March 11, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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International Business Times
Betting On Cancer: Phoenix Aims To Become Oncology Destination As More Cities Look To Biotech For Growth
by Elizabeth Whitman

A transformation has taken place in the Phoenix area over the past decade as oncology centers and research institutions have merged, expanded and reconfigured their operations….“We’ve said, ‘Hey, we’re good at cancer. We’re going to do more,’” saidInternational Business Times Logo Dr. Wyatt Decker, the CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona as well as an emergency room physician. More than 20 percent of the clinic’s patients come from out of state, drawn by the Mayo brand's reputation and the perks of the temperate, picturesque desertscape of the Valley of the Sun. In 2010, the clinic generated a positive annual economic impact of more than $1.5 billion, the Mayo Clinic has calculated, and Decker estimated that amount has grown by 30 to 50 percent since then.

Reach:  The International Business Times has more than 1.6 million unique visitors to its website each month. International Business Times is a digital global news publication that provides comprehensive coverage and analysis of business, economic, political and technological issues around the world. It reaches over 55 million people every month in seven global editions and four different languages.

Context:  Mayo Clinic introduced its Proton Beam Therapy Program, with treatment for patients available in new facilities in Minnesota in 2015 and in Arizona in mid March 2016. Proton beam therapy expands Mayo Clinic's cancer care capabilities. In properly selected patients — especially children and young adults and those with cancers located close to critical organs and body structures — proton beam therapy is an advance over traditional radiotherapy. More information about Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Jim McVeigh


International Business Times
Obesity In America: As Healthcare Costs Rise, Hospitals Weigh New Ways Of Caring For Larger Patients
by Elizabeth Whitman

“It’s those little things that add up,” said Robert Cima, a colorectal surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Many International Business Times Logohospitals have neither the equipment nor the resources to move their patients efficiently, he said, even though they long ago began buying parallel sets of surgical equipment for operating on larger patients. Now, “the real issue is caring for them on the floor. That cost is huge, relative to the operating room,” Cima said.

Reach:  The International Business Times has more than 1.6 million unique visitors to its website each month. International Business Times is a digital global news publication that provides comprehensive coverage and analysis of business, economic, political and technological issues around the world. It reaches over 55 million people every month in seven global editions and four different languages.

Context: Robert Cima, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon. Mayo Clinic surgeons helped develop minimally invasive (laparoscopic) colon and rectal surgery and use these techniques on almost all surgeries. Laparoscopic procedures use smaller incisions than conventional surgery, which decreases bleeding, lessens pain and shortens both expected hospital stays and overall recovery times. They are also skilled in robotic surgery, a specialized form of laparoscopic surgery, and ileoanal anastomosis surgery that avoids the need for a permanent colostomy.

Contact:  Sharon Theimer


Los Angeles Times
As measures of health, fitness and fatness matter more than weight
by Melissa Healy

The new studies suggest that these caveats about BMI are especially true for people as they age beyond their 50s and enter seniority, said Mayo Clinic cardiologist Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, who researches obesity's health effects. In the CanadianLos Angeles Times Logo study and others that have raised what's called "the obesity paradox," Lopez-Jimenez said it's possible that older people who carry a few extra pounds are protected by having a reserve of excess weight they can afford to lose during an illness.

Reach:  The Los Angeles Times has a daily readership of 1.9 million and 2.9 million on Sunday, more than 8 million unique visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.5 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 128 years.

Context: Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Lopez-Jimenez studies obesity and cardiovascular disease from different angles, from physiologic studies assessing changes in myocardial mechanics and structural and hemodynamic changes following weight loss, to studies addressing the effect of physicians' diagnosis of obesity on willingness to lose weight and successful weight loss at follow-up.

Contacts: Joe Dangor, Traci Klein


Huffington Post
Why The Fat You Can See Isn’t The Fat You Should Worry About
by Erin Schumaker

In reality, the area of your body where you store your fat may be a better predictor of health -- regardless of your body mass index. "All fat is not the same," said Dr. Virend Somers, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Fat directly under the skin -- the stuff we can see -- isn't necessarily harmfuHuffPost Healthy Livingl.

Reach: The Huffington Post attracts over 28 million monthly unique visitors.

Context: Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic physician with joint appointments in cardivascular diseases and nephrology and hypertension. Dr. Somers directs the Cardiovascular Facility and the Sleep Facility within Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Contact: Traci Klein


CBS News
Can drinking lots of coffee lower risk for MS?
by Mary Brophy Marcus

In this case, a new study in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry suggests being a java drinker may lower the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Mark Keegan, professor of neurology and chair of the division of multiple sclerosis at theCBS News Logo Mayo Clinic, said, "They show some observational evidence that in two separate populations high amounts of coffee intake was associated with a reduction in the risk of MS," but he also cautioned that observational studies don't equal medical advice.

Reach: 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: B. Mark Keegan, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Dr. Keegan is involved in clinical and translational research in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other related inflammatory demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist


Mayo sees big potential for small MRI machine
by Brett Boese

After nearly nine years of planning, Mayo Clinic researchers are just weeks away from collecting data on a $5.7 million Logo for Post-Bulletin newspapercompact 3T MRI scanner on its Rochester campus. Lead researchers John Huston III, a neuroradiologist, and Matt Bernstein, a medical physicist, are optimistic that their targeted work on the brain will improve patient diagnoses and outcomes, particularly involving strokes, Alzheimer's, tumors and high-impact injuries such as concussions.

Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and Southeast Minnesota.

Context: The reality of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machines is one of great size — both in price and physical space. This, then, restricts access to needed medical screenings. But what if you could shrink both and still produce high-quality MR images? Mayo Clinic researchers, in a partnership with GE and funding through a National Institutes of Health grant, are hoping to answer that question, and many others, now that a new, one-of-a-kind compact 3-Tesla MRI scanner is in place at the Department of Radiology research labs. More information about the new MRI scanner can be found on Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's research magazine.

Contact: Ethan Grove

Fortune Mayo Clinic —This leading healthcare organization cares for its caregivers: A Burnout Strategy Taskforce prevents and tackles exhaustion in departments where burnout is frequent, and 475 employee "wellness champions" are scattered throughout larger locations. Wellness programs include exercise facilities and discounted memberships to area health clubs, group classes, individual sessions with fitness coaches, lunch-and-learns, and meals-to-go. If an employee is critically ill or injured over 150 miles from a Mayo location, they can expect free air ambulance transport to the nearest Mayo facility for care. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

KTTC Mayo Clinic among familiar names on Fortune's '100 Best Companies to Work For' by Chris Yu — Fortune has named the top 100 companies to work for. And there are some familiar names on that list. For the 13th year in a row, Mayo Clinic makes the list -- ranking at No. 86. Meanwhile, Hilton Worldwide and financial services firm Edward Jones, both with several locations in our area, are ranked 56 and 10 respectively.

Twin Cities Business Two Minnesota Companies Are “Best Companies To Work For” by Sam Schaust — Two Minnesota companies were recognized (again) by Fortune magazine in its annual 100 Best Companies To Work For list released Thursday. Allianz Life Insurance, which operates in Golden Valley, and Rochester-based Mayo Clinic were both cited for the benefits and on-site perks offered to their employees. Mayo (ranked 86th, down from 73rd last year) was selected for the ways in which it looks out for its own staff. Wellness programs offered by Mayo include discounted health club memberships, individual sessions with fitness coaches, and lunch-and-learns.

Post Bulletin Heard on the Street: Mayo a 'top employer to work for' — Mayo Clinic this week was named No. 86 on Fortune Magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." It's the 13th consecutive year Mayo made the list; last year, it ranked 73rd.

Yahoo! Finance The 100 Best Employers Are Looking to Fill 100,876 Jobs This Year by Chrisopher Tkaczyk et al — We reached out to the heads of HR, recruitment team leaders, and talent acquisition experts at each of these great workplaces to find out exactly what they’re looking for in prospective job candidates… "Be sure your resume and online application effectively present your qualifications. Make a good first impression to get our call and invitation to interview. Those candidates that meet the basic qualifications and take the extra step of aligning their past experiences with the requirements of the position have a better chance of demonstrating 'job fit.'  -- Brent Bultema, Director of Allied Health Recruitment.

NPR Fighting Cancer By Putting Tumor Cells On A Diet by Bret Stetka — Dr. E. Aubrey Thompson, a cancer biologist at the Mayo Clinic who in his own words is "strongly on the mutation side," acknowledges that cancer cells re-orchestrate their metabolic activities and that interfering with cancer metabolism is a potentially fruitful area of research. "There are hundreds of labs already working on this right now," he says. Yet, he adds genially, "there is no evidence of malignancy developing in the absence of mutations. Anyone who thinks otherwise is obligated to design an experiment to disprove this concept ... that's how science works.

BloombergUsing a Computer, Social Activities Tied to Reduced Risk of Memory Decline — Keeping the brain active with social activities and using a computer may help older adults reduce their risk of developing memory and thinking problems, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016. "The results show the importance of keeping the mind active as we age," said study author Janina Krell-Roesch, PhD, with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and member of the American Academy of Neurology. Additional coverage: HealthDay, Medical News Today, Daily Mail, CNBC, MedPage Today, The Telegraph,, Times of India, KTTC

CBS NewsHappiness can break your heart, too by Cari Nierenberg — A rare condition known as "broken heart syndrome" is usually brought on by an emotionally devastating or stressful event… One hypothesis is that a surge of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, may temporarily damage the hearts of some people, said the Mayo Clinic.

SELF magazine What Is Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome? by Korin Miller — A woman in California is suing a beauty salon after she says she developed a stroke from having her hair washed in one of the salon’s sinks… While it sounds far-fetched, experts say this is a legitimate condition known as beauty parlor stroke syndrome. “This is a potential problem that we’ve seen as the cause of strokes, usually in younger people,” says Peter Gloviczki, M.D., a vascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Yahoo! News Best Commercial Diets: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is by Lisa Esposito — See how nutrition experts ranked the 17 top commercial diets, and learn which one could work best for you. #1 (tie) Mayo Clinic Diet — With a focus on lifelong healthy eating, the Mayo Clinic Diet tied for the top spot among commercial diets. Part 1 of the plan focuses on 15 key eating habits: some to add and others to drop. Part 2 centers on learning how to adjust servings based on the Mayo Clinic's food pyramid. Additional coverage: US News & World Report Mayo Clinic Minute: Health Risks of E-Cigarettes — Interview with Dr. Jon Ebbert – Nicotine Dependence Center

CBNC Experts from Merck, GSK, Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur and more to debate breakthroughs for vaccines for Ebola, Zika and cancer — On March 29-31, over 600 vaccine specialists will converge in Washington D.C. for the 16th World Vaccine Congress. About the unrivalled scientific content of the congress, Dr. Gregory A. Poland, Director of Mayo Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic recently stated that "I come there because I want to learn from other people. The conferences are a who's who in the fields of vaccinology. I've met industry partners, I've made new collaborations there and there are stacks of different conferences or specialty tracks that occur simultaneously.…Additional coverage: Bloomberg

FOX News Smart air quality device and app helps you breathe easier by Lindsay Carlton — Based on your air score, the monitoring gadget will send personalized alerts and advice to the user via its corresponding Awair mobile app. When air conditions are harmful, like when a bedroom has a high carbon dioxide level, it will send a notification to the user and advise them to open up a window through the app. The app also provides Mayo Clinic “message cards” that give relevant information and recommendations for ways to keep your indoor environment healthy.

Newsweek How Nancy Reagan Coped with Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer’s Disease by Eleanor Clift and Evan Thomas — The news did not surprise her. A decade ago, Nancy Reagan took her beloved Ronnie to the Mayo Clinic. The former president, her soulmate of more than 40 years, had been forgetting things, repeating himself, trying but failing to do the simplest things. When the doctors returned with their devastating verdict — Alzheimer's, then a relatively new term — Nancy was already braced for the worst.

Wall Street Journal — Oscar Munoz, United CEO, Faces Proxy Fight While Recovering From Transplant by Ron Winslow — There aren't many chief executives whose resumes include fighting a proxy battle while recovering from a heart transplant. "For some high-powered people, if you put them back in their job, they're more comfortable than if you put them on a Hawaiian island," says Brooks Edwards, director of the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Rochester Minn. Additional coverage: Nasdaq

Forbes — Banned Drug Sharapova Took Is Widely Used, Study Shows, Despite Little Evidence That It Boosts Performance by Rita Rubin — Evidence is lacking for many compounds believed to enhance athletic performance, Dr. Michael Joyner, an anesthesiology professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who studies how humans respond to physical and mental stress during exercise and other activities, told me. Their use has “a sort of urban legend element,” Joyner said. “There is not much out there that is clearly that effective.”

Buzzfeed UKHere’s What You Should Know About The Drug Maria Sharapova Tested Positive For by Kelly Oakes — The drug is designed to treat heart conditions by stopping the buildup of damaging by-products...The idea in heart patients is you block this path, and during periods of reduced blood flow you wouldn’t build up these by-products,” Dr Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told BuzzFeed News.

Atlanta Journal Constitution Active mind may delay Alzheimer’s symptoms, but not underlying disease — Keeping the mind active may delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; however, the activity does not change the underlying disease in the brain for most people, according to a study published last week in the online edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “When we looked specifically at the level of lifetime learning, we found that carriers of the APOE4 gene who had higher education and continued to learn through middle age had fewer amyloid deposition on imaging when compared to those who did not continue with intellectual activity in middle age,” says study author Prashanthi Vemuri, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic dementia researcher.

Chicago Tribune Massage Therapy a Top Growth Career — Massage Therapy was recently listed as #23 in a list of the 28 top growth jobs from now until 2024 by MSN "Money" based on data from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to private massage practices and spa settings, you'll now find massage therapists on cruise ships, in corporate wellness centers, at your local mall, employed by sports teams and fitness centers, and even in hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic.

AARP — Beating the Odds by JoBeth McDaniel — Some patients live years after being told to get their affairs in order…. The next step, adds Robert Diaisio, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer, “is to learn from these exceptional responders and identify biomarkers that may be beneficial in prescreening patients.” Those with the same biomarkers could then be treated with the same drugs.

AARP — Treatments That Are Saving Lives by Elizabeth Agnvall — Checkpoint inhibitors work by blocking the signal – called a checkpoint – that cancer cells send out telling the immune system not to attach. “The drugs allow the immune system to recognize the tumor,” says Svetomir Markovic, an oncologist and hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

SELF magazine — 5 Strange And Surprising Heart Attack Symptoms Women Should Not Ignore by Korin Miller — Most of us tend to think of heart attack symptoms as experiencing chest pains or pain in your arm….But Sharonne Hayes, M.D., a cardiologist and founder of the Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Heart Clinic, says that the most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest discomfort. “Not pain, because it isn’t always pain,” she says. “It can be pressure. ”She also adds “profound fatigue that you don’t normally feel” to the list of more common (but seemingly unrelated symptoms).

WJCT News Jacksonville Doctor: Colon Cancer Doesn't Have To Kill So Many People by Jessica Palombo — Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic Dr. Ken DeVault chairs the internal medicine department. He says he recently had to tell a patient: It’s colon cancer.“I didn’t tell them this—I didn’t want them to feel bad—but I felt like, if they’d have just come eight years sooner, they wouldn’t have been dealing with it,” he says.

Volume One Car Seats installed the right way — According to Mayo Clinic Health System, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States, and 75 percent of car seats are improperly installed. Mayo Clinic Health System and Chippewa Valley Technical College are partnering to offer free car seat inspections March 14 and April 11 from 4-7pm at the Emergency Services Education Center, 3623 Campus Road, Eau Claire.

Phoenix Business Journal Kid philanthropists raise money for rare disease research by Angela Gonzales — Last August, when Dr. Bernard Bendok moved his family to Arizona from Chicago to become head of neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic, he was worried about his son Michael adapting to a new school and new friends."This has been a wonderful, incredible way to embrace a new community and make friends and rally around the cause," Bernard Bendock said. "It's been wonderful to watch. We're lucky that he is able to adapt in this way and really do something good for the community and for rare diseases."

Post Bulletin Letter: Infrastructure to move people between Mayo Clinic campuses should be priority — Much has been written concerning the failed Holiday Inn proposal on Second Street Southwest. It's a waste of time and energy to blame all or anyone. We need a solution for Second Street. The failure comes from not having a vision or plan to move people from one Mayo Clinic campus to another along the Second Street corridor. Mayo contracts with a company to run buses back and forth all day from downtown to Saint Marys. It needs a people mover, whether underground, at surface level or above the street, to get personnel and patients from one location to another.

Twin Cities Business  Run From DMC? — Nearly Three years ago, the Minnesota Legislature approved kicking in $585 million in state money for the Destination Medical Center in Rochester, billed as a $6 billon, 20-year plan to overhaul and transform the city into a global attraction, anchored by the Mayo Clinic. But a group called the Coalition Against the DMC held its first meeting in December at a VFW post. According to the Rochester Post Bulletin, the group tried to bar the media from the meeting.

News 4 Jax Mayo Clinic News Network: Energy therapies can help cancer patients heal — Reiki and Healing Touch are two energy therapies designed to support and nurture your body, mind, spirit and emotions. For cancer survivors, energy therapies work in harmony with your standard medical care and treatment.

ASU News Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic Join Forces to Help Breast Cancer Survivors Find Their Way Back to Wellness — Researchers at Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic in Arizona have launched a study that will explore ways of improving the fatigue factor that many breast cancer survivors experience after fighting and surviving breast cancer.  The Recovery and Rejuvenation Study may help participants raise energy levels, along with improving mental clarity, overall well-being and finding group support from other breast cancer survivors.

MedicareChoicesSix Questions on Women, Heart Disease & Care Coordination — As American Heart Month wrapped up, we had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Sharonne Hayes, founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and a Scientific Advisory Council member for WomenHeart, a member of the MACC Task Force. Here are her insightful answers.

Clinical Endocrinology News What Matters: What’s the magic behind successful bariatric patients? by Dr. Jon O. Ebbert — A fair number of my patients have had or are undergoing bariatric surgery. Disconcertingly, a not insignificant number of them are regaining the weight after surgery. Weight regain will occur in 20% of patients undergoing bariatric surgery after initial weight loss….Dr. Ebbert is professor of medicine, a general internist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The Province British ColumbiaDoctor: It's hard to predict superbug infections — A doctor with the Mayo Clinic says an antibiotic-resistant superbug, that has killed 19 people at a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland, is most likely transferred between patients and, or medical professionals. Interview with Dr. Priya Sampathkumar.

MedPage Today Loosening Still Plagues Wrist Implants by Nancy Walsh — Aseptic distal loosening remains a relatively common long-term complication after total wrist arthroplasty, with factors such as types of implant being associated with this event, a retrospective study found. Over a 40-year period from 1974 to 2013, there were 425 total wrist arthroplasties at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for which 2-year follow-up data were available, according to Kapil Mehrotra, MD, and colleagues from Mayo. “Advanced degeneration of the wrist leads to debilitating limitations in range of motion, and patients face options that each have their own benefits and drawbacks," Mehrotra said.

Star TribuneMayo Clinic cutting ties with Georgia hospital by Christopher Snowbeck — Mayo Clinic will no longer operate a hospital it has run for several years in Georgia, a change that fits with the clinic's strategy to form looser links with out-of-state medical centers. The deal isn't done yet, but it will end Mayo Clinic's affiliation with a hospital in the southeast Georgia town of Waycross. When the agreement was struck in 2012, it expanded Mayo's operating footprint to a sixth state and created a possible source of patient referrals for the clinic's large hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

Post BulletinMayo Clinic to issue $300 million in bonds by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic is issuing $300 million of taxable bonds this month to raise funds for "general corporate purposes." A 200-page preliminary offering memorandum was filed March 3. The bonds are being offered in denominations of $1,000 "and integral multiples thereof…." Starting on Nov. 15, 2016, interest on the bonds is payable every May 15 and Nov. 15. "Mayo will use the proceeds of these bonds for general corporate purposes," according to Mayo Clinic spokesperson Susan Barber Lindquist.

FOX 9 Minnesota Let’s Play Hockey Expo — Interview with Shawn Vinz - Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine.

KEYC MankatoLymphedema A Blessing In Disguise For Nancy Vee by Shawn Loging — EZ Medical Wraps Owner Nancy Vee says, "I refer to my Lymphedema as my friend because it's with me all the time and without me having this disease, I wouldn't have met all the wonderful people throughout the world that I've met."…Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato Physical Therapist Rhonda Omtvedt says, "Lymphedema itself is not life threatening, but left untreated that skin continues to go through a lot of fibrotic changes and you're at a high risk of infection."

WEAU Eau Claire FDA warns women of contraceptive causing serious health issues by Noelle Anderson — I noticed right away that something wasn't right. I was angry that they pushed this on me. They told me I would have a normal life,” says Katie…But Katie isn't the only one who has had results like these. Shasta Chamerlain has had Essure for just about five years now.  Both women had their procedure and consultations done at branches of Mayo Clinic Health System. The hospital released a statement saying "Mayo Clinic Health System is aware of the FDA review of the product. Informing patients of any potential risks associated with aspects of their care is a part of our processes for obtaining each patient's consent, and we take this responsibility seriously."

KARE 11 MN reacts to Nancy Reagan's death — Boschwitz was saddened to hear of the first lady's death. As was Congressman John Kline, who served as a military aide to President Reagan, carrying the briefcase with the nuclear weapon launch codes. was in the White House when he was shot,” Kline said, adding that Nancy Reagan began to be very protective of her husband after that. That protectiveness was visible in Minnesota in 1989, after the former president had brain surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

Technology Review 10 Breakthrough Technologies by Antonio Regalado — A looming question mark is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has kept close tabs on gene tests and will decide how much information Helix apps can reveal. Right now, says Keith Stewart, director of the Center for Individualized Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, most apps that return real medical information—your chance of cancer, say, not just how much Neanderthal is in your DNA—would need agency approval, or at least a doctor in the loop.

Medscape Physician Burnout Is a Public Health Crisis, Ethicist Says by Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D. — We've got a problem in this country with doctors. It's kind of an epidemic, but no one is talking about it. It is burnout. A recent study from the Mayo Clinic showed that in 2011, 45.5% of doctors reported that they felt burned out, and that number has now risen to 54.4% in 2014. More than half of all doctors in this country are saying, "I really feel that some aspect of my work as a doctor is making me feel burned out."

Times Colonist British ColumbiaThe Doctor Game: Tried and true steps to heart-healthy diet by W. Gifford-Jones — “What diet do you follow?” is a question I’m often asked when writing about cardiovascular disease. So I was interested to read a report from the Mayo Clinic recommending ways to have a heart-healthy diet. How did mine stack up? I couldn’t agree more with Mayo’s. For years, I have stressed that calories do count and the larger the portion on the plate the greater the number of calories. But our eyes are often larger than our stomachs and we ignore portion size. Additional coverage: Kelowna Daily Courier

Vape News Magazine Mayo Clinic Study Looks At Vaping, Smoking Before and After Surgery — The use of e-cigarettes led smokers away from analogs before and after surgery, says a new study from the Mayo Clinic. Researchers studied adult smokers between December 2014 and June 2015 who were scheduled for surgery. According to, 75 people in the study were asked to vape instead of smoke. The patients recorded their daily usage and were debriefed at both the 14- and 30-day marks.

Ottawa Citizen Sutcliffe: New hospital city's most important project by Mark Sutcliffe — But there’s no reason Ottawa can’t have one of the best hospitals in North America. The Mayo Clinic, after all, is in Rochester, Minnesota…. We often portray health care simply as a rising expenditure, a burden, but the right kind of hospital can generate significant economic development. The Mayo employs 30,000 people in a community of about 200,000. It draws two million visitors a year.

Medscape Neoadjuvant Endocrine Therapy Underused for Breast Cancer by Kate O’Rourke — "Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy use has increased since the publication of Z1031 [the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z1031 study]. However, the overall rate of neoadjuvant endocrine therapy use is low, at 3.2%," said Akiko Chiba, MD, a breast surgery fellow at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, who presented the study at the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) 2016 Cancer Symposium.

Medscape FDA Approves Ibrutinib as Initial CLL Treatment by Nick Mulcahy — The researchers recruited primarily elderly patients who were felt to be unsuited to receive more aggressive and toxic treatments, which would be the standard regimen for most CLL patients, said Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved with the study.

Star Tribune Awake, alert – and under the knife by Jeremy Olson — General anesthesia remains critical for many lifesaving surgeries, but studies are showing that it can result in health problems, said Dr. J.P. Abenstein, a Mayo Clinic physician and past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. “When I was in training in the 80s, if patients were alive and kicking 24 hours after [procedures] then anesthesia was off the hook,” he said. “Today, we realize there is long-term consequence to the heart, to the kidney, to the brain.”

Washington Times Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he is cancer-free — On Facebook, Coleman said: “The release from anxiety was palpable.” Coleman made the announcement Monday on Facebook and Twitter. He said his doctor told him he had a clean PET scan. Coleman announced in October he’d been diagnosed with throat cancer. He recently told KSTP-TV that his Mayo Clinic doctors give him a 90 to 95 percent chance of beating it. Coleman made the announcement Monday on Facebook and Twitter. He said his doctor told him he had a clean PET scan. Additional coverage: Pioneer PressKAAL, KTTC

The Monroe News The one test that can improve your health today — To better understand genomic sequencing and how it can help you lead a happier, healthier life, Dr. Richard Sharp, director of the Biomedical Ethics program at the Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine, offers these five things you need to know about this groundbreaking preventive treatment.

WKBT-TV Lacrosse Report shows increase of opiate-exposed births in Wisconsin by Brittany Schmidt — Mayo Clinic Health System’s neonatal nurse practitioner Shawn Dunlap has seen a lot of babies during his time at the hospital but over the past several years he has noticed an unhealthy trend among pregnant mothers.“ I would say over the last five years I have had to shake my head and say wow what is going on out there that we are seeing so many more babies being exposed to substances and having withdrawals,” said Dunlap.

KEYC Mankato Mayo Clinic to Open Express Clinic in Hilltop Hy-Vee by Kassandra Sepeda — Mayo Clinic Health System has announced it will open an Express Care clinic inside the Hilltop Hy-Vee in Mankato. The Express Care Clinic which will be located adjacent to the pharmacy on Adams Street. The clinic will be staffed by nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses and will offer treatment for conditions like sore throats, sinus infections, minor cuts, colds and the flu.

The News-Press Fitness Beyond 50: How to maintain your brain by Harry H. Gaines — Dr. Ronald Petersen, Director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said, “Regular exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer’s today, better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet.”

Post Bulletin YMCA plans announcements at annual meeting — Leaders of the Rochester Area Family YMCA are set to unveil new 2016 programs and services, release the 2015 Annual Report and present the year's impact highlights during a March 29 annual meeting. Mayo Clinic Dr. Michael Joyner will give a special guest presentation on the importance of the YMCA's work. The annual meeting is open to the public and is scheduled to begin with refreshments at 5 p.m. and the meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Houston Business Journal M.D. Anderson rolls out new electronic health records system by Joe Martin — M.D. Anderson's technology partner is Verona, Wisconsin-based Epic Systems Corp. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. However, when the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic announced its electronic health records deal with Epic, it said its total electronic health records investment would exceed $1 billion over a five-year timeframe.

Good Magazine How Complaining Wires Your Brain for Negativity by Tod Perry — The power of positive thinking has fantastic, far-reaching benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, a positive attitude can increase your life span, improve your coping skills, and give you greater resistance to the common cold.

Sun Herald Mayo Clinic News Network: Further investigation needed on Zika link to Guillain-Barre  syndrome — "The risk is very small; however, there can be some association between Zika infection and subsequent development of Guillain-Barre syndrome and further evidence suggests there may be a link," Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says. "It needs to be investigated further."

Globes Israel — Intensix teams with Mayo Clinic on critical care — Israeli big data and intensive care analytics startup Intensix has signed an agreement with Mayo Clinic in the US to commence a study of early predictions of life-threatening complications in a critical care setting. The study will focus on the feasibility of using the Intensix platform to predict patient deterioration associated with infection in the ICU.

LaCrosse Tribune 20 businesses strive for workplace wellness to lower costs, boost productivity by Mike Tighe — On the employers’ side, the effort fosters wellness programs to enhance the workers’ health, safety and well-being, said Havens, who directs Gundersen’s Community and Preventive Care Services Department and is co-chairwoman of Well County with Lori Freit-Hammes, health promotion director at Mayo-Franciscan.

Medscape More Evidence Mentally Stimulating Activities Linked to Lower Incident MCI by Pauline Anderson — Engaging in mentally stimulating activities, such as doing crafts and using a computer, is associated with lower risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) among older patients, a new prospective cohort study shows. "The bottom line is that even in late age, even after age 70, if you engage in these activities, it potentially protects you against developing incident MCI, which has a very high risk for dementia," said study author Yonas Geda, MD, co-investigator, Mayo Clinic Study of Aging.

Prevention 7 Health Conditions You're Much More Likely To Get In Your 50s by Markham Heid — Early-Onset Alzheimer's: While most dementia sufferers develop the disease later in life, about 5% first experience symptoms in their 50s and early 60s, according to a report from Mayo Clinic. Early onset Alzheimer's is linked to specific genetic mutations, and so it tends to run in families, the Mayo experts say. If you have a relative who developed Alzheimer's at a young age, make sure your doctor knows and is keeping an eye on your brain health.

Healthcare IT News2016 a year of progress in digital health by Ryan Beckland — Last year, we finally started to see pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations adopt digital health technologies to improve clinical trials, drug delivery, and medication adherence…Similarly, providers made progress with digital health initiatives in 2015: The Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation launched OB Nest—a prenatal program combining remote monitoring, analytics, and asynchronous video visits to supplement in-person care offerings.

Becker’s Hospital Review The new look of diversity in healthcare: Where we are and where we're headed by Akanksha Jayanthi — People tend to feel more comfortable around similar individuals, or those who share certain traits, demographic or otherwise. But having a workforce that mirrors the patient population may, in some areas, result in a homogenous organization…. Mr. Tomlin is a senior partner at Witt/Kieffer and an author of the firm's study. Mr. Tomlin points to organizations like Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, which has sites of care in smaller markets throughout the country and overseas.

Live Science  Traumatic Brain Injury: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment by Alina Bradford — In 2010, there were about 2.5 million TBI-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency room visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more than 50,000 people died due to TBI….Those more susceptible to TBI are children, especially newborns to 4-year-olds; young adults, especially those between ages 15 and 24; and adults age 75 and older, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Mankato Free Press Convenience the goal for new clinic units by Brian Arola — The River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic in St. Peter will open a dedicated urgent care unit Monday, while the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato will open an express care clinic at the hilltop Hy-Vee in May. Dr. Ruth Bolton, medical director urgent care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, said the express clinic is about making it as easy as possible to treat minor afflictions that don’t necessarily need to be handled by the urgent care or emergency departments at the hospital. “What will be different about it is they won’t have the waiting time that we have in urgent care,” she said. “We want to get the right people in the right place for the right problem.”

South Florida Reporter Mayo Clinic Begins Development of Zika Virus Vaccine — Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group will begin work on developing a vaccine to protect against the Zika virus, according to Mayo vaccinologist Gregory Poland, M.D. “My team is starting on this immediately,” says Dr. Poland. “We will be collaborating with the Butantan Institute in Brazil and its director Joge Kalil, M.D., Ph.D. They are the largest immunobiology lab in Latin America and produce 90 percent of the vaccines in Brazil."

Associated Press Ex-Kansas City Chiefs player's brain donated for research — Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Caesar Belser's brain will be donated to science to help research into a degenerative brain condition, his children said. Jason Belser said he first took his father to the Mayo Clinic in February 2015 for an evaluation done through the NFL Players Trust, which was created in 2013 to support for former NFL players' health and transition from professional football.

WEAU Eau Claire Simple smoothies for the healthy soul by Courtney Everett — “Hello Wisconsin” segment with Mayo Clinic Health System nutrition educator Katie Johnson. This month’s topic: simple smoothies. Recipes are below.

24news.caJournal permanently spikes Canadian study critical of HPV vaccine — A Canadian co-authored study critical of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) has now been permanently spiked by a prestigious medical journal, with one outside expert suggesting it contained numerous “gross errors… But Yehuda Shoenfeld of Tel-Aviv University, the lead author who is known for research questioning the safety of vaccines, reacted angrily to the latest development. He's accusing the journal’s editor – Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic scientist — of having a conflict of interest because of work he has done for Merck, Gardasil’s manufacturer. Poland said by email he would not comment on the episode, but the conflict-of-interest charge was “without basis,” given that the paper was killed after a review by external experts.

Post Bulletin The one test that can improve your health today — When you provide just one sample of your DNA, researchers are able to use it to learn more about your health history, assess your chances of contracting certain diseases and even gain a better understanding of the importance family history can play in your health outlook. To better understand genomic sequencing and how it can help you lead a happier, healthier life, Dr. Richard Sharp, director of the Biomedical Ethics program at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine, offers these five things you need to know about this groundbreaking preventive treatment.

The St. Louis American — The difficulty in finding and keeping a good doctor by Kenneth G. Poole, M.D. — U.S. healthcare is in a phase of extreme complexity. While healthcare services in this country continue to be paid for primarily in a fee-for-service manner – the more one does the more one gets paid – both government-based insurance (Medicare) and commercial insurance companies alike are gradually implementing variations in the way they reimburse healthcare providers for medical services…Kenneth G Poole, Jr, MD, MBA is a senior associate consultant at Mayo Clinic Arizona in the Division of Community Internal Medicine. He previously practiced internal medicine in St. Louis.

Post Bulletin — Mayo to start work on Zika vaccine — Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group is working on developing a vaccine to protect against the Zika virus, according to an article in Discovery's Edge, Mayo's research magazine. "My team is starting on this immediately," said Mayo vaccinologist Dr. Gregory Poland. Additional coverage: FierceVaccines, Twin Cities Business, South Florida Reporter

Healthline — Why Do So Many Doctors Die by Suicide? by Shawn Radcliffe — “We’ve known for a number of years that somewhere between 300 and 400 U.S. physicians die by suicide every year,” Dr. Lotte Dyrbye, professor of medicine and medical education at Mayo Clinic, told Healthline. “That equates to one or two medical school classes. ”The suicide rate among physicians, in fact, is higher than the rate for the general population.

KEYC Mankato — Local Dermatologists Suggest Other Ways to Achieve Bronzed, Tanned Skin by Barrett Anderson — It's not a new concept. Tanning beds increase the likelihood of skin cancer. But people still want to have glowing, bronzed skin. "Living in Minnesota, we don't have that exposure to outdoor sun as much as we want so people are still resorting to indoor tanning bed use," Merissa Ferraro, MCHS Mankato dermatology, said.

Chicago Tribune — These are the places millennials dream of working — The list, prepared by Great Place to Work on behalf of Fortune magazine, boggled the senses even more than the current presidential campaign...Could it be, too, that these millennials dream of having jobs they truly care about? This might explain St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at No. 3, their local hospital at No. 6, the Health Care Services Corp. at No. 9, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at No. 10 and the Mayo Clinic at No. 14.

MedPage Today — Atypical Afib Cases Have Poorer Prognosis by Crystal Phend — Atypical and asymptomatic presentations of atrial fibrillation are associated with a roughly tripled risk of poor outcomes, a population-based study showed. For those with asymptomatic Afib upon presentation, multiple risks were higher, Alanna M. Chamberlain, PhD, MPH, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues reported online in HeartRhythm.

KJZZ Phoenix — Joseph Sirven: The Election — When it comes to the Presidential elections, doctors need to be undecided, our medical commentator, Dr. Joseph Sirven explains... Every four years during a physical examination of my patient somewhere between checking for reflexes and listening to the heart, the Presidential election inserts itself right in the middle of my exam room.

Twin Cities Business — Philips Chooses Mayo Spinoff by Don Jacobson — Ambient Clinical Analytics — an early-stage company spun off from Mayo Clinic research and housed in Mayo’s Rochester business incubator — has reached a significant milestone with the imminent rollout of its patient monitoring software, AWARE, which aggregates and organizes once-scattered vital patient information into a single, easy-to-read interface. Dutch multi-national Royal Philips announced Feb. 29 it was debuting a real-time patient information “dashboard” developed by Ambient. A worldwide rollout will follow in the second half of 2016 as a key upgrade to its line of critical-care patient monitors. — Mayo Clinic develops 'The ABCs of Influenza' flash cards — Influenza is a serious viral infection that causes illness, hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic recommends getting a vaccine each year to prevent illness and protect the people around you…."With some simple facts about influenza and an annual vaccine, individuals will be doing the most they can to reduce their chances of becoming ill from influenza," says Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic.

Daily Mail — 1 in 3 adults are on the brink of diabetes but 90% of them don't know they're at risk - are YOU one of them? — Prediabetes doesn't have any clear signs or symptoms, the American Diabetes Association states. However, some people with the condition may experience some symptoms of diabetes. A common symptom of type 2 diabetes is darkened skin on certain parts of the body, experts at the Mayo Clinic highlight.

Parent Herald — Food Diet That Can Prevent Gallstone Formation by Mark Oliver Rondobio — 3. Eat red yeast rice. Red yeast rice lowers down your body cholesterol. According to Mayo Clinic, the red yeast rice contains an active compound called monacolins that many pharmaceuticals use to make drugs for cholesterol.

El Universal, Con tratamientos caseros se pueden aliviar los talones agrietados — La solución es humectarlos constantemente y mejor si es con cremas especialmente diseñadas para eso. Además, se pueden aplicar algunos tratamientos domésticos que alivian el problema. El dermatólogo Lawrence Gibson, de la Clínica Mayo de Minnesota, ofrece algunos consejos al respecto."Hay varias cosas que se pueden hacer para sanar la piel de los talones. Los talones agrietados normalmente aparecen cuando se seca y engrosa la piel alrededor del borde el talón y la mayor presión sobre la almohadilla adiposa bajo del talón ocasiona grietas en la piel.

CNN, La vacuna contra el VPH y sus secuelas — El VPH abre puerta a varios tipos de cáncer. En muchos de los casos pueden prevenirse. La Dra. Azaret y el Dr. Colón-Otero, Oncólogo de la Clínica Mayo, nos explican.

Crónica Global, El "guasap" de los jefes peperos echa humo: A Levy le gusta otro Vila by Pablo Planas — Tendencias: Lo último en tratamientos de belleza es poner la cara en un tubo de escape. Esa es la versión barata del tratamiento ideado por el eminente dermatólogo Ricardo Ruiz Rodríguez, formado en la clínica Mayo de Minnesota, y en la Universidad de San Francisco, así como jefe del servicio de dermatología del Ruber. El texto en LOC de Consuelo Font no tiene desperdicio. Aquí van un par de párrafos: "Y es que, según ha revelado a LOC un personaje cercano al equipo que la trata, la esposa de Felipe VI se apuntó recientemente a uno de los tratamientos más novedosos para el rejuvenecimiento de la piel del rostro que ofrece la clínica de Ricardo Ruiz: el CO2 o dióxido de carbono.

Noticias de Chiapas, ¿Qué jabón usas? ¿Antibacteriano o jabón regular? — El Dr. Tosh, un especialista en enfermedades infecciosas de la Clínica Mayo que no estuvo involucrado en el estudio, opina que el uso innecesario de jabones antibacterianos está contribuyendo a que se cree resistencia a los antibióticos. Por otro lado, muchos expertos están de acuerdo en que si no se tiene agua y jabón a la mano, se pueden utilizar los desinfectantes a base de alcohol. Lo que es importante es que contengan mínimo 60% de alcohol y que se usen correctamente. ¿A qué se refieren?

Periódico Zócalo, Exámenes para detectar diabetes en escuelas primarias: diputada por Ernesto Acosta — Adrián Vella, doctor especialista de la Clínica “Mayo” en Rochester, explica que el hecho de tomar medidas para evitar que la prediabetes avance y se convierta en diabetes es de suma importancia para la salud, destacando la necesidad de realizar los exámenes necesarios en una etapa oportuna.“Tal y como lo señala la Organización Mundial de la Salud, son necesarias acciones coordinadas de política internacional y nacional para reducir la exposición a los factores de riesgo conocidos de la diabetes y mejorar el acceso a la atención y su calidad”, dijo, al proponer la aplicación de exámenes de glucosa en los estudiantes de primaria.

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