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March 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Health Care Costs Rising? Consider onsite wellness center to reduce costs

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

exercisingA 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.

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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 [...]

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Tags: health care costs, Kern center, Science of health care delivery, wellness center

March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Announcing Regular Health Care Delivery Science Column

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

CSHCDGreetings, 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. [...]

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Tags: health care delivery, Kern center, Science of health care delivery, Veronique Roger

March 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hope for reversing multiple sclerosis

By Bob Nellis

Dr. Moses Rodriguez

Dr. Moses Rodriguez

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 [...]

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Tags: biomedical research, moses rodriguez, MS, multiple sclerosis, neurology, neurosciences

March 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Would You Get Screened for Cancer if You Could Do It At the Mall Instead of at the Hospital?

By Jon Ebbert, M.D.

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.

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Tags: Barrett's esophagus, cancer screening, Endoscopy, mobile research vehicle

March 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dr. Edith Perez named to Board of AACR

By Bob Nellis

Edith Perez, M.D.

Edith Perez, M.D.

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 [...]

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Tags: AACR, American Association for Cancer Research, Cancer Research, Dr Edith Perez, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

March 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Doubts Put to Rest for Hormone Replacement Therapy

By Jon Ebbert, M.D.

shusterpatientDoctors used to give their female patients hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause believing that it had positive health benefits.

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, [...]

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Tags: Benkhadra, ENDO, Endocrinology, hormone replacement therapy, HRT, Kern center, Science of health care delivery, women's health

March 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Diabetes and Minnesota Community Measurement

By Jon Ebbert, M.D.

CSHCDResearchers 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.

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Tags: diabetes, Kern center, Minnesota Community Measurement, MN Community Measurement

March 4th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Early-Career Scientists and Clinicians – Would you like to better navigate the clinical practice-research divide in the world of Big Data?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Apply for a NIH-funded week-long “Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)” fellowship and bridge the gap

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Within “Big Data,” there’s a multidimensional data goldmine just waiting for collaborative research teams to enter and extract information that can change the world of health care. Many face the challenge and wonder how they can use that data to improve health and health care delivery.

If you’re looking for direction, the Big Data Coursework for Computational Medicine (BDC4CM) week can provide the GPS coordinates to get you there. Course will include in-depth lectures, case studies and hands-on training from renowned, multidisciplinary faculty.

 

When: July 13-18, 2015
Where: Rochester, [...]

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Tags: Big Data, CCaTS, CTSA, Kern center, research fellowship

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