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March 13, 2017

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

Did you know colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers? But only if you take the proper steps. National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month educates and motivates men and women to know the facts, get screened and spread the knowledge. To help prevent colon cancer, doctors recommend: Regular screenings between the ages of 50 […]

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Tags: Colon Cancer is preventable. Get screened today., Men's Health, Visiting Mayo Clinic, Women's Health


March 9, 2017

World Kidney Day

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. World Kidney Day focuses on educating the public, medical community and governments to encourage prevention and early detection. People affected by obesity have an 83 percent increased risk of CKD, making maintaining a healthy lifestyle even more important. Not sure where to seek help? Mayo […]

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Tags: Healthy Living, Kidney & Bladder


March 7, 2017

National Sleep Awareness Week

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

Are you having troubles staying awake, even as you read this post? You’re not alone. Approximately 50-70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. Mayo Clinic and the National Sleep Foundation have tips to help you sleep better, so you won’t have to rely on caffeine to get you through the day. Make time for the […]

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Tags: Healthy Living, Men's Health, Women's Health


March 3, 2017

National Nutrition Month

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

How many times have you heard breakfast is the most important meal? Well, it’s true. Even the American Heart Association recently found that meal timing can have an effect on your risk for conditions such as heart diseases, strokes and high blood pressure. Since National School Breakfast week is next week, Mayo Clinic has a […]

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Tags: Healthy Living, Kids & Teens


March 2, 2017

Transforming a Life: Mayo Clinic’s First Face Transplant

By Lee Aase Lee Aase

“There are no words to express just how grateful I am for this gift,” says Andy Sandness. The 32-year old Wyoming man received the first-ever face transplant preformed at Mayo Clinic. “This is an extraordinary example of the teamwork, collaboration and compassion that we provide,” says Samir Mardini, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Essam and Dalal Obaid Center […]

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Tags: face transplant


February 28, 2017

Eating disorders affect more than just a person’s appearance

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

Eating disorders are serious conditions that negatively impact a person’s health, emotions and ability to function normally. Spread awareness during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and seek help for loved ones who may be living with an eating disorder. The National Eating Disorders Program educates and screens individuals for eating disorders and connects those who […]

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Tags: Healthy Living, Just Want To Talk, Kids and Teens


February 20, 2017

Shoveling snow could lead to a trip to the hospital

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

Are you shoveling safely? Each year, 11,000 people are hospitalized due to snow shoveling related accidents. Patients suffer from back and head injuries, bone fractures and sometimes even heart attacks. Minimize your risks by: Using a quality light-weight shovel with a good grip Shoveling straight ahead to minimize twisting and trying to push instead of […]

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Tags: Healthy Living, Heart & Blood Health, Men's Health, Women's Health


February 17, 2017

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Dating violence is more common than many people think. It can be physical, sexual or emotional abuse by their significant other before they become adults. And remember that domestic violence can happen to both women and men, so know the signs and spread awareness to stop abuse. Everyone […]

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Tags: Kids and Teens


February 14, 2017

Being a donor is a selfless act

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

Let’s thank all donors this National Donor Day – a day designated to raise awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donation. Today is about giving to those in need, so learn more about Mayo Clinic’s Living Donor Program. Also, consider other options such as checking the Organ Donor box or joining the […]

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Tags: Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


February 13, 2017

Fact: Unlike candy hearts, yours could get heart disease.

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

It is not uncommon to see an abundance of hearts this time of year. While Valentine’s Day contributes to this, February is also American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The good news is that heart disease can be preventable by pursuing a […]

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Tags: heart and blood health, Men's Health, Women's Health