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Journalists: Broadcast quality sound bites with Dr. Stewart are available in the downloads. Click here for the transcript.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new framework this week for beginning to collect and decode the genetic information of a huge sampling of volunteers over the next three years in an effort to improve health care at an individualized level. Called the Precision Medicine Cohort Initiative, it's part of the President's Initiative on Precision Medicine announced earlier this year.
The director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., welcomes the announcement. "This is a project to take the DNA of one million Americans, across all walks of life and diversity of populations, and to sequence the genome of each of those individuals and then follow them over time to understand what the genome could tell us and what it could predict about our future health," says Dr. Stewart. "Itâ€™s a highly important project."
NIH says $130 million of the $215 million budgeted in fiscal year 2016 for the President's Personalized Medicine Initiative is allocated for development of the participant cohort, meaning the group of patients who will be involved in the research. To read the full NIH news release on the program, click here.
As he prepares to host Mayo Clinic's 4th International Individualized Medicine Conference beginning September 20th, Dr. Stewart says, "Here at Mayo Clinic, weâ€™ve long recognized that this is going to transform medicine and weâ€™re very pleased to see this project moving forward and to be, potentially, a part of that going into the future.â€ť
Not all great advances in surgery happen in the operating room. Some are coming off the printer â€“ a 3D printer. At Mayo Clinic, radiologists and surgeons are teaming up to discover every possible detail about complex cases before the operation. In some situations, it means patients experience less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
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Two groups of American researchers recently announced progress in their efforts to create a single flu vaccine. The goal is to find a universal vaccine that will offer broader coverage against all types of influenza each season. It's possible such a vaccine would even provide long-term protection, preparing our immune systems to fight off the flu for many seasons.
The challenge in developing such a vaccine has been the flu virus's ability to mutate quickly. Even slight changes to a virus may interfere with our body's ability to control it before it makes us sick. This newly reported single vaccine research focuses on a protein called hemagglutinin, which all influenza virus strains share in common.
Journalists: Broadcast quality sound bites with Dr. Tosh are available in the downloads. To read a transcript of his quotes, click here.
Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Pritish Tosh, M.D.Â says,"Thereâ€™s a lot of research going on looking at some of these other options, in terms of our target for the influenza vaccine." Dr. Tosh, who is also a member of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic, says the new avenues of investigation are definitely needed. However, he cautions, the single flu vaccine has only been tested in animals and is not yet available. So, he urges everyone to get immunized with the safe and proven vaccines that we already have. "Influenza is a real killer. It kills tens of thousands of Americans each year, either directly or through its complications. And we really only have one great way in terms of prevention and that is with [the current] influenza vaccine." Play the video to hear more of Dr. Tosh's comments about different research approaches for improving flu vaccines.
Integrated care. A multidisciplinary approach. These are words often heard when talking about the way Mayo Clinic seamlessly incorporates many medical specialties to diagnose and treat patients. A young man from Wisconsin offers up a couple more â€“ lifesaving teamwork. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. To read the full script, click here.
In the United States, two-thirds of the population is said to be either overweight or obese. Now thereâ€™s a new option for those who might need medical help to lose weight but donâ€™t qualify for weight loss surgery.
This week Mayo ClinicÂ gastroenterologistsÂ were the first in the U.S. to implant a new device recently approved by the FDA. The procedure involves the temporary placement of a special balloon in the stomach and has the potential for lasting results. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. Â Sound bites with Dr. Acosta areac also available.
Mayo Clinic has a financial interest in Apollo Endosurgery, manufacturer of the ORBERA managed weight loss system. Revenue Mayo Clinic receives is used to support its not-for-profit mission in patient care, education and research.
The Trans Am Muscle Car Challenge promises to be a high-octane eventÂ FridayÂ in Lexington, Ohio. But, one of the drivers is already a winner. With help from his extensive Mayo Clinic health care team, Tommy Archer outraced prostate cancer in order to get back on the track. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script.
On any given day about 15,000 Americans are on the liver transplant waiting list, hoping they can get a lifesaving donor organ in time. Itâ€™s that kind of statistic thatâ€™s had doctors looking for alternatives for decades. Now, a new study in the Journal of Hepatology reports thatÂ Mayo Clinic researchers may have a bioartificial liver ready to do the job for some of those patients. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
With Fatherâ€™s Day coming up, everyone wants to give Dad something he can really use. So, how about a gift that might even save his life? That was the idea behind a Mayo Clinic nurseâ€™s gift; a tourniquet, of all things! Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network. Â [TRT 2:29]
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