In the Loop

News and views from across Mayo Clinic

August 23rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

By Shaving Heads to Raise Money for Childhood Cancer Research, Volunteers Prove Bald Really Is Beautiful

By In the Loop intheloop

When he was just 7 years old, Erik Sutter lost his hair due to side effects from cancer treatment. After it grew back, he decided to shave it off. But that shave was much more than a haircut. It was a way to raise awareness — and funds — for childhood cancer research.

In 2011, 7-year-old Erik Sutter lost his hair. It was a side effect of the treatment he was receiving to fight acute lymphoblastic leukemia. By the following spring, his hair had grown back, but he decided to shave it off again. "Some of his classmates asked, 'Why would you do that?'" says Erik's mom, Helen. Soon, some of those classmates were shaving their heads, too, after Erik explained he was going to "brave the shave" to raise money for childhood cancer research. Today, Erik and his Fearless Friends are regulars at the annual St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Event in Rochester. It's one of more than 12,000 similar events held around the country each year.

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Childhood Cancer, Diane Mack, Dr Carola Arndt

August 23rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Researchers Among Those Helping to Shape the 'Future of Aging'

By In the Loop intheloop

Researchers in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging in Rochester are helping to create a new and improved healthy aging landscape for all.

Here at In the Loop, we love a good story about folks defying the laws of aging, maintaining their health and active lifestyles. In fact, we’ve had a nice run of those stories lately. These stories give us hope, while at the same time make us wonder what we can do to age so well. According to a recent story by U.S. News & World Report's Katherine Hobson, science may someday be able to do it for us.

Scientists are exploring the relationship between aging and diseases like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's — a field known as geroscience. Hobson writes that these researchers are trying to determine whether our body's aging process can be slowed by manipulating "the same cellular processes" that make aging happen in the first place. "The goal," she writes, "is not to extend lifespan” (though, she notes, “that may indeed happen"). Instead, the goal is to extend our "healthspan," or the number of years our bodies stay "healthy and active."

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Dr James Kirkland, Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging

August 23rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

By In the Loop intheloop

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?"

Satchel Paige

August 18th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Michael York, Star of Stage and Screen, Calls Being Patient Advocate ‘the Best Role’

By In the Loop intheloop

Actor Michael York at Mayo Clinic's 150th celebration.

Actor Michael York at Mayo Clinic's 150th celebration.

Michael York made his film debut opposite Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, co-starred with Liza Minelli in Cabaret, and reached a new generation of fans as Basil Exposition in the Austin Powers movies. But the actor says his favorite role is one that stands no chance of winning him an acting award. York is using his distinctive and powerful voice to raise awareness for amyloidosis, a rare disease he was diagnosed with in 2012. “For me, this is the best role I’ve ever been given in my life, because it’s important,” he told a gathering at the National Press Club. He’s that eager “to get word out” about the condition.

York, like many of us, had never heard of amyloidosis before his diagnosis. As he told the National Press Club (and those tuning in on C-SPAN), amyloidosis is an “orphan” disease. “It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of diseases,” he said to laughter from those assembled. “It got absolutely no respect.” But that’s changing, thanks in part to his efforts.  [...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Amyloidosis, Michael York, Stem Cell Transplant

August 18th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Iconic Mayo Brothers Statue Returns Home

By In the Loop intheloop

MayoBrotherStatue805Last year, as construction crews broke ground on an expansion project for the Mayo Civic Center, one of the earliest decisions they and the City of Rochester faced was deciding what to do with the iconic bronze statue of Drs. William and Charles Mayo. The Mayo brothers had stood outside the building’s entrance for years, welcoming visitors to Rochester (and, as it turns out, hiding a time capsule beneath their feet).

Figuring out what to do with the statue during the construction process was easy. The Rochester Post-Bulletin reported that construction company employees “prepared and transported the statue to a storage location” in Rochester for “safekeeping of the historic piece” while they worked.  [...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Mayo Brothers, Mayo Civic Center, Statue

August 18th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the Day

By In the Loop intheloop

“I have a wonderful make-up crew. They’re the same people restoring the Statue of Liberty.”

Bob Hope

August 16th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Lola Montilla Goes To Washington, and Represents

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

LolaAndFirstLady805The last time we talked with Lola Montilla, she'd just written her first book and helped get a new law passed in Puerto Rico that requires all newborns to be screened for heart conditions. This all happened after the now 15-year-old Lola had corrective surgery at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus for an Ebstein's anomaly heart defect.

And Lola isn’t slowing down. She’s been making the rounds on the public speaking circuit, where she shares her message of "loving yourself" despite scars or perceived flaws. (She’s not afraid to show off the scar in the middle of her chest from her heart surgery.) Somewhere along the way, Make-A-Wish Foundation heard about Lola and decided it was time someone did something for her. The first time they called, Lola turned them away. "I said no because I thought they only granted wishes to kids with terminal illnesses," she tells us. "I also didn't want to take away a wish from a child who was in worse shape than I was."

A couple of months later, Make-A-Wish tried again, explaining to Lola that they also grant wishes to kids whose lives have been threatened by disease and illness. "After they cleared up my doubts, I decided to say yes because I thought I could maybe use my wish to help others," Lola says.  [...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Ebstein's Anomaly, Lola Montilla, Make-A-Wish Foundation

August 16th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Are Burpees and Jumping Rope the Cure for What Ages You? Or, Perhaps It’s Crawling.

By In the Loop intheloop

JumpRope805Here at In the Loop, we’ve had some fun recently featuring stories of folks who are living well, well into their 80s, 90s and beyond. They're running, jumping on trampolines and setting goals for the future. Which has gotten us thinking: How can we be like them when we grow up?

Michael Joyner, M.D., may have an answer. Dr. Joyner, an anesthesiologist who studies human performance and exercise physiology at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, recently gave TechInsider the inside scoop on keeping fit. In an article titled "The two exercises that will keep you fit for life," Dr. Joyner lays out a simple yet challenging dynamic duo: jumping rope and doing burpees. According to TechInsider, these "two workouts will build both your endurance and your strength, all at once." And both of those elements are important, especially as we face some of the hallmarks of aging, including loss of bone and muscle mass.  [...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Aging, Dr Michael Joyner, Exercise, Healthy Living Program

August 16th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the Day

By In the Loop intheloop

"When life knocks you down, do a burpee."

Unknown

 

August 11th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Transplant Patient Takes Home Gold (and Three Silvers) in the Transplant Games

By In the Loop intheloop

Lung transplant patient Curtis Higgons participated in the 2016 Transplant Games of America.

Although the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro continue, Mayo Clinic lung transplant patient Curtis Higgons is already back home in Jacksonville polishing his medals. Granted, he didn't get them in Rio, but he did earn them during a competition that’s also a pretty big deal: The 2016 Transplant Games of America. "They're set up similar to the Olympic Games," says Curtis, who competed in three events: bowling, darts and Texas Hold-Em poker.

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: lung transplant

August 11th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Let Them Eat Dirt (Or at Least Play in It)

By In the Loop intheloop

According to Dr. Angela Mattke early exposure to their environment full of germs, bacteria and viruses is not a bad thing. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Just ask any parent kneeling before a new baby. Suddenly, the world and all its filthy surfaces — not to mention its filthy humans — seem teeming with danger. To protect their precious progeny, many parents discover a clean gene they didn't know they had. A baby arrives, and the guy who used to live by the five-second rule (ahem, Cory) begins offering hand-washing tutorials and doling out hand sanitizer. But according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, a little dirt never hurts. And it turns out, it just may help — especially those five and under.

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Dr Angela Mattke, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Periscope

August 11th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

By In the Loop intheloop

"Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky."

Fran Lebowitz

August 9th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Sister Lauren, 95, Celebrates Milestone, Talks 'Future Goals'

By In the Loop intheloop

Sister Lauren wanted to talk about her future goals at the celebration of her 95th birthday.

Last week, Sister Lauren Weinandt, friend of In the Loop (which we hope brings us special dispensation), turned 95. She and her fellow Sisters, along with colleagues, friends and family, gathered on Sunday, July 30, to celebrate her birthday and two other remarkable milestones. She's also celebrating 60 years as a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis and 60 years of working at Saint Marys. (She still serves as the hospital's archivist.) Sister Lauren's idea of slowing down meant moving to .8 FTE some years ago. Otherwise, it would appear she's not about to put on the brakes.

At the gathering, there was a tribute, lots of history, stories shared, and cake. But Sister Lauren wanted to talk about her future goals.

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Sister Lauren Weinandt, Saint Marys Campus, Sister Benradette Novak, Sisters of Saint Francis

August 9th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

'Coming to Work for Mayo Clinic Saved My Life'

By In the Loop intheloop

Kristin Alcott’s decision to work for Mayo Clinic likely saved her life.

Although Kristin Alcott grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, she never really envisioned herself working for Mayo Clinic. "Being around Mayo all the time as a kid, I always wondered what else was out there in the world," she tells us.

In 2010, however, Kristin found herself accepting a position as a clinical assistant in the neurophysiology department at Mayo's Florida campus. "That's what I went to school for, so I thought it would be a good way to get my foot in the door," she says. By that point in her life, Kristin, now a neurophysiology tech in Jacksonville, tells us she had "worked for enough other companies" to realize that Mayo Clinic, after all, "was the place for me."

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Dermatology, Dr Robert Shannon, Melanoma, Florida Campus

August 9th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

By In the Loop intheloop

"I'm happy to report that my inner child is still ageless."

James Broughton

August 4th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Adapting to Life With Hemophilia Through Adaptive Hockey

By In the Loop intheloop

The Minnesota Wild Foundation presented a grant to the Rochester Mustangs Sled Hockey Team. Accepting the gift are Meegan van Straaten, Dr. Michael Stuart and Justin McClanahan.His job title within the Department of Public Affairs may be "Intern," but Justin McClanahan has many years of experience at Mayo Clinic. "I was born at Mayo," he tells us. And because he was diagnosed with hemophilia, a rare blood-clotting disorder, he's been back a few times. "I've been a patient for 30 years," he says.

In addition to causing Justin to take "the long road" to finishing college, hemophilia has done its share of damage to his body. "I had a lot of internal bleeding when I was younger," he says. "That led to joint damage in my right knee that eventually led to arthritis by the time I was 8."

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Dr Michael Stuart, Justin McClanahan, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, Rochester Mustangs, Sled Hockey

August 4th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Centenarian Grateful for Lifesaving Care — and All of the 'Goodies' That Come His Way

By In the Loop intheloop

Centenarian, Dick Mohler, wrote to us about the lifesaving care he'd received at Mayo Clinic back in 1983. A while back we told you about retired United States Air Force Brig. Gen. Henry Newcomer, who celebrated his 100th birthday (with a little help from his care team). The next day, we received a letter from another centenarian, Dick Mohler. He wrote to us about the lifesaving care he'd received at Mayo Clinic back in 1983, and — after casually mentioning that he jumps on a trampoline every day — asked if we might like to "greet or meet the man" that Mayo has "kept in health these 33 years since their surgery." It was an offer we couldn't refuse. (But alas, since Dick is in Texas, and we are in Minnesota, we had to settle for greet rather than meet.)

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: bladder cancer, Centenarian, Longevity, Urostomy

August 4th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

By In the Loop intheloop

"Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept."

Doug Larson

August 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mayo's Blood Donor Center Needs You … To Donate Blood

By In the Loop intheloop

Summer can be a devastatingly slow time for blood donation centers around the country, including the Blood Donor Center at Mayo Clinic. You can help change that by becoming a blood donor today. Justin Kreuter, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic's Blood Donor Center in Rochester, takes his job seriously, despite the fact that he's attended more than one meeting with a seemingly not-so-serious agenda item. "Believe it or not, I have meetings about cookies," he tells ABC News. "I've seen shirts before that say, 'I donate for the cookies.'" (Cory's Sunday best.)

The truth is, Dr. Kreuter and colleagues will do whatever it takes to get people in the door to donate blood — especially when foot traffic at the Blood Donor Center slows. "It really hits us in the summer months," Dr. Kreuter says, attributing that slow-down to trips, vacations and other summer activities.

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Dr Justin Kreuter, Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center

August 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

Andrew Yori, Mayo's Own K-9 Ninja, is Headed to Vegas, Baby!

By In the Loop intheloop

Roo Yori, a lab technician at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, has advanced to American Ninja Warrior’s Las Vegas finals. Andrew Yori doesn't strike us as a gambling man. But if he were, we're guessing he might have bet against himself making it to the American Ninja Warrior finals in Las Vegas. As we've reported, Andrew, a lab technician at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, was thrilled just to make it to the Indianapolis qualifier. "This was my rookie year on the show, and so nobody really knew who I was," he tells us. "I felt like I needed to prove myself." And prove himself he did. He crushed the course, launching himself into the Indianapolis city finals.

[...]

Click here to view the rest of the post

Tags: Andrew Yori

Contact Us · Privacy Policy