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December 5, 2019

It’s predator versus predator at Alligator Tank health care innovation competition

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Entrepreneurs chomped at the chance to present exciting new health care projects at the Alligator Tank competition, held Nov. 19 at Mayo Clinic in Florida. About 100 people showed up in Kinne Auditorium—at times standing room only—to watch eager contestants put everything on the line and give their best performance. Like the “Shark Tank” television […]

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Tags: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Baser Sareyyupoglu, Charles Bruce, Christine Mehner, David Abia Trujillo, entrepreneurship, Eric Nottmeier, John Copland III, Maarten Rotman, Magdalena Cichon, Magdy El-Sayed Ahmed, Mark Pichelmann


December 3, 2019

Research News Roundup–November 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Case report: Stem cells a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury Stem cells derived from a patient’s own […]

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Tags: arthritis, cancer, carbon ion therapy, cardiology, cholesterol, diabetes, heart attack, IBD, inflammatory bowel disease, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, neurology


November 26, 2019

Pursuing the holy grail of flu vaccines

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

The National Institutes of Health recently established a new research network, Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs), with the collective goal to overcome current problems facing influenza vaccines in order to create long-lasting, broadly protective vaccines. The CIVICs program will include three Vaccine Centers, one Vaccine Manufacturing and Toxicology Core, two Clinical Cores, and one […]

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Tags: collaboration, influenza, National Institutes of Health, NIH, Richard B. Kennedy, vaccines


November 21, 2019

Getting to the heart of cancer treatment side effects

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Sara Nick Cancer care has come a long way in recent decades, with some types achieving survival rates of 90% or more. But longer survival times have introduced new consequences: namely, common cancer treatments can lead to an increased risk of serious heart problems later on. “Chemotherapy and radiation are lifesaving, but we’re playing […]

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Tags: basic science, biobank, cardiology, Carolyn Landolfo, collaboration, DeLisa Fairweather, discovery research, genetic testing, genetics, Jordan Ray, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Nadine Norton


November 18, 2019

Well Living Lab study shows daylight and window views improve cognitive performance for office workers

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

A new study from the Well Living Lab, a Delos and Mayo Clinic collaboration, has been published as open source in Building and Environment. The study showed that window access to daylight and view in offices improves cognitive performance and satisfaction and that eyestrain and glare can be mitigated with the use of modern shading […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, environment, population health, Well Living Lab


November 14, 2019

Late relapse for breast cancer patients: Scientists work to predict risk

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Sara Nick Many breast cancer patients develop recurrence years after the original diagnosis, despite following a long-term medication protocol after initial treatment. Mayo Clinic scientists are taking a closer look at which factors contribute to risk of recurrence, including the subtype of cancer patients have. “Understanding which patients are still at risk of late […]

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Tags: breast cancer, E. Aubrey Thompson, genomics, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Saranya Chumsri


November 13, 2019

DISCOVERY Study Seeks to Learn More About the Causes of Post-Stroke Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Mass General Research Communications Staff Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the US, with up to 70% of stroke survivors suffering some degree of post-stroke VCID. Furthermore, some stroke subtypes carry a disproportionate burden of the disability related to stroke. We are excited to announce that, last month, the National Institute […]

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Tags: aging, Clifford Jack Jr, cognitive impairment, collaboration, David Knopman, dementia, James Meschia, Jonathan Graff-Radford, Kevin Barrett, Mass General, Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, neurology


November 8, 2019

Strengthening the case for palliative care

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is the group at Mayo Clinic charged with driving practice transformation. Basically, this means to help Mayo Clinic improve the way health care is delivered, reaching patients where they are, with the right answers when they are needed. […]

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Tags: cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Gregory Barsness, ICU, intensive care unit, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, palliative care, Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula


November 7, 2019

Zane’s story: Fetal surgery to expand lungs

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

Baby Zane Fouts’ boundless curiosity starts at his feet, which he grabs and plays with happily. The energetic boy who’s full of smiles is a trailblazer for regenerative surgery performed in a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic even before birth. “He’s our miracle baby,” says his mother, Alyse Ahern-Mittelsted.  “He’s a rock star.” Ahern-Mittelsted was 20 weeks […]

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Tags: Dr. Rodrigo Ruano, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, pulmonary hypoplasia, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota


November 6, 2019

Precision genomics may offer clues to unexplained low blood cell counts

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Jay Furst Precision genomics has opened the door to identifying the drivers for cancer and other diseases. Its value as a diagnostic tool isn’t limited to the underlying disease biology, however. It also can help diagnose and determine targeted therapies for patients with unexplained illnesses. Mrinal Patnaik, M.B.B.S., a Mayo Clinic hematologist, and colleagues […]

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Tags: blood cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, genomics, hematology, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mrinal Patnaik, precision medicine


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