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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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Tags: epidemiology, Mayo Clinic, medical population studies, Medical Research, Olmsted County, Olmsted Medical Center, patient records, research, Rochester Epidemiology Project


April 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Huffington Post, Diabetes and Mayo Clinic

By Bob Nellis

Sometimes the science of weight loss and diet is the science of behavior. Mayo Clinic researchers established the ground rules for measuring calories, blood glucose — even the proper dosages for insulin — back in the 1920s and ’30s. Yet more and more people are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes today. Changing behavior, not […]

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Tags: diabetes, diabetes education, Endocrinology, Huffington Post, The Biggest Loser, type 2, Weight Loss


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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Tags: Dr Richard Hurt, Lung Cancer, Mayo Clinic, nicotine, nicotine dependence, quit smoking, smoking, tobacco


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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Tags: kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic research, SCD1, Winston Tan, Al Copland


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


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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