February 12, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker


A New Bacteria Causing Lyme Disease Discovered - Borrelia mayonii
by Judy Stone

There’s a new Borrelia bacterium on the block, joining its cousin in causing Lyme disease. B. mayonii has recently been identified as a new cause of Lyme in the Midwest. Researchers at the Mayo clinic were testing blood of people with suspectedForbes magazine logo Lyme, and came across unexpected findings in six of 9000 patients tested between 2012-14.

Reach: Forbes magazine focuses on business and financial news with core topics that include business, technology, stock markets, personal finance, and lifestyle. The magazine is published twice each month and has more than 925,000 subscribers. Forbes Online receives more than 10.4 million unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: KSTP.com, NBCNews.com, CBS News, WCCO.com,US News & World Report, NPR, Time, FOX News, Newsweek, Latinos Health, Reuters, MPR, Allentown Morning Call, TeenVogue.com, The Indian Republic, Medical DailyKAAL-TV.com, Doctors Lounge, Huffington Post, The Inquisitr, Post Bulletin, Daily Mail, The Scientist Magazine, WebMD

Context: Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Gina Chiri-Osmond


Science Friday
Can the Placebo Effect Have Real Clinical Value?
by Jo Marchant

Bonnie Anderson didn’t notice the water on her kitchen floor until it was too late. ...But the water purifier had been leaking and she slipped on the Science Fridaywet tiles, landing flat on her back. Unable to move, Bonnie felt an excruciating pain in her spine…’”Bonnie’s surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, David Kallmes, says he too had seen “positive” results from the procedure, with around 80 percent of his patients getting substantial benefit from it. But nonetheless he was starting to have doubts. The amount of cement that surgeons injected didn’t seem to matter much. And Kallmes knew of several cases in which cement was accidentally injected into the wrong part of the spine, and yet the patients still improved. “There were clues that maybe there was a lot more going on than just the cement,” he says.

Reach: Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 2-4pm Eastern time as part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand.

Context: David Kallmes, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon and radiologist.

Contact: Sharon Theimer


Reader’s Digest
Sitting Is Killing You: What One Office Decided to Do About It
by James A. Levine, MD, Ph.D.

…I have spent the last 25 years running the anti-chair movement from my laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I’ve learned that people with obesity who lived in the same environment as people who are lean sit 2 hours and 15 minutesReaders Digest Logo more a day than lean people.

Reach:  Reader's Digest has a circulation of more than 3.4 million and is published 10 times per year. Its website has nearly 1.7 million unique visitors each month.

Related coverage:
My Palm Beach Post — 5 reasons why sitting too much is killing you

Context: James Levine, M.D. PH.D. is a world authority on obesity, serving as a named expert at the United Nations, an invitee to the President's Cancer Panel, and a consultant to governments internationally. He is the Dr. Richard F. Emslander Professor of Endocrinology and Nutrition Research at Mayo Clinic. He holds five tenured professorships at ASU, is the Dean's Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and the Regents Professor at Umea University, Sweden. He also serves as the co-director of Obesity Solutions, a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and ASU, and is the international director of Obesity Solutions' sister center in Sweden.

Contact: Jim McVeigh


USA Today
Study finds dementia rates falling steadily
by Liz Szabo

— A long-running study has found that dementia rates fell steadily over the past four decades, most likely due to declining USA Today newspaper logoates of heart disease…."We’ve been preaching for years that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain," said Ronald Petersen, who directs the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. "Maybe our efforts to watch our diet and exercise are having a spillover effect, leading to less dementia."

Reach: USA TODAY  has an average daily circulation of 4.1 million which includes print, various digital editions and other papers that use their branded content.

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: Susan Barber Lindquist


Wall Street Journal
Stress Raises Cholesterol More Than You Think
by Betsy McKay

Christopher Edginton was taking medication and trying to improve his diet when his cholesterol shot uWSJ Bannerp anyway four years ago. His doctor suggested a new approach….“Stress will make your cholesterol go up,” says Stephen Kopecky, a preventive cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who is treating Mr. Edginton. “Without a doubt, that has been underrecognized.”

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: Stephen Kopecky, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. His research interests include cardiovascular clinical trials primarily in coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndromes.

Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Traci Klein

Global News Canada — Childhood ADHD can lead to obesity in girls and women: study by Allison Vuchnich — Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at a higher risk of becoming obese in childhood or adulthood, according to a new study…“Females with ADHD are at risk of developing obesity during adulthood, and stimulant medications used to treat ADHD do not appear to alter that risk,” said lead author Dr. Seema Kumar, pediatrician and researcher at Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: New Hampshire Voice, Yahoo! News India, The Medical News, es, Health Day, WebMD, UPI.com

Yahoo! News — Scientists may have unlocked the secret to longer, healthier life by Lulu Chang — Scientists may have unlocked the secret to longer, healthier life…“What we found is as we are aging, we accumulate more and more of those dead [senescent] cells,” Jan van Deursen, chair of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic and co-author on the study, told Newsweek.

Washington Post — How a Zika-like illness helped change Americans’ views of abortion by Carolyn Johnson …The Minnesota abortion case four years later became an important test case for challenging restrictive abortion law. The physician, Jane E. Hodgson, asked a federal judge for permission to do the abortion on her patient, Nancy Kay Widmyer, but when the judge demurred to act quickly, she proceeded before the pregnancy progressed further and was arrested. In their book, "Before Roe v. Wade," Greenhouse and her co-author, Reva Siegel, reprinted portions of an article Hodgson published in the alumni magazine of the Mayo Clinic in the run-up to her trial.

Washington Post — The one CEO perk that’s not fading away by Jena McGregor …But one perk that has stuck around, and even grown more common, say executive compensation consultants, is the executive physical. The often deluxe check-up allows busy top managers to see a range of doctors and get a battery of tests performed at one time, whether in top-notch medical centers like the Mayo Clinic or luxurious digs such as Canyon Ranch.

The Washington Post — Tired of treadmills? Don’t underestimate the elliptical by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel — Ellipticals combine the fluidity of running and low-impact motion of cycling, making them ideal for people with joint pain or who are overweight, according to the American Council on Exercise. While a Mayo Clinic study found that jogging on a treadmill burns more calories than a steady-state workout on an elliptical, seeing results from using either machine ultimately depends on your level of exertion.

Washington Post — ADHD in kids: What many parents and teachers don’t understand but need to know by Valerie Strauss …The latest is a study from the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, which found that girls with childhood ADHD were “at a two-fold risk” of becoming obese compared with girls without the condition. Another recent report found increasing reports of ADHD among Hispanics, especially girls. The first national survey of children diagnosed with ADHD, released in 2015, found nearly half of those in preschool were on medication for the condition.

New York Daily News — Top five reasons Americans think work is killing us by Jacqueline Cutler — …A new Mayo Clinic survey shows Americans blame work more than anything else for keeping them from better health….The survey of 1,012 American adults found that more than a quarter of the men, 26%, cited their work schedules — while 19% of women did. “We can do things that decrease our risk of disease. Then the overall burden of the cost of health care goes down dramatically,” says Dr. John Wald, a neuro-radiologist and medical director of public affairs at the Mayo Clinic.

CBS News — Surprising Super Bowl health stats — When it comes to injuries, football is riddled by more than concussion problems. "The most common thing is a musculoskeletal injury," Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, told CBS News. "The ligaments are at risk in football. The ACL [anterior cruciate ligament of the knee] is one of the more problematic injuries that you can have. It's often not a result of contact but of rapid deceleration; change of direction. You're running down field, you plant, then change direction significantly, pivot, and that can create stress on ligaments to the point that they tear," said Laskowski, who is also a consultant to the NHL Players Association and an Olympic team physician.

CBS News — Should you share your bed with your pet? by Don Champion, Arielle Miller  …Many sleep specialists advise against it. But a recent study from the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona could help lay those fears to rest…."If having a pet nearby helps them feel relaxed and gives them a sense of security, which permits them to fall asleep with less difficulty, then I think that is something that does deserve attention," the lead author of the study, Dr. Lois Krahn, told CBS News. Additional coverage: WTAJ-TV Pennsylvania, WCAX.com Vermont, KTVQ-TV.com Montana

CBS News — Mayo Clinic to do "genetic testing" in Gynnya McMillen case by Graham Kates — The Kentucky Medical Examiners Office has requested the Mayo Clinic's assistance in determining what caused a teenage girl to die while in a state juvenile detention center. An autopsy on 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen, who died Jan. 11 during her one night at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center, has so-far been inconclusive, according to Hardin County Deputy Coroner Shana Norton…The Mayo Clinic declined to answer any questions about the case, or to even confirm that it had been contacted by Kentucky officials in relation to the case. Additional coverage: LEX18 Lexington KY News

New York Times — Football, So Beautiful for Fans, Scars Players With Dementia …With each of the headbanging concussions that the players call “bell ringers,” the evidence mounts that football has a C.T.E. problem that is steadily undermining the joy of the game…The damage and research continue. A study last fall by the Mayo Clinic found C.T.E. in the brains of 21 of 66 men who played contact sports — mostly football — but no traces in 198 other men who did not play contact games.

Prevention — Got Shingles? Then You're 50% More Likely To Get THIS Scary Illness, Too by Kristen Fischer — The shingles vaccine can do more than limit or prevent a painful rash—it may save you from a stroke. A recent study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found people older than 50 have a 50% increased risk of stroke during the first 3 months after they develop shingles. (After those 3 months are up, you're in the clear, the study suggests.) These results should encourage lots of people to get the shingles vaccine, says Barbara P. Yawn, MD, lead author of the Mayo study and head of research at Minnesota's Olmsted Medical Center.

CNBC — Organic eating is pricey, but is it really that healthy? by Denise Garcia…The rise of organic food has come amid a growing national preoccupation with fitness and healthier eating. Yet just how healthy — and how natural — organic foods really are is the subject of growing debate. The Mayo Clinic points to a recent study that examined the last 50 years of data, in which researchers found that organic and conventional food was "not significantly different in their nutrient content."

New York Times — Take the Tackle Out of Youth Tackle Football by Gregg Easterbrook …This bombshell Mayo Clinic study, published in December, found that about a third of deceased men who played contact sports in youth had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, while deceased men who never played contact sports did not develop the condition. This Mayo Clinic study finds that playing football in high school appears mainly safe, not associated with late-life neurological problems; it’s youth tackle that triggers bad outcomes in late life.

New York Times — Autopsy Shows the N.H.L.’s Todd Ewen Did Not Have C.T.E. by John Branch — When the former N.H.L. enforcer Todd Ewen died in September, reportedly of a self-inflicted gunshot, his brain was sent to researchers. Years of memory loss and undiagnosed depression led to speculation that Ewen, 49, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head…A study by the Mayo Clinic, released in the fall, found C.T.E. in 21 of 66 men who played contact sports, mostly football, but found no traces of the disease in 198 brains of men who had no exposure to contact sports. The Mayo Clinic said it was unclear whether brain changes in the athletes had caused any changes in behavior.

ESPN — Roy Williams: 'I'll be fine' after vertigo-related exit from game — North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was feeling thankful to be alive and proud of how his team responded in the aftermath of a vertigo attack that forced him to watch most of the second half of the Tar Heels' 68-65 ACC win over Boston College on Tuesday night from the locker room… In a deadpan manner, Williams said, "I've been diagnosed in Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Kansas, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Chapel Hill Hospital.

ESPN — Brian Vickers to take Tony Stewart's place at Daytona — Stewart's team has not released a timetable for his return from a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra, but doctors have told ESPN.com that it would likely take at least two or three months for his bone to heal. Stewart's doctors at OrthoCarolina declined a request to talk about his recovery. "It will be important for him to engage in a sports type of rehab afterward, much as any other athlete would, to get his strength and flexibility back," said Mayo Clinic Dr. Paul Huddleston, an orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist. "With the bones, there's nothing he can do to speed up the two to three months it's going to take to heal."

AARP.org — How to Survive Your First Heart Attack by Beth Howard — Don't drive yourself to the hospital or have someone drive you. Ambulances have defibrillators in case your heart stops, as well as clot-busting medications, so EMTs may be able to start treatment before you get to the hospital…EMTs will also know the best cardiac center to take you to, says Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "The nearest hospital may be five minutes away," she says, "but the one best equipped to open up your arteries may be 15 minutes away."

Huffington Post — There's A New Vegan-Ish Diet That's Changing The Rules by Kate Bratskeir —…Outdated wisdom suggested eggs could contribute to high cholesterol, but recent studies show that the food's good cholesterol doesn't raise a healthy person's risk. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, some studies have shown that moderate egg consumption (about seven a week) can actually help prevent the risk of some heart-related conditions.

New York Post — Does Jennifer Aniston have the secret to preventing cancer? by Christian Gollayan — Last week, the National Enquirer reported that Jennifer Aniston is using a portable infrared sauna installed at home to fend off cancer cells. Brent Bauer, the director of Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine program, said that, although a few small preliminary studies have explored using saunas to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and arthritis, more research is needed to measure the sauna’s effectiveness for cancer.

NYSE Post — CDC outlines guidance to reduce sexual transmission of Zika by Vicky Byrd…While the virus causes mild symptoms in adults, it has been linked to birth defects in babies born to Zika-infected women. We wish we knew more, we wish we could do more". Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, "It is important to remember the primary mode of transmission is from an infected mosquito in an endemic area." All travelers are advised to use insect repellent and take other steps to avoid mosquito bites.

Reuters — Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes paid family leave for state workers by Mary Wisniewski — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday proposed giving six weeks of paid parental leave to all state employees after the birth or adoption of a child, which if approved would make Minnesota only the fourth U.S. state with such a policy… Some of Minnesota's largest employers provide employees with paid parental leave, including the Mayo Clinic, U.S. Bank and Target.

KARE 11 — SCAD heart attack affects young, healthy women by Ivory Hecker — Researchers at Mayo Clinic are trying to identify what leads to certain heart attacks in young healthy active people--mainly women. The phenomenon is called "SCAD", or spontaneous coronary artery dissection, and happens when a blood vessel tears in the heart, causing a heart attack.

Paris Post-Intelligencer Online — Eat, drink, be merry — and healthy by Melissa Hollingsworth …The key is to be sensible and use moderation. Mark Glen, a registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic, stated it’s important to be realistic. “Avoiding those less-than-healthy foods can lead to a deprived feeling, and then you may indulge to an extreme,” Glen said. “But it’s equally important to be ever mindful of your food choices. This is true at holiday time, but it’s also true throughout the rest of the year.”

KEYC-TV Mankato — Widespread Support Pours Into Madelia by Robert Clark — Support is pouring into Madelia just one day after a fire scorched through seven buildings."We not only lost a lot of history in those buildings, but we lost a place of employment for a lot of our friends and family that work there, and the owners that have put their hearts into those businesses," said Madelia Resident and MCHS Nurse Practitioner Julie Pace.

James Plaindealer — Mayo Clinic Health System donates $10,000 to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation to support Madelia fire relief — Mayo Clinic Health System today announced a $10,000 donation to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) to help support relief efforts for the Feb. 3 fire in downtown Madelia.  “Our hearts go out to the business owners and the entire Madelia community who have been impacted by the devastating fire,” says Greg Kutcher, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in the Southwest Minnesota region. “Our efforts in support of those impacted by this disaster are a natural outgrowth of our commitment to providing solutions and hope to people in our communities and throughout the region.”

Star Tribune — Rochester is in the midst of an apartment boom by Don Jacobson — A wave of new apartments opened in Rochester last year, and even more are planned this year with both suburban and downtown projects in the development pipeline. It’s unclear whether the surge is just a normal upturn in the Rochester market’s building cycle or if it’s being spurred by the Mayo Clinic’s effort, with local and state help, for expansion. That development is called Destination Medical Center and has a goal to add 45,000 new jobs over 20 years to the city. Some apartment developers are specifically mentioning the Mayo’s expansion as a reason for investing in the market.

KIMT.com — Mayor: DMC project takes big step forward by Adam Sallet — The Destination Medical Center continues to move forward, and on Thursday, Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede said it might have taken a big step. DMC, which is backed by Mayo Clinic and the state of Minnesota, is expected to transform areas of Rochester and add up to 40,000 jobs over the next two decades. One of the sections expected to be worked on is called “The Heart of the City” which is located near Peace Plaza.

Yahoo! Health — Katie May: Can Falling the Wrong Way Cause a Stroke? by Korin Miller — Instagram star and Playboy model Katie May is dead after suffering a stroke believed to be linked to a fall she took during a recent photo shoot… The condition occurs because of some form of trauma — but it doesn’t need to be major trauma…Some patients may even have some kind of underlying connective tissue abnormality or weak blood vessels, which can also make them more likely to suffer a carotid artery dissection, Peter Gloviczki, MD, a vascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., tells Yahoo Health.

Healthcare Business News — Calling for a more personalized approach to preventing breast and ovarian cancers by Lauren Dubinsky — Researchers from the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center took a deep look at the latest studies to help determine the best way to assess the risk for breast and ovarian cancer, the effectiveness of surgery to reduce risk and alternative approaches to prevent cancer. "Many of the studies we discuss were published recently, so we are taking advantage of the increased knowledge of the types of cancers that these women develop and the ages at which they occur, to suggest how we can change our thinking around their management," Dr. Lynn Hartmann, oncologist at Mayo Clinic and lead author of the article, said in a statement. "It is part of medicine today to try to individualize recommendations whenever possible."

USA Today — A life choice: 6 more years or 6 good months? by Daniel Finney …The choice took less than a minute. In 2009, the doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Michael Manning his leukemia was in remission. He was ready for a bone marrow transplant. “They told us we could roll the dice and see how the remission went or we could have the transplant,” his wife, Donna Manning, recalled recently. “They said we might have 6 months to a year with remission. Or we could go ahead with the transplant.”

WKBT-TV LaCrosse — Flu season sees slow start in Wisconsin — The influenza season got off to a slow start in Wisconsin, but officials with the Department of Health Services have noticed an increase in cases in the first weeks of 2016, including in La Crosse…"I think it would be safe to assume we're going to have a lighter flu season than we've had for several years. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't any flu, and that we're not seeing it, so anybody who hasn't yet still can and should get the flu vaccine, like I said if they haven't had a chance to yet,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Infection Preventionist Kellee Dixon.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — Road to recovery: Rice Lake man still alive after powered parachute crash two years ago by Jeb Burt…David Edming, 56, a Navy veteran, didn’t want to slow down when he retired. …July 2, 2013, was a beautiful day with no wind, and Edming took off from his hayfield to pass by a local golf course, which he had done many times before. After his flyby, he tried to increase altitude while making a turn, a standard aerial maneuver.  But something went wrong. Although the wing should have caught the wind, it instead curled under, sending Edming into a nosedive. Edming was transported to the Level II Trauma Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, where he was met by a trauma team that included emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals.

Examiner.com — Exciting news on Tai Chi and Cancer Survivors by Violet Li — With a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute, there is collaboration among the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tia Chi (IIQTC), Arizona State University, Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Byeonsang Oh to use Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong to improve cancer survivorship….This $3.1 million, five-year award will support an ASU collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Maricopa Integrated Health Systems Breast Clinic to examine effects of the Qigong/Tai Chi Easy practice on breast cancer survivor symptoms.

Imperial Valley News — Getting to the 'Heart' of Sleep by Micah Dorfner ..."Lack of sleep also is a “weighty” issue. In a 2012 study I conducted, 17 people ages 18 to 40 spent 15 days in our research lab and were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. Half the group was only allowed to sleep two-thirds of their normal sleep time; the other half served as controls and were allowed the full amount," says Andrew Calvin, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist. " Additional coverage: Tri-City Herald,

PhillyVoice.com — Avoiding stress: It could save your heartMeditate …The Mayo Clinic recommends meditation as a key way to manage stress: “During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.”

Post Bulletin — Will discovery lead to longer lives? by Brett Boese — The Mayo Clinic published a study this week that identifies a way to help humans live significant longer, healthier lives…"We think these cells are bad when they accumulate. We remove them and see the consequences," said Mayo Clinic molecular biologist Darren Baker, the first author of the research study. "That's how I try to explain it to my kids. Additional coverage: International Business Times, Yahoo! Nachrichten, Yahoo! Noticias Espana, AskMen

Post Bulletin — Mayo Clinic Accelerator acts as launching pad for start-ups by Jeff Kiger — Many young start-up firms can't afford renting a full office in the Minnesota BioBusiness Center….Xavier Frigola, coordinator of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, says the space for start-up and venture capitalists is currently almost full with 20 tenants. He declined to name four of them at the secretive companies' request.

Post Bulletin — Mayo Clinic to build residential facilities for mentally ill by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic is partnering with a non-profit organization to build and manage two residential houses by its Saint Marys hospital campus for patients with mental illnesses. "Mayo Clinic will support individuals and their ongoing care with this program as there is an unmet need for this kind of residential care," stated Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. Brian Palmer, who will serve as the John E. Herman House medical director.

Post Bulletin — Belgian biotech kills its BioBusiness Center plan by Jeff Kiger — While the Minnesota BioBusiness Center is fully leased, the fifth floor is empty with no immediate plans for development. That's because Celyad, formerly known as Cardio3, recently decided against building a prototype manufacturing facility on the fifth floor. However, the Mayo Clinic-linked Belgium biotech firm did sign a five-year lease with the city in May 2015. It has been been paying a rent of $22,444.50 per month, or $18 per square foot, since the signing.

Post Bulletin — Mayo Clinic changes policy at Wabasha facility by Brett Boese — Wabasha Mayor Rollin Hall confesses to being a little nervous about impending changes at Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center due to a policy change from Mayo Clinic. The two groups issued a joint statement Monday announcing a change to their decades-long relationship that will remove Mayo Clinic's primary care providers from the emergency room and hospital shifts. "In a time of incredible change in health care, Mayo Clinic Health System is committed to ongoing dialogue with Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center about meeting the area's overall health-care needs," said Tom Witt, CEO of MCHS in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.

Post Bulletin — Welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey by Matthew Stolle …Sunday's celebration also underscored the degree to which the Chinese immigrant and Chinese-American population has grown Rochester. Dr. Bingkun Chen, the event's organizer and a Mayo Clinic assistant professor of medicine and neurology, recalled that when he arrived in Rochester 16 years ago, such celebrations could be hosted in people's houses, the community was so small. Now that population is estimated at more than 1,200, and it has its own Chinese school at Rochester Community and Technical College to keep its culture and linguistic traditions alive and vibrant. There are now 500 Chinese people employed at Mayo Clinic.

Post Bulletin — Black History Month presentation Thursday at Mayo Clinic by Brett Boese — A presentation is planned for Thursday evening at Mayo Clinic to celebrate Black History Month. Dr. Camara Jones, a senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker at the event that's been organized by the African Descendants Mayo Employee Resource Group. She works as a family physician and epidemiologist focused on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation, according to a Mayo Clinic news release.

Post Bulletin — Biobusiness gearing up by Jeff Kiger — Has the $27 million investment in the Minnesota BioBusiness Center paid off for Rochester? ...It appears that it has. Overall, the building has housed almost 30 businesses, some of which have outgrown it. It also has provided a launching point for many small start-ups through the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator.

Post Bulletin — Answer Man: Mayo is landlord for two budget hotels — In Monday's masterpiece, I told you that Mayo owns two budget hotel buildings close to downtown. They're the Fifth Avenue Inn and Suites, at 20 Fifth Ave. NW, and the Second Street Inn and Suites, at 1013 Second St. SW. Both hotels are owned and operated by RGI Lodging LLC, of Rochester. They also owned and operated the Rochester Travelers Hotel, at 426 Second St. SW, but that closed last month.

Post Bulletin — Answer Man: Travelers Hotel is top tier for landmark review — Dear Answer Man, is the Travelers Hotel, which you wrote about in Friday's column, on the city's list of potential historic landmarks?…For those of you who disappointed me and missed Friday's column, you missed this scoop: That old, cobbled-together hotel along Second Street Southwest, just west of Mayo's Baldwin building, has closed. The building is owned by Mayo -- the World Famous bought it in 2001 for about what it's worth right now. The 2016 market value is $1.74 million, according to Olmsted County property assessors.

Finance and Commerce — Privately funded streetcar line pushed in Rochester by Janice Bitters — A group of Rochester entrepreneurs and residents are pushing for a privately funded streetcar line connecting two Mayo Clinic campuses because they say the city isn’t carrying out transit plans for the Second Street corridor. But the Zumbro Transit Co. and its seven founding members will face major speed bumps if they don’t win over the city of Rochester and the multibillion-dollar Destination Medical Center initiative, said City Council member Michael Wojcik.

KTTC.com — Frozen Goose Walk-Run raises thousands for cancer research by Chris Yu — About 200 athletes of all ages laced up for the "Optimist Frozen Goose Walk-Run" at RCTC -- a popular WinterFest event that raises money to fight cancer…Some of the participants ran 5K, some ran 10K, and some walked. But no matter the style, all the money collected went to the Mayo Clinic for pediatric cancer research, and to the cancer support group, Brighter Tomorrows.

Becker’s Hospital Review — Academic Medical Centers — Strategies, Mergers, Goals and Affiliations by Scott Becker …There are great questions as to whether the strategic use of one's name really furthers its mission. However, this strategy has become increasingly popular among some of the big systems and can provide cash flow and spread the use of their name. Mayo Clinic is the textbook example of this. Launched in 2012, the Mayo Clinic Care Network capitalizes on the Mayo reputation for high-quality care and includes providers across the country.

South Florida Reporter — Mayo Clinic News Network: New Health Risks of E-Cigarettes (Video) — Step into any tobacco shop and you’ll likely see shelves lined with e-cigarettes paraphernalia. Is vaping a healthier option than smoking tobacco cigarettes? Mayo Clinic experts say there is a growing amount of research that shows e-cigarettes may be dangerous. Reporter Vivien Williams has more in today’s Mayo Clinic Minute.

Express.co.uk — Could your SPIT help detect Parkinson’s disease? by Becky Fletcher — No test so far has been able to diagnose the condition accurately. Current testing is based on medical history, signs and symptoms, a neurological examination and the exclusion of other conditions. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona had previously found 45 per cent of patients in the early stages may receive an incorrect diagnosis.

WCCO.com — Minnesota Doctor Develops At-Home Test To Detect Colon Cancer by Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield — It’s been one year since Mayo Clinic researchers got the go-ahead on a potential game-changer. A test that people could take at home that screens for the second-most deadly type of cancer: Colon cancer…The test was born in southern Minnesota. It took 20 years of research in a Mayo Clinic Lab to make the test a reality, a vision of Dr. David Ahlquist. “It was a dream come true in many ways, the culmination of so much effort,” Ahlquist said.

Reuters — Transparency and collaboration take center stage with launch of new data sharing service …Today the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center, LLC (UMCSC) and aptitude® announced a multi-year partnership that establishes a new business venture, UMCSC reveal™. "We believed aptitude could accommodate the UMCSC's unique operational needs," said Jim Francis, chair of supply chain for the Mayo Clinic and the service provider of contracting activity for the UMCSC.  "Through UMCSC reveal, we are enabling enhanced partnerships with our suppliers and members.  The business intelligence tools provide valuable insights and analytics that showcase our innovative and industry leading supply chain model." Additional coverage: CNBC.com, Bloomberg News Online

MinnPost blog — CDC's new 'pre-diabetes' campaign is misguided, Mayo physician says by Susan Perry — One of the authors of that commentary is Dr. Victor Montori, an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. MinnPost recently spoke with Montori regarding his concerns about the pre-diabetes diagnosis and the new public awareness campaign that is encouraging people to seek out that diagnosis. A condensed and edited version of that conversation follows…

Northland’s NewsCenter — Northland boy waits for heart transplant at Mayo Clinic — A Northland family is praying for a new heart for their son. Colten Robertson was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). After six open heart surgeries to fix it, doctors say they can't operate anymore. Colten, who will turn three on February 15, was admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in November. Since then, he's been on the list for a heart donation.

WKBT-TV LaCrosse — Super Bowl creates a problem for compulsive gamblers — Millions of dollars are bet on the big game each year, and it can be problematic for many families…"It's a big deal, you know, it's the Super Bowl. That excitement alone would bring a renewal of urges or thoughts of gambling again,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor Eddie Luker.

The Daily Beast — We’re Not Ready for a Population That Lives to 100 by G. Clay Whittaker …A recent study from the Mayo Clinic was widely covered the last few days, touting a new breakthrough. In an experiment, researchers explained that they isolated cells in mice linked to the aging process, and managed to eliminate them. In many cases they were able to extend the healthy lifetime of normal mice by 25 percent.

The Miami Hurricane — Gluten-free craze not necessarily good for health by Faizah Shareef — The gluten-free diet began as a means to elicit awareness of celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disease where an immune response is triggered in the lining of the small intestine in the presence of gluten, causing the malabsorption of nutrients. …However, the development of this “disease” has only been significant since 1950. Joseph A. Murray, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, was able to genetically track the progression of gluten sensitivity and found that more individuals in the past 60 years have developed gluten sensitivity than before.

TriValleyCentral.com —  Letter to the Editor, Garcia; Donation is the gift of life…I was very fortunate, as I went on the waiting list on Jan. 16, 2015, and received the call on Jan. 17 at 4 a.m. to be at Mayo Hospital for my transplant. Currently more than 123,000 people across the country — men, women and children — are waiting for an organ transplant, according to Done Vide Arizona’s website. More than 2,400 are from Arizona.  On Feb. 6, 2015, I retired from CAC after working at the college for 381⁄2 years. I have finished my annual testing for my transplant, and according to my doctors at the Mayo Clinic, I don’t have any signs of rejection.

Medscape — New Diagnostic Test for Parkinson's? by Pauline Anderson…Currently, the diagnosis of PD relies on clinical examinations, so developing a test to determine whether a patient has this disorder would be helpful in both the research setting and clinically, said lead author Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD, professor, neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Courier Life News LaCrosse — Students learn how HeartMath adds technology to subtract stress by Mike Tighe — The fight-or-flight instinct tempted some students to flee from being demonstrators during the acupuncture sessions, but several hesitantly extended their hands for acupuncturist Frank Fusheng Lan, who practices at the Center for Health and Healing at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare’s Onalaska Clinic.. “Anybody want to try,” Lan asked a group of six students, after explaining how acupuncture and manipulating pressure points can relieve headaches, facial palsy, back pain, joint pain and other maladies without the use of drugs.

Pioneer Press — Timberwolves alum Fred Hoiberg recalls the good, bad and sad by Andy Greder — Fred Hoiberg recalled life-altering moments when he returned to Target Center to coach against the Timberwolves on Saturday night. The new Chicago Bulls coach said, overall, “I’ve got great memories of my time in Minnesota.”...During his two-year playing stint with the Wolves, team doctor Sheldon Burns recommended Hoiberg visit Mayo Clinic. An enlarged aortic root was diagnosed in his heart, which ended his playing days. “My life was saved here,” he said. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune

Healio — Sleep disorders and heart disease: Complicated relationship needs more research …It is estimated that “40% of patients with OSA have hypertension, and about 40% of patients with hypertension will have OSA,” Virend K. Somers, MBChB, DPhil, FAHA, FACC, the Alice Sheets Marriott Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic, told Cardiology Today. However, he noted that “these numbers depend on demographics.” For example, “if you have more women [in a specific demographic], there might be a lower likelihood of OSA, and if you are not obese, you’ll have less sleep apnea.

Latinos Health — 7 Foods That Help Overcome Anxiety by Rachel Cruz — The link between depression and food haven't been clearly explored by science. However, several studies have pointed out that keeping a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruit, fish and certain foods can fight mood disorders, Mayo Clinic cited.

Action News Jacksonville — New breakthroughs for ‘blue baby syndrome' by Jenna Bourne…Doctors originally told Manley, an IT programmer at Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic, she needed a heart transplant.  After eight years of testing, Mayo Clinic's Dr. Naser Ammash told her there was another option: surgically replacing her valve with a mechanical valve instead. “Once I had the surgery, it was like 'Holy moly, there’s a whole bunch of things I can do now that I never was able to do,'" Manley said.

WKBT-TV LaCrosse — Mayo helps city, employees improve La Crosse neighborhoods by Kyle Dimke — Cassie and Tyler Woodward were living in Onalaska and not in the market to buy a house just yet, but wanted to see what was available…. They were able to purchase the house right away thanks in part to the Employer-Assisted Housing Program offered to Mayo employees."It's actually a grant program, so employees who are living in these neighborhoods close to our organization can apply for the program and they can receive a $5,000 grant at the time that they purchase the home," said Mayo Vice President of Specialty Care, Amy Noel. Through the program, as long as Cassie stays an employee at Mayo and her family lives in the home for five years, the grant is forgiven.

Duluth News Tribune — Mayo career immersion — The Mayo School of Health Sciences will host its first career immersion programs for high school students this summer. Participants must be Minnesota juniors and seniors during the 2016-17 school year. They will spend the week of July 11-15 in downtown Rochester, Minn., for career exploration and supervised lodging and meals. They’ll meet with current students and professionals in a range of health science professions and network with Mayo Clinic faculty.

Star Tribune — Flu season see slow start across Minnesota — A year after Minnesota and much of the nation was hit hard by influenza, the virus is having less of an impact on residents throughout the state. Kathleen Frederick, head of infection prevention and control for Mayo Clinic Health System in the Mankato region, isn't aware of any hospitalizations in the area, she told The Free Press. But three people in the Mankato area have tested positive for influenza in the past two weeks, but none were sick enough to require a hospital stay. Additional coverage: KARE11.com

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — Getting to the 'heart' of sleep — Sleep is essential for a healthy heart, and people who don’t sleep enough are at higher risk for heart disease, according to Mayo Clinic News Network…“Lack of sleep also is a ‘weighty’ issue. In a 2012 study I conducted, 17 people ages 18 to 40 spent 15 days in our research lab and were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. Half the group was only allowed to sleep two-thirds of their normal sleep time; the other half served as controls and were allowed the full amount,” said Dr. Andrew Calvin, a Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist.

Becker’s Hospital Review — Nurses — The closest thing to a silver bullet in boosting hand hygiene compliance by Shannon Barnet — Involving nurses has been a core tenant of the hand hygiene efforts at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville for years. Based on internal hand hygiene audits at the institution, compliance tends to hover between 95 and 100 percent, according to Deb Harrison, DNP, RN, who has served as CNO of Mayo Clinic Florida for nearly a decade… "Nurses play a huge role because they are the ones working at the point of care and they are the watchdogs of patients," says Dr. Harrison.

WEAU Eau Claire — Health officials: don't use antibiotics for viruses by K.C. Brown — In the midst of cold and flu season, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department is reminding people that antibiotics will not help with viruses. “Risks exist when you take any medication,” explains Dr. Janki Patel, Infectious Disease, Mayo Clinic Health- Eau Claire, “Taking unnecessary antibiotics may cause harmful side effects and contribute to antibiotic resistance.”

Christian Science Monitor — FDA presses medical device makers to OK good faith hacking by J.M. Porup …Kevin McDonald of the Mayo Clinic told the Food and Drug Administration last month that most of the medical devices his center tests are pretty much the same."It's just another crappy computer," said Mr. McDonald, the clinic's director of clinical information security, during an FDA workshop on medical device cybersecurity.

Florida Times-Union — 2 with Donna races for breast cancer cure for ninth year by Tiffanie Reynolds — In its ninth year, 26.2 with Donna is a locally and nationally recognized event for breast cancer. Since the first marathon in 2008, the annual weekend event draws an average of 10,000 runners from across the state, country and even some international runners. It’s raised $4 million toward breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic.

WEAU Eau Claire — Mayo Clinic Health System in Colfax clinic to close July 1 — Mayo Clinic Health System – Chippewa Valley will permanently close its Colfax clinic Friday, July 1, 2016. “This has been an extremely difficult decision,” says Rita Sullivan, vice president-operations. “We will work with patients in the coming weeks to ensure they are able to transition their care to another location as easily as possible.”… Employees who work at the Colfax clinic will continue their employment in the Bloomer clinic or at another Mayo Clinic Health System site in northwest Wisconsin.

Chicago Health Online — Reflux drugs generally safe when used as directed — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I regularly have heartburn and my doctor is recommending I try a proton pump inhibitor. Can you tell me more about this medication? Are there any risks to taking it? ANSWER: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the most effective medications for the treatment of chronic acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) and peptic ulcer.

Reuters — Childhood ADHD may raise later obesity risk for women by Katherine Doyle — Young women who were diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in childhood are more likely to be obese than peers without an ADHD diagnosis, according to a U.S. study. “Several cross-sectional studies have suggested an association between childhood ADHD and obesity,” said study author Dr. Seema Kumar, a pediatrician and researcher at Mayo Clinic Children's Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

Medscape — FDA Places Clinical Hold on Pacritinib for Myelofibrosis by Nick Mulcahy — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had placed a full clinical hold on pacritinib (CTI BioPharma), an investigational agent for the treatment of myelofibrosis… Only one drug, ruxolitinib (Jakafi, Incyte), is currently approved by the FDA for myelofibrosis, but it is not safe for patients with low platelet counts, pacritinib investigator Ruben A. Mesa, MD, from the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, said at the ASCO meeting. About one-third of patients with myelofibrosis have low platelet counts, Dr. Mesa noted at that time, adding that these patients tend to have shorter survival and are at higher risk for leukemic transformations.

MD Magazine — New Lyme Disease Bacteria Crawling Through the Midwest, CDC Finds by Amy Jacobs — Researchers have discovered new Lyme disease-causing bacteria, Borrelia mayonii (B. mayonii) in the upper Midwest. Infection may trigger nausea, vomiting, and a more widespread rash, officials say.The CDC and state health departments in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are currently seeking to learn more about B. mayonii.

WEAU Eau Claire — Valentine's Week: Healthy Treats by Courtney Everett — With Valentine's Day this Sunday, it's hard to avoid all the sweet treats we see this time of year at the store. However, there are foods that can satisfy your sweet tooth and provide beneficial nutrition. Nutrition Educator, Katy Johnson with Mayo Clinic Health System joined Hello Wisconsin to share a few delicious treats.

Wired Italian, Perché i medici si suicidano by Simone Cosimi— Ogni tanto escono degli studi ma è come se nulla fosse: “I medici non prendono contromisure perché hanno timore di perdere l’abilitazione, di essere cacciati dalle scuole o di perdere i pazienti se la voce che stanno subendo cure psichiatriche dovesse diffondersi. Ancora, semplicemente non hanno tempo per occuparsene” raccontano Robert P. Bright e Lois Krahn della Mayo Clinic, una prestigiosa istituzione con sedi in Minnesota, Florida e Arizona.

Diario El Pais, Vejez sin sufrir tantos Dolores — "El envejecimiento es, por lejos, el mejor pronosticador de si la gente desarrollará o no una enfermedad crónica como enfermedad de corazón, embolia, cáncer, demencia u osteoartritis", dijo James Kirkland, director del Centro Robert y Arlene Kogod sobre envejecimiento en la Clínica Mayo. "El envejecimiento supera a todos los factores de riesgo".

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