Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Jim McVeigh
PHOENIX – Mayo Clinic will host a special sneak preview of the highly anticipated documentary, Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis.
WHEN - Saturday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE - the Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard.
BACKGROUND – From the acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams, Emmy Award-winning The Interrupters), Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis is a revealing documentary featuring never-before-seen neurological findings related to rugby and soccer players that will serve as a wake-up call for people who think that the devastating chronic effects of repetitive head trauma are only an American football and boxing injury. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 26th, 2014 by Jim McVeigh
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Feb. 26, 2014 — The future holds promise for multiple sclerosis research based on advancements of the past two decades according to a review from Mayo Clinic neurologists published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The paper states that many people with newly diagnosed or early stage MS are overwhelmed by the combination of uncertain prognosis and the often-unsettling prospect of starting preventive measures that are used indefinitely. However, the authors say that patients and physicians can benefit from an awareness of recent and emerging developments.
“MS is the second most common disabling disease of young adults - it is a lifelong disease with an unpredictable clinical course for the most part,” said Dean Wingerchuk, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and co-author of the review. “That means that people are challenged with making decisions about treatment. It’s important for both the patient and physicians to be aware of current and emerging therapies to make appropriate decisions going forward.”
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Wingerchuk are available in the downloads.
Dr. Wingerchuk said that MS research has been prolific and that scientific advances in understanding the relapsing form of the disease have led to the recent development of several new treatments. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on January 27th, 2014 by Micah Dorfner
Research helps identify stroke patients most at risk for mortality, treatments to reduce death rate
MANKATO, Minn. — Jan. 27, 2014 — For patients who have experienced a large stroke that cuts off blood supply to a large part of the brain, the use of standardized medical management protocol and surgery to decompress swelling can improve life expectancy, Mayo Clinic researchers found in a recent study.
The medical protocol provided each patient with consistent procedures for airway management, ventilator settings, blood pressure control, fluid and electrolyte management, gastrointestinal and nutritional management, hematologic monitoring and management, intracranial pressure monitoring, sedation, use of medication, anticonvulsants, prevention against deep-vein thrombosis and rehabilitation.
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Chayatte (shy-ott) are available in the downloads.
Surgery involved removing a large portion of the skull over the area of the stroke to provide extra room for the brain swelling. This reduced pressure in the head and risk of death. For surviving patients, the piece of skull was replaced via a second surgery after the brain swelling had resolved.
“We discovered who – out of this patient group – was most at risk for mortality. We also determined that by using a standardized medical protocol – in other words, treating every patient in the exact same way and preparing for each issue we may encounter – we were able to reduce patient mortality by about 50 percent,” says Douglas Chyatte, M.D., a study author and neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System. “In addition, when we examined surgery, there was a positive trend in reducing mortality in this group of patients.
Posted on December 26th, 2013 by Admin
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Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by McCray
Out of the blue and for no apparent reason, multiple sclerosis strikes young men and women in the prime of their life. On Saturday, Dec. 28, we will replay the episode of Mayo Clinic Radio with Orhun Kantarci, M.D., discussing how patients are diagnosed and live with this disease. What is MS and what are the symptoms? Is there a genetic marker for MS and how close are we to a cure?
Myth or Matter of Fact: MS is more common in women than men.
Posted on December 20th, 2013 by Admin
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Clifford Jack outlines the findings of a study which identified a time-frame in which a treatment could be effective in treating the plaques thought to cause memory conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.
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Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Dana Sparks
Study author and Mayo Clinic researcher Michelle Mielke, Ph.D., says, “Interestingly, in people with a history of concussion, a difference in the amount of brain plaques was found only in those with memory and thinking problems, not in those who were cognitively normal.”
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Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Mielke are available in the downloads.
Posted on December 17th, 2013 by Dana Sparks
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can bring unexpected medical concerns, including increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Several studies have shown that the incidence of heart attack and stroke increase in December and January, particularly on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. To minimize the risk of an unexpected visit to the emergency room, Kevin Barrett, M.D., vascular neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Primary Stroke Center, offers these tips:
Taking time to be mindful of stress and the triggers of heart attack and stroke can hopefully help safeguard an enjoyable and pleasant holiday season.
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Posted on December 11th, 2013 by Dana Sparks
First author of the Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings Balwinder Singh, M.D., says, “COPD is reversible in early stages, especially in smokers. These findings are important because they highlight the importance of COPD as a potential risk factor for MCI and will hopefully lead to early intervention to prevent incidence or progression of MCI.”
Mayo Clinic researchers looked at about 2,000 people 70-89 year olds in the Mayo Clinic Study on Aging.
Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Dana Sparks
Media: Mayo Clinic Experts Available to Discuss New Epilepsy Therapy
People with epilepsy may have a new high-tech way to manage hard-to-control seizures. A new implantable medical device that delivers responsive neurostimulation has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The technology is designed to detect abnormal activity in the brain, respond and deliver subtle levels of electrical stimulation to normalize brain activity before an individual experiences seizures.
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Journalists: To interview a Mayo Clinic expert about the medical device e-mail email@example.com or call 507-284-5005. Sound bites with neurologist Joseph Sirven, M.D., are available in the downloads. B-roll of