Neurology

March 29, 2013

A Setback on the Road to a Parkinson’s Cure

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

One of the most promising treatments for Parkinson’s disease has hit a snag after researchers found evidence that it may make patients worse…The NorthShore study examined 1,098 Parkinson’s patients who had their DNA sequenced at the Mayo Clinic and were then contacted up to 15 years later. Those with a genetic variant that led to […]

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Tags: alpha synuclein, Bloomberg Businessweek, DNA sequence, genetic variant, NorthShore, parkinson's disease, setback


March 28, 2013

What Your Sleep Style Says About You

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

If you spend some nights chopping, kicking, and shouting in your sleep (Hi-yah! included), you may be at greater risk for one form of dementia, finds new research from the Mayo Clinic…Lewy body dementia appears to start in the brainstem and slowly make its way up to the cerebral cortex—a process that can take decades, explains […]

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Tags: brainstem, cerebral cortex, cognitive decline, dementia, Dr. Bradley Boeve, Lewy Body Dementia, Prevention, REM sleep, sleep style


March 26, 2013

Concussion center to fill need in the Valley

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

The Banner Concussion Center at Good Samaritan Hospital hopes to reduce the wait for specialists by offering physicians, neuropsychologists, vestibular therapists, athletic trainers, audiologists and vision therapists under one roof…More than 3,000 people visit Good Smaritan’s emergency room annually with head trauma, he said. That’s just a fraction of the number of injured people in […]

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Tags: Arizona Republic, Banner Concussion Center, concussion, Dr. Bert Vargas, Good Samaritan Hospital, head trauma, Mayo Clinic in Arizona’s Comprehensive Concussion Program


March 26, 2013

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder Could Predict Dementia With Lewy Bodies, Study Finds

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that when a man has a risk factor for dementia with Lewy bodies (such as hallucinations or cognitive problems) in addition to REM sleep behavior disorder, he is five times more likely to have the dementia…”While it is, of course, true that not everyone who has this sleep disorder develops […]

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Tags: Dr. Melissa Murray, Huffington Post, Lewy Body Dementia, REM sleep, REM sleep behavior disorder


March 26, 2013

The Everything Guide To Migraines

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

According to Dr. Michael Cutrer, chair of the Division of Headache, Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic, we do know that migraineurs (the common term for migraine sufferers) carry one or more genetic variants that makes them more susceptible. However, we don’t know exactly what those variants are yet. “When you have susceptibility to migraine, […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Cutrer, migraine, migraine susceptibility, migraineurs, nervous system, Refinery 29


March 22, 2013

Acting Out Dreams During Sleep May Signal Dementia

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

“While it is, of course, true that not everyone who has this sleep disorder develops dementia with Lewy bodies, as many as 75 to 80 percent of men with dementia with Lewy bodies in our Mayo database did experience REM sleep behavior disorder. So it is a very powerful marker for the disease,” study lead […]

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Tags: dementia, Dr. Melissa Murray, dreams, HealthDay, Lewy Body Dementia, REM sleep


March 21, 2013

Cognitive Outcomes Good With Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Patients surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have shown better survival if treated with therapeutic hypothermia, and initial data now suggest that most of the patients who do survive after hypothermia have preserved cognitive function and are able to return to work. The cognitive function data were presented here at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting […]

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Tags: American Academy of Neurology, cardiac arrest, Dr. Samuel Moore, Medscape Today, therapeutic hypothermia


March 21, 2013

Concussion Testing Method Diagnoses Traumatic Brain Injury with Heart Rate, Blood Pressure

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Now, neurologists at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have taken a major step toward an accurate biological marker for concussion testing. Their research shows that autonomic reflex testing, which measures automatic changes in heart rate and blood pressure, consistently shows changes in people who suffer concussions.   Medical Daily by Ashik Siddique

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Tags: autonomic reflex testing, biological marker, blood pressure, concussion, concussion testing, heart rate, Medical Daily, traumatic brain injury


March 21, 2013

Parkinson’s Patients May Be Harmed by Novel Treatment

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

The study examined the progression of 1,098 patients who had their DNA sequenced at the Mayo Clinic and were contacted as many as 15 years later to determine how they were faring…Alnylam, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, licensed alpha- synuclein technology from the Mayo Clinic and is developing a product that would be delivered directly into […]

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Tags: Alnylam, Bloomberg Businessweek, DNA sequence, new technology, parkinson's disease


March 21, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich Karl Oestreich (@KarlWOestreich)

    March 21, 2013 Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media […]

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Tags: ABC News, AP, Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, BusinessWeek, Cancer, cervical cancer, Choline, Choline C 11, concussion


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