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Mayo Clinic Announces Office To Strengthen Ties to Department of Defense

Posted on January 27th, 2014 by Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Jan. 27, 2014 ― Mayo Clinic has opened the Mayo Clinic Department of Defense (DOD) Medical Research Office. The office, in Rochester, MN., is designed to be an easy to use single point of contact, linking the research needs of the DOD with Mayo Clinic investigators capable of addressing those needs, and to improve access to funding to serve DOD research and development priorities.

The office oversees Mayo Clinic's portfolio of DOD-funded research, which has evolved over Mayo’s long and successful partnership with the U.S. government. Today, dozens of Mayo Clinic researchers receive funding for special projects that use new technologies and innovative solutions to support military readiness, functional restoration and rehabilitation after complex injuries, restore health and improve wellness of military populations.

“This is a continuation of Mayo Clinic’s 150-year legacy with the DOD,” says Peter Amadio, M.D., director of the office, and an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. “The office and website are designed to strengthen this long-standing relationship and to not only match DOD research needs with the expertise of Mayo Clinic, but also accelerate the entire process from proposal development to funding to delivery of a completed project. Read the rest of this entry »

TUESDAY Q & A: “Frozen shoulder” develops slowly and can take months to heal

Posted on January 14th, 2014 by Dana Sparks

Skeletal illustration 'frozen shoulder' (adhesive capsulitis)DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’ve had pain in my right shoulder for a few weeks that has been getting worse rather than better, even though I’m letting it rest. I have read the term “frozen shoulder” – could that be what I have? What causes it? Should I see my doctor, or will it eventually heal on its own?  

ANSWER: It is possible that you are experiencing a condition known as frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). Although recovery can take several months to a year or more, a variety of treatments may help improve your shoulder joint’s range of motion. Make an appointment to see your doctor. He or she will be able to discuss your symptoms and help determine the cause. 

Your shoulder joint is made up of bones, ligaments and tendons. Surrounding the joint is strong connective tissue called the shoulder capsule. Normally, the capsule and joint are lubricated by synovial fluid. Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint. Stiff tissue bands (adhesions) may develop, and there may be less synovial fluid in the joint. Usually, just one shoulder is affected.
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TUESDAY Q & A: Several choices available to treat degenerative hip disease in a younger patient

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by Dana Sparks

Skeletal illustration of hip joints with one having osteoarthritis

The hip joint shown on the left side of the image is normal, but the hip joint shown on the right side of the image shows deterioration of cartilage and the formation of bone spurs due to osteoarthritis.

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 36 years old and have had constant pain in my right hip for two years. Last year I was diagnosed with moderate degenerative hip disease. Medication managed my pain initially but is no longer effective. My doctor says the next step is a steroid shot or a procedure that involves going in and “cleaning the roughness.” What does this mean?

ANSWER: In a person your age, several choices are available to treat degenerative hip disease. When medications do not help, one of the options you mention usually is the next step. Lifestyle changes could help relieve some of your symptoms, too.

Degenerative joint disease, also known as osteoarthritis, happens when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Cartilage is firm, slippery tissue that allows your joints to move smoothly. In osteoarthritis, the surface of the cartilage becomes rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, bone rubs on bone.
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Mayo Clinic Physician to Direct King’s Hip Surgery

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by Joel Streed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODdqrBwWDxg

Dr. Miguel Cabanela participated in a recent news conference, held by Spain’s Royal House regarding an upcoming hip surgery for King Juan Carlos. Dr. Cabanela is an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He will direct the King’s medical treatment and surgical team in Madrid, Spain, throughout the coming days.  Information from Mayo Clinic regarding Dr. Miguel Cabanela, orthopedic surgery and hip replacement surgery is included below.

Click here for basic information on Dr. Miguel Cabanela.
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Reverse Arthroplasty: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Posted on September 6th, 2013 by Admin

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. John Sperling explains how turning conventional thinking around is helping some should patients.  It's called reverse arthroplasty.

To listen click the link below.

Reverse Arthroplasty

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fractures

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Admin

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Eric Matteson outlines a recent study that looked at the association of bone fractures and heart problems in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

To listen, click the link below.

RA and Fractures

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

 

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Our Labor Day weekend program (8/31) will feature a rebroadcast of a previous show with Mark Christopherson, M.D., during which we discussed spinal cord injuries.  What happens in a spinal cord injury and what’s the most common cause?  How can a rehabilitation program help?  How close are we to having a cure for spinal cord injuries?  It’s an interesting conversation!  We hope you’ll listen.

Note: You can listen to the program LIVE Saturdays at 9 am CT on I Heart Radio via KROC AM. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates. On Twitter follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines here:        

 

 

Mayo Clinic Radiois a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.

 

Mayo Doctor Puts Tennis Great Back in the Game

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Dennis Douda

Blue U.S. Open background with tennis player Del Porto in white sweatband and pink shirt hitting tennis ball.

Courtesy ELSA/GETTY IMAGES used in http://www.grantland.com/

"The problem wasn't in Juan Martin's head ... it was in his wrist."

The 2009 U.S. Open tennis champ Juan Martin del Potro is making another run for the championship ... seeded sixth in this year's U.S. Open. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Richard Berger, M.D., Ph.D.helped the Argentinian tennis star overcome a debilitating wrist injury suffered after del Potro won the 2009 U.S. Open. Read more in Reeves Wiedeman's article in Grantland

Journalists: For interviews with Dr. Berger contact Lee Aase at aase.lee@mayo.edu or call 507-266-2442. Read the rest of this entry »

“The problem wasn’t in Juan Martin’s head … it was in his wrist.”

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Dana Sparks

Blue U.S. Open background with tennis player Del Porto in white sweatband and pink shirt hitting tennis ball.

Courtesy ELSA/GETTY IMAGES used in http://www.grantland.com/

The 2009 U.S. Open tennis champ Juan Martin del Potro is making another run for the championship ... seeded sixth in this year's U.S. Open. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Richard Berger, M.D., Ph.D.helped the Argentinian tennis star overcome a debilitating wrist injury suffered after del Potro won the 2009 U.S. Open. Read more in Reeves Wiedeman's article in Grantland

Learn more about Dr. Berger's work in this video on treating wrist pain.

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Dana Sparks

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On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program (8/24), the studio will be full with three orthopedics experts. Mark Morrey, M.D., will join your host Tom Shives, M.D., and co-host Amy McIntosh, M.D., to discuss joint replacement and regenerative medicine specifically for the joints.  As joint replacement surgery becomes more common, more patients are considering if the procedure is right for them.  Is it that simple?  We’ll find out and discuss what may be on the horizon for fixing troublesome joints. 

Myth or Matter of Fact: You have to be over 60 to be considered for hip or knee replacement.

Note: You can listen to the program LIVE Saturdays at 9 am CT on I Heart Radio via KROC AM. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates. On Twitter follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines at  News Segment Aug 24, 2013  (right click MP3).

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.