August 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Kevin Punsky
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Cancer researchers dream of the day they can force tumor cells to morph back to the normal cells they once were. Now, researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy.
The finding, published in Nature Cell Biology, represents “an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer,” says the study’s senior investigator, Panos Anastasiadis, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Cancer Biology on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.
August 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Modern lifestyle factors, such as texting, reaching for your keyboard or wearing
high heels, can create postural stressors that often cause muscle imbalances and injury. Having good posture is essential for good health; however, understanding what good posture is and maintaining it are
“When some people try to work on their posture, they tend to overdo it,” says Alynn Kakuk, physical
therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “They get into a super-extended position with their shoulders way back — enough that it creates too much of an arch on their back. So, they just start shifting their weight too far back.”
Bad posture habits can cause imbalanced body alignment, strain on ligaments and muscles, chronic pain, injuries, impingement, low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, joint stiffness and muscle tightness, according to Kakuk.
Simple exercises, stretches and being conscious of your posture can eliminate these ramifications.
Journalists: Sound bites with Alynn Kakuk and b-roll of a posture analysis are available in the downloads.
August 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Sam Smith
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Dosing obese teens with vitamin D shows no benefits for their heart health or diabetes risk, and could have the unintended consequences of increasing cholesterol and fat-storing triglycerides. These are the latest findings in a series of Mayo Clinic studies in childhood obesity.
Seema Kumar, M.D., a pediatric endocrinologist in the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, has been studying the effects of vitamin D supplementation in children for 10 years, through four clinical trials and six published studies. To date, Dr. Kumar’s team has found limited benefit from vitamin D supplements in adolescents. The latest study, Effect of Vitamin D3 Treatment on Endothelial Function in Obese Adolescents, appears online in Pediatric Obesity.
“After three months of having vitamin D boosted into the normal range with supplements, these teenagers showed no changes in body weight, body mass index, waistline, blood pressure or blood flow,” says Dr. Kumar. “We’re not saying the links between vitamin D deficiency and chronic diseases don’t exist for children—we just haven’t found any yet.”
August 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic will be hosting a grand opening event for the expansion of the Superior Drive Support Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The expansion will add nearly 60,000 gross square feet of clinical laboratory space for Mayo’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated clinical laboratory and pathology departments.
WHAT: Grand Opening Event and Open House for Facility Expansion
WHERE: Superior Drive Support Center, Mayo Clinic
3050 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, Minnesota, 55901
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT, Grand Opening Ceremony
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Open House
BACKGROUND: In 2010, the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP) Space and Facilities Committee performed a comprehensive assessment of its clinical laboratory space needs through 2015. The results of that assessment identified the need for 20,000 square feet of incremental wet lab space. In 2013, this information was reaffirmed. The wet lab space on the downtown campus is near capacity, and historical trends suggest that DLMP will continue to grow at 3 to 5 percent per year.
August 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Joe Dangor
PHOENIX -- A multicenter study involving Mayo Clinic researchers has found that the National Cancer Institute's Patient Reported Outcomes version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (PRO-CTCAE), was accurate, reliable and responsive, compared to other, established patient-reported and clinical measures. The study is published today in the journal JAMA Oncology.
“In most cancer clinical trials, information on side effects is collected by providers who have limited time with their patients and current patient questionnaires are limited in scope and depth," says the study's lead author Amylou Dueck, Ph.D., a biostatistician on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus. "PRO-CTCAE is a library of items for patients to directly report on the level of each of their symptoms, to enhance the reporting of side effects in cancer clinical trials which is normally based on information from providers. The study itself is unprecedented as more than 100 distinct questions about symptomatic adverse events were validated simultaneously."
Researchers recruited more than 1,000 patients from nine clinical practices across the U.S., including seven cancer centers. These patients reflected the geographic, ethnic, racial and economic diversity in cancer clinical trials. Patients in the study also had a wide range of cancer types.
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August 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Future improvements in the U.S health care system will come from individuals, not large institutions or systems, say the organizers of Mayo Clinic Transform 2015, a three-day conference that will take place Sept. 30–Oct. 2 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester and showcase individuals who are taking charge of their health, and spark positive changes in the health care system.
People Power Health is the theme of the Transform 2015 conference. “This theme underscores the momentum underway around the world,” says Barbara Spurrier, administrative director of Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, which is the host of the conference. “We are seeing the center of gravity shift away from traditional hospitals and health care - to the people.”
Now in its eighth year, Transform features a program of innovators in health and health care from throughout the country.
For inquires and media passes, contact Cathryn Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-309-3951 or 507-284-5005.
August 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Joe Dangor
EDEN PRAIRIE and ROCHESTER, Minn., Aug. 5, 2015 — Optum and Mayo Clinic announced that health plans and employers participating in Optum’s leading Centers of Excellence (COE) program now have access to high-quality, cost-effective care from Mayo Clinic care providers who are experts in treating complex and rare conditions.
Optum’s Centers of Excellence provide best-in-class capabilities with proven clinical quality and predictable consumer outcomes. The Center of Excellence designation includes condition-specific, high-performing programs with specialized clinical expertise and care management to support consumer engagement.
Mayo Clinic has participated in Optum’s Transplant COE program for the last 11 years. With this expanded relationship, Mayo Clinic is now also a participant in Optum’s Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Bariatric Surgery and Heart Failure for Mayo Clinic locations in Arizona, Florida and Rochester, Minn.
Mayo Clinic’s Rochester location is also participating in Optum’s COEs for Congenital Heart Disease and Infertility services.
“This expanded relationship with Mayo Clinic provides patients in participating health plans from around the country with greater access to clinically superior, cost-effective health care,” said Mike Weissel, CEO of Optum Consumer Solutions.
August 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Jim McVeigh
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Pierre Noel, M.D., a bone marrow transplant surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, was recently named to the Atlantic Council, a prestigious think tank for international affairs. Dr. Noel will be a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.
Dr. Noel is a professor of medicine and serves as the director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. He is an adviser to the federal government on issues pertaining to medical support to counterterrorism operations. Dr. Noel joined Mayo in 1988 and left in 2000 to serve as the chief of hematology and a senior clinician for the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and a consultant for the U.S. Homeland and National Security Council. He rejoined Mayo Clinic in 2010.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,email@example.com
July 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
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.”