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Mayo Clinic Medical Science Blog – an eclectic collection of research- and research education-related stories: feature stories, mini news bites, learning opportunities, profiles and more from Mayo Clinic.

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July 1, 2019

Community preparedness for future outbreaks: Lessons from whooping cough

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Lately the news has contained many stories of illness or death that could have been prevented by vaccination. Although in 2019 the stories have mostly been about measles, in 2016 it was pertussis, or whooping cough, as it was in 2012, and 2004-2005. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 24.1 million cases of whooping cough […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Chung-Il Wi, epidemiology, Euijung Ryu, immunization, personalized medicine, pertussis, Rochester Epidemiology Project, vaccines, whooping cough, Young Juhn


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 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


February 27, 2019

Leading the charge in regenerative medicine

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Regenerative medicine therapies aim to rebuild and restore health to patients challenged by chronic conditions and degenerative diseases. Despite advances in the field, much of the science is still in early research phases, meaning that many treatments haven’t been proven safe and effective for humans as standard-of-care therapies yet. Because the scientific process is long, […]

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Tags: biomedical ethics, Center for Regenerative Medicine, regenerative medicine, Shane Shapiro, Zubin Master


February 26, 2019

Bone Marrow Stem Cells Stall Out in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

By Sara Tiner saratiner

For patients who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia, fighting off a serious infection can be difficult and often is just not possible. And a team of Mayo researchers is starting to find out why in a paper published recently in the journal Leukemia. What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia? This disease is cancer of an immune cell […]

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Tags: basic science, blood cancer, cancer, Center for Biomedical Discovery, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, immunology, Kay Medina, leukemia, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Neil Kay, Wei Ding


January 24, 2019

Golden era in medicine: Regenerative medicine symposium looks to the future

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Practice advancements, scientific discoveries, product development and access to care were just a few of the topics featured at the 2018 Mayo Clinic Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery, held earlier this month in Scottsdale, Ariz. Over 200 providers, scientists, educators, students, entrepreneurs and patient advocates were in attendance to share knowledge and discuss how science driven […]

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Tags: Atta Behfar, Center for Regenerative Medicine, regenerative medicine, Richard Hayden, stem cells, Wyatt Decker


January 7, 2019

One more gift for you in the new year

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Were you good last year? If so (or even if not – we don’t judge) you might enjoy these little gifts of new knowledge, ideas, technology, and more from Mayo Clinic Research. Read on to learn about some of our newest research programs. Explore some of our shiniest websites (so new the dust hasn’t had […]

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Tags: basic science, biomedical research, cancer, Center for Biomedical Discovery, E. Aubrey Thompson, Ian Lanza, Jan van Deursen, Jian Yuan, Kathleen Yost, Kay Medina, Kenton Kaufman, liver cancer


October 16, 2018

Regenerative medicine facilities and expertise in Florida

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

The Regenerative Medicine Therapeutic Suites has seen 1,000 patients since opening on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus almost two years ago. The model, which integrated patient care with laboratory functions, is enabling the development and use of regenerative medicine products. The unique space serves both patients and clinicians, providing a place for multidisciplinary teams to expand current projects […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, medical research, orthopedics, Shane Shapiro, stem cells


August 9, 2018

Using CSI-type technology to unravel the source of bacteria

By Susan Buckles susanbuckles

This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on May 28, 2018. Mayo Clinic laboratory workers have a new tool to perform high tech genetic sleuthing for the source of stubborn, sometimes life-threatening bacteria. Bacterial whole genome sequencing can trace individual isolates of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, also known as Staph […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, genome, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Nicholas Chia, Robin Patel


July 30, 2018

What’s new on the web?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

At Mayo Clinic, research is integral to everything we do. We would be unable to offer the highest possible levels of care and continually improve the practice of medicine without research, and the education programs and processes that underpin our care. Our research web is actually just a section of Mayo Clinic’s internet presence, but today we’re sharing some […]

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Tags: basic science, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, HLHS, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Kristin Zhao


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