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Traci Klein (@traciklein) posted · Thu, Mar 12 9:35am · View  

New Book “Caring for the Heart” Outlines History of Medical Specialization

Caring for the Heart bookROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today the release of a new book, “Caring for the Heart: Mayo Clinic and the Rise of Specialization.” This historical book weaves together three important themes: major developments in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in the 20th Century, how Mayo Clinic evolved from a family practice in Minnesota into one of the world's leading medical centers, and how the invention of new technologies and procedures promoted specialization among physicians and surgeons.

“Caring for the Heart” (Oxford, Hardcover Original, 704 Pages, $39.95, ISBN: 9780199982356) is written for general readers as well as health care professionals, historians and policy analysts. Unlike traditional institutional or disease-focused histories, this book places individuals and events in national and international contexts that emphasize the interplay of medical, scientific, technological, social, political, and economic forces that have resulted in contemporary heart care. Patient stories and media perspectives are included throughout to help general readers understand the medical and technological developments that are described.

The book is written so that readers may pick and choose the chapters of most interest to them. Another feature of the book is that readers may follow the stories without looking at the notes. Those who are interested in delving deeper into the main topics will find references that offer greater detail and additional perspectives. The descriptions and interpretations that fill the book benefit from the fact that the author has been a practicing cardiologist and medical historian for almost four decades.

MEDIA CONTACT: Traci Klein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email: [...]

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Kevin Punsky (@kevinpunsky) posted · Mon, Feb 2 10:37am · View  

Precision Medicine in Action: Genomic Test Helps Solve Medical Mystery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Precision medicine is getting a jump-start from a new national initiative announced in President Obama's State of the Union message. One Georgia family has already experienced its benefits: genomic testing called whole exome sequencing helped Mayo Clinic neurologist Zbigniew Wszolek, M.D., solve a medical mystery that had left a boy with painful, jerking spasms that at times prevented him from walking or talking. Dr. Wszolek describes the case in a newly published article in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

As a toddler, Dustin Bennett could not keep his balance, and as he grew older, the rigid, jerking spasms mysteriously appeared and disappeared. Over time, he also developed learning disabilities.


Dustin’s adoptive mother, Linda Bennett, took him to several doctors to find the cause of his movement problems, but years of tests, medications and hospital stays came up empty for the Pearson, Georgia, family.

“I wasn’t willing to give up, because I felt there had to be an answer somewhere,” Linda says.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746.


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Soledad Andrade (@soledadandrade) posted · Fri, Jan 30 4:45pm · View  

La telemedicina y usted: experto de Mayo Clinic explica nueva alternativa en la atención médica y cómo pueden las políticas estatales y nacionales llegar a alcanzarla

ROCHESTER, Minnesota: Si usted todavía no ha tenido ninguna experiencia con la telemedicina, posiblemente pronto tenga la oportunidad. La tecnología permite establecer una nueva manera de conectar a distancia a pacientes y médicos, razón por la que aumenta el interés por actualizar las políticas estatales y federales a fin de poner a la telemedicina a disposición de más personas.

Un médico y un paciente miran a la máquina para atención a distancia del accidente cerebrovascular

El neurólogo de Mayo Clinic, Dr. Bart Demaerschalk, utiliza el robot para atención a distancia del accidente cerebrovascular a fin de evaluar si el paciente de otro hospital sufrió uno o no. Fuente: Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic respondió esta semana a la solicitud presentada por el Comité de Energía y Comercio de la Cámara de Representantes para brindar recomendaciones sobre cómo pueden los políticos ayudar en el avance de esta nueva alternativa para la atención médica. El Dr. Steve Ommen, director médico de Atención Médica Conectada de Mayo Clinic, explica lo que es la telemedicina y delinea las siguientes medidas estatales y nacionales que permitirían a más pacientes beneficiarse de ella:

¿Qué es la telemedicina? La telemedicina se define más comúnmente como la comunicación con el equipo de atención médica del paciente a través de una conexión por video, de mensajes de texto seguros o de otra plataforma, en lugar de en persona. La telemedicina sirve para programar citas, responder preguntas, controlar revisiones de rutina, permitir a médicos ubicados en otros lugares consultar sobre un caso, tomar signos vitales, y hasta ayudar en el examen y diagnóstico del paciente. A fin de proteger la privacidad del paciente, la telemedicina emplea métodos de comunicación seguros.

Mayo Clinic considera que el desarrollo de la telemedicina es el siguiente paso importante a dar para mejorar el acceso a atención médica, junto con su calidad y eficacia, en todo el país.

“Para mí, la telemedicina consiste en aplicar la tecnología con el fin de atender las necesidades del paciente dondequiera que éste se encuentre, en lugar de obligarlo a venir a vernos”, comenta el Dr. Ommen, cardiólogo de Mayo Clinic. “La medicina abarca muchas cosas que no requieren de una interacción cara a cara con el paciente, y por ello, la tecnología puede servir para atender ciertas necesidades, como volver a surtir medicamentos o simplemente intercambiar información sobre lo ocurrido desde la última consulta. Gran parte de esa información puede intercambiarse por vía electrónica, cosa que es mucho más conveniente para el paciente y el médico”.


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Sharon Theimer (@stheimer) posted · Wed, Jan 28 4:24pm · View  

Telemedicine & You: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains New Health Care Option, How State and National Policies Can Catch Up

A telestroke robot is used by Mayo Clinic neurologist Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., to assess whether a patient at another hospital has had a stroke. Source: Mayo Clinic.

A telestroke robot is used by Mayo Clinic neurologist Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., shown on the robot's screen, to assess a patient at another hospital and confer with her local care team.

Rochester, Minn. — If you haven’t already experienced telemedicine, you may soon have the option. Technology is helping people connect with their physicians in new ways and from a distance, and interest is growing in updating state and federal policies to help make telemedicine available to more patients.

Mayo Clinic this week responded to a request from the House Energy and Commerce Committee for recommendations on how lawmakers can help this new health care option progress. Steve Ommen, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Connected Care, explains telemedicine and outlines state and national moves that would help more patients take advantage of it:

 What is telemedicine? Telemedicine most commonly refers to communication with or among a patient’s health care team via video connection, secure text messaging or another platform rather than in person. It can be used to schedule appointments, answer questions, handle routine checkups, allow physicians in different locations to consult about a patient’s case, collect vital signs or even to help examine and diagnose patients. To protect patient privacy, secure communication methods are used.

Mayo Clinic views development of telemedicine as an important next step to improve health care access, quality and efficiency across the country.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email:

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


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Jim McVeigh (@m075841) posted · Mon, Jan 26 6:03pm · View  

Mayo and King-Devick Test Have Licensing Agreement for Sideline Concussion Test

Phoenix, AZ — Concussions are in the national spotlight for the damage being done to student and professional athletes. Determining when an athlete should be removed from play is a major challenge in preventing injury. Athletes routinely deny symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 1.6 and 3.8 million students have concussions every year. In an effort to bring awareness and increase concussion screening, Mayo Clinic has agreed to a licensing agreement with King-Devick Test Inc., which has developed a proven indicator of ocular motor, visual and cognitive function for concussion detection and evaluation on the sidelines of sporting events to help with the decision to sideline athletes to prevent injury.

Under the terms of the agreement, King-Devick and Mayo Clinic will form a scientific governance committee and Mayo will have membership on the company’s board of directors. Packaging for the test will indicate it is offered in association with Mayo Clinic. Revenue Mayo receives will be used to support its nonprofit mission in patient care, education and research. The King-Devick Test is a quick, accurate and objective concussion screening tool that can be administered on the sidelines by parents, coaches, athletic trainers, school nurses and medical professionals, and a Mayo Clinic study indicated it detects concussions and possible 'silent' concussions.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,


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Jim McVeigh (@m075841) posted · Mon, Jan 26 5:28pm · View  

Media Advisory: Mayo Clinic and King-Devick Test Announce Licensing Agreement for Sideline Concussion Testing

concussion screening test logo with sports pictures
  Audio news conference about an agreement between Mayo Clinic and King-Devick to bring an objective
concussion screening tool that can be administered on the sidelines by parents, coaches, athletic trainers, school nurses and medical professionals.

Click here to listen to the audio from today's news conference.

WHO:  Mayo Clinic and King-Devick
David Dodick, M.D., Mayo Clinic Neurologist, Director, Mayo Clinic Concussion Program
Steve Devick, founder and developer of the King-Devick Test
WHEN:  Tuesday, Jan. 27 8:30 a.m. (MST)
CALL-IN: Journalists can join the call at: 800-768-2481.
RSVP: Emily Blahnik at or 507-538-7404.

INFO: Journalists who are registered members of Mayo Clinic News Network will have access to materials under embargo at can register at [...]

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Sharon Theimer (@stheimer) posted · Mon, Jan 26 9:32am · View  

Precision Medicine: Mayo Clinic Expert Describes Next Steps to Help More Patients

Rochester, Minn. – “Precision medicine” is becoming a national catchphrase after President Obama highlighted it in his State of the Union address. CIM-Logo Center for Individualized Medicine
But what exactly is it? Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., acting director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, describes this new, rapidly advancing frontier in medicine and outlines 10 changes that would speed development and help more patients benefit from a personalized approach to health care:

What is precision medicine? In precision medicine, also called individualized medicine or personalized medicine, physicians use knowledge about a person’s personal genetic makeup to help determine the best plan for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The mapping of the human genome in 2003 by U.S. scientists jump-started medical genomics; the Human Genome Project was an immense international collaboration that took 13 years and cost $3.8 billion. The National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute, which coordinated the project, estimates economic growth from that project at $798 billion.

"We are now poised to apply genomic technologies developed with the findings of the Human Genome Project into everyday patient care,” Dr. Weinshilboum says.

“However, if the U.S. is to remain the world leader in health care innovation and delivery, we need another national genomics effort that will accelerate scientific discovery and clinical implementation while continuing to encourage the rapid technological innovations and entrepreneurialism that have gotten us to this point."

MEDIA CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Dr. Weinshilboum or other Mayo Clinic individualized medicine experts, please contact Sam Smith or Robert Nellis in Mayo Clinic Public Affairs at 507-284-5005 or [...]

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Bob Nellis (@bobnellis) posted · Wed, Jan 21 2:46pm · View  

Mayo Clinic to host Science Conference for area students on Jan. 27

Researchers working in labMayo Clinic researchers have invited approximately 200 area eighth grade and high school students to the 16th Biennial Celebration of Research, a daylong conference for students interested in learning about careers in science.

The keynote address, "Harnessing Viruses to Attack Cancer," will be presented by Eva Galanis, M.D., a professor of oncology and chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine at Mayo Clinic. This year's theme, "Going Viral," pertains to Dr. Galanis’ research and clinical efforts on using modified viruses to develop novel therapeutics for cancer treatment.

Students are scheduled to attend from Albert Lea, Altura, Austin, Blooming Prairie, Caledonia, Chatfield, Dover, Elgin, Eyota, Faribault, Grand Meadow, Houston, Kasson, Kenyon, Lanesboro, Lewiston, Lyle, Mantorville, Mazeppa, Millville, Northfield, Owatonna, Peterson, Pine Island, Plainview, Rochester, Rushford, Southland, Stewartville, Winona and Zumbrota. [...]

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