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June 26, 2019

Researchers look at possible link between low vitamin B12 and Parkinson’s symptoms

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

By Jay Furst Low vitamin B12 levels can worsen some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, especially postural instability and cognitive impairment, which can lead to falls and injuries, researchers say. Lower vitamin B12 levels also are associated with higher Hoehn-Yahr stage, the tool for assessing disease severity, and neuropathy in Parkinson’s patients. While it’s not clear […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, neurology, Parkinson's disease, Rodolfo Savica, Stuart McCarter, Vitamin B-12


June 13, 2019

How spinal stimulation research is working to restore function after paralysis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mayo Clinic has challenged its researchers to transform the practice of medicine with research that leverages multidisciplinary expertise, technology and therapeutic advances to address unmet clinical needs. This story describes how one team has risen to the challenge, elevated the level of teamwork across disciplines and achieved novel results using spinal stimulation to enable function […]

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Tags: clinical trial, Jered Chinnock, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Megan Gill, neurology, neurosurgery, Peter Grahn, physical therapy, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury


June 12, 2019

Mayo Clinic researchers dig deeper to map brain tumors

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Surgeons in the operating room must achieve a delicate balance when removing a brain tumor: eradicate as much of the cancer as possible, and avoid injury to parts of the brain responsible for motor control, speech, and more. For years, doctors have been using brain mapping – that is, stimulating the brain with electrodes to […]

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Tags: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Anthony Ritaccio, brain, brain cancer, brain tumor, Kaisorn Chaichana, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, medical innovation, neurology, William Tatum


June 4, 2019

Research News Roundup-May 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research- and research education-related news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to additional resources of relevance. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Mayo experts to present findings at Digestive Disease Week 2019 Mayo Clinic researchers are among […]

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Tags: arthritis, autoimmune disorder, breast cancer, clinical trials, Cornelius Thiels, gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, minimally invasive surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, opioids


June 3, 2019

Hear from the experts on hereditary amyloidosis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when a substance called amyloid builds up in your organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein that is produced in your bone marrow and can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Hereditary amyloidosis (familial amyloidosis) is an inherited disorder that often affects the liver, nerves, heart and kidneys. […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, hereditary diseases, neurology, P. James Dyck


May 20, 2019

Leading and learning in neurological research

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mayo shares neurological research and advancements at AAN meeting Among more than 15,000 attendees at the 2019 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4-10, Mayo Clinic had a strong presence. Mayo scientists and clinicians led 38 courses and gave 84 lectures at the world’s largest gathering of neurologists. Nearly 60 Mayo […]

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Tags: Alejandro Rabinstein, Allen Aksamit, Alyx Porter, American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, Angelman syndrome, Autoimmune inflammatory disorders, Brain tumors, Bryan Neth, Christopher Boes, Claudia Lucchinetti, Cognitive aging, David Dodick


May 16, 2019

Brain MRI may be overrated in deciding about valve surgery

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

By Jay Furst Blood clots moving to the brain are a frequent — and dangerous — complication for patients with endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart’s inner lining that can damage heart valves and contribute to the formation of blood clots. As many as 80 percent of endocarditis patients who undergo magnetic resonance […]

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Tags: brain, CT, Daniel DeSimone, endocarditis, Larry Baddour, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, MRI, neurology, radiology, Tia Chakraborty


April 11, 2019

Researching the immune system to provide relief from autoimmune encephalitis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Shuronda Hester had just started college and was looking forward to a new chapter in her young life when mysterious and frightening symptoms derailed her plans. Shuronda began having seizures and becoming “increasingly confused, at one point asking for her great-grandmother who passed away eight years ago,” reports First Coast News. Three trips to a hospital […]

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Tags: autoimmune disorder, Jason Siegel, MS, multiple sclerosis, neurology


April 3, 2019

Research News Roundup-March 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Removal of ‘zombie cells’ alleviates causes of diabetes in obese mice Mayo Clinic researchers and their collaborators have shown that when senescent […]

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Tags: AFib, aging, Alzheimer's disease, atrial fibrillation, biomarkers, cancer, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, clinical trials, diabetes, gastroenterology, hepatitis, JAMA


March 12, 2019

Patients are helping researchers crack the code on cavernous malformations

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Blood vessels in Kandie Nelson’s brain had become abnormally tangled and twisted around themselves. But for years, she didn’t know it. Until one day when she picked up the phone at work. “I was working at the front desk of a hotel, and I went to answer the phone, and it came out, ‘Blah, blah, […]

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Tags: cavernous malformations, Giuseppe Lanzino, Kandie Nelson, Kayla Nelson, Kelly Flemming, neurology


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