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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
Dec 31, 2018

The growing role of genetic nurses: educating, empowering patients

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
As genetic sequencing has become faster and cheaper, more people are considering predictive genetic testing to identify their future risk for disease, with the goal of taking charge of their health. Yet many face the challenge of understanding which genetic testing option would fit their health goals. While genetic counselors [...]
The growing role of genetic nurses: educating, empowering patients
Dec 24, 2018

The priceless gift of knowing your family health history

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
With New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, it is likely one of your resolutions will be focused on your health. Most of us want to eat healthier foods, exercise more, lose weight, and reduce stress. But, have you ever considered diving deeper into understanding your health conditions and how [...]
The priceless gift of knowing your family health history
Dec 17, 2018

Probiotics: one size does not fit all

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
The allure of probiotics can be hard to resist. Popular belief holds that when you take probiotics in a pill, powder or food, you boost your gut health with a powerful antidote to digestive diseases. But what exactly are probiotics, and how do you separate truth from theory? What does [...]
Probiotics: one size does not fit all
Dec 10, 2018

RIGHT 10K: Blazing a trail to health care's future

By Barbara J. Toman @barbaratoman
Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) is nearing the finish line of the first stage of its unique RIGHT 10K study—an effort that doesn't involve running shoes but nevertheless is paving the way to prescribing medications matched to a person’s genetic code. RIGHT 10K is a clinical research project [...]
RIGHT 10K: Blazing a trail to health care's future
Dec 3, 2018

Meet Sanjay Bagaria, M.D.: new CIM associate director in Florida

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Hindsight is 20/20.That saying rings true for surgical oncologist Sanjay Bagaria, M.D. As a premedical student at University of Michigan, he chose to major in Japanese studies, mastering thousands of characters and a new grammar structure to read the Japanese literature he loved. Looking back, that experience gave him the [...]
Meet Sanjay Bagaria, M.D.: new CIM associate director in Florida
Nov 26, 2018

Mayo Clinic discovery advances potential individualized treatment for mesothelioma

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Large chromosomal rearrangements present in mesothelioma could make it possible to understand which patients are likely respond to immunotherapy,  researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine  have discovered. The research is published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. “What we’ve shown so far is that these large complex [...]
Mayo Clinic discovery advances potential individualized treatment for mesothelioma
Nov 19, 2018

Gene therapy: potential and pitfalls

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Research is advancing gene therapy as a possible treatment or eventual cure for genetic diseases that bedevil modern science. Gene therapy was conceived over 20 years ago, and until recently, remained largely in the research lab. But gene therapy products are now beginning to be approved by the U.S. Food [...]
Gene therapy:  potential and pitfalls
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