It's a classic scenario especially at weddings. A member of the wedding party starts to sway then, bam, they're passed out on the floor. Lots of factors contribute to this, the main one being when you stand rigidly still, blood pools in your legs away from your heart and brain so you faint. The same sort of thing happens when accident victims or wounded soldiers lose blood from internal injuries. They're fine for a while then they crash. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have teamed up with the Department of Defense to study this issue in hopes of developing monitoring devices that can help save lives.
Our bodies are very good at fighting infections. The immune system reacts and attacks the bacteria and viruses that make us sick. But sometimes the immune reaction is so strong that it damages the body too. This is called a septic reaction, or sepsis. And the mortality rate associated with it can be high. Doctors at Mayo Clinic want to change that. They've organized a sepsis response team in the intensive care unit. Their goal: to stop sepsis and save lives.
The CDC statistics are alarming. More than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese. You likely know that obesity can increase your risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack. But you might not know that it also increases your risk of a condition called obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or OHS. And doctors at Mayo Clinic say, if left untreated, OHS can destroy quality of life and cause heart failure.