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Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher) published a blog post Tue, Jan 7 10:00am · View  

Childhood Fractures May Indicate Bone-Density Problems

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jan. 7, 2014 — Broken bones may seem like a normal part of an active childhood. About 1 in 3 otherwise healthy children suffers a bone fracture. Breakage of the bone running from the elbow to the thumb side of the wrist (distal forearm fracture) is the most common. It occurs most often during the growth spurt that children typically undergo in early adolescence.

But a recent study at Mayo Clinic, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, indicates that certain types of fractures may have implications for a child's long-term bone health. The study found evidence that children and adolescents whose forearm fractures occurred due to mild trauma had lower bone strength compared to other children. Lower bone strength may predispose children to factures resulting from weakened bone (osteoporotic fracture) later in life.

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Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher) published a blog post Mon, Nov 11 2013 · View  

Ethics Expert Named Director of Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Richard Sharp, Ph.D., joins Mayo Clinic as director of the newly-formed Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program. Dr. Sharp and his team help researchers, physicians and patients address ethical questions brought about by advances in biology and medicine.

MULTIMEDIA ALERT:: Video of Dr. Sharp is available for download on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Dr. Sharp leads the ethics activities within the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized MedicineCenter for Regenerative Medicine,Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

"My goal for the new program is to provide institutional and national leadership on ethical issues raised by translational research and new developments in patient care," says Dr. Sharp.

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Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher) published a blog post Mon, Jul 30 2012 · View  

Mayo Clinic Health System Receives Grant to Improve Rural Health Care

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 30, 2012.   Mayo Clinic Health System Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) is sharing in an $11 million government grant to lead the creation of a national learning collaborative among rural health care providers. The effort is part of a national partnership using the Health Care Innovation Award funded by the Affordable Care Act.

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"This is a great opportunity for us to share health care knowledge and best practices with our colleagues to improve health care in rural communities nationally," says Paul Targonski, M.D., Ph.D., who leads the Mayo PBRN. "It's also a great important way for us to learn from our partners' expertise and experiences in rural health care, as well as leverage research to help solve the nation's health care problems."

The network is partnering with rural clinics and communities to help them work together to deliver better health care. It is leading the efforts within the grant to create and evaluate the outcomes of sustainable local learning collaboratives that will drive health practice improvements.

Partners in the project include Mineral Regional Health Center, Superior, Mont.; The Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium, Pikeville, Ky.; iVantage Health Analytics, Portland, Maine; and Montana's frontier and rural health care communities. The specific award, the "Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership," is intended to develop and implement a network to standardize operations and efficiencies across Montana's medical practices, including tertiary care centers, critical access hospitals, and rural health clinics. Training will be provided to participating sites, and support will include health improvement specialists, electronic health record specialists and data analysis.

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