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December 2nd, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The Radiation Limbo: How Low Can We Go?

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From Mayo Clinic’s Discovery’s Edge magazine Reducing radiation exposure from CT scans has become one of the primary goals of Mayo Clinic’s CT Clinical Innovation Center. Dr. Cynthia McCollough and her colleagues are doing the Radiation Limbo: How low can they go without sacrificing image quality. Dr. McCollough is continually looking for ways to lower radiation exposures […]

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Tags: CT scans, Cynthia McCollough, radiation exposure, radiology research, x-rays


November 25th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic's Fifty Years of Kidney Transplants – Part IV

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Pioneers of Kidney Transplantation at Mayo Clinic The first transplant of a kidney took place in Saint Marys Hospital on Nov. 25, 1963. Surgeons George A. Hallenbeck, M.D., and James DeWeerd, M.D., headed a medical team that performed the first transplant, placing a kidney in a female patient. The patient’s half-sister was the donor. Mayo’s operation […]

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November 25th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic and 50 Years of Kidney Transplants – Part II

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[Editor's note: We recently looked at benchmarks in kidney transplant history. Today more on the kidney and why it's so important.] The Kidney’s Critical Role The kidney’s well-being is essential for the rest of the body. It acts as the main filtering system for wastes and the major factor in excreting them from the body. […]

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November 22nd, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Detecting and Treating Cancer Recurrence in Time

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A Mayo Clinic laboratory study has revealed a possible mechanism to stop recurrence of cancer in mice. The approach, involving screening and a second-line treatment, prevented cancer from coming back in most of the mice in the study in which recurrence would have happened. The findings appear in Nature Medicine. It’s been long known that […]

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November 12th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Reducing the Panic of Fecal Incontinence

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From Mayo Clinic’s Discovery’s Edge magazine Imagine the distress of waiting in a stalled checkout line, the bathrooms located at the back of the store, when your bowels begin to rumble and you have the uncontrollable urge to go. For those with fecal incontinence, panic ensues with the very thought of being caught unprepared at […]

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November 6th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic's Genomic Study on Prostate Cancer

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Certain types of “hard to treat” prostate cancer present an unanswerable challenge for physicians. That’s a nicely worded sentence for very bad news for the patient. After hormone treatment yields no response, the patient usually has two years or less to live. Surgery isn’t possible because the tumor cannot be shrunk. The reality of the […]

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November 6th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Regenerating Heart Tissue Through Stem Cell Therapy

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From the pages of Mayo Clinic’s Discovery’s Edge — Two years after a heart attack left him too exhausted to even tend his garden, Miroslav Dlacic is now able to walk again without becoming worn out.  An international team of Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers, led by André Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director of Mayo Clinic’s […]

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September 30th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Dr. Eric Green – NIH Genomic Leader

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Dr. Eric Green, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute, is now on the stage…explaining how “genomics is becoming increasingly relevant to the patient.” He says this discipline is a marathon, that began 13 years ago with the initial mapping of the human genome. Now he talks of “base pairs to bedside” or “double […]

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September 5th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Does Anesthesia Cause Problems for Kids Later On?

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A team of researchers from the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center are trying to answer that question. From what they can tell from animal studies, it may cause problems with learning and memory. They’ve conducted a study of records — both medical and school records – in the area around Rochester, Minn. There was some correlation: an […]

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August 30th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Vedolizumab Effective for Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease – IBD in the News

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Sunanda Kane, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD, discusses two studies recently published in “The New England Journal of Medicine” (ulcerative colitis study | Crohn’s disease study) that found patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease benefited from treatment with vedolizumab compared with placebo. Dr. […]

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