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November 18th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

By cindyweiss cindyweiss

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center experts are available to discuss this often fatal illness, risk factors, treatments and advances in research. Pancreatic cancer accounts for only 3 percent of all cancers but is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, by the end of the year, 49,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and an estimated 41,000 will die from the disease.

Surgeon Horacio Asbun, M.D., from Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville campus and specializes in pancreatic and abdominal surgery, says pancreatic cancer is very challenging to treat. Due in part to its vague symptoms, pancreatic cancer is seldom diagnosed in the early stages. And with its proximity to other organs, cancer cells often spread quickly — including to the liver, gallbladder and intestines. "Surgery is the only chance for cure, but typically only about 20 percent of all patients are candidates, as often the disease has spread to other organs by the time it is diagnosed," he says. Those eligible for surgery usually undergo a Whipple procedure.

JOURNALISTS: Sound bites with Dr. Asbun are available in the downloads.
For interviews with Dr. Asbun  (in English or Spanish),  please contact Cynthia Weiss in Mayo Clinic Public Affairs at or 507-284-5005.

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Tags: #Newsapp, Dr Horacio Asbun, Pancreas, pancreatic cancer, Whipple

April 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Atypical Form of Alzheimer’s Disease May be Present in a More Widespread Number of Patients, Mayo Clinic Says

By kevinpunsky kevinpunsky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida have defined a subtype of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that they say is neither well recognized nor treated appropriately.

The variant, called hippocampal sparing AD, made up 11 percent of the 1,821 AD-confirmed brains examined by Mayo Clinic researchers — suggesting this subtype is relatively widespread in the general population. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.2 million Americans are living with AD. And with nearly half of hippocampal sparing AD patients being misdiagnosed, this could mean that well over 600,000 Americans make up this AD variant, researchers say. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Dr. Melissa Murray, Florida News Release, Frontotemporal Dementia, Mayo Clinic in Florida, MayoClinicFL, Neurology, neuroscience, News Release, research

April 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Preparing for the Future of Health Care

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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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Tags: Almanac, Bill Rupp, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Noseworthy, Dr. Rupp, Florida, Future of Health Care, futureofhealthcare, John Noseworthy, Maria Bartiromo, Matthew Clark PhD, Opening Bell, regenerative medicine, stem cells, TPT

December 24th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Give a Gift – Be a Living Donor! (pkg)

By danasparks danasparks

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.

Click here to view family photo gallery.

Journalists: The full edited pkg. is available in the downloads.


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Tags: family transplants, FL, gift of life, kidney transplant, living donar, living donations, Florida, HL, Pkg

December 18th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

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

By danasparks danasparks

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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Tags: CASIS, cell therapy, Dr Abba Zubair, Florida, human cells, international space station, NASA, organs in space, regenerative medicine, space, treatment for stroke

December 18th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Extending Bundled Payment Program for Knee Replacement in Florida

By danasparks danasparks

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.


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Tags: Dr Mary O'Connor, Florida, Florida Blue, knee replacement, Orthopedic Surgery

December 17th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Heart Attacks and Stroke

By danasparks danasparks

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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Tags: Dr. Kevin Barrett, Florida, heart attack, holiday heart attack, holiday stroke, holidays, stroke

December 4th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Shape-Shifting Stops Migrating Cancer Cells

By danasparks danasparks

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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Tags: biology, Cancer, Cancer Biology, Dr Panos Anastasiadis, Florida, fried egg phenotype, glioblastoma tumor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, shape shifting

November 26th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

New Epilepsy Therapy Available at All Mayo Clinic Campuses

By danasparks danasparks

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 


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Tags: Arizona, Dr Joseph Sirven, Epilepsy, Florida, Minnesota, Neurology, neuropace, Neurostimulation, RNS System, seizures, USFDA

November 18th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Stroke Researcher Receives Prestigious AHA Award

By danasparks danasparks

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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Tags: AHA, award, Cardiology, cv, Dr Thomas Brott, Florida, heart award