October 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minn. â€” Mayo Clinicâ€™s annual Heritage Days celebration takes place next week, Oct. 5â€“9. An array of celebratory events and activities will be held across the institution to thank all of the dedicated employees and volunteers who provide service to patients. All events and activities are free and open to the public.
The theme of this yearâ€™s Heritage Days is "Salute to Service,â€ťÂ which honors the involvement of various generations of Mayo Clinic employees and supporters of the armed forces who served on the battlefield and homefront.
The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, during which William Worrall Mayo, M.D., moved to Rochester upon his appointment as an enrolling surgeon for the Union Army, as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, during which Mayo Clinic provided innovative medical science.
October 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Brian Kilen
Each company receives a $50,000 award and one year of consultation
ROCHESTER, Minn. â€“ On Oct. 1, Care at Hand and Wellpepper were selected as winners of the first-ever Mayo Clinic Think Big Challenge, which was sponsored by Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI), Mayo Clinic Ventures and AVIA Health Innovation. Winners will receive a $50,000 award and one year of consultation to help develop their innovative concepts for market.
The winners were chosen by attendees at Transform 2015, an annual gathering of industry leaders exploring the future of health and health care, which is hosted by the CFI. More than 130 applicants across the nation submitted ideas for the inaugural competition, and six finalist companies were selected for the final round of judging.
Care at Hand of San Francisco and Rockville, Maryland, won the Got Health Award, which focuses on ideas to enable healthy people to stay healthy.
Led by a team spanning medicine to engineering, Care at Hand is recognized for its work on an evidence-based smart survey and analytics platform that predicts and prevents hospitalizations using nonmedical workers. Forbes underscored Care at Handâ€™s leadership and investment in digital health technologies, saying Care at Hand is â€śblazing trails in telehealth and poised to become [a] household name.â€ť
Wellpepper of Seattle won the I Am Not My Disease Award, which focuses on helping people with chronic illnesses live better lives. Read the rest of this entry »
October 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Joe Dangor
ROCHESTER, Minn. â€” The genetic makeup of colon cancer tumors and survival rates for patients with the disease differ by race, according to a study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, published in the October 2015 issue of theÂ Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
â€śThese findings put the issue of race more prominently on the radar of investigators that cancer biology may contribute to race-based disparities,â€ť says the studyâ€™s co-lead author, Harry Yoon, M.D., an oncologist at Mayo Clinic. â€śWhile it is too early to change the way we treat these patients, our results indicate that future studies are needed to examine potential biological drivers of these differences more closely.â€ť
According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women with more than 93,000 cases estimated to be diagnosed in 2015. Researchers have long known that blacks develop colon cancer at an earlier age and blacks with colon cancer are at higher risk of dying than whites. However, it has been difficult to identify why the differences in survival exist.
October 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Rhoda Madson
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. â€“Â Middlesex Hospital and Mayo Clinic announced today that Middlesex has joined Mayo Clinic Care Network, a growing network of organizations committed to better serving the best interests of patients and their families.
Middlesex is the first health care organization from Connecticut to join the network. The agreement gives Middlesex access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and clinical resources that complement its expertise and enhance locally provided care. Through the network, Mayo and Middlesex physicians will collaborate so more patients can get answers to complex medical questions and gain additional peace of mind, all while staying close to home.
â€śWe are thrilled about embarking on this clinical relationship with Mayo Clinic,â€ť says Vincent Capece, Jr., president and CEO of Middlesex Hospital. â€śWe see this as a long-term collaboration that will enable us to bring premier care to the patients we serve and jointly address the challenges we all face in health care. This collaboration will help us in our never-ending efforts to elevate the delivery of care to our communities.â€ť
Journalists: Broll of both facilities as well as sound bites from Mr. Capece and Dr. Cannon are available in the downloads. Read the rest of this entry »
September 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minn.Â â€” Menopause is associated with many bothersome symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, difficulty with mood, memory or concentration, and changes in sexual function. Mayo Clinic physicians recently released findings from research that demonstrated a connection between the severity of menopausal symptoms and a womanâ€™s recent experience of abuse. The abuse could be verbal or emotional, physical or sexual.
Mayo Clinic experts presented findings from the study, â€śThe Association Between Abuse and Menopausal Symptom Bother: Results From the Data Registry on Experiences of Aging, Menopause and Sexuality,â€ť at the annual conference for the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) in Las Vegas.
â€śApproximately 25 percent of women say they have experienced abuse over the course of their lifetime, and we know that this can have long-lasting and far-reaching effects on physical and emotional health,â€ť says Stephanie Faubion, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Office of Womenâ€™s Health and co-author of the study. â€śThis study examines whether, and to what degree, self-reported abuse in the last year is associated with the severity of menopausal symptoms.â€ť
Based on survey responses from more than 3,700 women, Mayo Clinic researchers found that:
â€˘ In the last year, 6.8 percent reported one or more forms of abuse. Of those, 96.8 percent reported experiencing verbal or emotional abuse; 13 percent, physical abuse; and 3.9 percent, sexual abuse.
â€˘ Women who reported recent abuse also reported having more bothersome menopausal symptoms, including difficulty with sleep, issues with mood, memory or concentration, bowel/bladder problems, and difficulty with sexual function.
â€˘ There was not a direct correlation between the severity of hot flashes or night sweats, and reports of abuse in the last year.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: email@example.com.
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Faubion are available in the downloads.
September 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
DelosÂ®, Mayo Clinic collaborate on first ever, human-centered research center
dedicated to creating healthier indoor spaces
Rochester, Minn. (September 30, 2015)â€” Exposure to indoor environments is at an all-time high. In fact, Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, whether at home, work, school, retail stores, fitness centers, health care facilities and more. But what many people donâ€™t realize is that buildings, and everything in them, can affect human health and well-being. Today marked the opening of the Well Living Lab, a new research facility dedicated to studying these environments and creating healthier indoor spaces in which to live, work and play.
â€śThere is a growing awareness and body of scientific evidence that indoor, built environments can affect human health and well-being, with the perception often being that indoor environments have a negative impact on health,â€ť said Brent Bauer. M.D., medical director of the Well Living Lab and professor of medicine for Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. â€śBut new knowledge shows that by building healthier indoor environments, we can actually preserve and enhance human health and quality of life.â€ť
September 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices
ROCHESTER, Minn. â€” The Mayo Practice Transformation Network is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. Mayo Clinic will receive up to $9.7 million to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in the Mayo Practice Transformation Network with tools, information and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patientsâ€™ access to information and spend health care dollars more wisely.
This initiative is a collaboration between the Mayo Clinic Office of Population Health Management (OPHM) and the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD). It is led by principal investigator Nilay Shah, Ph.D., health services researcher in the CSHCD, and co-principal investigator Kari Bunkers, M.D., primary care physician in the Mayo Clinic Health System and medical director of the OPHM.
MEDIA CONTACTS:Â Elizabeth Zimmermann Young, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, firstname.lastname@example.org
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September 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Bob Nellis
Choosing the right antidepressant can be a daunting task. With so many choices and such unpredictability in their individual effects, patients with depression often spend months or years casting about for the right medication, while clinicians are often uneasy or unwilling to offer options other than their preferred prescriptions.
A new study from Mayo Clinic shows that a simple series of conversation cards can dramatically improve both the patientâ€™s and their physicianâ€™s satisfaction with the discussion on and comfort with the choice of antidepressant. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
â€śWe worked closely with patients, their families, and clinicians to fully understand what really matters to them when confronted with this situation. We wanted to transform the too-often unavailable evidence into accurate, easily accessible information to be used within the context of each personâ€™s needs and preferences, ultimately creating what we hope to be meaningful conversations,â€ť says Annie LeBlanc, Ph.D., first author and Mayo Clinic health science researcher.
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September 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minn. â€” The risk for hospitalization doubles for kids withÂ asthmaÂ who are exposed toÂ secondhand smoke, according to a study led byÂ Mayo Clinic Childrenâ€™s Research Center. â€śThe results of this review serve as a reminder to parents of just how dangerous it is to expose their children to secondhand smoke,â€ť saysÂ Avni Joshi, M.D., senior author and pediatric allergist and immunologist atÂ Mayo Clinic Childrenâ€™s Center. â€śWe knew that kids should not be exposed to tobacco, but how bad their asthma is likely to be with tobacco exposure was not clear. This study helped us quantify that risk, and so it informs as well as empowers us with the risk assessment. A child is twice as likely to end up in the hospital with an asthma flare if family members continue to smoke.â€ť
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Joshi are available in the downloads.
September 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment
By Bob Nellis
Rochester, Minn. â€” How is individualized medicine working? Let us count the ways.
Thatâ€™s just what Mayo Clinic Vice President Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., did this morning in his opening keynote at the 4th annual Individualizing Medicine Conference. The core of his talk highlighted five areas in which the knowledge and know-how from the human genome will beÂ most impactful in patient care, not just at Mayo Clinic, but anywhere in the nation and globally.
â€śWhatâ€™s in it for you?â€ť he asked the crowd of health providers at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester,
Minn. â€śIndividualized or precision medicine offers help for your medical practice today. You can take advantage of these advances to help your patients, to better diagnose, treat or prevent illness right now.â€ť Here is his short list of â€śvalue addsâ€ť to the practice of medicine. There are many more, but these are the most pervasive and applicable at the moment.
Journalists: B-roll of the conference and sound bites with Dr. Farrugia and Dr. Stewart are available in the downloads.
Media Contact: Bob Nellis, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs,