Research

April 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. Now genomic testing is helping […]

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Tags: #blood sugar levels, #Center for Individualized Medicine Microbiome Program, #diabetes, #digestive health, #glucose levels, #inflammatory bowel disease, #obesity, #personalized diet, c. difficile, center for individualized medicine, colorectal cancer, Dr. Purna Kashyap


March 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 new treatment options and also […]

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Tags: #Hereditary colorectal cancer, Dr. Niloy "Jewel" Samadder, hereditary cancer, lynch syndrome, Mayo Clinic Arizona campus, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine


March 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 in and on the body […]

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Tags: #ecology, #genomic testing, #Kidney stones, #microbial ecology, #systems biology, bacteria, colorectal cancer, DNA Sequencing, Dr. Nicholas Chia, gut bacteria, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine


February 14, 2019

When the shoelaces fray: short telomere syndromes

By Barbara J. Toman barbaratoman

Unlike gray hair, one of the most significant signs of aging is invisible to the naked eye. Deep inside cells, at the tips of thread-like chromosomes, structures known as telomeres protect chromosomes from deterioration—a bit like the way caps at the ends of shoelaces prevent fraying. Telomeres naturally shorten as people age. But sometimes, an […]

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Tags: #Bone marrow failure, #Dr. Mrinal Patnaik, #short telomeres, aging, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, Premyeloid


February 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  instructions they provide to guide […]

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Tags: #cancer biology, #cell biology, #DNA replication, #Dr. Chuanhe Yu, #epigenetics, #epigenome, #eSPAN model, #Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Epigenomics Program, cancer, center for individualized medicine, Epigenomics, mayo clinic


January 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 triggered her desire to discover […]

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Tags: #Cervical cancer, #Cervical cancer screening, #Democratic Republic of Congo, #HPV, #HPV screening, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Marina Walther-Antonio


January 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 disorders. The Mayo Clinic team, […]

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Tags: Alexej Abyzov, autism, brain organoids, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, neuropsychiatric disorders, Ph.D., Research, Yale University


January 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 kidney stones grow in dynamic […]

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Tags: #Kidney stones, #NASA Astrobiology Institute, #Yellowstone National Park, Dr. Nicholas Chia, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, microbiome


December 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 the research say? Purna Kashyap, […]

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Tags: #digestive diseases, #Digestive disorders, #digestive system, #gut health, #probiotics, Dr. Purna Kashyap, Gut Microbiome, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine



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