October 29, 2015

Mayo Clinic In the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

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

Editor, Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker

 

Wall Street Journal
Scientists Probe Indoor Work Spaces for Clues to Better Health
by Sumathi Reddy

… Clinical trials are due to get underway early next year at the Well Living Lab, a new, 7,500-square-foot research facility adjacent to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., designed to study indoor environments with the aim of creating healthier spaces.WSJ Banner Sensors throughout the building monitor factors ranging from noise levels to air quality and temperature; other sensors in furniture will tell how long people stay seated and their posture. “The ultimate goal is to improve health,” said Brent Bauer, medical director of the Well Living Lab and professor of medicine for the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. “If we spend 90% of our time in an indoor environment there are almost endless opportunities to find better ways to do what we’re doing inside the building,” he said.

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

Context: Exposure to indoor environments is at an all-time high. In fact, Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, whether at home, work, school, retail stores, fitness centers, health care facilities and more. But what many people don’t realize is that buildings, and everything in them, can affect human health and well-being. Today marked the opening of the Well Living Lab, a new research facility dedicated to studying these environments and creating healthier indoor spaces in which to live, work and play. “There is a growing awareness and body of scientific evidence that indoor, built environments can affect human health and well-being, with the perception often being that indoor environments have a negative impact on health,” said Brent Bauer. M.D., medical director of the Well Living Lab and professor of medicine for Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. “But new knowledge shows that by building healthier indoor environments, we can actually preserve and enhance human health and quality of life.” More information about the Well Living Lab can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

 

MPR
What is the best research on breast cancer screenings?

On Monday morning, Kerri Miller and her guests try to bring clarity these new MPR News logoevidence-driven guidelines. Dr. Nancy Keating is a primary care physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, who specializes in breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, join Miller to sort through the latest research on breast cancer screenings.

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: The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its recommendations for breast cancer screening for women at average risk of the disease. The recommendations strongly support the value of mammograms and provide some further direction for women at both ends of the age spectrum. Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., a Breast Clinic physician and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center researcher says,"This is an important paper and we are pleased that ACS has paid attention to and respected patient preferences and values in its recommendation. While the ACS now recommends annual screening mammograms for women who have no risk factors at age 45, it did recommend that women age 40 and up still receive an annual screening mammograms if they choose to seek screening. This shared-decision making approach between a patient and her provider is something we support at Mayo Clinic. Overall, the new ACS recommendations reaffirm that screening mammography for women in their 40s is associated with a decrease in breast cancer deaths." More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Joe Dangor

 

KIMT 
Special day for special kid

A Minnesota toddler who has battled brain cancer for more than half his life had a very special day on Monday in Rochester. Vito from Waconia rang a bell at MayoKIMT Clinic to signify the end of his proton beam therapy in Rochester. The now two-year-old was first diagnosed with Medullblastoma at 11 months old and we are told that type of cancer is usually treated with giving radiation to the brain. However, that can be difficult for someone with a developing brain, like Vito. That’s why the family decided to come to Mayo so doctors could focus their treatment, with the proton beam, on specific areas of the brain.

Reach: KIMT 3, a CBS affiliate,  serves the Mason City-Austin-Albert Lea-Rochester market.

Additional coverage:

KTTC — 2-year-old boy celebrates completion of proton beam therapy; KWWL Iowa, KOMU Mo., KJRH Okla.

Context:  Mayo Clinic introduced its Proton Beam Therapy Program, with treatment for patients available in new facilities in Minnesota this past June and in Arizona in spring 2016. Proton beam therapy expands Mayo Clinic's cancer care capabilities. In properly selected patients — especially children and young adults and those with cancers located close to critical organs and body structures — proton beam therapy is an advance over traditional radiotherapy. More information about Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Joe Dangor

 

Billboard magazine
Meet Music's Top Throat Doctors Who've Saved the Voices of Adele, Sam Smith and More
by Carolina Buia

DAVID LOTT, Phoenix  Specializing in regenerative ­medicine, Lott, the Mayo Clinic’s ­director of its head and neck ­regeneration program, has developed a process to re-create parts of the voice box and vocal folds using stem cells and 3D printing. Although the technology is still in the investigation stage, he plans to offer Billboard magazine logothe treatment to patients (which includes opera and Broadway stars) in 2016…“By addressing the physical and mental aspects of the pain in addition to retraining her vocal system, she could speak with confidence,” he says.

Reach: Billboard has served the entertainment business since 1894. Beginning as a weekly for the bill posting and advertising business, Billboard and its popular music charts have evolved into the primary source of information on trends and innovation in music, serving music fans, artists, top executives, tour promoters, publishers, radio programmers, lawyers, retailers, digital entrepreneurs and many others. Written for music industry professionals and fans. Functions as the trade journal for the music and entertainment industries. Contents provide news, reviews and statistics for all genres of music, including music videos, related internet activity and retail updates. The weekly publication has an audience of 18,000 and its website receives more than 24.6 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Davi Lott, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic ENT who is dedicated to investigating disorders of the larynx (voice box) and airway. This includes bioengineering of laryngeal and tracheal tissues, laryngeal transplantation techniques and immunotherapy, laryngeal cancer, and functional outcomes of various laryngeal surgical procedures. Read more about Dr. Lott's research here.

Contact: Jim McVeigh

 

Florida Times-Union
Lead Letter: Mayo Clinic is a leader in telemedicine
by Sarvam P. TerKonda, medical director, Connected Care, Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus

The Federal Communications Commission and Mayo Clinic recently sponsored a forum for Florida policy makers on the future of telemedicine — delivery of patientFlorida Times-Union newspaper logo care through a secure video or computer link… Studies have shown that for management of chronic conditions that become more prevalent with age, such as congestive heart failure, diabetes and stroke, outcomes are improved when patients and their local caregivers can be connected remotely to specialty care.

Reach: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.

Context: Sarvam TerKonda, M.D., is Mayo Clinic's medical director for Connected Care at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Connected Care integrates new care and service delivery models into traditional outpatient and inpatient care.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

Reuters — New Study Bolsters Cologuard’s Performance in Detecting Colorectal Cancer and Ability to Improve Access to Screening, Exact Sciences Corp. today announced that a new peer-reviewed study of Cologuard®, a multi-target stool DNA test (MT-sDNA), confirms its performance across all stages of colorectal cancer and showcases how the at-home test could improve access to screening. In the study of 661 average risk Alaska Native people, Cologuard detected 100% (10/10) of colorectal cancers and 52% (24/46) of significant premalignant lesions (adenomas >1 cm) in people between the ages of 40-85. The detection rate of Cologuard increased to 80% for the largest pre-cancers (>3 cm), which are most likely to progress to cancer. The study, “Stool DNA Testing for Screening Detection of Colorectal Neoplasia in Alaska Native People” is published in today’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings… “This research is further evidence that Cologuard is highly sensitive in detecting both early stage colorectal cancer and the most advanced precancerous polyps that are most likely to develop into cancer," said David Ahlquist, M.D., a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, study investigator and co-inventor of the test. Additional coverage: Reuters, BioPortfolio, CNBC, MarketWatch, Yahoo! Finance, Street Insider

Reuters — Even doctors and nurses don’t always have healthy lifestyles by Lisa Rapaport — Even doctors and nurses don’t always follow the healthy lifestyle choices they recommend for patients to reduce the risk of medical problems like obesity, heart disease and diabetes, a U.S. study suggests. Although rates of these conditions appeared lower among health care workers than other people, the diseases were still common. They also rose over time at rates similar to increases in the general population, researchers reported in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Nature — First cancer-fighting virus approved by Heidi Ledford…On 27 October, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a genetically engineered virus called talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) to treat advanced melanoma. Four days earlier, advisers to the European Medicines Agency had endorsed the drug. With dozens of ongoing clinical trials of similar ‘oncolytic’ viruses, researchers hope that the approval will generate the enthusiasm and cash needed to spur further development of the approach. “The era of the oncolytic virus is probably here,” says Stephen Russell, a cancer researcher and haematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I expect to see a great deal happening over the next few years.”

USA Today (AP) — NBA tries to learn from painful injury lessons of last year… The Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons have all brought in new medical and/or training personnel while the Wolves have partnered with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic to open a $25 million practice center that includes a chef on site to prepare healthy meals and a sports medicine wing with MRI machines and physicians available for immediate consultation.

Daily Mail UK — How stress makes us UGLY: Emotional strain gives men and women 'unhealthy look' which repels potential partners by Kate Pickles…Video: Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Amit Sood talks about stress and resiliency.

Bloomberg — Your Office Building Might Save Your Life by Pat Clark — Last October a New York startup called Delos Living, founded by twin brothers who were once partners at Goldman Sachs, published what may be the most marketable proposition in real estate short of a front lawn overlooking the Fountain of Youth…Now the challenge is convincing developers to build healthier buildings, and to hire Delos to help. Later this year, IWBI plans to certify 1,500 accredited professionals to administer the Well Building Standard. Earlier this month, Delos announced plans to fund a lab at the Mayo Clinic to study wellness in the built environment.

Reader’s Digest — Ate Too Much Sugar? 9 Tricks to Help Reverse the Binge by Kelsey Kloss…Another tip nutritionists stress: Don't go overboard on coffee. "It's a no-calorie drink, but we often add a lot of creams and sugars to it," says Jason Ewoldt, MS, RDN, a wellness dietitian the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. "What starts off as a 0-calorie option turns into several teaspoons of sugar before you even start the day." Consider tea or have coffee with just a dash of cream…Dressings, sauces, and other condiments may hinder your healthy-eating efforts. One tablespoon of ketchup, for example, has 4 grams (1 teaspoon) of sugar. "Many condiments can be high in sugar, but it's tricky because there are essentially more than 60 different names for sugar," says Ewoldt.

NBC Nightly News — California School Children Step Up to Standing Desks by Joe Fryer…Numerous studies have documented health problems related to sitting too much, including the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and obesity. James Levine, an author and researcher at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University, said getting kids to move more during the school day helps both their bodies and brains. Some research suggests test scores increase by 10 to 15 percent. "Their scores are better, their attention is better, their specific skill development is better," Levine said. "If that is the case, it is therefore self-evident that this has to be the future."

CBS News — Fecal transplants need better regulation, experts say by Mary Brophy Marcus…When patients take an antibiotic to treat an infection, "good" gut bacteria can be destroyed along with the bacteria causing the illness. Without enough healthy bacteria to keep it in check, C. difficile can grow out of control and produce toxins that attack the lining of the intestine. The standard of care for  difficile infection is the antibiotic Vancomycin, said Dr. Darrell Pardi, vice chair of gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic.  Additional coverage: Yahoo! News

Yahoo! Health — For Mediterranean Diet’s Health Benefits, Is it About the Food — or the Lifestyle? by Korin Miller…Sharonne Hayes, MD, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, tells Yahoo Health that Malhotra is on to something. “When you think about the Mediterranean ‘diet,’ it is a lifestyle,” she says. “To be fair, the Mediterranean diet alone has been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease, but when added to the lifestyle…that’s sort of the secret sauce.”

Harvard Business Review — The Mayo Clinic Model for Running a Value-Improvement Program by Derek Haas… The HBS team has been using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing (TDABC), an approach initially proposed by one of us (Bob Kaplan) and Michael Porter, to help providers pursue the value-based delivery of care…Among the implementing provider groups, Mayo Clinic stands out for its exemplary approach, which has enabled it to consistently enhance care delivery and realize cost efficiencies. We believe that others can learn from Mayo’s disciplined approach for value realization projects.

Huffington Post — 5 Steps for Alzheimer's Caregivers by Allan Vann  Once a loved one receives an Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis, there are five actions that should be taken as soon as possible… Educate yourself at responsible websites…Major hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, and major organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association and Alzheimer's Foundation of America, have a lot of helpful information about Alzheimer's.

Daily Beast — Eating Bad Things Bad for You by Robert Coolman… According to an announcement published today in The Lancet Oncology by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), eating processed meat is as risky as smoking in terms of cancer risk… Colorectal cancer usually begins as polyps form in small clumps growing in the tissues of the large intestine, typically starting off benign and later becoming cancerous. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular screening is recommended to find the polyps before they become cancerous. Additional coverage: Discovery News

Chicago Tribune — Health-tech companies grab Chicago Innovation Awards…Ten high-potential companies received Up-and-Comer awards. Winners in this category included Opternative, maker of an online eye exam; King-Devick Test, an iPad app created with Mayo Clinic to screen athletes for concussions on the sideline of sports competitions; and Ampy, for its charger that uses kinetic energy to power mobile devices.

Health Data Management — Why Mayo Values Consistent Terminology by Fred Bazzoli  The Mayo Clinic has a long history of using records to achieve benefits across the organization, and this has continued, and intensified, as it has moved to electronic health records. Other organizations are at different stages of the process, but see the same needs that initiated Mayo’s journey.…AMY KNOPP: Mayo Clinic recognizes data as a vital asset, and our efforts around data governance are physician-led. And we've had strong physician support through the life of our data governance terminology management. If it's driven just from a technology perspective, it's harder to get buy-in...”

KAAL — Woman Credits Dog For Detecting Cancer Early by Laura Lee…We talked with a Red Wing woman who isn't so sure about the changes. She's a breast cancer survivor and tells us she was diagnosed at the age of 40, and wouldn't have gone in for her mammogram if wasn't for her dog…If you know anything about Tara Leonard-Highberg, you would know, Willow is never too far behind. Leonard-Highberg bought Willow, a golden retriever-shepard mix, six years ago and they've been inseparable…."Average risk women who have no family history or other risk factors, about 50 percent of them will have breast cancer," said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, M.D. Pruthi, with the General Internal Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic, says she doesn't know Tara nor is she familiar with her case, but says cases like hers are more common than we think.

Medscape — Mediterranean Diet Linked to Larger Brain Volume by Megan Brooks — A new study provides more evidence that following a Mediterranean-type diet (MeDi) is good for the brain…This study is "one more check mark in the positive column for the Mediterranean diet," Donn Dexter, MD, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and member of the American Academy of Neurology, noted in an interview with Medscape Medical News.

Discovery News — 8 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About TeethSTRAIGHT TEETH COULD HELP YOU ACE AN INTERVIEW  A survey of 1,047 Americans showed that someone with straight teeth are perceived as more likely to get a job than someone with crooked teeth, even when their skills and experience are similar. They are also perceived as more likely to be wealthy and successful. “There’s no question we put a lot of value on smiles,” said Dr. Robyn Loewen, a pediatric dentist in Rochester, Minn., and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry fellow, who notes that some dentists from other countries at the nearby Mayo Clinic are surprised at the number of Americans who get braces.

Jacksonville Daily Record — How millenials and baby boomers will impact Jacksonville's real estate market by Carole Hawkins  When it comes to aging baby boomers, Jacksonville also has a positive story to tell, Schmidt said. Its Mayo Clinic sits at the top of a list of world-class health centers. Jacksonville offers boomers a place where they can work for the next 15 to 20 years and then retire without having to move when health issues occur. “Northeast Florida answers that question,” Schmidt said. “Mayo Clinic has a worldwide reputation and it’s in an easily accessible place.”

WEAU Eau Claire — First-ever muppet with autism introduced on popular TV show…Wednesday morning, the Sesame Street gang introduced Julia. Julia is the first-ever character with autism…Mayo Clinic Health System Pediatric in Adolescent Medicine Gregg Kishaba, M.D., said Julia’s character could be more than just a starting point for kids to learn about autism. “I think it's a really good thing, and then maybe even a step further would be to recognize it, and maybe go out on a limb and say this is a kid, who because he or she has difficulties or deficits in social communication, social interaction, they are an outcast, so not only to recognize they're different, but maybe go out on a limb and try to be their friend,” said Dr. Kishaba.

Dunn County News — In season: Harvest safety tips for farmers by Dawn Mihalovic-Bayer, P.A.-C., Mayo Clinic Health System — During the harvest season, farmers spend countless hours in combines, tractors, trucks and other equipment in fields and on roads. Living and working on a farm can be quite rewarding; however, heavy equipment and long hours can increase your risk for injuries. Fatigue, stress and medication can cause you to lose focus. Be sure to get enough sleep and take frequent breaks so you can safely enjoy your life on the farm.

Arizona Capital Times — Cancer advancements contribute to Arizona’s robust health care sector…Mayo Clinic: The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix is introducing its Proton Beam Therapy Program available to patients next spring. It’s an advancement over traditional radiotherapy by using spot scanning to deposit streams of protons back and forth through a tumor, targeting the tumor and sparing healthy tissue. The hospital is one of only a few facilities in the nation to offer the technique. Cancer patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital will have access to this cutting-edge radiation therapy in collaboration with Mayo Clinic.

Medscape — High Progression Risk in Low-Grade Dysplasia Barrett's by Neil Osterweil — In patients with Barrett's esophagus, low-grade dysplasia carries a substantial risk for progression to esophageal adenocarcinoma, investigators report. The risk for progression in patients with low-grade dysplasia is eight times higher than in patients downstaged by independent expert pathologists to a diagnosis of no dysplasia, report Rajesh Krishnamoorthi, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues.

OncLive — Pazopanib's Activity in Thyroid Cancer Not Predicted by Thyroglobulin  A phase II Mayo Clinic consortium study confirmed the significant clinical activity seen with pazopanib (Votrient) for patients with radioactive iodine (RAI)-refractory metastatic differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC); however, the trial was unable to uncover an effective predictive biomarker for the multikinase inhibitor, according to findings presented by Keith Bible, MD, PhD, at the 2015 International Thyroid Congress.

CNN — Mom with ALS: My disease will make my daughter stronger by Sara Coglianese…My husband and I were in a serious state of shock when I received my official diagnosis six months later. We wished for anything but ALS…But the opinion was seconded at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where they ran the same electromyography and nerve conduction tests. A stoic white-haired doctor administered increasingly intense electric shocks to my limbs over and over, then poked needles into my muscles and jiggled them around. I endured these now familiar ordeals, wishing that Mayo would have allowed my husband into the room with me to hold my hand or distract me with stories. Instead, I had only this doctor, who wasn't permitted to share his observations with me. When he had finished the tests, he walked toward the door, turning slightly as he reached it, and said, "Good luck." "I'm going to need it?" I asked. "I think so," he said sadly, and left me alone.

Medical News Today — Stepping down asthma medication is safe with guidance  Asthma patients can reduce their medication safely and save money, say researchers, who urge patients to do this only under professional guidance…To address this gap in information, lead author Dr. Matthew Rank, an allergy and immunology specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and colleagues compared outcomes of a group of patients who stepped down their asthma medication against an equivalent group that continued on the same level. Additional coverage: Science Newsline Medicine, ScienceDaily

Idaho Statesman  Mayo Clinic News Network: Hepatitis C: Testing could save your life  If a simple blood test could improve your long-term health or possibly save your life, would you have it done? The answer for most people is a resounding "yes." Testing for hepatitis C, which entails a basic blood draw and analysis, can be the difference between serious health complications later in life or a manageable - in some cases curable - condition. Victoria Louwagie, physician assistant at Mayo Clinic Health System, explores questions and answers to help you understand more about chronic hepatitis C.

Post-Bulletin — Heard on the Street: Do you follow Mayo on Twitter?  ...CrowdClinical has been monitoring tweets for hospital information since Feb. 22, and created a list of the top 10 hospital rankings to date. Mayo Clinic (@mayoclinic) leads in having the most Twitter followers, with 1,214,922, and Kaiser Permanente snagged first place for being the most active and leading in social media success.

The Grand Island Independent Neb. — Mayo Clinic News Network: Have a happy, healthy Halloween  Trick-or-treating and Halloween fun might seem like harmless childhood activities, but according to registered dietitian Diane Dressel with Mayo Clinic Health System, the holiday can have frightening consequences to those struggling with their weight. “Halloween can be the first challenge to people watching their weight as they approach the holiday feasting seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s,” Dressel said. “You can move Halloween festivities beyond just candy.”

Star Tribune — Hartman: Even as a player, Flip was a coach  It was a phone call you never want to receive, but you knew it was just a matter of time before it would come. Flip Saunders died Sunday after being in a coma for close to six weeks at the University of Minnesota Hospital, on life support and with little chance of surviving. He had contracted Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had one more treatment to go at Mayo Clinic when he contracted pneumonia, sources said, was hospitalized and never recovered. This column doesn’t have enough space to tell a lot of great Flip Saunders stories from when he played and coached for the Gophers and coached the Wolves. We spent a lot of time together over the 43 years I’ve know him. Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, WCCO, Sports World Report, com

Phoenix Business Journal  — My View: Health care a powerful engine by Jennifer Mellor Mayo Clinic: The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix is introducing its Proton Beam Therapy Program to patients next spring. It's an advancement from traditional radiotherapy in that is uses spot scanning to deposit streams of protons back and forth through a tumor, targeting the tumor and sparing healthy tissue. The hospital is one of only a few facilities in the nation to offer the technique. Cancer patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital will have access to this cutting-edge radiation therapy in collaboration with Mayo Clinic.

Targeted Oncology — Immunotherapy May Lead to Abnormal Thyroid Function in Patients With Cancer by Debra Wood — A comprehensive review of patients receiving pembrolizumab at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has found an incidence of abnormal thyroid function tests as high as 15%, according to a study presented by Danae Delivanis, MD, at the 15th International Thyroid Congress and 85th Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Additional coverage: OncLive

WRVO NPR — Fall time change and its affect on sleep  Sleep is key to maintaining good health, but what happens to the human sleep cycle when the clocks change in the fall? This week on “Take Care,” we discuss the effects of fall time change on sleep. Dr. Lois Krahn is a psychiatrist and sleep researcher at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorder Center in Arizona.

WDIO Duluth — Tips for Cancer Survivor from Wellness Coach Berta Lippert  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Berta Lippert, a Mayo Clinic certified wellness coach, has helpful information for survivors. Lippert says the idea is to share key elements of a wellness plan beyond cancer to help anyone who has battle cancer transition into their new normal. She says what's great is that it's a lot of what people would do to prevent cancer and disease in the first place.

HCP Live — Pre-Lung Transplant Symptoms Commonly Include Psychiatric Conditions by Caitlyn Fitzpatrick — It’s not unheard of for patients waiting to get lung transplants to suffer from psychiatric symptoms. In fact, it’s actually common and the symptoms aren’t limited to those who previously had psychiatric conditions. Abhay Vakil, MD, and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, analyzed both emotional and physical depressive symptoms amount pre-lung transplant patients. The study will be presented at a poster session at CHEST 2015 in Montréal, Canada.

La Crosse Tribune — Most schools start earlier than experts recommend by Nathan Hansen… In general, it is recommended that middle school students get nine to 10 hours of sleep per night, she said, and high school students need about eight to nine hours of sleep a night. High school students are only averaging about 6 hours of sleep per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Data show students have better attendance and better performance with later start times, said Dr. Charles Peters, a Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare pediatrician. Test scores are better, and tardiness declines, Peters said. There is also less depression, childhood obesity and substance abuse.

Idaho Statesman — Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo study: genes of colon cancer recurrence differs among blacks, whites and Asians  The genetic makeup of colon cancer tumors and survival rates for patients with the disease differ by race, according to a study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, published in the October 2015 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "These findings put the issue of race more prominently on the radar of investigators that cancer biology may contribute to race-based disparities," says the study's co-lead author, Harry Yoon, M.D., an oncologist at Mayo Clinic.

Attn: — Seasonal Affective Disorder is Real and Hard to Deal With by Diana Crandall — Some people have to do more to prepare for winter than others. As the seasons begin to change and October comes to a close, it’s time to pull out jackets, coats, and scarves. And for people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it’s time to prepare for the months when the complex depressive illness is at its worst… According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is a specific type of depression that relates to changes in season. Because of this, SAD usually begins and ends around the same times every year. Most people with SAD see their symptoms begin in the fall and continue throughout the winter.

Chippewa Herald — Advance Directives are an invaluable toolAiming high  Nickijo Hager is vice president of mission and organizational development at Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare, in La Crosse. She partnered with Hammes as co-chair of the Advance Directives Task Force and actively participated in the development of the education program known today as Respecting Choices.

Medscape — Vitamin Prevents Skin Cancer: Only in Australia?..."It is safe and...inexpensive, and this one is ready to go into the clinic," senior investigator Diona Damian, MBBS, PhD, from the Dermatology University of Sydney, said at that time. Some outsiders have hesitations. "The level of evidence is not high enough," said Aleksandar Sekulic, MD, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale. "This is just the first study, and it was a small number of patients for a prevention study."

Post-Bulletin — Mayo, Medtronic to use $6.8M grant to make brain devices by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic researchers are joining forces with Medtronic under a $6.8 million federal grant to develop an implantable device to help control and predict epileptic seizures. The five-year grant is part of President Obama's Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies or BRAIN initiative. The grant comes from the National Institutes of Health. Mayo Clinic's Dr. Gregory Worrell, the lead investigator on the project, says this research could significantly improve the lives of people who suffer from epileptic seizures.

Reno Gazette-Journal — Dolan: Good attitude will get him through transplant by Seth Richardson — Ryan Dolan said he was floored when he found out his father Tom would need two new lungs… Ryan said the family would be by Tom’s side while he makes the trips to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Tom goes in for imaging Sunday, after which he said he will be rated and placed on the donor list.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — When friendship counts: Farmer may owe life to young pal's actions — Justin Johnson could have been a half-mile away when his close friend Eric Pettis became caught in a piece of heavy farm machinery...Johnson spoke to Pettis after he was flown to a Rochester, Minn., hospital and said he likely will keep his four fingers on the hand that was caught in the machine, though he might lose his thumb. A leg, which also was caught in the machine, was not injured.

Star Tribune — Mayo plan to remake Rochester slow to gather steam by Matt McKinney — It’s been two years and five months since Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy stood before a cheering crowd here to celebrate a massive $6 billion redo of the clinic and the city. For some, what’s happened since has been a whole lot of waiting for the magic to start. “There’s a little bit of, ‘Where’s the beef?’ ” said City Council Member Michael Wojcik. The city has little to show for the hoopla that surrounded the Legislature’s $585 million assist in Mayo’s plan to remake Rochester into an international center for medicine, research and health care.

Arizona Republic — Stepping down on asthma medicines is viable option by Matthew Rank, M.D., an allergy and immunology specialist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona — Ask the Expert: Stepping down asthma medicines in patients who have had stable asthma for at least one year appears to be as safe as continuing the same level of medicines.

Cancer Network — Lower BMI, Higher Risk of Progression and Death From Colorectal Cancer by Leah Lawrence… By pooling patient-level data from more than 21,000 individuals enrolled worldwide onto recent major randomized trials for front-line treatment, we have shown that BMI is prognostic for OS [overall survival] and PFS [progression-free survival] in this population, but with a shape of the risk curve across the BMI spectrum different than that observed in the adjuvant setting,” wrote Lindsay A. Renfro, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Medscape — Young People Receive More Pain Relievers Than They Need by Laird Harrison… It is hard for patients to dispose of leftover opioids, said session moderator Robert Wilder, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Yaster said he agrees. The US Food and Drug Administration advises that leftover opioids be flushed down the toilet, but the Environmental Protection Agency warns that this can cause harmful pollution, he said. Some law enforcement agencies will accept them, but often at inconvenient times or places, said Dr Wilder. One solution might be to require pharmacies to accept the unused drugs they have dispensed, he told Medscape Medical News.

Chippewa Herald — Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — not just a naughty child by Jennifer Wickham, counselor in behavioral health at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire — Soon after fall parent-teacher conferences take place, I often find families come to a first counseling appointment with their child concerned with an important question: “Does my child have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or is my child just naughty?”

Endocrinology Advisor — Aggressive Multimodal Therapy May Up Survival in Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer… Aditi Kumar, MD, from the division of endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said that outcomes for anaplastic thyroid carcinoma have historically been poor, with an overall survival rate of approximately 5 months. “Although historical overall survival in [anaplastic thyroid cancer] has been very poor, aggressive multimodality therapy combining surgery (where feasible), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and cytotoxic chemotherapy, in our experience, can result in longer-term survival, especially in lower-stage disease,” Dr Kumar said in an email interview with Endocrinology Advisor.

MD Magazine — Q&A With Pablo Moreno Franco From Mayo Clinic: New Guidelines Aim To Help Treat Sepsis In Hospital Care by Adam Hochron — At the annual CHEST conference in Montreal one of the sessions looked at new guidelines for treating patients with sepsis in emergency medical care. Pablo Moreno Franco, MD, from the Mayo Clinic located in Jacksonville Florida addressed the changes in the guidelines and how it can help patients improve in a difficult health situation.

Sioux City Journal — HERSOM: Longtime pals create 'one of better sports stories ever' by Terry Hersom...This is the tale of two lifelong friends, former college teammates in two sports, whose loyalty to one another ranks right up there with some of the more devoted siblings I’ve known. This is how Kelly Higgins really didn’t think twice when doctors told him one of his kidneys could save the life of his buddy, Doug Smith…Kidney patients on dialysis are sometimes less favorable candidates for transplantation. For whatever reason, transplant centers in Sioux Falls, Omaha and Iowa City all rejected Smith, who finally got a thumbs-up from the Mayo Clinic. And, the ball was in Higgins’ court.

Northern Kentucky Tribune — Clinical research in Northern Kentucky takes step forward with $500,000 gift to St. Elizabeth…D.P. Suresh, Physician Leader of the Clinical research Institute at St. Elizabeth, said the institute will allow physicians to provide patients with an advanced level of care. “With the development of a Clinical Research Institute and collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, we are able to bring cutting-edge clinical research in all aspects of medicine and surgery,” Suresh said. “Clinical research opens the door to a better way to prevent, detect and treat disease with the introduction of new drugs, medicines, medical devices and surgical techniques.”

Watertown Daily Times N.Y.  Mayo Clinic News Network: Hints for improving men’s health: start young — Hesitant about going to the doctor for a checkup? Don’t be. A healthy patient-provider relationship and some regular maintenance can give you a long, healthy life. Dr. Paul Loomis, Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., says, “Prioritizing your health in your thirties and forties is analogous to financial investing. If you start when you’re 50, you’re behind the eight ball. Start when you’re 25, and you will have invested well.” Additional coverage: Idaho Statesman

Houston Chronicle — Internet sites allow patients to play doctor, with mixed results by Jenny Deam… So in 2012, using his own money, he and a computer consultant created DocResponse, a free interactive service that guides visitors through a series of triage questions to narrow possibilities and offer not only possible diagnoses but also treatment options…The Mayo Clinic's first choice of diagnosis was right only 17 percent of the time; WebMD only 16 percent. MEDoctor achieved the correct diagnosis first only 5 percent of the time, the study showed. Most of the sites did much better in including the correct diagnosis in the top three choices.

Star Tribune — More are beating the cancer that killed Flip Saunders by Jeremy Olson — Deaths from Hodgkin’s disease have become relatively rare in recent years, with steady advances in treatment, but the passing of Minnesota Timberwolves executive Flip Saunders shows that the cancer, its complications and even its treatment can swiftly exert a heavy toll… Bachanova was not involved in the care of Saunders, who was treated at Mayo Clinic and hospitalized in September. A spokesman said Mayo officials would not comment on Saunders’ care.

Post-Bulletin — Jen's World: Work -- while suspended from the ceiling by Jen Koski — You could say that the Rochester Magazine team meets regularly. On any given afternoon, you might find us discussing magazine stories while grabbing a cookie from our conference table or brainstorming our next cover while leaning against our art director's desk… So we decided to change things up — and maybe boost our inspiration — by scheduling a corporate retreat at Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program (HLP). Given our history, we weren't sure what to expect. But I know what we didn't expect: To watch Steve dice peppers for a stir-fry. To have our very own locker room attendant. To see Vicky hanging from the ceiling.

WEAU Eau Claire — Partnership in La Crosse aims to increase local food production  It was a busy day for Will Allen, as he helped La Crosse celebrate the new "Get Growing" partnership between Hillview Urban Agriculture Center, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, and Western Technical College… That's where the Get Growing partnership comes in. “We're going to be able to teach a lot of people how to grow their own vegetables, how to prepare those vegetables," said Peter Hughes, Chief Planning Officer for Mayo Clinic Health System. "We'll be growing vegetables here that we'll make available to food pantries and the people in need and it's going to benefit the next generation of urban agricultural experts.” Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse, La Crosse Tribune

Tri-City Herald Wash. — Mayo Clinic News Network: Precision medicine in action: Genomic test helps solve medical mystery — Precision medicine is getting a jump-start from a new national initiative announced in President Obama's State of the Union message. One Georgia family has already experienced its benefits: genomic testing called whole exome sequencing helped Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek, solve a medical mystery that had left a boy with painful, jerking spasms that at times prevented him from walking or talking. Dr. Wszolek describes the case in a newly published article in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Neurology Now  Protect Your Pregnancy by Megan Othersen Gorman… Here's what is known: A drug's effect on a fetus is determined largely by the drug's potency and dosage, as well as the age of the fetus when it is first exposed, explains Joseph I. Sirven, MD, FAAN, chair of the department of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, editor-in-chief of epilepsy.com.

Neurology Now — Eat to Beat Seizures by Coeli Carr…EVOLUTION OF A DIET  The shift from fasting to an actual diet was rooted in research by Russell M. Wilder, MD, a physician from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, who wondered if the ketonemia produced by fasting could be activated in a different way. In 1921, he tested a high-fat, low-carb regimen on epilepsy patients and observed a reduction in seizures that equaled that of fasting…The classic ketogenic diet pioneered by Dr. Wilder is considered tire gold standard for people with medication-resistant epilepsy because it produces the most ketones.

Medscape — 'Habit Cough' in Children Responds to Behavioral Therapy by Diana Swift— A repetitive "habit cough" (HC) with no organic cause can be remedied in most children with simple behavioral therapy, according to research published online October 16 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology... Underscoring the importance and effectiveness of behavioral intervention, the authors point to a study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, involving 60 children diagnosed with involuntary cough syndrome with a previous mean duration of 7.6 months. In contrast to the Iowa study, no behavioral treatment was applied. In 44 patients (73%), habit cough persisted for an average of 6.1 additional months before spontaneous resolution. The other 16 (27%) were still coughing a mean duration of 5.9 years later.

Medscape — Experts Debate Apnea Treatment Vacuum After SERVE-HF by Kate Johnson — The treatment of central sleep apnea in heart failure patients was in the spotlight here at CHEST 2015, as experts debated whether or not to completely reject the use of adaptive servo ventilation in this patient population in light of recent findings from the SERVE-HF trial.…"You don't want to change your management of heart failure patients who do not fit the classic criteria in the study," said panelist Virend Somers, MD, director of the cardiovascular facility and the sleep facility at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was involved in the SERVE-HF study. "But someone with unstable heart failure and an ejection fraction of 30% — I don't care what kind of apnea they have — you can treat them with whatever you think is the best option," he explained.

Cancer Therapy Advisor — In Colorectal Cancer, Low BMI Linked With Higher Risk of Progression, Death by Stephen Cho — Low body mass index (BMI) may be associated with a higher risk of progression and death among patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) enrolled in clinical trials, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers led by Lindsay Renfro, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, looked at individual data from 21,149 patients who were enrolled in 25 first-line mCRC trials during 1997 to 2012.

OncLive — John Copland on Patient-Derived Xenografts in Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer — John Copland, PhD, faculty member in the department of cancer biology, Mayo Clinic, explains his research on patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models in anaplastic thyroid cancer. Anaplastic thyroid cancer has approximately a four to six-month median survival rate, and is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, says Copland. It is also a rare cancer, making it difficult to conduct clinical trials.

AARP — New Survey: Americans Say Brain Health Is Crucial, But Protection Is Challenging by Elizabeth Agnvall...To better inform people about maintaining and improving their cognitive health, AARP’s new Global Council on Brain Health has collaborated with Age UK to gather a leading group of scientists, doctors, scholars and policy experts from around the world to create white papers, scientific reviews and additional research that will provide evidenced-based information on maintaining and improving brain health. Members of the council include Ronald Petersen, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic; Miia Kivipelto, M.D., of the Karolinska Institute.

NY Post — Leave bacon alone — meat is not the enemy by Dawn Lerman… If that is not enough reason to broil up a juicy steak, Dr. Rekha Mankad of the Mayo Clinic wrote in a 2014 fact sheet that “lean beef that’s 10 percent fat or less — whether it’s grass-fed beef or another type of beef — can be part of a heart-healthy diet.” And if you can splurge on grass-fed meat, you have the added benefit of higher omega-3 levels, which are essential for overall health.

ChicagoInno — #50 on Fire: The People and Companies Heating Up Health & Medicine in Chicago by Jim Dallke — Recently, we announced the 150 nominees for 50 on Fire, Chicago Inno's winter awards event… Here are the 10 Health & Medicine nominees for 50 on Fire: Apervita: Apervita is a platform for doctors, researchers and other medical professionals to share software and other health analytics…Medical centers such as the Mayo Clinic use Apervita to analyze information in medical records, and Mayo developed an algorithm that identifies high risk patients in need of an implantable cardiac defibrillator.

PBS Newshour — Dalai Lama’s American doctor wants more compassion in medicine… JUDY WOODRUFF — But, first, the Dalai Lama was supposed to arrive in the U.S. yesterday. He didn’t, because doctors at the Mayo Clinic advised him to rest. But advice flows both ways in the relationship between the Buddhist leader and his personal physician. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how the Dalai Lama inspired a California native to move halfway across the world and bring compassion back into a medical care system dominated by technology.

Arizona Daily Sun — Mayo Clinic News Network: Quick hints for improving men’s health — Hesitant about going to the doctor for a checkup? Don’t be. A healthy patient-provider relationship and some regular maintenance can give you a long, healthy life. Dr. Paul Loomis, Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., says, “Prioritizing your health in your 30s and 40s is analogous to financial investing. If you start when you’re 50, you’re behind the eight ball. Start when you’re 25, and you will have invested well.” Additional coverage: South Bend Tribune, Hamilton Spectator

Science 2.0 — Deconstructing Obesity: You Can't Run It Off by Ignatius Brady… I have noticed, on many occasions, while taking a patient's weight history, that jobs seem to make a difference. It is common for people to tell me that they lost 30 pounds after taking a job in construction, or that they gained 30 pounds when they got promoted to supervisor and had to sit at a desk all day. Truck drivers have inordinately high rates of obesity, with good reason: they are literally paid to sit still. This type of change is not dealing with "exercise" but with the all-day measure of physical activity and "NEAT." James Levine, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic has done more to popularize the idea that daily movement is important for weight control than any other researcher. While he didn't "discover" the concept of "non-activity thermogenesis," he has led the research into its assessment and popularized it as a concept.

Frederick News-Post — Mayo Clinic News Network: Planting safety tips for farmers during fall harvesting, During the harvest season, farmers spend countless hours in combines, tractors, trucks and other equipment in fields and on roads. “Living and working on a farm can be quite rewarding; however, heavy equipment and long hours can increase your risk for injuries,” says Dawn Mihalovic-Bayer, physician assistant at Mayo Clinic Health System. “Fatigue, stress and medication can cause you to lose focus. Be sure to get enough sleep and take frequent breaks so you can safely enjoy your life on the farm.” Additional coverage: Indiana Gazette

Star Tribune — Mediterranean Diet may protect against age-related brain atrophy, dementia, new study shows by Allie Shah… A cautionary note  David Knopman, an investigator with the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, said the research is solid but he cautioned against overstating the Mediterranean Diet’s benefits on the brain. “The risk is in overinterpreting it,” he said of the study. “It doesn’t say that if somebody who hasn’t been eating healthy up until age 65 suddenly becomes a Mediterranean Diet devotee that it’s necessarily going to help them.

Cronkite News Arizona PBS — When it comes to fighting cancer through diet, it’s all about moderation by Jesse Millard…If you heard Monday’s World Health Organization report that stated processed meat causes colorectal cancer, and wish to mitigate those risks, then consider moderation in your diet, said a Mayo Clinic oncologist. “If we encourage moderation across our population, that will be beneficial to those who are at somewhat increased risk of cancer if they also moderate their behaviors,” said Dr. Donald Northfelt, a professor of medicine at Mayo who specializes in cancer clinical studies and survivorship.

MedPage Today — Low BMI Is Marker for Poor Outcome in Colorectal Ca by Kay Jackson — In patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), particularly men, low body mass index (BMI) was associated with an increased risk of progression and death, according to a pooled analysis of more than 20,000 patients enrolled in first-line trials. In contrast to the adjuvant setting, there was no increased risk for elevated BMI, according to Lindsay A. Renfro, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, and colleagues.

Register-Guard Ore. — Mayo Clinic News Network: Precision medicine in action: Genomic test helps solve medical mystery  Precision medicine is getting a jump-start from a new national initiative announced in President Obama's State of the Union message. One Georgia family has already experienced its benefits: genomic testing called whole exome sequencing helped Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek, solve a medical mystery that had left a boy with painful, jerking spasms that at times prevented him from walking or talking. Dr. Wszolek describes the case in a newly published article in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additional coverage: Augustine Record, Sun Herald Miss., D Post W.V.

RT Magazine — Sepsis and Shock Response Team in ED Reduces Mortality, To study the effects on patient care and outcomes, researchers from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla, formed a multidisciplinary sepsis and shock response team (SSRT) to help alert emergency department providers when he conditions were suspected… “Implementation of automatic electronic alerts followed by systematic assessment and early intervention will improve compliance with diagnosis and treatment protocols,” Mayo Clinic physician and lead researcher Dr Moreno Franco said in a press release.

CSPAN2 — S. Senate: Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois  This morning we had an extraordinary presentation by the National institutes of Health. 20 senators came to hear the presentation above research at the National Institutes of Health and what it means to us. Dr. Francis Collins is the director. An extraordinarily man, medical doctor who was given the task of mapping the human genome. He did an extraordinary way of creating new information and new opportunities. A doctor from Mayo Clinic explained what it meant. It meant that we have now reached the point where we can map the genome of individuals, their DNA, and we can then make decisions on the appropriate prescriptions for illnesses and diseases they face. In doing that be more effective and save lives. That is what medical research can mean.

Post-Bulletin — New substation planned for Epic growth by Jeff Kiger— Mayo Clinic's partnership with Epic Systems, the largest electronic medical records firm in the United States, is driving the construction of a new $6.1 million Rochester Public Utilities substation. Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems has been negotiating with RPU since June about the project. Epic says it needs more power capacity in the area to support future growth of the Mayo Clinic Data Center at 4710 West Circle Drive. The new Douglas Trail substation is slated to be built by the data center on land currently owned by Mayo Clinic.

Pioneer Press — High school tennis: Eagan's Samantha Nichols motivated by brother's illness by Jace Frederick — Eagan sophomore Samantha Nichols calls the same person after each of her matches. At the other end of the line is her brother Drew. "He tells me how proud he is of me," Samantha said. "It really just gives me an extra boost to play.… But Drew's career at St. Cloud State was cut short. The summer after his freshman year, he found a lump under his arm. It was cancer. The following day, Drew was at the Mayo Clinic prepping for major surgery; 83 lymph nodes were removed.

WJON AM1240 — Behind the Scenes: Stepping On the Court at Mayo Clinic Square [VIDEO] by Alex Svejkovsky — This week in our “Behind the Scenes” series on WJON, we check out the new practice and medical facility for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. Opening earlier this fall, the new Mayo Clinic Square is a Minnesota basketball fans paradise. The facility, includes four practice courts, iconic photos in team history, and a wellness center, and team operations.

Red Wing Republican Eagle — Goodhue County wrapping up health survey… Goodhue County Health and Human Services publishes a Community Health Assessment every five years. Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Cannon Falls and Lake City publish a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years. Rather than duplicating effort, the county and Mayo Clinic Health System work together and share data. Both contributed funds toward survey expenses and work with many other partner agencies to develop the survey questions, collect other local data through key informant interviews and focus groups, review state and national data sources and pick priorities.

Red Wing Republican Eagle — Hospice will hold memorial service Nov. 1  Hospice at Mayo Clinic Health System will hold its annual memorial service for families and friends to honor the memory of loved ones who have died and to comfort those who mourn. The service will be 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 1 at First Lutheran Church, 615 W. Fifth St. The ceremony will include readings and hymns, reflection and a candle lighting ceremony. "The memorial services is just one more way for family and friends to know that their loved one is remembered and that their story, their journey, is important and supported," said Pamela Roe, a bereavement coordinator for the Hospice program.

The Scientist — FDA OKs Herpesvirus to Treat Cancer by Jef Akst —“The era of the oncolytic virus is probably here,” Stephen Russell, a cancer researcher and haematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Nature. Yesterday (October 27), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) green-lighted Amgen’s T-VEC (now called Imlygic), a genetically engineered herpesvirus called talimogene laherparepvec, for the treatment of melanoma lesions in the skin and lymph nodes, making it the first oncolytic virus to receive market approval. Dozens of other oncolytic viruses are currently being tested in clinical trials.

Chicago Tribune — Natural Treatment of Depression  by Nikki Martinez, Psy.D, LCPC, — Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You're not. It is estimated that about 16 million Americans suffer with depression. Along with therapy and sometimes some useful tools, there's a lot you can do on your own to fight back...Light therapy boxes have not only become more accepted, the Mayo clinic writes about their effectiveness, but they have come down tremendously in price to make them attainable for the average person.

Post-Bulletin — Should slow pace of investment worry DMC planners? by Andrew Setterholm — Members of the Destination Medical Center Corp. board say they are not worried by a perceived lack of private investment early in the implementation phase of DMC plans. The pace of DMC development has been a topic for Twin Cities-area news outlets, and also a topic in Rochester, where City Council Member Michael Wojcik said private investments have been slow to follow public funding. "Everything that's happening with DMC is essentially an expenditure of public dollars right now, and I want to see that private money rolling in. I want to see Mayo and non-Mayo dollars rolling in," Wojcik said. Lt. Gov. DMCC board Chairwoman Tina Smith shared Wojcik's eagerness for private investment but said the pace of progress has not fazed her so far.

Winona Daily News — Alma clinic to stay open, following 600-signature petition by David Brommerich — Mayo Health Systems clinic at Alma will stay open one day a week, after an outpouring of support from the community. Alma Mayor Jim Wilkie said Mayo agreed to maintain current clinic hours. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The clinic has a certified physician assistant and certified nurse practitioner in family medicine.

Star Tribune — Minnesota's one and only medical tourism broker by Jeremy Olson — The list of Minnesota brokers who are certified to arrange international medical tourism is a short one. It’s Maria Maldonado. The owner of Trip4Care in Minneapolis, Maldonado specializes in sending people to Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia for surgeries, dental care and fertility treatments.…Maldonado said it’s difficult to promote medical tourism in Minnesota, which has lower-than-average medical costs and renowned providers such as the Mayo Clinic — which draws patients from more than 160 countries. Some of her clients are from other states.

WEAU Eau Claire — Local women come together to raise awareness for breast cancer — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women across the Chippewa Valley are coming together to raise money for the cause. After being on hiatus last year, the 13th Annual "Women Rock," a ladies night event, was held at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire earlier Wednesday evening. It was sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System- Eau Claire.

Metro Puerto Rico — Conoce algunos riesgos de morderse las uñas by Beatriz Rojas…Por su parte Lawrence E. Gibson, dermatólogo de la Clínica Mayo en Estados Unidos declaró a NBC News los riesgos que tiene el morderse las uñas: 1. Puede contribuir a la infección de la piel. 2. Empeorar las condiciones existentes en el lecho de la uña. 3. Aumentar el riesgo de resfriados y otras infecciones. 4. Fomentar la propagación de los gérmenes de las uñas y los dedos a los labios y la boca.

Informador Mexico — Agentes químicos y actividades cotidianas pueden dañar los ojos  La salpicadura en los ojos de blanqueadores de uso doméstico o aceite caliente, entre otras sustancias, puede ocasionar daños importantes en los ojos, por lo que se deben tomar medidas de protección, alertaron especialistas del Instituto Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Pulso Diario de San Luis, Global Media

Viday Salud, Estudio identifica conexión entre la gravedad de los síntomas de la menopausia y antecedentes recientes de abuso, Los expertos de Mayo Clinic presentaron los resultados del estudio titulado “Vinculación entre abuso y molestias por los síntomas de la menopausia: resultados del registro de datos sobre experiencias del envejecimiento, la menopausia y la sexualidad”, durante la conferencia anual de la Sociedad Norteamericana de Menopausia (NAMS, por sus siglas en inglés) en Las Vegas. “Aproximadamente el 25 por ciento de mujeres dice que ha sufrido abuso durante el transcurso de su vida, y es conocido que eso puede tener efectos duraderos y de amplio alcance sobre la salud física y emocional”, comenta la Dra. Stephanie Faubion, directora de la Oficina de la Mayo Clinic para la Salud Femenina y coautora del estudio.

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