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March 28th, 2017

Transplant Patient Making the Most of Life She Was Never Supposed to Have

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The life-saving single-lung transplant Kim Shobe had at Mayo Clinic in 1992 was only expected to buy her a few more years of life. Twenty-five years later, her new lung continues to defy all medical odds by giving Kim opportunities to do and achieve things she never thought possible.

Conventional wisdom says Kim Shobe should not be alive right now. One of Mayo Clinic's early lung transplant patients, Kim received a single-lung transplant in January 1992, less than two years after Mayo began offering the procedure in Rochester. She was patient No. 7. At the time, the average survival rate for lung transplant patients was only about five years. Kim is clearly above average.

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Tags: lung transplant

March 28th, 2017

Bear Hunt Reunites Young Cancer Patient and His Furry Friend

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Social media recently used its powers for good when it hel

Social media can bring out the worst in people. But it can also bring out the best, as it did last week when it helped reunite 5-year-old Aiden Remme with his beloved teddy bear, Tedz. Aiden's furry friend has been with him through every step of his treatment for a brain tumor at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. So when Tedz went missing after Aiden's 60th chemotherapy session, Aiden's mom, Tracy Remme, launched a bear hunt that included phone calls, a letter to the editor and eventually, a virtual "lost poster" on Facebook. "If you live in Rochester area please share," Tracy wrote, accompanied by a photo of Tedz. "We have done everything else but this … It may sound crazy but this teddy is a rather big deal … this teddy means the world to him."

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Tags: brain tumor, Dr Amulya Nageswara Rao, Dr David Daniels, pediatric neurology, Pediatric Oncology, Scott Gulbranson

March 28th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart."

Winnie the Pooh

March 23rd, 2017

Grateful Patient Thanks Mayo Clinic — on LinkedIn — for Saving His Vision

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After experiencing sudden and unexplained vision loss, Hogan Copeland got a firsthand look at just how far care teams at Mayo Clinic will go for their patients.

The networking site LinkedIn is a go-to place for members of the business community to connect. Postings and conversations are typically all business. But last month, one member — "Big" Hogan E. Copeland II from Jacksonville, Florida — took a bit of a detour to tell his 2,786 followers a very personal story. [...]

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Tags: Dr James Bolling, Dr Michael Stewart, Dr Syril Dorairaj, Ophthalmology

March 23rd, 2017

Stem Cells Return to Earth After Excursion Into Space

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Stem cells show promise for treating a number of disease and conditions. A Mayo Clinic research team recently sent cell samples into space in an attempt to find a way to make them grow faster.

Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D., has always had out-of-this-world ambitions. As a child growing up in Nigeria, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut. But a school counselor brought those dreams back down to earth. "He said it may be a long time before Nigeria sends rockets and astronauts into space, so I should consider something more practical," Dr. Zubair tells The Florida Times-Union. He decided to become a physician instead, and now specializes in cellular treatments for disease and regenerative medicine at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. [...]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr Abba Zubair

March 23rd, 2017

Quote of the day

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"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit."

Stephen Hawking

March 21st, 2017

Liver Transplant Patient Helps Set New Nighttime Skydiving Record

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 Steve Woodford, liver transplant patient, and some high-flying friends achieved their goal of setting the Fédération Aéronau¬tique Internationale's large formation night skydiving world record.

A funny thing happened the other day as we were flipping through the January 2017 issue of Parachutist, the official magazine of the U.S. Parachute Association. (We're behind in our reading but trying to pick up velocity.) A familiar name and face greeted us: Steve Woodford, a liver transplant patient featured in a Sharing Mayo Clinic feature story last year.

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Tags: Bile duct cancer, Breast Cancer, Hepatitis, liver transplant

March 21st, 2017

New Procedure Helps Keep Wisconsin Man Young at Heart

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Charles Kaeding may be almost 90. But that doesn’t mean he’s ready to slow down. He agreed to be the first person at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire to have a transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure versus the more traditional open-heart procedure.

In just a few years, Charles Kaeding will celebrate his 90th birthday. But that doesn't mean he's ready to slow down. In fact, quite the opposite. The 87-year-old Augusta, Wisconsin, resident and lifelong farmer still shovels snow, picks up "heavy items," and "enjoys helping his son on the farm," he recently told the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram. So when Charles began feeling fatigued and short of breath after these activities, he was worried. He could feel his breath catch, he told the paper, describing it as "a feeling that shouldn't be there."

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Tags: Aortic stenosis, Dr Robert Wiechmann, Dr Vien Le, Mayo Clinic Health System, Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

March 21st, 2017

Quote of the day

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"I've never been skydiving, but I have zoomed-in on Google Earth really fast."

Unknown

March 16th, 2017

Movie to Feature Doctor's Story of Hope and the American Dream

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From humble beginnings in Mexico to a neurosurgeon in the U.S., Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa was driven to reach his American dream.

We here at In the Loop love a story with a happy ending. (We have a hunch you do, too.) And it's hard to find a story with a happier ending than that of Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D. Dr. Q, as he's affectionately known to his patients at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, is not only chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery but also spearheading NIH-funded research to cure brain cancer. He recently told News4Jax that he believes he is "destined" to find a cure for the disease.

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Tags: Dr Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Dr Q, neurologic surgery

March 16th, 2017

Patient Afraid to Leave His Wife Alone Finds Answer in Tammy Rew

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When symptoms of his wife’s early stage Alzheimer’s disease threatened to derail one patient’s medical appointment at Mayo Clinic, clinical assistant Tammy Rew stepped in to make sure that didn’t happen.

The patient had already had a busy day. One more appointment that afternoon seemed impossible to manage. It wasn't that he was tired after a long day, or overwhelmed by tests and medical information. His concern was simple. He was worried about his wife.

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Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Kelly Parish, Tammy Rew

March 16th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention."

Kahlil Gibran

March 14th, 2017

Nurses Rally to Make Wedding Hopes Come True for Patient

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Mayo Clinic’s Amy Olofson recently went from registered nurse to impromptu wedding planner for one couple at Saint Marys Hospital.

Fifteen years ago, Barb Wilker decided — pretty much on a whim — to become an ordained minister. "Not because I had some big religious calling, but because I couldn't believe you could do something like that online," the registered nurse in Urology at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus tells us. "I never had any real intention of using it." Little did she know.

In fact, she's used it often. Since completing her ordination requirements, Barb estimates she has performed 50 to 60 weddings. "It's all been word of mouth," she tells us. And [...]

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Tags: Amy Olofson, Barb Wilker, nursing

March 14th, 2017

Nurses Put Nervous Toddler (and His Mom) at Ease

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When her son needed to have ear tubes placed, Anitha Prakasam was nervous. But she says staff at Mayo Clinic put all her fears - and her son’s - to rest.

Having ear tubes placed is a fairly routine childhood procedure. But as any parent knows, nothing is routine when it's happening to your child. So when Anitha Prakasam was told her year-old son, Shrish, would need ear tubes, naturally she was nervous. "I imagined it would be miserable," says Anitha, an IT analyst/programmer at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. "In movies, people going to the hospital seem very sad and agitated. It seemed like a lonely experience."

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Tags: Anitha Prakasam, nursing

March 14th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome."

Patch Adams

March 9th, 2017

Makeover is Good Medicine for Young Cancer Patient

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For 15-year-old Clarissa Sanchez, there hadn’t been much to smile about since she’d been diagnosed with cancer. However, a special makeover by Adrian Rios at Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Program provided good medicine for Clarissa.

As a professional makeup artist, Adrian Rios is used to working in a variety of settings, from fashion shows and speaking events to photoshoots and television interviews. But one day last month, he set up shop in a rather unusual place, even for him: a waiting room outside the Proton Beam Therapy Program on Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus.

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Tags: Proton Beam Therapy Program, Rosie Lerma

March 9th, 2017

House Call Makes a Comeback With Help From Community Paramedics

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Mike DiPasquale is grateful for the new Community Paramedic Program. Gold Cross paramedics visit "at-risk" patients in their homes and offer health and physical examinations, medication compliance checks, safety evaluations and hospital discharge follow-up care.

Mike DiPasquale is grateful, to say the least, for the return of the house call in his neck of the woods. He recently underwent a "rare, risky operation in which doctors performed a complete reconstruction of his hip and part of his pelvis," the Barron News-Shield reports. The procedure left Mike confined to a wheelchair as he recovers. And initially, his mobility was less than limited.

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Tags: Gold Cross, Justin Bowe, Marlene Dirkes, Mayo Clinic Health System

March 9th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

Rumi

March 7th, 2017

Care Team Honors Dying Patient's Last Minutes of Life

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Staff from Mayo Clinic’s grounds keeping crew recently put the needs of the patient ahead of their own by helping a team of nurses honor the life of a dying military veteran.

Life as a care provider on 6 Mary Brigh at the Saint Marys campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester is not for the faint of heart. "Many of our patients come to us very critically ill," says Janelle Wozniak, a registered nurse on the floor's medical intensive care unit.

To support patients who are in their final days, the unit recently tried something new. Two "support carts" were filled with items that staff hope will bring a bit of comfort to [...]

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Tags: Chris Noll, Janelle Wozniak, Jared Brugger, Todd Ness

March 7th, 2017

Falcon Visit is Good Medicine for Patient With Cancer

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Recently, staff at Mayo Clinic worked together to help a patient cross an item off her birding “life list” by arranging a visit with a peregrine falcon.

A few weeks ago, Allison Hesse received an unusual request from a nurse on the oncology unit she manages at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus Rochester campus. The nurse told Hesse about one of her patients, an avid bird watcher. Like many birders, this patient kept a life list of the birds she'd seen. Not yet on that list: a peregrine falcon. The patient was fascinated by Mayo Clinic's Peregrine Falcon Program, the nurse told Hesse, and had been closely watching a feed of Mayo's

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Tags: Allison Hesse, Peregrine Falcon Program, Tom Behrens

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