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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, May 28 7:59pm · View  

Chris Norton's Remarkable Graduation Weekend

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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, May 28 4:04pm · View  

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

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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Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, May 27 6:51pm · View  

Safety Tips for UTV Drivers as Summer Season Arrives

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.”

Kristin Everett 715-838-5805  everett.kristin@mayo.edu

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, May 27 4:03pm · View  

#SunscreenProtectionDay: Understand Sunscreen Options

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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, May 27 8:23am · View  

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

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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Tue, May 26 10:51am · View  

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

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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, May 22 11:51am · View  

Wounded Warrior Captain Bacik Walking, Running and Standing Tall

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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, May 21 12:49pm · View  

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

close up illustration of spine with osteoporosis, bone loss

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 will join us to discuss food allergies and asthma in children.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Men are less likely than women to develop osteoporosis.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, May 23, at 9:05 a.m., and follow #MayoClinicRadio.

To find and listen to archived shows, click here.

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates.

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