Learning from the Heart Experts (Video)

Cardiothoracic surgery fellow Michael Robich, MD gives us an inside look at what it’s like to care for heart surgery patients before, during and after an operation. See how working with some of the top heart surgeons at Cleveland Clinic is helping him become the best cardiothoracic surgeon he can be.

Medical Cost Control Is a Patriotic Duty

In 1960, President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Now, as 2013 winds down, we’re all wondering:  What will the government do for healthcare – and what will healthcare do for the people of the United States.

Early Study: Vaccine May Help Prevent MS

A vaccine developed to prevent tuberculosis may also prevent multiple sclerosis, an Italian study has found. Vaccine affects MS damage Neurologist Daniel Ontaneda, MD, did not take part in the study but treats multiple sclerosis patients at Cleveland Clinic. “The rationale is that you give a vaccination which typically protects you against an infection like tuberculosis … Read More

New Hope for Late-stage Thyroid Cancer Patients

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new drug to treat advanced thyroid cancer in 40 years. Now patients have new hope for more time — and more treatment possibilities down the road. In its priority review program, which fast-tracks review of drugs for serious conditions, the FDA approved use of the cancer … Read More

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Don’t Take the Holidays Too Much to Heart

We tend to overdo it during the holidays, and for some of us it may cause extra stress on the heart. There’s even a name for this phenomenon: “holiday heart.” Heart problems common during holidays Richard Krasuski, MD, is a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic. He says he sees an increase in cardiovascular events this time … Read More

Busting 4 Myths About Healthcare Reform

The national discussion about healthcare reform continues, especially as the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace coverage is set to take effect in January. Healthcare reform is a heated topic, and there is plenty of confusion about what is fact and what is fiction. As we all talk about the future of healthcare, our discussion … Read More

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When to See a Pain Specialist

How long should you put up with arthritis or joint pain, an aching neck or back, or pain resulting from a surgery or injury? According to Daniel Leizman, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic’s Pain Management Center at Hillcrest Hospital, pain is traditionally considered chronic if it lasts for more than three months. … Read More

Chronic Back Pain: Non-Surgical Treatments, Prevention

If you have chronic back pain, there may be effective treatments besides surgery that may help, depending on your particular condition. It’s important to see your doctor and discuss the options. Robin Jackson had chronic pain originating in her lower back, traveling down her left leg and into her foot. She was diagnosed with sciatica, … Read More