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In the future, treatments tailored to patients
by Robert Weisman
Holly Boehle came to the Mayo Clinic in 2013 with an aggressive breast cancer, prepared for almost anything. Still, she was surprised when doctors wanted to remove cells from her tumor and transplant them into “avatar mice.” Researchers then injected different cancer drugs into the mice to test which shrank the tumors, helping doctors select the best treatment for Boehle. Ultimately, Boehle, a 44-year-old school administrator in Zeeland, Mich., underwent surgery and received a combination of drug infusions based partly on the responses of the mice. Her cancer has been in remission for the past year.
Reach: The Boston Globe has a daily circulation of more than 274,000 and Sunday circulation of more than 362,000.
Context: Individualized medicine, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, means tailoring diagnosis and treatment to each patient to optimize care. Patients have experienced this kind of care for a century and a half at Mayo Clinic, where teams of specialists have always worked together to find answers. More information on Mayo's Center for Individualized Medicine can be found here.
Contact: Duska Anastasijevic
Falls Are Leading Cause of Childhood Injuries, Expert Says
by Mary Dallas
Falls are the leading cause of childhood injuries, and most of them occur in the home, a pediatric trauma expert said. Many people associate falls with playgrounds, but kids can tumble off changing tables. They can also fall out of infant seats, shopping carts and windows, resulting in serious injuries, according to Dr. Christopher Moir, a pediatric surgeon at the Mayo Clinic Children Center in Rochester, Minn. Falling from windows often results in more serious injuries, according to Moir.
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Context: When people think of kids and trauma, they often think about car accidents. “However, in reality, falls are the leading cause of childhood injury and most of them happen around the home,” says Christopher Moir, M.D., pediatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic Children's Center, who has cared for a wide variety of injuries related to falls. There are approximately 8,000 children treated in emergency rooms for falls every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Mayo Clinic’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, 35 percent of the children cared for in 2014 were the result of a fall. More information, including a video interview with Dr. Moir, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kelley Luckstein
Miracle walk down the aisle
by Alexandra Pierce
Walking their daughter down the isle is something many fathers dream about. But for one heart failure patient from Omaha, Nebraska, it looked like he wasn't going to be able to do that on his little girl's big day. In March, Andre Pearson went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he was treated for severe heart failure. His heart wasn't pumping blood… After being reevaluated, his medical team at the Mayo Clinic decided he was well enough to make the trip to Desert Ridge Estate in Indio, where his daughter was getting married. "They told me they had a meeting earlier that morning and said that they came up with something so I could see my daughter's wedding. They told me they were going to fly me out here to California to see the wedding," Pearson said.
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Context: Andre Pearson, a heart failure patient who has been at Mayo Clinic since March, initially was too ill to leave the Rochester, Minn., hospital to go to his daughter’s wedding in California. He had resigned himself to watching it online. But a few days before the Saturday evening ceremony, with Mr. Pearson doing well, his care team decided to explore whether it might be possible for him to make the trip after all. With the right game plan in place, they determined that it was possible. A Mayo staff member accompanied him; and Mr. Pearson surprised his daughter, Alexandra, by arriving the evening before the wedding in Indio, Calif., and promising to walk her down the aisle."I can't help but cry, but it's tears of joy," Mr. Pearson said Thursday, after learning that he had received medical clearance to leave the hospital for the wedding and his travel plans were under way. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Sharon Theimer
ASU/Mayo Medical School
There have been some important recent advances in the plan for a medical school at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. ASU president Michael Crow and Dr. Wyatt Decker, vice president of the Mayo Clinic and Chief Executive Officer for Arizona, will give us an update.
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Context: Mayo Medical School announced that its planned expansion in Scottsdale, Arizona has received licensure by the Arizona 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
Phoenix Mayo Clinic's $180 million cancer-fighting center set to open in March
by Ken Alltucker
…Mayo Clinic's $180 million-plus proton facility will be the latest addition to a metro region teeming with cancer-care options, and the facility will be closely watched by doctors, patients and health insurers because of its sheer size, unique treatment and cost… Mayo Clinic officials said they expect that more families like the Greens will be able to stay in metro Phoenix for proton treatment rather than travel out of state. Dr. Sameer Keole, who will head Mayo Clinic's proton center, said Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children's Hospital last year recommended about 10 children get proton therapy out of state, which can be costly.
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Context: Mayo Clinic introduces its Proton Beam Therapy Program, with treatment for patients available in new facilities in Minnesota beginning this June and Arizona in spring 2016. Proton beam therapy expands Mayo Clinic's cancer care capabilities. In properly selected patients — especially children and young adults and those with cancers located close to critical organs and body structures — proton beam therapy is an advance over traditional radiotherapy. More information about Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contacts: Jim McVeigh, Julie Janovsky-Mason
FOX9 Mpls./St. Paul
Juicy J stuffed turkey burger
Chef Jen from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program cooked for us a healthy Juicy J Stuffed Turkey Burger. The program emphasizes how combining nutrition, physical activity and resiliency can have a powerful effect on improving health.
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Context: The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program was developed by passionate health and wellness professionals. The program is grounded in science and research. More information about the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Cathy Kennedy
Mayo Clinic joins move to get new drugs to market faster
by Lee Schafer
The Mayo Clinic has jumped into an interesting little experiment in drug development that might best be called micro pharma. Mayo is one of the partners in a new company called Vitesse Biologics, which is more or less just a virtual umbrella company that will itself give birth to at least five new companies. Each one of these micro pharma companies will consist mostly of a single drug development research project.
Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.
Context: Baxter Ventures, the venture arm of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), Mayo Clinic and Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC (“VPD”) today announced the formation of Vitesse Biologics, LLC, (“Vitesse”). Vitesse is a unique collaboration model initiated by Baxter Ventures to focus on the development of antibody and protein-based therapeutics in the areas of immunology, hematology, and oncology. Following the spin-off of Baxter BioScience as Baxalta Incorporated, anticipated to take place by mid-2015, the Vitesse relationship will be managed by the planned venture arm, Baxalta Ventures, for the new company. The collaboration model, which represents a new method of drug development, was designed to incent each partner to advance promising therapies quickly through the development process. Each partner will provide its recognized expertise to enhance the target selection, target optimization, expression and product development process. Baxter BioScience will provide global commercialization, antibody and protein development and manufacturing capabilities; Mayo Clinic researchers will execute the early stage clinical trials; VPD will be responsible for target identification, selection of early stage drug candidates and will lead the design and execution of pre-clinical and clinical protocols. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Brian Kilen
Forbes, Forbes Hosts The Fourth Annual Forbes 400 Summit On Philanthropy — Forbes announced today that on June 3 the company hosted its fourth annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy in New York City. With the goal of accelerating solutions to global problems and increasing philanthropic efficiency, the exclusive summit, supported by Royal Bank of Canada, Alzheimer’s Association, Mayo Clinic and McKinsey and Company, gathered 200 of the world’s leading philanthropists, billionaires and social entrepreneurs, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton, Dr. Paul Farmer, Bill Ackman, Jim Breyer, Michael J. Fox, Danny Meyer, Michael Milken, Peter G. Peterson, Stephen Schwarzman, Jeff Skoll, Spanx Founder Sara Blakely, Steve and Jean Case and Paul Singer, among others.
MedPage Today, Novel Drug Effective Treatment for Rare Blood Cancer by Charles Bankhead — Almost five times as many patients with myelofibrosis met spleen volume reduction (SVR) goals when treated with an investigational Janus kinase (JAK)-2 inhibitor compared with standard therapy, a phase III trial showed…Patients with the lowest platelet counts at baseline appeared to derive the greatest benefit treatment with the JAK-2 inhibitor, reported Ruben Mesa, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and colleagues at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.
Star Tribune, The case for uniform telemedicine by Lindsay R. Friedman, an attorney in Chicago. Paul A. Friedman is a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and is president of the Remote Healthcare Society. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors. In October 2014, Larry Lee of Albert Lea, Minn., left his house to take his dog for a walk. He would not walk back. While strolling, Lee was abruptly disabled by a stroke. His dog, Dee, raced home and got the attention of Larry’s wife, Pat, who called 911. Larry was taken to the hospital near his home. Too small to have its own full-time neurologist, the Albert Lea hospital used telemedicine to permit a two-way video connection to a stroke specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Through the use of a telestroke program, brain-saving medications could be started even before Larry was put on the helicopter to Rochester.
Star Tribune Readers Write: TELEMEDICINE Minnesota’s leaders took steps this year to improve care — The June 8 commentary by Lindsay R. Friedman and Dr. Paul A. Friedman (“The case for uniform telemedicine”) clearly pointed out the barrier that state-by-state licensure places on the delivery of telemedicine. It is important to note that the article was submitted before the Minnesota Legislature overwhelmingly passed and Gov. Mark Dayton signed the interstate medical licensure compact. The Mayo Clinic applauds Minnesota’s leaders for supporting this effort to both improve quality and access to medical care through telemedicine…-- Dr. Steve Ommen, Rochester, The writer is medical director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care.
Wall Street Journal, New Ways Doctors Reach Agreement on Patient Diagnoses by Laura Landro… Pathology labs do conduct internal reviews when cases “fall into the gray zone and are not clearly benign or malignant,” and pathologists often call on colleagues who may have more expertise in a certain type of cancer, says Raouf Nakhleh, a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and co-author of the guidelines. They suggest doctors hold conferences in labs and standardize criteria for cases where pathologists often have differing interpretations such as some lesions detected in the thyroid and esophagus.
Daily Mail, Mayo Clinic's Dr. Amit Sood talks about stress and resiliency — Amit Sood talks about what can be done about stress with what we now know.
Daily Mail, Have we finally unlocked the secret to happiness? Scientists reveal the four simple steps that will banish the blues, What would it take for you to be truly happy? Forget money, health and success. According to one group of scientists, what you really need is a four-step, 10-week program that changes your mindset. Created by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the program uses a series of exercises that they say helps train people's minds into choosing happiness.
TIME, Should I Eat Tilapia? by Mandy Oaklander — Those who eat the freshwater fish appreciate its mild flavor. (And those who avoid tilapia tend to do so for precisely the same reason.) Nutrition-wise, it’s a great source of protein, with 23 grams per 4-ounce serving, says Liz Knapp, registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System. That’s almost half of your daily recommended total. Just be aware that the same serving size can also provides 56 mg of cholesterol, she adds.
The Scientist, A Lifetime of Viruses by Amanda Keener — Last summer, infectious disease specialist Gregory Poland saw a patient at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who had a fever, a rash, kidney failure, and—despite seeing several doctors—no diagnosis. Only after talking with the patient for hours and digging into her medical and travel history could Poland generate a potential diagnosis. To test his theory, he had to send a serum sample to researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, who confirmed that his patient had chikungunya.
Sante Fe Public Radio KSFR, Assisted Reproductive Technology Helps Families, Complicates Hospital Policies — Assisted Reproduction has greatly increased the chance for couples previously thought incapable of having children to create successful pregnancies. But, Dr Jani Jensen, co-editor of the newly-published Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE it also has greatly increased chances for multiple births, -- twins, or triplets, -- and this has raised both ethical issues and new policies at the Mayo Clinic.
Star Tribune, Gophers' receiver Borchardt has surgery to remove brain tumor by Joe Christensen — During spring practice, Gophers coach Jerry Kill singled out Jeff Borchardt as one of the players who was making the biggest strides…But in late March, Borchardt went to make a spectacular leaping catch in practice and landed hard, suffering a concussion…The doctors, however, did see one abnormality that had them concerned. They ordered a dye-induced MRI. Later that same night, the family received the news. Borchardt, 20, had a brain tumor…Borchardt didn’t let it shake his resolve. Two days later, he was back at practice, supporting his teammates from the sideline. He kept himself in top shape for surgery, which took place Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Red Wing Republican-Eagle, Road to the Ramble by Michael Brun — Red Wing Family YMCA and Mayo Clinic Health System want to get people moving this summer, and bring families and the community closer together in the process. The organizations have partnered again this year for Get Ready to Ramble, a 10-week training program for people of all ages to prepare for the River City Ramble run/walk fundraiser held Aug. 1 in Red Wing. Mayo Clinic Health System athletic trainer Kathy Sheehan and YMCA personal trainer Jenna Seeley developed the program and will guide participants through weekly sessions held 5:15 p.m. Mondays in Bay Point Park.
The Verge, A $6.5 billion plan to create a city-sized biotech hub looks a lot like SimCity by James Vincent — It's fair to say that the city of Rochester in Minnesota is relatively unassuming. With a population of around 110,000, it's often overshadowed by the nearby and much larger Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. However, every year more than 1.3 million individuals from all 50 states and 143 countries come to visit Rochester. Why? Because the city is home to the Mayo Clinic: the best-ranked hospital in the US and a major player in the global medical tourism industry. Additional coverage: MinnPost
Post-Bulletin, RedBall ready for Rochester; is Rochester ready for RedBall? by Tom Weber — On his way to Rochester last November, artist Kurt Perschke wasn't sure what to expect. He was coming to town to scout possible sites for his RedBall Project, which he had previously installed primarily in major metropolises: Barcelona, London, Paris…In the end, Perschke came up with seven sites, where the red ball will be paced, one each day, from June 6 through June 12. Most are downtown, two are on the Mayo campus, and one is near the burgeoning arts strip on Sixth Avenue Northwest.
KPHO Ariz., Valley man steps up to help keep his friend safe by Jason Barry — It's a story that goes beyond friendship. Casey Smith and Justin Veen are always looking out for each other. A few weeks ago Veen showed just what a good friend he is, after Casey was beat up during a confrontation with two men outside a Phoenix night club, where Casey works as a security guard…Veen, who works as a courier for the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, decided to use a big chunk of his modest salary to make sure his friend was safe on the job. Veen spent hundreds of dollars on some lightweight body armor and a taser, then gave it to Smith. Additional coverage: KVVU Las Vegas
FierceHealth IT, Mayo Clinic CISO: Healthcare data most difficult to keep secure by Susan Hall — Healthcare information is harder to protect than financial information, according to Mayo Clinic Chief Information Security Officer Jim Nelms, who previously spent 14 securing financial information years at The World Bank. Nelms, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, says healthcare is 10 to 15 years behind other industries in its IT practices. He attributes much of the difficulty to the plethora of medical devices being used in hospital--they make up 40 percent of the technology there--and to doctors sharing information. There's less data-sharing in financial services, he adds.
People, Brazilian Man Plays Guitar Throughout His Brain Surgery (VIDEO) by Alex Heigl — Think you're good at multitasking? Anthony Kulkamp Dias, a 33-year-old bank worker from Brazil, underwent brain surgery at the Our Lady of Conception hospital in Tubarão recently, and, like a real overachiever, he played guitar the entire way through…Last year, concert violinist Roger Frisch played his instrument throughout a procedure so that surgeons at the Mayo Clinic could see where to accurately implant an electrode in his brain to control a tremor impacting his playing.
Star Tribune, New St. Jude device treats chronic pain using an iPod by Joe Carlson — That woman riding the Paris subway might be turning up the volume of “Comfortably Numb” on her iPod. Or she might just be turning up electric currents flowing to her spinal cord from a medical device treating her chronic pain. St. Jude Medical Inc. in Little Canada announced Thursday that it has gotten approval to sell a new neuromodulation device in Europe called the Invisible Trial System that is controlled with an app on an iPod Touch. … IPods and iPads are increasingly being used in health care to read data from gadgets like glucose monitors, blood-pressure cuffs and asthma inhalers. A growing number of physicians use iPads to read patient data, and last year the Mayo Clinic partnered with iPod maker Apple to launch an app that monitors health and wellness data.
NBC Sports, Agent says Bud Sasser has been cleared to play by Mike Florio — The Rams did something they arguably didn’t have to do with sixth-round receiver Bud Sasser. Instead of rescinding their rights to him after learning that he has a heart condition that they believe will prevent him from playing…“He has a very small case of the diagnosis given in St. Louis, he is at little to no risk,he should be able to play,” agent Scott Thield told the Columbia (Mo.)Tribune, via veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer. “The doctor told Bud he in fact knows there are others in the league playing with this same issue.” Thield claims that Sasser received a second opinion from doctors at the Mayo Clinic, who cleared Sasser to play. And there’s no doubt Sasser wants to play. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated
International Business Times, Female Viagra' Gets Hearing At FDA As Agency Considers Approval Of Libido-Boosting Drug Flibanserin…Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s maker, will present new data Thursday to two advisory panels in hopes of earning approval. At the crux of the controversy is whether the drug, which comes in a 100-mg pink tablet and is meant to be taken daily, is an effective treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, which the Mayo Clinic defines as “a persistent or recurrent lack of interest in sex that causes you personal distress.”
GeekWire, Ex-NFL running back launches app that uses sports teams, stars to encourage healthy lifestyles — A former NFL running back is trying to create the Facebook for health and wellness. Robert Smith, a two-time Pro Bowler who played eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, is the founder of Fan Health Network(FHN), a new app that features athletes and famous sports personalities who share wellness advice and encouragement…The app came out of beta last month and included founding partners like The Mayo Clinic, EXOS, and Ohio State University, where Smith played college football for two years and had originally planned to attend medical school.
HealthDay, Pregnancy Often Leads to Changes in Migraines — Women who suffer from migraines may notice changes in their headache patterns when they're pregnant, experts say. For example, many women will have fewer migraines during pregnancy. "If you suffer from migraine, there's a good chance your migraine attacks will improve during pregnancy," Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "Research has shown that 50 to 80 percent of women who have migraine before pregnancy may notice a reduction in migraine attacks, especially in the second and third trimesters, likely due to a rise in estrogen levels," said Dodick, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Arizona. Additional coverage: Health.com, Philadelphia Inquirer,
HealthDay, Potential Liver Recipients May Have New Option — Livers from donors who suffered cardiac death can be safely and effectively transplanted into patients dying of liver cancer, a new study suggests… Because of damaging oxygen loss, someone who dies from a heart attack is not considered a viable donor of organs for transplantation, the researchers said. Instead, cardiac death is controlled in a patient who will donate organs, they explained. "This can occur, for example, in a patient who has had a bad brain injury and will not recover," said lead investigator and transplant surgeon Dr. Kristopher Croome, from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.
CBS New York, Seen At 11: Researchers Say They’ve Cracked The Code To Being Happy — Are you happy? Do you know how to be happy? After decades of studying and working with tens of thousands of patients, researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they’ve cracked the code to being happy. The Mayo Clinic is one of the most prestigious health organizations in the world with as many as 8,000 ongoing studies exploring every imaginable condition — including unhappiness… Amit Sood led the research and says the first and foremost way to be happy is to focus our attention. “You can choose to live focusing on what is not right in your life,” Dr. Sood said.
Red Wing Republican-Eagle, Play it safe on bikes and skates — More than 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles, and 55 percent of those children don’t always wear a helmet, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control…"Bicycle and skateboard injuries are far too common in the Emergency Department. Wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear along with following safety rules could prevent many injuries," said Dr. Greg Kays, Emergency Department director at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. Additional coverage: Detroit News
WEAU Eau Claire, Wisconsinites urged to 'Stay Alive' with hands-only CPR by Lindsay Veremis — This is CPR awareness week. The American Heart Association is urging everyone to brush up on their hands-only CPR skills. "It's really important to have quick action with CPR, the longer that you wait to perform CPR, the less time that patient has to survive," RN educator Nanc Kvapil, with Mayo Clinic Health System said. "Quick action saves lives."
KAAL, Hundreds of Cancer Survivors Honored in Rochester by Megan Stewart — Hundreds of cancer survivors were honored in Rochester Sunday for National Cancer Survivors Day. The event was free for the 650 survivors and their families. It was made possible by the André Gauthier Foundation and hosted by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. "I've been coming here for about a dozen years and Mayo practically, well definitely saved my life," Gauthier said. The all-ages celebration was a testament to cancer's reach. "Cancer can affect anyone and we're all at risk for cancer at all times of our lives," Dr. Katheryn Ruddy, director of cancer survivorship for Mayo's program of oncology. Additional coverage: KTTC, Maine News Online
KIMT, Healthy options for cancer survivors by Allie Krug…When a patient is going through cancer treatment they are constantly under the supervision of doctors and health professionals, but the Healthy Living Program is working to take care of these survivors once they’ve won their battle. Lisa Dierks, the nutrition manager for the program says that many cancer survivors struggle with finding good nutritional balances, exercise routines and even ways to deal with the stress of overcoming such a tough disease. “Our goal to help people learn things in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, resiliency,” she explains.
Detroit Free Press, Mayo Clinic News Network: Tips to keep kids safe this summer — When people think of kids and trauma, they often think about car accidents. "However, in reality, falls are the leading cause of childhood injury and most of them happen around the home," says Christopher Moir, MD, pediatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic's children center in Rochester, Minn., who has cared for a wide variety of injuries related to falls. Additional coverage: Providence Journal
Tri-City Herald, Mayo Clinic News Network: Safety tips for UTV drivers as summer season arrives — They are popular, practical and fun but quickly can turn dangerous or even deadly. Utility terrain vehicles, or UTVs, are growing in popularity. Much like the popular, single-rider all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, the UTV is designed for hauling on rough terrain but allows two people to sit beside each other…David Ciresi, M.D., a trauma surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, says most of these events are preventable.
Post-Bulletin, Proton beam therapy useful against many types of cancer, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What does proton beam therapy do for cancer patients that standard radiation therapy doesn't do? How do doctors decide when to use proton beam therapy? Proton beam therapy is a type of radiation therapy used to treat cancer. Unlike standard radiation therapy using X-rays, which travel all the way through a person's body, protons go to the tumor, release their energy and stop. That means proton beam therapy tends to be more effective, and causes fewer side effects, than standard radiation therapy.
Pioneer Press, Twinsights: Ex-Twin Edgar Ibarra breaks through — It was a long road, but former Twins relief prospect Edgar Ibarra finally reached the majors this week with the Los Angeles Angeles…after dealing with a spot on his kidney that derailed his first season after being added to the 40-man roster in the winter of 2013-14. Ibarra made multiple trips to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in an effort to diagnose a problem that was initially termed Hepatitis B… Anytime someone says, ‘Hey, you need to go to the Mayo Clinic to get it checked …’ You knew he was dealing with a lot last year when it came to that, but he continued to pitch. He always took the ball.”
HealthDay, More Evidence That General Anesthesia May Affect Young Brains by Tara Haelle — Having general anesthesia during surgery at a very young age may be linked to poorer brain development, new research suggests…At least two previous studies, one from Australia and the other from the Mayo Clinic, also published in Pediatrics in 2011 and 2012, also found a potential link between anesthesia in young children undergoing surgery and language deficits.
Star Tribune, Death investigations shift from county coroners to regional medical examiners by Jessie Van Berkel — After decades of getting called to death scenes at all hours, former Dodge County Coroner Barry Dibble was happy to hand over his side job to medical examiners at Mayo Clinic. “I tried to give it up many times and I didn’t have anyone that would take it,” said Dibble, a funeral home owner. “I don’t mind not having to knock on mom and dad’s door and telling someone why their son or daughter is not coming home.”
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, High level of profit by area hospitals defended by health care providers, questioned by critics as excessive, economically harmful by Andrew Dowd — All three hospitals in the immediate Eau Claire area were in the top dozen of Wisconsin’s 129 general medical-surgical hospitals when it came to money left over after paying all their bills, according to the latest available state statistics. Reports from the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center showed that OakLeaf Surgical Hospital was No. 4 in profit margin in fiscal year 2013. Eau Claire’s not-for-profit hospitals affiliated with Mayo Clinic Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System ranked 10th and 12th in the state, respectively, for their net income margins.
Star Tribune (AP), Somali health project at Mayo Clinic Health System aims to build trust… "There is a huge gap and mistrust that happens with doctors and Somalis," Fardousa Jama said. "We just want to help bridge the gap." That desire led to the Somali Health Literacy Project through Mayo Clinic Health System, which kicks off Friday at the St. Peter Community Center. The project will consist of 18 classes during the next 18 months on health topics ranging from defining health to diabetes and depression.
MPR, Rochester development could push poor from downtown by Liz Baier — The ambitious 20-year redevelopment plan to remake the area surrounding Mayo Clinic into a leading medical community could displace the city's poor and homeless who live downtown. Developers have their eyes on downtown property and are willing to pay top dollar for it, particularly the spots closest to Mayo. But turning the city's core into an attractive destination could push poor people — and the agencies that serve them — out of downtown.
Hometown Life Canton, Ohio, Canton woman hopes clinical trial will slow ALS disease by Sharon Dargay… The 47-year-old Canton wife and mother hopes God and science will deliver the help she needs to slow progression of ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that affects muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. She'll donate her own bone marrow to a stem cell clinical trial Tuesday, June 9, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and then return July 2 to receive injections of cells that have been engineered from the marrow.
Korea Herald, Samsung eyes China health market — South Korea’s tech giant Samsung Electronics is stepping up its efforts to increase its foothold in the Chinese health care market… Having launched its own health care platform, Healthkit, and the first wearable Apple Watch, Samsung’s arch rival Apple has jumped on the bandwagon too. The company has partnered with a dozen U.S. major clinical institutes including Mayo Clinic to utilize the health care platform to compile data for monitoring patients and diseases.
KIMT, The ‘RedBall Project’ rolls into Rochester — An art exhibit that has traveled to destinations worldwide, including Paris is now making a stop in our area…The ball will make appearances at the Peace Plaza, Mayo Clinic, and on Sunday, the piece will be moved to the pedestrian bridge that leads to the government center.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to make change to wardrobe policy beginning Friday — In just a few days, a long-standing tradition will be changing at Mayo Clinic, and it has to do with the women's dress code. After many years of enforcing a hosiery requirement in its dress code policy, Mayo Clinic is now making it optional for its women employees to wear the undergarment, just as we turn the corner into summer. Beginning Friday, female employees are getting some leeway in leg wear. "You would not believe how excited people are," said senior web production specialist, Danielle Teal. "I mean, it's definitely a reference to the Braveheart 'Freedom!', you know? You want to yell it out, run around and throw your pantyhose out the window." Additional coverage: KARE 11
Star Tribune (AP), Somali health project at Mayo Clinic Health System aims to build trust — When Fardousa Jama and her father, Hussein, surveyed 400 Somalis last year in Mankato, they found many misunderstood and mistrusted the American health-care system. Some weren't taking their prescribed medicine, they found, and some with diabetes were testing their blood sugar too frequently. Others faced language barriers and didn't know how to access prescription medication." There is a huge gap and mistrust that happens with doctors and Somalis," Fardousa Jama said. "We just want to help bridge the gap."
Post-Bulletin, Good Health: Mayo Clinic partnership a modern medicine odd couple — I realize it’s more common than in the past, but it still seemed strange last week to see Mayo’s name in the type of news release that’s used to communicate news to Wall Street. You might have noticed the front-page story last week about Mayo getting into the drug business. The clinic is partnering with two other firms to form a drug development company called Vitesse Biologics, a company created to develop protein-based therapies for cancer, immunology and blood diseases.
Tampa Tribune, Hospital approval process showcases more divides in Legislature by James Rosica…The hospitals that operate older trauma centers have said having more centers dilutes the pool of patients and also spreads thin the number of available medical specialists. “Existing trauma centers have a clear financial incentive to keep new hospitals out of the pool,” said a 2013 report by the American College of Surgeons on Florida’s trauma system. Layne Smith, lobbyist for the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, said his client doesn’t “believe market protection is a good use” of the certificate of need process. Additional coverage: Sunshine State News, Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald, com
NBC The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have announced after decades of research, they have determined the key to happiness is being resilient and embracing positive energy. Additional coverage: Catholic Online, Daily Mail UK,
News4Jax, Mayo Clinic News Network: Breathing tips to help kids relax — In times of stress, anxiety or frustration, you’ve probably been told to “relax, take a deep breath and calm down.” Have you tried it? Really tried it? Many meditation practices use breathing techniques to promote a state of calm. "You don’t need years of meditative practice to benefit from this technique, nor do your children," says Peggy Decker, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician. "In fact, kids are generally good at embracing this simple relaxation technique."
Cancer Therapy Advisor, Livers donated after cardiac death safe for use by liver cancer patients by Kathy Boltz, PhD… "Our program has one of the largest experiences in the world with liver transplants using donations after cardiac death," said the study's lead investigator, transplant surgeon Kristopher P. Croome, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. "We now know that these organs effectively offer new life for patients with liver cancer."
KAAL, Unable to Eat, Woman Hopes To Inspire Others by John Doetkott — A young woman with a medical condition that prevents her from eating is hoping her story will inspire others. Her entire life, 23-year-old Kristen Fox has lived with a medical condition that prevents her from properly digesting food. "Starting at birth I had problems with digestion, with eating, with formula," Fox said. "And it's progressed until this point where the stomach really doesn't empty." Fox has what's known as gastroparesis and dysmotility of the intestinal tract, essentially a slow paralysis of her digestive system. Because of her condition, Fox must get all of her nutrients through an IV, a nightly process that takes up to 10 hours. A Colorado native, she is currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic, and her mother said life hasn't been easy, but they've learned to cope.
FOX News, British woman, 22, forgoes heart, lung transplants to finish bucket list — A 22-year-old British woman suffering from a life-threatening condition has opted to check off her bucket list instead of remaining on a waiting list for heart and lung transplants, The Daily Mirror reported. Channan Petrides, of the eastern U.K. county Essex, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was three months old, and her health began to decline when she was 19. According to the Mayo Clinic, cystic fibrosis causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system.
WEAU Eau Claire, Camp Wabi “Today” show interview with Judy Clark — 13 A camp aimed at reducing kids’ waistlines is actually expanding to help more youngsters who struggle with weight issues – DOUBLING the number of campers it can accept this year. (From 40 to 80 campers in 2015!) Now in its fifth year, Camp Wabi allows kids to have the fun of a traditional summer camp setting AND they learn about healthy lifestyle choices.
KAAL, Mae Berry Award Recognizes Outstanding Mayo Employees by Ben Henry — We hear of miraculous stories of the patients and doctors of Mayo Clinic but it takes an entire team to care for those patients. Dr. Leonard Berry, who studied at Mayo, wanted to recognize the members of those teams that don't always get the credit they deserve. So for 14 years Dr. Berry has been giving out ‘Mae Berry Awards’ for Mayo Clinic staff members that go above and beyond… Tuesday night, Debbie Sheppard of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona received a Mae Berry Award. Debbie works in the critical care unit where she put a large project together with help from her staff to make the recovery for woman who received a mastectomy more comfortable.
Cancer Network, WBRT Controls Brain Metastases But Does Not Impact Survival by Mark Fuerst…What’s more, those who received radiosurgery followed by WBRT were more likely to experience cognitive decline than those who received radiosurgery alone. “We recommend initial treatment with radiosurgery alone and close monitoring to better preserve cognitive function in patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases amenable to radiosurgery,” senior author Jan C. Buckner, MD, professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told a plenary session.
TIME, Mental and Social Activity Delays the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s by Alice Park — There’s evidence that such activities do little to change the underlying drivers of Alzheimer’s, but doctors say they delay symptoms. So while the results don’t show that mental activity can affect the biology of Alzheimer’s in any way, it can have a meaningful impact on symptoms. And that is “huge,” says Dr. David Knopman, professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, who reviewed the paper and recommended it for publication. “If that resulted in a year or two delay in symptoms across the population, that would be a huge effect.”
TIME, You Asked: Is It Better to Sleep In Or Work Out? by Markham Heid — Sleep and exercise are both vital. But if you can’t seem to fit in both, you can sometimes substitute a little of one for a little of the other. When it comes to your health, there are few absolutes. But that’s not the case with sleep and exercise. You need both, period. “I couldn’t choose between the two,” says Edward Laskowski, MD, a resident and professor of physical medicine at Mayo Clinic. “Sleep and exercise are like food and water.”
NBC News, How Deadly is a Brain Tumor? Now the DNA Can Tell by Maggie Fox…Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that it's way too general to just call a brain tumor by the type of tissue involved. As with other cancers, it's clear that it's not so much where the tumors first form that matters, but what kind of genetic mutation caused them to form. "This molecular data helps us better classify glioma patients, so we can begin to understand who needs to be treated more aggressively and who might be able to avoid unnecessary therapies," said Dr. Daniel Lachance, a neuro-oncologist at the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: NY Times, HealthCanal, MedPage Today
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic honors non-physician employees for outstanding commitment by Paul Scott — During a quiet and at times touching dinner for 300 at the Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic recognized nine non-physician employees for outstanding commitment to patient service on Tuesday…"I'm shocked and surprised," said Magdalena Anderson, who goes by Maggie. "I had never even heard of the Mae Berry award." A native of the Philippines, Anderson is a patient care assistant in thoracic surgery. Anderson began as a housekeeper at Saint Marys Hospital 17 years ago after working as a janitor at IBM. "My dream has been to take care of sick people since I was child," she said.
WEAU Eau Claire, Midelfort family descendant from Norway visits Mayo Clinic Health System — Kristoffer Hellum, M.D., a neurologist from Drammen, Norway, paid a visit to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire on June 8. Dr. Hellum is the great-grandson of Hans Christian Midelfart, M.D., founder in 1927 of what became known as Midelfort Clinic in downtown Eau Claire. In 1992, Luther Hospital and Midelfort Clinic joined Mayo Health System. In 2011, Luther Midelfort changed its name to Mayo Clinic Health System. Neurologist Donn Dexter, M.D., who’s traveled to Norway five times, hosted Dr. Hellum. “I really enjoyed our time together discussing the differences between neurologic practice in Norway and the U.S., as well as our favorite sports and travels,” says Dr. Dexter. Additional coverage:: Topix.com, CV Post
MedCity News, Mayo Clinic experiments with Periscope live video app — Mayo Clinic is branching off into a new realm of social media, namely live, streaming video, on the fast-growing mobile platform Periscope. On Tuesday, Mayo promised a broadcast of its first video stream on Twitter-owned Periscope, but had a little oopsie. Instead of using the Mayo Clinic Twitter account, Lee Aase, director of Mayo’s Center for Social Media, accidentally tweeted the link from his personal account.
La Crosse Tribune, Mayo-Franciscan takes a run at lifting hosiery policy for non-nurse staffers by Mike Tighe — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare is hosing its requirement that female employees wear hosiery, although the stipulation stands for nurses. “Some staff are going to be very excited” when a dress code policy update lifts the mandate effective Monday, said Diane Holmay, chief of nursing for Mayo-Franciscan’s southwest Wisconsin region. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin
Star Tribune, Jottings by Sid Hartman — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA President Laurel Richie will be among those in Minneapolis next Wednesday to help unveil the new practice facility for the two pro basketball teams, The Timberwolves and Lynx Courts at Mayo Clinic Square. The teams are planning a VIP event in conjunction with Mayo Clinic on that day to celebrate the completion of what has already been lauded as the gold standard in basketball practice facilities.
Twin Cities Business, 50 Fabulous Firsts…1948 — 19. Cortisone — Now a common anti-inflammatory used to treat maladies ranging from eczema to chronic joint pain, cortisone is a steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal gland iii times of stress. Mayo Clinic researchers Edward Kendall, Philip Hench and Harold Mason identified cortisone and discovered its ability to suppress the immune system. Merck & Co. would introduce thc first commercially produced cortisone in 1949…2001 — 49. Fast Anthrax Test ' Mayo Clinic is one of the chief reasons that health care is one of Minnesota's keystone industries. In the wake of 9/11, letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two U.S. senators, killing five and prompting a nationwide scare.
MPR, Rochester taps Abu Dhabi firm for downtown development ideas by Liz Baier…The umbrella company is owned by members of Abu Dhabi's royal family, who want to make a personal investment in a place they've been visiting for decades for medical treatment at Mayo Clinic, said Ahmed Elkhalifataha, senior manager with Rochester-based Oxford Property Management, which is working with Bloom.
High 50, Why sitting is the new smoking: six ways your desk job is killing you, and what to do about it — It was Dr James Levine who coined the phrase ‘sitting is the new smoking’. He is director of the Obesity Solutions Initiative at Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University, and invented the first treadmill desk. He says: “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
Dickinson Press, Minot’s Trinity Health becoming part of Billings Clinic RegionalCare by Zach Benoit — Trinity Health in Minot announced on Wednesday that it intends to become part of Billings Clinic RegionalCare, a decision that will help bring about a new medical campus. A news release from Trinity said the hospital’s board of directors has signed a letter of intent to join Billings Clinic’s RegionalCare network… Nicholas Wolter, Billings Clinic CEO, said Trinity stands out because it employs all of its physicians, is also a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, sits in a good market and uses similar payment systems, along with its quality of care.
Companies & Markets.com, US proton therapy market set to see US$180mn Mayo Clinic open in March 2016 — An innovative new clinic in the US proton therapy market is currently being constructed in Phoenix, Arizona and when opened it will be the first ever proton therapy centre in Arizona… "Standard radiation that uses X-ray technology can damage a wider area of healthy tissue as it enters and leaves the body. The proton beam is more precise damaging less healthy tissue. This helps minimize other potential harms like learning disabilities, heart trouble or secondary tumors that may develop decades later," according to Dr. Andrew Chang, a radiation oncologist.
WLNS Mich., Doctor partnership brings advanced care to mid-Michigan — Doctors from Sparrow Hospital and the Mayo Clinic laid out the latest lung cancer treatments during a special meal Wednesday. The special event was part of Sparrow’s “Lunch with a Doctor” series. Participants heard the latest on lung cancer diagnosis and treatments and had a chance to ask questions. Sparrow’s partnership with the Mayo Clinic Care Clinic Network lets Sparrow doctors consult with Mayo Clinic experts to bring advanced care options to mid-Michigan.
El Periodico U.S.A, Presbicia, deterioro visual que comienza cuando llegan los 40 años, Las personas mayores de 40 años experimentan cambios visuales que se manifiestan por la dificultad para leer, situación que los obliga a utilizar lentes pregradudados. A este padecimiento se le conoce como presbicia, por lo que especialistas recomiendan ir al oftalmólogo. El doctor Michael Mahr, de Oftalmología de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, indica que es importante realizar un examen de los ojos después de cumplir 40 años para saber si es necesario utilizar anteojos o revisar si existen otros males.
Los Tubos, ¿Qué comen los “millenials”? Así como cada persona, dependiendo de su cultura, religión, estado socioeconómico o preferencia, consume cierto tipo de comida, la alimentación también se puede basar en la generación y año de nacimiento; tal es el caso de los denominados “Millennials”, también conocidos como generación Y o Generación Peter Pan. Los jóvenes de la llamada generación del milenio, personas nacidas entre 1980 y 2000, ya tienen entre sus características, la introducción de cierto tipo de alimentos. "Cerca del 35 por ciento de las comidas que consumen los “millennials” son realmente "snacks" (botanas) afirma Jennifer K. Nelson, nutrióloga de Mayo Clinic.
Univision, Cómo proteger a su hijo de caídas, Cuando la gente piensa en niños y traumatismos, generalmente imagina accidentes automovilísticos. “No obstante, la realidad es que las caídas son la causa principal de las lesiones infantiles y en su mayoría ocurren en casa,” comenta el Dr. Christopher Moir, cirujano de niños en el Centro Pediátrico de la Clínica Mayo, que ha atendido una amplia variedad de lesiones debido a caídas. Additional coverage: Vida y Salud
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