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Jan 18, 2021

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 1/18/2021

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Mayo Clinic's broad expertise is cited in research findings and commentary regarding midlife exercise benefits, autism markers in birth mothers, health care access, hospital star rating systems, high fiber for depression and several other topics including the ever-present COVID-19. Oncology Influencers Explain Do’s and Don’t’s of Social Media OncologyLive, 1/12/2021 … S. [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 1/18/2021
Jan 14, 2021

3 things to consider before preserving your stem cells

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
The proliferating stem cell banking industry is built on a riveting concept: Preserve stem cells while they're most potent until they are needed later in life to potentially fight disease. What started out as a market for banking stem cells from a baby's umbilical cord blood and tissue is mushrooming into [...]
3 things to consider before preserving your stem cells
Jan 13, 2021

Nationwide survey finds physician satisfaction with telehealth

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
In late November, the COVID-19 HealthCare Coalition, comprising more than 1,000 health care organizations, technology firms and nonprofits, including Mayo Clinic, published the Telehealth Impact Physician Survey results. The survey, managed through Mayo Clinic and led by Steve Ommen, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care and Nilay Shah, Ph.D., [...]
Nationwide survey finds physician satisfaction with telehealth
Jan 12, 2021

Physicians have new guidelines for managing rare genetic, metabolic disorders

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
Physicians now have a blueprint for diagnosing and managing two specific rare inherited metabolic diseases within a group of nearly 150 congenital disorders of glycosylation. These diseases can cause serious and sometimes fatal malfunctions of several organs at or before birth, as well as chronic debilitating symptoms in adults.  The consensus [...]
Physicians have new guidelines for managing rare genetic, metabolic disorders
Jan 11, 2021

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 1/11/2021

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In the news you'll find Mayo Clinic research and faculty cited on a variety of topics including women's health, patient consent, migraine, palliative care and of course COVID-19. Opinion: Preventing Alzheimer’s in Women Requires a Lifespan Approach Being patient, 1/8/2021 Carolee Lee of WHAM! (Women’s Health Access Matters) and Michelle M. Mielke at [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 1/11/2021
Jan 6, 2021

Diverse ways regenerative medicine is advancing health care

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Regenerative medicine has contributed to patient care in 2020 more than ever before, bolstered by synergies in research, practice and education. Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine is at the forefront of a biotherapy revolution in which health care advances from treating disease to restoring health. "The centrality of the body [...]
Diverse ways regenerative medicine is advancing health care
Jan 5, 2021

Looking back on 2020: A successful year of research at Mayo Clinic in Florida

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
At Mayo Clinic, Research and Education provide the basis for all we are able to do for patients today. Furthermore, they enable practice transformation as we seek to meet future patient needs. From new capabilities in cell therapy and immunotherapy, to advances in neurodegenerative diseases and studies of the virus that causes COVID-19, [...]
Looking back on 2020: A successful year of research at Mayo Clinic in Florida
Jan 4, 2021

Research News Roundup - Q4 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The year 2020 was a time during which medical and many other researchers around the world focused much of their attention and effort on a single topic – the SARS-CoV-2 virus and related COVID-19 viral infection. However, other research continued, findings were published, and evidence built for improvements in health [...]
Research News Roundup - Q4 2020
Dec 31, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 12/31/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Following are headlines and story excerpts highlighting Mayo Clinic Research and research faculty the last part of December 2020. Read on for advancements and information on esophageal cancer, antibiotic risks for babies and toddlers, a Mayo inductee into the Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, and several other stories, [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 12/31/2020
Dec 30, 2020

10 non-COVID conversation starters for your virtual holiday party

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
Holiday gatherings have gone virtual this year, but one thing hasn't changed: the social pressure to find interesting things to say to our relatives. Whether on the phone, or staring blankly at Auntie Carol over Zoom, we all dread that moment of uncomfortable silence. Well fear no more. Everyone likes to [...]
10 non-COVID conversation starters for your virtual holiday party
Dec 29, 2020

Ingenuity, collaboration, and expertise create a game-changing COVID-19 test swab

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Faced with potential shortages, a straightforward assignment — find more swabs — became a massive effort that involved numerous departments and experts, and culminated in Mayo Clinic designing, testing and manufacturing a new medical device. By Tracy Will Swabs typically don't attract much attention. Small, simple, inexpensive, used quickly and discarded, they [...]
Ingenuity, collaboration, and expertise create a game-changing COVID-19 test swab
Dec 28, 2020

Mayo study explores benefits of genetic testing for healthy people

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
More than 1 in 10 people who had predictive genomic testing ― testing that looks for genetic mutations in otherwise healthy people ― learned that they had a hereditary risk for a health condition and may benefit from preventive care, according to a recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. This [...]
Mayo study explores benefits of genetic testing for healthy people
Dec 23, 2020

Mayo study shows gene sequencing, translational research improves diagnosis rates

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Many patients with unsolved medical mysteries often undergo genetic testing, but the tests do not always provide a conclusive diagnosis. The term "diagnostic odyssey" describes the series of clinical consultations and testing that patients with undiagnosed disorders often receive in search of a genetic diagnosis. To help these patients, Mayo Clinic [...]
Mayo study shows gene sequencing, translational research improves diagnosis rates
Dec 22, 2020

Innovating the practice of medicine to improve health and the experience of health care

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery works with, and within, Mayo Clinic's medical practice to identify, test, and implement innovations to improve health and the experience of health care. Recently the center has been collaborating with Mayo Clinic's Outpatient Practice [...]
Innovating the practice of medicine to improve health and the experience of health care
Dec 21, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 12/21/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Mid-December, many people are focused on activities and information related to the holidays. The news media are no exception, with very little attention paid to health care research, unless it has a holiday hook. As a result, news is slim about various advancements in understanding, treating and preventing disease. Nonetheless, [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 12/21/2020
Dec 17, 2020

Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and coming vaccines

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
On Dec. 7, a panel of Mayo Clinic physician experts presented “COVID-19 Updates and Vaccine Information” to community members across southeast Minnesota in a virtual community forum attended by 200 community members. https://youtu.be/J6UnmLVa-vg The four Mayo Clinic panelists included moderator Robert Albright Jr., D.O., newly appointed regional vice president in the [...]
Dec 17, 2020

Primary Care -- Pharmacist collaboration during care transitions adds measurable value

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
At Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary collaboration is not just a catch phrase, it's a critical element of the culture. Without teamwork, patient care would suffer, as would the ability to conduct research and build evidence leading to improvements in health and health care delivery. Recently a team of Mayo Clinic researchers published [...]
Primary Care -- Pharmacist collaboration during care transitions adds measurable value
Dec 16, 2020

A regenerative detour for lymphedema

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic is refining its regenerative approach to treating lymphedema, a debilitating buildup of fluid after cancer treatment. Research by Antonio Forte, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic plastic surgeon, seeks to better pinpoint who is most likely to benefit from surgery aimed at regenerating a faulty lymphatic system. Mayo Clinic's Center [...]
A regenerative detour for lymphedema
Dec 15, 2020

Competitive alligators chomp at the bit to showcase health care innovations

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
It was a spinoff of the popular “Shark Tank” television show — virtual style. The amended format of the 2020 Alligator Tank health care innovation competition at Mayo Clinic in Florida allowed teams two minutes to pitch their projects to a panel of judges during an event hosted online. More [...]
Competitive alligators chomp at the bit to showcase health care innovations
Dec 14, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 12/14/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Media outletsLarge and small are coveringThings from Mayo's halls. A Haiku to hail the holidays may not be what you expected, but there are plenty of moments to celebrate in the news this week. Mayo Clinic Research and faculty expertise are present in discussions about therapeutic use of essential oils, [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 12/14/2020
Dec 10, 2020

Consultative Medicine Clinic -- The front door for adult patients with complex & serious illnesses

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Every day the door to the Division of General Internal Medicine’s Consultative Medicine Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester opens, and patients from around the country with complex and serious illnesses enter. More than 8,000 of them per year are seen for unexplained masses and weight loss, undiagnosed rheumatologic and [...]
Consultative Medicine Clinic -- The front door for adult patients with complex & serious illnesses
Dec 9, 2020

Diversifying genomic medicine beyond genes

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
The work to improve health and health care is ongoing and ever-evolving. It takes many shapes, from streamlining delivery to improving care and pursuing inclusive medical research to help develop precision medicine for all populations.This was a key element of the Arizona Return of Actionable Variants Empirical, or RAVE, study, which [...]
Diversifying genomic medicine beyond genes
Dec 8, 2020

How COVID-19 empowered regenerative sciences students for success

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Training the workforce of the future is a strategic priority of Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine. Sometimes the most valuable lessons come from outside the classroom. This year, regenerative sciences students readily adapted to a stealthy foe that exploded on the scene, seemingly from nowhere. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered [...]
How COVID-19 empowered regenerative sciences students for success
Dec 7, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 12/7/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Lots of chatter last week on COVID-19 and the pending arrival of a vaccine(s). Our researchers and clinicians agree that vaccines are a useful part of our toolbox for fighting infectious disease, and have high hopes for effective reduction of the risks of COVID-19 through widespread vaccination. Other research that [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 12/7/2020
Dec 2, 2020

Conquering cancer by targeting its genetic abnormalities

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
Joanne Garnett has harrowing memories of that life-changing day back in 1981. She was a 39-year-old land use planner living in Wyoming when she received a call from her doctor confirming she had uterine cancer.  “I was shocked, and it was strange because I didn’t fit any profile for uterine cancer,” Garnett [...]
Conquering cancer by targeting its genetic abnormalities
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