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December 13, 2018

The sky’s the limit

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

In 2011, Jared Ausnehmer left his local hospital carrying the weight of an oxygen tank and the worry of what might come next. At age 21, he’d already defied the odds for those born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped or nonexistent. With […]

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Tags: Andre Terzic, cardiology, Center for Regenerative Medicine, clinical trials, hypoplastic left heart syndrome


December 12, 2018

Father’s battle with kidney disease fuels researcher’s determination to find cure

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Fouad Chebib, M.D., grew up in a small town in Lebanon. After finishing medical school in Beirut, Dr. Chebib chased his dream across the world to Mayo Clinic. That dream was finding a cure for polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, a genetic defect or mutation that results in the formation of kidney cysts. And it was […]

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Tags: dialysis, Fouad Chebib, kidney disease, nephrology, Vincente Torres


December 11, 2018

New Mayo research focused on how women’s hormones affect aging

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

By Heather Carlson Kehren Mayo Clinic researchers are taking a closer look at differences in how women age and the role hormones may play in the process. To do that, they will focus on premenopausal women who have had both of their ovaries removed. Investigators will be looking to see how this abrupt loss of […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's disease, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Michelle Mielke, Rochester Epidemiology Project


December 10, 2018

Novel data-driven approach for precision medicine

By Colette Gallagher colettegallagher

Thousands of patients’ tumors have been sequenced in the past decade, yielding a rich source of data on the changes associated with the cancer development and treatment response. However, there are no validated methods that are used in the clinic to select the best therapy. Today, Mayo Clinic researchers report an omics-guided (comprehensive) drug prioritization […]

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Tags: cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Judy Boughey, Krishna Rani Kalari, Liewei Wang, Matthew Goetz, PANOPLY, personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics


December 5, 2018

Two minutes to win it

By Lynda de Widt ldewidt

Nine teams of Mayo Clinic employees pitched their ideas for health care innovations at the second annual Alligator Tank competition at the Mayo Clinic Florida campus on November 14, 2018.  Each team was given 120 seconds to explain their solution to a problem in the medical field before a live audience and a panel of […]

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Tags: Alligator Tank, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, entrepreneurship


December 4, 2018

Research News Roundup — November 2018

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

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. How viruses hijack part of your immune system and use it against you An enzyme intended to prevent autoimmune disease can be […]

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Tags: augmented human intelligence, basic science, Bradley Erickson, brain tumor, cancer, Geoffrey Johnson, Jay Alix, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, neurology, prostate cancer


November 29, 2018

The right diet for you… or for your gut microbes?

By Sara Tiner saratiner

This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on Oct. 10, 2018. The right diet, obesity and gut health are topics patients, clinicians and scientists wrestle with every day. We want to eat a good diet and lose weight or avoid weight gain, so our health span matches our life span. But […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, gut microbiome, Purna Kashyap


November 27, 2018

A mother’s milestone

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

This last summer, Stacy Erholtz celebrated another blessed event with her family. The oldest of her three children was married. “I never, never in my wildest dreams, thought I would be able to participate in that beautiful, joyful event,” Stacy says as she wipes away tears that come easily whenever she talks about the wedding […]

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Tags: blood cancer, cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, measles virus, multiple myeloma, Stacy Erholtz, Stephen Russell, vesicular stomatitis virus


November 21, 2018

Research program lighting a SPARK for the sciences in Florida high schoolers

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Courtney Krider was in eighth grade when she was first bit by the science bug. “That’s when I started to take more diverse science classes that focused on chemistry and life sciences,” she tells us. “I had a really good teacher and got to do a lot of cool labs, and that jump-started my interest.” […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


November 20, 2018

Addressing disparities in care, to the very end of life

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Not everyone in the United States speaks English as their first language. In fact, in 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau found that one of every five residents speaks another language at home. Unfortunately, this fact leads to another – for people with limited English proficiency, disparities are common in health care. The Agency for Healthcare […]

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Tags: Amelia Barwise, Center for Clinic, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, health disparities, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, research education


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