Monthly Archives: August 2008

Smart Knee Brace

Forty years ago, Army Staff Sgt. Walt Myers was exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange in Vietnam. Now he suffers profound muscle weakness in his legs. He was facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. But thanks to a special knee brace developed at Mayo Clinic, Myers is walking tall.

Pancreatitis Treatment

Your pancreas is an organ that does two things: it secretes enzymes that help you digest food, and it creates insulin to regulate blood sugar. But sometimes gall stones, medications or alcohol can cause pancreatitis. It’s inflammation that can be mild or severe — in which case you may need surgery.   Todd Baron, M.D., a Mayo […]

Adult Heart Defects

Fifty years ago many babies born with congenital heart defects were not expected to live into adulthood. But thanks to advances in medicine, most of these babies can now expect to live long, full lives. That’s great news, but the problem is they sometimes don’t get the medical care they need. More from Mayo Clinic.

Living-Donor Kidney Transplantation

  At any given time, up to 60,000 people are waiting for kidney transplants. But unfortunately, there are not enough donor organs to meet that demand. That’s where living-donor kidney transplantation can make a big difference. More on what it means to be a living donor from a couple who went through the process at […]

Liver Cancer Treatment

Doctors at Mayo Clinic have a new weapon in the fight against liver cancer. It’s a type of radiation that directly targets the tumor without typical side effects. Ricardo Paz-Fumagali, M.D., a Mayo Clinic radiologist, is our guest. To listen to this podcast segment, click the link below: Liver Cancer Treatment         […]