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January 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Media Advisory: Mayo Clinic and King-Devick Test Announce Licensing Agreement for Sideline Concussion Testing

By Jim McVeigh

concussion screening test logo with sports pictures
  Audio news conference about an agreement between Mayo Clinic and King-Devick to bring an objective
concussion screening tool that can be administered on the sidelines by parents, coaches, athletic trainers, school nurses and medical professionals.

Click here to listen to the audio from today's news conference.

WHO:  Mayo Clinic and King-Devick
David Dodick, M.D., Mayo Clinic Neurologist, Director, Mayo Clinic Concussion Program
Steve Devick, founder and developer of the King-Devick Test
WHEN:  Tuesday, Jan. 27 8:30 a.m. (MST)
CALL-IN: Journalists can join the call at: 800-768-2481.
RSVP: Emily Blahnik at or 507-538-7404.

INFO: Journalists who are registered members of Mayo Clinic News Network will have access to materials under embargo at can register at Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, concussion, David Dodick, King Devick, News Release

January 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Precision Medicine: Mayo Clinic Expert Describes Next Steps to Help More Patients

By Sharon Theimer

Rochester, Minn. – “Precision medicine” is becoming a national catchphrase after President Obama highlighted it in his State of the Union address. CIM-Logo Center for Individualized Medicine
But what exactly is it? Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., acting director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, describes this new, rapidly advancing frontier in medicine and outlines 10 changes that would speed development and help more patients benefit from a personalized approach to health care:

What is precision medicine? In precision medicine, also called individualized medicine or personalized medicine, physicians use knowledge about a person’s personal genetic makeup to help determine the best plan for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The mapping of the human genome in 2003 by U.S. scientists jump-started medical genomics; the Human Genome Project was an immense international collaboration that took 13 years and cost $3.8 billion. The National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute, which coordinated the project, estimates economic growth from that project at $798 billion.

"We are now poised to apply genomic technologies developed with the findings of the Human Genome Project into everyday patient care,” Dr. Weinshilboum says.

“However, if the U.S. is to remain the world leader in health care innovation and delivery, we need another national genomics effort that will accelerate scientific discovery and clinical implementation while continuing to encourage the rapid technological innovations and entrepreneurialism that have gotten us to this point."

MEDIA CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Dr. Weinshilboum or other Mayo Clinic individualized medicine experts, please contact Sam Smith or Robert Nellis in Mayo Clinic Public Affairs at 507-284-5005 or Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Genetics, genomics, Human Genome, Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news release, News Release, personalized medicine, precision medicine, Richard Weinshilboum, whole exome sequencing, whole genome sequencing

January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

New Breast Exam Nearly Quadruples Detection of Invasive Breast Cancers in Women with Dense Breast Tissue

By Sam Smith

Rochester, Minn. — A new breast imaging technique pioneered at Mayo Clinic nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published this week in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Molecular Breast Imaging (right) detected 3.6 times as many invasive cancers as digital mammography (left) in the latest study of more than 1,500 women with dense breast tissue. Results are published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Molecular Breast Imaging (right) detected 3.6 times as many invasive cancers as digital mammography (left) in the latest study of more than 1,500 women with dense breast tissue. About half of screening-age women have dense breast tissue, which digital mammography renders the same whitish shade as tumors. Results are published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) is a supplemental imaging technology designed to find tumors that would otherwise be obscured by surrounding dense breast tissue on a mammogram. Tumors and dense breast tissue can both appear white on a mammogram, making tumors indistinguishable from background tissue in women with dense breasts. About half of all screening-aged women have dense breast tissue, according to Deborah Rhodes, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physician and the senior author of this study.

MBI increased the detection rate of invasive breast cancers by more than 360 percent when used in addition to regular screening mammography, according to the study. MBI uses small, semiconductor-based gamma cameras to image the breast following injection of a radiotracer that tumors absorb avidly. Unlike conventional breast imaging techniques, such as mammography and ultrasound, MBI exploits the different behavior of tumors relative to background tissue, producing a functional image of the breast that can detect tumors not seen on mammography.

The study, conducted at Mayo Clinic, included 1,585 women with heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts who underwent an MBI exam at the time of their screening mammogram.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor or Sam Smith, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr Amy Conners, Dr Deborah Rhodes, Dr Michael O'Connor, mammogram, MBI, Minnesota news release, Molecular Breast Imaging, News Release, radiology, supplemental screening

January 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic to host Science Conference for area students on Jan. 27

By Bob Nellis

Researchers working in labMayo Clinic researchers have invited approximately 200 area eighth grade and high school students to the 16th Biennial Celebration of Research, a daylong conference for students interested in learning about careers in science.

The keynote address, "Harnessing Viruses to Attack Cancer," will be presented by Eva Galanis, M.D., a professor of oncology and chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine at Mayo Clinic. This year's theme, "Going Viral," pertains to Dr. Galanis’ research and clinical efforts on using modified viruses to develop novel therapeutics for cancer treatment.

Students are scheduled to attend from Albert Lea, Altura, Austin, Blooming Prairie, Caledonia, Chatfield, Dover, Elgin, Eyota, Faribault, Grand Meadow, Houston, Kasson, Kenyon, Lanesboro, Lewiston, Lyle, Mantorville, Mazeppa, Millville, Northfield, Owatonna, Peterson, Pine Island, Plainview, Rochester, Rushford, Southland, Stewartville, Winona and Zumbrota. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Celebration of Research, Dr Eva Galanis, High School Science Conference, Minnesota news release, News Release, oncology

January 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Response to President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

By Karl W Oestreich

ROCHESTER, Minn -- Acting Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, Richard Weinshilboum M.D., says, "We are pleased and heartened that President Obama plans to increase federal funding for precision or individualized medicine, which Mayo Clinic views as integral to the future of health care. Clínica de Medicina PersonalizadaWe eagerly await more details of the initiative and look forward to contributing however we can. The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine has been a leader in this field for many years and opened the world's first integrated, multidisciplinary Individualized Medicine Clinic for patients with rare or undiagnosed diseases and patients with cancers."

For more information about the Mayo Clinic Center For Individualized Medicine:

MEDIA: To interview Dr. Weinshilboum contact Sam Smith or Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,


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Tags: Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, Mayo Center for Individualized Medicine, Minnesota news release, News Release, precision medicine, State of the Union Address

January 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Selects Epic as Strategic Partner for Electronic Health Record and Revenue Cycle Management System

By Karl W Oestreich

Dr. John Noseworthy

John Noseworthy, M.D.

ROCHESTER, Minn., — Mayo Clinic announced today that Epic has been selected as its strategic partner for a single, integrated electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management (RCM) system. The new system will replace Mayo’s three EHRs in use today and will be a foundation for Mayo Clinic operations over the next several decades.

“We’re confident in choosing Epic as our strategic partner as we continue to enhance Mayo Clinic’s excellence in health care and medical innovation,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Cris Ross, Dr Dawn Milliner, Dr. John Noseworthy, electronic health record, Epic, Minnesota news release, News Release

January 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Family Clinic Kasson: Renovation Project Planned for 2015

By Dana Sparks

KASSON, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is planning to renovate and expand its Kasson primary care clinic in 2015. While the project time frame is currently being finalized, construction at Mayo Family Clinic Kasson is expected to be completed early next year.entrance to Mayo Clinic Kasson Clinic

Mayo Family Clinic Kasson offers patients primary and specialized health care services and is home to the Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program. The renovation project will create new space and reconfigure existing space to support the delivery of patient care. It will allow for additional patient privacy and safety through redesigned lobby and expanded hallway space. Laboratory and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services will be relocated near the front of the building to allow patients with easier and convenient access. In addition, the renovation will support collaboration and efficiency for the multidisciplinary care teams in delivering a comprehensive, seamless care experience for patients.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr David Agerter, Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program, Minnesota news release, News Release, primary care

January 15th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Signs Joint Venture Agreement with Hillhouse Capital Group

By Brian Kilen

China collaboration with Hillhouse Capital strengthens Mayo Clinic’s mission to improve health care worldwide

Paul Limburg, M.D.

Paul Limburg, M.D.

Today, Mayo Clinic announced it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Hillhouse Capital to advance the quality of health care in China. By combining Mayo Clinic’s patient care, medical research and education with Hillhouse’s China expertise and healthcare industry partnerships, the collaboration establishes a new company to improve health care delivery and efficiency in China.

“We are excited to collaborate with Hillhouse to provide Mayo Clinic knowledge and guidance to improve the quality of health care to the people of China,” said Paul Limburg, M.D., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions. “Our collaboration with Hillhouse extends Mayo Clinic’s reach and is at the core of Mayo Clinic’s mission to inspire hope and healing to people everywhere.”

The new venture benefits from recent policy changes by Chinese regulators to encourage private investment in health care. Mayo Clinic and Hillhouse believe that this collaboration presents a unique opportunity to leverage Mayo Clinic’s valuable capabilities in medical technology and management and Hillhouse’s strong in-country knowledge to deliver high-quality health care services to Chinese healthcare providers and patients. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Paul Limburg, GBS, health care in China, Hillhouse Capital Group, Michael Yi, Minnesota news release, News Release

January 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Influenza and Sepsis: Mayo Expert Describes Signs of Severe Sepsis, Septic Shock

By Sharon Theimer

Sepsis can be a dangerous complication of almost any type of infection, including influenza, pneumonia and food poisoningurinary tract infections; bloodstream infections from wounds; and abdominal infections. Steve Peters, M.D., a pulmonary and critical care physician at Mayo Clinic and senior author of a recent sepsis overview in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, explains sepsis symptoms and risk factors, the difference between severe sepsis and septic shock, and how sepsis is typically treated:Sick man with cold or flu lying on sofa checking his temperature for a fever

What is sepsis?Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body. This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.

“Many infections can cause it,” Dr. Peters says. “It is most common with bacterial infections, but you can get sepsis from other types of bugs also.”

What are symptoms to watch for? A high fever; inability to keep fluids down; rapid heartbeat; rapid, shallow breathing; lethargy and confusion are among the signs. If sepsis is suspected, seek emergency care, Dr. Peters advises. Rapid intervention is critical.

Journalists: Soundbites with Dr. Peters are available in the downloads.

For interviews with Dr. Peters, please contact Sharon Theimer
Mayo Clinic Public Affairs at 507-284-5005 or Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: blood poisoning, dehydration, Infection, influenza, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Minnesota news release, News Release, sepsis, sepsis sniffer, Septic Shock, Dr Steve Peters

January 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic App Update Includes Touch ID, Passbook, and Radiology Images

By Bryan Anderson

closeup of Mayo Clinic event ticket appROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today the update of the Mayo Clinic app, available as a free download from Apple’s App Store. Mayo’s flagship mobile app now includes access to radiology images and Touch ID, and is compatible with Apple’s Passbook.

Touch ID
Apple users now can more easily and securely authenticate access to the Mayo Clinic app on-the-go from any iOS 8-enabled device. The patient’s fingerprint is the password and with a touch of the home button on the device, the Touch ID sensor quickly reads the fingerprint and automatically logs into the Mayo Clinic app.

Users of the Mayo Clinic app can now leave their Mayo Clinic patient appointment guide at home. Upcoming appointments appear as a pass within the Passbook app. Users can see their appointment details from the lock screen of their iOS device with a simple swipe of the appointment pass.

Radiology images
Patients will now have anywhere, anytime access to their radiology images and reports within the Mayo Clinic app. This gives patients flexibility and greater access to their health information. These images are for a patient’s information only, and not meant to be used for diagnostic purposes.

The Mayo Clinic app also integrates with Apple Health, providing users a clear and current overview of their health and fitness data. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Apple, Apple Health, digital health, health care technology, HealthKit, Mayo Clinic App, Minnesota news release, News Release

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