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February 21st, 2017

New ray of light for those that struggle with weight loss: low-level laser therapy

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

The struggle to lose weight is complex and full of challenges. For those who have struggled with their weight, finding hope and solutions can be difficult despite understanding the detrimental health consequences. There is no question that losing weight is challenging.  As a result, procedures exist that aim to remove fat cells from the body.  […]

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Tags: behavioral intervention, ivana croghan, LLLT, low-level laser therapy, obesity, weight loss


February 9th, 2017

Paper, Paper, Paper, and all those little black dots!

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Why are you asking me this again? What does this have to do with my visit today? What does my doctor do with all these forms? These questions, and others, led researchers in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery to consider the use of […]

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Tags: Dr Ryan Uitti, EPROMS, Florida, kern center, patient reported outcomes, PROs


February 2nd, 2017

A golden age for pediatric cardiology

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Mayo Clinic’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology is on a roll, according to Division Chair Frank Cetta, M.D. “In the last two decades, we’ve really burst onto the scene,” he says. “We’re engaged in exciting research  not found elsewhere, and we offer the full spectrum of cardiac care — from fetal diagnosis through specialized treatment for […]

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Tags: Dr Frank Cetta, Dr Jonathan Johnson, Dr Richard Bram, Mayo Clinic Alumni Magazine, pediatric cardiology, pediatric heart transplant


January 26th, 2017

National health research treasure marks 50 years

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

In 2002, Giancarlo Logroscino, M.D., Ph.D., then a research scientist at the Sergievsky Center at Columbia University in New York City, published the only paper on the long-term prognosis of status epilepticus (SE) along with research collaborators from Columbia and Mayo Clinic. They established for the first time,  in a rigorous investigation of SE in […]

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Tags: Dr Giancarlo Logroscino, Dr Jenny St Sauver, Dr Walter Rocca, Dr Wenjun Zhong, Mayo Clinic Alumni Magazine, population health, REP, Rochester Epidemiology Project, Science of health care delivery


January 24th, 2017

Introducing the Sepsis and Shock Response Team, and other care-improving research outcomes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Typically, sepsis occurs in people who are already hospitalized, but is also diagnosed among patients who come to the emergency department. It is the most expensive condition treated in the U.S. In 2002, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care […]

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Tags: American Journal of Medical Quality, Emergency Department, Florida, kern center, Science of health care delivery, sepsis, Sepsis and Shock Response Team, Surviving Sepsis Campaign, Dr Pablo Moreno


January 19th, 2017

Stereotactic radiosurgery is best for some brain tumors

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Shift in practice may reserve whole-brain radiation for patients with extensive disease. Patients with three or fewer metastatic brain tumors who received treatment with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) had less cognitive deterioration three months after treatment than did patients who received SRS combined with whole-brain radiation therapy. This finding is among the results of a federally […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Paul D Brown, stereotactic radiosurgery


January 17th, 2017

Avoid routine double mastectomy when possible

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Consensus group urges weighing pros, cons and patient preference in unilateral breast cancer. A position paper issued by the American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends against contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) for average-risk women with breast cancer in only one breast. The recommendation on prophylactic mastectomy, published online July 28, 2016, in the Annals of Surgical […]

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Tags: American Society of Breast Surgeons, Breast Cancer, double mastectomy, Forefront, Judy Boughey, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


January 12th, 2017

Health Disparities Research Retreat Focuses on Closing Gaps for Underserved

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Over 100 researchers, clinicians, educators and administrators from across Mayo Clinic, as well as outside community members, gathered in Rochester, Minnesota, for the Office of Heath Disparities Research (OHDR) Annual Retreat in October. The meeting was a platform to share science updates, learn about study support and other resources, delve into health disparities topics and collaborate […]

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Tags: disparities research, diversity, health disparity, NIMHD, Office of Health Disparities Research, underserved


January 10th, 2017

Meet the Investigator: Jamie N. Bakkum-Gamez, M.D.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

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 issue, Jamie N. Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses her research. This is one of a series of Meet the Investigator interviews […]

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Tags: Alan Bryce, cancer research, Forefront, Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, Joseph Mikhael, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Meet the Investigator, Minetta Liu, richard joseph


January 5th, 2017

Stool DNA test added to colorectal screening

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Updated guidelines make noninvasive colorectal cancer screening option available to millions.   The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued its final colorectal cancer screening recommendations for 2016. The task force assigns an overall “A” grade to colorectal cancer screening in people ages 50 to 75 and fully recommends several screening exams that now include […]

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Tags: Cologuard, colon cancer, David Ahlquist, Forefront, US Preventive Services Task Force


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