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February 4th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

By Listening to Her Heart, Retired Educator Beat the Odds

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Gayle Kleppe, a self-described heart disease survivor, hopes that sharing her story with others will help save lives, one patient at a time.Gayle Kleppe spent her career as an elementary school teacher and principal. And though she's now retired, she's still an educator at heart. Now it's all about the heart, as the self-described "heart disease survivor," is on a mission "to educate and help others" about heart disease risks, after it nearly silenced her.

Her journey that began about a year ago, when a routine exam revealed slight elevations in Gayle's blood pressure and cholesterol levels. A few months later, shortly after her 65th birthday, Gayle noticed that she was "getting short of breath with exertion" and that she "felt pressure and a burning sensation at the base of her neck," according to the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram. Turns out the teacher is also a good student, and listened to what her body was trying to tell her. [...]

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr Andrew Calvin, Dr Fearghas O'Cochlain, Mayo Clinic Health System

February 4th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Experimental Stent Stems Danger of Major Artery Rupture

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Hands prepare for surgery. It was just supposed to be wrist surgery. But when Ron Hall, an 80-year-old retired structural steel worker from Blue Earth, Minnesota, was preparing for his procedure, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, doctors noticed something else. They discovered that the major artery that carries blood through his stomach was "in high danger of rupturing." When given this news, Ron and his wife, Val, considered their options. And then, Val says her "brain clicked on that we were near the Mayo Clinic."  [...]

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Tags: Dr Gustavo Oderich

February 4th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos."

Thich Nhat Hanh

February 2nd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Looking for Longer, Healthier Lives by Delaying the Aging Process

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National Geographic Channel's "Breakthrough," features "The Age of Aging." The body's aging process can be cruel and unforgiving. It affects our looks, our bodies, our health, even our minds. (And our ability to remember what it was that we went downstairs for, anyway.) It's a process The Wall Street Journal notes can end with "years, even decades, incapacitated by illness ... and unable to enjoy the people, places and activities that make life worth living." But a group of researchers, including Mayo Clinic's James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., director of Mayo's Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, are trying to change that. They're looking for ways to allow us to age [...]

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

February 2nd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people."

Garrison Keillor

February 1st, 2016 · 1 Comment

It Would Be Un-Minnesotan (and Un-Mayo) Not to Join This Cause

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MinnesotaSign805If you're reading this, you're probably Minnesotan. Or know a Minnesotan. Or at least know where Minnesota is on a map. Or, maybe you’re not from around here and just have a vague notion that Mayo Clinic has its roots in the North Star State. (It's OK, we Minnesotans have thick, if frost-bitten, skin.) The Land of 10,000 Lakes may be a bit frigid this time of year, but we'll go well out of our way (and uphill both ways) to show we're not cold-hearted.

We could go on about the kind of folks Minnesotans are, but there's a full-page ad in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper that does it better. The ad, signed by John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, and many other business and civic leaders from throughout the state, is all about Minnesota values, tolerance and understanding, and supporting diversity to create a vibrant community. You might say it's about being Minnesotan.

The ad notes that "Up North," we're perhaps a "soft-spoken" bunch, but we're not inclined to "be silent or still in the face of bigotry." And despite the fact that we may be fond of "snow days," our values don't take days off.  [...]

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Tags: Community, Diversity, Dr John Noseworthy, Dr Sharonne Hayes, Inclusion, Minnesota

January 28th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Right Place, Right Time — Mayo Staffer Helps Deliver Baby on Sidewalk

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Deborah Vinje helped deliver a baby on the sidewalk of the Methodist Campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital- in Rochester. We're not sure if Deborah Vinje ever considered being a labor and delivery nurse. But the Mayo Clinic radiologic technologist got an unexpected opportunity to play one earlier this month when she helped deliver a baby on the sidewalk of the Methodist Campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester.

As the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports, Kelly Schultz's water broke at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Kelly's husband, Cory, drove her to the hospital, jumped out of the van, hit "the big red after-hours button outside the doors," and scrambled to find a [...]

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January 28th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Pigs’ Feet and Power Tools Help Open Door to Careers in Orthopedics, Engineering

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The Perry Institute is dedicated to “inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering.”When it comes time for students to choose a career path, orthopedic surgery and engineering are not at the top of the list for most female students. “It’s traditionally been thought of as an old boys’ club,” says Mayo Clinic's Ian Mwangi. “There’s a stereotype that orthopedic surgeons are jocks, that the field requires brute strength.” And those stereotypes contribute to a “huge gap in the number of women pursuing orthopedic and engineering careers.” How large a gap? Consider this: While about half of medical school students are women, just 7 percent of orthopedic [...]

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January 28th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"There is nothing that anyone can say to prepare you for childbirth. Each woman's experience is so different; you never know how it will be for you!"

Poppy Montgomery

January 26th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Nurse, Grandmother, Cancer-Survivor Runs to Inspire Others to 'Rethink the Impossible'

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Cancer-survivor, Helene Neville, completed her most ambitious goal yet: a run around the perimeter of the United States.Helene Neville started running after a cancer scare in the mid-1990s. And she hasn't stopped since. After surviving three brain surgeries (the third, at Mayo Clinic), chemotherapy and radiation, Helene decided to push her body in another way: by running a marathon. She's run more than 20 since then. And in 2010, she set out to achieve her most ambitious goal yet: a run around the perimeter of the United States. She chronicled her adventures online and in books she wrote after the first three legs of the journey, which she completed in September 2015. [...]

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Tags: Cancer, Mayo Clinic Health System

January 26th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

'Recovering Bibliophile' Donates Library's Worth of Books to Mayo Clinic

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Retired physician W. Bruce Fye donated 9,000 "rare, valuable" books from his personal collection to Mayo Clinic.What do you get a "recovering bibliophile" who, due to his self-confessed condition, seems to have every medical book ever written? If you're Mayo Clinic, perhaps you carve out a section of your History of Medicine Library for part of his collection and rename the library in his honor. And as the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports, that's what Mayo recently did for retired physician W. Bruce Fye, M.D., who donated 9,000 "rare, valuable" books from his personal collection to Mayo Clinic, and another 2,000 to Assisi Heights. (Lest you worry that the good doctor has nothing [...]

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Tags: Dr W Bruce Fye, History of Medicine Library, Matt Dacy, Mayo Clinic Heritage Hall

January 26th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled 'This could change your life.'"

Helen Exley

January 21st, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Necklace is Gift to Breast Cancer Research — Treasure to the Patient Who Wears It

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A necklace is one of many gifts Hollis Livezey Youngner says she's received from her family since being diagnosed with cancer.Shoppers at w.port, a women's boutique in Atlanta, are used to finding beautiful things in the store. This past holiday season, they discovered an item with a beautiful story behind it as well. Up for sale via silent auction was a necklace created in honor of Hollis Livezey Youngner and "her courageous and ongoing battle with breast cancer," said a sign accompanying the piece. And proceeds from the sale of the necklace, donated by high school student (and Livezey family friend) Madison Patton, would support breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic, where Hollis is receiving treatment for stage IV breast cancer.

"Hollis has been in my prayers every night," says Madison, who had been looking for a way to give back through her jewelry-making business. Madison tells us it made her "feel so good" knowing she was "contributing to such an important cause." The gesture made Hollis feel good, too. [...]

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Tags: 262 With Donna, Breast Cancer, Florida Campus

January 21st, 2016 · Leave a Comment

One Good Deed Leads to Another — and Gets Patients Home for Christmas

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Ed Washington was preparing to go home and be with his family after having aortic valve replacement surgery at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. Before going home, his family gave another patient a ride home. Ed Washington was preparing to go home and be with his family after having aortic valve replacement surgery at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. "My wife and two children were coming to pick me up," he tells us. "We were excited that I was getting out on Christmas Day."

That excitement, however, wavered after Ken Dye, Ed's physician assistant at Mayo, told him there might be a small issue. He would need medications after being discharged, and since it was Christmas Day, all of the pharmacies were closed. Ed tells us he didn't let that get him down. "I said, 'Listen, Ken, that's fine. Don't worry about it,'" he says. Dye, however, did worry about it, and told Ed that he'd continue calling around to every pharmacy in town to see if they could get lucky.  [...]

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Tags: Aortic Valve Replacement, Florida Campus

January 21st, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Attitude is everything."

Livezey family motto

January 19th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Friends, Colleagues Honor Physician With Final Run

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David Eitrheim, M.D., recently “completed the race of his life,” on Jan. 1. “Finishing time,” according to his lovingly written obituary, “was 58 years, eight months, nine days.” Last year, we checked in with David Eitrheim, M.D., after he had finished his 90th marathon — miles he ran while living with a terminal cancer diagnosis. We were saddened to learn that Dr. Eitrheim recently “completed the race of his life,” on Jan. 1. “Finishing time,” according to his lovingly written obituary, “was 58 years, eight months, nine days.”

Dr. Eitrheim packed a lot of miles — and a lot of life — into those years. The longtime physician at Mayo [...]

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Tags: Dr David Eitrheim, Mayo Clinic Health System

January 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Judge Judy Finds Mayo Bioethicist Guilty … of Writing a Winning Paper

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Judge Judy's approach has influenced the way Jessica Hirsch does her job at Mayo Clinic.Jessica Hirsch didn't really remember writing the essay. So she was more than a little surprised when she was notified that she won a contest sponsored by Judge Judy, and the chance to fly out to Los Angeles, attend a taping of the show, and then have a private lunch with her honor. "They were asking people to write about what they've learned from Judge Judy during her 20 years on television," Hirsch, an education coordinator for Mayo's Biomedical Ethics Research Program, tells us. "When I got the call that I had won, I had to ask [...]

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January 19th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"Long may you run …"

Neil Young

January 14th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Son's Cancer Diagnosis Puts Nurse on "Other Side of the Bedside"

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Mary, Cam and the rest of the Miller family discovered a world of grace and support after Cam was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.Last spring, Cam Miller spent his spring break on a "Pay It Forward" bus trip with some of his University of St. Thomas classmates, doing service projects in several different cities. Shortly afterward, he began complaining of back pain, then shortness of breath. His mother, Mary Miller, a nurse at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus for more than 30 years, initially worried he might have a blood clot from sitting for so long on the bus. A trip to the Emergency Department ruled out that possibility. But over the next [...]

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Tags: Leukemia, Mary Miller

January 14th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Kidney Donation Leads to New Career at Mayo Clinic

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Gena Perreault decided she wanted to work at Mayo Clinic after donating a kidney to Jeff Bruning.Until May 5, 2015, Gena Perreault's only connection to Jeff Bruning was that he sold her husband paint at the local hardware store. That relationship changed dramatically, however, when Perreault donated a kidney to Bruning this past spring, Arizona's Fountain Hills Times reports. The procedure, performed at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus, saved Bruning's life. The process also made a big difference in Perreault's life, leaving her so impressed that she decided to apply for a job at Mayo Clinic.

Arizona's Fountain Hills Times reports that Bruning's problems began in 2013, when he was diagnosed with [...]

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Tags: Gena Perreault, kidney transplant