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April 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Catching Eye Problems Earlier with Technology

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

A team of Mayo Clinic ophthalmologists have validated what they are calling a user-friendly computer program for pediatric vision testing. Tomohiko Yamada, O.D. and colleagues tested the the Jaeb Visual Acuity Screener (JVAS) – a computerized test — on 175 children between 3 and 7 years old. After that, they were also tested by an expert […]

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Tags: eye diseases, eye research, ophthalmology, Pediatrics, vision tests


April 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Is It Possible To Get Something Better For Less Money In Health Care?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

  Jayant Talwalkar, M.D., the medical director of the Value Analysis Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. ________________________________________________________________________ We’ve all experienced prices rising on items while the quality has not changed and perhaps even declined – clothes made with less expensive fabrics […]

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Tags: health care delivery, high value health care, Jayant Talwalkar, kern center, Science of health care delivery, value analysis


April 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quest for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments: Mitochondria Renders Clues

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

A research group led by Mayo Clinic neuroscientist Eugenia Trushina, Ph.D, has investigated whether treatment with a small molecule CP2 can prevent the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease  in three animal models of familial Alzheimer’s, an inherited neurodegenerative disorder with symptoms of progressive cognitive decline in aging populations. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s in […]

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Tags: AD, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease, Eugenia Trushina, neuroscience


March 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Health Care Costs Rising? Consider onsite wellness center to reduce costs

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

A work site wellness center could be an important factor in controlling the costs of health care while encouraging healthy behavior says a Mayo Clinic study. Research published this month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed cost savings averaging several thousand dollars per person visiting Mayo’s employee wellness center, as well notable […]

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Tags: health care costs, kern center, Science of health care delivery, wellness center


March 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hope for reversing multiple sclerosis

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

In 1983, when Moses Rodriguez, M.D., established a small research lab to study multiple sclerosis (MS) at Mayo Clinic, he was told that he was wasting his time. Dr. Rodriguez, now an emeritus staff member, was trained as a physician in neurology. Adding basic science research to his portfolio would be impossible, he was told. […]

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Tags: Biomedical research, moses rodriguez, MS, multiple sclerosis, Neurology, neurosciences


March 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Would You Get Screened for Cancer if You Could Do It At the Mall Instead of at the Hospital?

By Jon Ebbert, M.D. Jon Ebbert, M.D.

Chronic heartburn can cause esophageal cancer. But people who suffer from heartburn often don’t get screened for cancer, and the results can be deadly. Heartburn can lead to a condition called “Barrett’s esophagus.” Barrett’s esophagus is a strong, and only known, risk factor for cancer of the esophagus.   New research conducted in collaboration with […]

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Tags: Barrett's esophagus, cancer screening, Endoscopy, mobile research vehicle


March 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Doubts Put to Rest for Hormone Replacement Therapy

By Jon Ebbert, M.D. Jon Ebbert, M.D.

Doctors used to give their female patients hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause believing that it had positive health benefits. However, data from a large clinical trial cast profound doubt on these benefits. So much so that clinicians were encouraged to only give it to patients for symptoms related to menopause (hot flashes). Many women stopped their HRT. Meanwhile, other […]

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Tags: Benkhadra, ENDO, Endocrinology, hormone replacement therapy, HRT, kern center, Science of health care delivery, women's health


March 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Diabetes and Minnesota Community Measurement

By Jon Ebbert, M.D. Jon Ebbert, M.D.

Researchers and clinicians working with the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery have observed that patients with diabetes with good control of their disease had better clinical outcomes. In this study of 5,731 patients with diabetes, patients were evaluated to see how well their disease control was on three measures selected by […]

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Tags: diabetes, kern center, Minnesota Community Measurement, MN Community Measurement


February 3rd, 2015 · 2 Comments

“One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Apply to Quality Improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

In an era of rising health care costs, and continuing efforts to improve value for patients nationwide, we have seen the rise of a number of quality improvement and reporting efforts. In his study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, David Etzioni, M.D., and his team, illustrated that seeking a standardized […]

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Tags: American College of Surgeons, improvement, kern center, NSQIP, quality, surgical outcomes, value, health care delivery, Science of health care delivery


January 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease: Understanding the Connection

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

Physicians have long known that people with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions such as lupus are more likely to die at younger ages than are those without these conditions. Even with advances in treatment, the gap in life expectancy remains. No one knew why until 15 years ago. That’s when researchers at Mayo Clinic […]

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Tags: Cardiology, Discovery's Edge, Heart Disease, rheumatoid arthritis