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Rare brain tumor couldn’t stop her

By Margaret Shepard

Laurie Beach and her husband on their wedding day.When your body needs water, you feel thirsty and drink. It's a pretty simple concept, but one that no longer works for Laurie Beach. A rare brain tumor left her with adipsic diabetes insipidus, an extremely rare disease that causes the body to lose its thirst response.

The tumor — a supra cellar germinoma (or germ cell cancer) — is a very rare central nervous system tumor, always occurring somewhere in the midline of the body. Although some researchers theorize that leftover embryonic tissue goes awry, the exact cause of germinoma cancers remains a mystery. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: American Indians, Brain Tumor, germ cell cancer, Laurie Beach, Mayo Clinic, Radiation Therapy


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Fifty Years of Saving Lives

By Makala Johnson

David Bakken's AwardDavid Bakken's blood donation "career" had an inconspicuous start. Years ago, his young daughter needed eye surgery, and he donated blood as a way to help pay for the surgery. "At that time, they paid $25 for each donation," Bakken recently told KAAL-TV. But the thing is, Bakken didn't stop. He kept donating. And donating. Now, 50 years later, Bakken has donated his way to becoming Mayo Clinic's top blood donor. He was officially bestowed that honor during the Mayo Clinic Blood Donation Center Blood Donor Appreciation event in Rochester, Minn.

"You are doing this thing for the benefit of others, and I think this is one of the best gifts you can give," Mayo Blood Center Director Manish Gandhi, M.D., told Bakken and others who attended the event. Bakken tells KAAL-TV he understands the impact of his donations. And during the past five decades, he says he's done his best to spread that message to others. "I wear my blood donor shirts and hats, and let people know and encourage them," he says. "I know it makes an impact on people that receive the blood."

For those keeping track at home, here are some of the numbers associated with Bakken's accomplishment: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: award, blood donor, David Bakken, Donation, Manish Gandhi, Mayo Clinic, Sean Hong


December 10th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Surgery cures rare condition

By Margaret Shepard

Lindsey Fleener

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Fleener

When Lindsey Fleener was young, she struggled playing the piano. It was difficult for her to do penmanship. She could barely hold a bat in physical education. The monkey bars were impossible at recess. Lindsey didn't have a learning disability. She wasn't handicapped or physically challenged. Lindsey had a condition that elicited excessive perspiration — hyperhidrosis — causing her hands to sweat profusely. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: excessive sweating, Hyperhidrosis, John Atkinson, Lindsey Fleener, Mayo Clinic