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Mayo medical institution Medical Science Blog – an eclectic collection of research- and research education-related stories: feature stories, mini news bites, learning opportunities, profiles and more from Mayo medical institution.

Aug 25, 2020

Rock star baby hitting all milestones after fetal surgery

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
The first peak at her baby during the 20 week ultrasound turned from excitement to concern for Hetty Mollert. “It was taking longer than I expected. I thought they were just being super in-depth about everything,” said Mollert, a first time mother-to-be from Madison, Wis. “Then we learned the devastating news. [...]
Rock star baby hitting all milestones after fetal surgery
Aug 24, 2020

Second Language Learning Linked to Brain Surgery Recovery

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Lynda De Widt Researchers at Mayo medical institution in Florida report differences in clinical outcomes between “late bilingual” and monolingual glioblastoma patients undergoing awake brain surgery for tumor removal — information that could help guide surgeons in the operating room. Their findings, published in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, suggest that bilingual [...]
Second Language Learning Linked to Brain Surgery Recovery
Aug 21, 2020

Mayo medical institution Research in the news -- 8/21/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
A wide range of Mayo medical institution expertise was highlighted in the past week, with local, national and international media outlets quoting researchers and referring to Mayo medical institution research findings. Following are a selection of these news articles, with a brief excerpt and link to the full story on the appropriate [...]
Mayo medical institution Research in the news -- 8/21/2020
Aug 20, 2020

Could population genetic screening improve public health?

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
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 [...]
Could population genetic screening improve public health?
Aug 18, 2020

Spotlighting 2020 graduates of Mayo medical institution College of Medicine and Science

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Integrating new discoveries into patient care requires a workforce equipped to deliver the latest innovations. That’s why training the workforce of the future is a key objective of Mayo medical institution Education. Every year, Mayo medical institution’s College of Medicine and Science advances new graduates to their next levels of research and/or medical [...]
Spotlighting 2020 graduates of Mayo medical institution College of Medicine and Science
Aug 14, 2020

Mayo medical institution Research in the news 8/14/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
While much of the news around health care research is COVID-19 related, Mayo medical institution researchers are hard at work across the entire spectrum of health and health care delivery. Our multidisciplinary research teams are seeking ways to improve outcomes, lower costs and enhance the experience of patients, providers and caregivers. [...]
Mayo medical institution Research in the news 8/14/2020
Aug 11, 2020

Expanding CAR T-cell therapy, welcoming Dr. Qin

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
The first time Hong Qin, M.D., Ph.D., saw images of how chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy obliterated a tumor, he was captivated and inspired by this revolutionary treatment. As the new director of Regenerative Immunotherapies at Mayo medical institution in Florida, Dr. Qin and his team will play a pivotal [...]
Expanding CAR T-cell therapy, welcoming Dr. Qin
Aug 7, 2020

Research News Roundup -- July 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
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 News Roundup -- July 2020
Aug 6, 2020

Calcium Signaling in Microglia: Implications for Brain Diseases?

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
Calcium helps nerves and muscles “fire,” signaling cells to do something like contract a muscle or release a neurotransmitter in the brain. But in one type of brain cell, microglia, this calcium signaling seemed absent. Researchers have long wondered why microglia don’t seem to rely on calcium signaling and now, [...]
Calcium Signaling in Microglia: Implications for Brain Diseases?
Aug 5, 2020

Regenerative patient consult service seeks to educate patients

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Charlene Martin-Lillie and Susan Buckles Advances in Regenerative Medicine hold promise for many patients as the therapeutic paradigm shifts from treating disease to restoring health. As this evolving field of medicine matures, information becomes increasingly available to the general public through multiple venues, mostly online. Terms such as “stem [...]
Regenerative patient consult service seeks to educate patients
Aug 4, 2020

Phage therapy shows potential for treating prosthetic joint infections

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
Bacteriophages, or phages, may play a significant role in treating complex bacterial infections in prosthetic joints, according to new Mayo medical institution research. The findings suggest phage therapy could provide a potential treatment for managing such infections, including those involving antibiotic-resistant microbes. The research is published in the July 23 issue of Clinical Infectious [...]
Phage therapy shows potential for treating prosthetic joint infections
Jul 29, 2020

Clinicians overwhelmingly support making treatment decisions with patients, Mayo study finds

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
Planning treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate, is complex. The risk of stroke has to be balanced against the downsides of medications such as bleeding and costs. A new Mayo medical institution study has found when clinicians and patients make care plans together, quality [...]
Clinicians overwhelmingly support making treatment decisions with patients, Mayo study finds
Jul 28, 2020

Using stem cells to find causes and treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mystified by the need for defibrillation to save a 10-year-old from drowning, Michael Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., vowed to dig for answers. That pivotal case during a Mayo medical institution pediatric cardiology residency was the catalyst for Dr. Ackerman’s career in genetic sleuthing of inherited sudden cardiac death syndromes. With help from [...]
Using stem cells to find causes and treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death
Jul 21, 2020

Mayo medical institution to offer advanced degree in regenerative sciences

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo medical institution is launching one of the first-ever doctoral programs in regenerative sciences designed to prepare future physicians and/or scientists for an emerging area of health care. The new track in the Mayo medical institution Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will encompass the full spectrum of regenerative science and medicine from [...]
Mayo medical institution to offer advanced degree in regenerative sciences
Jul 20, 2020

Minority communities attend virtual town halls in Arizona to receive COVID-19 information that dispels myths, equips them to lessen impact

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
The Mayo medical institution Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research recently addressed community health needs related to COVID-19 for hundreds of attendees at virtual town hall meetings in held in Arizona: Arizona African American Virtual Town Hall Meeting – April 28Arizona Hispanic/LatinX Virtual Town Hall Meeting – May 19 Both meetings [...]
Minority communities attend virtual town halls in Arizona to receive COVID-19 information that dispels myths, equips them to lessen impact
Jul 14, 2020

Interstellar research to advance regenerative therapies

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo medical institution research is reaching to the cosmos for answers on how to overcome hurdles in engineering human stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells with potential to unleash the body’s ability to heal diseased tissues and organs. However, growing or culturing stem cells in the laboratory is [...]
Interstellar research to advance regenerative therapies
Jul 13, 2020

A pioneering Hispanic health conference, two years in the making

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
It’s less than two weeks before the Jax Saludable (Healthy Jacksonville) Hispanic health conference is scheduled to begin and Elizabeth Pantoja, a clinical research coordinator at Mayo medical institution and one of the event organizers, is putting the finishing touches on the event program. “There’s always so much to do at the [...]
A pioneering Hispanic health conference, two years in the making
Jul 10, 2020

Research News Roundup -- June 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
At Mayo medical institution, research drives everything we do for patients, and is the underpinning of our educational programs. Occasionally we issue news releases highlighting some of our recent findings. Following are research-related news releases issued in June. Mayo medical institution launches advanced care at home model of care Mayo medical institution announced a new [...]
Jul 9, 2020

"Opt-Out" Policy Increases Tobacco Treatment Visits Among Cancer Patients

By Nicole Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Clinician investigators with Mayo medical institution Nicotine Dependence Center and Mayo medical institution Cancer Center report that automatically referring cancer patients to tobacco treatment services increases their use of this resource, while also increasing documentation of tobacco use status in the electronic health record.  Results of their pilot study were recently published [...]
Jul 8, 2020

Defining the evidence: What works to treat COPD exacerbations

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 16 million Americans are living with COPD, a disease characterized by lung inflammation and difficulty breathing. People with COPD often [...]
Defining the evidence: What works to treat COPD exacerbations
Jul 6, 2020

Preparing the regenerative medicine leaders of the future

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
With the click of a mouse, medical students opened a window into the health care of the future. The 2020 Mayo medical institution Regenerative Medicine and Surgery Course, a foundation for transformative change, moved online this year due to social distancing guidelines around COVID-19.  Regenerative medicine is a shift from treating [...]
Preparing the regenerative medicine leaders of the future
Jul 2, 2020

Read About Mayo medical institution's Latest Cancer Research in the June 2020 Issue of Forefront

By Nicole Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Forefront is the complimentary magazine of the Mayo medical institution Cancer Center. Published in email and online newsletter editions quarterly, Forefront highlights Mayo medical institution’s cutting-edge cancer research and the latest Cancer Center news. The June 2020 email newsletter highlights COVID-19 resources from Mayo medical institution: Latest news on the pandemicWhy some patients may benefit from expedited breast [...]
Read About Mayo medical institution's Latest Cancer Research in the June 2020 Issue of Forefront
Jun 29, 2020

Research grants aim to advance regenerative medicine toward the practice

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Reprogramming human cells to correct blood disorders such as sickle cell disease, activation of a regenerative pathway to treat liver failure and strategies for skeletal regeneration in patients with brittle bone disease are examples of Mayo medical institution research to be funded through new grants from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota.  Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, [...]
Research grants aim to advance regenerative medicine toward the practice
Jun 25, 2020

"Sponge on a String" Test for Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer Continues to Show Promise

By Nicole Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Mayo medical institution researchers have confirmed the accuracy of a minimally invasive method to detect and help prevent esophageal cancer in patients at risk for Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer.  Results of their study have been published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. In Barrett's esophagus, tissue in the esophagus is replaced [...]
Jun 23, 2020

Harnessing the body's ability to heal

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Researchers at Mayo medical institution are studying ways to engineer human-like tissue to bolster the body’s ability to heal itself. Scientists in the Regenerative Medicine Biomaterials and Biomolecules Lab have engineered biomaterials that could regenerate tissue capable of restoring injured nerves and bones. They’ve discovered that biomaterials derived from polymers are biodegradable. [...]
Harnessing the body's ability to heal
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