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July 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Using Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Patient Care

By Bob Nellis

  A team of international experts led by a Mayo Clinic researcher has published in the Journal of the American Medical Association a guide for clinicians who are interested in using systematic reviews and meta-analysis in clinical decision making. This article is the latest in the well-known series of users’ guides to the medical literature […]

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June 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo and MInnesota Talk Research at BIO 2014

By Bob Nellis

The San Diego Convention Center looks like the United Nations this week, but the common language is bioscience. BIO 2014 is in full swing, with roughly 17,000 people in the building. That’s my estimate; others vary. The Minnesota pavilion is showcasing the bioscience industries in the state as well as the University of Minnesota and […]

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May 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Touring Exhibit – Watch for it this year

By Bob Nellis

Keep a lookout for this rig. It may pass you on the Interstate this year as it winds its way through 50 locations across the country and Canada. It’s in Minnesota at the moment — all week, in fact — as we observe Mayo’s 150th year. Designed to tell the Mayo story of patient care, […]

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May 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Register for Individualizing Medicine 2014 – Don’t miss out

By Bob Nellis

Make plans now to attend Mayo Clinic’s third annual Individualizing Medicine Conference this fall in Rochester, Minnesota. This is the conference where you can learn about the latest in medical genomics and how it is being translated into medical practice. I always say it’s where doctors learn what their patients are going to be asking them […]

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April 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Rochester Epidemiology Project: A Boon for Researchers and Patients

By Bob Nellis

   With its origins dating back to the early days of the Mayo Clinic, the Rochester Epidemiology Project is the medical resource behind discoveries that have affected patients around the globe. It’s been treasured by researchers and funded by the National Institutes of Health for nearly 50 years. Data collected from several generations of patients […]

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April 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Nicotine Dependence Center: Celebrating 25 Years of Leading-edge Addiction Research

By Bob Nellis

 From modest beginnings and a single research project, the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic celebrates its 25th anniversary of helping patients overcome their addiction to tobacco. That success has been driven, in large part, by a dedicated and innovative research program.  In 1988, when counselors greeted the first patient at Mayo Clinic’s new Nicotine […]

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April 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Road to Discovery Runs through Mayo’s Clinical Research Unit

By Bob Nellis

The road to developments that change medicine is jammed with great ideas.  It meanders like a mountain trail in the early stages with many ideas failing and being discarded.  But once an innovative medical breakthrough reaches the point of clinic research, the road runs straight as a Midwest highway through a patient-study unit nestled in […]

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April 7th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Researchers Begin Blog Series on Cures for Kidney Cancer

By Bob Nellis

    We’re Drs. Winston Tan and John “Al” Copland and we collaborate in pursuit of cures for kidney cancer.  Winston is a Mayo Clinic physician oncologist who treats kidney cancer patients and collaborates with Al, a Mayo scientist dedicated to kidney cancer research. In talking with kidney cancer survivors and friends, we have been […]

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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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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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