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October 19, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 10/19/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

The news media recently highlighted a range of interesting topics, featuring Mayo Clinic Research and researchers on a new way to hunt down and capture deadly brain cancer cells, MSG in food, Angelman syndrome, the connection between screen time and life expectancy, COVID-19 (of course), and much more. Read on for brief excerpts and links […]

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Tags: acute myeloid leukemia, aging, Angelman syndrome, artificial intelligence, biomarkers, brain cancer, cancer, cancer research, Center for Digital Health, clinical trials, collaboration, COVID-19


October 15, 2020

The latest on testicular cancer-associated KLHL11 encephalitis

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Divyanshu (Div) Dubey, M.B.B.S., a Mayo Clinic physician and researcher, who holds a dual appointment in neurology, and laboratory medicine and pathology, recently led a multi-institutional research study to advance understanding of KLHL11 encephalitis or testicular cancer-associated paraneoplastic encephalitis. Published in JAMA Neurology, the paper builds on the work Dr. Dubey and other members of […]

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Tags: antibodies, brain, collaboration, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Divyanshu Dubey, DNA, encephalitis, neurology, testicular cancer


October 14, 2020

Lupus: starting from the beginning may lead to better outcomes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

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 and identify ways to […]

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Tags: Ali Duarte-Garcia, area deprivation index, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cynthia Crowson, dermatology, health disparities, health sciences research, lupus, nephrology, opioids, practice improvement, rheumatology


October 13, 2020

A regenerative approach to facial reconstruction after cancer surgery

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

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 low risk of metastasizing. After […]

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Tags: Basal cell carcinoma, Brittany Howard, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic Otollaryngology, nasal reconstruction, Shari Ochoa, skin cancer


October 12, 2020

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

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

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 his wit. But a sudden […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Center for Individualized Medicine, dementia, gene mutation, gene varient, genetic testing, hereditary diseases, medical research, Radhika Dhamija


October 9, 2020

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

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

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, they have been featured in […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's disease, amnesia, antibodies, Barry Borlaug, biomarkers, biostatistics, blood pressure, Bobbi Pritt, clinical trials, Colin West, community engagement, Cornelius Thiels


October 7, 2020

Mining the molecular origins of breast cancer for new cures

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

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 practice. Answering what are the […]

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Tags: BRCA1, BRCA2, breast cancer research, Center for Regenerative Medicine, mammary gland research, Nagarajan Kannan


October 6, 2020

Mayo scientists develop mathematical index to distinguish healthy microbiome from diseased

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

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 tiny organisms as a […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, genomics, gut health, Jaeyun Sung, microbiome, multiple chronic conditions


October 2, 2020

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

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

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. The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many […]

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Tags: Amir Lerman, artificial intelligence, B-cell disorders, biomarkers, C. diff, cancer, cardiology, colon cancer, COVID-19, diabetes, dogs, emergency medicine


September 30, 2020

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

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

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 cancer without a life-altering surgery […]

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Tags: cancer screening, Center for Individualized Medicine, clinical trials, colon cancer, colon polyp, colorectal cancer, gene mutation, genetic testing, hereditary diseases, Niloy "Jewel" Samadder, rare disease


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