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October 1st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic, University of Mississippi Medical Center Expand Relationship With Formal Collaboration Agreement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Dr. Robert Rizza, Mayo collaboration liaison; Dr. Daniel W. Jones, UMiss Chancellor;  Dr. James Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs/Dean of the Medical School at UMiss Medical Center (UMMC); Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UMMC;  Dr. Richard Summers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and UMMC collaboration liaison; Dr. Gregory Gores, Executive Dean of Research, Mayo; Mr. Scott Kaese, Operations Administrator - Research, Mayo; Mr. Steven C. Smith - Chair, Department of Research Administration, Mayo.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Sept. 30, 2014)— Drs. Charlie and Will Mayo looked approvingly over their legacy as representatives from the University of Mississippi (UMiss) and Mayo Clinic signed a formal agreement broadening and deepening their long-term relationship and opening the doors to expanded collaborations in clinical trials, other medical research and education. Shown immediately before the signing: Dr. Robert Rizza, Mayo collaboration liaison; Dr. Daniel W. Jones, UMiss Chancellor; Dr. James Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs/CEO and Dean of the Medical School at UMiss Medical Center (UMMC); Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UMMC; Dr. Richard Summers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and UMMC collaboration liaison; Dr. Gregory Gores, Executive Dean of Research, Mayo; Mr. Scott Kaese, Operations Administrator - Research, Mayo; Mr. Steven C. Smith - Chair, Department of Research Administration, Mayo.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) announced today that they have signed an agreement to broaden and deepen their collaboration in clinical trials, other medical research and education. The agreement is a formal commitment to enhance the relationship that has been steadily building for the past 20 years.

“This agreement builds on our already strong relationship with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and lays the groundwork for more discovery and application,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “We’re thrilled to work even more closely to improve care for patients.”

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Elizabeth Young, Mayo Clinic, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu
Marc Rolph, UMMC, 601-815-5133, mrolph@umc.edu

An earlier memorandum of understanding formed an institutional bond in 2010, designed to enhance and expand shared initiatives in translational research and training. A number of cooperative clinical research relationships have flourished between Mayo and UMMC since a first collaborative study was launched in 1995 in the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy (GENOA), with cohorts of non-Hispanic White Americans from Rochester, Minnesota, African-Americans from Jackson, Mississippi, and Mexican-Americans from Starr County, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: clinical trials, collaboration, CTSA, Diversity, education, Heart Disease, Kidney, Minnesota news release, News Release, Research, telemedicine, CCaTS, UMMC


October 1st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Orchestrating Care — and Robotic Surgery — for Prostate Cancer

By Dana Sparks

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoInternationally known orchestra conductor Alvaro Gomez is originally from Chile but now lives in Florida and when faced with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, he chose Mayo Clinic for his minimally invasive treatment. A collaborative team that included urologists and oncologists developed just the right treatment for Mr. Gomez, and now he's traveling the world again and sharing his love of music with future generations. [TRT 2:52]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. 

This is a special report produced for the Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary Collection of Stories. To view other stories and learn about Mayo Clinic's sesquicentennial, please click here.

 

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Tags: Alvaro Gomez, DaVinci, HL, Mayo Clinic 150, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Pkg, Prostate Cancer, Robotic Surgery


September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

CDC Confirms First Imported Case of Ebola Diagnosed in U.S.

By Dana Sparks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health Department are confirming the first Ebola Case diagnosed in the United States. According to the CDC, the person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia, did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20. Learn more about Ebola virus.

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Tags: CDC, Ebola Virus, Texas


September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program Introduces Expanded Wellness Services

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, which launched earlier this year, is expanding its wellness offerings to include a weight management plan and spa services. The Healthy Weight Plan and Rejuvenate at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program will open this fall and enhance the already popular wellness plans available for guests.

“We are excited about taking wellness to the next level,” says Donald Hensrud, M.D., the program’s medical director. “Our expanded services embrace the idea of involving the entire body and mind. No matter your age or health needs, if you’re looking to better manage stress, lose weight, get active, or eat and cook healthfully, our program offers a diverse selection of wellness options for anyone seeking whole-body wellness.”
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Healthy Weight Plan
Losing weight and making lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming. Mayo experts understand this challenge. The plan brings together the collective knowledge of weight management and behavior change experts. They have developed a two-day on-site session, along with engagement before and after the on-site program that breaks down barriers, dispels diet myths and guides guests on a weight-loss journey tailored specifically to their goals. The plan also offers ongoing support so guests stay motivated and the weight stays off for good. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: acupuncture, Dr. Brent Bauer, Dr. Donald Hensrud, massage, meditation training, Minnesota news release, News Release, Skin Care, stress, Weight Loss, Wellness


September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Expert to Lead Research Comparing Treatments for Uterine Fibroids

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today that it is part of a team of research centers chosen by Patient-Centered three young healthy looking women of diversityOutcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment strategies for women with uterine fibroids.

AHRQ has awarded the team a $3.95 million, first-year grant for the project, called Comparing Options for Management: Patient-Centered Results for Uterine Fibroids (COMPARE-UF). Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will serve as the research and data coordinating center for the teams.

“We are very excited to have funding to provide the key clinical evidence that all women and their physicians need to make informed choices about fibroid treatments,” says Elizabeth Stewart, M.D., chair of Reproductive Endocrinology at Mayo Clinic and the clinical leader of the study. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: African American Women, Dr Elizabeth Stewart, Minnesota news release, News Release, Research, Uterine Fibroids


September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the September 2014 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the September issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://www.HealthLetter.MayoClinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter September 2014 (for journalists only).

Medical staff in operating room performing surgeryAfter celebrating, survivors often face anxieties and fear

Adjusting from being a cancer patient to a cancer survivor isn't just about celebration and gratitude. The September issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers why this transition isn’t always smooth or easy. In addition to dealing with fatigue or other side effects of surgery or treatment, patients may be surprised by feelings that can include fear and uncertainty, anxiety, sadness and irritability.

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Tags: anxiety, cancer, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Minnesota news release, News Release, sleep apnea, smoking, stress, Surgery


September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Right treatment for knee bursitis depends on underlying cause

By lizatorborg

Illustration of knee bursitis with fluid-filled sacsDEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the most effective way to treat knee bursitis? I have had it for months and the pain is worsening, but I have heard that even after treatment it can come back. Is there a way to prevent it in the future?

ANSWER: Bursitis is a term used to describe a variety of disorders that involve inflammation in the knee’s soft tissues. These problems can be caused by exercise, injury, overuse or infection. In many cases, they resolve on their own with little or no treatment. But some cases of bursitis may require medical care. The right treatment usually depends on the underlying cause of bursitis.

Knee bursitis is inflammation of a bursa located near your knee joint. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction and cushions pressure points between your bones and the tendons and muscles near your joints. Each of your knees has 11 bursae. While any of these can become inflamed, knee bursitis most commonly occurs over the kneecap or on the inner side of your knee below the joint. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arthritis, bursitis, Dr Clarke, Dr Henry Clarke, Knee, Tuesday Q and A


September 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Data From Worldwide Trial of Two HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Drugs Shows That Trastuzumab Should Remain as Standard of Care

By Paul Scotti

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 29, 2014 — Analysis of more than 8,000 women who participated in the world’s largest study of two treatments for HER2-positive breast cancer reinforces other findings from the clinical trial showing that trastuzumab (Herceptin) should remain the standard of care for this cancer, says a Mayo Clinic researcher.

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Tags: ALTTO, Breast Cancer, Edith Perez, ESMO 2014 Congress, Florida News Release, HER2+ breast cancer, lapatinib, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida, News Release, trastuzumab


September 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Chronic stress puts your health at risk
Your body's stress reaction was meant to protect you. But when it's constantly on alert, your health can pay the price.

cup of steaming coffee or tea on tableCaffeine content for coffee, tea, soda and more
Are you bothered by headaches, restlessness or anxiety? Your daily caffeine fix may be the culprit. See how much caffeine is in your favorite drinks.

Fitness: Tips for staying motivated
Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or when results come too slowly. Here are 7 tips to help you stay motivated.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Alzheimer's: Can a head injury increase my risk?
Some research indicates a link between head injuries and Alzheimer's disease. Learn more.

Dry mouth treatment: Tips for controlling dry mouth
From chewing sugar-free gum to avoiding certain products, find out how to ease dry mouth.

Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Caffeine, Dry Mouth, Hepatitis C, Monday's Housecall, Rabies, stress


September 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Family history of kidney stones increases risk

By lizatorborg

Kidney stones illustrationDEAR MAYO CLINIC: My family has a history of kidney stones, and I would like to prevent them if possible. What should I do to keep from getting kidney stones? Are there foods or drinks I should avoid?

ANSWER: A family history of kidney stones does increase your risk of developing stones. But you can take a number of steps to help prevent kidney stones from forming. One of the most important is to drink plenty of fluids each day. Making certain dietary choices and staying at a healthy weight also can lower your risk.

Your kidneys filter waste and excess fluid from your blood. That waste and fluid leave your body through urine. Kidney stones form when urine contains more crystal-forming substances —such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid — than the fluid in your urine can dilute. At the same time, due to your genetics or other factors, your urine may not have substances that keep crystals from sticking together. That creates an ideal environment for kidney stones to form.

For people with family members who have had kidney stones, the risk of stones is about twice as high as people that do not have a family history. Other factors that can raise your risk include surgeries that change your digestive process, such as gastric bypass, and diseases that affect your digestion, such as inflammatory bowel disease or chronic diarrhea.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: dehydration, diabetes, Dr Amy Krambeck, Dr. Krambeck, kidney stones, Weekend Wellness


September 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

coronary artery illustration with meshOn the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 27 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll discuss coronary artery disease with Chair of the Department of Cardiology at Mayo Clinic Charanjit 'Chet' Rihal, M.D. Why is heart disease such a big problem? 

coronary artery disease illustrationHow do you tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack? How do surgeons replace a heart valve without opening your chest?  We'll find out this and more. Join us!

Myth or Fact: Someone with diabetes is at higher risk of having a heart attack than someone who has already had a heart attack.

Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

To listen to the program on Saturday, click here.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment September 27, 2014 (right click MP3) 

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Tags: Coronary Artery Disease, Dr Chet Rihal, Heart Disease, Mayo Clinic Radio


September 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Cultural Traditions Influence Caregiving With Cancer Patients

By Dana Sparks

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woman caregiver with older African-American womanCultural traditions influence caregiving with cancer patients
After a diagnosis of cancer, cultural traditions may play a key role in helping you feel cared for and loved during treatment and recovery.

Ovarian cancer
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Find out how this cancer is treated and what you can do to cope.

Coping with chemotherapy side effects
Chemotherapy often triggers side effects. Taking steps to manage them can help you feel better and stay healthier as you go through treatment.

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Tags: caregiver, Chemotherapy, Cultural Traditions, Living With Cancer Blog, Ovarian Cancer


September 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

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Pregnancy nutrition: Foods to eat and not eat during pregnancy

Spider veins: How are they removed?

Bipolar disorder

Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

What to bring to your appointment

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Tags: Bipolar Disorder, phobia, Pregnancy, Spider Veins, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


September 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running into Fall Marathon Season – Tip #8

By Micah Dorfner

running, jogging and exercising on a treadmill

Are you suffering from a running injury? Are you concerned about maintaining your cardiovascular health while you're on the mend? According to Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, there are activities to make sure your cardio progress doesn't disappear while you're recovering from an injury. (Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health

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Tags: Beau Johnson, exercise, Injury, Mayo Clinic Health System, Running Tips


September 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Jude’s Wish: Unraveling a Medical Mystery

By Dennis Douda

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoBeing a parent of a very sick child is a frightening experience. That’s particularly true when the illness is a mystery and each possibility seems more serious than the last. But, getting to the right diagnosis quickly is the first step toward recovery. Little Jude is one of about 30,000 people who develop an autoimmune blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) each year. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at Mayo Clinic's Children's Center has been helping him survive it. September, incidentally, is ITP Awareness Month. [TRT 4:18]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. To read the full script click here.

 

This is a special report produced for the Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary Collection of Stories. To view other stories and learn about Mayo Clinic's sesquicentennial, please click here.

 

 

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Tags: blood, Dr Behzad Bidadi, Hematology, HL, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, ITP, Mayo Clinic 150, Mayo Clinic 150th anniversary, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial, Pkg, platelet