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Neurology & Neurosurgery

May 9th, 2017

Stroke of Luck — Quick Response and New Treatment Keep Curtis Wood in the Game

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Quick assessment and expert care are key to successful stroke treatment. Curtis Wood benefitted from both through Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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Tags: Comprehensive Stroke Center, Dr. Benjamin Eidelman, Dr. Robert Wharen, Dr. W. David Freeman, Telestroke


May 1st, 2017

Wife, Mother and Nurse Gains a New Title — Brain Cancer Survivor

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A Mayo Clinic oncology nurse, Nicole Barlanti knew how tough cancer could be. What she didn’t know was that she’d have to face it firsthand, while she was still in her 20s. Here’s Nicole’s story, in her own words.

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Tags: brain tumor, Dr. Ron Reimer, glioblastoma, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Nicole Barlanti


April 13th, 2017

Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor

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To the delight of everyone who knows 3-year-old Rayna Speary, her head is perfectly round and smooth and average size. Given that the youngster was diagnosed and treated for an extremely rare brain tumor that caused her head to balloon in size as a 4-month-old, and that she underwent a dramatic surgery at Mayo Clinic […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. David Daniels, Family Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery


April 6th, 2017

Disc Replacement Keeps Darrell Deutz Behind the Lens

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As a talented wedding photographer, the pain of cervical stenosis with a herniated disc left Darrell Deutz, age 59, searching for solutions. “I’ve photographed over a thousand weddings in my life,” says Darrell, who owns his own studio based in Fargo, North Dakota. “A lot of photographers don’t like the pressure. There is no second […]

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Tags: Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Dr. Rodolfo Savica, Neurology and Neurosurgery


March 24th, 2017

Racing Ahead to a New Career After a Brain Injury

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Just four months after being in a coma, Mike Short was crawling through tunnels, jumping over fiery logs, and scaling walls as part of a 5K race known as a “rugged maniac.” The Georgia native owes his ability to participate in the race to the neurocritical care team at Mayo Clinic that helped him recover […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Pizzi, Dr. W. David Freeman, Epilepsy, MayoClinicFL, Mike Short, Neurocritical Care, Neurology and Neurosurgery


March 7th, 2017

Teamwork Gives Maureen Connell an Accurate Diagnosis and Much-Needed Relief From Hydrocephalus

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Barry Connell couldn’t be happier to have his wife of 53 years, Maureen, back. Though the couple spent 16 years traveling cross-country after Barry retired as president of a manufacturing company in Connecticut, nothing prepared them for the difficult journey they would embark on when Maureen’s health began to decline rapidly in 2015. For the […]

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Tags: Dr. Betty Kim, Hydrocephalus, Neurosurgery, Transverse myelitis


February 13th, 2017

Skillful Spine Surgery Gets Rid of a Rare Tumor and Keeps Mike LaBorde on His Feet

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For more than a year, Mike LaBorde thought he had carpal tunnel syndrome. His left hand and arm often tingled and felt numb. He wore a brace for a while, but it didn’t help. Then he had carpal tunnel surgery, not once, but twice. The surgeries made no difference. “I was quite aggravated that the […]

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Tags: Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Neurosurgery


February 10th, 2017

Playing Piano Again After Stroke Is Music to Judith Johnson’s Ears

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In October 2016, Judith Johnson, Ph.D. — who is retired from the library at Florida State College at Jacksonville — was at home recovering from back surgery. While she was sitting in bed talking on the phone with a friend, something suddenly went wrong. Judith felt herself sliding in between the bed and the nightstand. […]

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Tags: Comprehensive Stroke Center, Dr. Benjamin Brown, stroke


February 3rd, 2017

Astounding Recovery for an 8-Year-Old Boy Shot by an Arrow

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It’s a story that plays out like a Hollywood movie. A young boy is accidentally struck by an arrow and narrowly escapes death. The arrow pierces the 8-year-old’s backbone and splits his spinal cord. He’s paralyzed from the waist down, and his doctors fear he’ll never walk again. But remarkably, the story has a happy […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. Denise Klinkner, Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Emergency medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


February 1st, 2017

14-Year-Old Writes the Book on Beating the Odds

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Nathaniel Kirera wasn’t expected to survive birth. When he did, then he wasn’t expected to live to see his first birthday, much less his 14th. He also wasn’t supposed to be able learn, let alone write a book. But he’s done all that, and today his medical odyssey is behind him. That Nate has achieved […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. Katherine Nickels, Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Hydrocephalus


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