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October 8th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

#ThrowbackThursday: Innovation In Hospital Care

By danasparks Dana Sparks

circle nurses unit in hospital 1957

This article first appeared Oct. 5, 1957 in the publication Mayovox.

Some time next month the Rochester Methodist Hospital expects to have ready for occupancy its new 12-bed constant observation unit, the “circle hospital” which has been built to the rear of the main building and connects to the hospital proper on second floor.

More than three years of study and planning preceded construction of the unit. The period of trial during which there will be intensive study of efficiency of operation, staffing patterns and methods of patient care may take another three hospital image 1957

Grants from the Ford and Hill Foundations have provided funds for construction of the unit. There is the possibility of other grants to finance a study of its operation.

Hospital administrator Harold C. Mickey looks on the project as “a unique opportunity to test a new approach to patient care that might affect hospital construction before we proceed with a building program.”

The months of preliminary study included a survey of patients in all hospitals serving Clinic patients, and several detailed studies of the care of the seriously ill patient. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Circle Hospital, Hospital Care, Hospital Innovation, Throwback Thursday

October 8th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic iPad App to Help Breast Cancer Patients

By danasparks Dana Sparks

Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” can create a flood of emotions and questions. What will happen to me? Will I need chemo? Should I have surgery? So Mayo Clinic is testing an iPad app that collects information to help patients with their specific diagnosis. Content that’s tailored for each individual patient. More in this report from Vivien Williams.  [TRT 2:04]

Journalists: The video package is available in the downloads. The video package script, including intro and anchor tags, is available here.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, HL, patient iPad, Pkg, #Newsapp

October 8th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio

By jenohara Jen O

thyroid disease word cloud
The thyroid gland works as one of the body's control centers ... helping to regulate heart rate and metabolism. When your thyroid gland isn't working properly, it can cause a number of problems ... including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, endocrinologist Dr. Marius Stan discusses thyroid disorders and how they're treated. Also on the program, gastroenterologist Dr. Jean Fox explains the causes of bloating. And pain management specialist Dr. Jason Eldrige offers suggestions for treating chronic pain, a condition that affects more than 25 million Americans.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Women are far more likely than men to have thyroid problems.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeartRadio.

Click here to listen to the program at 9:05 a.m. CT Saturday, October 10, and follow #MayoClinicRadio.

To find and listen to archived shows, click here.

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.


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Tags: bloating gas, Chronic Pain, Dr Jason Eldrige, Dr Jean Fox, Dr Marius Stan, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Mayo Clinic Radio, pain management, Thyroid

October 8th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Thursday Consumer Health Tips

By jenohara Jen O

woman seated eating junk food, binge eating
Weight loss: Gain control of emotional eating

Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy

Need motivation to exercise? Try a diary

Caregiver depression: Prevention counts

Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet


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Tags: caffeine and depression, caregiver depression, emotional eating, exercise diary, herbal supplements, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, Weight Loss

October 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Breaking the Social Stigma of Mental Illness

By micahd7 Micah Dorfner

young man sad, depressed holding his head in his hands
By Filza Hussain, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System behavioral health provider.

As a psychiatrist who also is a self-confessed film buff, I get very excited to watch films with psychological themes. Whether it’s a film based on a Nobel-prize-winning schizophrenic mathematical genius in “A Beautiful Mind" or the fictional story “The Sixth Sense,” about a boy who sees dead people, I'm enthralled.

I find that popular media plays a big role in informing the general masses and shaping opinions. So, imagine my frustration as I watch films where orderlies dressed in white from head to toe subdue a patient in a straitjacket or scenes where doctors use shock treatments as punishment. Some of these movies are old classics, and certainly portray the sentiment and stigma surrounding mental illness at the time. Yet, the stigma still exists, and this can be quite debilitating for patients as they struggle to find balance between wanting help and not being judged. Personally, I find the stigma and misconceptions popularized by the media to be a hurdle I jump over almost daily to create a treatment plan for my patients.

So let’s try and bust a few myths:

  • Lithium. Contrary to what some songs may lead you to believe, lithium is a very useful medication when monitored carefully, used for the right reasons and taken as prescribed. I wish all the patients who have been helped by lithium would get together and write a song about its benefits.

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Tags: Behavioral Health, Dr Filza Hussain, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mental Illness, #Newsapp

October 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Focusing on the Biology of the Brain

By jstreed Joel Streed

Journalists: Broadcast quality sound bites with Dr. Lee and Kevin Bennet are available in the downloads. To read a transcript of their quotes, click here. MEDIA CONTACT:
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The Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory is hosting a symposium on the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative October 9-10, 2015, at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn. "What we’re going to be able to do is showcase all the work that is being done in a variety of laboratories across the nation focused on the biology of the brain," says Kevin Bennet, chair of the Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering.

Dr. Walter Koroshetz, the newly announced director of the National Institutes of Health's/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will be the keynote speaker. The BRAIN Initiative is a major federal research funding initiative announced by the White House in April 2013 as a partnership between government agencies, corporations, research groups and private philanthropic foundations.medical illustration of the brain with cerebral cortex and brain stem

“The BRAIN Initiative is to develop novel technologies to probe the function and the structure of the brain," says Kendall Lee, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon and director of the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory. "Through these types of technologies here at Mayo Clinic, we are [using] implantable devices to treat a whole variety of disorders. For example, in deep brain stimulation, we are now able to implant electrodes that are able to help our patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia. And, now we’re moving into even treating psychiatric disorders, like Tourette’s and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as depression."

Learn more: Mayo Clinic to host the BRAIN Initiative symposium


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Tags: BRAIN Initiative, Dr Kendall Lee, Dr Walter Koroshetz, HL, Kevin Bennet, Neural Engineering, #Newsapp

October 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute: Asthma, Sleep Apnea

By balzerdeb Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • We tell you about another reason not to smoke around children — especially children with asthma. And, we look at a possible link between sleep apnea and depression.

Click here for more on the asthma study and here for more on the sleep apnea study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:01] Click here for the script.

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Tags: asthma, depression, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Minute, Pediatrics, secondhand smoke, sleep apnea, Vivien Williams, #Newsapp

October 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic to host the BRAIN Initiative symposium

By duska Duska Anastasijevic

computer monitor of brain image of patient with epilepsy

Rochester, Minn. — Mayo Clinic will host the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) symposium Oct. 9-10, 2015. The symposium aims to further the collaborative approach to initiate and accelerate discovery in brain science. Government, industry and academic leaders and researchers from across the globe will convene in Rochester to further their work in neuroscience research and therapies. Walter Koroshetz, M.D., the director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will be the keynote speaker.BRAIN Symposium Logo

“By bringing together stakeholders from across the range of groups involved in the BRAIN Initiative, we hope to highlight the dual promises of the BRAIN Initiative: to drive public/private collaboration toward developing revolutionary tools to aid the basic understanding of the brain and to quickly translate these discoveries into therapies,” says Kendall Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, who leads the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory, a team of more than 30 neurosurgeons, neurobiologists, engineers, imaging scientists and support staff. This team and the collaborators from the University of Texas in El Paso and Hanyang University in Korea won the BRAIN Initiative award to develop deep brain stimulation technology to detect the release of neurotransmitters in the living brain and modulate brain activity.

MEDIA CONTACT: Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: BRAIN Symposium, Dr Kendall Lee, Kevin Bennet, Minnesota news release, neuroscience research, News Release

October 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In the Loop: Saving a Life While Barely Breaking Stride

By danasparks Dana Sparks

group of runners in a race

This article first appeared In the Loop September 29, 2015

For the first 12 miles, Rochester's inaugural Med City Fall Half Marathon was very much business as usual for running mates, and Mayo Clinic nurses, Megan Kluczny, Matt Goens, Lorelei Hanson and Ann Nepstad. But then, as The Med City Beat tells it, the four members of Team R.E.D., a running group out of nearby Byron, Minnesota, came upon a fellow racer in sudden cardiac arrest. It stopped them in their collective tracks.

At that point, Goens — who was training for an upcoming full marathon and who had just finished a 12-hour night shift at Mayo Clinic before putting on his running shoes — says instincts and training kicked in and the nurses ran to the man and immediately began performing CPR. "We didn't think twice about what to do in order to respond to the situation, or in other words, 'assign tasks,'" he says. "It all came together as the situation unfolded and as we performed CPR."

That coming together, The Med City Beat reports, included staying with the man and continuing to perform chest compressions until paramedics arrived, at which point the fallen runner was "transported to the hospital," where he was later "listed in stable condition." For Goens, that outcome couldn't have been better, or more rewarding. "I never expected to run across a situation like this, but I'm glad that I was there along with Megan, Lorelei and Ann to help save a life," he says. "It means a lot to me when a life is saved in a hospital, but when it happens outdoors where no medical equipment is available right away, that's extraordinary."

And in case you're wondering, The Med City Beat reports that after helping the man, Goens, Kluczny, Hanson and Nepstad went on to finish the 13.1-mile race, which to us is also quite extraordinary.

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Tags: In The Loop, marathon, nurses, runners

October 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo receives federal grant to develop smart devices to predict, stop seizures

By duska Duska Anastasijevic

neurology researcher studying monitors with epilepsy patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers at Mayo Clinic were awarded a $6.8 million, five-year federal grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop intelligent devices to track and treat abnormal brain activity in people with epilepsy. The grant, part of a presidential initiative aimed at revolutionizing the understanding of the human brain, is called Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies or the BRAIN Initiative.

Epilepsy affects 60 million people worldwide and 3 million in the U.S. Approximately one-third of people with epilepsy will continue having seizures, despite taking daily medications. Seizures, the hallmark of epilepsy, are sudden events that strike patients without warning. The goal of the research is to develop an implantable device that can record brain activity continuously to forecast upcoming seizures and stimulate multiple brain regions in real time to prevent seizures before they ever occur.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Worrell are available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email:

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Tags: BRAIN Initiative, Dr Gregory Worrell, Epilepsy, Medical Research, Minnesota news release, National Institutes of Health, News Release

October 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays October 6: What’s the Diagnosis?

By apriljosselyn April Josselyn

Mayo Medical Labs Pathways bannner

This week's Mayo Clinic PathWays case study is LIVE
View the case and make your diagnosis.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic PathWays in this news release.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic PathWays, Mayo Medical Laboratories, pathology

October 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Radiation therapy not routinely used for ovarian cancer

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My mother was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer a few weeks ago. She had surgery and is about to begin chemotherapy, and I’ve read that sometimes chemo is more effective if it is given directly in the abdomen. Is this commonly done, and should I ask her doctor about it? medical illustration of STAGE 3 and 4 ovarian cancerAlso, why is radiation not part of her treatment plan?

ANSWER: Treatment for ovarian cancer at the stage of your mother’s diagnosis typically includes a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Radiation therapy was used for ovarian cancer in the past, but today it is uncommon because the other two treatments have been shown to be more effective for this type of cancer.

Ovarian cancer is a rare cancer. About 22,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States, compared to several hundred thousand cases of breast cancer. It begins in the ovaries — the two small organs on either side of the uterus that create eggs, or ova, and make the hormones progesterone and estrogen. Cancer that looks and behaves like ovarian cancer can also start in the fallopian tubes or the lining of the pelvis or abdomen, called the peritoneum. All three of these cancers are treated the same way — with surgery and chemotherapy — and they are all often referred to as "ovarian cancer." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: abdominal chemotherapy, Dr Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, Mayo Clinic Q A, Ovarian Cancer, Radiation Therapy, #Newsapp

October 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Expert alert: Are CT scans safe?

By ethangrove Ethan Grove

ROCHESTER, Minn. — With questions lingering about the safety of medical imaging and the radiation that is used in some of those tests, Mayo Clinic radiation safety expert Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., wrote a paper that provides clear answers that she hopes will allay patients’ fears.

Dr. McCollough wrote “Answers to Common Questions About the Use and Safety of CT Scans,”CT scan of pulmonary embolism which was published Oct. 1 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings as a Q&A in an effort to provide credible, balanced information about how much radiation a CT scan delivers and what levels are considered safe.

So, are CT scans safe? Yes, says Dr. McCollough.

Patients can get a prescribed CT scan without worrying, Dr. McCollough says. “Radiation has a bad rap. The Incredible Hulk and Spider Man were mutants created from some radiation exposure; that’s science fiction. The truth is we are all exposed to radiation every day of our lives, with no evidence that those low doses cause any long-term harm.”

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. McCullough are available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ethan Grove, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: computed tomography CT scans, CT Scan, CT Scanner, CT scans, Mayo Clinic Radiology, patient safety, radiation dose, Radiology

October 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute: Statins and Mediterranean Diet

By balzerdeb Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • Are you confused about whether or not you should take cholesterol-lowering medication? Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Stephen Kopecky breaks down the four groups of people who would benefit from taking statins. And, a new study suggests following a Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Click here to learn more about statins and here to see the Mediterranean diet study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :59] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, high cholesterol, Mayo Clinic Minute, Mediterranean Diet, statins, Vivien Williams, #Newsapp

October 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio Podcast 10/03/2015

By jenohara Jen O

Dr. Thom Rooke being interviewed on Mayo Clinic Radio
Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio podcast 10-03-15

Varicose veins and peripheral artery disease (PAD) are common blood vessel disorders. On Mayo Clinic Radio, cardiovascular disease specialist Dr. Thom Rooke explains the differences between the two — and why PAD is a sign of a serious condition. Also on the program, the Patient Revolution Project is helping patients and caregivers get more out of their time together. Project creative director Maggie Breslin and project medical director Dr. Victor Montori offer advice on becoming a proactive patient. And pediatrician and sleep disorders specialist Dr. Suresh Kotagal discusses restless legs syndrome.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Radio