Some say it was divine intervention. Others say it was everyone being in the right place at the right time. Whatever the reason, the man you're about to meet says he's not sure why he's alive today.
Four (m) million people in the U.S.; 100 (m) million worldwide. That's how many people are infected with hepatitis C. It's a virus you can get from blood transfusions given before 1990, shared needles, unclean tattoo needles and, sometimes, sex. In many cases it leads to cirrhosis of the liver and eventually liver cancer. Standard treatment only cures about 45 percent of all patients. But thanks to new medications, more people with hepatitis C will be cured.
Meningitis is an illness that can be very scary. It's an infection that can make people very, very sick. Babies who get the disease are at particular risk of getting dangerously ill because it can be tricky to diagnose and symptoms can escalate quickly. More on how to recognize and treat meningitis from Mayo Clinic.
Going through treatment for cancer can be a very difficult time for patients and their families. People who have radiation therapy often have to go in every day, for weeks on end. And some say sitting in the waiting room before a treatment can be stressful. That's where PALS can help. That's short for Pets Are Loving Support. It's a program that brings trained-animal-assisted activities and therapy dogs into the radiation oncology waiting room at Mayo Clinic to help patients and their families get their minds off treatment — at least for a while.