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Novel treatment leads to liver transplant for bile duct cancer

By Margaret Shepard

Doug YausDoug Yaus had always been an energetic, healthy man. "At 43, I had never even broken a bone," he says.

That was until April 1998 when he noticed in a mirror that the whites of his eyes looked yellow. "In just two days, my skin was jaundiced," says Doug. His family doctor in Xenia, Ohio, ordered blood tests.

As he waited a week for results, his appetite diminished. More tests followed, including an ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) scan of the liver. He then saw a local gastroenterologist, who did a CA 19-9 test, a tumor marker blood test. Doug was told his liver tests were "way out of whack." He wasn't prepared for what he heard next. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment

No more sweaty palms

By Margaret Shepard

Barbara Moy"It's great to meet you," says Barbara Moy, smiling and offering her hand. The commonplace act of shaking hands is for Barbara akin to a miracle.

Since she was a child, Barbara has lived with a rare condition called hyperhidrosis. For persons with hyperhidrosis, "the sweat just pours off," explains Dawn Jaroszewski, M.D., a specialist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and an expert in treating the condition.

Hyperhidrosis can affect almost any part of the body. In Barbara's case, the sweating occurred primarily on her palms, making everyday tasks and social actions like shaking hands nearly impossible to perform.

Because the condition isn't life-threatening, hyperhidrosis is often not taken seriously by others. Yet the effects of the disease can be socially devastating. Read the rest of this entry »

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