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May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Chris Norton’s Remarkable Graduation Weekend

By Dana Sparks

Chris Norton and fiance Emiily at Luther College Graduation

Photo by Aaron Lurth, Luther College Photo Bureau

Chris Norton's Walk to Remember ~
"Chris Norton knew it was going to be a weekend to remember. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend Emily Summers, on Saturday. The next day, he'd walk across the stage to accept his diploma during Luther College's graduation ceremony. Those would be difficult steps for Chris, steps he had worked for nearly five years to be able to take. The walk would be epic." Read the rest of the story In the Loop and view more on NBCToday Health.  

Chris was airlifted to Mayo Clinic after a football injury in 2010 and given less than 3 percent chance of regaining feeling or movement below the neck. This is the original Mayo Clinic News Network story that first aired in October 2011:

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Tags: Chris Norton, Football Injury, In The Loop, Luther College, spinal cord injury

May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

heart transplant surgery with Dr. Daly

Human organ transplantation has come a long way since the first heart transplant in 1967. But despite advances, there are still more than 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a donor organ. We'll get an update on the state of organ transplantation from the director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Brooks Edwards. We'll also hear from transplant surgeon Dr. Charles Rosen, who led teams that performed five liver transplants in one 24-hour period. Also on the program, springtime allergies are at their peak, and allergy specialist Dr. Rohit Divekar has tips for reducing symptoms. And pediatric surgeon Dr. Christopher Moir explains how to prevent pediatric falls among young children.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: The first organ to be transplanted in a human was a kidney, not a heart.

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Tags: allergies, Childhood Accidents, Dr. Brooks Edwards, Dr Charles Rosen, Dr Christopher Moir, Dr Rohit Divekar, Mayo Clinic Radio, Organ Donation, organ transplants, Pediatric Falls, pediatrics

May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

VICE on HBO Documentary “Killing Cancer” and Match from VICE CEO Shane Smith Leads to More than $2 million for Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic

By Joe Dangor

Mayo Clinic cancer researcher Stephen Russell, M.D. Ph.D.  with VICE CEO host Shane Smith

Mayo Clinic cancer researcher Stephen Russell, M.D. Ph.D. with VICE CEO Shane Smith

ROCHESTER Minn. – Mayo Clinic today announced that fundraising associated with the VICE documentary “Killing Cancer,” which aired on HBO earlier this year, has exceeded $2 million. This achievement was reached a month earlier than anticipated.

The Killing Cancer campaign also set a record at Mayo Clinic with 30 percent of gifts received online, compared to 10 percent for previous campaigns. Many of the gifts came from new supporters to Mayo Clinic a reflection the younger demographics of the VICE audience and VICE’s strong digital presence.

“The money raised in the Killing Cancer campaign will have impact right away, helping advance cancer research and finding cures for patients,” said John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO.

The success of the campaign was due in large part to a fundraising match challenge issued by VICE founder and CEO Shane Smith with a total goal of $2 million. Through the challenge, Mr. Smith matched the first $1 million in gifts made by more than 10,000 documentary viewers and loyal Mayo Clinic supporters.

Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: cancer, Cancer Research, Dr Stephen Russell, HBO, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Minnesota news release, News Release, philanthropy, Shane Smith, VICE

May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic in Florida Receives Highest Nursing Designation

By Paul Scotti

Mayo Building and Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Mayo Building and Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) with a Magnet Recognition Program® designation. This credential recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mayo Clinic is one of only 20 hospitals in Florida and 401 nationally with Magnet Recognition Program status.

In the nursing profession, Magnet recognition is considered the gold seal that epitomizes the importance of quality, safety and improvement; intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary teamwork; understanding of evidence based practice and research; and formal nursing education. It requires organizations to develop, disseminate and enculturate evidenced-based criteria that results in a positive work environment for nurses and, by extension, all employees. U.S. News & World Report includes the Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties.

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May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Jen O'Hara

happy and content woman in a rowboat on a lake
How to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment

Bird flu (avian influenza): Prevention

Vitamin D: Can it prevent Alzheimer's and dementia?

Video: Upper body stretches for the workplace

Butter vs. margarine: Which is better for my heart?

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Tags: Alzheimer's prevention, avian influenza, Bird Flu, butter vs margarine, contentment, Dementia, Happiness, Heart Health, stretching, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, vitamin D

May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Safety Tips for UTV Drivers as Summer Season Arrives

By Dana Sparks

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. –– They are popular, practical and fun but quickly can turn dangerous or even deadly. Utility terrain vehicles, or UTVs, are growing in popularity. Much like the popular, single-rider all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, the UTV is designed for hauling on rough terrain but allows two people to sit beside each other.utility terrain vehicle, UTV

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, since the beginning of 2015, six UTV fatalities in Wisconsin have been reported. Victims range in age from 10 to 77. Half of all reported victims were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident. UTVs often are capable of reaching speeds up to 55 miles per hour.

David Ciresi, M.D., a trauma surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, says most of these events are preventable. “There often is a false sense of security for drivers and passengers in UTVs,” says Dr. Ciresi. “While one may feel safer in a UTV, it quickly can lead to a feeling of overconfidence. The UTV has a high center of gravity, giving it the potential to roll more easily than a car and is often driven in uneven terrain.”

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Tags: Dr David Ciresi, Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, Utility Terrain Vehicle, UTV Accidents

May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

#SunscreenProtectionDay: Understand Sunscreen Options

By Dana Sparks

little girl on beach in the sun with adult putting sunscreen on her nose

Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers his guidance. What's the best way to sort through information about sunscreens? Start by remembering the bigger picture when it comes to sun safety and what you can do to protect yourself. For example:

  • Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
  • Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. Also, consider investing in sun-protective clothing or using an umbrella for shade.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly.


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Tags: sunscreen, Dermatology, Dr Lawrence Gibson, skin cancer

May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 23

By Dana Sparks

LISTEN:  MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 23, 2015

As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz talks about food allergies and asthma in children.Dr. Martha Hartz on Mayo Clinic Radio

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May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays May 26: What’s the Diagnosis?

By April Josselyn

Mayo Medical Labs Pathways bannner

This week's Mayo Clinic PathWays case study is LIVE
View the case and make your diagnosis.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic PathWays in this news release.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic PathWays, Mayo Medical Laboratories, pathology

May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of May 25, 2015

By Dana Sparks

researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscopeEvery week Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog: Parasite Wonders and submit your answers, comments and questions. Enjoy science!

Read more about Dr. Pritt's work.

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.

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Tags: Dr Bobbi Pritt, Parasite Wonders, Mayo Medical Laboratories, pathology

May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Shriners Hospitals for Children Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Kevin Punsky


Non-Ownership Relationship Expands Knowledge and Reach 

TAMPA, Fla.  — Mayo Clinic and Shriners Hospitals for Children today announced Shriners Hospitals for Children as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through physician collaboration.

The network will allow Shriners Hospitals for Children, a national health care system, to offer providers and patients convenient access to additional expertise from Mayo Clinic. The closer relationship will enhance the delivery of local care and promote peace of mind as providers and patients make health care decisions.

“With Mayo Clinic’s similar mission of providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research, a relationship will give Shriners Hospitals the opportunity to further transform children’s lives,” said Dale W. Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. 


Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746,
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Tags: Children's Center, Dr. David Hayes, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic Care Network, News Release, pediatrics, Shriners Hospitals

May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Walking can be an excellent part of weight-loss plan

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 53 and about 60 pounds overweight. I want to start walking to lose some weight but don’t know where to start. What do you recommend? Would a tracking device help someone like me, or should I aim for a certain distance or number of minutes?Pedometer for walking

ANSWER: Walking can be an excellent part of a weight-loss plan, and wearing a monitor that tracks your activity can help you see if you are reaching your goals. It also gives you useful information about how much you are moving throughout the day, not just while you exercise. In addition, some studies show that wearing an activity tracker makes it more likely you will increase your activity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all healthy adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. When you want to lose weight, however, you may need up to 300 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out your exercise over the course of a week. Activity sessions should be at least 10 minutes long. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: activity tracker, Dr Edward Laskowski, Dr. Laskowski, Mayo Clinic Q A, stretching, walking, Weight Loss, weight training

May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/25/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  • Thousands of Americans are enjoying this Memorial Day on the water. Boating and swimming are traditional pastimes but they also come with opportunity for injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Mayo Clinic trauma surgeon Dr. Donald Jenkins reminds us the majority of accidents are preventable so use caution when on and in the water.

Click here for more information on boat safety.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:04] Click here for the script.

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Tags: boating accidents, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Vivien Williams, Water Safety

May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara



Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heartMediterranean-style grilled salmon
Worried about heart disease? Try eating one to two servings of fish a week. Discover the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

Prescription weight-loss drugs
Interest in weight-loss medicines is growing as more drugs become available. Could one of them help you? Find out if you may be a candidate.

Colon cleansing: Is it helpful or harmful?
Colon cleansing is popular among some alternative medicine practitioners who claim it has health benefits. Get the facts first.

Body fat analyzers: How accurate are they?
Body fat can be measured with hand-held body fat analyzers, but accuracy varies.

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Tags: Advanced Directives, age-related vision, animal bites, body fat, colon cleansing, denial, Healthy Recipes, Living Wills, Monday's Housecall, nutrition-wise blog, omega-3 fatty acids, prescription weight-loss drugs

May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Wounded Warrior Captain Bacik Walking, Running and Standing Tall

By Dana Sparks

United States of America flag, with blue sky in background

There are heroes in every war and Captain Matthew Bacik is certainly one of those. He was in the elite U.S. Army Ranger Regiment, honored with three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal, but he left active duty when an ambush in Iraq resulted in a below-the-knee amputation. Today, however, because of a new device tested at Mayo Clinic, he's walking, running and standing tall. [TRT 3:08]

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 


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Tags: amputation, Capt Bacik, HL, Pkg, prosthetics, Wounded Warrior