Dec 8, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 8, 2017

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
      NBC News, Is this the shoe that will help rewrite marathon history? by David Cox — Dr. Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic researcher who predicted that a sub-two hour marathon might be physiologically possible back in 1991, notes that Kipchoge had help from a team of 30 [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 8, 2017
Dec 8, 2017

MCHS launches $65 million surgical suite expansion

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KEYC Mankato by Samantha Hoot A $65 million surgical suite expansion and modernization project is underway at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato. On Wednesday, MCHS officials unveiled project renderings that are part of its renovation. "This project will enhance our patients experience and will allow them to experience a broader [...]
MCHS launches $65 million surgical suite expansion
Dec 7, 2017

Real America with Jorge Ramos: Dr. Q's American Dream

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Fusion TV Jorge Ramos scrubs in for surgery with Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, or Dr. Q, a world-renowned neurosurgeon, as he tries to remove a brain tumor from a patient who will be awake the entire time. More Dr. Q on Real America with Jorge Ramos: Fusion TV Meet Dr. Q [...]
Real America with Jorge Ramos: Dr. Q's American Dream
Dec 7, 2017

Send a gift to a sex trafficking victim

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Post-Bulletin by Anne Halliwell This holiday season, Minnesotans can add a victim of sex trafficking to their gift list. Mayo Clinic partnered with The Link, a nonprofit that fights poverty and crime, including sex trafficking and exploitation, to create the Rise Up gift registry for victims of sex trafficking. The [...]
Send a gift to a sex trafficking victim
Dec 7, 2017

New lung restoration center coming to Mayo Clinic's Duval County campus

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
ActionNewsJax By early 2019, a lung restoration facility will be added to the Mayo Clinic’s Duval County campus. "It's going to be regenerating lungs that would otherwise be thrown in the trash," professor of medicine Charles Bruce said.  Bruce called the facility a first of its kind in the state.  [...]
New lung restoration center coming to Mayo Clinic's Duval County campus
Dec 1, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 1, 2017

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
      CNN, How marriage might be linked to lower dementia risk by Jacqueline Howard — The researchers found no evidence that dementia risk in divorced people differed from those who were married, and they could not examine whether the duration of being widowed or divorced had any influence [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 1, 2017
Dec 1, 2017

Intense pain. Debilitating weakness. What was driving a young man to the brink of death?

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
STAT by Allison Bond …McEwen took his advice and booked an appointment at Mayo with neurologist Dr. Sarah Berini. When she saw him in clinic, her first impression was how debilitated McEwen had become. He was incredibly thin and very weak, unable to move his arms at all. “He was [...]
Intense pain. Debilitating weakness. What was driving a young man to the brink of death?
Dec 1, 2017

Mayo’s Thomas Brott honored by the American Heart Association for his research

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Florida Times-Union by Charlie Patton Neurologist Thomas Brott, a professor of neurosciences on Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Research Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition rewards distinguished lifetime scientific achievement in the field of cardiovascular research. Brott’s wide-reaching research [...]
Mayo’s Thomas Brott honored by the American Heart Association for his research
Nov 30, 2017

Dying to lose weight: Lucrative ties between border surgeries and U.S. middlemen

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
AZCentral.com by Ken Altucker Arizona bariatric surgeons say it's not uncommon for them to treat patients following botched surgeries in Mexico. Patients might think they are getting operations at bargain rates, only to experience harmful complications. "Unfortunately, we do see this, not only Lap-Band patients but sleeve gastrectomy as well," [...]
Dying to lose weight: Lucrative ties between border surgeries and U.S. middlemen
Nov 30, 2017

Doctor’s long journey from Mexican poverty to trying to ‘cure the world’

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Florida Times-Union by Charlie Patton When Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa was approached last year about coming to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville as the William J. and Charles H. Mayo professor and chairman of the department of neurologic surgery, he was thinking about his legacy. Dr. Q, as he is known to [...]
Doctor’s long journey from Mexican poverty to trying to ‘cure the world’
Nov 30, 2017

What's the best way to prevent holiday weight gain?

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Star Tribune by Bruno Povejsi Amanda Gilles is a performance dietitian. She helps athletes get results through nutrition at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. We asked her to share her approach and expertise with those of us who are sprinting through the holiday season. Gilles is empathetic about the pitfalls; her [...]
What's the best way to prevent holiday weight gain?
Nov 22, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 22, 2017

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
      Washington Post, A standing desk isn’t going to help you lose a lot of weight by Rachel Rettner — The findings mean that, for a person who weighs about 140 pounds, substituting sitting with standing for six hours a day would burn an extra 54 calories per [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 22, 2017
Nov 22, 2017

"Awake Brain Surgery" at Mayo Clinic in Arizona

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
ABC 15 Arizona by Danielle Lerner Patients playing the piano during brain surgery? It's called "Awake Brain Surgery," and it's growing in popularity at Mayo Clinic. The patient is asleep for most of the procedure and doesn't feel any pain. It is especially helpful when removing brain tumors where the [...]
Nov 22, 2017

Don't let shingles get you the way it got me

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
USA Today by Bruce Horovitz For most people, the first stage of shingles begins as a slightly painful rash with tiny, clear blisters around the chest or belly. This is when early detection and quick action — seeing a doctor and getting on antiviral drugs and oral corticosteroids — may [...]
Don't let shingles get you the way it got me
Nov 22, 2017

The Gift of Life: Doctors see more organ donations from opioid overdoses

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
First Coast News by Heather Crawford As opioids claim more lives, doctors say they are seeing an uptick in lifesaving organ transplants. Opioid addiction is a growing health epidemic. Last year, opioid deaths increased 55 percent to 64,000 deaths in the U.S. "You know in the past, people were sometimes [...]
The Gift of Life: Doctors see more organ donations from opioid overdoses
Nov 22, 2017

Study asks neurosurgeons: How old is too old to perform brain surgery?

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Science Daily People sometimes joke that easy tasks are "not brain surgery." But what happens when it actually is brain surgery? How old is too old to be a neurosurgeon? In a new Mayo Clinic Proceedings study, most neurosurgeons disagreed with an absolute age cutoff, but half favored additional testing [...]
Study asks neurosurgeons: How old is too old to perform brain surgery?
Nov 22, 2017

Siouxland man beats the odds of pancreatic cancer

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KTIV Siouxland by Jennifer Lenzini "When you've been diagnosed with a terminal disease such as pancreatic cancer, it's like being hit by a train," said Karl Schenk, Pancreatic Cancer Survivor. "You don't hear things, because the horn is so loud, you don't see things because the light is so bright, [...]
Siouxland man beats the odds of pancreatic cancer
Nov 17, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 17, 2017

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
      USA Today, Once paralyzed, Chris Norton vows to walk his fiancee down the aisle by Daniel P. Finney — Chris Norton's long lifetime walk began in earnest on Oct. 16, 2010 — seven years ago Monday. He lay face down on the Luther College football field; his neck [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 17, 2017
Nov 17, 2017

Mayo Trustee board re-elects chairman

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Post-Bulletin The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees met Nov. 10 and re-elected its leadership. The 31-member board met in Minneapolis for a quarterly meeting and elected Samuel Di Piazza to continue in the role as chairman for another four years. Di Piazza is the retired CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He joined [...]
Mayo Trustee board re-elects chairman
Nov 17, 2017

Study Suggests Women Less Likely to Get CPR From Bystander

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
New York Times Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman's chest might be one reason. Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were [...]
Study Suggests Women Less Likely to Get CPR From Bystander
Nov 17, 2017

New Mayo Clinic tool helps map brain

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
First Coast News by Juliette Dryer A new device is helping doctors at the Mayo Clinic better map the brain during surgery on patients with epilepsy uncontrolled by medication. The device, known as the QT Grid, was developed by neurologist Dr. William Tatum and neurosurgeon Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa. During certain [...]
New Mayo Clinic tool helps map brain
Nov 17, 2017

Tearful Meeting for Pair Forever Linked by Face Transplant

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Associated Press by Kyle Potter Standing in a stately Mayo Clinic library, Lilly Ross reached out and touched the face of a stranger, prodding the rosy cheeks and eyeing the hairless gap in a chin she once had known so well. "That's why he always grew it so long, so [...]
Tearful Meeting for Pair Forever Linked by Face Transplant
Nov 17, 2017

Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guideline

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
ABC News by Marilynn Marchione,  AP Chief Medical Writer Those without a high risk will be advised to improve their lifestyles — lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, limit alcohol, avoid smoking. "It's not just throwing meds at something," said one primary care doctor who praised the new approach, the [...]
Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guideline
Nov 10, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 10, 2017

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily Blahnik   Today.com 7 things your doctor wants you to know about Alzheimer's by Aliyah Frumin It’s time to see a doctor when you forget the big things, said Dr. Ronald Petersen, a neurologist and Alzheimer’s expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "When people start to forget important information, things they formerly wouldn’t have forgotten, like the kids are coming over, or a doctor’s appointment, or having tee time with your buddies every Tuesday," Petersen elaborated. "When the pattern of forgetfulness changes in the individual regarding important information, it doesn’t mean you have Alzheimer’s, but it means, let’s take a look at this.” Reach: The TODAY Show reaches an average daily audience of 4.25 million viewers each week. Today.com, the website for NBC's TODAY show receives more than 23.9 million unique visitors each month. Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services. Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist   Washington Post Tom Brady says an anti-inflammation diet is good for him. Would it work for you? by Emily Sohn …Many questions remain about whether benefits come solely from omega-3s or from interactions among nutrients in certain foods. The same kinds of complexities surround other foods and food components that often get linked with inflammation, including turmeric, cherry juice, resveratrol and gluten. “We might find one study that says something, but can you find another to back it up? Not usually,” says Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “I don’t mean to imply it’s bad science. It’s science that doesn’t necessarily have the rigor behind it to say this is an absolute conclusion.” Brady’s restrictive advice could even backfire for some people. Strict diets tend to fail, Zaretsky says. And some of the foods he avoids are full of vitamins and antioxidants. Reach: The Washington Post averages a daily circulation of 313,000. Its website has more than 43.9 million unique visitors each month. Context:  Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. is a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian and nutritionist. Contact:  Duska Anastasijevic   HuffPost Emerging From Mastectomy With A Healthy Body Image Intact …After having the abnormal cells surgically removed, Margaret took medication to suppress her estrogen production in hopes of decreasing her breast cancer risk. But in 2016, her fears were realized. A mammogram showed she had suspicious calcifications in her right breast. Further testing revealed Margaret had breast cancer. …Margaret made an appointment with the Breast Diagnostic Clinic at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. There she met with general surgeon Amy Degnim, M.D., and plastic surgeon Valerie Lemaine, M.D., in January 2017. “Both are outstanding in their field. The level of caring was unlike the other medical centers I’d been in,” Margaret says. “I liked that both Dr. Lemaine and Dr. Degnim treated me as a partner in my treatment. They didn’t tell me what to do. They told me what my options were.” Reach: The HuffPost attracts more than 22.9 million unique monthly visitors each month. Context:  Valerie Lemaine, M.D., M.P.H. is a Mayo Clinic plastic surgeon. Her clinical research evaluates how to reduce preventable complications following breast reconstructive surgery. Amy Degnim, M.D. is with Mayo Clinic's Breast Diagnostic Clinic and is a general surgeon. Dr. Degnim's research focuses on improving the ability to predict breast cancer risk for individual women by studying breast tissue for very early signs of premalignant change. Contacts:  Joe Dangor, Sharon Theimer   Post-Bulletin Mayo hires new chief financial officer By Brett Boese Mayo Clinic announced Thursday it has hired Dennis Dahlen as its new chief financial officer. He will replace Kedrick Adkins Jr., who is retiring after almost four years in that role at Mayo and a 40-year career in health care. Dahlen spent the last 11 years as Banner Health's senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Banner Health is located in Phoenix, Ariz. Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a daily readership of more than 32,000 people and more than 442,000 unique visitors to its website each month. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and Southeast Minnesota. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, KTTC, HealthExec, Becker’s Hospital Review, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Context: After an extensive national search, Dennis Dahlen has been named chief financial officer, Mayo Clinic. Dahlen comes to Mayo Clinic from Banner Health, an integrated health care delivery system in Phoenix, where he served 11 years as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. He previously served as Banner’s system vice president of finance. “I’m thrilled to join Mayo Clinic, an organization with a 150-year legacy of providing expert care to each patient,” Dahlen says. “As the health care industry faces enormous challenges, I’m confident that Mayo’s capacity for discovery and innovation will provide an excellent platform for success.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network. Contact:  Susan Barber Lindquist   Fox Business Doctors spending more time on paperwork than with patients? Mayo Clinic in Florida CEO Dr. Gianrico Farrugia on what is needed to improve health care in America.   Reach: Fox Business Network is headquartered in News Corporation's studios in midtown Manhattan with bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles,San Francisco (Silicon Valley), Washington, D.C. and London. Context: Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida. Contact: Traci Klein [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 10, 2017
Nov 3, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily Blahnik   CNN Emergency declaration is key to curbing opioid epidemic, experts say by Wayne Drash President Donald Trump's declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency Thursday is a key step in curbing the problem, as it helps redirect funds and ease state laws for those fighting on the front lines, according to public health experts and medical professionals. … "In practical terms, I believe this declaration of public health emergency will unify the country and our leadership in a nonpartisan way around finding solutions to this growing problem in the US," said Dr. Halena Gazelka, an anesthesiologist who chairs the Mayo Clinic's Opioid Stewardship Program. "As state, federal and private funds are directed at curbing the primary issues (of) supply and demand, hopefully we'll see a rapid decrease in the overdose deaths and related health issues." Reach: CNN.com has 29.7 million unique visitors to its website each month. Additional coverage: WGNO ABC Context: Halena Gazelka, MD. is a Mayo Clinic antheisoligist. Contacts:  Kelley Luckstein, Duska Anastasijevic   NBC News Can Science Solve Football’s Concussion Crisis? by Ryan Basen Football is facing a major crisis — and not because some NFL players keep taking a knee during the National Anthem. It’s because a growing body of research shows that on-the-field collisions put players at risk for brain injury and a devastating neurological disorder known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). One recent report found CTE in 110 of 111 former NFL players studied. … "There's not going to be one magic rule change, one magic helmet design, one magic dietary supplement that’s going to make concussions go away," says Dr. Michael Stuart, co-director of sports medicine for the Mayo Clinic. But, he says, "There is hope. I really do think there have been tremendous strides." Reach: NBC MACH is a a technology, science and innovation news vertical from NBC which covers robotics, the technology industry, artificial intelligence, space, and how technology will impact life and culture in the future. Context:  Michael Stuart, M.D. is co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson   Post-Bulletin Noseworthy: When Mayo thrives, patients and communities do as well by John Noseworthy For more than 150 years, the city of Rochester has attracted presidents and kings, farmers and teachers from all 50 states and more than 140 countries seeking hope and healing at Mayo Clinic. There is no other world-class medical center that has had the privilege of being located in a mid-sized city over the course of three centuries. While growing a destination medical center in southeastern Minnesota presents challenges, Rochester is a remarkable place because of our enduring collaborations. We at Mayo Clinic are not alone in our mission of healing. The people of Rochester and neighboring communities are our indispensable partners, welcoming and caring for visitors at the most vulnerable times in their lives…. Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a daily readership of more than 32,000 people and more than 442,000 unique visitors to its website each month. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and Southeast Minnesota. Context: John Noseworthy, M.D., is president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. A strong Mayo Clinic depends on a strong community. And in Rochester, a strong community depends on a vital Mayo Clinic. That was the message John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, shared with local business leaders at a community luncheon on Oct. 25. Dr. Noseworthy shared highlights from Mayo's 2016 Societal and Economic Health Report, which revealed that Mayo contributed $28 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015 and created 167,000 jobs nationwide through business expenditures and activity. "You may be interested in results closer to home," Dr. Noseworthy said. "Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System are responsible for 92,000 jobs in the state of Minnesota. About 40,000 of those are our own employees." An additional 37,800 jobs have been created within a 24-county region in southern Minnesota because of Mayo's presence, he said. "Together with state/local government and our community partners, we're securing the future of Minnesota's global health care economy," Dr. Noseworthy noted. You can read more here. Contact:  Karl Oestreich   ActionNewsJax Doctor at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville working to see if stem cells multiply faster in space by Kaitlyn Chana A local doctor is turning to space to see if stem cells will multiply faster in zero gravity so he can better treat stroke patients. Medical Director for Transfusion Medicine Dr. Abba Zubair of Mayo Clinic told us stem cells are not easy to grow because they’re designed to keep their numbers. “We are looking for ways to grow cells, and we’ve tried everything. We have to think out of the hat,” Zubair said. After more than three years of planning and preparation, and with technical assistance provided by the Center for Applied Space Technology, Zubair was able to take his theory to space. “We think gravity might play a role. It impacts how we look, our shape and height,” Zubair said. Reach: WAWS-TV/30 is the Fox affiliate. WTEV-TV/47 is the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. Context: Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D.'s research seeks to identify and characterize normal and cancer stem cells using immuno-phenotyping, molecular and cell culture techniques. You can read more about his research here and here. Contact:  Kevin Punsky [...]
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