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December 26, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Thirteen favorite stories of 2013

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Each year, In the Loop, like many of the world’s great news organizations, looks back and shares a few favorite stories from the year gone by. It’s an edifying and uplifting exercise, and it gives us a story to publish around the holidays that doesn’t feel like real work. (Especially when we use the same old […]

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December 5, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The house that CCRO (and some of their friends) built

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

When they’re not working with patients and helping them through clinical trials, the good folks in the Cancer Clinical Research Office in Arizona (lovingly referred to as CCRO) are looking for ways to help out in the community while improving their own sense of community. Like this past spring, when 16 volunteers spent a Saturday […]

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December 5, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Running through the hills and valleys

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

  When Kelly and Cindy Stevenson adopted their daughter, Annie, from South Korea, they were filled with all the feelings of pride, joy, and excitement that come with having a new six-month-old around the house. Just three months later, however, that joy and excitement was muted by worry, after doctors diagnosed Annie with cerebral palsy. […]

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November 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Seeking integrity, not absolute truth, in medical journalism

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

As editor of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic’s William Lanier, M.D., knows about the importance of accuracy in medical journalism. He also knows what can happen when journalists fall short of that and publish less-than-accurate medical findings. He spoke to a group of folks particularly keen on those subjects — journalism students and medical professionals — earlier […]

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November 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Reunited with his heart’s rhythm, then with those who saved him

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Wayne Demydowich doesn’t remember his “introduction” to Chuck Miedtke or the first responders who saved him. Miedtke noticed Demydowich in his car, stopped in the middle of the road, in traffic. Something was clearly wrong. Miedtke knocked on the car’s window. No response. Since the doors were locked, he called 911. Emergency responders quickly arrived […]

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November 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The making of a miracle

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

A few years back, at age 32 and single, Brian wasn’t thinking about kids. But when he came to Mayo Clinic for surgery after discovering he had testicular cancer, his doctors smartly instructed him on what they could do should he want to have children in the future. “They brought it up and said, ‘Hey, […]

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November 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

A new dimension to breast-cancer screening

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

As director of Breast Imaging at Mayo Clinic in Florida, Michelle McDonough, M.D., is no stranger to mammograms. So when she looked at her own mammogram back in March 2006, she knew exactly what she was looking for. And, more importantly, she knew how to interpret what she’d found. Abnormal calcifications in her breast that told her that […]

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November 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic and your fantasy baseball team

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

It’s not every day that Mayo Clinic ends up in the pages of Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks. Throw in MLB.com, SBNation, the Bleacher Report and Sports on Earth, along with the sports sections of any reputable (according to us) sporting news source, and you’ve got a buzz that only a Minnesota Twins news release and a previous Major League MVP could create. […]

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November 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Inspired by her sister to improve care for all patients

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

After watching her younger sister struggle to get the medical care she needed because of Down syndrome, Mayo medical student Julie Rogers knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: A doctor who helps to change things for patients with disabilities. Even though still in medical school, she’s well on her way to achieving […]

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November 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Spreading the good word on defibrillation

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

When a medical story makes network TV news, you get a sense that your cause might get a nice boost. And that was no doubt the case for Roger White, M.D., and our friends on Mayo’s Media Relations team when a story about Dr. White’s work on AED (automated external defibrillator) deployment in Rochester, Minn., […]

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