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June 28th, 2017

Underused cancer test could improve treatment for thousands, Mayo Clinic study finds

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

With colon cancer, some earlier stage patients fare worse than some later stage patients, who usually benefit most from chemotherapy. But a research team at Mayo Clinic has discovered that a simple blood test could help determine which patients are at a higher risk and therefore could benefit from therapy. The researchers also found many patients who could benefit from the test likely aren’t receiving it.

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Tags: blood test, cancer, cancer staging, carcinoembryonic antigen, CEA, chemotherapy, colon cancer, Dr. Blake Spindler, Dr. David Larson, Dr. Elizabeth Habermann, Dr. Kellie Mathis, Kern Center


June 20th, 2017

Sharing the evidence, building awareness at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

At Mayo Clinic, research is integral to everything we do for patients. While seeking to address the world’s most challenging health care problems, our researchers work hand-in-hand with health care providers and other professionals to build the evidence base for practice transformation. In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the […]

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Tags: #ARM2017, AcademyHealth, AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Kern Center, Kern Scholars, Science of health care delivery


June 19th, 2017

1 in 6 taking blood-thinning drugs may not be getting right dose, research shows

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

A growing number of Americans are expected to develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition characterized by an irregular and rapid heart rate. But almost 1 in 6 of the millions of Americans on new blood-thinning medications for a-fib may not be getting the right dose, Mayo Clinic research finds.

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Tags: anticoagulant, apixaban, atrial fibrillation, blood-thinner, dabigatran, Dr. Peter Noseworthy, Dr. Xiaoxi Yao, Kern Center, kidney disease, Mayo Clinic research, medical research, OptumLabs


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 30th, 2017

Team-based care improves life expectancy, results in fewer hospitalizations among kidney dialysis patients

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

The health care industry is under constant pressure to reduce costs. This is especially evident in chronic disease management, where a growing segment of the population – the Centers for Disease Control estimates half of all adults in the United States have one or more chronic conditions – is accumulating an increasing portion of health […]

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Tags: Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, hemodialysis, Kern Center, Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars, kidney failure, knowledge synthesis, maintenance dialysis, Mayo Clinic Libraries, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, multidisciplinary, nephrology


May 16th, 2017

A Better Way

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

A BETTER WAY A cancer procedure has better outcomes — so why isn’t everyone using it? Researchers from a national group including Sean C. Dowdy, M.D., discovered the U.S. health care system would have averted 2,300 complications among 32,000 cases if minimally invasive surgery had been used to treat endometrial cancer. As she sips warm […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, endometrial cancer, health disparity, Kern Center, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, minimally invasive surgery, Science of health care delivery, Sean Dowdy, Society for Gynecologic Oncology


May 10th, 2017

Research looks to improve patient satisfaction, reduce costs by predicting surgery length

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Accurately predicting the length of an operation has benefits beyond simply informing patients and their families. Doing so means improved patient satisfaction and has the potential to prevent over- or under-utilization of operating rooms, which has significant implications on both resources and staff. Ultimately, that leads to improved quality of care for patients, improved well-being […]

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Tags: Dr. Bethany Lowndes, Dr. Cornelius Thiels, health care delivery, health sciences research fellow, Kern Center, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, population health, surgery


May 8th, 2017

When medical literature is sparse or not clear, where do doctors turn?

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Mayo research shows surgery adds years for kidney cancer patients It started with anecdotal evidence. Mayo Clinic urologist Bradley Leibovich, M.D., says he had long seen indications that surgically removing secondary tumor growths, called metastases, in patients with kidney cancer would result in a longer life expectancy. However, studies on the subject were not conclusive, […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Brad Leibovich, Dr. Harras Zaid, Dr. M. Hassan Murad, health care delivery, Kern Center, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, medical research, meta analysis, surgery


May 4th, 2017

Precision care for heart disease – a practical approach

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Article by Sharon Rosen Heart disease can sometimes be a silent killer. Many of us know seemingly healthy people who’ve suddenly or unexpectedly had a heart attack. It can be shocking when people who are at a a healthy weight and exercise regularly die from heart disease that they never knew they had. Many forms […]

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Tags: cardiovascular disease, CV, Dr. Iftikhar Kullo, Dr. Michael Ackerman, genetics, genomics, heart disease, Precision 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


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