Research from Discovery’s Edge Fall Issue

Released: 9/21/2009 11:00 AM EDT
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Newswise — Here are highlights from the fall issue of Discovery’s Edge, Mayo Clinic's research magazine. You may cite and link to this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed with proper attribution. Please include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit Discovery’s Edge for subscription information.

Data Mining to Redesign Critical Care Services
Using informatics, epidemiology, systems engineering and in-depth medical-record studies, this groundbreaking work is improving patient safety in ICUs and significantly cutting the cost of health care.
http://discoverysedge.mayo.edu/critical-care-data-mining/

Zebrafish Genetics
Molecular biologists are using zebrafish to investigate new treatments for cancer and nicotine addiction, and as a foundational way to get students excited about science.
http://discoverysedge.mayo.edu/zebrafish-genetics/

Diabetes and Heart Damage — an iPS Cell Approach
Building on recent discoveries in converting normal cells into cells with stem cell characteristics, Mayo researchers are exploring the potential of iPSCs or induced pluripotent stem cells in regenerating organs. Among the goals: alleviate heart damage and Type 1 diabetes.
http://discoverysedge.mayo.edu/ips-regenerative-medicine/

Brain Cancer: Angling for its Origins
What causes brain tumors? Using statistics from Mayo’s enormous patient databases, genetics researchers are learning how genetic mutations and environmental triggers increase the risk of developing brain cancer.
http://discoverysedge.mayo.edu/brain-cancer-origins/

Discovery’s Edge, Mayo Clinic’s online research magazine, highlights stories of leading medical investigators. Many features cover ongoing projects long before they reach the journals. Science writers and medical reporters seeking story ideas will want to check out the articles, which span a wide range of conditions and feature visuals they can use in their own publications.

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