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October 19, 2015

Sidelined No More – Scrambler Therapy Puts Tess Wilson Back in Action

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Each year after their big Thanksgiving meal, Tess Wilson’s family has a tradition of playing games in a gym to burn off some calories. For much of her high school and college years, Tess spent that afternoon sitting on the sidelines watching the rest of her family run around. Severe, chronic pain made it impossible […]

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Tags: chronic pain, clinical trials, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Scrambler Therapy


December 19, 2014

Operating Room (OR) 10 and Dr. Charles William Mayo

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

 Read time: 5 minutes Written by Elaine Stewart, Mayo Clinic Health System Home Health and Hospice During a recent visit to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, I was reminded of some great memories from my days of working at Saint Marys Hospital over 50 years ago. I want to share some of those memories. My first […]

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Tags: Dr. Charles W. Mayo, Employee Story, Mayo Clinic history


June 30, 2014

Nicole’s Journey From Nurse to Transplant Patient and Back

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

When Nicole Jahns was just five months old, her parents – and her doctors – knew something was wrong. She wasn’t gaining weight like a five-month-old should, and she wasn’t, as her doctors put it, “thriving.” They soon discovered why. Nicole had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Dr. Mark Wylam, lung transplant, nursing, Patient Stories, Transplant


April 18, 2013

Atlanta to Jacksonville: Short travel for answers from Mayo Clinic

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Diane McIver’s first visit to Mayo Clinic mixed health care with pleasure – she and her now husband tagged their annual physical appointments with a trip to the golf course. At the time, they were just dating and enjoyed “a fabulous mini vacation combining our health care with an activity we both love!” exclaimed McIver.  […]

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Tags: 5268, 5334, Diane McIver, Executive Health Program


December 26, 2012

“I wanted to do something for myself”

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Heidi wanted to reward herself for getting through a hard time in her life. Her choice: cosmetic surgery.

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Tags: 3989, 5187, 5267, 5309, 5335, cosmetic surgery, Heidi Hockel, Mayo Clinic, Nho Tran, Oren Friedman, plastic surgery


December 14, 2012

A midsummer morning’s luck

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Tom Halverstadt survived a devastating brainstem stroke because of several lucky factors, including bystanders who summoned emergency help and a treatment team that had the expertise he desperately needed.

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Tags: 2301, 5292, brainstem stroke, Dr. Chong, Dr. Demaerschalk, Dr. Hoxworth, endovascular surgery, Mayo Clinic, Tom Halverstadt


October 9, 2012

A Family Doctor’s View of Mayo Clinic

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

“First onboard and seated on the aisle, I watched my fellow passengers as they slowly filled the small regional jet. I was struck by how many of them limped, used walking devices, lugged oxygen tanks, or had skin conditions. It took me a moment to comprehend why. Then it came to me – we were […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic, President, Richard Roberts, WONCA, World Organization of Family Doctors


March 1, 2012

Singing Praise After New Esophageal Cancer Treatment

By Stacy Theobald stacytheobald

Esophageal cancer took Jorge Rivera, 47, by surprise. An auto loan manager and a father of three, he had a full life and a passion for performing sacred music with his family. Rivera, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, had “the usual” heartburn symptoms from what he describes as a typical Puerto Rican diet. But a […]

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Tags: 1136, 3169, 5267, 5275, 5279, 5334, Cancer, esophageal cancer, Jorge Rivera


December 23, 2011

Christmas Miracle: Woman sings opera with new teeth and jaw

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

After this opera singer noticed something on her chin and asked her dentist to take an x-ray, they found an ossifying fibroma that had taken over all of her lower jaw. Susan Taborn needed to have her entire lower jaw and most of her bottom teeth removed. Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons used her fibula […]

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Tags: "ossifying fibroma", "Susan Taborn", 5297, 5335, artery, dentist, fibula, jaw, leg, Mayo Clinic, opera, sing


November 17, 2011

Couple grateful for longtime care at Mayo Clinic

By Stacy Theobald stacytheobald

                                                                                                                                                 Karl and Eileen Rauschert of Bushnell, Ill., have been coming to Mayo Clinic in Florida for 23 years. Their experiences have been anything but routine. A visit in 2009 is a perfect example. Just as Mrs. Rauschert was about to undergo a colonoscopy, her husband, who was along for moral support, experienced a racing […]

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