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June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Southeast Minnesota partnership strives to reduce the impact of chronic disease on Minnesotans

By Naomi Ogaldez

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and the George Family Foundation are leading supporters of the newly formed Southeast Minnesota Partnership for Community-Based Health Promotion. A key aim of this partnership is to extend the care that occurs in Southeast Minnesota health systems into the communities. The partnership will focus first on incorporating clinical referrals of effective, community-based programs into routine primary care treatment strategies. The new program is called Living Well with Chronic Conditions (formally known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program).

“The goal of this partnership is to fundamentally change the way individuals and communities in Southeast Minnesota experience life with chronic health conditions,” says Aaron Leppin, M.D., a research associate in Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. are the result of chronic disease. In Southeast Minnesota, Community Health Needs Assessments consistently identify chronic disease management as an area of priority.

This project, which will impact 11 counties in Southeast Minnesota, aims to develop a sustainable infrastructure that can connect people to any number of effective, community-based resources, such as programs to prevent diabetes, promote physical activity and reduce fall risks.

“These programs are being offered in the community, but the right people are not aware of them or their value,” says Lori Christiansen, coordinator of evidence-based programs at the Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging.

The Living Well with Chronic Conditions program aims to increase participants’ confidence and skills for self-management. The program focuses on equipping individuals with life skills, such as problem-solving, decision-making and the creation of weekly action plans. Topics such as exercise, nutrition and managing stress also are discussed. Program workshops are offered across the region and take place in community settings, such as clinics, churches and community centers.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions was first brought to Minnesota by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health. County health departments promote the program.

The Southeast Minnesota project is supported by the Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation, with research support funded by the Mayo Center for Clinical and Translational Science Office of Community Engagement in Research. Mayo Clinic researchers will lead a community-partnered effort to study the implementation and effectiveness of the Southeast Minnesota Partnership’s activities.

Patients, community partners, public health professionals, payers and health providers are invited to attend the Southeast Minnesota Partnership for Community-Based Health Promotion Regional Stakeholders Meeting. Attendees will be able to meet and collaborate to improve health outcomes for people living with chronic conditions in Southeast Minnesota. The meeting will take place on Monday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kahler Apache Event Center, 1517 16th St. SW, Rochester, Minnesota. RSVP by Monday, July 6, to Lori Chistiansen, Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging, at or 507-288-6944.


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Media Contacts: Colette Gallagher and Naomi Ogaldez, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005 , 


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June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: During pregnancy, stick to the basics to ensure good nutrition for baby

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m newly pregnant and overwhelmed with food advice from my friends. Is it true that I shouldn’t eat any deli meat during my pregnancy? What about caffeine? Can it harm the baby? Are there other foods I should avoid while pregnant?pregnant woman eating healthy vegetables

ANSWER: The list of foods people think you should and shouldn’t eat while you’re pregnant can quickly become long and confusing. Although there are some specific do’s and don’ts, stick to the basics. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that’s low in fat and does not include alcohol is a solid way to ensure good nutrition for you and your baby.

For most people, pregnant women included, healthy eating involves plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain foods and lean protein, as well as some healthy fats such as those found in fish, nuts, seeds and plant-based oils. Nutrients important for women during pregnancy include calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, folate to reduce the risk of birth defects, iron to prevent anemia and protein to help your baby grow. Getting enough fiber and fluids also is important to avoid constipation and to keep you hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Margaret Dow, fetal alcohol syndrome, Healthy Eating, listeria infection, Mayo Clinic Q A, Pregnancy

June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays June 30: What’s the Diagnosis?

By April Josselyn

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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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June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST June 27

By Dana Sparks

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LISTEN: MayoClinicRadio 06-27-15 PODCAST

On this week's program, scientist Dr. Richard Vile describes how a teenage girl with brain cancer changed the focus of his research.  And, Dr. Robert Jenkins, a pathologist and specialist in laboratory genetics, explains new research that may lead to more effective treatments for gliomas ... a type of brain cancer that's particularly hard to treat. Also on the program, orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Sperling talks about rotator cuff injury ... what it is and how it's repaired. And, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that about 240 people go to the emergency room each day during the weeks around the Fourth of July with fireworks-related injuries. Surgeon and trauma specialist Dr. Donald Jenkins discusses the hazards of using fireworks at home.

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June 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 6/29/2015

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  • Chocolate lovers, take heart. A recent study shows a higher intake of chocolate — either dark or milk chocolate — may be associated with lower cardiovascular disease and mortality. Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Stephen Kopecky says chocolate contains polyphenols which are some of nature's antioxidants and have been associated with numerous health benefits.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:00] Click here for the script.

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Tags: chocolate, Cholesterol, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, Heart Health, Mayo Clinic News Network Headline, Vivien Williams

June 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Transplant Programs Rank Among Best in U.S. for Survival Rates

By Lynn Closway

heart transplant surgery with Dr. Daly
PHOENIX — Mayo Clinic, as a three-site organization, remains the largest provider of solid organ transplants in the U.S. and continues to be identified as having patient and graft survival outcomes that rank among the best in the nation.

According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), a national database of transplant statistics, Mayo Clinic’s transplant programs in Arizona, Florida and Rochester, Minn., score statistically better than expected in terms of patient and graft survivals at the reported time points of one month, one year and three years. Graft survival means that the transplanted organ is still functioning.

The lung transplant program at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus was one of two lung transplant programs in the U.S. with statistically better-than-expected outcomes for one-year patient and graft survival. Florida’s liver transplant program, with  three-year patient and graft survival rates that also are statistically better than expected, is one of only four programs meeting this criteria at that time point.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lynn Closway, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, / 507-284-5005.

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June 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Keep Your Summer Safe and Injury Free + SAVING LIVES WITH GUS: Fireworks Safety

By Dana Sparks

U.S. American flag, July 4th, sparklers, fireworks
With the 4th of July holiday week coming up, experts at Mayo Clinic are offering up some injury prevention tips on some of the most common reasons that send people to the emergency department this time of year.

  • Consume alcohol in moderation. Imbibing too much alcohol can lead to questionable decision-making, slowed reflexes and false confidence – traits that are dangerous in nearly any outdoor activity during the summer months.
  • Never assume a campfire or bonfire is completely out. On more than one occasion, fire-happy campers have been known to dump gasoline or other extremely flammable liquids on fires that look like they are out or smoldering and ended up with third-degree burns. Children and adults make trips to the emergency room every summer after stepping into fire pits they thought were cool.
  • Always wear a helmet when biking, motorcycling, horseback riding or on an ATV. This is like wearing a seat belt in a car – an absolute must. Riders of all kinds can sustain serious injuries in an accident, but survival chances grow exponentially when a helmet is worn.
  • Be extra alert when operating a boat or personal watercraft.  Watch out for other boaters, water-skiers and swimmers. Every year, patients are brought to the emergency department after getting tangled up in a boat propeller. And always wear a life jacket.
  • Avoid fireworks. Even sparklers – thought to be relatively safe – can lead to blindness and serious burns. Other larger fireworks can leave users without fingers and even limbs. Hearing loss is common among fireworks users as well. Children must be closely supervised at all times around any kind of fireworks.

Journalists: The 'Saving Lives With Gus' video and sound bites with Dr. Jenkins are available in the downloads.

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Tags: Dr. Donald Jenkins, Emergency Medicine, fireworks safety, Saving Lives with Gus, summer injuries

June 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic study suggests which glioblastoma patients may benefit from drug treatment

By Kevin Punsky

Brain Cancer medical illustrationJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Clinicians testing the drug dasatinib, approved for several blood cancers, had hoped it would slow the aggressive growth of the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma; however, clinical trials to date have not found any benefit. Researchers at Mayo Clinic, who conducted one of those clinical trials, believe they know why dasatinib failed — and what to do about it.

In the online issue of Molecular Oncology, investigators report finding that dasatinib inhibits proteins that promote cancer growth as expected but also suppresses proteins that protect against cancer.

The findings suggest that pretesting patient glioblastoma biopsies will help identify who may respond well to dasatinib and who should avoid using the drug, says the study’s senior author, Panos Z. Anastasiadis, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Cancer Biology at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: brain cancer, Dr Jann Sarkaria, Dr Panos Z Anastasiadis, Florida, Florida News Release, glioblastoma, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Medical Research, News Release, Regenerative Medicine

June 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

Housecall Bannercows in a corral, bovine, antibiotic resistanceTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Antibiotic resistance: Understanding the connection to antibiotic use in animals raised for food
How can treating a sick cow cause you to get an infection? See how antibiotics given to food-producing animals may affect you.

Top 5 lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol
Taking a brisk daily walk. Eating more soluble fiber. These are just a few changes that may help improve your cholesterol numbers. What else can you do?

Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
Not getting enough shut-eye can affect your immune system. This can make you more likely to get sick and take longer to recover.

Vitamin B-12 injections for weight loss: Do they work?
A shot that helps you shed pounds sounds appealing, but there's no solid evidence that vitamin B-12 injections work.

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Tags: Addiction, antibiotic resistance, cataract surgery, Cholesterol, gourmet salt, Healthy Recipes, insomnia, intervention, Monday's Housecall, nutrition-wise blog, scleroderma, trans fats, vitamin B-12

June 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Healthy Eating, Even When You’re in a Hurry

By Micah Dorfner

Most Americans have experienced the rush of daily living with demands from work, school or family obligations. Eating healthy can sometimes take a backseat to more pressing matters.

"Although it may seem nearly impossible to make healthy choices when you’re so busy," says  , Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian and nutritionist, "there are tips and tricks that will make mealtime easier and save you time in the long run. It all starts in the pantry."

Keep the pantry stocked with healthy foodsfood pantry filled with cans and bags of food

To save yourself time, always have the essentials stocked in your pantry and refrigerator to decrease “emergency” grocery store trips. Always keep fruits and veggies available in any form, such as fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. When the fresh food is gone, canned or frozen options can help fill the gaps. Also, canned and frozen options are sometimes more convenient as they are already washed and cut. Think convenience — in some instances you may want to consider purchasing pre-cut fresh veggies or fruit to save time.

Fjeldberg says consider having these foods available in the house for healthy meals or snacks: Read the rest of this entry »

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June 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Treatments for vaginal atrophy can prevent complications

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been in menopause for about a year and have not had many problems other than what my doctor diagnosed as vaginal atrophy. Do over-the-counter products usually help relieve the symptoms, or will I need hormone therapy?medical illustration, estrogen ring

ANSWER: What you are experiencing is common. By some estimates, loss of lubrication and elasticity in the vaginal area (vaginal atrophy) affects at least half of women in midlife and beyond. Systemic hormone therapy — taken as an oral pill or a skin patch — isn’t the only treatment for menopausal vaginal atrophy. Other treatments are specific for vaginal atrophy. In fact, if you experience only vaginal symptoms related to menopause, without hot flashes and night sweats, these other therapies are probably better choices.

Vaginal atrophy is caused by a decrease in estrogen production. As you approach menopause, your body’s production of estrogen — the main female hormone — ebbs and flows and eventually decreases permanently. Less estrogen can make your vaginal tissues thinner, drier, less elastic and more fragile. Estrogen reduction and vaginal atrophy may also occur as the result of certain medical treatments, such as the removal of both ovaries, pelvic radiation, chemotherapy or hormonal treatment for breast cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ How to overcome envy?

By Dana Sparks

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How to overcome envy?

"I have a narrow definition of me and mine. Anything or anyone outside is the other. The rewards that me and mine get, however undeserving, is an occasion to celebrate. The rewards the other get, particularly those others who I consider my competitors, is an occasion for envy." - Dr. Amit Sood

Amit Sood, M.D. is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic

Click here to read previous blog posts. Follow Dr. Sood on Twitter @AmitSoodMD

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June 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

#FutureofHealthCare: Studying Surgical Outcomes to Improve Patient Care

By Dana Sparks

This article and others appear on The Future of Health Care

Medical staff in operating room performing surgery"For nearly 100 years, Mayo Clinic has been dedicated to evaluating surgical outcomes in order to improve patient care and reduce risks associated from surgery. Dr. Charles H. Mayo said in 1930, “A surgical procedure should be planned so that the patient, with the least possible risk and loss of time, will receive the greatest benefit possible.”  This focus on improvement and better care continues today with the Surgical Care Improvement Project, which aims to evaluate the care of surgical patients at Mayo Clinic and determine the percentage who receive timely and effective care."

Continue reading this article: Studying surgical outcomes to improve patient care

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June 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 6/26/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  • Morning cereal is undergoing a major change. General Mills announced it is removing artificial additives and colors from all of its cereals. Mayo Clinic nutrition expert Dr. Donald Hensrud says removing these ingredients is a step in the right direction.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:05] Click here for the script.

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June 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Spine Stimulation: “Think of it as a pacemaker for the spine.”

By Joel Streed

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. It can destroy your quality of life and make even the simplest of tasks unbearable. Experts at Mayo Clinic are helping to change that. They're using an implantable device that stimulates the spine, reducing pain for some people. Reporter Vivien Williams takes us into the operating room to learn more about this method of pain relief.  [TRT 2:27]

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 

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Tags: Chronic Pain, Dr David Mauck, HL, Mayo Clinic News Network, Pkg, spine stimulation for pain