September 25, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Editor: Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker


Ceiling cracks: Women step into Mayo Clinic's top academic posts
by Elizabeth Baier

Heidi Nelson still remembers the doubters after she became Mayo Clinic's first female surgeon a quarter century ago. She haMPR2d to win credibility with colleagues — and find ways to convince patients she was the surgeon. "I had to develop a strategy where I'd walk into a room with my card, and I would engage them with eye contact and with verbal presence ... I'm Dr. Heidi Nelson, I'm a colorectal surgeon on staff. I'm here to answer questions and care for you. Here's my card,'" she recalled recently.

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

Context: Sharonne Hayes, M.D., Mayo Clinic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, says encouraging and including contributions from diverse individuals is critical to Mayo's future. Mayo will be better positioned to reach its full potential and to better serve its patients when we actively bring together individuals with diverse thoughts, ideas and backgrounds; and put them to work to help create better solutions. Heidi Nelson, M.D., is chair of Mayo Clinic's Department of Surgery. Claudia Lucchinetti, M.D., is chair of Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurology.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


'Success Kid' helps save his father's life
by Vic Micolucci

…Besides the money, Justin says more than 500 strangers contacted Mayo Clinic to be News Jax 4 Logopotential donors. And in August, the Griner family got the call they had been waiting for: the kidney was available. It came from a matching organ donor who recently passed away. Hours later, Justin arrived at Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic and got the transplant he so desperately needed. "He's had a very good result at this point in time," said Kris Croome, MD, transplant surgeon with Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. "His kidneys started working right away."

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

Context: Success Kid was first chronicled in an story (via “Good Morning America”) about raising money via GoFundMe for a kidney transplant for his dad and recently having that transplant at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons have experience diagnosing and treating people who have kidney disease. Each year doctors and surgeons care for more than 30,000 people who have kidney disease.

Contact: Paul Scotti


MedCity News
Mayo Clinic’s Farrugia on the future of precision medicine: Patients are ready to engage
by Meghana Keshavan

Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, laid out his vision of the immediate future of precision medicine at this week’s Individualizing Medicine Conference inMedCity News Minnesota. He discussed the issues around patient engagement, reimbursement, data security and salience of President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. In terms of immediate potential, Farrugia said there are five fields worth watching: Pharmacogenomics, Liquid biopsy, Non-invasive prenatal testing, Whole genome sequencing, Microbiome.

Reach: MedCity News focuses on business, innovation and influence in healthcare. Its websites has more than 72,000 unique visitors each month.

Related coverage:

KTTC — Health specialists talk 'Precision Medicine' at conference held at Mayo Civic Center 

Medical Daily — From Preventing Side Effects To Sequencing Babies, 5 Ways Precision Medicine Will Change How Doctors Treat Patients 

MedCity News — Illumina launching ‘PopArray’ consortium to develop population health genomics test

Context: Mayo Clinic Vice President Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. addressed participants in his keynote address at the 4th annual Individualizing Medicine Conference. The core of his talk highlighted five areas in which the knowledge and know-how from the human genome will be most impactful in patient care, not just at Mayo Clinic, but anywhere in the nation and globally. “What’s in it for you?” he asked the crowd of health providers at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. “Individualized or precision medicine offers help for your medical practice today. You can take advantage of these advances to help your patients, to better diagnose, treat or prevent illness right now.” More information, including a video interview with Dr. Farrugia, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Bob Nellis


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Doctors hope new breast cancer vaccine will save lives
by Brittany Jones

Part of a nearly $13.3 million Department of Defense grant will used  in our area to develop a vaccine for breast cancer. Currently, 280 patients are participating in the trial. Dr. ActionNewsJaxKeith Knutson has been working with breast cancer patients for about ten years. "In addition to me being touched, the burden breast cancer has on society keeps me going," said Knutson.

Reach: WAWS-TV/30 is the Fox affiliate. WTEV-TV/47 is the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida.

Context: Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have been awarded a $13.3 million, five-year federal grant to test a vaccine designed to prevent the recurrence of triple-negative breast cancer, a subset of breast cancer for which there are no targeted therapies. The clinical trial, which will enroll 280 patients at multiple clinical sites, is expected to begin early in 2016. More information, including a video interview with Dr. Knutson, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


Harvard Business Review — When the Customer Is Stressed by Leonard Berry, Scott Davis…Avoid service gaps. Cancer patients who fall ill during treatment may have to visit a hospital emergency room whose staff is unfamiliar with their medical history. To address this issue, Mayo Clinic’s palliative care team in Arizona developed what is, in effect, a cancer urgent care clinic. In addition to better serving patients, such an approach can save money: Studies show that providing outpatient or palliative care support can significantly reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations. A retrospective analysis of 300 cancer patients treated at Mayo’s facilities in Phoenix and Scottsdale concluded that more than $2.5 million could be saved annually if, on average, one emergency room visit and one hospitalization per patient could be avoided.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AP) — Study: Risk of death drops with Type 2 diabetes pill Jardiance  Jardiance sharply reduced chances of dying in diabetic patients at high risk of heart complications, a study shows, making the medication the first to lengthen diabetics' lives…"It's a quite impressive study," given the results and number of patients and countries included, said Dr. Yogish Kudva, a Mayo Clinic diabetes specialist not involved in the research. Kudva noted one riddle: While many deaths and hospitalizations were prevented, the number of nonfatal heart attacks and strokes didn't decrease significantly. Additional coverage:

Star Tribune — With quick clinics, online care, providers give convenience another try by Chris Snowbeck — When patients need simple health care, they can get impatient about having to wait. That’s prompted more health care systems to stress convenience…At the Mayo Clinic, there have been forays into both retail clinics and online care for several years. Those will continue to grow, said Dr. Robert Stroebel, a primary care physician and vice chair of Rochester-based Mayo’s Midwest community clinical practice committee. But the challenge is to make sure that care in storefronts and online is integrated with traditional care, Stroebel said. Otherwise, bigger health care problems could be missed.

KIMT — First-of-its-kind medical summit focuses on delivery of health care by DeeDee Stiepan  It’s a meeting of the medical minds this week at the Mayo Civic Center. For the first time every, Mayo Clinic is hosting a Delivery Science Summit. In 2011, Mayo established the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. It’s a field that covers quite a bit, from enhancing a patient’s experience to establishing new standards of care…“We need to figure out what the patient wants and needs, how to get that to them, how to understand their preferences, their values, and they need to understand our system and our limitations as well as our strengths,” explains Lois Krahn, M.D. the Delivery Science Summit Director.

Bloomberg — FDA Expands Warnings About Contaminated Medical Scopes by John Tozzi… A study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in August found that other types of scopes—colonoscopes and gastroscopes—routinely remained contaminated with microbes and debris after cleaning and disinfection. "Results from this study suggest current standards and practices may not be sufficient for detecting and removing all residual contamination,” the Mayo Clinic authors wrote. That research, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, didn't establish the actual risk of transmitting bacteria to patients. People shouldn’t avoid needed medical procedures, said the Mayo Clinic’s Pritish Tosh, one of the study’s authors, in an interview last month. More research is needed to determine the risk of contaminated scopes spreading pathogens from patient to patient. — Cell Death Biomarker May Help Predict Melanoma PD-1 Responders by Dr. Roxana Dronca  Mayo Clinic, Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Dronca: We previously showed that Bim (BCL-2-interacting mediator of cell death ) is a downstream signaling molecule of PD-1 pathway reflecting the degree of PD-1 interaction with its ligand PD-L1 (unpublished data).

Slate (Business Insider) — This Is What Happens When You Eat Olive Garden for 7 Weeks Straight…“I ate there, I think, 20 of the first 25 days, but stopped for a week because I started to get horrible canker sores from all the salt in the pasta,” he said. (According to the Mayo Clinic, the exact cause of canker sores is unclear, although triggers can include highly acidic certain foods like tomato sauce.) “Since then, I’ve gone sparingly because I felt really unhealthy from the pasta,” Greenough said.

Reuters — NIH takes next steps in Obama's Precision Medicine plan by Julie Steenhuysen  The National Institutes of Health on Thursday approved a blueprint for U.S. President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative and named an NIH insider as interim director of the project, which aims to enroll 1 million volunteers in the next three to four years…Many of these studies, which include Geisinger Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, already have extensive patient medical records, which could be of use to researchers in the study.

The Millennial Career Playbook — Mayo Clinic…Among Mayo Clinic’s numerous appealing policies is an extensive array of training programs, both in-house and through third parties, in part so it can retain Millennials who are driven to keep improving their skills and learning new ones. As Grace M. Gorringe told us, if a company fails to adopt a “talent mindset…if you’re not giving people opportunities…they will leave the organization.” Director of Allied Health Recruitment Brent T. Bultema added that Mayo Clinic’s success at allowing its people to take on multiple careers is indicated by it typically filling 60%-70% of its 4,000-5,000 annual job openings internally.

Star Tribune — Minnesota's medical costs rose in 2014 but varied widely clinic to clinic by Jeremy Olson… The high-cost data have become an irritant to Mayo, because they seem to contradict its reputation for efficient, team-based care. Even though the figures are weighted to account for medical groups with sicker patients, Mayo officials believe they are tilted against the so-called destination medical center. Patients assigned to Mayo for primary care were five times more likely than others to be “outliers” whose annual costs surpassed $100,000, said Dr. Paula Santrach, Mayo’s chief quality officer.

Chicago Tribune — After daughter's health scare, Brad Keselowski ready for Chase by Jack McCarthy — Nascar was the last thing on Brad Keselowski's mind when he learned he could lose his newborn child to an unforeseen medical condition. As daughter Scarlett increasingly struggled to breathe and eat within weeks of her birth in May, a specialist diagnosed a severe case of laryngomalacia, a weakness in throat muscles that could prove fatal. But Keselowski and White were proactive, finding another specialist at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic for a follow-up examination and emergency surgery that saved their daughter's life.

Arizona Republic — ASU's Montoya back after career-threatening heart scare by Jeff Metcalfe — Bernie Montoya is running in a race Friday for the first time in 10 months. In between, one of Arizona State's most high profile track/cross country recruits was told by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale that due to a heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, he would need to stop competitive running and have a defibrillator installed to protect against a heart attack like what killed Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers in 1990.

USA Today (AP) — Kander comes to Minnesota to work magic with Wolves — Arnie Kander was retired. The well-respected physical therapist and strength coach had called it a career and was assimilating to his first summer out of the NBA in nearly a quarter century…He also has a beautiful new practice facility that just opened this summer to call home. The Timberwolves partnered with the Mayo Clinic on the facility, which has a chef on site to cook healthy meals, an underwater treadmill and all the latest state-of-the-art training equipment.

Latinos Health — Fast food meals make up 12% of children's caloric intake, experts reveal by Lois Medrano…Pediatrician Dr. Esther Krych from the Children's Center of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota shares that the report should alert experts and parents as it is certainly a significant number. It only shows that more work should be done to educate families about the disadvantages of consuming too much fast food meals.

Post-Bulletin — Heard on the Street: MAYO'S POSTAL PLAY — Mayo Clinic purchased Rochester's former mail processing center at 3939 Valleyhigh Drive for $2.11 million from the U.S. Postal Service on July 17. At the time, Mayo Clinic said it hadn't worked out a plan for how to use the facility. I checked in with Mayo last week for a two-month update on the project. It seems they are figuring out the future of the ex-mail center. "Mayo is currently evaluating multiple options for how this facility will be used in the future" according to Mayo Clinic's Kelley Luckstein. She didn't share any timeline for a such a plan to be finalized.

Good Housekeeping — 11 Sneaky Reasons Why You're Always Tired…8. You’re a ball of stress — Everyone knows that anxiety isn't good — especially because it causes ulcers, gray hair, and exhaustion. Stress is also the top cause of insomnia, according to the Mayo Clinic. And it's a vicious cycle: The lack of sleep leaves you more irritable and anxious, making problems loom larger and it more difficult to sleep the next night. So take some time for you to de-stress, and try to put problems in perspective.

La Crosse Tribune — Surgeon to share Gaza experiences — A Mayo Clinic doctor will detail his experience as a visiting surgeon in Palestine during a UW-La Crosse presentation. Dr. Ahmad Nassr, an associate professor of orthopedics at Mayo in Rochester, Minn., will present “Mission to Gaza: A Surgeon’s Journey” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Ward Room in Cartwright Center. Nassr, a spinal surgeon, care for people with spinal conditions from the skull base to the sacrum, for patients with deformity, degenerative conditions, trauma and tumors.

Politico — Alexander: Delay stage threeTHE TRAVAILS OF PATIENT ACCESS...We also heard many details concerning patients’ difficulties in accessing their own data. There were some incredible stories. Eric Dishman, a health IT leader at Intel, testified from his perspective as a cancer patient…“I fought to gather my medication data from there on,” he said. “Patients shouldn’t have to become basically hackers to get access to our own data.” Kathy Giusti, the leader of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, had similar experiences. Scattered from Boston to Mayo Clinic, she said, “I have six patient records … and I have no central place to integrate them.”

FOX47 — Rochester named one of the best cities in the country for tech workers by Amanda Hari…But the biggest technological employer might come as a surprise, the Mayo Clinic. “I think if you look at pharmacological economics, if you look at health care IT these are areas that are rapidly expanding and you need to have a very strong technological base to be able to compete effectively in those areas and from the Mayo perspective we have a very strong technological base," said James Rogers of the Mayo Clinic.

HCP Live — Prophetic Proteins: Predicting Patient Response to Melanoma Immunotherapy by Amy Jacob — Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have identified a protein marker, Bim, which can help effectively predict patients’ responses to PD-1 blockade immunotherapy for melanoma… Rosana Dronca, MD, hematologist at the Mayo Clinic, presented these findings at the American Association for Cancer Research International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference in NY. “The discovery of biomarkers of sensitivity are vital not only for informing clinical decisions, but also to help identify which patients with melanoma, and possibly other malignancies, who are most likely to benefit from PD-1 blockade,” she said.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle — Don't just sit there — Before his standing desk arrived, Greg Garman knew he was going to have a killer backache every spring. As principal at Buffalo Ridge Elementary, Garman's job involves spending a good part of each day sitting at his desk in front of his computer or studying papers.…Dr. James Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic says prolonged sitting can cause high blood pressure, weight gain, heart disease, muscle degeneration, contribute to cancers, diabetes, depression and 434 other chronic illnesses.

Austin Daily Herald — Program gives insight on body donation — Our Family Matters presents the fifth in our six month series, co-sponsored by Mower County Senior Center and Mayer Funeral Home. This program is designed to give excellent answers to a frequently asked question: “What’s involved with donating my body to science?” Shaun Heath from Mayo Clinic’s Anatomy Department will give a presentation about what is involved with body donation to Mayo.

Palm Beach Post — Could there soon be a vaccine for breast cancer? — Triple-negative breast cancer. Just the sound of it is beyond scary. Jacksonville-based television website First Coast News is reporting researchers say they believe they now have a vaccine of sorts to combat this horrible cancer…“What we want to do is intervene during that period between conventional therapy and when they relapse and see if we can boost the body’s immune defenses to fight off that relapse,” said Dr. Keith Knutson in the Department of Immunology at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.

Post-Bulletin — Furst Draft: Star Tribune 'collaboration' with Mayo raises questions by Jay Furst — Every Monday, the Post-Bulletin publishes a column produced by Mayo Clinic, called Ask Mayo Clinic. It's a good column and we pay about 15 bucks a week for it. Just about every day, we contact Mayo to get news and features about the clinic, reaction to national health stories and other information. We deal with the clinic the same way we deal with the tire shop down the street and the main street cafe in Wabasha. It's more complicated to get information from Mayo, but at the end of the day, it's no different from any other institution we cover.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal — Mayo Clinic Square's Old Town Pour House scratched after talks with Pourhouse by Clare Kennedy — A new tavern slated for the Mayo Clinic Square redevelopment is being reworked, partially due to a name that was similar to a nearby competitor. Chicago-based Bottleneck Management Restaurant Group was set to open The Old Town Pour House in the newly-renovated downtown Minneapolis complex formerly known as Block E. Additional coverage: FSR Magazine

Modern Healthcare — Longer lives, falling rates put pressure on hospital pension plans by Melanie Evans…The Mayo Clinic poured $410 million into the Rochester, Minn.-based system's $7.4 billion pension plan, but ended the year with 89% of the cash needed to meet that obligation. The clinic froze entry into the pension plan this year. Last year's $797 million shortfall occurred in part because of the new mortality tables. It is a setback after Mayo overfunded the plan in 2013 by $342 million. Mayo Clinic has struggled to fund its pension in recent years, even using debt to finance the plan.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — Costs vs. Cure: High drug costs prevent treatment by David Templeton — When a doctor diagnoses a patient with a potentially fatal disease and there’s a medication to cure it, the patient can rejoice while the doctor scribbles a prescription. With high drug costs and health insurance companies vigilant about health care expenditures, patients with hepatitis C often must forgo medication until the infection progresses, putting them at greater risk of developing liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver requiring a transplant…Yet in August, a Mayo Clinic commentary signed by 35 cancer physicians supported “a patient-driven initiative and petition to lower the high price of cancer drugs.” It said trends in insurance coverage have put a heavy financial burden on patients with an out-of-pocket share of 20 percent to 30 percent of total costs. That means the patient might have to pay $24,000 to $36,000 a year for a cancer drug costing $120,000.

Finance & Commerce — Ryan, Mortenson clean up at NAIOP awards by Karlee Weinmann…M.A. Mortenson Co., headquartered in Golden Valley, won accolades for a trio of Minneapolis developments: the Mayo Clinic Square complex and a Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown, plus the Washburn Center for Children, to the northwest across Interstate 94… Mortenson’s Mayo Clinic Square marked a dramatic transformation of the former Block E complex. The 213,000-square-foot facility is now home to a sports medicine center and training facilities for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx basketball teams.

Paradise Valley Independent Ariz— Xavier students participate in Mayo Clinic program — Ten Xavier College Preparatory students – seniors Ana Gallo, Jennifer Gross, Frances Hansen, Claudia Lucca, Lisbet Maldonado, Ainsley Ramsey, Alexandra Robbins, Hailey Tallman, Julia Teeter, and junior Caroline Clark – completed The Perry Initiative’s program for high school women aspiring to be leaders in medicine and engineering at the Mayo Clinic Sept. 12-13.

HIT Consultant — Patient Record Exchanges Made “Right”: Sharing the Right Data with the Right Provider at the Right Time by Dr. Stephen Beck — At Mercy Health, one of our most important goals is keeping patients safer by allowing critical information to move with them – whether they’re traveling to an institution like the Mayo Clinic for treatment or seeking emergency care while away from home.

Detroit Free Press — Researchers seek one flu shot to cover all strains…“There’s a lot of research going on looking at some of these other options, in terms of our target for the influenza vaccine,” says Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh. Tosh, who is also a member of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic, says the new avenues of investigation are definitely needed. However, he cautions, the single flu vaccine has only been tested in animals and is not yet available. So he urges everyone to get immunized with the safe and proven vaccines that we already have.

ABC News Tampa Bay — Tampa man, 9/11 Responder fighting for his life… He's one of roughly 3800 9/11 responders in a health monitoring program. Goodwin's been diagnosed with COPD, sleep apnea, and most recently, pulmonary hypertension, requiring nine different medications.  His prognosis is a difficult one.  Tampa doctors are telling him that he probably has less than seven years to live. To get the best treatment, and a better idea of what he's up against, Goodwin is headed to the world renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  While his military and 9/11 benefits will cover medical expenses, he needs help with travel costs, lodging, food, and rent back home.  Goodwin says he doesn't like to ask for hand-outs, but feels he has no choice right now, and is grateful for friends pitching in to set up a Go Fund Me account.

Chicago Health  Up for Grabs by David Himmel — An adventure through the evolving science of organ transplantation…“When people lose the transplant, the immune system often builds a rejection system of antibodies,” says Mark Stegall, MD, a kidney transplant surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. “There was a time when people didn’t understand that.” Giannaris contacted the Mayo Clinic after learning about its efforts to treat highly sensitized patients like him. Stegall took him on as a patient, performing Giannaris’ fourth and last kidney transplant in August 2013.

Chicago Health — Using Your Head by Riley Andersen  Mayo Clinic finding a way to diagnose concussions with more certainty. At the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, neurologists are discovering new ways to diagnose concussions. Research shows that autonomic reflex testing, which measures involuntary changes in heart rate and blood pressure, consistently shows significant changes in those with concussions… “This has the potential to change the way we approach concussion patients,” says Dr. David Dodick, a neurologist and director of the Mayo Clinic Concussion Program.

Daily Times Gazette — Mayo Clinic News Network: Weight loss for obese women as a long-term success — Obesity, characterized by a Body Mass Index of over 30, is not just considered to be a very preventable chronic disease but has also become a national epidemic…“It’s no secret that weight gain occurs easily, and weight loss can be a bit more challenging. Although there are genetic and hormonal influences on body weight, obesity occurs when you take in more calories than you burn through exercise and normal daily activities,” explains OB-GYN physician, Dr. Seanna Thompson from the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Forbes — Why Are Computers So Accurate At Predicting Schizophrenia? By Michael Thomsen…The Mayo Clinic says a major part of schizophrenia diagnosis depends on eliminating other potential causes for the generalized behavior, including substance abuse, side-effects from medication, or complications from other psychological conditions.

Chicago Tribune — Rochester, Minn. — Rochester’s rise to the top of our Best Places index has been steady but not surprising. The city first appeared on the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2014 as the seventh best city, then climbed to No. 2 on 2015’s index. New scores for Rochester’s schools, civil engagement, health-care scene and, most notably, its diverse range of affordable housing, pushed it to the top spot. Home to the renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester is experiencing an economic boom that is bringing in thousands of new residents and new businesses, and giving those who live here an expanding assortment of entertainment options.

ABC News — Online Medical Searches May Be Sold to the Highest Bidder — Is your online medical information for sale? Why your medical searches may not be private. Story involving and consumer tracking.

MedPage Today — Whooping Cough's Rare Cousin Caused Outbreak by Michael Smith — When is whooping cough not whooping cough? When it's caused by Bordetella parapertussis, a relatively rare cousin of the pathogen B. pertussis that is the usual cause of the disease, Minnesota researchers said here. But although the causes are different, the clinical picture of the disease seen in a late-2014 outbreak in the state was very similar to classical whooping cough, according to Vytas Karalius, MPH, a medical student at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn.

Albuquerque Journal — Mayo Clinic News Network: Single flu shot is holy grail for researchers — “There’s a lot of research going on looking at some of these other options, in terms of our target for the influenza vaccine,” said Dr. Pritish Tosh, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. Tosh, who is also a member of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic, says the new avenues of investigation are definitely needed. However, he cautions, the single flu vaccine has only been tested in animals and is not yet available. So he urges everyone to get immunized with the safe and proven vaccines that we already have.

KIMT — A New MRI Scanner Comes to a Local Hospital — When it comes to healthcare your doctors want to treat you using the best technology there is. Mayo Clinic Health System- Albert Lea and Austin are now unveiling a new and advanced MRI scanner…Jeff Goodwin, Chief of Radiology, and other Mayo Clinic officials say that this brings a new top of the line technology to a community that hasn’t seen it before.

PM360 — Asthma exacerbations seen in 32% of patients within 2 years of drug step-down by Shannon Aymes — Nearly a third of patients have asthma exacerbation in the 2 years after medication step-down, according to a new study published in the September issue of Chest…Dr. Matthew A. Rank of the division of allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and colleagues analyzed the long-term outcomes of patients after asthma medication step-down.

MedPage Today — Biomarker ID'd for Response to Anti-Melanoma Biologic by Pam Harrison — Two separate studies have identified changes in T-cell subsets before and after treatment with the anti-PD-1 antibody, pembrolizumab (Keytruda), that are predictive of treatment response, new research indicated…Another response biomarker: Bim

In a second study, Roxana Dronca, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., noted that they had already demonstrated that Bim is a downstream signaling molecule in the PD-1 signaling pathway and that levels of Bim reflect the degree of PD-1 interactions with its ligand, PD-L1.

KSTP — U of M: New Technology Could Help Regrow Complex Nerves by Jennie Lissarrague — Scientists from the University of Minnesota were part of a national team whose groundbreaking research could help hundreds of thousands of people who have suffered nerve injuries or disease. According to Mayo Clinic researchers, nerve regeneration is a complex process, so nerve damage is often permanent. This new method could be the answer to helping people get these sensory and motor skills back.

CBS Sports  NBA Players May Soon Be Wearing GPS Devices by Ross Kelly — The intersection between sports and technology just keeps getting busier and there’s no end in sight. According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the NBA has decided to devote its own money into a study of players wearing GPS devices during games. The league is using the Mayo Clinic of Minnesota as the guinea pig for products developed by GPS device-makers: Catapult and STATSports.

Winona Daily News — Mayo-Franciscan to break ground on $4.5 million Arcadia clinic — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare will break ground for the $4.5 million primary care clinic it will build south of town at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at 895 S. Dettloff Drive. The event will include remarks from Mayo-Franciscan leadership, including president/CEO Dr. Tim Johnson and Arcadia Mayor John Kimmel.

Washington Post — How an obscure drug’s 4,000% price increase might finally spur action on soaring health-care costs by Carolyn Johnson… The increasing cost of prescription drugs has been a growing national issue, and stories about drug prices that go up — instead of down, as most people expect as time goes on — have become increasingly common. In August and September, the Mayo Clinic posted on its website concerns about the tuberculosis drug cycloserine.

NPR — Doubts Rise About Surge In Statin Prescriptions For Oldest Americans by Lisa Gillespie… A risk calculator developed to help doctors apply the guidelines overestimates risk, some researchers have said. Citing past studies, cardiologists at Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic said last month that "overreliance on such algorithms can lead to unnecessary treatment with statins." They called for further updates to heart disease prevention guidelines. Their comments were published online in August by Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Seattle magazine — New Cancer Treatments Reduce Radiation Risks by Evan Webeck… Called radioactive seed localization, the method involves implanting the tumor with a rice-grain-size “seed” that emits a very low amount of radiation. Surgeons then trace the seed by the radiation, locating the tumor for removal. It’s a less invasive, more accurate alternative to the usual technique of implanting a wire as a guide. The technology was developed by the Mayo Clinic and the Moffitt Cancer Center a decade ago, but is just now seeing practical use, with The Polyclinic being one of the first medical centers in the state to offer this option, and others are expected to follow.

Woodbury Bulletin — Prostate cancer survivor from Woodbury gets 'a whole new lease on life' by Amber Kispert-Smith — It’ll be five years ago this month that Woodbury resident Chris Meyer heard some news that would change his outlook on life for the better. He had prostate cancer… Meyer decided to go for a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic where doctors gave him only two years to live, because Meyer had some spots on his ribs so doctors thought that the cancer had spread to his ribs. Doctors put Meyer on a hormone treatment.

Wall Street Journal — Opinion: The Assault on Drug Innovation…Cancer drugs— which amount to only 1% of U.S. health spending and one-fifth of the cost of cancer care—are also a target. In an editorial in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings journal in July, 118 leading U.S. oncologists endorsed national price controls. A recent editorial in JAMA Oncology pre-emptively objected to the still-unknown price of an experimental Eli Lilly lung cancer drug that hasn’t reached the market. In other words, no matter what the price, it must be too high. Additional coverage: The Atlantic

USA Today — Some health experts say the USA hasn't learned key lessons from Ebola experience by Liz Szabo — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which treated the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the USA, recently released an independent investigation into its care of that patient, Thomas Eric Duncan. The outside panel that wrote the report found a number of problems with the hospital’s care...Authors of the report on Texas Health Presbyterian, who include Denis Cortese, emeritus president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, also noted a lack of coordination between staff at the hospital, the CDC, Texas transportation department and city, county and state health officials.

MPR — DFL Sen. Metzen being treated for lung cancer by Tom Scheck — State Sen. Jim Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, is undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic for a recurrence of lung cancer. A spokesperson for the DFL Senate Caucus confirmed Metzen’s illness after state Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul, announced in an email update to his constituents that Metzen is facing a “serious health issue.” Additional coveagePioneer Press, KSTP, Star Tribune

Mankato Free Press — Flu shots expected to be more effective by Jessica Bies… All told 4,307 people in the state were hospitalized with complications from the virus, 706 schools reported outbreaks and 10 children died. For unknown reasons, south-central Minnesota was hit particularly hard. This year's vaccine is hoped to be more effective. But convincing the public of that might be difficult, said Sheri Paulsen, patient care manager at Mayo Clinic Health System. Residents are already voicing doubts.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — Celebrating life at Out of the Darkness walk by Courtney Kueppers… Karlene Phillips, a psychiatric nurse at Mayo and event coordinator, said seeing people start to have conversations about suicide and mental health is one of the most gratifying parts of her career, noting 30 years ago when her 17-year-old brother committed suicide there was no dialogue about the topic. “We grieved quietly and people said sorry, but nobody really talked about what happened,” she said.

Medscape — Recent Pertussis Uptick May Come From a Different Species by Kate Johnson — The recent increase in outbreaks of whooping cough might not be related to the common Bordetella pertussis pathogen, but instead to a lesser-known but related species, data from a recent Minnesota outbreak suggest. Although Bordetella parapertussis has been shown to cause similar clinical manifestations, vaccination against B pertussis does not protect against B parapertussis, said Vytas Karalius, MPH, who is a medical student at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

MedCity News — Sorry, Obama: Venter has no plans to share genomic data by Meghana Keshavan… The Mayo Clinic discussion was a much more finite stance on his concerns of privacy in data sharing – and the consistency of data quality. Different scientists and different machines will interpret data from next-generation sequencing in a different manner.

Bloomberg — Blankfein's Cancer Diagnosis: 10 Questions About Lymphomas by Michelle Cortez — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein said today that he’s starting treatment for a "highly curable" form of the blood cancer lymphoma, a group of diseases that starts in the immune system and is diagnosed in about 80,000 people in the U.S. each year…What are the treatments’ side effects and risks? A patient’s immune system is often depressed after several rounds of chemotherapy, making infections like cold and flu more likely, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Washington Post

Multiple Myeloma Blog — “I’m going to live. That’s what I do.” by Pat Killingsworth…So much for true confessions. I heard from my “other” myeloma specialist, Dr. Chanan-Khan at Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville. I had emailed him, asking Dr. Chanan-Khan to review my post-transplant results and share his thoughts; guess I secretly hoped he would talk me out of it! Nope. At this point, he recommended I proceed. He did (in a kind and professional way) remind me that he would have approached things differently. If you recall, Dr. Chanan-Khan strongly opposed my decision to undergo a salvage auto, even a modified one. At the very least, he wanted me to try daratumumab, through the FDA’s Compassionate Use program, first.

Donate Life blog — New Kidney From Sister Gives Hurdler a Chance at 2016 Olympics  Heads turned when Aries Merritt walked into the lobby at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix at 5 a.m. on Sept. 1, with family and TV cameras in tow. Just four days earlier, he won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. But, on this day, facing one of his biggest hurdles, he was about to undergo a lifesaving kidney transplant. Aries, 30, was the obvious media hero because of his athletic achievements. He earned a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and holds the world record in his sport. The unsung hero of the day was LaToya Hubbard, his sister, who was there to donate one of her kidneys to her brother.

Targeted Oncology — Response to PD-1 Inhibitors in Metastatic Melanoma Predicted With Bim Protein by Gina Battaglia — Frequency of the cell death-regulating protein Bim (BCL-2–interacting mediator of cell death) may predict patient response to PD-1 (programmed death protein-1) inhibitor immunotherapy, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. The results were presented in an abstract at the International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference, on September 16, 2015, in New York City.1

Post-Bulletin — Public gets close-up look at new STEM Village by Taylor Nachtigal — Area teachers who want to include lessons in robotics using legos, or study zebrafish embryos under a microscope can now check that equipment out from a new lending library. The STEM Village — a collaboration run by Winona State University, but housed at Rochester Community and Technical College's Heintz Center — opened Tuesday and will offer professional development for area educators and a lending library of STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — equipment… Renovations were made at Rochester Community and Technical College's Heintz Center through a partnership between RCTC, Winona State University, Rochester Area Math Science Partnership and InSciEd Out Mayo Clinic.

Discovery News — Fidget for Your Life! by Talal Al-Khatib… Sitting has frequently been referred to as the new smoking in terms of how it can affect the body over time. According to the Mayo Clinic, long periods of sitting can lead to obesity and metabolic syndrome. It can also mean to increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Ole Miss news — UMMC Fellowship Opens Door to Prestigious Mayo Clinic Opportunity by Rachel Gholson  University of Mississippi senior Anna Grace Stout of Carthage used her experience at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Bioethics Fellowship to gain acceptance to a prestigious Mayo Clinic Summer Program. The Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research pairs students with a faculty mentor for summer research. Stout was paired this summer with Dr. Megan Allyse, who specializes in reproductive ethics and women’s health, and Dr. Katherine Carroll, a medical sociologist, on two separate projects.

Albuquerque Journal — Doctors train on social media… With that in mind, Hootsuite, the most widely used platform for managing social media, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media recently announced a joint initiative to create an industry-leading social media credential for medical and health care professionals. “It’s important for physicians and other health care professionals to understand how online social networks matter to them,” says Dr. Farris Timimi, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and medical director for the MCCSM. “Even if they’re not yet active online – or maybe even particularly if they’re not involved – what others say about them affects their practices.”

US News & World Report — Living With Lewy Body Dementia by Samantha Costa — The multisystem disease affects more than 1 million people and their families in the U.S. alone… In a study published in the journal Neurology in 2013, Dr. Bradley Boeve, chair of behavioral neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues reported that there are key risk factors associated with dementia with Lewy bodies.


Reuters — To eat less, consider smaller plates and packages by Lisa Rapaport — While plate size may matter, downsizing dishes alone may not be enough to help people lose weight, sad Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minnesota. “The obesity epidemic is a result of a number of different and complex influences,” Hensrud, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Recommending smaller plates is just one piece of a very large puzzle.” Additional Coverage: FOX News, Reuters UK, Business Insider,

WQOW  — Eau Claire family participating in annual Heart Walk for their daughter by Emma Wheeler — Footsteps will become the heartbeat of Eau Claire's Carson Park this weekend, as hundreds gather for the American Heart Association's annual Heart Walk. That walk has special meaning for one local family. Anne Hoel has been a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire for nine years, working with many patients that have heart conditions. But three years ago, one diagnosis hit a little too close to home.  Her daughter Lauren was found to have multiple congenital heart defects.  Doctors said she had holes in her heart, and valves that were pushing blood the wrong way.

WKBT La Crosse — Mayo Clinic Health System breaks ground on new Arcadia clinic  A community in our area will soon be seeing a major upgrade in its medical facilities. Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare broke ground on a new clinic in Arcadia Wednesday. The new facility will be off of Highway 93, which Mayo officials say will be a more convenient location for the community. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire

KEYC Mankato — Peter River's Edge Clinic Takes Steps In New Partnership With Mankato Clinic by Kelsey Hering  St. Peter River's Edge Hospital and Clinic staff take the next steps in developing a partnership with a local clinic. Talk of a partnership between River's Edge Clinic in St. Peter and either Mayo Clinic Health System or Mankato Clinic have been going on for months, but today the once blurry future for the clinic became clearer. CEO of River's Edge in St. Peter George Rohrich said, "Mayo Clinic did say that really the best thing, the best situation is for us to continue with Mankato Clinic and I agree with that sentiment."

Endocrine Today — Results of repeat thyroid FNA mostly unchanged from initial biopsy by Singh Ospina…M. Regina Castro, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues conducted a retrospective review of medical records on 323 patients (81% women; mean age, 52.3 years) with 334 thyroid nodules seen at the Mayo Clinic who had a benign iFNA biopsy and rFNA biopsy between 2003 and 2013. The researchers sought to determine the clinical relevance of rFNA biopsy after a benign iFNA biopsy.

Nature — Medical marijuana: Showdown at the cannabis corral by Michael Eisenstein… So far, 23 states and the District of Columbia have each come up with distinct approaches for providing medical cannabis — all in open defiance of federal law (see page S2). “There is no standardization,” says J. Michael Bostwick, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I guess we could have 'best practices' for states defying federal law, but that seems like adding convoluted craziness to what is already a crazy situation.”

The News-Gazette Ill. — The Health Reporter Is In: Q: I’m considering having a screening for osteoporosis. What age should you start thinking about this? — With 2 million osteoporosis fractures in the U.S. every year and this condition striking five times as many women as men, the organization has called on ob/gyns to address bone health and lifestyle factors with all their patients, beginning at puberty and adolescence when girls are in peak bone-building years. “Many people think of bone as dead skeletal tissue, maybe because of Halloween, but bone is living tissue,” said Lori Fitton, a Mayo Clinic Health System orthopedics nurse practitioner who plans to be in Savoy, Gibson City and Rantoul next month giving talks to the public on osteoporosis risk and women’s bone health.

Oncology Nurse Advisory — Colorectal cancer with liver metastases: Synchronous vs. sequential resection by Kathy Boltz, Ph.D…The authors, all from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, explained that the study results provide procedure-specific national benchmarks for postsurgical outcomes that will facilitate comparisons for quality improvement…"Our findings also show that performing preoperative risk assessments on patients who require both liver and colorectal resections could allow surgeons to more accurately predict patient outcomes and assist in preoperative planning and counseling these patients," said lead author David Nagorney, MD, a general surgeon at Mayo Clinic.

Reuters UK — Dalai Lama visits U.S. for checkup as world leaders gather for U.N.  Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was in the United States for a medical checkup on Thursday, and he had no plans to meet world leaders gathering in New York for the annual United Nations general assembly, officials at his office in India said. The Nobel Peace Laureate is not ill, but was going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for a yearly health check-up, his secretary Tenzin Taklha said in an email. Additional coverage: Daily Mail UK

Post-Bulletin — Mayo Clinic's top information security officer leaves by Jay Furst — Mayo Clinic's chief information security officer, Jim Nelms, is no longer with the clinic, the Post-Bulletin has learned. Nelms is well-known nationally as an information security expert, with 14 years of experience with the World Bank. This month, he was to be featured in a webinar called, "The Changing Role of the Chief Information Security Officer: What Every CISO Should Know," also featuring the chief information security officer with Veracode.

Albert Lea Tribune — Series: Fighting for control by Coleen Harrison… For Rochelle Kirsch, an addiction to meth meant a loss of her identity — both as a mother and as a nurse. Kirsch, a 41-year-old resident of Albert Lea, said she grew up with divorced parents… I was an addict way before I even picked up,” she said. At 36, Kirsch was married with three children and was an RN in the trauma intensive care unit at Mayo Clinic. “I floated always to trauma and always to chaos,” she said. “I didn’t know any better.” Additional coverage: Hitting Rock Bottom, Hope in Recovery, Finding Recovery

FOX News — Study finds racial disparity in appendicitis treatment among children…When researchers looked at reported pain and adjusted their results for ethnicity, they observed that black patients with moderate pain were less likely to receive any analgesia than white patients. And for patients with severe pain, black patients were also less likely to receive opioids than white patients. According to the Mayo Clinic, a blockage in the lining of the appendix that causes infection usually leads to appendicitis.

Ponte Vedra Recorder — Mayo Clinic awarded grant to test new breast cancer vaccine by Carrie Resch — Exciting developments in the war on cancer are being cultivated right here on the First Coast. On the cusp of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Mayo Clinic Florida campus has announced they have been awarded a $13.3 million, five-year federal grant to test a vaccine designed to prevent the recurrence of triple-negative breast cancer. “Continued improvements in therapies for patients with triple-negative breast cancer are one of our most important research goals,” breast cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Florida, Edith Perez, M.D., said in a news release.

Yahoo! — Does America have the cure for high drug costs? by Kerry Sheridan…The average price of new cancer drugs in the United States is now more than $120,000 per year, but the average US annual income is $52,000, according to a July editorial in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The price of new cancer drugs has risen between five- and 10-fold over the last 15 years, making it harder than ever for patients to afford treatments in an era of new promise for immunotherapy and targeted cancer drugs that may improve the chances of survival. Even those who have insurance coverage often end up paying extra money for their medication, and some have to go without, according to lead author Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at Mayo Clinic.

Texas Public Radio — Concussions And Repercussions, Part Three: Blake Ripple's Struggle Living With Concussions by David Davies…“Blake has a lot of frustration with the simple memory of things. That’s one of his big cognitive issues," says Lori Ripple. "We’ve been told by numerous neurologists, we’ve even been to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and there’s not much more we can do. The doctors tells us there’s no definitive test for it but they’re almost certain that he suffers from CTE.” CTE is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. it’s a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions and subconcussive hits to the head.

Yahoo! Parenting — Mom Posts Shocking Photos Warning About the Dangers of Kissing Newborns by Esther Crain — Baby Brooke Henderson contracted oral herpes from an adult who kissed her face, and her mom wants to prevent this from happening to other infants…It’s common to contract oral herpes in childhood, as kids often swap spit via cups, straws, and lip balm. It’s very contagious; In fact, 90 percent of people worldwide test positive for antibodies to HSV, according to the Mayo Clinic, meaning they contracted it at some point in life, whether they know it or not.

WXYZ Detroit  Charities come together to take teen with rare auto immune disease to the Mayo Clinic  Laying hands on Maysie Madison, her family, the crew from Grace On Wings and the Moslem Shiners said a prayer before they took flight…Wednesday afternoon, the bedridden 13-year-old will be airlifted to Mayo Clinic…Maysie has an auto immune disease that causes seizures, which has left her paralyzed and unable to speak…Doctors at the Mayo Clinic think they can help her and are taking on her case as charity, but getting here there and back would have cost tens of thousands of dollars. Maysie’s family was unable to afford the cost.

Lillie News — Jim Metzen battles cancer again, political future remains uncertain by Erin Hinrichs — After living nearly two and a half years cancer-free, Sen. Jim Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, is about to start a new round of treatment. On a routine visit to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, doctors detected a new patch of cancer in his lung, as well as his back and a few other places.

Grantland — From BMI to TMI: The NBA Is Leaning Toward Wearable Tech by Zach Lowe — The NBA is putting its own money into the study of wearable GPS devices, with the likely end goal of outfitting players during games, according to several league sources. The league is funding a study, at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, of products from two leading device-makers: Catapult and STATSports.


El Diario de Coahuila — Cuatro cambios que sufre la mente y el cuerpo después de un divorcio… - Organismo Un estudio del Dr. Amir Lerman, cardiólogo de Mayo Clinic da a conocer que las personas que han pasado por situaciones como el divorcio, la muerte de la pareja o de algún familiar, entre otros, puede generarles el padecimiento del Síndrome del Corazón Roto.

Tiempo — Risa: Los Beneficios De Sonreír Y Ser Optimista… La revista Mayo Clinic Proceedings reporta que investigadores evaluaron los resultados de una prueba de personalidad aplicada a personas de más de 30 años; registraron que las personas con calificaciones optimistas tuvieron un riesgo menor de morir prematuramente. En palabras del Doctor Toshihiko Maruta, Psiquiatra de la Clínica Mayo, “confirmamos que la mente y el cuerpo están relacionados y que la actitud ejerce un impacto sobre el resultado final: la muerte”.

La Cronica — El ABC de una postura sana  En ocasiones, algunas personas suelen excederse al intentar mejorar la postura. “Las personas suelen adoptar una posición excesivamente extendida, con los hombros tan hacia atrás que llegan a formar un arco muy pronunciado en la espalda, y con ello empiezan a traspasar el peso corporal demasiado hacia atrás”, explica Alynn Kakuk, fisioterapeuta del Programa para Vida Sana de Mayo Clinic.

Univision — Cómo elegir el deporte ideal para tu hijo  En las escuelas y clubes suele haber muchos deportes para niños entre los cuales elegir. Además de las preferencias personales de tus hijos, checa otros factores para tener en cuenta, antes de decidir cuál es la disciplina ideal para ellos. Natación. Es una gran actividad para niños de dos a cinco años, que han comenzado a dominar movimientos básicos, pero que son muy pequeños como para participar de un deporte organizado, explica la Clínica Mayo.


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