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May 19th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

'Tutu Tuesday' Helps Take the Sting out of Young Cancer Patient's Treatments

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HannahBell2-805A lot has been taken from 3-year-old Hannah Keehr during the 14 months she's undergone treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma: her hair, her high-frequency hearing, and her ability – at least for the time being – to have a normal childhood. But there's one thing Hannah hasn't let go of, according to her mom, Christa Keehr. Her spirit. (Not to mention her powers of persuasion.)   [...]

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Tags: Ben Tempel, Neuroblastoma, Proton Beam, Randy Mc Keeman, Tutu Tuesday

May 19th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Karl-Anthony Towns is Cooking on the Court — and off of It

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KarlAnthonyTowns805Karl-Anthony Towns, a 20-year-old center/forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has proven he can take the heat on the basketball court. And it turns out the recently named NBA Rookie of the Year (and all-around good guy) can take the heat in the kitchen, too. Towns loves to cook – especially Dominican foods, like those he grew up eating thanks to his mother. So he recently teamed up with Jill Merkel, an EXOS dietitian based at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, to learn how to make a healthy version of a Dominican recipe. A camera crew (and a certain Loop editor) were there at Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis to capture the demonstration.
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Tags: EXOS, healthy eating, Karl-Anthony Towns, Mayo Clinic Square, sports medicine

May 19th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the Day

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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."

George Bernard Shaw

May 17th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Briggs' Big Adventure: Third-Grader Documents His Journey to Mayo Clinic for Answers

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Briggs_Doc805Like many people facing medical tests, 9-year-old Briggs Wilhoit was anxious about his upcoming trip to Mayo Clinic. "He's usually very easy going," says Briggs' mom, Amy Wilhoit. "But he was really nervous … and was having trouble sleeping." Then Briggs' teacher suggested he document his experience for his third-grade classmates. "That was a game-changer," Amy says. It gave him "a project," and he "had a blast." The result, My Mayo Miracle, is a sweet look at the family's trip to Rochester from Briggs' perspective.

Though Briggs tells viewers that the drive from the family's home in Branson, Missouri, took 10 hours, his journey to Mayo Clinic was actually years in the making. [...]

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Tags: Dr Imad Absah, Dr Jennifer Hand, Dr Mounif El-Youssef, Gastroenterology, Pediatrics

May 17th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Tips for Dealing With the 'Weird Things Children Swallow'

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TummyAche805If you're a parent, this will sound familiar. You take your eyes off of your child for a moment, and when you look back, they have something in their mouth that's not exactly edible. Yet they swallow it anyway. This, of course, is nothing new. In fact, a recent story in STAT magazine notes that Boston Children's Hospital keeps a collection of "weird things children swallow" that traces the unfortunate practice all the way back to at least 1918. Pediatricians meticulously documented the unusual things that children had swallowed (and needed to be retrieved), including "a chicken claw, a sardine can key, a doll's hand, and a 1940 pin supporting the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt."

Karthik Balakrishnan, M.D., a Mayo Clinic pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist, has seen his share of such unfortunately ingested items. "We see it here at Mayo fairly often," he tells us. [...]

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Tags: Dr Karthik Balakrishnan, Pediatrics

May 17th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the Day

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"A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles."

Tim Cahill

May 12th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Minnesota Lynx Score a Win With Young Fans Chosen as Kids Captains

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Retired basketball player, James Richard Petersen signing the Minnesota Lynx jersey for Kids Captain, Sara Carriere. When the Minnesota Lynx took on the Washington Mystics in a preseason game at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, the event had Mayo Clinic written all over it — including on the jerseys of the reigning WNBA champions. Mayo is the marquee sponsor of the Lynx, and putting Mayo's name on a team uniform was a first. "It pushed us a bit out of our comfort zone," Mayo President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., said at a reception before the game. "But it has been great. It's something very special to come to a Lynx game and see [...]

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May 12th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Waiting on a New Heart for Baby Jett

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Jordan and Katelyn with daughter Jett as they wait for a heart transplant.At 5:30 a.m. every weekday morning, Jordan Young enters the hospital room of his five-month-old daughter, Jett, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. He stays just long enough to give her a kiss before walking to his car and driving to work in the Twin Cities, about 80 miles to the north. Jett's mom, Katelyn Young, takes over from there. "I'll walk to the hospital and just sit in her room with her," Katelyn says. "Depending on what's going on for the day, she might be sleeping, or she might be having a chest X-ray done, so I'll just sit there and chat with her nurses." After work, Jordan drives back to Rochester to be with his family. "We'll stay at the hospital with Jett until around 8 or 9 every night, depending on what she's been through that day," Katelyn says.

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Tags: Dr Jonathan Johnson, Pediatric Heart Transplant Program

May 12th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Children remind us to treasure the smallest of gifts, even in the most difficult times."

Allen Klein

May 10th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

'Hope Journals' a Gift From One Breast Cancer Patient to Others

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Pat Popovic’s hope is that her “Hope Journal” provide the same sort of comfort that she and her husband have received from Mayo Clinic.Pat Popovic is a dedicated scrapbooker. She's chronicled each year of her life with her husband, Dave, and often gives scrapbooks as gifts to friends and family. So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, it seemed natural for her to create a "scrapbook" of a different sort. "I made myself a journal where I could take notes and collect quotes as I was going through treatment," says Pat, who'd retired from a career in education just months before her diagnosis. "Sometimes you read something that speaks to you, or hear a song lyric that touches your or explains how you feel. I like to write those things down."

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Susan Kane

May 10th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Random Act of Kindness Spurs Resolution and Spawns Kindness Movement

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Danielle Teal won the ABC 6 News' "Pay it Forward" campaign. Her award was recognition for the many acts of kindness she's helped orchestrate "every day for the past 1,579 days.A young girl caught in a battle against leukemia was the first family member to come to the door. Outside, a group of strangers — including one dressed as Santa — sang Christmas carols. Somewhere among them was Mayo Clinic's Danielle Teal, arms full of the gifts she and the others had brought for the family. "They were shocked," she says of the family's reaction. "They couldn't believe it was happening."

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May 10th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees."

Amelia Earhart

May 5th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Curling for a Cause: 'Lupus 'Spiel USA' Raises Funds for Research  

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Regan Birr finds that curling helps her body stay strong despite lupus.Regan Birr was diagnosed with lupus when she was 21 years old. In the years since, she tells us her road to recovery has been a long and winding one. "When I first got sick, I had extreme pain and fatigue all over my body," she says. "I was given a 2 1/2-year regimen of Cytoxin, which is actually a breast cancer drug, and that seemed to put me into remission." The operative word being "seemed."

"My labs were good, but I still felt terrible," Regan tells us. "It took a lot of years of recovery, including a complete diet and exercise change – a lifestyle revamp, if you will – to feel better."

That "lifestyle revamp" included getting back to something she hadn't done much of since her diagnosis – curling. "Muscle tissue can actually degrade when you have lupus, so you have to keep active, help those muscles," Regan told FOX 9 News, Minneapolis/St. Paul, in a story about the tournament her curling club, Four Seasons Curling Club, held last year to raise money for lupus research. "That's why curling is so beneficial, because it gets your body moving, and every little bit counts."

The club's 2015 "Lupus 'Spiel USA" tournament (or bonspiel, if you speak curling) raised $25,000, according to FOX 9. This year, Regan says they're hoping to at least double that amount. [...]

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Tags: Curling, Dr Timothy Niewold, Lupus, Lupus Research

May 5th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Heart Failure Won't Keep Him From Starting Line at VAD 5K

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Steve Nuttall is back in action thanks to a ventricular assist device. When faced with a challenge, Steve Nuttall's typical response is, "Bring it on." Born with transposition of the great arteries, Steve says he's "been a fighter all my life." He's had to be. The serious heart condition has required numerous surgeries over the years. "They told me I'd be lucky to make it to 18, then to 30," says Steve, who notes he's now 43.

Three years ago, Steve faced what would become his biggest challenge yet. He thought he was having a heart attack, so he went to a hospital near his home in South Dakota. After some testing, a cardiologist told him, "You don't belong here," Steve says. He was transported by Mayo MedAir to Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, where he was "shocked" to be diagnosed with heart failure.

Before the diagnosis, Steve had been working as a mechanic and welder, and raising four children with his wife, Jennifer. After the diagnosis, life changed dramatically. He had to stop working and endured close to 20 hospital stays. It was getting harder to say, "Bring it on," Steve tells us. "I was frustrated. I was sick of being in the hospital in Rochester and missing things like birthdays back home," he says. "I didn't want to keep putting my kids through that." [...]

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Tags: heart failure, heart transplant, Transposition of the Great Arteries, ventricular assist device

May 5th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the Day

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"If curling were easy, they'd call it hockey."

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May 3rd, 2016 · 2 Comments

My Doctor is My Hero, First-Grader Tells Classmates

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For a school assignment, Olivia Worlton chose Dr. William Shaughnessy as her hero. Olivia Worlton's teacher at Rochester Arts & Sciences Academy gave her class an assignment: Pick a hero, learn about him or her, and then present what you've learned to the class. While most of Olivia's fellow first-graders picked historical figures or their parents (aww), Olivia had someone else in mind. She chose William Shaughnessy, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus.

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May 3rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Patient Forms Special Bond With Care Team During 596-Day Wait for Transplant

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While Randy Marlow waited for a heart and liver transplant, his care team went out of their way to help keep the hospital walls from closing in on him during his 596-day stay.One year, eight months. That's how long Randy Marlow spent waiting for a heart and liver transplant at Mayo Clinic Hospital's Saint Marys Campus. He kept a surprisingly positive attitude about it. "I came up there, they put me in the hospital, and they didn't let me leave for 596 days," he says in a Mayo Clinic News Network video about his transplant journey. "I call it being in jail with the nicest guards ever."

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Tags: Brandon Grovdahl, heart transplant, liver transplant

May 3rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"As I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me."

Fred Rogers

April 28th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Transplant Patient Makes Prayer Shawls for Families of Her Heroes — Organ Donors

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While waiting for a heart transplant, Lori Miller crochets prayer shawls. She hopes that the shawls will bring a little warmth and comfort to the families whose loved ones have given the gift of organ donation.Even though it was somewhat expected, hearing the words still came as a shock. ""My husband and I both got teary eyed," Lori Miller says of learning she would need a heart transplant because of a heart condition she'd had since birth. "It was scary."

After taking some time to process this life-changing news, Lori came to Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. She says her wait on the transplant list, which is now nearing five months, has been made "bearable" by the "outstanding" support system that is her care team. "They're all just awesome," she tells us. "Everybody at Mayo is so friendly. They never make me feel like I'm a burden."

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Tags: heart transplant

April 28th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too."

Helen Hayes

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