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Dec 3, 2019

Patient's 10-Year-Old Son Uses Birthday Money to Help Kids at Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop @intheloop
When Bobby Pignati acquired a stash of cash for his 10th birthday, his parents assumed he'd buy a video game he'd been eyeing. Instead, Bobby announced he wanted to donate the bulk of the funds to Mayo Clinic where his dad, Joe, was receiving treatment for bile duct cancer. "I wanted to do something nice for Mayo," Bobby says. The decision took his parents by surprise. "He came up with the idea all by himself," Joe tells us. "It made me really proud."

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Patient's 10-Year-Old Son Uses Birthday Money to Help Kids at Mayo Clinic
Dec 3, 2019

Silent Heart Attacks Are a Real Thing -- But They Don't Have to Be

By In the Loop @intheloop
The symptoms of a heart attack are often pretty clear: pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back; nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain; shortness of breath; cold sweats; fatigue; and lightheadedness or sudden dizziness, to name a few.

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Silent Heart Attacks Are a Real Thing -- But They Don't Have to Be
Dec 3, 2019

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." Aristotle
Nov 26, 2019

Lost and Found: Helping a Patient's Spouse Return a Borrowed Wheelchair

By In the Loop @intheloop
After listening to a patient's husband explain how a wheelchair he had borrowed went missing, Paul Albrecht gave the man one of his business cards — and a promise to help.

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Lost and Found: Helping a Patient's Spouse Return a Borrowed Wheelchair
Nov 26, 2019

Toy Drive a Holiday Tradition for Transplant Family

By In the Loop @intheloop
Each year, Linsey Rippy and her family organize a toy drive to stock the toy closets at Mayo Clinic and Ronald McDonald House. It's their way of paying forward the kindness they've been shown.

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Toy Drive a Holiday Tradition for Transplant Family
Nov 26, 2019

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"Helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life." Mollie Marti
Nov 21, 2019

Doctor and Patient Share Special Connection -- and Big Macs

By In the Loop @intheloop
Medical problems led to more than a year of living on liquid nutrition through a tube for D'Ann Mitchell. After her recovery, her doctor made good on a promise to treat her to lunch.

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Doctor and Patient Share Special Connection -- and Big Macs
Nov 21, 2019

Neurologists' Annual Trip to Ethiopia Honors Ongoing Commitment to Global Health Care

By In the Loop @intheloop
After reading about Ethiopia's lack of neurological care, James Bower, M.D., joined others in an effort to turn that around, including developing a neurology learning program for local physicians.

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Neurologists' Annual Trip to Ethiopia Honors Ongoing Commitment to Global Health Care
Nov 21, 2019

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world." Kahlil Gibran
Nov 19, 2019

Steve Grinnell: Staying Ahead of Parkinson's Disease One Ping Pong Game at a Time

By In the Loop @intheloop
Since being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Steve Grinnell has worked hard to stay active, stepping up his table tennis game and, thanks to co-workers, testing his skills outside his home.

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Steve Grinnell: Staying Ahead of Parkinson's Disease One Ping Pong Game at a Time
Nov 19, 2019

Dog Days Bring Joy to Staff in Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

By In the Loop @intheloop
Tammy Schmit was looking for a way to lift the spirits of her team when she had an idea: invite Mayo Clinic's Caring Canines to bring their unique brand of cheer to the staff.

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Dog Days Bring Joy to Staff in Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Nov 19, 2019

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"Every ball counts." Sir Matt
Nov 14, 2019

Surprise Party for 85-Year-Old Nurse Who Shows No Signs of Slowing Down (or Retiring)

By In the Loop @intheloop
Donna Alger has been a nurse for more than 60 years, the last 14 in Mayo Clinic's Pre-Operative Evaluation Clinic. Her colleagues recently helped her celebrate her 85th birthday.

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Surprise Party for 85-Year-Old Nurse Who Shows No Signs of Slowing Down (or Retiring)
Nov 14, 2019

Tips for Turning Your Home Into a "Wellness Refuge" This Winter

By In the Loop @intheloop
As the days turn darker, Kyja Stygar, M.D., a family practice physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, offers tips on making it a happy, healthy winter.

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Tips for Turning Your Home Into a
Nov 14, 2019

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home." Betty Bender
Nov 12, 2019

All Hands on Deck: Larry Oelkers Suffers Heart Attack, Community Rushes To Help

By In the Loop @intheloop
Larry Oelkers was just about to leave a high school football game when he went into cardiac arrest. His community jumped in to help save his life.

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All Hands on Deck: Larry Oelkers Suffers Heart Attack, Community Rushes To Help
Nov 12, 2019

Pediatric Advisory Board Gives Kids a Voice in Research That Affects Them

By In the Loop @intheloop
A group of young people make up Mayo Clinic’s unique Pediatric Advisory Board, offering ideas about recruiting and communicating with research participants.

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Pediatric Advisory Board Gives Kids a Voice in Research That Affects Them
Nov 12, 2019

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing." Miles Davis
Nov 7, 2019

Ambulance From Mayo Clinic Finds New Life in Haiti

By In the Loop @intheloop
Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service's recent donation will arrive in Carrefour, Haiti, next month after Chris Hedlund, an emergency medical technician, went the extra mile to make it happen.

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Ambulance From Mayo Clinic Finds New Life in Haiti
Nov 7, 2019

Ensuring the Franciscan Values Survive

By In the Loop @intheloop
The Sisters of Saint Francis, who cared for patients alongside the Mayos and helped establish the values that guide Mayo Clinic, still influence how health care is provided today.

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Ensuring the Franciscan Values Survive
Nov 7, 2019

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?" George Eliot
Nov 5, 2019

Halloween Comes to Kids in Hospital With Trick-or-Treating, Costumes and More

By In the Loop @intheloop
Mayo Clinic's Child Life Program brought Halloween to kids spending their favorite candy-gathering holiday at Mayo Clinic Children's Center. There were costumes, face painting and reverse trick-or-treating, so the kids in their care didn't feel left out.

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Halloween Comes to Kids in Hospital With Trick-or-Treating, Costumes and More
Nov 5, 2019

'Medical Games for Doctors' Helping Clinicians Fine-Tune Their Craft

By In the Loop @intheloop
Mayo Clinic developed a Virtual Reality lab to teach real-world medical procedures and let doctors learn where unique structures are situated before performing a procedure.

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'Medical Games for Doctors' Helping Clinicians Fine-Tune Their Craft
Nov 5, 2019

Quote of the day

By In the Loop @intheloop
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." Confucius
Oct 31, 2019

Nurse Brings Hogwarts to Mayo Clinic To Cast a Fall Prevention Spell

By In the Loop @intheloop
Megan VanDeVoorde, a nurse a Mayo Clinic, used her knowledge of all things Harry Potter as a way to inspire her organ transplant colleagues during the recent Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

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Nurse Brings Hogwarts to Mayo Clinic To Cast a Fall Prevention Spell
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