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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 susanbuckles @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 susanbuckles @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
Nov 2, 2017

Targeting a Molecular Abnormality

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Microsatellite instability (MSI) might sound like something a NASA engineer would study. But it’s actually a molecular abnormality found in 15 percent of colorectal cancers, explains Mayo Clinic medical oncologist and gastroenterologist Frank A. Sinicrope, M.D., who is testing an immunotherapy drug that could help patients with this subtype of [...]
Targeting a Molecular Abnormality
Nov 1, 2017

From the Office of Health Disparities Research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
2017 OHDR Retreat Keynote Address by David R. Williams, Ph.D. By Sumedha Penheiter, Ph.D. Approximately 100 researchers, clinicians, educators and administrators from across Mayo Clinic attended the 2017 Office of Health Disparities Research retreat, held Aug. 22–23 in Rochester, Minn. The event kicked off with an inspiring keynote address presented by [...]
From the Office of Health Disparities Research
Oct 31, 2017

Education changes perception of sepsis screening tool among nurses

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Sepsis, a complication of an infection, a time-critical and potentially life-threatening disease, is one of Mayo Clinic’s top 10 patient safety risks. To mitigate this risk, sepsis screening alert tools were developed to help staff in the Emergency Department identify patients at risk. Nurses play an important role in minimizing [...]
Education changes perception of sepsis screening tool among nurses
Oct 26, 2017

New Issue of Forefront Magazine

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Forefront is the complimentary magazine of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Published in print and online magazine editions annually and in email and online newsletter editions quarterly, Forefront highlights Mayo Clinic’s cutting-edge cancer research and the latest Cancer Center news. View the online edition. View the email newsletter. Subscribe.
New Issue of Forefront Magazine
Oct 25, 2017

Unnecessary Test for Venous Thromboembolism: Inefficient and Costly

By Gina Chiri-Osmond @gmchiri
A recent Mayo Clinic study has found that many U.S. health care providers are habitually ordering a mostly unnecessary and quite expensive genetic test to identify a patient’s hereditary risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Further, if other institutions followed Mayo’s VTE test utilization example, there is significant potential to reduce [...]
Unnecessary Test for Venous Thromboembolism: Inefficient and Costly
Oct 24, 2017

New program trains scientists in regenerative medicine

By Jon Holten @jonholten
Mayo Clinic’s new Regenerative Sciences Training Program — one of the nation’s first doctoral research programs in regenerative sciences —prepares researchers to accelerate the development of cutting-edge diagnostics and therapeutics. “This program will push forward the medical treatments of tomorrow,” says Karen Hedin, Ph.D., director of the Regenerative Sciences Training [...]
New program trains scientists in regenerative medicine
Oct 19, 2017

Cycling Through Multiple Myeloma

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
It was Labor Day 2009 when Andy received the same diagnosis his wife had heard 12 years earlier — a one in 14 million possibility. Andy’s wife Sue was diagnosed on April 11, 1997, with multiple myeloma, and she died on May 1. She never came out of the hospital. [...]
Cycling Through Multiple Myeloma
Oct 17, 2017

New fish in the sea - Mayo Clinic research websites expanding content

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
At Mayo Clinic, research is integral to everything we do. We would be unable to offer the highest possible levels of care and continually improve the practice of medicine without research, and the education programs and processes to make it a reality. Thanks for visiting, and we hope you enjoy [...]
New fish in the sea - Mayo Clinic research websites expanding content
Oct 16, 2017

Mayo Clinic scientific director named to national opioid stewardship team

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Researchers across the United States are studying ways to reduce opioid use. In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, scientists are using evidence-based research to find the ideal dose for each patient, and examining where higher-dose prescriptions may be [...]
Mayo Clinic scientific director named to national opioid stewardship team
Oct 12, 2017

NIH awards Mayo Clinic researchers $3.4 million glioblastoma grant

By Julie Janovsky-Mason @juliejmason
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Mayo Clinic researchers in Arizona a $3.4 million grant to study how mathematical modeling can be used to help treat patients with glioblastoma - the most common type of malignant brain cancer. Glioblastomas are made up of many different cell types and tumor cell [...]
NIH awards Mayo Clinic researchers $3.4 million glioblastoma grant
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