Brain and Nervous System

More than 2.3 million people are affected by Multiple Sclerosis worldwide. MS impacts the brain and spinal cord, causing communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. While there is no cure for MS, there are many things people can do to raise awareness [...]
By Margaret Shepard • March 28, 2017
Has watching the X Games inspired you to hit the slopes or break your snowboard out of storage? Winter sports can be a fun form of exercise, but it’s important to be safe while participating in them. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) By Alyse Brunella • January 27, 2017
Metachromatic leukodystrophy. What’s that? It’s a rare genetic disorder that causes your brain and nervous system to progressively lose function. Though the disease is rare, Mayo Clinic doctors evaluate and treat more than 40 people a year with metachromatic leukodystrophy. It’s [...]
By Alyse Brunella • January 20, 2017
For much of her life, Erica Laney had frequent seizures that were caused by abnormal electrical activity throughout her brain. She describes these auras as roller coasters with a big drop followed by complete darkness. Erica suffered seizures weekly during her freshmen year of college, so she [...]
By Alyse Brunella • January 9, 2017
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition with no outward symptoms, but for the thousands of teens and adults in the U.S. living with POTS, this disorder affects their autonomic nerves. Christine Esposito is one of [...]
By Alyse Brunella • December 30, 2016
When Tyson Cluever learned she had an aggressive brain cancer, her first thought was her two young children. Doctors said she had between 12 to 18 months to live. But Tyson and her husband, Jon, were determined to fight the cancer with everything they [...]
By Alyse Brunella • December 28, 2016
If you have Parkinson’s, or care for someone with the condition, there is a community of compassionate and supportive people waiting for you. On Mayo Clinic Connect, you can meet others with Parkinson’s, learn from each other about managing the condition, and share stories about living and coping with Parkinson’s. [...]
By Alyse Brunella • December 27, 2016
Having seizures or living with epilepsy affects people in different ways. Some people stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs. Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community where you can learn [...]
By Alyse Brunella • December 21, 2016
Most of us could usually name the common signs of a stroke but in the heat of a scary moment, they might escape us. Just remember to act FAST (in more ways than one). Look for the following signs and if you spot one, call 911 immediately. F: Face [...]
By Kelsey Mohring • May 19, 2016