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July 5th, 2016

The July Phenomenon

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

“Never go to the hospital in July,” a phrase often repeated by patients; and perpetuated by a myriad of hospital employees, casts a worrisome tone over care received in July. Thus we hear of the “July Phenomenon.” This is because each July 1 is the start of the medical residency year. A day full of […]

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Tags: cornelius thiels, intern, july phenomenon, kern center, medical research, resident, surgical outcomes

May 31st, 2016

We’ll bet on Dr. Ansell anytime

By Bob Nellis bobnellis

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to nivolumab (Opdivo®) for the treatment of patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) that has relapsed or progressed after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Nivolumab also received a breakthrough therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed or refractory cHL after failure of […]

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Tags: Hodgkin lymphoma, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, research, Stephen Ansell

May 3rd, 2016


By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Determining which drug works better for which patients “Our findings definitely point toward important age-related risk that merits consideration when doctors are making treatment recommendations,” says lead author Neena S. Abraham, M.D. To the average TV viewer, it may seem like new drugs flood the marketplace daily.However, from the 1950s until just recently, warfarin was […]

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Tags: anticoagulant, atrial fibrillation, dabigatran, medical research, Neena Abraham, rivaroxaban, warfarin, kern center

April 12th, 2016

A Head Start for HPV Vaccine: Better Series Completion

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), with about 14 million new cases each year. Surprisingly, this STD is largely asymptomatic but can carry quite a punch.  HPV affects both men and women and can cause cervical cancer and other cancers of the genitals, anus, mouth, and throat, all of […]

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Tags: HPV, Human Papillomavirus, Jennifer St Sauver, kern center, Lila Finney Rutten, REP, Robert Jacobson, Rochester Epidemiology Project, Science of health care delivery

March 31st, 2016

Although Prostate-specific Antigen Screenings Now Result in Fewer Biopsies, Relative Risk of Complications has Increased

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

While absolute rates of biopsy and post-biopsy complications have decreased following 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 of PSA screening trials and revised PSA screening guidelines on rates […]

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Tags: Boris Gershman, Choose Wisely, Jeffrey Karnes, kern center, OtumLabs, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer biopsy, prostate-specific antigen PSA, Science of health care delivery

March 15th, 2016

New Treatment-Sequencing Based on Biomarker Elevation in Pancreatic Cancer

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in men and women and is projected to increase to the second leading cause of death by 2020 if there are not significant treatment advances made. Our current understanding of pancreatic cancer suggests that it is a systemic disease in most patients, meaning, that by the time of […]

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Tags: biomarkers, Elizabeth Habermann, kern center, Mark Truty, pancreatic cancer, treatment-sequencing, John Jay Bergquist

March 3rd, 2016

Changes in Medical Education: Shifting Doctors’ Attitudes in Medicine

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

Medical school training and admissions are going through many changes.  The medical school entrance exam (Medical College Admission Test or MCAT) is one of the notable changes.   For many years, the test focused on objective knowledge based on general chemistry and stoichiometry, organic chemistry. The test made a drastic change in 2015 decreasing the questions […]

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Tags: Brian Lynch, kern center, Kern Scholars, Mayo Medical School, obesity, population health, Sean Phelan, unconscious bias

February 23rd, 2016

Taking the First Step – Tracking Discharge Delays

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

The national conversation continues to revolve around health care and improvements in health care delivery, and often focuses on finding ways to add value and reduce cost. At Mayo Clinic, we too seek to enhance health and the way patients experience health care. Nurses are at the front line of patient care, and positioned such, […]

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Tags: Diane Holland, discharge delays, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, nursing, nursing research, redcap, Science of health care delivery

January 5th, 2016

Did your patient have cardiac ablation? Don’t stop the anticoagulant!

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Peter Noseworthy, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic, and a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. ________________________________________________________________________ As a cardiac electrophysiologist, I am interested in helping to improve health and quality of life for my patients […]

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Tags: anticoagulant, atrial fibrillation, Optum Labs, OptumLabs, Peter Noseworthy, stroke

December 16th, 2015

Minimally Invasive Surgery – Same Results, Less Complications, Disparity in Application

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Researchers find disturbing patterns of underuse for endometrial cancer patients. Surgeons should use minimally invasive surgery to perform hysterectomy in women with non-metastatic endometrial cancer instead of the more risky open abdominal option. So why aren’t they? This is the question that a collaborative team comprised of researchers from Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and the […]

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Tags: endometrial cancer, hysterectomy, kern center, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, minimally invasive surgery, MIS, quality measures, Science of health care delivery, Sean Dowdy, uterine cancer

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