April 7th, 2017
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At Mayo, steps toward helping paralyzed patients
By Pam Louwagie
Jered Chinnock, a 28-year-old from Tomah, Wis. who was injured in a snowmobile accident in February 2013, is one of a handful of patients in the country who, through the collaborative work of pioneering researchers, have had a small electrical stimulator surgically implanted on their spine. He did physical therapy the Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Mary's Campus in Rochester, Minn. on March 27, 2017.
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Context: Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years. The case, the result of collaboration with UCLA researchers, appears today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers say these results offer further evidence that a combination of this technology and rehabilitation may help patients with spinal cord injuries regain control over previously paralyzed movements, such as steplike actions, balance control and standing. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
20 percent of patients with serious conditions are first misdiagnosed, study says
by Lenny Bernstein
Twelve percent of the people who asked specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to review their cases had received correct diagnoses, the study found. The rest were given diagnoses that were partly in line with the conclusions of the Mayo doctors who evaluated their conditions…“Diagnostic error is an area where we need more research, more study and more information,” said James M. Naessens, a professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic, who led its study. “The second opinion is a good approach for certain patients to figure out what’s there and to keep costs down.”
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Context: Many patients come to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion or diagnosis confirmation before treatment for a complex condition. In a new study, Mayo Clinic reports that as many as 88 percent of those patients go home with a new or refined diagnosis – changing their care plan and potentially their lives. Conversely, only 12 percent receive confirmation that the original diagnosis was complete and correct. These findings were published online recently in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. The research team was led by James Naessens, Sc.D., a health care policy researcher at Mayo Clinic. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Elizabeth Zimmerman Young
How Personalized Medicine Will Make Us Healthier
by Mo Perry
“It’s really what we think is the future of medical care and medicine in the United States,” says Dr. Keith Stewart, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, one of the nation’s leaders in moving genomics from the laboratory to clinical care since it was established in 2012. “Every single American should have their genome sequenced.”
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Context: Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine solves the clinical challenges of today and tomorrow by bringing the latest discoveries from the research laboratory to your doctor's fingertips in the form of new genomics-based tests and treatments. A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B. is the center's executive director. As an intern on a bone marrow transplant ward at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Dr. Stewart witnessed young adults struggling with the ruthlessness of often-fatal blood cancers and the vicious side effects of treatment. But he also saw the doctors' compassion, patients' resolve and the clear need for better therapies. This ignited his passion for fighting blood cancers. The relentless pursuit of that passion underscores his leadership vision for the Center for Individualized Medicine. Here, Dr. Stewart shares his past experiences … and his hopes for the future of personalized medicine.
Contact: Susan Buckles
‘Is It Just Me?’ Comfort In Commonality
Just ask any woman with an M.D., D.O. or doctoral degree if she has ever experienced a situation where her title of “doctor” was withheld while a male colleague in the same situation was referred to as “Dr. X.” Invariably you will hear, “Oh yes, this happens all the time, but I never know if it’s just me?” As co-authors, we had all noticed this annoying occurrence throughout our careers…It took the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back to move us to share our experiences and to formally investigate. Dr. Julia Files was the spark. An excellent speaker and educator, Dr. Files is in great demand to speak at conferences to share her expertise. Several years ago she returned from one such event and shared with us her less than gratifying experience. — Blog authors Anita P. Mayer, M.D., Julia A. Files, M.D., and Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D. are physicians at Mayo Clinic.
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Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson
How to choose the best seat in a meeting, every time
by Joan Raymond
Generally, people fall into two camps when it comes to meetings, said Dr. Richard Winters, an emergency medicine physician with the Mayo Clinic and an executive coach for healthcare leaders. There’s the stealth camp of “please don’t call on me” and “please don’t look at me.” Or the master-of-the-universe camp who wants to get the show on the road. If you’re in stealth mode, choose the chairs that are on the outside of the realm of influence of power players. “You know the (chairs) behind the chairs that actually sit at the table,” said Winters. In other words, “the kid’s table,” he said.
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Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist
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