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Jan 14, 2020

Improving experiences for people who work, live and play indoors

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Indoor environments affect human health and well-being. And people affect the indoor spaces where they live, work and play. But how and to what extent?  And what can we learn through this research? https://youtu.be/70Yglg1Dx9c Indoor environmental quality research has traditionally been conducted in chamber studies. This type of research is important, but has a [...]
Improving experiences for people who work, live and play indoors
Jan 13, 2020

Top ways regenerative medicine is advancing the health care of tomorrow for patients today

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Regenerative medicine accelerated from the bench into the practice in new ways in 2019, ushering in an era of care focused on the body’s amazing ability to heal itself. Bolstered by robust research, Mayo Clinic is at the forefront of delivering new therapies that restore form and function to diseased [...]
Top ways regenerative medicine is advancing the health care of tomorrow for patients today
Jan 9, 2020

In a first, researchers sequence single bacterial cells, paving path for rapid sepsis test

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
For the first time, Mayo Clinic researchers are sequencing the genomic contents of single bacterial cells. The technique may pave the way for a potential lifesaving test for sepsis, a serious and sometimes deadly condition caused by the body's response to an infection. Rather than waiting for days to identify [...]
In a first, researchers sequence single bacterial cells, paving path for rapid sepsis test
Jan 8, 2020

Dropping 'rarely abnormal' blood tests could save $9 million per year, Mayo research finds

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Americans spent $3.6 trillion on health care in 2018 – that’s nearly 18 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As legislators, insurers and health care institutions look for ways to curb costs, blood tests are often scrutinized to weed [...]
Dropping 'rarely abnormal' blood tests could save $9 million per year, Mayo research finds
Jan 8, 2020

Mentoring, science fair ignite SPARK in high school students

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Growing up, Rishi Misra watched his grandmother add fragrant Indian spices to family meals. In ninth grade, Misra came across a study showing that these spices have antibacterial properties. This piqued his interest in science – a curiosity being nurtured by Mayo Clinic's research mentoring program known as SPARK. SPARK stands [...]
Mentoring, science fair ignite SPARK in high school students
Jan 7, 2020

Research News Roundup--December 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
December's Research News Roundup highlights a number of advancements in understanding and treating different cancers, including blood, breast and gastrointestinal; in addition to other research news from Mayo Clinic. The Roundup also connects readers to related resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Study finds less-aggressive chemotherapy after initial treatment [...]
Research News Roundup--December 2019
Jan 6, 2020

Out of the shadows: Understanding endocrine cancers

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Most medical centers and major cancer organizations arrange cancers by organ systems. Patients with advanced radioactive iodine refractory thyroid cancers have traditionally been cared for in head and neck groups, and adrenal cancers in genitourinary groups. Unfortunately, this means that patients with endocrine cancers are embedded in groups that are [...]
Out of the shadows: Understanding endocrine cancers
Jan 2, 2020

The Flu: Nothing to Sneeze About!

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
So here we are, well into the 2019-2020 flu season. Have you had your flu shot? If you haven't, do you know whether that was the safest choice for you and those you care about? In a new podcast from the Bow Tie Bandit and Mayo Clinic Laboratories, learn  important facts [...]
The Flu: Nothing to Sneeze About!
Dec 30, 2019

Research highlights from Florida - fruitful in 2019

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Florida sunshine doesn’t just contribute to big, juicy oranges. In 2019, Florida was a hotbed of growth for Mayo Clinic Research, with 11.8% more funding for new capabilities such as ex vivo perfusion for lungs – leading to more available for transplant, and carbon ion therapy for cancer – currently [...]
Research highlights from Florida - fruitful in 2019
Dec 26, 2019

Biomedical diversity grants propel Mayo students into research

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
A brave new world of genetics and genomics Cherisse Marcou, Ph.D., participated in the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program during her graduate school training. A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Dr. Marcou describes the program as a blessing to her. “Mayo has a [...]
Biomedical diversity grants propel Mayo students into research
Dec 23, 2019

Teaching a computer to read a kidney biopsy

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo researchers say patients will benefit from faster, more accurate reads By Jay Furst Artificial intelligence may never replace human insight, expertise and judgment. Then again, no one's complaining about how it can help, especially when it comes to analyzing kidney biopsies, a laborious process that's an intricate mix of art and [...]
Teaching a computer to read a kidney biopsy
Dec 18, 2019

10 scientific conversation starters for New Year's Eve

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
Never know what to say at New Year’s Eve parties? The Advancing the Science blog is here to help with this top-10 recap of our most popular medical research stories from 2019. Everyone loves talking about their health. So keep this list queued up on your phone for quick reference and [...]
10 scientific conversation starters for New Year's Eve
Dec 18, 2019

Leading Innovation in the Lab: Meet William Morice II, M.D., Ph.D.

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
In this podcast, you will meet William Morice II, M.D., Ph.D., the chair of Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Listen for his insights into career development and advice on leading teams for success. This interview with Dr. Morice is the most recent in a series of podcasts [...]
Leading Innovation in the Lab: Meet William Morice II, M.D., Ph.D.
Dec 17, 2019

Mayo Clinic innovator inspired by patients, surgical experience to improve medical devices

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sandy Shortridge Like so many Mayo Clinic staff members, Kenneth Dye has been inspired by Mayo Clinic patients throughout his career. In Dye's case, conversations with two prolific inventors — while they were patients at Mayo Clinic — sparked his interest in finding ways to improve medical devices. The inventors encouraged Dye to [...]
Mayo Clinic innovator inspired by patients, surgical experience to improve medical devices
Dec 16, 2019

New Integrated Clinical Studies Unit

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
It’s described by physicians and researchers as one of the most advanced clinical research units in the southeastern U.S. The new Frank and Marisa Martire Family Integrated Clinical Studies Unit (ICSU) recently opened at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The 12-bed unit, housed on the second floor of the Dorothy J. [...]
New Integrated Clinical Studies Unit
Dec 12, 2019

A unique competition showcases Mayo's innovative capabilities

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
An innovative artificial intelligence project from a group of Mayo Clinic investigators was among the top 25 participants selected to advance to Stage 1 of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge. The challenge is to develop technology that can be used to predict unplanned [...]
A unique competition showcases Mayo's innovative capabilities
Dec 11, 2019

Graduate student draws on school experience to spread happiness to future classmates

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Happy. It isn’t a word quickly associated with students pursuing a top degree in biomedical science due to the pressure felt by those enrolled in rigorous Ph.D. programs. However, Emma Goddery noted that the students who were part of her interview at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences were happy and smiling. “I [...]
Graduate student draws on school experience to spread happiness to future classmates
Dec 10, 2019

Diversity advances the best science

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
For more than 25 years, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has partnered with the federal government through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to become a training destination for aspiring biomedical research scientists from backgrounds underrepresented in science. This includes people with disabilities, black/African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, [...]
Diversity advances the best science
Dec 5, 2019

It's predator versus predator at Alligator Tank health care innovation competition

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Entrepreneurs chomped at the chance to present exciting new health care projects at the Alligator Tank competition, held Nov. 19 at Mayo Clinic in Florida. About 100 people showed up in Kinne Auditorium—at times standing room only—to watch eager contestants put everything on the line and give their best performance. Like [...]
It's predator versus predator at Alligator Tank health care innovation competition
Dec 3, 2019

Research News Roundup--November 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. Case report: Stem cells a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury Stem cells derived from [...]
Research News Roundup--November 2019
Nov 29, 2019

One Small Bite, Deadly for Mankind

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
You might recall the last offering from the Bow Tie Bandit and Mayo Clinic Laboratories was about the lowly tick (not an insect, an arachnid). Today's podcast is on a real bug, or insect, which is the deadliest creature in the world. In One Small Bite, Deadly for Mankind, learn everything [...]
One Small Bite, Deadly for Mankind
Nov 27, 2019

Pediatric Advisory Board gives kids a voice in research that affects them

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Megan Allyse, Ph.D., is no stranger to speaking to a crowd. Dr. Allyse, a biomedical ethics researcher at Mayo Clinic, teaches medical students and makes frequent presentations to community groups. But recently she spoke to an audience she rarely encounters: a group made up entirely of people under 18. "The youngest [...]
Pediatric Advisory Board gives kids a voice in research that affects them
Nov 26, 2019

Pursuing the holy grail of flu vaccines

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
The National Institutes of Health recently established a new research network, Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs), with the collective goal to overcome current problems facing influenza vaccines in order to create long-lasting, broadly protective vaccines. The CIVICs program will include three Vaccine Centers, one Vaccine Manufacturing and Toxicology Core, two Clinical Cores, and one Statistical, [...]
Pursuing the holy grail of flu vaccines
Nov 21, 2019

Getting to the heart of cancer treatment side effects

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sara Nick Cancer care has come a long way in recent decades, with some types achieving survival rates of 90% or more. But longer survival times have introduced new consequences: namely, common cancer treatments can lead to an increased risk of serious heart problems later on. "Chemotherapy and radiation are lifesaving, [...]
Getting to the heart of cancer treatment side effects
Nov 19, 2019

Researching Stem Cells for Kidney Disease: LaTonya Hickson, M.D.

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is a serious complication of diabetes. Up to 40 percent of people with diabetes eventually develop kidney disease. With no long-term treatment available, many patients will progress to end stage kidney disease requiring either dialysis or a kidney transplant. Research is underway to keep people from progressing [...]
Researching Stem Cells for Kidney Disease: LaTonya Hickson, M.D.
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