Monday, April 19, 2010
Here are highlights from the spring 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.
Molecular Breast Imaging — Mayo Researchers Develop New Diagnostic Tool
Molecular breast imaging is three times more effective than mammograms, but far less costly than other nuclear medicine imaging. MBI, which has the potential to revolutionize breast imaging, should be available to patients soon.
Taking Extreme Medicine to New Heights — Studying Physiology in the Field
Mayo Clinic investigators studied effects of altitude in field research on the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. Explorers and extreme athletes are part of a "real-time" clinical trial, contributing new data on physiology, cardiology, pulmonary stress and remote medical monitoring.
Multiple Myeloma — The Mouse Model
Mayo researchers have developed a novel research tool: The first successful transgenic model for replicating how one of the deadliest cancers impacts humans.
Aggressive Prostate Cancer — Toward a Better Test
Roughly 11 percent of those diagnosed have aggressive strains that are often discovered too late, rendering them inoperable. A search that began six years ago for biomarkers of those aggressive types is nearing conclusion.
Snapshot: Knockout and Transgenic Mice 101
In case you were wondering what they are and how they help.
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