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April 27th, 2017

New ‘Worm Mobile’ Helping Mayo Clinic Improve Its Food Waste Management

By In the Loop intheloop

The food waste disposal practices at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, have gone straight to the worms. Literally. Instead of simply being dumped in a landfill, food scraps from around campus are put into five-gallon pails and hand-delivered (more on that later) to an army of hungry red wiggler earthworms. The worms […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Vermicomposting


April 11th, 2017

Handmade Rosaries Give Patients Comfort, Support in Times of Need

By In the Loop intheloop

Several years ago, Agnes Feidt was with a group of friends when one of them proudly displayed a new rosary. “We all commented on it and asked her where she got it,” Agnes tells us. “She said she’d taken some beads from a necklace and used those to make the rosary.” That inspired Agnes to […]

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Tags: Jennifer Larson LaRue, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mitzie Feidt


March 9th, 2017

House Call Makes a Comeback With Help From Community Paramedics

By In the Loop intheloop

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 […]

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


March 2nd, 2017

Pumpkin Pie and Doing Whatever It Takes for Patients

By In the Loop intheloop

The patient arrived just before Thanksgiving. Diagnosed with end-stage cancer by her local health care providers, she’d come to Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus with the hope that something — anything — could be done to change her fortunes. After exhaustive testing and examination, however, her care team at Mayo confirmed the prognosis. The heart-wrenching news […]

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Tags: Cancer, Dr John Noseworthy


February 23rd, 2017

New Mystery Brings Sherlock Holmes to Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop intheloop

Fans of Sherlock Holmes know that the fictional detective never met a mystery he wasn’t able to solve, thanks to his astute observations, magnifying glass, tweed coat — and the help of his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson. But in author Larry Millett’s newest novel, “Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma,” Holmes encounters a situation that […]

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Tags: Dr Henry Plummer


January 31st, 2017

Eating Your Way to a Healthy Brain

By In the Loop intheloop

When most of us think about our diets, we generally do so with only our waistlines in mind. But a recent story in Forbes Magazine by contributor Alice G. Walton got us thinking about something else that could succumb to age if we don’t take care of it: our brains. Walton writes that research is […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Diet


December 15th, 2016

Young Adults With Disabilities Find Meaningful, Hope for a Future Through WorkProject SEARCH

By In the Loop intheloop

Two years ago, Jakob Erickson says his world and his dreams were much smaller. Jakob, then a junior in high school, spent most of his free time at home with his family. At school, he went out of his way not to make friends. When he thought about life after graduation, Jakob tells us he […]

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Tags: Environmental Services, Human Cellular Therapy Laboratory, Project SEARCH


December 6th, 2016

Mayo Staff Carry out Random Acts of Holiday Kindness

By In the Loop intheloop

Two days before Thanksgiving, Danielle Teal received a phone call. A friend, in a somewhat excited tone, had called to say that he’d just bought 12 turkeys from a local grocery store and was wondering if Danielle and the Random Acts of Kindness group she heads could help him find homes for them. When she […]

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Tags: Danielle Teal


December 6th, 2016

Hospice Holiday Program Gives Gift of Comfort to Grieving Families

By In the Loop intheloop

If you’re to believe advertisers and certain enduring tunes, the holidays are “the hap-happiest season of all.” But that’s not the case for everyone — and especially not for those missing someone special around the table. “The holiday season can be a challenging time for families who have lost a loved one,” says Dianne Axen, […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Hospice Program


November 22nd, 2016

La Crosse Area Quilt Guild Members Stitch a Little Love Into Their Work

By In the Loop intheloop

Pop into a meeting of the La Crosse Area Quilt Guild and you’ll see beautiful, intricate quilts and hear plenty of talk about tools and techniques. You’ll also hear talk about community needs. That’s because the guild is more than a sewing club. The members aren’t just quilting for themselves — they’re also quilting for […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System


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