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    Augmented reality gives surgeons a new tool for knee replacement

    In the fall of 2021, Mayo Clinic performed its first augmented reality knee replacement surgery. The new technology allows surgeons to view data using smart glasses or a helmet-based visor as they maintain their view of the surgical site. The data includes 3D images and real-time feedback when removing bone and cartilage, according to Dr. Michael Taunton, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon.
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    Nanoparticle vaccines explained

    Sara Tiner
    COVID-19 vaccine are bringing nanoparticle bioengineering technology into the news. But what are nanoparticles? What are nanoparticle vaccines? And how could one vaccine provide immunity to multiple viruses? Richard Kennedy, Ph.D., an immunologist and co-director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, explains. Nanoparticles Nanoparticles are a group of proteins or substances…
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    Tick-borne disease testing

    Ticks are found in every U.S. state, and different tick-borne illnesses are found in different parts of the country. Lyme — which is caused by four main species of bacteria — is the most common tick-borne disease. But ticks carry many other pathogens that can cause disease. In this Answers…
    A growing number of people are dying from antibiotic-resistant infections. These infections are fueled by microbial species that are mutating to evade the drugs developed to destroy them. More than 1.2 million people worldwide died in 2019 from antibiotic-resistant infections.  In response, a team of researchers from …
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    A breakthrough in distinguishing benign adrenal tumors from cancerous ones

    Chris Bahnsen,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Approximately 80 million CT scans are performed in the United States every year. Adrenal tumors are found incidentally in about 5% of these scans. Most of these tumors will turn out to be benign, but a small fraction will be adrenal cortical carcinoma, a type of cancer with high mortality and frequent…
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    How 3D printing improves medical care

    Medical teams at Mayo Clinic can use radiology images to create 3D models that are life size and specific to each patient. The 3D models help give patients a better understanding of what will happen during a procedure and the risks involved, which improves communication with their doctors. For surgeons,…
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    Plasma biomarker screening could improve accuracy, health equity in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis

    Caitlin Doran,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Mayo Clinic researchers have identified a new set of molecular markers in blood plasma. This discovery could lead to the development of improved diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting 6.2 million people in the U.S. The Mayo Clinic study, published in eBioMedicine, is…
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    Lack of sleep increases unhealthy belly fat

    Terri Malloy,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    New research from Mayo Clinic shows that lack of sufficient sleep combined with free access to food increases calorie consumption and consequently fat accumulation, especially unhealthy fat inside the belly. Findings from a randomized controlled crossover study led by Naima Covassin, Ph.D., a cardiovascular medicine researcher at Mayo Clinic, show that lack…