Feb 13, 2018

Genetic cardiovascular disease: Is your family at risk?

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
With cardiovascular disease a leading cause of death, it’s fair to say that many people have been touched by this disorder. Maybe a family member died suddenly of a heart attack, or a friend suffered a disabling stroke. February is American Heart Month, a great time to talk about the [...]
Genetic cardiovascular disease: Is your family at risk?
Feb 6, 2018

A new approach to heart disease: individualized therapies for men and women

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
February is American Heart Month. According to DeLisa Fairweather, Ph.D., it’s a critical time in the fight against heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. She and her research team at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus are taking a new approach – they’re [...]
A new approach to heart disease: individualized therapies for men and women
Jan 29, 2018

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing—a rapidly shifting landscape

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Direct-to-consumer genetic or over the counter testing emerged in the early 2000s as a means of allowing consumers to access information about their genetics without the involvement of a physician. While early models were popular with consumers, they were controversial in medical and regulatory circles. In the January 2018 issue [...]
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing—a rapidly shifting landscape
Jan 23, 2018

A new way of capturing the molecular alterations of cancer

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic researchers have a new way of plotting how cancer has progressed deep within a patient’s genetic blueprint. It’s a new graphing method called the Genome U-plot that reveals genetic changes taking place on a molecular level. The Genome U-plot’s two-dimensional layout and high spacial resolution make it possible [...]
A new way of capturing the molecular alterations of cancer
Jan 15, 2018

Artificial intelligence: Will a machine pick your next medication?

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
What once may have seemed like a scene from a 22nd century sci-fi movie is reality today. High-speed, big data processing computers combine artificial intelligence with human know-how to crack complex health care conditions. This deep computer analysis may unveil new patterns that could bolster your health care provider’s ability [...]
Artificial intelligence: Will a machine pick your next medication?
Jan 9, 2018

Twins take action: diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, sisters raise awareness to find treatment and a cure

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Many people have moments when they are clumsy – accidentally spilling things or stumbling when they walk. In hindsight, these events were early signs that twins Katie and Allie Buryk had late onset Tay-Sachs disease, a rare genetic disorder. But it wasn’t until one day when the two sisters were [...]
Twins take action: diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, sisters raise awareness to find treatment and a cure
Jan 2, 2018

Finding individualized treatments in liver disease and beyond

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
In 1999, as a promising young physician-scientist, Konstantinos Lazaridis, M.D. was given an opportunity for additional research training as a Mayo Clinic Scholar. With the goal to establish an innovative, research program on liver disease in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology his mentors suggested he make a choice between [...]
Finding individualized treatments in liver disease and beyond
Dec 26, 2017

Bridging the gap: Mayo physician-scientist shares expertise in rare genetic diseases at international summit

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
Genomic testing has become an important tool in unlocking the genetic cause of many rare diseases and helping provide a diagnosis for patients and their families who have often spent years searching for answers. But many physicians, especially those in underdeveloped countries, do not have training in medical genetics or [...]
Bridging the gap: Mayo physician-scientist shares expertise in rare genetic diseases at international summit
Dec 18, 2017

Three strikes, then a home run: Paige’s path to a diagnosis

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Paige Whorton’s zeal for life is infectious. “I like parasailing, exploring, and zip lining — daredevil stuff,” she says with a giggle. However, pain in her joints, building for years, was slowing her down. “My bones and joints would hurt when I would run. I couldn’t do anything fun with [...]
Three strikes, then a home run:  Paige’s path to a diagnosis
Dec 12, 2017

4 key things to know about the possibilities, pitfalls of gene editing

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Gene editing has captivated scientists and medical providers with tantalizing visions of wiping out debilitating inherited diseases. Could conditions like Huntington’s disease, for example, be cured by using a tool that acts as a "molecular scissors" to remove and replace disease-causing DNA? Or, would gene editing tempt [...]
4 key things to know about the possibilities, pitfalls of gene editing
Dec 7, 2017

Microbiome emerges at the frontier of precision medicine

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Our genes help determine what makes us unique, such as our eye color, height and whether we are left- or right-handed. But did you know that you also have a unique community of bacteria that live in and on your body, known as your microbiome? Research has shown that a [...]
Microbiome emerges at the frontier of precision medicine
Nov 30, 2017

3 ways Mayo Clinic is advancing individualized approaches to breast cancer treatment

By Sharon Rosen @sharonhrosen
By Sharon Rosen and Susan Buckles Approximately one out of eight American women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. In the U.S., it is estimated that more than 315,000 women will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer. While statistics show fewer women are dying from the disease, breast [...]
3 ways Mayo Clinic is advancing individualized approaches to breast cancer treatment
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