Since everyone is staying close to home these days, perhaps you've been spending more time on the internet, and have already seen the news. If not, or if you want a recap, read April's Research News Roundup. This includes brief summaries and links to Mayo Clinic's research news releases from the past month. Most are related to COVID-19, so we put the non-COVID news up front. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research.
Research indicates that widespread opioid overprescribing contributed to the opioid epidemic. New research shows that this dangerous trend has apparently been coupled with another: inappropriate use of high-potency opioids.
A multi-institution research collaboration led by Mayo Clinic published its findings Wednesday, April 15, in JAMA Network Open. The study showed that more than half of Americans starting the most highly regulated opioids might be receiving inappropriate treatment.
Research by Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, finds that fetal surgery to correct congenital spinal cord defects is more effective at healing neurological structure than surgery after birth. This research was published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
As promised, here are releases related to both COVID-19 and Mayo Clinic's research and research education activities. Although we usually excerpt a bit from each, this time we've linked simply to each news release via the headline. As you can see, there are many different areas of investigation around COVID-19, from better ways of cleaning and sanitizing to testing, tracing and treatment, as well as specific considerations for patients with certain additional conditions or unusual symptoms.
All COVID-19 news and information from Mayo Clinic is collected online in a single location.
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