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May 13, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Unique neurologic symptoms lead to surprising cancer diagnosis

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A team of scientists from Mayo Clinic and two other institutions published a study in 2019 that showed the existence of an autoimmune disorder that affects men. The disorder causes the immune system to attack the brain, causing severe neurologic symptoms. That’s what happened to a Florida man, and his search for answers led him […]

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Tags: Dr. Sebastian Lopez, Gregor Heinrich, Testicular Cancer


May 3, 2021 · Leave a Comment

The beat goes on, thanks to deep brain stimulation

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When drummer Patrick Bautz is performing, he’s in the zone.  He says he doesn’t even think about what he’s doing, it’s just natural. It’s what he calls “the nothingness of drumming.” But not that long-ago, Pat started getting distracted. Physical symptoms were turning that nothingness into something. And it was something that worried him enough […]

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Tags: Deep Brain Stimulation, Dr. Ryan Uitti, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Parkinson's Disease, Pat Bautz, Three Dog Night


April 4, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Now seizure free, epilepsy patient shares her music as a blessing to others

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Destiny Rhodes finds solace in music. Diagnosed with temporal-lobe epilepsy when she was 17 months old, Destiny says when she started playing guitar as a teenager, it became a constant source of comfort during her uncertain health. Despite medication, Destiny’s seizures continued for more than 20 years, often occurring several times a week. The medication […]

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Tags: Destiny Rhodes, Dr. Anteneh Feyissa, Epilepsy, MayoClinicFL, responsive neurostimulation, RNS, seizures


January 29, 2021 · Leave a Comment

After years with hundreds of seizures each day, patient finds relief with innovative treatment

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When Eric Berg’s seizures increased to the point they took over his life despite medications to control them, he sought help from Mayo Clinic. A new treatment gave him hope and a chance to live his life again. Since he was a child, Eric Berg, has had seizures due to epilepsy. This past year, his seizures […]

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Tags: Dr. Brian Lundstrom, Dr. Jeffrey Britton, Epilepsy, Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation


January 12, 2021 · Leave a Comment

With her dance career in the balance, patient finds that brain surgery can wait

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A cavernous malformation threatened to upend Allison Nilsen’s dance career. Surgery was an option, but at what cost? Her team at Mayo created a plan to monitor Allison’s condition and let her pursue her dreams. At Mayo Clinic, patient care plans are not one-size-fits-all. Allison Nilsen’s story is a prime example of that. When she […]

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Tags: cavernous malformation, Dr. Rabih Tawk


March 30, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Care Coordination Puts Jim on the Path to Recovery

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After Jim Hauck sustained serious injuries from a car accident in Nevada, Mayo Post Acute Care helped him return home, where he continues to recover and heal.

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Tags: Amy Taylor, Dr. Celestine Odenigbo, Dr. Charles Wirtz, Dr. Jonathan Webb, Dr. T.K. Schiefer, Dr. Tina Dreger, Mayo Clinic Health System - Chippewa Valley in Bloomer, Mayo Post Acute Care, Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy


March 16, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Cameron’s New Way Forward After Rare Disease Diagnoses

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Cameron Kaipainen and his parents spent years searching for explanations to his ongoing and confusing medical problems. It wasn’t until arriving at Mayo Clinic in Arizona that the true nature of Cameron’s condition was uncovered, giving the family the priceless gift of knowledge.

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Tags: 7q11.23 duplication syndrome, Clinical Genomics, Dr. Bernard Bendok, Dr. Radhika Dhamija, Schwannoma, Schwannomatosis


March 6, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Harnessing Love and Gratitude to Combat an Aggressive Brain Tumor

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Mary Jane Moline has never been one to shy away from a challenge. So when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor, she was ready to face her treatment head-on. For Mary Jane, that has meant embracing with enthusiasm all of the therapy her Mayo Clinic care team has offered. Mary Jane Moline, an […]

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Tags: Brain Tumor Program, clinical trials, Dr. Michael Ruff, Dr. Ross Puffer, Dr. Scott Lester, Proton Beam Therapy Program


March 2, 2020 · Leave a Comment

After More Than Two Decades, Ellen Bids Devastating Facial Pain Goodbye

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For years, the neurologic disorder trigeminal neuralgia dominated Ellen Whitebird’s world. It caused searing pain that destroyed her ability to enjoy life. Then in 2019, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon proposed a procedure that he believed could make a significant difference. It did. Today, Ellen’s pain is gone.

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Tags: Dr. Richard Zimmerman, Trigeminal Neuralgia


February 26, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Team of Mayo Experts Pinpoints Source of Puzzling Leg Weakness

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Without an explanation for progressive weakness in his legs, Raymond Knapp was resigned to the notion that he would be confined to a wheelchair. A collaborative effort among Mayo Clinic specialists in Radiology and Neurology, though, changed everything for Raymond, giving him the diagnosis and treatment he needed to walk on his own again.

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Tags: Dr. Christopher Klein, Dr. Harry Cloft, Dr. Kirk Welker, Dr. Marcus Pinto, Dr. Meagan Uzee, Dural arteriovenous fistula


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