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New laser surgery ends 30 years of severe seizures

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MILWAUKEE, Wis., -- The seizures caused Nick Pauly to laugh mirthlessly, clap his hands and shout.

At times, he would swear loudly.

The seizures would come on without warning, caused by a tumor-like lesion that interfered with his hypothalamus -- a crucial brain structure involved in sleep, learning and cognition.

Medication could not control...Read more

Spice up your diet for a longer life, study suggests

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If you like eating spicy foods, researchers have some good news: You're likely to have more years to enjoy them.

Compared to people who ate spicy foods less than once a week, those who at them at least three to five times per week were 14 percent less likely to die while they were being tracked by the international research team. In addition, ...Read more

Bush says he misspoke about funding for women's health care

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As Republicans prepare for their first presidential debate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was forced to walk back a statement he made Tuesday questioning federal spending on women's health care as he appealed to evangelical voters.

Responding to a question about federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is under fire over its fetal tissue ...Read more

Tennessee health care company buys LA firm for $1.6 billion

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LOS ANGELES -- IPC Healthcare Inc., a Los Angeles company that employs doctors at hospitals across the United States, agreed Tuesday to be acquired by a Tennessee company for about $1.6 billion.

Team Health Holdings Inc. of Knoxville will pay $80.25 per share for IPC in an all-cash deal it said would create "the nation's leading physician ...Read more

Study uncovers key differences among ALS patients

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Researchers on Mayo Clinic's Florida campus have identified key differences between patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) and those with the most common genetic form of ALS, a mutation in the C9orf72 gene.

Their findings, recently reported online in Nature Neuroscience, ...Read more

Nutritional benefits round out watermelon's scrumptious taste

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Watermelon may be the best picnic dessert nature ever created with its sweet juice cleverly bound inside that spongy red (sometimes yellow) matrix, and fully protected by psychedelic green rind.

Talk about a party orb.

But much like the thespian whose good looks overshadow brilliant acting skills, the watermelon's sweet, colorful qualities ...Read more

How to deal with the common ailments of summer

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It's a beautiful summer -- and you're an itchy, sunburned, broken-boned mess stuck inside.

Sadly, summer is the time when many people are inclined to have a multitude of ailments, ranging from broken bones to bug bites.

"In the summer, rather than staying at your safe little desk, you're out doing things," said Roy Archambault, a podiatrist ...Read more

How to overcome the top 5 fitness barriers

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Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn't easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances -- time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. But these issues don't need to stand in your way.

Darcy Reber, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, shares practical strategies for overcoming common barriers to fitness...Read more

Hepatitis C drug can cure, if patients can get it

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BALTIMORE -- A wonder drug came on the market two years ago that cures hepatitis C, a potentially deadly liver disease afflicting millions of Americans, killing 15,000 a year.

The problem is, many patients could not afford it. A standard course of Sovaldi cost $84,000, or $1,000 a day. And many insurers would not approve it for any but the ...Read more

Ice caps near FDA approval to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

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PITTSBURGH -- As a baby, Kim Nyalka's now 7-year-old daughter would twist her fingers through her mother's hair as she fell asleep, and playing with her mother's hair is still a treasured habit.

So when Nyalka found out that she'd have to have chemotherapy for breast cancer, she started first looking into wigs, and then into scalp cooling -- a ...Read more

Say goodbye to yesterday's iffy dental implants

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An apple a day may keep the doctor away for most people, but for Jolanta Garbarz, one bite of an apple used to send her straight to her dentist's chair.

"My teeth would break," Garbarz said.

So a few years ago, the Schaumburg, Ill., resident forked over more than $30,000 and asked her dentist to replace the top teeth in her mouth with implants...Read more

Research finally increasing on rare asbestos-related lung cancer

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BALTIMORE -- While the use of asbestos peaked about 40 years ago, the number of cases of the rare but deadly cancer it causes has not declined.

Every year, doctors diagnose about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma after patients come in with a cough, fever, fatigue, excessive sweating and pain in the chest. In most cases the disease already has ...Read more

Military dogs serve with honor but don't get retiree health care

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MILWAUKEE -- Flo knows explosives.

She knows how to find buried IEDs, how to detect the smells of more than 50 types of chemicals, and how to alert her handler when she finds something designed by humans to kill humans.

Flo knows love.

She knows the unconditional affection of the Marine who stayed by her side for seven intense months in ...Read more

Health care spending is projected to rise modestly over the next decade

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WASHINGTON -- The total amount America spends on health care will rise modestly over the next decade, continuing a trend that began during the recession, according to new projections from government economists.

However, national health spending is still expected to outpace economic growth, threatening to make medical care increasingly ...Read more

Life with a food allergy; any bite could be your last

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One of Matthew Mitchell's earliest memories involves a fast-food hamburger in a drive-thru late at night.

It wasn't a happy meal.

Mitchell, now 25, was just 3 at the time, but he was already hyper-alert about his food. So when his mother passed the patty to the back seat, Mitchell instantly knew something was wrong.

"I was never allowed to ...Read more

Molecular research may improve diagnosis, treatment of brain tumors

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The molecular makeup of brain tumors can be used to sort patients with gliomas into five categories, each with different clinical features and outcomes, researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of California San Francisco have shown. The finding could change the methods that physicians rely on to determine prognosis and ...Read more

Obamacare rates to rise 4 percent in California for 2016

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LOS ANGELES -- Defying dire predictions about health insurance rate shock across the country, California's Obamacare exchange negotiated a 4 percent average rate increase for the second year in a row.

The modest increase for 2016, announced Monday, may be welcome news for many of the 1.3 million Californians who buy individual policies through ...Read more

As death nears, chemotherapy may do more harm than good

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It's been documented that many terminal cancer patients don't benefit from chemotherapy and other types of treatments toward the end of their lives. Nonetheless, many, with their doctors, opt to continue treatment -- faced with impossible choices, they hold on to hope that treatment might buy some time, or improve the quality of the days they ...Read more

Repairing fatal mutations behind mitochondrial disease

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A multidisciplinary team of researchers has eliminated fatal mitochondrial DNA mutations in stem cells from patients with mitochondrial diseases. The study is published in a recent online issue of Nature as a collaboration between some of the nation's top institutions and Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Mitochondrial diseases ...Read more

Researchers test bioartificial liver device to treat acute liver failure

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 people die from liver disease each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. For people who experience acute liver failure, the only proven treatment has been liver transplantation. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed and are testing an alternative to liver transplantation called ...Read more