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In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and to celebrate the recent accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance, the new Mayo Clinic Child and Family Advocacy Center will hold an open house April 22. The center serves as a resource for area community groups to respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective, efficient and put the needs of the child victim first. The center provides a child-friendly, safe haven for the [...]
Pioneering Mayo doctors created global medical icon and model for future of health care
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jan. 24, 2014 — On Jan. 27, 1864, English-born Dr. William Worrall Mayo first notified the public about his medical practice in Rochester, Minn., planting the seeds of what would eventually become an international medical organization with more than 59,000 expert physicians, scientists and health care professionals, attracting millions of patients from across the globe.
This year marks 150 years of continuous service to patients, and Mayo Clinic is launching a yearlong recognition that will honor a legacy of medical accomplishments and a model for the future of health care.
Dr. Mayo’s sons, Drs. William and Charles Mayo, joined the practice in the late 1880’s and, with their father, created Mayo Clinic’s medical hallmark: The integrated care model that focuses a team of experts on one patient at a time and puts patients’ needs first.
“Mayo Clinic started with humble visionaries who wanted to help their patients by providing the best possible knowledge available, without regard to their own personal interests or success,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “Those values of respect, compassion, integrity, excellence and innovation continue to drive Mayo Clinic forward today as we seek to advance health care through education, research and clinical practice.”
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and leads to a host of cancers and illnesses. A new report by the Surgeon General released today, The Health Consequences of Smoking, highlights a half a century of progress in tobacco control and prevention since the first report in 1964. The report also includes new findings on the health effects of smoking and a call to action on how to end the continuing tobacco use epidemic.
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Hurt are available in the downloads.
“We lose over 480,000 Americans every single year to tobacco-related diseases,” says Richard Hurt, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center. “Cigarette smoke affects every organ system in the body. We’ve known for a long time that cigarette smokers have a larger number of polyps of the colon, which are the precursor to colon cancer. So it’s not a big surprise that now the committee is concluding that cigarette smoking is associated with colon cancer.”
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jan. 7, 2014 — Among cigarette smokers, combining the smoking cessation medications varenicline and bupropion, compared with varenicline alone, resulted in higher smoking abstinence rates for one outcome but not the other at three and six months; rates were similar at one year, according to a Mayo Clinic study published this month in JAMA.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Dec. 16, 2013 — Enduring the last few weeks of pregnancy can be physically and emotionally challenging for some women. The aches and pains, the swelling of the limbs and the anxiety of when labor may start are part of the natural gestation process, but they also can seem unbearable. It may seem easier to relieve symptoms associated with late pregnancy by electing to deliver early, but Mayo Clinic researchers caution that there can be an increased risk of complications to the mother and the newborn associated with early-term deliveries.
Mayo researchers recently published a review article on this topic in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Dec. 2, 2013 — In a continued effort to provide greater efficiency in caring for our patients, improve patient safety and offer advanced services to inpatient areas, Mayo Clinic will add on five floors to the Mary Brigh East Building and renovate the third floor of the Domitilla Building at Saint Marys Hospital.
Both projects will begin in the second quarter of 2014 and are expected to be completed in early 2016. The project budget is $72.1 million.
“Hospitals are the location where care is delivered to the most complex and seriously ill patients,” says Amy Williams, M.D., medical director of hospital operations. “Patient safety is of the utmost concern in the hospital setting and this project will meet the needs of the patient by creating a safe and welcoming environment that is patient and family focused.”
Currently, construction is finishing up on the first four floors of Mary Brigh East as part of a surgery expansion project to create a new post anesthesia care unit (PACU). The addition of five floors on top will include three floors for patient care units, each with 23 private rooms for a total of 69 private rooms, and the remaining two floors will be used for shell space and mechanical infrastructure. The new expansion will create an additional 131,800 square feet of finished space and 25,300 of shell space. Upon completion, Mary Brigh East will be nine floors.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The public is invited to enjoy three Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program concerts in December. Performances will be on Mondays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium, subway level, Rochester Methodist Hospital, Charlton Building, 10 Third Ave. NW.
The schedule is:
Dec. 2: John Gorka will perform in Lips Atrium. This world-renowned singer-songwriter has toured across the globe sharing his soulful baritone and original songs. His 11 albums, collector's box set and greatest hits collection have garnered popular and critical acclaim. Gorka lives in Minnesota and continues to tour North America and Europe.
Dec. 9: Minnesota natives Sally Barris and Jon Vezner will perform a holiday concert in Lips Atrium. Barris is an expressive soprano and Grammy-nominated songwriter. Vezner received a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1990 and is a talented singer and bassist.
Expert panel will discuss e-cigarettes and their impact on health at an upcoming press conference
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Oct. 23, 2013 — E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular and widely available as the use of regular cigarettes drops. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that e-cigarette use by children doubled from 2011 and 2012. The health effects of e-cigarettes have not been effectively studied and the ingredients have little or no regulation. Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center experts are available to discuss what people should know before trying e-cigarettes.
MULTIMEDIA ALERT: Video and audio are available for download on the Mayo Clinic News Network.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The public is invited to enjoy four Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program concerts in November. Performances will be on Mondays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium, subway level, Rochester Methodist Hospital, Charlton Building, 10 Third Ave. NW, unless otherwise noted.
The schedule is: Nov. 4: A Meditation and Memorial concert will be held in Lips Atrium. This concert is dedicated to the memories of lost loved ones and features music from soprano and
Mayo Medical School student Elizabeth Hillebrand; singer, songwriter and pianist Sarah Monson; and guitarist and songwriter Dean Magraw.
Nov. 11: A special Veteran's Day program will feature
Tim Hildebrandt in Hage Atrium, subway level,
Siebens Building, 200 First St. SW. [...]
Fibroids found to be a public health issue for African-American women who have more symptoms, longer time to diagnosis and greater need for information
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Uterine fibroids cause significant fear and morbidity and can compromise workplace performance, according to a recently published survey of nearly 1,000 women in the U.S. The results were published this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Journal of Women's Health. The findings shed new light on the impact, prevalence and treatment concerns related to uterine leiomyomas (fibroids), which affect up to 80 percent of women by age [...]