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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


December 1st, 2016

State-of-the-art nanomedicine research launched

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

With support from the state of Florida, Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida, has opened a state-of-the-art laboratory for nanotechnology research, an emerging field of science that studies and applies materials that are the size of an atom. The laboratory is a key part of Mayo Clinic’s new Translational Nanomedicine Program. The goal is to […]

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Tags: Cancer, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Dev Mukhopadhyay, Florida, Gianrico Farrugia, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, nanomedicine, nanotechnology


November 15th, 2016

The Sangre Por Salud Biobank: Bringing Precision Medicine Research to an Underrepresented Latino Community

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

The Sangre Por Salud (Spanish for Blood for Health) Biobank was created to expand precision medicine research to underrepresented Latino patients in order to enhance the diversity of the Mayo Clinic Biobank. The biobank enables researchers to examine biological samples and data collected from Latino patients in order to develop better prevention, diagnostic tools and […]

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona State University, Biobank, Center for Individualized Medicine, Eleanna De Filippis, genomic, Latino, Mayo Clinic biobank, Mountain Park Health Center, personalized medicine, precision medicine, Sangre Por Salud


November 10th, 2016

American Society of Human Genetics and Mayo Clinic launch educational collaboration

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Precision medicine research is advancing rapidly. New discoveries in how genetic, biological and environmental factors influence health and disease are leading to the development of new diagnostic tools and individualized therapies for many conditions. For many health care providers, keeping abreast of new discoveries and applying them to patient care can be a challenge. The […]

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Tags: American Society of Human Genetics, Center for Individualized Medicine, Keith Stewart, precision medicine


November 7th, 2016

Harnessing the Power to Heal

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Mayo Clinic in Florida is building two suites dedicated to delivering the latest regenerative medicine technologies Until recently, regenerative medicine has been relegated to the laboratory and clinical trials. Not anymore. Mayo Clinic in Florida is building two suites dedicated to delivering technologies that just a decade ago were unimaginable. “Amazing things are happening here, […]

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Tags: Center for Regnerative Medicine, Florida, Gianrico Farrugia, Shane Shapiro, Thomas Gonwa


November 1st, 2016

Back In The Game

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Two knee replacement surgeries, one patient, zero signs of slowing down Lou Myers says despite two knee replacement surgeries, Mayo Clinic surgeons and researchers in Florida got him back to the game he loves quicker thanks to a more painless procedure. Myers benefited from research conducted within the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. […]

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Tags: CSHCD, Florida, high value health care, kern center, knee replacement, Lou Myers, orthopedics, Science of health care delivery, value analysis


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


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