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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 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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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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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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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 – Fifty Years of Kidney Transplants – Part III

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The Numbers, for the Record Candidates on waiting list for kidneys for transplant (national) - Approximately 97,000 Kidney Transplants at Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic - Number of Kidney Transplants (as of June 30, 2013) Rochester ( since 1963) - 4,822 Arizona (since 1999) -  1,974 Florida (since 2000) -  1,186 Kidney transplant patients at Mayo Clinic are cared for after […]

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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 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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October 31st, 2013 · Leave a Comment

New Heartburn Study in at #MayoClinicFL

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It’s a common ailment, but we’re trying to get to the bottom of it. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have launched a clinical trial on gastroesophageal reflux. You either need to have the condition or to be perfectly healthy, as they need people for a control group for the study. The Gastroesophageal Reflux – […]

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