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December 27th, 2016

Using the Discovery-Translation-Application cycle to enhance recovery after surgery

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

Seventeen years is the average amount of time it takes for research to reach the patient bedside.  But this is not always the case, as a team of clinician researchers in gynecological surgery are showing. “It shouldn’t take 17 years for new discoveries to reach patients,” says Sean C. Dowdy, M.D., deputy director for practice […]

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Tags: discovery-translation-application, enhanced recovery after surgery, enhanced recovery pathway, ERAS, ERP, kern center, Sean C Dowdy

December 20th, 2016

New breast cancer treatment increases chances women can save their breasts

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

A very close family friend was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Even before all of her tests results came back she said, “Take both of my breasts, I don’t care.”  When someone you know or love is diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s terrifying.  All too commonly, our minds go to surgery.  This is what […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, breast surgery, cancer treatment, cancer trials, clinical trials, Judy Boughey

December 15th, 2016

Combination therapy improves survival in adults with glioma

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

Radiation plus three-drug combo boosts progression-free survival and overall survival. Patients with a low-grade type of brain tumor called glioma who received radiation therapy plus a chemotherapy regimen, including procarbazine, lomustine and vincristine (PCV), experienced a longer progression-free survival and overall survival than did patients who received radiation therapy alone. These are the results of […]

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Tags: brain cancer, cancer reseach, glioma, Jan Buckner, lomustine, PCV, procarbazine, radiation therapy, vincristine

December 6th, 2016

New strategies could make laryngectomies a thing of the past

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

About 60,000 Americans have had their larynx removed due to disease or trauma. These people are missing out on many of life’s little pleasures because the procedure’s resultant hole left them without a voice and created an opening directly into their lungs. A simple shower is dangerous as even the slightest amount of water in […]

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Tags: Arizona, Center for Regenerative Medicine, David Lott, laryngectomy, medical research, regenerative medicine, stem cells

December 1st, 2016

State-of-the-art nanomedicine research launched

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

With support from the state of Florida, Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida, has opened a state-of-the-art laboratory for nanotechnology research, an emerging field of science that studies and applies materials that are the size of an atom. The laboratory is a key part of Mayo Clinic’s new Translational Nanomedicine Program. The goal is to […]

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Tags: Cancer, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Dev Mukhopadhyay, Florida, Gianrico Farrugia, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, nanomedicine, nanotechnology

November 29th, 2016

Rising health care costs: Are physicians Choosing Wisely?

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

Physicians are burned out.  The reasons for which are seemingly endless:  for one, the health care system is asking them to continually add more to their plate.  More diagnosis codes, more communication and oversight with more complex patients, more administrative duties such as charting and patient emails and portal systems, yet no more time. Physicians […]

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Tags: Choosing Wisely, Choosing Wisely Campaign, Family Medicine, kern center, Michael Grover, value

November 21st, 2016

Physician heal thyself

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

In recent months, we have heard a lot about physician burnout, medical student suicide, and other health care provider health and wellness issues. A growing problem, and one that is difficult to combat, as physician shortages are predicted to rise in the future, placing ever more burden on those in the system. Shortages lead to issues accessing […]

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Tags: BMC Health Services Research, burnout, Hassan Murad, Philip Hagen, physician burnout, preventive medicine, kern center

November 15th, 2016

The Sangre Por Salud Biobank: Bringing Precision Medicine Research to an Underrepresented Latino Community

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

The Sangre Por Salud (Spanish for Blood for Health) Biobank was created to expand precision medicine research to underrepresented Latino patients in order to enhance the diversity of the Mayo Clinic Biobank. The biobank enables researchers to examine biological samples and data collected from Latino patients in order to develop better prevention, diagnostic tools and […]

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona State University, Biobank, Center for Individualized Medicine, Eleanna De Filippis, genomic, Latino, Mayo Clinic biobank, Mountain Park Health Center, personalized medicine, precision medicine, Sangre Por Salud

November 10th, 2016

American Society of Human Genetics and Mayo Clinic launch educational collaboration

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Precision medicine research is advancing rapidly. New discoveries in how genetic, biological and environmental factors influence health and disease are leading to the development of new diagnostic tools and individualized therapies for many conditions. For many health care providers, keeping abreast of new discoveries and applying them to patient care can be a challenge. The […]

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Tags: American Society of Human Genetics, Center for Individualized Medicine, Keith Stewart, precision medicine

November 7th, 2016

Harnessing the Power to Heal

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Mayo Clinic in Florida is building two suites dedicated to delivering the latest regenerative medicine technologies Until recently, regenerative medicine has been relegated to the laboratory and clinical trials. Not anymore. Mayo Clinic in Florida is building two suites dedicated to delivering technologies that just a decade ago were unimaginable. “Amazing things are happening here, […]

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Tags: Center for Regnerative Medicine, Florida, Gianrico Farrugia, Shane Shapiro, Thomas Gonwa

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