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November 19, 2020

Breast cancer accurately staged with fewer lymph nodes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

When a person is diagnosed with breast cancer, surgery can be their first treatment. Other times, their clinician will prescribe chemotherapy before surgery, called neoadjuvant chemotherapy. In both cases, for patients with clinically negative nodes at presentation, surgeons will determine at the time of surgery how far the cancer has spread by removing and examining […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Brittany Murphy, cancer research, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, chemotherapy, Judy Boughey, lymphatic system, lymphedema, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, oncology, residency program


November 9, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 11/9/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

As SARS-CoV-2 spreads throughout the world, COVID-19 has become the subject of almost every conversation. Not surprisingly, the media are actively following developments in research on symptoms, testing, treatment and vaccines. In addition to some of these stories, you’ll find Mayo Clinic research and researchers highlighted across a wide range of topics. We are also […]

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Tags: ALS, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, animal model, ASTRO, bone disease, cancer screening, cardiovascular medicine, clinical research, colorectal cancer, COVID-19, David Ahlquist


October 19, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 10/19/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

The news media recently highlighted a range of interesting topics, featuring Mayo Clinic Research and researchers on a new way to hunt down and capture deadly brain cancer cells, MSG in food, Angelman syndrome, the connection between screen time and life expectancy, COVID-19 (of course), and much more. Read on for brief excerpts and links […]

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Tags: acute myeloid leukemia, aging, Angelman syndrome, artificial intelligence, biomarkers, brain cancer, cancer, cancer research, Center for Digital Health, clinical trials, collaboration, COVID-19


October 15, 2020

The latest on testicular cancer-associated KLHL11 encephalitis

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Divyanshu (Div) Dubey, M.B.B.S., a Mayo Clinic physician and researcher, who holds a dual appointment in neurology, and laboratory medicine and pathology, recently led a multi-institutional research study to advance understanding of KLHL11 encephalitis or testicular cancer-associated paraneoplastic encephalitis. Published in JAMA Neurology, the paper builds on the work Dr. Dubey and other members of […]

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Tags: antibodies, brain, collaboration, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Divyanshu Dubey, DNA, encephalitis, neurology, testicular cancer


October 14, 2020

Lupus: starting from the beginning may lead to better outcomes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and pain throughout the body. Most common in women (9 of 10 diagnosed cases); it attacks both joints and organs – including the skin. Lupus is not curable, but symptoms can be managed with medications. Researchers hope to learn more about lupus and identify ways to […]

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Tags: Ali Duarte-Garcia, area deprivation index, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cynthia Crowson, dermatology, health disparities, health sciences research, lupus, nephrology, opioids, practice improvement, rheumatology


September 29, 2020

Study moves microbiome-based therapies closer to the mainstream treatment for C. difficile infection

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

A new study published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases looked at the use of a non-frozen capsule of microbiome restoration therapy for treating patients with recurrent C. difficile infection. “Patients with C. difficile are typically managed with antibiotics or fecal transplantation for recurrent C. difficile,” says the study’s author, Sahil Khanna, M.B.B.S., a gastroenterologist at Mayo […]

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Tags: C. diff, clinical trials, fecal transplant, gastroenterology, microbiome, Sahil Khanna


September 25, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 9/25/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

COVID-19 still is holding a spot in the headlines, and probably will for at least the next year or so. But more and more there is re-emerging interest in other health care research. In this post, you’ll find Mayo Clinic Research and research experts cited on Alzheimer’s, opioids, artificial intelligence and physician burnout, seafood and […]

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Tags: Andrew Badley, artificial intelligence, big data, bile duct cancer, Bobbie Gostout, brain, cancer, cardiology, cardiovascular disease, cholangiocarcinoma, clinical research, clinical trials


September 16, 2020

Mayo Clinic research advances diagnostics to lead COVID-19 pandemic response

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

When COVID-19 spread across the U.S. in early March, Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL) urgently responded. Lab spaces were transitioned, staff reassigned and funding approvals were fast-tracked. Its goals were to accelerate research, development, translation and implementation of novel tests in order to discover life-saving treatments and diagnostics. “ADL houses a lab structure for […]

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Tags: Ann Moyer, antibodies, Benjamin Kipp, Bobbie Pritt, Center for Individualized Medicine, COVID-19, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Dietrich Matern, Elitza Theel, genetics, genomics, John Mills


August 28, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — COVID, COVID, COVID

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding convalescent plasma in the last week. A few articles are listed here, an internet search will give you dozens more. In addition to convalescent plasma, our researchers are working on tests, vaccines, social and population health issues relating to COVID-19. Recent news articles highlighting Mayo Clinic Research […]

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Tags: Angela Mattke, cardiology, COVID-19, emergency department, genomics, Gregory Poland, health disparities, immunization, infection control, infectious disease, LaPrincess Brewer, Michael Ackerman


August 7, 2020

Research News Roundup — July 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

It sometimes seems that summer has flown by without any significant achievements, and only incremental evidence building in the topic of the moment. COVID-19 has had a major dampening effect on social interaction, one doesn’t need to be a researcher to figure that out. However, biomedical and health care delivery research have not paused for […]

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Tags: antibodies, bacteriophages, basic science, blood clots, CAR-T, COVID-19, discovery research, immunity, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, phage, prosthesis, Research News Roundup


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