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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.

May 21, 2019

A pregnant pause

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
In many states, women can expect pregnancy to restrict their advance directives. Search online for what to do when getting ready for baby and you’ll find endless checklists of essentials every parent needs, from onesies and diapers to high tech strollers and baby monitors. The best lists also mention an [...]
A pregnant pause
May 20, 2019

Leading and learning in neurological research

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo shares neurological research and advancements at AAN meeting Among more than 15,000 attendees at the 2019 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4-10, Mayo Clinic had a strong presence. Mayo scientists and clinicians led 38 courses and gave 84 lectures at the world's largest gathering [...]
Leading and learning in neurological research
May 16, 2019

Brain MRI may be overrated in deciding about valve surgery

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jay Furst Blood clots moving to the brain are a frequent -- and dangerous -- complication for patients with endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart's inner lining that can damage heart valves and contribute to the formation of blood clots. As many as 80 percent of endocarditis [...]
Brain MRI may be overrated in deciding about valve surgery
May 14, 2019

Mayo Clinic SPARKs applause at Florida school district's Academy Awards

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
SPARK students pose with their Mayo research mentors Lights…camera…action! Mayo Clinic and its successful research mentoring program, known as SPARK, took center stage at the St. Johns County School District Academy Awards on April 2. The awards recognize members of Florida’s business community for opportunities and resources they provide to [...]
Mayo Clinic SPARKs applause at Florida school district's Academy Awards
May 9, 2019

How can we get better outcomes for our patients? Research.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, every project is inspired by real-world challenges experienced by patients at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere. Together with Mayo Clinic's health care providers, center experts research ways to improve outcomes for patients across [...]
How can we get better outcomes for our patients? Research.
May 7, 2019

Rare, undiagnosed diseases are relatively common

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
As many as 25 million Americans – about 1 in 13 people - suffer from a rare, undiagnosed condition.* April 29 was designated Undiagnosed Disease Day to raise awareness that collectively, rare diseases are relatively common. People with a rare disease often spend years visiting different medical providers and clinics [...]
Rare, undiagnosed diseases are relatively common
May 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic introduces new fellowship programs

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and the Division of Transfusion Medicine have launched two new graduate medical education fellowship programs — one in cellular therapy and one in clinical informatics. These programs are two of nearly 300 residencies and fellowships in Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical [...]
Mayo Clinic introduces new fellowship programs
May 2, 2019

Trailblazers

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Between 1889 and 1926, Mayo Clinic had appointed 11 women physicians to the staff. By 1935 only one remained. No more were added until 1948. Today Mayo Clinic has 9,555 living female alumni (physicians and scientists) around the world. Join us in celebrating the early women physicians and scientists who [...]
Trailblazers
May 1, 2019

Research News Roundup-April 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. Mayo Clinic, other experts call for urgent focus on brain disease that mimics Alzheimer’s In collaboration with [...]
Research News Roundup-April 2019
Apr 30, 2019

Emoji prove effective for monitoring cancer patients' health

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Life is complicated; a cancer diagnosis compounds that complication. When physicians find ways to help ease the complexities of a patient's treatment, it's a win. Mayo Clinic researchers recently used emoji to help patients measure their overall well-being during treatment. The study used two scales — a mood scale and an ordinal [...]
Emoji prove effective for monitoring cancer patients' health
Apr 25, 2019

For Dr. Joy Wolfram, the future of cancer treatment is in the (nanoparticle) details

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic's Joy Wolfram, Ph.D., is recognized by Forbes in the magazine's "30 under 30" list for her and her team's innovative research aimed at revolutionizing targeted cancer treatments. Being named to a Forbes Magazine list probably isn't on the radar of many researchers, especially those just starting their careers. But Mayo Clinic's Joy Wolfram, [...]
For Dr. Joy Wolfram, the future of cancer treatment is in the (nanoparticle) details
Apr 23, 2019

Testing the bugs within to maintain health, detect and treat disease

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen The use of microbiome testing – which analyzes the trillions of bacteria in and on the body – is on the move. It’s going from the research lab into the clinic to help guide patient care. DNA testing technologies have revolutionized researchers’ ability to identify individual [...]
Testing the bugs within to maintain health, detect and treat disease
Apr 18, 2019

Research driving improvements in the health care experience

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Experts in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery collaborate within Mayo’s medical practice to rapidly discover solutions to the most pressing problems in health care, and to find ways to improve the health care experience. Addressing disparities in care [...]
Research driving improvements in the health care experience
Apr 16, 2019

Meet the Investigator: Yi Lin, M.D. , Ph.D.

By Nicole Brudos 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 video, Yi Lin, M.D., Ph.D., a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, talks about her cellular therapy research. This article was originally published [...]
Meet the Investigator: Yi Lin, M.D. , Ph.D.
Apr 15, 2019

Culturally relevant health app shows positive impact

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jay Furst Mobile apps are popular sources of fast and easily digested consumer health information. But can they actually help in measurable ways to make you more healthy? According to a pilot study by Mayo Clinic researchers, they can if the content is presented in a culturally relevant, targeted [...]
Culturally relevant health app shows positive impact
Apr 11, 2019

Researching the immune system to provide relief from autoimmune encephalitis

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Shuronda Hester had just started college and was looking forward to a new chapter in her young life when mysterious and frightening symptoms derailed her plans. Shuronda began having seizures and becoming "increasingly confused, at one point asking for her great-grandmother who passed away eight years ago," reports First Coast News. [...]
Researching the immune system to provide relief from autoimmune encephalitis
Apr 10, 2019

Genetic testing reveals risk, steps to prevent aortic dissection

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Sharon Rosen Stephanie Van Doren never realized that taking 30 mile bike rides in the Florida heat was putting her life at risk. But, care for digestive problems also uncovered that she was at risk for an aortic dissection, a potentially fatal condition that could occur with intense [...]
Genetic testing reveals risk, steps to prevent aortic dissection
Apr 8, 2019

The newest building block for understanding rare disease

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
One of the basic building blocks of understanding disease is epidemiologic research. In this science, researchers seek to understand how often a condition occurs in a particular population, and to identify successful ways to treat or prevent disease. In a study published April 8 in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a team [...]
The newest building block for understanding rare disease
Apr 4, 2019

The lowdown with Dr. Bharucha: Gastroenterology researcher and clinical trials guru

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
For Adil Bharucha, M.B.B.S., M.D., research is a passion nurtured over time. A passion, he says, that came to him, not in a dazzling “a-ha moment,” but slowly, through the encouragement of mentors, the exhilarating feeling of discovery, and the compassion he felt for his patients—“through osmosis,” he says. He [...]
The lowdown with Dr. Bharucha: Gastroenterology researcher and clinical trials guru
Apr 3, 2019

Research News Roundup-March 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. Removal of ‘zombie cells’ alleviates causes of diabetes in obese mice Mayo Clinic researchers and their collaborators [...]
Research News Roundup-March 2019
Apr 2, 2019

Read the Latest Research News from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Forefront is the complimentary magazine of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Published in email and online newsletter editions quarterly, Forefront highlights Mayo Clinic’s cutting-edge cancer research and the latest Cancer Center news. The March 2019 issue features: Director's message: Expanding our translational research portfolio NCI funds SPORE for liver and bile duct [...]
Read the Latest Research News from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Mar 28, 2019

When the shoelaces fray: short telomere syndromes

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Article by Barbara Toman Unlike gray hair, one of the most significant signs of aging is invisible to the naked eye. Deep inside cells, at the tips of thread-like chromosomes, structures known as telomeres protect chromosomes from deterioration—a bit like the way caps at the ends of shoelaces prevent fraying. [...]
When the shoelaces fray: short telomere syndromes
Mar 27, 2019

'Bridge building specialists' keep science moving forward

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
Accelerating the hand-off between discovery and translation “Physicians and researchers often have new ideas for medical devices, drugs, biologics, or other products that they want to deliver to patients, but they don’t know how to bring those discoveries to life,” says Jeff Anderson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Office of Translation to Practice.  [...]
'Bridge building specialists' keep science moving forward
Mar 26, 2019

Buh-Bye, Breast Cancer?

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Can breast cancer be prevented with a vaccine? Keith Knutson, Ph.D., Department of Immunology and director of the Discovery and Translation Labs Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic in Florida, thinks so. And he thinks it will happen during his lifetime. In collaboration with the National Breast Treatment Coalition, Dr. Knutson [...]
Buh-Bye, Breast Cancer?
Mar 21, 2019

Colon cancer: a new era in cancer screening and detection

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to focus on one of the most common and preventable forms of cancer. Mayo Clinic is applying a new genomic lens to colorectal and other cancers to identify which are the types that run in families. The answer to that could open [...]
Colon cancer:  a new era in cancer screening and detection
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