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September 12th, 2017

Mayo Clinic researchers review the clinical potential of senolytic drugs on aging

By Megan Forliti mforliti

Researchers are moving closer to realizing the clinical potential of drugs that have previously been shown to support healthy aging in animals. In a review article published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Mayo Clinic aging experts say that, if proven to be effective and safe in humans, these drugs could be “transformative” […]

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Tags: aging, Dr. James Kirkland, healthy aging, Kogod Center on Aging, medical research, Minnesota News Releases, News Releases, senescent cells, senolytic drugs


August 23rd, 2017

Researchers report link between cells associated with aging and bone loss

By Megan Forliti mforliti

Mayo Clinic researchers have reported a causal link between senescent cells – the cells associated with aging and age-related disease – and bone loss in mice. Targeting these cells led to an increase in bone mass and strength. The findings appear online in Nature Medicine. Low bone mass and osteoporosis are estimated to be a major […]

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Tags: aging, bone, bone loss, bone mass, bone strength, Dr. James Kirkland, Dr. Sundeep Khosla, Kogod Center on Aging, medical research, Minnesota News Releases, News Releases, osteoporosis


August 3rd, 2017

Mayo researchers seek to manage pain while minimizing opioid prescriptions

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

For decades, the emphasis nationwide for treating surgical patients was to prescribe enough opioid pain medication to ensure they didn’t have any pain. But health care providers are realizing it’s a balancing act between managing pain and ensuring patients aren’t overprescribed.

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Tags: Dr. Cornelius Thiels, Dr. Elizabeth Habermann, Dr. Robert Cima, Dr. Tad Mabry, Kern Center, Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Mayo Clinic research, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, medical research, narcotic, opioid, opioid drugs


July 13th, 2017

The curious link between tall men, small babies and kidney disease

By Sara Tiner saratiner

We are born with a lifetime supply of something you may not think about every day: Nephrons. Nephrons act as filters within the kidneys. They fine tune blood composition which in turn maintains our blood’s pressure, volume, and cleanliness. During pregnancy nephron development ends as a fetus reaches the last weeks in the womb. But […]

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Tags: Andrew Rule, hypertension, kidney disease, low birth weight, medical research, nephron


June 29th, 2017

Walk to Remember

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Sisters help local community and advance Alzheimer’s and dementia research Paula Peterson and Jill Wulff remember their mom’s struggle with Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. She was easily confused and experienced hallucinations and paranoia. Paula and Jill also remember the family’s struggle when their mother experienced […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, medical research, Walk to Remember


June 28th, 2017

Underused cancer test could improve treatment for thousands, Mayo Clinic study finds

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

With colon cancer, some earlier stage patients fare worse than some later stage patients, who usually benefit most from chemotherapy. But a research team at Mayo Clinic has discovered that a simple blood test could help determine which patients are at a higher risk and therefore could benefit from therapy. The researchers also found many patients who could benefit from the test likely aren’t receiving it.

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Tags: blood test, cancer, cancer staging, carcinoembryonic antigen, CEA, chemotherapy, colon cancer, Dr. Blake Spindler, Dr. David Larson, Dr. Elizabeth Habermann, Dr. Kellie Mathis, Kern Center


June 19th, 2017

1 in 6 taking blood-thinning drugs may not be getting right dose, research shows

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

A growing number of Americans are expected to develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition characterized by an irregular and rapid heart rate. But almost 1 in 6 of the millions of Americans on new blood-thinning medications for a-fib may not be getting the right dose, Mayo Clinic research finds.

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Tags: anticoagulant, apixaban, atrial fibrillation, blood-thinner, dabigatran, Dr. Peter Noseworthy, Dr. Xiaoxi Yao, Kern Center, kidney disease, Mayo Clinic research, medical research, OptumLabs


May 25th, 2017

Her Way Back

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

HER WAY BACK North Dakota woman on leading edge of epilepsy research with implanted device For the 50 million children and adults worldwide who live with epilepsy, the brain’s electrical circuitry shorts out spontaneously. As many as one-third of patients, 1 million in the U.S. alone, find no relief with existing medications and must explore […]

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Tags: clinical trial, epilepsy, Gregory Worrell, medical device, medical research, neurology, North Dakota, research, seizure, Sheri Finstad


May 23rd, 2017

Regenerative Medicine: From Blueprint to Build Out

By Angela Bingham angelabingham

Regenerative Medicine is an Established Priority at Mayo Clinic Five years is a short amount of time to expect results from a new strategic initiative at a complex organization. But early results were evident at the Mayo Clinic Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery. Mayo Clinic experts in regenerative medicine highlighted advancements in cancer care, […]

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Tags: advanced product incubator, biomaterials, biotrust, Mayo Clinic research, Mayo event, medical research, regenerative medicine, regenerative medicine symposium, stem cells


May 8th, 2017

When medical literature is sparse or not clear, where do doctors turn?

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Mayo research shows surgery adds years for kidney cancer patients It started with anecdotal evidence. Mayo Clinic urologist Bradley Leibovich, M.D., says he had long seen indications that surgically removing secondary tumor growths, called metastases, in patients with kidney cancer would result in a longer life expectancy. However, studies on the subject were not conclusive, […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Brad Leibovich, Dr. Harras Zaid, Dr. M. Hassan Murad, health care delivery, Kern Center, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, medical research, meta analysis, surgery


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