Feb 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 [...]
When the shoelaces fray: short telomere syndromes
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
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
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