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August 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Pain. Pill. Problem. Use and overuse of prescription painkillers in Minnesota

By rhodamadson rhodamadson

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic experts participated in the Minnesota Moving Forward Together conference  examining the use and overuse of opioids and painkillers in Minnesota. Michael Hooten M.D., a board-certified pain medicine specialist, and Keith Berge M.D., an anesthesiologist – both from Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus – attended the conference in Minneapolis, Tuesday Aug. 25.pain. pill. problem. logo for moving forward conference

Dr. Hooten contributed to a panel discussion on the history of prescribing, the physiological mechanism that links overuse to dependency, the new state Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program and current practice around opioid prescribing. He spoke about the role of psychiatric comorbidities, such as depression and anxiety, and says the prevalence of these conditions is high among people with chronic pain. “My overall approach is to treat the underlying psychiatric illness directly, then trend away or taper the opioid.”  Dr. Hooten was lead author a recent study that found that 1 in 4 people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions.

Journalists: B-roll of the event and sound bites with Drs. Hooten and Berge are available in the downloads.

Media Contact: To schedule an interview with Drs. Hooten or Berge, contact Rhoda Madson at 507-284-5005 or

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Tags: Dr Keith Berge, Dr W Michael Hooten, Expert Alert, Mayo Clinic Rochester, opioid, opioid addiction, opioid painkiller, opioid prescriptions, pain medicine addiction

July 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hysterectomy may indicate cardiovascular risk in women under age 50

By KelleyLuckstein KelleyLuckstein

woman talking to female physician about healthROCHESTER, Minn. — Hysterectomy may be a marker of early cardiovascular risk and disease, especially in women under 35, according to Mayo Clinic experts.

In a study recently published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, researchers found that women who underwent hysterectomy were much more likely to have pre-existing cardiovascular risk factors – especially obesity – than women of the same age in the control group who did not undergo hysterectomy. In particular, women under age 35 had the most cardiovascular risk factors and disease, including stroke.

“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women, and women see primarily gynecologists between 18 years and 64 years – a time when early screening for cardiovascular disease would be important,” says lead author and Mayo Clinic OB-GYN Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D., “We wanted to do this study to find a gynecologic screening method for cardiovascular disease.”

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Tags: cardiovascular disease, Dr Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, gynecologist, hysterectomy, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota news release, News Release, OB-GYN, obesity, research, stroke, women

April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Announces Apple Watch app for Patients and Physicians

By briankilen briankilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Today Mayo Clinic announced two new applications for the Apple Watch that will help patients and providers manage schedules and visits. The Mayo Clinic app update is available on iTunes. The Synthesis app for providers is available to Mayo Clinic staff.

“It is important that we interact with patients so that it seamlessly enhances their health care experiences. Whether this is through the Mayo Clinic app., remote monitoring, or the Apple watch, health consumer experience will continue to drive these technologies forward and Mayo Clinic will continue to lead with cutting edge technologies that benefit both our patients and

staff.” says John T. Wald M.D., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,


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Tags: iPhone, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic App, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota news release, synthesis

December 1st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Wins GSK’s Discovery Fast Track Challenge to Investigate Anti-hypertensive Agents

By briankilen briankilen

John Burnett Jr., M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, has been selected as a winner of GSK’s 2014 Discovery Fast Track Challenge, which is designed to accelerate the translation of academic research into novel therapies. Dr. Burnett will work with scientists in GSK’s Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) and the Molecular Discovery Research teams to test their hypotheses and screen targets against GSK’s compound collection.

John Burnett Jr., MD

John Burnett Jr., MD

Active compounds could then form the basis of full drug discovery programs that may ultimately lead to innovative medicines for anti-hypertensive agents.

Dr. Burnett submitted one of 14 winning proposals, chosen from 428 entries from 234 universities and academic institutes from across 26 countries. Research between Mayo Clinic and GSK will focus on treatments for resistant hypertension.

“We see this as a huge need, clinically, and we think our screen could lead to a breakthrough drug for the treatment of resistant hypertension, which is growing worldwide,” said Dr. Burnett. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: business, hypertension, Mayo Clinic Rochester, research, cardiovascular, Dr John Burnett

August 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Wellness Coaching: Resiliency Expert Explains How it Improves Overall Quality of Life

By chloepeipho chloepeipho

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Wellness coaching has become an increasingly prevalent strategy to help individuals improve their health and well-being. Recently, wellness coaching was found to improve quality of life, mood and perceived stress, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Matthew Clark, Ph.D., L.P., lead author of the study and resiliency expert at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, answers some common questions about wellness coaching:

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

What is a wellness coach? Wellness coaches are trained and certified by professional organizations to help individuals identify their personal values and desires for change. The coaches provide practical recommendations to help individuals transform their goals into action, in order to sustain the changes over time and improve their quality of life.Wellness coach talking to patient

“Mayo Clinic wellness coaches assist patients, through a strength-based approach, in identifying goals and potential barriers to success, and then create strategies to help them improve on a week-by-week basis,” explains Dr. Clark. “A strength-based approach recognizes that patients bring experience, knowledge and skills which will help them make positive lifestyle changes.”

What are popular areas of improvement? “Wellness coaching focuses on the specific problems someone wants to address, such as weight loss, stress management or goals focusing on work-life balance. We offer wellness coaching to help people have a better life, and improve their overall quality of life, whether it’s socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically or mentally,” says Dr. Clark.

How are these improvements maintained over time? Wellness coaching teaches individuals appropriate goal-setting techniques, strategies for enhancing social and emotional support and other skills to sustain progress over a substantial period of time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Coaching, Matthew Clark, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota news release, mood, pyschology, stress, wellness

June 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Study Reverses Current Thought on Treatment of Cirrhosis

By briankilen briankilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers at Mayo Clinic released a new study reversing current thought on the treatment of cirrhotic patients with type 2 diabetes. The study found that the continuation of metformin after a cirrhosis diagnosis improved survival rates among diabetes patients. Metformin is usually discontinued once cirrhosis is diagnosed because of concerns about an increased risk of adverse effects associated with this treatment in patients with liver impairment. The Mayo Clinic study was recently published in Hepatology.

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver caused by forms of liver diseases, such as chronic viral hepatitis, chronic alcohol abuse and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This condition is the consequence of damage done to the liver over many years. As cirrhosis progresses, more and more scar tissue forms, impeding proper liver functions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: cirrhosis, diabetes, Heptology, Lewis Roberts, Liver disease, Mayo Clinic Rochester, metformin, News Release, Zhang

March 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Large Waist Linked to Poor Health, Even Among Those in Healthy Body Mass Index Ranges

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

ROCHESTER, Minn. — March 12, 2014 — Having a big belly has consequences beyond trouble squeezing into your pants. It’s detrimental to your health, even if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), a new international collaborative study led by a Mayo Clinic researcher found. Men and women with large waist circumferences were more likely to die younger, and were more likely to die from illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and cancer after accounting for body mass index, smoking, alcohol use and physical activity. The study is published in the March edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Man with obese stomach being measured.

The researchers pooled data from 11 different cohort studies, including more than 600,000 people from around the world. They found that men with waists 43 inches or greater in circumference had a 50 percent higher mortality risk than men with waists less than 35 inches, and this translated to about a three-year lower life expectancy after age 40. Women with a waist circumference of 37 inches or greater had about an 80 percent higher mortality risk than women with a waist circumference of 27 inches or less, and this translated to about a five-year lower life expectancy after age 40.


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Tags: bmi, body mass index, Cancer, Dr Cerhan, Heart Disease, James Cerhan, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota news release, mortality risk, News Release, research, respiratory, Waist Circumference

March 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Diabetes in Middle Age May Lead to Brain Cell Loss Later in Life

By nickhanson nickhanson

ROCHESTER, Minn. — March 11, 2014 — People who develop diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age are more likely to have brain cell loss and other damage to the brain, as well as problems with memory and thinking skills, than people who never have diabetes or high blood pressure or who develop it in old age, according to a new study published in the March 19, 2014, online issue of Neurology. Middle age was defined as age 40 to 64 and old age as age 65 and older.

“Potentially, if we can prevent or control diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age, we can prevent or delay the brain damage that occurs decades later and leads to memory and thinking problems and dementia,” says study author and Mayo Clinic epidemiologist Rosebud Roberts M.B., Ch.B.diabetes word art

For the study, the thinking and memory skills of 1,437 people with an average age of 80 were evaluated. The participants had either no thinking or memory problems or mild memory and thinking problems called mild cognitive impairment. They then had brain scans to look for markers of brain damage that can be a precursor to dementia. Participants’ medical records were reviewed to determine whether they had been diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure in middle age or later.

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Tags: Alzheimer's, brain damage, diabetes, Epidemiology, High Blood Pressure, Mayo Clinic Rochester, memory, National Institute on Aging, Neurology, Rochester Epidemiology Project, Rosebud Roberts, Minnesota news release, News Release, research

March 7th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Expands Its Reach in 2013

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Mayo Clinic Care Network 3-06-14A Milestone for the Future of Health Care in Arizona 

The Far East met the Southwest as Mayo Clinic in Arizona employees, benefactors, community leaders, and Hitachi leadership joined together in a traditional Japanese ceremony to welcome the arrival of the first wave of proton beam equipment.

Mayo Clinic Expands Its Reach in 2013

John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO and president at Mayo Clinic, reports that Mayo Clinic reached a record 63 million people in 2013.

Integrated Care: Improving Patient Outcomes and Lowering Costs

Robert Nesse, M.D., vice-president at Mayo Clinic, explains how Mayo Clinic is a leader in the effort to change the health care system and improve the value of the care we deliver to patients.



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Tags: Arizona, Cancer, Dr Decker, Dr Nesse, Dr. Noseworthy, John Noseworthy MD, Matthew Clark PhD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Rochester, patient care, Proton Beam, Robert Nesse MD, Wyatt Decker MD

February 5th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Progresso Kicks Off The Heart Project in Support Of Mayo Clinic During Heart Health Month

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What’s your heart health IQ? Learn the facts and share the signs

MINNEAPOLIS — Feb. 5, 2014 — Heart disease affects all of us, either directly or indirectly. It is the leading cause of death in the United States. In an effort to make a positive difference in women’s heart health, Progresso Heart Healthy soup is launching “The Heart Project,” in support of Mayo Clinic. The Heart Project is designed toProgresso/Mayo Clinic The Heart Project Logo inspire people to learn the facts, take action regarding their heart health, and spread the word with others during February for heart health month.

The Heart Project site — — hosted by Progresso with content from Mayo Clinic, will encourage people to take the Heart Health Quiz. The quiz offers tools and information to educate them on the disease while sharing tips and ideas to help lower one’s risk of heart disease. Those who take the quiz are encouraged to share the information with a friend or loved one and start a conversation about heart disease.

“Heart disease is the nation’s number one cause of death for both men and women,” said Sharon Mulvagh, M.D., director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic. “What’s most astonishing is that almost 80% of heart disease is preventable, and even small lifestyle changes can have a big impact. Making a difference in your heart health is easier and more enjoyable than you may think.”

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

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Tags: cardiovascular disease, Dr Mulvagh, Dr Sharon Mulvagh, GBS, Heart Disease, Heart Health, Heart Health Month, heart healthy, John Weston, Progresso, Sharon Mulvagh, The Heart Project, Matthew Clark PhD, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota news release