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May 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Targeted Drug Can ‘Diminish the Suffering’ of Myelofibrosis

By Joe Dangor

CHICAGO — Use of the targeted agent pacritinib significantly reduced the symptoms and burden of advanced myelofibrosis in patients, says a Mayo Clinic researcher who co-led PERSIST-1, the worldwide phase 3 clinical trial that tested the therapy. Specifically, pacritinib substantially reduced severe enlargement of the spleen, a typical feature of advanced myelofibrosis, in more than 20 percent of patients and alleviated debilitating side effects in more than 46 percent.

Investigators further found that pacritinib could be used safely in patients with myelofibrosis who have thrombocytopenia, a life-threating loss of blood platelets that can lead to deadly bleeding. The only currently approved therapy for myelofibrosis — ruxolitinib — is not recommended in patients who have severe thrombocytopenia.

Ruben A. Mesa, M.D., chair of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, will present these results at a press conference held during the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005
Email: dangor.yusuf@mayo.edu 

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Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology, Arizona News Release, ASCO, cancer, Dr Ruben Mesa, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, myelofibrosis, News Release, PERSIST-1


May 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Targeted Drug with Chemotherapy Combo Offers Longer Life to Patients with B-cell Cancers

By Paul Scotti

CHICAGO — Because of the significant benefit found in combining the targeted drug ibrutinib with standard chemotherapy for relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), an interim analysis has closed the international HELIOS phase III clinical trial.

Led by Mayo Clinic, researchers found that ibrutinib and chemotherapy (bendamustine and rituximab, known as BR) reduced the risk of death or cancer progression by almost 80 percent in patients with previously treated CLL or SLL, compared to use of BR alone.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Joe Dangor (on-site at ASCO), Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 651-261-9089 (cell), dangor.yusuf@mayo.edu.
Paul Scotti, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0199 (office), scotti.paul@mayo.edu.

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Tags: ASCO, Asher Chanan-Khan, CLL, Florida News Release, HELIOS study, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida, News Release, SLL


May 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/29/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • A new study by British researchers finds women who take newer formulations of oral contraceptives may have an elevated risk of developing venous thromboembolism — or blood clots in the veins — than women who take earlier generations of birth control pills. Mayo Clinic hematology expert Dr. John Heit says the study measured the risk of blood clots in veins among women receiving different types of birth control and adds that while there is a higher chance of blood clots for women taking the newer contraceptives, the risk remains very low.

Click here to read more about birth control pills.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:27] Click here for the script.

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Tags: birth control pills, Blood Clots, Contraceptives, deep venous thrombosis, Dr John Heit, Hematology, Vivien Williams


May 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Take Steps to Let Nature Help You Heal

By Jen O'Hara

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blogmature caucasian women exercising outsideTake steps to let nature help you heal
Focusing on the little things that nature offers can take your mind away from stress. It also causes your body to instantly relax.

Melanoma
How doctors treat this skin cancer depends on a number of factors. Find out what they are and how you can prevent a recurrence.

Interactive Webinar: Amyloidosis — What patients need to know
Join us on June 4 at noon CT for a live, interactive webinar as Mayo Clinic specialists provide an overview of amyloidosis. Cardiologist Martha Grogan, M.D., and hematologists Prashant Kapoor, M.D., and Nelson Leung, M.D., will discuss tests and evaluations, treatment options and how to manage your symptoms. Participate in a question and answer session following the presentation. Register here.

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Tags: Amyloidosis, Dr Martha Grogan, Dr Nelson Leung, Dr Prashant Kapoor, Living With Cancer, Melanoma, relaxation, stress relief


May 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Newer, Easier to Manage Medications May Not Always Be the Best Choice

By Jim McVeigh

Use caution when considering anticoagulants, especially for older adults

PHOENIX — If you are over age 75, and taking an anticoagulant, the old standard may be the gold standard, Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators have determined.pile of prescription drug bottles

In a study released online in April in the BMJ, a team of researchers from Mayo Clinic, and other collaborators, showed that for older patients, particularly individuals greater than 75 years of age,  the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is 3 to 5 times higher when taking newer anticoagulant medications dabigatran or rivaroxaban compared to when using warfarin.

One of the most common reasons people take anticoagulant medication – which lessens the blood’s tendency to clot – is to reduce potential or severity of clotting complications in patients with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism. People with atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism have a much higher risk of strokes, heart attacks and clots in the lungs and legs, which can result in disability or death.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4222, Email: mcveigh.jim@mayo.edu

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Tags: anticoagulant, Arizona News Release, big data, kern center, Minnesota news release, Neena Abraham, News Release, Optum Labs, warfarin


May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Chris Norton’s Remarkable Graduation Weekend

By Dana Sparks

Chris Norton and fiance Emiily at Luther College Graduation

Photo by Aaron Lurth, Luther College Photo Bureau


Chris Norton's Walk to Remember ~
"Chris Norton knew it was going to be a weekend to remember. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend Emily Summers, on Saturday. The next day, he'd walk across the stage to accept his diploma during Luther College's graduation ceremony. Those would be difficult steps for Chris, steps he had worked for nearly five years to be able to take. The walk would be epic." Read the rest of the story In the Loop and view more on NBCToday Health.  


Chris was airlifted to Mayo Clinic after a football injury in 2010 and given less than 3 percent chance of regaining feeling or movement below the neck. This is the original Mayo Clinic News Network story that first aired in October 2011:

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Tags: Chris Norton, Football Injury, In The Loop, Luther College, spinal cord injury


May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

heart transplant surgery with Dr. Daly

Human organ transplantation has come a long way since the first heart transplant in 1967. But despite advances, there are still more than 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a donor organ. We'll get an update on the state of organ transplantation from the director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Brooks Edwards. We'll also hear from transplant surgeon Dr. Charles Rosen, who led teams that performed five liver transplants in one 24-hour period. Also on the program, springtime allergies are at their peak, and allergy specialist Dr. Rohit Divekar has tips for reducing symptoms. And pediatric surgeon Dr. Christopher Moir explains how to prevent pediatric falls among young children.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: The first organ to be transplanted in a human was a kidney, not a heart.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, May 30, at 9:05 a.m., 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. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates.

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Tags: allergies, Childhood Accidents, Dr. Brooks Edwards, Dr Charles Rosen, Dr Christopher Moir, Dr Rohit Divekar, Mayo Clinic Radio, Organ Donation, organ transplants, Pediatric Falls, pediatrics


May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

VICE on HBO Documentary “Killing Cancer” and Match from VICE CEO Shane Smith Leads to More than $2 million for Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic

By Joe Dangor

Mayo Clinic cancer researcher Stephen Russell, M.D. Ph.D.  with VICE CEO host Shane Smith

Mayo Clinic cancer researcher Stephen Russell, M.D. Ph.D. with VICE CEO Shane Smith

ROCHESTER Minn. – Mayo Clinic today announced that fundraising associated with the VICE documentary “Killing Cancer,” which aired on HBO earlier this year, has exceeded $2 million. This achievement was reached a month earlier than anticipated.

The Killing Cancer campaign also set a record at Mayo Clinic with 30 percent of gifts received online, compared to 10 percent for previous campaigns. Many of the gifts came from new supporters to Mayo Clinic a reflection the younger demographics of the VICE audience and VICE’s strong digital presence.

“The money raised in the Killing Cancer campaign will have impact right away, helping advance cancer research and finding cures for patients,” said John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO.

The success of the campaign was due in large part to a fundraising match challenge issued by VICE founder and CEO Shane Smith with a total goal of $2 million. Through the challenge, Mr. Smith matched the first $1 million in gifts made by more than 10,000 documentary viewers and loyal Mayo Clinic supporters.

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Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, 
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Tags: cancer, Cancer Research, Dr Stephen Russell, HBO, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Minnesota news release, News Release, philanthropy, Shane Smith, VICE


May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic in Florida Receives Highest Nursing Designation

By Paul Scotti

Mayo Building and Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Mayo Building and Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) with a Magnet Recognition Program® designation. This credential recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mayo Clinic is one of only 20 hospitals in Florida and 401 nationally with Magnet Recognition Program status.

In the nursing profession, Magnet recognition is considered the gold seal that epitomizes the importance of quality, safety and improvement; intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary teamwork; understanding of evidence based practice and research; and formal nursing education. It requires organizations to develop, disseminate and enculturate evidenced-based criteria that results in a positive work environment for nurses and, by extension, all employees. U.S. News & World Report includes the Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties.

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May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Jen O'Hara

happy and content woman in a rowboat on a lake
How to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment

Bird flu (avian influenza): Prevention

Vitamin D: Can it prevent Alzheimer's and dementia?

Video: Upper body stretches for the workplace

Butter vs. margarine: Which is better for my heart?

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Tags: Alzheimer's prevention, avian influenza, Bird Flu, butter vs margarine, contentment, Dementia, Happiness, Heart Health, stretching, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, vitamin D


May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Safety Tips for UTV Drivers as Summer Season Arrives

By Dana Sparks

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. –– They are popular, practical and fun but quickly can turn dangerous or even deadly. Utility terrain vehicles, or UTVs, are growing in popularity. Much like the popular, single-rider all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, the UTV is designed for hauling on rough terrain but allows two people to sit beside each other.utility terrain vehicle, UTV

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, since the beginning of 2015, six UTV fatalities in Wisconsin have been reported. Victims range in age from 10 to 77. Half of all reported victims were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident. UTVs often are capable of reaching speeds up to 55 miles per hour.

David Ciresi, M.D., a trauma surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, says most of these events are preventable. “There often is a false sense of security for drivers and passengers in UTVs,” says Dr. Ciresi. “While one may feel safer in a UTV, it quickly can lead to a feeling of overconfidence. The UTV has a high center of gravity, giving it the potential to roll more easily than a car and is often driven in uneven terrain.”

Kristin Everett 715-838-5805  everett.kristin@mayo.edu

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Tags: Dr David Ciresi, Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, Utility Terrain Vehicle, UTV Accidents


May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

#SunscreenProtectionDay: Understand Sunscreen Options

By Dana Sparks

little girl on beach in the sun with adult putting sunscreen on her nose

Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers his guidance. What's the best way to sort through information about sunscreens? Start by remembering the bigger picture when it comes to sun safety and what you can do to protect yourself. For example:

  • Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
  • Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. Also, consider investing in sun-protective clothing or using an umbrella for shade.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly.

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Tags: sunscreen, Dermatology, Dr Lawrence Gibson, skin cancer


May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 23

By Dana Sparks

LISTEN:  MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 23, 2015

As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz talks about food allergies and asthma in children.Dr. Martha Hartz on Mayo Clinic Radio

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May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays May 26: What’s the Diagnosis?

By 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


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of May 25, 2015

By Dana Sparks

researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscopeEvery week Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog: Parasite Wonders and submit your answers, comments and questions. Enjoy science!

Read more about Dr. Pritt's work.

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.

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Tags: Dr Bobbi Pritt, Parasite Wonders, Mayo Medical Laboratories, pathology