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May 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Precision Medicine Key in Treating Bipolar Disorder

By Bob Nellis

The title is the key message of Mark Frye, M.D,, head of Mayo Clinic’s department of psychiatry and psychology today to a group of 20 top medical journalists in Rochester, MN. Just in this morning from the national psychiatry conference in Toronto, Dr. Frye told fellows from the National Press Club Foundation how precision medicine testing […]

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Tags: bipolar disorder, Center for Individualized Medicine, Individualized Medicine, Mark Frye, Precision Medicine, psychiatry


May 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Medical School Student Soyun Hwang Chosen for Fellowship with Howard Hughes Medical Institute

By Bob Nellis

A second-year student at Mayo Medical School — Soyun (S. Michelle) Hwang — has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)   to receive a year-long fellowship to conduct mentored biomedical research.   Hwang will be mentoring at Mayo Clinic with Jennifer Westendorf, Ph.D., in orthopedic surgery. She will purse her interest in reconstructive surgery, which […]

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Tags: HHMI, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Jennifer Westendorf, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical School


April 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Catching Eye Problems Earlier with Technology

By Bob Nellis

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 Bob Nellis

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


March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Announcing Regular Health Care Delivery Science Column

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Greetings, Readers of Advancing the Science! You may have noticed an increase in posts from the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery in recent weeks. We plan to expand our reach and share practice-changing science via this new channel. Please let us know what you […]

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Tags: health care delivery, Kern center, Science of health care delivery, Veronique Roger


March 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dr. Edith Perez named to Board of AACR

By Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic physician and researcher Edith A. Perez, M.D. has been named to the Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research. She is among five new members elected to serve on the AACR board for the 2015-2018 term and four members to serve on the nominating committee for the 2015-2017 term. They will […]

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Tags: AACR, American Association for Cancer Research, Cancer Research, Dr Edith Perez, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


March 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Doubts Put to Rest for Hormone Replacement Therapy

By Jon Ebbert, M.D.

Doctors used to give their female patients hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause believing that it had positive health benefits. However, data from a large clinical trial cast profound doubt on these benefits. So much so that clinicians were encouraged to only give it to patients for symptoms related to menopause (hot flashes). Many women stopped their HRT. Meanwhile, other […]

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Tags: Benkhadra, ENDO, Endocrinology, hormone replacement therapy, HRT, Kern center, Science of health care delivery, women's health


March 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Diabetes and Minnesota Community Measurement

By Jon Ebbert, M.D.

Researchers and clinicians working with the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery have observed that patients with diabetes with good control of their disease had better clinical outcomes. In this study of 5,731 patients with diabetes, patients were evaluated to see how well their disease control was on three measures selected by […]

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Tags: diabetes, Kern center, Minnesota Community Measurement, MN Community Measurement


February 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Dr. Mark Allen to head Society of Thoracic Surgeons

By Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Mark S. Allen, M.D., has been elected president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the society’s annual meeting in San Diego. Dr. Allen is a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. His research at Mayo includes serving as principal investigator for a study examining whether removing all […]

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Tags: Dr Mark Allen, society of thoracic surgeons, Surgery


February 3rd, 2015 · 2 Comments

“One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Apply to Quality Improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

In an era of rising health care costs, and continuing efforts to improve value for patients nationwide, we have seen the rise of a number of quality improvement and reporting efforts. In his study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, David Etzioni, M.D., and his team, illustrated that seeking a standardized […]

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Tags: American College of Surgeons, improvement, Kern center, NSQIP, quality, surgical outcomes, value, health care delivery, Science of health care delivery