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October 25, 2017

Unnecessary Test for Venous Thromboembolism: Inefficient and Costly

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

A recent Mayo Clinic study has found that many U.S. health care providers are habitually ordering a mostly unnecessary and quite expensive genetic test to identify a patient’s hereditary risk of venous thromboembolism.

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Tags: genetics, hematology, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, OptumLabs


June 19, 2017

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

By Adam Harringa 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, atrial fibrillation, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, kidney disease, OptumLabs, Peter Noseworthy, stroke, Xiaoxi Yao


May 1, 2017

American College of Cardiology awards Xiaoxi Yao, Ph.D., the Young Investigator Award in Outcomes Research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

The American College of Cardiology awarded Xiaoxi Yao, Ph.D., the 2017 Young Investigator Award in Outcomes Research for her research on, “A Comparison of Kidney Function Decline in Atrial Fibrillation Patients Treated With Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants or Warfarin.” The award was presented during the convocation ceremony on March 19 during the College’s 66th Annual Scientific Session […]

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Tags: cardiology, OptumLabs, Xiaoxi Yao


February 16, 2017

Yale and Mayo Clinic collaborate to further regulatory science

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Author Kevin Lin, Yale Daily News staff Funded by a United States Food and Drug Administration grant of up to $6.7 million over two years, Yale and Mayo Clinic are establishing a Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation to advance regulatory science by developing tools to measure the safety and efficacy of FDA-regulated […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, collaboration, Nilay Shah, OptumLabs


December 22, 2016

Is there method in the madness: observation vs. full admission

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

Last night a 68-year old male presented to the Emergency Department with chest pain. His pain lasted 45 minutes and resolved with 2 nitroglycerin tablets. He has history of coronary artery disease, stents placed within the past 2 years and a previous myocardial infarction. He has hypertension and diabetes. He was pain free by the […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, emergency medicine, M. Fernanda Bellolio, OptumLabs


October 4, 2016

Prostate biopsies down, complications up

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

Researchers are seeking ways to make prostate cancer biopsies safer. While absolute rates of biopsy and post-biopsy complications have decreased after several benchmark prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening publications, the relative risk for each patient continues to increase, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The study is the largest to examine the impact […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Forefront, Jeffrey Karnes, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, OptumLabs, prostate cancer, urology


March 31, 2016

Although Prostate-specific Antigen Screenings Now Result in Fewer Biopsies, Relative Risk of Complications has Increased

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

While absolute rates of biopsy and post-biopsy complications have decreased following several benchmark prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening publications, the relative risk for each patient continues to increase, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The study is the largest to examine the impact of PSA screening trials and revised PSA screening guidelines on rates […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Choosing Wisely, OptumLabs, prostate cancer


January 5, 2016

Did your patient have cardiac ablation? Don’t stop the anticoagulant!

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Peter Noseworthy, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic, and a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. ________________________________________________________________________ As a cardiac electrophysiologist, I am interested in helping to improve health and quality of life for my patients […]

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Tags: anticoagulant, atrial fibrillation, cardiology, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, OptumLabs, Peter Noseworthy, stroke


December 8, 2015

Healthcare Cost Concerns? Overtesting is part of the problem

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

It’s not a new conversation – if you thought back over the last few weeks, you probably could remember at least one healthcare-related chat. Almost as likely, that conversation will have included mention of the cost, time, or other burden that you, or someone you know, have experienced. The cost of healthcare continues to rise. […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Choosing Wisely, OptumLabs, Rozalina McCoy


August 11, 2015

Breathing Easier – New Understanding for Asthma Medication Management

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

  Matthew Rank, M.D. (@MatthewRankMD) is a practicing allergy and asthma  specialist and associate professor of medicine based in Arizona. He is also the director of the Kern Scholars Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.  ________________________________________________________________________ For those who struggle with asthma, the goal […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, OptumLabs


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