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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
Oct 22, 2019

Meet the Investigator: Donald W. Northfelt, M.D.

By Nicole Ferrara @nicoleferrara
At the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, hundreds of researchers dedicate their professional lives to reducing the burden of cancer. Each one has a unique story. In this issue, Donald W. Northfelt, M.D., an oncologist and breast cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, talks about his research, his mentors [...]
Meet the Investigator: Donald W. Northfelt, M.D.
Oct 21, 2019

AskMayoExpert: Driving Practice Transformation through Unparalleled Knowledge Management

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
For the past decade, AskMayoExpert has served as a central repository to capture, organize and deliver concise, Mayo-vetted medical knowledge for Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Care Network providers at the point of care. Much has changed since its inception, with more providers looking to AskMayoExpert and its care process [...]
AskMayoExpert: Driving Practice Transformation through Unparalleled Knowledge Management
Oct 18, 2019

Mayo colleagues design adjustable fracture nail to improve patient outcomes

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sandy Shortridge Prompted by a health care innovation competition at Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville, Florida, campus, two innovators recently joined forces and developed a new tool designed to reduce pain and shorten recovery time for patients with long bone fractures. The idea for their adjustable fracture nail started when Christine Mehner, M.D., a predoctoral Ph.D. student, [...]
Mayo colleagues design adjustable fracture nail to improve patient outcomes
Oct 17, 2019

Florida building dedicated to medical discovery and innovation

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
The grand opening of the new Discovery and Innovation Building at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus signals a new era of integrating regenerative medicine into daily practice. Regenerative medicine seeks to tap the body’s ability to replace, restore or regrow damaged or diseased cells, tissues and organs. A hub of research [...]
Florida building dedicated to medical discovery and innovation
Oct 16, 2019

Advances in IBS Research Target Dietary Burdens

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sara Nick The number one reason to miss school or work in the U.S. is the common cold. Number two? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the large intestine that can cause cramping, pain, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.   “IBS is incredibly prevalent, affecting about 1 in 7 adults,” says [...]
Advances in IBS Research Target Dietary Burdens
Oct 15, 2019

Tick Talk

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
In his latest installment of stories from Mayo Clinic Laboratories, the Bow Tie Bandit offers a new discussion on a bug that bugs us all. (Well okay, a tick is actually an arachnid, not an insect, but that's beside the point). In Tick Talk with Bobbi Pritt, M.D., the Bow Tie [...]
Tick Talk
Oct 14, 2019

BEAUTY Update: Progress in breast cancer research

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Barbara J. Toman Chemotherapy is a standard breast cancer treatment, used for aggressive biology breast cancer to shrink tumors in the breast and lymph nodes before surgery, assess response and destroy any undetected cancer cells elsewhere in the patient. But some breast tumors don't respond well to chemotherapy, putting patients [...]
BEAUTY Update: Progress in breast cancer research
Oct 11, 2019

Top Five Things To Know about Lab Medicine

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic Laboratories, with a little help from the Bow Tie Bandit, recently launched a new podcast series. The first in this series is an interview with Ann Moyer, M.D., Ph.D.: Top Five Things Every Medical Professional Should Know about Lab Medicine In this podcast, you will find answers to: What do you [...]
Top Five Things To Know about Lab Medicine
Oct 10, 2019

Let's focus on the problem: Purposeful shared decision making in medicine

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Lydia Hansen, undergraduate public affairs intern Shared decision making between patients and providers plays a crucial role in health care experiences and outcomes. However, each patient and each health care experience is unique, so no one approach to shared decision making is appropriate in all situations. In a recent paper [...]
Let's focus on the problem: Purposeful shared decision making in medicine
Oct 7, 2019

An Artificial Intelligence Tool to Improve Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Article by Barbara Toman Only 9% of people with pancreatic cancer live for five years after diagnosis. "That is an abysmally low number, probably the worst in human cancers," says Michael Wallace, M.D., a digestive disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida. "We want to get that rate substantially [...]
An Artificial Intelligence Tool to Improve Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes
Oct 4, 2019

Chemo first for better outcomes in bile duct cancer, says new research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Oncology care teams frequently use chemotherapy along with surgery to treat cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. However, until now, little evidence existed regarding if and when receiving chemotherapy was likely to have the best effect. Recently Mayo Clinic researchers found that patients who received chemotherapy before surgery to remove their bile duct [...]
Chemo first for better outcomes in bile duct cancer, says new research
Oct 2, 2019

Research News Roundup--September 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research-related news releases from Mayo Clinic in the past month. It also connects readers to associated resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Medications underused in treating opioid addiction, Mayo Clinic expert says Though research shows that [...]
Research News Roundup--September 2019
Oct 1, 2019

Mayo researcher's work focuses on health care safety and quality

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
From a young age, Mohamed Seisa, M.D., had a passion to study biology. His uncle was a pediatrician and his father was a physicist in Egypt, so Dr. Seisa grew up around science. In medical school, he worked in a lab and enjoyed research. But while Dr. Seisa was a [...]
Mayo researcher's work focuses on health care safety and quality
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