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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
Jul 13, 2020

A pioneering Hispanic health conference, two years in the making

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
It’s less than two weeks before the Jax Saludable (Healthy Jacksonville) Hispanic health conference is scheduled to begin and Elizabeth Pantoja, a clinical research coordinator at Mayo Clinic and one of the event organizers, is putting the finishing touches on the event program. “There’s always so much to do at the [...]
A pioneering Hispanic health conference, two years in the making
Jul 10, 2020

Research News Roundup -- June 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
At Mayo Clinic, research drives everything we do for patients, and is the underpinning of our educational programs. Occasionally we issue news releases highlighting some of our recent findings. Following are research-related news releases issued in June. Mayo Clinic launches advanced care at home model of care Mayo Clinic announced a new [...]
Research News Roundup -- June 2020
Jul 9, 2020

"Opt-Out" Policy Increases Tobacco Treatment Visits Among Cancer Patients

By Nicole Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Clinician investigators with Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center report that automatically referring cancer patients to tobacco treatment services increases their use of this resource, while also increasing documentation of tobacco use status in the electronic health record.  Results of their pilot study were recently published [...]
Jul 8, 2020

Defining the evidence: What works to treat COPD exacerbations

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 16 million Americans are living with COPD, a disease characterized by lung inflammation and difficulty breathing. People with COPD often [...]
Defining the evidence: What works to treat COPD exacerbations
Jul 6, 2020

Preparing the regenerative medicine leaders of the future

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
With the click of a mouse, medical students opened a window into the health care of the future. The 2020 Mayo Clinic Regenerative Medicine and Surgery Course, a foundation for transformative change, moved online this year due to social distancing guidelines around COVID-19.  Regenerative medicine is a shift from treating [...]
Preparing the regenerative medicine leaders of the future
Jul 2, 2020

Read About Mayo Clinic's Latest Cancer Research in the June 2020 Issue of Forefront

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 June 2020 email newsletter highlights COVID-19 resources from Mayo Clinic: Latest news on the pandemicWhy some patients may benefit from expedited breast [...]
Read About Mayo Clinic's Latest Cancer Research in the June 2020 Issue of Forefront
Jun 29, 2020

Research grants aim to advance regenerative medicine toward the practice

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Reprogramming human cells to correct blood disorders such as sickle cell disease, activation of a regenerative pathway to treat liver failure and strategies for skeletal regeneration in patients with brittle bone disease are examples of Mayo Clinic research to be funded through new grants from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota.  Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, [...]
Research grants aim to advance regenerative medicine toward the practice
Jun 25, 2020

"Sponge on a String" Test for Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer Continues to Show Promise

By Nicole Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Mayo Clinic researchers have confirmed the accuracy of a minimally invasive method to detect and help prevent esophageal cancer in patients at risk for Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer.  Results of their study have been published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. In Barrett's esophagus, tissue in the esophagus is replaced [...]
Jun 23, 2020

Harnessing the body's ability to heal

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Researchers at Mayo Clinic are studying ways to engineer human-like tissue to bolster the body’s ability to heal itself. Scientists in the Regenerative Medicine Biomaterials and Biomolecules Lab have engineered biomaterials that could regenerate tissue capable of restoring injured nerves and bones. They’ve discovered that biomaterials derived from polymers are biodegradable. [...]
Harnessing the body's ability to heal
Jun 18, 2020

Crisis inspires innovation

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic has an unparalleled resource to lead the response to COVID-19: our organizational values — the living legacy of the Mayo family and the Sisters of St. Francis, who established the foundation of Mayo Clinic.   Addressing employees, who face major challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and [...]
Crisis inspires innovation
Jun 16, 2020

Focus on women's health: Regenerative approaches to stress and fecal incontinence

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic is taking a regenerative approach to women’s healthcare to provide new therapeutic options for common conditions that standard treatments don’t fully address. One key area of focus is pelvic floor injury that leads to stress incontinence, a widespread and often embarrassing problem affecting some 18 million women, according [...]
Focus on women's health: Regenerative approaches to stress and fecal incontinence
Jun 15, 2020

How Vaccines Are Developed and What That Means for COVID-19

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In a recent Zoominar, Robert Jacobson, M.D., a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, gave an in-depth, yet easy-to-understand, discussion on vaccine development, and where we are with respect to a vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Jacobson, who is also a health sciences researcher with specific expertise in pediatric infectious diseases, sets the stage for his [...]
How Vaccines Are Developed and What That Means for COVID-19
Jun 11, 2020

Seeking a regenerative therapy for chronic dry mouth

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic researchers are seeking a regenerative therapy for a vexing problem, particularly among cancer patients. How can medical providers treat a condition in which the mouth is so parched that it has an incessant feeling of a cotton lining? Xerostomia, also known as chronic dry mouth, is an agonizing [...]
Seeking a regenerative therapy for chronic dry mouth
Jun 10, 2020

Faculty members, fellow named 2020 Kern Scholars

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is pleased to welcome four new scholars to the Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program. The Kern Scholars Program helps develop a workforce of highly motivated, exceptionally trained clinicians who have the research skills needed to [...]
Faculty members, fellow named 2020 Kern Scholars
Jun 9, 2020

Fishing for solutions to COVID-19 challenges

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoQxlQoQUdU&feature=youtu.be Local innovators and members of the Minnesota entrepreneurial community gathered May 15, 2020, for a virtual Walleye Tank: COVID-19 Showcase. The event showcased how Minnesota innovators and community leaders are stepping up to conquer COVID-19 challenges. It was hosted by Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship and University of Minnesota. The event is typically held as [...]
Fishing for solutions to COVID-19 challenges
Jun 8, 2020

Learning tools to manage current times: Capacity Coaching

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
— Kasey Boehmer, Ph.D., is a health services researcher at Mayo Clinic As a society amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we continually hear of the struggle to embrace a “new normal.” For some, this new normal is at the front lines of health care. Clinicians caring for those with chronic illnesses are [...]
Learning tools to manage current times: Capacity Coaching
Jun 4, 2020

Researchers target liver tumors with precision and "tiny radiation bombs"

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Lynda De Widt In the 1960's, scientists discovered a form of cancer therapy called radioembolization, which utilizes microscopic radioactive spheres delivered through a blood vessel to reach a tumor and kill tumor cells. "Think of it as a tiny radiation bomb that's delivered directly where it's most needed," says Beau [...]
Researchers target liver tumors with precision and
Jun 3, 2020

Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Regenerative Medicine aims not only to repair or restore the function of cells, tissues or organs, but also the whole person. The latter is particularly important amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenerative approaches draw on the body’s natural abilities to heal, focus on establishing the healing environments and building new, healthy [...]
Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19
Jun 2, 2020

Research News Roundup -- May 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
During May, Mayo Clinic articles sharing research-related news fell into one of two thematic areas: cancer and COVID-19. For ease of review, they are grouped below, cancer findings first. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Cancer research findings Carfilzomib is not superior to Bortezomib in delaying multiple myeloma progression after [...]
Research News Roundup -- May 2020
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