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
Jun 8, 2017

Inspired by her patients, Mayo investigator is developing screening test for endometrial cancer

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Ever since she assisted in surgery at the age of eight, Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., was hooked – on medicine. The surgery took place on her family’s farm in Wisconsin. The patient was a Holstein cow. The surgeon was a veterinarian. From that day forward, Dr. Bakkum-Gamez, a gynecological oncologist at [...]
Inspired by her patients, Mayo investigator is developing screening test for endometrial cancer
Jun 6, 2017

Collaboration key to improving diagnosis and care for patients with rare diseases

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
“Desperate for answers,” – that is how William Gahl, M.D., Ph.D., has described many of the patients and families he sees with puzzling disorders. Dr. Gahl is clinical director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Program. The program aims to provide answers to patients who’ve been suffering [...]
Collaboration key to improving diagnosis and care for patients with rare diseases
Jun 1, 2017

Mapping your DNA: Mayo patient shares her experience

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Sandy Pobanz knows Mayo Clinic’s campus in Arizona very well. She volunteers with the Mayo Clinic Caring Canines Therapy Dog Program with her English golden retrievers, Benji and Teddy. They provide a special brand of comfort to patients in the Outpatient Radiation Oncology waiting area on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus [...]
Mapping your DNA: Mayo patient shares her experience
May 30, 2017

IMPRESS study: maximizing immunotherapy with precision biomarkers to fight cancer

By susanbuckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic researchers are doing a deep dive at the molecular level to maximize the potential of immunotherapy to fight cancer. Immunotherapy — using your body’s immune system to identify and attack cancer cells — is a promising treatment for many types of cancer. But it’s expensive, associated with potential [...]
IMPRESS study: maximizing immunotherapy with precision biomarkers to fight cancer
May 25, 2017

The patient perspective: seeking answers with genetic testing

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Many patients and their families search for years for answers to undiagnosed medical conditions, hoping for a diagnosis and treatment to help relieve often debilitating symptoms. Some of these patients may be candidates for whole exome sequencing, a genetic test that looks at the estimated 20,000 genes that may give [...]
The patient perspective: seeking answers with genetic testing
May 23, 2017

Picture perfect: 3-D mammograms and molecular breast imaging – personalized approaches to breast cancer screening

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
A picture is worth a thousand words. While that saying may be true, for the more than 50 percent of all women who have dense breast tissue, a picture from traditional, 2-D mammography may not tell the full story about whether they have breast cancer. “Breast density is like the [...]
Picture perfect: 3-D mammograms and molecular breast imaging – personalized approaches to breast cancer screening
May 19, 2017

Personalized care for aggressive breast cancers: 4 steps forward from the BEAUTY study

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Chemotherapy substantially reduces the chance that certain types of breast cancer will return or spread to other parts of the body and improves survival. Chemotherapy before surgery is a standard approach to treat women with aggressive breast cancer. However, chemotherapy does not shrink tumors in all women. Mayo Clinic researchers [...]
Personalized care for aggressive breast cancers: 4 steps forward from the BEAUTY study
May 17, 2017

A chain reaction: benefactor support for early career investigators leads to new discovery to fight breast cancer

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
New perspectives lead to new, groundbreaking discoveries. That’s why Mayo Clinic and the Center for Individualized Medicine support young investigators and the fresh thinking they bring to research. The Gerstner Family Foundation supports young investigators Thanks to the Gerstner Family Foundation’s support, Betty Y.S. Kim, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon and [...]
A chain reaction: benefactor support for early career investigators leads to new discovery to fight breast cancer
May 12, 2017

Mayo Clinic launches first-in-world mate-pair sequencing test

By Sharon Rosen @shr02
Many families are on a medical journey to find answers to a loved one’s undiagnosed disease. This can be painfully frustrating, expensive, and time-consuming. Now, a new test from Mayo Clinic hopes to help patients who may be at a diagnostic “dead end” with other genetic testing. The first-in-the-world mate-pair [...]
Mayo Clinic launches first-in-world mate-pair sequencing test
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