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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Mon, Jun 1 12:14pm · View  

Baxter Ventures, Mayo Clinic and Velocity Pharmaceutical Development Announce the Formation of Vitesse Biologics, LLC, a Company Structured to Accelerate Therapeutic Innovation

Vitesse formed to identify and advance early stage biologic research in immunology, hematology and oncology

Deerfield, IL., Rochester, MN and South San Francisco, CA. Baxter Ventures, the venture arm of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), Mayo Clinic and Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC (“VPD”) today announced the formation of Vitesse Biologics, LLC, (“Vitesse”). Vitesse is a unique collaboration model initiated by Baxter Ventures to focus on the development of antibody and protein-based therapeutics in the areas of immunology, hematology, and oncology. Following the spin-off of Baxter BioScience as Baxalta Incorporated, anticipated to take place by mid-2015, the Vitesse relationship will be managed by the planned venture arm, Baxalta Ventures, for the new company.

Baxter Media Contact: Kellie Hotz, (224) 948-5353, media@baxter.com

Baxter Investor Contact: Mary Kay Ladone, (224) 948-3371

Mayo Clinic Media Contact: Brian Kilen, (507) 284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

Velocity Media Contact: Leslie Loven, (415) 509-5110,  leslie@vpd.net

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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Mon, May 18 10:24am · View  

Expert Alert – Precision Medicine and Obesity

Mayo Clinic Researcher Explains Five Individual Categories for Treatment of Obesity

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers have identified five sub-categories of obesity in an effort to determine the most effective, individual treatments. More than two in three adults are considered to be overweight or obese and 17 percent of children are obese in the United States. Obesity is a costly health issue that increases the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, among others. The prevalence of obesity continues to rise despite education and efforts around diet, exercise, and drug/surgical therapy. In response, researchers asked how the gastrointestinal system affects obesity.

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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Tue, May 5 5:25pm · View  

Expert Alert – Fertility and Conception

 

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- With Mother’s Day being May 10 and May being Women’s Health Month, Mayo Clinic offers expert guidance on fertility and conception.

Mayo Clinic expert Jani Jensen, M.D. is available to talk about the latest research and provide expert guidance for reporters writing articles on women’s health and fertility and conception.

Dr. Jensen is a Mayo specialist in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and co-director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at Mayo Clinic.

She is co-author of the recently released Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception. The comprehensive book provides answers and explanations for nearly every aspect of achieving a successful pregnancy. It covers lifestyle and nutrition, the intricacies of natural conception, common fertility problems, the latest medical treatments to help (including intrauterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization and donors), and information on special situations (fertility preservation, choosing single parenthood, same-sex couples and more). [...]

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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Thu, Apr 30 4:21pm · View  

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the April 2015 Issue

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the April issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/ or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter April 2015 (for journalists only).

Exercise eases depression symptoms

Increasing evidence shows that exercise can ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The April issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers how exercise changes the brain and alleviates symptoms.

multi-generational exercise class doing yogaDepression is linked to abnormally low levels of certain neurotransmitters ― chemicals in the brain that allow nerves to communicate with one another. Having less norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin in the brain results in lower nerve stimulation than usual, contributing to feelings of sadness and emptiness, loss of interest in normal activities, tiredness, anxiety and trouble thinking.

Antidepressant medications work by increasing the levels of these chemicals and bringing them back to normal. Exercise does the same thing. In addition, new evidence shows that exercise sets into motion changes that protect the brain against the damaging effects of stress and enhance resilience to depression.

Exercise also has positive emotional and social effects that can help deal with stress and depression. Regular exercise helps:

  • Regain a sense of control and boost confidence: This comes from learning new exercises, rising to new physical challenges and meeting activity goals.
  • Minimize worries: Exercise can be a distraction from recurring worries.
  • Cope in a healthy way: Exercise is a positive way to manage anxiety and depression. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on negative feelings or hoping symptoms will go away can lead to worsening symptoms.

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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Fri, Apr 24 9:10am · View  

Mayo Clinic Announces Apple Watch app for Patients and Physicians

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Today Mayo Clinic announced two new applications for the Apple Watch that will help patients and providers manage schedules and visits. The Mayo Clinic app update is available on iTunes. The Synthesis app for providers is available to Mayo Clinic staff.

“It is important that we interact with patients so that it seamlessly enhances their health care experiences. Whether this is through the Mayo Clinic app., remote monitoring, or the Apple watch, health consumer experience will continue to drive these technologies forward and Mayo Clinic will continue to lead with cutting edge technologies that benefit both our patients and

staff.” says John T. Wald M.D., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Wald are available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Thu, Apr 16 5:29pm · View  

Mayo Clinic and Optum360 Collaborate to Improve Experience for Patients

Agreement includes deployment of existing Optum360 revenue management services technology, development of new tools and delivery of services to increase patient satisfaction

Optum360 and Mayo Clinic announced today that they are collaborating to develop new revenue management services capabilities aimed at improving patient experiences and satisfaction while reducing administrative costs for health care providers.

Medical Director for Patient Experience, Rochester

Medical Director for Patient Experience, Rochester

Optum360 and Mayo Clinic will collaborate on enhancing and redesigning specific elements of the revenue cycle to increase efficiency while creating a convenient, accurate, transparent and personal experience for patients. A key focus is improving the interaction between the provider and payer by opening channels of communication early in the care process. The agreement includes a next-generation patient cost estimator, streamlining prior authorization/pre-certification, enhanced claims editing functions and administrative simplification of billing activities associated with pre-care packaged pricing.

“Mayo Clinic and Optum360 have a shared vision of how a patient can best experience the revenue cycle as part of their care,” said Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., Mayo Clinic Medical Director for Patient Experience, Rochester. “Through our work together, we will also address the unique needs and regulatory requirements of the market and deliver a superior patient experience.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Fri, Mar 27 10:22am · View  

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the March 2015 Issue

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/ or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter March 2015 (for journalists only).

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Pain medications might not work well for chronic pain ― pain that doesn’t go away with time. The March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers other types of medications and strategies to consider as part of long-term pain management.

Deciding on potential drug therapy for chronic pain usually involves analysis of the cause or causes of pain and knowing which type of drugs may be beneficial. Pain medications typically work well for pain resulting from headache, an injury or surgery. These same medications can lose their effectiveness over time, and some may even make pain worse or cause unacceptable side effects. Other options include:


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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Mon, Mar 16 6:59am · View  

Mayo Clinic Health Solutions Announces Collaboration with Lovelace Health System to Offer Employer Self-Funded Health Plan Options

Albuquerque, NM — Mayo Clinic Health Solutions today announced a collaboration with Lovelace Health System to serve employers in the Albuquerque and Roswell area with self-funded plan options. “The agreement combines the national proficiency and expertise of Mayo Clinic Health Solutions with excellence in local medical care at Lovelace Health System,” says Greg Couser, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Mayo Clinic Health Solutions.

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Under this relationship, Mayo Clinic Health Solutions will offer third party administrative services for self-funded plans through brokers and consultants as well as local employers. Mayo Clinic Health Solutions offers a national network option to supplement the local provider network of the Lovelace Health System. Health plan administration services offered through Mayo Clinic Health Solutions for self-funded employer health plans will be available with effective dates beginning July 1, 2015.

For more information, visit Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions. [...]

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