Precision Medicine

June 29, 2022

Mayo study validates threshold to determine when an antidepressant is ineffective

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Mayo Clinic researchers have validated a threshold designed to help determine if an antidepressant used for depression is working, but not well enough to be continued.

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Tags: #Dr. William Bobo, antidepressants, center for individualized medicine, depression, genomics, individualized medicine, major depressive disorder, medical research, personalized medicine


June 21, 2022

Scientists unravel genetic mystery of rare neurodevelopmental disorder, provide definitive diagnoses to 21 families worldwide

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

A collaborative team of scientists led by Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine has discovered 15 additional genetic mutations in the KCNK9 gene that cause a neurodevelopmental syndrome. Symptoms of the disorder range from speech and motor impairment to behavioral abnormalities, intellectual disability and distinctive facial features.

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Tags: #neurological disorders, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Margot Cousin, gene sequencing, genomics, medical research, personalized medicine


June 13, 2022

Native American’s genetic test results at Mayo Clinic reveal surprise lineage to ancient tribe   

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Mayo Clinic working to advance health equity among Native Americans, Alaska Natives Schyler Martin, a member of the Munsee Band of Mohicans in Minnesota, was surprised and excited when his recent Mayo Clinic genetic test results revealed he has distinctive DNA lineage to an ancient group of Native Americans known as the Beringians. According to […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, Genetic Testing, Genetics, genomic medicine, individualized medicine, medical research, tapestry


June 8, 2022

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Patients, Executive Director Highlighted in American Association for Cancer Research Cancer Disparities Progress Report

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

The American Association for Cancer Research today released its Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2022. The publication aims to raise awareness of the enormous toll that cancer exacts on racial and ethnic minorities and other diverse and medically underserved populations in the United States while highlighting areas of recent progress in reducing cancer health disparities. The […]

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Tags: Cancer Research, cancer screening, center for individualized medicine, health disparities, mayo clinic


June 2, 2022

A new path forward: Hussein

By Robin Huiras-Carlson Robin Huiras-Carlson (@robinh)

For a young child diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, an unexpected turn of events led by results of a Mayo Clinic Laboratories test freed him and his family from the bonds of frequent medical visits and expensive treatment, and opened the door to a life unencumbered by illness. From the beginning of Hussein’s life, a […]

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May 26, 2022

Molecular mapping of the heart to predict disease susceptibility

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles (@susanbuckles)

Vulnerability to heart disease can be projected before symptoms occur, Mayo Clinic discovered in preclinical research. This proof-of-concept study revealed that heart muscle changes indicate who is vulnerable to disease later in life. These changes can be detected from blood samples through comprehensive protein and metabolite profiling. This exploratory mapping, conducted in the Marriott Family […]

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Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, center for individualized medicine, Center for Regenerative Medicine, genomics, Heart Disease, individualized medicine


May 19, 2022

Study indicates gut microbiome, host gene affect gastrointestinal disorders

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

In a new study published in Nature Microbiology, researchers demonstrated the power of integrating the microbiome and host gene expression data to provide insights into their combined role in gastrointestinal diseases. The microbiome consists of all microbes in the gut including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This study focused on bacteria. “We identified a common set […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, genomic medicine, individualized medicine, mayo clinic, medical research, personalized medicine


May 9, 2022

Mayo patient with life-threatening multidrug-resistant infection treated with experimental phage therapy combined with surgery  

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Mark Pearce, 61, was facing a possible limb amputation, even death, when a multidrug-resistant bacterial infection within his prosthetic hip replacement device started raging in his bloodstream. With his fever soaring to more than 105 degrees, Mark was taken by ambulance, that day in spring of 2020, to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. 

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Tags: #bacterial infections, bacteria, bacteriophage therapy, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Gina Suh, Dr. Mark Pagnano, genomics, individualized medicine, infectious disease, personalized medicine, phage therapy


May 5, 2022

Mayo research using DNA to catch cancer, other medical conditions earlier

By Adam Harringa Adam Harringa (@harringaadam)

What would happen if a certain percentage of serious medical conditions, including cancer diagnoses, were found significantly earlier by studying the entire genome of patients’ DNA? How would their quality of life improve, and how many fewer cancer deaths would there be each year? That’s what a group of Mayo Clinic scientists and clinicians aim […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, genomics, individualized medicine, mayo clinic, medical research


April 25, 2022

On National DNA Day, Mayo Clinic researchers put genomics into action to advance individualized medicine

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

National DNA Day on Monday, April 25, marks the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953 and the Human Genome Project’s completion in 2003.  For the first time, a team of scientists led by the National Institutes of Health has finished sequencing an entire human genome — all of the roughly 3 billion bases of […]

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Tags: Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, Genetic Sequencing, Genetic Testing, Genetics, genome, Human Genome Project


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