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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Sep 22 5:35pm · View  

Join The #ProtonBeam Therapy Twitter Chat on Tuesday

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Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Association for Cancer Research host Twitter Chat  

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will partner with TIME magazine for a Twitter chat titled, “The Role of Proton Beam Therapy in Cancer Care.”

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1-2 p.m. ET.
Follow #ProtonBeam

The chat will be moderated by TIME’s senior health reporter @AlicePark.

Mayo Clinic Radiation oncologists Sameer Keole, M.D., Nadia Laack, M.D. and Samir Patel, M.D. will join Dennis Hallahan, M.D., from the AACR’s Radiation Oncology Task Force.  Dr. Hallahan is chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department and the Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III distinguished professor in medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Mon, Sep 22 11:44am · View  

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

With schools back in session, many parents are again on the alert for easily transmissible childhood diseases. Hand, foot and mouth disease is one of them. Pediatric dermatologist with the Mayo Clinic Children's CenterMegha Tollefson, M.D., says it's usually not a big concern. But, in certain circumstances, hospitalization may be required. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network. [TRT 2:02]

Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads. 

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Soledad Andrade (@soledadandrade) posted · Tue, Sep 16 2:21pm · View  

¿Cuál es la mejor manera de proteger a la comunidad de la gripe? Con la vacunación de los niños.

Las escuelas públicas y privadas del área del condado de Olmsted ofrecen en las escuelas clínicas para vacunación contra la influenza

Vacuna antigripalROCHESTER, Minnesota: “Todos debemos recibir anualmente la vacuna contra la influenza,” dice el Dr. Robert Jacobson, pediatra y director médico del Programa para Vacunación de los Empleados y de la Comunidad en Mayo Clinic. “Sin embargo, los niños en edad escolar tienen dos razones más que el resto para hacerlo: son más proclives a contraer la infección por influenza y a contagiar la enfermedad en la comunidad”.

Los niños contagian fácilmente la influenza y llevan a casa el virus para compartirlo con sus familiares. El resultado es que los niños deben faltar al colegio y los padres, al trabajo.

Por eso, Mayo Clinic, el Centro Médico de Olmsted, la Salud Pública del condado de Olmsted y las escuelas privadas y públicas del área del condado de Olmsted se unieron para vacunar a los niños en las escuelas. “Equivale a destapar la olla antes de que se derrame el agua hirviente”, comenta Linda Haeussinger, enfermera administradora de la Salud Pública del Condado de Olmsted.


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Kevin Punsky (@kevinpunsky) posted · Fri, Sep 12 10:33am · View  

Worldwide Study Demonstrates Accuracy of Genetic Analyses

E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida

E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Physicians envision a future in which genomic data from patients is heavily used to manage care — but experts have questioned the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. Now, a study by 150 researchers in 12 countries finds real strength and agreement across RNA genomic sequencing techniques and laboratories — as well as ways to improve what little variability exists to set a new high standard.

The results of the study were published in Nature Biotechnology in three separate research articles.

These results should provide assurance to patients, clinicians and the research community that genomic sequencing is accurate, says E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., a professor of cancer biology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, one of three institutions that led the study. Dr. Thompson is a study co-author and member of the project leadership. [...]

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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Tue, Sep 9 8:59am · View  

Mayo Clinic and Delos®, the Pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Announce Agreement to Establish the WELL Living Lab

Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Collaborates with Delos® to open first of its kind lab devoted to health and wellness in the built environment

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Delos®, the Pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation today announced their agreement to design, build and operate the newly formed WELL Living Lab — a multidisciplinary lab that will be uniquely focused on the interaction between health, wellness and the built environment. Set to debut in April 2015 adjacent to Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in downtown Rochester, the WELL Living Lab will be the first lab exclusively committed to research, development and testing of both new and existing innovations designed to improve the health and well-being of individuals as they live and work within built environments.

Douglas Wood, M.D.

Douglas Wood, M.D.

An open-innovation ecosystem for healthy living, the WELL Living Lab will simulate realistic living and working environments, including homes, offices, schools, communities and hotels in order to test, monitor and identify the efficacy of wellness-based interventions. The lab will incorporate state-of-the-art technology and unique design elements that will create a dynamic, versatile and highly adaptable environment, allowing for a wide range of simulated real-world conditions. Delos® and Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation will co-govern the lab, which will be staffed by Mayo Clinic personnel, along with members of the Delos® team.

Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic, 507-284-5005,
Callie Shumaker, Delos, 646-654-3438, [...]

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Joel Streed (@jstreed) posted · Mon, Sep 8 3:17pm · View  

Hand Hygiene: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

A lot of things come home with your child during the first few weeks of school, not all of them good.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Alva Roche Green has this tip to keep viruses and other bugs at bay.

To listen, click the link below.

Hand Hygiene

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Joel Streed (@jstreed) posted · Fri, Sep 5 3:09pm · View  

School Nutrition: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, dietitian Kate Zeratsky offers some healthy tips on keeping your kids fueled for the day at school.

To listen, click the link below.

School Nutrition

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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Fri, Sep 5 12:06pm · View  

Best Way to Protect a Community from Flu? Immunize the Kids!

Flu Vaccine

Olmsted County area public and private schools offering school-located influenza vaccination clinics

ROCHESTER, Minn. — “Everyone needs the influenza vaccine every year,” says Robert Jacobson, M.D., pediatrician and medical director of the Employee and Community Health Immunization Program at Mayo Clinic. “And school-aged children have two more reasons than everyone else. They are more likely to get the influenza infection, and they are the ones more likely to start the spread of influenza in the community.”

Kids easily spread influenza, and they carry the virus home to their families. Kids miss school, and parents miss work.

That’s why Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, Olmsted County Public Health and Olmsted County area private and public schools are teaming up to vaccinate children at their schools. “It’s like disarming the hot spot before it boils over,” says Linda Haeussinger, public health nurse manager at Olmsted County Public Health.

Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,



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