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April 18th, 2017

Attack the Gap–New Immunotherapy May Help the Body Fight Ovarian Cancer

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

It was only when Kathi Schroeder took to the bone-chilling streets of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on her bike last January that she noticed something was not right. “I was having trouble breathing; just taking a deep breath was difficult,” she remembers. Kathi went to her local doctor’s office and was prescribed a round of antibiotics […]

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Tags: cancer vaccine, clinical trials, Dr Matthew Block, Kathi Schroeder, ovarian cancer, TH17


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. They wanted the scientists, in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for […]

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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


February 16th, 2017

Yale and Mayo Clinic collaborate to further regulatory science

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Author Kevin Lin, Yale Daily News staff Funded by a United States Food and Drug Administration grant of up to $6.7 million over two years, Yale and Mayo Clinic are establishing a Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation to advance regulatory science by developing tools to measure the safety and efficacy of FDA-regulated […]

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Tags: cersi, health care delivery, regulatory science, yale


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


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 5th, 2017

Stool DNA test added to colorectal screening

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Updated guidelines make noninvasive colorectal cancer screening option available to millions.   The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued its final colorectal cancer screening recommendations for 2016. The task force assigns an overall “A” grade to colorectal cancer screening in people ages 50 to 75 and fully recommends several screening exams that now include […]

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Tags: Cologuard, colon cancer, David Ahlquist, Forefront, US Preventive Services Task Force


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 13th, 2016

Nipple-sparing mastectomy may be a good option

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Technique offers a safe way to reduce breast cancer risk in carriers of the BRCA mutation. Mastectomies that preserve the nipple and surrounding skin prevent breast cancer as effectively as do more-invasive surgeries for women with a genetic mutation called BRCA, a multi-institution study led by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center found. The study findings were presented […]

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Tags: BRCA, Breast Cancer, Forefront, James Jakub, mastectomy, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, nipple-sparing


December 6th, 2016

New strategies could make laryngectomies a thing of the past

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

About 60,000 Americans have had their larynx removed due to disease or trauma. These people are missing out on many of life’s little pleasures because the procedure’s resultant hole left them without a voice and created an opening directly into their lungs. A simple shower is dangerous as even the slightest amount of water in […]

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Tags: Arizona, Center for Regenerative Medicine, David Lott, laryngectomy, medical research, regenerative medicine, stem cells


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