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February 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Connection Between Teeth and Heart Surgery

By Bob Nellis

We want to pass on some published Mayo Clinic research as reflected in the media this week. This one, from the Annals of Thoracic Surgery is especially interesting and useful to both physicians and patients alike. HealthDay, Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks by Randy Dotinga…In a small, retrospective study, Mayo Clinic researchers found […]

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Tags: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Cardiology, Heart Disease, Heart Surgery, teeth, thoracic reearch


January 2nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Reversing Breast Cancer With Injectable Nanoparticles

By Admin

A Mayo Clinic researcher, along with collaborators from Harvard Medical School, developed a method to first identify a breast-cancer-promoting gene and then specifically target this gene with a nanoparticle-based, injectable therapy that reverses breast cancer in mice.  The results, published this week in Science Translational Medicine, may provide a first step in developing a new […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Harvard, HoxA1, Mayo Clinic, Nanoparticles


December 18th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Luring Cancer: Custom “Bait” Catches Recurrent Prostate Cancer

By Admin

From Mayo Clinic’s Discovery’s Edge magazine Many prostate cancer survivors live in fear of being told that their cancer has returned. It’s even scarier to be told that the doctor knows the cancer is there because of rising PSA levels, but that he can’t find it. Doctors and patients alike know that early detection of the recurrent […]

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Tags: cancer imaging, choline C-11, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, PET scan, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology


December 9th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Debuts Two New Blogs Focused on Celiac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

By Admin

  We are excited to unveil Mayo Clinic’s newest blogs, which focus on celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). The blogs feature commentary from Mayo Clinic experts about most recent news and advances within each disease, specifically: Study findings News alerts Clinical trials Upcoming events Disease management […]

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Tags: celiac disease, Crohn's disease, Gastroenterology, IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, ulcerative colitis


December 2nd, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The Radiation Limbo: How Low Can We Go?

By Admin

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

By Admin

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

By Admin

[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

By Admin

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

By Admin

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

By Admin

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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