January 8, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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FOX Los Angeles
Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic talks concussions in sports

… So what are the truths about concussions and sports? The Mayo Clinic, hoping to get some answers out there have made soGood Day LAme of their experts available this morning. Joining us from their facility in Phoenix was Dr. David Dodick - Medical Director of the Headache Program and the Sports Neurology and Concussion Program.

Reach: Good Day-L.A. is an Emmy award-winning morning show which serves the greater Los Angeles area.

Additional coverage: Fox 11 Los Angeles   David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic talks concussions in sports

Context: David Dodick, M.D. is a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and an expert in concussion care and director of the Mayo Clinic Concussion Program.

Contact: Jim McVeigh


Wall Street Journal
New Weapons in the Fight Against Multiple Myeloma
by Ron Winslow

Few types of cancer research have witnessed more progress in the past decade than the fight against the blood cancer known as multiple WSJ Bannermyeloma… “Of all the cancers, in terms of progress in the last 10 years, multiple myeloma is at the top of the list,” says S. Vincent Rajkumar, professor of medicine and a hematologist/oncologist at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.

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

Context:  S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D. is a hematologist with  Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

Contact: Joe Dangor


The loneliness of the Alzheimer’s care giver
by Bob Collins

When I fill in for Kerri Miller on Wednesday, I’m doing a segment on Alzheimer’s. If there’s a more despicable disease, I’m unaware of it. Perhaps MPR2that’s why you don’t hear a lot of politicians criticizing a huge increase in Alzheimer’s research. “It’s perhaps some of the most encouraging news we’ve had on Alzheimer’s disease in several years,” Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging and the Mayo Alzheimer’s Research Center, told the Washington Post. “This is truly very, very exciting in the field.”

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: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

Contact: Joe Dangor


The story of the year 2015
by Bob Collins

…I was impressed yesterday with the show we did on immunotherapy (you can find the podcast version here). It was sparked by President Carter’s recovery from cancer, thanks — it would seem — to a drug called Keytruda, which appears to be a “magic bullet” that allows the immune system to attack cancer, and then turns it off before it attacks something it shouldn’t be attacking. Here’s the thing: My guests were cancerMPR News logo researchers: Dr. Roxana Dronca of Mayo Clinic and Dr. Christopher Pennell of the University of Minnesota, who, like all cancer researchers, get up every day and go to work, hoping for success, but more often find failure. That’s the nature of success. “I’m not the most patient person in the real life, but I learned that I can be patient in research and in the clinic,” Dr. Dronca said.

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: Roxana Dronca, M.D. is an oncologist with Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

Contact: Joe Dangor


CBS News
7 ways to recapture happiness at family holidays
by Mary Brophy Marcus

"Home for the holidays" may conjure lovely images of grandma baking cookies, piles of gifts, and long snowy walks with loved ones. But for many, the picture may not be as lovely: tight budgets, long work hours, CBS News Logoillness, stress, and long-running family tensions may dampen spirits. And long walks may be the last thing you want to take with certain curmudgeonly relatives. "Holidays are physical, emotional, and financial stress tests," Dr. Amit Sood of the Mayo Clinic told CBS News. "What should be enjoyable becomes a stressful event." Sood, a professor of medicine and the author of the books "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living" and "The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness," said many people try too hard to overachieve during holiday time.

Reach: CBSNEWS.com is part of CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation. The CBS web properties have more than 250 million people visit its properties each month.

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: Joe Dangor


Star Tribune
The slow growth of a state biotech sector and the rise of a Destination Medical Center
by Matt McKinney

…In Rochester, city officials and others are hoping to turn that exodus into an influx of promising biotech researchers and companies. Central to that effort is Destination Medical Center, the ambitious, 20-year multibillion-dollar plan to remake the Mayo Clinic and the city itself into a global hub for health care and medical research…The Mayo Clinic will soon open its own clean-room facility for the production ofStar Tribune newspaper logo regenerative medicine products. Dr. Atta Behfar, director of the cardiac regeneration program and the Advanced Product Incubator, said it should begin manufacturing in the first quarter of next year.

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.

Context: The Advanced Product Incubator (API) establishes cell-free platforms to develop regenerative therapies. Built according to Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the API adheres to rigorous standards of facility design, monitoring and process control. This multidisciplinary, first-of-its-kind facility bridges teams of researchers and physicians with scientific and industry experts to accelerate product development. Atta Behfar, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Behfar's lab uses state-of-the-art technologies developed at Mayo Clinic to understand heart disease at its most elemental level. With this understanding, Dr. Behfar and his colleagues are doing cardiovascular regeneration research with the aim of developing novel therapies to prevent and cure chronic heart conditions.

Contact: Karl Oestreich



New York  Times Ask Well: Is Mild Cognitive Impairment Reversible? by Karen Weintraub — Mild cognitive impairment, or M.C.I., is not a disease in itself. Rather, it is a clinical description based on performance on a test of memory and thinking skills. Depending on its cause, mild cognitive impairment is potentially reversible….If M.C.I. progresses to Alzheimer’s, there is no recovery. Alzheimer’s is marked by an inexorable decline that is always fatal, although the path from the first signs of cognitive impairment to death may take three to 15 years, said Dr. David Knopman, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Wall Street Journal  Giants’ Hydration Habits Come With Medical Risks by Stu Woo… If you ask the players, the postseason push might be impossible were it not for a procedure that has become increasingly common across the NFL: Before most games, more than a dozen Giants line up in the trainer’s room to have a needle stuck in their arm and a saline solution delivered directly into their bloodstream. Beckham, battling a cold, had two intravenous infusions on Monday—one before the game, and another during the second half….“There’s not a scientific basis for what they’re doing,” said Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. “Unless someone is having a severe medical complication in general, you’re not supposed to give them IV fluids.”

Reuters Asthma rate stops climbing in some U.S. kids by Lisa Rapaport — Childhood asthma rates appear to have stopped rising among many U.S. groups, but not among the poorest kids or children aged 10 and older, a study suggests. For low-income children in particular, it’s possible that environmental risk factors like tobacco exposure, poor housing and poor indoor air quality, and indoor dust mite and cockroach exposure may make asthma more likely, said Dr. Avni Joshi of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Medical Daily, Washington Post

Express UK The harmful effects of ASTHMA could go 'well beyond airways' warn scientists by Becky Fletcher — The latest research has revealed adults who have a history of asthma are more likely to contract the viral disease shingles. More specifically, adults with an asthmatic history were 70 per cent MORE likely to develop shingles. Dr. Young Juhn general academic pediatrician and asthma epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Research Center said: “The effect of asthma on the risk of infection or immune dysfunction might very well go beyond the airways.” Additional coverage: Monthly Prescribing Reference, Times of India

FOX News (Reuters)  Asthma rate stops climbing in some US kids, Childhood asthma rates appear to have stopped rising among many U.S. groups, but not among the poorest kids or children aged 10 and older, a study suggests...For low-income children in particular, it's possible that environmental risk factors like tobacco exposure, poor housing and poor indoor air quality, and indoor dust mite and cockroach exposure may make asthma more likely, said Dr. Avni Joshi of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Huffington Post

Medscape  Herceptin Affirmed, Anthracyclines Questioned in Major Trial by Nick Mulcahy — The landmark BIRCG-006 trial helped to establish trastuzumab (Herceptin, Roche) as a standard for early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer, but it also spawned a debate about which chemotherapy regimen it should be paired with, and about the necessity of anthracyclines. Now, 10-year results from the trial are leading experts to ask whether anthracyclines, with their known cardiotoxicity, can be omitted… However, any comparison of the two trastuzumab-containing groups has to be done cautiously, said Minetta Liu, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York, who was approached for comment. The study was not powered to compare them, a fact that Dr. Slamon did not mention in his presentation. The primary comparison was trastuzumab with no trastuzumab, she explained.

Medscape  Does Online Cognitive Training Work? by Pauline Anderson — Online cognitive training programs promise to boost memory and attention, and they're popping up at a rapid pace. According to one dementia expert, the online cognitive training business has grown from about $200 million annually 6 or 7 years ago to an estimated $2 billion a year today…Many of them are worried about their memory. The issue of how to prevent dementia ''actually comes up almost every time I see a patient," says David Knopman, MD, professor, neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and an investigator in the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer Research Center, Rochester, Minnesota.

Outside Magazine  Energy Drinks Are Not the Enemy by Erin Berensini — Downing a 16-ounce Rockstar probably won’t hurt most athletes. In fact, it’ll likely improve performance. But if you’ve been reading headlines lately, you’d think imbibing would send you straight to an early grave.  The source of this misunderstanding is a study published last month in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, examined the cardiovascular response in 25 healthy people to drinking a 16-ounce can of Rockstar containing 240 milligrams of caffeine: blood pressure and norepinephrine levels increased. The researchers concluded that these effects could increase cardiovascular risk, and the headlines touting energy drinks as scary were written.

Post-Bulletin  Is health care in Rochester a bargain?  A new, widely publicized study questions Rochester's reputation as a model for providing top-notch health care at a low price. Many studies have shown the government's Medicare program gets a good deal in Rochester, as well as Duluth and Minneapolis, but the study from four economists suggests private insurers in those cities pay noticeably more for care… At the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Robert Nesse said the report put too much focus on the list prices that insurers pay for particular services, rather than long-term quality of care.

KQED  Kaiser Permanente to Open a Medical School in Southern California by Lisa Aliferis — Kaiser Permanente, the managed health care giant that now offers patients an integrated system combining insurance, hospitals and outpatient physicians, is adding a medical school to its portfolio, the company announced Thursday. The nonprofit HMO, based in Oakland, will open the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in Southern California in 2019. No specific site has yet been selected. “This is a natural evolution for us,” Kaiser’s CEO Bernard Tyson said in an interview. “We are very motivated in being part of the transformation of the entire health care ecosystem.”

State Journal-Register (Ill.)  Memorial conducts groundbreaking medical simulation by Dean Olsen… Rather than learning from mistakes involving real patients, health care providers increasingly will harness simulation technology and facilities such as the Memorial center to build better systems of care, said Dr. Sapan Desai, a Southern Illinois University School of Medicine doctor who spearheaded the simulation. Dr. Yue Dong, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and expert on medical simulation, said Memorial officials are poised to make strides in the patient-safety movement that began with the 1999 Institute of Medicine report "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System." "I'm really looking forward to hearing their results," he said.

Becker’s Hospital Review  Financial updates from 5 health systems by Ayla Ellison…5. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic reported revenue of $2.5 billion in the third quarter of FY 2015, up 5 percent from the same period of last year. Mayo ended the third quarter with operating income of $120 million, down from $205 million in the same period a year ago.

KTTC  DMCC Board to discuss plans for Discovery Square, among other items at Thursday's meeting — The DMCC Board will be planning for Rochester's Destination Medical Center future at its meeting Thursday. There are some big issues that will be discussed. The board will get to see presentations on plans to create the Discovery Square downtown. There will also be planning for a sub-district called "Heart of the City," and the group will hear the proposal for a 2nd Street, $63 million Holiday Inn, which will include an underground tunnel to Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys.

KTTC  Historic Mayowood Mansion all decked out in Holiday glory — Some call it the Biltmore of Rochester Minnesota. The historic Mayowood Mansion is decked out in all its Holiday glory this month…Mayowood continues to partner with Olmsted County Historical Society, and remains open to the public for scheduled tour days. This year, the major rooms were broken into themes, featuring Holiday decorations from Germany in the drawing room, a Scottish theme in the dining room, and English in the sun-lit gallery. Chuck Potter is the Mayo Clinic historical properties manager. He said the mansion is as impressive as it was when first built by Dr. Charles and Edith Mayo.

Prevention magazine  What's The Deal With Those Blackout Spots You Get When You Stand Up? by Kasandra Brabaw — We've all been there: You jump up from the couch to answer the door (or your phone, or a screaming kid) and suddenly feel dizzy. You blink and a group of black spots dances before your eyes. A few seconds later it's gone and you go about your busy day …"Almost all of us will experience a little lightheadedness when we stand up quickly at one point in our life—particularly when we're sick or otherwise dehydrated," says David Zapala, AuD, PhD, chair of Audiology at Mayo Clinic Florida. (Fight dehydration with these 25 sassy water recipes.)

Prevention magazine — 7 Things That Happen When You Stop Weighing Yourself by Holly Lebowitz Rossi…For many of us, the scale is a tyrant, and it never has anything good to say. Hudnall sees hundreds of women each year who tell a similar story: when they're up a couple of pounds, the shame spiral starts—along with its toxic companion, emotional eating. If they've lost a pound or two, they feel good, but then might find themselves justifying extra treats or skipped workouts. Stepping away from the scale can be permission to let go of the emotional roller coaster. "You might find it takes the pressure off, and it's a kind of relief—you can focus on the good things you're doing, and forget about that number," says Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Modern Healthcare — Paramedics deployed as care navigators by Steven Ross Johnson — Former paramedic Matt Zadavsky long believed that there was a broader role for his profession beyond simply responding to emergencies. In line with a 1996 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, he envisioned a system in which paramedics functioned as navigators, steering patients to the most appropriate care setting to reduce use of hospital emergency departments…Gary Wingrove, director of strategic affairs for Mayo Clinic Medical Transport in Minnesota, said more health systems nationwide are interested in the community paramedicine model because they are increasingly being paid to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital and the ED.

MedPage Today  Carfilzomib Superior to Bortezomib in Patients with Relapsed Myeloma, video with Dr. Keith Stewart, Mayo Clinic.

New York Times  The Upshot: Where Health Care Is Better and Cheaper: Answers to 10 Questions by Margot Sanger-Katz…Is it possible that the expensive hospitals are simply delivering better medical care than the inexpensive ones? — In most industries, there’s a relationship between price and quality. You might pay more for an Apple laptop because you like its features and performance better than those of a less-expensive P.C. Hospitals like St. Mary’s in Grand Junction, Colo., and the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., have great reputations for offering great health care. Could that explain their communities’ high health care prices?

Wall Street Journal — Letter: How Best to Test and Regulate Medical Tests? by Thomas Moyer, Ph.D., Golden Valley, Minn. — I was involved with Mayo Medical Laboratories from its early days as one of many scientists who created the tests discussed in the article. Doctors and hospitals came to Mayo begging for these tests because they weren’t available elsewhere, not because someone figured out that physicians or hospitals could be charged for these tests. The tests in question aren’t the simple lab tests provided by the diagnostics industry, which didn’t offer them because they were low volume and thus too costly to develop and offer.

Owatonna People’s Press  Mayo employees 'adopt' formerly homeless families for the holidays by Kim Hyatt — For 12 formerly homeless families, Christmas will not be without gifts this year, thanks to staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna. Since 2010, Mayo has partnered with Transitional Housing of Steele County to put on an “Adopt a Family” program, similar to what other organizations like United Way do around the holidays…“I had a list one year with laundry soap on it,” said Lesa Anderson with Mayo Clinic, who was the individual to initiate the program five years ago.

TIME  Martin Shkreli’s Arrest Halts Leukemia Drug Trial by Michal Addady — At least two clinics suspend a trial sponsored by his company. A clinical drug trial has been suspended following the arrest of “Pharma Bad-Boy” Martin Shkreli. Clinical trials for the leukemia treatment were being conducted at various institutions. According to Bloomberg, the University of California at Davis and the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida have suspended their trials. It is uncertain whether trials at five other clinics — the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Northwester University’s Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center—will be halted as well. Additional coverage: Bloomberg

Kaiser Health News  New Kaiser Permanente Med School Part Of A Growing Trend by Julie Rovner — Thursday’s announcement by Kaiser Permanente that it plans to open its own medical school in Southern California has attracted a lot of attention in the health care community. But Kaiser is actually at the trailing edge of a medical school expansion that has been unmatched since the 1960s and 1970s, say medical education experts. (Kaiser Health News is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.) In the past decade alone, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 20 new medical schools have opened or been approved…Kaiser Permanente is far from the first health care provider to launch its own medical school — the Mayo Clinic has had one since 1972 and is about to expand that school from its home base in Minnesota to its satellite campuses in Arizona and Florida. Additional coverage: NPR

Star Tribune  Optum's big data push gets bigger by Christopher Snowbeck — In January 2013, the Optum business at Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group teamed with the Mayo Clinic to launch a lab in Boston for research to improve the quality and lower the cost of health care. Called OptumLabs, the center was designed to work on “big data” research projects by collaborating with outside groups…Q: Can OptumLabs point to any successes where research projects improved the understanding of cost or quality in health care? A: We’ve had a number of interesting studies to date. Two of them, actually, came from the Mayo Clinic to address those two topics.

ABC News  Here’s How Far You Actually Need to Run to Reap the Health Benefits by Catherine Dibenedetto — If you like to run but don’t love to run, here’s some news that’s sure to put a bounce in your step. A recent review of studies found that to score the major health perks of running, you don’t have to pound the pavement for long: Jogging just five or six miles a week is enough…“Maximal health benefits of running appear to occur at quite low doses, well below those suggested by the US physical activity guidelines,” the researchers write in the study, which was published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings  (The government recommends 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.)

WXOW La Crosse  Hospitals provide much more than health care by Tianna Vanderhei — Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System provide quality medical care to patients. However, a recent report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association shows that hospitals do much more than give medical treatment to those who need it. Mary Hamman, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse said healthcare creates a ripple effect in the community.

Attn: Here's When You Should Freeze Your Eggs by Laura Donovan…HOW DOES EGG FREEZING WORK? — "Eggs are harvested from your ovaries, frozen unfertilized, and stored for later use," the Mayo Clinic website reads. "A frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab and implanted in your uterus (in vitro fertilization)."

Quad-City Times  Quad-Cities Faces of Cancer by Keving Schmidt…It wasn’t long after the funeral that the depth of my mother’s commitment to her friend became evident. Leaving for school one morning, she handed me a piece of paper. “You go over to the Mayo Clinic after school.” It was only a few blocks from the school, and I knew it well. She said, “Go to the front desk, give them this, they’ll tell you where to go.” She had volunteered me, her youngest son, to a Childhood Cancer Research Project that was related to the first clinical CT scan in the United States, which was performed at the Mayo Clinic in 1973.

billboard  What Is Graves' Disease? A Primer on Missy Elliott's Condition… In Elliott's new Billboard cover story, she talks about how Graves' disease -- which she was first diagnosed with after losing an extreme amount of weight in 2008 -- affected her body and her life. "It causes hair loss, your eyes bulge,” Elliott says. “My blood pressure was always up from just overworking.” Not familiar with Graves' disease? Many aren't. Here's a primer on the immune system disorder Elliott suffers from, information courtesy of Mayo Clinic.

Post-Bulletin  George resigns from DMCC board by Andrew Setterholm — When the Destination Medical Center Corp. Board meets next, there will be a new face at the table. At Thursday's board meeting, the last of 2015, Board Member Bill George announced he would resign his duties. The nonprofit DMCC Corp. and its board is in charge of public oversight of DMC initiatives and supervision of the DMC Economic Development Agency. Its eight board members were appointed by DMC partners: the governor of Minnesota, the Olmsted County Board of Commissions, Rochester City Council and Mayo Clinic. 

New York Times — Opinion: Value in Medical Care by John Noseworthy, President and Chief Executive Mayo Clinic, re: “Doubt Is Cast About a Gauge of Health Costs” (The Upshot, front page, Dec. 15): We applaud expanding reimbursement analysis beyond Medicare data to include commercial insurance. Development of value-based payment models will require transparency and a comprehensive view of health care spending. Both clinical input and insurance claims data must be included. The era of big data has made this a possibility.

Asssociated Press  Doctor: Strongest Link Yet Between Water, Kids' Lead Levels by John Flesher — A new study provides the strongest evidence yet of a link between elevated blood-lead levels in children living in Flint, Michigan, and the struggling city's water system, a pediatrician who first raised alarms about the matter said Monday… Health problems from lead can be hard to spot in young children, said Dr. Marcie Billings of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minnesota, who did not participate in the study. But parents should watch for future red flags such as anemia, low academic achievement and unusual behavioral changes, she said. Additional coverage: Brandon Sun, ABC News, Philadelphia Inquirer

KTTC — New drug used at Mayo Clinic helps fight advanced forms of skin cancer by Tori Bokios — A new drug is now being used at the Mayo Clinic that can help fight advanced forms of melanoma. Keytruda is an FDA approved drug that enhances a patient's immune system to help fight cancer…The Mayo Clinic was among the first to use the drug in clinical trials and now hundreds of Mayo patients have received the treatment. It's the same drug that former President Jimmy Carter was administered to fight his melanoma. Mayo Clinic Oncologist Roxana Dronca was a principle investigator for Mayo Clinic during the drug's clinical trails. She says one in ten patients see no trace of cancer after the procedure.

Fierce Health Payer  OptumLabs CEO describes how big data improves healthcare by Joanne Finnegan — OptumLabs is having success with its research projects in both improving cost and quality in healthcare, according to a report in the Star Tribune. In an interview with the Minnesota newspaper, Paul Bleicher, M.D., CEO of OptumLabs, talked about some of the research being done at the Boston-based healthcare innovation center that launched in 2013. Two studies using data from the Mayo Clinic may change the way healthcare is delivered, Bleicher said

Inforum  This Christmas, Park Rapids boy awaiting gift of life by Kevin Wallvand — A 9-year-old Park Rapids boy has a Christmas wish list like no other: The gift of life. Gannon Wilkins needs a new heart and is at the top of the waiting list at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. In Mrs. Baumgartner's third-grade class at Century Elementary School on Monday, it was all about math. Additional coverage: WDAY

Forbes  Too Busy To Slow Down During The Holidays? -- 3 Reasons To Slow Down Anyways by Tori Utley…Enhanced Well being — According to Mayo Clinic, interpersonal connection and laughter lead to numerous psychological and physiological benefits. Well-being is enhanced, your mind is de-stressed, and your body is renewed. Did you know laughter increases your mood, strengthens your immune system, relieves your body’s stress response, and enhances overall mood? Spend the holidays laughing and enjoying the company of your family – you will give your body the rest and resilience it needs to maintain the entrepreneurs’ lifestyle.

Press of Atlantic City  Mayo Clinic News Network: Ease fear of awakening to nightmares…"Children usually begin having nightmares between the ages of 3 and 6 years old," said Dr. Thomas Dunigan, a Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician. "Nightmares usually start to decrease after the age of 10. The content of childhood nightmares varies with age. Younger children might have nightmares about monsters, while older kids have nightmares about school or difficulties at home."

FOX9  Whooping cough cases pop up in Rochester — Many schools and day care facilities in Rochester are seeing cases of the virus pop up. Many schools and day care facilities in Rochester are seeing cases of the virus pop up… Health care professionals recommend that everyone receive the Tdap vaccine, especially young children and pregnant women.

New York Times  Patients Fear Spike in Price of Old Drugs — Kellerman has been using the drug ever since, paying nothing but postage. In an unusual act of charity, a small family-run drug company in Plainsboro, N.J., has been giving it away. The drug was never formally approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but was provided under an obscure federal drug provision. But one company’s generosity is another’s opportunity. Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, a Wall Street-traded company, last week completed an application to the F.D.A. for formal approval of a slightly modified version of the drug that does not need refrigeration. In a presentation to investors last spring, Catalyst estimated that it could make $300 million to $900 million a year from the drug, named Firdapse, that could eventually benefit as many as 8,000 patients. That works out to possibly more than $100,000 per patient.

KVOA News 4  Banner Alzheimer's Institute, Mayo Clinic Arizona teaming up for concussion research — The Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Mayo Clinic Arizona announced Tuesday the collaboration in a new study on the detection and diagnosis of the serious brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Post-Bulletin  Local clergy "disheartened" by Mayo Clinic decision — Some local clergy are worried that a policy change at Mayo Clinic will make it more difficult for them to find and visit hospitalized parishioners. The Mayo Clinic has informed local churches and other religious institutions that Dec. 15 would be the final day of its Community Clergy Volunteer Network, which lists each patient's name, location, general health condition and religious denomination so that clergy could consult one source to locate familiar faces for prayer and support. Clergy were routinely allowed to access that private patient information, according to HIPAA laws, unless the patient objected.

New Jersey Jewish News  A father’s thoughts on science and religion — That curiosity is reflected in a new book of posthumously published writings by Velvl Greene assembled by Shmuel and his brother, Rabbi David Greene, who is himself a medical translator at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Forbes  Half Of U.S. Doctors 'Burned Out' As Obamacare Begins Third Year, the number of U.S. physicians who say they are suffering “burnout” has jumped to more than half of doctors as the practice of medicine becomes more complicated and millions more Americans gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act — An analysis from researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association say doctors’ work-life balance is worsening, with the percentage of physicians who say they are suffering burnout rising to 54% in 2014 from 45% in 2011. The research, published in the December issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, was described as documenting a “disturbing trend” that could negatively affect the quality of patient care.

Chippewa Herald  Mayo Clinic offers pitching instruction and video analysis — Spring training should begin now for area baseball and softball pitchers, recommends a certified pitching instructor at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Physical therapist and licensed athletic trainer Mike Ramaeker will conduct a free presentation showing baseball and softball pitchers how to improve their throwing mechanics and velocity. The presentation will be held in the auditorium at Mayo Clinic Health System (1221 Whipple Street, Eau Claire) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25.

WHIO (AP)  Michigan schools try out gold standard of concussion tests... of the block that knocked Ian Rice to the turf are fuzzy for him now. He remembers falling over. He remembers he couldn't walk. That was the first sign something was seriously wrong … Many sideline concussion-testing programs are on the market at different price points. Michigan is testing the Illinois-based King-Devick Test affiliated with the Mayo Clinic and Maryland-based XLNTbrain Sport.

philly.com  Notre Dame's Purcell battles through rare disease — That Wednesday, the Purcells are told that Leanne has Wilson's disease, a genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in the liver or brain. The disease is fatal if untreated. There are fewer than 20,000 cases in the United States each year, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Materialise — Braveheart: How Mayo Clinic Put Baby Kieran’s Heart Back into Her Chest — When Caitlin Veitz was 20 weeks pregnant, the happy expectation surrounding her first ultrasound quickly turned into fear and anguish: her baby daughter’s heart was growing outside of the chest wall. Doctors weren’t able to reassure Caitlin, because the condition is so rare that there was very little data to rely on. Although congenital heart problems affect around 1 in 100 children, a relatively high incidence, baby Kieran’s condition is “one of the, if not the, most rare congenital heart defects,” says Dr. Joseph Dearani, pediatric cardiac surgeon at Mayo Clinic. Kieran’s survival would depend on a very complex surgery involving highly specialized experts—armed with 3D technology.

MD Magazine  Racial Disparities Among Genes of Colon Cancer Patients — Depending on the patient’s race, the genes of colon cancer may differ, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic analyzed the genes of more than 3,300 stage III colon cancer patients in order to determine if racial disparities in colon cancer outcomes persist even after controlling for clinical and pathological variables.

Daily Mail UK What's the secret to living longer? Follow these 7 simple steps to SLASH your risk of heart failure, say experts by Lisa Ryan…Dr Veronique Roger of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota told Reuters that creating environments where physical activity is easy to do and controlling the contents of food products can make it easier for people to make healthier choices. She said: ‘Following healthy behaviors is an issue that extends way beyond the boundaries of the healthcare world. ‘Some of these behaviors really require societal and policy approaches. ‘We can’t be counting on doctors and nurses to make this work.’ Additional coverage: FOX News

HemOnc Today VIDEO: PERSIST-1 supports use of pacritinib in intermediate-, high-risk myelofibrosis…Ruben Mesa, MD, chair of hematology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and a HemOnc Today Editorial Board member, highlights updated results of the phase 3 PERSIST-1 trial. The findings, presented at the ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition, support the use of pacritinib across all subgroups of intermediate- or high-risk patients with myelofibrosis, researchers concluded.

Red Wing Republican-Eagle ‘Old soul’ learns new tricks by Michael Brun — People’s eyes seem to light up when Maddie enters a room, but the 8-year-old Golden Retriever isn’t able to see the reactions herself. The registered therapy dog went blind in January 2014 from sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome or SARDS. Despite the disability, Maddie continues to bring comfort to hospice patients through Mayo Clinic Health System’s Caring Canines program, owner Moni Ostberg of Red Wing said.

Arizona Daily Star New cancer therapy soon to be available in Phoenix by Stephanie Innes — A $182 million underground clinic in Phoenix, set to open in March, will house Arizona’s only proton beam therapy program, which aims to minimize damage to surrounding tissue during cancer tumor radiation. The concrete facility, still under construction and built entirely with private donations, is on the Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus…About 15 percent of the Mayo Clinic’s proton beam patients in Phoenix are expected to be children, said Dr. Sameer Keole, a radiation oncologist and director of the Arizona center. Keole also treats children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and estimates the hospital refers about 10 children per year to proton therapy in other states. Additional coverage: KJZZ Radio Ariz.

Arizona Republic Fidgeting can actually burn some calories by Dr. James Levine, endocrinologist, and co-director Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Obesity Solutions. Question: We have heard fidgeting is good for you, is that right? Answer: The next time someone tells you to “stop fidgeting,” tell them that it could make you happier, healthier and more successful. Some of our recent research suggests that “active fidgeting” — such as pacing while on the phone — helps protect your heart.

The Guardian How crowdfunding became a lifeline for cancer patients struggling with debt by Olga Oksman…Stock, like Kantarjian, is one of the signers of the joint op-ed by leading oncologists calling for lower cancer drug costs in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Her practice has had to “spend a huge amount of time trying to get these drugs paid for by other mechanisms for patients”. Charities exist that help pay some of the costs, but the charities are limited in what they can do to help, and often only assist those with the most dire financial circumstances.

WXOW La Crosse La Crosse organization shares the gift of a Christmas meal…All meals are made from scratch at our two locations; Bethany on Cass and Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. Working to help out others, like Larry Wallace who has been receiving meals through the organization for about a year. When asked how the meals help him, Larry turned the attention to the volunteers…Heather Gilbertson, a Dietary Aid at Mayo Clinic Health System said it's heartwarming to know you're helping someone who maybe can't get out or has no family around the area.

James Plaindealer  How to Avoid Packing on Extra Pounds During the Holiday Season by Ryan Anderson… Kim Nelson, a dietician for Mayo Clinic Health Systems in St. James, said there are many strategies people can deploy to avoid bloating during this time of year. For one, it’s important to remember that one day of gorging, on Thanksgiving or Christmas, for example, isn’t enough by itself to blow a diet. It takes more than that, although, of course, that’s not a license to overeat on those days.

News4Jax  Mom with rare cancer in hospital during her baby's first Christmas by Nicole Snyder — One local mother is unable to spend time with her son on his first Christmas. Andrea Shaw has been battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that has kept in her the hospital for weeks this year, and now on Christmas. Shaw, 29, has been going through treatment for two weeks at the Mayo Clinic. Family and friends are able to visit her while she goes through chemotherapy, but the one person she wants to see the most isn’t able to be by her side.

Grand Forks Herald OUR OPINION: Findings put concussion risks in perspective by Tom Dennis — If you're a parent of young children, you're probably fretting about whether to let them play contact sports. Do you dare subject them to the risk of concussions? But American teens have been playing those sports for a very long time. So, if that play created a big risk of brain-health problems later on, shouldn't those trends have shown up by now? Mayo Clinic researchers asked exactly that question in a study published in 2012. And while the findings aren't definitive — nothing in science ever is fully settled — they're both useful and interesting.

WEAU Eau Claire Hospice Remembrance Quilt (12/22/15)  Two-part “Today” interview with Bereavement Services Director Lisa De Sieno about the 2014 travelling MCHS hospice remembrance quilt, tips for dealing with grief over the holidays and also hospice and bereavement services offered by Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. Below are links to dates/locations of where the 2014 hospice quilt will be displayed, along with interview segments with Lisa and TV-13 anchor Judy Clark.

KARE11  High-speed rail plans meet opposition in southeast MN Opposition is growing in rural southeastern Minnesota to proposals for a high-speed rail line connecting Minneapolis and Rochester. Rochester civic leaders see high-speed rail as a way to draw thousands of new workers to the Mayo Clinic and other big employers. Additional coverage: BringMeTheNews

Alaska News Dispatch Dire costs for Alaskans if state removes professional licensing requirements by Clyde Pearce…The Mayo Clinic and others suggest that between 2 and 5 percent of all cancers may be due to medical imaging, and that is due in part to improper ordering of the exams by physicians. Read Dr. S. Shiralkar’s research on physician knowledge of medical-imaging exposures, and similar studies performed by other doctors Per Hall and his group in Sweden found that those exposed as infants to radiation at the levels of a CT scan had diminished intellect. Would the author prefer to allow anyone who could just push a button to perform X-rays on himself or his family? With 3,700 cancers a year in Alaska, the Mayo Clinic data suggests that we could have more than one new cancer a week due to medical X-rays. However, since no license is required for X-ray machine operators in Alaska, that number could be higher. Alaska has the lowest standards in the nation for operators of medical-imaging devices.

VICE Sports  Vice Sports Q&A: "Concussion" Doctor Bennet  OMALU You recently published aNew York Times op-ed calling for an age limit for tackle football, the same way we have legal ages for smoking and drinking. Related to that, researchers in Boston have diagnosed CTE in the brains of six of 26 former high school football players and 41 of 50 former college players that have been examined. The same researchers are also seeing cases where CTE symptoms are showing up in young men who are in their 20s and 30s— Not just that. There was a paper about this from the Mayo Clinic just last week. [In December, Mayo Clinic researchers announced that they had examined 66 brains from the clinic's brain bank belonging to men who had played contact sports in their youth—amateurs, not professionals—and found CTE in 21 of those brains. Researchers did not find the disease in 198 brains from people who lacked a documented history of participating in contact sports].

3D Print Baby Kieran Thrives with Help from 3D Printed Heart Model by Hannah Mendoza  The ultrasound she received that day would fill the parents with fear and anxiety for their child as it revealed that their baby’s heart was growing outside of the chest wall, a condition that is so rare, it was difficult for the doctors to offer reasonable assurances that they could address the problem. Luckily for her and baby-to-be Kieran, Veitz had access to some of the most highly skilled doctors in the world through the Mayo Clinic. The medical team attending to this special case needed to do everything possible to prepare what Kieran would need, as her very survival was at stake.

Post-Bulletin Our View: DMC project delays should be expected Anyone concerned Destination Medical Center efforts are moving too fast may want to speak to developers planning a Holiday Inn on Second Street Southwest. The effort by Larry Brutger and Brutger Equities already had faced months of struggles while navigating Rochester's development process and negotiating with the DMC Economic Development Agency when it hit a snag last week.

Sports Illustrated What exactly is HGH? A primer on its science and growth in popularity by Michael Joyner — [Ed.Note: The controversy surrounding an Al Jazeera report that Peyton Manning, among other athletes, received HGH continues. While SI.com is making no judgment about the report’s validity, the story provides an opportunity to learn more about HGH and its functionality. Thus, we've enlisted Dr. Michael Joyner, an expert in human performance from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. to offer a primer.]… Human Growth Hormone, also known as GH or HGH, is a peptide hormone made up of 191 amino acids, the tiny building blocks of all proteins. It is secreted from the pituitary gland located in the brain.

New York Times Letter: Payment for Medical Care by ROBERT D. SCHROCK Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C., The writer is a retired orthopedic surgeon  To the Editor: I take issue with the “value-based payment models” for medical care promoted by John H. Noseworthy, the president of the Mayo Clinic, in his letter to the editor (“Value in Medical Care,” Dec. 22). When he says, “It is essential to differentiate locally provided care from complex specialty care best provided by destination medical centers,” is he suggesting that his destination medical center should be paid more than local care providers for the same work? It is my understanding that all doctors are being evaluated equally on the accuracy of their diagnoses, the appropriateness of their treatments and the quality of their results. They should be paid accordingly.

Science World Report Shingles Risk Higher In Patients Who Had Childhood Asthma by Kathleen Lees — Asthma rates may be going down, but a new study reveals that for those still affected by asthma as children, they are at an increased risk of shingles. The findings are published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). "Asthma represents one of the five most burdensome chronic diseases in the U.S., affecting up to 17 percent of the population," said lead author Young Juhn, M.D., who is a general academic pediatrician and asthma epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic Children's Research Center, in a news release. "The effect of asthma on the risk of infection or immune dysfunction might very well go beyond the airways." Additional coverage: Medical News Today, Health News Digest, The Health Site, New Delhi Television, Zee News India

Men’s Health  The Most Dangerous Way to Boost Your Testosterone by Paul John Scott… “We don’t know that low testosterone is the primary reason people feel rotten or without much drive,” says Victor Montori, M.D., an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic. “After age 45, men lose a small amount of testosterone each year. If losing testosterone made you feel bad, then there should be more 70-year-olds feeling robbed of life than 60-year-olds, and more 60-year-olds feeling like a shadow of their old selves than 50-year-olds. I haven’t seen that data.”

Spry Living A Holiday Gift for Migraine Sufferers by Lisa Mulcahy… Trigger Happy Lesser-known migraine triggers are emerging, which could lead to more treatment options. At a meeting of the American Pain Society, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix professor of neurology David Dodick, MD, reported that obesity causes you to be five times more migraine-prone and being depressed causes a three-fold risk increase. Head injuries, snoring and excess caffeine can also promote pounding.

Post-Bulletin "Recovering bibliophile" honored by Mayo Clinic by Brett Boese — Decades ago, one of Bruce and Lois Fye's frequent book-buying tours came to an unceremonious halt when their overburdened vehicle bottomed out, and the muffler was left behind on a Connecticut highway. Lois can only shake her head and ruefully smile at the not-so-fond memory. However, her husband's unusual passion set the stage for one of the world's most esteemed cardiologists to have his name prominently displayed on Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. W. Bruce Fye recently donated 9,000 rare, valuable books — including early copies of Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species" — to Mayo Clinic's History of Medicine Library. The clinic's private library, which is only viewed about 10 times per month by traveling dignitaries, has since been renamed in Fye's honor.

WCCO Mayo Doctors Testing ‘Freezing’ Treatment On Rare Cancer  Doctors at the Mayo Clinic are trying a new treatment for mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. The first patient enrolled in the study was Mary Kuntz, a 68-year-old grandmother diagnosed with the disease last summer. Doctors sprayed liquid nitrogen to freeze Mary’s tumor. Two weeks later, surgeons removed it.

SELF 36 Things Every Woman Should Know How To Do By The Time She Turns 30 by Jessica Cruel — 1. Know your first aid basics, like how to treat a burn or disinfect a cut. Mayo Clinic has an awesome and super helpful rundown of how to handle these and like a a gajillion other types of medical issues, should the need arise.

Quad City TimesMayo Clinic News Network: Does secondhand smoke increase risk of infertility and early menopause?... Mayo Clinic reproductive and infertility expert Dr. Jani Jensen says, “Although quitting smoking can be very difficult, the motivation to become pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy may help some women attempt to quit using tobacco. Similarly, this new study may be motivating even to partners to quit tobacco use to reduce the risks of secondhand smoke on pregnancy.”

KVUE Texas Man unable to eat for years undergoes esophageal reconstruction by Quita Culpepper — An Austin family is thankful this holiday season after doctors successfully performed surgery to reconnect his esophagus to his stomach. "I've been through so many things I don't know where to begin," said Mark Clifton. The Dell executive was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1999…Then a phone call from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota changed his life. Doctors there could perform an esophageal reconstruction. "Mark just had surgery over the summer at the Mayo Clinic to reconnect his esophagus to his stomach," Nancy said. Among other things, Mark's stomach was stretched like Silly Putty to also act as his esophagus. Surgeons said Mark's anatomy now looks unlike anyone else's on Earth.

WHYY Newsworks Searching for a new liver; traveling for transplant by Karen Shakerdge — Last summer, Seth Doraiswami, a stonemason from Belmont, Massachusetts planned a trip to Wisconsin, to get a new liver. Doraiswami, 33, was born with a liver disease called biliary atresia, which causes bile ducts to become inflamed and the liver to scar… In August Doraiswami changed travel plans when an appointment opened up at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He cancelled flights to Wisconsin and got a one-way ticket to Jacksonville… "Maybe close to around midnight, I heard a doctor come into the room start talking to one of my nurses. He came over and just out of the blue announced to me 'we may have a liver, this evening,'" Doraiswami recalled.

San Francisco Chronicle  Technology will make football safer by John Roman — The game of football is under the microscope because of heightened awareness of concussions and other head trauma experienced by players of all ages. The new movie “Concussion” has intensified that debate. New technology advances can change these outcomes and allow the game to play on. I was privileged to play seven seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the New York Jets. I suffered at least three concussions in my football career…A 2002 study by Mayo Clinic researchers, who surveyed 915 football players between the ages of 9 and 13, found that injuries were relatively rare. When they did occur, they were mild with the most common being bruises. That said, I firmly believe that further study and more resources need to be utilized to truly understand the ramifications of sports-related head trauma.

KCBD Texas What you should know before you shovel snow by Karin McCay…It also can be dangerous, partly because cold temperatures tend to increase blood pressure along with the possibility that blood will clot. That's why the Mayo Clinic offers these tips if you want to shovel snow after a blizzard like we've had. Don't smoke or grab a cup of coffee before you shovel snow because the nicotine or caffeine could add extra stress on the heart.

Economic Times India AK Antony gets clean chit on health, Former defense minister AK Antony, who was in the US for a medical check-up, has been given a clean bill of health by the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Antony, who turned 75 yesterday, was accompanied by his wife Elizabeth and son Anil during the trip. Doctors at Mayo Clinic gave a clean bill of health.

FOX News 7 'healthy' foods that really aren't by Lacie Glover2. Portioned snacks If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably know portion control is key, but 100-calorie prepackaged snacks offer little in the way of nutrients such as fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. “These items are usually not as nutrient rich as 100 calories of fruits, vegetables or whole-grain foods,” says Lisa Dierks, a registered dietitian nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. The 100-calorie packages aren’t all bad, but don’t assume that just because a food is low in calories, it’s good for you.

Robb Report  The Mayo Clinic Offers Advice for Staying Fit while Traveling by Janice O’Leary — Globe-trotting can make adhering to a fitness regimen a challenge, but savvy travelers might find they can log more than their daily 10,000 steps with just a few tweaks or that exercising can help them see more of their host city. Two personal trainers and a wellness expert from the Mayo Clinic offer their advice for staying fit while traveling…Investigate airports ahead of time if you are flying commercial. Many airports offer yoga studios, and some, such as those in Minneapolis-Saint Paul and Quebec, map walking paths through terminals, complete with mileage, says Angela Murad, a wellness dietitian with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Arrive early to relieve stress and get your workout in all at once.  Additional coverageLuxury Feed

Eau Clare Leader-Telegram If you choose to booze, keep it moderate by Matt Anderson, Mayo Clinic Healthy System — The holidays are a time of togetherness, connection, gratitude and sharing. Frequently, it is a season of celebration. For some, it also may be associated with high stress — gift buying, cooking, cleaning, traveling, decorating and multiple social gatherings.

KEYC Mankato It's Not Just Exhausting Work, Shoveling Snow Has Risks For People With Heart Problems by Shawn Loging — It's no secret you can work up a sweat cleaning away the several inches of snow the area received over the past 32 hours. But for people with heart problems, shoveling can lead to dangerous health conditions, even causing heart attacks. Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Cardiologist Benjamin Wong, M.D. says, "Shoveling snow is a physically demanding endeavor. Especially if the snow is actually been packed down and you're really struggling to shovel it, it actually puts a lot of stress on your heart."

Huffington Post (Reuters)  Use This 7-Point Checklist For A Healthier Heart by Kathryn Doyle…Creating environments where physical activity is easy to do and controlling the contents of food products can make is easier for individuals to make healthy choices, said Dr. Veronique Roger of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Noticias

Star Tribune  Physicians are burning out, and patients must rally around them by Kip Sullivan — A silent epidemic is ravaging our health care system — an epidemic of burnout among doctors. A paper published in the December issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that the percent of physicians admitting to at least one symptom of burnout rose from 46 percent in 2011 to 54 percent in 2014. By contrast, burnout in the general population over that period stayed at about 25 percent, way below the rate among doctors.

Chicago Tribune Mayo Clinic News Network: New guidelines for children’s checkups  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its updated list of recommended health care screenings for children, that include checking for depression, high cholesterol and HIV. Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatrician Dr. Angela Mattke says the revised recommendations are a "firm affirmative to pediatricians that doing these screenings or testing will be beneficial to the child’s health."

HealthCare Business Daily News Mayo Clinic's Phoenix proton center to open in March by Thomas Dworetzky — Arizona's first proton therapy facility — the new $182 million center set to open on the famed Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix — is inching ever closer to becoming operational… “We have taken all the risk on this,” Dr. Sameer Keole, a radiation oncologist and center director, told The Arizona Daily Star.

Arthritis Today 3 Supplements for Better Sleep2 Melatonin Melatonin is a hormone produced by the endocrine system that helps regulate one's natural sleep-wake cycle. Supplements are chemically identical to the melatonin produced by your body. THE SCIENCE: A2013 meta-analysis in PLOS One found that melatonin increased sleep quality and quantity in children and adults, supporting previous research.  HOW MUCH: Start low - 1 mg or less - 45 minutes before bed. Time-release formulas may help you stay asleep longer. Mayo Clinic's Brent Bauer, MD, recommends working with your doctor to find the best dose.

Arthritis Today Hidden Risks by Jennifer Davis… That's why it's a good idea to see your doctor not just when your disease is flaring, but also when it's well controlled, says Eric Matteson, MD, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
"I think there is a massive education gap about comorbidities, partly because often there isn't a lot of time in a regular office visit to talk about these things, and also because there is a lack of awareness that they are actually related," explains Dr. Matteson. "It's very important for people to be aware about these important associations, because there are so many things they can do themselves to help reduce the risk of these comorbidities occurring."

WCAX Vt.  Doctors try new cryotherapy treatment for mesothelioma patients  There are not many treatment options for people who have mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. Now, doctors at the Mayo Clinic are trying something new they're freezing the tumor before taking it out… "This is the early explorative stage where were just looking at what is this doing to the body, how is it stimulating the immune response," said Dr. Shandra Blackmon, Mayo Clinic surgeon… Doctors say cryotherapy may also preserve the lung, potentially leading to an easier recovery. "It also is less toxic and requires less aggressive surgery afterwards," said Dr. Tobias Peikert, Mayo Clinic pulmonologist.

Alaska Dispatch News New test targets Alaska Natives' high rate of colorectal cancer by Yereth Rosen — For Alaska’s indigenous people, colorectal cancer presents a double challenge. Alaska Natives have high rates of the disease, while those living in rural villages have low access to the standard method of screening: the time-consuming, expensive and often uncomfortable colonoscopy… The new stool test, marketed under the brand name Cologuard and developed by the biomedical company Exact Sciences, represents an advance over an older screening system called the fecal immunochemical test, or FIT…The study of the Cologuard test's efficacy among Alaska Natives was led by Redwood and conducted in cooperation with the Mayo Clinic.

Daily Mail UK The ultimate 'bunk bed' for pampered pets: Mattress with built-in compartment lets owners and animals doze together by Sara Griffiths… Last year, the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona reported half of the patients that had consultations at its sleep clinic were pet owners who reported being woken up by their furry friends in the middle of the night...Researchers surveyed 150 patients at the Mayo Clinic about their sleep habits and their pets, and found those who sleep with their cat or dog feel more safe and secure.

USA Today Former Shkreli firm seeks bankruptcy court protection by Kevin McCoy — The pharmaceutical firm that booted controversial CEO Martin Shkreli has filed for federal bankruptcy court protection…Major creditors of the pharmaceutical company included accounting firm Ernst & Young, as well as the University of Miami, California's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Mayo Clinic and other medical research centers.

USA Today 4 tips for avoiding nasty hangover on New Year's Day by Mary Bowerman…Here are four tips to help you avoid an epic New Year's Day hangover: Eat a full meal and hydrate before drinking You may or may not be familiar with what happens when you drink too much on an empty stomach, but to put it simply, you get intoxicated. “The alcohol is absorbed very quickly on an empty stomach, so there are more pronounced effects,” according to Don Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. A.K.A you may miss the ball drop. Additional coverage: News-Press Fla., WCNC Charlotte, KARE11

Esquire Here Are My Secrets To Kicking Seasonal Affective Disorder by Mikes Raymer — There are some people—Nordic-sweater-clad cross-country skiing enthusiasts, mostly—who enjoy winter. And then there are the rest of us, who realize that it's objectively terrible. By the time I put my HappyLight away I feel happier and more alert...It may seem kind of hippie/New Age-ish, but even the Mayo Clinic has endorsed it as one of the most effective treatments for seasonal affective disorder.

HCP Live Q&A With Anna Svatikova From Mayo Clinic: Energy Drinks Show Risk of Increasing Blood Pressure and Other Health Issues by Adam Hochron — Buying energy drinks can be as easy as picking up a gallon of milk and people of all ages have been consuming them to get a bigger kick of caffeine than coffee alone provides. A recent study looked at possible health risks associated with these beverages. Anna Svatikova, MD, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic discussed the results of the study at the American Heart Association's annual scientific sessions in Orlando.

Runner’s World Statins Won't Hurt Your Run, by Amby Burfoot — Runners have little to fear from statin medications, according to an analysis of the huge National Runners Health Study and other new research. The analysis, which was published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings, was performed by NRHS founder Paul Williams, Ph.D., and longtime running and heart expert Paul Thompson, M.D.

MSR News A few second thoughts on our 2015 sports coverage by Charles Hallman — We could’ve done more on concussions beyond the two-part “View” we published in October. “Concussions happen more frequently in contact sports,” noted Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Johnathan Finoff. “Some of those contact sports are not football. You definitely can get a concussion with basketball, but you don’t tend to hit your head.

Nature Age of antibody therapeutics dawns for multiple myeloma by Katie Kingwell — A flurry of activity by the FDA in November last year saw the approval of the first two therapeutic antibodies for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma: Janssen's daratumumab, and Bristol-Myers Squibb's elotuzumab. The green light provides access to two long-awaited new classes of agent that can be combined with current treatment regimens. “There's a real excitement in the field that we have the tools now to at least test the possibility that [multiple myeloma] might be cured,” says Vincent Rajkumar, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, who was not involved in the development of the antibodies.

Jacksonville Daily Record Nonprofit news: Mayo Clinic receives $40,000 donation for pancreatic cancer research by Max Marbut — The Florida Pancreas Cancer Coalition presented a $40,000 donation to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to help support pancreas cancer research.The organization’s mission is to invest in local pancreas cancer research. The disease affects all demographic groups and 85 percent of those diagnosed will die within six months. Of the remaining 15 percent, only one-third survive longer than four years.

DotMed Mayo Clinic's Phoenix proton center to open in March by Thomas Dworetzky — Arizona's first proton therapy facility — the new $182 million center set to open on the famed Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix — is inching ever closer to becoming operational.

Immortal News Asthma Rates Level In Some Children, Not Others by Mary Walsh — A new study being released next month indicates that childhood asthma prevalence, once considered a rising epidemic, seems to have dropped in the past few years for certain populations. Despite this, poorer children may be more affected by environmental factors, explains Dr. Avni Joshi of the Mayo Clinic, who was not involved in the study.

WEAU Mayo Clinic Health System, CVTC offering ‘Car Seat Safety Checks’ by Lindsay Veremis — Car seats can be a struggle to install, but there's no doubt they save lives. Unfortunately, most of us are installing them wrong. Mayo Clinic Health System and the Chippewa Valley Technical College want to change that.

Park Rapids Enterprise, Parents face difficult decision on surgery by Jean Ruzicka — Christa and Matt Munson are facing an “almost impossible decision.”  The Park Rapids parents of Aden who was diagnosed last fall at 3 years old with a malignant brain tumor, are now being asked to “move forward with surgery,”… Their Mayo Clinic pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. David Daniels, “told us if we wait, Aden’s life may be shorter. But there’s no crystal ball.”

Latinos Health Lose Weight Fast in 2016: How to Choose Your Perfect Diet Plan by Monica Antonio — 2. Consider Your Preferences…Mayo Clinic said that by considering your lifestyle, weight goal, past diet experiences and budget, you can have the best diet plan.

The Creators Project Blog Ken Burns on Jackie Robinson, the Rose Parade, and Race in America by Charlie Schmidlin  What does last week, for example, look like when you’re working on ten films? The projects are all in different stages. I'm promoting this Jackie Robinson film while shooting a biography of Ernest Hemingway….I just did an interview with Willie Nelson for Country Music, and raising money for a couple other films. I just had a production meeting on one about the history of the Mayo Clinic.

Cardiology Today  Familial hypercholesterolemia associated with high risk for aortic valve calcification by Tracy Romero…. In an accompanying editorial, Nalini M. Rajamannan, MD, from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Cardiology and Valvular Institute in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the department of molecular biology and biochemistry at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, wrote, “the present study is the first to combine biochemical analysis with genetic LDL receptor function and the calcifying phenotype in the heart. The study further confirms the hypothesis regarding the possible modification and slowing of calcific aortic valve disease progression with the use of long-term lipid lowering if the therapy is initiated in the early stages of preclinical calcific aortic valve disease, the atherosclerotic phase.”

Northfield News Geographic location causes unfair health care premium costs by Jim Pokorney … It is reasonable to assume that if my wife and I live in Northfield, Dundas or Dennison we should pay the same monthly premium since no matter the location, our plan directs us to the Northfield Clinic and Hospital as the only local provider, and then on to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for more serious issues. That is not how the insurance game works. We happen to live south of North Avenue in Rice County. For the same plan, a similar Northfield couple that lives north of North Avenue in Dakota County pays an $8,880 annual premium - a 27 percent reduction saving $3,276 per year. A similar couple living in Dennison in Goodhue Country pays 13 percent more: $13,740.

NewsMax Health Is Mild Cognitive Impairment Reversible? Mild cognitive impairment — a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease that can cause memory and thinking problems — may be reversible or even preventable, new research suggests. The New York Times reports that poor performance on MCI tests could be caused by certain medications, sleep apnea, depression, or other problems that might be treatable. Read more: Mild Cognitive Impairment: Is It Reversible?.. David Knopman, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., notes that not all the cognitive changes that come with age are a sign of disease.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A new year really can mean a new you, Pittsburgh therapist says by Janice Crompton…Walk every day, but don’t call it exercise…A better plan is the daily walk. According to the Mayo Clinic website, www.mayoclinic.org, a brisk daily walk is the best way to avoid various health conditions.

Longview News-Journal Texas Answer Line: The New Year's Eve edition! Hooray! Happy New Year! Answer Line rarely gets to use her favorite punctuation in the newspaper, but I thought I could get away with it because it's New Year's Eve and all. Let's celebrate!...5…Q: Why does eating a teaspoon of sugar cure hiccups?..."(Dr. Philip Hagen, a preventive medicine physician with the Mayo Clinic) also mentioned this cure for hiccups in a book Answer Line would like to read, instead of just read about: the Mayo Clinic's 'Book of Home Remedies.' (Hint, hint Mr. Answer Line.)"

Reuters Anesthesiologists like blues, surgeons prefer top 40 hits by Kathryn Doyle — Music is common in operating rooms, with patients and providers generally agreeing that it’s a positive addition, but they may part ways on the best type of music to promote successful surgery, a new study suggests… “Healthcare providers may not be aware of the music preferences of patients and their staff colleagues,” said Linda L. Chlan, associate dean for nursing research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not part of the new study. One person’s music choice for concentration may be very distracting for another colleague, Chlan told Reuters Health by email.

Harvard Business Review How RFID Technology Improves Hospital Care by Kalyan Pasupathy and Thomas Hellmich, M.D., both Mayo Clinic — When redesigning the new and expanded emergency room at the Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo leaders didn’t just want to add more rooms and square feet. They saw it as an opportunity to completely transform the operation to improve care and the patient experience and to lower costs. To that end, they decided to have a team study how care is delivered, identify the barriers to smooth operations, and fix the barriers. In other words, they created a living lab of the Clinic’s largest emergency department.

KAAL New Breakthrough Cancer Drug Gives Patients Hope by Meghan Reistad…According to ABC News, Carter had about 10 percent of his liver removed, along with radiation and the recently approved drug Keytruda, a drug with ties to Mayo Clinic.  Once every three weeks, Bridget Clausen makes the five hour drive from Nevis, Minnesota to Mayo Clinic. In 2008, she was diagnosed with melanoma.  "It does rock your boat right there," said Clausen. After three years of treatments, Clausen’s cancer had progressed to stage four, with tumors on her lung and kidney.  "One of the doctors suggested I come to Mayo Clinic," said Clausen.  That's when she met Dr. Roxana Dronca. "We put our brains together… We talked about this new study," said Dronca. The study was for a clinical trial of Keytruda. Mayo Clinic was the second site in the world to offer it and Clausen one of the first patients.

Post-Bulletin First baby is a big surprise by Jeff Kiger — Marshall Samuel Feltman is kind of a big deal. He surprised his parents by being the first baby born at Mayo Clinic's Family Birth Center this year. He entered the world at 3:21 a.m. Friday. "The big shocker was that he was born on New Year's," said his tired but happy mother, Allison Hernandez, as she held her new baby. Her due date was Dec. 29.

Mankato Free Press Underscoring trend, no New Year's baby in Mankato by Dan Linehan…There weren't any babies born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato on Jan. 1. Though this is unusual, it underscores a trend toward fewer babies at the hospital. There were 1,455 babies born in Mankato last year, down 47 from 2014 and the lowest since yearly totals started being tallied, in 2006. Kevin Burns, director of public affairs, said it's not clear why births are dropping here, though the opening of a new birth center in St. Peter might have played a role.

KEYC Mankato First 2016 Baby Born in Mankato Arrives  The first baby born in 2016 in Mankato arrives. Serenity Adams, a girl, was born at 9:20 p.m. Friday nightBoth mom and baby are doing well. The most popular names for babies born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato in 2015 were Emma, Isabel, Olivia and Madison for girls and Liam, Jaxson and Mason for boys.

WXOW La Crosse New Year's Day babies born at area hospitals by Caroline Hecker — Both Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System welcomed several babies early Friday morning as some of the first born in 2016. Angela Kinsman and her husband welcomed a baby boy,  Tuck Joshua Palmer at 12:39 a.m. Friday morning. She said as her third baby, she and her husband knew what to expect and everything went smoothly. Additional coverage: La Crosse Tribune

MedPage Today Volume Loading Gives Better Atrial Appendage Closure Fit by Nicole Lou…Several questions surrounding LAA closure remain to be answered, however. "What is the best device to close the door, which is actually oval in most patients?," David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, and Douglas L. Packer, MD, both of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., asked in an accompanying editorial. "This does have important implications because the current devices are circular, and when placed in an oval orifice may lead to persistent leaks."

HealthDay Asthma May Be Linked to Shingles Risk by Mary Dallas — People who suffer from asthma may be more likely to develop the painful skin condition known as shingles, a new study suggests. The finding builds on previous research that suggested a link between childhood asthma and shingles risk. "Asthma represents one of the five most burdensome chronic diseases in the U.S., affecting up to 17 percent of the population," said study author Dr. Young Juhn, a general academic pediatrician and asthma epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic Children's Research Center in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: US News & World Report, Univision

Owatonna People’s Press  Zero whooping cough cases in Steele County, still medical experts advise vaccination by Kim Hyatt…Last year Steele County had 27 confirmed cases of whooping cough. So far this year there are none and the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester recently sent out an expert alert to try and keep the number of cases at zero. “Those exposed to pertussis should stay home and away from friends, neighbors, school and work until the tests results are negative,” said Children’s Center pediatrician Robert Jacobson in the alert. “If a person is tested positive, he or she should remain quarantined for five days while being treated with antibiotics.”

La Crosse Tribune Cathy Daus (Mayo Clinic Health System): Hot tea perfect winter remedy  Tea is that delightful beverage that warms you up when you are cool, and it cools you down when you are warm. Who wouldn’t want to be warm this time of year with so many teas from which to choose.

Endocrine Today New program combines prescription treatment, weight-loss plan for obesity management  A new program, the Smart Changes Program, may help people who make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight succeed in their goal, according to a press release. The program is the first to combine a 14-day, free trial offer of Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release, Vivus) with a free, 3-month subscription to the Mayo Clinic Diet.

Medscape Trial Caps 4 Decades of Failure With Pediatric Sarcoma by Nick Mulcahy  There is a long legacy of disappointment in the treatment of children and young adults with metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma…Coauthor Carola Arndt, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, explained to Medscape Medical News that the clinical presentation of rhabdomyosarcoma "depends on where primary tumor site is." She added that the cancer "can present as proptosis or simus complaints if parameningeal, lump/bump on extremity, abdominal mass, or urinary retention."

Arizona Public Media Arizonans Research Brain Injury in Ex-Football Players by Vanessa Barchfield — Researchers from Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Mayo Clinic Arizona will take part in a study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head injuries and often found in former football players.

Post-Bulletin Answer Man: Can't find Mayo? Skyway signs aren't perfect, Letter: Mayo Clinic needs to retain its caring culture amid DMC efforts by Tyler McKinley of South St. Paul  As Mayo Clinic moves forward with its Destination Medical Center vision, the biggest concern for us on the outside is not whether the bricks will be straight or the lights turn on, but whether the Mayo culture, with its electric charge of confidence, optimism and compassion will permeate the new spaces as it does the old.

Post-Bulletin Dear Answer Man, how is a first-time visitor to Rochester supposed to find Mayo Clinic if the signs in the skyways and subways aren't clear? Start in University Square sometime and try to follow the skyway signs to Mayo, then imagine you've never been here before. This Answer Maniac is right on. I did exactly as directed -- went to the Shops at University Square, up the escalator and tried to find my way to Mayo Clinic. It's not as easy or explicit as you might think, especially considering all the ballyhoo that went into the new signage a few years ago (and the estimated $120,000 expense). Part of it is the weird route through the Kahler Grand Hotel, which doesn't connect by skyway to Mayo.

Post-Bulletin Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic's Phoenix proton center to open in March  A second Mayo Clinic proton therapy facility — a $182 million center in Phoenix — is planning to open in March. Mayo Clinic's $188 million proton therapy center in Rochester opened on June 23, and it's had twice as many patients as originally projected, Mayo officials have said.

The Hollywood Reporter Jason Wingreen, 'All in the Family' Bartender and Voice of Boba Fett in 'Star Wars,' Dies at 95…And in Airplane (1980), he played a doctor from the Mayo Clinic who is seen talking on the phone as a beating heart bounces all over his desk.

LA Times Oxnard beverage maker cashes in on a resurgence in kombucha tea by Samantha Masunaga — The tangy tea with a vinegar-like taste has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. Advocates say the drink, made with tea, sugar and a culture of bacteria and yeast, has health benefits, such as improving digestion and liver function. (The Mayo Clinic has said that there's no scientific evidence to back up these claims.)

Florida Times-Union Life Was Changed By Surgery by Lisa Longwell… In April of this year I went through a life-changing surgery, a liver transplant. I thought about the process and the waiting and the recovery and the struggle, and then it hit me. How grateful I am for the opportunity to be here today and hear this story. I would never have had this opportunity if it were not for the individual commitment of each and every person who helped me. The list of individuals would fill this page alone, my sons, and sisters and family and fellow workers. Coming to mind today are the doctors, surgeons, nurses and staff at the Mayo Hospital and Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville.

International Business Times Diet Plans for 2016: The Best Ways To Lose Weight In The New Year…The Mayo Clinic diet: Touted as a “lifestyle that can help you maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime,” the Mayo Clinic diet comes in two parts; the “Lose it!” phase and the “Live it!” phase. During the two-week “Lose it!” phase, you can lose up to 6 to 10 pounds. The “Live it!” phase emphasizes food choices, portion sizes, menu planning and sticking to healthy habits. Check out the diet here.

KTLA Calif.  O.C. Girl and Kitten, Both Amputees, Become New Best Friends  A little girl who had to have her arm amputated after doctors discovered she had a rare form of cancer met with her new best friend Wednesday, a kitten named “Doc,” who was adopted by the girl's Orange County family after being badly injured and losing a leg…At just 10 months old, Scarlette underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She lost her left arm but is now cancer free, her mother said.

Washington Post Newer Blood Pressure Drugs as Good as Older Ones by Ariana Eunjung Cha  Doctors have long debated the effectiveness of a relatively new class of blood pressure medicines known as angiotensin receptor blockers, or ARBs…The new analysis, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings on Monday, involves a second look at 106 randomized trials with 254,301 patients that took place after 2000 and shows that during this time period patient outcomes on the two medications were remarkably similar. Additional coverage: WebMD, DoctorsLounge

Huffington Post Six New Year's Resolutions for Employers by Robin Hardman Start inviting employees in  let them share in the mission. This is about making sure each employee understands the specific role he or she plays in making that mission happen. At the Mayo Clinic, where a member of the hospital housekeeping staff once described her job as saving lives (by keeping rooms sanitized), employees interviewed for a study said they were better employees there than at other places they had worked--because they didn't want to be the person who let the clinic down.

WEAU Mayo Clinic Health System announces construction plans Construction begins next month on the fifth floor of Luther Building at 1221 Whipple St. The project will replace 40 inpatient rooms currently located in the older part of the campus built in the 1970s. Additional coverage: Leader Telegram

Finance & Commerce  Mayo Clinic sells data center for $46 million by Hank Long  The Mayo Clinic will lease the 62,000-square-foot facility from Wisconsin-based Epic Systems. Additional Coverage: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

The Chronicle Herald Canada  Nova Scotia racks up $1m bill from Mayo Clinic by Michael Gorman  The Nova Scotia health authority has spent $1 million since last January sending a specific type of pathology work to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Additional coverage: Longwoods.com

Science News Aging, hominid ears, whales and more reader feedback Scientists discovered that the GATA4 protein acts like a biochemical switch and forces cells to stop growing and dividing. The protein has a lot of other functions in the body, including helping organs develop, says geriatrician James Kirkland of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

LaCrosse Tribune The obesity conundrum: Not enough to eat but high obesity rate by Mike Tighe  It may seem hard to reconcile the facts that at least 750,000 Wisconsin residents fret about having enough to eat, while the Badger State is beset with the 14th-highest obesity rate in the country. Recognizing that, the consortium and the collaboration, which encompass a broad spectrum of organizations and groups, including the county Health Department, Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, the La Crosse School District and a host of other groups.

Today.com DASH voted best diet of 2016: Get the skinny on eating well by Meghan Holohan  For the sixth year in a row, DASH — a diet that focuses on vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy — tops U.S. News and World Report's list as best overall diet. Weight Watchers continues to lead the pack as the number one weight-loss diet, tying the Mayo Clinic Diet as the best commercial diet.

Healio New program combines prescription treatment, weight-loss plan for obesity management A new program, the Smart Changes Program, may help people who make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight succeed in their goal, according to a press release. The program is the first to combine a 14-day, free trial offer of Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release, Vivus) with a free, 3-month subscription to the Mayo Clinic Diet.

Financial Advisor Drawing A Line On ‘Enough’ by Mitch Anthony  I live in Rochester, Minn. a town best known as the home of the internationally recognized and renowned Mayo Clinic. Recently, I was invited to speak to a group of physicians at the clinic on the topic of retirement; as a parting gift, they presented me with a book of aphorisms by the Mayo brothers, Charles and William.

STAT Can detox waters really flush your fat and toxins away? by Megan Thielking ..So, what makes detox water so magical? “Nobody has really explained to me what toxins they’re getting rid of,” said Dr. Donald Hensrud, a nutrition researcher at the Mayo Clinic. “People talk about it as if it’s some big compound of chemicals we need to get rid of, and I’m not sure what they’re talking about.”

MPR City of Rochester buys historic theater with help from Mayo by Elizabeth Baier  The theater purchase is considered a Destination Medical Center project, which allows the expense to count toward the city's $128 million contribution for public infrastructure costs. The Mayo Clinic paid $500,000 of the deal. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Mankato Times — Snow shoveling safety tips from Mayo Clinic by Joe Steck  Health care providers at Mayo Clinic Health System want to ensure your safety as you clear driveways and sidewalks, so here are some tips for safe snow shoveling.

The Florida Times Union Fundraising well under way for Jacksonville's Hope Lodge for cancer patients by Beth Reese Cravey The fundraising campaign for the local Hope Lodge was launched in October 2014 with an initial gift of $9.6 million from the family foundation of Best Buy founder Richard M. Schulze. The Mayo Clinic is providing land on its Southside campus, but the 32-room facility will be available for patients seeking cancer treatment at any medical or cancer treatment center in Jacksonville.

Post-Bulletin   Letter: Clergy members play important role for those in the hospital  And now, it begins. When Saint Marys Hospital became Mayo Clinic Hospital-St. Marys campus, I said to my husband, "When the last nun leaves Saint Marys, that will be the end of the chapel, crucifixes on the walls and all spiritual symbols."

ALN Mag Stem Cell Dysfunction, Metabolic Disease Reduced in Aged Mice  Mayo Clinic researchers have taken what they hope will be the first step toward preventing and reversing age-related stem cell dysfunction and metabolic disease. That includes diabetes, which affects 12.2 million Americans age 60 and older, according to the National Council on Aging. In this study, researchers discovered methods for reducing these conditions in naturally aged mice. Their findings appear in the online journal eLife. "Our work supports the possibility that by using specific drugs that target senescent cells — cells that contribute to frailty and disease associated with age — we could stop human senescent cells from releasing toxic proteins that are contributing to diabetes and breakdowns in stem cells in older individuals," says James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging and senior author of the study.

Chicago Tribune Childhood asthma may increase risk of shingles…Despite its prevalence, particularly between ages 50 and 59, it is still unclear why some individuals will develop shingles and others will not. In a population-based study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Mayo Clinic researchers build on their previous research from 2013, which linked asthma in childhood with an increased risk of shingles. "Asthma represents one of the five most burdensome chronic diseases in the U.S., affecting up to 17 percent of the population," says lead author Dr. Young Juhn, a general academic pediatrician and asthma epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic Children's Research Center. "The effect of asthma on the risk of infection or immune dysfunction might very well go beyond the airways."

KGUN-ABC Tucson  Concussion Discussion The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 3.9 million sports-related and recreation-related concussions occur in the US each year. And that number may even be higher because many more concussions are not actually diagnosed correctly. Interview with Dr. David Dodick.

WebMD DASH Diet Ranks Best for Sixth Time by Kathleen Doheny  The DASH diet took the top spot overall for the sixth straight year in the U.S. News & World Report annual diet rankings, released Tuesday. The Weight Watchers and Mayo Clinic plans tied for first place in the Best Commercial Weight Loss Diet category, with Jenny Craig coming in next. Additional coverage: Bloomberg News, HealthDay, CNBC, Reuters, Today.com, News-Medical,  Chicago Tribune

Healthcare Design  Mayo Clinic Health's Eau Claire Campus To Begin Construction by Shandi Matambanadzo  Mayo Clinic Health System's Eau Claire campus will begin construction on the fifth floor of the Luther Building in Eau Claire, Wis. The new unit will feature expanded and environmentally friendly features.

 Milwaukee Business Journal   Epic Systems pays $46M to buy Mayo Clinic data center by Mark Reilly  Mayo Clinic is selling its Rochester, Minn., data center to Epic Systems Corp. of Wisconsin, which is taking on an increasing role as a tech partner for the health care giant. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review, HIT Consultant. Bloomberg, Post Bulletin, Healthcare DIVE

Post BulletinFormer Mayo doctor crawls 16 hours to survive by Josh Moniz — A former Mayo doctor is calling it "a Christmas miracle" that he survived being trapped overnight Dec. 19 on a frozen North Dakota field after breaking his leg on a hunting trip. Olsen was hunting on a cousin's land near Watford City, N.D., in the sparsely populated western portion of the state. Eyes fixed on the horizon in anticipation of another pheasant taking flight, he stepped on a thin crust of snow clumped on blown-over brush above a drainage trench. It collapsed and dropped him four feet to the bottom. Additional coverage: KARE11, KIMT, KTTC, Pioneer Press, WCCO

ReutersPatients leaving hospitals often don’t understand care plans by Lisa Rapaport — Many patients leaving the hospital don’t understand follow-up care plans because the instructions are tailored to people with higher reading levels and more education, a recent U.S. study suggests…But the current study of discharge instructions given to about 500 trauma patients leaving the hospital found that only one fourth had the reading skills necessary to adequately understand their dismissal notes. Part of the problem is that these notes are written for two very different audiences – patients and families who need simple instructions and their doctors, who are accustomed to medical jargon, said senior study author Dr. Martin Zielinski, a trauma surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: FOX News

HealioMayo Clinic researchers test scrambler therapy for pain — Scrambler therapy is a pain management approach that uses a machine to block the transmission of pain signals by providing non-pain information to nerve fibers that have been receiving pain messages. HemOnc Today asked Charles L. Loprinzi, MD, Regis professor of breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, about the safety and efficacy of scrambler therapy, as well as his ongoing research efforts.

Jacksonville Business JournalMayo Clinic gets major grants to fund fight against Alzheimer's by Alexa Epitropoulos — Four researchers at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus have been awarded crucial funding for moving forward with Alzheimer's disease research. Mayo Clinic received the largest share of funds of any institution in the state. The process involved a competitive process based on recommendations from the Alzheimer's Disease Research Program. The Florida Department of Health awarded $900,000 to the researchers, who will use the funds to understand, diagnose, treat and prevent Alzheimer's Disease, according to a news release. Additional coverage: Woplar

WQOWMayo Clinic set to complete $19 million campus plan in Eau Claire by Kristen Shill — Aside from helping patients recover, one local hospital is breathing life into its building with a pricey renovation. News 18 first shared the details of the Mayo Clinic Health System renovation on Monday. On Tuesday, News 18 got a special look inside.

U.S. News & World Report Blog — U.S. News & World Report today released the 2016 Best Diets, a web portal featuring rankings and information on longstanding and new diet plans to help the estimated 45 million Americans who diet each year...The MIND diet, a new addition to the 2016 list, follows at No. 2, tied with the TLC diet. Weight Watchers continues to be the No. 1 Weight-Loss Diet and is tied with the Mayo Clinic Diet as the Best Commercial Diet.

Florida Times-Union  Waycross Mayor-elect John Knox undergoes surgery at Mayo in Jacksonville by Terry Dickson…In a Facebook posting, Knox said he suffered slurred speech Sunday morning, went for treatment at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross and was transferred to Mayo in Jacksonville for surgery. Knox said he would undergo surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from a subdural hematoma and hoped to be home in a few days.

Chronicle Herald Canada Mayo Clinic bill linked to doctors contract issue by Michael Gorman — The lack of a new contract between the provincial government and doctors could be having an impact on the ability to recruit staff. Since last January, the Nova Scotia health authority has been sending hematological pathology samples to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota because the staffing complement here cannot keep up with the work volume. The move has so far cost $1 million.

DOTmed News Mayo research weighs in on post-surgical radiation for pancreatic cancer 'controversy' by Gus Iversen…According to research from the Mayo Clinic, adding radiation therapy to the regimen of chemotherapy and surgery for pancreatic cancer does indeed reduce the likelihood of recurrence and yield better outcomes. With his team, Dr. Christopher Hallemeier, a radiation oncologist at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and study author, examined 458 patients who had pancreatic cancer surgery at Mayo Clinic between March 1987 and January 2011. Of those patients, 378 received chemotherapy and radiation therapy after surgery, and 80 had only chemotherapy.

Post-Bulletin Jen's World: Heaven is couple's spa retreat — When I learned that Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program offered spa services — notably, a Couple's Spa Retreat — I was all over that. But how would I get my husband to join me for a massage, facial and pedicure? Easy. Sell him on the included lunch — and the rumors I'd heard about the HLP's stellar deep-tissue massage. It worked. (Know your audience, people.) Which is how we ended up in a four-hour spa extravaganza. Here's how it went down, from my perspective … and his.

USA Today Tumors require boy, 11, to undergo mastectomy — After Lewis Deakin, an 11-year-old boy in the United Kingdom, had several benign tumors grow in the arteries of his chest thanks to a condition called arteriovenous malformation, he became the first child in the country to undergo a mastectomy—and he's taking it all in stride. "He tells all the girls at school, 'I've been bitten by a shark,'" his mother tells the Telegraph. The malformations are rare, according to the Mayo Clinic, but they can occur anywhere in the body and disrupt the vital process of allowing arteries to pump oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body, and veins to carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart and lungs. It most often occurs in the brain and spine.


Vistazo  Sensaciones Que Aterran por Pilar Ortiz… La doctora Filza Hussain, especialista en temas de comportamiento de la Clínica Mayo, señala que esto ocurre porque el cerebro es un órgano poderoso que influye en todo el organismo, “cuando la ansiedad secuestra a este sistema central de órdenes, entonces adquiere carta abierta para causar estragos en los diferentes sistemas orgánicos y producir síntomas físicos, aunque el órgano que se esté manifestando no tenga ningún problema”.

Vanguardia Salud  ¿Qué son las alergias?...Las alergias también pueden desarrollarse a lo largo de la vida De acuerdo con el Dr. Rohit Divekar, de la clínica Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, las alergias se pueden desarrollar más adelante en la vida y definitivamente vale la pena someterse a las pruebas para ver si los síntomas se deben a esto.

El Colombiano ¿Afecta el sueño la mascota que duerme en la cama o en el cuarto? Aunque para algunos sí, la mayoría cree que no incide. Con la tendencia creciente a tener animales de compañía han surgido inquietudes en temas de salud de las personas que conviven con ellos, desde las alergias hasta la infección por parásitos y otras zoonosis conocidas. Investigadores de la Clínica Mayo buscaron conocer la opinión de las personas que poseen animales sobre un tema en concreto: el sueño.

UNO TV Aguas con los fibromas uterinos  Los fibromas uterinos son tumores que crecen en el útero, pero no son malignos, pueden ser minúsculos y casi imposibles de detectar, pero también grandes y voluminosos, y muchas mujeres los pueden tener sin saberlo, puesto que alrededor de 70% no presenta ningún síntoma. De acuerdo con Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, ginecóloga y obstetra de Mayo Clinic, cuando los fibromas uterinos ocasionan síntomas como sangrado y cólicos, el tratamiento apunta a controlarlos. Additional coverage: mx

El Universal La enfermedad de Crohn, se controla pero no se cura…El objetivo del tratamiento médico es prevenir los recrudecimientos  y mantener a la persona en remisión. Los medicamentos actualmente disponibles son los aminosalicilatos, los esteroides, los inmunosupresores y los biológicos. "Aparte del tratamiento médico, llevar un estilo de vida sano, hacer ejercicio con regularidad y practicar yoga o meditación también puede ser provechoso para controlar la enfermedad”, Shabana Pasha, Gastroenteróloga y Hepatóloga de la Clínica Mayo.

La Raza del Noroeste SALUD: Cuida tu corazón de la quimio  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. “Son medicinas que se utilizan principalmente para el tratamiento de cáncer de mama y de hueso.

El Cinco Mexico Tips para sobrevivir a la fatiga de las fiestas en diciembre  Entre la fiesta de la oficina, la cena con tus suegros y las compras de último minuto, la temporada de fiestas puede dejarte exhausto física y mentalmente. De acuerdo con la Mayo Clinic, sufrir fatiga es algo con lo que todos tenemos que lidiar en algún momento. Si mantener una rutina de sueño saludable no te es posible durante esta temporada, intenta con estos trucos que te ayudarán a combatir la fatiga.

El Siglo Durango Mexico Beneficios de los jugos libres de azúcar  De acuerdo con una investigación de Mayo Clinic, el consumo moderado de jugo de uva concordtiene posee los mismos beneficios para el corazón que el vino tinto.

Clarín No te quedes sin pileta: vencé a los hongos en las uñas de los pies “Las infecciones micóticas (por hongos) ocurren con más frecuencia en las uñas de los pies que en las de las manos porque las primeras están confinadas dentro de los zapatos a un ambiente oscuro, tibio y húmedo, donde los hongos pueden prosperar. Además, el flujo sanguíneo de los dedos de los pies es menor al de las manos, lo que dificulta al sistema inmunitario detectar la infección y detenerla”, explica la dermatóloga Dawn Davis, de la Clínica Mayo (Rochester, Minnesota-Estados Unidos).

Univision Foto viral: esta azafata logró calmar a un bebé en pleno vuelo  Según indica la Clínica Mayo, excepto cuando son recién nacidos —y sus sistemas inmunes son aún frágiles y más proclives a infecciones— no hay indicaciones específicas que impidan que los bebés sanos vuelen.


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