The purpose of the study is to see if daily use of nicotine patches will slow or reverse memory loss in participants with Mild cognitive impairment, an early stage of mental decline associated with Alzheimer's disease. Nicotine may mimic natural chemicals in the brain that play a crucial role in memory function, and previous studies have shown that nicotine may improve attention, learning, and memory. In this study, participants will receive either nicotine (up to 21mg/day, the standard dosage of a nicotine patch) or placebo for 2 years to see if these improvements in brain function can be observed over a longer period.
The goal of the study is to evaluate how cannabis use affects memory and thinking skills and response to stress in older adults. The study will also relate cannabis use to Alzheimer's Disease (AD) biomarkers (measurable substances in blood that indicate condition), and test whether sex and hormones play a role in these effects.
We are recruiting adults between the ages of 50 and 80 who use cannabis products on a regular basis. This study is being conducted by Dr. Andreana Benitez at the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and will involve approximately 40 volunteers. Study participation will last about two weeks.
The purpose of this study is to test whether an investigational drug called solanezumab can slow the progression of memory problems associated with brain amyloid (protein that forms plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer Disease [AD]).
Smell loss has been reported in more than 50% of older adults. Currently there are no validated methods for classifying patients with smell loss in aging based on either disease site or process. This study aims to better understand how age affects the sense of smell. This study will involve those 50 and older and will take up to 2 years, with 2 follow up annual visits.
The purpose of this study is to find out about the safety and effectiveness of Belapectin (GR-MD-002) (an oral investigational drug - not approved by the FDA) for the prevention of esophageal varices in NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) Cirrhosis. The study is designed to last 156 weeks with study visits occurring every 2 weeks.
The Sponsor of this research study is trying to develop a new experimental diagnostic blood test that may help detect colorectal cancer and other diseases. A diagnostic test identifies a specific disease or condition. Experimental means the test has not received approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for sale.
The main goal of this research study is to collect health information and blood samples from people who are going to have a standard-of-care screening colonoscopy. The blood samples along with other health information from patients who take part in the study may help the Sponsor develop new diagnostic tests that may help detect cancer or other diseases in other patients in the future.
This study will collect prospective data on clinical indications, outcomes, and adverse events related to Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Patients undergoing surgical treatment for benign prostatic obstruction causing LUTS will also be allowed to enroll in this registry for the purposes of comparison. Patients will be followed at 1, 3, and 12 months post-procedure, for a period of up to 5 years. Patients will remain enrolled in the registry for a period of 5 years.
This study will examine the behaviors and brains of adults between the ages of 60 and 80. Our goal is to better understand changes associated with the aging process. This includes potential changes in behavior/cognition as well as potential biomarkers for these changes (i.e. biological data like DNA, brain scans or brain activity that are related to these changes). Participants in the study will complete a number of tests that measure their cognitive, language, and sensory abilities. We will collect information about their brains using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) and we will collect information about their genes using DNA extracted from blood samples. We will examine and compare the relationship between brain and behavior at 2 time points for the same 200 individuals. All data collected in this study will be stored in the Aging Brain Cohort repository study.
Hand disability after stroke has a profound negative impact on functional ability and independence. Hand therapy may be augmented with sensory stimulation for better outcomes. We have developed a novel sensory stimulation - unfelt vibration applied via a wristwatch. In this study, we will determine if combining this stimulation with hand task practice is superior to hand task practice alone.
Candidates for this study may or may not report disturbances in odor perception as their primary reason for seeking treatment at MUSC. This study is designed to collect long term, observational data from patients who are being treated with routine clinical care in health clinics at MUSC. Data from clinical questionnaires will be de-identified and stored in a database.