Communiqué

Now in its second year of a five-year initiative to better understand and detect arboviruses in Belize, the IMPACTS (Integrated Mayo Clinic Program for Arbovirus Community health education Training and Surveillance) project has expanded its focus to include tick-borne infections in addition to mosquito-borne diseases, like Zika and dengue. IMPACTS is a four-tiered project that is a joint effort with Mayo Clinic, the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, and the Belize Ministry of Health.

By Christoph Bahn • October 23, 2018

Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) have revolutionized MRIs by increasing the clinical utility and detection sensitivity of these exams. GBCAs also contain gadolinium, a rare earth metal with unique chemical properties. This article discusses the recent discovery that small amounts of gadolinium remain in human brain tissue following intravenous administration of GBCAs.

By Christoph Bahn • September 18, 2018

While online retailers experiment with drones as a way to swiftly deliver consumer purchases, laboratory medicine physicians and scientists have a lifesaving goal: using drones to rapidly deliver laboratory specimens.

By Barbara J. Toman • June 28, 2018

For people with encephalitis, rapid treatment of their acute brain inflammation is critical for avoiding devastating physical and cognitive deficits. But appropriate treatment requires identifying the culprit causing the symptoms.

By Barbara J. Toman • April 29, 2018

A breakthrough in pathology, achieved more than a century ago (allegedly on a frozen window ledge in Rochester, Minnesota) has evolved into an innovative aspect of care at Mayo Clinic. Mayo is one of the only medical centers in the United States to routinely use a tissue-freezing process that provides analysis of tissue samples while the patient is still in the operating room.

By Barbara J. Toman • March 27, 2018

By taking into account an individual’s genes, lifestyle, and environment, precision medicine offers the prospect of finding individualized therapies that might ultimately cure diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Yet, as with other technological revolutions, precision medicine’s quest for innovation bumps up against a host of legal issues—for patients as well as laboratories and providers of care.

By Barbara J. Toman • January 16, 2018

A recent Mayo Clinic study has found that many U.S. health care providers are habitually ordering a mostly unnecessary, and quite expensive, genetic test to identify a patient’s hereditary risk of venous thromboembolism.

By Christoph Bahn • December 6, 2017

A team of Mayo Clinic pathologists have discovered a new tissue biomarker, DNAJB9, for fibrillary glomerulonephritis, a rare kidney disease of unknown pathogenesis and poor outlook—nearly half of all patients end up on dialysis within four years of diagnosis.

By Christoph Bahn • October 17, 2017

In the war against microbes, human beings are vastly outnumbered—and losing the weapons race.

By Barbara J. Toman • September 14, 2017

Newborn screening panels (that test for a variety of conditions) are available in every state; however, test performance and response rate by each state is very different. Mayo Clinic’s Biochemical Genetics Laboratory created the Collaborative Laboratory Integrated Reports tool to mitigate the national (and international) problem of false positives and to raise the bar on test performance.

By Christoph Bahn • July 24, 2017

Teamwork is critical among staff from Mayo Clinic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in order to keep tabs on tick trends and defend against vector-borne diseases.

By Christoph Bahn • May 31, 2017

April 22, 2017, is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a worldwide celebration of events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The mission and efforts of Earth Day are significant to Mayo Clinic, where environmental sustainability is at the forefront in its practice of medicine.

By Kelley Luedke • April 21, 2017

Blood transfusion is the most common procedure performed in hospitals in the U.S. Yet published evidence shows significant gaps in clinicians’ knowledge of this critical aspect of patient care, including possible adverse reactions that can occur after blood transfusion. James Stubbs, M.D.; Daryl Kor, M.D.; and Justin Kreuter, M.D., offer five steps for improving the safety and efficacy of the transfusion-medicine practice.

By Barbara J. Toman • March 30, 2017