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Robotic surgery shortens recovery time for patients

Since 2011, thousands of Mayo Clinic Health System patients who have undergone robotic hysterectomies or prostate procedures have experienced a much shorter healing time due to the technology. Now, as robotic procedures have moved into general surgery, more patients are experiencing the benefits of robotic surgery for hernia procedures.

March 27, 2019

Gratitude challenge participants find new appreciation for life

Focusing on gratitude can help you find new appreciation for life. Learn how practicing gratitude impacted two community members' lives. What might gratitude do for you?

December 31, 2018

Mike eats veggies

Mike Hesch eats carrots. And Brussels sprouts. And sweet potatoes. In fact, Mike is very eloquent about his newfound love for vegetables. Eating well is just one of the elements of Mike’s healthy lifestyle, which involves a three-pronged approach: nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.

September 24, 2018

Are your kids ready to go back to school?

It's time for the back-to-school countdown. In addition to school supplies and clothes, make sure your child's health needs are addressed, too.

August 1, 2018

What's up with Wabi?

There is something special about Camp Wabi, a camp designed specifically to help young people struggling with weight. Campers and counselors share what's up with Wabi.

June 8, 2018

Access medical information, care team with Patient Online Services

It’s a pattern that is all too familiar to many patients: You have a visit with your provider regarding an important health concern only to return home and forget the details of your diagnosis or treatment plan. Now, how do you find the time in your busy day to contact your provider?

April 18, 2018

Is a do-not-resuscitate tattoo a valid advance directive?

With the growing popularity of tattoos, you may wonder if a tattoo is the best way to express health care wishes.

James Deming, M.D. By James Deming April 16, 2018

Pacemakers: Past and present

Pacemakers have evolved over the years by becoming more compact and sophisticated, but they still operate the same way in keeping the heart beating at a regular rate.

January 19, 2018

Women’s health: Education is the answer

Women’s bodies experience many changes over a lifetime, so it’s never too late to educate yourself about what to expect.

November 25, 2016

Mayo Clinic Children’s Center

This year, Mayo Clinic celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Clinic Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital. However, Mayo Clinic’s history in caring for children, both locally and across the region, began long before the creation of the children’s hospital.

May 16, 2016

Recognizing seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

When the smell of wood smoke fills the air and night falls before dinner, rest assured that autumn has turned to winter. But somewhere between the backyard bonfires and sipping hot cocoa, a less pleasant phenomenon takes hold of some people — seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

January 29, 2016

Getting to the heart of the matter: Women and cardiovascular disease

Are you feeling chest pain? Tingling or numbness in your left shoulder? Nausea? You might be having a heart attack — but you might not realize it.

October 9, 2015