Summary of major media coverage for this week Oct. 22 2017
Covered this week - ""Doctors fear mental health disclosure could jeopardize their licenses", "America's 'silent killer' is still out of control: Here's how to stop it", "New therapy at Mayo Clinic helps cancer patients keep hair", "Harmonicas help transplant patients learn to breathe again" and "Who's Most at Risk of Head Injury in Youth Football?"
Doctors fear mental health disclosure could jeopardize their licenses
by Leah Samuel
Medicine is grappling with rising levels of physician burnout, one of the factors driving high rates of depression and suicide in the profession. Now, a new study shows, those concerns break down along geographic lines — and in those states whose licensure applications ask the most sweeping questions about mental illness, physicians are most likely to be reluctant to seek treatment. The problem lies in how they ask, said Mayo Clinic professor and internist Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye, who led the study. “In some states, the question is really broad, as in, ‘Have you ever been treated for a mental health condition?'” she said. “It’s simply not a fair question.”
Reach: STAT covers the frontiers of health and medicine including science labs, hospitals, biotechnology board rooms, and political back rooms. Hosted by The Boston Globe, STAT has more than 603,000 unique visitors to its web site each month.
Additional coverage: Doctors Lounge, Becker’s Hospital Review
Previous coverage in October 13, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights
Context: Despite growing problems with psychological distress, many physicians avoid seeking mental health treatment due to concern for their license. Mayo Clinic research shows that licensing requirements in many states include questions about past mental health treatments or diagnoses, with the implication that they may limit a doctor's right to practice medicine. The findings appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. “Clearly, in some states, the questions physicians are required to answer to obtain or renew their license are keeping them from seeking the help they need to recover from burnout and other emotional or mental health issues,” says Liselotte Dyrbye, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physician and first author of the article. More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Bob Nellis
America's 'silent killer' is still out of control: Here's how to stop it
by Aliyah Frumin
Although it's a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, less than half of adults — 48 percent — with the condition actually have it under control, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. “The fact that we’ve made no progress on controlling hypertension is disappointing, although not entirely surprising,” Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist and founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told TODAY.
Reach: The TODAY Show reaches an average daily audience of 4.25 million viewers each week. Today.com, the website for NBC's TODAY show receives more than 23.9 million unique visitors each month.
Context: Sharonne Hayes, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Hayes studies cardiovascular disease and prevention, with a focus on sex and gender differences and conditions that uniquely or predominantly affect women. With a clinical base in the Women's Heart Clinic, Dr. Hayes and her research team utilize novel recruitment methods, social media and online communities, DNA profiling, and sex-specific evaluations to better understand several cardiovascular conditions. A major area of focus is spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an uncommon and under-recognized cause of acute coronary syndrome (heart attack) that occurs predominantly in young women.
Contact: Traci Klein
New therapy at Mayo Clinic helps cancer patients keep hair
by Erica Bennett
It’s a process that looks a little strange -- and for those who have gone through it, it's one that feels even stranger. “Essentially, your head is frozen for seven hours. It’s not comfortable, but it's worth it and it kind of feels like an ice cream headache,” Kristin Ferguson said. Ferguson got “cold cap” treatments at Mayo Clinic while she was battling breast cancer earlier this year. For Ferguson and many other women, the thought of losing hair was daunting…“While the chemo is circulating around in our body, we can try to preserve certain part of our body by keeping them cold," Dr. Saranya Chumsri, a breast cancer specialist at Mayo, said. Ferguson said going through breast cancer is tough enough, so having one less thing to worry about like losing your hair is a blessing. She hopes her cold cap story encourages women far and wide.
Reach: WAWS-TV/30 is the Fox affiliate. WTEV-TV/47 is the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida.
Previous coverage in the October 13, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights
Context: Saranya Chumsri, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist.
Contact: Paul Scotti
First Coast News
Harmonicas help transplant patients learn to breathe again
by Juliette Dryer
Larry Rawdon first spoke with First Coast News for a different story, where he chronicled how the harmonica helped him rehabilitate his diaphragm after his second lung transplant. Tuesday, Larry returned to the Mayo Clinic to teach breathing exercises using the harmonica to a room full of heart and lung transplant patients… Rawdon has been teaching harmonica classes to transplant patients at the Mayo Clinic since 2013. He also teaches private lessons to those in need. Dr. Francisco Alvarez with Mayo Clinic’s lung transplant program called the diaphragm the most important muscle for breathing. “If your diaphragm couldn’t move you literally couldn’t breathe,” Dr. Alvarez said. “And that’s why it’s so important for the purpose of aspiration.”
Reach: First Coast News refers to three television stations in Jacksonville, Florida. WJXX, the ABC affiliate; WTLV, the NBC affiliate; and WCWJ, the CW affiliate.
Context: After surviving two separate lung transplant procedures in 2005 and 2008, musician Larry Rawdon is sharing new ways of healing through music with other patients at Mayo Clinic in Florida. It was, after all, music that led him to Mayo Clinic and aided in his recovery after he was diagnosed in 2002 with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. You can read more about Larry's story in this Sharing Mayo Clinic piece. Larry told his story in The Wall Street Journal and you can also read about it in Mayo Clinic In the Loop.
Contact: Paul Scotti
Who's Most at Risk of Head Injury in Youth Football?
by Dennis Thompson
About 8 percent of the head impacts that occurred during youth play and practice were hard enough to be classified as high-magnitude, the researchers found. One neurologist put that into perspective. "That's equivalent to getting punched in the head by a boxer," said Dr. David Dodick, a professor of neurology with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. "No one would want their 9-year-old or 11-year-old punched in the head or involved in a boxing match, but that's the kind of force some of these kids are exposed to regularly."
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Additional coverage: KTTC
Context: David Dodick, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.
Contact: Jim McVeigh