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Research features from Mayo Clinic

ROCHESTER, Minn., March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Here are highlights from the spring issue of Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's research magazine. You may cite and link to this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed with proper attribution. Please include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit for subscription information.

Parkinsonism: A Microtubule Railroad System Derailed?

How Mayo researchers identified a mutation that causes a rare form of Parkinson's disease and what it means for families suffering from the condition.

Breathing After Spinal Cord Injury -- Strengthening Remaining Connections

Breathing is second nature to most of us, but to victims of spinal cord injury (SCI) it may be anything but certain. Mayo researchers are exploring ways to ensure breathing capability in SCI patients.

Glitches in Ion Transporters -- An Unlikely Link Between Kidney Diseases and Glaucoma

A tale of coincidence and collaboration: the peculiar case of the kidney researcher and the eye expert finding a mutual connection that leads to discovery.

Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's online research magazine, highlights stories of leading medical investigators. Many features cover ongoing projects long before they reach the journals. Science writers and medical reporters seeking story ideas will want to check out the articles, which span a wide range of conditions and feature visuals they can use in their own publications.

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Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first." More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers and 46,000 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which has sites in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Collectively, the three locations treat more than half a million people each year. To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to ( is available as a resource for your health stories. For more on Mayo Clinic research, go to

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