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Oct 17, 2017

First Down, Now 7 Yards to Go

By In the Loop @intheloop
Chris Norton lay face down on the Luther College football field, motionless. It was a position he'd been in before, on another beautiful fall day nearly seven years earlier. Back then, he'd just taken a hit that would leave him with a spinal cord injury and a less than 3 percent chance of regaining feeling below his neck. It was an accident that would shape the rest of his life and, he says, give him "a purpose worth living for." [...]
First Down, Now 7 Yards to Go
Oct 17, 2017

Respiratory Therapist Uses Art to Inspire Patients to Lead Healthier Lives

By In the Loop @intheloop
Years ago, Maureen O'Donnell took a class to learn how to create stained glass artwork. She didn't have any big plans for this new skill. "I just thought it looked really interesting, and pretty, so I decided to give it a try," she tells us. [...]
Respiratory Therapist Uses Art to Inspire Patients to Lead Healthier Lives
Oct 17, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." Nikos Kazantzakis
Oct 12, 2017

Breast Cancer Diagnosis Brings Woman to Mayo; Care Team Keeps Her Coming Back

By In the Loop @intheloop
After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Elizabeth Vines sought a second opinion — and eventually, treatment — at Mayo Clinic. "I was looking for a miracle," Elizabeth says. [...]
Breast Cancer Diagnosis Brings Woman to Mayo; Care Team Keeps Her Coming Back
Oct 12, 2017

Mayo Physician Dispels Popular Coffee Misconceptions

By In the Loop @intheloop
Is coffee good or bad for us? How much is too much? Can it stunt growth? Donald Hensrud, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program, provides answers to these much-debated questions. [...]
Mayo Physician Dispels Popular Coffee Misconceptions
Oct 12, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who genuinely have a medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity." Dave Barry
Oct 10, 2017

Fifteen Years Later, Transplant Patient and His Surgeon Reunite at Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop @intheloop
It had been 15 years since Tom Manuel had a heart transplant, but he never forgot the name of his transplant surgeon. The two of them recently had a chance to meet again. [...]
Fifteen Years Later, Transplant Patient and His Surgeon Reunite at Mayo Clinic
Oct 10, 2017

'If You Don't Snooze, You Lose,' Says Mayo Clinic Sleep Specialist

By In the Loop @intheloop
More than one-third of adults aren’t getting enough sleep, which can result in a host of health consequences. If your sleep is suffering, there are things you can do to get more Zs. [...]
'If You Don't Snooze, You Lose,' Says Mayo Clinic Sleep Specialist
Oct 10, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more." Wilson Mizener
Oct 5, 2017

Ambulance Donation Program Helps Turn Humanitarian Dreams Into Reality

By In the Loop @intheloop
Felix Daubige knows firsthand that access to medical care in West Africa is limited. It's why he started a foundation to send donated medical supplies — and now a Gold Cross ambulance — to his homeland. [...]
Ambulance Donation Program Helps Turn Humanitarian Dreams Into Reality
Oct 5, 2017

Forrest Stump: A Journey From Amputee to Athlete to Advocate

By In the Loop @intheloop
When Nicole Ver Kuilen was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with cancer and had her leg amputated. Today, she’s embarking on a 1,500 mile journey to raise awareness about issues facing amputees. [...]
Forrest Stump: A Journey From Amputee to Athlete to Advocate
Oct 5, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both." Forrest Gump
Oct 3, 2017

Lemonade Stand Fuels Donation 'in Honor of Emmy's Left Eye'

By In the Loop @intheloop
Those who bought lemonade from Emmy Weidmann last summer learned that the 4-year-old had big plans for the money she earned: a "kids' cart" in the ophthalmology department at Mayo Clinic. [...]
Lemonade Stand Fuels Donation 'in Honor of Emmy's Left Eye'
Oct 3, 2017

Tom Brokaw Talks About His "Rebirth" After Cancer Diagnosis

By In the Loop @intheloop
Since being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2013, Tom Brokaw has used his voice to advocate for a cause that’s become deeply personal to him. [...]
Tom Brokaw Talks About His
Oct 3, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." Desmond Tutu
Sep 28, 2017

Young Patient Given the Rock Star Treatment in Fight Against Cancer

By In the Loop @intheloop
Julia Fulmer's recent trips to and from Rochester were a little less stressful (and a lot more glamourous) thanks to an organization that helps pediatric patients feel like VIPs. [...]
Young Patient Given the Rock Star Treatment in Fight Against Cancer
Sep 28, 2017

Lego ICU Built for Dad Is More Than Just Child's Play

By In the Loop @intheloop
Isis Gauzens wanted to find a way to prepare her young sons before she took them to visit their father in the intensive care unit. She reached into their toy stash to do it. [...]
Lego ICU Built for Dad Is More Than Just Child's Play
Sep 28, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"Lego has essentially taken the concrete block, the building block of the world, and made it into the building block of our imagination." Ayah Bdeir
Sep 26, 2017

'Do You Think That Could Happen – A Wedding in the Hospital?'

By In the Loop @intheloop
Amy Cierzan-Shaw was determined to see her daughter get married, despite a devastating cancer diagnosis months before the wedding. When her care team realized time was not on Amy's side, they brought the wedding to her. [...]
'Do You Think That Could Happen – A Wedding in the Hospital?'
Sep 26, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone." Mitch Albom
Sep 21, 2017

Support and Hope For Families Facing Cancer

By In the Loop @intheloop
Receiving news that your child has cancer can be an isolating experience. That’s why the nonprofit Brighter Tomorrows, an organization that connects families affected by childhood cancer, can be an invaluable resource. [...]
Support and Hope For Families Facing Cancer
Sep 21, 2017

Jury Duty Turns Into Lifesaving Opportunity for Mayo Clinic Resident

By In the Loop @intheloop
An ordinary afternoon of jury duty turned anything but for internal medicine resident Adam Kase, M.D., when a fellow juror went into sudden cardiac arrest. [...]
Jury Duty Turns Into Lifesaving Opportunity for Mayo Clinic Resident
Sep 21, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"The deed is everything, the glory naught." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sep 19, 2017

Pneumonia Foils Patient's Ironman Dreams (for Now)

By In the Loop @intheloop
Kari Turkowski’s bid to compete in her first Ironman competition since being diagnosed with stage 2 heart failure was cut short, but her determination remains. [...]
Pneumonia Foils Patient's Ironman Dreams (for Now)
Sep 19, 2017

3-D Anatomical Models Help Surgeons Plan for Complex Procedures

By In the Loop @intheloop
It sounds like science fiction, but instead it's just plain science: Creating 3-D models of a patient's anatomy is becoming more common when planning for complex surgeries. [...]
3-D Anatomical Models Help Surgeons Plan for Complex Procedures
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