June 3, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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NBC News
Too Fat to Fight: Is the Obesity Crisis a National Security Risk?
by Andrea King Collier

For more than 20 years, Poland has also served as an unpaid consultant to the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory committee to the Secretary of Defense that provides recommendations on health policy, research and requirements for the treatment and prevention of diseasenbcnews.com and injury. According to Poland, "In fact, obesity and overweight is the No. 1 cause of ineligibility in the armed services," he says. "By the year 2020, only two out of every 10 recruits will be able to meet the weight-fitness qualifications to serve."

Reach: NBC News provides information about breaking news in business, health, entertainment, politics etc… and receives more than 21,547,025 unique visitors each month.

Context: Gregory Poland, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert. Dr. Poland and his team within the Vaccine Research Group aim to improve the health of individuals across the world by pursuing challenges posed by infectious diseases and bioterrorism through clinical, laboratory and epidemiologic vaccine research.

Contact: Bob Nellis


New York Times
You Know You Should Use Sunscreen. But Are You Using It Right?
by Daniel Victor

Depending on your body size, experts recommend using enough lotion to fill a shot glass, or an ounce, when you’re at the beach. Even if people The New York Times newspaper logoare smart enough to apply sunscreen, they may not use enough, said Dr. Jerry Brewer, a dermatologic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Even if the bottle says the lotion is waterproof, beachgoers should reapply after swimming.

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of nearly 649,000 and a Sunday circulation of 1.18 million.

Context: Jerry Brewer, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.  The Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic Rochester offers a full range of dermatologic care for both common and rare problems of skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. Dr. Brewer's studies skin cancer in the setting of lymphoma. His studies have included all the common forms of skin cancer and their behavior in patients with either chronic lymphocytic leukemia or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Contact: Traci Klein


Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic tests self-help prenatal care as a solution
by Jeremy Olson

A new Mayo Clinic program cuts the number of prenatal visits for women with uncomplicated pregnancies from around 12 to eight, and trains them to monitor their blood pressure and babies’ heartbeats. Doctors discouraged the use of take-home fetal monitoring kits when they first hitStar Tribune newspaper logo the market, because they worried that user error would cause expecting mothers to panic if they couldn’t find their babies’ heartbeats. But now the monitors are key to a Mayo Clinic effort to streamline prenatal care.

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

Context:  “OB Nest”: Just the name may bring warm feelings to parents and prospective parents. However, at Mayo Clinic, it’s much more than a name. It’s a new way that Mayo Clinic is providing prenatal care. And, families say they are thrilled with the process. Current prenatal care for a pregnancy consists of 12-14 visits with an obstetrician. However, often these visits are just brief check-ins to make sure a pregnancy is progressing well. Previous research has looked at ways to give providers more time for high-risk patients, and save time and office visits for women with low-risk pregnancies. While these studies have shown that less visits are safe, patients reported less satisfaction overall. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Elizabeth Zimmerman Young


Florida Times-Union
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville part of a national biobank of genetic samples for the Precision Medicine Initiative
by Charlie Patton

The Mayo Clinic has been chosen by the National Institutes of Health to receive $142 million in funding over the next five years to establish a Florida Times-Union newspaper logonational genetic biobank as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort program…While the largest part of the biobank will be located at Mayo’s campus in Rochester, Minn., about 20 to 25 percent of the genetic samples collected will be housed in Jacksonville. Because each donor to the biobank provides multiple genetic samples, there will be 8 to 10 million samples stored in Jacksonville. The genetic samples will be available to researchers nationwide.

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

Additional coverage: Modern Healthcare, Healthcare Dive, Politico

Context: Mayo Clinic will be awarded $142 million in funding over five years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as the national Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program biobank. The biobank will hold a research repository of biologic samples, known as biospecimens, for this longitudinal program that aims to enroll 1 million or more U.S. participants to better understand individual differences that contribute to health and disease to advance precision medicine. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contacts: Colette Gallagher, Kevin Punsky


First Coast News, Addressing Zika fear and concerns — Interview with Dr. Vandana Bhide on Zika virus.

ABC News, Zika Virus Outbreak: Top Questions for CDC Chief From ABC News' Facebook Live Q&A by Jennifer Yui — ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser conducted a live Q&A today with Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to get the latest guidance and updates on the Zika virus. Here are the major takeaways… Dr. Jennifer Yui is an internal medicine resident at Mayo Clinic. She is a resident in the ABC News Medical Unit.

CBS News, North Dakota conjoined twins celebrate 10 years apart — This month, the Carlsen twins are celebrating 10 years of living their own lives, CBS Minnesota WCCO reported. Abigail and Isabelle were successfully separated by a team of Mayo Clinic surgeons when they were six months old… The girls will be back at Mayo Clinic this summer for a checkup. They usually go back every couple of years just to make sure everything is okay.

New York Times, Rafael Nadal Out of French Open With Wrist Injury by Christopher Clarey — Wrist injuries have become a major problem in recent seasons. Juan Martín del Potro, the 2009 United States Open champion, has missed extended stretches of play. Dr. Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic, who has operated three times on del Potro, explained in a telephone interview on Friday that the sheath is “a soft tissue tunnel” surrounding the tendon. “If it tears, they are committed to a reconstruction, and that is going to take a long time for him to rehab,” Berger said of Nadal.

Vox, Unpaid, stressed, and confused: patients are the health care system's free labor by Sarah Kliff — "There is significant work involved in being a patient," says Victor Montori, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic whose research focuses on the work health care assigns patients. "But there isn't any chapter of any textbook, no class in medical school, no theoretical framework we've been able to identify that will help nurses and doctors understand this." Montori has a term for my part-time job: the "health care foot print." It is a "major blind spot of medicine," he says — and right now I'm stuck in it.

STAT, Discovery of multiple sclerosis gene could inspire new therapies – if it’s right by Sharon Begley — …The mutation found in NR1H3 consists of a one-letter “misspelling,” a biological typo sufficient to hobble the protein made by the gene. The protein is a transcription factor, the molecular equivalent of a 19th-century lamplighter who walked the streets turning gas lamps on. Transcription factors roam the genome turning genes on. The specific misspelling Vilariño-Güell and his colleagues initially found in NR1H3 is present in only about 1 in 1,000 people with MS, however — raising doubts about how relevant it will be for most patients, cautioned Dr. Brian Weinshenker of the Mayo Clinic. “It accounts for only a very, very small proportion of MS cases,” he said.

Khaleej Times, American Hospital Dubai joins Mayo Clinic Care Network — American Hospital Dubai and Mayo Clinic announced today that American Hospital Dubai has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a network ofhealth care providers committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration. American Hospital Dubai is the first health care organization in the Middle East to join the network.

Sports Illustrated, What it will take to run a sub-two-hour marathon by Michael J. Joyner — A couple of weeks ago Jere Longman published a great two part series in the New York Times on the quest for the sub-two-hour marathon. (The current record is 2:02:57.) This follows last excellent year’s book on the topic by Ed Caesar, Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon. The scientific basis for this speculation started in 1991 when I published a paper pointing out that it might be physiologically possible for an ideal human runner to actually run that fast. Over the years this has generated a lot of discussion and has been seen as a prediction of sorts. To set the record straight on why I wrote the paper and what it really means, below I'll answer the most common questions posed about this topic… Michael Joyner, is an expert in human performance at the Mayo Clinic, these views are his own.

Health Data Management, NIH to award Mayo Clinic $142M to create PMI biobank by Greg Slabodkin — The National Institutes of Health plans to award a five-year, $142 million contract to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to establish the world’s largest research-cohort biobank, in support of a national research study of 1 million or more Americans as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. The Mayo Clinic’s biobank will have the responsibility of putting in place state-of-the-art methods and technologies for sample collection, processing, handling, management, storage and providing all support services needed for biospecimen collection for the participants in the PMI cohort program. Additional coverage: Bring Me The News, Post-Bulletin, GenomeWeb, KTTC-TV

Medical News Today, Teen obesity: Could it be driven by low hormone levels? by Honor Whiteman — Researchers have also suggested that the hormone spexin - believed to be involved in the regulation of the body's energy balance and fat mass - plays a role in obesity; previous studies have identified reduced levels of the hormone among obese adults. Dr. Seema Kumar, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and senior author of this latest research, notes that their study is the first to investigate the role of spexin among obese teenagers. Additional coverage: Parent Herald

UPI.com, Researchers identify drug therapy for pancreatic cancer by Stephen Feller — A rare form of pancreatic cancer is susceptible to a chemotherapy drug typically used for colorectal cancers, according to new research from the Mayo Clinic. "We showed the tumor growth was inhibited by a number of drugs, but oxaliplatin was the standout drug," said Dr. John Copland, a cancer biologist at Mayo Clinic. "Our hope is that information gleaned from our study will provide new options for patients diagnosed with this rare form of cancer."

MedPage Today, FDA Slammed for Rush to Approval of Cancer Drugs by John Fauber — The paper, which was published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, assessed 25 drugs approved under the agency's accelerated approval program between 2009 and 2014. The authors found that 14 of those drugs -- 56% -- did not have supporting evidence backing the correlation between the surrogate measure used for approval and actual overall survival. Among 30 drugs approved under traditional approval, 11, or 37% were similarly lacking evidence of survival benefit. Additional coverage: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Becker’s Hospital Review, California's NorthBay Healthcare joins Mayo network by Tamara Rosin — By joining the care network, NorthBay Healthcare will gain access to Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic's latest research, knowledge and clinical care expertise. "Long admiring Mayo Clinic from afar, it struck me how much we share a vision of why we exist and how we do what we do," said Gary J. Passama, president and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare, according to the report. "We want our friends, families and neighbors in Solano County to live longer, happier, healthier lives through access to the highest level of knowledge and expertise. Collaborating with others to provide the best care possible for patients is part of Mayo Clinic's culture and part of ours." Additional coverage: Fairfield Daily Republic, NorthBay Business Journal

Smithsonian magazine, Doctors Diagnose Diseases of Subjects in Two Famous Paintings by Jason Daley — Earlier this month, Mayo Clinic pediatric neurologist Marc Patterson also made a painting diagnosis. In Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting Christina’s World, Patterson spotted the disease responsible for the awkward position of the picture's central figure, who was Wyeth's neighbor in rural Maine.

Tech Crunch, The omnichannel customer experience is poised to take off in regulated industries by Clara Shih — In healthcare, records are moving online and patients are demanding care 24/7. The Mayo Clinic has begun to recognize the importance of omnichannel, given that many patients are self-diagnosing their conditions and may need help online before they physically see a doctor.

Star Tribune, Riverfront plans get first look from Rochester's Destination Medical Center board by Matt McKInney — A first look at a proposed $200 million riverfront project cheered the Destination Medical Center Corp. board at its monthly meeting on Thursday, even as some members expressed frustration with the pace of transportation planning in Rochester. The plan calls for the Mayo Clinic to extend its campus with $3.5 billion in investments over the plan’s 20-year lifetime, while private investors are expected to kick in another $2.1 billion in residential, retail and commercial investments. The public dollars would help pay for the infrastructure necessary to help the city grow.

St. James Plaindealer, St. James Students Earn $86,000 In Scholarships by Nicholas Cicale — St. James High School seniors were awarded over $86,000 in scholarships by local businesses and community groups at their annual scholarship assembly. Two Mayo Clinic Dependent Scholarships, which awards recipients with $3,000 per academic year, went to Anderson and Samantha Rich-Thompson, while Mayo Clinic St. James handed out a scholarship of $1,000 to Carlson and $500 to Trapero.

NBA.com, Mayo Clinic Square Honored As Top Project By Finance And Commerce by Kyle Ratke —The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square, and the larger redevelopment of Mayo Clinic Square, has been selected as one of Finance & Commerce’s Top Projects in 2015. Mayo Clinic Square is the renovated Block E Space that includes the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. Between now and next fall, Finance & Commerce will highlight the Top Project honorees in the Wednesday and Friday editions. The Mayo Clinic Square feature will run on August 12.

Lifehacker, Classic Hacks: Try A Weekend Afternoon Nap To Catch Up On Sleep by Hayley Williams —Bernie Miller, supervisor of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, suggests that napping for up to 30 minutes between the hours of noon to 4PM on Saturday will help you get that feeling of catching up without blowing your entire circadian rhythm.

Gulf Today, 3D technology lowers health expenditures by reducing time by Mariecar Jara-Puyod —The usefulness as well as the challenges surrounding 3D technology in medical surgery was discussed at the ongoing “Building Healthcare Middle East 2016.” Dr. Jonathan Morris told The Gulf Today the involvement of Mayo Clinic in 3D technology began eight years back when one of their multi-speciality medical teams was faced with how to separate twins co-joined in the liver. One of the surgeons approached him to provide him with “the model” for the best approach on the case. “We have been using 3D since then according to clinical need,” Morris said.

Star Tribune, United's deal with Medtronic angers diabetics over insurance by Christopher Snowbeck —Patients with Type 1 diabetes are balking at a new UnitedHealthcare policy that steers them to insulin pumps from just one manufacturer. The policy wrongly limits choice, they say, by making devices from Medtronic the “preferred” insulin pump in many health plans sold by the nation’s largest health insurer…At the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic, Dr. Yogish Kudva said there are a variety of reasons patients might select one pump over another. He believes a lot of the assertions about the relative merits of different sensors with insulin pumps are based on perceptions and stories from patients and health care providers — not research. “I think much more data analysis needs to be done,” Kudva said.

DOTmed, Using MR to understand rare fecal-eating behavior linked to dementia by John W. Mitchell — One of medicine’s more bizarre behavioral conditions, coprophagia — or fecal eating — is seldom discussed, much less studied. However, according to Dr. Keith Josephs, a behavioral neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, one of every 10,000 dementia patients may be eating their own stool. “I was shocked when I first heard about the behavior,” Josephs told HCB News. “But I think it’s important for people to realize that if they do see a loved one doing this, it is not unheard of and it doesn’t mean they must be withdrawn from a nursing or assisted living facility (for psychiatric care). There is a medication that is beneficial.”

WXOW-TV LaCrosse, Health benefits of reading by Brittany Lake — Reading regularly can benefit your health. According to doctors at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse it can lower stress and help you sleep better. "People are hooked up to a screen all the time decreases melatonin settling with a book you can relax a little more sleep better," said Dr. Stephanie Graves.

WEAU-TV Eau Claire, Hospitals team up for cancer survivor event by Stephanie Olson — Three local hospitals are teaming home to host a statewide cancer survivor forum. Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital are joining together to host "Life in Balance" which is an event dedicated to cancer survivors and their families. "Anyone that has been touched by cancer of family members that have been touched by cancer we encourage network and support and a time for people to learn things and come together,” said Barb Eidah, Mayo Clinic Health System.

Jacksonville Daily Record, Leading from the heart: Scales-Taylor’s career and retirement grounded in community by Karen Brune Mathis — Madeline Scales-Taylor knows people. The St. Louis native moved to Jacksonville in 1989 and soon joined Mayo Clinic, where she chaired the department of human resources and established the community affairs initiatives. As the administrator, she was responsible for the philanthropic, civic and volunteer efforts of 5,000 Mayo employees. She was there almost 18 years.

Imperial Valley News, Mayo Clinic News Network: Antibiotic-resistant Superbug in U.S. — Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, “The issues we are encountering regarding antibiotic resistant organisms continue to worsen, in large part are due to inappropriate use of antibiotics in the hospital and in outpatient settings. There are several situations, such as viral upper respiratory infections, where we see a lot of antibiotic overuse, in some part due to the expectations from patients to be given an antibiotic. To combat the ongoing problems of antibiotic resistance, physicians have to change their prescribing habits, and patients need to change their expectations.”

Twin Cities Business, Stealth Train by Adam Platt — Forces are aligning in Minnesota to bring foreign and domestic funders together on the world’s first privately capitalized high-speed rail (HSR) corridor—a 77-mile, 200 mph train that will connect the MSP region with Rochester…Mayo has little to say, however. “Mayo Clinic long supported Olmsted County’s effort to study the feasibility of high-speed rail transportation between the Twin Cities and Rochester,” says Mayo spokesman Karl Oestreich. “We are pleased with the private investor interest and look forward to their analysis of this potential project.”

Post-Bulletin, UAE developer says project 'gives back' to Rochester by Jeff Kiger — A proposed $180 million to $200 million downtown Rochester waterfront project is about more than making a profit, says the Abu Dhabi-based developer. "There's this feeling that Mayo Clinic has been good for UAE dignitaries. We'd like to give back and contribute to the DMC (Destination Medical Center) plan," said Sameh Muhtadi, Bloom Holding's chief executive officer. "What prompted this is the close relationship of UAE with Mayo Clinic. In particular, shareholders of our company frequent Mayo Clinic on a regular basis."

MedPage Today, Exercise Appears to Improve Sleep Apnea Symptoms by Salynn Boyles — In the analysis of eight small studies with a total of 182 patients, both supervised and unsupervised exercise was associated with significant decreases in the apnea/hypopnea index (AHI) and improvements in other sleep measures, including the Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS), researcher Martina Mookadam, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, and colleagues wrote.

WXOW-TV, Mayo Clinic Health System opens a "Little Free Library" at Washburn Corner by Matt Schaefer — What is believed to be the 18th Little Free Library in the La Crosse area opened Tuesday on the corner of 10th and Ferry, otherwise known as the Washburn Corner. Little Free Libraries are all over the country, and this will be the second on Mayo's La Crosse campus. It is a place where children and adults can pick up and add books at no charge, according to Teri Wildt, Director of Community Engagement for Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Health Care. Additional coverage: LaCrosse Tribune

Cancer.net, Biopsy: 5 Things Every Patient Should Know by Asisa Nassar, M.D. — There is a member of your health care team who plays a vital role in your diagnosis and cancer care who you may never meet face to face: the pathologist. This is the doctor who analyzes the sample of tissue removed during a biopsy to make the correct diagnosis. Here are 5 things this pathologist wants every patient to know about biopsy… Aziza Nassar, MD, FCAP, is Professor of Pathology and Director of Cytopathology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.

CNBC, ImpediMed Signs Five Year, Multi-Location Clinical Trial Agreement with Mayo Clinic — ImpediMed Limited (ASX: IPD) announced today that it has entered into a five year master clinical trial agreement with Mayo Clinic to explore additional indications for its fluid status and body composition monitoring technology. Under the agreement with Mayo Clinic, clinical trials will be conducted at multiple U.S. locations and will explore future indications for the BIS technology, potentially including cardiology, nephrology, wellness and fitness.

Univadis (registration required), Mayo Clinic to take social media presence into account for academic advancement — For some clinicians, having a presence on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook may be more important than they think. In a statement released in May, the Mayo Clinic announced that it will be taking social media presence and online activities into account as part of the criteria for academic advancement.

Oprah.com, 6 Surprising Migraine Triggers by Emma Haak — Stress is a classic migraine trigger, but the so are the days immediately following a high-pressure situation. There's even a term for it: "letdown headache." Experts see it all the time in students who've just finished finals and accountants who work around the clock until April 16, only to be hit by a migraine, says David Dodick, MD, a neurologist and migraine specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and president of the American Headache Society.

Ottawa Sun, U.S. expert endorses national strategy for Canada to deal with rising tide of Alzheimer's disease by Don Butler — Canada would benefit from a national strategy to tackle the rising tide of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, says an American expert who chairs a committee that advises the U.S. government on the issue. “This problem is not going to go away,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic who will testify Thursday as part of a Senate committee’s ongoing study of the issue of dementia. “It’s perhaps one of the leading issues on the health care dockets of virtually all countries.” Additional coverage: The Province

New Hampshire Voice, Study finds leaks in brains of patients with early Alzheimer’s disease by Emma Tiller — A study published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggests that the plaques — made of a protein called amyloid beta — may actually have a role after all, possibly in fighting off infection, and that Alzheimer’s may be an unwelcome result of this legitimate purpose. “It’s intriguing, it’s exciting, and it opens new opportunities for intervening in the disease, but at the same time it’s very preliminary and speculative,” says Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota. “I wouldn’t go too far in saying that this is the answer or breakthrough.”

Stevens Point Journal, Point family seeks action on eating disorders by Sari Lesk — "Why do we care about dieting and weight loss?" said Leslie Sim, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where the O'Donnell family found effective treatment for Patricia. Sim is a clinical psychologist who works with children and adolescents and specializes in eating disorders. "We should focus on making people more healthy and forget about weight loss." Sim said resources and treatment often are hard to find because too few doctors are trained to treat eating disorders, which can be hard to understand. A big risk factor for developing an eating disorder is anxiety.

KEYC-TV Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System Express Care Clinic Opens Inside Mankato Hy-Vee by Shawn Loging — Mayo Clinic Health System and Hilltop Hy–Vee are partnering to provide easier access to medical care. The Mayo Clinic Health System Express Care Clinic is the first of its kind walk–in Clinic in the Mankato area, located just past the pharmacy in Hilltop Hy–Vee. Mayo Clinic Health System Southwest Regional Dir. Urgent and Express Care Ruth Bolton, M.D. said, "The community's been asking for it for some time; because what we want to do is make it convenient, number one. Everybody wants to get in and out and wants to get top grade care, quickly but done well."

MedCity News, How Biotech Is Revolutionizing Personalized Medicine by Kevin Xu — Some companies are also making it more feasible for others to explore and incorporate biotech into the creation of personalized medical care. For example, GE Ventures and Mayo Clinic have launched a joint venture — Vitruvian Networks, Inc. — to facilitate cloud-based access to cell and gene therapies. Pooling resources from both companies, Vitruvian Networks, Inc., is designed to accelerate the development of personalized medical therapies across the globe.

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic Health System receives gift — Naeve Health Care Foundation announced its 2015-16 gift to Mayo Clinic Health System: $219,000 toward the Cancer Center remodel project, the Emergency Department remodel project and for the Palliative Care program. “We are grateful for the high quality medical care in Albert Lea and want to support keeping this good care for the community with our gifts to help their greatest needs,” Naeve Health Care Foundation Director Mary Anne Wolesky said.

Chippewa Herald, Mayo Clinic awards $200,000 to northwest Wisconsin nonprofits — Mayo Clinic Health System's grant program awarded $200,000 in grant money in an effort to improve the health of communities in the region. “While improving the health of the populations we serve is core to our work at Mayo Clinic Health System, we are also keenly aware that we cannot do it alone,” said Randall Linton, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “The Hometown Health Grant Program represents Mayo Clinic Health System’s investment in community partners as we work together to enrich the well-being of all who live in northwest Wisconsin.”

Medscape, First major contract in Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative signed with Mayo Clinic by Marcia Frellick — The first major contract in the President's Precision Medicine Initiative, for $142 million over 5 years, will go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, announced Kathy Hudson, PhD, deputy director for science, outreach, and policy at the National Institutes of Health. The Mayo Clinic will use the award to build what Dr Hudson described as the world's largest research biobank, with a capacity for 33 million specimens, and make data and samples available for widely shared science. Additional coverage: Health IT Analytics

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