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Dr. Joseph Furst, a Mayo Clinic physician, annually spends two weeks in the summer providing medical care to at-risk communities in other countries. In 2017, ASU students were invited to participate in a medical brigade to Nicaragua. This year, Furst led students to Nicoya and La Cruz, Costa Rica, as part of the Vida Volunteer program. Selected through ASU’s Pre-Health Internship Program in the Office of Clinical Partnerships, student Whitney Tuoti — a major in biochemistry and biological...
A new type of blood test for breast cancer could help avoid thousands of unnecessary surgeries and otherwise precisely monitor disease progression, according to a study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) , Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. TGen is an affiliate of City of Hope , which contributed to this study along with Cambridge University . Published in the premier journal Science Translational Medicine, the study suggests...
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . An interlocking breathing tube that prevents death by accidental removal. An app that provides peace of mind concerning your sexual health. A wearable health-monitoring device that tracks movement in real time to expedite healing and prevent further wrist injuries. These are just a few of the novel ideas coming out of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator , a...
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . A giant, grinning inflatable Sparky marked the spot Thursday morning on a soon-to-be-bustling-with-construction dirt lot where Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic broke ground on the new Health Futures Center, a 150,000-square-foot building that will feature a MedTech Accelerator, biomedical engineering and informatics research labs, nursing programs and an innovative...
When you search online for “CTE and NFL,” you’ll find a list of 54 professional football players who have died and were diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — names like Frank Gifford, Ken Stabler, Bubba Smith and Andre Waters. It’s a smart guess that hundreds more are unaccounted for. Next, you’ll see a list of living ex-NFL players including Brett Favre, Bernie Kosar and Jim McMahon, who have been diagnosed with “likely CTE.” And therein lies...
The Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Faculty Summer Residency is designed to facilitate ongoing collaborations between faculty members and teams at Mayo Clinic and ASU by providing opportunities for collaboration and networking activities.
People who are severely injured in the upper extremities may experience nerve damage that impairs motor function from shoulder to hand. Unable to flex their elbows, these people cannot fulfill everyday tasks like putting on a shirt or raising a glass of water. But what if researchers designed a tractable, powered exoskeleton that assists with upper-extremity function? What if it could be controlled by users’ own brains, responding directly to their intentions and gradually reducing assistance...
The Mayo Clinic-ASU MedTech Accelerator , a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University that is designed specifically for medical device and health care technology companies, is now accepting applications. The program, leveraging the resources and venture expertise of two innovative institutions, is designed for companies looking to take their business to the next level. Participants can expect to walk away from the program with personalized business development plans to...
The World Health Organization estimates roughly 47 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia. By 2050, that number is expected to almost triple. John O’Donnell, 77, of Sun City, Arizona, has been living with dementia for the past seven years. For the last few months, Arizona State University health sciences undergraduate Arbella Yousif has been visiting him and his wife, Karen, once a week for a few hours as part of a recently introduced course on dementia at the College of...
For more than half a century, doctors have been administering two types of tests to identify kidney damage: one that measures levels of creatinine in the body, and one that looks at the rate of urine output. Unlike the heart, brain or lungs, the kidneys do not always give out a clear warning signal that there is a problem, so these tests can only identify kidney failure after it has occurred. “Doctors are always one step behind in trying to determine the health of a kidney,” said Dr. Leslie...

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