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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

November 1st, 2016

Back In The Game

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Two knee replacement surgeries, one patient, zero signs of slowing down Lou Myers says despite two knee replacement surgeries, Mayo Clinic surgeons and researchers in Florida got him back to the game he loves quicker thanks to a more painless procedure. Myers benefited from research conducted within the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. […]

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Tags: CSHCD, Florida, high value health care, kern center, knee replacement, Lou Myers, orthopedics, Science of health care delivery, value analysis

October 27th, 2016

“The Pill” associated with better ovarian cancer outcomes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

If a woman takes oral contraceptives, it provides not only reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer, but also better outcomes if she does get this deadly cancer. “Multiple studies from a variety of sources have indicated that oral contraceptives are associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, one of the most deadly cancers in […]

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Tags: Aminah Jatoi, ovarian cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

October 4th, 2016

Prostate biopsies down, complications up

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Researchers are seeking ways to make prostate cancer biopsies safer. While absolute rates of biopsy and post-biopsy complications have decreased after several benchmark prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening publications, the relative risk for each patient continues to increase, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The study is the largest to examine the impact […]

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Tags: Jeffrey Karnes, kern center, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Optum Labs, OptumLabs, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer biopsy, prostate-specific antigen PSA

September 13th, 2016

What is stopping patients from enrolling in clinical trials?

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

Clinical trials are the mechanism through which new and promising therapies for safe, effective cancer treatment ultimately become available.  Not only do trials help identify new or best-practice therapeutic treatment options, but the act of participating in a trial has been shown to actually improve survival. One of the most promising areas of research to […]

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Tags: cancer research, Carmen Radecki-Breitkopf, clinical trials, CSHCD, immunotherapy, kern center, ovarian cancer, virotherapy

September 2nd, 2016

Looking Back to Move Forward: Medical Surveys are Worth Your Time

By Sara Tiner saratiner

Surveys can be a pain when you’re buying coffee or shoes, or surfing the web. Or maybe you find them fun—what color or literary character are you anyway? But is the current survey deluge training us to ignore the ones that actually matter? Ask Ann Harris, associate director of Mayo Clinic’s Survey Research Center, and […]

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Tags: Survey Research Center, surveys

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