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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Wed, Apr 1 8:58am · View  

Bionic Eye Patient "Thrilled" to Reconnect with Visual World

Allen Zderad thought darkness had invaded his world to stay. He’s among the 1-in-4,000 people who are born with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition. There is no effective treatment or cure. While not all patients will lose their sight entirely, Mayo Clinic researcher and ophthalmologist Raymond Iezzi Jr., M.D. says, a “bionic eye” may help some of those who do. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, here’s Dennis Douda with Allen’s story.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the script. Pronunciation key - Dr. Iezzi:  eye-Eh’-zee, Allen Zderad:  Zar'-ad 

To schedule an interview with Dr. Iezzi, contact Bob Nellis at Mayo Clinic Public Affairs: 507-284-5005 or

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Tue, Feb 24 9:24pm · View  

Quicker Recoveries Possible with Robotic Heart Valve Surgery

Millions of Americans are living with a heart murmur, a telltale sound caused by blood rushing through the heart. Some are harmless, but sometimes they’re a clue to serious problems with the heart’s valves. When surgery is called for, robotic technology is allowing repairs to be made safer than ever before.

After more than 500 robot-assisted mitral valve repair procedures, cardiac surgeon Rakesh Suri, M.D., says Mayo Clinic has proven that - not only does this minimally invasive heart surgery get patients back on their feet faster, it does so at no added cost. Watch the video to see how it works.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads. Click here to read the script. 

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Tue, Feb 17 8:49am · View  

"Bionic" Eye Implant Offers Hope of Restoring Vision

It’s a medical story, a science and technology advancement and a romance wrapped into one moment: when a man who is blind sees his wife again for the first time in a decade.

Allen Zderad began to have serious vision problems about 20 years ago due to retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease affecting the retina. There is no effective treatment or cure. It ended his professional career and after a decade he was effectively blind, unable to see anything other than very bright light. He adjusted, even continuing woodworking by developing his sense of touch and spatial relationships. But he was unable to see his family, including ten grandchildren or his wife, Carmen.

Enter Raymond Iezzi Jr., M.D., Mayo Clinic researcher and ophthalmologist, who had been seeing Zderad’s grandson, who has early stages of the same condition.

Journalists: B-roll of patient Allen Zderad's first experiences with the Second Sight system and of his surgery to implant the device is available in the downloads. Dr. Iezzi's sound bites on the technology, retinitis pigmentosa and the patient experience are also available. Click here for transcript.

Watch KARE 11 medical news report: Man gets bionic eye, sees wife for first time in decade.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Iezzi, contact Bob Nellis at Mayo Clinic Public Affairs: 507-284-5005 or [...]

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Tue, Jan 20 3:25pm · View  

Glen Campbell Documentary Shares Alzheimer's Journey

Alzheimer's Disease
has been steadily encroaching into singer, songwriter Glen Campbell's life. Instead of retreating to deal with the challenges privately, Glen and his family decided to share their struggle with documentary filmmakers. The production called Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me by PCH Films, includes both heartwarming and candidly frank moments Mr. Campbell experienced during his visits to Mayo Clinic for care.

Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, praised the Campbell family for their determination to raise awareness about the condition's impact on patients, as well as their caregivers. [TRT 4:20]

*Special note: Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond won the Best Country Song Grammy Award for Glen's final song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," from the Academy nominated documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. Click here for full script. 

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Mon, Jan 12 11:23am · View  

Taking Steps Toward Less Stress: Mayo Clinic Radio

Did “lower my stress levels” show up on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Amit Sood, M.D., author of Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living explains how to take the first steps. What elements do we most often misunderstand about the effects of stress? What are some misconceptions about meditation?

Here's the podcast: MayoClinicRadio-Fullshow-1-10-15

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Thu, Jan 8 3:06pm · View  

Winter's Severe Cold Snap Calls for Extra Dose of Caution

snowy winter scene in city parkHospital emergency departments see an influx of weather-related injuries with each icy assault from old man winter. "There are really four types of things that we'll see," says David Nestler, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Probably the most common is actually falls. The snow and ice make it easy to slip and fall. We see many, many broken bones because of that," Dr. Nestler says. Weather-related vehicle accidents, heart attacks triggered while shoveling snow and exposure injuries, like frostbite, also send more people to emergency rooms with each new storm.

Slowing down, exercising caution and wearing the proper winter clothing, Dr. Nestler says, will greatly reduce your risk of injury in most situations. With many northern states caught in the grip of sub-zero temperatures this week, Dr. Nestler offers additional insights on frostbite's warning signs and when to seek medical care in this video.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video of Dr. Nestler's comments and b-roll of people out in the extreme cold are available in the downloads. To see a transcript of potential sound bites, click here.  To schedule an interview with Dr. Nestler, contact Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005 or


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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Wed, Dec 24 2014 · View  

Christmas Eve Discovery 100 Years Ago is Still Helping Millions

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoSome medical discoveries truly stand the test of time. The case of a dedicated Mayo Clinic chemist is a prime example. Feeling he was on the verge of a breakthrough that could help countless people, Edward Kendall spent Christmas Eve 1914 locked away in his lab. What he accomplished by Christmas morning was a gift to millions, one that is still improving lives 100 years later. [TRT 4:43]

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. To read the full script click here

This is a special report produced for the Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary Collection of Stories. To view other stories and learn about Mayo Clinic's sesquicentennial, please click here.


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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Mon, Dec 22 2014 · View  

Medical News 2014: Mayo Clinic Radio

We're taking a look back at some of the important medical news of 2014! We'll discuss a less invasive way to test for colon cancer with David Ahlquist, M.D..  We'll also talk about research that led to using the measles vaccine to fight cancer with Stephen Russell, M.D. Ph.D. Anthony Windebank, M.D. will share the discovery of using stem cells to unravel the mysteries of ALS, and we'll find out about robots that help diagnose patients suffering from stroke or concussion from Bart Demaerschalk, M.D..

Click here for the podcast. MayoClinicRadio-FullShow-12-20-14

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