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Jan 23, 2018

Study evaluates effectiveness of deep genomic profiling in clinical setting

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Genomic profiling is used today for patients with advanced cancers to help develop new ways to diagnose and treat their disease and offer an individualized treatment plan. While gene panel testing is relatively commonplace, there are many barriers to using new and more sophisticated DNA technologies. According to Mitesh Borad, M.D., [...]
Study evaluates effectiveness of deep genomic profiling in clinical setting
Jan 18, 2018

Research finds hysterectomy alone associated with increased long-term health risks

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic researchers show that hysterectomy with ovarian conservation is associated with a significantly increased risk of several cardiovascular diseases and metabolic conditions. The findings are published in Menopause. “This is the best data to date that shows women undergoing hysterectomy have a risk of long-term disease ─ even when both ovaries [...]
Research finds hysterectomy alone associated with increased long-term health risks
Jan 16, 2018

Genetic tests + coordinated care + research = hope for patients with a genetic neurological disease

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
  Life with an inherited disease sometimes brings unexpected twists and turns. Five-year-old Gus Erickson has navigated the gyrations with the help of Mayo Clinic’s Neurofibromatosis Clinic. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. Those tumors can develop anywhere in the nervous system, [...]
Genetic tests + coordinated care + research = hope for patients with a genetic neurological disease
Jan 11, 2018

Presence of adjustable exam tables doesn’t ensure equitable care for patients with disabilities, research shows

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Research has shown patients with disabilities can face challenges to receiving the same level of care as those without disabilities. One way that health care organizations and policymakers attempt to address this issue is by providing accessibility equipment. But new research led by Mayo Clinic finds simply having this equipment, [...]
Presence of adjustable exam tables doesn’t ensure equitable care for patients with disabilities, research shows
Jan 9, 2018

Research News Roundup — December 2017

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
On Advancing the Science, in addition to sharing unique research-related news and information from across Mayo Clinic, we like to make sure you didn't miss any of the 'big news' stories. To make it easy, we round up all our research news releases from the previous month into one post. [...]
Research News Roundup — December 2017
Jan 4, 2018

Gerstner Awardees explore individualized treatments for obesity, rare form of leukemia

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
By Sharon Rosen Precision medicine research has shown that one size does not fit all when it comes to medical care. Early career investigators can bring new ideas and perspectives to the search for treatments tailored to a patient’s unique needs. These are the goals of Andres Acosta, M.D., Ph.D., [...]
Gerstner Awardees explore individualized treatments for obesity, rare form of leukemia
Dec 28, 2017

Genetic testing for earlier diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
By Sharon Rosen If you are one of the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you know about the painful, swollen and stiff joints that are common symptoms of this chronic inflammatory disorder. Mayo Clinic has been a leader in discovering biomarkers – indicators of health and [...]
Genetic testing for earlier diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
Dec 26, 2017

Mayo Clinic at the American Society of Hematology

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Every year, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) hosts an annual meeting to highlight groundbreaking scientific research and the latest advances in patient care. The Society cites its mission as furthering "the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, [...]
Mayo Clinic at the American Society of Hematology
Dec 21, 2017

Robin Patel, M.D., Appointed to NIAID Council

By Gina Chiri-Osmond @gmchiri
Robin Patel, M.D., Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, has been appointed to the council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). She will serve a four-year term. The council will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to [...]
Robin Patel, M.D., Appointed to NIAID Council
Dec 19, 2017

Searching for genetic clues and treatment for unexplained chronic liver disease

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
By Sharon Rosen Douglas Simonetto, M.D. “Chronic liver disease affects 3.9 million people each year in the United States. As many as 30 percent of patients suffer from unexplained chronic liver disease where there is no cure,” says Douglas Simonetto, M.D. That’s why Dr. Simonetto and his colleagues in Mayo [...]
Searching for genetic clues and treatment for unexplained chronic liver disease
Dec 14, 2017

Flipping the Script

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Given a Diagnosis That May Result in Blindness, a Film School Graduate Seeks a Second Opinion at Mayo Clinic As a young girl growing up in Buffalo, New York, Devan Brady’s bedtime story selection was more a survey of American literature than preschool perennials. She remembers her father reading Moby- Dick to her [...]
Flipping the Script
Dec 12, 2017

What in the world is an extracellular vesicle? Find out this and more from Mayo Clinic Research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Not an extraterrestrial spaceship, but something equally fascinating—extracellular vesicles are biological nanoparticles secreted by all cells. Extracellular vesicles contain biomolecules, such as RNA, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, which play an important role in cell communication. Extracellular vesicles are just part of what you can learn about on the newest Mayo Clinic research websites. [...]
What in the world is an extracellular vesicle? Find out this and more from Mayo Clinic Research
Dec 7, 2017

Liquid biopsies: detecting and treating cancer sooner

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
By Sharon Rosen What if a blood test could discover cancer before a tumor first appears or before the first signs of cancer recurrence are seen by a radiology study? In fact, these types of blood tests, often called liquid biopsies, are already changing clinical care for patients with cancer. [...]
Liquid biopsies: detecting and treating cancer sooner
Dec 6, 2017

Research Roundup—November 2017

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Research Roundup is a compilation of research news releases from Mayo Clinic during the last month. You can read the brief summaries in this post, or click through for the full news release and related content. Thanks for visiting Advancing the Science! Research finds hot flashes, night sweats connected [...]
Research Roundup—November 2017
Dec 5, 2017

MASTERMIND: A Smarter Search for Microbial Diagnostics

By Gina Chiri-Osmond @gmchiri
By Barbara J. Toman In the war against microbes, human beings are vastly outnumbered—and losing the weapons race. The introduction of antibiotics into clinical practice in the 1940s spurred hope that infectious diseases might be defeated as a public health problem. But bacterial microbes are cunning foes, adept at acquiring [...]
MASTERMIND: A Smarter Search for Microbial Diagnostics
Nov 30, 2017

New Population Health Science Scholars Announced

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD) Population Health Science Program and Employee & Community Health are pleased to announce that three physicians have been selected into the Population Health Science Scholar Program, and will join July 1, 2018. [...]
New Population Health Science Scholars Announced
Nov 28, 2017

Mayo Clinic Neurologist Receives Award for Stroke Research

By Kate Ledger @k8ledger
Neurologist Thomas Brott, M.D., vividly remembers when he first saw his research making a difference for patients. It was 1987, and for years, he’d been devastated to see patients suffering the immediate effects of a stroke: facial drooping, loss of language, and paralysis. A physician at the University of Cincinnati, [...]
Mayo Clinic Neurologist Receives Award for Stroke Research
Nov 27, 2017

Bijan Borah, Ph.D., selected to National Quality Forum’s Scientific Methods Panel

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Bijan Borah, Ph.D., who leads the Economic Evaluation Service within the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, has been named to the inaugural Scientific Methods Panel of the National Quality Forum (NQF). The NQF is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization [...]
Bijan Borah, Ph.D., selected to National Quality Forum’s Scientific Methods Panel
Nov 21, 2017

Regenerative Cardiac Synchronization

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
  A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked, most often by a build-up of fat, cholesterol and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries). The interrupted blood flow can damage or destroy part of the [...]
Regenerative Cardiac Synchronization
Nov 16, 2017

What the heck is a nomogram? And other medical research questions answered.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery focuses on the science of best practice. Best practice in health care, that is. Across the center, researchers work together with the medical practice to find ways to improve health, and the ways [...]
What the heck is a nomogram? And other medical research questions answered.
Nov 14, 2017

Searching for a genetic contributor to degenerative disk disease

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Mohamad Bydon,M.D., with 3-D models of the spine and neck. Most people suffer from some type of back pain during their lifetime. That’s because there are many joints in the back that can degenerate over time. In many cases, back pain can be relieved without surgery. [...]
Searching for a genetic contributor to degenerative disk disease
Nov 13, 2017

Research Roundup—October 2017

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. October 2017 Researchers review risks, recommendations for weight gain management in midlife women The average weight gain [...]
Research Roundup—October 2017
Nov 9, 2017

Regenerative Therapy for Pulmonary Hypoplasia

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
When a baby’s lungs are not adequately developed at birth, severe complications and even death can result. Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D.,  a recent Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Translational Research Grant recipient, brings expertise in a technique that uses a minimally invasive procedure to intervene while the fetus is still in the uterus. [...]
Regenerative Therapy for Pulmonary Hypoplasia
Nov 7, 2017

No moss here - Mayo Clinic research websites rolling along

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
They say that a rolling stone gathers no moss, and at Mayo Clinic, our research and research education programs are always on the move. It's hard to keep track of all the exciting work being done to help improve health for our patients, or the way they - and patients [...]
No moss here - Mayo Clinic research websites rolling along
Nov 6, 2017

Larger-dose opioid prescriptions not coming from emergency departments, study shows

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Opioid prescriptions from the emergency department (ED) are written for a shorter duration and smaller dose than those written elsewhere, shows new research led by Mayo Clinic. The study, published today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, also demonstrates that patients who receive an opioid prescription in the ED are less likely to [...]
Larger-dose opioid prescriptions not coming from emergency departments, study shows
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