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Oct 22, 2019

Meet the Investigator: Donald W. Northfelt, M.D.

By Nicole 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 issue, Donald W. Northfelt, M.D., an oncologist and breast cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, talks about his research, his mentors [...]
Meet the Investigator: Donald W. Northfelt, M.D.
Oct 21, 2019

AskMayoExpert: Driving Practice Transformation through Unparalleled Knowledge Management

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
For the past decade, AskMayoExpert has served as a central repository to capture, organize and deliver concise, Mayo-vetted medical knowledge for Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Care Network providers at the point of care. Much has changed since its inception, with more providers looking to AskMayoExpert and its care process [...]
AskMayoExpert: Driving Practice Transformation through Unparalleled Knowledge Management
Oct 18, 2019

Mayo colleagues design adjustable fracture nail to improve patient outcomes

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sandy Shortridge Prompted by a health care innovation competition at Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville, Florida, campus, two innovators recently joined forces and developed a new tool designed to reduce pain and shorten recovery time for patients with long bone fractures. The idea for their adjustable fracture nail started when Christine Mehner, M.D., a predoctoral Ph.D. student, [...]
Mayo colleagues design adjustable fracture nail to improve patient outcomes
Oct 17, 2019

Florida building dedicated to medical discovery and innovation

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
The grand opening of the new Discovery and Innovation Building at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus signals a new era of integrating regenerative medicine into daily practice. Regenerative medicine seeks to tap the body’s ability to replace, restore or regrow damaged or diseased cells, tissues and organs. A hub of research [...]
Florida building dedicated to medical discovery and innovation
Oct 16, 2019

Advances in IBS Research Target Dietary Burdens

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sara Nick The number one reason to miss school or work in the U.S. is the common cold. Number two? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the large intestine that can cause cramping, pain, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.   “IBS is incredibly prevalent, affecting about 1 in 7 adults,” says [...]
Advances in IBS Research Target Dietary Burdens
Oct 15, 2019

Tick Talk

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
In his latest installment of stories from Mayo Clinic Laboratories, the Bow Tie Bandit offers a new discussion on a bug that bugs us all. (Well okay, a tick is actually an arachnid, not an insect, but that's beside the point). In Tick Talk with Bobbi Pritt, M.D., the Bow Tie [...]
Tick Talk
Oct 14, 2019

BEAUTY Update: Progress in breast cancer research

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Barbara J. Toman Chemotherapy is a standard breast cancer treatment, used for aggressive biology breast cancer to shrink tumors in the breast and lymph nodes before surgery, assess response and destroy any undetected cancer cells elsewhere in the patient. But some breast tumors don't respond well to chemotherapy, putting patients [...]
BEAUTY Update: Progress in breast cancer research
Oct 11, 2019

Top Five Things To Know about Lab Medicine

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic Laboratories, with a little help from the Bow Tie Bandit, recently launched a new podcast series. The first in this series is an interview with Ann Moyer, M.D., Ph.D.: Top Five Things Every Medical Professional Should Know about Lab Medicine In this podcast, you will find answers to: What do you [...]
Top Five Things To Know about Lab Medicine
Oct 10, 2019

Let's focus on the problem: Purposeful shared decision making in medicine

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Lydia Hansen, undergraduate public affairs intern Shared decision making between patients and providers plays a crucial role in health care experiences and outcomes. However, each patient and each health care experience is unique, so no one approach to shared decision making is appropriate in all situations. In a recent paper [...]
Let's focus on the problem: Purposeful shared decision making in medicine
Oct 7, 2019

An Artificial Intelligence Tool to Improve Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Article by Barbara Toman Only 9% of people with pancreatic cancer live for five years after diagnosis. "That is an abysmally low number, probably the worst in human cancers," says Michael Wallace, M.D., a digestive disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida. "We want to get that rate substantially [...]
An Artificial Intelligence Tool to Improve Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes
Oct 4, 2019

Chemo first for better outcomes in bile duct cancer, says new research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Oncology care teams frequently use chemotherapy along with surgery to treat cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. However, until now, little evidence existed regarding if and when receiving chemotherapy was likely to have the best effect. Recently Mayo Clinic researchers found that patients who received chemotherapy before surgery to remove their bile duct [...]
Chemo first for better outcomes in bile duct cancer, says new research
Oct 2, 2019

Research News Roundup--September 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research-related news releases from Mayo Clinic in the past month. It also connects readers to associated resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Medications underused in treating opioid addiction, Mayo Clinic expert says Though research shows that [...]
Research News Roundup--September 2019
Oct 1, 2019

Mayo researcher's work focuses on health care safety and quality

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
From a young age, Mohamed Seisa, M.D., had a passion to study biology. His uncle was a pediatrician and his father was a physicist in Egypt, so Dr. Seisa grew up around science. In medical school, he worked in a lab and enjoyed research. But while Dr. Seisa was a [...]
Mayo researcher's work focuses on health care safety and quality
Sep 30, 2019

People with kidney disease should be cautious with supplements, Mayo researchers say

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
More than one-third of the 15.7 million Americans with moderate or advanced chronic kidney disease use dietary or herbal supplements, reports new research from Mayo Clinic. Many Americans decide to take supplements on their own, not because of a doctor’s recommendation, the researchers found, most often with the goal of [...]
People with kidney disease should be cautious with supplements, Mayo researchers say
Sep 27, 2019

Read the Latest Research News from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

By Nicole 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 September 2019 issue features: Director’s message: Recognition for a job well doneAfter a rigorous review, NCI has renewed Mayo [...]
Read the Latest Research News from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Sep 26, 2019

Bioartificial liver: Bridge to liver regeneration

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
The liver has the greatest regenerative capacity of any organ in the body. However, when the liver is injured beyond its ability to regenerate itself, and a transplant is not readily available, there are few options for patients. Led by Scott Nyberg, M.D., Ph.D., researchers are refining their own version of a bioartificial liver, known [...]
Bioartificial liver: Bridge to liver regeneration
Sep 24, 2019

Research for infants with HLHS moves forward

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a complex and rare heart defect present at birth in which the left side of a child's heart is severely underdeveloped. At Mayo Clinic, physicians and researchers in the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome are looking for ways to delay or even prevent heart failure for [...]
Research for infants with HLHS moves forward
Sep 23, 2019

Meet Mukesh Pandey, Ph.D. - developing a new drug to detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sharon Rosen With a background in organic chemistry, Mukesh Pandey, Ph.D., initially planned to work in the pharmaceutical industry developing medications. But after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship in radiology at Harvard Medical School, he chose to focus his skills on improving imaging technologies to better detect the first signs [...]
Meet Mukesh Pandey, Ph.D. - developing a new drug to detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages
Sep 20, 2019

Good news about the effectiveness of antifibrotics for IPF

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In a recent study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care, a research team led by Andrew Limper, M.D., a pulmonology and critical care physician at Mayo Clinic, evaluated the effectiveness of pirfenidone and nintedanib for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The researchers reported "the medications had [...]
Good news about the effectiveness of antifibrotics for IPF
Sep 19, 2019

Biostatistician keeps Mayo research ship-shape

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
I met Rickey Carter, Ph.D., in his glass-walled office on the Mayo Clinic Florida campus in June. From his desk, he can look out over the Health Sciences Research Department: desks and cubicles in orderly rows, like boats in a marina and humming with activity—activity he helps promote as vice [...]
Biostatistician keeps Mayo research ship-shape
Sep 18, 2019

Genomics and computer science intersect to improve patient care

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sharon Rosen Computational genomics is a field that brings high-performance computing resources to drive precision medicine research toward new discoveries. However, when over 50 Mayo Clinic physicians, researchers and students gathered in June to participate in the Computational Genomics Course, the emphasis was on the needs of the patient. The annual [...]
Genomics and computer science intersect to improve patient care
Sep 17, 2019

Mayo Clinic Startup Earns World Economic Forum Award

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
With the promise of potential lifesaving treatments like chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-Cell therapy comes complex challenges. For instance: how can we be sure the right cells are going to the right patient? How can we communicate problems with manufacturing that would affect a patient’s treatment schedule? To address those concerns, Mayo Clinic startup [...]
Mayo Clinic Startup Earns World Economic Forum Award
Sep 16, 2019

Research breathes new air into donor lungs

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sara Nick Four hundred: That’s the number of U.S. patients who die each year awaiting a lung transplant, or are removed from the wait list when they become too ill. Now, cutting-edge research underway on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus aims to save as many of those lives as possible. “We’re [...]
Research breathes new air into donor lungs
Sep 13, 2019

REAL WORLD EVIDENCE in health care improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In late 2012 Optum and Mayo Clinic came together to form OptumLabs, an open, collaborative research and innovation center, dedicated to improving patient care and patient value through data-driven health care research, leading-edge data science and strong partner collaboration.  Since that time, approximately 150 collaborative projects have led to peer-reviewed publication, [...]
REAL WORLD EVIDENCE in health care improvement
Sep 12, 2019

Behind the scenes--Mayo Clinic Research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Everything health care has to offer for patients is the result of research and education related to that research. At Mayo Clinic, research drives everything we do, resulting in evidence-based treatments and continuous improvements in the way patients, caregivers and others experience health care. At Mayo Clinic we share information about [...]
Behind the scenes--Mayo Clinic Research
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