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May 6, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Giving youth a voice in pediatric health research

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz (@jenniferschutz)

Children are underrepresented and understudied in clinical trials, limiting the number of children-focused research studies and the overall advancement of pediatric medicine. To address this, Mayo Clinic researchers established a first-of-its-kind Pediatric Advisory Board to engage youth as partners in research and enhance pediatric research participation. A description of the board and results of interviews […]

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Tags: Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, community engagement, Pediatric Advisory Board


April 26, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 4/26/2021

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

Catch up on some of the news about Mayo Clinic’s research and faculty experts. Among the topics covered are artificial intelligence, women’s sexual health, genetic implications for several conditions, and COVID-19. Stool-based colorectal cancer screening preferred over colonoscopy Healio News, 4/22/2021 Individuals preferred stool-based screening for colorectal cancer over colonoscopy, according to survey results published in Cancer Prevention Research. “Although […]

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Tags: AFib, amyloidosis, antiplatelet, artificial intelligence, atrial fibrillation, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Charanjit Rihal, colorectal cancer, COVID-19, Dawn Marie Davis, dermatology, Donald Hensrud


April 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Stewardship in action: Collaborating to conserve energy

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

By Amanda Holloway, Office of Sustainability, and Brandon Hill, Supply Chain Management At Mayo Clinic, research drives everything we do for patients. Discovery and innovation are at the root of every new treatment and each expansion of our understanding of disease. Better experiences within the health care system for patients, care givers, and health care […]

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Tags: biomedical research, clinical research, clinical trials, collaboration, community engagement, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, environment, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, sustainability


April 1, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Research News Roundup — Q1 2021

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

The first quarter of 2021 saw furthered understanding the SARS-CoV-2 virus and related COVID-19 viral infection. In addition, a number of advances occurred including in genetics knowledge, cancer treatments, as well as interinstitutional collaborations, expanding programs and recognition of some of the most exceptional contributions of current and former Mayo Clinic clinician-scientists. Mayo Clinic, Thermo Fisher […]

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Tags: Arizona State University, biomarkers, brain cancer, BRCA2, breast cancer, chemotherapy, COVID-19, David Holmes Jr., diversity, education, Fergus Couch, gene varient


March 30, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Precision medicine, digital technology hold potential as powerful tools against tuberculosis

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

The global fight against tuberculosis is gaining some powerful tools. Precision medicine — already used to personalize diagnosis and treatment of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer — and health care technologies such as telemedicine have the potential to advance the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis, says Zelalem Temesgen, M.D., an infectious diseases expert and medical […]

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Tags: artificial intelligence, medical innovation, medical research, public health, telemedicine, tuberculosis, Zelalem Temesgen


March 22, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 3/22/2021

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

News including Mayo Clinic research and research expertise this week covered a wide range of topics, including genetic testing to inform prescribing blood thinners and therapies for bile duct and gall bladder cancers. A number of women’s health related articles highlighted Mayo Clinic research, there were some arguments for naps, and the ever present COVID-19 […]

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Tags: antiplatelet, asthma, bile duct cancer, breast cancer, COVID-19, Diego Zaquera Carvalho, Elizabeth Stewart, gall bladder cancer, gastroenterology, genetic testing, genetics, genomics


February 18, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Advances in sports medicine emerging from Mayo Clinic Health System and collaborators

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

The year 2020 offered more research challenges than normal. Many researchers shifted their focus almost entirely to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 – looking for ways to detect, treat and prevent infection, while some projects were forced to take a backseat until conditions improved. Others found the time they needed to move their non COVID-related studies along, […]

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Tags: Andrew Jagim, clinical research, IBD, inflammatory bowel disease, integrative medicine, Jacob Erickson, Joseph Behn, Mayo Clinic Health System, medical research, medical research education, physiology, research


February 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 2/15/2021

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Mayo Clinic research and faculty were highlighted in a range of articles over the last week. Headlines and links below to stories on research collaborations and expansions, as well as specific disease advancements, and all the latest COVID-19 news and information.  Ionic liquid formulation can uniformly deliver chemotherapy to tumors while destroying cancerous tissue in […]

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, antibodies, cancer, CAR-T, COVID-19, diabetes, gastrointestinal cancer, heart failure, hereditary diseases, News of the Week, opioids


February 12, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Body fat investigation provides insights for ‘obesity paradox’

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

The Obesity Paradox Excerpted from a 2009 Mayo Clinic Proceedings article, The Obesity Paradox: Perception vs Knowledge. “Data from several epidemiological studies, including the Framingham Heart Study, have found a positive relationship between obesity and mortality, in particular cardiovascular mortality. However, several cross-sectional, retrospective database studies … have found an inverse correlation between body mass […]

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Tags: animal model, basic science, biomedical research, discovery research, gastroenterology, molecular biology, obesity, pancreatitis, Vijay Singh


February 2, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Diabetes treatment disparities widespread, room for improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

More than 34 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of these, the vast majority have type 2, or a reduced ability of their bodies to effectively process sugar in foods into energy for life. Most people with type 2 diabetes have multiple considerations – including heart […]

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Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes, health care value, health disparities, health equity, heart disease, hypoglycemia, kidney disease, medication management, OptumLabs, pharmacy, Rozalina McCoy


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