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Bob Nellis (@bobnellis) published a blog post Wed, Apr 16 3:30pm · View  

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


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 Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minn.

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is the unsung waypoint through which any number of landmark patient studies have traveled en route to improving the lives of millions of people, including revolutionary discoveries in osteoporosis, gastrointestinal distress, sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease, and diseases related to physiology.  Here is a look at one [...]

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Bob Nellis (@bobnellis) published a blog post Mon, Apr 7 11:27am · View  

Cancer Researchers Begin Blog Series on Cures for Kidney Cancer


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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 encouraged to begin a blog about our research efforts and discoveries in kidney cancer current FDA approved drugs are not cures.  They provide some survival benefit (in a small [...]

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Bob Nellis (@bobnellis) published a blog post Fri, Feb 28 9:38am · View  

The Connection Between Teeth and Heart Surgery

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.

HealthDayGetting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks by Randy Dotinga…In a small, retrospective study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that 8 percent of heart patients who did not wait to have teeth pulled suffered major adverse health outcomes, such as a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death. "Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association label dental extraction as a minor procedure, with the risk of death or non-fatal heart attack estimated to be less than 1 percent," study co-author Dr. Mark Smith [...]

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