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June 24, 2019

Mayo Clinic study explores cumulative radiation from CT use

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

By Jay Furst Computed tomography (CT), which uses specialized X-rays to create images of areas inside the body, has revolutionized medicine in the nearly 50 years since it became commonly available. From kidney stones to cancer, CT has become an indispensable diagnostic tool. In 1980, an estimated 3 million CT scans were made in the […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, CT, epidemiology, James Cerhan, radiation, Rochester Epidemiology Project


June 19, 2019

App may make diabetes self-management and personalized health care decisions easier

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Bithika Thompson, M.D., an endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, and M. Adela Grando, PhD., a biomedical informaticist at Arizona State University, recently teamed up on a health care research project that could transform the way individuals manage their diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects more than 1.2 million people in […]

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Tags: Arizona State University, artificial intelligence, Bithika Thompson, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, diabetes


June 18, 2019

Research and innovation thrive at Mayo and beyond, with an assist from Mayo Clinic Ventures

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mayo Clinic Ventures commercializes technologies to benefit patients while generating revenue to support clinical practice, research and education. Thanks in part to licensing and partnership efforts, 2018 was a banner year for Mayo Clinic Ventures’ financial performance.

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Tags: Andrew Danielsen, discovery research, Mayo Clinic Ventures, research


June 17, 2019

Finding what works best to stop osteoporosis in its tracks

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 200 million people worldwide suffer from osteoporosis, or insufficient regeneration of bone tissue and fragile bones. At least 40% of postmenopausal women and 15-30% of older men will sustain one or more fractures due to fragility. Osteopenia, a lesser form of bone loss, affects many millions as […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, clinical trials, endocrinology, Evidence-based Practice Center, M. Hassan Murad, osteopenia, osteoporosis


June 13, 2019

How spinal stimulation research is working to restore function after paralysis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mayo Clinic has challenged its researchers to transform the practice of medicine with research that leverages multidisciplinary expertise, technology and therapeutic advances to address unmet clinical needs. This story describes how one team has risen to the challenge, elevated the level of teamwork across disciplines and achieved novel results using spinal stimulation to enable function […]

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Tags: clinical trial, Jered Chinnock, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Megan Gill, neurology, neurosurgery, Peter Grahn, physical therapy, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury


June 12, 2019

Mayo Clinic researchers dig deeper to map brain tumors

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Surgeons in the operating room must achieve a delicate balance when removing a brain tumor: eradicate as much of the cancer as possible, and avoid injury to parts of the brain responsible for motor control, speech, and more. For years, doctors have been using brain mapping – that is, stimulating the brain with electrodes to […]

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Tags: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Anthony Ritaccio, brain, brain cancer, brain tumor, Kaisorn Chaichana, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, medical innovation, neurology, William Tatum


June 6, 2019

Not all stones are created equal

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mayo Clinic’s CT Clinical Innovation Center recently released the first-ever quantitative Stone Analysis Software (qSAS) for characterizing renal stones from CT images. The product is available at no charge for research use through a software sharing agreement. Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., Division of Medical Physics, Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, co-director of Mayo’s […]

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Tags: Andrea Ferrero, artificial intelligence, Cynthia McCullough, John Lieske, kidney stones, urology


June 5, 2019

Mayo Clinic at ASCO 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Every year the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) hosts a gathering of cancer researchers and clinicians from around the world to teach and learn from each other, sharing their research and innovations in patient care. ASCO’s mission is “conquering cancer through research education, and promotion of the highest quality patient care” – a theme […]

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Tags: bias, cancer, cancer prevention, CAR-T, clinical trials, colorectal cancer, DNA, genetics, Hao Xie, hematology, Katharine Price, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


June 4, 2019

Research News Roundup-May 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research- and research education-related news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to additional resources of relevance. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Mayo experts to present findings at Digestive Disease Week 2019 Mayo Clinic researchers are among […]

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Tags: arthritis, autoimmune disorder, breast cancer, clinical trials, Cornelius Thiels, gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, minimally invasive surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, opioids


June 3, 2019

Hear from the experts on hereditary amyloidosis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when a substance called amyloid builds up in your organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein that is produced in your bone marrow and can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Hereditary amyloidosis (familial amyloidosis) is an inherited disorder that often affects the liver, nerves, heart and kidneys. […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, hereditary diseases, neurology, P. James Dyck


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