March 20, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Editor, Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editor, Carmen Zwicker


Wall Street Journal
Scientists’ New Goal: Growing Old Without Disease
by Sumathi Reddy

…Research has found that metformin targets the chemicals produced by age-related senescent cells—normal cells that stop dividing and produce toxic substancesWall Street Journal Life and Culture logo damaging to the cells around them, said James Kirkland, director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and part of the TAME planning team. Senescent cells usually develop as people age or at sites of age-related chronic diseases, such as the brain in Alzheimer’s patients or around the plaques that lead to heart attacks and strokes, he said.

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, has the largest print circulation in America with 1.4 million (60 percent) of a total of 2.3 million. Its website has more than 4.3 million unique visitors each month.

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Forbes, A True Fountain-Of-Youth Drug Combo?

Previous Coverage in March 12, 2015 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: A new class of drugs identified and validated by Mayo Clinic researchers along with collaborators at Scripps Research Institute and others, clearly reduces health problems in mice by limiting the effect of senescent cells — cells that contribute to frailty and diseases associated with age. The researchers say this is a first step toward developing similar treatments for aging patients. Their findings appear  in the journal Aging Cell. “If translatable to humans — which makes sense as we were using human cells in many of the tests – this type of therapy could keep the effects of aging at bay and significantly extend the healthspan of patients,” says James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging and senior author of the study.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis


Huffington Post
Struggling With High Blood Pressure? Your Sleep May Be To Blame
by Alena Hall

Looking to lower your blood pressure? Fix your poor sleep habits first, suggests a new study. Mayo Clinic researchers recently set out to find how reduced sleep quantity and Huffington Post Healthy Living Logoquality could affect a person's blood pressure. After monitoring their eight participants for 16 days, they found that when their subjects experienced prolonged periods of shorter sleep, they also registered substantially higher blood pressure numbers at night. While the size of the study was small, they presented their findings at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, California, on March 15.

Reach: The Huffington Post attracts over 28 million monthly unique viewers.

Context: Healthy young adults who don’t consume caffeine regularly experienced greater rise in resting blood pressure after consumption of a commercially available energy drink — compared to a placebo drink — thus raising the concern that energy drinks may increase the risk of cardiac events, Mayo Clinic researchers found. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein


Bill seeks simpler path to multistate M.D. licenses
by Lorna Benson

Doctors and hospitals urged support Friday for a bill that would make it simpler and faster for physicians to become licensed in multiple states…Dr. Steve Ommen, medical director of the Center for Connected Care at Mayo Clinic, said specialists are often calledMPR News logo upon to advise doctors treating critically ill patients in other states. But the collaboration hinges on whether the specialist on duty has a license to practice in that state, Ommen said.

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: Steve Ommen, M.D., medical director of Center for Connected Care, Mayo Clinic, testified to the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Reform Committee regarding the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and Minnesota Telemedicine Act on March 13. Each year, Mayo Clinic physicians see people from all 50 states. Advances in technology are helping patients who may be faced with long-distance travel and logistical hurdles connect with Mayo Clinic’s specialized health care providers easier and faster. However, the patchwork of state-by-state medical licensing rules presents a costly and time-consuming barrier to telehealth care delivery.

Public Affairs Contact: Rebecca Eisenman


Mayo Clinic Using 3D Printer To Help Cure Patients

It is impressive to see and hear about what 3D printers can create. Some printers create toys or machine parts, and some duplicate human body parts for Mayo Clinic. "I've never been a patient before; I've been healthy my entire life,” said Michael Slag, who despite KAAL TV logonever smoking, was diagnosed with lung cancer. The body part being made by the printer is Michael Slag’s right chest plate. It shows his tumor that was attached to his lung and ribs. This model helped Michael better understand what was to come…"So the model actually shows us very clearly where the tumor may be and where the tumor is not," Shanda Blackmon told me as I held the three-dimensional model. Blackmon is a thoracic surgeon for Mayo Clinic and is one of Michael's doctors.

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Context: Shanda Blockmon, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer


ABC 15 Arizona
Mayo Clinic experts explain when cardiac testing is needed before surgery and when it is unnecessary

John Lynch, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live to discuss pre-surgical cardiac evaluations. ABC affiliate, channel 15 in ArizonaWhen are cardiac evaluations necessary? When are they not necessary? Find out about pre-surgical cardiac evaluations and heart disease and treatment by joining ABC15's Rally for Red, and from Mayo Clinic staff members each month on Sonoran Living Live.

Reach: ABC15, KNXV-TV, is the ABC affiliate in Phoenix.

Context: John Lynch, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh


Reuters, Cochlear implants may benefit mind, mood of older people by Andrew Seaman — Thinking skills, social interactions and quality of life may improve for older people with hearing loss when hearing is restored with a cochlear implant, according to a study from France… “We know older adults, when they don’t hear well, withdraw and begin to get depressed,” said Dr. Colin Driscoll, chair of otorhinolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Driscoll, who was not involved in the new study, said other research also shows that the lives of older people tend to improve after receiving hearing aids. “I think we’ve known that in a way for quite some time,” he said. Additional coverage: KDAL, Tech Times

Reuters, Drinking diet soda linked to a widening waistline with age by Kathryn Doyle — People over age 65 who drink diet soda daily tend to expand their waistlines by much more than peers who prefer other beverages, possibly contributing to chronic illnesses that go along with excess belly fat, according to a new study…“It cannot be explained by the calories,” said Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in the study. People who drink diet soda may be more likely to overeat in other areas, he told Reuters Health. “The main point is for those who drink a lot of soda, diet or not, there may be a relationship with obesity,” Lopez-Jimenez said.  Additional coverage: Scientific American,

Reuters, More evidence for rise, and race difference, in U.S. celiac disease by Shereen Lehman…Celiac disease has been thought to be more common in whites all along, but the study is the first to examine the prevalence of celiac disease and patterns of eating gluten-free diets by race, according to the authors. “We were able to go back and study trends over time suggesting that celiac disease is increasing in frequency,” Dr. Joseph Murray, the study’s senior author, told Reuters Health. “That's something we've shown before but (were) never able to show it in more detail with regard to the timing - the change seems to have happened around 2000,” said Murray, a gastroenterologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Canada, FOX News

LA Times, Measuring dementia risk: Now there's a number for that, too by Melissa Healy…Patients diagnosed with MCI are at greatly increased risk for Alzheimer's disease: studies suggest that each year, 10% to 15% of those with MCI will progress to Alzheimer's. So knowing one's risk for developing MCI may be one of the earliest ways to detect future Alzheimer's patients at a point when still-experimental therapies might work. “This risk scale may be an inexpensive and easy way for doctors to identify people who should undergo more advanced testing for memory issues or may be better candidates for clinical trials,” said Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and lead author of the study. Additional coverage: FOX News, HealthDay TIME, Vancouver Desi, Daily Mail UK

US News & World Report, 5 Ways Medical Schools Aim to Teach the Doctors of Tomorrow by Beth Howard — From early encounters with patients to a systemic approach, future doctors are getting a different medical school experience… "The next generation is going to transform the practice of medicine. They need the tools and skills to do it right," says Sherine Gabriel, dean of the Mayo Medical School at the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic.

CNN, Research: Loneliness increases risk of death, Strategies for avoiding loneliness — Despite pointing to further investigations, this research reinforces the benefits of friendships and human connection. The Mayo Clinic advises that despite the challenges a friendship may present, the benefits have a major impact.

Huffington Post, Overall, Men Have Poorer Memories Than Women, Study Finds by Yagana Shah — You may think your husband just has selective memory when he forgets your anniversary (and birthday) but never misses a ball game. But a new study in JAMA Neurology says his forgetfulness might not be his fault, entirely. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic say their findings prove that, generally speaking, men have poorer memories than women. Additional coverage: HCP Live, Neurology Advisor, Tech Times, 9 News Colorado, FOX13 Utah, ABC15 Arizona, KARE11

Wall Street Journal, Couch Potatoes Rejoice: Strenuous Exercise May Be Unhealthy by Kevin Helliker — As an endurance-athletics mantra, “more is better” can make for speedier finishes. But does it come at the cost of health? A recent study in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, found that exercising strenuously four to seven days a week conferred an increased risk of vascular disease, compared with two to three days a week of strenuous exercise. …But Mayo Clinic physician Michael J. Joyner said, “For every paper showing that there’s evidence of an uptick (in disease) at the extremes of exercise, I can show you another one that says there isn’t.”

KAALCity Plans to Buy Historic Theatre, by Hannah Tran…The city agreed with its owner in New Jersey on a $6 million price tag. $500,000 of that comes as a gift from Mayo Clinic, the rest will be paid by internal borrowing by the city, supported by DMC funds. "Our gift demonstrates Mayo Clinic's commitment to its community and to historic preservation. We need to take action to preserve this important link to Rochester's history," said Mayo Clinic CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy. Additional coverage: KAAL, The State S.C., KTTC, Pioneer Press (AP), Star Tribune, MPR, Post-Bulletin, KIMT

BringMeTheNews, City of Rochester plans to buy historic Chateau Theatre for $6M —  The future of the historic Chateau Theatre in downtown Rochester has been in question since Barnes & Noble moved out at the end of last year. Now the city is taking a major step to preserve the 88-year-old building. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to preserve this iconic element of Rochester’s history and invest in our future,” Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede said in a news release. “Thanks to the generosity of Mayo Clinic, we are now able to meet the purchase price of $6 million.”

Men’s Health magazine, The Common Cancer Myth That Can Hurt Your Health — Despite what you may have heard, there’s nothing sinister about getting a biopsy: In a new study from the Mayo Clinic, pancreatic cancer patients who were diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy actually survived longer than those who didn’t receive the procedure….While there have been several case studies where it was thought to occur, those very rare instances overshadow the thousands of other cases where the biopsy has been either helpful or neutral, says study author Michael Wallace, M.D.

Star Tribune, Boston Scientific, Medtronic and St. Jude in high-stakes heart-valve race by Joe Carlson — Boston Scientific, Medtronic and St. Jude are in the competition over a medical technology niche poised to balloon to $4 billion in global sales five years from now…“There are some patients when, having seen this data, they say, gosh, I want this TAVR. … Let’s go for it. There are other patients who will look at it and will say, you know, I’m doing OK, I’m just going to hold off for now,” said Dr. David Holmes Jr., a Mayo Clinic interventional cardiologist who was the study’s lead author.

Marketing magazine, SXSW: WHY CULTURE TRUMPS ADVERTISING…EMPLOYEES NEED TO FEEL LIKE PART OF THE BRAND  — Culture is about more than whether employees feel like they’re fairly paid or have a nice boss. It’s about pride and ownership in the brand, Kneeland said. The first task in ensuring employees are proud of the brand they work for? Explaining to them what the brand stands for…Last year, for instance, a janitor at the Mayo Clinic was asked what his job is. His response? “Saving lives.” That response, Kneeland said, shows how well the Mayo Clinic has communicated its purpose to its entire staff – and that process can be repeated at corporations.

Pacific Standard magazine, The Geography of Supply and Demand by Jim Russell…For health care, where does cost fail to discipline demand? Rochester, Minnesota: A key challenge facing Mayo in the era of cost-containment is its premium pricing structure. Critics allege the clinic is using its dominant presence and reputation to set artificially high prices, sometimes several times the rates charged by other hospitals for similar procedures…“Are they charging more for quality or are they charging more for a brand name?” says Tim Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University and expert on health insurance markets. “I don’t know how you could ever quantify the additional value that the Mayo Clinic offers. It’s the fundamental problem in healthcare, which is that we don’t really have markets.”

Cancer Therapy Advisory, Breast Density Awareness Linked with Socioeconomic Factors by Stephen Gho — Disparities based on race, education and income exist in the awareness of breast density and its role in breast cancer detection, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Deborah J. Rhodes, MD, of the Mayo Clinic and fellow researchers conducted a national cross-sectional survey in English and Spanish using a probability-based sample of screening-age women.

Arizona Republic, Health care tops among Scottsdale employers by Parker Leavitt… While Mayo Clinic has its main hospital just across the Phoenix border, it runs an outpatient clinic and research center on an 875,000-square-foot Scottsdale campus, which employs more than 2,000 workers. The employee count in Scottsdale has dipped somewhat in recent years as Mayo moved some clinical services to Phoenix to be closer to the main hospital, spokeswoman Lynn Closway said. Within the next two years, however, the company plans to open a branch of its Mayo Medical School in Arizona, with students completing studies and research at the Scottsdale campus, Closway said.

Medscape, Mitomycin Not Associated With Complication in Trabeculectomy by Jenni Laidman — Contrary to previous studies, the antimetabolite mitomycin was not associated with an increase in complication rates, according to a study published online March 5 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Jessica A. Olayanju, BS, a medical student at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues conducted a retrospective, population-based review of 334 patients and 460 eyes undergoing trabeculectomy for glaucoma between January 1, 1985, and December 31, 2010…

HemOncToday, Despite fewer smokers, poor screening criteria may raise lung cancer mortality — The decline in smoking rates will translate to fewer people qualifying for lung cancer screening with low-dose CT, thereby potentially leading to higher rates of lung cancer mortality, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic… “As smokers quit earlier and stay off cigarettes longer, fewer are eligible for CT screening, which has been proven effective in saving lives,” Ping Yang, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, said in a press release.

Medscape, One-Year, Real-World TAVR Data Help Identify Risks, Benefits by Marlene Busko — In a study of more than 12 000 patients who underwent transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) in clinical practice in the US, 1 year after the procedure, 23.7% had died, 4.1% had a stroke, and 26% had either died or had a stroke… "In this very high-risk group of patients, if you can keep them out of the hospital and improve their quality of life, that's a pretty good thing," Dr David R Holmes Jr (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN) told Heartwire from Medscape. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, Forbes

WXOW La Crosse, Spring Break safety tips… Amanda Kubista, social worker with Safe Path, a domestic abuse and sexual assault program from Mayo Clinic Health System La Crosse location says, "Do not over drink. That is the number one thing I can say. It usually is not a date rape drug that is involved with assaults, but alcohol is." Some simple ways to protect yourself and others from GHB and Rohypnol include…, Will Treadmill and Bike Desks Become the New Norm?... Martha Grogan, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic said, “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.”, Operating Room Sustainability Is Critical To Healthcare Business by Vikas Vij… The OR is often the largest generator of revenue for a hospital, and it is also the largest generator of waste. According to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. John Abenstein, sustainability in the OR is the key to staying in business. Dr. Abenstein, who is also the president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, says that sustainability in the OR provides a good opportunity to cut costs through more efficient resource utilization and reduction in waste.

Medscape, Multiple Myeloma: Better Survival if Precursor State Is Known — Survival is better in multiple myeloma (MM) patients who are aware of their precursor monoclonal gammopathy of uncertain significance (MGUS) than in those who are not, according to a Swedish study published online March 5 in JAMA Oncology… Although MGUS is common, the general population is not screened for the condition, according to Robert Kyle, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who is a leader in the field of multiple myeloma and coauthor of an accompanying commentary.

News8000 La Crosse, Bernie Brewer visits La Crosse — Milwaukee Brewers mascot Bernie Brewer visited La Crosse on Thursday. He spent part of his afternoon visiting with patients Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare.

News-Press (Fla.), Mayo's the best hope for girl with mysterious illness… "12 year old Florida girl, Rylee Faett, was an active athlete and academic all-star just over a month ago," it began, "That was, until life as she knew it came to a halt… Now, Rylee faces each day in a wheelchair and her symptoms are increasing by the minute."…The doctors' tentative diagnosis is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, a multifaceted malady that includes faintness and weakness and often has an underlying cause. Everyone agrees that Minnesota's Mayo Clinic is Rylee's best hope for an answer. So far, that's been out of reach, because Donna's insurance doesn't cover out-of-state treatment. Family and friends are busily fundraising — car washes, barbecues, raffles and the like — but they're still shy of the $50,000 the Mayo Clinic requires.

Prevention magazine, 7 Things Only People With Cluster Headaches Can Understand — If you're all too familiar with the unbelievable pain of cluster headaches, then you know...… There's nothing like the sweet relief of oxygen. One of the most effective treatments is pure oxygen, which is why many people with cluster headaches keep tanks around the house. According to the Mayo Clinic, inhaling 100% oxygen at a minimum rate of 12 liters a minute can head off an attack.

Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, Five Steps to Monetizing the Value of Your Care… Olmsted Medical Center's new 80,000-square-foot Women's Health Pavilion assembles all women's health services under one roof. Offering a high-quality, cost-effective patient experience, the pavilion provides a successful niche for the 65-year-old Minnesota health system. Across the street from the pavilion in Rochester, Minn., is the Mayo Clinic, the 1,132-bed general medical and surgical facility that is one of the best-recognized hospitals in the country, if not the world. For several years now, Mayo, along with other established brands like Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, have partnered with employers to extend their geographic reach and challenge existing players.

WVUE New Orleans, Is a new class of drugs the Fountain of Youth? — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered a new class of drugs that could reduce the effects of aging. They've named the drug class Senolytics. Researchers say they may reverse frailty and improve cardiac health and longevity. So far, they have seen positive results in studies on mice. Lead author Dr. James Kirkland from the Mayo Clinic says the key is the ability to delay disease.

TIME (Real Simple magazine), 7 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep…Your libido’s flagging. Fatigue can be an important factor when it comes to why women aren’t in the mood for sex. In particular, women involved with caring for children and aging parents frequently report being too exhausted for intimacy at the end of the day, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Paxton Record (Ill.), Benefit on April 18 to raise funds for Rachael Garren — Family and friends of Rachael Garren are uniting to raise money to help with her battle against Stage IV colorectal cancer. Garren, 39, is undergoing an aggressive treatment plan at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. In February, she traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for a second opinion. Medical bills are mounting, and she has been unable to work since starting treatment.

Chicago Tribune (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Drink this in: Science has decided coffee is good for you — For centuries, coffee has caused a stir over health impacts, good or bad, with many people resigned to accept it as a guilty pleasure…On its website, the Mayo Clinic also says coffee studies failed to differentiate between heavy coffee consumption and habits often associated with coffee drinking, including smoking and physical inactivity.

BringMeTheNews, Through his daughter’s health battles, radio’s Paul Fletcher finds inspiration — Local radio celebrity Paul Fletcher, the music director at Cities97, is spreading the word about a charity close to his heart. Rock the Cause Records, or as Fletcher calls it, “the charity of charities,” teamed up with Fletcher and singer and songwriter Matt Hires to create a song to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest. They’re calling it the “At Home Project.”…Fletcher’s affiliation with the House developed when his little girl, Elsie, now 2, was born with a rare intestinal disorder called Hirschsprung’s Disease. According to Mayo Clinic, the disease causes problems with passing waste.

Al Jazeera America, OCD patient: Brain implant gave me a chance at happiness…Jennifer Giesen didn't want to wear gloves 24/7, but her brain kept telling her she had to. After trying almost everything to treat her crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder, the 25-year-old opted for an experimental treatment, where electrodes are planted inside the brain. Deep brain stimulation has long been used to treat movement disorders, like Parkinson's disease, but the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is pioneering its use for psychiatric disorders.

CTV News, Energy drinks raise blood pressure for caffeine-naive: study — Healthy young adults normally unconcerned by blood pressure should be aware that energy drinks could increase their risk of cardiac events, particularly if they are not used to caffeine, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. "We know that energy drink consumption is widespread and rising among young people. Concerns about the health safety of energy drinks have been raised," says lead author Anna Svatikova, M.D., Ph.D., cardiovascular diseases fellow at the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Khaleej Times, French Tribune, Vancouver Desi, Toronto Telegraph, Yahoo! News

Oncology Nurse Advisor, Molecule that provides cellular energy found key to aggressive thyroid cancer — Cancer researchers have identified a molecule they say is important to survival of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC), which is a lethal tumor with no effective therapies. The molecule also seems to play a role in a wide range of cancers…"We now have some hope for treatment of this cancer, which is arguably the most lethal solid tumor known to medicine," said senior author John Copland, PhD, a cancer biologist at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. "Although ATC is rare, accounting for only 1% to 2% of thyroid cancers, it is responsible for up to 39% of all thyroid cancer-related deaths."

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo supports better process for doctors to be licensed in many states…Officials at Mayo Clinic Health System said that a reduction in time to get another license in another state could help their patients. "When we're able to bring in the expertise of the entire Mayo Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic in the Midwest, to allow Minnesota physician to get that Wisconsin License more efficiently, that's going to have a definite positive impact on our patient care,” said Dr. Dave Rushlow with Mayo Clinic Health System.

Cosmopolitan magazine, 10 Things You Should Know About Dealing With a Narcissist by Kira Peikoff… The fragile insecure core of a narcissist has roots in childhood. Narcissism is thought to be a mixture of nature and nurture, according to the Mayo Clinic. There may be a genetic component, but the way a child is brought up has a lot to do with it.

CBS News, Man who donated kidney may have saved his own life — A North Carolina man's act of generosity may have ended up saving his own life. Pastor Tim Jones decided to donate his kidney to help a man he met at a church fundraiser last fall who needed a transplant. CBS Charlotte affiliate WBTV Don Herbert, a former professional wrestler turned gospel singer, was suffering from kidney failure and desperately needed a donor…When doctors opened him up, they made a surprising discovery. Jones told the Salisbury Post that his surgery took six hours -- twice as long as expected -- because "they found an aneurysm in one of my arteries." It hadn't shown up in any of the preoperative tests…The Mayo Clinic explains this can happen in any artery in the body, including the renal artery leading to the kidney.

Post-Bulletin, What is DMC: The facts — The concept of Destination Medical Center is simple: to transform Mayo Clinic and Rochester into a more attractive destination for medical patients and providers. But the structure of the $6 billion, 20-year public-private investment is not simple at all.

Post-Bulletin, Grand plan faces real-world hurdles by Jeff Hansel — Billions of dollars, both private and public, could be funneled into the Rochester-Mayo Clinic Destination Medical Center initiative during the next 20 years. But that doesn't guarantee success…Mayo Clinic itself might present hurdles to DMC's success. Mayo "has seen the advent of significant new competitors in the last 20 years," the DMC plan says, "and it seems likely that this will increase in the next 20 years, as many U.S. cities have recently advanced or developed economic-growth initiatives centered on health care."

Post-Bulletin, Building a center for regenerative medicine? Cavaluzzi believes Discovery Square could become a globally recognized address that people throughout the world will know and associate with Mayo Clinic in Rochester and a high degree of innovation, technological research and health-care advancements. Jim Rogers, chairman of Mayo Clinic Ventures, said the clinic is looking to bring in industries that will be useful and beneficial locally. Regenerative medicine is one such industry, as the clinic already has placed significant emphasis on it with its Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Post-Bulletin, A diamond in the rough by Bryan Lund — The St. Mary's Place district aims to bring the Saint Marys Hospital campus closer to the downtown districts with a streetcar connection, while also utilizing the historic nature of the hospital and the existing green space of its park to create a vibrant welcoming area for patients and visitors.

Post-Bulletin, Fillmore, Mower, Wabasha officials weigh DMC pros, cons by John Weiss — Wabasha County has big plans for being part of the Destination Medical Center initiative in Rochester. Local political and economic leaders said they see the county as well situated to get more people who might want to live in a smaller town but work at Mayo Clinic, or work for Mayo from home.

Post-Bulletin, Lisa Clarke: DMC's mission seeks to make vision a reality — Just more than two years ago, on Jan. 30, 2013, leaders from the city of Rochester and area legislators joined Gov. Mark Dayton and Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy in a Capitol news conference to announce a long-term vision of making Minnesota a Destination Medical Center.

Post-Bulletin, Pulse on Health: Farewell, and thanks for sharing your stories by Jeff Hansel — Today I write my final column for the Post-Bulletin. Journalists in general possess professional expertise, and they work hard, make mistakes, keep trying anyway and sometimes need a reboot.

KAAL, Over 1,300 Gather for Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference — Over 1,300 people who have experienced dementia -- either from having it or being caregivers to those who have dementia, doctors and other medical experts in this field -- gathered at the St. Paul River Center for the Alzheimer's Association and Mayo Clinic's Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference.

Florida Times-Union, ALS diagnosis sent Orange Park woman into 'tailspin,' then advocacy — At age 9, Patricia Ramsey was diagnosed with a muscle disease and not expected to live to age 20. But when she was 15, the disease, dermatomyositis, went into remission…Over the years, she had educated herself about diseases affecting muscles — the disease she had and all the others — and this one was different. A Tampa doctor, she said, finally “went the distance. She figured it out.” The diagnosis of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, was later confirmed by the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

KTTC, Healthy Living Center staff step in on 50 Flight Friday — The Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center was taking on 50 flights of stairs one step at a time Friday. It's all in honor of Martin Souhrada, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. He has consistently climbed 50 flights of stairs there each Friday as part of a 50 year healthy living plan. Lisa Brink, who is a manager at the center says the effort was a surprise for Martin. "He knew that we had committed to doing it, but he didn't know how we were going to do it and he is extremely touched and overwhelmed by the response between the Mayo Clinic employees and members here at the center and beyond this building," she said.

ABC 15 Ariz., Nuts and your heart: Eating nuts for heart health by Mayo Clinic News Network — Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for your heart. Nuts, which contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients, are a great snack food, too. They're inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you're on the go.

ABC 15 Ariz., Atrial fibrillation: Risks, caregiving tips — Atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder, is usually caused by abnormalities or changes to your heart's structure. Your risk of developing atrial fibrillation increases with age. Atrial fibrillation may sometimes be inherited.

OncLive, Report Calls for Drug Pricing Reforms by Tony Hagen — A new report has called for broad changes in the way drugs are priced in the United States, saying the law of supply and demand is not doing an effective job of bringing the cost of cancer drugs down to a level comparable with other countries. In the article, which was published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, authors Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, from MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Vincent Rajkumar, MD, from the Mayo Clinic, made several recommendations that could lead to cost reductions. Additional coverage: World Pharma News

HealthDay, Age-Linked Memory Loss May Be Worse for Men, Study Finds by Amy Norton — Can't remember that work colleague's name? Misplaced your keys again? Don't fret: a new study finds that nearly everyone will suffer more memory lapses as they age, with men being more vulnerable to failing memory than women…Experts have speculated that when older adults start having memory lapses, it may be a sign of early Alzheimer's disease -- and likely related to abnormal clumps of a protein called beta-amyloid that accumulate in the brain. "But our findings suggest that memory actually declines in almost everybody, and well before there is any amyloid deposition in the brain," said Dr. Clifford Jack, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who led the study. Additional coverage: Daily Mail UK, CBS Atlanta, HealthLine, Newsmax

HealthDay, Could Your Child Have Migraines?... A child who complains about severe headaches should be seen by a doctor, but there are other symptoms that parents may not associate with migraine, according to the American Migraine Foundation. They may include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and sensitivity to light, sounds and odors. Another clue: wanting to lie down in a dark room, says the foundation. "While migraine can be extremely debilitating, it is also often treatable. The key thing is to get your child to a headache specialist if he or she exhibits potential migraine symptoms," said Dr. David Dodick in a foundation news release. He is professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the foundation's chair. Additional coverage: KMSP, FOX10 Phoenix, KTTC, US News & World Report, com

Forbes, Why Phoenix, Arizona's Business Leaders Are Excited About 2015 by Joshua Steimle…Ray Schey, Publisher, Phoenix Business Journal, ”Phoenix, Arizona is a great place to do business because we have all the ingredients necessary to really accelerate the modern economy. We have a great university in ASU that focuses on engineering and high tech. We have great health sciences resources: University of Arizona, Mayo Clinic, Barrow Neurological, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, to name just a few…”

Financial Advisory magazine, How Effective Is The Executive Physical At Protecting Key People?... When it comes to health care, companies may want to think beyond the traditional executive physical. One option gaining attention is providing key executives with a continuous connected care model with telemedicine at its core....““The problem is, after that one or two days, there’s no follow-up,” says Bob Howe, managing director of HighNote Foundry, a business incubator, who has his executive physical every other year at the Mayo Clinic. “You don’t have a way to follow up with them and they don’t have a way to follow up with you. What really happens is my records get sent to my local doctor and he may or may not read them.”

MedGadget, Mayo Clinic Surgeons Investigate Use of Drones for Medicine…Lately there have been attempts to use drones for medical applications, such as ferrying automatic external defibrillators and emergency medicines faster than ambulances. In the latest Air Medical Journal, three researchers from Mayo Clinic’s Department of Surgery investigate the potential for drones to be used to deliver things such as drugs and blood derivatives to clinics, disaster areas, and to remote places that are expensive to reach such as ships and offshore oil platforms.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic employees featured in 'Stronger Than That' music video — Mayo Clinic employees are the stars of a country music video for a great cause. As they show off their own strong arm, Mayo employees and patients are featured in Craig Campbell's video "Stronger Than That." The video is about spreading awareness of colorectal cancer and raising money to fight it. You can be a part of the effort by taking your own "strong arm selfie" and posting it to social media with the hashtag #StrongArmSelfie.

KAAL, Concerns Raised over Minn. Digital Health Records Mandate by Megan Stewart — A Minnesota law requiring health records to be stored digitally is raising some concerns. The health records mandate requiring health professionals to have electronic records, or be in the process of going digital, went into effect this past January. But some psychologists and social workers say they shouldn't be included in this mandate…Zumbro Valley is currently testing exchanging health information with the Olmsted County Department of Health, and Gerdes says they have plans to test with Mayo Clinic and other local providers within the coming months.

Washington Post, Medical Mysteries that solved other baffling cases by Sandra Boodman…Kerri Smith, a marketing specialist in Simpsonville, S.C., who had been suffering from severe, unexplained jaw pain. Despite months of intravenous antibiotics and several surgeries, doctors did not know what was causing the persistent golf-ball-size swelling on the right side of her face.

WCCO, House Panel Votes To Disband MNsure After Story Of Death — The debate over MNsure’s future is taking an emotional turn. A House panel voted Monday to abandon MNsure and move to the federal exchange by 2017. That decision came after one man blamed the exchange for his wife’s death from cancer earlier this year. Gail Dunker died of cancer after her family discovered they did not have the insurance they thought they signed up for. Her husband, Chuck, says — in effect–  MNsure killed her…Two months after Gail’s death, Chuck is telling lawmakers she could have lived if MNsure had been more understanding. “The cancer she had was treatable. They told us that at the Mayo [Clinic],” he said. “They said, ‘If she had been here when this first came up … this cancer is very treatable.'”

Becker’s Hospital CFO, CFO Kedrick Adkins: Bringing more than a financial perspective by Kelly Gooch— Kedrick Adkins hasn't been CFO of Mayo Clinic for very long, but he knows working as a team is integral in getting things done. He also knows that effectively leveraging talent is crucial at a place like Mayo Clinic, which sees millions of people each year. Mr. Adkins became CFO of the world-renown system in 2014…Becker's had the opportunity to catch up with Mr. Adkins and get his insight on a number of issues, including what he believes are the best practices for running the finance team of a hospital or health system.

MedPage Today, ACC Video on the Scene: LEGACY Study: Bernard Gersh, MB, ChB — Long-Term Effect of Goal Directed Weight Management on an Atrial Fibrillation Cohort: A 5-Year Follow-Up Study.

NPR, Tea Tuesdays: South America Runs On Yerba Mate by Jasmine Garsd — In 1616, Hernando Arias de Saavedra, the governor of the Spanish province that included Buenos Aires, banned the population from drinking a green herbal drink called yerba mate.… "When it comes to teas or herbals that might have medicinal properties, it's not a regulated thing," Katherine Zerasky, a registered dietitian with the Mayo Clinic, tells The Salt. "[Drink] it in moderation, and within the context of a healthy diet."

JAMA, Precision Medicine: The Future or Simply Politics? by Rita Rubin, MA…Writing in the New York Times on January 29, Michael Joyner, MD, an anesthesiologist and physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, referred to Obama’s precision medicine plan as a “‘moonshot’ medical research initiative” ( “We would be better off directing more resources to understanding what it takes to solve messy problems about how humans behave…,” Joyner wrote. “Ultimately, we almost certainly have more control over how much we exercise, eat, drink, and smoke than we do over our genomes.”

CNN, Men's memories worse than women's, especially with age by Sandee LaMotte — Ladies, science has proven what you've been saying all along: A man's memory is worse than yours. Not only that, but their brains are smaller, at least the part that controls memories. "That's right, that's what the data says," said Dr. Clifford Jack of the Mayo Clinic. "We see worse memory and worse brain volumes in men than women from [age] 40s onward." Additional coverage: CNN Mexico

Yahoo! Coconut Sugar: Healthy Alternative Or Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing? by Molly Shea — What makes it different from other sugars? While table sugar is pretty devoid of any micronutrients, “coconut sugar contains minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, along with antioxidants,” explains nutritionist Allyn Mahowald, RD, of the Mayo Clinic. Coconut sugar is also rich in inulin, a type of fiber that has prebiotic effects, meaning it can help feed the healthy bacteria that help your body digest the food you eat.

WKBT La Crosse, WHO: Recreational noise causing more hearing loss in younger generation — Doctors say hearing loss can potentially have devastating consequences that can start without you even noticing. "We've probably all had experience going to a rock concert or any sort of concert and we've come out of that concert afterwards and we feel like our hearing is kind of muffled, or we might even have some tinnitus ringing in the ears, that's the first sign of doing some damage to the hearing," said Mayo Clinic Health System Audiologist Ryan Gregg.

KIMT, The high cost of cancer drugs by DeeDee Steipan… Right now, Americans with cancer pay 50-100% more for the same patented drugs than patients in other countries. Mayo Clinic doctors are speaking out saying as Oncologists, they have a moral obligation to advocate for affordable cancer drugs for their patients. “A solution that we suggest is something that maybe the public would like; that the public be allowed to import drugs from other countries for personal use, in small amounts. That would put pressure on the market in terms of drug prices coming down,” says Vincent Rajkuman, M.D. Additional coverage: MedicalDaily

Post-Bulletin, Cannon Falls grad celebrates special birthday by Brett Boese — Tess Pfohl had a little something extra to celebrate Monday as she turned 26 years old. The Cannon Falls graduate survived 20 hours of surgery last fall to remove a rare form of cancer — chondroblastic osteosarcoma — that had wrapped itself around her spine. She made the difficult choice to have a team of Mayo Clinic doctors sever her spine in hopes of removing the cancer from her body before it could spread, choosing life as a paraplegic in hopes of extending her life…The procedure was so rare and complicated that Dr. Michael Yaszemski, who led the surgery, declined to speculate on her chances of long-term survival. However, tests performed last week at the Mayo Clinic revealed that Pfohl was cancer-free, raising hopes that she will be able to live a long and productive life. Additional coverage: KMSP

New York Post, Hospital germ horror by Betsy McCaughey…The new data, based on laboratory records and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reveal the enormity of the problem. And of the 10 regions sampled, New York has the highest rate, meaning patients here are at highest risk. Rigorous cleaning is the answer. The Mayo Clinic reduced C. diff by 85 percent in a pilot project by doing one thing: wiping the frequently touched surfaces around patients’ beds once a day with a bleach wipe.

WOOD TV Mich., MHSAA to pilot sideline concussion test kits by Dani Carlson — The Michigan High School Athletic Association plans to launch a pilot program at some schools next fall that will provide concussion detection kits on the sidelines…One test the association is looking at is the King-Devick test, one that was created “in association with the Mayo Clinic.” Roberts said he didn’t think MHSAA would ever make one specific test mandatory.

WPTZ N.Y., Popular myths about what causes cancer…Before you panic, take a look at the facts. Here, Timothy J. Moynihan, M.D., a cancer specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., takes a closer look at some popular myths about cancer causes and explains why they just aren't true.

Morris Daily Herald Ill., Reeder: Sign up to be an organ donor by Scott Reeder — The phone call came early in the morning. It was my mother, and she was crying. Mom didn’t weep easily. But that day, her tears were happy ones. A donor liver had come through for my brother, Dan, who had been atop the Mayo Clinic’s transplant list for weeks. For months, I had found myself wondering: Will this be the day he dies?... For years, he had suffered from a rare liver disease – primary sclerosing cholangitis. Finally, his liver was giving out. Death was near. But someone else’s death saved his. A middle-aged woman in Rochester, Minnesota, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Sometime earlier, she’d signed an organ donor card.

Star Tribune, Groups spend $61M lobbying Legislature by Patrick Coolican — Groups spent $61 million lobbying the Legislature last year, down from $69 million in 2013, according to reports filed this week with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board…Other notables included the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, $440,000; Education Minnesota (the teachers union), $420,000; the Vikings, $140,000; Indian Gaming Association, $267,600; Mayo Clinic, $200,000; Marijuana Policy Project, $140,000.

La Crosse Tribune, Caregiver Coach Program works so well it gets another $100K for 2 years by Mike Tighe — A pat on the back for a job well done is all the more satisfying when it comes in the form of a $100,000 grant to stake a program for another two years. Just ask Amy Brezinka, whose Caregiver Coach Program at the La Crosse County Aging Unit is receiving its second $100,000 grant from Bader Philanthropies Inc. in Milwaukee. …“We have two really good memory clinics in town — at Mayo and Gundersen that are seeing four to six people a week diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, plus Parkinson’s, plus MS,” Brezinka said. “The Mayo Clinic is seeing more Hmong people coming in for care,” she said.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Menomonie Park to get outdoor fitness equipment through Mayo Clinic Health Systems grant — Riverside Park in Menomonie will be getting 10 pieces of outdoor exercise equipment early this summer as part of a grant from the Mayo Clinic Health Systems, according to Menomonie Parks and Recreation Director Gary Barnett. Mayo Clinic Health Systems approached the city parks and recreation department regarding the $25,000 grant the Menomonie clinic received to purchase outdoor fitness equipment and wanted to donate to the city.

Santa Cruz Sentinel, UCSC student seeks clues to her rare illness by Kara Guzman — For four years, Olivia Weber’s mysterious disease has baffled doctors and robbed her of a normal life. Now she’s asking help to find answers. Doctors have yet to determine the name for Weber’s illness, which has intensified since her freshman year at UC Santa Cruz in 2009, when her vomiting and internal bleeding began. A crowd-funding campaign, launched Tuesday by Weber’s mother, would fund a trip to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where the family hopes to find clues to her disease.

KAAL, Recovering from Rare Transplant by Hannah Tran — She's one of the first people in the world to do a double-organ transplant procedure that's unlike any other. She took the risk, even though her chances of death were high. "My heart feels wonderful," said Courtney Kidd, who stopped by in Rochester from her home in Illinois.  She had a transplant procedure for both her heart and liver at Mayo Clinic in November…"To do those in a different sequence, based on what we are finding these days is a breakthrough, certainly," said Dr. Timucin Taner, a transplant surgeon.

MarketWatch, Focus on good fats, good lifestyle to control cholesterol by Elizabeth O’Brien… Both the cholesterol we make and ingest — endogenous vs. exogenous, in science-speak — has the potential to clog our arteries. Yet our bodies work to maintain a balance, so that the more we ingest, the less our bodies produce. “It’s amazing how well our body regulates itself, despite what we do to it,” said Dr. Stephen L. Kopecky, preventive cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who isn’t a member of the dietary advisory committee.

Chicago Tribune, Active lifestyle pays off by James Fell…Think about it: Say you live to be 90, almost all the while in awesome shape…The "body falls apart to let you know death is looming, so make your peace"…Perhaps that sounds less than awesome; we're talking about the big "D" here, and it's coming for you..."People get into middle age, and their health begins to ratchet down, often due to specific diseases that frequently occur due to poor lifestyle: hypertension, diabetes, obesity and coronary artery disease," said Dr. Mike Joyner, a physician-researcher and expert in exercise physiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Being sedentary is a common cause for a lot of these diseases.

Bloomberg, The 6 Most Overlooked Income Tax Deductions by Suzanne Woolley…Traveling for medical treatment — Say you live in Manhattan, and your doctor says you need to get a particular medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Your airfare may be deductible, says Mark Jaeger, Individual Tax Team Lead at TaxACT.

Chicago Tribune, Please consider the greatest gift by Scott Reeder — e phone call came early in the morning. It was my mother and she was crying. Mom didn't weep easily. But that day her tears were happy ones. A donor liver had come through for my brother, Dan, who had been atop the Mayo Clinic's transplant list for weeks. For months, I had found myself wondering — will this be the day he dies?

MedCity News, Skeptics speak out: Precision medicine may sound sexy, but is it overrated? by Meghana Keshavan…A Jan. 29 opinion piece in the New York Times from Mayo Clinic doc Michael Joyner calls the initiative a “moonshot” medical research initiative. “We would be better off directing more resources to understanding what it takes to solve messy problems about how humans behave…,” Joyner wrote. “Ultimately, we almost certainly have more control over how much we exercise, eat, drink, and smoke than we do over our genomes.”

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic studies drones for medical deliveries by Katharine Grayson — Should the health care industry enlist drones to deliver medical products? Mayo Clinic researchers took a look at the feasibility of the concept in this month's Air Medical Journal. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo outlines some of drones' benefits its website, with surgeon Cornelius Thiels noting it would cost less to deliver blood products with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) than via ambulance or helicopter. Additional coverage: Med Device Online

Wisconsin State Journal, Zorba Paster: Less smoking has benefits similar to quitting… That idea of just quitting on the spot, and it’s your own fault if you’re still smoking, is not a one-size-fits-all approach. On to the research: When researchers at the Mayo Clinic surveyed 1,000 smokers, they found 44 percent said they would quit by “gradual reduction,” while only 8 percent said they would just stop immediately. And two out of three said they would take medication if that would help. Additional coverage: La Crosse Tribune

Forbes, House Republicans Should Break the Obamacare Mold On Doctor Pay by Scott Gottlieb…The end result is the same. It was a big part of ACA. Mr. Obama didn’t give a single major speech on health reform without touting one of the large integrated health systems that formed the inspiration for this blueprint — Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger Health System, the Mayo Clinic, or Intermountain Healthcare. Obamacare was built on a premise that these institutions could be recreated everywhere.

Post-Bulletin, A private builder for Zip Rail? by Heather Carlson — A Minnesota-based transportation business has emerged as the possible private-sector answer to the Zip Rail funding question. The North American High Speed Rail Group has been meeting with county officials and Minnesota lawmakers to pitch its proposal for high-speed rail service between Rochester and the Twin Cities, said Wendy Meadley, the group's chief strategy officer. Additional coverage: MPR, KIMT, KTTC

Albert Lea Tribune, Addressing challenges in mobility by Colleen Harrison…Wichmann and Ball both agreed that the hospital escorting service at Mayo Clinic Health System was extremely nice, with Ball saying that the times she has gone there she has been greeted at the curbside and escorted all the way to wherever she needed to go, no matter the distance or the weather.

Live Science, Energy Drinks Raise Blood Pressure, Study Finds by Christopher Wanjek… In this study, the research team — led by Dr. Anna Svatikova, a cardiovascular-diseases fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota — gave a can of a commercially available energy drinkto 25 healthy volunteers, whose ages ranged from 19 to 40. On a different day, the participants drank the same amount of a placebo drink. The researchers measured the participants' heart rate and blood pressure before and after the drinks.

SHAPE magazine, Why Healthy People Shouldn't Drink Energy Drinks by Marnie Schwartz…Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, who presented their findings last weekend at the American College of Cardiology’s annual conference, gave an energy drink or a placebo drink to healthy young adults between 19 and 40 with normal blood pressure. The next day, they gave them the other liquid. The researchers then looked at the differences in blood pressure and heart rate for both days, and also compared how regular caffeine users (those consuming 160 mg or more of caffeine—the amount in a cup of coffee—each day) and those who were "caffeine naïve" responded.

Bismarck Tribune, 3-year-old struggles with mitochondrial disorder…Clayton Reis, who was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder at age 1, has been undergoing MRIs, muscle biopsies and genetic testing. Clayton’s parents, Ginger and Carl Reis, first noticed something was wrong after observing their son's slow muscular development and motor skills. As a result, Clayton began testing at Gillette Children’s Hospital in Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic. The idea of a mitochondrial disorder was first mentioned when Clayton’s parents took him to a geneticist in Fargo.

WCCO, Twin Cities 5th Grader To Meet President Obama — A Twin Cities fifth-grader caught the attention of the White House by raising money for childhood cancer. Graham Trocke-Fowler started making bracelets to sell during his own treatment for an extremely rare form of melanoma. Now he’s been invited to meet the president…He takes Trocke-Fowler to most of his treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He gets choked up thinking about him spending time at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

TIME, These Are the American Cities With the Highest (and Lowest) Unemployment... Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI — The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area straddles the Mississippi River, but its major employers are not river-based and significantly diversified. Concentrations of government jobs can be found in St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic and Target stores are also major employers in the area. The area’s unemployment rate dropped 1.1 percentage points in the year ending November 2014, even though the labor force grew 0.9 percentage points over that time.

Huffington Post, "Still Alice" - But in a Different Kind of Wonderland…Alice's husband is indeed devoted, up to a point. Perhaps that's why he's interesting, in an equivocal way. A prestigious bio-medical researcher and professor, he will have to decide whether to seize the opportunity of a professional lifetime to leave Harvard for an even more prestigious position (chair of Cancer Biology and Genetics) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (in the movie, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota).

Waseca County News, Troy Benson joins Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca by Suzy Rook — As a former resident of the University of Minnesota Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program, Troy Benson spent three years training within Mayo Clinic Health System. Dr. Benson enjoyed the experience and decided to join the family medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca upon graduation.

Salud Cronica, Descubren nuevo fármaco que reduce el envejecimiento en ratones…El Dr. James Kirkland, director del Centro Kogod de Mayo Clinic para el Envejecimiento y autor experto del estudio comenta que “Si se lo puede traducir a los humanos, cosa que tiene sentido puesto que muchos de estos análisis utilizaron células humanas, este tipo de terapia tiene la capacidad de mantener a raya los efectos del envejecimiento y extender considerablemente el tiempo de vida sana de una persona”. Additional coverage: Cronica

De ti Depende am, Armar tu cardiomenú, Francisco López-Jiménez, director de cardiología preventiva en la Clínica Mayo de Rochester, Minnesota; explica en el libro Plan para un Corazón Saludable ¡De Por Vida!, que aún cuando una persona haya llevado una dieta inadecuada durante 30 o 40 años, consumir alimentos saludables durante 6 meses puede generar cambios positivos.

Mundo de Hoy, Nuevo prototipo reduce envejecimiento en ratones… El Dr. James Kirkland, director del Centro Kogod de Mayo Clinic para el Envejecimiento y autor experto del estudio comenta que “Si se lo puede traducir a los humanos, cosa que tiene sentido puesto que muchos de estos análisis utilizaron células humanas, este tipo de terapia tiene la capacidad de mantener a raya los efectos del envejecimiento y extender considerablemente el tiempo de vida sana de una persona”.

Criterio Hidalgo, Es difícil detectar migraña en niños, Determinar si un niño tiene migrañas es difícil porque los síntomas no siempre son obvios, indicó David Dodick, profesor de neurología del Colegio de Medicina de la Clínica Mayo en Scottsdale, Arizona, y presidente de la Fundación Americana de Migraña.

El Periodico USA, Narcolepsia, enfermedad crónica e incurable…Explica que alrededor de 70 por ciento de las personas que padecen narcolepsia puede también presentar un síntoma conocido como cataplexia o cataplejía, la cual consiste en repentina debilidad muscular luego de una reacción emocional positiva, sobre todo de risa. El especialista del Centro de Medicina del Sueño de Mayo Clinic, Michael Silber, dijo que el diagnóstico exacto de la narcolepsia requiere de una evaluación por parte de un especialista en medicina del sueño.

Univision Salud, ¿Cómo se llama este síndrome?... ¿Qué se puede hacer? Si eres un hombre cuya pareja está embarazada, "puedes tomar medidas para controlar el estrés y prepararte para la paternidad, por ejemplo asistiendo a clases prenatales. También puedes buscar consejo y aliento de amigos y familiares, hablar con tu pareja y hallar una buena comunicación para transitar juntos ese camino", aconseja el Dr. Todd Nippoldt, de Clínica Mayo.

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