When Your Heart Stents Narrow, Brachytherapy Can Help

Cardiac stents are an effective, nonsurgical way of holding a narrowed or blocked artery open to increase blood flow to the heart in people with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, up to 15 percent of people who receive even the most modern type of stents — called drug-eluting stents — will experience restenosis, or re-narrowing … Read More

Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015

To find out which breakthroughs are set to reshape healthcare in the coming year, Cleveland Clinic asked 110 of its top experts — people who focus on patient care every day — to offer insight. These are their answers, the top 10 innovations for 2015.             [mediagrid cat=”2648″ filter=”0″ title_under=”0″ … Read More

Why You Should Pay Attention to Chronic Inflammation

If you read health sites or follow celebrity doctors, you’ve probably heard the buzzword “inflammation.” You may even have heard people touting miracle cures such as the “anti-inflammatory diet.” Are you confused? Many people think of inflammation in terms of external signs: swelling, bruising and so on. But in truth, uncontrolled inflammation plays a role … Read More

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How ‘Lung Washing’ Helps You Breathe Again (Video)

“I feel like the elephant is off my chest.” Those are the words anesthesiologist Basem Abdelmalak, MD, hopes to hear from a patient after a lung lavage procedure. Commonly called “lung washing,” this procedure treats the rare lung disease pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). For patients with PAP, a substance called surfactant builds up in their … Read More

Crowd Power: A New Way to Solve Health Problems

Claudio Fiocchi, MD, knows how much early detection matters for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. But he also knows today’s diagnostic tools generally detect the disease too late — after it has done extensive damage. When Dr. Fiocchi sought a new answer, he turned to the crowd. The idea: When trying to solve a problem, … Read More

Beware of Getting Your Health Advice From The News

As the old adage says: Take advice with a grain of salt.  In today’s continuous news cycle, consumers are constantly bombarded with health advice from a variety of sources. One day a news report sites a study telling us that coffee helps fight depression. The next day’s study finds that it causes certain cancers. But … Read More

SEEG: New Hope for Severe Epilepsy

One of the major challenges of using surgery to treat epilepsy has always been finding the place in the brain where the person’s seizures begin. The more precisely doctors can pinpoint this area, the better they can focus efforts for surgical treatment. This is especially important in the delicate landscape of the brain where surgeons … Read More

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Busting 4 Myths About Stem Cell Research

Remember stem cell research? In the mid-2000s, it became one of the biggest hot-button topics in medical research. The debate has grown quieter since then. But don’t mistake silence for a lack of activity. Stem cell research is alive, well and as full of possibilities as ever. Below are a few common myths about this … Read More