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When you are looking for an alternative to your current medical care where do you go? Who can you reach out to? Herbal solutions have been healing people for thousands of years. People have been living a better quality of life using natural remedies. Get to the root cause of your problems and don't get stuck in being able to reach ultimate health. Medical researchers are researching herbs to make new drugs. Why not go straight to the source? Herbs work better than chemical alternatives regardless. This is why you can't rebuild your body back to health. Chemicals can only keep your body from feeling worse. Drugs do not activate your body's full healing potential.
Being a Chiropractor in Los Angeles and near Hollywood is easy access via the Metro and Freeway. Kwang Wellness is close to the Los Angeles and Burbank Airports. Kwang Wellness shipping division is especially trained to forward our Medicinal Chinese Herb Teas to those who live outside Los Angeles. By analyzing your DNA you get the program that will empower you during your detox cleanse and programs for other issues with the body.
Using Chinese herbal teas are effective in weakening external pathogens quickly. This will allow the immune system to attack the external pathogens and destroy them. This takes the stress off a weakened body. Chronically sick people need to eradicate external pathogens quickly to begin the healing process. The human body can cope for years with fungus and parasites. By getting a strand of your hair analyzed, you will be given a program specifically to help your body receive the correct herbal teas and liquid vitamins to help restore your health naturally with solutions to your health problems.. ~Dr. Charles Kwang
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Dr. Kwang offers alternative natural solutions to health problems. Dr. Kwang is a certified Nutritionist and Herbalist and employs hair analysis and DNA testing in cutting edge detox program designed to address unresolving chronic pain and illness. Dr. Kwang’s natural health procedures address what is blocking the system from its own natural detox and healing process. Dr. Kwang has helped over 1000 patients restore their natural ability to eliminate the toxins generating inflammation and preventing painful conditions from improving. Dr. Kwang has the magical ability to get rid of unwanted conditions for those ready to work on themselves holistically. Call and come in to our Los Angeles CA office or go online submit a sample and receive a DNA test health analysis and begin your path to health.
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The ancient Chinese write up on medicine library was purchased by Dr. Kwang and translated to English passing down through the ages a source of the body healing alternative to regular medicine. By the time of the Han Dynasty about 100 BC, China had become a major center of medical research and the home of some of the world's best doctors. These doctors wrote the Neijing, a book about medicine, organizing and explaining all of their treatments. Through Dr. Kwang's research and discovery he has a factory that makes these "teas" and ships them all over the world after the DNA analysis, bringing the best alternative healings custom made for each individual.
Detoxify your way back to health. Being a nutritionist and natural healing chiropractor in the big city I picked up all kinds of tips on how to stay healthy on a budget and still keep my individuality as I empower you. Eating a proper, nutritious diet offers numerous health benefits that keep you mentally and physically well. Proper nutrition doesn’t mean starving yourself, but instead means eating a diet balanced in lean proteins, carbs and fats. Ginseng, as one example of the many herbs I use in my Chinese Medicine, is valued for its ability to boost energy levels and speed metabolism. I specialize in detoxification and I will be guiding you to the package that is right for you in building your immune system for starters.
~Dr. Charles Kwang
Our immune system is very effective in keeping bacteria and viruses at bay. The fungus and parasites are not so easy. They are immune to our white blood cells. Fungus has been able to attach themselves to white blood cells. Parasites are too big or have shielding that makes them impervious to white blood cell attack.
The idea that Chinese herbal medicine has come about was to help with the attack of external pathogens. Our immune system is very good when it is well maintained with proper diet, exercise, and sleep. When we compromise our own immune system we lend ourselves to attack. We become infected with fungus and parasites when our immune system is compromised. It takes time to rebuild our immune system. If we deplete our own reserves then we will not be able to rebuild our immune system.
A successful nutritional program is to eat vegetables and fruits for the minerals and vitamins; grains, seeds and beans provide essential amino acids and essential fats. This will give us the reserves we need to maintain our immune system.
10 Health Problems Related to Stress That You Can Fix
Need another thing to get stressed out about? Your stress itself could be making you sick.
"Stress doesn't only make us feel awful emotionally," says Jay Winner, MD, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif. "It can also exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of."
Studies have found many health problems related to stress. Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma.
Before you get too stressed out about being stressed out, there is some good news. Following some simple stress relief tips could both lower your stress and lower your health risks.
What are some of the most significant health problems related to stress? Here's a sampling.
1. Heart disease. Researchers have long suspected that the stressed-out, type A personality has a higher risk of high blood pressure and heart problems. We don't know why, exactly. Stress can directly increase heart rate and blood flow, and causes the release of cholesterol and triglycerides into the blood stream. It's also possible that stress is related to other problems -- an increased likelihood of smoking or obesity -- that indirectly increase the heart risks.
Doctors do know that sudden emotional stress can be a trigger for serious cardiac problems, including heart attacks. People who have chronic heart problems need to avoid acute stress -- and learn how to successfully manage life's unavoidable stresses -- as much as they can.
2. Asthma. Many studies have shown that stress can worsen asthma. Some evidence suggests that a parent's chronic stress might even increase the risk of developing asthma in their children. One study looked at how parental stress affected the asthma rates of young children who were also exposed to air pollution or whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. The kids with stressed out parents had a substantially higher risk of developing asthma.
3. Obesity. Excess fat in the belly seems to pose greater health risks than fat on the legs or hips -- and unfortunately, that's just where people with high stress seem to store it. "Stress causes higher levels of the hormone cortisol," says Winner, "and that seems to increase the amount of fat that's deposited in the abdomen."
4. Diabetes. Stress can worsen diabetes in two ways. First, it increases the likelihood of bad behaviors, such as unhealthy eating and excessive drinking. Second, stress seems to raise the glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes directly.
5. Headaches. Stress is considered one of the most common triggers for headaches -- not just tension headaches, but migraines as well.
6. Depression and anxiety. It's probably no surprise that chronic stress is connected with higher rates of depression and anxiety. One survey of recent studies found that people who had stress related to their jobs -- like demanding work with few rewards -- had an 80% higher risk of developing depression within a few years than people with lower stress.
7. Gastrointestinal problems. Here's one thing that stress doesn't do -- it doesn't cause ulcers. However, it can make them worse. Stress is also a common factor in many other GI conditions, such as chronic heartburn (or gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Winner says.
8. Alzheimer's disease. One animal study found that stress might worsen Alzheimer's disease, causing its brain lesions to form more quickly. Some researchers speculate that reducing stress has the potential to slow down the progression of the disease.
9. Accelerated aging. There's actually evidence that stress can affect how you age. One study compared the DNA of mothers who were under high stress -- they were caring for a chronically ill child -- with women who were not. Researchers found that a particular region of the chromosomes showed the effects of accelerated aging. Stress seemed to accelerate aging about 9 to 17 additional years.
10. Premature death. A study looked at the health effects of stress by studying elderly caregivers looking after their spouses -- people who are naturally under a great deal of stress. It found that caregivers had a 63% higher rate of death than people their age who were not caregivers.
Still, you might be wondering why. Why would stress make us sick? Why would an emotional feeling wreck havoc on our bodies?
Stress isn't only a feeling. "Stress isn't just in your head," Winner says. It's a built-in physiologic response to a threat. When you're stressed, your body responds. Your blood vessels constrict. Your blood pressure and pulse rise. You breathe faster. Your bloodstream is flooded with hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
"When you're chronically stressed, those physiologic changes, over time, can lead to health problems," Winner tells WebMD.
While the number of health problems related to stress might be alarming, don't despair. Studies suggest that stress management techniques will not only make you feel better, but they might have concrete health benefits.
For instance, one study of heart attack survivors found that taking a stress management class slashed their risks of a second cardiac event by 74%. There's even some evidence that stress management will improve immunity.
Still, many of us remain skeptical about stress management. After all, our lives are just plain stressful. We have busy jobs, families to raise, tight finances, and no time to spare. Stress management might seem like a nice idea, but completely impossible.
It's true that you might not be able to remove all the stressful things from your life. But you can change how you respond to them, Winner says. That's what stress management is all about. Learning some basic stress relief techniques isn't difficult, either.
The next time you feel stressed, here are four stress relief tips you can try.
1. Breathe deeply. Just a few minutes of deep breathing can calm you and tame the physiologic stress response, Winner says. While building in a specific time to relax each day is a good idea, one advantage to deep breathing for stress relief is that you can do it anywhere -- at your desk or in your (parked) car, for instance.
Winner recommends that as you breathe out, you relax a specific muscle group. Start with the muscles in your jaw. On the next breath out, relax your shoulders. Move through the different areas of your body until you're feeling calm.
2. Focus on the moment. When you're stressed, you're probably living in the future or the past. You're worried about what to do next or regretful about something you've already done. To get some stress relief, instead try focusing on what you're doing right now.
"You can calm yourself by bringing yourself back to the present moment," says Winner. "If you're walking, feel the sensation of your legs moving. If you're eating, focus on the taste and the sensation of the food."
3. Reframe the situation. So you're already running late and then find yourself stuck in terrible traffic. Getting worked up is a natural reaction, but it won't help you at all. Rather than swearing and pounding the steering wheel, get a different perspective. Look at that time as an opportunity -- a few minutes to yourself where you don't have any other obligations.
4. Keep your problems in perspective. It might seem Pollyannaish, but the next time you're feeling stressed out, think about the things for which you're grateful.
"We get stressed when we focus so much on a specific problem that we lose perspective," says Winner. "You need to remind yourself of the basic ways in which you're lucky -- that you have family and friends, that you can see, that you can walk." It can be a surprisingly effective method for stress relief.
While these stress management techniques can help in the moment, you can also make a few larger changes to your way of life. Regular exercise is key to long-term stress management, says Winner. People who exercise tend to have better moods and more energy than people who don't. What's more, regular exercise will independently lower your risks for many health problems.
Learning some relaxation techniques, meditation, or yoga will help with stress management, too. Getting good at any of these approaches will take a little time and practice, but the payoff -- for your short-term mood and long-term health -- could be substantial.
Symptoms of 12 serious diseases and health problems facts
When is a cough "just" a cough, or a headache a symptom to be concerned about? Listed are signs and symptoms that could indicate a serious health condition, and you should see a doctor if you experience any symptoms of concern. Sometimes, a symptom in one part of the body may be a sign of a problem in another part of the body. Moreover, unrelated symptoms that might be minor on their own could be warning signs of a more serious medical disease or condition. Listen to your body, note all symptoms, and share them in detail with your doctor.
• Signs of a heart attack include pain, pressure, squeezing, or feeling of fullness in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes; pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body; shortness of breath; cold sweat; nausea; or lightheadedness.
• Signs of a stroke include facial drooping, arm weakness, difficulty with speech, rapidly developing dizziness or balance, sudden numbness or weakness, loss of vision, confusion, or severe headache.
• Symptoms of reproductive health problems include bleeding or spotting between periods; itching, burning, or irritation genital area; pain or discomfort during sex; heavy or painful menstrual bleeding; severe pelvic/abdominal pain; unusual vaginal discharge; feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen; and frequent urination or urinary urgency.
• Symptoms of breast problems include nipple discharge, unusual breast tenderness or pain, breast or nipple skin changes, or lump or thickening in or near breast or in the underarm area.
• Symptoms of lung problems include coughing up blood, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chronic cough, repeated bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia, and wheezing.
• Symptoms of stomach or digestive problems include rectal bleeding, blood in the stool or black stools, changes in bowel habits or not being able to control bowels, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn or acid reflux, or vomiting blood.
• Symptoms of bladder problems include difficult or painful urination, frequent urination, loss of bladder control, blood in urine, waking frequently at night to urinate or wetting the bed at night, or leaking urine.
• Symptoms of skin problems include changes in skin moles, frequent flushing and redness of face and neck, jaundice, skin lesions that don't go away or heal, new growths or moles on the skin, and thick, red skin with silvery patches.
• Symptoms of muscle or joint problems include persistent muscle pains and body aches that are persistent, for example, numbness or tingling; pain, tenderness, stiffness, swelling, inflammation, or redness in or around joints; and decreased range of motion or loss of function of any joints or muscles.
• Symptoms of emotional problems include anxiety, depression fatigue, feeling tense, flashbacks and nightmares, disinterest in regular activities, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, or delusions.
• Symptoms of headache problems (not including everyday tension headaches) include headaches that come on suddenly, "the worst headache of your life," and headache associated with severe dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and inability to walk.
• Symptoms of eating or weight problems include extreme thirst, dehydration, excessive hunger, losing weight without trying, binging, vomiting, starvation, preoccupation with food and weight, distorted body image, compulsive exercise, abuse of laxatives or diet pills, and depression
Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
Chest pain and pressure are the characteristic symptoms of a heart attack; however, women are somewhat more likely than men to experience heart attack that does not occur in this typical fashion. Instead, some women with heart attacks may experience more of the other symptoms, like
Heart attacks in real life often are not as dramatic as they appear to be in movies. Some early symptoms of a heart attack can happen a month or so before the heart attack.
Before a heart attack, you may experience these symptoms:
1. Unusual fatigue/low energy
2. Trouble sleeping
3. Problems breathing
6. Back or abdominal pain
During a heart attack, these symptoms may occur:
7. Pain, uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or feeling of fullness in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
8. Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
9. Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
Other symptoms are:
10. Breaking out in a cold sweat
11. Nausea and/or vomiting,
Women also experience chest pain or discomfort, but also are more likely than men to experience
13. shortness of breath,
14. nausea/vomiting, and
15. back or jaw pain.
If you have any of the above symptoms, go to an emergency room right away or call 911.
Signs of a stroke happen suddenly and are different from signs of a heart attack. The American Stroke Association recommends remembering the mnemonic F.A.S.T. to spot a stroke and know when to call 9-1-1 for help:
1. Face drooping
2. Arm weakness
3. Speech difficulty
4. Time to call 9-1-1
Other signs and symptoms of stroke to watch for include:
1. Sudden or rapidly developing problems with sight
2. Sudden or rapidly developing problems with dizziness, balance, and coordination
3. Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs
4. Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
5. Sudden inability to say the right word, incoherent speech, or slurred speech
6. Severe headache with no known cause
If you have any of the above symptoms, go to an emergency room right away or call 911.
Signs and symptoms of breast problems include:
1. Nipple discharge (could be milky, yellowish, greenish, or brownish)
2. Unusual breast tenderness or pain
3. Breast or nipple skin changes, such as ridges, dimpling, pitting, swelling, redness, or scaling
4. Lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
5. Inverted nipples
Symptoms of serious lung problems include:
1. Coughing up blood
2. Severe wheezing
3. Difficulty breathing
If you have any of the above symptoms, go to an emergency room right away or call 911.
Other symptoms of lung problems include:
4. Persistent, chronic cough that gets worse over time
6. Chronic mucus production (phlegm)
7. Chronic chest pain, especially discomfort which gets worse when you inhale or cough
Contact a health-care professional to discuss your symptoms.
Bladder problems can be frustrating and embarrassing, and are not something you should simply "learn to live with," as they can be signs of a more serious condition. See a health-care professional if you experience any of the following symptoms of bladder problems:
1. Difficult or painful urination
2. Frequent urination (more than 8 times daily)
3. Loss of bladder control
5. Feeling the urge to urinate when the bladder is empty
6. Waking frequently at night to urinate or wetting the bed at night
7. Leaking urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or exercise
Urologists are doctors that specialize in the function and diseases of the bladder.
Note: These symptoms can have a physical cause and are usually treatable.
1. Anxiety and constant worry
2. Feeling depressed, empty, sad all the time, or worthless
3. Extreme fatigue even when rested
4. Extreme tension that can't be explained
5. Flashbacks and nightmares about traumatic events
6. No interest in getting out of bed or doing regular activities, including eating or having sex
7. Thoughts about suicide and death
8. Thoughts of killing others
9. Seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations)
10. Seeing things differently from what they are (delusions)
11. "Baby blues" that haven't gone away two weeks after giving birth and seem to get worse over time
12. Thoughts about harming yourself or your baby after giving birth
If you feel suicidal or homicidal, seek medical treatment immediately. If you experience any other mental or emotional problems, you may be referred to a psychiatrist, a doctor who specializes in mental illness, and/or a psychologist, who is a counselor who can help you talk about your problems.
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In women, there are numerous conditions that can affect the reproductive system, such as cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, infertility, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and more.
Symptoms of female reproductive and hormonal health problems include:
1. Bleeding or spotting between periods
3. Pain or discomfort during sex
4. Excessively heavy bleeding or severe pain with periods
5. Severe pelvic/abdominal pain
6. A change in vaginal discharge (amount, color or odor)
7. Feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen
8. Frequent urination or feeling of urgency to urinate
10. Pelvic Pain
12. Excessive hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, thumbs, or toes
15. Patches of thickened dark brown or black skin
If you experience any of the above symptoms, see your doctor to determine the cause.
The digestive system runs all the way from your mouth, through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, to the anus. It also includes the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Problems with any of these organs can affect your daily life.
Symptoms of stomach or digestive problems include:
1. Bleeding from the rectum (rectal bleeding)
3. Change in bowel habits or not being able to control your bowels
5. Heartburn or acid reflux (a burning feeling in the throat or mouth)
6. Pain or feeling of fullness in the stomach
8. Chronic vomiting
9. Vomiting blood
For any severe symptoms, go to an emergency room or call 911. For mild or moderate symptoms, call a health-care professional who may recommend you see a gastroenterologist, a specialist in the digestive system who can help diagnose, manage, or treat your condition.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and one type of skin cancer - melanoma - is particularly deadly. It's important to know what your skin normally looks like, and notice any signs and symptoms of skin problems including:
1. Changes in skin moles, such as changes in shape, color or size
2. Frequent flushing and redness of face and neck
3. Jaundice (skin and whites of eyes turn yellow)
4. Painful, crusty, scaling, or oozing skin lesions that don't go away or heal
5. Sensitivity to the sun
6. Small lump on skin that is smooth, shiny, and waxy (red or reddish-brown)
7. New growths or new moles on the skin
8. Thick, red skin with silvery patches
See a dermatologist (a skin specialist) to evaluate any skin problems you are experiencing.
Many different diseases and conditions that can affect the muscles and joints. See a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
1. Muscle pains and body aches that are persistent, or that come and go often
2. Numbness, tingling (pins and needles sensation) or discomfort in the hands, feet, or limbs
3. Pain, tenderness, stiffness, swelling, inflammation, or redness in or around joints
4. Decreased range of motion of the joints
5. Loss of function of any muscles or joints
6. Muscle weakness
7. Decreased grip strength
8. Excessive fatigue
Your general practitioner may refer you to a specialist if you are experiencing muscle or joint problems. You may be referred to a rheumatologist (specialist in disorders of the joints and autoimmune disorders), an orthopedic physician (specialist in the bones and muscles) or to a physiatrist (specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation).
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Note: This does not include everyday tension headaches.
We all have headaches from time to time, but if headaches are particularly severe or frequent, you may have migraines or another serious type of headache disorder.
Symptoms of serious headache disorders include:
1. Headache that comes on suddenly
2. "The worst headache of your life"
3. Headache associated with severe dizziness/fainting, vomiting, and inability to walk
4. Headache associated with confusion, seizure, difficulty speaking, or weakness/numbness in the limbs
If you have any of the above symptoms, go to an emergency room right away or call 911.
Other symptoms of headache problems include:
6. Headaches between the eyes
7. Headaches that last longer than a couple of days
8. Seeing flashing lights or zigzag lines with temporary vision loss before a headache starts
9. Spreading pain in the face that starts in one eye
10. Severe pain on one or both sides of head with nausea or vision problems
Most of us gain or lose some weight from time to time, and this is usually normal. For some people who have eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa, a preoccupation with weight becomes a serious medical issue.
Signs and symptoms of eating or weight problems include:
1. Extreme thirst, dehydration, or hunger
2. Losing weight without trying or abnormal weight loss
3. Desire to binge on food excessively
4. Desire to vomit on purpose
5. Desire to starve (not eat at all)
6. A preoccupation with food and weight
7. Distorted body image
8. Excessive fear of gaining weight
9. Refusing to eat or eating tiny portions or eating alone
10. Compulsive exercise
11. Sensitivity to cold
12. Menstruation ceases
13. Abuse of laxatives, diuretics, or diet pills
Eating disorders are very serious and can lead to severe medical complications, and even death. Tell a health-care professional about your issues with food and weight, or get help if you have a loved one who suffers from these issues. In addition to a doctor who specializes in treating eating disorders, you may need to see a dietician, a psychiatrist, and an eating disorder therapist.
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U.S. News Announces 2017-18 Best Hospitals
Mayo Clinic recognized as nation’s No. 1 hospital; new edition offers information on nearly every hospital nationwide.
Aug. 8, 2017, at 12:01 a.m.
U.S. News Announces 2017-18 Best Hospitals
Washington, DC – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings, today released the 2017-18 Best Hospitals rankings.
In their 28th year, the rankings and ratings compare more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.
For the second consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic claimed the No. 1 spot on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. The Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 2, followed by Johns Hopkins Hospital at No. 3, up from No. 4 last year. The Honor Roll is a distinction awarded to 20 hospitals that deliver exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care.
This year a total of 152 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. For patients seeking care close to home, U.S. News also recognized 535 Best Regional Hospitals, ranking them by state and metro area based on their performance in both complex and common care.
In the specialty rankings, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked No. 1 in cancer, the Cleveland Clinic is No. 1 in cardiology & heart surgery and Hospital for Special Surgery is No. 1 in orthopedics.
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
2. Cleveland Clinic
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
5. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
6. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
7. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
8. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y.
9. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, Calif.
10. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia
11. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
12. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
13. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
14. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh
15. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora
16. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia
17. Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.
18. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
19. NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
20. Mayo Clinic Phoenix
Top Five Best Hospitals in Selected Specialties
Top 5: Cardiology & Heart Surgery
1. Cleveland Clinic
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
3. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y.
4. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Top 5: Cancer
1. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
4. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston
5. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center
Top 5: Orthopedics
1. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
3. Cleveland Clinic
4. Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia
5. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
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30 Most Technologically Advanced Hospitals in the World
Medical research is constantly pushing the boundaries of health care and redefining what is and isn’t possible. Keeping pace with this vigorous progress, hospitals across the globe are continually updating their equipment and services in order to offer the latest in high-tech medical care. From specialist cancer centers with state-of-the-art digital imaging scanners, to multi-disciplinary mega-hospitals featuring cutting-edge medical robots, these are 30 of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the world.
30. University of Missouri Health System: University Hospital – Columbia, Missouri
The University of Missouri Health Care network’s flagship institution, the University Hospital, underwent a major $203 million facelift between 2009 and 2013. Consisting of eight floors, the new tower houses the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and patient care facility. This ultramodern cancer center boasts innovative, time saving “smart rooms,” which automatically record and wirelessly convey patients’ vitals and additional information to the system’s electronic medical databanks. On top of this, the center offers advanced imaging services such as 3D mammography and features “intraoperative teleconferencing technology,” which lets operating doctors talk with pathologists without leaving the room. The patient care tower also uses a ROBOT-Rx drug-dispensing device capable of supplying as many as 3,000 doses a day.
29. Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital – The Chesterfield – Bristol, U.K.
Opened in October 2013 in Bristol, England, Bristol Hospital – The Chesterfield is part of the Nuffield Health private hospital network. Complete with three digital operating rooms and an advanced diagnostic hub, the new facility is the first totally digital hospital in the region. “The innovative equipment used in the high-tech digital theaters will allow surgeons to have complete control over every aspect of their surgery,” explained Nuffield Health. The hospital’s imaging technology is up to the minute, featuring digital mammography, MRI, CT and high-definition endoscopy together with “five-star, state-of-the-art facilities.” According to the Bristol Post, the hospital, which cost $32.74 million to develop, has “[attracted] some of the country’s top consultants – a number of whom are leaders in their field.”
28. Upper River Valley Hospital – New Brunswick, Canada
The Upper River Valley Hospital in New Brunswick, Canada officially opened its doors in November 2007. The futuristic facility was set up in place of New Brunswick hospitals the Carleton Memorial and the Northern Carleton. Impressively, Upper River Valley is Canada’s first LEED-approved all-inclusive hospital. Adding to its eco credentials, the hospital is designed to be fully paperless, which means that medical personnel are able to manage patient data electronically. Outlining its advantages, then-health minister Michael Murphy said, “This means instant access to patient information to provide quicker care in an emergency, and an ability to immediately share information and consult with other health care providers outside the hospital.” The Upper River Valley Hospital – which cost $85 million to complete – is run by Canadian health authority the Horizon Health Network.
27. Hackensack University Medical Center – Hackensack, New Jersey
Based on the number of patients seen, Hackensack University Medical Center is the fourth biggest hospital in the U.S. Established in 1881, the center is part of a campus that comprises various buildings and sites. In 2011 the medical center inaugurated its new $130 million John Theurer Cancer Center building, which boasts over a dozen specialist departments and a dedicated staff of radiation therapy experts. New technology at the hospital includes tomosynthesis 3D mammography – a more precise and comprehensive form of scanning that helps with earlier cancer detection. In partnership with Citrix Systems, the Hackensack University Medical Center introduced a wireless system that medical personnel can use to assess patient data from computers and mobile devices, creating an improved and more efficient work environment.
26. Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center – Portland, Washington
Located in Vancouver, Washington, the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center is part of Portland-based non-profit hospital system Legacy Health. According to Legacy Health, “Legacy Salmon Creek offers the latest medical technology in a warm, comfortable, family-focused environment.” The center is acclaimed for its top-tier joint replacement and stroke treatment programs. In 2012 the Joint Commission certified Legacy Salmon Creek’s Total Joint Program with a “Gold Seal of Approval.” Boasting a state-of-the-art facility, the program excels when it comes to shoulder, knee and hip replacement procedures. Along with Legacy Health’s Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek is one of just two centers in the wider area that employ advanced robotic MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing.
25. Wooridul Spine Hospital – Seoul, South Korea
Offering a “Spine Total Care System,” Wooridul Spine Hospital is acknowledged as being among the top spinal treatment hubs in the world. Founded in 1982, today Wooridul is staffed by over 1,130 neurospinal specialists and various other personnel. The hospital network’s state-of-the-art central site was opened in Seoul in 2007; and now, according to Patients Beyond Borders, Wooridul “manages ten hospitals throughout Korea and has expanded into Indonesia (Jakarta), the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Turkey (Istanbul) and China (Shanghai).” Wooridul’s advanced services cover computer-aided navigation surgical treatments, biocompatible artificial joint surgery, and bloodless 5th digital spinal operations – including 3D C-arm, O-arm, X-MR and CT-guided procedures.
24. St. James’ Institute of Oncology/Leeds Cancer Centre – West Yorkshire, U.K.
In August 2013 the Leeds Cancer Centre in West Yorkshire, England became the foremost hospital in Britain – and the second worldwide – to commence offering groundbreaking Elekta Versa HD radiotherapy treatment. The Leeds Cancer Center is backed by the world-renowned St. James’ University Hospital, which was founded in 1925. The center operates in St. James’ Institute of Oncology’s relatively new Bexley Wing, which was opened in December 2007. Since 2009 the St. James’ Institute of Oncology has also featured the pioneering Leeds Gamma Knife Centre, which boasts the most technologically sophisticated Gamma Knife in the world – the $4.93 million Leksell Perfexion. Opened in 2012, the St. James’ Institute of Oncology’s radiology facility has apparently “been totally transformed thanks to an £850,000 [$1.4 million] investment” and offers integrated services and high-tech equipment.
23. Houston Methodist Hospital – Houston, Texas
Founded in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital is the centerpiece of the Houston Methodist Hospital System. Situated at the Texas Medical Center – the biggest facility of its kind in the world – Houston Methodist Hospital is dedicated to redefining traditional health care practices and regularly places on U.S. News & World Report’s top hospitals in the U.S. lists. According to the Houston Methodist System’s website, its “surgeons perform hundreds of robotic procedures each year, using robotic technology to treat heart disease, prostate cancer, uterine tumors, uterine fibroids and other conditions.” The hospital boasts a quartet of sophisticated da Vinci Surgical Systems and promises “the country’s most advanced robotic operating rooms, providing patients the least invasive, safest surgical treatment for complex conditions like cardiovascular disease.”
22. Hartford Hospital – Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford Hospital in Connecticut boasts eight surgical robots, which are used to carry out robotically assisted prostatectomies, heart surgery, and urological and gynecological procedures. The hospital also engages robots to assist with education and innovation as well as research. In October 2012 its medical staff inserted a right ventricular Impella – described as a “mini heart” – into a patient for the first time in U.S. history. Besides this, the facility operates an O-arm surgical imaging system, which is used with Medtronic StealthStation navigational devices to precisely produce “real-time, intra-operative imaging of a patient’s anatomy with high quality images and a large field-of-view in both two and three dimensions.” Two more high-tech imaging gadgets at the hospital’s disposal are the Sentinelle Breast MRI and the LightSpeed VCT XTe 64 “slice” CT scanner.
21. Vale Hospital – Hensol, South Wales, U.K.
Opened in June 2010, Vale Hospital in Hensol, South Wales is one of the most technologically progressive hospitals in Britain. Jointly established by Vale Healthcare and Nuffield Health, the state-of-the-art private facility features a pair of ultramodern, custom-designed digital operating rooms. Here, high-definition image resolution allows for a more straightforward and efficient execution of difficult surgeries, and according to surgeon Tim Havard, it’s also “very helpful to have instant access to x-rays and other patient information… displayed on big screens.” These advanced operating theaters, together with the hospital’s two dozen private en-suite bedrooms, high dependency unit, set of consulting rooms and diagnostic imaging services, make Vale “the most modern private hospital in Wales,” according to its official website.
20. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) comprises a large network of hospitals and facilities collectively considered to be among America’s leading health care resources. Founded in 1893, the centerpiece of the enterprise is UPMC Presbyterian, which is recognized for its organ transplants, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and stroke care, among other areas of expertise. In 2012 doctors from the center inserted two electrode grids into the left motor cortex of a patient paralyzed below the neck, enabling her to control a high-tech robot arm. According to The Atlantic, “The goal is to create mind-controlled prosthetics to restore some independence to the paralyzed.” UPMC also co-manages the Center for Assistive Technology. And in July 2013 it was named the ‘Most Wired’ health network in the U.S. for the fifteenth time in a row.
19. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Houston, Texas
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is part of the Texas Medical Center in Houston. It was instituted in 1941 and in 1971 became one of the original triad of full-service cancer treatment facilities in the U.S. As well as undertaking cancer research and treatment, the center is a teaching hospital, offering advanced programs covering subjects such as cytogenetic technology, histotechnology, cytotechnology, molecular genetic technology, diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy and molecular genetic technology. In 2013 the school introduced a course in diagnostic genetics, which includes infectious disease and cancer genetics testing, molecular evolution and bioinformatics, and prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomics. And in January 2014 pioneering research carried out at the hospital suggested that tumor tissue testing for data relating to cancer genetics could be supplanted by blood testing.
18. Guy’s and St. Thomas’ – London, U.K.
The Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust includes Central London-based hospitals Guy’s and St. Thomas’. According to the trust’s official website, “Guy’s and St. Thomas’ has pioneered the use of robotic technology in the U.K.” These hospitals are particularly well known for their robot-aided urological procedures. The trust first introduced da Vinci Surgical Systems in 2004; then in 2011 it updated to the most recent da Vinci “Si” Surgical System, which has four robotic arms and a dual console – enabling two doctors to operate simultaneously. In 2012, with the help of Microsoft Kinect for Windows, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ became two of the first hospitals to trial “touchless technology,” allowing medical teams to use gestures and vocal commands to study and manipulate images without ever having to touch them. The aim of the technology is to minimize threats to the hospitals’ sterile surgical environments.
17. UCLA Health: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center – Los Angeles, California
Opened in June 2008, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center cost more than a billion dollars to build and equip. It is part of UCLA Health, which claims to be home to some of the world’s most technologically progressive hospitals. UCLA Health’s network offers advanced robotically assisted surgery, virtual robotic telemedicine, prostate MRI scans, dual-source computed tomography scanning, and PET/CT imaging. The operating theaters of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center itself are filled with the most modern equipment available and are designed to adapt to changing medical technology. What’s more, they are outfitted with breakthrough audio and video-conferencing resources, which allow students and doctors to watch surgical procedures as they happen, from anywhere in the world.
16. Mercy San Juan Medical Center – Carmichael, California
Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, California first opened in 1967; more recently, in late 2009, it added a contemporary, six-floor patient tower to its facilities. Mercy San Juan is part of non-profit operator Dignity Health, which also runs Mercy General Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, among others. Dignity Health promises “nationally recognized care and cutting-edge technology in a wide range of medical services.” In 2013 Mercy San Juan got media tongues wagging when it introduced revolutionary “doctor on wheels” the RP-VITA robot – which has also enhanced Mercy General Hospital Sacramento and Mercy Hospital of Folsom’s medical armories. Doctors control the robots remotely using computers or mobile devices such as iPads and in this way can interact with patients and even make use of instruments like stethoscopes. This allows specialists to be available, at the touch of a button, from wherever they happen to be.
15. Massachusetts General Hospital – Boston, Massachusetts
Now the main hospital of Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital is located in Boston. It was established in 1811 and today is recognized around the world for its pioneering cancer treatment and diagnosis services. Furthermore, with a yearly budget in excess of $750 million, it’s home to the most extensive hospital-based research setup on the planet. In May 2013 the hospital introduced a state-of-the-art connectome scanner, which Discover magazine described as “the world’s most advanced brain scanner.” The high-tech device creates images that are up to eight times more comprehensive than those of regular MRI scanners – and in a fraction of the time. The hospital has also made advances in optical frequency domain imaging, near-infrared fluorescence imaging, optical coherence tomography, and sophisticated neurotechnology.
14. Ramkhamhaeng Hospital – Bangkok, Thailand
Founded in February 1988, today Ramkhamhaeng Hospital continues to uphold Bangkok’s tradition of providing high-caliber private health care. “Patients at Bangkok’s Ramkhamhaeng Hospital are met by high technology from the moment they first step inside, when they receive a ‘guide card’ that contains their data along with a barcode,” wrote The Nation journalist Jintana Panyaarvudh. Medical personnel then scan these cards to ensure that patients’ records, IDs, files and medication needs match up. When doctors have made their diagnoses, they enter the data electronically, with the prescription being transmitted to the hospital’s pharmaceutical department. For inpatients, Ramkhamhaeng utilizes a drug-allocating robot, which likewise decreases the risk of human error and speeds up the process. The hospital’s advanced services include digital mammography, 64-slice CT scanning and carotid ultrasound imaging.
13. Stanford Hospital & Clinics – Stanford, California
Now a branch of the Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford Hospital & Clinics was established in San Francisco in 1858, originally serving as the University of the Pacific’s medical department. After its relocation in 1959, Stanford Hospital was the scene of the first successful adult heart transplant in U.S. history – carried out in 1968. Then in 1981 humankind’s first successful heart-lung transplant was performed at the institution. In 2010 the hospital introduced a pioneering all-in-one diagnosis-to-treatment space known as the hybrid room, which includes “a stereoscopic biplane digital subtraction angiography system.” Stanford Hospital also features the renowned Stanford Cancer Institute, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities. And in May 2013 work began on a new Stanford Hospital & Clinics building, which is scheduled to open in 2018.
12. Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, Ohio
Established in the city that gives it its name in 1921, the Cleveland Clinic is recognized as being among America’s four best hospitals. It encompasses ten Northeast Ohio facilities and is also affiliated with others in Florida and Nevada. Furthermore, a new center in Abu Dhabi is slated to open in 2014. In May 2013 Cleveland Clinic doctors teamed up with Sheikh Khalifa Medical City personnel to perform the UAE’s first cadaveric organ transplant. Closer to home, Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute is one of the top robot-assisted and laparoscopic prostate surgery facilities in the U.S. Aside from this, the Cleveland Clinic offers robotic heart surgery. And since 2000 the Cleveland Clinic Innovations team has been dedicated to helping pioneer cutting-edge medical devices and inventions.
11. Wattanosoth Cancer Hospital – Bangkok, Thailand
The state-of-the-art Wattanosoth Cancer Hospital in Bangkok is part of the extensive Bangkok Hospital Group. Offering technology together with innovation, Wattanosoth is the first private Thai hospital dedicated exclusively to cancer care. By 2001 it had caught the attention of medical tourists through its non-invasive and affordable Gamma Knife radiosurgery procedures. Wattanosoth also boasts Novalis radiosurgery, molecular-targeting therapy, and CT, MRI and PET/CT scanning. “We are committed to improving the quality of life of our patients and sharing our researches with fellow scientists and professionals, students and the community at large,” promises the hospital. Wattanosoth adds that it uses “the latest technologies and equipment available in the field” and that it is “amongst the top hospitals in the region.”
10. Asklepios Klinik Barmbek – Hamburg, Germany
Asklepios Klinik Barmbek in Hamburg is operated by Europe’s biggest private hospital network, Asklepios. The cutting-edge facility was completed in 2005 and specializes in dealing with complicated diseases. Areas of expertise cover obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, urology, neurology, and general and abdominal together with trauma and reconstructive surgery. Meanwhile, the center’s more advanced medical technology includes digital subtraction angiography equipment, a shockwave lithotripter, a CT scanning device, a left heart catheter-testing unit and MRI scanners. In 2013 a group of doctors at the hospital made international headlines after they successfully removed tumors from a patient’s liver with the help of an iPad. The innovative tablet-aided procedure was among the very first of its type in the country.
9. Gleneagles Medical Center – Tanglin, Singapore
According to Patients Beyond Borders, Gleneagles Hospital in Tanglin, Singapore “is a leading center for the care and treatment of cardiac patients… with strong technology resources for imaging and robotic surgery.” Gleneagles is among the most state-of-the-art hospitals in Southeast Asia and is a pacesetter in spinal surgery, neurosurgery and other robot-assisted surgical procedures. The hospital was founded in 1957, and in 1994 it established the pioneering Asian Center for Liver Diseases and Transplantation – the continent’s first private facility wholly focused on the treatment of every form of liver disease. Gleneagles also holds the distinction of being Southeast Asia’s foremost hospital to carry out a liver transplant from a living donor. Operated by Asian health care giant Parkway Pantai, Gleneagles earned a worldwide consensus honor from the Joint Commission International for quality patient care.
8. Clemenceau Medical Center – Beirut, Lebanon
Completed in 2004, the Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut has been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the Middle East. Patients see the benefits of progressive treatments and technology, explains the center’s online statement, adding that it “is fully equipped with the most modern and advanced medical equipment.” The Clemenceau is associated with the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and is able to provide the latest in forward-thinking health care. Its “Robotic team” offers high-tech, robotically assisted laparoscopic surgery – a first of its kind in the country. Doctors use the revolutionary da Vinci Surgical System to carry out procedures in urological, gynecological, pediatric, cardiothoracic and general surgeries.
7. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center – Arizona, Florida, Minnesota
Founded in Rochester, Minnesota in 1889, the Mayo Clinic is the world’s biggest comprehensive not-for-profit health care network and is also among the top medical group practices in the U.S. In November 2013 the clinic collaborated with Northern Arizona University in an innovative approach to treating players from the college’s football team suffering from suspected concussions. Through the use of a remotely controlled V-Go robot, the players were to receive real-time assessments from an off-site Mayo Clinic neurologist. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center – which has sites in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota – is acknowledged as one of the principal cancer facilities worldwide, thanks to its “leading-edge research” and “unparalleled cancer care.” In 2010 its Arizona cancer treatment facility launched a groundbreaking $182 million proton beam therapy program.
6. Bumrungrad International Hospital – Bangkok, Thailand
Bumrungrad International Hospital was established in 1980 in the center of Bangkok. According to Patients Beyond Borders, it has been a beacon of technology and innovation since its beginnings. It is presently Southeast Asia’s biggest private hospital and treats over a million patients annually using state-of-the-art equipment. The hospital’s advanced tech includes a cutting-edge Swisslog Automated Drug Management System, described as “Asia’s first pharmacy robot;” a Siemens Biograph 64 PET/CT medical imaging scanner that helps to identify cancers in their preliminary stages; image-guided radiotherapy capabilities; and an R2 CAD ImageChecker used in digital mammographies. Every year, people from all over the world travel to Bumrungrad International for modern health care in a “five-star” environment.
5. Palomar Medical Center – Escondido, California
In 2012 Palomar Health opened Palomar Medical Center, a revolutionary new facility in San Diego that Bloomberg Businessweek dubbed the “billion dollar hospital of the future.” Michael Covert, the president and CEO of parent company Palomar Health, calls the facility “a living lab.” For starters, eschewing a clipboard and stack of paperwork, registration involves looking into a biometric registration camera for a matter of seconds. Other futuristic touches include the world’s first wireless vital signs device, a pioneering new app that transmits patients’ waveforms to doctors’ special mobile devices, virtual visit-enabling VGo robots, and groundbreaking UV robotic room disinfectant machines. “They basically started with a whole clean sheet on how to design a hospital,” explained Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Sam Grobart.
4. Anadolu Medical Center – Kocaeli, Turkey
Opened in February 2005, the Anadolu Medical Center in Kocaeli, Turkey is considered one of the world’s leading hospitals. Affiliated with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Anadolu is recognized internationally for its ultramodern technology and top surgeons. It is among only a handful of European hospitals able to offer pioneering CyberKnife treatment, which is described as “the most advanced form of radiosurgery.” The hospital also provides TrueBeam radiation therapy, PET/CT medical imaging, telemedicine, linear accelerator machines, and electronic medical records. According to Patients Beyond Borders, “AMC prides itself on its marriage of cutting-edge technology with a patient-friendly environment.” Anadolu ranked seventh in Medical Travel Quality Alliance’s World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists list in 2013.
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore, Maryland
The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is internationally recognized as one of the leading hospitals in the world, and it has consistently grabbed top honors in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list, across various specialties. It was first established in 1889 and today is spread out over around 20 of the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus’ 60 buildings. In May 2012 the hospital opened its new Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and Sheikh Zayed Tower facilities, which together cost $1.1 billion dollars to complete. Dr. Edward D. Miller, Johns Hopkins Medicine dean and CEO, described the development as “a transformative milestone in the history of Johns Hopkins Medicine.” The hospital provides the most modern surgical technology available, intra-operative MRI, leading-edge imaging and radiology capabilities, an automated belowground supplies and waste transportation setup, and a high-tech equipment- and staff-locating system.
2. Fortis Memorial Research Institute – Gurgaon, India
With an impressive network of “super specialty hospitals” and a foothold in three continents, India’s Fortis Healthcare is one of the world’s leading hospital groups. Launched in April 2013 and billed as a “next generation hospital,” Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, India represents the nucleus of the group. The newly opened institute possesses a “complete spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic technology, including several state-of the-art technologies that are first in the world, first in Asia and first in India,” according to its website. Thanks to its 3 Tesla Digital MRI scanner, Fortis Memorial Research Institute is the first hospital in the world to offer digital broadband MRI imaging. It’s also the first Indian hospital to contain a stem cell lab. Plus, it has a pair of voice-modulated integrated operating theaters, a 256-slice Brilliance iCT scanner, and a revolutionary “Brain Suite” featuring intra-operative CT used for the brain and the spine.
1. El Camino Hospital – Mountain View, California
Since opening in 1961, California’s El Camino Hospital has valued the importance of technological advancement. In 1971 it partnered with Silicon Valley company Lockheed to launch the original computerized medical information system. El Camino Hospital’s cutting-edge facility in Mountain View opened to the public in November 2009. Explaining its geographical advantage, urologist Dr. Sari Levine said, “Not only did we get a robot to do a lot of the procedures, we get the newest version because the company’s down the street.” The hospital’s high-tech equipment includes advanced robotic radiosurgery device the CyberKnife. “Literally all the procedures that you can imagine that could help patients in radiation therapy are available here under this roof,” said medical director of the radiation oncology department Dr. Robert Sinha.
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.