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March 8, 2018

Research News Roundup–February 2018

By Elizabeth Zimmermann

Each month, we publish Mayo Clinic's Research News Roundup. This article includes brief summaries and links to news releases from the preceding month that discuss some of our latest medical research. It also connects readers to related resources.

Read on for recent findings of Mayo Clinic Research:

Patients who were treated for breast cancer or lymphoma are more than three times at risk for developing congestive heart failure, compared with patients who did not have cancer. Congestive heart failure is when the heart muscle does not pump blood as well as it should.

This research is being presented March 10, at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.

Diverse group of medical students looking at exhibitTraining the next generation of scientists is an essential element in our commitment to build the evidence base to improve health and health care delivery.

The best possible answers to questions and solutions to problems often rests in the contributions of a diverse team. Read more about Mayo Clinic efforts to expand the pool of well-educated, diverse scientists.

a woman holding her hand on her chest in painPatients who suffer from a type of heart attack that affects mainly younger women, called spontaneous coronary artery dissection or SCAD, may benefit most from conservative treatment, letting the body heal on its own. This is according to a new scientific statement by a Mayo Clinic led team, published by the American Heart Association in its journal, Circulation.

Physician and patient discussing treatmentWhen people are suffering from a chronic medical condition, they may place their hope on treatments in clinical trials that show early positive results. However, these results may be grossly exaggerated in more than 1 in 3 early clinical trials, reports a new study led by Mayo Clinic and published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Our take: New treatment options aren't bad, but people should understand that early news may be more promising that what actually happens for the majority of patients as the treatment is studied longer and in more people. Read more.

a medical illustration of normal kidneys, ureters and bladder, as well as a kidney with kidney stonesGrowing evidence suggests that the incidence of kidney stones is increasing steadily, especially in women. Using data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, Mayo Clinic researchers investigated the rise in stone formers to determine if this is a new trend, or simply an improvement in the way kidney stones are detected. Their findings appear in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

This is one of several thousand studies that have been published in the 50-plus years since the inception of the Rochester Epidemiology Project. A unique national resource, this medical records linkage collaboration stretches across more than 25 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. You can explore the data or view the historical timeline to learn more.

Conceptual image of a man from side profile showing brain and brain activityEncephalitis is a term used to describe brain inflammation. Its symptoms include fever, confusion, memory loss, psychosis and seizures. It progresses quickly over days to weeks and can be life-threatening. Traditionally, it has been thought that infections account for most cases of encephalitis, but this study shows autoimmune encephalitis is an equally common cause.

Read more about this Mayo Clinic study, which was published in Annals of Neurology

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, clinical trials, Education, Findings, Innovations, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, research education, Research News Roundup, Rochester Epidemiology Project

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