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Regenerative medicine, the science harnessing the body’s healing mechanisms, is no longer science fiction or a research study. It’s being integrated into a wide range of specialties in the medical practice at Mayo Clinic, as physicians advance from treating symptoms to seeking cures.
Following a three-generation legacy of aerospace medical research, Mayo Clinic researchers continue to seek answers for the future of space exploration. The four investigators showcased are investigating: stem cell growth in a weightless environment for potential regenerative medicine therapies; chilling astronauts for long-term travel; avoiding vision problems in space; and limiting bone loss.
Immunotherapy – boosting the body’s immune system to attack cancer tumor cells – is a promising approach to fight many forms of the disease, either directly or in combination with other treatments. It’s already adding years to patients’ lives and promise for future therapies as seen in this roundup from Mayo’s campuses.
It’s the eye disease you haven’t heard of unless you or a relative has it. Yet, it is one of the leading causes of vision loss and there is no treatment short of transplanting the cornea. A Mayo team is trying to change that.
Yes, it’s a play on words…about the past, present and future research on a rare kidney disease that has no cure. It’s also about the gift of themselves, literally, made by patients who make the ongoing research possible.
How do you change the practice of medicine? You have to start out with funding, a positive idea, and the right people. That last part ─ building the right team ─ is a bit like the old “Mission Impossible” approach. Here’s how one scientist assembles the right people to save lives.
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