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March 14th, 2017

Exploration of six alternatives nets policy that cuts surgical delay and overtime

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Study finds one strategy decreases overtime by 52 percent with same access for patients A few years back, the Mayo Clinic Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery approached Mayo scientists with a problem: a backlog of patients waiting for surgery. The scientists, in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science […]

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Tags: doctor burnout, health care delivery, health care systems engineering, kern center, Mayo Clinic research, medical research, patient access


March 9th, 2017

Researchers study benefits of stretching ‘microbreaks’ for surgeons

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Many surgeons spend prolonged periods in awkward positions, which increases safety concerns for patients, and can lead to long term medical ailments and burnout for doctors. So Mayo Clinic researchers have a team of surgeons performing “microbreaks” of 90 seconds or two minutes of stretching every 20 to 40 minutes. The result for many surgeons […]

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Tags: doctor burnout, health care delivery, Mayo Clinic research, medical research, population health, surgical outcomes


March 2nd, 2017

Peritonsillar abscess management on the Emergency Department: conservative or surgical approach?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Author: Dante LS Souza What is Peritonsillar Abscess? Peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is a collection of pus between the capsule of the palatine tonsil and the pharyngeal muscles. It is the most common deep neck space infection, both in children (49%) and adults (30%), representing  the most frequent indication for non-elective otolaryngological hospital admissions. According to […]

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Tags: emergency medicine, peritonsillar abscess


February 28th, 2017

More women eligible for Herceptin, benefit uncertain

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

Updated guidelines underscore need to identify the most optimal candidates for HER2-directed therapy. Changes to HER2 testing guidelines for breast cancer in 2013 significantly increased the number of patients who test positive for HER2 breast cancer, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. The researchers published their HER2 breast cancer study results online July 25, 2016, in […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, cancer research, Dr Robert Jenkins, Forefront, HER2, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


February 16th, 2017

Drug combo safe for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

  Drugs targeting the P13K-mTOR pathway add benefit when combined with standard R-CHOP therapy.   The drug everolimus can be safely combined with R-CHOP for new, untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, according to the results of a pilot study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The researchers published their study findings in the July 2016 issue of […]

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Tags: diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Dr Patrick Johnston, everolimus, Forefront, lymphoma, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, R-CHOP


February 14th, 2017

Is too sick to go home also too sick for the floor?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

What patients admitted from the Emergency Department to a general floor/ward will deteriorate? Author Shawna Bellew, MD (@SBellzMD) “That patient is going to trigger a rapid response team activation the minute they hit the floor.” Whether said by a nurse, a resident, or the accepting physician, most emergency medicine physicians have heard some version of […]

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Tags: emergency medicine, PeRRT Score, rapid response team


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 5th, 2017

Researchers identify unique breast microbiome

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

A team of Mayo Clinic researchers has identified evidence of bacteria in breast tissue and found differences between women with and without breast cancer. These research findings were published in the August 3, 2016, issue of Scientific Reports. “Our research found that breast tissue samples obtained in the operating room under sterile conditions contain bacterial […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr Amy Degnim, Dr Nick Chia, Dr Tina Hieken, Forefront, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, microbiome


February 1st, 2017

The role of Internet resources in clinical oncology: promises and challenges

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

In a new article published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, learn how Internet trends among oncology patients and those that care about them are changing. Co-authored by Lila Rutten, Ph.D., Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director for Population Health Science in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E.  Kern Center for the […]

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Tags: Cancer, Dr Lila Rutten, Internet usage, kern center, oncology, patient education, Science of health care delivery


January 31st, 2017

Contrast Dye in Kidney Disease Patients: Reducing the Risk of an Important Diagnostic Tool

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Building the evidence base for best practice Medical research has resulted in many amazing diagnostic and treatment methods, tools and drugs. Today a physician can look inside her patient’s body through the aid of radiation and iodine-based dyes in the blood stream – both of which could be deadly in another time or place. This […]

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Tags: Clinical Imaging, contrast dye, Florida, kidney disease, nephropathy


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