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

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

April 3rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Volunteers Sought: People with HPV-positive Tonsil and Tongue Cancers

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is seeking volunteers for a clinical trial for patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) positive tonsil or tongue (oropharynx) cancer whose disease has not spread outside of the neck. The purpose of the study is to find out if reducing treatment time and dosage can control the cancer while decreasing […]

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Tags: cancer, Clinical Trial, Daniel Ma, Head and Neck Cancer, HPV, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, trial, volunteer

March 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Gregory Gores, M.D., Receives 2014 AGA Distinguished Mentor Award

By Gina Chiri-Osmond

Congratulations to Gregory Gores, M.D., who recently received the 2014 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Mentor Award. Dr. Gores is the current Executive Dean for Research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., responsible for the leadership and management of all Mayo research centers, divisions, programs, and other research activity. In assuming this role, Dr. Gores […]

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Tags: AGA, award, Distinguished Mentor Award, Executive Dean for Research, Gastroenterology, GI, Greg Gores, MD, mentor, people, Research, research awards

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 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 · 1 Comment

Fifty Years of Kidney Transplants at Mayo Clinic

By Admin

Fifty years ago, the prognosis for a patient with kidney failure was threatening to grim. Transplants of kidneys from one person to another were not mainstream medicine. In fact, a transplant was so extraordinary that TIME magazine described the treatment as “the most daring of all.” Kidney transplants still are serious operations today. But, since […]

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