Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

March 15, 2013

‘Spring Forward’ is nothing to yawn at

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Pablo Castillo is an assistant professor of neurology at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic and specializes in sleep medicine and disorders. A time-change opponent, he said the time change works against the body’s natural order. “The problem is that your biological clock will not recognized a forced clock time, the spring forward,” Castillo said. “Some people stay […]

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Tags: biological clock, delayed sleep phase disorder, Dr. Pablo Castillo, Florida Times-Union, spring-forward, time change


March 13, 2013

The 6 Smartest Ways to Beat Pain

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Many wounded Iraq veterans have a tragedy in common: Their chronic pain led to pill dependency. It’s a common side effect of pain potions…But there are other ways to tackle pain. “Usually the smartest plan is to start with the least invasive treatments and work up to more invasive treatments if the pain isn’t going […]

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Tags: chronic pain, Dr. Peter Dorsher, men's health, pain management, pill dependency


March 6, 2013

National Screening Benchmarks For Finding Polyps During a Colonoscopy Might be Too Low, Mayo Clinic Says

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Current national guidelines provide benchmarks regarding the number of polyps physicians should detect, on average, during a colonoscopy. Recent studies at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida suggest these benchmarks may be too low…”Our study suggests that national benchmarks may be too low given our increasing ability to find polyps using the high-definition colonoscopy tools that a majority of physicians use […]

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Tags: benchmarks, colonoscopy, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Dr. Michael Wallace, high-definition colonoscopy, national guidelines, polyp detection, WXOW


March 4, 2013

Dasatinib thwarts brain cancer metastasis after bevacizumab use

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Bevacizumab therapy can provide significant but temporary clinical benefit in persons with recurrent glioblastoma, acknowledged Panos Z. Anastasiadis, PhD, chair of the Department of Cancer Biology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and colleagues in their report for PLOS One. The drug causes these brain tumors to shrink by depriving them of blood nutrients, but certain proteins […]

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Tags: bevacizumab therapy, blood nutrients, brain tumors, cancer cells, Department of Cancer Biology, Dr. Panos Z. Anastasiadis, Glioblastoma, Oncology Nurse Advisor, PLoS One, proteins


February 25, 2013

Five big announcements highlight Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic’s emphasis on research

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Five significant announcements by the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville over the last two weeks highlight what is perhaps an underappreciated aspect of the clinic’s contribution to health care: a focus on research. Four of the announcements concerned the publication of important research studies. The fifth announced that the National Institutes of Health had given the […]

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Tags: Florida Times-Union, grant extension, National institutes of Health, parkinson's disease, research studies


February 21, 2013

Making Newer Antiepileptic Drugs Available to Children

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

More research on AUDs for pediatric epilepsy is critical, according to Raj D. Sheth, M.D., chief of neurology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, FL. “The lack of information makes it difficult for neurologists, who have to prescribe off  label; difficult for the insurance companies, who often restrict medications if they’re not clearly […]

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Tags: antiepileptic drugs, AUDs, Dr. Raj D. Sheth, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Neurology Now, pediatric epilepsy


February 21, 2013

Miracle transplant saves Fleming Island woman’s life

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

A Fleming Island woman receives a miracle transplant at the Mayo Clinic when she found a lung match from a donor down the hallway…”It became obvious that if a solution wasn’t found relatively fast, she was not going to survive,” said Dr. Cesar Keller, Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program at the Mayo Clinic […]

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Tags: Dr. Cesar Keller, First Coast News, lung transplant, Lung Transplant Program


February 20, 2013

Mayo: High-def imaging in colonoscopies turns up a higher rate of precancerous polyps

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Recent studies at the Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville suggest that using high-definition imaging tools during colonoscopies reveals potentially precancerous polyps in a higher percentage of individuals at average risk of colorectal cancer than has been found using traditional methods. The study, published in the latest online issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, found that use of […]

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Tags: adenoma detection, colonoscopies, Colorectal Cancer, Florida Times-Union, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, high-definition imaging


February 15, 2013

Mayo Clinic researchers identify abnormal protein found in many patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease and frontotemporal dementia

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered an abnormal protein that accumulates in the brains of many patients affected with two common neurodegenerative disorders — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and frontotemporal dementia.   Florida Times-Union by Charlie Patton

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Tags: A.L.S., abnormal protein, Florida Times-Union, frontotemporal dementia, Lou Gehrig's Disease, neurodegenerative disorder


February 13, 2013

Researchers Find Unexpected Discovery, Which Could Indicate New Target for ALS Therapy

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

The study, conducted by Peter Ash and Kevin Bieniek under the guidance of Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., showed that mutations in the C9ORF72 gene cause cells to create an unusual protein-like molecule that is not found in healthy individuals or in people with other neurologic diseases.    TMC Net

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Tags: Dr. Leonard Petrucelli, genetic mutation, Kevin Bieniek, Peter Ash, TMC Net


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