Jul 19, 2017

Genetic testing for earlier diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
If you are one of the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you know about the painful, swollen and stiff joints that are common symptoms of this chronic inflammatory disorder. Mayo Clinic has been a leader in discovering biomarkers – indicators of health and disease – that [...]
Genetic testing for earlier diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
Jul 18, 2017

Will health care improve if everybody has their DNA sequenced?

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Rapid advances in genomic testing have led to better screening and individualized treatments for many diseases, including rare genetic disorders and cancer. Now that genetic testing is becoming faster and less expensive, should it become part of routine medical care for healthy people? Should everyone have their DNA sequenced to [...]
Will health care improve if everybody has their DNA sequenced?
Jul 13, 2017

Obesity: an individualized approach doubles the success rate of weight loss therapy

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Many people think if they just stick to a diet and exercise, they’ll lose weight; unfortunately, many are not successful. They wonder why they can’t lose weight even after trying many different diets, work out programs and medications. According to Andres Acosta, M.D., Ph.D., the answers, at least partially, may [...]
Obesity: an individualized approach doubles the success rate of weight loss therapy
Jul 11, 2017

A perfect match – student’s summer research provides a glimpse into a career in precision medicine

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Curiosity, creativity and a passion for improving health care, one patient at a time – these are qualities that Madelyn O’Gorman strives to bring to her work as a summer undergraduate research fellow (SURF) in the Center for Individualized Medicine. O’Gorman has returned to Mayo Clinic for her second summer [...]
A perfect match – student’s summer research provides a glimpse into a career in precision medicine
Jul 7, 2017

Educating the next generation of innovators to usher in the genomic age of medicine

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
By Susan Buckles Bright and eager minds are being primed to tackle the big data challenge that comes with genomic medicine. The Computational Genomics class, a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (Illinois), is aimed at developing a workforce with skills to more quickly, [...]
Educating the next generation of innovators to usher in the genomic age of medicine
Jul 3, 2017

Trying to quit smoking? Genetics may help find the right plan for success

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
After trying different methods, why do many people have difficulty quitting smoking? That’s a question Rachel Tyndale, Ph.D., is asking as part of her research into smoking cessation therapy. As senior scientist and head of the Pharmacogenetics Lab in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at University of Toronto, [...]
Trying to quit smoking? Genetics may help find the right plan for success
Jun 30, 2017

Pharmacogenomics – striving for safer, more effective drugs for you

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
At Mayo Clinic, pharmacogenomics – how your genes impact the way you process medications – is helping doctors to take the guess work out of selecting safer, more effective treatment for patients. Mayo researchers have been leaders in developing DNA tests and identifying drug-gene interactions that affect a patient’s response [...]
Pharmacogenomics – striving for safer, more effective drugs for you
Jun 27, 2017

TOGETHER trial – a personalized approach to detect, treat organ rejection

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
For physicians caring for patients after kidney transplantation, it’s a balancing act. They need to select the right immunosuppressant drug and dosage to enable the patient’s immune system to accept the new kidney, but allow it to fight other unwanted infections. Physicians also want to reduce potential side effects from [...]
TOGETHER trial – a personalized approach to detect, treat organ rejection
Jun 23, 2017

Perinatal genetic screening: new technologies help parents learn more about the health of their baby

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
New genomic technology is reshaping perinatal screening, which is testing before and during pregnancy to assess the health of a baby. Now pregnant women can have their baby initially screened for genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome, through the use of a newer blood test that evaluates DNA from the [...]
Perinatal genetic screening: new technologies help parents learn more about the health of their baby
Jun 22, 2017

Piecing together the puzzle: finding new therapies for inflammatory bowel diseases

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Chronic diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss – these are some of the symptoms that patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis experience. They are the two most common diseases known as inflammatory bowel diseases, which cause inflammation of the digestive tract. While there are therapies available to treat the [...]
Piecing together the puzzle: finding new therapies for inflammatory bowel diseases
Jun 16, 2017

Genetic testing helps guide diagnosis and treatment for digestive and liver diseases

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Many disorders of the digestive tract and liver can cause chronic, debilitating symptoms that begin in infancy or early childhood and require treatment to prevent the disease from progressing. Mayo Clinic is the first medical center to integrate genomic testing into personalized care plans for patients with some digestive and [...]
Genetic testing helps guide diagnosis and treatment for digestive and liver diseases
Jun 13, 2017

The magic of the microbiome: new Mayo researcher looks for ways to promote health, prevent disease

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
“Don’t miss seeing the forest by focusing only on the trees,” explains Jaeyun Sung, Ph.D., a systems biologist who recently joined the Microbiome Program within Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. That is Dr. Sung’s approach to exploring how the microbiome – the tens of trillions of microbes within and [...]
The magic of the microbiome: new Mayo researcher looks for ways to promote health, prevent disease
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