Don't worry — you're just tired and out of sorts after having your baby. But the chest pain experienced by the woman you're about to meet was much more than a difficult recovery. She had a heart attack when a rare and deadly condition stopped blood flow to her heart. The same thing happened to another woman. After sharing their stories on social networking sites, they found more women with the same problem. That's when they contacted Mayo Clinic to convince cardiologists to use the information they gathered on the Internet to research this condition.
The wealth of medical info on the Internet has become something of a double-edged scalpel. While hypochondriacs can quickly get in over their heads, a quick computer search brings millions the basics on almost any condition. And when that fails, Mayo researchers learned, social networking sites may be the place to begin unraveling medical mysteries. Here's Dennis Douda for Medical Edge.
This is a story of the power of perseverance and love. A man named Kevin Lue was a triathlete who developed a rare disease that caused his heart to fail. In a matter of months, he went from intense competition to barely being able to walk. He needed a heart transplant. In addition to his new heart, he got a whole lot more.
Imagine not being able to walk across the room because your muscles don't work normally. That's what life is like for many people with Parkinson's disease and similar disorders. The conditions cause your muscles to shake and freeze up until putting one foot in front of the other is almost impossible. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed a new device that's part of a clinical trial. It's giving some patients the ability to walk again.
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