A popular early screening test for the second deadliest cancer in men is falling out of favor. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded there is very little evidence to support routine screening for prostate cancer with a P-S-A test. Why? Here's Dennis Douda for Medical Edge.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women. A statistic like that might prompt people to take action. But, there's a lot of information out there and it can all be pretty confusing. Doctors at Mayo Clinic want to change that. They published a new book full of the most important, practical things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease.
It's one thing to want to tackle a marathon. It's entirely another to train for one while going through treatment for breast cancer. Dennis Douda introduces us to one such marathon runner for whom the challenge of getting ready was also about getting well.
Every year thousands of people have cardiac catheterizations, or angioplasties. That's when a doctor threads a catheter to your heart arteries to look for blockages and other issues. If they do see a blockage, they can decide if placing a stent to open it would be beneficial. For years, doctors have used the artery near your groin as an access point for this procedure. But now, some are using the artery in your wrist. Why? Because it may be safer and easier on patients.
Nine million. That's how many people go to the doctor every year because of dermatitis. It's an itchy, ugly rash you get when you're allergic to things such as additives in skin lotions or detergents. And for many, trying to figure out what products are safe can be daunting — labels can be confusing. A doctor at Mayo Clinic wants to change that. He's developed a smartphone app to make life a lot easier for people with dermatitis. It tells you what products are safe for you and which ones could cause problems.
Intro: Imagine this: Excruciating pain every time you brush your teeth, scratch your nose or crack a smile. That's reality for people who suffer from what's called trigeminal neuralgia. It's a condition that causes intense bouts of pain in your face, and for the woman you're about to meet, it was debilitating.
Intro: Sounds like a science fiction movie, doesn't it? Doctors using robots to perform surgery. The fact is robots can be seen in an increasing number of operating rooms at Mayo Clinic. That's because the technology allows doctors to do complicated surgeries less invasively, which means many patients can get back to their lives faster with fewer complications.
Intro: Spring is a time when people tend to re-up their New Year's resolutions. Many make the commitment to get off the couch and into an exercise program. But figuring out what and how much you should eat while you're training can be confusing. A nutrition expert from Mayo Clinic has some tips on how you can eat to win.
Intro: Weight Loss Surgery — America's curiosity about it has expanded with our waistlines. However, even with obesity at epidemic proportions, it's a drastic decision that patients and their doctors have to weigh very carefully. Here's Dennis Douda for Mayo Clinic's Medical Edge.
Intro: More than 28-million Americans love to hit the links according to the National Golf Foundation. However, after a day on the course, some of them may wonder if the links hit back. Wrist and hand injuries are common. Why? And what can you do about them? Here's Dennis Douda for Medical Edge.