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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


January 24th, 2017

Introducing the Sepsis and Shock Response Team, and other care-improving research outcomes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Typically, sepsis occurs in people who are already hospitalized, but is also diagnosed among patients who come to the emergency department. It is the most expensive condition treated in the U.S. In 2002, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care […]

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Tags: American Journal of Medical Quality, Emergency Department, Florida, kern center, Science of health care delivery, sepsis, Sepsis and Shock Response Team, Surviving Sepsis Campaign, Dr Pablo Moreno


January 19th, 2017

Stereotactic radiosurgery is best for some brain tumors

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Shift in practice may reserve whole-brain radiation for patients with extensive disease. Patients with three or fewer metastatic brain tumors who received treatment with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) had less cognitive deterioration three months after treatment than did patients who received SRS combined with whole-brain radiation therapy. This finding is among the results of a federally […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Paul D Brown, stereotactic radiosurgery


January 9th, 2017

Single Allele Mutation Heightens Risk of Early-Onset Parkinson’s

By Bob Nellis bobnellis

A collaboration of 32 researchers in seven countries, led by scientists at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida, found that a mutation in only one allele of a Parkinson’s gene, known as PINK1, increases the risk of early-onset disease. The finding, published recently in the journal Brain, addresses a longstanding debate about whether individuals need to […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic research, neurology, Neurosciences, Parkinson's, Wolfdieter Springer


January 3rd, 2017

Integrating patient preferences in the delivery of Emergency Care. Kano analysis predicts change in experience.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

In our publication in Annals of Emergency Medicine, Pilot Study of Kano “Attractive Quality” Techniques to Identify Change in Emergency Department Patient Experience, we describe our efforts to improve our patient’s perception of receiving concern and sensitivity from their healthcare providers. The project originated in 2012, when our patients reported lower than expected ratings of […]

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Tags: Annals of Emergency Medicine, emergency medicine, Kano model, Venkatesh Bellamkonda


December 29th, 2016

Drug combo stems tumor growth in lung cancer

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida, have shut down one of the most common and lethal forms of lung cancer by combining the rheumatoid arthritis drug auranofin with an experimental targeted agent. The combination therapy worked in a laboratory study to stop lung adenocarcinoma associated with mutation of the KRAS gene. The study […]

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Tags: Alan Fields, auranofin, cancer stem cells, chemotherapy, Florida, KRAS gene, Lung Cancer, PKCiota, Forefront


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