
Attention: A Muscle to Strengthen
by James Hamblin

"Today is Thursday, the day of Meaning." That's the message at the very top of the page. And from there down, almost everything about Amit Sood's website,The Atlantic Magazine Logo stressfree.org, is couched in the self-help jargon that scientists instinctively dismiss. So it's especially interesting that Sood is a physician, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, no less.

Reach: The Atlantic was founded in 1857, produces 10 issues a year and has 1.2 million readers each month. The magazine also has a number of platforms on the web including The Atlantic, TheAtantic.com, AtlanticLIVE, Atlantic Mobile, The Atlantic Wire and The Atlantic Cities

Additional coverage: Government Executive

Context: In The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, Mayo Clinic stress management and resiliency expert Amit Sood, M.D., draws on decades of groundbreaking research to offer readers a scientifically proven, structured and practical approach to reducing stress. He explains the brain’s two modes — focused mode and default mode — and how an imbalance between the two produces unwanted stress, and he shares new insights about how the mind works, including its natural tendency to wander. In this easy-to-follow guide, Dr. Sood provides actionable steps to cultivate emotional and mental strength, find greater fulfillment and nurture a kind disposition. More information, including a video interview with Dr. Sood, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts:
Ginger Plumbo, Brian Kilen


USA Today
The simple concussion test the NFL does not use
by Nancy Armour

… The Mayo Clinic weighed in on Tuesday, throwing its support behind the King-USA Today Football Helmet LogoDevick with a first-of-its-kind licensing agreement. "Mayo Clinic certainly wouldn't endorse, support or be associated with something they didn't thoroughly vet, and this was thoroughly vetted. The data speaks for itself," said Dr. David Dodick, a neurologist who heads Mayo's Concussion Program. "Is it perfect? No, nothing is perfect," Dodick said. "But is it a valuable tool that can be used pitchside, rinkside and on the sideline to report the suspicion of a concussion? Absolutely."

Reach: USA TODAY  has the highest daily circulation of any U.S. newspaper with a daily average circulation of 4.1 million, which includes print, various digital editions and other  papers that use their branded content.

Additional coverage: Quad-City Times, KARE11, Post-Bulletin, KEYC Mankato, PT Products, Rock Hill Herald, KIMT

Context: Concussions are in the national spotlight for the damage being done to student and professional athletes. Determining when an athlete should be removed from play is a major challenge in preventing injury. Athletes routinely deny symptoms.

King-Devick test logoThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 1.6 and 3.8 million students have concussions every year. In an effort to bring awareness and increase concussion screening, Mayo Clinic has agreed to a licensing agreement withKing-Devick Test Inc., which has developed a proven indicator of ocular motor, visual and cognitive function for concussion detection and evaluation on the sidelines of sporting events to help with the decision to sideline athletes to prevent injury. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

US News & World Report, Hospitals, Doctors Cheer Obama's Call for Personalized Medicine by Kimberly Leonard. President Barack Obama made few references to health care during his State of the Union address, but one topic in the spotlight was what he referred to as "precision medicine” … "As I was watching [the address] I was delighted," says Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, acting director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. "The timing is excellent." Weinshilboum worked with Dr. Francis Collins, now the director of the National Institutes of Health, in mapping human DNA. "The genome project was reported on as if it were a race to the finish line," he says. "But we knew it was a race to the starting line."

The Scientist, Obama Prioritizes Personalized Medicine by Bob Grant… “Tonight, I’m launching a new precision medicine initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes—and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier,” Obama said during last week’s address. “As I was watching [the address] I was delighted,” Richard Weinshilboum, acting director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, told US News & World Report. “The timing is excellent.”

MedPage Today, Precision Medicine: What's It Worth? By Shannon Firth, The Promise Richard Weinshilboum, MD, acting director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in Rochester, Minn., said, "The big vision is to bring genomic science to the bedside to better care for patients, to better diagnose their disease, better individualize their treatment, and to eventually prevent their disease in the first place."

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic welcomes Obama's call for 'precision medicine' by Jeff Hansel. President Obama has proposed that "precision medicine" (another name for individualized medicine) become the next step for the Human Genome Project, and a Mayo Clinic expert in the field is hoping Congress will listen…"We are now poised to apply genomic technologies developed with the findings of the Human Genome Project into everyday patient care," Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, acting director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, said in a statement Monday.

Wall Street Journal, Medicare Aims to Reward Results by Melinda Beck. The Obama administration set an ambitious goal Monday of reducing waste and making older Americans healthier by revamping the system than disburses hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare payments each year… The Mayo Clinic elected to stay out of early federal pay-for-performance programs because it already delivers the kind of coordinated, high-value care ACOs promote, said Kathleen Harrington, who heads Mayo’s government-relations division. She said Monday’s announcement was terrific because “it’s going to drive more and more change.”

National Post, Widow of alcoholic denied liver transplant fights ‘six months sober’ policy by Tom Blackwell. Mark Selkirk was by many accounts a prince of a man…But he was also an alcoholic, and when Mr. Selkirk was diagnosed with severe liver disease, doctors said he would have to be sober for six months before being eligible for a life-saving transplant — even if his wife donated part of her organ. Two weeks later, the 53-year-old businessman was dead.… What’s more, even some drinkers who fall off the wagon after transplantation, “still do pretty well,” Charles Rosen, head of transplantation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., acknowledged Thursday. “We don’t like to advertise that.”

NowU.com, A One-stop Approach to Doctors and Tests, Is an Executive Health Screening for You by Peggy Noonan…Companies and executives like executive health screenings because they know they provide a thorough, high-quality exam with an itinerary that's coordinated and consolidated efficiently, said Dr. Kurt Carlson, medical director of Mayo Clinic's Executive and International Health Program in Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic's program includes preventive services, counseling, health promotion and medical evaluation of specific patient concerns, Carlson said.

Bloomberg, Measles May Be in U.S. to Stay, 15 Years After It Left by Michelle Fay Cortez. Measles could once again become native in the U.S., disease experts worry, as an outbreak in California linked to Disneyland has put a spotlight on a growing failure to vaccinate that’s helping the disease to spread...“Children die as a result of this disease,” said Greg Poland, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group.

News4Jax, Measles outbreak update. An outbreak of measles has been linked to Disneyland California employees and has spread… Here to shed light on the outbreak is an internist at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Vandana Bhide.

USA Today, Disneyland measles outbreak spreads by Liz Szabo… Its common symptoms include a fever, dry cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes and a telltale rash, according to the Mayo Clinic. Children are often so sensitive to light that they must be kept in a dark room.

Chicago Tribune (Bloomberg), Measles threatens U.S. comeback years after elimination…"Children die as a result of this disease," said Greg Poland, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group. "In 1990, three of every 1,000 children who got measles died from it. That wasn't the dark ages. We don't have an effective treatment for measles. The only thing we have is prevention."

KTAR Ariz., Arizona researchers study social media's impact on e-cig users by Holliday Moore…A newer study by scientists in Arizona has set out to learn how much impact social media has on the choices e-cig users make. Six months into the five-year study, Scott Leischow with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and co-researcher Daniel Zeng have collected enough data to show that most e-smokers are trying to quit tobacco.

MedPage Today, Framingham Falls Short in Newly Diagnosed PsA by Pauline Anderson…Comparing observed cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in PsA patients with the results of the Framingham Risk Score(FRS) yielded a 10-year cumulative incidence rate for CVD events of 17% (95% CI 10%-24%), which was higher than expected and almost twice as high as predicted by the FRS, reported C. Ernste MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.

TODAY.com, Heartburn hell: Woman finds relief with magnetic bead implant…Doctors not associated with the company say results are impressive, but note that clinical trials are only seven years out. “Initial studies show it’s really promising with good outcomes,” said Dr. Karthik Ravi, assistant professor of gastroenterology and hematology at the Mayo Clinic. “The only caveat is we still don’t have long-term experiences with LINX in a big population. Five or ten years down the road, we don’t know it will work.”

Mankato Free Press, Speaking of Health: Thyroid disease diminishes quality of life by Deb Vogelsang, nurse practitioner Mayo Clinic Health System. Much like our vehicles have engines, our bodies have similar parts that help us function. The heart and brain are the big anatomy regulators, but the thyroid is also a crucial driver of bodily operation. And when your thyroid experiences issues, your whole body starts to feel out of sorts — and your quality of life suffers.

WPTZ Wis., Cancer pain: Relief is possible by Mayo Clinic News Network. Not everyone with cancer experiences cancer pain, but 1 out of 3 people undergoing cancer treatment does. If you have advanced cancer — cancer that has spread or recurred — your chance of experiencing cancer pain is even higher.…Timothy J. Moynihan, M.D., a cancer specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers some insight into cancer pain, reasons why people might not get the pain treatment they need and what they can do about it.

Mankato Free Press, After beating cancer, patient and oncologist dance with the Mankato stars by Nate Gotlieb. Mitzi Roberts credits Dr. Kevin Cockerill with saving her life. Now she's getting a chance to share her passion of dance with him. Roberts and Cockerill are competing together in the third annual Dancing with the Mankato Stars event Feb. 13 at the Verizon Wireless Center. Their partnership comes after a year in which Cockerill, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, treated Roberts for breast cancer.

Cambridge News UK, Importance of bowel cancer screening to be put in spotlight by Anglia Ruskin University filmmaker, The importance of colorectal cancer screening will be put in the spotlight later this year with the production by an award-winning filmmaker. Bafta Award-winning Dr. Shreepali Patel, senior lecturer in film and television production at Anglia Ruskin, has secured a £25,000 grant from the world-leading Mayo Clinic to produce a film to educate patients about the importance of colorectal cancer screening.

Mankato Free Press, With loved ones abound, Zierdt celebrates cancer milestone by Nate Gotlieb. Jonathan Zierdt was all smiles Friday as he celebrated a milestone in his prostate cancer treatment. Zierdt, 48, the Greater Mankato Growth CEO and president, had his 38th and final radiation treatment Friday at the Andreas Cancer Center in Mankato. He celebrated with a ceremonial bell ringing in front of family, friends and his staff at GMG. “I'm very fortunate to be part of this community,” Zierdt said before thanking the Mayo doctors, nurses and staff for their work. Additional coverage: KEYC Mankato

LA Times, Opinion A problem with how we treat cancer -- and how to fix it by Cindy Finch. I was diagnosed with cancer after giving birth to my third child. The tumor had grown especially large thanks to my body’s hormones that had been growing my baby. The medical community helped my disease, but could not help my despair… When I was a social worker at the Mayo Clinic, and as a patient myself, I learned of the four well-known phases to cancer: discovery, diagnosis, treatment (a better way to put it might be “medical intervention”) and survivorship.

BusinessWeekly UK, Aru Academic Commissioned by Mayo Clinic For Cancer Project. An award-winning filmmaker from Anglia Ruskin University has secured a £25,000 grant from the world-leading Mayo Clinic to produce a film to educate patients about the importance of colorectal cancer screening…The Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, United States, is recognised as one of the world’s leading medical research hospitals and the project is the result of a collaboration with Dr Piet de Groen, a gastroenterologist at the clinic.

Missoulian, 'Hope and attitude:' 5-time cancer survivor to speak at Relay for Life kickoffAt the age of 5, Morgan McQuillan received her first cancer diagnosis… McQuillan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a form of bone cancer – at 5 and soon had one of her legs amputated as part of her treatment, which also included a yearlong schedule of two weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota followed by one week each at a Billings hospital and at home. Due to the extreme rarity and uniqueness of her cancer, McQuillan was sent to the Mayo Clinic instead of a Denver-based hospital that usually provides specialized treatment to children from the Billings area.

USA Today, Family hears son's heart beat in another man's chest. Throughout life, we all wait for something or someone. Tom Meeks spent three years waiting for a heart transplant. Back in April of 2011, the Vietnam Veteran was diagnosed with a rare heart disease called amyloidosis. Doctors said he wouldn't survive without a transplant… Meeks was led to the Mayo Clinic. Meeks said doctors didn't make any promises but told him they would run the test to see if he was eligible to be placed on a waiting list.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Epic's Mayo contract a 'jewel,' could boost DOD contract chances by Akanksha Jayanthi, Mayo Clinic shook up the health IT airwaves last week when the Rochester, Minn.-based health system announced it would move to consolidate its EHR and revenue cycle management system on Epic's platform. More than 350 healthcare organizations caring for 54 percent of patients in the U.S. currently use Epic's software. With the new contract, approximately one million more patients at Mayo Clinic locations in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona will have their records stored on Epic's platform, according to a Wisconsin State Journal 

WKOW Madison, Wis., Mayo Clinic picks Epic for new health record system by Evan Bolin. Mayo Clinic has selected Verona-based Epic Systems as its partner for its new electronic health record system. In a news release, Mayo says the new system will replace its three health record systems in use today and will be a foundation for Mayo Clinic operations over the next several decades. "We're confident in choosing Epic as our strategic partner as we continue to enhance Mayo Clinic's excellence in health care and medical innovation,” said John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic contract a 'jewel' for Epic. Epic Systems Corp. scored a major win by getting a contract to handle Mayo Clinic's electronic medical records, according to media coverage of last week's announcement. Signing Mayo is a coup, as it is considered "one of the crown jewels in the market," said analyst Eric Coldwell, of Robert W. Baird & Co., according to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Post-Bulletin, Is it baseball season already? by Guy Limbeck. Snow is on the ground, but summer was in the air Wednesday in Rochester. Two Minnesota Twins players gave baseball tips to dozens of kids on an artificial turf surface at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center… he players were in Rochester as part of the annual Twins Winter Caravan and stopped by the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center to do a baseball clinic sponsored by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and EXOS, a Phoenix-based athletic performance company.

Self magazine, New Research Shows Another (Major!) Protective Benefit of Coffee by Jenna Birch… And here’s the other thing to know about coffee consumption: the biggest benefits here were shown in a group consuming four eight-ounce cups of coffee a day or more, and four cups is equivalent to the maximum amount of caffeine you should consume (roughly 400 milligrams), according to the Mayo Clinic. So, as to not feel jittery all day, you may still want to keep your coffee consumption in check and continue to be smart about applying sunscreen daily.

Pioneer Press, Dayton wants $30M for U med school. Mark Dayton laid out a funding plan Wednesday designed to elevate the University of Minnesota Medical School's national reputation and bolster its role as a driver of health innovation and job creation… The investment in the U medical school, together with the state's commitment to the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center project in Rochester, would solidify Minnesota's position as "a mecca for medical technology, for world-class medical innovation," Dayton said.

Post-Bulletin, Senate passes $20 million in tax cuts, DMC funding fix by Heather Carlson. A bill loaded with $20 million in tax cuts and language fixing Destination Medical Center’s funding formula is headed to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.

Star Tribune, Lawmakers fix a $6B glitch in the Destination Medical Center bill by Jennifer Brooks… Mayo Clinic had lobbied hard for state support for the project, warning that it will be hard to recruit top talent to snowy Minnesota without massive investments in the clinic itself and the community it calls home. Mayo has pledged $3.5 billion of its own money to the project, and promised to bring in another $2 billion in private investment to turn Rochester into a destination in its own right, full of gleaming new shops, restaurants, hotels and cultural amenities designed to attract patients, doctors alike.

Post-Bulletin, DMC funding fix a great example of bipartisan politics by Rep. Nels Pierson… Fortunately, Minnesota House Republicans have begun this legislative session by passing a bipartisan federal tax conformity bill that not only includes millions of dollars in tax relief for Minnesota families but also benefits Mayo Clinic and Destination Medical Center, ensuring the project can move forward smoothly.

Star Tribune, Dayton signs bill containing immediate tax breaks, wording fix to Mayo Clinic expansion plan. Quickly adopted tax legislation that provides breaks to tens of thousands of Minnesota taxpayers is now law. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Saturday when it landed on his desk. Lawmakers gave it final approval late last week. Additional coverage: KTTC, Pioneer Press,

Bloomberg, Kobe Bryant Tears Rotator Cuff in Right Shoulder. NBA Lakers say Kobe Bryant tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder playing for the Los Angeles Lakers two nights ago in a game at the New Orleans Pelicans.… The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that hold the upper arm in the shoulder socket, according to the Mayo Clinic.

AZ Family, Former executive offers career advice by Fields Moseley. We all ask ourselves questions at our jobs. Is this what I want? Is it all I can do? Can I ever get ahead? Shirley Weis, the former chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic, wrote a book on the subject. “You don't get where you need to go in life without a lot of grit and perseverance, without a lot of hard work,” Weis said. Additional coverage: Daily News 724

Duluth News Tribune, New CEO begins work at Essentia. An eye specialist is the new head of Duluth-based Essentia Health and its nearly 100 health care facilities in four states. Besides overseeing Essentia’s integrated healthcare system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho, new CEO David C. Herman plans to see Essentia patients as an ophthalmologist. Additional coverage: Brainerd Dispatch

Echo Journal, Herman begins role as Essentia Health CEO. Dr. David C. Herman has stepped into his new role as chief executive officer for Essentia Health. Herman said he’s excited to lead an organization that’s focused on the values of quality, hospitality, respect, justice, stewardship and teamwork.

Channel3000 Wis., Victim’s blood to be tested for HIV in homicide trial.  Clayton Courtney is accused of brutally stabbing his roommate and killing Brittany Cross in May. Courtney faces charges of first-degree attempted intentional homicide and first-degree intentional homicide. In court Thursday, Rock County Judge Daley approved a motion to allow Mayo Clinic to test a sample of Cross's blood for HIV. On the date of the homicide, Cross reportedly told Courtney she was HIV positive and would not be able to have children with him.

Insight News, Influenza and Sepsis: Mayo expert describes warning signs of severe sepsis, septic shock. Sepsis can be a dangerous complication of almost any type of infection, including influenza, pneumonia and food poisoning; urinary tract infections; bloodstream infections from wounds; and abdominal infections. Steve Peters, M.D., a pulmonary and critical care physician at Mayo Clinic and senior author of a recent sepsis overview in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, explains sepsis symptoms and risk factors, the difference between severe sepsis and septic shock, and how sepsis is typically treated.

News4Jax, Tips for eating healthy. Top tips for healthy eating from nutritionist Melissa Stewart and Mayo Clinic.

BigThink, Having Clear Intentions Can Boost Your Attention by Orion Jones. Amit Sood is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is also an advocate of alternative behavioral therapies, like meditation, as a way to help the general public benefit from recent esoteric advances in neuroscience.

SELF magazine (PDF), Can you be depressed & happy? by Rebecca Webber…A 2014 study authored by Twenge in the journal Social Indicators Research found that, since 2000, young Americans have reported substantially higher levels of depressive symptoms than those in the '80s and '90s, including negative feelings, sleep disruption and poor concentration. The trend was magnified in females, who are nearly twice as likely as males to have clinical depression. The Mayo Clinic reports that one in five women will develop depression in her lifetime.

Chippewa Herald, Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar physician faces terminal cancer by Susan Barber Lindquist. Dave Eitrheim, M.D., a longtime family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie, has cherished the relationships he’s established with patients through the years. He’s been honored and humbled to be the first to see and hold patients’ newborns, care for people in the hospital during critical illnesses and comfort families following a loved one’s death.

Yahoo! News, Heart Bypass Surgery: What Women Should Know by Lisa Esposito…Cardiologist Sharonne Hayes, founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says the volume of CABGs has dropped in the past decade. One reason is that percutaneous interventions -- less-invasive procedures to place tiny stents along the arteries -- are often done instead. Many of Hayes' patients have already tried several treatments, from medications to stents. But for some patients with conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease, or with multiple blockages, she says "bypass surgery is the best thing we can for them, because it gives them a better long-term outcome."

HealthCanal, New Breast Exam Nearly Quadruples Detection of Invasive Breast Cancers in Women with Dense Breast Tissue. New breast imaging technique pioneered at Mayo Clinic nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published this week in the American Journal of Roentgenology… About half of all screening-aged women have dense breast tissue, according to Deborah Rhodes, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physician and the senior author of this study. Additional coverage: Herald Online, News Medical, Design & Trend

KIMT, Mayo releases study on breast cancer prediction model by Adam Sallet…Researchers at Mayo Clinic have released a study detailing a new and better prediction model for that type of cancer. In the study, they point out that tissue taken from breasts biopsies can be put under a microscope to determine risk factors for that particular person. “It gives a certain number of points and then those points add up and translate into a certain numerical amount of percentage risk of breast cancer over the upcoming years,” Dr. Amy Degnim, principle investigator of the research team says. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress, Science Daily,

Radiation Therapy News, Mayo Clinic Study Evaluates Supplemental Screening in Women With Dense Breast Tissue. Results from the study entitled “Molecular Breast Imaging at Reduced Radiation Dose for Supplemental Screening in Mammographically Dense Breasts”, were recently published in the American Journal of Roentgenology by Mayo Clinic researchers… Deborah Rhodes and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, examined the diagnostic performance of supplemental screening molecular breast imaging (MBI) in 1,651 women with mammographically dense breasts after system modifications to permit radiation dose reduction.

Oncology Nurse Advisor, New model more accurately classifies breast cancer risk, Every year in America, more than a million women have breast biopsies that turn out to have benign findings. A new model, tested by a group of researchers led by Amy Degnim, M.D., a surgeon at Mayo Clinic, uses histologic features of biopsied breast tissue from benign findings along with demographic data to more accurately determine future breast cancer risk.

Post-Bulletin, New screening technique improves breast cancer detection…"The finding that MBI substantially increases detection rates of invasive cancers in dense breasts without an unacceptably high increase in false positive findings has important implications for breast cancer screening decisions, particularly as 20 states now require mammography facilities to notify women about breast density and encourage discussion of supplemental screening options," senior study author and Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physician Dr. Deborah Rhodes in the press release.

UAE News, Breakthrough Mayo Clinic Study Confirms Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) High Absolute Sensitivity for Supplemental, Low-Dose Screening Study. A breakthrough study conducted by Mayo Clinic and published in the AJR has clinically confirmed that Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) yields superior imaging and low radiation exposure for women with dense breast tissue, which can affect up to 40% of the female population. Additional coverage: Dubai City Guide, Kuwait Business Post, Cancer Network

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic set to open facility in Southeast Rochester by Jeff Kiger. Mayo Clinic's newest Rochester health care facility, Mayo Family Clinic Southeast, will open its doors for patients on Monday. The 22,800-square-foot building at 4544 Canal Place S.E. is expected to offers patients easier access to Mayo care, like the two north side clinics. "Our goal is provide seamless, comprehensive care," said Dr. Jay Mitchell, the clinic's medical director. "It's all about finding the right provider for the right problem." Additional coverage: KIMT

Vogue, The Charcoal Juice Phenomenon: What’s in Those Little Black Bottles?... It’s a line of reasoning that may have roots in the medical community, where activated charcoal has been largely used as a remedy for the ingestion of poisons. “It has a great capacity for absorption,” explains Donald Hensrud, MD, MPH, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, of the ingredient’s ability to decrease the effects of a drug or toxin.

Huffington Post, New Year: New Intimacy by Jordan Rullo, PhD, Mayo Clinic clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist. The most popular New Year's resolutions are about physical and mental health -- lose weighteat healthierquit smoking or drink less alcohol. Yet we often forget about sexual health. People who are happy with their sexual health tend to be happier people. Why not make a resolution about sexual health

Topeka Capital-Journal, Church to hold fundraiser for baby with extra toes by Anne Bush. In just eight months, Heidi Walder has blessed the lives of so many…Heidi was born in May with a rare foot abnormality called polydactyly atypical mirrored foot. In simple terms, Heidi has nine toes on her left foot.…Stormont-Vail recently became a part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which allows patients to gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise without having to travel to a Mayo Clinic facility. As a part of the network, Stormont-Vail has access to eConsults, where doctors can send files electronically for guidance, and AskMayoExpert, a web-based information system that allows doctors to connect with specialists…Cotter and the Mayo Clinic were able to put the Walders in touch with Vincent Mosca, of Seattle Children’s Hospital. Mosca specializes in foot deformities, Pam Walder said.

Prevention magazine (PDF), The Natural Superbug Cure by Koren Wemore. Deadly antibiotic-resistant infections have American doctors trembling. Thanks to a therapy long forgotten here, one country in Eastern Europe is having no such crisis. So why are thousands of us dying?... Last-resort doctors she saw at the Mayo Clinic finally told her there was nothing more they could do. At age 51, she would have a few months left to say good-bye to her two daughters and, perhaps, spend one more holiday season with her family. "When I was told to get my affairs in order, it hit me like a ton of bricks," Roberts says.

Healthcare Professionals Network, What Will They Think of Next? 3D Models before Surgery by Jeannette Wick… Take note: Surgeons are applying 3-D technology to improve care. Researchers from the Phoenix, AZ Mayo Clinic teamed with a high school student to apply 3-D printer technology to clinical practice. They promote the result, office-based rapid prototyping, as a method for accurate, extensive preoperative planning. They describe 7 complex orthopedic cases in which they used this approach in a literature review and case report compilation in the January 2015 issue of The American Journal of Orthopedics.

South China Morning Post, China’s Medisun enters into partnership deal with Mayo Clinic in United States…“Mayo Clinic will provide health care consulting services to aid Medisun’s work providing high-quality medical services to patients in Hong Kong and mainland China. The two organizations will further collaborate to ensure efficient referral of patients from China to Mayo Clinic in the United States,” the announcement of the January 16 agreement from National Investments Fund said. Additional coverage: HealthInvestor UK

BringMeTheNews, Would you travel 6,000 miles for a doctor? The Mayo Clinic is counting on it by Adam Uren, The Mayo Clinic is looking international – specifically, 6,000 miles away in China – as it tries to woo new patients. The worldwide recognition enjoyed by the Rochester-based health group has led to a collaboration with Hong Kong-based Medisun Holdings to provide “health care consulting services,” which is expected to increase the number of referrals from China to Minnesota. Additional coverage: Twin Cities Business

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic looks to attract patients from China by Jeff Kiger. To take advantage of the rapidly growing medical tourism market, Mayo Clinic has deepened its relationship with a Hong Kong firm to bring more Chinese patients to Rochester. Medisun Holdings Ltd. announced Monday it has signed a collaborative deal to "Ensure efficient referral of patients" to Mayo Clinic. The agreement also calls for Mayo Clinic "to provide health care consulting services to aid Medisun's work" in Hong Kong and mainland China.

South China Morning Post, Alibaba unit signs partnership in medical technology with Chinese software firm… On Monday, it was announced that US hospital Mayo Clinic had entered into a partnership agreement with Chinese healthcare firm Medisun Holdings to collaborate on patient services and regenerative treatment research.

Faribault Daily News, Faribault toddler helps paint her own prosthetic eye by Camey Thibodeau. While an infant, 2-year-old Madison Mueller lost her right eye to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Only about 300 kids in the U.S. are diagnosed annually with retinoblastoma…Madison’s eye was removed at Mayo Clinic when she was just 9 months old. A month after the surgery, she was fitted for a prosthetic eye.

The Leader, YEAR IN REVIEW: No. 2 — Blooming Prairie Clinic re-opens after being closed more than a year by Jeffrey Jackson. The Blooming Prairie clinic reopened in September. But it wasn't until mid-November that members with Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayo Clinic Health System and the community attended an open house and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the clinic.

Yahoo! Parenting, Twins Need Liver Transplants — But Dad Can Only Donate to One by Elise Sole. It’s a terrible choice no parent should have to make: The father of 3-year-old twin girls in desperate need of liver transplants can only donate to one, so the family has launched a Facebook campaign to find a second donor before time runs out. …According to Mikel Prieto, M.D., medical director at the Mayo Clinic, the odds of a successful transplant between two matches are anywhere from 80 to 90 percent. If the procedure goes well, “the girls could most likely lead very normal lives,” he tells Yahoo Parenting.

Real Simple magazine, 6 Ways a Snow Day is Good for Your Health by Abigail Wise…6. Having fun is good for you. Whether you'd prefer to spend the day outside or curled up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, enjoying yourself for a day is a boon to your health. Stress can cause headaches, fatigue, anxiety, sleep problems, and even depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Taking a day to relieve all that can improve your mood and your health.

Laura Loves Fitness Blog, A Unique Approach to Healthy Living. It’s always a win-win when my multimedia production world collides with my lifelong love for health and fitness. On this Motivation Monday, I’d like to share a glimpse at how that happened just last week in Rochester, Minnesota. That’s home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, and it’s where I made a repeat visit to produce a satellite media tour for KickedUp Media Group. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Donald Hensrud, the medical director for Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program. The immersion program is aimed at helping people keep their health and wellness resolutions alive long beyond a few weeks or months in the new year.

WPTZ Wis., How to treat sinus infections without antibiotics by Mayo Clinic News Network…Instead of turning to antibiotics, Alan Conway, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System– Franciscan Healthcare in Tomah, suggests some alternative methods of treatment. Dr. Conway says, “First of all, you should give yourself enough rest. Your body needs the time to fight the infection with full force, especially in the first few days when symptoms are the most severe.”

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

reason.com, Why the Obama Administration’s New Medicare Payment Reform Plan Won’t Live Up to the Hype…The Pioneer ACO program started out on the wrong foot when several of the most prominent and respected health care systems in the country, including the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Health, and Geisinger Health System, all opted not to participate in the Pioneer program. These clinics were widely touted as the original models for the administration’s ACO program. But in the end, the poster children wanted no part of the administration’s plans.

National Pain Report, Pills for Breakfast: Reflecting on My Two Year ‘Pain-niversary’ by Crystal Lindell…I’ve tried all the things people with rare illness are supposed to try when they get sick in America though, and nothing seems to work. I’ve been to a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, and even the Mayo Clinic. But the chiropractor was a quack, the acupuncturist was a swindler, and the Mayo Clinic just wanted me to pay $35,000 for a pay clinic that my insurance refused to cover.

Reuters, Dear Abby aka Jeanne Phillips to be Honored at 2015 Great Minds Gala Hosted by Diane Rehm. Event will raise funds for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Dementia-Care Programs… This year's Proxmire awardee, Jeanne Phillips, bestowed, along with her brother Edward Phillips (deceased) and another anonymous donor, a $10 million grant to the Mayo Clinic to build the Abigail Van Buren Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in honor of their mother, Pauline Phillips, who originally created the pseudonym "Abigail Van Buren" for the Dear Abby advice column in 1956.

Healthcare DIVE, UVA to test eConsults/eReferrals EHR model by Anne Zieger…The eConsults mode—incorporated by the Mayo Clinic's AskMayoExpert website last year—will allow primary care physicians to consult with specialists using a system that allows the specialist access to the patient's electronic records. The primary care physician asks the specialist a question, sends the query through the system, and the specialist responds after examining the patient's history …

HealthCentral, A New Migraine Specialist - My Journey Begins by Cyndi Jordan. As the cab headed for Mayo Clinic, Arizona, where I was to see a new migraine specialist… I arrived for my appointment and immediately saw a large display that read "The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered." William Mayo Wow! How often do you see a statement like that emblazoned on the wall of the medical clinic into which you are walking? My anxiety dissipated even more, and I found myself ready to get on with the appointment itself.

KMSP, Elle Kirchoff strives to overcome rare medical condition called POTS by Kelcey Carlson. Upon first glance, you'd never guess that 32-year-old Elle Kirchoff has to spend most of her time in a wheelchair.… Doctors know what's wrong with Elle -- they just don't know how to treat it. She has a nervous system disorder called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS. The Mayo Clinic has a clinic on this but it typically affects teenage girls going through puberty and most outgrow it and, she has a rare form of something already pretty uncommon.

Faribault Daily News, Faribault Mayo OB/GYN office relocates to District One Hospital by Camey Thibodeau. In a move that benefits patients, the Faribault Mayo Clinic Obstetrics/Gynecology Department relocated to the second floor of District One Hospital on Jan. 19. “We are relocating to the Women’s Health Unit to be closer to labor and delivery,” said Dr. Thomas Howell at Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault.

Austin Daily Herald, Area students get a taste of science…Mayo Clinic researchers have invited about 200 area eighth-grade and high school students to the 16th Biennial Celebration of Research, a daylong conference for students interested in learning about careers in science. The keynote address, “Harnessing Viruses to Attack Cancer,” will be presented by Eva Galanis, M.D., a professor of oncology and chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine at Mayo Clinic. This year’s theme, “Going Viral,” pertains to Dr. Galanis’ research and more.

Health IT Consultant, HIMSS Analytics Honors Altru Health System & Clinics with Stage 7 Awards…Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.

WQOW, Katherine's Wish toy drive kicks off by Heidi Bohl…The 7th annual Katharine's Wish toy drive runs from Monday, January 26 to February 13. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, this year's theme is; Have a Heart for Katharine's Wish.…To date, Katie has donated nearly 10,000 new toys, stuffed animals and books to more than twenty hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including Mayo Clinic Health System, Sacred Heart Hospital and Marshfield Clinic. Katie's goal is to have Katharine's Wish touch the lives of children in all 50 States.

WJXT Jacksonville, Mayo Clinic Biobank. From finding new cures to driving potential new treatments, the Biobank needs your help to succeed. Dr. Alexander Parker, Mayo Clinic is a guest on the show.

OncLive, Success Fuels Perez’s Dreams of Helping Patients With Breast Cancer. Coping with challenges is part of the human condition, but self-awareness can have far-reaching results. Just ask Edith A. Perez, MD, about her experience attending medical school. “I always thought I would do something… it wasn’t something that I could totally articulate, but I knew I was going to do something different,” Perez recalled.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Hosts Science Conference for Students by Ben Henry. The Mayo Clinic is home to an extensive amount of both research and education. Because all of the doctors and scientists have to start somewhere, Mayo Clinic invited hundreds of kids interested in the fields of medicine and science for an inspirational hands on day. Hundreds of students from 8th grade and high school filled Mayo Clinic for the 16th biennial Celebration of Research. They heard from keynote speaker Eva Galanis, Chair of Molecular Medicine at Mayo Clinic, and were able to get hands on experience. Additional coverage: KTTC, KIMT

cincinnaticom, Rashid part of panel on women’s heart health…Schweitzer, had two heart attacks three weeks apart in October 2012. She was in perfect health with no history of heart disease and had great cholesterol levels. After many test and scans, she was sent to the Cleveland Clinic and was diagnosed with SCAD (spontaneous coronary arterial dissection), a tear between the layers of the arteries that causes a blockage to the heart. She is in a Mayo Clinic study for SCAD to find out why this happens mainly to healthy women.

Yahoo! Health, How To Avoid An Embarrassing Snow-Shoveling Injury by Amanda Chan…Here are some tips from the AAOS and the Mayo Clinic (Mayo Clinic News Network) for staying safe if you need to bundle up and clear a path:… Make sure you bend from the knees, not the back. “Lift with your legs bent, stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the shovel close to your body,” the Mayo Clinic advises. 

KOMO News, The risk factors for osteoarthritis by Herb Weisbaum… While osteoarthritis is often associated with the knees and hips, it can affect any joint in the body, including the hands. Shreyasee Amin at the Mayo Clinic says osteoarthritis can run in families, especially people with hand osteoarthritis. “They might say that their mother’s hands looked like theirs, so if they’ve had a family member with significant osteoarthritis, particularly in the hand, they might be at higher risk as well,” Amin said.

Reuters, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Study Finds Platelet-Rich Plasma Shows Promise in Non-Surgical Healing…"Osteopathic medicine teaches us that the human organism possesses an innate ability to heal itself. These principles of regenerative medicine have led to several new applications of human-derived products for improving health. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is derived from the patient's own blood, delivering growth factors directly to sites of injury and activating the reparative process," said JAOA Editor in Chief, Robert Orenstein, DO, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic Arizona.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Spent $750K Preparing for Ebola. According to a report, nearly $3.3 million dollars was spent in 2014 by four hospitals designated as Ebola treatment centers. Byron Callies, Emergency Management Manager at Mayor Clinic, told the committee Tuesday that expenses at Mayo Clinic Hospital-St. Mary’s Campus reached nearly $750,000.  Those were direct costs tracked from July with the bulk of spending coming in October.

Florida Times-Union, Zorba Paster: Good results outweigh the side effects of statins. Dear Doc: Every time my doctor recommends a statin, I cringe. It seems that all you doctors do is push drugs. Look, I don’t smoke, I jog every day and I eat a super-low-fat diet….What’s your take?...My recommendation is that you go to a reliable website such as the Mayo Clinic, read about the possible statin side effects, discuss it with your doctor and pharmacist and then make a decision.

Austin Daily Herald, Researcher gets $100K grant; Hormel Institute scientist to study bone marrow, cancer ties…Dr. Rebecca Morris, leader of the stem cells and cancer research section at the Institute, received a one-year Pilot Award from the Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC^2), which consists of The Hormel Institute, Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center and Hormel Foods Corporation. She is collaborating on the project with Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute; and Dr. Alexander Meves, a physician scientist in dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

St. Cloud Times, Our View: Change the rural-vs.-Twin Cities mentality. Legislators who are serious about crafting policies to help constituents must resist the temptation to talk as if there is a singular solution for "rural Minnesota." …A few positive examples: The Twin Cities will always be the heart of the state's economic engine so it will obviously attract the most workers — just as Lake Superior draws the most tourists and the Mayo Clinic so much prestige to Rochester.

Starkville Daily News, Local restaurants help Bland battle lung condition. Darrell Bland is calm for someone dealing with a serious respiratory condition. Bland, warehouse manager at United Produce in Starkville, said he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in April 2011, and average life expectancy for patients like him is two years after diagnosis. Bland is on a list at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. for a double lung transplant.

Healthy Women, Why Walking Is Good for Your Health by Sheryl Kraft…And for another, all this dire news about how dangerous sitting is to your health (when the majority of my day is spent sitting in front of my computer, writing) scares me. "It's the new smoking!" headlines scream…Scary.  James Levine,who is the director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Solutions Initiative, as well as the inventor of the treadmill desk (would love one of those!), has even written a book on it (Get Up!). I haven't read it yet, but plan to.

Washington Post, Early Alzheimer’s in parent exacts heavy toll on young adult children by Fredrick Kunkle… Tyler Summitt was 20 years old when he found out that his mother had early-onset Alzheimer’s. As the only child of divorced parents, he began taking on the duties of caregiver on the day after her diagnosis. He arranged for his mother’s local doctors to speak with physicians at the Mayo Clinic, where the diagnosis had been made…He helped his mother strategize about how to manage the news, because his mother was also a public figure: Pat Summitt.

FOX News, Georgia woman, 58, shares daily struggles of living with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Five years ago, Denise Goerke, 58, was at the top of her game as a national saleswoman for Xerox when she began getting lost on roads she’d driven a hundred times…Early-onset Alzheimer’s is an uncommon form of dementia that strikes before age 65, according to the Mayo Clinic. Of all the people who have Alzheimer’s, about 5 percent— or about 200,000 people— develop the disease before this age.

Rock River Times, Alliances provide more health care services by Richard Gubbe…Mayo Clinic announced in 2013 that OSF HealthCare passed Mayo’s review process to become the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. OSF, the fourth-largest health care provider in Illinois, is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. OSF provides care to more than 3.7 million people in the communities it serves throughout Illinois and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Le Center Leader, Nurse practitioner joins Mayo Clinic Health System in Montgomery by Debbie Zimmerman. Sara Farias, certified family nurse practitioner, always knew she would like to work in medicine. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Minnesota.

Magic Valley (Idaho), Community Rallies to Help Burrows Family with Medical Expenses. Pomerelle Mountain Manager John Burrows is suffering from a serious rare illness and the skiing and boarding community are holding a pair of benefits to help the family defray medical expenses…“In the last few years, they’ve spent $40,000 in medical bills and that does not include costs from the Mayo Clinic,” said Kali. Burrows went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in December and was diagnosed with Polyneuropathy, Organomegaly, Endocrinopathy, Monoclonal Gammopathy, and Skin Changes or (POEMS) Syndrome.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic receives $5.7 million for dementia research by Alexa Epitropoulos, Mayo Clinic is getting a boost in its search to find a solution for Lewy body dementia, a disease that causes major decline in both mental and physical abilities. The Jacksonville campus received a $5.75 million gift from the Harry T. Mangurian Foundation in Palm Beach, Florida, to propel their studies forward. Additional coverage: Florida Times-Union, BioPortfolio, WGAL Pa.

Star Tribune, Here's the science behind all that snot by Kim Ode, Anyone with a stuffy nose these days can’t help but marvel at the Play-Doh Fun Factory working overtime between their ears, extruding an endless stream of … stuff. You blow your nose and five minutes later, you need to blow it again. Five minutes later, you need to blow it again. Five minutes later, you need to blow it again. This can go on for days. How can this be?...“Most people are shocked by how much mucus we make and swallow every day,” said Dr. Erin O’Brien of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Horse talk New Zealand, New concussion screening tool can be used ‘in the field’ …“Studies have indicated that the King-Devick test is an effective tool for the real-time evaluation of concussion because it looks at rapid eye movement and attention – both are affected by concussions,” says David Dodick, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and director of Mayo Clinic’s concussion program. Additional coverage: WTAJ Pa., Post-Bulletin

WDBJ Roanoke, Va., Life-threatening condition can develop from almost any infection, More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed each year with a life-threatening condition known as Sepsis. It can develop out of almost any kind of infection, including the flu. It happens when the body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight the infection…Recognizing the symptoms could be lifesaving. "Shortness of breath, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, dizziness or light-headedness," said Dr. Steve Peters, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: KPIX San Francisco, WUSA Washington DC, KOIN Portland, WCAX

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse Upgrades Radiation Therapy, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse got a major upgrade for the treatment of cancer patients. Twenty thousand pounds of state-of-the-art technology, called a linear accelerator, was installed last fall…Radiation Oncologist Abigail Stockham is excited to be able to use the latest technology. "One of the major advantages of the new linear accelerator is actually improved imaging in combination with improved treatment times."

Medscape, Why Is Influenza So Difficult to Prevent and Treat? By Gregory Poland, MD, et al… When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that this season's influenza vaccine was only 23% effective against the current predominant A strain (H3N2),[1] many people were unsurprised. Infectious diseases specialists were already aware that most of the A (H3N2) viruses currently circulating had drifted (mutated antigenically and genetically) from the A component selected for inclusion in the 2014-2015 seasonal vaccine.[2]

MPR News – The Daily Circuit, What Disneyland measles outbreak means for anti-vaccine movement, The outbreak of measles in Disneyland has now surpassed 80 cases, bringing the spotlight back on the anti-vaccination movement…. Robert Jacobson:Leads the Employee and Community Health (ECH) Research Initiative at Mayo Clinic.

Global Research Canada, Vaccine McCarthyism. What if the Vaccine Paradigm itself is Deliberately Flawed?... At its best, the mumps vaccine may protect a person for 2 years, according to Dr. Greg Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. In 2014, there were over 1000 mumps cases and all outbreaks occurred in highly vaccinated populations.

KVUE Austin, Texas, Think you have a penicillin allergy? You probably don't, A new study by the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida shows many people who believe they are allergic to penicillin are not allergic. Doctors and researchers have long suspected this, so they're not surprised at a recent study's findings. Still, even they are astonished at the large percentage of patients who thought they are allergic to penicillin – only to find out they aren't.

WKMG Orlando, Can you take allergy medications while pregnant? By Mayo Clinic News Network, Allergy medications are sometimes recommended during pregnancy. Before you take any medication during pregnancy, however, it's important to weigh the severity of your symptoms against the possible risks to your baby.

Cosmopolitan UK, What it's REALLY like to give birth: two women talk it outDid you read books? If so, did they help? 
Woman A: My OB said What To Expect is bullshit so I didn't read that. I'd occasionally read the Mayo Clinic's guide to pregnancy, which is more of a week by week scientific summary of what is going down. And I read about half of Bringing Up Bebe, about how the French raise their children in a much more chill and fabulous manner than crazy Americans.

BuzzFeed, 18 Important Things To Know About Being Sleep Deprived…2. When you’re chronically sleep deprived, your brain doesn’t work too well.…When you get consistently bad sleep, your brain suffers. You can experience impaired learning ability, poor judgment, emotional problems, poor motor skills, and more, Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, tells BuzzFeed Life. (Many of these things are the same as when you pull an all-nighter).

Arizona Daily Star, TMC hoping to join Mayo Clinic network by Stephanie Innes, Tucson Medical Center is in a due-diligence process to become part of a network governed by the Mayo Clinic, officials confirmed Wednesday. The Mayo Clinic Care Network includes about 34 hospitals across the United States that have joined the network to improve clinical care, TMC’s Chief Executive Officer Judy Rich said.

Brainerd Dispatch (MPR), At Mayo Clinic, brain device offers hope for toughest epilepsy cases… We can see exactly what our stimulation does to the ongoing activity in the brain," said Finstad's neurologist, Dr. Matt Stead. "That will allow us ... hopefully to understand better what patterns and types of stimulation are most likely to suppress their propensity toward seizures."… The Food and Drug Administration approved a similar device in 2013, the RNS System, made by California-based NeuroPace, but Stead says Finstad's system, made by Twin Cities medical device maker Medtronic, lets doctors record the brain's activity while the stimulation is occurring.

Roanoke Times Va., Fundraiser helps send Huddleston woman to clinic by Elizabeth Hock, It’s been a couple of months since Heidi Simpson of Huddleston came home after a 10-day visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She went for testing for crippling headaches that had grown progressively worse…Simpson was able to have some testing done and it appears to be related to her occipital nerves (nerves that run from the top of the spinal cord at the base of the neck up through the scalp) and trigeminal nerve (a cranial nerve that affects sensations in the face). She’s now taking prescription medication and is undergoing therapy.

KVIA New Mexico, Horizon City fire chief diagnosed with leukemia, Fire Chief Allen Keys has served the Horizon City Fire Department for 32 years. But all that came to a halt recently when Keys was diagnosed with acute leukemia. Keys, a father of two, traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona to undergo treatment. His family was devastated by the news.

Faribault Daily News, Mayo opens occupational medicine office in Faribault by Camey Thibodeau, Mayo began offering occupational medicine service on Jan. 8 in Faribault at its new office in the Crossroads Professional Building.…“Several requests were made by community members and local employers to provide occupational medicine service locally,” said Brian Bunkers, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault and Owatonna. “Providing occupational medicine service in Faribault allows us to offer more care, closer to home for local patients.”

Telegraph UK, Did banning sugar turn my kids into sweet little angels?... The limit should be 11 per cent. Health risks include obesity, an increased chance of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. And, according to the Mayo Clinic website: “There is some evidence that consuming large amounts of sugar is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.”

Post-Bulletin, United Way of Olmsted County surpasses funds goal by Derek Sullivan …Along with announcing the final total, several people and organizations were recognized. Betsy Hassett was named "Emerging Leader of the Year." Hassett, a legal representative at Mayo Clinic, volunteered 57 hours through the Emerging Leaders in Giving program. Hassett's time spent giving back has connected her to the community while allowing her to network with peers, who also gave back.

El Debate, Vuelve a dormir, por Javier Monrreal…En la última entrega de la revista científica Popular Science, titulada La ciencia del sueño (Science of sleep), se publicó una interesante conversación con Bernie Miller, supervisor en el Centro de Trastornos del Sueño de la Mayo Clinic de Arizona, Estados Unidos, en donde se plantean algunos tips para dormir mejor y más rápido. Aquí les compartimos unos de los consejos más importantes.

La Cronica, Mi niñ@ no quiere dormir en la noche by Bertha Sola… De ti depende cuál es la mejor rutina para ir a dormir, pero Expertos de Mayo Clinic, recomiendan evitar los juegos activos y los dispositivos electrónicos, pues resultan demasiado estimulantes. También recomiendan bañar al niño, cepillarle los dientes, leerle un cuento y rezar con él. Additional coverage: Entorno Inteligente, Plano Informativo

CB Television Mexico, 5 padecimientos que más dañan a la mujer… Por cada 10 mujeres un hombre tiene anorexia. De acuerdo con Mayo Clinic, este trastorno se caracteriza por una marcada obsesión por mantener un peso por debajo de lo “normal” (según su estatura).

Yahoo! Mexico, Fortalece tu memoria y baja de peso… Interacción social Los especialistas de Mayo Clinic revelan que tu interacción social previene la depresión y el estrés, factores que contribuyen a la pérdida de memoria. Además, al convivir con personas que tienen hábitos saludables puedes aprender a mejorar los tuyos, sólo es cuestión de que identifiques lo que es mejor para ti.

El Siglo de Torreon, Disfunción eréctil puede alertar sobre problemas cardiacos, La disfunción eréctil puede ser, en algunas casos, la primera señal de advertencia en los hombres de una cardiopatía o enfermedad del corazón, reveló Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: El Debate Mexico, El Pueblo, Esmas Televisa

La Cronica de Hoy, Disfunción eréctil puede alertar sobre problemas cardiacos, La disfunción eréctil puede ser, en algunas casos, la primera señal de advertencia en los hombres de una cardiopatía o enfermedad del corazón, reveló Mayo Clinic.…El doctor David Simper comentó que la conexión entre la disfunción eréctil y la cardiopatía implica una afección llamada ateroesclerosis, conocida también como endurecimiento de las arterias, y consiste en la acumulación de placa dentro de las arterias. Additional coverage: Travel & News Mundano, com

Informe21, Te damos los 10 mejores consejos de la Dieta de la Clínica Mayo… La Dieta de la Clínica Mayo figura entre las más destacadas del ranking 2015 de US News and Word Report en las categorías las Mejores Dietas Generales y las Mejores Dietas para Diabetes… “La Dieta de la Clínica Mayo (The Mayo Clinic Diet) se basa en evidencia científica”, dice Sonia Murgueytio Jurado, R.D., nutricionista de Mayo Clinic, en Jacksonville, Florida.

Huffington Post Voces (Mayo Clinic Blog), El síndrome del túnel carpiano afecta a las manos y los síntomas son diferentes a los de la artritis, Puede ser que su trabajo le exija hacer movimientos repetitivos con las manos y que usted desarrolle dolor y entumecimiento en la mano.

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