June 26, 2015

Mayo Clinic In the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News LogoMayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Laura Wuotila with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you.

Editor, Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editors, Carmen Zwicker, Emily Blahnik


Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic harnesses proton power
by Jeremy Olson

Until this week, Mayo Clinic had tested its $180 million proton beam accelerator only on water, a cadaver and cuts of meat donated by Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe in Rochester. But Monday, with a turn of a safety key and a press of a “beam on” button, radiation therapist Rebecca Keller sentStar Tribune newspaper logo positively charged protons through a series of powerful magnets, accelerating them to 60 percent of the speed of light, and focused them straight at the bottle cap-sized tumor in the brain of ­Ashley Sullivan. Physicists and cancer specialists crowded over Keller’s computer in the control room of Mayo’s new proton beam center to watch protons pepper the tumor.

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.

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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.

Contact: Joe Dangor


Arizona Republic
Melanoma trial begins as new cancer drugs show promise
by Ken Alltucker

…While the number of melanoma cases has increased dramatically, doctors who treat the deadliest form of the disease say more treatment Arizona Republic newspaper logooptions have emerged in recent years. "The revolution in melanoma (treatment) over the past five years has been dramatic," said Dr. Alan Bryce, a Mayo Clinic oncologist who has treated Spatt. "There have been more advances in melanoma than any other cancer."

Reach: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday and has an average daily circulation of more than 261,000 readers. The newspaper’s website Arizona Republic - Online, averages more than 5.4 million unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: USA Today, Phoenix Business Journal

Context: Mayo Clinic and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) are helping launch a national clinical trial that will apply the latest in precision medicine to treat advanced melanoma skin cancer. The study leverages advances in genomics, informatics, and health information technology, yielding more precise medical treatments for patients with this devastating disease. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Julie Janovsky-Mason


Wall Street Journal
For CFOs, Signs of a Stronger Economy
by John Bussey

U.S. economic growth may be listless, but there are signs that could change in the coming months. That, at least, was the conclusion one could draw at this year’s gathering of global chief financial officers at The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network conference. The CFOs clearly see aWSJ Banner tightening labor market—a sign of economic momentum. “We’re seeing increased competition for talented employees,” Kedrick Adkins Jr., CFO of the Mayo Clinic, said at the gathering in Washington, D.C., last week. “It’s across the organization.”

Additional coverage: Wall Street Journal

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

Context: Kedrick Adkins, Jr. is CFO of Mayo Clinic.

Contact: Traci Klein


Wall Street Journal
Noseworthy, Tyson on Balancing Care and Cost

It’s a question at the heart of arguments about health care: How can the industry put a lid on soaring costs and still deliver quality, innovation WSJ Bannerand choice to patients? For insights, The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Landro spoke with two health-care executives whose organizations are renowned for innovative practices: John H. Noseworthy, president and chief executive of the Mayo Clinic, and Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation.

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

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO. 

Contact: Traci Klein

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Square called 'gold standard' at opening by Paul Scott — Mayo Clinic leaders and executives from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx professional basketball teams joined Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the teams' new practice facilities in downtown Minneapolis. At 107,000 square feet, the $25 million project is twice as large as the NBA standard and was lauded as a new benchmark for elite training facilities by none other than NBA Commissioner Adam Silver…"The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center will serve professional athletes and people of all ages and athletic abilities who need care," said Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy. "Thank you for your warm welcome to the Twin Cities." Additional coverage: Kansas City Star, FOX Sports

Finance & Commerce, Timberwolves hip to new digs in Mayo Clinic Square by Brian Johnson — The new Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx training center and corporate headquarters in downtown Minneapolis is described in team marketing materials as the “most advanced training center in the NBA.”… It was built with convenience and high performance in mind. Athletes can get an MRI on the spot at the new Mayo Sports Medicine Clinic under the same roof, for example, or watch some game film in an 85-seat movie theater (an updated remnant of the old building, which housed a multiplex theater). Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, Sporting News

MinnPost, Off Target: the never-ending effort to fix the Twin Cities’ least beloved venue — Last Wednesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx threw themselves a celebration to announce the grand opening of their new corporate headquarters and training center in the infamous Block E site now known as Mayo Clinic Square.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Jacksonville lung transplant center will be the first of its kind in the U.S., bringing more jobs and capital investment by Colleen Michele Jones — A groundbreaking facility that Mayo Clinic plans to launch at its Jacksonville campus by 2017 aims to boost that percentage. The lung restoration center Mayo will partner with United Therapeutics Corporation to build will increase the number of lungs that can be restored to healthy status and implanted in patients who need them…According to Dr. Thomas Gonwa, chair of the transplatation program at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, there is just a six- to eight-hour window in which lungs may be safely transplanted to a recipient before deterioration begins. Additional coverage: Entorno Inteligente, Healio

NY Times, A Sea Change in Treating Heart Attacks by Gina Kolata — The death rate from coronary heart disease has dropped 38 percent in a decade. One reason is that hospitals rich and poor have streamlined emergency treatment…Now, nearly all hospitals treat at least half their patients in 61 minutes or less, according to the most recent data from the American College of Cardiology. At Yale-New Haven Hospital, where half the patients used to have to wait at least 150 minutes before their arteries were opened, the median time is now 57 minutes. At the Mayo Clinic and at major academic centers like NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, it is 50 minutes — a statistic that, amazingly, Lourdes matches. Additional coverage: Albany Times-Union

Wall Street Journal, Exercise and Your Heart: Calculating the Risks, Benefits by Ron Winslow — Dying during or immediately after physical activity occurs rarely. But the exercise-related death of a prominent Wall Street executive last week nevertheless raises concerns for people who want to keep active during middle age and later years… “Exercise is not a vaccine against heart disease,” said Michael Joyner, an exercise physiologist at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. While not specifically addressing Mr. Lee’s case, Dr. Joyner noted that risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are increasingly common as people age.

HealthDay, High School Football Players May Be at Doubled Risk of Migraine by Dennis Thompson — High school football players appear to be twice as likely to have migraines as the average person, which may be due to head injuries and concussions the athletes endure during play, two small new studies suggest… "We found that almost 34 percent of our players self-reported a history of migraine." Even that number is likely understated, said Dr. David Dodick, a concussion expert at the Mayo Clinic and chair of the American Migraine Foundation. Many players may not realize that they've had a concussion or a migraine, Dodick said. If they do, players often don't report their symptoms to an adult.

Arizona Republic, There's something to it when golfers have the 'Yips' by Dr. Charles Adler, professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona — Question: What are the Yips? A: The Yips is a disorder in which golfers complain of an involuntary movement, a twitch, a jerk, a flinch at the time they putt or even when they chip. This interferes with their ability to perform that activity.

ABC 15 Arizona, Mayo Clinic researchers believe they may have found way to identify, stop late-stage cancers — An international research team believes it may have found a new way to go about identifying and potentially stop the advancement of late-stage cancers. This includes bladder, blood, bone, brain, lung and kidney cancers. The team led by oncologists with the Mayo Clinic focused on the epigenomic fingerprint, or the genetic blue print, of a kidney cancer cell. Specifically, the test found a new fingerprint called H3K36me3 loss.

WTVY, Researchers Develop Way to Possibly Stop Cancer Progression — Promising new research from the Mayo Clinic. Experts say there's a way to potentially stop many late-stage cancers in their tracks, including brain and lung cancers. "We may be able to screen people earlier with new methods that can prevent the development of cancer if we know what predisposes them to development disease and that's what the future holds for us," said Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis. An international research team led by Mayo Clinic oncologists has found a new way to identify and possibly stop the progression of many late-stage cancers. "These discoveries will have ability to bone cancers, leukemia and neurological..." Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis is the associate director at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. He says the new approach can turn off the genes that prevent cancer from growing.

Medscape, New Ways to Evaluate Gliomas Will Enhance Practice…The clinical implications are immediate, explained co-senior author Robert Jenkins, MD, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic. "Incorporating our molecular group classification schema into a patient's diagnosis will provide a more accurate prediction of their prognosis as well as help determine how they should be treated," he told Medscape Medical News.

OncLive, Multigene Panel Testing in Breast Cancer  Panelists: Carlos L. Arteaga, MD, Vanderbilt; Adam M. Brufsky, MD, UPMC; Joyce O'Shaugnessy, MD, Texas Oncology; Edith A. Perez, MD, Mayo Clinic; Debu Tripathy, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Denise A. Yardley, MD, Sarah Cannon.

MedPage Today, A Nutty Way to Prevent Cancer?... Nut consumption was also associated with a lower risk of cancer in general (RR 0.85, 95% CI 0.76-0.95; I2=66.5%), according to the authors. But it was not associated with other types of cancer or with type 2 diabetes (RR 0.98, 95% CI 0.84-1.14; I2=74.2%), found the researchers, who were led by Lang Wu, a PhD candidate at the Mayo Clinic. They published their results on June 16 in Nutrition Reviews.

The Daily Beast, Can Epigenetics Stop Late-Stage Cancer? by Kent Sepkowitz — A new study from the Mayo Clinic hints at a promising treatment for late-stage cancer patients—but a real breakthrough could be years away. Just when you thought you understood genetics, researchers have shown up with a new term that sounds sort of like the old term but isn't. Meet epigenetics—the non-DNA way things are inherited.  Additional coverage: Yuma News Now, iDigital Times

USA TODAY (KARE11), Mayo Clinic research looks at turning off cancer's growth — An international research team led by Mayo Clinic oncologists has found a new way to identify and potentially stop the progression of many late-stage cancers. The new approach can turn off genes that prevent cancer from growing, said Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, associate director at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. Late-stage bladder, blood, bone, brain, lung and kidney cancers are examples that oncologists say could be stopped in their tracks.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic trial uses precision medicine on melanoma, Mayo Clinic and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) are helping launch a national clinical trial that will apply the latest in precision medicine to treat advanced melanoma skin cancer, according to a news release from Mayo and TGen…."This study is unique in offering more than 20 different treatment options in a single trial. By leveraging the power of cancer genomics, we believe we can treat each patient with the best drug for their individual situation. This design offers patients a huge advantage over the old model of treating all patients the same way and only testing one drug at a time," said Dr. Alan Bryce, Mayo Clinic's lead clinical investigator on the trial. Additional coverage: Sentinel Source, Hawaii Tribune Herald

KSTP, Mayo Clinic Introduces Treatment to More Effectively Target Tumors by Katherine Johnson…That includes 4-year-old Colt Moore. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first met Moore in November as he and his mother were preparing to travel to Chicago for proton therapy. His leg and spinal tumor was growing at such an aggressive rate, the Mounds View native couldn't wait for Mayo's facility to open and spent the weeks leading up to the holidays receiving the non-invasive treatments in Illinois. Additional coverage: WDAZ

HuffPost, Larry Hogan's Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Diagnosis Explained — While researchers are still unsure of how non-Hodgkin lymphoma arises, the Mayo Clinic indicates that infections like Epstein-Barr virus and HIV, old age and even exposure to some insect and weed killers can play a role.

CBS News, Can placebo pills help cancer survivors manage pain? Ted Kaptchuk has spent more than 15 years studying how the placebo effect works. As the director of the Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter at Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, he's seen that patients often show improvement after receiving placebo pills. The Mayo Clinic recommends to that patients exercise, eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, avoid tobacco and limit drinking alcohol. But many survivors would welcome additional help in regaining energy and strength.

WTTW Chicago, Mayo Clinic Doctor on Women's Health, We speak to Mayo Clinic's  Jacqueline Thielen about developments in women's health including some of the best treatment options for menopause. Thielen is in town for the Mayo Clinic’s conference Controversies in Women’s Health which includes presentations from key women’s health specialty and subspecialty disciplines including obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive medicine, sexual health, and menopausal medicine. 

Fairmont Sentinel, Mayo visitors get unique view by Judy Bryan — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont offered people a unique opportunity Wednesday at a behind-the-scenes look at the medical center by allowing access "beyond the red line," the normal stopping point for non-medical personnel… "Without Mayo, we wouldn't have those," said medical technologist Janet Waletich, as she pointed out assorted pieces of diagnostic equipment with cutting-edge technology. Additional coverage: James Plaindealer

WAXX Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System presents $25,000 check to Boys and Girls Club — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire presented a check for $25,000 yesterday for the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley. Dr. Randall Linton, president and CEO of Mayo's northwest Wisconsin region says the donation is part of a series of grants aimed at improving the health of the community.

Mankato Free Press, Medica to launch new group plan by Nate Gotlieb — Medica is expanding a health plan that will provide Mayo Clinic Health System care to employers and employees in southern Minnesota.The Minneapolis-based insurer is offering the group plan, called Medica with Mayo Clinic Health System, starting July 1. The plan will only be available to groups with more than 50 employees initially, but spokesman Greg Bury said Medica expects to make it available to all businesses in 2016.

KAAL, Cy's Place by Meghan Reistad…They are working on building the future site of Cy's Place, Minnesota's first pediatric transplant hospitality house. “We’re trying to make it more home-like, more like just a regular home,” said Randy Erickson…In 2004, their son, Silas Erickson, was born. “Silas was always smiling and a happy boy, full of pep and energy,” said Randy Erickson. At almost three-years-old, Silas was diagnosed with cancer…“He was a really brave little kid, he went through all this. His parents did too,” said Dr. Shakila Khan from Mayo Clinic. After 11 months at Mayo Clinic, in late 2007, Silas passed away.

Qatar Tribune, 6 Simple Ways to Become A Happier Person  YOU can actually choose to feel happier every day – that’s the simple premise behind the new Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness. It’s the work of Amit Sood, MD, chair of the Mind- Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo. His conclusion: Happiness is a habit that you can build over time. Here are six ways you can start today, as outlined in Dr Sood’s book.

Live with Kelly and Michael — The Mayo Clinic has studied happiness and cracking the code for decades now, ok? So, um, they found, they finally found it. Michael: what is it?...(they poke fun at money being spent to pay for research about happiness)

Albuquerque Journal, Mayo Clinic News Network: Mindfulness helps you engage with the world — If you’ve heard of or read about mindfulness – a form of meditation – you might be curious about how to practice it. Kayla Dascher, Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner, shares how to do mindfulness exercises and how they might benefit you.

Vice, Anxiety Is Slowly Killing Me by Megan Koester — A panic attack can occur at any time, and for seemingly no reason. Logically, you know the feeling is insincere, irrational; logic, however, cannot help you in this instance. The Mayo Clinic's definition of a panic attack echoes this truth: "A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause."

Waterbury Record, Teacher-firefighter gets help from her friends — A benefit dinner to help rescue firefighter and teacher Mandy Drake drew hundreds of well-wishers in Waterbury and raised more than $12,000 toward the costs of a liver transplant. Drake’s fiancé, Stan Morse, also a firefighter, described the arduous effort to restore her health and quality of life. The couple returned to Waterbury in late April after a lengthy trip to the nonprofit Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where more than 3,300 physicians and researchers continue to innovate in the science of organ transplantation…This year, Drake became one of the first patients from Vermont to visit the Mayo Clinic for a possible organ transplant through a partnership the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

HealthNewsReview.org — Questions about Mayo Clinic deal with Minneapolis TV station, “The story every night from the Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Sports Desk, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. Downtown Minneapolis. Schedule an  appointment today.” Was that a commercial? Or was it part of the sports broadcast? It’s unclear at first, since the station’s anchor/sports director delivered the lead-in just as he would in the newscast. But it was a Mayo commercial, with a member of the editorial team delivering the lead-in.  Did Mayo’s new Sports Medicine Clinic in downtown Minneapolis get naming rights to the station’s sports desk for a good chunk of money handed over to KARE?

KAAL, Mayo Earns Yellow Ribbon Honor with Commitment to Military Members by Hannah Tran — Mayo Clinic is devoted to intensive patient care, now it's getting recognized for its support for military members. From veterans to military service members, their stand alongside Mayo Clinic officials reinforces a long-lasting commitment. "With the approach of the first World War, the Mayo brothers, Dr. Will and Dr. Charlie, joined the army's new Medical Reserve Corp," said Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic CEO. Additional coverage: KIMT, Post-Bulletin, KTTC

ABC News, Doctors Help Dad Surprise Daughter at Wedding…However, when a medical issue threatened Andre Pearson’s chance to share this moment with his daughter, doctors at the Mayo Clinic turned the impossible journey into reality. ABC's Lana Zak has the incredible story, being at his daughter's wedding was a dream Andre Pearson thought he would never live to see. Andre Pearson "not to be able even to say, I am the one who will give her away, I felt like I let her down.

Post-Bulletin, Heart patient receives 'best Father's Day gift' by Elizabeth Hurley — Andre Pearson has a drawer full of Father's Day cards from his three daughters tucked away at home in Omaha, but nothing can compare with the Father's Day gift he received this year — being able to walk his youngest daughter, Alexandra, down the aisle, despite his serious heart condition. Pearson, a minister at Risen Son Baptist Church in Omaha, Neb., gives all the thanks to God and Mayo Clinic. Father's Day is on Sunday, but Pearson already has his gift. "The best Father's Day present that I was able to get was going to my daughter's wedding and walking her down the aisle and giving her away," he said.

Vox, How blowing into a straw can save your voice by Julia Belluz — I’ve always had a raspy voice that easily burns out. A loud party or long day of talking can leave me sounding like Tom Waits. But is there any way to avoid this? To learn more, I called Dr. Diana Orbelo, an otolaryngologist at the Mayo Clinic who helps people with voice problems…"Usually the throaty, chesty, deeper voices are the ones that tend to get more into trouble," she said. Assuming I have a healthy larynx, when I lose my voice it means I've strained my vocal cords from too much use, causing them to swell up so they can't vibrate as easily to get out sound. (Think of this as a repetitive motion injury.) "We don’t know why some people are more susceptible to voice problems compared to others," Orbelo explained. "There may be a genetic predisposition, habits we form growing up."

West Texas News, New Migraine Drugs are Effective by Leah Gardiner…Dr. David Dodick, a concussion expert at the Mayo Clinic and chair of the American Migraine Foundation, said many players are not aware about a concussion or a migraine that they have had. It seems migraine headaches or migraine-like symptoms are common in high school athletes who have had a concussion.

Star Tribune (Chicago Tribune) More kids grapple with unhealthy adult conditions by Megy Karydes — Child obesity is leading to more diagnoses of these conditions in children, conditions doctors once thought to be found only in adults. Several studies have shown that obesity is under-recognized by parents as well as by physicians,” said Dr. Seema Kumar, pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. “Parents in general tend to think they will outgrow it. … It also depends on the ethnic group they’re coming from. In some cultures, being overweight is actually a sign of prosperity. So they may actually not even consider that as a problem.” Additional coverage: Watertown Daily Times, Janesville Gazette Xtra, Pocono Record

Deseret News, Why your child may get osteoporosis before you do by Herb Scribner, Has your child recently been diagnosed with an adult disease? Has your child been diagnosed with something you thought only adults could get? Turns out that’s not an uncommon occurrence, especially when a child is overweight, experts told the Chicago Tribune…"Several studies have shown that obesity is under-recognized by parents as well as by physicians," Dr. Seema Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.

Bismarck Tribune, N.D. law test case for preventing air ambulance price 'gouging' by Patrick Springer — Ivan Mitchell was jolted when he received a $54,000 bill for an air ambulance flight last year that transported his wife from Grand Forks to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The air ambulance service, Valley Med Flight, billed $67,325 for the flight. But because Valley Med Flight wasn't in the provider network for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, the Mitchells were stuck with the balance after the insurer paid about $9,000.

Denver Post, State spends $12,000 on five treadmill work stations, upsets lawmaker by Lynn Bartels — A lawmaker is upset that a state department ordered five treadmill work stations costing nearly $12,000, but the agency spokesman says the new equipment is partly in response to a "sitting is the new smoking" report.…She said she wasn't swayed by reports that show users typically reduce health risks. Dr. James Levine with the Mayo Clinic outlined the dangers of sitting in a widely quoted interview with the Los Angeles Times last year.

ESPN, Day staggers to share of U.S. Open lead on Swatton's shoulder — Three holes deep into the third round of the U.S. Open, Jason Day was ready to surrender to an opponent far more formidable than the Chambers Bay greens. He was tired, nauseous and groggy from the drugs pumped into his system to fight the vertigo that had dropped him to the canvas Friday…So Day put his head down and took it one shot, one putt, one wobbly step at a time. The Mayo Clinic describes vertigo as "the sudden sensation that you're spinning or the inside of your head is spinning" and labels benign positional vertigo (Day's diagnosis) a condition "rarely serious, except when it increases the chances of falls." Additional coverage: ABC News

Kenyon Leader, Kenyon Mayo Clinic open one more day by Mary Phipps — Beginning Friday, June 23, Mayo Clinic Health System in Kenyon will be adding Friday morning appointments to the current Tuesday and Thursday clinic schedule. “We have heard from the patients and city leaders in Kenyon how important the clinic services are to that community,” says Brain Bunkers, M.D., CEO at Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault, Kenyon and Owatonna. “Our expansion of hours is a direct response to those requests. We value the partnership that Mayo has with the Kenyon community and anticipate a long and prosperous relationship.”

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Parents played role in children's careers by Blythe Wachter — On this Father’s Day, Kohlhepp shared the story of her family’s three-generation tie to Mayo Clinic Health System. Her father, Dr. Allen Limberg, practiced medicine with his brother, Dr. Phil Limberg, at their clinic in Glenwood City. “Dr. Allen,” as his patients called him, completed his medical residency at Luther Hospital, now Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, and he helped with patients’ surgeries at Luther. The Limberg Clinic also became part of Mayo Clinic Health System. Additional coverage: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram,

Pioneer Press (Mankato Free-Press), Mayo's Somali health project aims to build trust with community… "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 kicked off this month at the St. Peter Community Center. The project consists of 18 classes during the next 18 months on health topics ranging from defining health to diabetes and depression.

CNN, The Ultimate Father's Day Gift: A Kidney — Nick Kaczorowski is putting your Father's Day gift to shame. He is giving the gift of life in the form of a kidney donation to his father. His 55-year-old father, Lance, has end-stage renal disease, and in November, learned his kidney function had completely shut down…The pair's surgery is scheduled at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, for early morning, June 23, two days after Father's Day. Additional coverage: Arizona Family, CBS12 (Fla.),

Latinos Health, High Heels Blamed For Rising Number of Women Suffering From Painful Foot Condition, High heeled shoes have been blamed for the surge of people suffering from a painful foot condition. The condition called Morton's neuroma has affected more than twice the number of people complaining of aching feet in the last decade, and the statistics revealed that the condition affects four times as many women than men, according to the Independent. The condition affects the balls of the foot or the area between the third and fourth toes and is caused by the thickening tissue around the nerves of the toes, according to Mayo Clinic.

Forbes, Steady Progress On America's Most Terrifying Epidemic: Alzheimer's Disease by Henry Miller — A recent study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that a few simple tests of mental acuity in combination with a medical history for known risk factors led to a reliable prediction algorithm for the development of “mild cognitive impairment” (MCI) over the following five years.

Star Tribune, Editorial: Target Alzheimer's as a growing public health threat to Minnesotans — There may still be unenlightened places where polite people avoid conversation about Alzheimer’s disease, the scourge that robs older people of cognitive function and, ultimately, their lives.... The 2015 Legislature took the rare step of earmarking $1 million in each of the next two years for “prevention, treatment, causes and cures of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” Those funds will flow to a joint venture of the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. In addition, the Legislature provided $1.6 million over two years for grants to promote greater public awareness, earlier diagnosis and community support for those who care for victims of dementia.

Medscape, Tracking System Increases Hepatitis Vaccination Rates by Caroline Helwick — For patients awaiting liver transplantation, rates of hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination improved significantly after the implementation of nurse-led an intervention. "We improved from a baseline rate of only 45% to 87%," reported Shari Perez, DNP-C, from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

WEAU Eau Claire, Free Safety Camp, Kim Strasburg, R.N. — Trauma Injury Prevention, Mayo Clinic Health System, talked about the upcoming free summer’s safety camps being offered by Mayo Clinic Health System, along with some timely summer safety tips.

WEAU Eau Claire, Getting kids to eat their vegetables by getting them cooking — get them involved in the process? Nutrition educator Katie Johnson, with Mayo Clinic Health System, is a big proponent of cooking with your kids. Johnson says one of the greatest gifts you can give the children in your life, is helping them establish healthy eating habits from the start.

NBC4 Washington, "Shocking News to Me": Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Announces Cancer Diagnosis — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has been diagnosed with an advanced, aggressive form of cancer, he announced Monday. Hogan, 59, revealed during a press conference Monday he has B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma… Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer that originates in the lymphatic system, the body's disease-fighting network, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: WTOP Washington

Star-Telegram, Muggy May means mosquito melee this summer — Lorie Tomlin considers herself a mosquito mother lode. “When I grew up in Louisiana, I never got bit. Here I’m like a buffet,” the Mansfield resident said. “I have bites all over my legs. I’m constantly spraying Off! on me. Walking in my yard to pick flowers or grill steaks, I just get attacked. They even bite me though my clothes.”… According to the Mayo Clinic, most people who are bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile will have no reaction.

The Herald, Order of nuns still making an impact in Joliet and the world…Noting that the founder – Sister Mary Alfred Moes, who went on to start another order in Rochester, Minnesota, that was instrumental in development of the Mayo Clinic – was doing work in Joliet two years before the order was started in 1865, Zemont said, “Joliet was only 11 years old at the time, so you can see that the sisters and Joliet grew up together.”

MD Magazine, Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Have Worse Eyesight than Healthy Patients by Rachel Lutz…“Visual impairments can have a significant impact on quality of life and day to day functions,” lead investigator Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ, explained in a press release.

Duluth News Tribune, Mayo Clinic News Network: UTV safety: Use same rules as when driving any motorized vehicle…Dr. David Ciresi, a trauma surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, said most of these events are preventable. “There often is a false sense of security for drivers and passengers in UTVs,” he said. “While one may feel safer in a UTV, it quickly can lead to a feeling of overconfidence. The UTV has a high center of gravity, giving it the potential to roll more easily than a car and is often driven in uneven terrain.”

Healio Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Translational Genomics part of precision medicine trials for metastatic melanoma — The Mayo Clinic has teamed with Translational Genomics Research Institute to help launch a multi-institutional, national study in precision medicines to treat BRAF wild-type metastatic melanoma. “This study is unique in offering more than 20 different treatment options in a single trial,” Alan Bryce, MD, Mayo Clinic investigator for the trial, said in a press release.

Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, Scans Detect Complete Normalization in Crohn’s Patients…The study suggests that sequential computed tomography enterography (CTE) may prove particularly valuable in assessing the activity of Crohn’s disease and patients’ response to therapy. The researchers presented their findings at the 2014 annual Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases conference (abstract P-44). “An emerging paradigm for the management of Crohn’s is the concept of ‘treat to target,’” said Parakkal Deepak, MD, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., who led the new study. “But the target is in question.”

Jacksonville Business Journal, This Jacksonville health care provider is seeking success by courting patients in Asia — In its efforts to attract more international cancer patients to Jacksonville, the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute has held its first-ever symposium in China. The facility, along with Mayo Clinic in Florida, has helped boost the Northeast Florida economy through medical tourism, since patients and their families who travel to the area typically spend money on lodging, dining and other things while receiving treatment over the course of days, weeks or even months.

Prairie Business, ND law test case for preventing air ambulance price ‘gouging’ — Ivan Mitchell was jolted when he received a $54,000 bill for an air ambulance flight last year that transported his wife from Grand Forks to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The air ambulance service, Valley Med Flight, billed $67,325 for the flight. But because Valley Med Flight wasn't in the provider network for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, the Mitchells were stuck with the balance after the insurer paid about $9,000.

Florida Times Union, Health Notes: Mayo honored for its care for pulmonary hypertension — Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has been named a Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. The designation is given to centers that provide early diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, a full range of therapies and specialized care, outcomes follow-up and clinical research and studies.

Atlanta BlackstarHealth Watch: 3 Ways Black Men Can Be at Their Physical Best, The Mayo Clinic suggests adopting a low-fat, reduced calorie diet that is low in dairy products could reduce prostate cancer risk. Health studies continue to indicate that making positive adjustments to one’s daily life can have a huge impact on African American men and their well-being.

International Business Times, Nasa explores idea of electric plan that uses fuselage structure as battery — An electrically propelled airliner that uses its fuselage structure as its battery is being developed through a new venture from Nasa. The Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) project is encouraging Nasa engineers to come up with concepts that will "transform aviation as we know it", with six ideas recently selected for development over the next two years … It is hoped such projects will be able to answer either one of the two "big questions" that are currently guiding Nasa's aeronautical research: Can an aviation system be demonstrated that has maximum efficiency and minimal environmental impact? And can such a system be used for urgent medical transportation from Alaska to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota without human interaction? Additional coverageNBC News

Post Bulletin, Mayo, United partner to offer literary festival — In memory of D.C. Magnum, a longtime advocate and champion of diversity and inclusion with Mayo and Rochester, Mayo Clinic and the United Way of Olmsted County will partner to host an annual literacy festival.

Reason, Sperm Apocalypse: Are You Just A quarter of the Man your Father Was —  In the early 1990s, Scandinavian researchers published a meta-analysis of sperm count studies in which they concluded that the number of sperm men were producing had fallen by half since the 1930s. The decline was allegedly the result of men being exposed to trace amounts of synthetic chemicals in plastics and pesticides that mimic estrogen …   The Mayo Clinic also uses the WHO reference limits noting: Normal sperm densities range from 15 million to greater than 200 million sperm per milliliter of semen. You are considered to have a low sperm count if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter or less than 39 million sperm total per ejaculate.

Motley Fool, Could Fitbit’s Wearables Transform Healthcare? Remember when wearing a fitness tracker labeled you a geek or a nerd? Well, don't tell anyone, but we're now living in the age of the nerd. According to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, over 20% percent of Americans own a fitness tracker. And another 80 percent are familiar with at least one wearable health device on the market … Dr. David Cook, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, is one of a number of physicians who believe that the data from trackers like Fitbit could transform medical care. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Dr. Cook, along with his colleagues, uses Fitbit's wristband with his cardiac-surgery patients.

General Surgery News, Study Supports Living-Donor Liver Transplants, Boston—Patients who receive a liver transplant from a living donor experience outcomes as good as—if not better than—those of individuals who receive an organ from a deceased donor, researchers have found. Julie Heimbach, MD, surgical director of Liver Transplantation at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., said the study highlights patient populations that may do quite well following living-donor liver transplant. But Dr. Heimbach said she was not convinced it would translate into a change in clinical practice. “We would all much prefer not to operate on healthy people who are undergoing a major procedure for the benefit of someone else, thus having two people at risk for complications related to the surgery instead of one. If the deceased-donor volume could meet the extreme shortage, that would be much better,” said Dr. Heimbach, who was not involved in the study.

Mankato Herald Review, Fallstrom: Kidney donation dubbed 'miracle at Mayo' — Deb Houchen McMahon calls it the “Miracle at Mayo.” “My sister, Pamela Houchen Oster of Mankato, Minn., received a life-saving kidney transplant just in the nick of time at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.,” the former Decatur woman said. “Her kidney function had deteriorated to 12 percent, she had a constant headache, her back felt like it was on fire and she threw up every morning. "Yet, she remained the eternal optimist, never complaining, never questioning 'why me?' never moaning and groaning. To see her one would never guess she was suffering from end stage renal disease.” The miracle happened, of course, because a donor stepped forward to provide a kidney.

Fox News (from WSJ), Are you at risk for a heart attack after exercise?, Dying during or immediately after physical activity occurs rarely. But the exercise-related death of a prominent Wall Street executive last week nevertheless raises concerns for people who want to keep active during middle age and later years … “Exercise is not a vaccine against heart disease,” says Michael Joyner, an exercise physiologist at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. While not specifically addressing Mr. Lee’s case, Dr. Joyner noted that risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are increasingly common as people age. “You need to get them treated,” he says. “Middle-aged men in high-stress jobs need to get a checkup once in a while.”

The Union (Nevada), Healthy Habits for a Health Brain — We have a chance to keep our brains healthy by using them to make good lifestyle choices. That is the message from Kathleen O’Dea, a medical speech therapist at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital who is teaching a three-part series called “Mind Matters” about how brains age and how to care for them … June has been declared National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. For more information about Mild Cognitive Impairment, O’Dea suggests online resources through the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Society.

La Crosse Tribune, Obamacare ruling could leave thousands in Coulee Region without subsidies — Gov. Scott Walker could be forced to choose between Wisconsin residents and his presidential pitch if the U.S. Supreme Court nixes federal health insurance subsidies, some observers say. On the surface, as a rebel against the Affordable Care Act, the Republican might welcome a decision that could send the federal health care law into a death spiral, as some suggest it would … Asked how the decision might affect Health Tradition, the insurance arm of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, Mayo-Franciscan spokesman Rick Thiesse issued a statement saying, “It would not be appropriate to speculate on the Supreme Court’s ruling on this case or the political aftermath to its decision. However, what is clear is that the value of access to affordable insurance is critical from a public and individual health perspective.

Denver Post, $12,000 for treadmill work stations? Why not take a walk? — Ever heard of (let alone seen or been on) a treadmill work station? Nor had we until reading Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartel's story on how the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing bought five of them for $12,000. Sitting all day may well be as unhealthy as the Mayo Clinic's Dr. James Levine — he of the much quoted "Sitting is more dangerous than smoking" line — contends. But there are ways to combat a sedentary lifestyle without having taxpayers buy you a fancy work station where you can do computer chores while walking in place.

HuffPo Canada, The Difference Between Fruits And Vegetables, According To Science — Sure, we all know a tomato is technically a fruit and that rhubarb is actually a vegetable, but do you know why? In the video above by SciShow, we get a refresher on grade-school science and re-learn exactly what differentiates fruits from vegetables. Of course, when it comes to cooking, these rules often get thrown out the window. According to the Mayo Clinic, vegetables are often classified as such when they aren't very sweet. Some examples include corn, zucchini and green beans — all of which are botanically fruit.

Star Tribune, State Fair Food heats up for 2015, with Sriracha, kimchi and more — The Great Minnesota Get-Together is about to get a lot spicier, thanks to the advent of more than 50 new foods, … A so-bad-it’s-probably-fabulous “salad” of chopped Snickers bars, Granny Smith apples and vanilla pudding inspires thoughts of type 2 diabetes. Ditto a bevy of bread pudding sundaes, as well as a chocolate-dipped vanilla ice cream bar with a caramel and bacon center. And now, a silent moment of thanks for the fairgrounds’ proximity to the Mayo Clinic.

First Coast News, Mayo Clinic unveils plans for lung restoration center — The Mayo Clinic in collaboration with United Therapeutics Corporation is aiming to help fill a deadly gap with a Lung Restoration Center. They're scheduled to break ground on the Jacksonville campus at the end of 2015.

KTTC, Breast density law raises questions from patients, gives awareness to cancer prevention by Ali Killam, Beginning at the age of 40, women begin their annual mammogram screenings. It's the primary offense at beating cancer. However, for women with dense breast tissue, it might not be enough…If your letter states, "Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense," it's meant to let you know as it may be more difficult for a mammogram to detect cancer. "Particularly if you have dense breasts it can miss things, so if you have a lump, you notice a change, come find us," says Dr. Sarah Crane, a primary care physician at Mayo Clinic.

Minnesota Lawyer, Alternative billing: Its time has come by Barbara Jones…For instance, in 2008 the American Association of Corporate Counsel threw down its Value Challenge to change the way fees are calculated. (For the text of the challenge, see sidebar.) The ACC defines value-based fees as fees defined by results, not time spent. The fee could be a fixed amount or capped. Another company committed to the value challenge is the Mayo Clinic. Chief Legal Officer Jonathan Oviatt told Minnesota Lawyer in an earlier interview that “Our aim is to provide networks, tools, and dialog for both in-house and outside counsel to help us all better manage our clients’ legal affairs. For me it always comes back to value,” he said.

KAAL, Addie's Anniversary by Laura Lee, One family from Southeast Minnesota is celebrating a big milestone Tuesday. At just 2 1/2 years old, in her light blue dress and white sandals, Addie Sylvester is gazing out the window with her twin brother Dustin. The two are very busy, and very curious. "She's a wild, normal 2-year-old, she gets into everything," says Amber Sylvester.  A blessing for Amber and Mike, who couldn't see this day more than two years ago… The twins made it to 32 weeks and miraculously both lived. But Addie wasn't out of the woods just yet.  The first year of her life included numerous hospital visits to Mayo Clinic, where Amber also worked as a pediatric nurse, often visiting her daughter.

WQOW, Mayo Clinic Health System transfers nursing, assisted living operations to Dove Healthcare by Jesse Yang, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire transferred operations of its nursing and assisted living centers to another healthcare agency Wednesday…"There will be opportunities for our staff for continued employment with either healthcare and affiliates because there is significant need to continue delivering those care, or if the individual prefers to have that employment with Mayo Clinic Health System," said Randall Linton, the president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System. Additional coverage: Chippewa Herald

MPR, Amid development boom, Rochester worries about affordable housing by Liz Baier…Over the next 20 years, state funding will support a massive Mayo Clinic expansion that is expected to add 32,000 more residents to the city. Mayo Clinic plans to spend $3.5 billion in capital improvements at its Rochester campus, projects that could attract at least $2.1 billion in additional private investment. Although the growth will occur over time, the expected population bump it is expected to trigger is raising concerns about the region's efforts to deliver affordable housing.

KIMT, A look at the new and improved Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, The Mayo Family Clinic in Kasson is getting a facelift so to speak. On Wednesday community members along with the staff and patients at the clinic got a sneak peek of the renovations and expansion that will be beginning soon…“The expansion will allow for the laboratory and physical medicine services to be up in front of the building, we think that’s going to service our patients well; easy access for in and out,” explains Lori Baumbach with the clinic.

Anesthesiology News, Study Reveals Hidden Costs of Reconciling Surgical Sponge Counts, This novel quantitation shows that the attempts to track down a sponge translate into ineffiencies in the OR, both financially and in terms of distractions that could potentially lead to worse outcomes, said Robert R. Cima, MD, professor of surgery and surgical quality officer at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.

Woman’s Day, The Simple Way to Get Back Your Lost Voice, and Prevent Losing It Again by Christina Oehler, The days have long passed since blowing bubbles through a straw in our drinks was acceptable in public, but as it turns out, that silly childhood pastime may keep you from losing your voice—and help you regain it if it's already disappeared. According to Diana Orbelo, a speech-language pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, blowing through a straw helps preserve your voice, especially if you're particularly prone to losing it.

KEYC Mankato, Taking Safety To Great Heights At This Year's Minnesota Air Spectacular, Necks will be cranked back, mouths will be in awe, and eyes will be amazed. But it's the ears that will be the first to notice the action. And that's why Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato is partnering with the Greater Mankato Sertoma Club to save your ears from what could be long–term damage. Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Audiologist Jenne Tunnell said, "Hearing loss can happen immediately with these sound levels and once you lose it you can't get it back. Additional coverage: Mankato Free Press

Healthcare Finance, Mayo Clinic exec: Good billing lifts patient experience as cost and care merge by Susan Morse, According to Yvonne Chase of the Mayo Clinic Arizona, solid revenue cycle strategies can improve the patient experience from the point of access to post-discharge. “Pre-service and communications set the tone for the entire encounter,” Chase said during the Healthcare Financial Management Association 2015 National Institute conference Tuesday.

CNBC, Minnesota is 2015's Top State for Business by Scott Cohn, Leave it to the North Star State to chart a new course to competitiveness. Minnesota is America's Top State for Business in 2015, reaching the pinnacle of success by way of a much different route than our eight previous winners…In Quality of Life, Minnesota finishes third. Crime is low—just 234 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013, the most recent full-year figures available. The air is clean, and in the home of the Mayo Clinic, people are healthy.

Fierce Healthcare, Do advocates overestimate the benefits of personalized medicine? By Joanne Finnegan, The advocates of personalized or precision medicine may have set up unrealistic expectations about its promise while leaving many questions unanswered, according to a viewpoint article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Even though personalized medicine will be useful to better understand rare diseases and identify novel therapeutic targets for some conditions, the promise of improved risk prediction, behavior change, lower costs, and gains in public health for common diseases seem unrealistic," wrote Michael J. Joyner, M.D., department of anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Star Tribune, Hartman: Taylor likes prospects…Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor talked about his excitement about this upcoming season and the Wolves landing the No. 1 draft choice, and said that, in his mind, the team should contend for the playoffs. Meanwhile, Taylor said that he was thrilled with the new Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, formerly Block E. It houses the basketball staff along with a practice facility and a medical staff that will help players for the Timberwolves and Lynx stay healthy.

The Atlantic, The Evolution of Alternative Medicine by Jennie Gritz…After visiting the NIH center and talking to leading integrative physicians, I can say pretty definitively that integrative health is not just another name for alternative medicine. There are 50 institutions around the country that have integrative in their name, at places like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, and the Mayo Clinic. Most of them offer treatments like acupuncture, massage, and nutrition counseling, along with conventional drugs and surgery.

Everyday Health, Conjoined Twins Celebrate a Decade Apart, Successful operations to separate conjoined twins are not common. Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen have something to celebrate…Their father, Jesse Carlsen, cold-called the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, leaving a message on a machine asking for help. The message was sent to Christopher Moir, MD, a surgeon specializing in conjoined twins. He told the couple to come to Rochester.

KBZK, Race to raise funds for lung cancer research planned for July by Jamie Leary, A Big Sky woman is the catalyst for a race to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer. Linda Wortman was shocked to be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 at Mayo clinic. She had never smoked and was an active woman.

KIMT, Patients inspiring patients by DeeDee Stiepan, We first met Kristen Fox in early June. She’s been staying in Rochester and being seen by Mayo Clinic doctors because she was born with a stomach condition that doesn’t allow her to consume food normally. Wednesday, she flew back to her home in Colorado Springs, after having surgery on Monday. But before she left, we met back up with her to follow-up on her stay in Rochester. That’s when we learned about a simple Tweet that had Kristen leaving Rochester with a smile on.

El Debate Salud, Ayuda a tus niños a relajarse a través de la respiración, ¿Alguna vez has intentado relajarte a través de la respiración?. Seguramente has tenido momentos de estrés, ansiedad o frustración, la Dra. Peggy Decker, pediatra del Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic te brinda algunos consejos.

Viday Estilo, Ayuda a tus niños a relajarse con ejercicios de respiración por Dra. Peggy Decker, pediatra del Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic, En momentos de estrés , ansiedad o frustración, posiblemente has escuchado aquello de “relájate, respira profundo y mantén la calma” . ¿Lo has intentado alguna vez; realmente, lo has intentado? Muchas prácticas de meditación utilizan técnicas respiratorias con el objetivo de promover un estado de calma.

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