On July 16, 1999, John Kennedy Jr. died when the plane he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard. Experts suspect Kennedy was a victim of what's called the "graveyard spiral." It can happen to pilots, including very well-trained pilots, because in certain situations the inner ear can cause disorientation. It can trick you into feeling motion that is different from reality. Specialists at Mayo Clinic in the Aerospace Medicine and Vestibular Research Laboratory are developing tools to help pilots and others who work in extreme environments stay safe.
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. If caught early, melanoma can be cured. But once it's spread, the disease can be tough to treat. The good news is that treatments keep getting better. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using a new surgical technique to deliver high doses of chemo directly to areas that need it, without exposing the rest of the body.
Breathing. We rarely give it a thought, because we don't have to. Our brain signals our body to do it automatically. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries can disconnect the signal. Then what? At Mayo Clinic, technology may be able to take over the job. Here's Dennis Douda for Medical Edge.
The falling temperatures of winter can be stressful for the largest organ of our body — our skin. Mayo Clinic experts offer some timely reminders for staying comfortable and healthy. Here's Dennis Douda for Medical Edge.