Dr. Rose Kenny: Explaining BRCA-2 Mutations

In recent years, Dr. Rose Kenny has become more invested in researching the issues that various genetic mutations can cause. This led to her getting a test for genetic mutations herself, resulting in her discovery that she carries a mutated BRCA-2 gene, which places her at a heightened risk of contracting breast cancer.

Many people may be familiar with the BRCA gene due to Angelina Jolie’s much-publicized decision to undergo prophylactic surgery upon discovering that she had inherited the gene, however, there is still plenty of information available for those who have not encountered it before.

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What Is It?

In its regular form BRCA-2 is a human tumor suppressor gene, often referred to as a caretaker gene, that most commonly occurs in the human breast. Its role is to repair damaged DNA or to destroy cells if they are beyond repair.

The Risk Caused By Mutation

Unfortunately, the BRCA-2 gene may mutate, with the effect often being inherited between parent and child when the issue occurs. This mutation limits the gene’s ability to repair damaged DNA, which results in those carrying the mutated gene being placed at higher risk of contracting breast cancer. This has led to it gaining the moniker of the “breast cancer susceptibility gene”, though it is only the mutation that increases risk.

Identification and Remedy

Those who are concerned about the possibility of carrying the mutation can have themselves tested. Options are available, such as prophylactic surgery, to reduce the risks caused by the mutation. Furthermore, medical professionals, like Dr. Rose Kenny, are researching ways to counter and treat the mutation’s effects.

Dr. Rose Kenny: How To Define Usability In An Electronic Health Record

Dr. Rose Kenny has worked as a Clinical Informatician at the Family Care Center in Redmond, Oregon since 2002, which means she spends much of her time working with patients’ Electronic Health Records (EHRs). A good EHR allows the user to quickly find the information that is needed for the patient, which means usability is crucial when designing them.

The following are all ways to define usability in an EHR.

The User Interface

The EHR’s user-interface will be the first thing that people see when trying to access the record, so it needs to be as accessible as possible. The main issue for many here is clutter. Having too much information on the screen at once can make the record difficult to read, which results in more time being taken to find important information.

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Consider the Clicks

To counter this clutter, EHRs are often divided into segments that can be accessed through mouse clicks or via a touchscreen interface. Medical professionals will want to access information in as few clicks as possible, so the EHR should be designed to allow for quick data entry and a minimal amount of searching. Focus on navigation and work with those who use the EHRs regularly to define the workflow.

Allow For Typed Notes

A good EHR will also allow physicians to record specifics about their patients outside of the general information that the system asks for. The system should allow for free writing where needed, rather than restricting users to only recording certain types of information.

Dr. Rose Kenny is an experienced physician who studied Clinical Informatics at Kansas University Medical Center in 2015.

Dr. Rose Kenny: Advice For Your First Yoga Class

In addition to being an experienced physician who has worked with many patients since she began her career in 1995, Dr. Rose Kenny is also a physical fitness enthusiast. She has participated in Bikram Yoga classes for a number of years and has found the activity has helped her achieve a number of her fitness goals. Taking your first yoga class can be intimidating, so keep the below in mind to get the most out of it.

Introduce Yourself

Getting comfortable is one of the biggest challenges that yoga novices face, as they will be stepping into unfamiliar territory while surrounded by a group of people they have never met. The best way to counter this is to introduce yourself to your fellow classmates and get to know them a little better. If possible, try to spend some time talking to the instructor too.

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Don’t Compete

As the class gets underway you will notice that a lot of the people in the room are a lot more flexible than you. This flexibility has been developed over many sessions of practice, so don’t feel as though you need to execute every pose with the same level of precision. Instead, take things at your own pace and don’t push your body to levels of extreme discomfort.

Eliminate Distractions

Yoga is intended to help practitioners focus their minds on their stretches and breathing. This can be made difficult if there are distractions, so keep talking to a minimum during the session and make sure your phone is switched off.

Dr. Rose Kenny is an experienced Bikram Yoga practitioner.

Dr. Rose Kenny: How Doctors Can Improve Their Bedside Manner

Dr. Rose Kenny graduated from Tuft’s Medical School with her Medical Doctorate in 1995 and has gone on to enjoy an extensive career as a physician in the years that followed. While diagnosing and treating ailments is a crucial part of a doctor’s work, bedside manner is also a critical component of patient care that should not be neglected. However, many physicians struggle with this aspect of their work so keep these pointers in mind if you would like to improve.

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Talk To Patients As People

Most of your patients will be wary of their surroundings and may feel like they have little control over their circumstances, which can make them less confident and open when speaking to doctors. These feelings are exacerbated if you just treat them as conditions on a chart, so take some time to speak to your patients and get to know them.

Get Rid Of Distractions

Your patients should have your full attention whenever you interact with them. Checking your phone, looking at other patients’ charts or allowing your attention to drift will make them think you don’t care about what they are saying, which leads to distrust. This results in less information being provided, which can often make it difficult to provide care.

Keep It Simple

Complex medical terminology will often confuse those who do not have training, so consider ways to explain difficult issues in language that your patients will understand. Keep it simple and answer any questions openly and honestly.

Dr. Rose Kenny is an experienced physician who works at the Family Care Center in Redmond, Oregon.