"Many of my patients face sleep difficulties," says Dr. Filza Hussain, Mayo Clinic Health System behavioral health expert. "It's either difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or both. This leads to feeling tired in the morning, having difficulties with daytime sleepiness, attention and concentration problems and irritability. Most of my ...Read more
CHICAGO -- At a place where life begins and ends, Brian Wilson guards the gate.
The Prentice Women's Hospital doorman sees it all. He greets regular oncology patients by name as they come in for treatments, and shares in the joy of families leaving with newborns.
When nervous mothers-to-be show up at the hospital for scheduled deliveries, he ...Read more
Call it a winter-spring romance: The oldest tool in a doctor's kit--a stethoscope--meets the youngest--a smartphone. Together, they make (and hear, see, analyze and record) heartbeats race.
The Food and Drug Administration has cleared for the U.S. market a digital stethoscope, the Eko Core, that aims to bring auscultation--the ancient medical ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- A doctor at Rochester's Mayo Clinic believes that he has the prescription for happiness. He isn't arguing that we can buy happiness, but that we can achieve it.
We can train our brains to feel less stressed and increase our inner bliss, overriding even genetic tendencies toward unhappiness, said Dr. Amit Sood, author of the new ...Read more
In our society, we are constantly bombarded by news. Cell phones, the Internet, television, radio and other outlets allow an ever-present stream of information to flow into our lives. Being informed is important, but when the news is bad or disturbing, some people become upset or even depressed. Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Jowsey says ...Read more
Blood from a newborn's umbilical cord was once considered a waste product, but it actually contains potentially life-saving cells. But how do you know if cord blood banking is right for you? Dr. Seanna Thompson, Mayo Clinic Health System OB/GYN physician, answers some common questions about cord blood banking and what options are available.
MIAMI -- Claire Hackett, a retired dietician, never saw herself as a "jock."
But at 77, the Palmetto Bay, Fla., mother of seven is enrolled in a twice-weekly indoor cycling class at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center west of downtown Miami. She walks the treadmill and takes yoga classes at the Y and takes chair yoga and music therapy ...Read more
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cancer researchers dream of the day they can force tumor cells to morph back to the normal cells they once were. Now, researchers on Mayo Clinic's Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy.
The finding, published in Nature Cell Biology, represents "an unexpected new ...Read more
LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Sen. Marco Rubio sounds rather bearish on repealing Obamacare anytime soon, even if he or another Republican becomes president.
Outlining his economic and foreign policy visions at a town hall meeting in Londonderry, N.H., on Wednesday, the Floridian said upending the 2010 health care overhaul law would take the support of ...Read more
For many children, the start of a new school year can be very stressful, especially if they've been victims of bullying in the past. Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Bridget Biggs says parents and caregivers should know the warning signs. "If your child is reluctant to go to school, stressed after spending time online or avoids ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Not even going to prison spares patients from medical co-payments.
In response to the rapidly rising cost of providing health care, states are increasingly authorizing the collection of fees from prisoners for medical services they receive while in state prisons or local jails. At least 38 states now do it, according to the ...Read more
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Modern lifestyle factors, such as texting, reaching for your keyboard or wearing high heels, can create postural stressors that often cause muscle imbalances and injury. Having good posture is essential for good health; however, understanding what good posture is and maintaining it are hard.
"When some people try to work on ...Read more
FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Doctors had begun preparing Hope DeHart's parents for her death.
On Aug. 6, three days after Hope was left for dead on a north Fort Worth road with a gunshot wound to her head, doctors warned Paige and Mark "Randy" DeHart that there was nothing more they could do for the 18-year-old.
Watching the monitors that showed her ...Read more
SEATTLE -- A 77-year-old Lake Stevens, Wash., man with a serious history of stroke was at the front of the line this spring when the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved a new device aimed at stopping a common cause of the often-deadly problem.
Edwin Dixon, a retired electrician and husband of 55 years, was the first post...Read more
Despite widespread acceptance that kidney transplants are the best treatment for patients with end-stage kidney disease, many of these patients do not get transplants and are given long-term dialysis instead.
Looking into the possible reasons why, a study of Georgia's three transplant centers in a recent issue of the Journal of the American ...Read more
If there's a magic pill for happiness and longevity, we may have found it.
Countless studies have found that generosity, both volunteering and charitable donations, benefits young and old physically and psychologically.
The benefits of giving are significant, according to those studies: lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less ...Read more
HYDERABAD, India -- At some point during his four years at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, one of India's most prestigious universities for aspiring engineers, Edwin Anthony got lost.
The Indian electronics student suffered from fatigue, mood swings and bouts of anxiety that kept him from focusing on his studies. Normally quiet ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- An unprecedented House lawsuit against President Barack Obama that was once derided as a certain loser looks stronger now and may soon deliver an early legal round to Republican lawmakers complaining of executive branch overreach.
A federal judge is expected to decide shortly whether to dismiss the suit, but thanks to an amended ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Blaire Goode said she can remember dancing across her living room with the father of her 6- and 7-year-old children like it was yesterday.
The night sky was dry, a pleasant departure from Pittsburgh's typically wet springs, and 1980s soul music melted through the low ceilings, throwing the couple back to their teenage days.
"I ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A dilemma facing Republican presidential candidates who want to repeal Obamacare is how to care for people with pre-existing conditions. While polls show that the law isn't popular, Americans also don't want to return to an era where they can be denied coverage due to an illness.
The solution, according to many Republican ...Read more
- Mayo Clinic doctor has your prescription for happiness
- Another outbreak from tainted scopes suspected at a Southern California hospital
- Stethoscope meets smartphone and the heart knows it is right
- Hospital doorman comforts expectant parents with 'Happy Birthday'
- Help for back-to-school separation anxiety, fears and stress