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Teamwork is the key to unlocking the brain's secrets
by John Noseworthy
Right now you’re using millions of cells in your brain to translate these words into conscious thought. Understanding language. Summoning memories. Feeling emotion. Solving problems. These are merely a fraction of the marvels made possible by the human brain. It’s the most complex and least understood part of our bodies. Despite all of the incredible medical advances made to improve our health over the last century, the brain’s inner workings, relatively speaking, remain mostly a mystery.
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Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.
Contact: Duska Anastasijevic
Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent's to be partners on cancer center in Riverside
By Charlie Patton
St. Vincent’s HealthCare and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville agreed to collaborate on a new cancer clinic which will be located on the campus of St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside. St. Vincent’s will build and equip the 11,500-square-foot clinic and provide administrative and support staff. The Mayo Clinic will provide the physicians for what will be called the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center at St. Vincent’s Riverside.
Context: Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus and St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a ministry of Ascension Health, are collaborating to bring Mayo Clinic’s nationally ranked cancer services to patients in a newly built medical suite on the campus of St. Vincent’s Riverside. The goal is to offer Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center’s programs and services to more patients directly in the community. Construction of the 11,500-square-foot medical suite is expected to be completed in summer of 2016. Financial details of the agreement will not be disclosed. “We are thrilled to collaborate with a local health system that is known worldwide for delivering superior cancer care,” says Michael Schatzlein, M.D., President and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “Every year, thousands of patients travel across the globe to be treated by Mayo Clinic physicians, and, now, St. Vincent’s will offer our patients the same high-quality care right here on our Riverside campus.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kevin Punsky
Health: Schoolchildren get into stand-up act
by Karen Weintraub
By now, most adults have gotten the message that slumping in a desk chair all day long isn’t very healthy. Over the last five years, standing desks have gone from an office oddity to a staple…James Levine said his own research and others’ suggests that children benefit from any extra time to burn off energy. “If you give children the opportunity to move while learning, they will do so,” said Levine, co-director of obesity solutions at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. “They’ll double the amount of daily movement.”
Context: James Levine, M.D. PH.D. is a world authority on obesity, serving as a named expert at the United Nations, an invitee to the President's Cancer Panel, and a consultant to governments internationally. He is the Dr. Richard F. Emslander Professor of Endocrinology and Nutrition Research at Mayo Clinic. He holds five tenured professorships at ASU, is the Dean's Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and the Regents Professor at Umea University, Sweden. He also serves as the co-director of Obesity Solutions, a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and ASU, and is the international director of Obesity Solutions' sister center in Sweden.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
U.S. News & World Report
Mayo Clinic CEO: Health Care Focuses on Outcomes, Sharing Knowledge
by Steve Sternberg
…U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow keynote speaker Dr. John Noseworthy, president and chief executive officer at Mayo Clinic, spoke with U.S. News about some of the changes affecting the nation's health care system and Mayo's approach to improving health care for tens of thousands of patients inside – and outside – its walls. (The interview has been edited for clarity and length.)
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Harvard Business Review — Turning Value-Based Health Care into a Real Business Model by Laura Kaiser — At Mayo Clinic, surgeons who perform lumpectomies or partial mastectomies for breast cancer work during the operation with the Frozen Section Pathology Lab to determine whether all the cancer has been removed. Such microscopic analysis of frozen-tissue samples can take 24 hours or more at some hospitals, but Mayo achieves it in, say, 20 minutes while the surgery is in process. Yes, 20 minutes is valuable extra time in an operating room while the surgeon and staff wait for pathology findings.
Wall Street Journal — The Newest Knick Devours His Preseason Regimen by Chris Herring — How do you add mass to a Latvian giant? By aiming to load him with close to 5,000 calories a day—more than twice the recommended daily amount for the average person. Kristaps Porzingis, whom the Knicks selected with their No. 4 overall pick this summer, was arguably the most intriguing player in the NBA draft…To get a sense of how he’s doing it, the Journal spoke with Porzingis this week about his daily diet as the Knicks hold training camp. Then we called Luke Corey, a performance dietitian and at the Mayo Clinic, to analyze Porzingis’s diet.
Bloomberg — How to Avoid Getting Sick This Fall by John Tozzi —Take care of yourself Eating well, exercising, and managing other medical conditions can help you stay healthy, said Pritish Tosh, an infectious-disease doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Sleep and peace of mind help, too. “In general, we find that when people have a lot of stress or have sleep deprivation, there’s a lot of health problems that result,” Tosh said. "That can include becoming more susceptible to infections."
Huffington Post — 5 Truths About Male Menopause Every Man Should Know by Ann Brenoff —Researchers estimate that the condition affects anywhere from two to six million men in the United States. Yet it is an under-diagnosed problem, with only about 5 percent of those affected getting treatment. According to the Mayo Clinic's website, "testosterone therapy may sound like the ultimate anti-aging formula." But it adds, "The health benefits of testosterone therapy for age-related decline in testosterone aren't as clear as they may seem."
Huffington Post — An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress—Episode One: An Illness's Introduction by Catherine Armsden — A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding creative work of their careers…We're determined to make this night as fun as possible -- after drinks, we'll see a movie and then have dinner -- since Hadley has just finished her sixth grueling day at the Mayo Clinic…"Your physical illness is real; the question is just what's causing it. I mean...this is the Mayo Clinic and they can't leave any stone unturned. Right?" I ask, hoping I'm not saying anything she hasn't thought of herself.
Huffington Post — Hayden Panettiere Receiving Treatment For Postpartum Depression by Cavan Sieczkowski — “Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression," the statement read. "She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time." Postpartum depression affects moms after childbirth and symptoms can include mood swings, withdrawing from family, difficulty bonding with your baby, fatigue, anxiety and thoughts of self-harm, according to Mayo Clinic.
Forbes — An Antidote For Escalating Drug Prices: 'Reciprocity' Of Regulatory Approvals by Henry Miller — The price of some new drugs is high, to be sure. In a commentary published in July, 118 oncologists advocated a grass-roots movement to check the escalation in the prices of new cancer drugs, which averaged more than $100,000 per year in 2012. “There is no relief in sight because drug companies keep challenging the market with even higher prices,” the doctors wrote in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. “This raises the question of whether current pricing of cancer drugs is based on reasonable expectation of return on investment or whether it is based on what prices the market can bear.”
NY Times — Let’s Run a Turkey Trot by Tara Parker-Pope — If you’re new to running, we recommend a 5K race, which is 3.1 miles. To train for it, try the free Mayo Clinic’s 7-week 5K training plan for beginners. It starts with just 15 seconds of running and 45 seconds of walking at a time — so almost anybody can do it. If you’ve been running a little, you could also try the free Hal Higdon’s 5K training plan.
CBS News — What is lupus? Selena Gomez diagnosis prompts questions by Mary Brophy Marcus — Selena Gomez fans may be asking in the wake of the pop singer's announcement that she's been diagnosed with the disease and underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatment. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs, according to Mayo Clinic experts. The joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs can be affected by the disease, which causes inflammation. "Chronic" means the signs and symptoms tend to last more than six weeks, and often for many years. But it impacts each person differently. While it can strike at any age, it usually is diagnosed in women between the ages of 15 and 35, most commonly in their late teens or early 20s, Mayo Clinic rheumatologist Dr. Thomas Osborn told CBS News. But he said it's not clear why yet. Additional coverage: WAGS World Cup
CNN — Jacksonville, 7 U.S. marathons worth the trip by Jordan Rane — Florida: February 14, 2016 Rundown: Launched by local news anchor and three-time breast cancer survivor Donna Deegan, the Florida coast's most inspiring marathon is much more than just a great beach run in February. Since its inception in 2008, the "26.2 with Donna" run has helped raise millions of dollars for breast cancer bench research at the Mayo Clinic and for under-served breast cancer patients through The Donna Foundation.
CNN — MRSA: Tiny bacteria that can tackle giants by Elizabeth Cohen — New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells has been diagnosed with the superbug MRSA. According to NJ.com, he has required multiple surgeries to treat the infection…The trick to treating MRSA is to catch it fast. If a wound such as a cut, scrape or pimple looks infected or is accompanied by a fever, the experts at the Mayo Clinic advise seeing your doctor.
HealthDay — Plight of NFL Player Stricken by MRSA Germ 'Extremely Unusual' by Dennis Thompson — MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is a strain of bacteria that has developed a resistance to several common antibiotics. Typically, MRSA causes a simple skin infection that's easily treated by lancing the abscess or taking alternative antibiotics. But, if it reaches the deep tissue, bone or bloodstream it can cause severe illness, said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases doctor with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Reuters — Diverticulitis on the rise in U.S. since 2000 by Kathryn Doyle — Diverticulitis, a disabling colon problem that can cause pain, obstruction and fever, became more common in the U.S. from the late 1990’s to the mid-2000’s, a new study suggests. The findings are from one Minnesota county, but other research indicates that hospitalizations for diverticulitis also increased in the U.S. generally during this period. The overall incidence of diverticulitis, with or without hospitalization, increased by 50 percent since 2000, and more so in younger people, said lead author Dr. Adil E. Bharucha of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Yahoo! News Canada
Bloomberg — Is This Cancer Treatment Worth It? New Tool Offers Patients Data by Michelle Cortez — “There is a tide turning when it comes to costs,” said Robert Carlson, chief executive officer of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a non-profit group that includes top hospitals like the Mayo Clinic, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and 24 others. “Our goal is to get the conversation started between the patient and the health-care team so they understand the trade-offs,” he said. “If as an artifact of that we were to make health care more affordable, that would be wonderful.”
Yahoo! Health — Hayden Panettiere Enters Treatment for Postpartum Depression: The Truth About This Misunderstood Condition by Korin Miller — Nashville star Hayden Panettiere has entered a treatment facility for postpartum depression, her publicist told People.com on Tuesday (Oct. 13)… While it may seem unusual for a mother to seek treatment for postpartum depression when her child is nearly a year old, experts say it actually isn’t. “The public has an idea that postpartum depression is just in the short term, but it certainly is not,” Julie Lamppa, RN, a certified nurse midwife at the Mayo Clinic, tells Yahoo Health. “It can happen any time in the first year after a baby is born.” Additional coverage: Latinos Health, CMT news
NY Times (AP) — What Is Herbal Viagra? A Look at the Supplement's Dangers — Authorities say NBA star Lamar Odom had taken over-the-counter sexual performance enhancement drugs before he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. The Food and Drug Administration, Mayo Clinic and others have warned against taking these supplements, sometimes called herbal Viagra. Additional coverage: CBS News, ABC News, Star Tribune, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Western Star Canada, Yahoo!, International Business times, San Francisco Gate, LA Times
KTTC — Mayo Clinic honors military history, touts regenerative medicine as next military medical breakthrough by Taj Simmons — The story of Mayo Clinic all began with an Army doctor, as founder Dr. William Worrall Mayo served as a surgeon in the Civil War. From there the legacy of Mayo and the military took off, with many of Mayo's breakthroughs finding their way into the force. "Researchers here developed the bailout bottle, the pilot's facemask, and the G-suit to combat G-induced loss of consciousness," said Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Yaszemski.
KIMT — Mayo Clinic developing a device that could stop seizures by DeeDee Stiepan —Doctors at Mayo Clinic are working to develop a medical device that could change the lives of people who suffer from seizures due to epilepsy. The implantable device is for patients who don’t respond to medication. The device will be able to deliver stimulation to the brain to keep a seizure from happening, it will also allow doctors to access data they’ve never had before. “With that information we’ll have for the very first time, very clear analytics of how many seizures a person had, whether they’re having seizures at night that they might not be aware of,” explains Gregory Worrell, M.D., Ph.D a neurologist at Mayo Clinic.
MedPage Today — Opioid Epidemic Is Driven by Prescribers by Joynce Frieden — Jeannie Sperry, PhD, a clinical psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. who specializes in chronic pain care, offered ideas for alternative types of strategies that physicians and patients could learn. "We need to teach [patients] mindfulness-based practices such as meditation, yoga, and tai chi. We need to teach them to gradually increase physical activity and cognitive techniques to self-manage their pain."
Medscape — Women Are Demanding and Receiving, Compounded Hormones by Kate Johnson — In fact, 41% of hormone users reported choosing compounded products — often referred to as bioidenticals — over those approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). NAMS officials and a panel of discussants spent an hour decrying the practice of prescribing "unsafe and unapproved" compounded hormones during a plenary, supported by a grant from Pfizer, here at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Survey results were first published online September 25 in Menopause. …Even "good doctors are capitulating and signing these prescriptions," said Julia Files, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Jacksonville Business Journal — These Jacksonville medical personnel are on DOH’s black list — Colleen Michele Jones — Three local medical providers or technicians were suspended from their positions or restricted in their duties by the Florida Department of Health in September. They include Joseph Anthony Latka, a registered nurse at Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville; Jean Tetta, a licensed practical nurse at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville; and Travis Hall, a registered pharmacy technician with a Walgreens store in Jacksonville.
WKBT La Crosse — Pediatricians changing recommendations for adolescent screen time — Instead of a hard limit on the overall time kids spend on those devices, doctors recommend monitoring the amount of leisure time spent with them. "We're reasonable people," said Dr. CJ Menagh of Mayo Clinic Health System. "We understand that the world has changed. Back in 1999, the recommendation was no screen time before the age of 2, and no more than 2 hours a day for anyone else. We realize that that really is not a very reasonable thing to be doing in today's age."
Washington Examiner — Killing Bill: Reagan aides assail O'Reilly's book, 'Total B.S.' by Paul Bedard — The new "historical" book, "Killing Reagan, The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency," co-authored by Fox News star and New York Times best-selling author Bill O'Reilly, is coming under fire from former Reagan aides who are calling it bogus…The book also quotes from the Mayo Clinic diagnosis of Reagan's Alzheimer's disease. "'Over the past twelve months we began to notice from President Reagan's test results symptoms indicating the possibility of early stage Alzheimer's Disease,' reads the diagnosis," quotes the book. "Additional testing and an extensive observation over the past few weeks have led us to conclude that President Reagan is entering the early stages of this disease." Mayo's press team, however, told Secrets that they have never released the diagnosis and never talked to anyone associated with O'Reilly's book. "Patient privacy and confidentiality is fundamental to Mayo Clinic. We confirm that President Reagan's medical records were never shared with outside authors or journalists, nor was Mayo Clinic contacted by anyone associated with this book," said spokeswoman Duska Anastasijevic.
News Oklahoma — Journey of Mustang's Blake Williams from sickness to stardom under Friday night lights by Scott Wright — That morning in Rochester, Minn., Tammy had no idea what was wrong with her son. He had been sick for more than a year, and was still getting worse. His vision was failing. He'd become nauseated for no reason. The weakness and pain in his legs made it difficult for him to walk from his bed to the bathroom. But within a few days at the Mayo Clinic, Blake Williams had a diagnosis. Two months later, he was receiving treatment. And 23 months after that — last Saturday, to be exact — Blake was standing on the sidelines at Owen Field in Norman, shaking hands with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops as one of the most intriguing recruiting prospects the Sooners had on hand for their 44-24 win over West Virginia…A year-and-a-half after he had begun feeling sick, Blake finally knew what he had. But the Mayo Clinic offered no treatment for dysautonomia, which is largely viewed in the medical world as incurable — the symptoms can be treated, but not the disease.
Star Tribune — Fairview weighs merger with University of Minnesota doctors by Jeremy Olson — While the organizations are already intertwined, their separate leadership and practice plans create inefficiencies compared with competitors with salaried doctors such as Health Partners and Mayo Clinic…Duluth-based Essentia Health has taken over hospitals and clinics across Minnesota’s north, while South Dakota-based Sanford Health and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester have expanded across the south.
Run Blog Run — Aries Merritt: On The Mend, Olympic Champion, WR Holder Recovering From Kidney Transplant by Dave Hunter — Some three weeks after Merritt received a kidney from his sister Latoya, the world championship medalist was in good spirits. "I feel really good. Everything is better and better," states Merritt, who underwent kidney transplant surgery on September 1st at Phoenix's Mayo Clinic.
Mankato Free Press — Drop in unpaid care benefits everyone — The cost of unpaid care at hospitals has grown alarmingly for decades. In Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System has seen all uncompensated care go from $31.5 million in 2006 to more than $70 million in recent years. Finally, the costs of unpaid care at Minnesota hospitals, and those across the country, are falling.
Sun Current — Richfield STEM School partners with Mayo Clinic and the U by Andrew Wig— A group of Richfield STEM School teachers studied fish embryos at the University of Minnesota over the summer in hopes of intensifying the learning experience in their own elementary school classrooms. The 12-day August session was part of a program called Integrated Science Outreach (InSciEd Out), a partnership between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota that focuses on “authentic science inquiry” as teachers engage in graduate level study, said Chris Engelbret, an R-STEM teacher who led the Richfield contingent.
Mankato Free Press — Retired newspaper cartoonist tells Vietnam story in pen and ink by Edie Schmierbach — Whenever their conversations turn to politics or world events, Dr. Thom Rooke counts on his good friend, Gene Basset, to illustrate a point of view by pulling out an image drawn during his long career as a newspaper cartoonist…Rooke is a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and director of the Gonda Vascular Center. Also an author, he mostly writes medical books and history books. Along with promoting their new book, the two friends have begun working on their second illustrated book about the Mayo brothers aimed at a young adult audience. The first is titled "The Tornado."
Red Wing Republican Eagle — Costly Care by Michael Brun — The five panelists at a health policy summit Thursday each touched on various aspects of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health insurance in the state, but one issue quickly took center stage…The panel included Health and Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Dr. Tom Witt with Mayo Clinic Health System and representatives from state offices...The region is unique in having the “world-class” Mayo Clinic Health System, “but the population base here is not sufficient to draw in as many other provider networks,” said Tom Major with Minnesota Department of Health’s Managed Care Services division.
Star Tribune — Simplicity isn't bad for your finances by Chris Farrell — An intriguing theme that ran through the Mayo Clinic’s Transform Conference in Rochester this month involved the push for patients to take greater control over their care. It’s a healthy development (pun intended), although I’m skeptical how far the movement can go until medical bills are easily comprehensible.
KJZZ Arizona — Joseph Sirven: It’s All Relative — “I went to a lab and had my daughter’s DNA tested for genes associated with epilepsy and … its positive!” The mother and daughter both broke down in tears. “This is not terrible news,” I started. “How can you say that?” the mom interrupted. “This means all her children and my grandchildren will be affected. This is a nightmare!” I looked at both of them.
Faribault Daily News — Clean your hands: A simple way to prevent infection by Travis Roethler, PA-C, Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault — It’s a simple habit — one that requires minimal training and no special equipment. Yet it’s one of the best ways to avoid becoming ill with an infectious disease, such as a cold, the flu or infectious diarrhea.
WKBT La Crosse — Area walk remembers those taken far too early — The annual "A Walk to Remember" in Holmen helps parents honor their babies that have passed and brings attention to Pregnancy and Infant Awareness Month…"Families really look forward to this. October is Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month, and so families really look forward to coming. Many families come year after year to this event. It's just a way to help remember their babies, and honor their babies that had gone so early in life,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Shared Program Coordinator and Registered Nurse Emily Stanton.
MedPage Today — UV Sheds Light on Hospital Room Disinfection by Michael Smith — On the other hand, the benefit of what Anderson called "enhanced terminal disinfection" varied among the four pathogens, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), multidrug-resistant (MDR) acetinobacter, and Clostridium difficile. Nevertheless, the study represents an important step forward for hospitals, commented Charles Huskins, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a meeting co-chair. The findings suggest that the tested strategies could form "a very significant complement to our armamentarium" of disinfection methods, Huskins told reporters.
WEAU Eau Claire — “Healthy Trails” event offers exercise, information — “A lot of people think that physical activity has to be ‘exercise’, where you join a gym or fitness club,” Dr. Paul Loomis, a family medicine specialist with Mayo Clinic Health System told WEAU 13 News on Saturday. “I prefer the term ‘physical activity. So, make it fun and make it convenient. It doesn't have to be dressing up in fancy clothes and going to the gym.”
MedPage Today — Negative Biopsy in Giant Cell Arteritis? Look to Symptoms by Nancy Walsh — "Our main finding is that there are no significant differences in the frequencies of the histologic features evaluated in the two study groups," the study authors wrote. Rather, "the diagnosis is generally driven by the appropriate combination of clinical features -- typically headache, scalp tenderness, vision loss or diplopia, and/or jaw claudication -- and laboratory findings, usually confirmed by a temporal artery biopsy which shows inflammation featuring giant cells," explained Steven Ytterberg, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
AP — The Dalai Lama Says Buddhist Culture Most Important To Him by Ashwini Bhatia — Last week, the Dalai Lama said he had had a thorough medical checkup at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, U.S.A., and was in "excellent condition." Though advised rest by doctors, the Dalai Lama got out of his car and walked nearly 100 meters (yards) to the school.
Star Tribune — UCare makes Medicare push by Christopher Snowbeck — Medicare can be a tough business for smaller insurers to turn a profit, yet the market is looking more important than ever for UCare. …Patients with the coverage will be encouraged to seek care from providers at Essentia Health, or from specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for certain rare or complex conditions. They’ll retain the option of getting care from out-of-network doctors, specialists and hospitals, but enrollees would typically have to pay more to do so.
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal — The List: A Big (Square) Footprint — The total square feet of office space at buildings on The List is 22,058,484. Sounds like a lot, but here's how it compares to other big spaces in Minnesota: 1.9 Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, 11,500,000 ft.
Modern Healthcare — Using software to avoid misdiagnoses by Sabriya Rice — At Children's National, checklists generated by Isabel pointed to the correct diagnosis in 43% of pediatric ailments, according to preliminary findings shared with Modern Healthcare. In 2000, DXplain, a similar tool, was offered to general medicine residents at the Mayo Clinic's St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Clinicians were encouraged to use it for “diagnostically challenging” cases…Even the Mayo hospital that had success with DXplain no longer uses it.
The Gulf Today — Foundation to send Emirati doctors to US — The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has launched the President’s Mission of Excellent Emirati Doctors to the United States, upon the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Thirty-four medical doctors were approved for secondment to the USA-based MD Anderson Cancer Centre and Mayo Clinic as part of the mission.
Delaware News Journal — Delaware no. 1 in cases of aggressive form of breast cancer by Jen Rini — An aggressive form of breast cancer is hitting Delaware women particularly hard, and community leaders, researchers and clinicians have no clear idea why… Diann Jones, 47, of Middletown, receives chemotherapy four to five hours a day every other week for triple negative breast cancer. It began 10 days after a lumpectomy to remove a stage 1 cancerous lump…Jones just applied to be a part of a clinical trial through the Mayo Clinic, which is trying to create a vaccine that would lower a woman’s recurrence rate. It’s her way of giving back to other women, she said.
Brainerd Dispatch — A Breast Cancer Survivor's Journey by Angella Roby — My name is Angella Roby and I'm proud to say I'm an 8-month breast and lymph node cancer survivor... I scheduled an appointment for a third opinion at Mayo Clinic for Feb. 2. In the meantime, I had my first meeting with Dr. Aby Philip, one of the oncology doctors at Essentia. He spent lots of time explaining options and different courses of treatment based on my pending test results. After meeting with Dr. Philip, I canceled my Mayo Clinic appointment the next day. He gave me such confidence in his abilities and his knowledge of this disease.
Fierce Healthcare — How healthcare providers can make value-based care turn a profit by David Ferguson — Intermountain Health Group and the Mayo Clinic are two examples of providers that experienced short-term financial hits but in the long run have made great strides in quality patient care, according to a Harvard Business Review article… Furthermore, they said, Mayo Clinic surgeons have eliminated the need for a repeat lumpectomy in 96 percent of the cases because they work closely with the pathology lab to determine whether all the cancer has been removed. A study of five years of lumpectomy data shows that the 30-day reoperation rate at Mayo was 3.6 percent, compared to 13.2 percent nationally. The result: Mayo's costs for surgery are higher in the short term, and it earns less revenue from follow-up operations. But it reduces overall medical costs, and the patient gets peace of mind more quickly.
Phoenix Business Journal — Mayo Clinic recruits dean of research from Rochester by Angela Gonzales — Diane Jelinek is the new dean of research at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, bringing with her 24 years of research and leadership positions at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In her new position, she is responsible for the leadership and management of research at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She succeeds Dr. Keith Stewart, who was named director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine.
US News & World Report — 10 Best Places to Retire on $100 a Day by Emily Brandon — These cities provide a desirable quality of life at a very affordable price… Those who dream of a retirement on the water have many options in Minneapolis, which offers access to a chain of lakes and the Mississippi River…Health care is available at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital. In nearby Rochester, Minnesota, you'll find the top-ranked hospital in the country for geriatric care, the Mayo Clinic…Phoenix. Arizona's state capital is among the sunniest places in the country and is known for its hot summers and mild winters…Phoenix has its own branch of the Mayo Clinic.
WEAU Eau Claire — Tree stand safety — You might think that most injuries dealing with hunting season come from gun incidents, but the Mayo Clinic Health System has seen more incidents with hunters falling out of tree stands than gun-related injuries. "There are national numbers out there that say 1 in 3 hunters during their hunting career will fall out of a tree stand. They are actually pretty prevalent. Here, we see about 8 to 10 patients a year. Historically, they fall out of tree stands for various reasons," David Ciresi, a Mayo Clinic Health System's trauma surgeon, tells WEAU.
ABC Action News Tampa — Mayo Clinic gets $13 million grant from Department of Defense for medical trials by Laura Harris — Glynn Wilson and Dr. Keith Knutson are currently working with The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville on clinical trials with the vaccine. They are hoping it will train the body’s own immune system to fight disease. Wilson's wife died of breast cancer and now as the President and CEO of biotech company TapImmune, he is pooling his resources with Dr. Knutson's team at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — Suicide rise sparks advocacy by Christena O’Brien — Mayo Clinic Health System and 3D Community Health are offering Question, Persuade, Refer training. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. Karlene Phillips, director of inpatient behavioral health services for Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, believes the training is important.
WKBT La Crosse — Flu vaccine clinics begin around the area — This year's vaccine matches up well with the strains of flu expected to hit us this year which is good news after last year's batch wasn't as effective. Doctors say that's a good thing because this year could be a rough flu season. "This looks like it's going to be a more significant flu year. The types of flu that are around where flu now is just getting done in Australia and some in China, it looks like it's a little tougher on people than the flus that we've had in the last couple years," says Dr. C J Menagh of Mayo Clinic Health System.
Medscape — Single Mastectomy Saves Money Compared With Double Mastectomy by Lara Pullen, Ph.D. — Younger women who elect to undergo unilateral mastectomy (UM) with routine surveillance gain several months of life in optimal health in comparison with patients choosing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). This is the conclusion of a new analysis, which applies only to women with no family history of breast cancer.…"I congratulate the authors for tackling an important issue," said discussant Judy C. Boughey, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. She added, however, that her own research revealed that "if a patient felt that their quality of life was improved by a CPM, then it was cost-effective." Moreover, other published studies on the subject have found that CPM is cost- effective for patients up to the age of 70 and that it provides cost savings but a lower quality of life.
Hamilton Spectator — Mayo Clinic News Network: Helping depressed patients feel better about medications — A new study from Mayo Clinic shows that a simple series of conversation cards can dramatically improve both the patient's and their physician's satisfaction with the discussion on and comfort with the choice of antidepressant. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. "We worked closely with patients, their families, and clinicians to fully understand what really matters to them when confronted with this situation. We wanted to transform the too-often unavailable evidence into accurate, easily accessible information to be used within the context of each person's needs and preferences, ultimately creating what we hope to be meaningful conversations," says Annie LeBlanc, first author and Mayo Clinic health science researcher.
WoodBridge Citizen — Mayo Clinic and Delos Partner to Conduct Breakthrough Health Study — The Mayo Clinic and a real estate company emphasizing wellness, Delos, have partnered to investigate the impact of indoor living on our lives. In pursuit of their goals, they created the Well Living Lab, which measures aspects of indoor space. Based in Rochester, Minnesota, it is capable of tracking these factors’ impact on an individual’s biological health.
WKOW Eau Claire — Hand sanitizer poisonings increase in Wisconsin — The problem of people, especially children, swallowing hand sanitizer continues to grow in Wisconsin…"The problem may be that everyone seems to carry them with them on their person or in their handbags or they're lying around the house. They're also flavored which is also part of the problem, they smell good, people think they're going to taste good and as you know I think kids are just very inquisitive and will pretty much lick or taste anything," said Dr. Richard Arndt. Additional coverage: WQOW Eau Claire
Healthy Living magazine (Reuters) — Refractory Dry Eye Linked With Neuropathic Or Systemic Pain — Among ocular signs, abnormal meibum quality was the only physical finding associated with reduced risk of an incomplete treatment response (OR 0.12, p=0.004). "This study may heighten provider awareness that nervous system sensitization may be contributing to symptoms in patients who do not respond to artificial tears," Dr. Joanne F. Shen, ophthalmology chair and director of the Dry Eye Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, told Reuters Health by email.
Harper’s Bazaar Singapore — How To Anti-Age Your Skin — New studies show how we might someday fight aging where it lives: inside our own cells…Clinical trials are already being planned for the dasatinib–quercetin combination, but study senior author James Kirkland, director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, warns that it’s too soon for people to use them. “I think it’s really dangerous for people to take these drugs before we know what all the side effects could be,” he says.
KIMT — Hormel employees now have access to telemedicine kiosks by Jeron Rennie — Hormel Foods and Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin teamed up to provide employees of the Fortune 500 company access to their Mayo Clinic Health Connection kiosks…Mayo Clinic Health System began using the kiosks late last year and created their first partnership with Austin Public Schools early this year. “We’ve had wonderful results with the use of kiosks by Austin Public Schools employees and dependents,” says Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin CEO Dr. Mark Ciota in a press release.
Denver Business Journal — Denver firm works on plan for new Minnesota hockey arena by Sam Black — A Denver design firm is involved in a Minnesota city's plans for a new arena for hockey and other events…Rochester is headquarters of the famed Mayo Clinic.
San Diego Union Tribune — Clinical narcissism much deeper than ‘selfie’ habit by Erinn Hutkin — The Mayo Clinic’s website defines narcissistic personality disorder as a mental issue marked by an inflated sense of self-importance, a deep need for admiration and little empathy for others, “but behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”
DAILY KOS — Cartoon: Obama apologizes for bombing of Mayo Clinic — Apologies to the Mayo Clinic for this one. They were on my mind because my aunt recently had heart surgery there (I hear she received excellent care). While the U.S. may not blow up civilians in foreign lands every single day, many civilians do fear air strikes by the U.S. and our allies every day. These massacres keep happening over and over and over again.
Star Tribune — Minneapolis' largest businesses add to push against workplace changes by Erin Golden — Minnesota’s largest and most powerful business group is mobilizing its members against a proposal to impose the nation’s most sweeping sick-leave and scheduling changes on Minneapolis employers. On Tuesday, 80 members of the Minnesota Business Partnership — a group that includes the leaders of Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy and Mayo Clinic, among other major employers — convened a phone-conference strategy session. The goal: Defeat a set of proposals to guarantee more predictable schedules and paid sick leave. The group joins a growing number of business owners who say the plans could ravage Minneapolis employers.
Winona Post — Will Rochester rail plan leave river cities in the dust? by Chris Rogers — NAHSR business plans indicate that the firm is focused on serving the Mayo Clinic and the thousands of new employees it plans to hire as part of the multi-billion-dollar Destination Medical Center (DMC) project, which includes $455 million in state funding and $3.5 billion from the Mayo Clinic. Local officials speculated as to whether the Mayo Clinic might be an investor in NAHSR. Mayo Clinic officials did not respond to that question before the Winona Post went to press.
MinnPost — Metastatic breast cancer: the disease that doesn't come all tied up in a pretty pink ribbon by Susan Perry — Keith Knutson from the Mayo Clinic was recently awarded, via his work at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, a very significant multiyear grant from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. He was awarded $13.3 million dollars to test a vaccine designed to prevent the recurrence of triple negative breast cancer, which is a subset of breast cancer. There are currently no targeted therapies for it, although, of course, chemotherapy is used.
Evening Tribune NY — 'Transformational experience' by Ryan Papaserge — During athlete orientation sessions every year, Alfred State athletic director Dr. Kelly Higgins speaks of the importance of teammates. "Remember these friends around you today," Higgins said. "They will be there sometime in your life. They'll help you with jobs, they'll help you with sponsors, they'll help you celebrate things and they may help you in a situation like this. You never know." The "situation" Higgins is referring to is the donation of a kidney to former teammate, former roommate and best man at his wedding Doug Smith at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Oct. 2.
Austin Daily Herald — A kidney for a cousin; Local man gets a second chance at life by Jenae Hackensmith — Jay Wangen didn’t ask his cousin to give him her kidney, but through her gift he will get a second chance. Wangen has faced several health issues: Along with 15 years of diabetes, he had heart bypass surgery and a mini-stroke…Wangen and his wife, Genely, moved next door to his parents in Austin about two years ago so Wangen could be treated at Mayo Clinic and be near family. Wangen has been on dialysis about two years and was on a long waiting list for a new kidney. About five months ago, he met up with his cousin Barbara “Barbie” Laughlin after her mother passed away.
Arizona State University News — Transformative gathering illuminates the future of health — From Sept. 30-Oct. 2, a diverse collective of physicians, researchers, health-policy gurus, artists, students, CEOs, thought leaders and academics converged on Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, for TRANSFORM 2015, a unique summit hosted by Mayo’s Center for Innovation (CFI)… Among the attendees were members of ASU’s Center for Sustainable Health (CSH) representing the Mayo-ASU partnership in the sponsor forum. Project HoneyBee is a digital health initiative led by Dr. Lee Hartwell, CSH’s chief scientist and Nobel laureate…The Mayo Clinic is a key clinical partner with more than nine observational trials in the program.
Footnote 1 — Genomics Moves From The Lab To The Doctor’s Office by Diana Brazzell — The spread of genomics is launching a “new era” in medicine, according to Dr. Alexander Parker, an epidemiologist and the Associate Director of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine(CIM) in Florida.(b) We’re transitioning from a one-size-fits-all model to a world of individualized medicine that is tailored to each patient’s genomic profile. Parker emphasizes that genomic medicine isn’t just a “promise for the future” – genomics has already begun to impact nearly every area of medicine and help patients in ways that would have been impossible even a few years ago.
News4Jax — New flu strain and vaccine that's ready for it — There's a new flu strain that's been targeted for the first time in several years and also a vaccine for people with egg allergies. Dr. Vandana Bhide with Mayo Clinic is here today to break it down a strong proponent of vaccinations.
Discovery News — Baby With Partial Skull Reveals Brain's Flexibility by Sheila Eldred — In a recent video posted on Facebook, 1-year-old Jaxon Buell coos and mumbles, “I love you,” to his parents. A typical social media share, except that Jaxon was born with microhydranencephaly, a condition so rare it usually only gets a couple of lines in medical textbooks, experts say. He wasn’t predicted to live more than a few days, much less come close to saying “I love you.” (The post has over 333,801 views so far.)… “Children with these sorts of problems can help us rethink the role of the brain stem and the cortex in consciousness,” said Dr. Marc Patterson, Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Medical Genetics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
WEAU Eau Claire — Enjoy a spirited, yet healthy Halloween — For families looking for some healthy alternatives, the trick is to avoid the candy crush but still enjoy the whimsical spirit of the holiday. Here are a few tips from health educator Katie Johnson with Mayo Clinic Health System.
WQOW Eau Claire — Eau Claire dietitian clarifies top nutrition myths by Bridget Curran — Whether it's low carb, gluten free, or the latest nutrition motto -- oh, and did we mention avocado? It seems like trends are constantly circling and it's hard to know what's truly healthy. Anne Bauch, a Dietitian with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, said there are a couple of myths she hears from clients on a regular basis. One of them is the trend of detoxing or cleansing.
Coeur d’ Alene Press — Kootenai Health, Mayo Clinic solving rare cases together by Marc Stewart — Nathan Sheffield has to be careful for the rest of his life…He was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden Syndrome in 2006. Complicating matters, Sheffield didn’t respond to the medicine that had been proven to help other patients with the rare genetic condition. The mystery confounded the medical professionals at Kootenai Health for years. Then about six weeks ago, his doctor, David Bartels, D.O., a medical oncologist with Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services, began working with the Mayo Clinic Care Network specialists and a successful treatment was found.
Mankato Free Press — UPDATE: Insurance deal means lower rates for state employees at Mayo Health System clinics by Jessica Bies — That puts rates at Mayo Clinic Health System more in line with Mankato Clinic, which became a cost-level two facility in March 2014. (It was previously at cost-level 3.) “It allows (state employees) if they take that plan, No. 1 to get care through Mayo Clinic Health System and to access to Mayo Clinic Rochester at a much more favorable cost level,” said Stephen Campbell, regional chief medical quality officer at Mayo Clinic Health System. It also allow them to access a team-based model of care that Campbell said “we think differentiates us from some of the other providers in the area.” Additional coverage: Peter Herald
KEYC Mankato — Medical Volunteers Gear Up to Keep Runners Healthy and Safe at Mankato Marathon by Kelsey Hering — As 5,000 runners are in their final days of training leading up to the Mankato Marathon, the medical team is also gearing up for this weekend. Bolting through a half or full marathon isn't exactly easy on the body. But thanks to a team of nurses and doctors from Mayo Clinic Health System, along with local first responders, injured runners won't be left on the sidelines. Lindsay Hennek with Mayo Clinic Health System said, "We have an area with cots set up with the ability to provide fluid resuscitation and things like that as well as wound care and then nurses and providers to do assessments to recognize those who may need further treatment beyond that."
Red Wing Republican Eagle — Time for breast cancer check by Michael Brun — Starting this month at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, patients will be able to get screened with a new 3-D imaging device in addition to a traditional mammogram…“This type of screening will especially benefit patients with dense breasts or those with high risk factors,” said Dr. Hugh Smith, a radiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, in the release.
Medscape — Pharmacist Roles to Be Deliberated at ACCP Conference by Laird Harrison — Erin Frazee, PharmD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, will present results from the BLING II trial, which compares continuous infusion with intermittent dosing of beta-lactam antibiotics in critically ill patients with severe sepsis. Contrary to expectations from previous research, continuous infusion did not show an advantage in its primary end point of intensive care unit-free days at day 28.
Hanford Sentinel Calif. — Mayo Clinic News Network: Calcium intake for adults over age 55 — However, says Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Robert Wermers, Americans aren't getting enough calcium in their diet. The median dietary intake in the U.S. for women age 50 or older is 589-649 mg per day and 728-777 per day for men. He says that despite the new findings, he recommends patients follow the Institute of Medicine’s guidelines of 1200 mg of calcium in women 51 years of age and older, 1000 mg daily for men 51-70 years old and 1200 mg for those above 70 years of age.
KTAR Ariz. — Report: Arizona hospitals earn ‘B’ grade on palliative care report card by Tom Blanton — One in three Arizona hospitals did not offer palliative care in 2013, but that was still good enough to earn the state a B on a national report card on the relatively new specialty practice. Palliative care offers “specialized medical care to patients with serious illnesses,” focusing on pain, stress and symptom relief, said Sean Morrison, one of the authors of the “2015 State-By-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals.” (Mayo Clinic image used in story.
Al Momento Mexico — ¿Cuándo es conveniente comenzar a tratar el hipotiroidismo? Cuando se detecta el hipotiroidismo es importante esperar un poco y repetir el examen dentro de varios meses para confirmar el diagnóstico. En ocasiones, cuando los resultados son iguales, se recomienda considerar varios otros factores antes de tomar la decisión de tratarlo, señala la Clínica Mayo.
El Confidencial — Síntomas aparentemente inocentes por los que deberías ir de inmediato a Urgencias…Como advierte en 'Yahoo Health' el doctor Pritish Tosh, especialista en enfermedades infecciosas de la Clínica Mayo, que tengas estos síntomas no significa que padezcas una de estas enfermedades: hay muchas cosas que pueden causar fiebre y erupciones, entre otras las reacciones alérgicas y el sarampión.
El Univision — Otro milagro médico: reimplantan cabeza a un niño por Ines Gonzalez…Algunos medios se han refirieron a la lesión como una "decapitación interna", pero el cirujano ortopédico y especialista en columna vertebral de Clínica Mayo, Dr. Michael Yaszemski dijo a CBS News que "En general, éste no es un término que utilicemos en medicina . Más bien yo diría que se trata de una fractura-luxación de vértebras C1 y C2, o una anterolistesis traumática de C1 y C2”.
Alianza Tex — ¿Son seguras las tomografías computarizadas?...Puesto a que todavía quedan dudas respecto a la seguridad de las imágenes médicas y la radiación empleada en algunos de esos exámenes, la experta de Mayo Clinic en radiación segura, Dra. Cynthia McCollough, redactó un trabajo que brinda respuestas claras, con la esperanza de apaciguar los temores de los pacientes.
Vida y Estilo — Las consecuencias de las bebidas energéticas…De acuerdo con Katherine Zeratsky, especialista en dietética de Mayo Clinic, las bebidas energéticas que contienen azúcar pueden contribuir a ganar peso, y el exceso de cafeína o de sustancias análogas puede conducir a: -Nerviosismo -Irritabilidad -Insomnio -Taquicardia -Aumentar la presión arterial.
Panamericana Radio — ¿Qué fruta te ayuda a combatir el colesterol?... Granada: El alto contenido en antioxidantes y polifenoles de la granada la hacen una gran aliada de la salud cardíaca. Según el Dr. Thomas Behrenbeck, cardiólogo de la Clínica de Mayo, el jugo de granada podría bloquear o retrasar la acumulación de colesterol en las arterias cuando se tiene niveles elevados y persistentes de lípidos en la sangre.
Vemale.com — Bye-Bye Stres! Usir Bad Mood Tiap Hari dengan 4 Hal Ini by Endah Wijayanti…Cium Aroma Citrus Aroma buah-buahan segar seperti buah jeruk dan lemon bisa bantu redakan stres. Barbara Thomley, dikutip dari laman elitedaily.com, ketua peneliti untuk Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program di Mayo Clinic menyebutkan bahwa aroma citus bisa bantu redakan rasa stres. Mood pun bisa jadi lebih baik dengan mencium aroma buah-buahan jeruk.
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