Monthly Archives: July 2009

Hypothermia for Stroke

Hypothermia can be deadly. Getting too cold from being in icy water or frigid temperatures can cause your body temperature to drop dangerously low. But now, doctors at Mayo Clinic are using hypothermia to help save the lives of stroke patients.

Scaly Skin

Imagine being afraid to pick up your child because any pressure on her skin could cause blisters and pain. That’s a reality for the little girl you’re about to meet. She has a genetic condition called epidermolytic hyperkeratosis. Her skin looks scaly and tough, but it is so sensitive even clothing hurts.

Myasthenia Gravis

A living nightmare. That’s how the woman you’re about to meet describes her experience with a rare disease called myasthenia gravis. The condition caused her to become so weak she couldn’t walk, talk or swallow. After seeing several doctors, she ended up at Mayo Clinic where medication and a minimally invasive approach to surgery helped […]

Autoimmune Pancreatitis

This is a story about beating the odds. The woman you’re about to meet was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told she had months to live. But before she had major surgery and chemotherapy to try to keep the devastating disease at bay, she got a second opinion. A new diagnosis with the promise of […]

Minorities and Breast Cancer

Breast cancer does not discriminate. Any woman of any race can get it. But what many might not know is that minorities such as African Americans, Latinos and Asians tend to develop breast cancer earlier and often have more aggressive tumors than white women. And too often minorities aren’t diagnosed until after the disease has […]