Heard on the Street: Discovery's Edge goes Android

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Mayo Clinic's Discovery's Edgehas launched a cellphone app on the Android platform to bring research-discovery news to users "however, whenever and wherever you want to read it."

Discovery's Edge is Mayo's online research magazine.

It includes the latest Mayo-related research information about topics such as diabetes, arthritis, drug discovery, tobacco addictions, biomarkers and ongoing research projects.

The Rochester Epidemiology Project,for example, was described in the magazine as "a treasure trove of data, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and used by researchers nationally, including the Institute of Medicine."

It describes the REP by saying it is the only resource in North America that "offers complete disease information about a real population spanning half a century."


Discovery's Edge, according to Mayo, publishes online-only research information.

For example, it was unknown until 15 years ago why people with arthritis die earlier than other individuals, even after treatment for the arthritis itself improved, Discovery's Edge reports.

"That's when researchers at Mayo Clinic helped establish that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a greater chance of developing various types of cardiovascular disease," the magazine says.

Intriguing treatment notes are included.

"The standard physician-recommended treatment for patients at risk of cardiovascular disease is to lower lipid levels and control weight," a Discovery's Edge article says. "For people with rheumatoid arthritis, however, the opposite may be recommended."

Discovery's Edge, according to the Android announcement, includes many features that "cover ongoing projects long before they reach the journals."

The magazine now IS available on all Android devices, as well as on iPads, online and in print. — Jeff Hansel

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