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Sep 15, 2020

A regenerative alternative to hip replacement

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mikaili Robertson has a passion for playing college sports, so the second baseman was devastated when at age 18 he learned he needed a hip replacement. Worried his playing days might be over, he turned to Mayo Clinic and a surgery that — along with a cadaver tissue transplant — [...]
A regenerative alternative to hip replacement
Sep 11, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 9/11/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In case you missed them - or you just weren't looking, this blog post includes a host of stories, from across the nation and around the world, that discuss Mayo Clinic research or cite Mayo researchers. Read on for excerpts and links to stories on what we know about herbs [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 9/11/2020
Sep 10, 2020

Health disparities curricula an "opportunity to be seized upon" in resident training

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association points to a significant opportunity to improve health disparities training provided to medical residents in U.S. internal medicine programs. Researchers from Mayo Clinic and other academic medical centers examined a data set that merged two national survey samples from [...]
Health disparities curricula an
Sep 8, 2020

Stem cell research to improve hemodialysis

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Stem cell therapy after angioplasty helps keep arteriovenous fistula blood vessels open, Mayo Clinic discovered in animal studies. An arteriovenous fistula is a passageway between an artery and a vein. This research, supported in part by the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, provides a foundation on which someday patients with [...]
Stem cell research to improve hemodialysis
Sep 4, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 9/4/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
A wide range of topics were covered by news media over the last week, citing Mayo Clinic Research or including Mayo researchers' perspectives. Below are excerpts from some of these articles, as well as links to the full stories online. Read on for news about gluten-free cosmetics, daylight savings time, [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 9/4/2020
Sep 3, 2020

Largest pharmacogenetics clinical trial in cardiology shows potential benefit in individualized approach to anti-platelet therapy

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Heart patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or stent placement― nonsurgical procedures to improve blood flow to the heart ― are typically prescribed anti-platelet therapy to avoid blood clots that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. New research from the international TAILOR-PCI trial, the largest pharmacogenetics clinical trial in cardiology, [...]
Largest pharmacogenetics clinical trial in cardiology shows potential benefit in individualized approach to anti-platelet therapy
Sep 1, 2020

Regenerating muscles after cancer surgery

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Advancements in microsurgery are making it possible to harness the body’s healing power to regenerate muscle strength after some cancer surgeries, particularly surgery to remove soft tissue sarcoma. Mayo Clinic orthopedic oncologists are teaming with plastic surgeons in a procedure they’ve coined “oncoregeneration.” They are seeking to perfect this procedure in which large [...]
Regenerating muscles after cancer surgery
Aug 28, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- COVID, COVID, COVID

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
There has been a lot of discussion surrounding convalescent plasma in the last week. A few articles are listed here, an internet search will give you dozens more. In addition to convalescent plasma, our researchers are working on tests, vaccines, social and population health issues relating to COVID-19. Recent news articles [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- COVID, COVID, COVID
Aug 26, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 8/26/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Although it hasn't even been a week, many news outlets have featured Mayo Clinic Research and our research experts in articles across a broad range of topics. In order not to overload - it really is shaping up to be an interesting week - we'll save COVID-related news for another [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 8/26/2020
Aug 25, 2020

Rock star baby hitting all milestones after fetal surgery

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
The first peek at her baby during the 20 week ultrasound turned from excitement to concern for Hetty Mollert. “It was taking longer than I expected. I thought they were just being super in-depth about everything,” said Mollert, a first time mother-to-be from Madison, Wis. “Then we learned the devastating news. [...]
Rock star baby hitting all milestones after fetal surgery
Aug 24, 2020

Second Language Learning Linked to Brain Surgery Recovery

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Lynda De Widt Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida report differences in clinical outcomes between “late bilingual” and monolingual glioblastoma patients undergoing awake brain surgery for tumor removal — information that could help guide surgeons in the operating room. Their findings, published in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, suggest that bilingual [...]
Second Language Learning Linked to Brain Surgery Recovery
Aug 21, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 8/21/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
A wide range of Mayo Clinic expertise was highlighted in the past week, with local, national and international media outlets quoting researchers and referring to Mayo Clinic research findings. Following are a selection of these news articles, with a brief excerpt and link to the full story on the appropriate [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 8/21/2020
Aug 20, 2020

Could population genetic screening improve public health?

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Hereditary BRCA-related breast and ovarian cancer, Lynch syndrome and familial hypercholesterolemia are estimated to be relatively prevalent in the general population but poorly found using traditional risk screening. In a typical medical practice, genetic testing for these conditions is based on personal or family history, ethnic background or other demographic [...]
Could population genetic screening improve public health?
Aug 18, 2020

Spotlighting 2020 graduates of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Integrating new discoveries into patient care requires a workforce equipped to deliver the latest innovations. That’s why training the workforce of the future is a key objective of Mayo Clinic Education. Every year, Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine and Science advances new graduates to their next levels of research and/or medical [...]
Spotlighting 2020 graduates of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Aug 14, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news 8/14/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
While much of the news around health care research is COVID-19 related, Mayo Clinic researchers are hard at work across the entire spectrum of health and health care delivery. Our multidisciplinary research teams are seeking ways to improve outcomes, lower costs and enhance the experience of patients, providers and caregivers. [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news 8/14/2020
Aug 11, 2020

Expanding CAR T-cell therapy, welcoming Dr. Qin

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
The first time Hong Qin, M.D., Ph.D., saw images of how chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy obliterated a tumor, he was captivated and inspired by this revolutionary treatment. As the new director of Regenerative Immunotherapies at Mayo Clinic in Florida, Dr. Qin and his team will play a pivotal [...]
Expanding CAR T-cell therapy, welcoming Dr. Qin
Aug 7, 2020

Research News Roundup -- July 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
It sometimes seems that summer has flown by without any significant achievements, and only incremental evidence building in the topic of the moment. COVID-19 has had a major dampening effect on social interaction, one doesn't need to be a researcher to figure that out. However, biomedical and health care delivery [...]
Research News Roundup -- July 2020
Aug 6, 2020

Calcium Signaling in Microglia: Implications for Brain Diseases?

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
Calcium helps nerves and muscles “fire,” signaling cells to do something like contract a muscle or release a neurotransmitter in the brain. But in one type of brain cell, microglia, this calcium signaling seemed absent. Researchers have long wondered why microglia don’t seem to rely on calcium signaling and now, [...]
Calcium Signaling in Microglia: Implications for Brain Diseases?
Aug 5, 2020

Regenerative patient consult service seeks to educate patients

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Charlene Martin-Lillie and Susan Buckles Advances in Regenerative Medicine hold promise for many patients as the therapeutic paradigm shifts from treating disease to restoring health. As this evolving field of medicine matures, information becomes increasingly available to the general public through multiple venues, mostly online. Terms such as “stem [...]
Regenerative patient consult service seeks to educate patients
Aug 4, 2020

Phage therapy shows potential for treating prosthetic joint infections

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
Bacteriophages, or phages, may play a significant role in treating complex bacterial infections in prosthetic joints, according to new Mayo Clinic research. The findings suggest phage therapy could provide a potential treatment for managing such infections, including those involving antibiotic-resistant microbes. The research is published in the July 23 issue of Clinical Infectious [...]
Phage therapy shows potential for treating prosthetic joint infections
Jul 29, 2020

Clinicians overwhelmingly support making treatment decisions with patients, Mayo study finds

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Planning treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate, is complex. The risk of stroke has to be balanced against the downsides of medications such as bleeding and costs. A new Mayo Clinic study has found when clinicians and patients make care plans together, quality [...]
Clinicians overwhelmingly support making treatment decisions with patients, Mayo study finds
Jul 28, 2020

Using stem cells to find causes and treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mystified by the need for defibrillation to save a 10-year-old from drowning, Michael Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., vowed to dig for answers. That pivotal case during a Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiology residency was the catalyst for Dr. Ackerman’s career in genetic sleuthing of inherited sudden cardiac death syndromes. With help from [...]
Using stem cells to find causes and treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death
Jul 21, 2020

Mayo Clinic to offer advanced degree in regenerative sciences

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic is launching one of the first-ever doctoral programs in regenerative sciences designed to prepare future physicians and/or scientists for an emerging area of health care. The new track in the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will encompass the full spectrum of regenerative science and medicine from [...]
Mayo Clinic to offer advanced degree in regenerative sciences
Jul 20, 2020

Minority communities attend virtual town halls in Arizona to receive COVID-19 information that dispels myths, equips them to lessen impact

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
The Mayo Clinic Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research recently addressed community health needs related to COVID-19 for hundreds of attendees at virtual town hall meetings in held in Arizona: Arizona African American Virtual Town Hall Meeting – April 28Arizona Hispanic/LatinX Virtual Town Hall Meeting – May 19 Both meetings [...]
Minority communities attend virtual town halls in Arizona to receive COVID-19 information that dispels myths, equips them to lessen impact
Jul 14, 2020

Interstellar research to advance regenerative therapies

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic research is reaching to the cosmos for answers on how to overcome hurdles in engineering human stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells with potential to unleash the body’s ability to heal diseased tissues and organs. However, growing or culturing stem cells in the laboratory is [...]
Interstellar research to advance regenerative therapies
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