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Jul 20, 2017

Obesity: an individualized approach doubles the success rate of weight loss therapy

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Many people think if they just stick to a diet and exercise, they’ll lose weight; unfortunately, many are not successful. They wonder why they can’t lose weight even after trying many different diets, work out programs and medications. According to Andres Acosta, M.D., Ph.D., the answers, [...]
Obesity: an individualized approach doubles the success rate of weight loss therapy
Jul 18, 2017

Check Out the Latest Issue of Forefront Magazine

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Forefront is the complimentary magazine of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Published in print and online magazine editions annually and in email and online newsletter editions quarterly, Forefront highlights Mayo Clinic’s cutting-edge cancer research and the latest Cancer Center news. View the online edition. View the email newsletter. Subscribe.  
Check Out the Latest Issue of Forefront Magazine
Jul 13, 2017

The curious link between tall men, small babies and kidney disease

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
We are born with a lifetime supply of something you may not think about every day: Nephrons. Nephrons act as filters within the kidneys. They fine tune blood composition which in turn maintains our blood’s pressure, volume, and cleanliness. During pregnancy nephron development ends as a fetus reaches the last [...]
The curious link between tall men, small babies and kidney disease
Jul 11, 2017

Is it fair to expect students from minority backgrounds to ‘give back’ in their careers?

By Kris Schanilec @kschanilec
Imagine you are a medical student and you’ve received financial aid based on your status as a member of a minority or low-income group. Should you be expected to pursue a career serving in underserved communities? Not if society wants to tackle social inequity, according to a recent commentary published [...]
Is it fair to expect students from minority backgrounds to ‘give back’ in their careers?
Jul 10, 2017

Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
Mayo Clinic launched a new journal July 5, designed to focus on clinical innovations, quality improvement, and optimal outcomes, in medicine and surgery. Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes provides new publication opportunities for pioneering and impactful clinical research on factors that affect contemporary health care delivery. Editor-in-Chief Thomas Gerber, M.D., [...]
Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes
Jul 6, 2017

REGISTER TODAY – BE INSPIRED IN OCTOBER

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
William A. Gahl, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will speak about the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program and its expansion. "Desperate for answers" is how Dr. Gahl describes many patients and families he sees with puzzling disorders. The program aims to provide answers to patients [...]
REGISTER TODAY – BE INSPIRED IN OCTOBER
Jul 5, 2017

Hold Steady

By m168659 @m168659
MSA patient holds steady following small group study of stem cell therapy Steve Day is on a mission as he scans a crowd of about 150 people in the banquet hall of a golf course in his boyhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. When he finally finds his target, [...]
Hold Steady
Jul 3, 2017

Meet our Surgical Outcomes Research Fellows

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
The Surgical Outcomes Research Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery selects surgical residents interested in research to become Surgical Outcomes Research Fellows. These fellows take one or two years away from clinical training to receive mentoring in health [...]
Meet our Surgical Outcomes Research Fellows
Jun 29, 2017

Walk to Remember

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
Sisters help local community and advance Alzheimer's and dementia research Paula Peterson and Jill Wulff remember their mom's struggle with Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease. She was easily confused and experienced hallucinations and paranoia. Paula and Jill also remember the family's [...]
Walk to Remember
Jun 28, 2017

Underused cancer test could improve treatment for thousands, Mayo Clinic study finds

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. and the second deadliest. With colon cancer, some earlier stage patients fare worse than some later stage patients, who usually benefit most from chemotherapy. But a research team at Mayo Clinic has discovered that a simple blood test could [...]
Underused cancer test could improve treatment for thousands, Mayo Clinic study finds
Jun 27, 2017

Personalized care for aggressive breast cancers: 4 steps forward from the BEAUTY study

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Chemotherapy substantially reduces the chance that certain types of breast cancer will return or spread to other parts of the body and improves survival. Chemotherapy before surgery is a standard approach to treat women with aggressive breast cancer. However, chemotherapy does not shrink tumors in all [...]
Personalized care for aggressive breast cancers: 4 steps forward from the BEAUTY study
Jun 23, 2017

Meet the Researchers at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
If you’re heading to New Orleans for AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM), AcademyHealth says it’s a great opportunity to: Learn about the latest emerging evidence. Discover new methods and applications of rigorous and relevant methods. Identify gaps and opportunities in research. Enhance your understanding of the most pressing research policy [...]
Meet the Researchers at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
Jun 21, 2017

Cellular Senescence Research Highlighted at World Science Festival

By Megan Forliti @mforliti
Mayo Clinic’s aging research was among the featured topics at the 10th annual World Science Festival in New York earlier this month. James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, shared details about cell senescence breakthroughs and next steps in the field during a [...]
Cellular Senescence Research Highlighted at World Science Festival
Jun 20, 2017

Sharing the evidence, building awareness at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
At Mayo Clinic, research is integral to everything we do for patients. While seeking to address the world’s most challenging health care problems, our researchers work hand-in-hand with health care providers and other professionals to build the evidence base for practice transformation. In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia [...]
Sharing the evidence, building awareness at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting
Jun 19, 2017

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

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Over the coming decades, a growing number of Americans are expected to develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition characterized by an irregular and often rapid heart rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 2.7 and 6.1 million Americans are living with the condition, which is [...]
1 in 6 taking blood-thinning drugs may not be getting right dose, research shows
Jun 16, 2017

Early bird registration ends soon for TRANSFORM2017

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
At Transform I'm challenged to approach problems from new angles and find better ways to solve them. – Nick Jehlen, founding partner, Common Practice Transform 2017 offers several opportunities to engage experts who are closing the gap between people and health for patients, providers, and payers.Begin your experience at Transform with Pre-Conference Activities [...]
Early bird registration ends soon for TRANSFORM2017
Jun 15, 2017

A personalized approach to brain tumor surgery

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
By Susan Buckles New technology invented and used only at Mayo Clinic lets physicians plan an individualized approach to brain surgery. Brain magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) allows surgeons to see inside a patient’s skull and determine the firmness of a brain tumor before surgery. Slip interface imaging is another new [...]
A personalized approach to brain tumor surgery
Jun 13, 2017

First In Class

By Deb Anderson @debanderson
FIRST IN CLASS Charting a course for education at Mayo Clinic Fredric B. Meyer, M.D., tacks quickly from one topic to another. The neurosurgeon and avid sailor keeps his bearings by keeping busy. Recently named as the new Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine [...]
First In Class
Jun 8, 2017

Knee Deep

By m168659 @m168659
KNEE DEEP Treating knee disorders with regenerative medicine Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine is supporting four studies to help people delay or even prevent costly knee replacements. The costs of musculoskeletal disorders are staggering. They are the most common health conditions in the United States among all age groups, [...]
Knee Deep
Jun 7, 2017

Multiple chronic conditions may be worse than previously suspected, especially for stroke patients

By meghanknoedler @meghanknoedler
Are you tired of hearing about “chronic conditions” that affect every aspect of your health as well as your longevity? These difficult-to-manage diseases—some brought on by natural causes, others influenced by our behavior— interfere with our ability to enjoy life, and so we must address them. For example, coronary artery [...]
Multiple chronic conditions may be worse than previously suspected, especially for stroke patients
Jun 6, 2017

Meet the researchers - Sandra J. Gendler, Ph.D. & Peter A. Cohen, M.D.: The Dynamic Duo

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
On the brink of discovery, Sandra J. Gendler, Ph.D., and Peter A. Cohen, M.D., take a moment to reflect on a collaboration and friendship that began in 2008 when Dr. Cohen made the move to Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “I recognized that this chance to work closely with Sandy offered [...]
Meet the researchers - Sandra J. Gendler, Ph.D. & Peter A. Cohen, M.D.: The Dynamic Duo
Jun 1, 2017

Rochester Epidemiology Project: Taking a bite out of poor health

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
The Rochester Epidemiology Project has added dental records to its database of linked medical records, making it more valuable as a medical research resource. The Rochester Epidemiology Project is a collaboration of medical and dental care providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. With patient agreement, the organizations link medical, dental, surgical [...]
Rochester Epidemiology Project: Taking a bite out of poor health
May 30, 2017

Team-based care improves life expectancy, results in fewer hospitalizations among kidney dialysis patients

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
The health care industry is under constant pressure to reduce costs. This is especially evident in chronic disease management, where a growing segment of the population – the Centers for Disease Control estimates half of all adults in the United States have one or more chronic conditions – is accumulating [...]
Team-based care improves life expectancy, results in fewer hospitalizations among kidney dialysis patients
May 25, 2017

Her Way Back

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
HER WAY BACK North Dakota woman on leading edge of epilepsy research with implanted device For the 50 million children and adults worldwide who live with epilepsy, the brain's electrical circuitry shorts out spontaneously. As many as one-third of patients, 1 million in the U.S. alone, find no relief with [...]
Her Way Back
May 23, 2017

Regenerative Medicine: From Blueprint to Build Out

By m168659 @m168659
Regenerative Medicine is an Established Priority at Mayo Clinic Five years is a short amount of time to expect results from a new strategic initiative at a complex organization. But early results were evident at the Mayo Clinic Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery. Mayo Clinic experts in regenerative medicine [...]
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