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November 17th, 2016

Aspirin use may help prevent bile duct cancer

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Bile duct cancer is an uncommon cancer that forms in the slender tubes (bile ducts) that carry digestive fluid through the liver. Bile duct cancer occurs mostly in people older than age 50. Symptoms include yellowing of the skin and eyes, intense itchiness of the skin, and white stools. Bile duct cancer is an aggressive […]

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Tags: bile duct cancer, Cancer, Lewis Roberts, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

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 27th, 2016

Mini Breaks, Many Benefits

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Surgeons find short breaks prove valuable in providing best care Perfecting a skill requires equal parts natural talent, dedication and practice. A concert violinist plays a single piece of music over and over. A major league pitcher hurls strikes across home plate until the stadium lights go out. And a surgeon spends day after day […]

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Tags: Juliane Bingener, Juliane Bingener-Casey, kern center, microbreaks, Science of health care delivery, surgery, Susan Hallbeck, health care systems engineering

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 8th, 2016

Time does not heal all wounds

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

  Makshita “Maks” Luthra is a Master of Public Health candidate specializing in Public Health Administration & Policy, a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Minnesota, and an associate health services analyst in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.  ____________________________________________________________ Childhood obesity has more than […]

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Tags: ACE score, adverse childhood experiences, adverse family experiences, Bryan Lynch, Lila Rutten, Population Health Scholar, kern center

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

August 4th, 2016

What’s best for my child? What’s best for my patient?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Informed consent made easier in pediatric emergency sedation The science of health care delivery can be very exciting – sometimes offering a futuristic peak into the way things could be. Soon we may have an app that enables near instantaneous health data analysis and distillation, and brings individualized care suggestions to a provider’s fingertips. Crunching […]

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Tags: ED, Emergency Department, Fernanda Bellolio, Henrique Puls, informed consent, kern center, Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars, Kern Scholars

August 3rd, 2016

Mayo Clinic Takes Medical Research to Kilimanjaro

By Bob Nellis bobnellis

The core group of Mayo Clinic researchers that moved their lab to the base camp at Mount Everest to study heart disease and aging are at it again, this time in Africa. Along with a party of nearly 35, they will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, obtaining scientific data from the climbers along the way. Led by […]

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Tags: Aging, altitude sickness, Amine Issa, Bruce Johnson, Kilimanjaro, physiology, research

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

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