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Oct 14, 2020

Lupus: starting from the beginning may lead to better outcomes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and pain throughout the body. Most common in women (9 of 10 diagnosed cases); it attacks both joints and organs – including the skin. Lupus is not curable, but symptoms can be managed with medications. Researchers hope to learn more about lupus [...]
Lupus: starting from the beginning may lead to better outcomes
Oct 13, 2020

A regenerative approach to facial reconstruction after cancer surgery

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQFT5L19jWc&feature=youtu.be Growing up in southern California, Sabrina Falcon was a self-described “sun baby” whose love of the outdoors reached the skies. Years later the flight attendant who is working on her pilot’s license was diagnosed with skin cancer on her nose — the basal cell type that typically grows slowly with [...]
A regenerative approach to facial reconstruction after cancer surgery
Oct 12, 2020

States apart, two brothers' medical mysteries solved through genetic testing

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
When El Paso, Texas, resident Leticia “Letty” Gutierrez met her husband David, she knew he was one in a million. The two have been married for 28 years and built a life together with three kids. Letty, a high school English teacher, says she was especially attracted to David for [...]
States apart, two brothers' medical mysteries solved through genetic testing
Oct 9, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 10/9/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
While Mayo Clinic has long been known as a clinical powerhouse, only more recently has the world actively noted our Research and Education shields. This increased awareness has led to visibility for both our research and our researchers in national and international news and education forums. In the past week, [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 10/9/2020
Oct 7, 2020

Mining the molecular origins of breast cancer for new cures

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to focus on new strategies for prevention and early detection. Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center support stem cell biology research to uncover the molecular origins of breast cancer in order to bring new cures to the [...]
Mining the molecular origins of breast cancer for new cures
Oct 6, 2020

Mayo scientists develop mathematical index to distinguish healthy microbiome from diseased

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
What causes some people to develop chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and metabolic syndrome while others stay healthy? A major clue could be found in their gut microbiome — the trillions of microbes living inside the digestive system that regulate various bodily functions. To utilize the huge population of [...]
Mayo scientists develop mathematical index to distinguish healthy microbiome from diseased
Oct 2, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 10/2/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
This week Mayo Clinic Research and researchers have been noted in stories on older women's sexuality, the opioid crisis, some health benefits of coffee, using Alexa for COVID-19, and a range of other topics. Read on for links and brief excerpts from news outlets around the country. Laughter May Be Effective [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 10/2/2020
Sep 30, 2020

Mayo Clinic researcher finds potential target to control rare genetic disease that strikes in teen years

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
Patients with a rare genetic disease called familial adenomatous polyposis, (FAP), often face debilitating challenges. Typically striking in the early teenage years, FAP is characterized by hundreds to thousands of tiny polyps forming in the colon and rectum and leading to a nearly 100% percent likelihood that they will get colon [...]
Mayo Clinic researcher finds potential target to control rare genetic disease that strikes in teen years
Sep 29, 2020

Study moves microbiome-based therapies closer to the mainstream treatment for C. difficile infection

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
A new study published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases looked at the use of a non-frozen capsule of microbiome restoration therapy for treating patients with recurrent C. difficile infection. “Patients with C. difficile are typically managed with antibiotics or fecal transplantation for recurrent C. difficile,” says the study’s author, Sahil Khanna, M.B.B.S., [...]
Study moves microbiome-based therapies closer to the mainstream treatment for C. difficile infection
Sep 28, 2020

Turning back the clock on aging

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Researchers at Mayo Clinic are probing ways to activate the body’s regenerative potential to slow the clock on chronic conditions that set in as we age. From cancer to diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease, another birthday adds to a person’s risk of developing chronic disease. September is Healthy Aging Month, a [...]
Turning back the clock on aging
Sep 25, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 9/25/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
COVID-19 still is holding a spot in the headlines, and probably will for at least the next year or so. But more and more there is re-emerging interest in other health care research. In this post, you'll find Mayo Clinic Research and research experts cited on Alzheimer's, opioids, artificial intelligence [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 9/25/2020
Sep 23, 2020

Mayo researcher finds potential microbial pathway to treat IBS symptoms, lessen abdominal pain

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
Mayo Clinic researchers have found new evidence linking the millions of bacteria residing in our digestive systems, known as the microbiome, to a network of factors that drive irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The findings, published in the Sept. 10, 2020, issue of Cell, raise the possibility of targeting the newly discovered microbial [...]
Mayo researcher finds potential microbial pathway to treat IBS symptoms, lessen abdominal pain
Sep 22, 2020

Regenerative Medicine Biotrust: advancing the practice through research

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Regenerative medicine is a catalyst for innovation in health care, shifting the focus from treating symptoms of disease to unleashing the body’s ability to heal. Integral to the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Regenerative Medicine Biotrust is an important investment for Mayo Clinic. This unique resource [...]
Regenerative Medicine Biotrust: advancing the practice through research
Sep 18, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 9/18/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Allure Magazine, KAAL-TV, The Scientist and Yahoo! are just a few of the outlets that were talking this week with Mayo Clinic researchers and about Mayo Clinic Research. Read on for national and international news on COVID-19, cancer, disparities in health care access and outcomes, the relationship between migraine and [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news -- 9/18/2020
Sep 17, 2020

Could regenerative medicine hold a key to understanding Alzheimer's disease?

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a time to raise awareness of research to unlock scientific mysteries around a disease that robs people of their memory, independence and ultimately their ability to think and reason. Focused on disease causes and cures, the Center for Regenerative Medicine is driving innovation as a [...]
Could regenerative medicine hold a key to understanding Alzheimer's disease?
Sep 16, 2020

Mayo Clinic research advances diagnostics to lead COVID-19 pandemic response

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
When COVID-19 spread across the U.S. in early March, Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL) urgently responded. Lab spaces were transitioned, staff reassigned and funding approvals were fast-tracked. Its goals were to accelerate research, development, translation and implementation of novel tests in order to discover life-saving treatments and diagnostics. “ADL houses [...]
Mayo Clinic research advances diagnostics to lead COVID-19 pandemic response
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
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