December 4, 2015

Mayo Clinic In the News Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Star Tribune
Mayo lobbies U.S. panel to accept noninvasive colon cancer test
by Jim Spencer

Ron Cox’s doctor recommended a check for colon cancer when he turned 50. He did not get one. Nor did he get one when he turned 51, 52 or 53. Maybe when I’m 60, Cox told himself…Cox isn’t sure he would ever have gotten checked for colon cancer if doctors at the Mayo Clinic had notStar Tribune newspaper logo developed a painless, accurate, noninvasive screening. He took Mayo’s Cologuard stool DNA test in the privacy of his bathroom and sent it to a lab for analysis. The Mayo test “could save tens of thousands of lives in the next few years,” said Mayo gastroenterologist David Ahlquist, who worked two decades to help develop it. 

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional coverage: The Star

Context: Cologuard stool DNA testing for colorectal cancer was found to be an accurate noninvasive screening option for Alaska Native people, a population with one of world’s highest rates of colorectal cancer, concluded researchers from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Mayo Clinic. The remote residence of many Alaska Native people in sparsely distributed communities across vast roadless regions creates a barrier to screening with conventional tools, such as a colonoscopy. Stool DNA testing, which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), may offer a workable and effective screening method for this population. The research was published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings and funded by a competitive grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contacts: Brian Kilen, Sharon Theimer


'Handbook for Happiness': Resilience is key

Amit Sood has written the book on happiness. "The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness" proclaims that "happiness is a habit." Sood's guide MPR News logoidentifies strategies and techniques for finding — and keeping — the right attitude. Sood joined MPR News' Kerri Miller to talk about a key part of happiness: resilience. He likened resilience to the rumble strips on the side of the highway.

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: Amit Sood, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic physician in General Internal Medicine and the Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness combines wisdom from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality to help people choose contentment.

Contact: Brian Kilen


Yahoo! Health
Men Who Played High School Contact Sports at Risk for Brain Injury
by Korin Miller

…Scientists from the Mayo Clinic have discovered that about one-third of men whose brains had been donated to the Mayo Clinic Brain bank had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated brain trauma…Lead study author Kevin Bieniek, a pre-doctoralYahoo Health student in the Mayo Graduate School’s Neurobiology of Disease program tells Yahoo Health that the study was launched after he noticed that a man in the brain bank who had evidence of CTE had played high school football.

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Star Tribune — Youth contact sports linked to brain disease in Mayo study; Post-Bulletin, Athletic Business, Trail ChampionSports Illustrated, FOX 9, KTTC, Bloomberg, Medical Xpress

Context: Scientists have recently found evidence that professional football players are susceptible to a progressive degenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repetitive brain trauma. Now, researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have discovered a significant and surprising amount of CTE in males who had participated in amateur contact sports in their youth. About one-third of these men whose brains had been donated to the Mayo Clinic Brain Bank had evidence of CTE pathology. CTE only can be diagnosed posthumously.More information on the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


More than half of U.S. doctors experience burnout
by Andrew Seaman

Burnout among U.S. doctors is becoming more common and now affects more than half of practicing physicians, according to a new study. About Reuters Logo54 percent of U.S. doctors experienced at least one symptom of burnout in 2014, compared to about 46 percent of doctors in 2011, researchers report in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Overall, the researchers found that doctors are about twice as likely to experience burnout as the average U.S. worker. "Things are unfortunately getting worse for physicians," said lead author Dr. Tait Shanafelt, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Context: Burnout among U.S. physicians is getting worse. An update from a three-year study evaluating burnout and work-life balance shows that American physicians are worse off today than they were three years earlier. These dimensions remained largely unchanged among U.S. workers in general, resulting in a widening gap between physicians and U.S. workers in other fields. The study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers in partnership with the American Medical Association compared data from 2014 to metrics they collected in 2011 and found that now more than half of U.S. physicians are experiencing professional burnout. The findings appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings“Burnout manifests as emotional exhaustion, loss of meaning in work, and feelings of ineffectiveness,” says Tait Shanafelt, M.D., “What we found is that more physicians in almost every specialty are feeling this way and that’s not good for them, their families, the medical profession, or patients.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Bob Nellis


Phoenix Business Journal
Behind the Scenes: Proton beams to target cancer at Mayo
by Jim Poulin

Last week, I had the opportunity to look behind the scenes of the Radiation Oncology Department at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.Phoenix Business Journal

Reach: The Phoenix Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals which owns more than 40 other local business newspapers.

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: Jim McVeigh

Washington Post — Here’s how patients can take a larger part in their own care by Suzanne Allard Levinston… Discuss your needs. “Gather up with your friends and family and talk about what you want out of health and health care,” said Victor Montori, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Health care can be improved, it can be changed,” he said. “While you’re still healthy enough, you have a role to play to make health care much more careful and kind and responsive to your needs.” You should step up and speak up, getting involved in change, he advises.

Health Leaders Media — Mayo Clinic Bolsters Content Strategy with Newspaper Partnership by Marianne Aiello…Value-Added Content  "Mayo Clinic continues to look for ways to extend our reach and increase brand awareness in the Twin Cities region," says Adam Brase, chair of marketing for Mayo Clinic. "A relationship with the Star Tribune presented a unique opportunity to distribute Mayo Clinic content to more consumers with an interest in health and science in Minnesota. The Star Tribune is the largest media company in the Midwest and the opportunity offers Mayo Clinic the ability to reach consumers in new and relevant ways.

NY Times — Ask Well: How Many Miles a Week Should I Run? by Gretchen Reynolds… “It seems like the maximum benefits of running occur at quite low doses,” said Dr. Carl J. Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and lead author of the review, which was published in September in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Yahoo! Health — The Diabetes Rate is Actually Declining, Says the CDC by Korin Miller — The number of new diabetes cases in the U.S. is finally decreasing, according to new data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The decrease comes after a steady annual climb in new cases since the early 90s, which peaked in 2008. The rate of new diabetes cases has been steadily declining since then, but researchers say the 2014 data indicates that the decrease is statistically meaningful…“It’s encouraging but we have a long way to go,” Robert Rizza, MD, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, tells Yahoo Health. He points out that in the 80s and early 90s, the number of annual new cases was 600,000 — more than half of what it is today.

NBC News — Startling Studies Show Diabetes, High Cholesterol Rates Falling by Maggie Fox — New statistics show the number of Americans being newly diagnosed with diabetes is falling, reversing a trend that makes diabetes a major killer. And a second study shows fewer Americans have high cholesterol. Experts say it may be that people are starting to slowly take health warnings seriously. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 1.7 million new cases of diabetes. By last year, it dropped to 1.4 million. "We are looking at some progress we have been making in America," said Dr. Gerald Fletcher of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who is a spokesman for the American Heart Association.

Modern Healthcare — Big data's big puzzle: Now what? by Beth Kutscher… OptumLabs is a research and innovation center established by UnitedHealth Group's Optum health-services division and the Mayo Clinic. The first research project, to be led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will compare the results of the government's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to OptumLabs' real-world claims data. Large systems like Mayo and Geisinger Health System, which in 2013 launched its own technology and analytics group, xG Health Solutions, are starting to apply their research findings to changing their standards of care.

Chicago Tribune — Mayo Clinic News Network: What is pre-diabetes? — According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 86 million Americans age 20 and older have pre-diabetes. "If you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, it means your blood sugar levels are not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes but are high enough to indicate a need for change," says Anne Bauch, registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System.

LA Times — Football great Johnny Lujack is still going strong at 91 by Chris Erskine…Johnny Lujack played quarterback for Notre Dame in the era when that was the most aspirational position in America. Also-rans became presidents or won Nobel Prizes. No, if you had your druthers back then, or even now, you'd rather succeed at quarterback than anything else. Johnny Lujack is still flinging it, right here in Southern California, out and about in the sandy playground of Indian Wells, where he lives happily and heartily, as he always has, with his wife of 68 years, the lovely Pat. He is nearly 91 and his best years might still be in front of him.…More frightening: a bout with spinal stenosis last year that nearly paralyzed him. "Couldn't walk or feed himself," his daughter said. At the Mayo Clinic, he underwent a five-hour surgery performed by a doctor who had done similar work on former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz.

USA Today — New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings sleeps in a $18,000 hyperbaric chamber by Nina Mandell…“I use it to rejuvenate and energize,” says Jennings, who shelled out $18,000 for the cylinder-shaped capsule. “Even on a cognitive level it helps out.” The 30-year-old New York Giants star naps in it for at least an hour daily. Though he also has a Tempur-Pedic mattress, he’ll sleep in the chamber overnight if his gridiron-battered body needs a little extra care…According to the Mayo Clinic, air pressure in hyperbaric chambers are three times higher than normal, meaning Jennings’ can gather more oxygen than he would breathing in a normal room. The chambers are also used to decompression sickness, serious infections and hard-to-treat wounds.

USA Today — Study: too much TV, too little exercise might dull young adult brains by Kim Painter — Young adults who watch a lot of TV and engage in very little exercise are risking more than their waist lines. By middle age, their brains may be getting out of shape too, a new study suggests…The thinking problems found in the study are not the kind generally linked with Alzheimer's, said Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minn. He notes that inactive participants did not score low on verbal memory tests. He said the deficits some did show might be signs of normal brain aging – hitting TV addicts earlier than their more active peers. Additional coverage: WISH TV, KARE11

US News & World Report — 10 Things You Should Do Today to Make Losing Weight Tomorrow Easier by Aleisha Ketters… Go to Sleep Early No weight-loss strategy survives a bad night’s sleep. In fact, in one Mayo Clinic study, people ate an average of 549 extra calories when they had missed out on a mere 80 minutes of sleep the night before.

CNN — Learning, and controlling, your metabolism rate for weight loss by Dr. Melina Jampolis… Non-exercise activity also plays an important role. Research performed at the Mayo Clinic shows that it can burn hundreds of extra calories per day. Unfortunately, such activity has dropped significantly due to the mechanization of our society: garage door openers, washing machines, dishwashers, computers, television viewing, escalators and a significant population shift toward more sedentary occupations.

Cosmopolitan — How Little Can You Run to Reap All the Benefits? by Elizabeth Narins — If people who run all. The. Time. make you LOL, there's a new reason to make fun of their certifiably crazy habits: In a recent review of 15 years' worth of studies on the health benefits of running, researchers found that you don't have to run all that much to max out on running's health benefits. Lacing up just once or twice a week for just 50 cumulative minutes (no more than 6 miles per week!) provides plenty of protection against cardiovascular disease, chronic disease, and early death by any cause, according to the researchers' findings, which were recently published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

MedPage Today — Are Masks a Good Alternative Flu Shots for Healthcare Workers? by Cheryl Clark — Physicians and other healthcare workers who refuse influenza immunization at 535-bed Children's Hospital of Philadelphia can't work in patient care.…Priya Sampathkumar MD, chair of immunization and infection control committees at the Mayo Clinic said Mayo facilities in Jacksonville, Rochester and Scottsdale do not require the roughly 9% of workers who refuse the vaccine to mask. "They're difficult to wear for several hours at a time," Sampathkumar said. The discomfort prompts workers "to remove them, and not put them back on. I don't think they forget; I think they deliberately don't put them on again."

Everyday Health — Advances in Stem Cell Research for MS and ALS by Dr. Sanjay Gupta,… There is no cure for ALS, but new research using stem cells offers the first real hope for a breakthrough. “There are different mechanisms by which stem cells may be helpful for ALS,” says Nathan Staff, MD, PhD, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic. “The avenue that we’re pursuing is to use them as a neuro-protective agent.” The Mayo Clinic trial is still in the first phase, but the hope is that this treatment could slow or even halt the disease’s progression.

National Geographic — THE AGE OF AGING — The study of aging is about more than delaying the end of our fragile existence. To enhance our quality of life, pioneering researchers are dedicated to extending the healthy years of our lifespan.

Sports Illustrated — The Great Fitness Debate: Is it true that you can exercise too much? by Michael Joyner, expert in human performance at Mayo Clinic — A few weeks ago the Wall Street Journal published a piece titled “The Potential Cardiac Dangers of Extreme Exercise”, the article focused on a new, not-yet-published study suggesting that marathon runners might have more calcium buildup in the coronary arteries that feed the heart. The alarming headline aside, the article was balanced and it highlighted one of the big media stories in the exercise physiology and preventive medicine fields over the last couple of years. The idea is that while exercise and physical activity are clearly good for health, people who do a whole lot of hard training might not be getting all of the health benefits of exercise.

WKBT La Crosse — When should you go to urgent care vs. emergency room? by Brittany Schmidt… At Mayo Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System, the professionals are there to help. “What will happen when you come in, you will see an registered nurse who will triage your symptoms, and he or she will help you go down the right track, whether it's urgent care or emergency room,” said Kim Dockham, nursing administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Star Tribune — State's big firms land near top in gay-friendly rankings by David Peterson… Only five of the Minnesota firms score below 85, although they do include a pair of high-profile entities: Mayo Clinic (65) and Caribou Coffee (50). Sharonne Hayes, director of Mayo’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said in an e-mail that Mayo’s score was “surprising” and “a marked departure from previous years, and does not align with preliminary scores we were shown.” She said Mayo was “not given the opportunity” to discuss the score with the Human Rights Campaign to “clear up any confusion …

ASU Now — Resiliency the secret to better health, living… The Mayo Clinic's Center for Humanities in Medicine and the ASU Institute for Humanities Research hosted “The Art and Science of Resilience” at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale earlier this month as part of the Imagining Health series, an initiative that promotes university-clinic collaborations that transcend the borders of disciplinary knowledge to encourage advancements in our health and approaches to health care…“Resilience is not something you’re born with, but it’s dynamic and you have to develop it over time,” said Larry R. Bergstrom, an assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. “You can be resilient most of your life and have one incident change all that. My job is to try and help patients redevelop their resilience, and it mainly becomes a question of ‘Who am I?’ I try and help them get that back.”

Air Reserve Personnel Center — Mayo Clinic cardiologist follows heart, gives back to troops  John F. Beshai, Arizona Mayo Clinic cardiologist and senior associate consultant, took the Oath of Office for the United States Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and more specifically the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron during a short ceremony here.  His wife, eight month old son and mother were also there. Beshai has been a doctor for over 20 years and is one of 31 cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic. He practiced in Chicago and even served as the team cardiologist for the Chicago Blackhawks before coming to Arizona in 2013. His main reason for joining the Air Force at age 46 is as humble as the man himself, to give back to the troops and to serve the country that has given him so much.

The Augusta Chronicle — Some facilities use video-conferencing to treat patients  Whenever patients arrive at the emergency rooms of five hospitals in Florida and Georgia that are part of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville’s stroke telemedicine program, they get assessed via digital hookup by Mayo Clinic neurologist Kevin M. Barrett, who can view them on a video screen, assess their vital signs and talk with them… Telemedicine – the delivery of health care using telecommunications technologies such as video-conferencing – could well represent the future of medicine, says Sarvam P. TerKonda, the Mayo Clinic’s medical director for connected care in Florida.

Globe and Mail — ‘Non responders’ need to try harder when exercising, study suggests by Alex Hutchinson… It’s now widely accepted that some people respond more strongly or more rapidly than others, but the idea that some people don’t respond at all has remained more controversial. “I just never bought it,” says Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who in 2013 co-authored a review in the journal PLOS ONE arguing that exercise programs that pushed subjects to higher levels of intensity would likely eliminate non-response.

Georgia Health News — An open letter to the people of Ware and surrounding counties…A week ago, Mayo Clinic announced it was ending its relationship with Satilla Health Services in Waycross. (Here is a link to a GHN article)  The following is written by a Satilla nurse, Jordan Strickland: I was sick all last weekend after receiving news that Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, would be returning our Waycross, Georgia, hospital to local control. When I received the news last Friday, I was heartbroken. I worked for the hospital when it was Satilla Regional Medical Center and I worked for, and continue to work for, the hospital as Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.

Post-Bulletin — Marijuana conference by Brett Boese...However, Curry isn't so sure. One of the country's most vocal medicinal marijuana advocates says he's been stonewalled by Mayo Clinic's facility in Arizona. "The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Az., never answers this knock from us," said Curry, a '98 JM grad who is an award-winning cannabis chef. "They don't want to. They want to fight medicinal marijuana." Mayo Clinic issued the following statement Tuesday evening: "The Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program is a voluntary program for eligible health care providers. It is each providers' decision whether to participate in the program. Mayo does have a policy to assist those providers who choose to participate in the program.

Waseca County News — Statewide study shows lack of mental health screening for teens in area clinics by Philip Weyhe…While many young people aren’t being screened for depression and other mental illness, checking for obesity is routine, according to Stephen Campbell, M.D., chief quality officer of the Southwest Minnesota Region of Mayo Clinic Health System. “Every patient that comes in gets weighed and we calculate a body mass index. It’s really an automatic process,” he said. “When it comes to adolescent depression and other mental health conditions, the screening is not automated. It speaks to a lack of standardization.”

Attn: — What It's Like Being a Young Person With "Old People Problems" by Laura Donovan…Gastrointestinal issues in young people… Stomach issues in particular are more common among young folks than many realize. Purna Kashyap, who researches gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told ATTN: over the phone that the majority of his patients are young people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Prevention — Taking Statins? You're Going To Want To Read This Before Getting A Flu Shot by Sarah Klein… Because more than 40% of Americans over 65 use statins, it's kind of important we figure out what's going on here — and what to do about it — since the flu is more risky for older adults. These findings, however, are only the earliest stages of the research, cautions Gregory Poland, MD, of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in the new studies. It's not unreasonable to think statins might reduce flu shot efficacy, "but it's a hypothesis that now bears doing the proper, randomized, controlled studies," he says. Additional — 6 Signs That You Are Officially Burned Out… 3. You start clogging the drain with hair — While hair loss can certainly be a sign of hormonal imbalances, according to the Mayo Clinic, it’s also the body’s way of attacking the immune system when you’re frazzled or overworked. Tons of shedding? How charming!

Park Rapids Enterprise — Park Rapids boy living with failing heart as family waits for transplant call by Kevin Cederstrom — Gannon Wilkins is at the top of the list for a heart transplant and until that call comes his family feels blessed the 8-year-old Park Rapids boy is able to spend this time at home, not in a hospital bed…Gannon is at the top of the transplant list for his size and age at Mayo Clinic in Rochester after going into cardiac arrest in July. He doesn’t like to talk about all the medical procedures he’s been through and shies away from conversation about his heart.  Gannon’s heart functions at 15-20 percent.

Duluth News Tribune — College women's hockey: UMD equipment manager Vasichek on mend after more surgery by Matt Wellens — Eight and a half months since undergoing an emergency liver transplant to treat her primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey equipment manager Julianne “Montana” Vasichek continues to recover. Vasichek remains hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recovering from her latest surgery. Through her brother, Gabe, on her CaringBridge blog, Vasichek said she’s “alright” being at Mayo this year for Thanksgiving after everything she’s gone through since February.

Medscape — Thrombosis Seen as a Common, Early Cause of Bioprosthetic Valve Failure by Veronica Hackelthal, M.D. — Bioprosthetic valve thrombosis (BPVT) is more common than often perceived and develops long before the valve fails structurally in patients with symptoms referred for surgery, suggests an analysis published in the December 1, 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, with Dr. Alexander C Egbe (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN) as lead author[1]. It also identified independent clinical and echocardiographic predictors of thrombosis in such valves, predominantly aortic valves but also mitral and tricuspid valves, that included paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), subtherapeutic anticoagulation, and abnormal cusp motion.

Wisconsin State Journal — 'Alternative' label for Exact Sciences' colon cancer test puts spotlight on health task force by David Wahlberg… Task force decisions “immediately change clinical practice” around the country, said Dr. Pat Remington, associate dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Exact Sciences and organizations including Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society have asked the panel to upgrade Cologuard, a home-based stool test, in a final determination expected next year.

MPR — Will millennials dig Rochester's ambitious downtown plan? by Elizabeth Baier — Mayo Clinic officials are in the early stages of a 20-year, multi-billion dollar growth plan, the most ambitious economic development project in Minnesota history. Attracting millennials to Rochester is critical to the success of the that project, the Destination Medical Center. Getting young professionals excited enough to come and stay, however, may be an uphill climb. "Eighteen-year-olds are leaving Rochester, many of them, to go to post-secondary" education, said Patrick Seeb, director of economic development and placemaking for the DMC development agency. "We need to do everything we can to attract 22-year-olds back to our community."

KIMT — Angelman Syndrome clinic opens in Rochester by Adam Sallet — It’s a rare medical condition, but those suffering from Angelman Syndrome have a new place to get help. On Monday, Mayo Clinic in Rochester officially opened their Angelman Syndrome Clinic. For those who don’t know this condition, it’s a rare genetic disorder caused by a malfunction of a gene. This can lead to serious issues with lack of speech, seizures, and troubles with walking and balance. Since it’s not well-know, health experts say this condition can be misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Additional coverage: KAAL

Red Wing Republican Eagle — From diagnosis to prevention experts by Michael Brun — When David Asp was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in May 2014, he and his wife, Kathy Asp, said they decided to educate themselves on the dangerous form of skin cancer...“We wanted to do something to help make people more aware,” said David Asp, a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. He also is head coach for Red Wing Nordic Team and assistant coach for Red Wing High School cross country.

Medical Xpress — Physicians and burnout: It's getting worse…The study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers in partnership with the American Medical Association compared data from 2014 to metrics they collected in 2011 and found that now more than half of U.S. physicians are experiencing professional burnout. The findings appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "Burnout manifests as emotional exhaustion, loss of meaning in work, and feelings of ineffectiveness," says Tait Shanafelt, M.D. "What we found is that more physicians in almost every specialty are feeling this way and that's not good for them, their families, the medical profession, or patients."

Post-Bulletin — Letter: Are you concerned about Rochester's future and DMC? by Diana Friemann — Are you sick of the tax-and-spend agenda of Destination Medical Center? I feel the DMC is voter fraud because the voters were not told what the 0.25 sales tax extension was going to be used for until after it was voted in. DMC then was formed after that and quickly moved forward after years of undercover meetings and signed confidentiality agreements with Mayo Clinic and the city leadership.

Becker’s Hospital Review — Mayo, luxury hotel in Turkey team up for wellness program by Erin Marshall — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic has a new partnership with a luxury hotel in Turkey. Mayo Clinic and Bodrum, Turkey-based Mandarin Oriental will work together to create the Mayo Clinic Health Living Programme at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum. The program, which will focus on preventive wellness, will launch in 2016 and only be available from January 8 until April 30.

ASU News — ASU, Mayo Clinic collaborate to advance medicine through joint research  Arizona State University, in partnership with Mayo Clinic in Arizona, has announced the recipients of the 2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program. The program funds critical joint research projects in the health field led by scientists from both ASU and Mayo Clinic. The awardees this year are making innovative strides in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart failure and infectious diseases, as well as advancing nanobody technology and health-care practices.

WEAU Eau Claire — Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse adds behavioral health specialist through unique partnership…The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare are teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse to hire a full-time behavioral health specialist. Laquita Becker will fill this new role.…Becker will be a Mayo Clinic Health System employee, but she'll work at different Boys and Girls Club locations in La Crosse to engage high risk youth and their families and to create a formal mentoring program. "There's a lot of stigma with people getting mental health care so hopefully we can make a difference in these kids' lives, in a setting that they're comfortable with," said Julie Conway, Director of Behavioral Health Specialty Services at Mayo Clinic Health System. Additional coverage: La Crosse Tribune, WKBT La Crosse, WEUX La Crosse

Post-Bulletin — Jen's World: Home ec has nothing on Participation Kitchen  I've been married for 19 years and have been a mother for 16 of those years. There is a whole lot of information you can glean from that bit of trivia — but here's where I'm going with it today: (1) I'm pretty much out of original family dinner ideas; and (2) I'll use nearly any excuse to get a girls' night out. So when I found out that Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program offers evening cooking classes — for groups — I signed right up. And then I signed up nine of my friends.

Post-Bulletin — Holly Ebel: Plan to beat stress this holiday season…Are you getting that anxious feeling in the pit of your stomach? Feeling stress over everything you have to do?... The temptation is to pick up a pizza or fast food, but there are healthier, more nutritious options you can do from your own kitchen. Chef Jen Welper, executive wellness chef at Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Center, has helpful suggestions as well as one word of advice: Plan. "If you plan your meals ahead and the cooking strategy, you will come out way ahead," she said.

WFSB — A wholesome collaboration by Jacqueline Harvey — Middlesex Hospital’s President and CEO Vincent Capece and Medical Oncologist Dr. Michael Farrell talk with Kara and Scot about joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Mankato Free Press — Mayo flu shot clinic partnerships paying off for students by Trey Mewes — At flu shot clinics inside Madison East Center, patients are getting flu shots while college students are getting something more valuable — practical experience. South Central College students screen patients for medical information, prep people to receive their flu shot, and properly dispose of the used medical supplies. They're doing everything they would normally do as professionals, under the supervision of Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato staff.

Cardiology Today — Robotic surgical mitral valve repair associated with high survival, few complications…“Our findings show for the first time that robotic mitral valve repair can be performed for all patients with degenerative mitral valve disease with a very high success rate, nearly 100%, and a very low chance of death, almost 0%,” Rakesh M. Suri, MD, DPhil, from the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic, said in an interview with Cardiology Today. “Moreover, we demonstrate for the first time that the durability of this procedure is excellent, and in some cases exceeds the standards established for mitral valve repair performed via an open chest approach.” Suri and colleagues analyzed 487 patients (mean age, 56 years; 360 men) with severe nonischemic degenerative mitral regurgitation who underwent robotic mitral valve repair between January 2008 and January 2015 at Mayo Clinic. Forty-one percent required complex repair; their outcomes were compared with those who required simple repair.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal — Can $5 billion make millennials like Rochester? by Mark Reilly — The state of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and other developers need tens of thousands of new residents to make their ambitious Destination Medical Center idea work. And it'll take more than jobs to lure them there. Minnesota Public Radio reports on the particular challenge Rochester, Minn., faces in keeping its millennial workers and bringing in new ones. Many younger residents complain that there's little to do in the city in the way of cultural attractions or fun urban spaces, and so they head to the Twin Cities for the weekend, or just move out altogether.

Lonsdale Area News-Review — Students at New Prague Schools collect candy for troops by Lori Nickel — After this year’s trick-or-treating festivities, nearly 2,000 area elementary students set aside a portion of their candy for deployed American troops.…“The Great Halloween Candy Give Back helps to share memories of home with our troops. It brightens their day, and they often share candy with local children to build relationships,” said Kris Tietz, regional director of volunteer services at Mayo Clinic Health System. “It’s very rewarding to see a community come together to give back to such a worthwhile cause.”

WQOW Eau Claire — Emergency room patients could be treated faster, cheaper at urgent care facilities  Eau Claire doctor explains, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire said they see over 120 patents a day in their emergency department, but some could have been treated in urgent care. Whether it is a sore throat, sprained ankle, or serious stroke, those looking for medical help need to decide whether to visit a family doctor, urgent care clinic, or emergency room. Dr. Paul Horvath with Mayo Clinic Health System Emergency Medicine in Eau Claire said the emergency room is for life-threatening or severe problems, like heart attacks, strokes, or unusual chest and stomach pains. Horvath said urgent care is for less complicated symptoms, like cuts, sprains, or other body pains.

WEAU Eau Claire — "Love lights" honor loved ones during holiday season  When we see Christmas lights this time of year, we think of the joy of the holiday season, but a local hospital is giving them a deeper meaning. Wednesday afternoon, people gathered at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire for a ceremony for the hospital's "Love Light" Tree Program…"Ultimately it's a chance for us to celebrate and also to comfort during the season, and by the lighting of this tree, it helps to bring those memories to life and to continue going forward," explains Dr. Randall Linton. Additional coverage: WQOW Eau Claire

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal — Med-tech firm with Mayo ties soaks up $3M for blood-clotting patch by Katharine Grayson — Med-tech firm Xcede Technologies Inc. has closed on nearly $3 million in funding for development of a patch that stops bleeding and seals tissue. The Rochester, Minn.-based business will use the capital to fund further development of the product, which was invented by former Mayo Clinic hematologist Dr. Daniel Ericson.

Cancer Network — Symptom Burden of Polycythemia Vera Substantial by Leah Lawrence — A new study has confirmed that the symptom burden of patients with polycythemia vera (PV) is substantial, and is independent of a patient’s disease features, including exposure to hydroxyurea, splenomegaly, or phlebotomy.“The results of this investigation plainly show that symptoms in patients with PV who have known hydroxyurea use, known phlebotomy requirements, and splenomegaly are greater than in those patients who lack these features,” wrote Ruben A. Mesa, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. “Furthermore, there is an additive effect on symptom burden as more features are included in a patient’s profile.”

MSN Australia — New Study Finds That Office Air Is Slowing Your Brain Function by Andrew LaSane…In a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers at Harvard and Syracuse Universities placed subjects in an environmentally controlled office space for a week, exposed them to different conditions, and observed their performance. What they found was that carbon dioxide levels in offices, though not deadly, are still harmful to your health and negatively affect cognitive function. Blame it on poor ventilation and all that CO2 being exhaled by your co-workers (and you).  While the Mayo Clinic recently constructed an office-environment laboratory to investigate the health impact of the white collar workplace, this study focused solely on air quality. The environments used in this study were made to simulate indoor environmental quality conditions (IEQ).

Arizona State Press — ASU partners with Mayo Clinic to combat Alzheimer’s, other issues facing medical industry by Joshua Bowling  ASU researchers are working hand in hand with Mayo Clinic in Arizona to conduct research on issues facing the medical industry, with a significant focus on Alzheimer's disease. The University announced the partnership’s new researchers and projects for the 2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program on Nov. 30.

La Crosse Tribune — Clinic asks for help offering free healthcare to elementary students by Jourdan Vian — Students on La Crosse’s North Side don’t have to go far to see a doctor: There’s one in the house at Northside Elementary School. Your Northside Neighborhood Clinic has opened its doors inside the school building, 1611 Kane St., to offer free basic health care services…The clinic has a working relationship with Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System, allowing them to recommend higher levels of care if necessary.

Florida Times-Union — Jacksonville Journal: Weavers to match breast cancer funds  Jacksonville philanthropists Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver have renewed their annual challenge to raise money for 26.2 with DONNA, the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer held in February…Proceeds benefit the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program and The Donna Foundation, which helps 8,500 women and men living with breast cancer. To register, donate or get more information, go to

Volume One Chippewa Valley — 5 (Not-So-Secret) Origins of the Valley's Household Business Names by Tom Giffey…5. Midelfort Clinic While it now operates under the Mayo Clinic Health System name, it’s safe to say locals will be using the word “Midelfort” for years to come. The clinic was founded by Dr. Christian Midelfart, a Norwegian immigrant, in 1927. Over the years – likely to quell juvenile snickering – “Midelfart” officially became “Midelfort.”

Legal Newsline — Suit alleges Mayo Clinic made false Medicare claims by Robbie Hargett — A woman is suing the Mayo Clinic and two of its doctors over alleged false claims made to Medicare. Karen Drexler, on behalf of herself and the United States of America, filed a lawsuit May 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division against Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Florida, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Dr. Frederick Kusumoto and Dr. Lakshminarayanan "K.L." Venkatachalam,  alleging violations of the False Claims Act and retaliation.

Post-Bulletin — Answer Man: Does Mayo own that hospital in Waycross, Ga.?...Mayo announced on Nov. 20 it was ending its "integration agreement" with Satilla Health Services in Waycross, Ga., and pulling out of what had been the 230-bed Mayo Clinic Health System hospital in Waycross. It was just three years ago that Mayo announced it would take over operation of the hospital and two nursing homes in Waycross, which is about 80 miles from Mayo's Jacksonville, Fla., campus.

Sports Business Daily — The Sit-Down: John Weston, CMO, Mayo Clinic  The Mayo Clinic is a conservative and humble 150-year-old not-for-profit institution that really never had to market itself.  Now the health care market’s gotten all frothy from competitors coming in with a lot of [marketing] noise. That’s produced a lot of consumer confusion and angst and Mayo is saying, “It’s time to tell our story.” We’d lost our voice a bit in the market, but lately, our brand strength has been increasing. Our unaided awareness is up this year for the first time since 2009 in three consecutive quarters. We know we’re moving the needle, but it’s a very noisy category now and it will get noisier.

La Raza Del Noroeste — Cuida tu corazón de la quimio, Los pacientes que están en tratamiento con quimioterapia deben ser sometidos a un estudio previo del corazón y estar alertas ante posibles síntomas de insuficiencia cardiaca, advierten cardiólogos y oncólogos. Hay fármacos nuevos que se utilizan en quimioterapia y son muy efectivos para tratar ciertos cánceres, pero pueden provocar insuficiencia cardiaca, advierte Francisco López, director de cardiología preventiva de la Clínica Mayo de Rochester.

Yahoo! Noticias — Aumenta la cantidad de niños alérgicos al cacahuate, En los últimos años aumentó de manera significativa la cantidad de niños alérgicos al cacahuate, siendo el estilo de vida, la alimentación y la genética, algunas de las causas de este padecimiento, informó la doctora de Mayo Clinic, Martha Hartz. Additional coverage: Calle Mexico

ABC Salud — Poliquistosis, cuando los riñones no responden… Estos quistes renales, explica a ABC Vicente E. Torres, presidente de la División de Nefrología e Hipertensión de la Clínica Mayo (EE.UU.), «van aumentando tanto de tamaño (entre un 5% y un 6% al año) como en número a lo largo de la vida del paciente, provocando dolor, infecciones urinarias, hemorragias y distensión abdominal. Además, pueden producirse otras manifestaciones en el cuerpo como hipertensión arterial, aneurismas intracraneales, anomalías valvulares y quistes en otros órganos».

El Pais — La bicicleta elíptica, mejor que la cinta de correr (si la usa bien)… Este argumento también lo corrobora el doctor Edward R. Laskowski, de la Clínica Mayo, aunque él, como el resto de los expertos, matiza que esta panacea del gimnasio será más efectiva siempre que se use de forma correcta. Porque, a pesar de su sencillez, son varios los errores que cometemos cuando nos subimos a ella. Algunos, de órdago.

El Pais — Los mejores médicos de España, según los propios medicos… Jordi Antoni Vives (Ginecología) Experto en cirugía ginecológica, con formación en la prestigiosa Clìnica Mayo de Scottsdale en Arizona (EE UU)… Dr. Manuel Ruibal Moldes (Urología) El doctor Ruibal Moldes es un prestigioso especialista en urología especializado en cirugía laparoscópica y en oncología urológica. Se ha formado en los hospitales más prestigiosos como en la Clínica Mayo o en el Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Biene Star Salud 180 — 5 tipos de personas que debes SACAR de tu vida antes de fin de año…Un estudio de la Clínica Mayoapunta que alejarse de personas tóxicas y mantener una actitud positiva ayuda mucho a la salud porque reduce el estrés, dolores de espalda, estómago e irritaciones en la piel.

PlayGround Noticias — En busca del fármaco que acabe para siempre con la migraña por Maria Vallve…"Cambiará por completo el paradigma de cómo tratar la migraña", contaba David Dodick, neurólogo en el campus de la Clínica Mayo en Arizona y presidente de la Sociedad Internacional de Cefaleas, en una entrevista para Scientific American.


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