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Mayo Clinic Medical Science Blog – an eclectic collection of research- and research education-related stories: feature stories, mini news bites, learning opportunities, profiles and more from Mayo Clinic.

Dec 11, 2019

Graduate student draws on school experience to spread happiness to future classmates

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Happy. It isn’t a word quickly associated with students pursuing a top degree in biomedical science due to the pressure felt by those enrolled in rigorous Ph.D. programs. However, Emma Goddery noted that the students who were part of her interview at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences were happy and smiling. “I [...]
Graduate student draws on school experience to spread happiness to future classmates
Dec 10, 2019

Diversity advances the best science

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
For more than 25 years, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has partnered with the federal government through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to become a training destination for aspiring biomedical research scientists from backgrounds underrepresented in science. This includes people with disabilities, black/African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, [...]
Diversity advances the best science
Dec 5, 2019

It's predator versus predator at Alligator Tank health care innovation competition

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Entrepreneurs chomped at the chance to present exciting new health care projects at the Alligator Tank competition, held Nov. 19 at Mayo Clinic in Florida. About 100 people showed up in Kinne Auditorium—at times standing room only—to watch eager contestants put everything on the line and give their best performance. Like [...]
It's predator versus predator at Alligator Tank health care innovation competition
Dec 3, 2019

Research News Roundup--November 2019

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. Case report: Stem cells a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury Stem cells derived from [...]
Research News Roundup--November 2019
Nov 29, 2019

One Small Bite, Deadly for Mankind

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
You might recall the last offering from the Bow Tie Bandit and Mayo Clinic Laboratories was about the lowly tick (not an insect, an arachnid). Today's podcast is on a real bug, or insect, which is the deadliest creature in the world. In One Small Bite, Deadly for Mankind, learn everything [...]
One Small Bite, Deadly for Mankind
Nov 27, 2019

Pediatric Advisory Board gives kids a voice in research that affects them

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Megan Allyse, Ph.D., is no stranger to speaking to a crowd. Dr. Allyse, a biomedical ethics researcher at Mayo Clinic, teaches medical students and makes frequent presentations to community groups. But recently she spoke to an audience she rarely encounters: a group made up entirely of people under 18. "The youngest [...]
Pediatric Advisory Board gives kids a voice in research that affects them
Nov 26, 2019

Pursuing the holy grail of flu vaccines

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
The National Institutes of Health recently established a new research network, Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs), with the collective goal to overcome current problems facing influenza vaccines in order to create long-lasting, broadly protective vaccines. The CIVICs program will include three Vaccine Centers, one Vaccine Manufacturing and Toxicology Core, two Clinical Cores, and one Statistical, [...]
Pursuing the holy grail of flu vaccines
Nov 21, 2019

Getting to the heart of cancer treatment side effects

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sara Nick Cancer care has come a long way in recent decades, with some types achieving survival rates of 90% or more. But longer survival times have introduced new consequences: namely, common cancer treatments can lead to an increased risk of serious heart problems later on. "Chemotherapy and radiation are lifesaving, [...]
Getting to the heart of cancer treatment side effects
Nov 19, 2019

Researching Stem Cells for Kidney Disease: LaTonya Hickson, M.D.

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is a serious complication of diabetes. Up to 40 percent of people with diabetes eventually develop kidney disease. With no long-term treatment available, many patients will progress to end stage kidney disease requiring either dialysis or a kidney transplant. Research is underway to keep people from progressing [...]
Researching Stem Cells for Kidney Disease: LaTonya Hickson, M.D.
Nov 18, 2019

Well Living Lab study shows daylight and window views improve cognitive performance for office workers

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
A new study from the Well Living Lab, a Delos and Mayo Clinic collaboration, has been published as open source in Building and Environment. The study showed that window access to daylight and view in offices improves cognitive performance and satisfaction and that eyestrain and glare can be mitigated with [...]
Well Living Lab study shows daylight and window views improve cognitive performance for office workers
Nov 14, 2019

Late relapse for breast cancer patients: Scientists work to predict risk

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sara Nick Many breast cancer patients develop recurrence years after the original diagnosis, despite following a long-term medication protocol after initial treatment. Mayo Clinic scientists are taking a closer look at which factors contribute to risk of recurrence, including the subtype of cancer patients have. “Understanding which patients are still at [...]
Late relapse for breast cancer patients: Scientists work to predict risk
Nov 13, 2019

DISCOVERY Study Seeks to Learn More About the Causes of Post-Stroke Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Mass General Research Communications Staff Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the US, with up to 70% of stroke survivors suffering some degree of post-stroke VCID. Furthermore, some stroke subtypes carry a disproportionate burden of the disability related to stroke. We are excited to announce that, last month, [...]
DISCOVERY Study Seeks to Learn More About the Causes of Post-Stroke Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
Nov 12, 2019

Gerstner Regenerative Medicine Initiative: Tracking outcomes and supporting clinical trials

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
One of the challenges of integrating regenerative medicine into daily patient care is that it is so new, there is not a lot of available data to consider when determining best practices. A recent grant will help track information on how patient do after clinical trials. The Gerstner Regenerative Medicine Initiative, [...]
Gerstner Regenerative Medicine Initiative: Tracking outcomes and supporting clinical trials
Nov 11, 2019

Mayo student a finalist in Collegiate Inventors Competition

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
https://youtu.be/WE1fSnXtXDs Allisa Song, a second-year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and her teammates will head to Virginia this month as graduate finalists in the 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition. This competition brings together the nation's most creative students to showcase and compete with their research and discoveries, and offers [...]
Mayo student a finalist in Collegiate Inventors Competition
Nov 8, 2019

Strengthening the case for palliative care

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is the group at Mayo Clinic charged with driving practice transformation. Basically, this means to help Mayo Clinic improve the way health care is delivered, reaching patients where they are, with the right answers when they are needed. [...]
Strengthening the case for palliative care
Nov 7, 2019

Zane's story: Fetal surgery to expand lungs

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Baby Zane Fouts’ boundless curiosity starts at his feet, which he grabs and plays with happily. The energetic boy who’s full of smiles is a trailblazer for regenerative surgery performed in a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic even before birth. “He’s our miracle baby,” says his mother, Alyse Ahern-Mittelsted.  “He’s a rock star.” Ahern-Mittelsted [...]
Zane's story: Fetal surgery to expand lungs
Nov 6, 2019

Precision genomics may offer clues to unexplained low blood cell counts

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jay Furst Precision genomics has opened the door to identifying the drivers for cancer and other diseases. Its value as a diagnostic tool isn't limited to the underlying disease biology, however. It also can help diagnose and determine targeted therapies for patients with unexplained illnesses. Mrinal Patnaik, M.B.B.S., a Mayo Clinic hematologist, and colleagues conducted research [...]
Precision genomics may offer clues to unexplained low blood cell counts
Nov 5, 2019

Research News Roundup--October 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
If you were camping near the Boundary Waters, hiking the Grand Canyon, or snorkeling off the Florida Keys last month, you might have missed some of Mayo Clinic's research news. The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research news releases from the past month. It also connects [...]
Research News Roundup--October 2019
Nov 1, 2019

A 'gut-feeling' for high-risk, high-reward research

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
Arthur Beyder, M.D., Ph.D., runs a research laboratory at Mayo Clinic focused on examining the molecular mechanisms of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction in diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. His goal is to discover better ways to diagnose and treat these conditions, including individualized treatment options. "These conditions affect 10-15 [...]
A 'gut-feeling' for high-risk, high-reward research
Oct 30, 2019

Giving women the tools to take off

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Jennifer Westendorf, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Office of Research Diversity and Inclusion, says there’s a strong need to help women advance their projects involving research, patents and intellectual property. She cites statistics from the National Science Foundation, Association of American Medical Colleges and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, [...]
Giving women the tools to take off
Oct 29, 2019

New Study Highlights Need for Healthcare Providers to Engage Alzheimer's Caregivers

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s research paper published in  Journal of Applied Gerontology By Roger K. Lowe, USAgainstAlzheimer's Chief Communications Officer A new study spotlights the often-overlooked need for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease to be more engaged by physicians during medical appointments with their loved ones. The research by Mayo Clinic and [...]
New Study Highlights Need for Healthcare Providers to Engage Alzheimer's Caregivers
Oct 25, 2019

Upcoming documentary 'The Opioid Fix' to address national issue

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Mayo Clinic has done extensive research into the use of opioids across the U.S., and this work has led to prescribing guidelines that are being used across Mayo Clinic and at other health care organizations. With a shared goal to increase public awareness and drive action, Mayo Clinic and Twin Cities [...]
Upcoming documentary 'The Opioid Fix' to address national issue
Oct 25, 2019

Regenerative strategies for osteoarthritis: Jonathan Finnoff, D.O.

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. While the significant pain, limited activity, and decreased quality of life that affect patients with osteoarthritis can usually be managed, [...]
Regenerative strategies for osteoarthritis: Jonathan Finnoff, D.O.
Oct 24, 2019

New research shows spinal stimulation may work better than medication for long-term pain reduction

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In a recent study, a team of Mayo Clinic researchers examined the effectiveness of spinal stimulation for pain control, compared to medical therapy or multiple surgeries for patients with long-term spine or limb pain. They found spinal stimulation was significantly more likely to reduce pain than medication for patients with intractable pain. Their findings [...]
New research shows spinal stimulation may work better than medication for long-term pain reduction
Oct 23, 2019

Regeneration for all

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
With growing public awareness and broader academic engagement, the prospect of pioneering a change in disease management has propelled the field of regenerative medicine. The ability to build, scale and apply biotherapeutic technologies and solutions that are not cost prohibitive will become increasingly important elements that drive progress in regenerative [...]
Regeneration for all
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