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October 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Trastuzumab (Herceptin) Continues to Show Life-Altering Benefit

By Paul Scotti

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Years After Treatment for HER2-Positive Early Stage Breast Cancer Trastuzumab Shows Life-Altering Benefit 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After following breast cancer patients for an average of eight-plus years, researchers say that adding trastuzumab (Herceptin) to chemotherapy significantly improved the overall and disease-free survival of women with early stage HER2-positive breast cancer.

They found that the use of trastuzumab produced a 37 percent improvement in survival and a 40 percent reduction in risk of cancer occurrence, compared to patients treated with chemotherapy alone.

These findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, demonstrate how important trastuzumab has been to the treatment of this form of breast cancer, says the study’s lead author, Edith A. Perez, M.D., deputy director at large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and director of the Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the October 2014 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the October issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/ or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter October 2014 (for journalists only).

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The new health phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking,” is not an exaggeration, according to the October issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Most people don’t smoke, but everyone sits — and most sit too long each day. Many U.S. workers sit for 15 hours a day.

In the past 15 years, a wave of research has shed new light on sitting as a serious health risk, even in those of normal weight and who routinely exercise. Thirty-four chronic conditions and illnesses have been associated with excess sitting. One recent study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day watching television with those who spent more than four hours a day doing so. After adjusting for obesity, age and other risk factors, those with higher screen time had: Read the rest of this entry »

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October 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

New Guideline in Genetic Testing for Certain Types of Muscular Dystrophy

By Duska Anastasijevic

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Rochester, Minn. – The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) offer a new guideline on how to determine what genetic tests may best diagnose a person’s subtype of limb-girdle or distal muscular dystrophy. The guideline is published in the October 14, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the AAN.

Researchers reviewed all of the available studies on the muscular dystrophy, a group of genetic diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage, as part of the process in developing the new guideline.

Doctors should conduct a thorough evaluation of symptoms, family history, ethnicity, and results of physical exam and certain lab tests to determine what genetic tests may be more appropriate to order.

“The guideline should help physicians arrive at the right diagnosis quicker so patients will not need to take unnecessary test”, says Mayo Clinic neurologist Duygu Selcen, M.D., who was part of the multi-center research team led by Julie Bolen, PhD, MPH, from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “This is particularly important because the muscle diseases are often hard to diagnose”, adds Dr. Selcen.

Media Contacts:
Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

Rachel Seroka, AAN, rseroka@aan.com, (612) 928-6129 Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Duygu Selcen, genetic testing, Minnesota news release, muscular dystrophy, News Release


October 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

News Radio 830 WCCO Broadcasting Live from Mayo Clinic

By Ginger Plumbo

WCCO will broadcast the Morning Show with Dave Lee from Mayo Clinic on Oct. 10 from 5 to 9 a.m.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — News Radio 830 WCCO joins Mayo Clinic in marking its 150th anniversary with a live broadcast of the Morning Show with Dave Lee on Friday, Oct. 10, 5–9 a.m. from the Landow Atrium in the Gonda Building on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester. The public is encouraged to tune in.

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoScheduled* guests include:

WCCO personalities on the broadcast will include Dave Lee, host; Mike Lynch, weather; Sid Hartman, sports; Mike Max, sports.

Lee is the popular, longtime host of The Morning News on WCCO Radio in Minneapolis. He has been with WCCO Radio for more than 20 years. In October 2014, WCCO Radio celebrates its 90th year on the air.

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October 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Individualizing Medicine 2014: From Promise to Practice

By Dana Sparks

Individualizing Medicine Conference
ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Individualizing Medicine 2014: From Promise to Practice is underway at Mayo Clinic. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 6–8, with optional workshops and sessions before and after the conference. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including cardiovascular disease, the role of genomics in the pharmacy, insurance and reimbursement issues, the use of deep sequencing for predictive medicine, and more. A complete schedule and list of speakers is available on the conference website. Focused concurrent sessions are also available.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Smith, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,newsbureau@mayo.edu

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October 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Wickenburg Community Hospital adds Mayo Clinic “Telestroke”

By Admin

WICKENBURG, Ariz. — Wickenburg residents in need of emergency medical care for a stroke may benefit from a Mayo Clinic telestroke program that is now be available at Wickenburg Community Hospital.Arizona Wickenburg Community Hospital entrance

A recent agreement between Wickenburg Community Hospital and Mayo Clinic in Arizona means the service featuring a remotely controlled, self-propelled robot is now available in Wickenburg.

Mayo Clinic was the first medical center in Arizona to do pioneering clinical research to study telemedicine as a means of serving patients with a stroke in neurologically underserved rural and urban settings, and today serves as the "hub" in a network of 15 other "spoke" centers in 4 states. Wickenburg Community Hospital is the 16th hospital to be part of the telestroke service from Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 2nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Celebrates Heritage Days, Oct. 6–10

By Kelley Luckstein

Blue ribbon with the words "Mayo Clinic Heritage Days 2014"ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic’s annual Heritage Days celebration takes place Oct. 6–10, 2014. The events being held across the Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, Florida, Arizona and Mayo Clinic Health System will recognize and thank all of the dedicated employees and volunteers who provide service to patients. This year’s events continue the yearlong commemoration of Mayo Clinic’s 150 years of serving humanity.

The event brings together exhibits, activities, talented performers and artisans to celebrate the arts, culture, history and community spirit of Mayo Clinic. All events are free and open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 1st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic, University of Mississippi Medical Center Expand Relationship With Formal Collaboration Agreement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Dr. Robert Rizza, Mayo collaboration liaison; Dr. Daniel W. Jones, UMiss Chancellor;  Dr. James Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs/Dean of the Medical School at UMiss Medical Center (UMMC); Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UMMC;  Dr. Richard Summers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and UMMC collaboration liaison; Dr. Gregory Gores, Executive Dean of Research, Mayo; Mr. Scott Kaese, Operations Administrator - Research, Mayo; Mr. Steven C. Smith - Chair, Department of Research Administration, Mayo.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Sept. 30, 2014)— Drs. Charlie and Will Mayo looked approvingly over their legacy as representatives from the University of Mississippi (UMiss) and Mayo Clinic signed a formal agreement broadening and deepening their long-term relationship and opening the doors to expanded collaborations in clinical trials, other medical research and education. Shown immediately before the signing: Dr. Robert Rizza, Mayo collaboration liaison; Dr. Daniel W. Jones, UMiss Chancellor; Dr. James Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs/CEO and Dean of the Medical School at UMiss Medical Center (UMMC); Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UMMC; Dr. Richard Summers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and UMMC collaboration liaison; Dr. Gregory Gores, Executive Dean of Research, Mayo; Mr. Scott Kaese, Operations Administrator - Research, Mayo; Mr. Steven C. Smith - Chair, Department of Research Administration, Mayo.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) announced today that they have signed an agreement to broaden and deepen their collaboration in clinical trials, other medical research and education. The agreement is a formal commitment to enhance the relationship that has been steadily building for the past 20 years.

“This agreement builds on our already strong relationship with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and lays the groundwork for more discovery and application,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “We’re thrilled to work even more closely to improve care for patients.”

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Elizabeth Young, Mayo Clinic, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu
Marc Rolph, UMMC, 601-815-5133, mrolph@umc.edu

An earlier memorandum of understanding formed an institutional bond in 2010, designed to enhance and expand shared initiatives in translational research and training. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program Introduces Expanded Wellness Services

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, which launched earlier this year, is expanding its wellness offerings to include a weight management plan and spa services. The Healthy Weight Plan and Rejuvenate at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program will open this fall and enhance the already popular wellness plans available for guests.

“We are excited about taking wellness to the next level,” says Donald Hensrud, M.D., the program’s medical director. “Our expanded services embrace the idea of involving the entire body and mind.Grocery bag with healthy foods and weight scale No matter your age or health needs, if you’re looking to better manage stress, lose weight, get active, or eat and cook healthfully, our program offers a diverse selection of wellness options for anyone seeking whole-body wellness.”

Healthy Weight Plan
Losing weight and making lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming. Mayo experts understand this challenge. The plan brings together the collective knowledge of weight management and behavior change experts. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Expert to Lead Research Comparing Treatments for Uterine Fibroids

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today that it is part of a team of research centers chosen by Patient-Centered three young healthy looking women of diversityOutcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment strategies for women with uterine fibroids.

AHRQ has awarded the team a $3.95 million, first-year grant for the project, called Comparing Options for Management: Patient-Centered Results for Uterine Fibroids (COMPARE-UF). Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will serve as the research and data coordinating center for the teams.

“We are very excited to have funding to provide the key clinical evidence that all women and their physicians need to make informed choices about fibroid treatments,” says Elizabeth Stewart, M.D., chair of Reproductive Endocrinology at Mayo Clinic and the clinical leader of the study. Read the rest of this entry »

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