This afternoon, Mayo Clinic neurologist Ronald Petersen, M.D.,Ph.D., testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding the status of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which aims to effectively treat Alzheimer’sdisease by 2025. He touched on a variety of topics including the potential burden and cost on the health care system, current research that shows the benefits of early care and treatment, and the crucial need for funding. Other witnesses included Ashley Campbell, on behalf of Glen Campbell and family, Dr. Don Moulds, Dept. of Health and Human Services and Dr. Michael Hurd, RAND Center for the Study of Aging.
At Transform, the audience is a dynamic mix of innovators, leaders, designers, entrepreneurs, policymakers and business thinkers — all from inspiring organizations, design firms, technology companies, Web 2.0 startups, investment firms and universities. Speakers are engaged and encouraged to be available to participants for further discussion. John Hockenberry, an award-winning journalist and commentator, will return to moderate Transform 2013. See all 2013 speakers
Mayo Clinic has been ranked No. 6 on the 2013 DiversityInc Top 10 Hospital System for its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the second year that Mayo has made the list. Last year, Mayo earned the No. 4 position on the Top 5 Hospital Systems list. This year’s rankings were announced at the annual DiversityInc Top 50 event in New York on April 23.
Sharonne Hayes, M.D., director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, says,”The ability to provide the best health care, tailored to meet each and every patient’s needs, depends on Mayo Clinic having a vibrant, diverse and engaged workforce. We’ve been able to leverage Mayo’s laser focus on our patients, a trait that’s already a part of every Mayo employee’s DNA, to not only improve the patient experience, but to become a more inclusive, equitable and innovative workplace.”
The American Diabetes Association estimates the annual cost of diabetes on the health system to be $245 billion. Among people under the age of 20 about 215,000 have diabetes and about 1 in every 400 children and adolescents has diabetes.
During the chat, we’ll be exploring topics such as: the growing epidemic of type II diabetes among youth; innovations occurring in treatment; ways parents can seek support and understanding; lowering the cost of care; and more.
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April is National Donate Life Month, held to encourage organ and tissue donation and to celebrate donors who give a new life to others. In the U.S., more than 118,000 people are waiting for organ transplants, and 19 percent are Hispanic. Experts say there is a need for organ donation in the Hispanic community because a transplant recipient is more likely to find a match among donors with the same ethnicity. Mikel Prieto, M.D., surgical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant programs at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, says, “It is always possible to find matches across ethnicities, but all ethnic groups benefit when we increase the number of donors from the same ethnic background.”
A Mayo Clinic survey shows that the public’s support for both living and deceased organ donation is increasing. Eighty-four percent of respondents said they would be likely or very likely to consider donating a kidney or a portion of their liver to a close friend or family member in need. In addition, 49 percent said they would be likely or very likely to consider donating a kidney to someone they have never met, which is often referred to as altruistic or “Good Samaritan” kidney donation.
Launched on April 11, 2013, this is the second video in a new video series, Saving Lives With Gus, which is designed to educate, entertain and deliver life-saving tips with high-tech mannequins. Share this video with your networks using #SavingLivesWithGus on Twitter and Google+. We shared this post on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Dr. David Hayes (second from right), medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, gets a tour of NorthShore Hospital’s Sim Lab last September. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune / September 18, 2012)
David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network, says, “We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with this excellent organization and its dedicated staff, working together during the coming years to improve patient care and develop new delivery models.”