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The Wall Street Journal
Doctors Object to High Cancer-Drug Prices
by Jeanne Whalen —More than 100 oncologists from top cancer hospitals around the U.S. have issued a harsh rebuke over soaring cancer-drug prices and called for new regulations to control them.…In an editorial published in the Mayo Clinic’s medical journal, the doctors focus attention on the financial burden to patients, saying the out-of-pocket costs are bankrupting many just as they’re fighting a deadly illness.
Reuters, Experts support call for lower cancer drug prices
NPR, Doctors Press For Action To Lower 'Unsustainable' Prices For Cancer Drugs
New Hampshire Public Radio, Doctors Speak Out Against 'Unsustainable' Rise In Cancer Drug Prices,
The New York Times, Drug Prices Soar, Prompting Calls for Justification
Kansas City Star (The New York Times), As drug prices soar, calls for justification intensify
Forbes, 155 Doctors Say This Is The Solution To Terrifying Drug Prices
Fortune, Doctors say cancer drug costs are out of control
Newsweek — The High Cost of Cancer Care: Your Money or Your Life?
The Washington Post — Cancer experts call for curbs on rising drug prices
POLITICO Pro, Top cancer docs want patients to join pushback on drug costs
NBC News, Can Cancer Drugs Be Made Affordable? More Than 100 Experts Weigh In
Time, Top Cancer Doctors Call for Lower Drug Costs
CBS News, Rising cancer costs pit doctors against drugmakers
FOX News (Reuters), Experts support call for lower cancer drug prices
Yahoo! (Reuters) Over 100 Doctors Call for Lower Cancer Drug Prices
HealthDay, U.S. Oncologists Decry High Cost of Cancer Drugs,
OncLive, Cancer Care Leaders Demand Drug Pricing Reforms
CNBC, Eli Lilly CEO: Obamacare out-of-pocket costs high
UPI.com, Experts: Cancer drug costs 'not sustainable'
ThinkProgress, More Than 100 Doctors Tell Big Pharma To Stop Making Cancer Drugs So Expensive
Times Gazette, Doctors Agree That Cancer Drug Prices Must be Decreased
American Pharmacists Association, More than 100 doctors object to high cancer drug prices
Tech Times, 118 Experts Support Calls To Lower Prices Of Cancer Meds
Youth Health Magazine, Are Cancer Drugs Getting Too Expensive? A Group of Oncologists Says So
Valley News (AP), Cancer Experts Say Curb Drug Costs
fox4kc.com, Doctors urge action on cancer drug costs
The Fiscal Times, As Drug Prices Soar, Doctors Voice Outrage
Context: A group of 118 of the nation's leading cancer experts have drafted a prescription for reducing the high cost of cancer drugs and voiced support for a patient-based grassroots movement demanding action on the issue. Their recommendations and support are outlined in a commentary, co-authored by the group, in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "High cancer drug prices are affecting the care of patients with cancer and our health care system," says lead author Ayalew Tefferi, M.D., a hematologist at Mayo Clinic. "The average gross household income in the U.S. is about $52,000 per year. For an insured patient with cancer who needs a drug that costs $120,000 per year, the out-of-pocket expenses could be as much as $25,000 to $30,000 – more than half their average household income." More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Joe Dangor
The Florida Times-Union
Money from Ice Bucket Challenge helps pay for ongoing research into ALS at Jacksonville's Clinic
by Charlie Patton
Last summer, according to the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised $115 million to help find treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the disease that killed Hall of Fame baseball player Lou Gehrig. Of that money, $77 million was allocated for research. The ALS Association announced last week 58 new research grants totaling $11,621,638. About $1 million of that is going to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville in three grants.
Augustine Record — Money from Ice Bucket Challenge helps pay for ongoing research into ALS at Jacksonville's Clinic
Context: Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D.'s research team research is investigating the cellular mechanisms that cause neurodegeneration in diseases characterized by abnormal protein aggregation, such as Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In expanding upon his commitment to understanding the causes of such diseases, Dr. Petrucelli is now emphasizing translational research geared toward identifying and developing therapies for treatment and prevention.
Contact: Kevin Punksy
Alzheimer’s scientists to meet in D.C. amid signs of progress for treatment
by Fredrick Kunkle
…Dean Hartley, director of science initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association, said Congress is debating the possibility of increasing the annual research budget of about $600 million by an additional $300 million to $350 million a year, beginning in fiscal 2016. But he said that’s still less than what is currently spent on cancer, heart disease or HIV research, and well below the estimated $2 billion that the scientific community has said would be necessary to try to find a cure or effective treatments by 2025. “We’ve got to ramp up now,” said Ronald C. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and chairman of the national Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.
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Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.
Ahead of Alzheimer’s meeting, researchers seize on signs of progress
by Bill Berkrot
After decades of Alzheimer’s research that led to dead ends, including 123 drugs that failed, top researchers in the field say they are far more confident now of producing an effective treatment...Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, agrees with Sperling that a multi-prong approach will be required to keep the disease at bay.
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Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.
Mayo Clinic ranked nation's second best hospital
by John Scott
After a year at the top of the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list, Mayo Clinic has traded places with last year's number two, Massachusetts General Hospital. Rounding out the top five spots, Johns Hopkins Hospital tied with UCLA Medical Center for number three, and the Cleveland Clinic came in fourth..."We're extremely pleased to be honored by U.S. News & World Report because it is used by so many health consumers to help guide their care," said Dr. John Wald, medical director for public affairs and marketing for Mayo Clinic Enterprise. "To be ranked No. 1 in eight of those specialties, and to be ranked one, two and three in all data-driven specialties ... it really speaks to the breadth of our practice and not to one specialty. The reason we are Mayo Clinic is because patients come here to get seamless, integrated care. I think this ranking really defines that for us," Wald said.
Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and southeast Minnesota.
Healio — Mayo Clinic named best hospital for pulmonology care
Healio — US. News & World Report ranks Mayo Clinic best hospital for gastroenterology, GI surgery
Healio — US. News & World Report ranks top hospitals for diabetes, endocrinology care
Medscape — The Roanoke Times, Crain’s Detroit Business, KTTC, The Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, WXOW News 19 La Crosse, MinnPost, The Hub at Johns Hopkins, KROC AM 1340, KTIV 4 Sioux City, WQOW, WSJV, WDSI, Yahoo!, ABC15 Arizona, Medscape, boston.com, Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, ConsumerAffairs, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Newsmax, KXLT- FOX 47, KWWK, The Denver Post, Chicago Tribune
Context: Mayo Clinic has been named one of the best hospitals nationwide by U.S. News and World Report. Mayo Clinic earned more No. 1 rankings in individual specialties than any other provider based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes. “This ranking underscores our long-standing commitment to provide the highest-quality care that best meets our patients’ needs,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “Mayo Clinic is fortunate to be ranked No. 1 in more specialties than any other hospital in the nation. We owe our success to staff members who dedicate themselves daily to this shared mission.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Rhoda Madson
Phoenix Business Journal
U.S. News & World Report' unveils Phoenix hospital rankings
U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015-16 list of the country's best hospitals, but none of Arizona's hospitals made the national Honor Roll. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which was No. 2 last year, claimed the No. 1 spot on the Honor Roll, which highlights hospitals that are exceptional in numerous specialties. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, ranked No. 2 on the Honor Roll, while Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles tied for third...Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and vice president of Mayo Clinic, said the Mayo staff takes great pride in developing the most innovative treatments and care delivery models in an effort to best service its patients. "Examples include the proton beam and new cancer center facility now under construction on our Phoenix campus, as well as our telemedicine programs, which are bringing much-needed specialty expertise to rural parts of our state," Decker said.
Context: Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix is ranked No. 1 in Arizona and the Phoenix metro area in the annual U.S. News & World ReportAmerica’s Best Hospital List released today. Hospitals included in the U.S. News Report such as the Mayo Clinic, are part of an elite group recognized for “breadth of excellence,” according to the magazine. Mayo Clinic in Arizona ranked nationally in 12 specialties including Cancer; Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Diabetes and Endocrinology; Ear, Nose and Throat; Gastroenterology and Gastroenterologic Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Nephrology; Neurology and Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology and Urology. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
Jacksonville Business Journal
These three Jacksonville facilities made U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list
U.S. News & World Report has named Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, UF Health Jacksonville and St. Vincent's Medical Center to its annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals” published online today. Mayo Clinic is ranked No. 1 in the Jacksonville metro area, No. 4 in Florida and among the top 50 hospitals nationally in cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, and neurology and neurosurgery.
Context: U.S. News & World Report again has named Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus to its annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals” published online today. Mayo Clinic is ranked No. 1 in the Jacksonville metro area, No. 4 in Florida and among the top 50 hospitals nationally in cancer,gastroenterology (GI) and GI surgery, geriatrics, and neurology and neurosurgery. The Florida campus also was recognized as high performing in diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gynecology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kevin Punsky
NBC News — Drug Helps One of Worst Alzheimer's Symptoms - Agitation by Maggie Fox — A drug that combines a cough suppressant with a medication to fight heart arrhythmias might offer some peace for one of the most troubling symptoms of advanced Alzheimer's disease - agitation - researchers reported Wednesday…Earlier, researchers released details of trials showing that drugs called monoclonal antibodies might work in the very early stages of Alzheimer's to remove the brain-clogging amyloid deposits that underlie the diseases. But if they work at all, it's only going to be in patients who don't have severe symptoms yet, said Dr. David Knopman, an Alzheimer's specialist at the Mayo Clinic who was not involved in the research.
The Washington Post — Experimental treatments raise cautious hope in Alzheimer’s fight by Fredrick Kunkle — Pharmaceutical researchers on Wednesday presented new data from the clinical trials of three drugs that, the scientists said, show promise for slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease…Ronald C. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, said he was cautiously optimistic about the results for the three drugs. But he said it is becoming clearer that Alzheimer’s resembles a syndrome more than a disease, with multiple pathways and pathologies and therefore no single target to focus on for a possible cure.
Forbes — Doctors Are Optimistic About Axovant’s Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug by Matthew Herper — Axovant, a drug company created by former hedge fund manager Vivek Ramaswamy, has become a battleground stock because some critics can’t believe the company’s experimental Alzheimer’s drug, RVT-101, could possibly justify a $1.8 billion market capitalization when GlaxoSmithKline had previously deep-sixed the drug and sold it to Axovant for just $5 million – in addition to a sizeable 12.5% royaty…“I think the biology makes sense,” says Ronald Petersen, an Alzheimer’s researcher at the Mayo Clinic . “I’m not sure it gets me overly excited, but any kind of new treatment in Alzheimer’s will probably be well received.”
U.S. News & World Report (Health Day) — As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer's Rates Will Soar by Dennis Thompson — The number of people with Alzheimer's disease is set to skyrocket in the United States due to the aging of the baby-boom generation, and the cost of caring for these patients will devour a large chunk of Medicare's budget, a new study suggests …"I think the crisis that will occur as our population grows and ages is real, and although the numbers look like they possibly couldn't be true, they are," said Dr. David Knopman, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and vice-chair of the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council. "In fact, they're pretty conservative."
Reuters — Did reports of side effects contribute to drop in bone drug use? by Lisa Rapaport... Concerns about the safety of these drugs also overlooks the risks of failing to treat osteoporosis, noted Dr. Matthew Drake, a researcher in endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. “For nearly all patients who are prescribed bisphosphonates, the risk of having a rare side effect is generally at least 100 times – and in many cases 1,000 or more times – less than the risk of suffering a fracture,” Drake, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. Additional coverage: FOX News
Wall Street Journal — Pregnant Women Get More Ultrasounds, Without Clear Medical Need by Kevin Helliker… American women have been getting fetal ultrasound scans at sharply higher rates than before, and parents have turned the images of their unborn into fixtures of social media… Until recently, the pregnancy pages of Mayo Clinic’s website stated: “Routine fetal ultrasounds are considered safe for both mother and baby.” After the Journal asked it to define “routine,” Mayo changed its website to indicate one or two ultrasounds are standard in the absence of medical concerns. “In light of your questions,” a Mayo spokeswoman says, Mayo’s experts “did make some changes to clarify when fetal ultrasounds are appropriate and when they are not.”
LA Times — Op-Ed When screening is bad for a woman's health by H. Gilbert Welch— If you haven't gotten this message already, you should heed it now: The benefits of screening for breast cancer are limited. We should be doing fewer screening mammograms, not more… Three-D mammography is promoted as finding 40% more breast cancer than conventional screening. The addition of ultrasound finds 50% more breast cancer than conventional screening. Adding an MRI doubles the amount of breast cancer found. And this year Mayo Clinic researchers reported finding almost four times more breast cancer using molecular breast imaging.
New York Times — Caffeine Inhalers Rush to Serve the Energy Challenged by Alex Williams — In a culture that has already infused caffeine into everything including popcorn, cookies, lip balm, hot sauce, ice cream and, yes, personal lubricant, it’s not surprising that some people may find the simple act of sipping — coffee, tea, whatever — to achieve a buzz painstakingly backward.…“Coffee is one thing, then you have your 5-Hour Energy drinks,” said Dr. Donald Hensrud, an internist who is the director of the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn. “This is next in line on the spectrum of people who want that acute buzz.”
Memphis Commercial Appeal — Memphis-based Methodist Healthcare taps into Mayo Clinic network by Kevin McKenzie — A new collaboration between the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and Methodist Healthcare will allow the Memphis health system to tap the expertise of one of the world’s leading health care organizations, officials will announce Thursday.
Memphis Business Journal — Methodist announces affiliation with the Mayo Clinic by Michael Sheffield — The Mayo Clinic will now have a presence in Memphis, and that presence will run through Methodist Healthcare. Methodist is the first health care organization in the state to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Through a formal affiliation, Methodist will have access to the most current information provided by Mayo Clinic physicians, making the organization the 34th site since 2011 to join the Care Network.
Sacramento Bee — Novel magnetic treatment helps people with clinical depression by Sammy Caiola — Depression lifted from Nick O’Madden’s life like a set of foggy glasses being wiped clean. Earlier this summer, O’Madden, 31, felt he was living in a distracted haze, sprinkled with nighttime panic attacks. Now, after undergoing an emerging high-tech treatment involving magnetic currents, he said he’s literally seeing the world in a new light...“There’s a growing recognition, both with scientists and patients, that depression is a brain problem – a problem with chemicals in our circuitry,” said Dr. Paul Croarkin, a psychiatrist with the Mayo Clinic. “The fact that we’re soon going to have more and more offerings in that regard is a positive thing.”
WEAU Eau Claire — Eau Claire doctors aim to become comfortable confronting child abuse cases — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire wants its doctors to be more aware of child abuse when diagnosing the cause of children's injuries. A new child advocacy care group is making sure doctors are comfortable confronting child abuse cases. For pediatrician Dr. Jim Haigh addressing the issue of child abuse is hard especially when doctors are tempted to trust the parents and caregivers…Mayo Clinic Health System is also working with a number of outside sources, including local police, the Chippewa Valley child advocacy care center and even with Mayo Clinic in Rochester in the hopes of making the whole community a safer place for children.
The Atlantic — Living With Invisible Illness by Jessica Hester — In a sense, Jackie’s whole life is archived in a code that she can’t interpret. She jokes that she’s part cyborg, but it’s not entirely a gag: a $50,000 machine is keeping her alive. “This device will do everything it can to prevent my heart from stopping,” she says. The first time Jackie’s implanted defibrillator shocked her heart back into a regular rhythm, she had been sprinting across her high-school campus. ...The Mayo Clinic—where Jackie and her sisters went for a three-day battery of diagnostic tests after Allison’s incident—describes long QT syndrome as a heart rhythm disorder that causes “chaotic” beats. A heartbeat is measured in five waves, which correspond to letters—P, Q, R, S, and T. During an electrocardiogram, doctors can evaluate the length of time it takes the muscle to contract and refill with blood.
KAAL — Historic Baseball Going on Display for First Time in 76 Years by Hannah Tran — A piece of history is coming to Mayo Clinic, a one of a kind relic dating back to baseball in the 1930's. It's now part of the Mayo Clinic historical collection. He's known as the "iron horse." Lou Gehrig played thousands of consecutive games and is a New York Yankee legend. ...Mayo Clinic also conducted a number of trials on Gehrig to understand the disease further. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. "It's a disease where you have progressive loss of nerve cells that can control your muscles," explained Anthony Windebank, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic.
Star Tribune — Lynx guard Monica Wright out of action after knee surgery by Kent Youngblood — Lynx guard Monica Wright had arthroscopic procedure done on her right knee Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and will be sidelined indefinitely, the Lynx announced. It is another setback in an injury-filled season for Wright, who missed the first five games of the season with a strained right calf. Additional coverage: WCCO, Star Tribune (AP), KAAL (AP), USA TODAY (AP)
The Atlantic — Online Symptom Checkers Are Often Wrong (Phew) by Julie Beck…The most well-known of these is probably WebMD’s, but there are also symptom checkers run by the Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.K.’s National Health Service.You plug in your symptoms, and an algorithm spits back possible diagnoses, and/or whether you should seek treatment or deal with the issue yourself.
Chicago Tribune — Love Essentially: 9 things a woman over 40 should carry in her Kate Spade by Jackie Pilossoph — It's one of life's little joys, a small but intensely gratifying item that can instantly transform a woman's demeanor and self-confidence level from below average to movie star. I'm taking about a new handbag…4. Bottle of water: I'm not a health expert, but here's my rationale for carrying water in your purse. Mayo Clinic recommends women drink 2.2 liters of water per day. If you're anything like me, you're on the go all day with little access to water. If it's in your purse, problem solved.
The Sentinel Calif. — Mayo Clinic News Network: Sunburn treatment: Can’t rush healing, but use these tips for comfort — "Unfortunately, there's no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days or more for your skin to begin to heal," says Trent Anderson, Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician.
La Crosse Tribune — 2,000 arms to churn Black River for Big Blue Dragon Boat races by Mike Tighe…The proficiency of paddlers on the colorful boats will vary from first-timers to nearly professional level — with musculature from weenie arms to bulging biceps — in the fundraiser for Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare’s Center for Breast Care and breast cancer patients, including free mammograms for the uninsured and under-insured.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — Dancing through pain — After Carlee Jo performed in February 2014 with the Regis High School dance team at the state championships, she and her mother, Sheri, met with a doctor at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire to see what could be done about her foot. More than one year and two surgeries later, inspired by her medical malady, Carlee Jo is part of the MexEx program at Mayo, which introduces high school students to medical careers via a series of interactions with doctors in a hospital.
KAAL — PrideFest Wraps-Up in Rochester — Vendors, supporters and even dogs were out showing their support for the LGBTQ community this weekend in Rochester. Dr. Sharonne Hayes of the Mayo Clinic was there and expressed her thoughts on the event, "I think Mayo Clinic is in the heart of downtown and all these businesses are and I think that realizing that we need to, diversity is happening around us and if we're not inclusive of everyone we're not going to be the city we want to be."
Post-Bulletin — Teenager, family struggle with rare disease by Hannah Yang — On Thursday morning, Rilee Bjerke and her mom, Nicole, of Kasson, sat in an exam room at Mayo Clinic's pediatrics unit. The 15-year-old...suffers from dyskeratosis congenita. DC is an orphan disease...affecting one in 1 million people. There's no cure, and efforts to get expert help for DC is limited and costly. Very few people know much about the disorder to begin with....The disease is a progressive bone marrow failure syndrome. Among the symptoms are missing fingernails or fingerprints.
La Crosse Tribune — Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival evokes happy memories by Jourdan Vian — The sisters honored their mother’s memory by starting their own team, Karen’s Krew, to compete Saturday in this year’s festival, which is organized by Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare to support the Center for Breast Care at Mayo-Franciscan. “We were so excited for the opportunity to support her,” Tischer said. Additional coverage: WEAU, WXOW La Crosse, WKBT La Crosse,
KIMT — Mayo researchers developing artificial liver device by DeeDee Stiepan — Doctors at Mayo Clinic are one step closer to creating an artificial liver device that could be used as an alternative to liver transplants. Researchers are currently testing the Spheroid Reservoir Bioartificial Liver, which they say can improve outcomes for patients with acute liver failure. In fact, the overall goal is to be able to offer the device as another option to a liver transplant, which right now is the only treatment for acute liver failure. Scott Nyberg, M.D., Ph. D. developed the bioliver and says pre-clinical tests on pigs have been very successful. Additional coverage: Softpedia,
Star Tribune — Augustus out until at least mid-August after knee surgery by Kent Youngblood — The injury news got worse for the Minnesota Lynx when the team announced that All-Star guard Seimone Augustus had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee at Mayo Clinic Friday. She will likely be out at least until the playoffs. The news comes on the heels of news that backup shooting guard Monica Wright had her own knee surgery at Mayo Clinic on Thursday.
KIMT — Congressman Tim Walz meets with local tech start-up…BrandHoot is making quite a name for itself, working with Mayo Clinic and Destination Medical Center. The company also developed the “Rochester Now” smartphone app.
Pioneer Press — Mayo Clinic News Network: Aquatic workout kind to bones, joints, 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: Sioux City Journal
Yuma News Now — Communicating with your doctor when you have multiple myeloma… Adjusting to your diagnosis while trying to understand complex information about treatment can be overwhelming. Ruben A. Mesa, M.D., a hematologist at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona, offers his advice on how to communicate with your doctor to ensure you get the information you need.
Herald Extra — Mayo Clinic News Network: Healthy eating, even when you're in a hurry — Most Americans have experienced the rush of daily living with demands from work, school or family obligations. Eating healthy can sometimes take a backseat to more pressing matters. "Although it may seem nearly impossible to make healthy choices when you’re so busy," says Grace Fjeldberg, Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian and nutritionist, "there are tips and tricks that will make mealtime easier and save you time in the long run. It all starts in the pantry."
HealthIT Security — Mayo Clinic Says 601 Patient Records Inappropriately Accessed — The Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota reported that 601 patient records were inappropriately accessed by an employee. Mayo Clinic Public Affairs Manager Asia Zmuda confirmed in an email to HealthITSecurity.com that “an employee accessed patient records beyond the scope of authorized access and assigned job responsibilities.” The employee is no longer employed at the health system, according to the emailed statement.
Cheat Sheet — 8 Things That May Be Missing From Your Workout Routine by Sam Becker… According to Mayo Clinic, a world-renowned medical center in Minnesota, exercise should balance five essential elements to lead you to good health. That includes strength training, aerobic fitness, flexibility, and balance training — all of which, when used in conjunction with one another, produce a “well-rounded” fitness routine.
Star Tribune — Rochester home sales kick into fast lane by Beatrice Dupuy — Home prices in the Rochester area are hitting peaks not seen in years, driven by strong employment and continued low interest rates…The $6 billion redesign of downtown Rochester for the Destination Medical Center is expected to draw more home buyers and job seekers to the region as the center creates about 30,000 jobs and billions in new tax revenue. The Mayo Clinic already employs more than 34,000 people in the city, which has a population of about 110,742…The medical center has already pushed up commercial real estate prices, as investors from around the world are betting on the Mayo Clinic’s massive expansion.
Providence Journal — Jim Donaldson: Quigley encouraged by latest outing…It must sometimes seem to Quigley that it would be easier to find a needle in the world’s largest haystack. He has seen, he estimates, “conservatively, 50 doctors” from New England to Florida to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, but none has been able to diagnose exactly what’s causing the problem that had made it all but impossible for Quigley to walk 72 holes over four days. “After my fifth trip to the Mayo Clinic, I was told: ‘The good news is that you don’t have what we thought you did. The bad news is that we have no idea what you do have.’ It’s been frustrating, given all the people I’ve seen, that no one has been able to pinpoint what it is and tell me what has to be done to get better.”
Post-Bulletin — Mayo Edge: Take precautions to avoid ticks and Lyme disease — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: In the summer, my kids play outdoors most of the day, and we've found ticks on their clothing. Is Lyme disease something I should be worried about? What are the early symptoms? Does bug spray keep ticks away? Lyme disease is the most common illness spread by ticks in the United States. So it is worth taking precautions to prevent this disease, especially if your children play in wooded, grassy or bushy areas and you live or vacation in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent.
Post-Bulletin — Man's condition improves after fall at Rochester bar by Brett Boese — The man critically injured after falling from the patio at a Rochester bar has shown signs of improvement. Dustin Richards, 33, had shown "improvements in his condition in the last few days" family members said Sunday on a GoFundMe page that's seeking financial assistance. A Mayo Clinic spokeswoman said Richards was in serious condition today and remains hospitalized at Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Marys Campus.
Pharmacy Practice News — Adding Ibrutinib Is Beneficial in Previously Treated CLL, by Ted Bosworth — The addition of ibrutinib reduces the risk for death or disease progression over that provided by bendamustine and rituximab (BR) alone in previously treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), according to results of a Phase III trial. “These results demonstrate that ibrutinib plus BR is superior to the current standard of care, which is BR alone, in previously treated CLL/SLL patients,” reported Asher Chanan-Khan, MD, the chair of hematology/oncology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., who presented the results of this study, called HELIOS, at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Albert Lea tribune — Mayo Clinic Health System welcomes providers — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin recently welcomed Madhu Bagaria to OB/GYN on the Austin campus; Awani Deshmukh to the hospitalist department on the Austin campus; Pramod Guru to the hospitalists department on the Austin campus; and Sandeep Jain to the oncology departments on both the Albert Lea and Austin campuses.
WCFCourier.com — Local ambulance service keeps RAGBRAI riders safe by Tim Jamison — Thousands of bicyclists don't ride all the way across Iowa without a few tumbles. But when this week's participants in the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa suffer breaks, scrapes, bumps and tears, Bob Libby and his rolling medical team at CARE Ambulance will be there to patch them up…"We saw a large need for ambulances to help take people from the hospital back home," Libby said. "In Waterloo, there was a need to get people from the hospital to the trauma center in Iowa City or to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (in Minnesota)."
MedPage Today — NAM Patients Benefit from Aggressive Treatment by Kristina Fiore — Treat necrotizing autoimmune myopathy (NAM) with a combination of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), corticosteroids, and a steroid-sparing immunosuppressant, researchers urged. In a review of data from 63 patients with the autoimmune condition, prednisone monotherapy was rarely sufficient to control the disease, with the vast majority needing two or more immunotherapeutic agents, Margherita Milone, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues reported online in JAMA Neurology.
MedPage Today — Friday Feedback: Resistance to HPV Vaccination by Molly Walker — A new study found that most states don't require HPV vaccination, and this and other studies have indicated that uptake of HPV vaccination coverage has been relatively slow…The participants this week are: Robert Jacobson, MD, a pediatric vaccine specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Judith L. Schaechter, MD, MBA, interim chair, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Health Day — As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer's Rates Will Soar by Dennis Thompson — The number of people with Alzheimer's disease is set to skyrocket in the United States due to the aging of the baby-boom generation, and the cost of caring for these patients will devour a large chunk of Medicare's budget, a new study suggests…"I think the crisis that will occur as our population grows and ages is real, and although the numbers look like they possibly couldn't be true, they are," said Dr. David Knopman, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and vice-chair of the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council. "In fact, they're pretty conservative."
KAAL — PrideFest Wraps-Up in Rochester by Ben Henry — Vendors, supporters and even dogs were out showing their support for the LGBTQ community this weekend in Rochester. Dr. Sharonne Hayes of the Mayo Clinic was there and expressed her thoughts on the event, "I think Mayo Clinic is in the heart of downtown and all these businesses are and I think that realizing that we need to, diversity is happening around us and if we're not inclusive of everyone we're not going to be the city we want to be."
The Gazette — Iowa couple retrofits former elementary school into shrimp farm, by Orlan Love — Growing shrimp in swimming pools inside an old elementary school is not all that different from raising other livestock, according to Jeff Ryan, who attended kindergarten through sixth grade in the same building where he and his wife, Sherill, are farming shrimp… Sherill Ryan put aside a 20-year nursing career at the Mayo Clinic to take the reins of the new company that began selling shrimp June 17.
Mental_floss — The Most-Searched For Employer in Each State by Yelena Melnichenko — Through a recent thorough examination of Google search data, The Economist came up with interesting results on the habits of American job-seekers. In 2014-15, the transportation sector was first in popularity among the states, while jobs in education and healthcare followed in second and third.
Post-Bulletin — Mayo Clinic buys former postal processing center by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic is putting its stamp on another large Rochester building. On Friday, Mayo Clinic purchased the former mail processing center at 3939 Valleyhigh Drive for $2.11 million from the U.S. Postal Service.
Post-Bulletin (AP) — FAA closes helicopter probe in Mankato — The Federal Aviation Administration has closed its review of the helicopter that was inadvertently started at the Mankato air show because there was no “intention of flight,” a spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, Mayo Clinic has submitted to the FAA a set of revised policies relating to static displays at air shows, said Kevin Burns, director of public affairs at Mayo Clinic Health System in southwestern Minnesota.
KEYC - Mankato News — North Mankato Council Approves Annexation of Land for Mayo Clinic Facility — The North Mankato City Council lays the ground for a new Mayo Clinic facility to be located on the northwest edge of town. In action taken at Monday night's city council meeting, North Mankato will annex the portion of land situated along County Road 41 and Carlson Drive.
Austin Daily Herald — Mayo welcomes new providers in Austin and Albert Lea — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin recently welcomed Dr. Madhu Bagaria to OB/GYN on the Austin campus, Dr. Awani Deshmukh to the hospitalist department on the Austin campus, Dr. Pramod Guru to the hospitalists department on the Austin campus, and Dr. Sandeep Jain to the oncology departments on both the Albert Lea and Austin campuses.
The Post-Crescent — ThedaCare again ranks among ‘most wired’ — ThedaCare is once again among the nation’s best when it comes to using technology…EMRs can also be shared outside of ThedaCare through the organization’s membership in the Care Everywhere Network. Livingston said ThedaCare has sent patient information to 109 different health organizations in 45 states. ThedaCare is also the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in Wisconsin, which means doctors can share information about patients electronically with Mayo specialists.
Buffalo News — Wilson Foundation to announce spending plans by Gene Warner — It’s not exactly another Buffalo Billion. But it’s a huge commitment to Western New York – worth maybe $400 million or more – earmarked for Buffalo-area colleges, health care institutions, cultural organizations, medical research and other not-for-profit causes over the next two decades…Wilson also established a medical research foundation in his name in 1999, supporting research at Roswell Park, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and several Detroit-area groups.
HealthDay — High Soda Intake May Boost Diabetes Risk, Even Without Obesity by Dennis Thompson — Whether you are slim or obese, if you drink lots of sugary soda or other sweetened drinks you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a new analysis reveals…Another theory holds that high levels of dietary sugar could affect the "healthy" microbial colonies in your gut, altering digestion in some way that increases risk of type 2 diabetes, said Dr. Steven Smith, an endocrinologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — GE Healthcare unveils advanced cardiovascular ultrasound system by Guy Boulton — GE Healthcare's cardiovascular ultrasound business works to introduce a technological advance each year, but the software it recently introduced may stand out a bit more than the advances in past years…"It was a fascinating experience," said Khandheria, who was recruited from Mayo Clinic by Aurora Health Care about five years ago. "We would suggest, 'This needs to look like this and this needs to look like this,' and they would go and come back the next week. It was an iterative process."
The Florida Times-Union — Couple sues Naval Hospital Jacksonville, says colonoscopy ended in brain damage by Clifford Davis — Chrissy Hollis knew she would have to sacrifice when she married a sailor, but she looked forward to the time he would retire and they could spend the rest of their lives together, instead of apart…After retiring from the Navy, Shon Hollis went to work at Mayo Clinic, where he could have elected to have the procedure.
AARP — 10 Creative and Cheap Ways to Exercise at Home by Carolyn Crist—Exercise is crucial to the health of your brain and body, but that doesn’t mean you have to work out at the gym. These 10 moves can boost your metabolism, improve your memory, combat stress and slim your waistline. Even gym regulars can benefit from adding a few of these moves to their daily routines. “If we had a pill that could give all the benefits that regular physical activity provides, it would be the No. 1–selling pill in the world,” says Edward Laskowski, codirector of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.
Red Wing Republican Eagle — Free summer lunch program growing by Michael Brun — Keeping children and teens in Red Wing fed during the summer takes a community effort, and there is no shortage of volunteers, said Maureen Nelson, executive director of United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties. After the successful debut of a free summer lunch program at Colvill Family Center last summer, local organizations expanded it this year with new partnerships and a second meal site at the old Jefferson School building… Food is prepared at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, and reimbursed by the Minnesota Department of Education through the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.
Becker's Hospital Review — 50 leaders in health IT by Akanksha Jayanthi, Carrie Pallardy and Max Green — The field of information technology encompasses a variety of duties and responsibilities. IT leaders are tasked with guiding strategic vision for their organizations while also maintaining the day-to-day operations of systems…42. Cris Ross. CIO, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Before becoming CIO of Mayo Clinic in 2012, Mr. Ross served as executive vice president and general manager for SureScripts and CIO of CVS' MinuteClinic, the largest provider of retail-based healthcare in the U.S. He serves on the HHS Health IT Standards Committee and the Markle Foundation Connecting for Health Steering Committee. Mr. Ross holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Conn.
Finance and Commerce — MN Snapshot: Mayo buys former Postal Service warehouse in Rochester by Anne Bretts — The U.S. Postal Service has sold a former mail-processing center in Rochester to Mayo Clinic for about $2.1 million in cash.
KIMT 3 — Mayo Clinic offers $50,000 and advice to entrepreneurs with innovative ideas — Mayo Clinic is launching a nation-wide contest called the THINK BIG Challenge. They’re inviting entrepreneurs from all over to submit innovative ideas that will help transform the future of health care. Two winners will be selected, each winning $50,000 for start-up costs. However, arguably more valuable of a prize will be one year of guidance from Mayo Clinic experts. “I think it will be tremendous. I think from our perspective, it’s kind of in our sweet spot where we can really provide what we know, what we understand. We can help translate the issues that we’re seeing and hopefully improve care for patients,” explains James Rogers, Chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures.
Leader-Telegram — Mayo to build $4.25 million clinic in Arcadia — Mayo Clinic Health System–Franciscan Healthcare announced Wednesday it will build a primary care clinic in Arcadia on land along Highway 93 that was acquired this spring. The clinic will replace the existing one on South St. Joseph Avenue. “Arcadia area patients deserve a clinic that is both easily accessible and convenient,” said Eric Erickson, vice president for primary care. “We are delighted to be able to renew our commitment to the people of the Arcadia area who have entrusted us with their care.”
Winona Daily News — Mayo-Franciscan touts new clinic as tailored to Arcadia's needs — The $4.5 million primary care clinic Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare plans to build south of town is tailored to the Arcadia area’s needs, officials said. “As we have designed it, this is not a clinic that comes out of the box,” Dr. Bert Hodous, site leader for the clinic, said in an interview after the new clinic was announced at a press conference Wednesday. “We designed the clinic to look to the future and provide a higher standard of care.
Star Tribune — Cardiovascular Systems sales complaint comes up a little odd by Lee Schafer — A few pages into a whistle-blower legal complaint against Cardiovascular Systems that just became public, the plaintiff points out that CSI sales representatives each had a $28,000 marketing budget, “more than twice the pharmaceutical industry average.”… Even physicians at a renowned medical center like Mayo Clinic lean a little on their device suppliers, as described by Dr. Richard Ehman, who chairs the industry relations committee for Mayo Clinic and also serves on the conflict of interest review board.
Post-Bulletin — Mayo Think Big challenge offers $50,000 awards by Taylor Nachtigal — Mayo Clinic's national THINK BIG challenge is offering two $50,000 awards for entrepreneurs with ideas to transform the future of health care. The contest's two categories, "Got Health?" and "I Am Not My Disease," are inspired by transforming health care by giving the people more power in their health and health care decisions.
SF Weekly — Inside SF's Exclusive, High-Cost Concierge Health Clinics by R.A. Schuetz — Sean Knox's first encounter with concierge health care was 10 years ago. "My doctor at UCSF let me know he was leaving and entering concierge practice," but the doctor said Knox could continue as a patient if he paid a new yearly fee…Knox says he was blown away. Dr. Eduardo Dolhun is a Mayo Clinic-educated doctor who teaches at Stanford, hires premed students for his staff, and does humanitarian work in Third World countries.
KWTV (HealthDay) — High soda intake may boost diabetes risk, even without obesity by Dennis Thompson — Whether you are slim or obese, if you drink lots of sugary soda or other sweetened drinks you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a new analysis reveals…Another theory holds that high levels of dietary sugar could affect the "healthy" microbial colonies in your gut, altering digestion in some way that increases risk of type 2 diabetes, said Dr. Steven Smith, an endocrinologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Akron Beacon Journal — Mayo Clinic workers no longer hosed by Bob Dyer — Some people have finally emerged from the Dark Ages. Others seem determined to return. In stark contrast to the new dress code at Akron’s Summa Health System — it requires all female employees to wear pantyhose whenever they wear a dress or a skirt — the esteemed Mayo Clinic has just taken a step in the opposite direction, freeing its female employees from the stifling bonds of nylon.
WEAU — Area clinics oppose bill letting health care workers refuse flu shots by Jessica Bringe — Getting a flu shot may become optional for health care workers under a new bill, but not all clinics and doctor’s offices are on board with the proposal…In a statement Mayo Clinic Health System said it joins the Wisconsin Hospital Association's opposition to the bill. The clinic said: “Influenza is a serious disease and can be life-threatening. It is highly contagious. Vaccinations help keep our patients and staff safe, which is our priority.”
WKBT — Mayo Clinic Health System announces plans for new Arcadia clinic, An area community will be seeing an upgrade to its medical facilities. Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare announced its plans Wednesday for a new primary care clinic in Arcadia. The new facility will be built along Highway 93 and replace the current clinic on St. Joseph Avenue. Mayo officials say the new location will be more convenient for the community and is designed to make visits more comfortable. Vice President of Primary Care Eric Erickson says it was time to update the building as the healthcare industry continues to evolve.
The Courier Life News — Mayo-Franciscan touts new facility tailored to Arcadia's needs by Mike Tighe — The $4.5 million primary care clinic Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare plans to build south of town is tailored to the Arcadia area’s needs, officials said. “As we have designed it, this is not a clinic that comes out of the box,” Dr. Bert Hodous, site leader for the clinic, said in an interview after the new clinic was announced at a press conference Wednesday. “We designed the clinic to look to the future and provide a higher standard of care.
KTTC — New Rochester medical marijuana dispensary gives sneak preview before Thursday opening by Ali Killam — For many in southeast Minnesota, the wait is nearly over as a groundbreaking moment in medical care is about to make its mark in Rochester. Nationwide, medical marijuana has been a firestorm of controversy, but it's also provided undeniable results for many families…Some physicians remain apprehensive about prescribing the drug. Doctors at MinnMed say around 300 physicians are signed up, including some at the Mayo Clinic. They anticipate around a dozen patients on opening day in Rochester.
Newsday (The Washington Post) — Harvard's tests find ills in online symptom sites by Ariana Eunjung Cha — Ever asked the Internet what your symptoms mean and gotten a response that seemed wacky or totally off base? It's not your imagination. 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 as a whole they were astonishingly inaccurate.
KTAR.com — Take a bow: Mayo Clinic named best hospital in Arizona — Two Phoenix-area hospitals are the state's best, a news publisher said Wednesday. The U.S. News & World Report said the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale was the best in Arizona, followed by Banner Good Samaritan Medical in Phoenix Center and Banner-University Medical Center Tucson. The publication said the Mayo Clinic -- which teaches medical students in addition to treating patients -- ranked nationally in 12 fields for treating adults.
WEAU — Frozen treats to warm a kid's heart by Courtney Everett — Temperatures are high and kids' attention spans may be getting short this time of summer. Want to keep them busy so you can keep "your" cool? Time to get them in the kitchen to make some really cool (& healthy) treats! Katie Johnson a Nutrition Coordinator with Mayo Clinic Health System and Madeline Mittlestadt a kitchen helper/treat taster joined Hello Wisconsin to share a few recipes.
WEAU — Mayo Clinic Health System to build new clinic in Arcadia by Andrew Fefer — A health care provider says it will build a new clinic in the area. On Wednesday morning, Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare announced the upcoming construction of a new primary care clinic in Arcadia. Crews will build it on land along State Highway 93 that Mayo acquired during the spring. The clinic is expected to be nearly 12,500 square feet, and will include Family Medicine, Lab, Radiology including Ultrasound, and Behavioral Health services.
MyFox Chicago (AP) — Eli Lilly: Experimental Alzheimer's drug shows some benefit — Eli Lilly & Co. reported Wednesday that an experimental medication might slow mild Alzheimer's if people take it early enough, one of a handful of drugs in late-stage testing in the frustrating hunt for a better treatment…"These are not definitive reports that are going to lead to medications being approved tomorrow. What they represent is an important foundation for us moving forward," said Dr. David Knopman of the Mayo Clinic, who has monitored some of Lilly's data.
Ecodiario (Reuters), Investigadores evalúan avances antes de reunión científica sobre el Alzheimer por Bill Berkrot y Ransdell Pierson — Tras décadas de investigación sobreel Alzheimer sin avances, incluidos 123 fármacos que fallaron,los principales investigadores del campo aseguran que ahoraestán mucho más confiados en poder desarrollar un tratamientoefectivo.. El doctor Ronald Petersen, director del Centro deInvestigación del Alzheimer de la Clínica Mayo, coincidió conSperling en que se necesitará un enfoque multidisciplinario paracontrolar la enfermedad. "Podríamos tratar a los pacientes conun cóctel farmacológico unos cinco u ocho años antes de queaparezcan los síntomas", aseguró.
HealthDay, A medida que la generación de la postguerra envejezca, las tasas de Alzheimer se dispararán por Dennis Thompson —La cantidad de personas con Alzheimer se disparará en Estados Unidos, debido al envejecimiento de la generación de la postguerra, y el costo de atender a esos pacientes consumirá una buena parte del presupuesto de Medicare, sugiere un estudio reciente…"Creo que la crisis que ocurrirá a medida que nuestra población crezca y envejezca es real, y aunque las cifras parecen como si no pudieran ser reales, lo son", advirtió el Dr. David Knopman, neurólogo de la Clínica Mayo y vicepresidente del Consejo Asesor Médico y Científico de la Asociación del Alzheimer. "En realidad son bastante conservadoras".
El Universal, Alimentos aportan más vitamina E que suplementos…Se combaten parcialmente con antioxidantes, como las vitaminas E y C y con carotenoides, presentes en alimentos sobre todo de origen vegetal. "Para facilitar la ingesta de antioxidantes, algunos laboratorios desarrollaron suplementos de vitamina E, pero al transformarla, esta vitamina pierden propiedades", explicó el internista Brent Bauer, de la Clínica Mayo de Rochester.
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