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August 10th, 2017

Genetic tests + coordinated care + research = hope for patients with a genetic neurological disease

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Life with an inherited disease sometimes brings unexpected twists and turns. Five-year-old Gus Erickson has navigated the gyrations with the help of Mayo Clinic’s Neurofibromatosis Clinic. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. Those tumors can develop anywhere in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and […]

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Tags: #Center for Individualized Mediicine, #rare diseases, Dr. Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, Genetics, genomics, mayo clinic, neurofibromatosis


March 9th, 2017

Next generation sequencing – a game changer

By Sharon Rosen shr02

Imagine scanning a page for errors manually one letter at a time, versus using a faster tool like spell check. That’s the difference between the first DNA sequencing methods and the new computerized machines known as next generation sequencing. It’s revolutionizing health care. Next generation sequencing technology enables geneticists to examine all of your 22,000 […]

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Tags: #Dr. Pavel Pichurin, #medical resarch, #neurological diseases, #Precision Mediicne, #rare diseases, #rare genetic diseases, #targeted panel testing, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Matthew Ferber, Genetic Testing, mayo clinic, next generation sequencing


March 7th, 2017

March 16: Strollin’ Colon – Colon Cancer Awareness Event

By Sharon Rosen shr02

Do you know the facts about colon cancer – what types of screening tests are available to prevent or detect it early, whether you’re at risk, and if so, how it is treated? You can learn more by taking a walk through the inflatable Strollin’ Colon, which will be at all Mayo Clinic campuses through […]

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Tags: #Center for Individualzied Medicine, #ColorectalCancer, #Dr. Thorvardur Halfdanarson, #Hereditary colorectal cancer, #Katherine Agre, #Microbiome research, #Strollin' Colon, colon cancer, colorectal cancer, Dr. Nicholas Chia, Genetic Counselor, Genetic Testing


March 3rd, 2017

Test reveals the right drug to help one patient manage panic attacks – finally

By Sharon Rosen shr02

When it comes to medications, one size does not fit all. One of the areas where precision medicine has made the biggest impact is in developing tests to help physicians identify which medication will provide the greatest benefit and reduce harmful side effects for patients. Pharmacogenomics tests show how a patient’s genetic makeup impacts the […]

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Tags: #anti-anxiety medication, #drug-gene reactions, #primary scleroscing cholangitis, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, mayo clinic, medical research, PGx, pharmacogenomics


February 28th, 2017

4 legal issues for providers of precision medicine

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Advances in DNA testing have thrust providers of precision medicine into often exciting, but sometimes unchartered waters.  There’s the thrill of unlocking the mysteries of a rare illnesses through genetic testing, and the satisfaction of identifying new individualized patient therapies. And, with the promise of precision medicine comes the need to understand new legal and […]

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Tags: #DNA sequencing tests, #Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, #genetic testing fees, #legal issues, #Patient privacy, #Sharon Zehe, center for individualized medicine, Genetic Testing, mayo clinic, Precision Medicine


February 23rd, 2017

Using genetic testing to transform care for neurological disorders

By Sharon Rosen shr02

Our nervous system is made up of complex biological pathways that control everything we do, including breathing, thinking, speaking, moving and feeling. For patients suffering from a neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, nerve pain (neuropathy) and dementia, the symptoms of these conditions can impact many aspects of daily life. Some patients with unexplained […]

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Tags: #Dr. Christopher Klein, #neurological diseases, #neurological disorders, #neurology, #targeted panel testing, #Tatiana Faroud, center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, whole exome sequencing, whole genome sequencing


February 21st, 2017

Exploring the link between the gut and multiple sclerosis

By Sharon Rosen shr02

Could the bacteria in a person’s digestive system provide a clue about whether he or she may develop multiple sclerosis? This is a question that Mayo Clinic researchers asked when trying to unravel the causes of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating condition that impacts a person’s nervous system. A Mayo Clinic study published in Scientific […]

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Tags: #CIMCon17, #Dr. Ashutosh Mangalam, #MS, #multiple sclerosis, #Scientific Reports, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Nicholas Chia, gut bacteria, Gut Microbiome, mayo clinic, medical research, microbiome


February 16th, 2017

Transforming care for patients with bladder and kidney cancer

By Sharon Rosen shr02

Identifying unmet patient needs Physicians want to provide the best care for their patients, but they are often challenged by the limits of current medical capabilities. For example, bladder cancer can be difficult to diagnose, making it hard to find at an early stage when treatment is most effective. It can also be difficult to […]

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Tags: #Mayo's Transform the Practice Initiative, #Renal cancer, #team science, biomarkers, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Alexander Parker, kidney cancer, mayo clinic, medical research


February 14th, 2017

Mayo Clinic physician-researchers selected for medical research society

By Sharon Rosen shr02

Article by Susan Buckles, Public Affairs Liewei Wang, M.D., Ph.D. is one of two Mayo Clinic physician-researchers named to one of America’s oldest and most prestigious medical honor societies. Dr. Wang, co-director of the Center for Individualized Medicine Pharmacogenomics program and Martin E. Fernandez-Zapico, M.D., a pancreatic cancer biologist, have been inducted into The American […]

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Tags: #American Society of Clinical Investigation, #ASCI, #cancer biology, #disease-oriented research, #Dr. Martin Fernandez-Zapico, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Liewei Wang, mayo clinic, medical research, pharmacogenomics, Precision Medicine


February 9th, 2017

Education is a key link in bringing genomic discoveries into patient care

By Sharon Rosen shr02

When it comes to precision medicine, the learning never stops. Discoveries in genomic medicine are coming so quickly and regularly that medical students, trainees and practicing providers must continually stay abreast of new genomic discoveries in order to understand how these advances can impact the care they provide to patients. “The huge challenge is that […]

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Tags: #Dr. Jyothsna Giri, #genomic discoveries, #Genomic education, #Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, #Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, #Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, #Precision Mediicne, Caer Rohrer Vitek, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Timothy Curry, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine


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