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Jun 17, 2019

Considering a DNA test? Helpful tips before you take the plunge

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Article by Shannon Wieloch The availability of genetic testing has exploded. You hear about it on television, the radio and the internet. Family members are verifying age-old stories of their ancestry. Co-workers are talking about the genes that predispose them to weigh 12% less than average. With everyone doing it, [...]
Considering a DNA test? Helpful tips before you take the plunge
Jun 10, 2019

Meet William Bobo, M.D. - taking the guesswork out of finding the right depression therapy

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
William Bobo, M.D. Depression can touch every aspect of a person’s life – affecting the way they think, feel and behave. It is also the leading medical condition for those who complete suicide. Getting the right therapy is crucial. But for patients suffering from the disorder, finding an effective treatment [...]
Meet William Bobo, M.D. - taking the guesswork out of finding the right depression therapy
Jun 3, 2019

Identifying hereditary cancer risk: genetic testing can lead to better screening, earlier treatment

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Do you have family members who have been diagnosed with gastrointestinal, breast or ovarian cancer? According to a recent Mayo Clinic study, nearly 5% to 10% of these cancers can be hereditary. That’s why it is important to share your family medical history with your physician, who can determine if [...]
Identifying hereditary cancer risk: genetic testing can lead to better screening, earlier treatment
May 29, 2019

Individualizing Medicine 2019 Conference - practical precision cancer care approaches for your patients

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Amidst the demands of providing care for patients with cancer, it can be challenging for oncologists and their care teams to keep up with the rapidly evolving field of genomics. Practical ways to apply the latest precision medicine discoveries is the focus of this year’s Individualizing Medicine Conference: Precision Cancer [...]
Individualizing Medicine 2019 Conference - practical precision cancer care approaches for your patients
May 23, 2019

After nearly three decades of testing, genome-sequencing brings answers for Arizona family

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Article by Lynn Closway Debra, Kyle and Todd Christy At age 27, Kyle Christy has defied the odds. He was born with seemingly insurmountable medical challenges that caused his parents, Debra and Todd, to fear what their beloved first-born son’s life would be like. When their second son was born, [...]
After nearly three decades of testing, genome-sequencing brings answers for Arizona family
May 15, 2019

One year in, All of Us Research Program makes strides in diverse health research

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
For far too long, biomedical research has been based on a small subset of the United States population, leading to prevention and treatment methods that are often one-size-fits-all. To address this issue, the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program is working to build a cohort of one [...]
One year in, All of Us Research Program makes strides in diverse health research
May 7, 2019

Targeting bile duct cancer - meet Mitesh Borad, M.D.

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Mitesh Borad, M.D. The search for treatment targets for patients with bile duct cancer, also known as cholangiocarcinoma, has taken a 360 degree turn, offering new hope for patients. That’s according to Mitesh Borad, M.D., deputy director for Center for Individualized Medicine Biomarker Discovery Program at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, [...]
Targeting bile duct cancer - meet Mitesh Borad, M.D.
Apr 30, 2019

Sudden Cardiac Death: Defining the Risk for Surviving Relatives

By Barbara J. Toman @barbaratoman
A young person's sudden death from cardiac arrest is doubly devastating. Just when family members are mourning the unexpected loss, they might also be wondering if the cause was inherited heart disease — and if they too are at risk. Often there's no easy answer. Unlike certain cancers with strong [...]
Sudden Cardiac Death: Defining the Risk for Surviving Relatives
Apr 23, 2019

Editorial: Why DNA sequencing is an effective tool for patient care

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
By Keith Stewart, M.B., CH.B. For the past 30 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and help many patients. But over that time, I’ve also met people who did not respond to therapy or had significant side effects, while others had marvelous responses. Cases like these show a [...]
Editorial:  Why DNA sequencing is an effective tool for patient care
Apr 16, 2019

Rare, undiagnosed diseases are relatively common

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
As many as 25 million Americans – about 1 in 13 people - suffer from a rare, undiagnosed condition.* April 29 has been designated Undiagnosed Disease Day to raise awareness that collectively, rare diseases are relatively common. People with a rare disease often spend years visiting different medical providers and [...]
Rare, undiagnosed diseases are relatively common
Apr 8, 2019

Genetic test solves mystery of family bleeding disorder

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
The Riggs family had a bleeding disorder that spanned three generations and affected the health of multiple family members. They never knew the cause of it, the long term risks associated with it, or the impact it may have on future generations — until a genetic test revealed the answer. [...]
Apr 2, 2019

Purna Kashyap, M.B.B.S. - testing the bugs within to maintain health, detect and treat disease

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
The use of microbiome testing – which analyzes the trillions of bacteria in and on the body – is on the move. It’s going from the research lab into the clinic to help guide patient care. DNA testing technologies have revolutionized researchers’ ability to identify individual bacterial strains driving disease. [...]
Purna Kashyap, M.B.B.S. - testing the bugs within to maintain health, detect and treat disease
Mar 26, 2019

Lifesaving information - genetic testing reveals risk, steps to prevent aortic dissection

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Stephanie Van Doren never realized that taking 30 mile bike rides in the Florida heat was putting her life at risk. But, care for digestive problems also uncovered that she was at risk for an aortic dissection, a potentially fatal condition that could occur with intense exercise. Her care team [...]
Lifesaving information - genetic testing reveals risk, steps to prevent aortic dissection
Mar 19, 2019

Not the end of the road: Delivering the diagnosis of sex-chromosome trisomy

By Barbara J. Toman @barbaratoman
Even if you've never heard the word "trisomy," you probably know someone with the condition. March is Trisomy Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about trisomy conditions and the challenges they can pose to individuals and families. Trisomy means having three copies of a chromosome instead of two. Down [...]
Not the end of the road: Delivering the diagnosis of sex-chromosome trisomy
Mar 12, 2019

Colon cancer awareness: A new era in cancer detection and treatment

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to focus on one of the most common and preventable forms of cancer. Mayo Clinic is applying a new genomic lens to colorectal and other cancers to identify which are the types that run in families. The answer to that could open [...]
Colon cancer awareness: A new era in cancer detection and treatment
Mar 5, 2019

Meet Nicholas Chia, Ph.D. - pushing the envelope to uncover causes, new treatments for colorectal cancer

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Space-age technologies, DNA sequencing and artificial intelligence – all tools for discovery that Nicholas Chia, Ph.D. and his team are using to push the envelope and improve care for complex diseases like colorectal cancer. They’re collaborating with scientists from NASA to uncover how the microbiome – the trillions of microbes [...]
Meet Nicholas Chia, Ph.D. - pushing the envelope to uncover causes, new treatments for colorectal cancer
Feb 27, 2019

Bringing the promise of whole genome DNA sequencing to more patients

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
For people with a rare genetic disease, the path to a diagnosis can be a long, costly and painful journey. Often times, answers to unexplained conditions go undetected, because the underlying cause lies deep within a person’s genetic code, inaccessible to standard laboratory testing. Whole genome sequencing may unlock those [...]
Bringing the promise of whole genome DNA sequencing to more patients
Feb 21, 2019

Once a patient, now a research fellow: Kelsey Stuttgen, Ph.D. is paying compassion forward

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
One minute the young girl was skiing; the next she had fallen, had severe pain in her leg and was rushed to the hospital. It could have been a scary time filled with questions about the road ahead. But for Kelsey Stuttgen, Ph.D., the compassionate care delivered by her orthopedic [...]
Once a patient, now a research fellow: Kelsey Stuttgen, Ph.D. is paying compassion forward
Feb 8, 2019

Personalized diets: foods shaped to your lifestyle, genetics and gut

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Have you ever wondered why some people can eat all they want and never gain weight while others exercise and watch what they eat but still can’t shed a pound? The clue may lie partly in your gut microbiome, the complex community of bacteria within the digestive tract that is [...]
Personalized diets: foods shaped to your lifestyle, genetics and gut
Feb 4, 2019

Meet Chuanhe Yu, Ph.D.: searching for the genetic switches linked to disease

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Chuanhe Yu, Ph.D. has always had an interest in genetics – the thousands of genes that make each of us unique. His research focuses on the growing field of epigenetics, which aims to better understand how environmental and lifestyle factors cause chain reactions, flipping the switch on genes and the  [...]
Meet Chuanhe Yu, Ph.D.: searching for the genetic switches linked to disease
Jan 28, 2019

Triumph out of tragedy: A home screening test for cervical cancer

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, a time to reflect on personalized approaches to preventing or treating cervical cancer. Harrowing stories of rampant sexual violence and high instances of cervical cancer in the Democratic Republic of Congo spurred Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D. to action. The emotional stories of survival and death [...]
Triumph out of tragedy: A home screening test for cervical cancer
Jan 21, 2019

Test offers hope for people with severe kidney disease

By Barbara J. Toman @barbaratoman
Optimal treatment requires knowing what caused a medical condition. If your arm is broken because you fell, a simple cast might be enough. But if a tumor in your bone made it brittle, you need very different treatment. For people with a rare kidney condition—known as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)—identifying [...]
Test offers hope for people with severe kidney disease
Jan 14, 2019

Using brain organoids to uncover causes of neuropsychiatric disorders

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Mayo Clinic and Yale University collaborated in a study published in Science to create a new model for studying neuropsychiatric disorders in early human brain development. This unique collaboration brought together Mayo Clinic’s team-based, patient-centered research with Yale researchers to discover and analyze the genetic mechanisms that may cause these [...]
Using brain organoids to uncover causes of neuropsychiatric disorders
Jan 7, 2019

What do Yellowstone rocks teach us about kidney stones?

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic researchers are turning to Yellowstone National Park to unlock the secrets of kidney stones. Medical science long has been mystified by a cause and cure for this painful condition that affects more than 1 in 10 Americans. Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and NASA Astrobiology Institute research finds [...]
What do Yellowstone rocks teach us about kidney stones?
Jan 3, 2019

Mayo Clinic discovers biological markers that could guide treatment for prostate cancer

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in American men, other than skin cancer.*  Statistics from the American Cancer Society  show approximately 1 in 9 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some time in their lives.  Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine-sponsored research released today [...]
Mayo Clinic discovers biological markers that could guide treatment for prostate cancer
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