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Gastroenterology

May 19th, 2017

Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate

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Esophageal cancer can be deadly if it’s not caught early. Fortunately for Mary Helen Duggar, her Mayo Clinic doctors found her cancer when it could still be treated. Today she’s working to help others learn more about the disease.

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Tags: Barrett's esophagus, Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, Dr. Herbert Wolfsen, Dr. John Odell, Dr. Michael Wallace, esophageal cancer, Gastroenterology and Hepatology


May 4th, 2017

Bariatric Surgery Generates Far-Reaching Benefits for Scott Decker

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Extra weight was ruining Scott Decker’s health and draining his bank account. Bariatric surgery helped Scott lose the weight and set the course to a healthier, happier life.  

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. David Ciresi, Mayo Clinic Health System, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Weight-loss surgery


March 30th, 2017

Minimally Invasive Polyp Removal Helps Prevent Colon Cancer

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For years, Rosa Isern has thoroughly enjoyed her job with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, where soldiers, airmen and their families purchase goods and services. Her work has taken her around the world on several tours overseas, including stints in Iraq, Afghanistan, Greenland and Djibouti. In 2015, however, Rosa’s future became uncertain when […]

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Tags: Colon Cancer, Dr. Michael Wallace, Endoscopic mucosal resection, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, MayoClinicFL


March 27th, 2017

Thanks to Mayo Clinic, Nashville ‘BBQ King’ is Able to Enjoy His Own Brisket and Secret Sauce

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Jack Cawthon unabashedly brags about the secret sauce that is a hallmark of his renowned barbeque restaurant in Nashville, Tennesse, Jack’s Bar-B-Que, where tourists and locals line up for Texas brisket and Tennessee pork shoulder. The iconic sauce remains a family secret and a vital part of the landmark restaurant located on the honkytonk strip […]

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Tags: Dr. David Fleischer, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Lori Goette, Robert Spratley, Tonsillar cancer


March 1st, 2017

After Years of Pain, a Clear Diagnosis Restores a Teen’s Life

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Written by Sanan Malkadjian I was only 14 at the time. I would be ashamed of myself because of how often my stomach hurt. It came to a point where no one would believe the excruciating pain I was facing. This was pain unlike no other. My doctors here in Michigan would blame one another. […]

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Tags: Clinical Genomics, Dr. Magnus Halland, Familial Mediterranean Fever, Gastroenterology


February 24th, 2017

Slaying the Dragon of Pancreatic Cancer

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Thomas Hoffman of Spearfish, South Dakota, was 56 years old, weighed 235, and had been diagnosed with prediabetes when he began to diet. As the pounds melted away, his wife became alarmed at his rapid weight loss. Then one morning, he awoke and his wife told him he was completely yellow — not from the sun streaming […]

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Tags: Dr. Mark Truty, Pancreatic Cancer


February 17th, 2017

New Weight-Loss Device Helps Mark Harlan Improve His Health

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Mark Harlan tried diets. He tried exercise. He modified his behavior and his lifestyle. Yet nothing worked to keep off extra weight that had plagued him for years. Nothing worked, that is, until Mark underwent a cutting-edge procedure designed to help those who don’t qualify for gastric bypass surgery to shed excess pounds. In 2015, […]

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Tags: Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh, Dr. Christopher Gostout, Intragastic balloon


December 16th, 2016

Busy Father Finds Way Forward Despite Hemochromatosis

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As a father of three and the district manager for 11 large retail stores in Houston, Chad Fogle was used to being tired. But in the spring of 2015, he began experiencing exhaustion far beyond what was typical. “Two hours of being out doing something would exhaust me as much as working 12 hours,” Chad […]

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Tags: Dr. William Palmer, Hereditary Hemochromatosis Clinic


November 10th, 2016

Minimally Invasive Bariatric Procedure Brings Relief, Joy in Food Again

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Stephanie Cortez had been battling the scale for most of her 47 years. Weighing 240 pounds, the Lake Park, Georgia, resident decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery in 2008 in the hopes of losing a hundred pounds. Stephanie made steady progress for the next six years. She adopted and maintained a healthier lifestyle and better […]

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Tags: Dr. Scott Lynch, Dr. Victoria Gomez, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic in Florida


September 24th, 2016

Liver Transplant Allows Young Father to Be There for His Family

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Bryan Duncan didn’t think twice about the lab tests he had as part of a routine medical checkup in the fall of 2014. A 29-year-old father of two small children, Bryan led a busy life, didn’t have any health problems, and felt fine. When the test results came back, though, they showed enzyme levels in […]

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Tags: Dr. Nicholas LaRusso, Gastroenterology, hepatology, Liver Transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis


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