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PALO ALTO, Calif. and ROCHESTER, Minn. — April 16, 2014 — Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the complexity of the healthcare system simply and quickly. Through a mobile device, Better provides tailored Mayo Clinic health information, 24/7 access to the clinic's experienced and highly-skilled nurses, and a Better Personal Health Assistant who helps simplify and manage people's care so they can use their time to focus on being well.
"Our culture of learning, innovation, and the desire to find answers has allowed Mayo to remain at the forefront of health and wellness, and we want to extend this expertise to people anywhere," explained Paul Limburg, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions. "People consistently tell us they want more convenient access to Mayo Clinic knowledge. We collaborated with and invested in Better to create a powerful way for people to connect with Mayo Clinic in their homes and communities, wherever they are."
April is Donate Life Month; make your wishes known and don’t let misinformation stop you from saving lives
ROCHESTER, Minn. — April is Donate Life Month, a national recognition to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Edwards are in the downloads.
Nationally, Mayo Clinic has over 3,000 patients on the waiting list for an organ transplant. In recognition of Donate Life Month, Brooks Edwards, M.D., director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration and a transplant cardiologist, is available to the media to answer common questions and address myths and misconceptions pertaining to organ donation.
Some common myths include:
Myth: If I agree to donate my organs, the hospital staff won't work as hard to save my life.
Fact: When you go to the hospital for treatment, doctors focus on saving your life — not somebody else's. You'll be seen by a doctor whose specialty most closely matches your particular emergency, not by a doctor who performs transplants.
Wear blue and green, attend flag raising ceremony to commemorate
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede will proclaim Friday, April 11, “Donate Life Day” in Rochester at a ceremony at the Gift of Life Transplant House (north house) starting at 4 p.m. that day. A 3-by-5-foot Donate Life flag will be raised as part of the ceremony to increase awareness and honor organ donors. The event is open to the public. The Gift of Life Transplant House is located at 705 Second Street SW.
More than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. Nearly 2,000 of those are children. Mayo Clinic has over 3,000 patients on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national waiting list. An average of 18 people die each day in the United States waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.
April is National Donate Life Month, and events are happening across the country to increase support for organ, tissue and eye donation. In addition to the Donate Life Day event in Rochester, there are several other ways to participate or observe Donate Life Month:
ROCHESTER, Minn. — March 21, 2014 — 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://www.HealthLetter.MayoClinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter March 2014 (for journalists only).
Long QT syndrome ― Electrical Miscues in the Heart ― Can Cause Fainting, Seizures
Long QT syndrome — when the electrical activity of the heart takes longer than it should to return to normal after a heartbeat — can lead to potentially dangerous heart rhythms. The March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers this condition and why it’s dangerous.
Long QT syndrome can cause fast, chaotic heartbeats that result in fainting, seizures or even sudden death. If long QT syndrome is suspected because of a fainting spell or family history, a doctor will likely suggest several tests, starting with an electrocardiogram (ECG).
ROCHESTER, Minn. — March 20, 2014 — Ask Mayo Clinic nurse line was recently awarded the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Health Information Product Certification after undergoing a rigorous review of its health information phone line. Attaining this certification indicates that Ask Mayo Clinic is structured to be consistent with NCQA’s health information standards.
The health information products (HIP) certification program highlights organizations that provide a variety of services, including health information lines, pharmacy benefits information and online physician and hospital directories.
Ask Mayo Clinic nurse line is part of Mayo Clinic’s integrated suite of population health management products and services. Using sound judgment backed by a wealth of clinical resources, experienced registered nurses provide trustworthy advice to callers who are ill, injured or seeking reliable health information. Using the protocols and algorithms that are built by Mayo Clinic and used in Mayo’s clinical practice, nurses empower callers to determine care that is safe and cost-effective for the best possible outcomes.
Almanac will broadcast live from Mayo Clinic on March 21 at 7 p.m. CDT
ROCHESTER, Minn. — March 20, 2014 — Twin Cities Public Television’s (tpt) acclaimed weekly public affairs show, Almanac, joins Mayo Clinic in marking its 150th anniversary when Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola host a live broadcast on Friday, March 21, from Phillips Hall on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester. The broadcast will be the first-ever live show for Almanac outside of its St. Paul studio.
The studio audience will include approximately 350 Mayo Clinic employees, civic and community leaders, and public television supporters. The public can watch the program live starting at 7 p.m. CDT on tpt 2 in the Twin Cities. Almanac also is broadcast on many Public Broadcasting Service stations throughout the state, or you can view the show online during and after the live broadcast on YouTube.
The show will include an interview with Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D. Other scheduled segments and guests include a political scientist panel with Dan Hofrenning from St. Olaf College, Stacey Hunter Hecht from Bethel University, Kathryn Pearson from the University of Minnesota, and David Schultz from Hamline University. There also will be a political reporter panel with Post-Bulletin political reporter Heather Carlson, tpt reporter Mary Lahammer, and Minnesota Public Radio political reporter Tom Scheck.
“We’re thrilled to bring Almanac to a live audience in Rochester and couldn’t be happier that our first live broadcast ever is with Mayo Clinic to help commemorate their 150th anniversary,” says Almanac Producer Brendan Henehan.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Feb. 27, 2014 — Here are highlights from the February 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://www.HealthLetter.MayoClinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter February 2014 (for journalists only). Full special report text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter Special Report February 2014 (for journalists only).
Older adults often report a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. In an eight-page Special Report on sleep, the February issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers changes in sleep that can occur with aging and how to get better sleep without taking pills.
Poor sleep isn’t an inevitable part of aging. Yet, older adults are twice as likely to be prescribed a sedative medication for insomnia as are young adults. These medications ― zolpidem (Ambien, others), eszopiclone (Lunesta) or zaleplon (Sonata) ― aren’t meant to be used beyond four to eight weeks. Many older adults use them for months or years even though these medications can cause unwanted side effects including residual sleepiness during the day, dizziness, lightheadedness and mental impairment.
Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers several nondrug approaches and strategies that have proved to help relieve insomnia. Strategies include:
Exercise: Evidence shows that incorporating regular exercise into the daily routine improves sleep. Exercise increases the amount of energy expended, and the amounts of “feel-good” hormones (endorphins) the body produces. Both are likely to lead to better sleep.
What’s your heart health IQ? Learn the facts and share the signs
MINNEAPOLIS — Feb. 5, 2014 — Heart disease affects all of us, either directly or indirectly. It is the leading cause of death in the United States. In an effort to make a positive difference in women’s heart health, Progresso Heart Healthy soup is launching “The Heart Project,” in support of Mayo Clinic. The Heart Project is designed to inspire people to learn the facts, take action regarding their heart health, and spread the word with others during February for heart health month.
The Heart Project site — http://www.theheartproject.com — hosted by Progresso with content from Mayo Clinic, will encourage people to take the Heart Health Quiz. The quiz offers tools and information to educate them on the disease while sharing tips and ideas to help lower one’s risk of heart disease. Those who take the quiz are encouraged to share the information with a friend or loved one and start a conversation about heart disease.
“Heart disease is the nation’s number one cause of death for both men and women,” said Sharon Mulvagh, M.D., director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic. “What’s most astonishing is that almost 80% of heart disease is preventable, and even small lifestyle changes can have a big impact. Making a difference in your heart health is easier and more enjoyable than you may think.”
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Mulvagh are available in the downloads.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jan. 30, 2014 — Here are highlights from the January 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 January 2014 (for journalists only).
Pacemakers ― Getting Better for 50 Years
For more than 50 years, pacemakers have been used to maintain a steady heart rhythm in hearts that beat too slowly. The January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter provides an overview of these implanted high-technology devices that have become a routine part of medical care, both prolonging life and improving quality of life.
Over the years, pacemakers have gotten smaller, more durable and have been loaded with more helpful features. When a heart is beating too slowly or in an uncoordinated way, the pacemaker starts sending electrical impulses to
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jan. 24, 2014 — Mayo Clinic has launched the next evolution of its presence on the Web, by integrating its three existing external websites — mayoclinic.com, mayo.edu and mayoclinic.org — into a single platform. This is the single largest project undertaken in the history of Mayo Clinic’s Web assets and involves an estimated 60,000 Web pages. Mayo Clinic draws about 50 million unique visitors per month collectively to its three main Web domains.
“Web integration is part of Mayo Clinic’s effort to deliver actionable knowledge and intelligence to improve care and reduce costs,” says Roger Harms, M.D., chair of Mayo Clinic’s Web Steering Committee. “We maintain a market-leading Web presence in the consumer health and health care markets that provides people around the world with a window into Mayo Clinic’s knowledge, expertise and services.”