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August 13, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.  is undergoing treatment for bipolar II depression at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the facility said Monday. Mayo Clinic said the diagnosis came after extensive evaluation.  “Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength,” it said in the statement. The statement added: “Many Americans have bipolar disorder. Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors.
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August 29, 2013 | By Michael McGough
AB 154, a bill in the California Legislature that would allow nurse practitioners, midwives and physician's assistants to perform some early abortions, won't be controversial with most supporters of legal abortion. But it severs a connection between abortion rights and the practice of medicine that played an important role in the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The supposedly indispensable role of the doctor in abortion decisions also has figured in the defense of abortion rights by politicians, including those who say the procedure should be rare -- such as Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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HEALTH
June 23, 2008 | Susan Brink
Cynthia Burstein Waldman of Los Angeles got tired of feeling she knew more than her doctors did about her hereditary heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; tired of worrying that a provider might accidentally give her a contraindicated drug, like nitroglycerin, in an emergency; tired of hearing conflicting information from doctors who rarely saw a woman her age with the condition. "It's not a disease most people, even cardiologists, see in their practice," she says.
SCIENCE
July 17, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
It's a story that is captivating people on both sides of the Atlantic. On Feb. 28, the Desert Sun newspaper reported , a man was discovered unconscious in a Motel 6 in Palm Springs. He was taken to the hospital, where he awoke in the emergency room.  Four pieces of identification the man carried indicated that his name was Michael Thomas Boatwright. But the man couldn't remember his name and didn't recognize his own face on his California ID.  He believed his name was Johan Ek. He spoke only Swedish.
NEWS
September 7, 1989 | From Associated Press
Former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, were scheduled to begin routine physical examinations at Mayo Clinic, Reagan spokesman Mark Weinberg said Wednesday. Weinberg refused to release further details of the Reagans' stay.
NEWS
November 14, 1985 | United Press International
Evangelist Billy Graham is undergoing tests this week at the Mayo Clinic, including a hernia examination and an angiogram, a spokesman said Wednesday. Graham, 66, was admitted Tuesday night for the angiogram, which involves threading a catheter into the heart and injecting dye so doctors can check the heart vessels. Doctors decided Graham needs surgery for the hernia, the spokesman said. It will be done early next year.
NEWS
September 6, 1989 | From Times wire services
Former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, planned to arrive today for routine physical examinations at the Mayo Clinic, said Reagan spokesman Mark Weinberg. The Reagans have a longstanding relationship with Mayo physicians. Nancy Reagan's stepfather, who was a doctor, was a friend of Dr. Oliver Beahrs, a retired clinic surgeon.
NEWS
November 16, 1985 | Associated Press
Evangelist Billy Graham left Friday for his home in North Carolina after a three-day Mayo Clinic checkup, which included a stress test and angiogram to check for coronary artery disease. He was released from St. Mary's Hospital on Thursday morning. Graham said that the angiogram--a diagnostic X-ray of the heart--was negative and the results of all his other tests were excellent. He said he never had any cardiac symptoms but had come to the clinic to have doctors examine a diaphragmatic hernia.
NEWS
September 15, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Former President Ronald Reagan left the hospital today, tipping his hat to well-wishers and revealing a shaved spot on his head where Mayo Clinic physicians performed skull surgery a week ago. Reagan, 78, and his wife, Nancy, flew back home to Los Angeles aboard a privately owned DC-9 jet.
NEWS
November 29, 1989 | From United Press International
First Lady Barbara Bush underwent tests Tuesday for vision problems related to a thyroid disorder and said she expects to return to the Mayo Clinic for treatment. Mrs. Bush was in a joking mood after the examination. Asked by a reporter how she felt, she replied: "Listen, I could wrestle you to the ground. Nobody feels any better than I do. Truthfully, when I wake up in the morning I can hardly wait to do that which I am going to do today. I'd just like it better if I could just see it once."
WORLD
March 27, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
RANTHAMBORE, India - The operating rooms are dark and gloomy, the power outages far too frequent; the layout is chaotic, and the recruitment of good doctors difficult. Running a rural hospital in India is a labor of love marked by shortages, budget deficits and stiff competition from witch doctors and superstition - a tiny slice of the challenge India faces as it tries to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Rupinder Kaur, executive director of Ranthambore Sevika Hospital in Rajasthan state, strides past villagers huddled on rickety benches into one of the four wards, her yellow scarf racing to keep up. The hospital is at the end of a steep, bad road beside Ranthambore National Park, one of India's most famous tiger reserves.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.  is undergoing treatment for bipolar II depression at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the facility said Monday. Mayo Clinic said the diagnosis came after extensive evaluation.  “Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength,” it said in the statement. The statement added: “Many Americans have bipolar disorder. Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Sidney Crosby 's planned 15 minutes on the ice against the New York Rangers Thursday night mark his first hockey game more than three months after being once again sidelined by concussion-like symptoms. The Pittsburgh Penguins star has experienced dizziness and headaches since the beginning of 2011, when he suffered a concussion in January after playing the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning . He returned briefly in November, to much fanfare, but was quickly taken out of the rink after his symptoms returned.
NEWS
February 20, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
British actress Judi Dench is seeking to downplay fears over the revelation that she is suffering from a degenerative eye condition. The Oscar-winning Dench, perhaps best known as James Bond's mysterious boss M, has been dealing with two different forms of macular generation -- one in each eye. According to Reuters, she can no longer read scripts and has to have someone read them out loud to her, "like reading me a story. " According to the National Eye Institute, macular degeneration occurs in an area known as the macula, which sits at the center of the light-sensitive tissue known as the retina, located at the back of the eye socket.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The flight of medical mercy that abruptly turned tragic this week, killing an organ transplant team, began as a routine flight, say federal investigators probing the crash. Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Jose Obregon, the chief investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said there was no distress signal or other warning before the Bell 206 helicopter crashed and burned in a wooded area about 12 miles northeast of Palatka, Fla. "It looked like a normal flight," Obregon said.
NEWS
October 27, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Soul singer Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning with empty vodka bottles in her room -- a "death by misadventure," according to the investigating coroner. The news is a sad coda for the "Back to Black" singer's passing. Before her death in July, Winehouse had reportedly been attempting to recover from alcohol and drug abuse. Family members were quoted as saying she may even have died from detoxing too quickly and suffering alcohol withdrawal. But the coroner's report found that Winehouse had consumed 416 milligrams per deciliter of blood.
NATIONAL
October 13, 2009 | Washington Post
The Mayo Clinic is no longer accepting some Medicare and Medicaid patients, raising new questions about whether it is too selective to serve as a model for healthcare reform. The White House has repeatedly praised Mayo and other medical centers, many of which are in the Upper Midwest, that perform well in Dartmouth College rankings showing wide disparities in how much hospitals spend on Medicare patients. The centers have capitalized on their status to insert into healthcare legislation provisions that would result in higher Medicare payments for hospitals that do well on the rankings, while punishing those elsewhere -- mostly in big cities and the South -- that spend the most per Medicare patient.
NEWS
September 21, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
A Florida woman with a double uterus managed a 1-in-5-million feat, according to her doctor: She gave birth to twins -- one from each uterus. Andreea Barbosa, 24, gave birth to Nathan and Natalie last week. She and her husband conceived the twins without reproductive medicine or extra effort, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Roughly one in 2,000 women has what's called uterus didelphys, said Barbosa's obstetrician, Dr. Patricia St. John. It happens when the two small tubes that join to form the uterus end up growing into separate structures, according to the Mayo Clinic.
HEALTH
May 16, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
They complain of mysterious, creepy symptoms: bugs — or some form of infestation — crawling beneath their skin, sometimes burrowing to the surface, leaving odd specks and colored filaments in their wake. They have flocked to websites to share details of their malady, which they call Morgellons disease; they have charged the medical community with ignoring their plight and have strong-armed the government into studying it. They go from doctor to doctor, carrying specimens in Ziploc bags and on glass slides, desperate to find a physical cause.
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