December 28th, 2011

Rare “HDLS” brain disease more common than once thought: Study

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A rare brain disease called hereditary diffuse leukoencephalopathy with spheroids (HDLS) may not be so rare after all. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida say they've identified 14 genetic mutations that may lead to the disease that until now, could only be diagnosed by a brain biopsy or autopsy…"Given this finding, we may soon have a blood test that can help doctors diagnose HDLS, and I predict we will find it is much more common than anyone could have imagined," study co-author Dr. Zbigniew K. Wszolek, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a written statement.

CBS News, by Ryan Jaslow, 12/27/11

Additional coverage: Jerusalem Post, Health Jockey, WAKA (Ala.), MedPage Today, Medical Daily, Zee News (India), Wonder Woman, Guardian

Tags: Dr. Zbigniew K. Wszolek, hereditary diffuse leukoencephalopathy with spheroids (HDLS), Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Neurology

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