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April 3, 2018

Research News Roundup-March 2018

By Elizabeth Zimmermann

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.

close-up of a doctor's medical stethoscope, face-down on tableMore than half of U.S. physicians say they experience burnout in their work. Today, Mayo Clinic and other leading medical centers have published a "Charter on Physician Well-Being" as an intended model for medical organizations to not only minimize and manage physician burnout, but also promote physician well-being. The charter, which has been endorsed or supported by many major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Association of Medical Colleges, appears online in JAMA.

middle aged business woman at desk with headacheA migraine is much more than just a bad headache. Migraine symptoms, which can be debilitating for many people, are the sixth leading cause of disability, according to the World Health Organization. While there is no cure, a new study published in Cephalalgia in March shows single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation is a new way to prevent migraine attacks. It's safe, easy to use and noninvasive.

March 20 was the day U.S. News & World Report rolled out its 2019 Best Graduate Schools report, which includes best medical school scores. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine has risen to No. 6 in medical education research rankings, garnering the school one of the top spots for best medical schools in the nation.

While often referenced in medical education circles as a "hidden gem," Mayo Clinic School of Medicine continues to grow in size and reputation. The original school, which began in 1972, sits nestled on Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota, campus, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in the country. Students learn from faculty who are some of the top medical experts in their fields.

Genetic mutations linked to heart disease have been considered a leading cause of sudden infant death syndrome, but a new study by Mayo Clinic, British and Danish researchers finds they are to blame for far fewer SIDS deaths than previously thought. The findings are opening new lines of inquiry into possible causes of the syndrome and may help prevent unnecessary genetic testing of surviving family members. The study results appear in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

New Mayo Clinic research suggests up to 97 percent of patients are comfortable with their health care provider asking sexual orientation and gender identity questions. Before this research, it was unclear if the questions – which researchers say are important to reduce health disparities among LGBTI patients – would offend patients. The findings were published March 9 in Health Services Research.



Mayo Clinic and IBM Watson Health today unveiled results from early use of the Watson for Clinical Trial Matching, an IBM cognitive computing system. Use of this system in the Mayo Clinic oncology practice has been associated with more patients enrolled in Mayo’s breast cancer clinical trials.

Clinical trials offer patients access to promising new and emerging treatments. But matching and enrolling patients in appropriate trials is a time-consuming, manual process. Only 5 percent of patients with cancers participate in clinical trials nationwide. With low enrollment, many clinical trials are slow to finish or not completed. This delays advances in research, access to better therapies and improvements in patient care.

This video, produced by IBM Watson Health, explains how the system works to help match patients with trials that might be helpful for them.

Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, colorectal cancer and bacterial infections are the targets of the research awards from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics in 2018. This marks the partnership’s 15th year of spearheading new scientific ideas from Minnesota to improve health care for Minnesotans. The state-funded grants for these team science proposals total just under $5 million.


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