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February 25, 2020

Vitamin D deficiency – a common thread, commonly missed

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Everyone has heard of vitamin D. Most of us know that our bodies produce vitamin D when we spend time in the sun, and that if we don’t get enough sunlight, or if for some other reason our bodies don’t produce enough vitamin D, it’s not good. But why exactly is it bad for our […]

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Tags: Andrea Aul, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, epidemiology, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, pediatric research, population health, Rochester Epidemiology Project, Tom Thacher, vitamin D


February 20, 2020

Restoring function with larynx transplantation

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

Mayo Clinic has launched a first of its kind regenerative transplant program aimed at restoring function for people who need their larynx, or voice box, removed. In the United States about 60,000 people are living without a larynx, due to disease or trauma. The larynx is a segment of the respiratory tract located in the […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, D. Eric Steidley, David Lott, larynx transplant, regenerative medicine, transplant


February 19, 2020

Researchers identify 7 best practices for physicians working with dementia caregivers

By Adam Harringa Adam Harringa

People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often rely on family caregivers to plan or assist with their medical care. But caregivers are not usually fully integrated in their family members’ clinical appointments or care plan. To identify gaps in care and communication, Mayo Clinic researchers have identified seven best practices for health […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's disease, caregivers, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, dementia, Joan Griffin, patient experience, Rachel Havyer, shared decision making


February 18, 2020

Mayo researchers studying ‘promising’ new approach to treating advanced cancer, 1 patient at a time, 1 tumor at a time

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

A collaborative team of Mayo Clinic scientists is studying an innovative strategy for treating advanced cancer, using genomics and human tumor samples as their guide. The novel approach, called Ex Vivo, creates a miniature cancer replica for testing therapies outside a patient’s body, combined with a comprehensive genomic analysis of a patient’s cancer cells. “We […]

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Tags: biomarkers, cancer, cancer genomics, Center for Individualized Medicine, genomics, George Vasmatzis, individualized medicine, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Minetta Liu, Panos Anastasiadis, personalized medicine


February 17, 2020

AI system helps individualize treatment people diagnosed with depression

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

When searching for an exact diagnosis through a myriad of complex and serious factors spread across millions of data points, it helps to have a powerful magnifying glass — and another expert point of view. Enter Arjun Athreya, Ph.D., an engineer by trade who has a knack for bringing together data science algorithms and computing […]

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Tags: Arjun Athreya, artificial intelligence, collaboration, data science, depression, individualized medicine, pharmacology, precision medicine, team science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, William Bobo


February 14, 2020

Filling hearts instead of test tubes

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Editor’s note: This story is not about Mayo Clinic research, but rather about a part of a researcher’s life that builds hope in little hearts, and gives him joy. It’s 10 a.m. on a Thursday, and Merrick Ducharme is up to his elbows (OK, his wrists) in slime. The gooey, gluey mixture is not one […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Children's Center, research


February 10, 2020

Regenerative product could provide new option for women with mesh exposure following pelvic reconstructive surgery

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

Research is advancing a regenerative solution for a quality of life-limiting complication of mesh-based surgical repairs for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women. While mesh-based surgical treatments are durable and provide symptom relief for a great number of patients, there is a risk of mesh complications following surgery, such as mesh exposure. […]

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Tags: Cassandra Kisby, Center for Regenerative Medicine, John Occhino, regenerative medicine, urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse, women's health


February 7, 2020

Toxic Protein, Linked to Alzheimer’s and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases, Exposed in New Detail

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Zuckerman Institute Communications Staff The protein tau has long been implicated in Alzheimer’s and a host of other debilitating brain diseases. But scientists have struggled to understand exactly how tau converts from its normal, functional form into a misfolded, harmful one. Now, researchers at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute and Mayo Clinic in Florida have […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's disease, brain, collaboration, Leonard Petrucelli, neurology, rare disease, tau protein


February 5, 2020

“I Just Didn’t Understand”: On a Mission to Cure ALS

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Barbara J. Toman For Veronique Belzil, Ph.D., the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is personal. In 2000, while working as a psychologist in Canada, she watched her husband’s uncle succumb to the disease. “The progression was so fast and his condition was so sad,” she says. “I just didn’t understand how this could […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, epigenetics, Lou Gehrig's disease, Veronique Belzil


February 4, 2020

Research News Roundup–January 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

If you’re interested in genetics, diabetes, transplant or robotics, January was a good month. The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to these and a tidy sum of other recent research-related news releases from Mayo Clinic. You also might find some other handy resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Mayo medical […]

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Tags: cardiology, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, diabetes, genetic testing, health care value, heart failure, hereditary diseases, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Michael Ackerman, neurology, pharmacy, pulmonary and critical care medicine


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