Monthly Archives: August 2009

Imaging Dementia

Memory loss, personality changes, a shrinking ability to do daily tasks. It’s not easy to watch a loved one suffer from dementia. It’s also not easy at times for doctors to know exactly what kind of dementia a person may have. That’s because there’s not been a test that can differentiate between, say, Alzheimer’s disease […]


What is creativity? Certainly, a painter is creative in how she perceives a scene or emotion and puts it on canvas. But just because you can’t paint like Van Gogh, play the cello like Yo Yo Ma, or write a story like Hemmingway doesn’t mean you’re not creative.  Dr. Richard Caselli, a neurologist at Mayo […]

Athletes and Heat

In 2008, six student athletes died on the field because of the heat. Four were in high school and two were in college. Mayo Clinic sports medicine specialists say, while death from heat is rare, getting sick from it isn’t. Here are some tips on how to keep your young athletes safe when the mercury […]

Food Allergies

Stomach pain, nausea, heartburn, trouble swallowing : Common symptoms that prompt many people to head to the doctor’s office. But it’s not always easy for doctors to find out what’s causing them. That’s especially true if the culprit is a certain type of food allergy which can contribute to particular medical conditions. There just hasn’t […]

Sponge Counting

It happens in approximately one out of every 6-thousand operations. A surgical team unintentionally leaves something such as a sponge inside of a patient. Doctors at Mayo Clinic want to make sure that doesn’t happen. They’re using grocery store bar code technology to account for all sponges, in hopes of reducing errors in the operating […]