Sep 21, 2017

Making sense of probiotics and prebiotics – what we know, have yet to learn

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
They are everywhere – foods and supplements containing bacteria that claim to improve your gut health and overall wellness. Can these bacteria improve your digestion, boost your immune system and even combat disease? “Yes, they may in fact provide an overall health benefit, but we’re at the tip of the [...]
Making sense of probiotics and prebiotics – what we know, have yet to learn
Sep 19, 2017

How does a genomic tumor board impact patient care?

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
The outcomes from a Mayo Clinic study published in Oncotarget found value in having an established genomic tumor board, and using genomics for certain patients. The experience of the Genomic Tumor Board has promoted an evolution in the practice according to Alan Bryce, M.D., a Mayo Clinic oncologist, and co-first [...]
How does a genomic tumor board impact patient care?
Sep 14, 2017

Q and A: How has genomics led to precision cancer care?

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
How has cancer care changed with advances in genomic medicine? For example, for patients diagnosed with melanoma today, will their treatment options be different than those that were available 10 or 15 years ago? These are some of the questions we posed to  Aleksandar Sekulic, M.D., Ph.D., associate director, Mayo [...]
Q and A: How has genomics led to precision cancer care?
Sep 12, 2017

Military Health System honors Mayo researcher for breakthrough discoveries in rheumatoid arthritis

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of those debilitating diseases that had long mystified researchers. With few clues and limited understanding of what’s also called RA, the medical community had few treatment options to offer more than 1.5 million Americans who suffer from painful, swollen and stiff joints caused by this chronic [...]
Military Health System honors Mayo researcher for breakthrough discoveries in rheumatoid arthritis
Sep 8, 2017

Searching for genetic clues and treatment for unexplained chronic liver disease

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
“Chronic liver disease affects 3.9 million people each year in the United States. As many as 30 percent of patients suffer from unexplained chronic liver disease where there is no cure,” says Douglas Simonetto, M.D. That’s why Dr. Simonetto and his colleagues in Mayo Clinic’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology [...]
Searching for genetic clues and treatment for unexplained chronic liver disease
Sep 6, 2017

Mayo Clinic Individualizing Medicine Conference showcases MyCode Genomic Study leader

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
How can we harness the power of genomics so physicians can easily access their patients’ genetic information to provide an individualized approach to preventing, screening, diagnosing and treating disease? This is a question many precision medicine researchers are addressing, including David Ledbetter, Ph.D., who is leading the MyCode Community Health [...]
Mayo Clinic Individualizing Medicine Conference showcases MyCode Genomic Study leader
Aug 31, 2017

The Grand Challenge: using supercomputers to speed diagnosis and treatment

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
If you are a cancer patient who has exhausted all standard treatment options, a one day turnaround of your DNA testing results could make a big difference in your search for new, individualized treatment options. Mayo Clinic envisions just that: using supercomputers that are so fast and efficient they can [...]
The Grand Challenge:  using supercomputers to speed diagnosis and treatment
Aug 29, 2017

Exploring ethical issues to improve reproductive health

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
New genomic technologies offer great promise for better diagnostic tests and treatments for many conditions. But they also pose new ethical questions - ones physicians and patients must address when making decisions about medical care. For example, genetic tests can determine if a couple is at risk of having a [...]
Exploring ethical issues to improve reproductive health
Aug 23, 2017

Gerstner Awardees explore individualized treatments for obesity, rare form of leukemia

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Precision medicine research has shown that one size does not fit all when it comes to medical care. Early career investigators can bring new ideas and perspectives to the search for treatments tailored to a patient’s unique needs. These are the goals of Andres Acosta, M.D., Ph.D., and Mrinal Patnaik, [...]
Gerstner Awardees explore individualized treatments for obesity, rare form of leukemia
Aug 22, 2017

Experts discuss hot topics in precision medicine – home DNA tests, pain management, undiagnosed diseases and more

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
New genomic technologies and discoveries are transforming medical care in ways that we have yet to fully understand. It’s no longer business as usual. Physicians are seeing new approaches to many aspects of daily medical care, such as ordering genetic tests, choosing pain management therapies or prescribing medications. For example, [...]
Experts discuss hot topics in precision medicine – home DNA tests, pain management, undiagnosed diseases and more
Aug 17, 2017

Lessons from Henrietta Lacks’ story: improving research collaboration with patients, communities

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Stunned, surprised and moved – these are just some of the reactions people shared in a discussion on ethics, race and medicine after viewing the movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, at the Science at the Cinema event in Rochester, Minnesota held earlier this month. The film tells the compelling [...]
Lessons from Henrietta Lacks’ story: improving research collaboration with patients, communities
Aug 15, 2017

A lifesaving discovery – what one physician learned from his genetic test results

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
When Michael Stephens, M.D. joined other researchers in Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in having their genomes sequenced, he expected to learn a few minor facts. But, what he found was a major health issue that had been hidden in his genes. Test results revealed Dr. Stephens had a genetic [...]
A lifesaving discovery – what one physician learned from his genetic test results
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