Items Tagged ‘About Kids & Teens’

January 31, 2017

Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

By Nate Gilbraith Nate Gilbraith

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 […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Epilepsy, Seizures


January 24, 2017

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

By Nate Gilbraith Nate Gilbraith

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 […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Women's Health


January 12, 2017

Marine Captain Witnesses His Daughter’s Birth From Thousands of Miles Away

By Nate Gilbraith Nate Gilbraith

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 […]

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January 3, 2017

Young Adults with Disabilities Find Meaningful, Hope for a Future Through Work Project SEARCH

By Nate Gilbraith Nate Gilbraith

Jakob Erickson, who has autism spectrum disorder, was part of the first group of interns to participate in the Project SEARCH High School Transition Program. The program helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain the skills needed to enter the workforce. Jakob says the program has had a profound impact on his life, as his confidence […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Mental Health


December 16, 2016

Sisters’ Heart Transplants Inspire Family to Organize Holiday Toy Drive

By Alyse Brunella Alyse Brunella

As a mother, Linsey Rippy’s holiday shopping list is usually full of toys, but surprisingly not always for her own children. Linsey’s daughters, 10-year-old Madi and 7-year-old Sydney, were diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy as toddlers, and each had a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic at age 3. Knowing first-hand how difficult it is to have […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Heart & Blood Health, Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


November 18, 2016

How to Help Overweight Kids Get Healthier

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

It’s never an easy thing to have your children struggle with obesity, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects more than 12.7 million children in the U.S. Between all of the snack times, birthday parties and sugary lunch options, choosing the right foods may be more challenging than we think. While obesity […]

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October 26, 2016

Are backpacks hurting your students’ backs?

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

Many kids get excited about picking out a backpack for the school year; it lets them put style and personality into a basic school necessity. But picking a stylish backpack doesn’t always mean it’s the best for their health. Mayo Clinic found that many students’ backpacks weigh more than 15 percent of their body weight, […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Bones Joints & Muscles


October 24, 2016

Staying Healthy This Halloween

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

Halloween is one week away, and with all of the candy and sweet treats floating around, your scale may look scarier than your costume. Fortunately, Mayo Clinic’s Nutrition Educator Kristin Johnson has shared some festive fall recipes like, pumpkin chia coconut granola and pumpkin pie overnight oats. Not only are these recipes delicious, but also […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Healthy Living


October 21, 2016

National Bullying Prevention Month

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

Many of us can look back at our memories of grade school or high school and remember that one kid that made it their job to torment us. It may have seemed like a rite of passage in the past, but bullies today are more relentless and have more outlets than ever to bully their […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Mental Health


October 10, 2016

SIDS Awareness Month

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

Becoming a parent is a beautiful thing but it sure is a full-time job. Whenever you’re not watching your baby, you’re probably reading every baby book you can get your hands on…or worrying about them, even when they sleep. It’s critical to know the signs of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and while there is […]

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