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Preparing for the Future of Health Care

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by Susana Shephard

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Dark space with stars and International Space Station above EarthGrowing Stem Cells in Space to Treat Stroke Patients

Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D., medical and scientific director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory, at Mayo Clinic in Florida, was recently awarded a grant to send human stem cells in space to see if they grow more rapidly in space than stem cells grown on Earth.

Dr. Noseworthy on "Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo"

John Noseworthy, M.D., President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, discussed the future of health care on "Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo” along with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of American Action Former and former Congressional Budget Office director. Dr. Noseworthy explained how we are facing a time of unprecedented change in the health care system and that we are just beginning to take our first steps in this long journey.

Preparing for the Future of Health Care

How does a health care organization prepare for the challenges ahead in the future? John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO and president of Mayo Clinic, shared his perspectives on the Twin Cities Public Television’s (tpt) acclaimed weekly public affairs show, Almanac.
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Give a Gift – Be a Living Donor! (pkg)

Posted on December 24th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

My Family’s Battle with Rare Kidney Disease Gives Hope to Others Seeking a Lifesaving Transplant 

By: Jane Sullivan Horne

When I received a kidney from my brother David ten years ago at Mayo Clinic in Florida, little did I know that someday my only son would have to undergo the same lifesaving procedure after suffering from the same rare kidney disease that has plagued my family for several generations. Nor could I imagine that my brother’s son, Adam, would also give the same lifesaving gift to my son Trey just ten years later.

Read more about Jane's story on Sharing Mayo Clinic.

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Mayo Clinic to Grow Human Cells in Space: Testing Stroke Treatment

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D, believes that cells grown in the International Space Station (ISS) could help patients recover from a stroke, and that it may even be possible to generate human tissues and organs in space. Dr. Zubair says, “On Earth, we face many challenges in trying to grow enough stem cells to treat patients. It takes a month to generate enough cells for a few patients. A clinical-grade laboratory in space could provide the answer we all have been seeking for regenerative medicine.”
Dark space with stars and International Space Station above Earth

Now, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), a nonprofit organization that promotes research aboard the ISS, has awarded Dr. Zubair a $300,000 grant to send human stem cells into space to see if they grow more rapidly than stem cells grown on Earth.

Dr. Zubair, medical and scientific director of the cell therapy laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Florida, says the experiment will be the first one Mayo Clinic has conducted in space and the first to use these human stem cells, which are found in bone marrow.

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Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Zubair are available in the downloads.
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Extending Bundled Payment Program for Knee Replacement in Florida

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

Florida Blue and Mayo Clinic announced they are continuing their collaboration aimed at providing health care for patients in Florida. Specifically, the two Florida health care leaders are continuing their bundled payment agreement for the treatment of knee replacement surgery for Florida Blue's members.

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Journalists: Sound bites with Mary O'Connor, M.D., Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida, are available in the downloads.


Tips for Avoiding Holiday Heart Attacks and Stroke

Posted on December 17th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can bring unexpected medical concerns, including increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Several studies have shown that the incidence of heart attack and stroke increase in December and January, particularly on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Two hands holding a red plastic heartTo minimize the risk of an unexpected visit to the emergency room, Kevin Barrett, M.D., vascular neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Primary Stroke Center, offers these tips:

  1. Reduce stress.
  2. Eat and drink in moderation.
  3. Be vigilant with medication.
  4. Exercise — and get rest.
  5. Know the symptoms for heart attack and stroke, and don’t delay in seeking medical attention.

Taking time to be mindful of stress and the triggers of heart attack and stroke can hopefully help safeguard an enjoyable and pleasant holiday season.

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Shape-Shifting Stops Migrating Cancer Cells

Posted on December 4th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

Glioblastoma tumor cells that are depleted of Syx and assume the fried egg phenotype.

Glioblastoma tumor cells that are depleted of Syx and assume the fried egg phenotype.

Like a car with a front and back end, a steering mechanism and an engine to push it forward, cancer cells propel themselves through normal tissues and organs to spread cancer throughout the body. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida, however, have managed to turn these cells into shapes like a round fried egg and an exaggerated starfish that sticks out in many directions — both of which are unable to move.

In research is published in the December issue of Molecular and Cellular Biology, investigators reveal how interplay of molecules keeps cancer cells moving forward, and how disturbing the balance of these proteins pushes their shape to change, stopping them in their tracks.

Lead investigator of the study and chair of the Department of Cancer Biology in Florida., Panos Anastasiadis, Ph.D., says,“We are starting to understand mechanistically how cancer cells move and migrate, which gives us opportunities to manipulate these cells, alter their shape, and stop their spread. It is the spread — the metastasis — of cancer that is largely responsible for the death of cancer patients, so stopping these cells from migrating could potentially provide a treatment that saves lives.”

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New Epilepsy Therapy Available at All Mayo Clinic Campuses

Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

Media: Mayo Clinic Experts Available to Discuss New Epilepsy Therapy

People with epilepsy may have a new high-tech way to manage hard-to-control seizures. A new implantable medical device that delivers responsive neurostimulation has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The technology is designed to detect abnormal activity in the brain, respond and deliver subtle levels of electrical stimulation to normalize brain activity before an individual experiences seizures. 

Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota participated in clinical trials and treatment is available at all three campuses.

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Journalists: To interview a Mayo Clinic expert about the medical device e-mail or call 507-284-5005. Sound bites with neurologist Joseph Sirven, M.D., are available in the downloads. B-roll of 


Stroke Researcher Receives Prestigious AHA Award

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

Medium shot of Dr. Thomas Brott in dark suit and yellow tieNeurologist and director for research at Mayo Clinic in Florida Thomas Brott, M.D., has been named the recipient of the American Heart Association's 2013 Clinical Research Prize.

The award recognizes and rewards an individual who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science and who currently heads an outstanding cardiovascular clinical research laboratory. Dr. Brott is the first Mayo Clinic investigator to receive the prestigious prize, which has been awarded annually since 2005.

William Rupp, M.D., vice president at Mayo Clinic in Florida, says, “This award is well deserved. Dr. Brott is a pioneer in the field of stroke and cerebrovascular disease research, and his mission to find the best therapies possible for patients has certainly saved lives.”

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Flying High after Successful Laparoscopic Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Posted on November 14th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

Pancreatic cancer affects 45,000 people every year in the U.S. and is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. As we observe Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, it's important to focus on survivors and on viable options for fighting this disease. Barbara Nehr is a patient at Mayo Clinic in Florida who was able to have laparoscopic Whipple surgery to remove the cancer and now, at 68, she’s a three-year pancreatic cancer survivor.

[Read Barbara's patient story on our Sharing Mayo Clinic blog]

Journalists: Sound bites in English and Spanish from Horacio Asbun, M.D., chair, Division of General Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida, and a specialist in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeries, are available in the downloads.

Volando alto después de cirugía exitosa para cáncer de páncreas
Noviembre es mes de concientizarnos sobre el cáncer de páncreas, una enfermedad con un pronóstico difícil. Pero sobrevivientes como Barbara Nehr y Dorylee Baez nos inspiran a mirar las posibilidades de tratamiento que tenemos hoy en día contra esta enfermedad.

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That’s a FACT: Blood and Marrow Transplant Program Earns National Accreditation Renewal

Posted on November 14th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

FACT seal of accreditation

FACT seal of accreditation

The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program of Mayo ClinicNemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville; and Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been awarded a three-year accreditation renewal by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). The foundation awarded the accreditation renewal after thorough site visits at all collection, transplantation and laboratory facilities at the three locations.

The joint program was created in 2001 to allow for greater collaboration in physician and staff expertise, research and clinical protocols.  Since it was established, the combined program has transplanted patients with a variety of illnesses including leukemia, neuroblastoma, sickle cell disease, bone marrow disorders, multiple myeloma, lymphoma, brain tumors, Ewing’s sarcoma and amyloidosis.

“We are excited to receive this accreditation. It is a welcome recognition and ‘badge of honor’ for our program. It also informs and assures our patients, referring physicians and insurance companies of the highest standards of patient care and laboratory practices in our program,” said Vivek Roy, M.D., hematologist/oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida and medical director of the adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.

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To hear more from Dr. Roy, click on the video below.  Journalists, this video is also available in the downloads below.

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