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May 18, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the News — Week in Review 5/18/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Mayo Clinic researchers continue to share both their expertise and their research findings in regional, national and international news. Collected here are links and snippets from some of the stories from around the world. They connect Mayo Clinic research and international efforts to understand and reduce the devastating effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19. Mayo […]

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Tags: antibacterial resistance, antibodies, artificial intelligence, cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, clinical trials, COVID-19, Gianrico Farrugia, heart failure, infectious disease, Joseph Poterucha


April 22, 2020

Regenerating diseased bones

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Kendall Koens’ life is a dramatic reversal from what it was in 2006. Late stage cancer left him in a coma and on a ventilator fighting for survival. Aggressive chemotherapy was saving his life but slowly and silently destroying his hips joints. The financial planner from Rochester, Minnesota, faced crippling pain typical of someone more […]

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Tags: arthritis, bone disease, cancer, Center for Regenerative Medicine, chemotherapy, hip replacement, orthopedics, osteonecrosis, Rafael Sierra


April 1, 2020

Research News Roundup–March 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Even though it’s April Fool’s Day, the stories we share in this monthly column are no joke. Because since last month our world has shifted focus, we’ve divided these releases into two sections – COVID-related, and everything else. “Everything else” is at the end this month, because it is the bigger section, with nearly a […]

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Tags: AFib, Alzheimer's disease, anesthesiology, cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, clinical trials, COVID-19, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, FDA, Fredric Meyer, heart attack, heart disease


March 24, 2020

Individualized care for psychiatric disorders — Mayo Clinic Biobank + genetic testing could pave the way

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

By Sharon Rosen Patients suffering from depression, anxiety and substance use disorders often search for years to find treatment. Studies have shown that during this time gap, patients’ symptoms worsen, increasing their risk for other chronic illnesses, shortened lifespan and poor quality of life. Mayo Clinic statistical geneticist Joanna Biernacka, Ph.D. and her colleagues are working to […]

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Tags: anxiety, biobank, Center for Individualized Medicine, depression, genetic testing, genetics, Joanna Biernacka, Mark Frye, psychiatry, substance abuse disorder


February 27, 2020

Evolution of cardiac regeneration

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

February is American Heart Month, a time to acknowledge advancements in a new generation of care. This year focus is placed on repairing damaged heart tissue and restoring heart function after a heart attack. The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine is leading research into cardiac regeneration. Accounting for nearly 20 million of all deaths, heart […]

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Tags: Atta Behfar, biomedical research, cardiac regeneration, cardiology, cardiovascular disease, Center for Regenerative Medicine, discovery research, heart attack, heart disease, Michael Sabbah


December 30, 2019

Research highlights from Florida – fruitful in 2019

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Florida sunshine doesn’t just contribute to big, juicy oranges. In 2019, Florida was a hotbed of growth for Mayo Clinic Research, with 11.8% more funding leading to new capabilities such as ex vivo perfusion for lungs – leading to more available for transplant, and carbon ion therapy for cancer – currently not available to patients in the U.S. Read on for more on these and other practice transforming activities.

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Tags: artificial intelligence, biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, cancer vaccine, carbon ion therapy, Center for Individualized Medicine, clinical trials, ex vivo lung perfusion, immunology, Keith Knutson, lung cancer


October 23, 2019

Regeneration for all

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

With growing public awareness and broader academic engagement, the prospect of pioneering a change in disease management has propelled the field of regenerative medicine. The ability to build, scale and apply biotherapeutic technologies and solutions that are not cost prohibitive will become increasingly important elements that drive progress in regenerative medicine. In a recently published paper, […]

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Tags: Andre Terzic, Atta Behfar, biomanufacturing, Center for Regenerative Medicine, stem cells


October 16, 2019

Advances in IBS Research Target Dietary Burdens

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Sara Nick The number one reason to miss school or work in the U.S. is the common cold. Number two? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the large intestine that can cause cramping, pain, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.   “IBS is incredibly prevalent, affecting about 1 in 7 adults,” says Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist […]

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Tags: Brian Lacy, gastroenterology, gut health, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome


October 14, 2019

BEAUTY Update: Progress in breast cancer research

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Barbara J. Toman Chemotherapy is a standard breast cancer treatment, used for aggressive biology breast cancer to shrink tumors in the breast and lymph nodes before surgery, assess response and destroy any undetected cancer cells elsewhere in the patient. But some breast tumors don’t respond well to chemotherapy, putting patients at high risk of […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, chemotherapy, clinical trials, genetics, genomics, individualized medicine, Judy Boughey, Liewei Wang, Matthew Goetz, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


September 26, 2019

Bioartificial liver: Bridge to liver regeneration

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

The liver has the greatest regenerative capacity of any organ in the body. However, when the liver is injured beyond its ability to regenerate itself, and a transplant is not readily available, there are few options for patients. Led by Scott Nyberg, M.D., Ph.D., researchers are refining their own version of a bioartificial liver, known as […]

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Tags: bioartificial liver, Center for Regenerative Medicine, regenerative medicine, research, Scott Nyberg, stem cells, transplant


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