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November 9, 2013

Traveling the Road of Life, Seizure-Free

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

For the past eight years, Nicole Dehn, 30, has had pangs of sadness whenever she passes a small grove of trees on the road near her Jacksonville, Fla., home. The trees are a constant reminder of the day epilepsy took her freedom. Nov. 14 2005. It’s the day Dehn had a seizure while driving. Her […]

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November 4, 2013

Living for Today: Husband and Wife Battle Lymphoma Together

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

It’s tough for anyone to deal with a cancer diagnosis, especially someone at the age of 18. Todd Blake, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, was just beginning life as a freshman at the University of Florida when he was diagnosed with late-stage Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a serious form of blood cancer. Fast-forward through countless treatments and multiple […]

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Tags: 3069, 3719, 3739, 5279, 5334, blood cancer, BMT, bone marrow transplant, Cancer, chemotherapy, Hodgkins lymphoma, maja blake

November 22, 2010

Helping the Girls of the Congo: Part Fourteen

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Phil Fischer, M.D. is one of the Mayo Clinic physicians who recently went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the video interview below, Dr. Fischer offers a personal reflection on the trip. He also explains the potential for future research and how those plans are already advancing. Also, many of you have inquired […]

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Tags: Congo, DRC, Mayo Clinic, Phil Fischer, Research

October 18, 2010

MaryEllen’s Journey: Coping with a New Reality (Episode 3)

By Julie Janovsky-Mason Julie Janovsky-Mason

When you last saw MaryEllen Sheppard in Episode 2, she spoke about how she was beginning to lose her hair. After two rounds of chemotherapy, MaryEllen said  she was beginning to lose clumps at a time. She knew the day was coming.  But the awkwardness of going bald wasn’t what was engulfing her. As her husband Chuck […]

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September 2, 2010

From Mascara to Medicine: A Mom on a Mission

By Elizabeth Rice Elizabeth Rice

When their daughter was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) in June 2008, the world turned upside down for cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Jackson and infomercial pioneer Bill Guthy. The diagnosing physician told them, “you know, if this were my child, I’d be going to Mayo Clinic.” And that’s exactly what they did. In the video below, […]

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August 5, 2010

Wayzata High School Making Strides Against Cancer

By Mystery User

This past June, the Wayzata High School Track team organized a fundraiser in support of the Mayo Clinic, and in particular to raise money for their work in cancer research. There are two fathers of runners on the team who have battled cancer and have been treated at the Mayo Clinic and the team wanted […]

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Tags: Cancer, marathon, Wayzata High School

July 6, 2010

Why I support cancer clinical research

By Cynthia Nelson Weiss Cynthia Nelson Weiss

More than 200 clinical research studies are underway at Mayo Clinic for cancer. Your participation is critical since it may help find a cure for the disease.

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Tags: Cancer, clinical trials, Kim, Mayo Clinic

March 10, 2010

Help Advance Medicine by Joining ResearchMatch

By Mystery User

On its journey from the laboratory to the patient, research must pass through an important checkpoint: the research volunteer. However, it’s often difficult for researchers to locate enough eligible participants for a particular study — and potential volunteers have few places to look for research opportunities. These challenges inspired the creation of ResearchMatch , a […]

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Tags: Research

November 25, 2009

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center team in Arizona completes whole human genome sequence on patient with blood cancer

By Julie Janovsky-Mason Julie Janovsky-Mason

The concept of personalized medical treatment based on a patient’s DNA is one small step closer to becoming a reality. A Mayo Clinic Cancer Center team in Arizona recently completed its first whole human genome sequencing on a patient suffering from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. In a matter of weeks, the […]

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July 16, 2009

Ali is seizure free and still dancing

By Catherine Benson Catherine Benson

When Ali Nowotny was just 15, she began to“blank out.” It was summer of 2006, and she was working as a waitress in her hometown of Rapid City, S.D. The episodes occurred about once a month, and left her “spaced out” for several minutes, slurred her speech and gave her headaches. Ali shrugged them off. […]

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