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January 8, 2020

Dropping ‘rarely abnormal’ blood tests could save $9 million per year, Mayo research finds

By Adam Harringa Adam Harringa

Routine blood tests that are given the day after colon or rectal surgery turned up abnormal results 4% of the time. Furthermore, of those patients with abnormal results, only 1% warranted follow-up action, new research from Mayo Clinic has discovered.

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Tags: blood test, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Elizabeth Habermann, health care value, health sciences research, medical research, Nicholas McKenna, Robert Cima, surgery, surgical outcomes, value


December 17, 2019

Mayo Clinic innovator inspired by patients, surgical experience to improve medical devices

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Sandy Shortridge Like so many Mayo Clinic staff members, Kenneth Dye has been inspired by Mayo Clinic patients throughout his career. In Dye’s case, conversations with two prolific inventors — while they were patients at Mayo Clinic — sparked his interest in finding ways to improve medical devices. The inventors encouraged Dye to pursue his interest […]

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Tags: anesthesiology, artificial heart, biotechnology, cardiology, Kenneth Dye, medical innovation, Neil Feinglass, patient safety, surgery, surgical outcomes


November 7, 2019

Zane’s story: Fetal surgery to expand lungs

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Baby Zane Fouts’ boundless curiosity starts at his feet, which he grabs and plays with happily. The energetic boy who’s full of smiles is a trailblazer for regenerative surgery performed in a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic even before birth. “He’s our miracle baby,” says his mother, Alyse Ahern-Mittelsted.  “He’s a rock star.” Ahern-Mittelsted was 20 weeks […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, clinical trials, pulmonary hypoplasia, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, Rodrigo Ruano, surgery


August 7, 2019

Researcher challenges her team to develop solution for DRC health crisis

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D., has a full plate. An associate consultant in surgical research in the departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, she studies the microbiome role in human health and disease, particularly endometrial and ovarian cancer. She also develops technology in her lab, including microbial single-cell technologies for point-of-care […]

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Tags: cervical cancer, Deborah Rhodes, endometrial cancer, general internal medicine, gynecologic surgery, gynecology, Heidi Nelson, HPV, human papillomavirus, Marina Walther-Antonio, Mayo Clinic Ventures, obstetrics


May 9, 2019

How can we get better outcomes for our patients? Research.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, every project is inspired by real-world challenges experienced by patients at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere. Together with Mayo Clinic’s health care providers, center experts research ways to improve outcomes for patients across all of medicine, from Alzheimer’s […]

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Tags: bile ducts, cancer, care transitions, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, ICU, intensive care unit, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, multiple chronic conditions, readmissions, surgery


July 2, 2018

A revolution in pancreatic cancer treatment

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Mark Truty, M.D., has dedicated his career to giving patients with pancreatic cancer more quality time with their loved ones. Much more time. The mission is personal for him. His own father, Kazimierz Truty, a Polish immigrant and mechanic at a meatpacking plant near Chicago, died 20 years ago from pancreatic cancer at age 58. “My […]

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Tags: collaboration, Mark Truty, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, pancreatic cancer, surgery


April 11, 2018

Training the next generation of clinician scientists

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery education focuses on integrating programs and opportunities to deliver training to current and future health care providers. Within Education , the Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program is training and mentoring the next generation of clinically trained doctoral-level fellows and […]

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Tags: Adam Schwartz, Ali Duarte-Garcia, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Dorin Colibaseanu, education, Erin Barreto, hematology, Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars, Nandita Khera, orthopedics, pharmacy, Rahma Warsame


November 16, 2017

What the heck is a nomogram? And other medical research questions answered.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery focuses on the science of best practice. Best practice in health care, that is. Across the center, researchers work together with the medical practice to find ways to improve health, and the ways people (patients, caregivers, providers) experience […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Judy Boughey, minimally invasive surgery, neurology, surgery


August 3, 2017

Mayo researchers seek to manage pain while minimizing opioid prescriptions

By Adam Harringa Adam Harringa

For decades, the emphasis nationwide for treating surgical patients was to prescribe enough opioid pain medication to ensure they didn’t have any pain. But health care providers are realizing it’s a balancing act between managing pain and ensuring patients aren’t overprescribed.

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cornelius Thiels, Elizabeth Habermann, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, opioids, Robert Cima, surgery, surgical outcomes, Tad Mabry


May 16, 2017

A Better Way

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

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, gynecology, health disparities, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, minimally invasive surgery, Sean Dowdy, surgery


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