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August 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic researchers find new code that makes reprogramming of cancer cells possible

By Kevin Punsky 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.

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

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August 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

First International Healthcare and Social Media Summit #MayoInOz

By Dana Sparks Dana Sparks

Brisbane photo

Mayo Clinic presents its First International Healthcare and Social Media Summit
Sept. 1-2, 2015 in Australia at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
The #MayoInOz two-day event will feature speakers and panelists from four continents.

Keynote speakers include:

Norman Swan, M.D., a medical journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Company, will be the master of ceremonies.

Mayo Clinic created its Center for Social Media #MCCSM in 2010 to promote effective and appropriate application of social media tools and strategies in clinical practice, education and research. The center provides training and resources for Mayo Clinic employees, and, through its Social Media Health Network, offers those same opportunities to health care colleagues globally.

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Tags: Dr Farris Timimi, Health Care Social Media, Lee Aase, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, Minnesota news release, News Release

August 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Expert alert: What is a healthy posture and how to maintain it

By Naomi Ogaldez Naomi Ogaldez

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Modern lifestyle factors, such as texting, reaching for your keyboard or wearing

skeletal illustration of the muscles: diaphram, multifidus, transverse abdominis, pelvic floor muscles

These are the true deep core muscles that work together to stabilize and protect your back.

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.

Kelley Luckstein and Naomi Ogaldez, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

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Tags: Alynn Kakuk, Correct Posture, Deborah Rhodes, Dr Deborah Rhodes, Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, Minnesota news release, News Release, Posture

August 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Vitamin D: Don’t overdo it, especially for obese teens

By Sam Smith 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.”

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Tags: Children's Center, Cholesterol, Dr Seema Kumar, Minnesota news release, News Release, Pediatric Obesity, Pediatrics, Triglycerides, vitamin D

August 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayo Clinic Grand Opening Event at Superior Drive Support Center

By April Josselyn April Josselyn

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.

SDSC expansionWHO: Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

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.

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August 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic-led study validates tool for patient reporting of side effects in cancer clinical trials

By Joe Dangor Joe Dangor

medical team examining older patient


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.

researcher Amylou Dueck

Amylou Dueck, Ph.D.

“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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Tags: Arizona News Release, cancer clinical trials, Dr Amylou Dueck, JAMA Oncology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, national cancer institute, NCI, News Release, patient reported adverse events, PRO-CTCAE, side effects, symptoms

August 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Transform 2015 to feature people powering health

By Duska Anastasijevic Duska Anastasijevic

Group of attendees at Transform conferenceROCHESTER, 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 or 612-309-3951 or 507-284-5005.

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August 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Optum Centers of Excellence Program Expands Access to Mayo Clinic Services

By Joe Dangor Joe Dangor

Optum Centers of Excellence headquartersEDEN 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.

Jeffrey Smith, Optum, 612-632-6213,
Joe Dangor & Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic, 507-284-5005,


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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr Charles Rosen, heart failure, Mayo Clinic, Mike Weissel, Minnesota news release, News Release, Optum, transplant

August 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Atlantic Council names Mayo Dr. Pierre Noel to prestigious post

By Jim McVeigh Jim McVeigh

Dr. Pierre Noel

Dr. Pierre Noel

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,

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July 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hysterectomy may indicate cardiovascular risk in women under age 50

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

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