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November 23, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 11/23/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

There were all sorts of different things in the news this week, but perhaps the most heartening was the news from Dr. Anthony Fauci and our own Gregory Poland, M.D., that Santa Claus and the elves are practicing safe behaviors and COVID-19 won’t stop Christmas from arriving.  Read on for excerpts from this and other […]

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Tags: Amir Lerman, Andrew Badley, Anna Subramaniam, antibiotic, antibodies, anxiety, autism, cardiovascular medicine, clinical research, COVID-19, depression, DNA


November 18, 2020

Mayo Clinic study finds 1 in 8 patients with cancer harbor inherited genetic mutations

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Genetic testing can uncover inherited genetic mutations, and could individualize cancer therapies, improve survival, manage cancer in loved ones and push the boundaries of precision medicine. In a new study published in JAMA Oncology, scientists with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine conducted genetic testing in more than 3,000 patients who were diagnosed with cancer at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center locations […]

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Tags: cancer genomics, genetic testing


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


November 2, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 11/2/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

If you spend any time reading or listening to health care news, you know that some of the same stories are still making their way around the world as last week or even from several weeks back. You may see some repeats from a different news outlet here, but we hope that most of the […]

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Tags: Adrian Vella, Amy Oxentenko, artificial intelligence, breast cancer, cancer, cardiology, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, clinical research, COVID-19, depression, education, gastroenterology


October 12, 2020

States apart, two brothers’ medical mysteries solved through genetic testing

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

When El Paso, Texas, resident Leticia “Letty” Gutierrez met her husband David, she knew he was one in a million. The two have been married for 28 years and built a life together with three kids. Letty, a high school English teacher, says she was especially attracted to David for his wit. But a sudden […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Center for Individualized Medicine, dementia, gene mutation, gene varient, genetic testing, hereditary diseases, medical research, Radhika Dhamija


September 30, 2020

Mayo Clinic researcher finds potential target to control rare genetic disease that strikes in teen years

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Patients with a rare genetic disease called familial adenomatous polyposis, (FAP), often face debilitating challenges. Typically striking in the early teenage years, FAP is characterized by hundreds to thousands of tiny polyps forming in the colon and rectum and leading to a nearly 100% percent likelihood that they will get colon cancer without a life-altering surgery […]

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Tags: cancer screening, Center for Individualized Medicine, clinical trials, colon cancer, colon polyp, colorectal cancer, gene mutation, genetic testing, hereditary diseases, Niloy "Jewel" Samadder, rare disease


September 4, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 9/4/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

A wide range of topics were covered by news media over the last week, citing Mayo Clinic Research or including Mayo researchers’ perspectives. Below are excerpts from some of these articles, as well as links to the full stories online. Read on for news about gluten-free cosmetics, daylight savings time, advances in understanding in Alzheimer’s […]

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Tags: ALS, Alzheimer's disease, amnesia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Andrea Boon, Andrea Tooley, artificial intelligence, Barry Borlaug, cancer, cardiology, Carrie Thompson, clinical research


August 20, 2020

Could population genetic screening improve public health?

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher

Hereditary BRCA-related breast and ovarian cancer, Lynch syndrome and familial hypercholesterolemia are estimated to be relatively prevalent in the general population but poorly found using traditional risk screening. In a typical medical practice, genetic testing for these conditions is based on personal or family history, ethnic background or other demographic characteristics, that may not always […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer genomics, Center for Individualized Medicine, genetic testing, genetics, hereditary cancer, hereditary diseases, Lynch syndrome, Matthew Ferber, ovarian cancer, population health


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


March 10, 2020

Patient’s premature aging symptoms tied to shorter DNA strands

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher

At only 27-years-old, Morgan Cook recalls the days when she had an abundant amount of energy. “I would lift weights. I would do cardio. I would – you name it, I would do it. I was a lot more active,” says Cook. “I felt like I was able to do more things with friends. I […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, genetic counseling, genetic testing, genetics, Mrinal Patnaik, rare disease, short telomere syndrome


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