July 17, 2015

Mayo Clinic In the News

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 Editor: Carmen Zwicker


Wall Street Journal
How Quickly Are You Growing Old?
by Sumathi Reddy

Feel like you’re 40 years old going on 60? Or maybe, 40 going on 21? Age may be just a number, but medical experts increasingly are saying it might not always be the right number to gauge your health… Measuring the pace of aging inWSJ Banner young people could prove useful to study lifestyle interventions, such as diet and exercise, but are less likely to prompt drug interventions, said James Kirkland, director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, has an average circulation of 2.3 million daily which includes print and digital versions.

Context: The Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic is an innovative center where education, research and medical practice come together to improve the quality of life from birth through the sunset years. The goal of the Kogod Center on Aging is to discover and develop interventions to increase health span — the healthy, productive time in life — and improve the quality of life for older adults. James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., is the executive director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging.

Contacts: Traci Klein, Duska Anastasijevic


USA Today
Minnesota boy who got brain infection after swimming dies
by Mary Bowerman

A 14-year-old Minnesota teen infected with a rare brain infection while swimming in a lake died Thursday, his family said in a statement… The organism enters the brain through the nasal cavity, typically from jumping or diving into water, accordUSA Today newspaper logoing to Jessica Sheehy, a physician assistant and infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Reach: USA TODAY  has an average daily circulation of 4.1 million which includes print, various digital editions and other papers that use their branded content.

Additional coverage: 

Mankato Free Press, Health officials offer precautions on deadly lake infection

Context: Jessica Sheehy, P.A.-C. is a physician assistant and infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

Contact: Micah Dorfner


WEAU Eau Claire
From A to Z-- how to stay tick free

It’s July – the month when 40 percent of tick bites occur in the upper Midwest. But fans of the great outdoors can fully enjoy all their favorite activities without fear if they take the proper steps to protect themselves. To help, Mayo Clinic hasWEAU Eau Claire Logo developed “The ABCs of Ticks” flash cards. "People are always asking questions about ticks, how do I avoid them, how can I avoid tick-borne diseases," Dr. Bobbi Pritt with Mayo Clinic's Clinical Parasitology Laboratory said. "So we wanted to create easy-to-follow ABCs about ticks."

Reach: WEAU-TV is the NBC affiliate for much of western Wisconsin, including Eau Claire and La Crosse.

Context: Mayo Clinic reports that in the summer months, its physicians see an increase in patients being treated, and even hospitalized, for tick-borne illnesses. In the upper Midwest, 40 percent of tick bites occur in July. However, even avid fans of the great outdoors can fully enjoy all their favorite activities without fear if they take the proper steps to protect themselves. To protect you against tick-borne diseases, the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories have developed “The ABCs of Ticks” flash cards. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contacts: Gina Chiri-Osmond, Susan Barber Lindquist


Exercise in the summer

The extreme heat can put a strain on your heart, cause heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. Here to tell us what we need to News Jax 4 Logoknow is a cardiologist from Mayo Clinic, Dr. Amy Pollak.

Reach: WJXT is an independent television station serving Florida’s First Coast that is licensed to Jacksonville.

Context: Amy Pollak, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


Healio, Transplant programs at Mayo Clinic ranked best in US — Mayo Clinic ranked best in the U.S. for providing solid organ transplants after all three of its sites exceeded patient and graft survival expectations at 1 month, 1 year and 3 years, according to a press release. The results were drawn from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, a national database of transplant statistics. A recent biannual report compared 1-month and 1-year outcomes for patients who received a transplant between January 2012 and June 30, 2014 and 3-year outcomes for patients who received a transplant between January 2010 and June 30, 2012 among institutions throughout the country, according to the release.

Forbes, Standing Between You And All The Benefits Of Telemedicine: The AMA And The Federal Government by John C. Goodman — Experts believe that telemedicine has great promise – to reduce the cost of health care, improve the quality and give you prompt access to the medical help you need from some of the best doctors in the country. For example, suppose you are a patient in an intensive care ward in southern Minnesota and parts of Iowa and Wisconsin. There is a chance that your vital signs are not being monitored by the staff of the hospital you are in. They could be monitored by the clinical staff of the Mayo Clinic – miles away. The Mayo Clinic’s eICU, or electronic intensive care unit, currently monitors 73 ICU beds in remote locations. Glen Stubbe, writing in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, explains how the Mayo staff works.

Huffington Post, King-Devick Concussion Test Should Be Part of High School Football by Ken Reed… Fortunately, there's now an inexpensive, quick (approximately two minutes) and accurate test for concussion detection and evaluation available. It's called the King-Devick Test and it has been endorsed by the world famous Mayo Clinic… "Studies have indicated that the King-Devick Test is an effective tool for the real-time evaluation of concussion because it looks at rapid eye movement and attention -- both are affected by concussions," said David Dodick, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and director of Mayo Clinic's concussion program.

Washington Post, LGBT advocates hope to use White House aging forum to advance agenda by Fredrick Kunkle… The demographic change is expected to increase the burden on Medicaid and Medicare, as Alzheimer’s and other age-related ailments become more prevalent. So will the burden on caregivers, most of whom are family members who sacrifice their time — and, often, finances — to look after aging parents and relatives. “The timing is fortuitous to have this,” said Ronald C. Petersen, who heads the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. He said the conference offers a spotlight on aging issues just as the call for more federal investment in Alzheimer’s disease research has become more urgent.

Modern Healthcare, Hospital systems investing in startups whose products they use by Howard Wolinsky… While Providence often gets involved with technology developers outside its own health system, Mayo Clinic Ventures in Rochester, Minn., is focused primarily on bringing technologies to market that Mayo clinicians and scientists have developed or enhanced. James Rogers, chairman of Mayo Clinic Ventures, a $100 million venture and growth fund, said Mayo never serves as a lead investor. As a co-investor, it looks for partners to commercialize products.

KIMT, Nearly 87 years later, an old plane says hello again by Adam Sallet —  The Mayo Clinic has been famous for many decades and nearly 90 years ago next week, they helped push Rochester to become even bigger. The first passenger flight took off from Rochester in a Ford Tri-Motor airplane, with the help of Mayo Clinic, and now that one-of-a-kind plane is back in the med-city. ... a 1929 Tri-Motor plane will be at the Rochester International Airport. Planes like these were built between the late 1920’s and early 1930’s and only about 200 were created. This particular plane is only one of more than a dozen left and is taking a 15-city tour. We talked to the captain of the plane and he tells us the ride is pretty great.

QCOnline, Foy just wanted to be normal in cancer fight by Daniel Makarewicz — Knowing he would beat this, Jake, a three-sport athlete who graduated in May from Rockridge, still had to endure eight chemotherapy rounds at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The grueling intravenous sessions merely were a minor detour during his road to recovery. In between, Jake lived a normal life. Not long after the diagnosis, he was part of the Rockridge boys' basketball team that finished third in the Class 2A state tournament. Before that stretch, the program never advanced past the sectional final.

The Blaze, You Can Actually Be in Danger of Drinking Too Much Water — Here’s When You Should Stop by Liz Klimas — If you need some number guidance for about how much fluid you should be drinking, the Mayo Clinic states that people exercising to the level of sweating should drink about 1.5 to 2.5 extra cups of water. Intense exercise lasting several hours would require more, and Mayo Clinic suggests drinking fluids with sodium added in this case as well.

Bustle, Some Antidepressants Are Linked To Birth Defects, According To A New Study by Hilary Weaver — There is a problem here, and it’s one women being treated for depression should be especially aware of now: Antidepressants are not one-size-fits-all. According to the Mayo Clinic, there needs to be a vetting process when it comes to selecting the antidepressant that works for you. Because everyone’s bodies work differently, each chemical has a different reaction with someone’s brain.

Tech Times, Peppermint And Cinnamon Extracts Deployed In Nanoparticle Capsules To Fight Harmful Bacteria by Andrea Alfano — The capsules will have to be tested in animal models before they can be applied to real-world situations, but the researchers suggest that this advance could help us fight off harmful surface bacteria, including those of medical devices and even in chronic wounds. They are currently working with experts at the Mayo Clinic to determine the feasibility of using this strategy in a clinical setting.

Medical News Today, Should we be worried about e-cigarettes? by James McIntosh — E-cigarettes were first introduced into the US market in 2007 as a device to help smokers cut back on their habit. Despite growing dramatically in popularity, opinions remain divided as to their long-term impact on health. Should people be worried about using e-cigarettes?... The Mayo Clinic suggest that until more is known about these potential risks, there are many other FDA-approved medications that are proven to be both safe and effective in helping people to quit smoking.

LA Times, Twitter removes flickering videos criticized by epilepsy organization by Daina Solomon… Joseph Sirven, editor-in-chief of the Epilepsy Foundation’s website and chairman of the neurology department at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, noted that the incident points to a long history of video-oriented industries learning to keep content safe, often by providing warnings on packaging or promotions for flashing content. Additional coverage:  NY City News, National Monitor

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Clinic announces inappropriate access of records by John Russett — Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing employee who inappropriately accessed more than 600 patients’ records is no longer employed by Mayo Clinic. According to Asia Zmuda, Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing public affairs manager, the information breach was discovered sometime within the last two months and the employee “accessed patient records beyond the scope of authorized access and assigned job responsibilities.” Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

WEAU La Crosse, Local hospital growing produce for nutrition programs — Most of us don't associate hospitals and gardens with one another, but recently clinics across the country have picked up the idea of incorporating gardening into nutrition lessons. Kathy Oslund, Registered Dietician at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare, started the patio garden at the clinic to provide produce for the hospital.

Boston Globe, A caution over Web diagnoses by Felice J Freyer — John Wilkinson, a family medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and an editor of the Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker, said that when editing information about a symptom, he always struggles to find an “appropriate tone, so that people are not unduly alarmed, but neither are they inappropriately reassured. And finding that tone is difficult.” Additional coverage:  MedCity News, NPR, Daily Mail

WBUR Boston, Self-Diagnosing Online? Study Finds Sites Are Only Accurate About Half Of The Time…At the Mayo Clinic, Dr. John Wilkinson said, “We’re always trying to improve, but if most of the time the diagnosis is included in the list of possibilities, that’s all we’re attempting to do.” Wilkinson, an editor of Mayo’s symptom checker, said patients should not expect it to deliver the correct diagnosis. Additional coverage: Popular Science, CBS Connecticut

Washington Post, Harvard researchers tested 23 online ‘symptom checkers.’ Most got failing grades. Here’s how they stack up by Ariana Cha… In an audit that is believed to be the first of its kind, Harvard Medical School researchers have tested 23 online “symptom checkers” — run by brand names such as the Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Pediatrics and WebMD, as well as lesser-knowns such as Symptomate — and found that, though the programs varied widely in accuracy of diagnoses and triage advice, as a whole they were astonishingly inaccurate. Additional coverage: Sentinel Republic, PBS Newshour, NPR, Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, Boston Globe

MedicalResearch.com, Substance Abuse and Tobacco Linked To Longer Term Opioid Use by W. Michael Hooten, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Hooten: The purpose of the study was to investigate a gap in knowledge related to the progression of short-term opioid use to longer-term use.

Medscape, Cardiac Critical Care: Limiting Unnecessary Treatment, Sunil V. Mankad, MD: Greetings. I'm Sunil Mankad, associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. During today's commentary, we'll be discussing Choosing Wisely®.[1] I'm joined by my colleague, Dr Greg Barsness, who is director of our cardiac intensive care unit here at Mayo Clinic. Greg, tell us a little bit about the Choosing Wisely campaign. What exactly is it and why is it important?

Post-Bulletin, Should Mayo Clinic get rid of sugar sodas? by Paul Scott — Although several leading health-care organizations are removing sugar-laden drinks from their vending machines, Mayo Clinic has no plans to follow suit, it has said. Last week, Health Partners, the third-largest health care employer in the state of Minnesota, said it would soon pull nearly every sweetened drink from its vending machines. The rule kicks in next year limiting sales of sweetened beverages to 20 percent of all purchases, with the long-term goal of selling no sweetened beverages or candy.

Star Tribune, Preston Kelly building brand identity in health care marketplace by David Phelps — When the Minneapolis ad agency Preston Kelly was named agency of record for Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), it was a signal that the small shop has become a national player in the health care field… We’ve done work for Gundersen Health System out of La Crosse, Wis., where the elephant in the corner of the corner of the tent is based in Rochester [the Mayo Clinic]. The issue is how will regional entities continue to offer value and grow.

Telegraph UK, Crime is never far from you in Johannesburg, but it can still cause a stir by Aislinn Laign — An American doctor and her three children recently had an unnerving encounter with the South African immigration authorities after being pulled over at Johannesburg airport at the start of what should have been an idyllic family holiday. Martina Mookadam had been due to travel with her husband – like her a doctor at the private Mayo Clinic in Arizona – but as they changed planes in London he had been called back to the US to provide urgent treatment to a member of a Middle Eastern royal family. As a result, Mrs Mookadam travelled as a lone parent and fell foul of strict new rules in South Africa designed to prevent child trafficking. She should have had all three children’s unabridged birth certificates, plus a signed police affidavit from her husband.

Star Tribune, HealthPartners launches online therapy for the blues by Jeremy Olson — A growing movement to help people cope with anxiety, stress or mild depression — therapy without the therapist — has reached the Twin Cities, with Bloomington-based HealthPartners offering a new online tutorial that patients can use at home.… ‘We demoralize ourselves’ Beat the Blues is one of a growing number of mental health apps and has a rival in Australian-based MoodGYM, which also provides online cognitive behavioral therapy. Mayo Clinic debuted its Anxiety Coach mobile phone app in 2012, and it is likewise based on this therapeutic approach.

NY Times Sunday Review, Opinion: The New Child Abuse Panic by Maxine Eichner…Sara and Paul Mayo of Arlington, Tex., checked their 16-year-old daughter into Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth last November. It was her third admission in two months for acute stomach pain with no clear cause…A hospitalist and a neurologist who had not treated their daughter previously diagnosed a psychological disorder…When the Mayos disagreed, asserting they wanted a second opinion from the Mayo Clinic (no relation) in Rochester, Minn., the Texas hospital called the authorities to report their suspicions of medical child abuse. The charges were dropped only after the Mayo Clinic found that the daughter had gastric ulcers, among other ailments.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Old Town Pour House will fill former Block E corner by Mark Reilly — A Chicago tavern concept called Old Town Pour House will open next year at Mayo Clinic Square, becoming the first new restaurant tenant for the renovated former Block E. Additional coverage: The Journal Mpls., City Pages

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota's biggest employers are hiring by Mary Zenzen — Here’s a snapshot of some the largest Minnesota employers that are hiring and what types of jobs they’re hiring for…Mayo Clinic…Nurses, physicians, lab and research workers, administrative positions.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Jo urnal, The List: Largest Employers, by Mary Zenzen — Ranked by Minnesota employees. 1) Mayo Clinic.

Phoenix Business Journal, The List: Largest Employers — Ranked by number of full-time equivalent Arizona employees, 25) Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Owatonna People’s Press, Honoring the Survivors: Owatonna man overcomes lung cancer by Ashley Stewart — For Joe Plemel of Owatonna, getting cancer was like hitting rock bottom…In March 2013, Plemel went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for the executive health program…Plemel was diagnosed on a Friday and was back at Mayo Clinic Monday morning for surgery — also the last day he smoked. “The day is kind of a blur,” he said. During a six-hour surgery, the top lobe of Plemel’s right lung was removed.

Post-Bulletin, Iowa woman donates kidney to her husband of 50 years — After 50 years of marriage, an Iowa woman found the perfect gift for her husband: one of her kidneys. Jan Maulsby donated the kidney to her husband, Mike, on July 2, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. "Celebrating 50 years of marriage is a big deal in itself, but it's the ultimate gift to be able to give something like this to your spouse," the couple's daughter-in-law, Christina Maulsby, said.

CNN Erin Burnett Out Front, Suspected brain-eating parasite claims teen's life, A Minnesota teen has died from a suspected brain-eating amoeba after swimming in a local lake. CNN's Ryan Young reports. Dr. Pritish Tosh, infectious disease expert at Mayo Clinic is interviewed.

Post-Bulletin, Good Health: Our hopes for precision medicine may come with a cost by Paul Scott — Mayo Clinic is bullish on precision medicine. Mayo CEO Dr. John Noseworthy recently returned from the influential Aspen Ideas Festival, where he spoke at length on the subject. At the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, nearly a dozen clinical trials are underway involving some form of genetic research …"When we first started looking for gene variants, some people thought they'd find four, or five or six gene variants for common diseases," says Dr. Michael Joyner, a research physiologist and anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic. "Instead they are finding hundreds of gene variants and the size of their effect on risk is modest. … It turns out that multiple genes each explain only a tiny part of your risk."

Science News magazine, Mutation-disease link masked in zebrafish by Tina Saey — Zebrafish can find a way to compensate for a mutated gene, but artificial methods of inactivating the same gene are not so readily overcome, a new study suggests. These findings, reported July 13 in Nature, add fuel to a technical debate among researchers about how to tell what a gene does in an organism… But developmental geneticist Stephen Ekker of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says such compensatory mechanisms are probably widespread, and may affect how human genetic diseases develop. “There are multiple states of normal,” says Ekker. “We can start measuring this molecularly.”

RobbReport, From Adversaries to Allies: Bacteria and viruses are two improbable but powerful weapons being tested in the targeted war on cancer, by Sarah Zobel…Today, Angela Dispenzieri, MD, a Mayo Clinic hematologist, is part of a trial testing a weaker derivative of the measles vaccine strain. She and her colleagues—including Mayo hematologist Stephen Russell, MD, PhD, the therapy’s co-developer (along with Mayo oncologist Kah-Whye Peng, PhD)—have been treating patients with MV-NIS, working their way up from homeopathic levels to administering doses about 100 million times more potent than a standard vaccine.

British Medical Journal, Content is king… I’ve already made my top 20 selection, but I’ll take this opportunity to list some more of my favourites from the past two decades—this is Editor’s Choice, after all. Victor Montori and colleagues changed how I thought when they introduced me to the idea of minimally disruptive medicine (doi:1136/bmj.b2803).

WEAU Eau Claire, Program gives students inside look at medical field — Carlee Jo Vonderheid, 17, is pretty familiar with hospitals and doctors. She was born with extra fingers and toes and has had numerous medical procedures. On Friday, she got to experience the medical field on a whole new level. She's a part of the Mayo Clinic Health System Med Ex program. Story features Dr. Leland Mayer.

MinnPost, Given sugary drinks' health dangers, why does the Mayo Clinic still sell them? by Susan Perry — Mayo’s puzzling position: With the growing evidence about the negative impact of sugar-sweetened drinks on health, and with health-care organizations across the country — including, most recently, HealthPartners — announcing that they will no longer sell or serve these products in their facilities, the position of the Mayo Clinic on the topic seems, well, odd. For, as Paul John Scott, a reporter for Rochester’s Post-Bulletin, explained in an article published over the weekend, Mayo — Minnesota’s largest health employer — has yet to do anything about selling and serving sweetened snacks on its premises.

MedPage Today, Synovial Tissue Volume May Be Tx Target in Knee OA by Wayne Kuznar — Synovial tissue volume (STV) could be a therapeutic target in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to U.K. researchers, who reported a reduction in STV following intra-articular steroid injection that correlated with improvement in knee pain.… Study limitations include the open-label design and the lack of imaging guidance when administering injections. Shreyasee Amin, MD, MPH, a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., commented that a better understanding of the contributors to pain from knee OA will help clinicians better target treatment strategies.

Canadian Press, Maximize summer by dodging its pests: Fight the bite, avoid burns and poison ivy by Helen Branswell…Hornets, wasps, bees: They play a vital role in nature, but they sure can take the fun out of a summer picnic or meal on a patio. For most people the pain of an insect sting is short-lived. If you are one of these people, remove the stinger, apply a cool compress or use something like hydrocortisone, lidocaine or calamine lotion, the Mayo Clinic's website suggests.

FOX Sports, See the man who makes Nikola Pekovic look tiny —  Nikola Pekovic is a center in the NBA. He stands a shade under seven feet tall and weighs nearly 300 pounds. He is, to be frank, a monster of a man… which makes this photograph of a man who completely dwarfs him all the more remarkable. The man's name is Igor Vovkovinskiy, and at 7'8" he's the tallest living person in the United States. He's 32 years old and moved to Rochester, Minnesota when he was a child so he could be treated at the Mayo Clinic.

KIMT, Battling chronic diseases one step at a time by Adam Sallet — Along with the help of Mayo Clinic, a new group is forming in our area to help combat the issue of chronic diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control, seven out of every ten deaths in this country are the result of chronic disease, which can be cancer, diabetes, etc. On Monday a new group called The Southeast Minnesota Partnership for Community-Based Health Promotion met for the first time in Rochester.

Chicago Tribune, Race a tribute to lost loved ones…The race, hosted by the Les Turner ALS Foundation to benefit the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also known as Lou Gehrig's disease — is to begin at 6:30 p.m….ALS is a type of motor neuron disease that causes nerve cells to gradually break down and die, according to the Mayo Clinic website. It can affect one's ability to control the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe, according to the Mayo Clinic. There is no cure.

WEAU Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System Safety Camp underway by Mackenzie Amundsen — More than 120 kids gathered in Carson Park today to learn about safety. Today kicks off the annual two-day Safety Camp sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. Since 1996, volunteers and registered nurses have taught 10-year-olds about safety basics. Topics include first aid, weather, seat belts, fire, guns, boating and more. Wayne Street, a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic Eau Claire, says the camp also discusses issues such as internet safety.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic researcher to discuss celiac disease by Andrew Deziel — Dr. Joseph Murray, a celiac disease researcher who has served as a part of Mayo Clinic's research team since 1998, is slated to give a presentation on the problems and treatment of celiac sensitivity.

News Medical, Mayo Clinic, Gentag, Fraunhofer IMS and NovioSense partner to combat type 2 diabetes worldwide — "Many countries will need to deliver type 2 diabetes solutions to a third of their populations. The status quo has to change and these technologies are a critical step in the right direction," stated James Levine, MD, Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic Transplant Programs ranked among best in the nation by Deedee Stiepen — They earn top marks around the world, and now Mayo Clinic has another title to add to their list of accolades. The Clinic’s Transplant Program is the largest provider of solid organ transplants in the nations, and it also happens to be one of the best. According to a national database of organ transplant statistics, Mayo’s organ transplant programs in Rochester, Florida, and Arizona have some of the highest survival rates in the U.S.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic and Chamber of Commerce promote diversity amongst Rochester business owners by Mike Sullivan — As Rochester grows, so does the diversity within the city. The Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Mayo Clinic and others to try to increase that mix amongst business owners. The goal is to aid small business owners who are minorities, women, or veterans, and allowing them to tap into the potential economic growth derived from Destination Medical Center.

The Florida Times-Union, Health Notes: New St. Vincent's program 'Undo It with Ornish' aims to reverse heart disease by Charlie Patton — According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, a national database of transplant statistics, Mayo Clinic’s transplant programs score statistically better than expected in terms of patient and graft survivals at the reported time points of one month, one year and three years. Graft survival means that the transplanted organ is still functioning.

Fox 21 Duluth, Doctors: Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Heart Disease Risk — People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis are mostly focused on getting the disease under control and easing the joint pain. But doctors say people with RA are also at risk for other health problems. Elizabeth O'Byrne is getting her gardening done, but it isn't easy. For the past 19 years she's suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. "Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease and we believe that the systemic inflammation takes a toll on the heart and arteries,” said Dr. John Davis, a rheumatologist at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

The Guardian, Get walking, while working: the treadmill desk — The dangers to health of sitting were first raised by Dr James Levine of the US Mayo Clinic in a 1999 paper… The movement wasn’t much: taking the stairs not the lift, doing housework or even just fidgeting. In this influential New York Times piece from 2011, another Mayo clinic doctor talked about how rats’ legs, when made to be immobile, lost 75% of their capacity to remove lipoproteins from the blood. An inactive body quickly loses the ability to produce enzymes that break down fat. Sitting is just all-round bad.

Shreveport Times, 5 things to know when exercising in the heat by Sherry P. Shephard — According to the Mayo Clinic, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing should be worn to help evaporate sweat and keep you cooler. Also, avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat, and if possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.

Mankato Free Press, Businesses, organizations look to beat the heat by Nate Gotlieb — Dr. Steven Campbell of Mayo Clinic Health System urged people to stay inside if they aren't used to the heat. He said people should make sure to drink plenty of fluids, noting that high humidity slows the body's ability to get rid of heat.

Newsmax Health, Feds Don't Like Telemedicine by Sylvia Booth Hubbard — Hospitals use telemedicine to access the best medical minds in the country. Patient test results can be reviewed in top-notch medical facilities hundreds of miles away, and the vital signs of patients in ICU units of remote hospitals can be monitored by renowned medical establishments, such as the Mayo clinic. Medical experts can spot problems and dispense instructions to nurses and other hospital personnel who are giving the patient hands-on care.

Huffington Post, These Startling Statistics Show Why We Need To Talk About Miscarriages by Catherine Pearson — Though it's hard to pinpoint an exact figure, groups like the American College of Obstetricians and the Mayo Clinic generally say between 15 and 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Mayo emphasizes, however, that the actual number is probably much higher, because many occur before a woman even misses her period and realizes that she is pregnant. (The March of Dimes says that if you take into account those instances, it's more like 50 percent of all pregnancies that end in miscarriage.)

Leader- Telegram Eau Claire, New cases of melanoma rising in Eau Claire County by Christena T. O’Brien — Dr. Michael Colgan, a Mayo Clinic Health System dermatologist, recently examined three patients with melanoma in two days. “If I’m seeing three in the last three of four days, there are a lot of dermatologists around town, so I’m sure they’re seeing them as well,” Colgan said Monday.

ABC15 Arizona, Rally for Red: Mayo Clinic experts talk aortic stenosis — Hari Chaliki, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss how aortic stenosis. Dr. Chaliki explained what aortic stenosis is, what causes it and describes symptoms of this valve disease.

News4Jax, Jax Beach lifeguards with AED save dying man by Vic Micolucci —  J.R. Bourne of Jacksonville Beach is alive today, thanks to speedy first responders and a defibrillator. Bourne, 40 years old, healthy and active, dropped to the sand in late June along Jacksonville Beach. His heart had stopped beating… The team brought Bourne back to life and had him breathing by the time paramedics arrived.  First firefighters and then doctors at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville kept Bourne alive. "This was a very unusual, but a very instructive case in that he was literally in the right place at the right time in that he got very rapid correction of his cardiac rhythm, which is the most important thing after cardiac arrest," said Mayo Clinic cardiologist Norman Patton, who worked on Bourne when he was brought into the hospital. Additional coverage: Daily Dispatch, Jacksonville Sun Times

WKBT La Crosse, Area hospital celebrates 100 years of service —  Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in Sparta held a ceremony Wednesday marking its 100th anniversary. The hospital began in 1915 when city officials asked the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to run the hospital, which became known as Saint Mary's… Officials say they hope to keep serving the Sparta area for another 100 years. "The community's been very supportive of us here and we hope to continue to support the needs of the community here as well," said Ben Crenshaw, the Practice Operations Director at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in Sparta.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Stem Cells Rescue Patients from Mitochondrial Disease — Mitochondrial DNA diseases are a set of mutations that that cause a wide range of fatal or severely debilitating diseases affecting roughly 1:2500 individuals born in the U.S. each year… "Regenerative technologies offer the prospect of transformative solutions to correct tissue defects in disease. Current care for mitochondrial diseases is limited to addressing patient symptoms, but falls short from providing a definitive cure," said Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

MedPage Today, How about long term safety which we do not know yet? In this installment of MedPage Today's video series looking into the new class of lipid-lowering drugs, we asked experts in the field about prospects for long-term safety. Steven Kopecky, M.D., is interviewed.

Australian Broadcast Corporation, Number of children hospitalised with potentially fatal food allergies on the rise, new research finds…Dr James Li from the Mayo Clinic in the US said the hygiene hypothesis proposes that childhood exposure to germs and certain infections helped the immune system develop. "This teaches the body to differentiate harmless substances from the harmful substances that trigger asthma," he said. "In theory, exposure to certain germs teaches the immune system not to overreact."

WKBT La Crosse, Breast Cancer survivors practice for Dragon Boat races —  In just a few days, more than a thousand competitors will take to the waters of the Black River for the Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival, raising money for Mayo Clinic Health Systems' Center for Breast Care.

MobiHealthNews, Mayo Clinic joins new JV to reinvent smartphone-based diabetes management by Jonah Comstock —  A new joint venture made up of two American and two European companies will aim to use near-field communication (NFC) technology to create new options for diabetes management. The Mayo Clinic and Washington, DC-based medical technology company Gentag will form the American half of the venture, while Dutch medical technology company NovioSense and German R&D firm Fraunhofer IMS will work on the problem in Europe. Both pairs of companies have collaborated in the past.

San Luis Obispo Tribune, Mayo Clinic News Nework: Aquatic exercise: gentle on bones, joints and muscles — Done correctly, water workouts can give you gains similar to those on land, including aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and better balance. Darcy Reber, family medicine provider at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Minn., recommends aquatic exercise because… Additional coverage: Bradenton Herald

Pioneer Press, Timberwolves to hold training camp in Minneapolis instead of Mankato by Marcus Fuller — The Minnesota Timberwolves are expecting to hold their training camp in Minneapolis instead of Mankato, coach Flip Saunders said Wednesday. The Wolves have opened camp at Minnesota State Mankato since 2006, but Saunders said there were advantages to using the team's new Mayo Clinic practice facility.

Post-Bulletin, 350 attend Chamber's conference on diversity in contracting by Jeff Kiger — Achieving more diversity by contracting with more businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans is something large organizations like Hormel Foods and Mayo Clinic are working towards… Beside giving local businesses a tool to boost their marketability, this initiative helps Rochester meet the diversity requirements spelled out in the Destination Medical Center legislation. Additional coverage: KTTC

KTTC, Journey to Growth works to ensure strong and diverse economy in southeast Minnesota by Kimberly Davis — As Rochester grows with Destination Medical Center, work is underway to make sure our region's economy remains strong and diverse… "We're focusing on bringing job opportunities to this area," said Journey to Growth Marketing Chair Al Mannino. "It's not that we don't love the Mayo Clinic but they're 40 percent job economy and we'd really like to have more opportunity for diversity here."

ABC15, Mayo Clinic News Network: 6 ways to get fit without buying a gym membership — If the only thing keeping you from starting a fitness program is the cost of a gym membership, here's good news: You don't need to join a gym to take physical activity seriously. Plenty of low-cost alternatives can help you get fit without breaking your budget.

Arab Health, Changing the Healthcare Landscape – Social Media Success Stories by Jesse Maleficio...Compared to other industries, healthcare may not be as quick to adopt social media. A valuable tip would be to leverage good examples like Mayo Clinic and PatientMe, who try to cater to all areas of health and provide services and quick responses to inquiries on social media. Mayo Clinic executed its social media strategy in 2005, utilising social media channels to promote and increase downloads of its podcasts. The clinic posts informative podcasts (along with video and text) on its blogs, which garnered positive response from people.

British Journal of Sports Medicine, Sudden cardiac death in athletes by Michael Ackerman — Sudden cardiac death is defined as an unexpected death, occurring usually within one hour from onset of symptoms in cases where the death is witnessed and in un witnessed cases within 24 hours of the individual last being seen alive and well.1 Sudden cardiac death in athletes is the leading cause of medical death in this subgroup, with an estimated incidence of 1 in 500 to 1 in 80 000 athletes per year, although a wide range has been reported, from 1 in 3000 in some subpopulations to 1 in 1 00 0000.2 Males, black or African Americans, and basketball players seem to be at a higher risk than other subgroups.

Toda Noticia, 'Mayo Clinic' crea perfil para identificar a quienes corren mayor riesgo de desarrollar cáncer pancreático — Un equipo internacional de médicos, dirigidos por investigadores de la sede de Mayo Clinic en Jacksonville, Florida, desarrolló un perfil de los pacientes que tendrían el mayor riesgo de desarrollar lesiones que más probablemente se convertirían en cáncer…“Los factores que consideramos aumentan el riesgo de cáncer pancreático ahora nos permiten separar a los pacientes entre alto y bajo riesgo”, comenta el autor experto del estudio, el Dr. Michael B. Wallace, gastroenterólogo de Mayo Clinic.

mx, Arrancan ensayos clínicos para combatir cáncer de piel avanzado — En Phoenix, Arizona, investigadores de Mayo Clinic y el Instituto de Investigación Genómica Traslacional (TGen) ayudan a arrancar un ensayo clínico nacional que aplicará lo último en la medicina de precisión en el tratamiento del melanoma avanzado. Additional coverage: La Salud.mx, Mundo de Hoy

La Cronica, Cuida tu dieta durante el embarazo — "Es también importante ingerir suficiente fibra y líquido, para evitar el estreñimiento y mantenerse bien hidratada", destacó Margaret Dow, obstetra y ginecóloga de la Clínica Mayo, en Estados Unidos. Asimismo, la médica es enfática en eliminar de la lista de lo recomendable el consumo de alcohol, pescado y café. Explica que tomar licor, aunque sea en cantidad moderada, eleva el riesgo de aborto e impacta el desarrollo cerebral del bebé.

El Debate Mexico, Consecuencias de pastillas para dormir — Aunque las pastillas para dormir en ocasiones son efectivas en el tratamiento para mejorar el sueño, los adultos mayores corren mayor riesgo de sus efectos secundarios como mareo, váguidos y riesgo de dependencia, alertaron Investigadores del Instituto Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Omnia, 20 Minutos, Salud Cronica, FM105 El Poder de la Informacion

Vida y Salud, 1 de cada 4 personas que han tomado opioides recetados para el dolor, luego los consume prolongadamente…Los resultados se publicaron en la edición de julio de la revistaMayo Clinic Proceedings. Si bien el estudio identificó el consumo actual o anterior de nicotina y el abuso de sustancias adictivas como factores de riesgo para el consumo prolongado de opioides, todos los pacientes deben proceder con cautela cuando reciben una receta para analgésicos opioides, comenta el autor principal del trabajo Dr. W. Michael Hooten, anestesiólogo de Mayo Clinic en Rochester.

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