An estimated 5 and a half million Americans are struggling with Alzheimer's disease. This weekend one of the largest groups to ever tackle the subject will gather in St. Paul, Minnesota. The joint venture by Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer's Association will bring news of the latest progress from the world's leading experts. Here's Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, close to 330,000 hip replacements are performed each year in the U.S. Many are done to ease the pain of osteoarthritis, also called wear and tear arthritis. And most patients are over age 60. But that's' changing, as younger patients are opting for surgery so they can stay active. Experts at Mayo Clinic say an alternative approach to standard hip replacement helps stop the pain and gets many people back to their normal activities faster.
Millions of Americans, up to 10% of the population, have had a problem with alcohol addiction. While each person's struggle may be played out in private, Mayo Clinic recently raised the curtain on addiction at a public theater. The hope is to help more people understand this all too common human condition. Here's Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Sleuthing. Looking for clues. That's what doctors do when they search for signs of colon cancer. One of their main tools is the endoscope. They use it to look at the colon for signs of disease. The technology can detect cancer early when it's still curable. Now, doctors at Mayo Clinic are modifying the test to hopefully make it more effective for high risk patients.
A teenager never expects to hear he or she has cancer, especially if it's a type of cancer adults usually get. However, the teen you're about to meet has a gene that greatly increases her risk of getting colon cancer and, as a matter of fact, she's already faced that battle. Vivien Williams shares this family's journey of living with Lynch Syndrome.