A Mayo Clinic Diet fan page on Facebook was launched in April, giving those on the Mayo Clinic Diet a way to connect and share their experiences with each other. The fan page also includes weight-loss tips, healthy recipes, video clips of diet success stories and news items related to weight loss and obesity.
The first Minnesota initiative on women's heart disease brought together experts from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota to examine why women experience untimely deaths due to heart disease. Participants explored how the differences in women's symptoms, risk factors, and the biology and psychology of heart disease affect their outcomes and established an action plan for addressing these vital issues in Minnesota and nationwide.
A $1.9 million grant from the Minnesota Partnership was awarded for two groundbreaking projects. A new "laboratory on wheels" brings obesity research to people in the workplace, schools and to underserved populations. Nearly 30 ongoing research studies at Mayo and the University of Minnesota could benefit from the mobile lab. The grant will also go toward state-of-the-art technology to advance genomic studies with zebrafish, a highly versatile animal model for studying genetic aspects of cancer and many other fatal diseases.
In July, the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation hosted "Transform 2010 — Thinking Differently about Health Care," its third collaborative symposium aimed at changing the way health care is experienced and delivered.
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Arizona hosted a free community event to share the latest in targeted lung cancer treatment and research. The four-hour symposium covered topics ranging from advances in minimally invasive surgery to estrogen and lung cancer.
The Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center hosted the symposium "Achieving the Vision: Advancing High-Value Health Care," in December. Participants — national leaders from health care, industry and government — helped to define the next steps to shape the future of health care delivery in America.
Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida joined staff at Florida State University in the African-American Alzheimer's Caregiver Training and Support (ACTS) project. The 12-week program helps caregivers find creative ways to improve difficult care giving problems and enhance their own emotional well-being and physical health. The study will compare the effects of telephone-based versus face-to-face cognitive-behavioral therapy.