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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 Angela Bingham @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 [...]
May 18, 2017

Meet the researcher - Betty Kim, M.D., Ph.D.: Harnessing Nanotechnology to Study Cancer

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
When you are a driven neurosurgeon but not a morning person, sometimes it’s about your socks. “I lose no time matching,” says Mayo Clinic’s Betty Kim, M.D., Ph.D. “They’re all the same color, so I can get an extra minute of sleep.” Yet, in her daily work, misplaced colors are [...]
Meet the researcher - Betty Kim, M.D., Ph.D.: Harnessing Nanotechnology to Study Cancer
May 16, 2017

A Better Way

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
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 [...]
A Better Way
May 11, 2017

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Collaboration: Bringing Innovative Cell-Based Therapies to Patients

By Angela Bingham @m168659
Mayo Clinic’s Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently announced a collaboration to delay and prevent heart failure from HLHS, a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child's heart is severely underdeveloped. The [...]
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Collaboration: Bringing Innovative Cell-Based Therapies to Patients
May 10, 2017

Research looks to improve patient satisfaction, reduce costs by predicting surgery length

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Accurately predicting the length of an operation has benefits beyond simply informing patients and their families. Doing so means improved patient satisfaction and has the potential to prevent over- or under-utilization of operating rooms, which has significant implications on both resources and staff. Ultimately, that leads to improved quality of [...]
Research looks to improve patient satisfaction, reduce costs by predicting surgery length
May 9, 2017

Increasing the Odds

By Lynda de Widt @ldewidt
Increasing the Odds Mayo Clinic performs more transplants than any other organization in the country. That experience allows Mayo Clinic scientist-physicians to study stem cells and personalize drugs to fight organ rejection and increase the number of viable lungs. Immune-Building Stem Cell Research In the 1970s, when Cesar A. Keller, [...]
Increasing the Odds
May 8, 2017

When medical literature is sparse or not clear, where do doctors turn?

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Mayo research shows surgery adds years for kidney cancer patients It started with anecdotal evidence. Mayo Clinic urologist Bradley Leibovich, M.D., says he had long seen indications that surgically removing secondary tumor growths, called metastases, in patients with kidney cancer would result in a longer life expectancy. However, studies on [...]
When medical literature is sparse or not clear, where do doctors turn?
May 4, 2017

Precision care for heart disease - a practical approach

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Heart disease can sometimes be a silent killer. Many of us know seemingly healthy people who’ve suddenly or unexpectedly had a heart attack. It can be shocking when people who are at a a healthy weight and exercise regularly die from heart disease that they never [...]
Precision care for heart disease - a practical approach
May 2, 2017

Meet the researcher - Alex Adjei, M.D., Ph.D.: The Power of Hope

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
There’s a reason Mayo Clinic oncologist Alex A. Adjei, M.D., Ph.D., spends so much time in the lab testing molecular solutions to cancer — it gives his patients hope. When Dr. Adjei started as a lung cancer specialist about 20 years ago, patients with the disease had a dismal prognosis. [...]
Meet the researcher - Alex Adjei, M.D., Ph.D.: The Power of Hope
May 1, 2017

American College of Cardiology awards Xiaoxi Yao, Ph.D., the Young Investigator Award in Outcomes Research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
The American College of Cardiology awarded Xiaoxi Yao, Ph.D., the 2017 Young Investigator Award in Outcomes Research for her research on, “A Comparison of Kidney Function Decline in Atrial Fibrillation Patients Treated With Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants or Warfarin.” The award was presented during the convocation ceremony on March 19 during [...]
American College of Cardiology awards Xiaoxi Yao, Ph.D., the Young Investigator Award in Outcomes Research
Apr 27, 2017

Developing new tests to find and defeat cancer at its earliest stages

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Mammography and other screening tools have made great strides in finding cancer early, when it is most likely to be successfully treated. However, some early-stage cancers are missed by conventional screening and are only detected when symptoms occur. Mayo Clinic and other research institutions are wondering: could a blood test [...]
Developing new tests to find and defeat cancer at its earliest stages
Apr 26, 2017

Mayo Clinic Investigators Receive Biobusiness/Biotechnology and Education Awards from 'Regenerative Medicine Minnesota'

By Angela Bingham @m168659
Five Mayo Clinic investigators were selected to receive 2017 Education and Biobusiness/Biotechnology Awards from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota. Regenerative Medicine Minnesota is a joint venture between the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, and funded by the Minnesota Legislature, with the goal of distributing millions of dollars to advance regenerative medicine in the [...]
Mayo Clinic Investigators Receive Biobusiness/Biotechnology and Education Awards from 'Regenerative Medicine Minnesota'
Apr 25, 2017

The Case for Stem Cell Treatments for ALS

By Angela Bingham @m168659
When nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord stop working normally there is a noticeable change in muscle movement and activity. Motor neurons work with the brain to control muscle movement such as gripping and walking. These activities become increasingly difficult with the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [...]
The Case for Stem Cell Treatments for ALS
Apr 20, 2017

Economies of scale: volume in health care

By meghanknoedler @meghanknoedler
The concept is simple, if you perform the same procedure over and over; day in and day out, you tend to do it better, quicker, and safer than your counterpart who has only done it a few times, or infrequently. It’s referred to in other lines of work as “economies [...]
Economies of scale: volume in health care
Apr 18, 2017

Attack the Gap--New Immunotherapy May Help the Body Fight Ovarian Cancer

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
It was only when Kathi Schroeder took to the bone-chilling streets of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on her bike last January that she noticed something was not right. “I was having trouble breathing; just taking a deep breath was difficult,” she remembers. Kathi went to her local doctor’s office and was [...]
Attack the Gap--New Immunotherapy May Help the Body Fight Ovarian Cancer
Apr 11, 2017

Mayo Clinic researchers use zebrafish to identify potential treatment for pediatric cancer

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Using a novel zebrafish model, Mayo Clinic researchers have identified a molecule called GAB2 that is highly represented in the malignant cells of many patients with neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature neural cells found in several areas of the body. The researchers believe that overexpression of [...]
Mayo Clinic researchers use zebrafish to identify potential treatment for pediatric cancer
Apr 7, 2017

The value in second opinions

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
One of the reasons patients come to Mayo Clinic is to obtain a second opinion. This can be lifesaving. In a recent research publication, Extent of diagnostic agreement among medical referrals, a Mayo Clinic physician-scientist team showed that for a group of 286 patients referred from primary care providers to [...]
The value in second opinions
Apr 4, 2017

Exploring the link between the gut and multiple sclerosis

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Could the bacteria in a person’s digestive system provide a clue about whether he or she may develop multiple sclerosis? This is a question that Mayo Clinic researchers asked when trying to unravel the causes of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating condition that impacts a person’s [...]
Exploring the link between the gut and multiple sclerosis
Mar 30, 2017

Understanding more--Heart failure patients and skilled nursing facilities

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
https://youtu.be/KN8Q28JTiho For many people diagnosed with heart failure – which almost invariably results in a hospital stay – the next stop is a skilled nursing facility. While their physician  often will reassure them that it’s just for a short time until they can get back to their home, in reality, that stay is long (averaging 144 days). And often they find themselves back in the hospital and back to a nursing facility again. In a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators report new understanding and new hope for heart failure patients. [...]
Mar 28, 2017

Next generation sequencing – a game changer

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Imagine scanning a page for errors manually one letter at a time, versus using a faster tool like spell check. That’s the difference between the first DNA sequencing methods and the new computerized machines known as next generation sequencing. It’s revolutionizing health care. Next generation sequencing [...]
Next generation sequencing – a game changer
Mar 23, 2017

This diet’s for you: personalized nutrition to improve your health

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen You may use the phrase “gut reaction” to describe what your instincts tell you about a particular situation. But it turns out that your gut offers much more than an emotional reaction – it processes food you eat in a way that is unique to you. [...]
This diet’s for you: personalized nutrition to improve your health
Mar 21, 2017

Building the evidence base with the Society of Behavioral Medicine

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young @elizabethzimmermann
The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) combines nursing, psychology, medicine and public health in an interdisciplinary forum to promote new understanding of human behavior, health and illness. At its annual meeting, March 29 – April 1, in San Diego, SBM will convene more than 2,200 behavioral and biomedical researchers and [...]
Building the evidence base with the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Mar 20, 2017

Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., receives Director’s Award

By Megan Forliti @mforliti
The Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging is pleased to announce that Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., has received the 2016 Director’s Award for his work as a researcher and program director of the Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) program. The Director’s Award is presented to investigators who [...]
Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., receives Director’s Award
Mar 16, 2017

Using genetic testing to transform care for neurological disorders

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen   Our nervous system is made up of complex biological pathways that control everything we do, including breathing, thinking, speaking, moving and feeling. For patients suffering from a neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, nerve pain (neuropathy) and dementia, the symptoms of these conditions can [...]
Using genetic testing to transform care for neurological disorders
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