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Jan 31, 2017 · Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

The first time Tehya Mrotek had a seizure during class, she just started high school. Her teachers weren’t very familiar with handling epilepsy and were not equipped to administer seizure first-aid. Around the same time her family was discussing the importance of epilepsy education, the school hired a new nurse and decided to bring in Mayo Clinic specialists to train staff and engage an advocacy group. “A training was initiated at the beginning of every school year for all the teachers,” said Tamra, Tehya’s mother and a timekeeping specialist at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. The school also initiated multiple training refreshers throughout the year. Soon after the training, Tehya’s classmates began to understand her condition. “People started to get a grasp of what epilepsy was and started talking to me and telling me they were there for me if I ever had a seizure,” Tehya recalls.

Jan 26, 2017 · Cowboy Back in Saddle After Successful Treatment of Glomerulonephritis

Four years ago, Jack Rhodes, a retired rancher, had gained 40 pounds due to fluid retention that resulted in swelling throughout his body. He suffered severe shortness of breath and was unable to walk. Local doctors were unable to diagnosis Jack’s symptoms, so he visited with nephrologist Dr. Nabeel Aslam at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. After several tests, Dr. Aslam was able to give Jack a diagnosis—a kidney disease called membranous nephropathy. Jack began immunosuppressant medication, along with antibiotics to prevent any infections. After 15 months, Jack was able to stop taking the medication and is now in remission. His symptoms are well controlled, which has meant a marked increase in his quality of life. “Dr. Aslam has the ability to listen and concentrate on what the patient is saying. It appears to be vitally important to him that his patients improve as much as possible so they can enjoy their life,” Jack says. “He and Mayo Jacksonville are responsible for me being alive.”

Jan 24, 2017 · National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Birth defects affect millions of babies each year, but they can be prevented. For many newborns with a birth defect, there is no family history of the condition. Many birth defects are not found immediately at birth. One step physicians recommend is taking folic acid once a day to help the baby’s brain and spine develop very early in the pregnancy. Discover more about your baby’s health with prenatal testing.  

Jan 19, 2017 · A Gift of Life From One Friend to Another

When Lori Allan revealed to her close friend, Becca Spurr, that she needed a kidney transplant, Becca proved that she was more than just a friend to Lori – she was also a willing donor. According to the Mankato Free Press, a medication Lori had been taking for an “unrelated health issue” damaged her kidneys to the point where doctors told her a transplant was her only option. That’s when Becca decided to have her testing requirements completed at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester. “They test you very thoroughly to make sure you’re healthy to be able to donate,” she tells the paper. “The great thing is, I was healthy” and — even greater — “I was able to donate.” Lori’s transplant procedure went smoothly and is forever grateful to her friend.  “You can’t even describe what it means to you to have a friend who is willing to give that kind of gift to you,” Lori says. “It’s overwhelming.”

Jan 17, 2017 · Cervical Health Awareness Month

More than 12,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 4,000 of women will die due to this disease. We’d like to reduce that number by spreading the word that cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, so spread the word about cervical cancer and HPV disease. Talk with your doctor to learn more about prevention tips.

Jan 13, 2017 · Thyroid Awareness Month

January is Thyroid Awareness Month – how much do you know about your thyroid gland? Your thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple. It produces hormones that regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. In short, your thyroid is pretty important. There are several diseases that can affect your thyroid, including cancer, so it’s important to talk to your physician about ways to maintain good thyroid health. 

Jan 12, 2017 · Marine Captain Witnesses His Daughter's Birth From Thousands of Miles Away

Matt Reedy, a captain in the United States Marine Corps, was deployed overseas when his wife, Alicia, was due to deliver the couple’s first child. Doug Pappin, Alicia’s father and a manager in Information Technology at Mayo Clinic, convinced Alicia to have the baby at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. On Oct. 24, when Dorothy “Dottie” Lane Reedy finally made her arrival, Matt connected to the delivery room through a video calling app on his smartphone. He was able “to see the birth of his beautiful daughter, and to hear her first cry,” Doug (aka “Grandpa”) says. “He wasn’t there to hold her, but because of technology and caring Mayo Clinic staff, everyone … brought Matt into the experience as best they could.”

Jan 10, 2017 · National Folic Acid Awareness Week

It’s National Folic Acid Awareness Week – did you know it’s one of the most important supplements you can take as a mom-to-be? Consuming folic acid daily can help prevent neural tube birth defects, like spina bifida and anencephaly. Women also need a sufficient amount of folic acid even before becoming pregnant, as birth defects can develop within the first few weeks of a pregnancy. Learn more about folic acid benefits today.

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