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Respiratory Therapist Uses Art to Inspire Patients to Lead Healthier Lives

October 17th, 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.

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Tags: Department of Pulmonology and Respiratory Care, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


Jury Duty Turns Into Lifesaving Opportunity for Mayo Clinic Resident

September 21st, 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.

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Tags: Dr. Adam Kase, Dr. Tyler Vadeboncoeur, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors and Supporters Go for the Gold

September 14th, 2017

Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors and Supporters Go for the Gold

By In the Loop intheloop

Mayo pediatric neurologist Gesina Keating, M.D., knows that a brain tumor is a “daunting diagnosis” for kids. She also knows how resilient those kids are, and started a running team to highlight their determination.

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Tags: Dr. Gesina Keating, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic


Break Room Choking Incident Brings Mayo Colleagues Closer

September 14th, 2017

Break Room Choking Incident Brings Mayo Colleagues Closer

By In the Loop intheloop

Amber Swaagman’s lunch break one day last month was far from relaxing after she began choking on her food. Thankfully, friend and colleague Kaylianna Ott immediately stepped in to help.

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Tags: Choking, Heimlich maneuver, Mayo Clinic Rochester


Physical Therapist By Day, Musician By Night (and Weekend and Lunch Hour)

September 7th, 2017

Physical Therapist By Day, Musician By Night (and Weekend and Lunch Hour)

By In the Loop intheloop

Physical therapist Ray Lunasin’s day job is to help people recover from injuries or illnesses. But it’s how he spends his time outside of work that often brings patients comfort.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Physical Therapy, Ray Lunasin


Two La Crosse Rowers Heading to China With Dragon Boat Team USA

August 31st, 2017

Two La Crosse Rowers Heading to China With Dragon Boat Team USA

By In the Loop intheloop

Co-workers Lori Freit-Hammes and Sue Karpinski haven’t always been rowing enthusiasts. But since taking up dragon boat racing, the two haven’t looked back. Both will participate in the sport’s world championships in September.

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Tags: Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival, Lori Freit-Hammes, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Sue Karpinski


Fathers, Sons and a New Take on Old Research

August 24th, 2017

Fathers, Sons and a New Take on Old Research

By In the Loop intheloop

Forty years ago, Dr. Ivan Frantz spearheaded research looking into the connection between diet and heart health. Scientists recently took a new look at the research, thanks to data uncovered in Dr. Frantz’s basement.

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Tags: Dr. Robert Frantz, heart health


96 Candles: In Honor of a Big Day, One of Our Favorite Stories Revisited

August 3rd, 2017

96 Candles: In Honor of a Big Day, One of Our Favorite Stories Revisited

By In the Loop intheloop

In honor of her 96th birthday, a favorite story and a few additional thoughts about Sister Lauren Weinandt.

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Tags: Sister Lauren Weinandt


Mayo Astrobiologist Uses NASA Experience in the Fight Against Cancer

August 1st, 2017

Mayo Astrobiologist Uses NASA Experience in the Fight Against Cancer

By In the Loop intheloop

Dr. Marina Walther-Antonio arrived at Mayo Clinic with a NASA background, which she’s using in her quest to find better prevention and treatment options for gynecological cancers.

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Tags: Dr. Marina Walther-Antonio, Individualized Medicine


Daughter's Transplant Experience Inspires Mother to Work for Mayo Clinic

July 27th, 2017

Daughter’s Transplant Experience Inspires Mother to Work for Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop intheloop

It was a Friday in late April when Lindsey Hale made a phone call that would change the course of her life — and her daughter Jesslynn’s life — forever.

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Tags: heart transplant


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