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New York Times
Who Really Needs to Be Gluten-Free?
by Jane E. Brody
Approximately one person in 140 is known to have celiac disease, which can remain silent for decades and become apparent at any age. The true incidence may be a lot higher. In a Denver study that followed children born from 1993 through 2004 into their teen years, 3.1 percent turned out to have celiac disease. “That’s an unbelievable number of Americans who may be affected,” said Dr. Joseph A. Murray of the Mayo Clinic, an international expert on the disease… “There’s a simple blood test for celiac, but it must be done before you change your diet,” Dr. Murray said in an interview. Aside from intestinal damage, failing to detect asymptomatic celiac at an early age can result in poor bone development and suppressed growth, Dr. Murray said. This can create “a high risk for fractures both before and after a diagnosis of celiac, which might not happen until age 40 or 50,” he explained.
Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of nearly 649,000 and a Sunday circulation of 1.18 million.
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.
Contacts: Joe Dangor, Traci Klein
Guest column: Research drives economic growth of Florida’s diverse economy
Working side-by-side, Mayo physicians and scientists seek to take these discoveries and accelerate life-changing therapies, surgical procedures and technologies. Clinical trials allow for new discoveries to be directly used for patient care. Patients at Mayo Clinic often are among the first to benefit from new therapies or innovative techniques through clinical trials. Because of research, over 1.3 million people came to Mayo Clinic for care in 2016, seeking medical answers they hadn’t found elsewhere. On Florida’s campus, patients have come from all 50 states and more than 140 countries for treatment since the clinic opened in 1986…— Gianrico Farrugia is a physician and CEO of Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. Tushar Patel is a physician scientist and Dean for Research at the campus.
Reach: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.
BioFlorida, Mayo Clinic building wellness in diverse ways
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Context: Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida. Tushar Patel, M.B., Ch.B., is a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and is dean of research at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus.
Contact: Kevin Punsky
At Mayo, pitcher finds relief in lifelong battle with colitis
by Jeremy Olson
Jake Diekman has struggled since he was 10 with ulcerative colitis and the abdominal pains, diarrhea and emergency bathroom trips that it can cause. But the Texas Rangers relief pitcher said he taught himself to block out those symptoms whenever he took the mound…Diekman had been on a long train of medications, including the steroid prednisone, which he said made him feel better and lousy all at the same time. But Dr. Robert Cima, Diekman’s surgeon at Mayo, said they were no longer effective. Drugs either don’t work or become ineffective in 25 to 40 percent of cases, he noted. “Jake was not able to maintain his quality of life. He was not able to maintain the physical activity level he needs,” Cima said. “And given his profession, that was a big issue.”
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: 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
Contacts: Sharon Theimer, Kelley Luckstein
Mayo offering fast-track breast cancer treatment
by Adrienne Broaddus
Early-stage breast cancer patients now have a fast-track treatment option at Mayo Clinic. Select, low-risk patients are completing their surgery and radiation in less than 10 days. "It’s a great option for women who are really, really busy and would like to complete all their therapy within a (short) time frame and get on with the rest of their life," says Dr. Tina Hieken, a Mayo Clinic surgeon who helped develop the program. "Yet, we're still able to deliver the maximum cancer therapy benefit (with) the optimal treatment to just the right area."
Reach: KARE-TV is the NBC affiliate serving the Minneapolis-Saint Paul market.
Context: Early-stage breast cancer patients now have a fast-track treatment option at Mayo Clinic. Select, low-risk patients are completing their surgery and radiation in less than 10 days. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Dennis Douda
Joseph Sirven: Two Sides Of Hope
My patient’s mom drops a 500-page collection of internet pages that she had printed in front of me. It’s meticulously researched and indexed about her daughter’s rare epilepsy condition. “Dr. Sirven, this is light reading for your lunches this week and maybe dinners too,” she said. “I hope your wife doesn’t mind.” I quietly thumbed through the bound tome feigning a smile. “Don’t worry, I know you can’t read it today,” the patient’s mother continued. “But I think you need to go through this in order for you to cure my daughter’s condition.” “Of course,” I said with a sigh. “I’ll go through this.” At a lunch break, I started going through the material consisting of interesting yet overwhelmingly positive articles on unproven therapies bordering on quackery. This clinical scenario is increasingly common.
Reach: KJZZ-FM is a commercial station owned by Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, AZ. The format of the station is news and jazz. KJZZ-FM's target audience is news and jazz music listeners, ages 18 to 64, in the Tempe, AZ area.
Context: Joseph Sirven, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
Mayo medical school part of $52.5 million initiative
by Brett Boese
The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine has been selected to take part in a new national collaborative aimed at transforming medical education. The $52.5 million initiative called the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education (Kern Institute) was announced Thursday with seven of the nation's top medical schools collaborating to "transform medical education across the continuum from premedical school to physician practice," Mayo said in a release.
Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a daily circulation of more than 32,000 and serves the Minnesota cities of Rochester, Austin and surrounding communities. Its website has more than 440,000 unique visitors each month.
Context: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine has been chosen to be part of the newly formed Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education (Kern Institute), a national initiative to transform medical education across the continuum from premedical school to physician practice. “We must redefine medical education and advance innovative medical education models if we are to meet the needs of patients and society in the 21st century,” says Fredric Meyer, M.D., Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. The Kern Institute and the National Transformation Network demonstrate the transformative impact that strategic philanthropy, dedicated leadership and aligned infrastructure can make in advancing innovation in medical education.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Matthew Brenden