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July 15th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Uses Regenerative Medicine to Contribute to Mitochondrial Disease Repair

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

Mitochondrial disease has been one of the toughest conditions in medicine. It primarily impacts children inheriting the condition, leaving few if any treatment options. Today, a collaborative group of researchers — including those from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, report they have found a way to eliminate the fatal mutations the inherited DNA leaves in cells. The […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic, mitochondrial disease, Nature


June 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo, DMC, Minnesota at BIO 2015

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

The Philadelphia Convention Center is awash with devices, large and small molecules, bio-generators and an endless stream of technologies I can’t hope to explain. Over 17,000 people are here to hear about the latest innovations, inventions, discoveries and ideas, but mostly they hope to make deals. Most American states and industrialized countries are here touting […]

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Tags: biotechnology, center for individualized medicine, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic


June 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Center for Biomedical Discovery Launches Website

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

At Mayo Clinic, the road to new treatments often begins in the laboratory. For over 100 years, Mayo scientists and physicians have worked together to advance care through medical science. That tradition of leadership by discovery is the Center for Biomedical Discovery. Established to sustain and grow Mayo’s expertise and build on its foundation of […]

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Tags: Center for Biomedical Discovery, discovery research, laboratory research, Mark McNiven, Mayo Clinic, medical science, Research


June 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Surgical Outcomes – A Focus Area for Continuous Improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

“A surgical procedure should be planned so that the patient, with the least possible risk and loss of time, will receive the greatest possible benefit.” -Dr. Charlie Mayo, 1930. The field of Surgical Outcomes Research is often traced back to Dr. Ernest Codman, who self-published A Study of Hospital Efficiency: As Demonstrated by the Case Report […]

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Tags: Elizabeth Habermann, health care delivery, kern center, Science of health care delivery, surgical outcomes


June 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Plays Role in Developing New HIV Guidelines

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

Treatment for HIV should begin right at the point of diagnosis. That’s the conclusion of a major international clinical study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) study is a randomized clinical trial operating on 215 sites in 35 countries, of which Mayo Clinic is one, funded by […]

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Tags: AIDS, HIV, infectious diseases, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NIH, Stacey Rizza, Zelalem Temesgen


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Improve Health of Pediatric Populations Using the Stepped Wedge Design

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

  Robert Jacobson, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and serves as the medical director for the Population Health Science Program at the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. He also leads Mayo’s Employee and […]

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Tags: health care delivery, kern center, Pediatrics, Population Health, Robert Jacobson, Science of health care delivery, Yasaman Fatemi


May 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Single Biggest Concern: A Palliative Approach

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

For people living with serious illness, both patients and care providers, identifying the single biggest concern can be a difficult task.  There are so many concerns – from “Who will help me if I am too weak to care for myself?” to “How can we treat my nausea and pain?”  When interrupted by a serious […]

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Tags: Bob Shannon, Cory Ingram, Jeff Sloan, kern center, Palliative Care, patient reported outcomes, PROs, Ryan Utti, Science of health care delivery, Tom Fitch


April 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Catching Eye Problems Earlier with Technology

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

A team of Mayo Clinic ophthalmologists have validated what they are calling a user-friendly computer program for pediatric vision testing. Tomohiko Yamada, O.D. and colleagues tested the the Jaeb Visual Acuity Screener (JVAS) – a computerized test — on 175 children between 3 and 7 years old. After that, they were also tested by an expert […]

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Tags: eye diseases, eye research, ophthalmology, Pediatrics, vision tests


April 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quest for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments: Mitochondria Renders Clues

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

A research group led by Mayo Clinic neuroscientist Eugenia Trushina, Ph.D, has investigated whether treatment with a small molecule CP2 can prevent the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease  in three animal models of familial Alzheimer’s, an inherited neurodegenerative disorder with symptoms of progressive cognitive decline in aging populations. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s in […]

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Tags: AD, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease, Eugenia Trushina, neuroscience


April 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Individualized Medicine’s Latest Computational Consortium

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine — with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago — is establishing a National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center called the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine, or CCBGM. The goal is to study the applicability, timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy of the computational infrastructure […]

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Tags: bioinformatics, center for individualized medicine, computational genomics, genomics, medical genomics, precision medicine