Professional violinist Roger Frisch had a diagnosis of essential tremor. For two years he hid the quavering bow by not playing the soft parts of the music, but soon his career was in jeopardy. To save his music, neurosurgeons at Mayo Clinic implanted an electrical stimulator in his brain. The catch was, he had to be awake and playing the violin during the operation.
Millions of people use video gaming systems for fun and to get some exercise. Being active while you play can be good for your health, but doctors continue to see certain types of injuries. If you don't heed the product warnings to take it easy while you play, you could end up with what some call Wiiitis.
Many Americans dream of a life in the country. A slower pace, fresh air, room to roam. But living in a rural area may come with a trade-off. Healthcare. Rural hospitals just don't have as many resources as urban hospitals do. And that can be a problem when you have a health event such as a stroke. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using telemedicine — smart phones and the internet — to bring medical expertise to doctors and patients in the country and around the globe.
For people who can't talk or communicate because of injury or stroke, their own body can be a prison. What if you could type on a computer screen just by thinking of the letters? Sounds impossible, right? Researchers are now able to do that in a lab. Doctors at Mayo Clinic say one day patients locked in the isolation of their condition may be freed by the power of thought.