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

November 19, 2019

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

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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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Tags: Department of Neurology, Parkinson's disease, Steve Grinnell


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

November 19, 2019

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

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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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Tags: Caring Canines, Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Kaitlyn Maidl, Tammy Schmit


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

November 14, 2019

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

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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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Tags: Donna Alger, Dr. Richard Gray, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Nursing


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

November 12, 2019

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

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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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Tags: Dr. Megan Allyse, Mayo Clinic Children's Research Center, Pediatric Advisory Board


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

November 5, 2019

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

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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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Tags: Child LIfe Program, Kim Schmidt, Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital, Val Stuve


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

October 31, 2019

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

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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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Tags: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Megan VanDeVoorde, Safety


Jack's Basket Celebrates Babies With Down Syndrome

October 29, 2019

Jack’s Basket Celebrates Babies With Down Syndrome

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Nicole Kunkel delivers more than just gift baskets to families who have a child with Down syndrome. Her goal is to also give them a sense of hope and community.

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Tags: Down syndrome, Nicole Kunkel


Two Years After Stroke, Justin Lanners Wins Age Group in Half-Marathon Walk

October 10, 2019

Two Years After Stroke, Justin Lanners Wins Age Group in Half-Marathon Walk

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Justin Lanners remembers the exact day of his stroke. “April 18, 2017,” he says. “It was a Tuesday.” That day, Justin awoke at 5 a.m. with what he describes as a “weird buzzing noise” in his right ear. Still half-awake, Justin tuned out the buzzing as he made his way to an upstairs bathroom. “I […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Saint Marys Hospital, stroke


'Barb's Beanies' Help Cover Cancer Patients in Love and Support

October 8, 2019

‘Barb’s Beanies’ Help Cover Cancer Patients in Love and Support

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Mother-daughter duo Dani and Aleia Johnson originally created their unique head scarves for their mom/grandma, Barb Fisher. The scarves now are part of a care kit for others battling ovarian cancer.

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Tags: Chemotherapy, CT scan, Dani Johnson, Healthy Living Program, Hope Lodge, Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Center, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Ovarian Cancer, Ronald McDonald House


Nurse Anesthetist Volunteers, Urges Others: Don't Forget the Bahamas

October 1, 2019

Nurse Anesthetist Volunteers, Urges Others: Don’t Forget the Bahamas

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Michele Woodrum, a CRNA at Mayo Clinic, didn’t hesitate when a friend invited her to Hope Town in the Bahamas to provide health care to islanders after last month’s hurricane.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic in Florida, Michelle Woodrum, volunteer


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