There's no doubt that playing a game on a Wii gets you off the couch and moving. Bowling, tennis, yoga. You can really get a workout before you know it. That's the concept behind a new occupational therapy program at Mayo Clinic. Some therapists are using Wiis to help stroke victims and other patients get back in the game of life.
Being stuck with a needle is no fun, but blood tests are a very important part of your general physical examination. The information doctors get from blood tests provides information on whether or not your body is functioning normally. So, what exactly are they looking for in your sample of blood? Let's take a look at blood test basics.
"You have breast cancer." Those are four words no woman wants to hear. A new diagnosis is scary, and there are so many questions: What surgery should I have? Will I need chemotherapy? How can I help my family as I go through this? These issues can be tough, but a program at Mayo Clinic helps make having breast cancer easier for many women. It's called Pink Sisters, and it pairs newly diagnosed women with survivors who can help guide them through the process.
Bringing a new baby home from the hospital is supposed to be a time of joy, wonder and excitement. So imagine what it would be like if, after a couple months at home, you discovered your perfect baby had a problem. That's what happened to a little girl named Lexi. The bones in her head fused too early, and her brain didn't have enough room to grow. Her parents took her to Mayo Clinic for surgery.
One out of four. That's how many people will die of a heart-related problem. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are trying to improve those statistics. They're using MRIs to look inside the heart to find disease and tailor treatment to keep people healthier longer.