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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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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

April 26th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Lab Tech by Day, Ninja Warrior by Primetime

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The American Ninja Warrier competition isn't just fun and games to Andrew Yori. “The K9 Ninja,” as he’ll be known on the show, has been rescuing dogs for more than a decade.When mere mortals tune into American Ninja Warrior, a reality TV show where contestants face obstacles like the Bridge of Blades, Jumping Spider and Half-Pipe Attack, we usually utter some variation of, “Whoa.” (Followed quickly, perhaps, by some variation of, “Pass the chips.”) But not Andrew Yori. The first time Andrew, a lab technician at Mayo Clinic, saw the show, he thought, “That looks like a lot of fun.”

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Tags: Andrew Yori, Dr Jacob Sellon, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine

April 26th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Reporter Goes Inside Mayo Researcher’s Cabinet of Parasitic Wonders

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Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a world-renowned researcher of diseases caused by parasites, has always been fascinated with parasites, especially ticks.Some of us have a hard time deciding what we want to be when we grow up. Bobbi Pritt, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Rochester, never had that problem. “I definitely liked to go out and play in the dirt, and pull up worms and stuff,” Dr. Pritt recently told the Minneapolis Star Tribune of her childhood in Vermont. “I thought they were fascinating."

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April 26th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."

Frank A. Clark

April 21st, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Former Brain Tumor Patient and Biology Professor Has Helping Others Down to a Science

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Mayo volunteer, Bill Wellnitz, visits with patients like Anika Geibel two mornings a week on the 16th floor of the Mayo Building in Rochester.In the summer of 2013, Anika Geibel was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor. She was just 7 1/2 years old. The diagnosis turned her life — and the lives of her family members — upside down. "We had been medically evacuated from Africa (where Anika was born and raised) and nothing seemed 'normal,'" Anika's mom, Rena Geibel, tells us. But during Anika's two years of treatment, the Geibels would eventually find "consistency and something 'normal' at Mayo" in routines beyond tests and procedures, feeding tubes and wheelchairs. On Mondays, for example, Anika "knew she would see Bill."

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Tags: Cancer, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services

April 21st, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Free Time App (and Its Young Creators) Go To Washington, Snap Selfie With VP

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The Mayo Free Time mobile app takes Rylee Melius, Lydia Mindermann and Andrea Richard all the way to the White House China Room. When Rylee Melius, Lydia Mindermann and Andrea Richard first began working on their Mayo Free Time mobile app, it was for two reasons: to have fun, and to give the then-seventh-graders something to enter in last year's Appapalooza mobile phone app competition in Minneapolis. "We never expected to make it past the first round," Lydia tells us. "But then we did." And how. The app — which helps patients find things to do around Mayo's Rochester campus and around town between appointments — took the girls all the way to the finals of the competition in San Francisco. If that wasn't enough, they were invited to this year's White House Science Fair, held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

As reported by the Rochester Post-Bulletin and other media outlets, the girls were among "about 40" groups asked to participate in the event. Each group had its own "assigned" spot in the White House. "We were in the China Room, and there were three other groups in there with us," Andrea tells us. "People then walked around, and we told them about our app." [...]

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April 21st, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. It is never wasted."

Prince

April 19th, 2016 · 4 Comments

'This Is Not the Farewell Tour' Patient Says of Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

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Bonnie Dinneen Hedrick has faith that her Mayo care team will keep her in the family picture. Imagine receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis at age 47. Now imagine calling that diagnosis "a gift." That's how Bonnie Dinneen Hedrick describes her diagnosis with stage 3 multifocal intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in a recent profile in Rochester Magazine. "My life is the best it's ever been," she tells the magazine — and adds that she doesn't plan on leaving any time soon. "For me, 'terminal' is neutral, it's just a word," says the artist, wife and mother. "This isn't the end of the road for me. This is not the farewell tour."

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Tags: Cancer, Dr Piet de Groen, Dr Rahma Warsame, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

April 19th, 2016 · 3 Comments

New Center Honors Sister Leclare Beres, La Crosse Health Care 'Icon'

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Sister Leclare Beres Learning and Resource CenterHow do you appropriately  honor someone who spent a lifetime devoted to improving the care and well-being of others? Someone considered one of the "most revered health care icons" in La Crosse, Wisconsin? If you're Mayo Clinic, you build a new center in their name so that a) that person's spirit lives on; and 2) others can learn from their legacy.  [...]

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April 19th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.

Plato

April 14th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

A Photo Finish for Open Heart Surgery Patient Who was Inspired by Photos of Others

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On April 3, Jonathan Duzan brought a framed collage to inspire other cardiac surgery patients at Saint Marys. A month earlier, Jonathan Duzan had been in great shape. Now, the 30-year-old was struggling to walk down a hallway at Mayo Clinic Hospital’s Saint Marys Campus. He’d just had open heart surgery, and needed oxygen and a walker to shuffle across the floor. The frustratingly slow pace wasn't how Jonathan, a lifelong athlete and special agent with Homeland Security Investigations in St. Paul, Minnesota, was accustomed to moving. But as he walked down that hallway back in March 2011, he found inspiration in a series of photographs of patients who’d had surgeries like his [...]

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Tags: Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Dr Lyle Joyce

April 14th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Staff Helping Minnesota Lynx Gear Up for Preseason

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Mayo's Charles Barta and Nancy Cummings, M.D. share how they keep the Minnesota Lynx players healthy.We're sure we don't need to remind you that Mother's Day is fast-approaching. (It's May 8, if you did forget. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.) We're also sure you’ve already done your shopping. But if not, we have a perfect, one-size-fits-all gift idea: tickets to the greatest show on hardwood, the Minnesota Lynx women's professional basketball team. The three-time WNBA champions will play their first-ever preseason game in Rochester's Taylor Arena on Sunday, May 8. (Did we mention that's Mother's Day?)

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Tags: Charles Barta, Dr Nancy Cummings, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic Square, Minnesota Lynx

April 14th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory."

William Barclay

April 12th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Books of Hope — Mayo Patient Starts Book Drive to Help Others like Her

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Madelaine Trewin put together a book drive at her high school and then donated over 300 books to of Mayo Clinic's Children's Center.Every now and again, there comes a moment when something becomes so clear it compels us to act. For Madelaine Trewin, that moment of clarity came in the waiting room of Mayo Clinic's Children's Center in Rochester shortly after she was diagnosed with amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome. "I was having a particularly rough day that day, and then I saw somebody wheeling a cart of books around the waiting room and handing them out to the other patients," Madelaine tells us. To Madelaine, it was more than just a simple cart of books. "Knowing that somebody at Mayo had taken the time to put a program like that together for patients made my entire day better," she says. "I knew right then and there it was a program I wanted to contribute to myself."

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Tags: Becky Hynes, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services, Book Drive, Mayo Clinic Children's Center

April 12th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

After Wake-Up Call, Walking Leads Woman Down the Road to Better Health

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Tammy Ruby started with one small step to improve her health and now encourages other to start walking.

Courtesy of Jeff Westcott Photography.

Tammy Ruby knew she should make some changes. She was overweight, took medication for high blood pressure and diabetes, and had a strong family history of heart disease. But, as she tells Florida's First Coast News, it was losing her 38-year-old brother to a heart attack that finally pushed her into action. "It was time for me to get serious about my own heart health," she tells us. But even though she was motivated, Tammy felt overwhelmed by the changes she felt she needed to make. So she decided to start with "one small step." Literally. "I knew walking would be the easiest first step," Tammy, a medical secretary in Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, tells us.

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Tags: Dr Vandana Bhide, Tammy Ruby

April 12th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

Richard Steele

April 7th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Vascular Surgeon a Cut Above

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Dr. Gloviczki reached a milestone few others have when he completed his 10,000th surgical procedure since joining the staff of Mayo Clinic.During a break from a busy day in the operating room, colleagues nabbed Peter Gloviczki, M.D., for a quick photo op. It was a moment surely worth capturing. Dr. Gloviczki reached a milestone few others have when he completed his 10,000th surgical procedure since joining the staff of Mayo Clinic. Jennifer Ohm, a surgical nurse who has worked with Dr. Gloviczki in the operating room for the past 12 years, says the "astonishing achievement" is a credit to his "lifetime of commitment and immense dedication." But Dr. Gloviczki credits something else. He tells us the achievement was "only possible because of the surgical and medical" teams he has worked with since arriving at Mayo for a fellowship back in 1981.

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Tags: Dr Arman Arghami, Dr Peter Gloviczki, surgery

April 7th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Gorillas, Bonobos, and Lemurs, Oh My! — Mayo Sonographer Helping Jacksonville Zoo Residents Stay Heart Healthy

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Sonographer Tracy Moegenburg has been working with the Jacksonville Zoo to get the primates comfortable enough to be scanned for future exams. We're sure Tracy Moegenburg meets some interesting folks in her work as a sonographer at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. But even the more colorful characters might have a hard time keeping up with those she meets when she takes her skills down the road to her regular Wednesday gig. There, her patients are gorillas, bonobos, lemurs and other furrier primates. "I love it," Moegenburg tells us. "It's the most incredible thing I get to do."

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Tags: Community, Sonography, Tracy Moegenburg, Zoo

April 7th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem."

A.A. Milne