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September 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Researchers Reveal Pathway that Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

By Kevin Punsky

Loss of LRP6 in neurons leads to enhanced buildup of amyloid protein, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Loss of LRP6 in neurons leads to enhanced buildup of amyloid protein, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at Jacksonville’s campus of Mayo Clinic have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons — both significant contributors to this type of dementia.

Their study, in the online issue of Neuron, offers the potential that targeting this specific defect with drugs “may rejuvenate or rescue this pathway,” says the study’s lead investigator, Guojun Bu, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.

“This defect is likely not the sole contributor to development of Alzheimer’s disease, but our findings suggest it is very important, and could be therapeutically targeted to possibly prevent Alzheimer’s or treat early disease,” he says.

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, Dr Guojun Bu, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, News Release


September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Study Opens Door for Early Screening Tools for Parkinson’s Disease

By Jim McVeigh

PHOENIX — A smell test could someday be one of the tools to screen for people at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while tremor may be the best-known sign of Parkinson's, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness and slowing of movement. Additionally, there are many non-movement problems, including constipation, loss of the sense of smell, sleep problems, lightheadedness, urinary difficulties, depression and anxiety. The non-movement symptoms can develop many years before movement disorders.

 

Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications may markedly improve symptoms. Currently, there is no accurate diagnostic test for the disease; diagnosis is based on medical history, a review of signs and symptoms, a neurological and physical examination and by ruling out other conditions. Confirmation of the disease can only be made by performing an autopsy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Erika Driver-Dunckley, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Neurology, News Release, Parkinson's


September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Physicians Find Liver Transplant Patients Can Avoid Costly Stay In ICU Post Surgery

By Paul Scotti

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 12, 2014 — The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-tracked” to return to a surgical ward room following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

In the September issue of the American Journal of Transplantation, the physicians and researchers have turned their knowledge of who can be safely fast-tracked into a scoring system that other transplant centers can also use — thus sparing patients potentially overly aggressive treatment and saving substantial health care dollars.

MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Scotti, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0199. Email: scotti.paul@mayo.edu

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September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Worldwide Study Demonstrates Accuracy of Genetic Analyses

By Kevin Punsky

E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida

E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Physicians envision a future in which genomic data from patients is heavily used to manage care — but experts have questioned the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. Now, a study by 150 researchers in 12 countries finds real strength and agreement across RNA genomic sequencing techniques and laboratories — as well as ways to improve what little variability exists to set a new high standard.

The results of the study were published in Nature Biotechnology in three separate research articles.

These results should provide assurance to patients, clinicians and the research community that genomic sequencing is accurate, says E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., a professor of cancer biology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, one of three institutions that led the study. Dr. Thompson is a study co-author and member of the project leadership. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: cancer biolog, Dr E Aubrey Thompson, Florida News Release, genomic sequencing, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Medical Research, News Release


September 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Multi-Institutional Research Team Measures Multiple Morbidities

By Bob Nellis

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — A collaborative study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University has measured multimorbidity — multiple diseases or medical conditions co-occurring in a single patient — and has determined which combinations of medical conditions are more prevalent by age, sex, and race/ethnicity in a geographically-defined Midwestern population. Investigators say that their findings, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, are valuable in light of the aging population, the need to plan and prioritize health care interventions, and have broad implications for clinical research.

group of people standing together representing diversity

Using a list of 20 medical conditions developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the research team accessed records for over 138,000 persons who lived in Olmsted County, Minnesota, during 2010 via the Rochester
Epidemiology Project. They concluded that multimorbidity is fairly common in the general population; it increases steeply with older age; has different combinations in men and women; and varies by race/ethnicity.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Nellis, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Tags: chronic illnesses, epidemiology, Minnesota news release, morbidity, multiple conditons, News Release, population studies, research, Rochester Epidemiology Project


September 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Experts Comment on Respiratory Illnesses

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — With the recent news about a large number of children affected by respiratory illnesses in the central U.S., Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician Phil Fischer, M.D., and pediatric infectious diseases specialist W. Charles Huskins, M.D., share information about these illnesses, what parents should look for and how to prevent them from spreading.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video of Dr. Huskins are available in the downloads.

Dr. Huskins explains that, based on a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 8, it appears that infections in Missouri and Illinois are due to a previously known, but relatively uncommon enterovirus, called enterovirus D68.

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September 5th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Best Way to Protect a Community from Flu? Immunize the Kids!

By Kelley Luckstein

Flu Vaccine

Olmsted County area public and private schools offering school-located influenza vaccination clinics

ROCHESTER, Minn. — “Everyone needs the influenza vaccine every year,” says Robert Jacobson, M.D., pediatrician and medical director of the Employee and Community Health Immunization Program at Mayo Clinic. “And school-aged children have two more reasons than everyone else. They are more likely to get the influenza infection, and they are the ones more likely to start the spread of influenza in the community.”

Kids easily spread influenza, and they carry the virus home to their families. Kids miss school, and parents miss work.

That’s why Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, Olmsted County Public Health and Olmsted County area private and public schools are teaming up to vaccinate children at their schools. “It’s like disarming the hot spot before it boils over,” says Linda Haeussinger, public health nurse manager at Olmsted County Public Health.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

 


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September 5th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

3T Wide Bore MRI For Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center In Minneapolis

By Bryan Anderson

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier this year, Mayo Clinic announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, 22,000 square foot Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center location in downtown Minneapolis as part of a long-term collaboration with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. 3T Wide Bore MRI installed at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis. This weekend, the Twin Cities’ first sports medicine/musculoskeletal-dedicated GE 3T wide bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine was installed using a telescopic crane.

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center providers will begin treating Timberwolves and Lynx players at the Mayo Clinic Square location this October. The GE 3T wide bore MRI is just one example of the cutting edge technology Mayo Clinic will include in this facility to treat people of all ages and all walks of life.

Crane delivering new MRI to Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis. WHAT:
GE 3T wide bore MRI install at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, Mayo Clinic Square

WHEN:
Sat., Sept. 6 (crane lift at approximately 7 a.m.)

WHERE:
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center
Mayo Clinic Square
700 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Square, Minnesota news release, MRI, News Release, Sports Medicine


September 3rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Expert Alert: The Importance of Folic Acid and Prenatal Care to Prevent Birth Defects, Especially Among Hispanic Women

By Kelley Luckstein

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Although Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers don't have a definite answer as to why spina bifida birth defects occur, they have identified a few important risk factors and two different surgery options. Risk factors include race, family history, diabetes, obesity, increased body temperature and folate deficiency.

A recent March of Dimes study on the risk of neural tube defect-affected pregnancies published in the American Journal of Public Health says, “Hispanic women are at an especially high risk of having newborns with serious birth defects.” According to this report, “more babies are born prematurely to Hispanics than women of other ethnicities in the United States making it the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country.” To help avoid birth defects, it’s mentioned that women of Mexican descent “fortifying corn masa flour with vitamin B folic acid could prevent more serious birth defects of the brain and spine,” according to the same publication.

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Tags: Dr Nicholas Wetjen, Dr Norman Davies, folic acid, Hispanic women, Minnesota news release, News Release, spina bifida


September 2nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic, University of North Florida Host Tenth Annual Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship

By Paul Scotti

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 2, 2014 – Mayo Clinic and the University of North Florida are honoring Upbeat Pink ConcertNational Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by hosting the tenth annual “Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship” concert on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Building on the university’s campus in Jacksonville. The Upbeat Pink concert is free and open to the public.

The theme for this year’s program, “Dancing with the Survivors,” showcases a variety of dance music performed by the UNF Wind Symphony, conducted by Gordon Brock, D.M.A., and features special guest artist and multi-instrumentalist,  Bill Prince, D.M.A.

Guest speakers will include Laura Vallow, M.D., radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic and Dianne Wagner, a local breast cancer survivor.
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