April 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Bob Nellis
Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine -- with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago -- is establishing a National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center called the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine, or CCBGM. The goal is to study the applicability, timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy of the computational infrastructure that will address pressing genome-based challenges, through collaborative projects that include two or more of the member institutions. A key element of this NSF funding model is to recruit industry partners into the Center as a way to fund the research. The CCBGM recently hosted a planning meeting for university staff and representatives from 27 companies in primarily the biotech and computer [...]
March 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment
A work site wellness center could be an important factor in controlling the costs of health care while encouraging healthy behavior says a Mayo Clinic study. Research published this month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed cost savings averaging several thousand dollars per person visiting Mayo’s employee wellness center, as well notable reductions in weight and Body Mass Index (BMI). Check out the news release.
This research was conducted by researchers in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. The center is committed to finding ways to enhance the patient's experience with [...]
March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
Greetings, Readers of Advancing the Science!
You may have noticed an increase in posts from the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery in recent weeks. We plan to expand our reach and share practice-changing science via this new channel. Please let us know what you think of the new content (email the center).
In the center we are focused on applying innovative science to evaluate the quality, safety and value of health care globally and improve experiences for patients. Our multidisciplinary teams are working tirelessly to build the evidence base and identify patient-centered solutions to health care’s most pressing challenges. [...]
March 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Bob Nellis
In 1983, when Moses Rodriguez, M.D., established a small research lab to study multiple sclerosis (MS) at Mayo Clinic, he was told that he was wasting his time.
Dr. Rodriguez, now an emeritus staff member, was trained as a physician in neurology. Adding basic science research to his portfolio would be impossible, he was told.
But Dr. Rodriguez wanted very much to be both a physician and researcher. As a physician he would specialize in identifying and treating neurologic problems, but then as a researcher, he would take those problems back to the lab where he would begin looking for solutions. Dr. Rodriguez has spent [...]
March 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
Chronic heartburn can cause esophageal cancer. But people who suffer from heartburn often don't get screened for cancer, and the results can be deadly.
Heartburn can lead to a condition called "Barrett's esophagus." Barrett's esophagus is a strong, and only known, risk factor for cancer of the esophagus.
New research conducted in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery shows that an alternate screening technique that does not require sedation is just as effective in identifying Barrett’s esophagus or cancer as the traditional method. It is less invasive, less costly, and carries less risk due to no sedation - and could be mobile.
March 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment
By Bob Nellis
Mayo Clinic physician and researcher Edith A. Perez, M.D. has been named to the Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research. She is among five new members elected to serve on the AACR board for the 2015-2018 term and four members to serve on the nominating committee for the 2015-2017 term. They will begin their terms at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22. Dr. Perez is an internationally regarded breast cancer specialist and scientist based at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida.
She is deputy director at large at the Mayo [...]
March 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
However, data from a large clinical trial cast profound doubt on these benefits. So much so that clinicians were encouraged to only give it to patients for symptoms related to menopause (hot flashes). Many women stopped their HRT.
Meanwhile, other women kept taking it, and the question remained. Does it put their life at risk?
Investigators working with the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery conducted a large review of research literature and concluded that HRT does not increase the overall risk of death from heart attack, [...]
March 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
Researchers and clinicians working with the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery have observed that patients with diabetes with good control of their disease had better clinical outcomes.
In this study of 5,731 patients with diabetes, patients were evaluated to see how well their disease control was on three measures selected by Minnesota Community Measurement (MCM): cholesterol, blood pressure and and a blood sugar test.
Patients with less than ideal control in these areas had higher risks for hospitalization, visits to the Emergency Department and death. These results appeared in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity: Targets and Therapy.