February 6, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Obama Proposes 'Precision Medicine' To End One-Size-Fits-All
by Lauran Neergaard

President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes…People with aAssociated Press Wire Service Logo rare form of cystic fibrosis now can choose a drug designed specifically to target the genetic defect causing their illness. Some medical centers, such as the Mayo Clinic, have opened "individualized medicine clinics."

Additional coverage: NY Times, WAVY Va., Star Tribune, KTTC, KMSP, ABC News, Bloomberg, Politico, Daily Mail UK


Florida Times-Union
New approach enables Mayo Clinic neurologist to diagnose a rare genetic condition
by Charlie Patton

When Dustin Bennett was 18 months old, his mother realized there was something wrong with him, that he was suddenly having a hard time keeping his balance when he stood upright…Finally, at the suggestion of one of the many physicians she consulted, the Bennetts made the trip from their home in Pearson, Ga., Florida Times-Union newspaper logoto Jacksonville so they could consult with Mayo Clinic neurologist Zbigniew Wszolek.

Additional coverage on this topic: Medical Xpress

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

Florida Times-Union
Guest column: Precision medicine is future of health care
by Physician Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville

Florida Times UnionMayo Clinic has built a national research program and a national referral medical clinic to advance the benefits of these discoveries, which already are beginning to benefit patients on our Jacksonville campus. We consider precision medicine a priority and an essential part of the future of medical practice.

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


Obama Plans $215 Million Precision Medicine Effort for Cures
by Caroline Chen

Obama’s proposed funding may not be enough to support the project. “I think the polite way to say it is that it’s a good start,” said Gianrico Farrugia, chief executive Bloomberg news logoofficer of Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus and former director of Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine. “It is certainly really encouraging that there is alignment between the NIH and the White House, and it kick starts the thing we need to do, but it’s an initial investment just to start things,” Farrugia said by telephone.

Reach: Bloomberg has 2,300 media professionals in 146 bureaus across 72 countries. Bloomberg delivers its content across more than 400 publications, over 310 million households worldwide through Bloomberg Television and 500,000 in the New York metro area and 18.5 million subscribers through satellite radio.

Additional coverage: International Business Times, com, HealthData Management, HealthDay, FOX News, ABC News, KAAL, KMSP, Star Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Al Jazeera America


Star Tribune
Mayo genetic data bank could boost Obama's new 'precision medicine initiative'
by Jim Spencer

…“If we have a big data set, a big pool of people that’s varied, then that allows us to really map out not only the genome of one person, but now we can start seeing Star Tribune newspaper logoconnections and patterns and correlations that helps us refine exactly what it is that we’re trying to do with respect to treatment,” the president said at a White House ceremony, attended by Mayo Vice President Dr. Gianrico Farrugia.

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

Context: Individualized medicine, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, means tailoring diagnosis and treatment to each patient to optimize care. Patients have experienced this kind of care for 150 years at Mayo Clinic, where teams of specialists have always worked together to find answers. More information about the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network. Mayo Clinic's response to President Obama's precision medicine initiative can be found here.

Previous Coverage on Precision Medicine in January, 22, 2015 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Public Affairs Contacts: Sharon Theimer, Bob Nellis, Sam Smith, Kevin Punsky


Wall Street Journal, Studies Find Tracking Surgical Complications Doesn’t Improve Outcomes by Melinda Beck…But two studies published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that such outcomes have improved in hospitals generally in recent years, whether they participate in the NSQIP registry or not.…The second study, from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, analyzed administrative data on 340,000 surgical patients between 2009 and 2013 from another large database. About half received care from hospitals participating in the NSQIP registry and half used nonparticipating hospitals. Additional coverage: Science Newsline, Medical Xpress, iMarketReports, Science Daily, Infection Control Today

Wall Street Journal, Next Door to the Super Bowl, Yet So Far Away by Matthew Futterman Perhaps, but not nearly as crazy as the small empire that Exos founder Mark Verstegen has built around taking a holistic approach to helping elite athletes maximize their talents. What started in 1999 as a single training center in nearby Tempe, Ariz., is now a collection of seven training centers across the country, including one in Rochester, Minn., where Exos has a partnership with the Mayo Clinic. Five of the facilities train athletes for the combine. The company has clients as varied as the German national soccer team, the U.S. military and corporate customers.

Harvard Business Review, The Decline of the Rural American Hospital and How to Reverse It by Nathan Washburn…Because of its telemedicine partnerships, a 25-bed hospital in La Grande, Oregon (population 13,000), has virtual access to 19 specialties, including pulmonology, cardiology, dermatology, rheumatology, neurology, and oncology…Mayo Clinic in Arizona, applying a hub-and-spokes telemedicine model to provide neurological consulting for emergency treatment of stroke patients at 16 rural hospitals in four states, has reduced the need for air and ground ambulance transfers and significantly improved patient outcomes.

TIME, This Is the No. 1 Driver of Diabetes and Obesity…In the report, published Thursday in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, a team of researchers performed a literature review to determine whether certain ingredients are much more dangerous than others when it comes to diabetes, and to challenge the idea that all calories are equal. Additional coverage: Express UK

TIME, Why Measles Is the Most Contagious Virus by Mandy OaklanderMeasles is back, and it’s been tearing through the country from California to 13 other states. Already, the number of cases has broken 100. But how is it spreading so fast, and why is it so contagious? Roberto Cattaneo, PhD, is the scientist credited with figuring that out. A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic, he’s been studying the measles virus for 30 years. “It’s the most transmissible virus we know,” he says. Measles, it turns out, has a special way of invading that makes it really, really easy to get out of the host—and into other people. More measles coverage: Live Science

Forbes, On Measles and the MMR Vaccine: A Conversation with Vaccine Researcher Gregory Poland by Tara Haelle — Gregory Poland, editor in chief of the scientific journal Vaccine, founded and heads the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. A major focus of his team’s research is learning how genetics play a role in how individuals respond to vaccines and whether they experience any adverse events – and measles is among the main disease the center studies.

MPR, Disneyland measles: What we know about outbreak, vaccines — 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.

USA Today, Measles vaccine by Liz Szabo — When is the measles vaccine given? First shot: 12 to 15 months old. Second shot: 4 to 6 years old. How effective is measles vaccine? Two shots are about 97% effective. How long does protection last? Probably decades, although it's possible that protection fades with time. Source: Greg Poland of the Mayo Clinic.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic pediatrician: Parents who don't vaccinate are making “big mistake” — A nationwide measles outbreak, the worst in decades, is adding more fuel to the debate over child immunizations. Just days after the disease appeared in Minnesota, doctors are once again urging parents to vaccinate their children. There are almost 100 cases nationwide. The reason for its resurface, said Mayo Clinic pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson, is lack of vaccination. Additional vaccine stories: Arizona Republic, KARE11, USA Today, Yuma News Now,

NBC Bay Area, The Disneyland Measles Outbreak: What Does It Mean? — “This isn't just a measles problem,” said Dr. Gregory A. Poland, the director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota. “This is a problem for any transmissible disease for which we have safe and effective vaccines that aren't unfortunately used.”

Huffington Post, What's Really Happening In Your Brain When You Multitask by Sarah Klein  You probably think you have to multitask to accomplish everything on your to-do list and still have a few precious minutes to unwind at the end of the day. But research suggests you're probably not as good at doing things at once as you might think. In fact, your brain can't consciously focus on more than one thing at a time, according to a new video created by Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

Huffington Post, Letting Mindfulness Change Your Life by Susie Wolbe — Mindfulness is an area that is creating an extraordinary amount of attention these days. From the impact of mindfulness on the Seattle Seahawks, to boosting test scores, and improving cardiovascular health, we are made aware of the vast array of benefits from almost every corner of society. The Mayo Clinic is even on board, listing the benefits of a mindfulness practice as reduced stress, anxiety and depression, less rumination, and improved mood and focus.

ABC News, Woman Used Yoga to Avoid Back Surgery…There is also a close relationship between yoga and stress, so taking yoga might reduce stress and, in turn, provide some relief to someone with a tense, achy back, noted Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

US News & World Report, Meet Cologuard: the Colon Cancer Test You Can Take at Home —  Colonoscopies are recommended every decade for at-risk people or those ages 50 and up, but if you take the Cologuard test instead – recommended every three years for 50- to 85-year-olds at average risk for colon cancer​ – then you don’t need a colonoscopy unless Cologuard catches something suspicious​. Medicare covers Cologuard every three years, and importantly, it's the first test in history that the FDA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services both approved on the same day, to accelerate availability to patients, says David Ahlquist, ​a professor of medicine and a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Yahoo! News

CBS News, Flu raises risk for more severe infection – sepsis by Bigad Shaban — Steve Peters, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, told CBS News that while it's rare for the flu to lead to sepsis, there may be more occurrences this season. This may be especially true because this year's flu vaccine is not completely effective. Additionally, many patients are skipping the vaccine altogether, which puts them at higher risk for flu - and sepsis.

Psychiatric Annals, Mayo Clinic receives $5.75 million for Lewy body dementia research— The Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation in Palm Beach, Fla., awarded the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville $5.75 million to further study of Lewy body dementia, a disease that often includes psychiatric complications, according to a press release… “Patients will see things that aren’t there – small animals, small children,” Dennis W. Dickson, MD, a neuropathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., said in the release. “They will, for example, deny that their spouse is their spouse – ‘You look like my wife, but you’re not my wife. You’re an impostor.’”

Sources Security, Efficient hospital security prevents possible mass shooting by Michael Fickes — Mass shootings by emotionally disturbed individuals and terrorists have led authorities and security professionals to search for means of prevention. “Analyzing an actual incident in which a potential shooter was stopped seconds before becoming active can illustrate how solid security basics can help prevent catastrophe,” says Drew Neckar, CPP, CHPA, regional director of security with the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis.

KJZZ Ariz.,We Are Working Ourselves to Death by Dr. Joseph Sirven, Mayo Clinic — We’re doing it to ourselves. It’s the time of year when we focus on our work, a fresh start after the holidays, new projects — and it’s making us sick.

Prevention magazine, 12 Eating Mistakes That Are Making You Pack On The Pounds…3. You drown foods in olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is high in "good" monounsaturated fat—the kind of fat that can help lower LDL cholesterol—but it also has about 477 calories and 54 g of fat per ¼ cup…When grilling or broiling, use a pastry brush or nonaerosol pump to lightly glaze food with oil, says Jennifer Nelson, RD, director of clinical dietetics and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. If you're making a stir-fry, wipe a paper towel dipped in olive oil around the wok before adding ingredients.

Oncology Nurse Advisor, Cancer biopsies found not to promote cancer spread by Kathy Boltz, PhD — A study involving more than 2,000 patients has dispelled the myth that cancer biopsies cause cancer to spread. Published in Gut…the study showed patients who underwent a biopsy had a better outcome and longer survival than patients who did not. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Florida, studied pancreatic cancer, but the findings likely apply to other cancers. The diagnostic technique used in this study, fine needle aspiration, is commonly used across tumor types, said the study's senior investigator and gastroenterologist Michael Wallace, MD, MPH, professor of medicine.

Daytona Beach News-Journal, Bethune-Cookman University summit tackles dementia…“The epidemic is here,” Dr. Neil R. Graff-Radford, a professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, told the audience of about 100. “We in Florida know this. We are at the epicenter.”

Arizona Business Magazine, Tucson Medical Center may join Mayo network — Tucson Medical Center is trying to become part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, according to the Arizona Daily Star. The Mayo Clinic Care Network includes about 34 hospitals across the United States that have joined the network to improve clinical care, said Judy Rich, CEO of TMC .

Cronkite News, Lawmaker says adding state Concussion Awareness Day would highlight problem by Hunter Marrow…David W. Dodick, a neurologist with the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, told the committee it’s important to inform people about the dangers of concussions. “When it comes to concussion in youth, there are 45 million youth participating in a sport,” Dodick said. “So there’s a large population at risk. We have over 36,000 concussions in youth here in the state of Arizona.”

Northfield News, Northfield Hospital and Clinics relationship with Mayo continues to evolve by Kevin Krein — As of Jan. 1, the working relationship between Northfield Hospital & Clinics and the Mayo Clinic network has changed.

NY Times, Opinion: For V.A. Hospitals (and Patients), a Major Health Victory by Tina Rosenberg … One hospital group, however, has done more than all others. It is not the Mayo Clinic’s hospitals, nor the Cleveland Clinic’s, nor Kaiser Permanente, nor Sutter, nor Geisinger. These are all hospital chains known for their quality, but another big name leaves them in the dust: the V.A.

International Business Times, Women With Benign Breast Diseases Are At A High Risk To Develop Breast Cancer...Women with benign breast diseases are likely to develop breast cancer in later years, says an advanced breast cancer assessment model developed by Mayo clinic for National Cancer Institute. Biopsies are performed to diagnose breast cancer in women when probable risk is found during physical examination and in mammogram.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Public invited to help prioritize health concerns — This is an opportunity for everyone to let their voices be heard... and help improve the health of our community,” said Sara Carstens, director of community engagement and wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System in northwestern Wisconsin.

All Access, Syndication Networks Pick Up Mayo Clinic Radio — SYNDICATION NETWORKS CORP. has picked up MAYO CLINIC RADIO for national syndication The weekly one-hour show, on the air for over two decades, is hosted by physician and longtime broadcaster DR. TOM SHIVES and veteran radio host TRACY MCCRAY.

Health IT Outcomes, Mayo Clinic Embarks On Project To Create Integrated EHR-RCM System by Christine Kern Mayo Clinic announced it has selected Epic as a strategic partner in a project to create an integrated electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management (RCM) system. According to the release, the resulting system will replace Mayo’s current three EHRs and will serve as a foundation for Mayo Clinic operations for several decades.

KAAL, DMC Plans Shine Light on Parking Problems by Megan StewartThe transportation strategy is something DMC planners are studying intently. Phase one of the DMC plan calls for a robust transportation study, says Lisa Clarke, executive director for the DMC Economic Development Agency and liaison to Mayo Clinic DMC Oversite Committee.

MPR, Plan to transform downtown Rochester goes to city council by Liz Baier — Officials with the Destination Medical Center project submitted the plan Thursday to city leaders for review and approval, triggering a 60-day public comment period…The project focuses on the Mayo Clinic's projected growth, which is expected to bring some 35,000 new jobs to Rochester.

Twin Cities Business, Destination Medical Center Plans Now In Rochester’s Hands by Stephen Montemayor — The Destination Medical Center Corporation submitted its plans Thursday to the City of Rochester for its $6 billion, 20-year development project, initiating a 60-day public review period before officials determine whether to approve the plan this spring. Additional coverage: KIMT, Finance & Commerce

FOX8 N.C., Officials confirm NC high school student has MRSA — School officials at Monroe High School confirmed a student has MRSA. The Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, or MRSA, is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics. It often occurs in people who have been in hospitals or other health care settings, a Mayo Clinic spokesperson said.

La Grange News, Celebrating 80 years in La Grange — Clinic staff, past and present, including special guests from Emory in Atlanta, plus county and city leaders, officially unveiled three new picture panels that chronicles the history of clinic in LaGrange during a special ceremony Tuesday evening. The memorial begins with an idea Dr. Wallace Clark had while visiting the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. His dream was to bring high-quality health care in a group practice setting to LaGrange and Troup County.

KIMT, Olmsted County woman accused of extensive drug fraud — Nanci Mae Dusso of Eyota has been charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance and three counts of Social Security fraud. She allegedly used fake names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers to obtain Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and codeine from various hospitals, clinics and other providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. According to court documents, Dusso used at least 31 aliases to get or try to get prescription opiates from Mayo Clinic satellite locations between January and November of 2013.

Chicago Tribune, Stan Mikita suspected to have Lewy body dementia: What is that? by Phil Thompson — People with Lewy body dementia — the suspected diagnosis of Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita — can have memory loss, motor-function problems and hallucinations, but doctors don't have a foolproof way to detect it, the director of the Mayo Clinic's brain bank says. “Lewy body dementia, it's a tweener — it's got part of Alzheimer’s and part of Parkinson's,” said Dr. Dennis Dickson, who has been professor of pathology and neurosciences at the Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville, Fla., campus since 1997. Additional coverage: Baltimore Sun, Breaking News,

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Receives National Recognition — Regional medical director of MCHS Urgent Care, Ruth Bolton M.D, says " I'm hoping most centers will have it, but I'm hoping we can brag that we're the first. Its fun to say we've done that and we've met the higher criteria so people will know that we're really striving to be the best in Southern Minnesota."

La Crosse Tribune, Wisconsin hospitals target $960 million 'hidden health-care tax' — Tom Tiggelaar, chief financial officer at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, said many people who went to the federal marketplace to shop for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act discovered they were eligible for Medicaid. “What we’re seeing is those people who have delayed coverage or no coverage” are seeking care now, Tiggelaar said. “Year-over-year, Medicaid services were up 17 percent last year.”

The Star, E-counselling helps keep patients on track by June Rogers…Joseph Cafazzo, a biomedical engineer and lead for the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, says a Mayo Clinic study showed FitBit data was a predictor of how well a patient would thrive. “FitBit is just one device among many that may help patients in the future” Cafazzo explains, “with prompts to take medication and by managing several chronic conditions at once.”

WKBT La Crosse, Local health care providers finding savings for patients — Gundersen Health System recently expanded, with the opening of its Legacy building last year. The Mayo Clinic Health System is sitting on a big chunk of land in Onalaska that it's finding a specific use for. Both health care providers are growing, but that doesn't mean your next check-up is going to cost more. Actually it's quite the opposite.  The goal of any health care provider is simple, keep people healthy. But the ways of doing that are changing. "We're all working very hard at improving our quality and lowering our cost," said Tim Johnson, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

Argus Leader, Whitney: Transitions in life for Chad Greenway — Vikings linebacker and South Dakota native Chad Greenway deals with an uncertain future with the Minnesota Vikings and the recent loss of his father…as Alan made numerous trips to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and eventually underwent a stem cell transplant, extended family and neighbors turned out in droves to help harvest soybeans on the Greenway farm that might otherwise have been in jeopardy.

Boston Globe, Early-onset Alzheimer’s takes toll on patients, their children by Fredrick Kunkle…Moore, who has been nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for ‘‘Still Alice,’’ modeled her performance in part on the experiences of Sandy Oltz. Oltz, a former surgical nurse from Sartell, Minn., was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in her 40s. Oltz, who is now 50, said physicians first thought her memory and cognition lapses were caused by stress.  ‘I was putting things away in the wrong places. I was forgetting to pick up my son from baseball practice,’’ Oltz said. State-of-the-art diagnostic testing at the Mayo Clinic revealed early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Florida Times-Union, Repeated surgeries inspire Daniel Gilham to head for the mountaintop by Charlie Patton  On June 21, exactly two years after he began his journey through the valley of the shadow, Daniel Gilham, 35, will begin his ascent to the mountaintop…It began in June 2013 when Gilham, then 33, was driving with his wife, Carol, back to Jacksonville from Florida’s Panhandle. He began experiencing abdominal pain so severe he ended the trip in the Mayo Clinic emergency room…Three days later, he was back at the Mayo emergency room where he received the bad news that the infection has caused a perforation in his intestines.

WDBJ Va., Former NASA physician leads health talk Friday in Roanoke —  Doctor Robert Haddon is a physician at the world-famous Mayo Clinic, and used to serve Friday evening.

Healio, CMS reimbursements lower among allergy, immunology providers — Andrew S. Nickels, MD, of the division of allergic diseases, at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues analyzed CMS’ Provider Utilization and Payment Data Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File released in April 2014. The report included reimbursement data for 6,000 services and procedures that were paid to more than 880,000 health care providers.

Unity Point LiveWell, Care close to home: How collaboration with the Mayo Clinic is helping patients in Cedar Rapids — Last spring the hospital announced it was the first health care organization in Iowa to be selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This means UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids patients have direct access to the Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise when their providers feel additional resources will be helpful to patients.

Coeur d’ Alene Press, Bringing together Panhandle hospitals — Saturday morning's keynote speaker was Dr. David Hayes of Rochester, Minn. Hayes has an impressive resume with extensive experience in health care and is the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. "We're just thrilled that he's here and took time out of his very busy schedule to join us," Ness said. "I know that all the hospitals and all the leadership in those hospitals were really looking forward to his presentation."

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Man, daughter drop nearly 100 pounds by Christena O’BrienKen Miller kept telling his daughter Kathryn he’d feel better if he lost weight. Feeling the same, Kathryn signed her father and herself up for the Mayo Clinic Diet program in 2014. Since then, the pair has shed a combined total of almost 90 pounds over the last year.

Owatonna People’s Press, United Way of Steele County celebrates victories, community members by Ashley Stewart“When we were here five months ago...I said to you...I’m in, I’m all in, and I invite you to do the same. You heard that challenge, you rose to that challenge, you exceeded our campaign goal,” said Dr. Brian Bunkers, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna and Faribault. “I want to say thanks to all of you who led those campaigns at your workplace, who contributed your own dollars, who believed in the mission for the United Way. Together we can be successful, together we can lead this community to a healthier place.”

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic Florida gets $5.75M gift for research — Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. has received a $5.75 million gift to support Lewy body dementia research. The gift creates the Mayo Clinic Dorothy and Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Lewy Body Dementia Program. Additional coverage: EIN News,

DL Online, ‘Go Red for Women’ to shine light on heart health by Pippi Mayfield...Know your body. Push for answers. Educate yourself. Those are the three things about heart disease Kathryn Hass wants women to know… After a trip to Mayo Clinic though, she finally got a diagnosis – coronary vessel spasm, or prinzmetal angina.

News Journal Texas, Answer Line: Q: Why does eating a teaspoon of sugar cure hiccups?…So, Dr. Philip Hagen, a preventive medicine physician with the Mayo Clinic, told the Wall Street Journal a few years back that the sweetness left by dissolving a teaspoon of sugar in the mouth uses some of the same “neural pathways” that are connected with the hiccups. Apparently, they can’t both travel on the same neural highway. He also mentioned this cure for hiccups in a book Answer Line would like to read, instead of just read about: the Mayo Clinic’s “Book of Home Remedies.” (Hint, hint Mr. Answer Line.)

Phoenix Business Journal, Phoenix-area hospitals beef up staff during Super Bowl week by Angela Gonzales…Mayo Clinic also has a hand in this week's events, teaming with the NFL and Professional Golf Association to provide medical support with the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and the Phoenix Open golf tournament. More than 200 Mayo physicians, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses are staffing the medical tents at the Phoenix Open, something that Mayo has been part of for more than 15 years.

Infectious Disease News, Sepsis: What you should know — Patients battling any type of infection such as influenza, pneumonia, urinary tract infection or even food poisoning are at additional risk for sepsis — a serious complication that may lead to multiple organ failures and death, according to a recent sepsis overview published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings… According to Steve Peters, MD, pulmonary and critical care physician at Mayo Clinic, patients should take their temperature, maintain fluid consumption, be aware of the symptoms of sepsis and immediately seek medical care if sepsis is suspected.

KAIT Ariz., Press Release: New Crowdfunding Myeloma Initiative Begins With Call For Letters Of Intent For High-Risk Multiple Myeloma Solution — Multiple myeloma expert Dr. Rafael Fonseca, MD of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale said, "The study of high-risk myeloma should be one of the top priorities for myeloma researchers. New and radically different treatment approaches are needed."

Star Tribune, Med School hiring needs a state push — Dayton’s proposal does not make specific mention of the Mayo Clinic and its multiyear growth plan, Destination Medical Center, to which the state will contribute via infrastructure aid to the city of Rochester. But legislators would do well to consider the synergy that could develop if the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo could grow in tandem and, as they do, find new opportunities for collaboration.

Dark Daily, In the United Kingdom, Medical Laboratory Professionals Gather to Explore Disruptive Diagnostic Technology, ISO 15189, and How Labs Can Add Value…“Speaking directly to the ability of medical laboratories to create more value from lab test data, William G. Morice, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of Hematopathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told the attendees at FiLM that every lab has four ways to develop a consultative laboratory practice that creates improved value from lab test data.”

Yuma News Now, Mayo and King-Devick Test Have Licensing Agreement for Sideline Concussion Test — “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.

Yankton Daily, Sanford Arts Team Collaborates On Mayo Presentation — Sanford Arts Vermillion, represented by Ariadne Albright, MFA, Program Coordinator participated in the Mayo Clinic Regional Arts in Healthcare Symposium. During the two-day conference held in mid-November, nearly 50 presenters addressed a broad range of topics related to best practices and new innovations that integrate the arts and humanities across a variety of health disciplines including arts and music therapy, narrative medicine, medical education and research and within the full spectrum of health related environments including inpatient, outpatient, classroom and community settings.

KIMT, Mayo study looks into breast cancer surgerys by Adam SalletDoctors say with advancements in medicine, it seems chemotherapy after being diagnosed breast cancer can kill some of the lymph nodes in a woman’s under arm. Instead of going to surgery after chemotherapy, doctors can now look at ultrasounds to see if the patient needs to have those lymph nodes removed. “I think the exciting thing about this research is it gives us an additional tool to help us be less aggressive and less invasive with our surgery in the armpit of women with breast cancer,” Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Judy Boughey says. Additional coverage: KTTC, Medical News Today, Diario Ayamonte

Post-Bulletin, Wabasha medical center to expand outpatient pharmacy — Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center in Wabasha plans to break ground in March for an expansion that will include its outpatient pharmacy. The expansion will be in a courtyard area between it and the Mayo Clinic Health System-Wabasha Clinic.

WKBT La Crosse, Trempealeau girl can now hear on both sides for the first time — Delilah had a new cochlear implant turned on for the first time on Monday, allowing her to hear sound on her left side.…A doctor who was part of the procedure says he hopes more people become aware of cochlear implants as an option. "Even most medical providers don't realize it's an option for single sided deafness or conductive hearing loss. So a lot of people are living with hearing loss that could be benefited by this technology,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Doctor David Valencia.

KIMT, Covering Your Health Special Report: Heart Disease Awareness by Allie KrugOn Thanksgiving of 2014, a heart became available that matched her blood type and she was rushed into surgery. Now, thanks to advancements in medicine, technology and research, doctors at Mayo Clinic has developed a new approach to Courtney’s condition. Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a cardiac expert with Mayo, has been following Courtney’s case since day one. He says that she is one of only four patients in the world who have undergone not only a heart transplant, but a liver transplant as well, to strengthen the likelihood of the body accepting the organ.

First Coast News, Vaccine for "triple negative" breast cancer developed in Jacksonville — A major breakthrough could be coming for patients who suffer from a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer commonly referred to as "Triple Negative." Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville are planning to do clinical trials for a vaccine that would hopefully prevent the disease from coming back after a patient has been treated…"Can we do something else to essentially wake up the immune system so that the patients own body fights any cancer cells remaining after standard chemotherapy treatment?" explains Dr. Edith Perez, lead researcher on the project at Mayo Clinic. Video Clip

Dunn County News, Mayo Clinic Health System patient back on his feet again — Emil “Al” Gluck can pinpoint just when his foot troubles started: two years ago, when the bottom of his feet began to burn…But with the help of his Mayo Clinic Health System medical team, it didn’t take long for Gluck to get back on his feet. Following the amputation, Gluck met with Ryan Jean-Baptiste, M.D., an interventional radiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Dr. Jean-Baptiste reviewed Gluck’s case and determined that the best course of action was to perform peripheral artery angioplasty and place three stents in his leg.

Duluth News Tribune, Common cancer at an uncommon age by John LundyValentine's Day 2013 was memorable for Kelly Barnard, but not in a good way. At 19, the College of St. Scholastica freshman and Denfeld High School graduate was told she had colon cancer — a disease more commonly diagnosed in people in their 50s and older…Dr. Robert Cima, a Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon who twice has removed tumorous growths from Barnard, said he sees three or four patients who are younger than 25 in the course of the year, but the average colon patient is in his or her late 60s.

NY Daily News, Cubi-kill: 6 ways your office is detrimental to your health by Beth StebnerWorking hard for the money can take a toll on your body, from repetitive stress injuries to eye strain and diets full of sugary, greasy foods. Experts outline 6 common perils of white collar work, and what can be done for the sake of your health. Additional coverage: Baylor Lariat

Men’s Health, 6 Reasons You’re Not Getting a Good Night’s Sleep by Cassie Shortsleeve…4. You Share Your Bed with Your CatA study from the Mayo Clinic recently found that 10 percent of patients reported their pets disturbing their sleep at night. Common annoyances included snoring, whimpering, wandering around the house, and begging to go outside.

MedPage Today, High Marks for Actemra in Refractory RA by Nancy WalshMore patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had not responded adequately to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) treatment were in remission after 3 months if they were treated with tocilizumab (Actemra) than if given a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor, a retrospective German study found.…"This report suggests that tocilizumab is a reasonable consideration in the appropriate clinical setting," commented Eric L. Matteson, MD, who chairs the department of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Huffington Post, Here Are The Best Cities To Find A Job In 2015…Which industries are hiring — Rochester, home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, is a major center of health care hiring. A new project by the clinic is also expected to bring thousands of construction jobs, according to ZipRecruiter.

Peter Herald, River's Edge Hospital CEO eyes 2015 turnaround by Dana MeliusDespite losses nearing $1.5 million last year, River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic officials are optimistic that 2015 will be a ‘turnaround’ year. “While this has been a very tough year, we’re starting to see a turnaround,” said Hospital Commission member Bob Meeks at its Jan. 28 meeting…. He calls the improved relationship with Mayo Clinic Health Systems, which had been a tense battle during former CEO Colleen Spikes’ final years, as critical to the hospital’s future success.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Public invited to help prioritize health concerns by Christena O’BrienThe public is invited to community conversations in February to help prioritize health concerns facing Chippewa and Eau Claire counties…“This is an opportunity for everyone to let their voices be heard ... and help improve the health of our community,” said Sara Carstens, director of community engagement and wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System in northwestern Wisconsin.

MinnPost, The rise of Lt. Gov.Tina Smith — Tina Smith’s days often start and end with a phone call. Sometimes it’s to a state legislator, with whom she’ll chat about projects they’re working on, or whom she'll thank for passing a certain bill. Other times it’s a staff member, connecting so they can plan out Smith’s day. Sometimes it’s someone from Rochester, where she leads a group overseeing the multibillion-dollar construction of a Destination Medical Center (DMC) around Mayo Clinic.

FierceHealthIT, Researchers fail to find savings with home telemonitoring among older adults — Home telemonitoring failed to significantly save money over usual care among older adults with multiple chronic conditions, according to a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health. The 12-month research project, from the Mayo Clinic and Purdue University, involved 205 people randomly divided into two groups.

Huffington Post, What Is Late Onset Tay Sachs? By Alexis Buryk I have 26 year old fraternal twin daughters who were just diagnosed with this devastating genetic disorder. My husband and I were unsuspecting carriers of a recessive gene… It took almost 8 years for this diagnosis, which I now know is normal for this disease. There are only 100 cases per year diagnosed worldwide… I just couldn't rest so we scheduled an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This was the first time we heard that Katie wasn't producing enough of the Hexa-A enzyme. But still no diagnosis. They knew we were waiting for the genetic results.

Arizona Republic (WJXT Fla.), Mayo Clinic plans trials for breast cancer vaccine…"Can we do something else to essentially wake up the immune system so that the patient's own body fights any cancer cells remaining after standard chemotherapy treatment?" asked Dr. Edith Perez, lead researcher on the project at Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: USA TODAY, Green Bay Gazette, Indianapolis Star, KARE 11

Prevention magazine, A Cure Exists For Antibiotic-Resistant Infections. So Why Are Thousands Of Americans Still 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.

Mankato Free Press, MCHS expanding orthopedic services — Mayo Clinic Health System will be expanding its orthopedic practice in the southwest Minnesota region in the next several months, it announced Tuesday. The system currently provides orthopedic surgery in Fairmont and Waseca. The expansion of orthopedics will include recruitment of new, local providers that will be part of a multi-disciplinary health care team, Dr. Greg Kutcher, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System Southwest Minnesota Region, said in a statement.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic being recognized for ability to treat patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis — “What the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is trying to do is to recognize centers that have that expertise. So when patients are looking on the internet; where can they go to get the best care for these really serious life-threatening disorders, they’ll know this is the center in my region that is known for taking care of patients,” says Andrew Limper, pulmonologist at Mayo Clinic.

Men’s Fitness, How The Standing Desk Can Improve Your Health by Bill Bradley — We at Men’s Fitness officially endorse the standing desk. Not only does working standing up not overtax the brain, it has the added benefit of burning 80–100 calories an hour, improving blood flow, alleviating back pain, strengthening muscles, and actually boosting productivity. “The health benefits are probably even greater than the data already suggests,” says James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., a lead researcher on the PLOS ONE study and author of Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It. Additional coverage: com

Action News Jacksonville, Local doctor urges people to get vaccinated for measles —  Some parents have chosen not to vaccinate their kids because of concerns over side effects. Dr. Vandana Bhide from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville said studies have shown the measles vaccine is safe. "It's a very effective vaccine, so really I think parents can feel comfortable that this is a vaccine that is perfectly safe to give to their children,” Bhide said.

WKBT La Crosse, Childhood vaccinations remain hot topic of debate…But a recent measles outbreak has others questioning a parent’s choice. Some 102 measles cases have already been confirmed in 14 states, including those bordering Wisconsin. “We have had a few people who have previously chose not to immunize their child for one reason or another, coming in now saying they are afraid of the measles and would like at least that immunization,” said Dr. C.J. Menagh, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Chippewa Herald, Area hospitals, health departments, others partner on health project by Ross Evavold — An unusual two-county partnership between hospitals, public health departments and other groups is taking to the road starting Tuesday to identify the major health concerns of Chippewa and Eau Claire county residents.…"We have tremendous resources," said Sarah Carstens, director of community engagement and wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System. "We want to know how we can strengthen things we're already doing, and also find where the gaps are."

Janesville Argus, Nurse practitioner joins Mayo Clinic Health System – Waseca in Janesville — Tammy Losee, nurse practitioner, was recently welcomed to its family medicine team. Losee, who lives in Janesville with her husband and three children, received her master’s in nursing from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri in 2014. Additional coverageMankato Times

Medical Xpress, Researchers use Blue Waters supercomputer to understand gene expression in the brain by Aaron Dubrow — More than 5.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer's. One out of nine Americans over 65 has Alzheimer's, and one out of three over 85 has the disease. For those over 65, it is the fifth leading cause of death.…"We are interested in studying the genetics of Alzheimer's disease," said Mariet Allen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. "Can we identify genetic risk factors and improve our understanding of the biological pathways and cellular mechanisms that can play a role in the disease process?"

hfma.org, Transforming Care with Big Data by Laura Hegwer — Mayo Clinic: Linking Quality and Cost Data — What if providers could harness data on cost, quality, utilization, and other measures to make sure the right staff were caring for the right patients at the right time? Leaders at the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery at Mayo Clinic, which has locations in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona, may be coming closer to realizing this goal.

Action News Jacksonville, Family fights to bring paralyzed woman closer to home — “When we assess whether to accept the transfer of a patient from another hospital, we conduct a thorough evaluation to see if there is any form of care we could provide that would help improve the patient’s condition,” Nancy Dawson, M.D., vice chair, Hospital Operations at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville said. “If a critically ill patient is already receiving good care at another hospital, we often find moving the patient is not in their best interest.”

WPTZ NY., Help kids ease anxiety at school, home by Mayo Clinic News Network — For kids with anxiety, you can start with some steps at home that may ease their worries. If those do not work, talk with your child's physician or a therapist for more help. — Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D.Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

WDIV Detroit, Take care of your heart when shoveling by Mayo Clinic News Network  — Shoveling snow can provide good exercise when done correctly but can prove harmful if people try to take on more than they can handle or use faulty techniques. Here are some tips from physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System for injury-free snow shoveling….

Prince Albert Daily Herald, Fourth annual ‘Pajama Party’ raises $6,000 for Ears For Arabella— Arabella, now four years old, was born with bilateral microtia atresia -- the absence of outer ears. Her family has been looking into a lesser invasive surgery in the United States to give Arabella outer ears.…As a survivor of Graves Thyroid Eye Disease, McKeaveney plans to donate a portion of the money raised from Saturday’s event to the Mayo Clinic where she was treated. She also plans to start up a local project to educate physicians in the area about the disease to prevent a future misdiagnosis.

Science Daily, Precision medicine in action: Genomic test helps solve medical mystery—  Precision medicine is getting a jump-start from a new national initiative announced in President Obama's State of the Union message. One Georgia family has already experienced its benefits: genomic testing called whole exome sequencing helped Mayo Clinic neurologist Zbigniew Wszolek, M.D., solve a medical mystery that had left a boy with painful, jerking spasms that at times prevented him from walking or talking. Dr. Wszolek describes the case in a newly published article in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additional coverage: News Medical, Genetic Literacy Project, Medical News Today

MedPage Today, MOC Watch: ABIM Says 'We Got It Wrong' by Sarah Wallan — "ABIM clearly got it wrong. We launched programs that weren't ready ... We want to change that," the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) began its statement addressing changes in the controversial Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program… In January 2015, physicians from the Mayo Clinic published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine based on physician feedback that severely criticized MOC with an emphasis on part IV.

WRCB Chattanooga, A North GA mom says vaccinations are not an option — One North Georgia mother still says no way. "It's too much of a risk," Rebekka Stark says. Vaccines are no longer an option for her family after her son had a reaction…Dr. Robert Jacobson, Mayo Clinic Pediatrics, says "Parents to this day are following this fabricated tale and making decisions based on something that really never had a scientific basis and surgical has been turned over repeatedly by studies done around the world by all sorts of individuals and organizations." Additional measles coverage: WISTV, Outbreak News Today, Noticieros Televisa, ABC7News Calif.,

Forbes, The Doctor Will Track You Now: Apple Has Started Using iPhones, HealthKit To Get Patient Data by Dan Diamond — More than a dozen top hospitals already are piloting Apple’s HealthKit software, Christina Farr reported Thursday in an exclusive for Reuters. This isn’t a surprise. Five months ago, details leaked that Mayo Clinic had teamed up to test several health care applications for the iPhone, such as a service to alert patients when their Apple apps detected abnormal health results, and help schedule them for follow-up visits. Also See: Apple and Mayo Clinic’s Partnership Could Be Smart Medicine; Additional coverage: Yahoo! News Canada, The Verge, Yahoo! News UK & Ireland, Daily Mail UK, Reuters

US News & World Report, Enhanced Recovery: Improving Patients’ Surgical Experience by Kristine Cane — Robert Cima, ​a colorectal surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, compares a patient’s surgical preparation to an athlete readying for the Boston Marathon. Your body needs fuel both before and after the race. But traditionally, people have had to abstain from food both 12 hours before surgery, and after surgery until they regained bowel function​. The concern, especially with any type of abdominal surgery, was that eating food too soon after surgery would awaken a still-sleeping gastrointestinal tract, potentially causing a dangerous obstruction, says James Hebl, ​vice chair of the Mayo Clinic’s anesthesiology department.

TODAY Show, Mayo Clinic to begin breast cancer vaccine trials — Researchers plan to start clinical trials for a vaccine that may prevent aggressive “triple negative” breast cancer from coming back after a patient has been treated. Additional coverage: KGNS Texas, KDFX Texas, 9News Colo., First Coast News, NewsTempe, My High Plains Texas, Press Release Rocket

Genome Web, Cancer Genomics Experts Hope Precision Medicine Effort Will Raise Awareness, Improve Clinical Trials by Monica Heger — One of the most immediate impacts, which does not rely on Congress approving funding, is that the President's announcement will raise national awareness about cancer genomics. "It is serving to put a lens on precision medicine," Gianrico Farrugia, medical director at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, told GenomeWeb.

MedPage Today, Could Infections Protect Against RA? by Nancy Walsh — A recent history of gastrointestinal or urogenital infection was associated with a decreased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Swedish researchers reported…"This and other studies prove that the gut microbiome has a role in systemic autoimmune diseases, though scientists have not yet worked out the molecular and immunological mechanism -- which in all likelihood is complex," explained Veena Taneja, PhD, an immunologist and RA researcher at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in the study.

Red Wing Republican-Eagle, Four ways to keep comfort foods in your diet this winter by Michael Brun — Cheese, butter, pasta and, of course, tater tots. It’s winter in the Midwest and for many that means indulging in warm, creamy comfort foods. Eating these meals is fine, according to a Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian, so long as it’s done in moderation and with a few lifestyle choices. "There’s no good food/bad food," said Liz Knapp, nutrition services and clinical dietitian manager. "It’s all about quantity."

Minnesota Monthly (PDF), Beaming up Complex Cancer Treatment — Cancer treatment in cases involving children, young adults, and those patients with tumors close to critical organs can be complicated because of the precision required and the need to minimize damage to surrounding tissue. Such patients at Mayo Clinic will soon have access to a critical tool: proton beam therapy, technology that uses finely controlled radiation that can "paint" tumors deep in the body with charged particles that damage the cancer cells' DNA and hinder their ability to reproduce.

La Crosse Tribune, Local doctors tell presidential candidates to butt out on medical advice by Mike Tighe — Presidential wannabes should stick to politics and stay out of the medical field instead of questioning the need for life-saving vaccines, according to two La Crosse doctors. “They should be saying as much about medicine as I say about politics,” said Dr. Clayton Menagh, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse.

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System Expanding Orthopedic Practice — Mayo Clinic Health System announced they would be expanding their orthopedic practice in southwest Minnesota. In a news release, Mayo stated the practice would be expanded beyond Fairmont and Waseca over the next several months…Andrew Meyers, the Chief Executive Officer for the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, says, "We don't know what the impact will be. The hope is that the real winner is the patient, that the patient has a good choice in where they can go and they can pick a provider that meets their needs."

Mankato Free Press, Speaking of Health: Help your heart by understanding peripheral artery disease by Ripu Singh, M.D. Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologistWhile it’s always beneficial to think about heart health, February is American Heart Month, serving as a good reminder to broach cardiac-related topics. Heart disease and heart attacks are well-known in the United States.

Mankato Free Press, Sheran pushes end-of-life planning by Nate GoliebA pair of bills authored by state Sen. Kathy Sheran encourage families and communities to have early conversations about end-of-life planning.…In testimony Dr. Greg Kutcher, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System, Southwest Minnesota Region, said the need for such conversations has increased as health care has become more complex. He said the best decisions come when the patients and families talk about and know their values.

Outpatient Surgery magazine, Hospital Report Cards Don't Appear to Improve Surgical Care — In the second study, researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix compared rates of complications, serious complications and mortality among approximately 345,000 patients, half of whom received care at NSIQ-participating hospitals. During the 4-year study, rates of overall post-op complications and mortality decreased in both participating and non-participating hospitals. "The findings show that surgical outcomes are improving over time in both groups of hospitals, in ways that are significant but similar," says study lead author David A Etzioni, MD, MSHS, chair of the Mayo Clinic's division of colorectal surgery. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review, DOTmed

MedPage Today, Device Eases Refractory Angina by Crystal Phend  And it's a growing problem due the aging population, Christopher B. Granger, MD, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Bernard J. Gersh, MB, ChB, DPhil, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., added in an accompanying editorial. "If confirmed in subsequent trials, coronary-sinus reducing therapy may be a welcome and needed addition to the options to improve the quality of life of patients with refractory angina," they wrote. Additional coverage: Reuters, Business Insider

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Conversation on community health draws call for action by Courtney Kueppers  In Eau Claire County nearly a quarter of adults reported engaging in binge drinking, about 30 percent of adults are considered obese and many residents say substance is a problem, according to survey results collected by a local health coalition. Mayo Clinic Health System is involved in the coalition.

General Surgery NewsC. difficile Infection Takes Bigger Toll in Elderly by Michael Smith  New research adds to mounting evidence that advanced age is a significant predictor of death from C. difficile infection (CDI), tripling a patients risk for mortality compared with that in younger patients. “The conundrum of this infection is that treatment is based on severity,” said Sahil Khanna, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “If you have mild or moderate disease, you get treated with metronidazole. If you have severe disease, you get treated with vancomycin.”

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo urges people to wear red Friday to support heart health “Our goal is simple,” said Sandra Birchem, D.O. at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. “Women age 55 or older, men age 45 and older or a person with a family history of early heart disease are at a higher risk for heart disease. By educating and encouraging people to adopt heart-healthy behaviors, we know that people can reduce their risks. I plan to wear red on Feb. 6 and I’m looking forward to seeing the photos of individuals and businesses who do the same.”

Florida Today, Heart health: Plenty of options for transplant patients by Lyn Dowling  Locally, most patients are referred to Florida Hospital Transplant Institute in Orlando, which has done heart transplants since 2012; the Shands Transplant Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville; Tampa General Hospital; and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

La Crosse Tribune, Onalaska starts planning for big Mayo project Onalaska city officials don’t know exactly what kind of project is coming from Mayo Clinic Health System, but they know it’s big and they want to be ready…Holter said no specifics on what is planned or where structures will be situated on the site have been offered by Mayo. “They have expressed that they are working on plans for future development of the site,” he said.

WYFF S.C., Heart Attack Changed Survivor's Outlook  It was four days before her daughter’s wedding in October 2011 when Mary Steele swerved off the road, ran into a fence and was found slumped over her steering wheel. Steele, 59, had suffered cardiac arrest.…Surviving a heart attack prompted Steele, now 62, to change her lifestyle…In October 2014, Steele was one of 41 women chosen from around the nation to attend the Women Heart Science and Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic, a three-day symposium designed to help educate women on how to be spokespersons on heart disease.

Kansas City Star, Olathe woman makes ‘Feel Better Friends’ for ailing children by Kimberly Stern — Jeff Fouquet is readying lesson plans in his makeshift home office for students and checking dissertation notes. Swiveling around in his chair, he talks about living with a partner who has Meniere’s disease. “I felt helpless trying to figure it out,” Jeff Fouquet said. “We went to the Mayo Clinic. Shanon had a spinal tap after which they thought it might be multiple sclerosis. I was even writing to mystery diagnosis shows with the question, ‘How do you fix my wife?’” Jeff Fouquet is emotional as he describes the Meniere’s episodes, which often occur without warning.

Barron News-Shield, Hometown Health Grant program; through Mayo Clinic Health System Foundation — The Mayo Clinic Health System – Eau Claire Foundation is pleased to offer a new Hometown Health Grant Program to help improve the health of communities in northwest Wisconsin. This grant process is open to nonprofit organizations in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties. Annually, total grant funding will be offered up to $25,000.

Pharmaceutical Processing, Molecular Breast Imaging Will Boost Breast Cancer Detection if Cost-Effective, says GlobalData Analyst — A recent Mayo Clinic study demonstrated that in women with mammographically dense breasts, an MBI exam supplementing a mammogram detected an additional 8.8 cancers per 1,000 women. This puts MBI at the top of breast cancer imaging adjunct techniques, which also include breast ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.

Breast Cancer News, Mayo Clinic Develops Novel Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Model by Daniela Semedo — To improve prevention, an accurate and early identification of breast cancer in women who are at increased risk is crucial. In their study, entitled “Model for Individualized Prediction of Breast Cancer Risk After a Benign Breast Biopsy”, Dr. Amy Degnim and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, designed a risk prediction model incorporating histologic features from biopsy tissues from women diagnosed with benign breast disease (BBD) and compared the risk prediction model with the current Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (BCRAT).

Genome Web, High Hopes — A 'moonshot' initiative like the precision medicine program President Obama is announcing won't make most people healthier, opines the Mayo Clinic's Michael Joyner in an op-ed in the New York Times. While the Human Genome Project and its follow-on studies have uncovered hundreds of variants linked to common diseases, Joyner notes each have a small effect on disease risk.

Huffington Post, Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage by David Katz, M.D. — And the pursuit of knowing what we can do about what differentiates among our metabolisms should not be at the expense of putting what we know about what we have in common to good use. That was pretty much the sentiment expressed in a column in today's New York Times, written as a precautionary rejoinder to the fast-track enthusiasm for the promise of precision medicine. The author, a physician at the Mayo Clinic, suggests this enthusiasm is misplaced and apt to leave us disappointed. Certainly that proved true in the early days of the genomic erarecently subject to an about face. Additional coverage: Middletown Press

Globe and Mail, What our genes tell us about our health… Put it all together, and you’re left with a very muddy picture of what our genes actually tell us about health. In fact, points out Dr. Michael Joyner, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the very definition of “gene” is up in the air. “It used to have a pretty clear meaning, and now essentially no one knows,” he says.

En Forma Salud 180, 4 colaciones nutritivas para bajar de peso…Una buena alimentación es la clave para evitar el sobrepeso. Incluso, especialistas de Mayo Clinicdetallan que las dietas para bajar de peso bien planificadas incluyen bocadillos para controlar el hambre y reducir los atracones, pero, ¿cuáles son las colaciones nutritivas para quemar grasa? Conócelas en el siguiente video de Tips para bajar de peso.

Super Mexicanos, ¿Por qué los niños preescolares tienen problemas a la hora de dormir?...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.

Que Pasa Migente, Diez mitos sobre las vacunas…6. Tienen efectos secundarios peligrosos A medias cierto: Todos los tratamientos médicos, vacunas …incluidas, pueden presentar efectos secundarios, explica la Clínica Mayo. Pero, los efectos secundarios de las vacunas se reducen a dolor en el lugar de la inyección, y tal vez un poco de fiebre.

Entorno Inteligente, La medicina de precisión entra en acción: análisis genómicos permiten solucionar misterios medicos, La medicina de precisión arrancó gracias a la nueva iniciativa nacional, anunciada por el Presidente Obama durante su mensaje sobre el Estado de la Unión. El análisis genético conocido como secuenciación completa del exoma ya benefició a una familia del estado de Georgia al permitir que el neurólogo de Mayo Clinic, Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek, resolviese el misterio médico de un niño afligido por dolorosos espasmos que le impedían caminar y hablar. El Dr. Wszolek describe el caso en un artículo recientemente publicado en la revista médica Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

El Litoral, Del Potro fue a EEUU para revisar su muñeca operada, El tenista Juan Martín Del Potro viajó anoche a los Estados Unidos para efectuarse un chequeo en la muñeca izquierda operada el 19 de enero pasado, lesión que le impidió participar del Abierto de Australia, primer Grand Slam del año, y que lo tendrá alejado del circuito durante un tiempo… Luego de ese torneo en el que no pudo defender el título, se agudizaron sus dolores y viajó desde Australia a los Estados Unidos, donde fue operado por el doctor Richard Berger en la Clínica Mayo, en Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Minuto Uno, El Sol, CBA 24, Confluencia FM

El Universal, Hallan método más exacto para detectar cáncer de seno, Los resultados del estudio de Clínica Mayo llamado Medio de evaluación del riesgo para cáncer de mama, se publicaron en la revista Oncología Clínica. "Cuando se palpa en el examen o se ve en la mamografía un resultado inquietante en las mamas, los médicos realizan una biopsia para evaluar presencia de cáncer", comenta Amy Degnim, autora líder del estudio. "No obstante, cerca de 33 % de las biopsias son benignas y se conocen como enfermedad mamaria benigna. Sin embargo, existe la preocupación de desarrollar cáncer de mama", expresa.

Yahoo! en Espanol, ¿Para qué sirven los diuréticos? Los diuréticos son un tipo de fármaco que existe desde la década de los años 50 y continúan siendo la piedra angular de la terapia para la presión arterial alta. Según relata la edición de enero la publicación Mayo Clinic Health Letter explica por qué es importante tratar la presión arterial alta (hipertensión) y por qué el tratamiento con diuréticos ha sobrevivido el paso de los años.

Les Echos, Les virus, nouveaux alliés de la médecine by Paul Molga… Les bactériophages ne sont pas les seuls outils à la disposition de ces nouvelles « virothérapies ». Il y a quelques mois, une équipe américaine de la Mayo Clinic (un centre hospitalo-universitaire et de recherche de renommée mondiale basé à Rochester, Minnesota) a fait sensation en publiant le cas d’une patiente atteinte d’un myélome en phase terminale dont l’organisme a effacé toute trace détectable après l’injection d’un virus modifié de la rougeole.

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