Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Health Briefs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Health Briefs

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Byline: Charlie Patton


Orange Park Medical Center received full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) in January. It is the 12th facility in the state of Florida to receive this award.

Heart failure is a leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 5 million patients in the United States have heart failure. In addition, heart failure patients are responsible for 12-15 million physician office visits per year and 6.5 million hospital days.


Daniel Geschwind, director of the Neurogenetics Program and the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the UCLA School of Medicine, will be among the speakers Wednesday at the fifth annual Autism Symposium presented by Wolfson Children's Hospital, the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville.

Geschwind was one of the researchers on a study that found that developing mice without a variant of a single gene led to the animals being autistic. The autistic mice had some of the same traits found in human autism such as abnormal "vocal" communication and subnormal social interaction, and repetitive behaviors.

The study found that the mice responded well to an antipsychotic drug also given to people with autism spectrum disorder.


A pair of studies tells the tale of how a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic in Florida helped to discover the first African-American family to have inherited the rare movement disorder dystonia, which causes repetitive muscle contractions and twisting, resulting in abnormal posture.

In the first study, published in 2011 in the journal Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, Mayo Clinic's Zbigniew Wszolek, and a team of neuroscientists from other institutions in the U.S. described three generations of an African-American family in Georgia who had dystonia. …

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