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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


January 2, 2019

Toward clinical trials for one type of ALS

By Kate Ledger k8ledger

When a team of Mayo Clinic researchers discovered in 2011 the genetic repeat mutation known as c9orf72, the finding shed new light on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The mutation, which occurs as a short sequence of code repeated hundreds to thousands of times in the gene, is now known to appear in 40 percent of […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Björn Oskarsson, clinical trials, Dennis Dickson, Kevin Boylan, Leonard Petrucelli, Lou Gehrig's disease, neurology, neurosciences, Rosa Rademakers, Tania Gendron


December 21, 2018

MOG antibody-associated spinal cord inflammation can mimic acute flaccid myelitis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mayo Clinic researchers report that spinal cord inflammation associated with an antibody to myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein can mimic acute flaccid myelitis, a rare but serious disease linked to certain viruses that particularly affects children and can result in paralysis. The researchers show that detecting the MOG antibody has important treatment and prognostic implications. The findings […]

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Tags: acute flaccid myelitis, Divyanshu Dubey, Eoin Flanagan, MOG antibody, myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein, neurology, pathology, radiology, transverse myelitis


December 17, 2018

Reflections of a student: Spinal cord stimulation research, results of intraoperative electrode techniques

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

As a predoctoral student in the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a project investigating the use of epidural electrical stimulation and intense physical therapy to help people with chronic paralysis regain movement following spinal cord injury. In a recent article in Nature Medicine, our team, led by Kendall […]

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Tags: Jonathan Calvert, Kendall Lee, Kristin Zhao, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, neurology, physical therapy


December 4, 2018

Research News Roundup — November 2018

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. How viruses hijack part of your immune system and use it against you An enzyme intended to prevent autoimmune disease can be […]

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Tags: augmented human intelligence, basic science, Bradley Erickson, brain tumor, cancer, Geoffrey Johnson, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, neurology, prostate cancer, radiology


November 8, 2018

MS or not MS? Mayo Clinic Neuroimmunology Lab answers the question

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

In 2017, Mayo Clinic launched a first-in-the-U.S. clinical test to help patients with some autoimmune disorders get the right diagnosis faster. The test defines a new form of inflammatory demyelinating disease, myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) autoimmunity, which is distinct from multiple sclerosis (MS), with which it is commonly confused. The test uses live cells to […]

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Tags: acute flaccid myelitis, Andrew McKeon, MOG antibody, multiple sclerosis, Neuroimmunology, neurology, Sean Pittock, transverse myelitis, Vanda Lennon


October 15, 2018

First Diagnostic Criteria Determined for Spinal Cord Strokes

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mayo Clinic researchers have outlined diagnostic criteria for determining spinal cord strokes. One reviewer described their research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, as “a seminal paper” that will help diagnose spinal cord strokes, which oftentimes are misdiagnosed. “Spinal cord strokes can be confidently diagnosed by following the diagnostic criteria we […]

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Tags: neurology, Nicolas Zalewski, spinal cord stroke, stroke


October 4, 2018

Pet Project: Using AI to forecast and prevent epileptic seizures

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

If you’re in California and see a dog outfitted in a snazzy vest with an electronic tablet, Spot, Fido or Lassie just might be participating in a Mayo Clinic epilepsy trial. Mayo Clinic and Medtronic are developing a next-generation epilepsy therapeutics platform that integrates brain implants with local and distributing computing environments to continuously chronicle brain […]

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Tags: artificial intelligence, Benjamin Brinkmann, brain, epilepsy, Gregory Worrell, Jamie Van Gompel, neurology


October 2, 2018

Research News Roundup — September 2018

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Each month, we publish Mayo Clinic’s Research News Roundup. This article includes brief summaries and links to news releases from the preceding month that discuss some of our latest medical research. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for recent findings of Mayo Clinic Research: Mayo Clinic researchers receive Specialized Program of Research Excellence […]

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Tags: aging, cancer, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, JAMA, kidney disease, Matthew Block, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, neurology, opioids, physician burnout, Research News Roundup


August 2, 2018

Research News Roundup-July 2018

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research-related news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to associated resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Anesthesia, surgery linked to subtle decline in memory and thinking in older adults, Mayo study finds In adults over 70, exposure to general […]

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, basic science, DNA, genomics, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, neurology, ovarian cancer, precision medicine, Research News Roundup


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