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June 16th, 2017

Early bird registration ends soon for TRANSFORM2017

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

At Transform I’m challenged to approach problems from new angles and find better ways to solve them. – Nick Jehlen, founding partner, Common Practice Transform 2017 offers several opportunities to engage experts who are closing the gap between people and health for patients, providers, and payers.Begin your experience at Transform with Pre-Conference Activities including Culture of Innovation, highlighting […]

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Tags: TRANSFORM


June 15th, 2017

A personalized approach to brain tumor surgery

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

By Susan Buckles New technology invented and used only at Mayo Clinic lets physicians plan an individualized approach to brain surgery. Brain magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) allows surgeons to see inside a patient’s skull and determine the firmness of a brain tumor before surgery. Slip interface imaging is another new invention that shows level of […]

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Tags: brain cancer, brain tumor, Center for Individualized Medicine, Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, Dr. John Huston, Dr. Keith Stewart, Dr. Richard Ehman, individualized Medicine, neurosurgery


June 1st, 2017

Rochester Epidemiology Project: Taking a bite out of poor health

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

The Rochester Epidemiology Project has added dental records to its database of linked medical records, making it more valuable as a medical research resource. The Rochester Epidemiology Project is a collaboration of medical and dental care providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. With patient agreement, the organizations link medical, dental, surgical procedures, prescriptions, and other health […]

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Tags: Alan Carr, Daniel DeSimone, dental, dentist, Kern Center, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Olm, Olmsted Medical Center, oral health, population health, public health, REP


May 25th, 2017

Her Way Back

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

HER WAY BACK North Dakota woman on leading edge of epilepsy research with implanted device For the 50 million children and adults worldwide who live with epilepsy, the brain’s electrical circuitry shorts out spontaneously. As many as one-third of patients, 1 million in the U.S. alone, find no relief with existing medications and must explore […]

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Tags: clinical trial, epilepsy, Gregory Worrell, medical device, medical research, neurology, North Dakota, research, seizure, Sheri Finstad


May 11th, 2017

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Collaboration: Bringing Innovative Cell-Based Therapies to Patients

By m168659 m168659

Mayo Clinic’s Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently announced a collaboration to delay and prevent heart failure from HLHS, a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child’s heart is severely underdeveloped. The collaboration is part of a […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, HLHS, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pediatric heart transplant, stem cells, Timothy Nelson, Todd and Karen Wanek


May 9th, 2017

Increasing the Odds

By Lynda de Widt ldewidt

Increasing the Odds Mayo Clinic performs more transplants than any other organization in the country. That experience allows Mayo Clinic scientist-physicians to study stem cells and personalize drugs to fight organ rejection and increase the number of viable lungs. Immune-Building Stem Cell Research In the 1970s, when Cesar A. Keller, M.D., started his career in […]

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Tags: Alexander Parker, Center for Individualized Medicine, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Cesar Kellar, chronic organ rejection, Florida, Jacksonville, kidney transplant, lung restoration, lung transplant, Mark Stegall, regenerative medicine


April 27th, 2017

Developing new tests to find and defeat cancer at its earliest stages

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Mammography and other screening tools have made great strides in finding cancer early, when it is most likely to be successfully treated. However, some early-stage cancers are missed by conventional screening and are only detected when symptoms occur. Mayo Clinic and other research institutions are wondering: could a blood test complement current practice to improve […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Dr. Celine Vachon, Dr. Fergus Couch, Dr. Minetta Liu, Precision Medicine


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: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, 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


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