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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Tue, Sep 9 3:36pm · View  

Mayo Experts Comment on Respiratory Illnesses

ROCHESTER, Minn. — With the recent news about a large number of children affected by respiratory illnesses in the central U.S., Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician Phil Fischer, M.D., and pediatric infectious diseases specialist W. Charles Huskins, M.D., share information about these illnesses, what parents should look for and how to prevent them from spreading.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video of Dr. Huskins are available in the downloads.

Dr. Huskins explains that, based on a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 8, it appears that infections in Missouri and Illinois are due to a previously known, but relatively uncommon enterovirus, called enterovirus D68.


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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Fri, Sep 5 12:06pm · View  

Best Way to Protect a Community from Flu? Immunize the Kids!

Flu Vaccine

Olmsted County area public and private schools offering school-located influenza vaccination clinics

ROCHESTER, Minn. — “Everyone needs the influenza vaccine every year,” says Robert Jacobson, M.D., pediatrician and medical director of the Employee and Community Health Immunization Program at Mayo Clinic. “And school-aged children have two more reasons than everyone else. They are more likely to get the influenza infection, and they are the ones more likely to start the spread of influenza in the community.”

Kids easily spread influenza, and they carry the virus home to their families. Kids miss school, and parents miss work.

That’s why Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, Olmsted County Public Health and Olmsted County area private and public schools are teaming up to vaccinate children at their schools. “It’s like disarming the hot spot before it boils over,” says Linda Haeussinger, public health nurse manager at Olmsted County Public Health.

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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Wed, Sep 3 4:06pm · View  

Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance Announces $2.3 Million Targeting Tobacco Use

Fist smashing cigarettesGlobal Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment, hosted at Mayo Clinic, and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) today announced $2.3 million in grant awards to support tobacco dependence treatment in low- and middle-income countries.Logo of Global Bridges with wording and globe

These grants represent the first major funding in the area of tobacco dependence treatment in low- and middle-income countries, a need outlined in Article 14 of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. These projects will provide much-needed support in countries where progress in other aspects of tobacco control, such as smoke-free policies and tobacco taxation, has generated an increase in demand for quitting assistance. [...]

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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Wed, Sep 3 11:00am · View  

Expert Alert: The Importance of Folic Acid and Prenatal Care to Prevent Birth Defects, Especially Among Hispanic Women

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Although Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers don't have a definite answer as to why spina bifida birth defects occur, they have identified a few important risk factors and two different surgery options. Risk factors include race, family history, diabetes, obesity, increased body temperature and folate deficiency.

A recent March of Dimes study on the risk of neural tube defect-affected pregnancies published in the American Journal of Public Health says, “Hispanic women are at an especially high risk of having newborns with serious birth defects.” According to this report, “more babies are born prematurely to Hispanics than women of other ethnicities in the United States making it the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country.” To help avoid birth defects, it’s mentioned that women of Mexican descent “fortifying corn masa flour with vitamin B folic acid could prevent more serious birth defects of the brain and spine,” according to the same publication.

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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Fri, Aug 22 2:31pm · View  

Mayo Clinic President and CEO Participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pledges Support to ALS Research

To help raise awareness and support for ALS research, John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO, braved the shower of icy water and took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge this week. Dr. Noseworthy was nominated by reporter, Mike Sullivan, at KTTC News, the local NBC News affiliate in Rochester, Minn., to take part in the challenge. Though he was miles away in Canada on vacation, Dr. Noseworthy didn’t hesitate to pledge his support to ALS research and take the challenge.  Learn more about ALS research at Mayo Clinic.

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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Wed, Aug 13 12:14pm · View  

Mayo Clinic’s 150 Medical Contributions Span 150 Years

ROCHESTER, Minn. – To honor a century and a half of serving humanity, Mayo Clinic has compiled a list of 150 medical contributions. The list includes innovations such as developing the concept of an integrated, multispecialty, not-for-profit group practice of medicine, establishing the first hospital-based blood bank in the United States, developing the ketogenic diet to help control epilepsy, Historical photo of an early surgery performed at Mayo Clinicand performing the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved hip replacement in the United States.Photo of Drs. William Mayo, Charles Mayo, and William Worrall Mayo

“The accomplishments on this list reflect the collective knowledge of colleagues throughout Mayo Clinic,” says Kerry Olsen, M.D., chair of the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Committee. “Millions of people have received care as patients of Mayo Clinic, and millions of others have benefited from Mayo’s discoveries, advancing the standard of care throughout the United States and around the world.”

To create the list, a committee of Mayo Clinic’s senior leaders in clinical care, research and education called upon their colleagues to submit important discoveries from their respective specialty fields. Once all the submissions had been received, the committee was faced with the challenging task of processing and narrowing down hundreds of entries to a list of 150.

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“This list is not meant to be the ‘most’ important, nor are the accomplishments presented in any chronological order or priority,” says Dr. Olsen. “Rather, they were selected for their impact and enduring significance. Looking ahead, we anticipate many more advances to join the list.”

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Jo-Rita Gustum Wegner (@joritaw) responded:

My Son had a shunt for Hydrocephaleous in 1964 at Milwaukee County hospital. I would personnaly like to thank the Doctor who came from Mayo Clinic Rochester to perform the surgery. He is 50 years old and a manager at McDonalds. No aparrent effects from the birth defect. He has never had the shunt replaced .

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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Tue, Jun 10 3:33pm · View  

Two Mayo Clinic Campuses Receive Practice Greenhealth Awards

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic was recently honored with two awards from Practice Greenhealth for its efforts in responsible environmental practices.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire received the 2014 Practice Greenhealth Emerald Award. This is among the most competitive Practice Greenhealth awards and recognizes health care facilities that have achieved significant improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. In addition to energy conservation practices, such as using energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, the Eau Claire site also recycles more than 24 tons of glass, plastic and aluminum and 252 tons of paper. In 2013, its reusable sharps program diverted 22,214 pounds of plastic from the landfill and eliminated the use of 1,716 pounds of cardboard.Greenhealth Emerald Award 2014 logo

“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in developing and implementing programs that protect our environment and the health of our patients, staff and community,” says Gordy Howie, director of Facilities Services-Maintenance at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Howie also is chairman of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Initiative that works with local businesses in developing environmentally sustainable practices. [...]

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Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein) posted · Tue, Jun 10 1:59pm · View  

Once Again, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center Ranked Among Best Children’s Hospitals

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Children’s Center has again been ranked as the top performing children’s hospital in Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-2015 Best Children’s Hospitals nurse baby CHMayorankings.

Overall rankings for the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center significantly increased in nearly all of the pediatric specialties, including cancer (#13), cardiology and heart surgery (#13), gastroenterology and GI surgery (#17), nephrology (#25), neurology and neurosurgery (#19), pulmonology (#31) and urology (#11).

“The Mayo Clinic Children’s Center brings Mayo Clinic quality to children and families not only through cutting-edge interventions such as the launch of the proton beam therapy for childhood cancer in 2015 and stem cell treatment for children with heart disease, but also through the integrated, multispecialty team approach that has served as the cornerstone of the Mayo Clinic approach to patients of all ages for more than 150 years,” says hospital director Randall Flick, M.D., M.P.H. [...]

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