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New Medicare Law and the Future of U.S. Healthcare
Dr. John Noseworthy talked about a law that eliminated the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and reformed the way Medicare payments were made to physicians. He also spoke about how the change was affecting the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Noseworthy spoke via video link from Rochester, Minnesota.
Reach: C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network), created in 1979 as a private, non-profit service of the cable industry, is a network dedicated to 24-hour a day public affairs programming. C-SPAN provides coverage of a variety of public affairs events. Speeches, news conferences, forums, seminars, government committee meetings and hearings in Washington, D.C. and beyond are some of the events covered by the network. C-SPAN has more than 86.2 million viewers.
Previous Coverage in April 24, 2015 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights
Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO. Mayo Clinic has been a strong advocate of modernizing Medicare and repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replacing it with a reimbursement system that truly rewards quality and efficiency not simply volume. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act strengthens Medicare, extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and makes numerous other improvements to the health care system.
Contact: Sharon Theimer
This Is What Happiness Really Means by Lindsay Holmes
An excited puppy. The company of your loved ones. A rewarding volunteer experience. No matter how you define joy, chances are it boils down to principles over, well, stuff. As described in the video above by Amit Sood, M.D., a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, happiness is more about our circumstances than our possessions. Joy can be found in the present moment. It can also be discovered in your overall experiences. But most importantly, it can appear when we're creating, connecting and caring.
Reach: The Huffington Post attracts over 28 million monthly unique visitors.
Context: Amit Sood, M.D., Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine, has helped tens of thousands of patients and students with scientifically-validated programs which offer useful insights into human stress, well-being, resiliency, and happiness. His life’s mission is to share this scientific and practical approach with as many as he can so we can live peaceful, content and happier lives.
Contact: Brian Kilen
4 Arizona hospitals get top ratings in patient survey
by Ken Alltucker
…. "Most patients don't have the data or technical skills to judge quality and safety, so they fall back on service," said Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. "If the service is good, they equate that to good care." Though much of Mayo Clinic's focus is on quality and how well a patient fares, Decker said the hospital has paid attention to things like how courteous doctors, nurses and other employees can be and whether the hospital is clean and appealing. Mayo hired an executive who oversees such patient experiences and also contracts with a vendor who surveys Mayo patients.
Reach: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday and has an average daily circulation of more than 261,000 readers. The newspaper’s website Arizona Republic - Online, averages more than 5.4 million unique visitors each month.
Context: On April 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added “star ratings” to its Hospital Compare website. Hospitals received ratings of one to five stars – with five stars being the highest score – based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient experience survey. This represents a change in how information is displayed, not the addition of questions to be answered or data to be collected. Thirteen of Mayo Clinic's 21 hospitals received star ratings – all 3 or above.
Contacts: Jim McVeigh, Ann Schauer
The business of cancer therapy
by Andrew Corty
Unfortunately, cancer has touched us all. Sometimes it strikes family members, friends or colleagues -- and once in a while ourselves. There’s simply no escaping it. Doctors diagnose about 114,000 cases of various cancers each year in Florida, so cancer has become a big business, both in medical care and in research… Our major hospitals are keeping pace. While Moffitt is the only NIH-designated cancer center based in Florida, there are other heavy hitters. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has a cancer specialty (and its own NIH designation, albeit from Minnesota), and the Cleveland Clinic has just opened a cancer center in Weston.
Reach: Florida Trend magazine and its website offer regionally-based stories and reporting. The magazine has a readership of more than 250,000 readers and its website receives 85,000 unique visitors each month.
Context: The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence. Its three campuses — in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jacksonville, Fla., and Rochester, Minn. — give the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center a broad geographic reach, enabling it to serve diverse patient populations around the world.
Contact: Paul Scotti
AP, Genetic Testing Moves Into World Of Employee Health by Tom Murphy…Big companies in the U.S. are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before serious conditions like diabetes or heart disease develop…A federal law also protects against genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment. In addition to employee concerns, there are questions about whether genetic testing can be helpful in dealing with metabolic syndrome. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Michael Jensen says, as far as he knows, genetic testing isn't used as part of care. He said genetic factors linked to obesity are hard to analyze, and more than 95 percent of weight gain is tied to factors like diet or exercise. Additional coverage: CTV News, Yahoo! News Maktoob, Daily News 724, FOX News, Vida en el Valle, Huffington Post, FOX10 Phoenix, KTTC, NY Times
HealthLeaders Media, Physician Burnout Heavily Influenced by Leadership Behaviors… Physician burnout is prevalent throughout the U.S. healthcare system—experienced by nearly half (46%) of physicians, according to data published in JAMA last year. But effective leadership appears to alleviate it, according to new research from Mayo Clinic and published in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings… "There was this very strong relationship between satisfaction and burnout and the leadership behaviors of physician supervisors," says Tait Shanafelt, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and first author of the study.
Washington Post, A better way to diagnose and treat cancer by Jonathan Kolatch…The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has persuaded Medicare to reimburse for C11-choline, a radiotracer that studies have shown is highly effective at detecting recurrent prostate cancer… Val Lowe, a PET specialist there, says the FDA has slowed down the approval of radiotracers as standard treatment. There are many more in the pipeline, he says, that could be used immediately with more efficient review.
HealthDay, Impotence Drugs Don't Fix All Sexual Concerns: Study… Men taking Viagra-type drugs also were more sexually active and more frequently engaged in sexual intercourse, compared to men without erectile dysfunction, the researchers found. That raises the possibility that the men who ask for Viagra are more preoccupied with sex and, thus, more likely to be critical of their experiences, said Dr. Landon Trost, a urologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who specializes in infertility. Additional coverage: US News & World Report
Harvard Health Publications, No “best” treatment for common uterine fibroids by Urmila Parlikar — The other night, I sat in a restaurant with a group of girlfriends. We shared laughter, good conversation and some great wine. As I looked around, I realized that we were likely to share something else: uterine fibroids… Given how common uterine fibroids are, you’d think there would be a lot of research comparing treatment options. In fact, there are only a few randomized trials to guide treatment. In a clinical practice article in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, Elizabeth A. Stewart, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Mayo Clinic, lays out the options and discusses the factors that women and their doctors should consider when making treatment decisions. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress, News Medical
Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, Corporate Counsel 2015: Jon Oviatt, Mayo Clinic, 2015 Corporate Counsel Awards: Career Achievement winner As Jon Oviatt finishes his tenure as Mayo Clinic’s chief legal officer, he’ll have a great deal of accomplishment behind him, including a graceful transition from leadership to senior counsel at the health care provider.
Becker’s Hospital Review, CEO Dr. John Noseworthy says Mayo Clinic is 'ready to play offense' by Tamara Rosin — John Noseworthy, MD, president and CEO of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic since 2009, said at an annual community breakfast Thursday that after navigating its way through the many challenges the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has spurred since its implementation, the academic medical institution is now ready to take a more offensive stance, according to the Post Bulletin.
Post-Bulletin, Noseworthy: Mayo Clinic's future will be "stunning" by Mike Klein — After successfully making its way through the challenges of recent years, Mayo Clinic is "ready to play offense," Mayo Clinic Chief Executive Officer and President John Noseworthy told a crowd of about 200 at its annual community breakfast this morning. Noseworthy echoed Winston Churchill's words during World War II, saying we are at the "end of the beginning" of changes brought by the Affordable Care Act, the national health-care reform signed into law in 2010 and implemented gradually since then.
Huffington Post Canada, Is Green Juice Good For You? Experts Weigh In…If you prefer to gulp your greens instead of chewing them, Dr. Jennifer K. Nelson of the Mayo Clinic says you should add a little pulp to your blend since it is packed with healthy and filling fibre. Of course, making your own juice is better than buying bottles loaded with carbs and sugar than you could ever eat in one sitting.
USA Today, Is your snoring a health hazard? How to find out by Kim Painter…If you do have severe apnea, the gold standard treatment is CPAP: continuous positive airway pressure. You wear a mask or nose piece attached to a small machine that supplies steady, mild air pressure to keep your airway open as you sleep. It works well, but has one big problem: many people find it uncomfortable and quickly stop using it. (The Mayo Clinic has some tips for sticking with it: For example, try more than one mask style and try getting used to the machine during the day.)
Star Tribune, Spring Fever Alert - The F5 Tornado That Launched the Mayo Clinic by Paul Douglas…Terrible events often spark good outcomes. On Sunday I spoke at Earthfest, in Rochester, driving past the Mayo Clinic, arguably the best hospital in the world. There's a reason why Saudi sheiks fly to Minnesota for treatment, right? On August 21, 1883 a massive F-5 tornado leveled much of Rochester. There were no hospitals nearby so Dr. William Mayo, his sons and the Sisters of St. Francis converted a dance hall into an emergency room. This became St. Mary's Hospital, which ultimately transformed into the Mayo Clinic. The 1883 tornado claimed 37 lives. How many lives have been saved by the Mayo Clinic over the years? A poetic ending to a random tragedy.
Washington Post, Kidney disease? I was only 33 years old, and I felt fine by Bernadine Watson...If the scarring becomes significant enough, the damage can lead to kidney failure, which means a lifetime of dialysis, a kidney transplant or death. This news got my attention and sent me to the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., not far from where I was then living, for a second opinion. The doctor at Mayo confirmed the FSGS diagnosis but gave me a bit of hope. While there was some scarring, he wrote me after our meeting, my kidney function and blood pressure were normal and my overall prognosis was “quite good.”
Huffington Post, Go With the 'Fro by Cynthia Dagnal-Myron… And then, a few years ago, I suffered one of the most deadly allergic reactions there is: Stevens Johnson syndrome. SJS burns you from the inside out, sometimes requiring skin grafts, as if you'd been burned by actual flames. It affected every inch of my body, including my scalp. But miraculously, for me, as the blistering and peeling began to subside and the rough patches healed, the new skin was baby smooth. And my scalp was rejuvenated, too. My hair grew longer and thicker. My Mayo Clinic doctors are still mystified. I'm thrilled.
FOX2Now St. Louis, April is national “Donate Life” month — Nearly 124,000 people in the US are currently waiting for an organ transplant. More than 1,000 of them are age 10 or younger. With 150 people being added to the nation`s organ transplant waiting list each day the demand for organ donors has never been greater. Dr. Brooks Edwards, a transplant cardiologist, talks about a recent Mayo Clinic survey about organ donation and transplantation. Additional coverage: WGHP N.C., WBBH Fla.
KNXV Arizona, The List: Grilling — We spoke to Marsha Larson at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, to learn more. Never grill at a high temperature. So we know, you know, you got your gas grill, you turn it on, flip it to high, and put the meat on. Additional coverage: WMAR Baltimore, WFTS Fla., WEWS Ohio
MPR, State sees 10th pediatric flu death of season, topping '09 pandemic by Peter Cox… According to state health department data, seniors accounted for more than half of all influenza hospitalizations this season. Pitrish Tosh, an infectious disease physician at the Mayo Clinic, said the severity of flu season points to a larger issue. "In the end, the real push needs to be on better vaccine development," Tosh said. "Even in a great year, the vaccine efficacy is going to be around 70 percent among healthy people. Although that's pretty good, it's not 100 percent."
Inforum, Historic 'domino' liver transplant 'a miracle' for Dilworth, Minn., man...says he's been given a second chance at life. Not only that, Randy Myers is part of an historic liver transplant at Mayo Clinic. It involves three livers and three men, all very much alive. Just days after Myers' low-functioning, diseased liver was removed and surgeons gave him new life with a different liver, the Dilworth man sat with family at the Gift of Life Transplant House near Mayo Clinic.
Des Moines Register, Fred Hoiberg released from hospital — Fred Hoiberg flashed a thumbs-up as he was pushed to the car after being released from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. on Thursday. The Iowa State men's basketball coach mostly will recover from last Friday's heart surgery at home over the next month — but he might have visitors. Additional coverage: FOX Sports, Daily Journal, Ames Tribune, CBS Iowa, WHOTV Iowa, Washington Post
MedPage Today, Aducanumab Promising in Early Study… Aducanumab will now move directly to phase III trials. "All told, I think this is probably some of the more encouraging data we've had on the therapy front for Alzheimer's in a while, albeit very early, so we're very cautious," Ronald Petersen, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in the study, told MedPage Today. "We have to remain cautiously optimistic, because we've been here before."
LiveScience, Whooping Cough Outbreaks Traced to Change in Vaccine by Laura Geggel — The recent outbreaks of whooping cough in the United States may be due, in part, to a change made two decades ago to vaccine ingredients, a new study finds. The new study supports the idea that researchers need to develop a pertussis vaccine that is both safe and effective, said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious-diseases physician at the Mayo Clinic and a member of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, who was not involved with the study.
TIME, Should You Drink Green Juice? by Mandy Oaklander…Speaking of kidneys, people with kidney disease or kidney stones should be wary of juicing, says Mary Jo Kasten, assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Kasten wrote an article about a patient with kidney disease who experienced kidney failure after a six-week juice fast.
MedPage Today, Thyroid Group Issues Guidelines for Kids' Nodule Management by Parker Brown…ATA president Robert Smallridge, MD, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., also weighed in on the new set of recommendations. "Unlike adults, thyroid nodules in children are more likely to be malignant, and the histopathology, molecular profile, and clinical behavior of differentiated thyroid cancer differs substantially," he said in the release. "These first ATA guidelines highlight these distinguishing features for the clinician faced with caring for a patient with this uncommon thyroid tumor."
Indian Country Today Media Network, Beating Cancer, With a Native Twist by Tanya Lee — Dr. Judith Kaur, Choctaw/Cherokee, is professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center’s College of Medicine and medical director for both the Mayo Clinic Hospice and the cancer center’s Native American Program. She is one of only two American Indian medical oncologists in the country. Kaur took time out of her extremely busy schedule to talk with ICTMN about her background and her work.
Post-Bulletin, DMCC board to shepherd final step in development plan by Andrew Setterholm — The last hurdle in Destination Medical Center development plans could be cleared tonight at a public hearing. The Destination Medical Center Corp. Board of Directors will host a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall. The meeting will be an opportunity for the DMCC board to formally adopt the DMC development plan, a lengthy document detailing objectives for the 20-year buildout of the downtown. Additional coverage: KAAL
Chicago Tribune, From crisis to wellness: the Loughlin family's struggle with cancer by Brian Taylor — This is a story of a Chicago area family that has endured not one, but two of its members struggling with cancer, a mother and a son, their admirable strength and faith in overcoming it, and their efforts to make other people's lives better as a result… After many appointments they had to make the decision about removing the brain tumor by surgery, and who would do it. They turned to the world class Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where Kyle's tumor was successfully removed in February 2014, leaving some vision loss in both eyes.
Healthcare Dive, Things fall apart: How the 'healthcare consumer' model could break down by Katie Williams… Established titans like the Mayo Clinic have cultivated brand loyalty—the answer to a consumer good that defies repeat purchasing—but the concept is still developing in the industry at large. And absent a consensus among quality ratings, many hospitals without the marketing budget of a Mayo or a Cleveland Clinic will find it difficult to cultivate those customer relationships.
Argus Leader, Reader's Watchdog: Can you be fired for being hospitalized? — Five days. That's how many sick days it took for Tom McLaughlin to lose his job at Bell, Inc. McLaughlin was in the hospital for three of those days, being treated for a potentially life-threatening flare-up of infection in two sores on his right leg. His doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., pleaded with Bell to keep McLaughlin last week, saying his medical care was necessary. He'd ignored her advice and come back to work once already in April, even as his daughter pleaded with him to stay in the hospital.
Post-Bulletin, Letter: Something needs to be done to better control smoking in Rochester — On the heels of the welcomed ad in Saturday's Post-Bulletin about cleaning up and reducing cigarette butts, I am led to comment on the significant amount of smoking in Rochester, in particular in and around Mayo Clinic and to a lesser extent St. Marys. Not only do I see patients and other visitors light up, but it is appalling to see many employees "hide out" to smoke.
MN Daily, At the Capitol, stem cell research gaining support… Minnesota lawmakers are now largely supporting what used to be a controversial science….The Legislature awarded nearly $50 million over 10 years last year to form a partnership between the University and the Mayo Clinic to further regenerative medicine research. It was so successful that this year, school officials asked the state for additional funding.
GenomeWeb, Mayo Clinic, Exact Sciences Team IDs Methylated DNA Markers to Differentiate GI Cancers by Ben Butkus…In a poster presentation this week at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Philadelphia, John Kisiel of the Mayo Clinic shared how he and his collaborators at Mayo and Exact identified and used a set of methylated DNA markers to distinguish between different types of GI cancers with an accuracy of around 88 percent using tissue samples and 74 percent using plasma samples…They hope their research has laid the groundwork to develop a blood- or stool-based test to noninvasively screen patients for GI or other types of cancer without prior knowledge of which organ is affected. To that end, the group is currently planning corroborative studies using a larger number of blood samples and examining several other cancer types, both in the GI tract and in other parts of the body, Kisiel told GenomeWeb.
Training and Conditioning, Redefining Care by Aaron Hellem, PT, DPT, CSCS, at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic Square — Recently, several innovative sports medicine clinics have opened, their offerings as unique as their facilities. In this multi-author article, we provide a peek inside three of them.
MedPage Today, Early Study Provides First Evidence of Remyelination by Kristina Fiore — Researchers here say they have the first biological proof of remyelination, with positive results from a phase II study showing that a novel monoclonal antibody improved nerve signaling in acute optic neuritis…Dean Wingerchuk, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, who was not involved in the study, said the "prospect of having a truly neuroprotective or remyelinating therapy is very exciting and this early-phase protocol begins to address the unmet need of limiting the degree of lasting neurological injury that results from acute MS attacks."
Healio HemOnc Today, Metformin may not improve survival in pancreatic cancer…Metformin is being tested in cancer trials — more than 20 of which remain open — because epidemiologic studies have suggested that its use is associated with a reduction in cancer deaths. However, Roongruedee Chaiteerakij, MD, PhD, of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues identified inconsistencies and design flaws in many of these trials. Thus, Chaiteerakij and colleagues sought to evaluate metformin use and survival of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and address potential biases that are often part of retrospective clinical trials.
Chippewa Valley Post, Depression: Let’s snap out of expecting to snap out of it, by Filza Hussain, M.D. Mayo Clinic Health System Behavioral Health — Our relationship with the word depression is quite paradoxical. Although, on the one hand, we so freely admit that we are depressed because our team lost the Super Bowl or because the store doesn’t carry a desired outfit in our size, when it comes to…
Faribault Daily News, Walking for fitness by Michelle Blankenship, N.P., Mayo Clinic Health System — Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It’s one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise. It’s safe, simple and doesn’t require a lot of practice, and the health benefits are many. Walking for fitness can help you achieve a number of important health benefits…
News Medical, Mayo Clinic earns No. 3 spot on 2015 DiversityInc Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems list — Mayo Clinic earned No. 3 on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems list for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the fourth year that Mayo has earned a spot on the list. This year's rankings were announced at the annual DiversityInc Top 50 event in New York on April 23. "Mayo Clinic is beginning a deep dive into understanding unconscious bias and how it affects both our staff and the patients under our care," says Sharonne Hayes, M.D., Mayo's director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Additional coverage: Regator
Filipino Reporter, Fostering gratitude can improve sense of well-being by Meg Sibal, M.D. — SCIENTISTS are finding that gratitude, when exhibited as a regular part of life not only helps explain a high sense of well-being but also can be fostered in simple ways to increase happiness and fulfillment, says the March 2015 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter… Amid Sood of the Mayo Clinic has written several books on training your brain to decrease stress, improve resilience and live meaningfully — here are some sample suggestions from his book, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-free Living…
Albany Democrat-Herald, How to choose an audiologist…If we were in Rochester, Minnesota, the easy answer would be go to Mayo Clinic. They have audiologists, speech pathologists, Ear, Nose and Throat doctors (otolaryngologists), physical therapists and occupational therapists who have expertise in hearing and balance problems in all of the areas mentioned above all in one facility. Unfortunately, we don’t have that in Oregon. So we need to be willing to travel.
TakePart, No One Really Knows If Your Tampons Are Safe Enough by Shaya Mohajer — New legislation calls for a study to find out if there are toxic chemicals hiding in tampons, pads, and hygeine products women rely on.… But considering how intimately dependent women are on these items, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., would to know a little more. Her bill, the Robin Danielson Act, is named for a woman who died of toxic shock syndrome—a rare but life-threatening condition the Mayo Clinic says is associated with the use of superabsorbent tampons.
SB Nation Canis Hoopus, Putting a Price Tag on the Timberwolves…Secondly, Taylor has millions invested in undertakings that aren't completed yet: Target Center and Mayo Clinic Square. The latter, a privately funded, $50 million dollar project which upon completion will serve as a practice facility for the Wolves and Lynx, is expected to be finished by the end of this year. If he were to try and sell his team as early as this summer, I imagine Taylor would have a hard time passing off the $43 million that his teams owe towards renovations to the publically owned Target Center. The value of the Wolves will ultimately change by the time Target Center is renovated and Mayo Clinic is built.
Buffalo News NY, Gross, yes, but Buffalo doctor says a 'poop pill' could one day save your life…Doctors and researchers with the Mayo Clinic are among leading medical experts who laud the practice when it comes to the potentially deadly C. diff bacteria, a danger particularly among the elderly. See a related story here.
Imperial Valley News, Targeting Unconscious Bias in Health Care — Unconscious bias, also called implicit bias, affects health care providers every day, especially when they are stressed or tired. Swift and automatic, it can reduce quality of care and even lead to medical errors. Michelle van Ryn, Ph.D., who is the director of Mayo’s Research Program on Equity and Inclusion in Health Care, says, “All of us, despite the best of all possible intentions, are affected by unconscious processes. It affects what we see, how we react, how we feel, how we behave. If we’re not aware of it and taking measures to counter it, it affects quality of care.”
Broadway World N.H., Writers on a New England Stage to Welcome Tom Brokaw, 5/20…a New England Stage series is delighted to welcome celebrated journalist, renowned author, Emmy award winner, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tom Brokaw to on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Mr. Brokaw will take the stage to discuss his highly anticipated new book, A LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED: A Memoir of Hope…in the summer of 2013, when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic, his run of good luck was interrupted. He received shocking news: He had multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer.
Healio Gastroenterology, Celiac disease: 5 things you should know — Celiac disease is a genetic immune disease that damages the small intestine in people who have difficulty digesting gluten. Damage caused to the small intestine may lead to weight loss, bloating and sometimes diarrhea. In some cases, the brain, nervous system, bones, liver and other organs may be deprived of vital nourishment, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Yuma News Now, Causes of fecal incontinence vary, but treatment is available by Stephanie Hansel, M.D., Mayo Clinic — Fecal incontinence, or leakage of stool from the rectum, can range from occasional leakage while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. An estimated 8 percent of the general population and 15 percent of people age 70 and older are affected.
Houston Chronicle, O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring nationals report: Don Schumacher enjoys his Sunday…Schumacher, the owner of Don Schumacher Racing, is just glad to be out and about after spending six weeks in Houston from early January through late February at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he received radiation treatment for throat cancer. Schumacher, who underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said he is grateful for the care and treatment he has received in Houston.
Duluth News Tribune, Dylan expert’s multitude of friends happy to help him through cancer treatment by Christa Lawler,…[John] Bushey is a magician and Houdini expert with an international friend base. He’s also the host of a popular public radio program that focuses on Bob Dylan. He’s also a teacher who uses his interests to engage students…He went through chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic and in between was treated in Duluth. Bushey was in remission for more than a year, then he was back in the hospital in late December 2014. He had planned to continue teaching at Piedmont Elementary School, but has been unable to work since January, he said. As soon as he’s feeling stronger, he plans to return to the Mayo Clinic, so they can harvest stem cells to increase his options for future treatments, he said.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic study makes surprising discovery about heart health in Olmsted County by Jeff Kiger — Heart failure, which affected 5.7 million Americans in 2012, is on the decline. A new Mayo Clinic study tracking heart failure in Olmsted County residents found that rates of the condition plummeted 37.5 percent from 2000 to 2010. The nine-person research team, led by senior author Dr. Véronique Roger, published their findings in the most recent issue of "The Journal of the American Medical Association."
Healio Gastroenterology, Researchers identify risk factors for development of pancreatic cancer — A team of international researchers developed a profile identifying risk factors for malignancy progression in intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms of the pancreas. “The factors we found that increase risk of pancreatic cancer now allow us to separate patients as either low or high risk. High-risk patients can then be scanned and biopsied more frequently or can opt for surgery, but low-risk patients don’t need such surveillance,” Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH, from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., said in a press release.
Mankato Times, Mayo Clinic Health System to give behind the scenes look in Waseca by Joe Steck… “Beyond the Red Line is a fun and engaging way for our community members to connect with Mayo Clinic Health System and learn more about local health care,” says Tom Borowski, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca administrator. “In addition, it’s a good opportunity to meet some of our providers and care staff. Overall, we think this will be an exciting family event.”
Consumer Affairs, Mayo Clinic doctors getting close to a blood test for cancer by Mark Huffman — Doctors may soon be able to easily find cancer anywhere in the body… Screening the whole body “What’s exciting about our discovery is that it allows us to stop thinking about screening organs and start thinking about screening people,” said Mayo Clinic's Dr. John Kisiel. “As far as we are aware, this is the first series of experiments that has ever shown this concept.”
Huffington Post, Is Green Juice Good For You? Experts Weigh In by Joy D’Souza…If you prefer to gulp your greens instead of chewing them, Dr. Jennifer K. Nelson of the Mayo Clinic says you should add a little pulp to your blend since it is packed with healthy and filling fibre. Of course, making your own juice is better than buying bottles loaded with carbs and sugar than you could ever eat in one sitting.
Oncology Nurse Advisor, Genetic variants combined to improve breast cancer…"This genetic risk factor adds valuable information to what we already know can affect a woman's chances of developing breast cancer," said study co-author Celine Vachon, PhD, an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "We are currently developing a test based on these results, and though it isn't ready for clinical use yet, I think that within the next few years we will be using this approach for better personalized screening and prevention strategies for our patients."
News Medical, Researchers identify molecular switch for protein that causes HER2-positive breast cancer — Herceptin has been touted as a wonder drug for women with HER2-positive breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that is fueled by excess production of the HER2 protein. However, not all of these patients respond to the drug, and many who do respond eventually acquire resistance.
Bluff Country Reader, Journey vs. Destination: Keeping busy with Mayo visits, even surgery by Lisa Brainard… So here’s an update as my recovery and rehabilitation continue from my accident and stroke in September of 2012… As April began, I spent up to four hours each day, on a Thursday and Friday, taking a functional capacity exam (FCE), at the Mayo Northwest Family Clinic (nope, the downtown and Saint Mary’s campuses are apparently not enough to hold everything Mayo does).
FOX21, Mayo Clinic Survey: 60% Would Like to be Organ Donors — April marks organ donation month and the demand is on the rise with about 150 patients being added to the wait-list every day. Mayo Clinic conducted a survey to get some insight about people's perception of being a donor. It found more than 60 percent would like to be organ donors and more than 60 percent have already signed organ donation cards or talked to their family about donating. For more on how you can become a donor, click here.
Arizona Public Media (PBS/NPR), Technology Improves Medical Access in Doctor Shortage by Zac Baker — Changing technology and collaboration between urban and rural doctors is also expanding the types of available medical coverage in rural areas. Telemedicine, or “the practice of medicine at a distance using IT, information technologies,” is providing greater access to specialty care for patients in more remote locations said Ronald Weinstein, founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona…For example, patients experiencing stroke symptoms in Bisbee can have CT scans done, send the images for analysis by a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, who then suggests a course of treatment. If caught early, the patient will not need to be transferred to a larger hospital, Weinstein said.
Arizona Republic, Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease by Ken Alltucker — Former Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, a former MVP and World Series hero, announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease…Symptoms include tremors or shaking in a limb or finger. Those with the disease also may take shorter steps, drag their feet or trip and fall. Speech may become soft, slurred, halting or monotone…"You really want people to maintain their general health and have a positive outlook and say, 'I'm going to fight this,' " said John Caviness, a Mayo Clinic professor of neurology in Scottsdale. "It is certainly not a death sentence." Additional coverage: Huffington Post
WQOW Eau Claire, Doctors warn of lawn-mowing safety concerns — According to the CDC, emergency rooms treat more than 60,000 people across the U.S. per year for injuries related to mowing the lawn. “We see people with really bad cuts, you can even have broken bones or fingers and toes that are cut off,” said Dr. Abby La Nou of the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System. “We've had people roll the lawnmowers, and we see children that have become injured when they're riding on the lawnmowers with their parents.
Health IT News, Innovation Pulse: Portals are key to population health success by Tom Sullivan — When Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy challenged his staff to broaden its reach, he went big. Really big. Mayo already has an enviable footprint of treating approximately 1 million patients every year in its hospitals and clinics. As many as 10 million people benefit from Mayo Medical Laboratories and other contracted services, while some 60 million access its online offerings. Noseworthy’s ambition: Connect with 200 million patients – by 2020. To make that happen, Mayo is building its portal as “a new front door” into the care delivery system via which visitors can access multitudinous levels of care, according to Mark Parkulo, MD, vice chair of Mayo’s meaningful use coordinating group.
Cronkite News, Youth football tackles concussions by Nick Smith…“The younger brain is more vulnerable to concussion,” said Dr. David Dodick, director of the Mayo Clinic concussion program in Phoenix. “Simply because our brain is made up of billions of wires, most of which are insulated. And it takes a while to lay down that insulation on all of those wires. A lesser degree of trauma, of blunt force, would produce a concussion in a younger person and it takes longer for them to recover.” Last May, Dodick attended the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, where President Barack Obama spoke. On his way home, Dodick thought about the lack of research when it came to youth sports and concussions. Once back in Phoenix, he reached out to the most influential youth league, Pop Warner.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Glen Campbell film about living, touring with Alzheimer’s Disease to be screened in Eau Claire — Mayo Clinic Health System and the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County have joined Micon Cinemas to screen “I’ll Be Me” locally. Lisa Wells, dementia care specialist at the ADRC, said she finds Campbell’s story inspiring. “He was basically told to hang up his guitar, to let it go, that he’s pretty much finished,” she said. “... Despite being diagnosed, he still went on to live life.”
La Crosse Tribune, La Crosse man battles disease that forced him to quit pursuit of fish… “It completely changed my life. I can’t drive no more, and I can’t fish no more,” said Captain Ed, an unofficial title that’s a holdover from the 5-year-old Fishfoot Guide Service he had to close last year because of his multiple system atrophy…Most doctors are unfamiliar with the disease, but Ed has a care team that includes his primary care physician, Dr. Edward Malone, and neurologist Gregory Pupillo, both at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, and specialists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Dark Daily, Mayo Clinic Pilots Use of Telemedicine Kiosks for Its Employees, but Will Pathologists Be Included to Provide Medical Consultations?...No less than the famous Mayo Clinic has become the latest healthcare provider to partner with HealthSpot, the company that designed this new telemedicine kiosk. This pilot program will be called the Mayo Clinical Health Connection and Mayo Clinic is placing these kiosks in its facilities in Austin and Albert Lea, Minnesota, specifically for use by employees of the Mayo Clinical Health System. Mayo officials hope that the use of these kiosks will contribute to reduced healthcare costs and improved access to medical services.
Post-Bulletin, Letter: Low-paying jobs are cause of need for tax increase considers by county by Dale Richard — If the Mayo Clinic-driven Destination Medical Center project will be such a great asset to Rochester, why is there so much concern it will create so many low-paying jobs? Why is the Olmsted County Board considering additional taxes on those already overburdened by taxes to, in effect, subsidize employers who are taking advantage of doing business in Rochester but not paying employees a suitable wage?
Florida Times-Union, Mayo Clinic one of four Florida hospitals to receive five-star rating for patient experience by Charlie Patton — Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is one of only four hospitals in Florida to receive a five-star ranking for patient experience from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Additional coverage: Jacksonville Business Journal
Northfield News, New federal scoring system shows Northfield Hospital as among the state's best… According to the Kaiser Health News data, Northfield Hospital received a 4-star rating, putting it in good company with other 4-star hospitals in the state like Mayo Clinic-Rochester, Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud and Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis.
Augustine Record, Organ recipient Leah Shelly shares her story…Leah Shelly, a 31-year-old medical scheduler in St. Augustine, received such a gift through a friend in Texas…Leah received a call at work from a friend in Texas who was aware of her situation. He said one of his friends was on life support and his family wanted to donate a kidney to her. “Normally, the hospital would not allow the organs to be sent to a facility so far away,” Leah explained, “but because it was the donor’s family’s wishes” that Leah be the first person tested due to a shared blood type, the hospital agreed. “They flew the kidney from Texas to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and I drove straight over from Pensacola to start the matching process,” Leah said.
Augustine Record, Organ donor Rick Beatty shares his story — Rick and Gina Beatty have been married 28 years. During that time, Rick faced symptoms of chronic hepatitis…Finally, on October 31, 2013, they received word that they had a donor. “Livers don’t age,” Rick said, because of the organ’s tremendous capacity to regenerate. He underwent the transplant at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
FierceHealthIT, Arizona turns to telemedicine as physician shortage threatens care by Katie Dvorak — Technology is expanding healthcare in states such as Arizona at a time when a shortage of physicians threatens the reach of care…The Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona, for example, reaches people in outlying areas who would have to drive into Phoenix or Tucson for care. In addition, the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale uses telemedicine to help patients experiencing stroke symptoms get the proper care
Cure Today, Scanxiety with Lynch syndrome by Georgia Hurst — In two weeks, I will be at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., undergoing my annual screening for the various Lynch syndrome-related cancers for which I am at risk. This will be my fourth trip to Mayo since I tested positive for Lynch syndrome and I am currently suffering from "scanxiety," or rather, anxiety from upcoming scans. I wish I could say the scanxiety lessens with time but it does not.
USA Today (Indianapolis Star), Peanuts, Cracker Jack get the boot at some ball games, No peanuts, no Cracker Jack — the most iconic snacks of baseball will be banned Wednesday from Indianapolis Indians' games here. No peanut M&Ms either, no peanut anything will be sold at Victory Field. And fans in lawn seating won't be allowed to bring peanut butter and crackers or any other peanut products of their own…People with severe peanut allergies can go into anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening reaction that swells a person's throat making it difficult to breathe, brings on a severe drop in blood pressure and can cause a person to lose consciousness, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Rochester Women magazine, Mayo Clinic Healthy Program – Resilient Living by Caitlin Summers — World-class pampering for mom. Mayo Clinic offers many great programs for healthy living, with resources for all types of people. The Mayo Clinic Resilient Living Program, open to the public, is specifically targeted to those who have stress in their lives, such as patients, loved ones of patients and, of course mothers.
Cronkite News, Department of Health: STDs on the rise among Arizona senior citizens…According to the county report, gonorrhea rates for Maricopa County’s older population jumped from 6.1 to 12.7 between 2012 and 2014. Denise Millistine, senior associate consultant at the Scottsdale Mayo Clinic Division of Women’s Health Internal Medicine, said gonorrhea is particularly easy to spread because the symptoms are hard to identify. “A lot of people don’t have symptoms that they distinguish from how they feel normally,” she said.
Post-Bulletin, Local woman doesn't let MS slow her down by Holly Galbus — Eight years ago, when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Nicole Moon had one question for her doctors: What does this mean for my son? She was concerned her son Connor, then 3, would be at greater risk for developing the disease…One such initiative is the work of Dr. Charles Howe, a neuroimmunologist at Mayo Clinic , who is conducting research to identify mechanisms in people with MS that cause them to lose motor and cognitive function over time. "The ultimate goal is to prevent progression of the disease," Howe said. "We are studying how axons — which carry information from one nerve cell to another within the circuitry of the brain — get damaged."
Bell Plaine Herald, Area Hospital Adds Nurses to Assist Sexual Assault Victims — Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague, formerly Queen of Peace Hospital, now has specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) available 24 hours a day to ensure victims of sexual assault have specialized care. “Victims of sexual assault or abuse need specialized, compassionate physical and emotional care as quickly as possible,” said Kelly Ashley, registered nurse and patient care manager at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague.
KFYR TV N.D., Separated Yet Inseparable — The Fitterer twins are now in second grade, and doing well after being separated during a six hour surgery at Mayo Clinic. The Fitterers discovered they were expecting Christmas Eve of 2005. The day after Easter they found out Suzy was pregnant with conjoined twins, which carries a multitude of medical complications.
Florida Today, For 'donor moms,' gift of life was only choice by Sara Paulson — Dee Hill has a perspective that nobody wants. Her daughter, Cora, was born with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease. At 20, she collapsed and was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. On Christmas Eve 2007, the doctor told Hill what no mother wants to hear: Cora's body was breaking down. But then, a life-saving gift arrived. "Her miracle came later that day, and she was transplanted with new lungs on Christmas Eve," Hill said. Additional coverage: Fond du Lac Reporter Wis., Donate Life
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Volunteer experience at Mayo Clinic helps student plan future career — While most students are in the middle of figuring out summer plans and work, many forget about the 30 hours of service learning that are required to graduate. This is something that can be easily fulfilled by volunteering a few hours over the summer. Because of his interest in the medical field, Aric Swancutt, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, decided to volunteer his time at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, a move he says solidified his career choice.
Insight News, Mayo Clinic News Network: Asthma discovery may lead to new therapeutic approach by Bob Nellis — Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators have discovered a key cellular mechanism that contributes to bronchoconstriction and inflammation in asthma. …"Our findings point to an entirely novel pathophysiological mechanism in asthma. As our studies proceed, if we can show that calcilytics can target multiple cell types and mechanisms that contribute to asthma or even other lung diseases, then we may have an exciting new therapeutic target," says Y.S. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist, physiologist, and co-senior author of the study.
Metro Times Detroit, Higher Ground: Drug-free living by Larry Gabriel — A year ago, Kimberly Cole was taking 11 different prescription drugs to try to control her epileptic seizures, neuropathic pain, and other health issues. Then, on her doctor's advice, she tried marijuana…Even at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where Cole sometimes sees doctors, her marijuana use is accepted. "I was a little nervous to tell them this is what I'm doing," Cole says. "Every single physician I have there from neurology and across the board supports it.
Chippewa Daily Herald, Depression — Let’s snap out of expecting to snap out of it by Filza Hussain, M.D.— Our relationship with the word depression is quite paradoxical. Although, on the one hand, we so freely admit that we are depressed because our team lost the Super Bowl or because the store doesn’t carry a desired outfit in our size, when it comes to talking about clinical depression, the stigma attached with the word comes out in full force.
Des Moines Register, Lawmaker battling cancer plays polka on Senate floor — Sen. Joe Seng is battling cancer, but that didn't stop him from playing a polka on his accordion and singing on the Iowa Senate floor Wednesday morning…While he's missed an occasional day in Des Moines while undergoing treatment and checkups at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Seng has been at the Senate for key votes throughout the session and has regularly attended committee meetings.
Southern Minn. Biz, New Prague native DeLuca, joins Mayo Clinic Health System by Debbie Zimmerman — Becky DeLuca, nurse practitioner, recently joined the women’s health and obstetrics and gynecology practice at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. DeLuca, who grew up in New Prague, is excited to continue her health care career in her home town.
Pensacola News Journal, Hospital ratings help consumers choose by Carlos Gieseken — A new rating system introduced this month allows consumers to compare hospitals based on factors like noise, cleanliness, responsiveness of staff to patient needs and the quality of communication from doctors and nurses…Four hospitals in Florida were among the 251 across the country to receive a 5-star rating. These were Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in Port Saint Joe, Viera Hospital in Melbourne and Mariners Hospital in Tavernier.
AARP, Qué cantidad de carbohidratos consumir al día —3 recetas ‘low carbs’ por Zulay Ortiz…Según explica Sonia Murgueytio Jurado, dietista registrada de la Mayo Clinic de Jacksonville, Florida, la cantidad sugerida de carbohidratos para una persona con diabetes es de 130 gramos al día. Esta cifra es la cantidad mínima recomendada por el United States Department of Agriculture. Por su parte, un adulto sano debería obtener del 45% al 65% de sus calorías diarias de los carbohidratos. Del 20% al 35% provendría de las grasas y del 10% al 35% de las proteínas, según recomienda el Institute of Medicine(en inglés).
Relejos, El estigma de las enfermedades mentales Las enfermedades mentales son comunes y muchas personas no reciben la ayuda que necesitan porque existe un estigma asociado con la salud mental. Este estigma acerca de las enfermedades mentales hace que las personas se sientan avergonzadas y las desanime de pedir ayuda. Según la Clínica Mayo ubicada en Rochester, Minnesota en USA “El estigma es cuando alguien nos mira de una manera negativa porque uno tiene alguna característica especial en la personalidad que es, o se piensa que realmente es una desventaja (o estereotipo negativo)”.
Univision Salud, Para perder peso ¿sirve contar calorías? Por Gabriela Garcia, Para muchos que quieren bajar de peso, la receta que habitualmente siguen es consumir un límite máximo de calorías diarias. Por ejemplo, para una mujer activa de 30 años de estatura media, lo recomendable según la Clínica Mayoserían unas 2200 colorías diarias, 2600 para un hombre de características similares. Si se sobrepasa ese límite se sube de peso, si se consume menos, se baja.
Las Americas News, Apple fabricante de iPhone intenta desafiar a los escépticos — El ejecutivo de Apple Craig Federighi señaló que los datos de varios dispositivos relacionados con la vida saludable están ahora en silos, por lo que no se puede obtener un panorama completo de la salud de un usuario determinado. Eso va a cambiar, dijo, con la característica HealthKit que estará incluida en el nuevo software móvil iOS 8. Apple también está trabajando con la Clínica Mayo para asegurarse de que el peso, la ingesta de calorías y otros indicadores de salud de sus usuarios se encuentran en niveles saludables.
Vida y Salud, Nuevo examen de mamas casi cuadruplica la detección de cancer…Los tumores y la densidad del tejido mamario aparecen de color blanco en la mamografía, lo que impide distinguir a un tumor del tejido de trasfondo en las mujeres con mamas densas. Alrededor del 50 por ciento de las mujeres sometidas a detección por la edad muestra tejido mamario denso, dice la Dra. Deborah Rhodes, médico de la Clínica de Mama de la Mayo Clinic y autora experta del estudio.
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