For Memorial Day Weekend we will feature a previously recorded program with Michael Sarr, M.D. about the surgery for obesity. Gaining weight, losing weight, dieting and working out can turn into a never ending cycle of frustration for many Americans. Weight-loss surgery is becoming more popular in the U.S., even among teenagers. We’ll discuss the process with Dr. Sarr.
Plus, Vivian Williams has medical news from this week.
Dr. Robert Brown Jr. join us to talk about Stroke Prevention. Did you know strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the US? Strokes claim the lives of 150,000 individuals every year and leave a 250,000 handicapped every year. We also discussed what causes a stroke, warning signs for stroke and “telestroke?”
Dr. Victor Montori joined us on Medical Edge Radio to discuss a different way to approach the topic of health care; Shared Decision Making. Are patients participating in medical decisions affecting their care? What does it take to participate in those decisions? Is this the end of “whatever you say, doc?”
During the program, Dr. Montori reminded us there are three key points to remember when you incorporate Shared Decision Making into a conversation with your healthcare team:
What are the options for my health situation?
What are the pros and cons for those options?
How likely are you to experience those different possible outcomes?
Our guest was brain surgeon Dr. Michael Link and neurologist Dr. Alyx Porter. Brain tumors can strike anyone at any age and can be malignant or benign. We discussed symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, and prognosis. Also, what does the future hold and what role might proton beam therapy play in treatment?
Mother and author Jen O’Hara joined us to talk about her daughter Shannon who-although she lost her battle with brain cancer- was Determined To Matter.
Golfers know that wrist pain can wreak havoc with your game. Dr. Sanj Kakar joined us to discuss problems like thumb arthritis, wrist fractures, cysts and tumors that affect everyone, not just golfers! Also, an update on the YIPS with Dr. John Caviness.
Dr. Erin O’Brien joined us to discuss the sinuses. Sinus issues can cause major problems for patients young and old. We discussed sinus surgery, sinus headaches, post nasal drip and allergy vs. sinus issues. Also, we’ll find out just what a Neti Pot is!!
This week on Medical Edge Radio, Mayo neurologist and headache specialist, Dr. Jerry Swanson was our guest. Headaches are a common problem including chronic headaches and migraines. We’ll talk about diagnoses, types of headache and treatment options.
Dr. Jennifer R. Maynard joined us to discuss keeping young athletes safe . We discussed concussion and how to recognize it. What should parents know to keep kids safe? What are the latest neurology and sports medicine guidelines? Should every athlete have a baseline test done?
Dr. Mark Christopherson joined us to discuss 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?
More than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. On this program, we were joined by two pain specialists, Dr. Tracy Harrison and Dr. Barbara Bruce. What can you do if chronic pain is interfering with your life? Is it all in your head? Do you need to see a specialist?
12 Tips for Living With Chronic Pain
1. Learn deep breathing or meditation.
2. Reduce stress in your life.
3. Boost chronic pain relief with natural endorphins from exercise.
4. Cut back on alcohol which can worsen sleep problems.
5. Join a support group.
6. Don’t smoke.
7. Track your pain level and activities every day.