April 21, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Chicago Tribune
Are heartburn medicines linked to a serious gut infection?
by Seem Yasmin

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., analyzed data from 16 older studies which included 7,703 patients with C. difficile. Of these, about 1 in 5 patients suffereChicago Tribune Logod recurrent infection. They found that the rate of recurrent C. difficile infection was 22.1 percent among people taking medicines to suppress gastric acid. The rate of recurrent C. difficile infection was 17.3 percent in people not taking those medicines.

Reach:  The Chicago Tribune has daily circulation of more than 382,000 and its website has more than 23.9 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic have found patients who use gastric suppression medications are at a higher risk for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C-diff) infection. C-diff is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. The study is published in JAMA Internal Medicine. "In our study, we found that use of gastric acid suppression medications are associated with a statistically significant increased risk of development of recurrent C-diff in patients with a prior episode of C-diff," says Sahil Khanna, M.B.B.S., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic and senior author of the study. More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Joe Dangor


Twin Cities Business
MRI Pioneer, Mayo Clinic Researcher Richard Ehman Honored as Elite U.S. Inventor
by Don Jacobson

Mayo Clinic radiologist, researcher and entrepreneur Richard Ehman, M.D., recognized this month as one of U.S. academia’s top inventors, says that of all his accomplishments as a pioneer Twin Cities Business Magazine Logoin the development of magnetic resonance imaging technology, what matters most to him is how patients have benefited from his creations. “When I started out in medicine as a doctor, I never really saw myself as being an ‘inventor,’” Ehman told TCB after his selection as one of 175 National Academy of Inventors fellows for 2016, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors whose work has been judged to have “made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.”

Reach: Twin Cities Business is a monthly business magazine with a circulation of more than 30,000 and more than 74,000 readers. The magazine also posts daily business news on its website.

Context: Richard Ehman, M.D. is best known for his groundbreaking work in medical imaging, specifically in nuclear magnetic resonance and its use in diagnosing a variety of conditions. He is also credited with developing magnetic resonance elastography, which allows physicians to determine the stiffness of internal organs without invasive procedures. His research program is focused on developing new imaging technologies.  Dr. Ehman holds more than 40 patents, and many of these inventions are widely used in medical care. His research has been supported by competitive grants from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and the National Institute of Aging. Dr. Ehman is a prolific author, with over 600 published articles, books, book chapters, abstracts and commentaries. More information about Dr. Ehman's research can be found on the Advanced Medical Imaging Lab site.

Contacts: Duska Anastasijevic, Bob Nellis


One particular type of exercise can make your body younger, suggests science
by Francesca Rice

While everyone knows that exercise is beneficial for our health, little has been known about how it affects our cells, and how those effects can change according to our age and the type of workout we're doing – until now... Researchers at Mayo Clinic conducted an experiment on over 70 men and women with sedentary lifestyles. Some were under the age of 30, while the
MSN Health & Fitness Logo other half of volunteers were aged 64 or older. Study leader Dr. Sreekumaran Nair now believes that the cellular health of muscles that is associated with ageing can be 'corrected' by exercise. And, since the older people's cells responded most positively to intense bursts of exercise, he says the results have shown that it really is never too late to benefit from working out!

Reach:  MSN has more than 10 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Additional coverage: Men’s FitnessPrevention

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Context: Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but what type of training helps most, especially when you’re older - say over 65? A Mayo Clinic study says it’s high-intensity aerobic exercise, which can reverse some cellular aspects of aging. The findings appear in Cell MetabolismMayo researchers compared high-intensity interval training, resistance training and combined training. All training types improved lean body mass and insulin sensitivity, but only high-intensity and combined training improved aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function for skeletal muscle. Decline in mitochondrial content and function are common in older adults. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact:  Bob Nellis


Men’s Health
The 4 Worst Things to Eat Before Bed
by Marham Heid

While experts say eating before bed doesn’t play a major role in weight-gain, that pre-slumber snack could disturb your sleep. “I tell people not to eat anything 3 hours before bedtime if they can avoid it, espMens Health Logoecially a big meal,” says Joseph Murray, M.D., a gastroenterologist with Mayo Clinic. Murray says it takes about 3 hours for a normal person’s stomach to break down food and pass the partially digested results to the lower intestine. Climb into bed before your stomach has done its thing, and sleep can interrupt that process.

Reach:  Men's Health reaches more than 13.5 million readers each month.

Context: Joseph Murray, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist. Dr. Murray's research interests focus in two distinct areas. The first is celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and enteropathy. This research program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on clinical epidemiology of celiac disease, the role of genetics in predicting disease, the development of animal models for the disease and its associated dermatologic condition, and dermatitis herpetiformis. Research focus number two revolves around esophageal disorders, particularly esophageal functional disorders, particularly reflux, and the detection of atypical reflux.

Contact: Joe Dangor

Reuters, Opioid use common even after minor surgery by Lisa Rapaport — The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove how certain types of surgery or a history of certain habits or medical conditions might cause chronic opioid use…Even so, the findings add to evidence suggesting that prolonged opioid use after surgery might not be due to pain from operations, the authors conclude. “Smoking and substance misuse have been previously associated with use of greater dosages of opioids and opioid misuse due, in part, to shared neurobiological mechanisms,” said Dr. Michael Hooten of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. “In this particular study, the findings suggest that patients with pain prior to surgery were possibly treating other non-surgical sources of pain during the postoperative period using (drugs) initially prescribed for postoperative pain,” Hooten, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. Additional coverage:  Fox News, Huffington Post

Bloomberg, How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money by Rebecca Greenfield — Healthier employees spend half as much on health care, a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found. Looking at 10,000 employees at a health system in Florida, researchers found that those who were in “ideal” cardiovascular health, using the American Hearth Association's Life’s Simple 7 measurement, spent $4,000 a year less on health care costs than those in “poor” heart health.

Men’s Health, Shock Therapy Is Making a Comeback by Korin Miller — Electroconvulsive therapy, a mental health procedure that is thought to shock patients into wellness, is making a comeback in the UK. (If you're concerned about your mental health, here are the 7 signs that you may be suffering from depression.) The Mayo Clinic reports that ECT often works when other treatments are unsuccessful—but it may not work for everyone. According to Mental Health America, ECT is administered to an estimated 100,000 people a year.

BuzzFeed, 23 Things You Should Know About Pubic Hair by Shannon Rosenberg — BuzzFeed Health spoke with three experts — Dr. Filamer Kabigting, assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Rachel Miest, a Minnesota-based dermatologist with the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Evan Rieder, assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center — to learn more about pubic hair and best practices for grooming, whether you like your pubes au naturel, nonexistent, or somewhere in between. Here are all the interesting things they had to say… "Pubic hair acts like a defensive barrier between you and the things you come into contact with," Rieder says. "It also protects against friction, preventing abrasions and injury of the surrounding skin."

HealthCareBusiness, New Arizona research may aid proton therapy precision by Thomas Dworetzky — The collaboration between Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic that gave the state its first proton therapy facility is starting to pay research dividends. ASU postdoc physics researcher Jason Holmes is designing devices that will help improve beam accuracy and make therapy safer. Holmes is working on devices that will more accurately identify where the location of protons in the patient's body and also the number that reach their target. The Mayo Clinic's Martin Bues, head proton physicist for its radiation oncology department, stressed the utility of the postdoc's work.

HealthCareBusiness, Owlstone Medical and Mayo Clinic Collaborate to Develop Pre-Endoscopic Test to Improve Effectiveness of Colonoscopy — Owlstone Medical, a diagnostics company developing a breathalyzer for disease, today announced it has entered into collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the leading US non-profit medical practice, education, and medical research group. The company’s FAIMS technology is being used in a clinical trial to evaluate its performance as a rapid, point-of-care test to non-invasively assess the adequacy of bowel preparation prior to colonoscopy. Additional coverage: Becker’s ASC Review

PsychCentral, Moms in Medicine Can Benefit from Support Groups at Work by Traci Pedersen — Now a new study shows that these caregiving women can significantly reduce their feelings of burnout by participating in support groups at work, according to a new study at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Mayo Clinic. “Women medical professionals who are mothers often face the dual role of being the primary caregiver both for their patients and their children,” said Dr. Cynthia Stonnington, associate professor and chair of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Arizona. “This puts them at higher risk for burnout than their male counterparts. Our study investigated how this supportive program might help mitigate stresses and promote their day-to-day health and well-being.”

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic's CEO for northwest Wisconsin retiring at the end of April by Anuja Vaidya — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System's Randall Linton, MD, president and CEO of its northwest Wisconsin region is around two weeks away from retiring. Here are five things to know…

Truckinginfo, Carriers and Drivers Express Concern with Medical Examiner Registry — ATRI released the results of analysis it conducted with the Mayo Clinic looking into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners… "The data shows a polarity in the quality of medical examiners," said Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, chair of Mayo Clinic's division of preventive, occupational, and aerospace medicine. "Those examiners who are performing only minimal examinations may have received substandard training or are not taking their role seriously.” Additional coverage: FleetOwner, Commercial Carrier Journal, Go by Truck News

MedPage Today, Different Risks for Amyloid, Neurodegeneration by Kristin Jenkins — Different factors appear to protect against amyloid deposition and neurodegeneration, the two hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease, according to an analysis from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Aside from the known risk factors of older age, female gender, and APOE status, only midlife dyslipidemia was associated with amyloid deposition -- while midlife obesity, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac and metabolic conditions were tied to neurodegeneration, according to Prashanthi Vemuri, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic to develop training, command center for Epic EHR upgrade by Jessica Kim Cohen — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic filed a permit last week to renovate a nearby building into a training and command center for its EHR migration, according to the Minnesota Post-Bulletin. The 165,000-square-foot building is part of Mayo Clinic's effort to create a single EHR and revenue cycle management system. The consolidated EHR and RCM system will replace the three separate EHRs — run by Cerner and GE — that Mayo Clinic currently uses.

Next Avenue, Low-Gluten Diets May Be Linked to Type 2 Diabetes by Marguerite Darlington — We all want to be our best selves, and sometimes the pathway to self-improvement is a change in diet. But how do you choose? There’s the Mediterranean diet, the Atkins diet, Paleo (which is technically a lifestyle) and more. But new research presented at a 2017 American Heart Association meeting casts doubt on the health benefits of one popular diet: gluten-free. “Gluten-free diets have become popular because they have been promoted as a way to lose weight,” said Angela Murad, a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

Live Science, Monty Python Star Describes His Illness: What Is Frontotemporal Dementia? by Sara G. Miller — Extreme changes in behavior and personality are also common signs and symptoms of the disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. These changes can include increasingly inappropriate actions, loss of empathy, and lack of judgement and inhibition, the Mayo Clinic says. The cause of frontotemporal dementia in an individual is usually unknown, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although the disease has been linked to several genetic mutations that can be inherited, more than half of the people who develop the disease have no other family members with the condition, the Mayo Clinic says.

PM360, Safe to avoid sentinel node biopsy in some breast cancer patients by Roxanne Nelson —The Choosing Wisely campaign was initiated to reduce excess cost and expenditures in health care. The Society of Surgical Oncology recently released five Choosing Wisely guidelines that included specific tests or procedures commonly ordered but not always necessary in surgical oncology, explained study author Jessemae Welsh, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. One of the recommendations was to avoid routine sentinel node biopsy in clinically node-negative women over age 70 years with hormone receptor–positive invasive breast cancer. “Their rationale is that hormone therapy is the standard of care in these women and sentinel node surgery has shown no impact on local regional recurrence or breast cancer mortality,” said Dr. Welsh. “Therefore it would be safe to treat this population without any axillary node staging.”

News4Jax, Mayo Clinic News Network: Is walking enough for weight loss? — You might be able to lose weight by only walking, depending on the duration and intensity of your walking and what your diet's like. But eating fewer calories through dietary changes seems to promote weight loss more effectively than does physical activity. That's not to say physical activity, such as walking, isn't important for weight control -- it is. If you add 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you could burn about 150 more calories a day. (To lose a pound a week, you generally need to eliminate 500 calories a day.) Of course, the more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you'll burn.

State Press, ASU physics department collaborates with the Mayo Clinic to improve proton beam therapy by Corey Hawk — ASU’s collaboration with the Mayo Clinic is working to create a positive impact on cancer treatment, according to a physics researcher at the university. Jason Holmes, a postdoc physics researcher at ASU, said he is designing three proton beam therapy-related devices that should help the process become more accurate and therefore safer for the patient…The Mayo Clinic’s proton beam delivers the subatomic particles in spans of 5 milliseconds, so they want responses just as fast, he said. "The whole idea started because Mayo Clinic decided to build a proton therapy clinic in Phoenix, and there are only a few in the country,” Alarcon said.

Atlantic Broadband, Undescended testicle: Repair or wait? — Dear Mayo Clinic: My 6-month-old son was born with an undescended testicle. His pediatrician said we should consider having it surgically repaired in the next few months, but I have read that treatment isn't always necessary. Would it be reasonable to wait until he's a bit older to see if it changes on its own? What are the risks of waiting?...A: In many cases, an undescended testicle moves into the proper position on its own within the first few months after birth. If it hasn't done so by the time a baby is 4 to 6 months old, though, it's unlikely that the problem will correct itself. Leaving the condition untreated eventually may lead to problems such as infertility and could raise the risk for testicular cancer. Fortunately, surgery to move an undescended testicle to the right location is a simple procedure, and recovery is usually minimal.

KRCU Missouri, Mood’s Effect on Health by Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs — Have you ever struggled through a stressful week where tight deadlines made you grouchy, disagreements with family produced anxiety, and the number of bills in the mailbox made you blue? Then, Saturday finally arrives...and so does a big canker sore on the inside of your cheek. Could these events be connected? Certainly, the Mayo Clinic states that emotional stress can be one of the causes of these mouth ulcers. Stress is also listed as a contributing factor to cold sores and acne. But can your mood cause health problems that are more serious?

PT in Motion, Researchers Report Another Success in Using Electrical Stimulation to Restore Voluntary Movement in a Patient With Paralysis — Researchers from the Mayo Clinic announced that they have successfully replicated an earlier study that used spinal cord electrical stimulation to help an individual intentionally move his paralyzed legs. The latest success, reported in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, was achieved in less than 2 weeks after beginning the stimulation program, and included 22 weeks of extensive physical therapy beforehand. Authors of the study include Meegan Van Straaten, PT, and Megan Gill, DPT.

Romper, Do Babies Get Car Sick? It's Not All That Uncommon, Actually by Olivia Youngs — No parent wants their child to get sick every time they're in the car, but understanding if, how, and why it might happen to your child can help you prevent, and hopefully treat, it in the future. According to the Mayo Clinic, motion sickness can technically happen at any age, although it's most common in kids aged 2 to 12. They noted that car sickness occurs when the brain receives conflicting information from the inner ear, eyes, and nerves, causing internal confusion, in a sense.

Star Tribune, Eden Prairie company hopes to improve heart screens for teens by Joe Carlson — The United States is dotted with charities named for teen athletes who died on the field of play from undiagnosed heart problems. Despite a surge in free or low-cost cardiac testing from such groups, the incidence of sudden cardiac death among teen athletes hasn’t budged in decades. Now a Minnesota company, inspired by the 2014 death of an Eagan hockey player, is teaming up with a retired Mayo Clinic cardiologist to implement what it calls a new test to accurately rule out the 10 most common heart problems for a fraction of the typical $4,000-plus cost of a comprehensive cardiac screening.

Star Tribune, Minnesota has seen 75 percent rise in H-1B visa requests since 2012 by Jim Spencer — Mayo Clinic got 947 H-1B visas from 2014-2016, according to myvisajobs.com. The medical center ranked 150th in the country in H-1B visas obtained, the website said. A Mayo spokeswoman said medical center officials had not seen President Donald Trump’s new executive order that attempts to push highly skilled, highly paid U.S. jobs to Americans by scrutinizing the number of foreign specialists let into the country to work. But she added, “We greatly value the talents and contributions of the small number of staff with H1-B visas. They are proportionally [a] very small, but valuable part of our workforce.”

MinnPost, Minnesota’s researchers have been dealing with dwindling federal funding for years. Now Trump wants to make that problem a lot worse by Greta Kaul — The flatlining of federal research funding has affected more than individual researchers, said Bob Nellis, the manager of Mayo Clinic research communications. Federal research funding levels have a big impact on Minnesota’s institutions, which in turn, affect Minnesota’s economy. Last year, Minnesota researchers were awarded $520 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, to institutions that blanket much of the state, making it, among states, the 10th largest recipient of award dollars that year per capita…Nellis said federal funding — mostly from the NIH — made up about 41 percent of Mayo’s $710 million medical research budget last year, and the clinic is keeping an eye on the federal budgeting process, and urging members of Congress to support “robust” research funding.

KROC Rochester, Watch Mayo Clinic’s Most Viewed YouTube Video by Dunken — If you haven’t subscribed to the Mayo Clinic’s YouTube Channel, you should. The Nation’s top hospital has over 50,000 YouTube subscribers and is always posting amazing videos showcasing their amazing advancements in medicine and technology. With more than 1.6 Million views, “Mayo Clinic patient’s first impressions with bionic eye” is the most popular video on the hospital’s YouTube channel. The video shows Allen Zderad, who had been blind for 10 years, seeing for the first time with the help of a new bionic eye.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo plans 'training and command center' by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic plans to turn one of Rochester's 41st Street Professional Campus buildings into "a training and command center" for the $1.5 billion upgrade of electronic medical records. Permits were filed this week to revamp the empty 3055 41st Street NW building into the "Plummer Training Center." While the Plummer Center is not an official title, the nickname does reflect Dr. Henry Plummer's pioneering work creating a central medical record system for Mayo Clinic. "The West building will be used for a training and command center for our electronic medical record migration over the next 1 1/2 years," wrote Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Rhoda Fukushima Madson in response to questions about the project.

Post-Bulletin, Biotech firms to move from downtown to IBM campus by Jeff Kiger — "Right now we are planning for the space. We want to plan correctly for now and future," said Mayo Clinic researcher Dr. Kah-Whye Peng, who is a founder of both Imanis and Vyriad. "We hope moving there will be the start of a science park there." Both Imanis and Vyriad need "wet labs." Peng says they hoped to look at space in Destination Medical Center's Discovery Square research buildings, but construction has not yet begun on the first one.

Post-Bulletin, Research funding concerns Hormel, Mayo by Brett Boese — Franken visited the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, where he heard similar concerns from metro leaders seeking to protect ongoing studies involving Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and addiction, among other things. He's not scheduled to meet with leaders at the Mayo Clinic, but Rochester officials confirmed to the Post Bulletin that similar sentiments have been shared with influential politicians. Records show Mayo Clinic received nearly 2,000 NIH grants totaling more than $1 billion to support its massive medical research team between 2011-15; 2016 numbers were not immediately available. "We are committed to working closely with them and others in Congress to advocate for robust funding for research," Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Kelly Reller said via email. "This is not only in the best interest of discovery science, but also our patients and our community."

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic honors two with lifetime achievement awards by Brett Boese — Two longtime Mayo Clinic employees recently were honored with lifetime achievement awards. After being nominated by their peers, Dennis Manning and Randall Linton were presented with the Mayo Clinic Diamond Quality Fellow Lifetime Achievement Award at the clinic's annual quality conference. The award highlight's employees' "long-standing commitment to quality improvement."

Post-Bulletin, A drug cautionary tale even a child can understand by Matthew Stolle — "Valerie Valentine Visits Vincent Vampire" is a children's book that deals with a deadly serious subject: The danger of children overdosing on drugs. With more than two decades of classroom experience, Kaye Case, the book's author, said her children's book was written to remind children of the importance of reading warning labels. Both as a classroom teacher in Rochester schools and at the children's psych department at Mayo Clinic's Generose Building, Case often saw how our society's reliance on pills and medication could have a detrimental impact on children.

Post-Bulletin, CHIP transforms Kasson man's body, mind by Brett Boese —The Midwest has been slow to adopt CHIP, but it appears to be catching on. Retired Mayo Clinic physician Thomas Harmon, who now works at Rochester Clinic, is a recent convert after it helped him drop 60 pounds and improve his underlying health numbers. Liu and Dr. Harmon recently welcomed three current Mayo employees in for a CHIP training session, which led to an internal pilot program being tested at Mayo's Kasson facility.

Post-Bulletin, What's DMC's best transportation option? by Randy Petersen — If the goal of Destination Medical Center's transportation strategy was to get Mayo Clinic and other downtown employees to work, R.T. Rybak said the answer would be simple. The former Minneapolis mayor and current DMC Corp. board member said the singular goal could be achieved by building parking ramps on the edge of the city and using shuttle buses to move employees. That plan, however, would empty downtown quickly at the end of the day, he said, noting employees would rush to fill buses. "You almost want them to have personal transportation," he said, noting people would stay downtown longer, making the city more vibrant.

Albert Lea Tribune, Bone Health Clinic addresses helping women build strong bones — Four area women have made it their mission to prevent the suffering caused by the brittle bone disease known as osteoporosis. Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner Lori Fitton, physician assistant Brie-Anne Tubbs, physician assistant Brittni Lair and physician assistant Kaitlin Gerber have taken it upon themselves to team up and strengthen women through the institution of the specialty Bone Health Clinic. Though the clinic does treat men; it is more likely for women to develop osteoporosis. “This is a really unique situation,” Tubbs said. “We started a Bone Health Clinic, which is a collaboration in orthopedics and endocrinology, which prevents the mortality and the morbidity associated with osteoporosis. That includes (the prevention of) pain but also future costs to the patients.”

Austin Daily Herald, The art of eating well on a road trip by Jason Schoonover — As we made the driving plans, it dawned on me that I already had all this work done on the food front. Now, I can’t take any credit because I sought out some area health experts — dietitian Courtney Kremer, Mower County Public Health nurse Jane Knutson and Mayo Clinic Health System dietitian Emily Schmidt, and Grace Heimsness, who traveled with Trek Travel last summer — for tips on eating while busy and on the go. They offered up tips and suggestions for good foods to work into the plan.

WNCN News, Campbell: Getting a second opinion could save your life by Dr. Kevin Campbell — A new study from the Mayo clinic suggests that getting a second opinion about a medical diagnosis can actually prevent unnecessary treatments. The second opinion could actually save your life and new data suggests that 1 out of 5 patients who get a second opinion were incorrectly diagnosed.

Albuequerque Journal, Mayo Clinic News Network: Become and organ donor and be a lifesaver for up to eight people — “Organ donation is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaving gift to multiple people,” says Dr. Burcin Taner, chair of the Department of Transplantation at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. “Thanks to the availability of donated organs, along with regular blood donations that replenish the blood supply so critical to the transplant process, many people will live who might not otherwise have hope.”

TV6 FOX Michigan, Art has the ability to help heal by Mark Cowman — Lindsey Stears is a community relations specialist with OSF Hospitals and told me about the purchase. "OSF is committed to both the spiritual, physical and emotional care of our patients and the artwork here really encompasses that…"You go to the Mayo Clinic and you'll see beautiful original artwork, you'll hear people on the baby grand and you'll hear a harpist so it's that mind and body connection to spirit." says Warstler. "We could also say that good art is good medicine."

NIU Today, Medical lab sciences program is a good discovery for students — For Reilly Steidle, a senior from Naperville, Ill., the path to MLS began after trying to discover the cause of her own illness. Weakened by a mysterious illness, Steidle considering leaving NIU. Then she got word the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., would take her case. After many weeks of testing, she learned her diagnosis: Lyme disease. The care she received turned her thoughts to a science career. “My academic advisor told me about MLS, and said ‘if you are thinking about a science, this has a lot of utility,’” Steidle said. “I wanted to improve the process of getting a diagnosis. Because Mayo had done that for me, it was my dream to work at an institution like that.”

KWLM - Willmar, Ten Questions with Dr. Peter Grahn by Todd Bergeth — Pete now spends his days doing research on how to help others who have found themselves in similar position as himself, injured and looking for answers. Someday he may be at the heart of an exciting project that may provide those answers. Watch this interview with Dr. Kendall Lee and Dr. Peter Grahn.

KEYC Mankato, Health Officials: MMR Vaccine Critical To Prevent Spread Of Measles by Shawn Login — Symptoms of measles include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes followed by a rash. It's highly contagious and spreads easily, even by being in the same room with someone who has measles. Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Infectious Disease Physician Assistant Jessica Sheehy said, "They found that it's just a highly virulent organism that can be transmitted very easily unlike other organisms that can take several hours of close contact to be transmitted."

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic recognized for sustainability efforts by Troy Neumann — A local health provider is being recognized for its sustainability efforts. Mayo Clinic Health System received the Partner for Change Award for improvements made to eliminate mercury, reduce waste, and improve recycling. Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to reducing the impact on the environment, chose Mayo as one of this year's recipients for the award. Mayo's sustainability coordinator says the award is thanks to the hard work of Mayo employees "It's very, very comprehensive and we were happy that there were multiple areas that we are really driving change and making good, sustainable choices,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Shireman.

Healthcare Design, Groundbreaking Set At Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland In Barron by Kara Gebhart Uhl — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held May 1 for construction of new inpatient hospital rooms in the Medical/Surgical Department at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron, Wisc. Each year, Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron cares for more than 500 hospitalized patients. The $4.9 million, 8,778-square-foot project will include 10 new rooms and feature expanded and environmentally friendly features. A 5,600-square-foot shell space also will be constructed for future replacement of the hospital’s Family Birth Center.

KEYC Mankato, Health Officials: MMR Vaccine Critical To Prevent Spread Of Measles by Shawn Loging — Measles information with clips of Jessica Sheehy, P.A.-C., at link.

KEYC Mankato, Area Mayo Clinic Health System Employees Build Baskets To Support Hospice Care by Shawn Loging — Ahead of the 24th annual Hospice Family Fundraiser, about 40 baskets made for auction are on display at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato. This is the second year different departments and clinics put together the baskets, which raise money to support hospice and palliative care programs… Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Kim Rotchadl said, "Those extra little pieces of TLC that we can provide, not just the medical, but the social, the emotional and the psychological benefits people derive from these extra services."

Arizona State University, ASU faculty chosen for prestigious Mayo Clinic summer residency — Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care has chosen eight Alliance Fellows to be part of the inaugural Faculty in Residence program. The six-week program is designed to facilitate long-term collaborations between faculty members and research teams at Mayo Clinic and ASU. This includes fellows involved in science, engineering, biomedical informatics, economics, information systems and biomechanics. Fellows will spend time working as part of a Mayo Clinic team at Mayo Clinic sites in Rochester, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; or Arizona..

Analtica, Investigadores de Mayo Clinic demuestran valía de segundas opiniones — Muchos pacientes llegan a Mayo Clinic para obtener una segunda opinión o confirmar un diagnóstico, antes del tratamiento de una afección compleja. En un nuevo estudio, Mayo Clinic informa que hasta 88 por ciento de los pacientes regresa a su casa con un diagnóstico nuevo o más refinado, lo cual cambia el plan de atención médica y potencialmente su vida, mientras que en solo 12 por ciento se confirma el diagnóstico original como completo y correcto.

Univision, Mujer da un regalo de vida a su esposo a través de una donación cruzada — Este hombre necesitaba un trasplante de riñón y su mujer le otorgó un regalo de vida mediante una donación cruzada.

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