May 20, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Editor, Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editor, Carmen Zwicker

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Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville's Mayo has breakthrough in treating ALS, dementia
by Charlie Patton

In what they call a major breakthrough, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville replicated a genetic mutation Florida Times-Union newspaper logoassociated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and frontotemporal dementia in a mouse. Their findings, which were published online Thursday on and will be in the next issue of the journal Science, will provide a model researchers can use to test drug therapies, said Leonard Petrucelli, chairman of the Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and the lead author of the study.

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

Additional coverage:
Science Times, Mayo Clinic Breakthrough With ALS Treatment In Mice 

NIH, Scientists create mice with a major genetic cause of ALS and FTD

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have developed a mouse model that exhibits the neuropathological and behavioral features associated with the most common genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which are caused by a mutation in theC9ORF72 gene. They say their findings, reported today in Science, will speed further research into the molecular mechanism behind these disorders and that the animal model will offer a way to test potential therapeutic agents to halt the death of neurons in the brain and spinal cord. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


Jacksonville Business Journal
How clinical trials help Mayo — and its patients — be on the forefront of medicine
by Colleen Jones

Mayo Clinic has a multipronged mission: patient care, research and education. Its clinical trials program touches on all three. Mayo is one of a Jacksonville Business Journal newspaper logoselect group of research-focused institutions across the country qualified to offer government-sponsored or privately funded clinical trials at each of its three campuses, including Jacksonville.

Reach:  The Jacksonville Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals.

Context: At Mayo Clinic, the needs of the patient come first. Part of this commitment involves conducting medical research with the goal of helping patients live longer, healthier lives. Through clinical studies, which involve people who volunteer to participate in them, researchers can better understand how to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases or conditions.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


Phoenix Business Journal
Mayo Medical School gets state approval for $150M Arizona branch campus
by Angela Gonzales

Mayo Medical School has received licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for its $150 million Arizona branch campus…Dr. Michele Halyard, a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, said the Mayo Medical School will take 50Phoenix Business Journal students each year, which is the same number as on its Rochester, Minnesota campus. Mayo's Jacksonville campus only allows for students in their third and fourth years of medical school.

Reach: The Phoenix Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals which owns more than 40 other local business newspapers.

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Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Medical School in Arizona advances 

Context: Mayo Medical School announced that its planned expansion in Scottsdale, has received licensure by theArizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, the group responsible for regulating private postsecondary degree-granting institutions within the state of Arizona. “This is a major milestone in our journey to open a full four-year branch campus of Mayo Medical School in Scottsdale,” says Wyatt Decker, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Earlier this month, Mayo Medical School leaders announced they had also received endorsement for the expansion from the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for medical education. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Jim McVeigh


Everyday Health
6 Ways Quitting Smoking Is Good for Your Heart by Sara Altshul

Finding the Help You Need to Quit for Good “The evidence is clear: the most effective way to quit smoking is to Everyday Healthcombine behavioral support with medication,” says J. Taylor Hays, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. People who use this multi-treatment approach are three times more likely to become successful quitters than smokers who try going cold turkey, he says.

Reach: Everyday Health Media, LLC is a provider of online consumer health content across a broad portfolio of over 25 websites that span the health spectrum — from lifestyle offerings in pregnancy, diet and fitness to in-depth medical content for condition prevention and management.

Context: J. Taylor Hays, M.D. is director of the  Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center.  The NDC was one of the first centers in the country to focus exclusively on treatments for tobacco dependence. The NDC's model of care has now become the standard in many medical centers around the United States. The treatment team at the center offers you support and works with you to help develop the motivation and skills needed to stop using tobacco.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein

LA Times, Is organic food worth the higher price? Many experts say no by David Lazarus — Only about 40% of Gen Xers believe that organic is organic, Mintel found. And about half of all consumers think labeling something organic is just an excuse to charge more…The Mayo Clinic backs up that position. It says researchers have concluded that "organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs are not significantly different in their nutrient content."

Huffington Post, What Happened After One Family Went Organic For Just Two Weeks by Alena Hall — What would happen if you switched from conventionally grown food to organic-only? One family of five found out after participating in an experiment run by Swedish grocery chain, Coop, and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute…But according to the Mayo Clinic, one of the main considerations in choosing organic food isn't the increased nutritional value, but rather the reduction in pesticide exposure. Organic food does indeed pose a much smaller pesticide consumption risk, but what that means for health is still up for debate.

Huffington Post, Have Social Anxiety? This Startup Is Working To Help You Beat It by Leigh Weingus…Coaches are not licensed therapists, but they do use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods, which have proved effective in treating social anxiety…In CBT, "you work with a mental health counselor (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions," The Mayo Clinic explains. "Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way."

Huffington Post, 12 Reasons To Be Happier by Lindsey Holmes — Who or what is on your happiness list? (Personally, for this writer, it's puppies, loved ones and vegetables.) There are so many wonderful reasons to be happy, but if you're looking for a few more, researchers at the Mayo Clinic gathered 12 of them in the video above. From an improved immune system to more creativity, there are serious brain and body benefits to tapping into your joyful side. And the best part? We have the ability to do it at any given time.

NY Times, Ask Well: Reducing Belly Fat by Gretchen Reynolds — Q. What is the best way to cut down on belly fat if weight-loss is not necessarily the goal? A…Studies have shown that visceral fat produces unique biochemical signals that promote inflammation throughout the body, increasing the risk for many diseases. In a 2012 study by Mayo Clinic researchers, people whose body mass indexes were in the normal range but who had large waistlines were more likely to die prematurely than people who qualified as obese but had relatively narrow waists.

NY Times Magazine, Why Were These Patients’ Legs Weak? by Lisa Sanders, M.D A Missing Protein — Meanwhile, Katie went to the Mayo Clinic and saw several doctors and had many tests. At the end of her visit, they told her that they were not able to make a diagnosis. They had considered a very rare disease — something called late-onset Tay-Sachs, a genetic disorder stemming from a problem with Hexosaminidase A, a protein that helps the body eliminate discarded bits of brain cells… And the Winner Is: George Bonadurer, a second-year medical student at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., was the first to make the correct diagnosis.

TIME, How Rappers Are Destigmatizing Mental Illness…Rap has struggled to communicate major depression, defined by the Mayo Clinic as causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, through a personal lens. In 2015 alone, however, Kendrick LamarEarl SweatshirtHeems, and Future have already navigated that gap. Each has taken steps to personalize and verbalize his ongoing battles with depression.

AP, Stem cell 'Wild West' takes root amid lack of US regulation by Matthew Perrone — The number of stem-cell clinics across the United States has surged from a handful in 2010 to more than 170 today, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press. Many of the clinics are linked in large, for-profit chains. New businesses continue to open; doctors looking to get into the field need only take a weekend seminar offered by a training company.…Academic researchers are slowly moving ahead with hundreds of their own, more traditional studies…Elsewhere, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota are investigating stem cells for Lou Gehrig's Disease. And Baylor College of Medicine in Texas plans to begin enrolling patients for a study using stem cells to treat erectile dysfunction. Additional coverage: Daily Mail UK, Yahoo! Maktoob, Huffington Post, MPR, Star Tribune, Sacramento Bee, NY Times

Washington Post, Jayson Werth out this weekend with bruised left wrist — Jayson Werth is expected to miss the rest of the weekend series against the Padres, resting his left wrist, which is swollen after getting hit by a 92-mph fastball on Friday night. X-rays on the wrist after Friday’s game were negative but the swelling needs to subside before undergoing an MRI exam. Manager Matt Williams called the injury a contusion.…The surgery at the end of the season didn’t fix it. I didn’t play in ’06 and had surgery at the end of ’06 to finally fix a split tear in my ligament. Had to go to the Mayo Clinic to get it fixed.

Forbes, Do Injections Work For Knee Pain? Don't Waste Your Money by Steven Salsberg…Incidentally, the Mayo Clinic also fails on this topic. Their site states that hyaluronic acid “can be injected into your knee to improve mobility and ease pain. Relief may last as long as six months to a year.” They cite no evidence to back this up. Patients looking at either the Mayo site or the AAOS site will be misled into thinking that these injections might be worth a try.

Men’s Health, 10 Surprising Things That Are Screwing up Your Sleep by Amy Levin-Epstein — Sleep Saboteur #9: You Share a Bed with Your Cat — A study from the Mayo Clinic recently found that 10 percent of patients reported their pets disturbing their sleep at night. Common annoyances included snoring, whimpering, wandering around the house, and begging to go outside.

HealthDay, Health Tip: Discourage Too Much Screen Time — Between TVs, computers, hand-held devices and video games, children's screen time can add up quickly. The Mayo Clinic says harmful effects of too much screen time could include: Increased risk of obesity, junk food consumption and overeating. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Increased risk of developing behavioral problems. Increased risk of poor school performance. Greater exposure to violence, which could lead to violent behavior. Insufficient time for creativity and play.

Huffington Post UK, Family History Of Breast Cancer Doesn't Affect Chance Of Successful Treatment For Women With Disease, Study Finds… What Are The Symptoms? "A new painless, firm breast lump with irregular margins is a potential symptom of breast cancer," says Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a breast cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic. "The cancer diagnosis is confirmed following a biopsy of the lump." She notes that usually, women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer are healthy and don't feel sick at all.

FOX News, Could lead paint have played a role in Freddie Gray's death? By Deirdre Imus…A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted the long, sad history Freddie Gray and countless others in his Baltimore neighborhood have had with lead paint…Children under six years old are particularly vulnerable to lead’s ill effects, which are most commonly experiences as a result of exposure to lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings, the Mayo Clinic notes on its website.

MedPage Today, Tapering Asthma Meds Saves Money in Stable Patients by Sarah Wallan, Reducing asthma medications in stable patients led to cost savings without increasing utilization of other asthma resources, researchers reported here. In a group of nearly 5,000 individuals with stable asthma who were eligible to step down from asthma medications, those who chose to step down saved $34 per month for total asthma-related healthcare costs without increased hospitalizations or emergency department (ED) visits or reductions in asthma management (89% versus 84% for those who chose not to step down), reported Matthew A. Rank, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and colleagues.

Business Standard, Artificial pancreas at risk of being hacked — Artificial pancreas, designed for blood glucose control in diabetes, face cyber security threats that could put users at risk, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have warned…Yogish C Kudva and coauthors from Mayo Clinic at Rochester and University of Virginia reviewed the recent studies conducted on artificial pancreas systems and identified security vulnerabilities related to both internal and external factors that could put users at risk. Additional coverage: Toronto Telegraph, NDTV Gadgets

FOX 2 Now St. Louis, Sandwich generation dealing with stress of living with parents and teen children…A recent survey found more women than men in the sandwich generation are experiencing extreme stress as they balance the demanding, delicate acts of caring for growing children and their aging parents. Here to talk about this study and how to deal with the stress of being part of the sandwich generation is Doctor Stephanie Faubion director of the office of women`s health and the women`s health clinic at Mayo clinic. Additional coverage: WGNT Va., WZVN Fla.,

Dunn County News, Camp Wabi to help kids who struggle with weight…Parental involvement is essential to help children overcome weight issues, notes Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician John Plewa, M.D., the medical director at Camp Wabi. Before camp starts, parents learn how to help their camper live a healthier lifestyle at home. After camp, parents receive materials to keep kids on course. Camp staff members are available throughout the year, and parents and campers track progress at two reunions.

Bio IT World, Mayo Clinic Embarks on Population-Scale Pharmacogenomics Study — Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has announced plans to sequence genes from 10,000 patients for genetic variants that could affect their responses to a variety of medications, as part of a study that will track the long-term health outcomes of patients who undergo pharmacogenetic testing. Patients will be recruited from Mayo's large biobank, and a panel of 69 genes will be sequenced through a partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center in Houston, Texas…“This is a huge step toward bringing knowledge of pharmacogenomics into patient care,” said Richard Weinshilboum of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine in a statement.

KAAL, Living a Life of Never-Ending Hunger by Brianna Long — For example, April is Autism Awareness month, and in October many raise money for breast cancer research. But in May, there's a group that wants to bring awareness to a lesser-known cause. It's called Prader-Willi Syndrome, a condition that causes a never-ending feeling of hunger. A nine-year-old Byron girl suffers from it…Prader Willi Syndrome, according to Mayo Clinic, is a rare genetic disorder. The main symptom is a constant sense of hunger.

KSTP, Preparing for the Big Move: Timberwolves and Lynx to Host Garage Sale by Morgan Wolfe — What is a common thing people do before a big move? They host a garage sale. That is exactly what the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx are doing next week to celebrate the move of their corporate headquarters and new training facility to .

KARE11, Lisa Korslund, Be The Match Transplant Recipient…In October 2010, Lisa returned to Minneapolis and headed to Mayo Clinic, where she received her lifesaving transplant on December 2, 2010 thanks to the selfless act of a stranger. Today, Lisa is healthy and thankful she gets to see her son graduate from college and her twin daughters go to prom this May. She has also been fortunate enough to meet the stranger that saved her life—a young woman from Germany named Rike.

CTV News, WHO selects U of C to join team to track disease on global level — The University of Calgary's O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the Cumming School of Medicine received an important designation from the World Health Organization on Thursday and will be part of an academic network to track and monitor disease and mortality around the world. The institute was officially named as a Collaborating Centre for Classification, Terminology and Standards and becomes the third academic member of the group, along with the Mayo Clinic and Stanford University. Additional coverage: U Calgary Today

Tennis Magazine, Del Potro to have more wrist consultations, unlikely to play French Open — Juan Martin del Potro will consult with more doctors as he looks to get his left wrist back to playable shape, according to Argentine media. The newspaper La Nacion reports that while del Potro is keeping his connection with Dr. Richard Berger at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he will also seek medical advice in Spain over the next few weeks.

Arizona Republic, Leaders envision Phoenix in 20 to 30 yearsCouncilman Bill Gates…Our economy will be diversified as technology companies move their operations to Arizona to escape high-cost, high-regulation environments. The thriving bioscience campuses in downtown Phoenix and at Mayo/Loop 101 will employ tens of thousands of residents…Councilman Jim Waring…Phoenix will still be hosting large international events. TGen, Mayo Clinic and other facilities will be known worldwide. Arizona State University and the University of Arizona will climb the rankings for research universities. I believe the future could not be brighter.

Star Tribune, UnitedHealthcare, Medica want to sell health insurance in Iowa by Chris Snowbeck — Minnesota health insurers have set their sights on Iowa. Minnetonka-based Medica announced Thursday plans to start selling policies to individuals and families in Iowa on Nov. 1, with coverage beginning in 2016…Policies sold in Iowa will feature access to “centers of excellence” care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, including travel, lodging and meal stipend for the patient and a companion. Medica hasn’t previously offered travel benefits as part of health insurance, Coleman said. The company thinks access to the Mayo Clinic for certain serious diagnoses will be a selling point, since parking lots at in Rochester routinely feature “a lot of Iowa license plates,” Coleman said.

Fairmont Sentinel, Slama returns to his roots by Judy Bryan — Dr. Tim Slama bucked a trend in August 2013 when he opted to start his family practice and join the staff of Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont.

Chicago Tribune, Sky gets first sponsor, will put Magellan on jerseys by Phil Thompson — The Chicago Sky took a step closer to profitability, announcing its first sponsorship Thursday after reaching a deal to put the logo of steel products supplier Magellan on their jerseys…The Sky are the sixth WNBA team to land a marquee sponsorship. The others include the Indiana Fever (Finish Line), Minnesota Lynx (Mayo Clinic), Phoenix Mercury (Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort), San Antonio Stars (H-E-B) and Tulsa Shock (Osage Casino).

Everyday Health, A Disease So Rare, It Took 23 Years to Diagnose by Dr. Sanjay Gupta — Using blood samples from Dustin and from three of his biological relatives, doctors at Mayo Clinic spotted the specific mutation in one of Dustin’s genes that is the hallmark of episodic ataxia type 1. “Whole exome sequencing allowed us to make the diagnosis precisely and quickly,” says Zbigniew Wszolek, MD, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic.

ABC15 Phoenix, Learn about new heart failure management options — Eric Steidley, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss a new option for managing heart failure. Dr. Steidley explained how challenging it is for patients to manage their heart failure and how a new St. Jude implantable device called CardioMEMS can help.

Arizona Republic, Top 10 health stories from Arizona in past 125 years…Genomic medicine…Other Arizona groups also have made strides in genomic medicine research, including the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic. While many predict that genomic medicine will become more widespread as technology lowers the cost of analyzing DNA, it is still not widely used for most people…Telemedicine advances…Using Internet connections and video cameras, Mayo Clinic neurologists consult with emergency-room doctors in rural Arizona to help evaluate patients who show signs of stroke and jointly determine the best course of action.

News4Jax, Nutritional diet — Melissa Stewart from Mayo Clinic is here to talk about stroke awareness and how to eat healthier. Let's start at the beginning. Let’s talk about sodium.

Waseca County News, Community event opens Waseca hospital doors to public by Jacob Stark — The halls of Mayo Clinic Health System Waseca were packed on May 13 with interested community members, who were given a rare opportunity to step into a doctor's shoes by seeing real surgical equipment and performing mock surgery…The name comes from the idea of the point beyond which no unauthorized personnel is allowed to go in hospitals. "Think of that invisible red line right before you walk into the operating room, where you have to be scrubbed up and have the right attire on," said hospital Administrator Thomas Borowski.

Vox, David Sackett, the father of evidence-based medicine, dies at 80 by Julia Belluz… The evidence-based approach laid out in medicine trickled into other domains, including social policy. "Millions benefited from the seeds they planted," said the Mayo Clinic's Victor Montori. "Randomized trials are contributing to identify policies that are more likely to do more good than harm, and clinical practice has become more scientific."

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, UW family medicine residency program’s future uncertain in Eau Claire; Mayo could take its place… The local three-year program trains five to six family physicians per year at clinics in Eau Claire and Augusta, Hamblin said. Program participants provide hospital coverage for Mayo Clinic Health System and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, along with intensive care, obstetrics and pediatrics coverage. “Study after study shows the growing need for family medicine physicians, especially in rural areas,” said Dr. Randall Linton, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwestern Wisconsin.

KARE11, Lynx hold 1st day of training camp — A new year begins for the Minnesota Lynx, and once again they have high expectations for themselves as they opened training camp on Sunday. Practice was held in the brand new courts at Mayo Clinic Square. The Lynx have only 10 days before their first preseason game against Washington on May 27. Additional coverageStar Tribune

Star Tribune, Former Minnesota Medical School cardiologist: What did they do to my U? by Robert Wilson — Under poor management, the school has turned into the equivalent of a junior-varsity team. Unfortunately, it produces the bulk of the state’s doctors…In the Navy, they say, “When there is trouble on the deck, look to the bridge.” In this case, the bridge was asleep. Why should this matter to Minnesota? After all, we have the Mayo Clinic. It could be Minnesota’s varsity health care organization, and the U could be a nice JV team. The problem is that the U produces the vast majority of the doctors for this state. If you want a JV doctor in 10 years, then that is a good approach. If you want the best for our state, the U matters.

Reading Eagle (Pa.), Researchers find potential clues to detecting ovarian cancer — Arizona State University researchers said they have identified three promising biological signals that could help detect ovarian cancer before patients display any symptoms. Researchers from the university’s Biodesign Institute said identifying the biomarkers is another step toward early detection. In the U.S., ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecological cancer, killing more than 15,000 women a year, said Dr. Kristina Butler, a gynecological oncology specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Additional coverage:  News Oklahoma, News Online Dubuque, Columbus Dispatch, ArcaMax

KARE11, Coon Rapids woman raises funds for father's sick leave firing —  A Twin Cities woman has started a fundraising campaign for her father who lost his job after running out of sick days while hospitalized at Mayo Clinic. Tom McLaughlin, 49, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is suffering from a severe leg infection that became life threatening. It started as a bruise four years ago, and has flared into a wound in recent months.

Quad City Dispatch-Argus, Tea may offer benefits to your health … But researchers caution that the actual benefits of drinking tea still remain uncertain. “It’s really hard because you can look at how tea can affect cancer cells in test tubes in the lab, and then you can look at population studies,” says Dr. Donald Hensrud, a physician and nutrition specialist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. “But both of those types of studies do not necessarily translate into solid evidence on the benefits of tea.”

MedPage Today, PBC Patients Face High Wait-List Mortality by Shara Yurkiewicz, M.D… Patients with PSC tend to do worse clinically than those with PBC, Kaif said. After liver transplant, PBC patients have relatively good survival outcomes. In fact, PBC patients on liver transplant lists used to have decreased mortality compared with other populations, co-author Russell Wiesner, MD, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told MedPage Today.

MedPage Today, NASH Cirrhosis May Underlie Liver Cancer — Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)may be responsible for many cases of so-called cryptogenic hepatocellular cancer, and clinicians should monitor patients with metabolic syndrome more closely, researchers said here. Patients with cryptogenic liver cancer had characteristics that were significantly similar to NASH patients as far as obesity (P<0.05), diabetes (P<0.001) and metabolic syndrome (P<0.001), said Renumathy Dhanasekaran, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Mayo Clinic hosts Japanese health officials by Michael Brun — Delegates from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare were at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls Friday as part of a research trip to learn more about Mayo Clinic and its recent transition to an integrated care model… They met with Mayo Clinic Health System executives Dr. Tom Witt, Steve Gudgell and Bill Priest to discuss the network’s operations before going on a tour of the 92,000-square-foot Cannon Falls medical center that opened last July.

KEYC Mankato, MCHS to Host Healthcare Improvement Reception by Mitch Keegan — Health care is changing with Federal mandates, declining reimbursements and an aging population. Here to talk about the many changes in health care, efforts to improve the quality of patient care and a special event coming up next week are Dr. Stephen Campbell and Kevin Burns with Mayo Clinic Health System.

WQOW Eau Claire, 5/14: Stroke Awareness — May is Stroke Awareness month, and Mayo Clinic Health System is planning several events to help everyone recognize the signs of stroke and to be ready to respond quickly if we or someone we love is experiencing signs of a stroke. Angie Gullicksrud, Mayo Clinic Health System and Amanda Crabb, Mayo Clinic Health System are interviewed. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire

Healio Gastroenterology, Intragastric balloon produces 'excessive weight loss' in nearly 50% of patients — The insertion of an intragastric balloon produced more than 15% weight loss in nearly half the patients included in a study, which was significantly more than behavior modification, a presenter said during Digestive Disease week. “Our treatments for obesity in the United States are lacking,” Barham Abu Dayyeh, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said during his presentation. “This balloon fills this gap and could provide effective management for the obese populations that are underserved because they do not qualify for bariatric surgery, but are not being served by lifestyle intervention or medication.”

KARE11, Veteran gets overdue hearing aids after VA delay — A veteran desperate to hear the voice of his ailing wife finally got hearing aids after KARE 11 contacted numerous lawmakers to help remedy a lengthy delay by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. Denny Madson had been waiting for his hearing aids nearly 16 months when his family asked for help. Madson's hearing was damaged during time the 78-year-old spent as a jet mechanic in the U.S. Air Force…Denny's wife Darlene is suffering from an array of medical complications, including a pair of strokes that have left her unable to speak above a whisper. He has been at her side through it all, often reading her old love letters as Darlene undergoes care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. "Good night my darling I love you always," Madson reads aloud from the hundreds of letters he and Darlene exchanged while he served overseas during the 1950s.

Lincoln Journal Star, New health insurer to Nebraska offers special access to Mayo by Richard Piersol — Medica, a nonprofit Minnesota health insurance company serving about 1.5 million members in the Upper Midwest, is now licensed to do business in Nebraska and will offer policies that include features such as special access to the Mayo Clinic.  Additional coverage: Star Tribune,

KJZZ Ariz., Sirven: The Path To Medical School Has Changed by Dr. Joseph Sirven, Mayo Clinic — “Hey, Dr. Sirven, what was your major in college?” asked my young patient with her parents eagerly awaiting my reply. “I was a standard premed biology major.” “If you had to do it all over again would you major in biology?”   I said, “I’m not sure.” I was thinking about the question more deeply than she may have known.

Newsweek, Concussions Increase Risk of Brain Atrophy, Impaired Memory by Douglas Main…In the study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, former NFL players who had a history head injuries were found to be more likely to have a smaller hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in memory…Eight of these people, all but one of whom had experienced head injuries during their playing career, had mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which Mayo Clinic defines as “an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia.”

KSN Kan., Doctor group seeks to clear confusion in cancer screening — This undated product image provided by the Mayo Clinic shows the Cologuard test. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool, and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last month. It will be offered by prescription at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where it was developed, and soon nationwide.

MPR, Panel: U of M needs more protections for research subjects by Alex Friedrich — A University of Minnesota advisory panel has recommended dozens of reforms to better protect human subjects in university research studies. The draft plan released Monday comes after months of strong criticism over the way the university handles research patients who are mentally ill or otherwise vulnerable… The panel drafted the reforms under the leadership of Dr. William Tremaine, a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. It included a dozen representatives of faculty, university administration and health care organizations.

Nature, Dementia: Risk prediction models in dementia prevention… A recent study1 published in Neurology presented a risk score for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) formulated in the population-based Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. The purpose of the study was to predict the risk of developing of MCI in the short term (median follow-up: 5 years) in cognitively normal individuals aged 70–89 years.

WDIO Duluth, Special Report: Zach Knuckey Is Coming Back by Darren Danielson — In kindergarten Zach Knuckey remembers telling his teacher, that when he grew up - he was going to be a fishing guide.  At age 24 his dream was starting to come true.  But a tragic injury has Zach fighting for all he holds dear.  Now Zach is determined to take back his life, and his dreams…. In an instant, without warning, Zach became a paraplegic. "Mayo was able to tell me I had a stroke in my spine, plus a pulmonary embolism.…Doctors at Mayo Clinic said I'd regain minimal function and probably never walk again, I proved them wrong," Zach told Eyewitness News with a smile on his face.

Huntington Beach, Mayo Clinic: Many medical conditions can cause a burning sensation in the mouth, by Rochelle Torgerson, M.D., Ph.D. — Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father, who's in his 70s, went to his dentist with mouth pain and was told he has burning mouth syndrome and that there's no known treatment. Could something else be causing his symptoms? Are there things he can do to ease the pain?

BringMeTheNews,You won’t go broke’ at the Wolves, Lynx garage sale, The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx are hosting a garage sale today through Thursday on the skyway level of Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. The two pro teams are getting rid of years of overstock items in what they’re calling a “celebration” for their official move to their new training facility at Mayo Clinic Square.

Florida Times-Union, Wii video game console is 'one of the tools in our toolbox' for Mayo occupational therapist by Charlie Patton —  One of the aspects of Nintendo’s Wii video game console that was much discussed when it was introduced in 2006 is that it “targets a broader demographic” than competing systems. That’s certainly true at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where occupational therapists such as Luke Partridge, who works as a stroke rehabilitation specialist, use the Wii as “one of the tools in our toolbox.”

KVRR N.D., Discussions of Concussions — People in Fargo gather to hear a Mayo Clinic Physician's discussion of concussions. Teaming up with Essentia Health, pediatric sports medicine expert Doctor David Soma sheds light on protecting young athletes from concussions. Teachers, parents, coaches and school administrators learned how to protect their kids by recognizing the signs of a concussion and establishing a full recovery. Dr. Soma says this can ensure the health of youth in sports.

Post-Bulletin, Edmund Burke: A life that reached far, touched many by Paul Scott — Edmund Burke, the pediatric nephrologist who died last week at age 95, was an accomplished clinician who merged a busy professional and personal life. Burke's life was marked by wide-ranging interests and a light touch that friends call enviable in today's time-pressed age. "Ed Burke was a multi-tasker long before the digital revolution," as colleague and friend Dr. Don Scholz recalled Monday.

Endocrinology Advisory, Perioperative Diabetes Management Guidelines May Improve Care — Implementation of perioperative, multidisciplinary guidelines for managing diabetes may improve preoperative assessment of patients with diabetes, perioperative glucose monitoring, insulin use and glucose control, according to a new study presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 24th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress…“It is important to look at this issue because we know that hyperglycemia contributes to poorer surgical outcomes. It is worthwhile to assess measures that can improve glycemic control in the perioperative period,” said study investigator Maja Udovcic, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Glendale, Arizona.

Waseca County News, New Mayo Waseca administrator puts patients, community first by Samantha Maranell — He called it the right opportunity at the right time. Tom Borowski, the newest site administrator for Mayo Clinic-Waseca in March, intends to keep the position for the rest of his career. Though the hospital's interim administrator in 2010, he didn't then consider applying for the position on a full-time basis. But when former administrator Jeff Carlson resigned last September, Borowski jumped at the opportunity.

OncLive, Study Offers Solution for HER2 Resistance in Breast Cancer by Laura Martin — By targeting the HER2 protein’s ability to transform cells, therapies such as trastuzumab (Herceptin) and pertuzumab (Perjeta) have significantly extended the survival of women with HER2-positive breast cancer. However, major treatment challenges still remain for this breast cancer subtype, according to Ruth Lupu, PhD, professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.

OncLive, Optimization of Melanoma Treatment Advances Remains a Work in Progress by Laura Martin — Immunotherapies and targeted therapies have led to significant strides in the treatment of patients with melanoma. However, determining which therapies are best for which patients and how to treat patients who don’t respond or stop responding to these new therapies is still a challenge. For further insight on optimizing the recent treatment breakthroughs in melanoma, OncLive spoke with Alan Bryce, MD, medical director of the Genomic Oncology Clinic at Mayo Clinic.

Transplant Views, Livers donated after cardiac death are safe to use in liver cancer patients — Patients with liver cancer can be cured with a liver transplant. But because of the shortage of donated organs, these patients often die waiting for a liver. That's because most transplant centers predominantly use livers from donors who die from brain death.  But in the largest study of its kind, transplant physicians at Mayo Clinic in Florida have found that liver cancer patients have the same beneficial outcomes using organs donated by patients who died of cardiac death. "Our program has one of the largest experiences in the world with liver transplants using donations after cardiac death," says the study's lead investigator, transplant surgeon Kristopher P. Croome, M.D. "We now know that these organs effectively offer new life for patients with liver cancer."  Additional coverage: Press-News, Donate Live Blog, BioPortfolio

Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Personalized-medicine startup launched by Mayo and Invenshure lands $1M by Katharine Grayson — A personalized-medicine startup launched by Mayo Clinic and Minneapolis-based Invenshure has raised about $1 million in financing. Minneapolis-based Oneome is seeking a total of $5 million in capital, according to a regulatory filing.

MedPage Today, Balloon in Gut as Primary Weight-Loss Treatment? Patients shed pounds and had fewer comorbidities with minimally invasive procedure. The Orbera Intragastic Balloon System met thresholds of an endoscopic bariatric therapy as a primary obesity intervention set by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), said Barham Abu Dayyeh, MD, a bariatric endoscopist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues at theDigestive Disease Week annual meeting.

Myeloma Beacon, Letters From Cancerland: Leaving On A Jet Plane ... Again by April Nelson — I am scheduled to see a myeloma expert at the Mayo Clinic on the first Tuesday in June. These past several days, I have been busy gathering the requested med­i­cal records, sending the required insurance information, and arrang­ing for the glass slides of my last bone marrow biopsy to be shipped to Min­ne­sota.

Florida Times-Union, Health Notes: Florida Pancreas Cancer Coalition makes donation to Mayo Clinic for research — The Florida Pancreas Cancer Coalition has donated $27,500 to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for the purpose of supporting pancreatic cancer research. The Digestive Disease Research Program oversight committee and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center have designated Nicole Murray, an assistant professor of pharmacology and a senior associate consultant in the Department of Cancer Biology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, as the recipient of the donation.

KTTC, Kasson-Mantorville students to showcase app creation in San Francisco — Three Kasson-Mantorville 7th graders and the app they created are heading to California. The team found out Saturday that they will be one of four teams internationally to compete in the annual Technovation Challenge. In early May, Rylee Melius, Lydia Mindermann and Andrea Richard competed in the 2nd Annual Technovation MN Appapalooza in Minneapolis, where they pitched their app "Mayo Freetime". The app's purpose is to help Mayo Clinic patients from outside of Rochester find their way around during downtime between medical appointments. Additional coverage: KAAL

OB GYN News, Genes predict adjuvant trastuzumab outcomes in HER2-positive breast cancer by Bruce Jancin, The ideal thing would be to find a gene that, if highly expressed, predicts for benefit or not of Herceptin [trastuzumab]. We are on our way to developing a predictive test that can define the right treatment for individual patients, and that is very exciting," declared Dr. Perez, deputy director at large of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of the breast cancer translational genomics program at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Surgical Products magazine, New Donation Approach Decreases Mortality Rates… But in the largest study of its kind, transplant physicians at Mayo Clinic in Florida have found that liver cancer patients have the same beneficial outcomes using organs donated by patients who died of cardiac death. The study was recently published online in the American Journal of Transplantation. "Our program has one of the largest experiences in the world with liver transplants using donations after cardiac death," says the study's lead investigator, transplant surgeon Kristopher P. Croome, M.D. "We now know that these organs effectively offer new life for patients with liver cancer." Additional coverage: Medical News Today

The Guardian (Nigeria), Why vaccination of adults can help prevent chronic diseases Before international travel, visit a health care provider experienced in travel medicine well in advance (usually four or more weeks) of any planned travel to determine your vaccination needs. This service is provided at the Mayo Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic. You may also contact your health care provider, or your local or state health care provider, or your local or state health department.

HealthDay, Join HealthDay for #AutismChat, Autism is 10 times more prevalent than it was a decade ago, and physicians and parents are looking for answers through new research. Join @HealthDayEditor tomorrow, Thurs. May 21, with HealthDay's Chief Medical Officer @HealthDayMD as we host a Twitter Chat on Autism. We will be joined by experts from Mayo Clinic Health System, Autism Speaks, Texas Children's Hospital and the UC Davis Mind Institute.

MassLive, High-heeled shoe controversy at Cannes raises fashion, foot health, feminist issues by Anne-Gerard Flynn… The actress' reference may have been one of solidarity with other women over fashion looks required of them, but the medical community has long preached against such elevated footwear. High-heeled shoes can cause the ball of the foot to become inflamed, a condition known as "metatarsalgia." The Mayo Clinic website notes: "High heels, which transfer extra weight to the front of your foot, are a common cause of metatarsalgia in women. " The condition can cause back pain. The site recommends the wearing of shoes that both fit properly and offer proper support and cushioning.

KAAL, Rochester, Austin on Leading Edge of Development by Dan Conradt...But in southeastern Minnesota, there's more to bio-medical research and health care than the Hormel Institute and the University of Minnesota. "I believe the region around Austin will be very positively impacted by the development in Rochester," Schrankler said, referring to Mayo Clinic and DMC … Destination Medical Center.

WCCO, Serious Illnesses, Target Layoff Challenge Hugo Family by Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield, A Hugo mother is in a situation you almost have to hear to believe. She and her husband are both fighting illnesses. And she is one of the 2,000 Target corporate employees who lost their jobs earlier this year. This is the first week she won’t receive a paycheck… Between trips to the Mayo Clinic, Veeder realized she wasn’t feeling well, either. “They called, and the nurse said, ‘I’m so sorry to tell you this, but you have cancer,'” Veeder said. It was breast cancer. She still didn’t want help, just distraction.

Chillicothe News Mo., A local inspiration Woman remains positive and independent after losing limbs by Brittany Tutt, On September 18, 2013, Tina resident, Denise Windsor, 59, experienced a kidney and bacterial infections that caused her to be rushed to the emergency room in Liberty, Mo… After spending time in hospitals in both Liberty and Kansas City, Windsor’s family decided to transfer her to the Mayo Clinic. Windsor said they drove all night to get there. By the time they reached Mayos, it was too late to revive her limbs. Because the medication had killed the tissue in her limbs, both hands and feet were amputated.

GenomeWeb, Mayo Spinout OneOme Raises $1M, Next-generation sequencing data firm OneOme has raised $1 million toward a targeted $5 million private financing round, it said in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week… OneOme was launched in September 2014 by the Mayo Clinic and biomedical investing firm Invenshure.

Post-Bulletin, 35 graduate from chamber leadership program, Thirty-five people graduated from the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Greater Rochester program earlier this month. Those in the 10-month leadership development course participate in personal, professional and community awareness activities. The chamber is accepting applications for next year's class… Barbara Gamez Sims, Mayo Clinic;…Christopher Schad, Mayo Clinic;… Jessica Schmitt, Mayo Clinic;… Chris Tatting, Mayo Clinic;… Ruth Bello, Mayo Clinic;… Molly Sweeney, Mayo Clinic; Ruth Bello, Mayo Clinic.

Univision, ¿Qué es la sarcoidosis? by Gabriela Garcia — La Clínica Mayo define a la sarcoidosiscomo una enfermedad inflamatoria que afecta a varios órganos del cuerpo, generalmente los pulmones, los ganglios, los ojos y la piel. En ellos se forma una cantidad anormal de nódulos; los mismos son porciones inflamadas de tejido denominadas granulomas. Cuando afectan un órgano, los granulomas pueden alterar su estructura y funcionamiento.

El Horizonte, Beneficios del omega 3…PESCADO  —  Los peces son especialmente ricos en ácidos grasos omega 3 y en una variedad de antioxidantes, incluyendo el selenio. Según la Clínica Mayo, los pescados incluidos en esta categoría son el salmón, el atún blanco, el arenque, la caballa, anchoas, trucha y sardinas.

Salud Cronica, Investigadores de Mayo Clinic identifican proteína cancerígena HER2 — La doctora Ruth Lupu, profesora de Patología Experimental y Medicina de Laboratorio, y de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular en Mayo Clinic, en Rochester, Minnesota, menciona que: el “Herceptin” ha sido promovido como un fármaco prodigioso para las mujeres con cáncer de mama HER2 positivo,  una agresiva forma del padecimiento que se alimenta por la producción excesiva de la proteína HER2. Additional coverage: Almomento Noticias

CNN Expansion, México deja escapar los ingresos del Internet de las Cosas…Esto ayuda a que los productores tengan menos pérdidas por enfermedades de sus animales. La fabricante de aviones Boeing coloca sensores  en las turbinas para medir el consumo de diesel con miras a ahorrar combustible. La Clínica Mayo, en Estados Unidos, conecta a sus pacientes para darles cuidado, consulta y monitoreo preventivo de salud de forma remota.

Viday Salud, Las nuevas técnicas microquirúrgicas reducen la hinchazón del linfedema, La Mayo Clinic nos habla sobre los nuevos tipos de microcirugía para el linfedema que mejoran los síntomas de manera notoria y, a veces, drástica.

Prodigy MSN Salud, ¿Cómo es la dieta que llevan los millennials? Cerca de 35% de las comidas que consumen los millennials son realmente snacks, de acuerdo con Jennifer K. Nelson, nutrióloga de Mayo Clinic.  Además de ser grandes en número, los millennials también son de ‘tamaño grande’, un tercio de las personas entre los 16 y 27 años tienen sobrepeso u obesidad. Y va a ser un reto conseguir que coman más sano”, afirma la experta.   

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