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June 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Plays Role in Developing New HIV Guidelines

By bobnellis bobnellis

Treatment for HIV should begin right at the point of diagnosis. That’s the conclusion of a major international clinical study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) study is a randomized clinical trial operating on 215 sites in 35 countries, of which Mayo Clinic is one, funded by […]

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Tags: AIDS, HIV, Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NIH, Stacey Rizza, Zelalem Temesgen


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Improve Health of Pediatric Populations Using the Stepped Wedge Design

By elizabethzimmermann elizabethzimmermann

  Robert Jacobson, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and serves as the medical director for the Population Health Science Program at the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. He also leads Mayo’s Employee and […]

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Tags: health care delivery, kern center, Pediatrics, population health, Robert Jacobson, Science of health care delivery, Yasaman Fatemi


May 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Single Biggest Concern: A Palliative Approach

By elizabethzimmermann elizabethzimmermann

For people living with serious illness, both patients and care providers, identifying the single biggest concern can be a difficult task.  There are so many concerns – from “Who will help me if I am too weak to care for myself?” to “How can we treat my nausea and pain?”  When interrupted by a serious […]

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Tags: Bob Shannon, Cory Ingram, Jeff Sloan, kern center, Palliative Care, patient reported outcomes, PROs, Ryan Utti, Science of health care delivery, Tom Fitch


April 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Catching Eye Problems Earlier with Technology

By bobnellis bobnellis

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 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quest for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments: Mitochondria Renders Clues

By bobnellis bobnellis

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


April 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Individualized Medicine’s Latest Computational Consortium

By bobnellis bobnellis

Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine — with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago — is establishing a National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center called the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine, or CCBGM. The goal is to study the applicability, timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy of the computational infrastructure […]

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Tags: bioinformatics, center for individualized medicine, computational genomics, genomics, medical genomics, precision medicine


March 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hope for reversing multiple sclerosis

By bobnellis bobnellis

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 jonebbertmd jonebbertmd

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


January 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease: Understanding the Connection

By bobnellis bobnellis

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


January 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Collaborating to Enhance Patient Experience

By elizabethzimmermann elizabethzimmermann

“The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered, and in order that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, union of forces is necessary. – Dr. William J. Mayo, 1910 The motivation behind Mayo Clinic’s many collaborative relationships is to improve patient care. These relationships are focused on finding […]

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Tags: Big Data, collaboration, Optum Labs, partnerships, kern center