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Aug 21, 2017

Shared decision making should encourage conversations, researchers contend

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
To improve quality and reduce health care spending at a population level, state and federal agencies have begun requiring shared decision making tools for certain procedures and tests. With legal and financial incentives, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others aim to move the industry toward value-based care. [...]
Shared decision making should encourage conversations, researchers contend
Aug 17, 2017

Research News Roundup--July 2017 (2)

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
Welcome to the second issue of the Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup. These columns reprise research news releases from the past month, and link readers to those articles, as well as related resources. Thank you for your continued support of Mayo Clinic Research! July 16-31, 2017 Mayo Clinic School of Medicine [...]
Research News Roundup--July 2017 (2)
Aug 15, 2017

DOWN TO THE ROOTS--Persistence powers Mayo Clinic's approach to adult-derived stem cell therapies

By jenniferschutz @jenniferschutz
Allan B. Dietz, Ph.D., never intended to be a scientist. His plan was to be a farmer, just like his father, grandfather and all the other Dietzes he knew. "I was going to be a farmer at first. Then I was going to be a veterinarian because that's what farm [...]
DOWN TO THE ROOTS--Persistence powers Mayo Clinic's approach to adult-derived stem cell therapies
Aug 10, 2017

TOGETHER TRIAL--An individualized strategy for stopping organ rejection

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine is collaborating with a molecular diagnostics company to monitor patients after an organ transplant and improve the efficacy of immunosuppressant drugs by tailoring treatment to an individual's genome. The effectiveness of immunosuppressant drugs is governed by a number of factors, but a major contributor [...]
TOGETHER TRIAL--An individualized strategy for stopping organ rejection
Aug 8, 2017

Proposed research agenda--Address disparities for young thyroid cancer patients

By meghanknoedler @meghanknoedler
In 2013, the television show host from HGTV’s Flip or Flop, Tarek El Moussa, received a concerned email from a fan of the show. The email came from an experienced registered nurse to tell him that while watching the show she noticed a lump in the front of his throat [...]
Proposed research agenda--Address disparities for young thyroid cancer patients
Aug 3, 2017

Mayo researchers seek to manage pain while minimizing opioid prescriptions

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
In the last 15 years, the number of Americans receiving an opioid prescription and the number of deaths involving overdoses have roughly quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 90 people per day died in 2015 from an overdose of a prescription opioid or heroin [...]
Mayo researchers seek to manage pain while minimizing opioid prescriptions
Aug 2, 2017

Mayo researchers to explore safety of combining blood-thinners

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Millions of Americans are taking blood-thinning drugs for common medical conditions. Often, they receive prescriptions for more than one when they have multiple chronic diseases or conditions. As Americans age and the number of people on these drugs is expected to steadily increase over the coming decades, researchers are trying [...]
Mayo researchers to explore safety of combining blood-thinners
Aug 1, 2017

Research News Roundup--July 2017 (1)

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
We're trying out a new idea on the blog - the Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup. These columns will reprise research news releases from the past month, and link readers to those articles, as well as related resources. Thank you for your continued support of Mayo Clinic Research! July 1-15, [...]
Research News Roundup--July 2017 (1)
Jul 31, 2017

REGISTER NOW--Transform health care one moment at time

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
For a few days, you join a community of intensely curious people–all of whom are eager to explore foundational questions that are otherwise sidelined in standard analyses of health care in the United States. Transform doesn't shy away from any of it.   – Lauren Taylor, Co-Author, The American Health Care [...]
REGISTER NOW--Transform health care one moment at time
Jul 27, 2017

Meet the Investigator: Kristin R. Swanson, Ph.D.

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
At the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, hundreds of researchers dedicate their professional lives to reducing the burden of cancer. Each one has a unique story. In this video, Kristin R. Swanson, Ph.D., a brain cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona, discusses her research. This article originally appeared [...]
Jul 25, 2017

New findings from Nursing Research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
Everyone knows what nurses do – they care for patients, right? While providing the best possible patient care is foremost on nurses’ minds at Mayo Clinic (and really, that of all our health care providers), nurses hold all sorts of roles. And some nurses are “doctors,” of the Ph.D. variety. [...]
New findings from Nursing Research
Jul 20, 2017

Obesity: an individualized approach doubles the success rate of weight loss therapy

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Many people think if they just stick to a diet and exercise, they’ll lose weight; unfortunately, many are not successful. They wonder why they can’t lose weight even after trying many different diets, work out programs and medications. According to Andres Acosta, M.D., Ph.D., the answers, [...]
Obesity: an individualized approach doubles the success rate of weight loss therapy
Jul 18, 2017

Check Out the Latest Issue of Forefront Magazine

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Forefront is the complimentary magazine of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Published in print and online magazine editions annually and in email and online newsletter editions quarterly, Forefront highlights Mayo Clinic’s cutting-edge cancer research and the latest Cancer Center news. View the online edition. View the email newsletter. Subscribe.  
Check Out the Latest Issue of Forefront Magazine
Jul 13, 2017

The curious link between tall men, small babies and kidney disease

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
We are born with a lifetime supply of something you may not think about every day: Nephrons. Nephrons act as filters within the kidneys. They fine tune blood composition which in turn maintains our blood’s pressure, volume, and cleanliness. During pregnancy nephron development ends as a fetus reaches the last [...]
The curious link between tall men, small babies and kidney disease
Jul 11, 2017

Is it fair to expect students from minority backgrounds to ‘give back’ in their careers?

By Kris Schanilec @kschanilec
Imagine you are a medical student and you’ve received financial aid based on your status as a member of a minority or low-income group. Should you be expected to pursue a career serving in underserved communities? Not if society wants to tackle social inequity, according to a recent commentary published [...]
Is it fair to expect students from minority backgrounds to ‘give back’ in their careers?
Jul 10, 2017

Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
Mayo Clinic launched a new journal July 5, designed to focus on clinical innovations, quality improvement, and optimal outcomes, in medicine and surgery. Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes provides new publication opportunities for pioneering and impactful clinical research on factors that affect contemporary health care delivery. Editor-in-Chief Thomas Gerber, M.D., [...]
Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes
Jul 6, 2017

REGISTER TODAY – BE INSPIRED IN OCTOBER

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
William A. Gahl, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will speak about the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program and its expansion. "Desperate for answers" is how Dr. Gahl describes many patients and families he sees with puzzling disorders. The program aims to provide answers to patients [...]
REGISTER TODAY – BE INSPIRED IN OCTOBER
Jul 5, 2017

Hold Steady

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @m168659
MSA patient holds steady following small group study of stem cell therapy Steve Day is on a mission as he scans a crowd of about 150 people in the banquet hall of a golf course in his boyhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. When he finally finds his target, [...]
Hold Steady
Jul 3, 2017

Meet our Surgical Outcomes Research Fellows

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
The Surgical Outcomes Research Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery selects surgical residents interested in research to become Surgical Outcomes Research Fellows. These fellows take one or two years away from clinical training to receive mentoring in health [...]
Meet our Surgical Outcomes Research Fellows
Jun 29, 2017

Walk to Remember

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
Sisters help local community and advance Alzheimer's and dementia research Paula Peterson and Jill Wulff remember their mom's struggle with Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease. She was easily confused and experienced hallucinations and paranoia. Paula and Jill also remember the family's [...]
Walk to Remember
Jun 28, 2017

Underused cancer test could improve treatment for thousands, Mayo Clinic study finds

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. and the second deadliest. With colon cancer, some earlier stage patients fare worse than some later stage patients, who usually benefit most from chemotherapy. But a research team at Mayo Clinic has discovered that a simple blood test could [...]
Underused cancer test could improve treatment for thousands, Mayo Clinic study finds
Jun 27, 2017

Personalized care for aggressive breast cancers: 4 steps forward from the BEAUTY study

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Chemotherapy substantially reduces the chance that certain types of breast cancer will return or spread to other parts of the body and improves survival. Chemotherapy before surgery is a standard approach to treat women with aggressive breast cancer. However, chemotherapy does not shrink tumors in all [...]
Personalized care for aggressive breast cancers: 4 steps forward from the BEAUTY study
Jun 23, 2017

Meet the Researchers at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
If you’re heading to New Orleans for AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM), AcademyHealth says it’s a great opportunity to: Learn about the latest emerging evidence. Discover new methods and applications of rigorous and relevant methods. Identify gaps and opportunities in research. Enhance your understanding of the most pressing research policy [...]
Meet the Researchers at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
Jun 21, 2017

Cellular Senescence Research Highlighted at World Science Festival

By Megan Forliti @mforliti
Mayo Clinic’s aging research was among the featured topics at the 10th annual World Science Festival in New York earlier this month. James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, shared details about cell senescence breakthroughs and next steps in the field during a [...]
Cellular Senescence Research Highlighted at World Science Festival
Jun 20, 2017

Sharing the evidence, building awareness at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
At Mayo Clinic, research is integral to everything we do for patients. While seeking to address the world’s most challenging health care problems, our researchers work hand-in-hand with health care providers and other professionals to build the evidence base for practice transformation. In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia [...]
Sharing the evidence, building awareness at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting
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