Here is this week’s round-up of stories from around the Web featuring Cleveland Clinic experts that we know you won’t want to miss:
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A commonly used drug can help young women with breast cancer retain the ability to have babies. The drug seems to protect their ovaries from the damage caused by chemotherapy. The treatment could provide a new option for dealing with one of the painful dilemmas faced by young cancer patients: that saving their own lives might impair or even ruin their fertility. Drug Saves Fertility for Women With Cancer (NYTimes.com).
Increasing the odds
If you are having a stroke, each minute that passes without treatment drastically reduces the odds that you will fully recover. Cleveland Clinic soon will deploy a high-tech, $1 million ambulance-like mobile stroke unit that will bring brain imaging capabilities, lab and specialists to the patient. The unit will go out on calls with Cleveland city emergency medical workers when Cleveland dispatchers receive calls for suspected stroke. Cleveland Clinic to launch mobile stroke unit, bringing the ER to stroke patients in Cleveland (cleveland.com).
Losing weight – and diabetes
The Rev. George Treff’s health was in a downward spiral. He had high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Diet, exercise, a dozen medications and daily insulin shots weren’t doing enough. Treff joined a clinical research study and underwent a complete gastric bypass five years ago. Today, he’s down to 175 pounds and sports a 32-inch waist. Even better, his type 2 diabetes has been in remission since the surgery, and he no longer needs medication or insulin for diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes After Weight-Loss Surgery (EverydayHealth.com).