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September 15, 2020

Mayo scientists develop mathematical index to distinguish healthy microbiome from diseased

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

What causes some people to develop chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and metabolic syndrome while others stay healthy? A major clue could be found in their gut microbiome — the trillions of microbes living inside the digestive system that regulate various bodily functions. To utilize the huge population of tiny organisms as a […]

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Tags: bacteria, Gut Microbiome, individualized medicine, Microbiome Program


September 10, 2020

Mayo Clinic researcher finds potential target to control rare genetic disease that strikes in teen years

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Patients with a rare genetic disease called familial adenomatous polyposis, (FAP), often face debilitating challenges. Typically striking in the early teenage years, FAP is characterized by hundreds to thousands of tiny polyps forming in the colon and rectum and leading to a nearly 100% percent likelihood that they will get colon cancer without a life-altering […]

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Tags: Genetic Testing, Genetics, hereditary cancer, hereditary colon cancer, individualized medicine


September 10, 2020

Mayo researcher finds potential microbial pathway to treat IBS symptoms, lessen abdominal pain

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Mayo Clinic researchers have found new evidence linking the millions of bacteria residing in our digestive systems, known as the microbiome, to a network of factors that drive irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The findings, published in the Sept. 10, 2020 issue of Cell, raise the possibility of targeting the newly discovered microbial pathways to improve […]

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Tags: individualized medicine, irritable bowel syndrome, microbiome, multi-omics


August 28, 2020

2020 Gerstner Awards boost research in AI cancer algorithms, neurodegenerative diseases

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Veronique Belzil, Ph.D., assistant professor in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neuroscience in Jacksonville, Fla., and Feichen Shen, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics in Rochester, Minn., are this year’s recipients of the Gerstner Family Career Development Awards. The competitive awards are presented annually by Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine to researchers who are early […]

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Tags: #Gerstner Family Career Development Award, ALS, artificial intelligence, Gerstner Family Foundation


August 17, 2020

Mayo Clinic and Middlesex Health partner to transform genetic cancer research

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

By Alyson Gonzalez What began as an inquiry sparked during a research brainstorming session, evolved into meaningful collaboration for a community cancer center in Connecticut. Through the Mayo Clinic Care Network relationship, Middlesex Health and Mayo Clinic are working together to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families through impactful research. Approximately one […]

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Tags: breast cancer


August 14, 2020

Individualizing medicine virtual experience takes deep dive into AI, cancer, microbiome, gene therapy and more

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is leading the way in this new era of transforming human health through individualized medicine and tailoring medical therapies to each patient’s unique genome.  At this year’s all-virtual Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine conference, Advancing Care Through Genomics, physicians and researchers will highlight innovative […]

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August 4, 2020

COVID-19 “Live” Virus Research In a Specialized Lab

By Sara Tiner Sara Tiner

To solve the challenges presented by COVID-19, it’s important to look to the past. History shows that collaboration is the way forward when uncovering secrets of an emerging virus. It is vital for many reasons, a key one being safety. Only a few labs can safely handle a “live,” meaning infectious, sample. No one knows […]

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Tags: covid-19


July 23, 2020

Phage therapy shows potential for treating prosthetic joint infections

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Bacteriophages, or phages, may play a significant role in treating complex bacterial infections in prosthetic joints, according to new Mayo Clinic research. The findings suggest phage therapy could provide a potential treatment for managing such infections, including those involving antibiotic-resistant microbes. The research is published in the July 23 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID). […]

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July 22, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 research news update

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

By: Dana Sparks COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children Though children of all ages can become sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), most kids who are infected typically don’t become as sick as adults do. Some children who have an active infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 might not show any signs or symptoms at all. […]

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July 14, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 research news

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

By Dana Sparks Contact tracing and COVID-19: What is it and how does it work? I’ve heard about contact tracing being done during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is it and how does it work? Answer: Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In communities using […]

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Tags: covid-19


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