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It's supposed to be a time spent enjoying family, but the holiday season often brings on high levels of stress. Dr. Beth Rush, a Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist, offers three tips to help deal with holiday stress so you can focus on what's most important this holiday season.
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When a local hospital was reluctant to list their daughter for the liver transplant she needed, Melinda Kohlmyer and her husband brought young Hanna to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, Hanna got a second chance at life.

Shortly after Hanna's birth, Melinda noticed her daughter looking a little jaundiced — a thought later confirmed by her care team. "I didn't think anything of it," Melinda says. "In the back of my mind, I was thinking, 'OK, get her under some lamps, and she'll be fine.' But that wasn't the case." Instead, Hanna would stay in the neonatal ICU for the next week while her care team performed tests to figure out what was causing her discoloration. "After a liver biopsy, they determined she was born with a rare liver disorder called biliary atresia, which of course we'd never heard of before," Melinda says.

As Hanna's health got worse, her parents determined the best place for her to get that lifesaving transplant would be at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. When the family arrived at Mayo Clinic, they met with Katryn Furuya, M.D., a pediatric hepatologist. "I knew within five minutes of meeting her that we had come to the right place and that we were going to transfer Hanna's care to Mayo Clinic immediately," Melinda says.

A key member of Hanna's care team was Charles Rosen, M.D., the surgeon who performed the little girl's liver transplant. "He's our superhero," Melinda says of Dr. Rosen, who is chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Transplant Surgery. "We get giddy whenever we see him in the hallway at Mayo because he saved Hanna's life. He saved our daughter's life, and he did an incredible job." Read the full story on https://mayocl.in/2Ei0GgU.
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Flaxseed is a great source of fiber, minerals and nutrients. A small amount can pack a nutritional punch. They have a light, nutty taste and can be added to any number of foods, especially breakfast favorites.

Jen Welper, an executive chef with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, shows step by step how to use flaxseed to make a healthier version of banana pancakes.
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“With travel and in life, I stay open-minded to new things and then navigate my own way through it all,” he says. “Even from the time when I was very young, I never felt like I was in my own skin by simply doing whatever was expected of me. I was compelled to do more.”
Laurie cracks a smile, “Because you’re always trying to prove something to yourself.”
As the couple recalls some fond memories, Lou says, “You could drop me off anywhere in the world. Just give me a few dollars in my pocket, and I’ll follow my compass back home as a better man.”
So, when Lou was diagnosed with lichen planus, he trusted his compass and followed it to Mayo Clinic. .
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Nearly 1 in every 3 American adults has high levels of lipoprotein cholesterol, also known as "LDL" or "bad cholesterol." Lifestyle changes can lower your bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. One way is by adding a daily dose of a tiny seed with a lot of nutritional power to your diet.

Learn more in today's #MayoClinicMinute.
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For a person with allergies, the holiday season can create challenges. Decorated trees,  roaring fires and a plate of Christmas cookies can lead to problems. “A person who is allergic needs to be an advocate for himself, because it’s always better to be safe than sorry,” says Dr. Rohit Divekar, a Mayo Clinic allergic diseases specialist. You can make it easier for someone with allergies by being aware of some common holiday triggers. Learn more in today's #MayoClinicMinute.
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Kate Fossum and her mom had traveled nine hours to hear Ed Sheeran in concert, only to realize they forgot the supplies for Kate's cochlear implants. A late-night call to Mayo turned their luck around.

Kate had been anticipating the concert for months. "We got to the hotel around midnight and Kate asked for her ear supplies because her battery had just died," Kate's mom, Lana Fischer, tells us. Although Kate typically kept her ear supplies in her purse, she had decided to leave the purse at home so she wouldn’t lose it at the concert.

Lana was losing hope, but before she went to bed, she decided to call Mayo Clinic, where Kate has received care since she began to lose her hearing at age 3. "It was late and a weekend, so I thought I'd get a recording, but to my surprise someone answered," Lana says. The operator connected Lana to the ENT resident on call, Lane Anzalone, M.D., who "patiently listened to my story at 1 a.m." Down in Rochester, Dr. Anzalone —an Ed Sheeran fan himself — was determined to find a solution. "Here was a young woman, who lost her hearing, regained it via surgery and was looking forward to a concert by her favorite artist, but was now facing the possibility of not being able to hear a single sound of the performance," Dr. Anzalone says. It was, he thought, a "life emergency" that deserved the same attention he'd give other emergencies.

After a couple of phone calls, Dr. Anzalone had a lead. He located the charger and reached out to Kate and Lana to confirm it was the one Kate needed. (Check.) "For some people, this might not seem like a big deal, but for us it was huge," Lana says. "We would have had a very different outcome without him." Dr. Anzalone says he was just doing his job. "I don't think what I did was anything extraordinary," he says. "A patient needed help, and I had the opportunity to provide the care. I happened to be on the other end of the line when Kate's mother called in." Read the full story on intheloop.mayoclinic.org.
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Warren and Marilyn Bateman's links to Mayo Clinic stretch back through decades past, and their commitment to supporting the organization will endure for years to come. 
A special pickle recipe is just one sign of the deep connection. A framed handwritten recipe for pickles adorns a wall of Warren and Marilyn Bateman's home in the hills of Maggie Valley, North Carolina. It was part of a birthday card for Marilyn and includes a scrawled signature below the recipe — one that has become one of the Batemans' most treasured gifts. The card was from Sister Generose Gervais, a longtime administrator at what is now Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. "She was a delight," Marilyn says with a smile as she recalls Sister Generose, who passed away in 2016. "Always wanting you to stop to chat and have a candy from her candy dish, or help her make pickles." The Batemans say they're blessed by the values and memory of Sister Generose. The iconic pickle recipe is a reminder of her compassion, respect and excellence.

Because of their long-standing connections to Mayo Clinic, the Batemans are inspired to give back. At Christmastime, they give to the Poverello Fund, an endowment that offsets a portion of medical expenses for patients receiving care on the Saint Marys Campus. Since its founding in 1983, the fund has helped more than 13,000 patients. Most recently, the Batemans saw the need to continue advancing surgical projects at the Saint Marys Campus. To that end, they donated funds to support the construction of new operating rooms. "At Mayo Clinic, you feel welcome," Warren says. "Everyone treats you with a smile. The doctors, the nurses, they all say, 'Is there anything else bothering you?' They want to treat you. They're interested in you." "Mayo Clinic is truly a part of our lives, and it always feels like family," Marilyn adds. "It's like coming home." Read the full story on https://mayocl.in/2SmHdi6.
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After 25 years as an elementary school teacher, Marie Aaberg took a year sabbatical to volunteer at Mayo Clinic. It ended up being a life changing decision.

Aaberg tells us she chose to take a sabbatical to volunteer at Mayo based on gratitude for care that she and her family members had received. "I just wanted to give back," she says. "I wanted to give something of myself." It wasn't a decision she made lightly. The sabbatical was unpaid, so Aaberg "had to budget and plan carefully," she tells us. "I took on two lawn-mowing jobs to pay for gas." And a lot of it. Aaberg put 10,000 miles on her red Ford Ranger that year, driving between her home in Mankato and Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus.

She logged many additional miles on her feet, serving primarily as a surgical messenger at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. "The nurse communicators would call and give surgical updates to share with the families in waiting rooms," Aaberg says. "It was a big responsibility. I loved that role and felt honored that Mayo Clinic would let a volunteer assist in that way. Some days I'd walk the equivalent of 10 miles. At the end of the day my legs would be exhausted, but I felt good." Aaberg volunteered in other areas of the hospital as well during her year of service, and also had the opportunity to serve as the volunteer representative at a Mayo Clinic Values Retreat. "I learned more about Mayo's values and realized that they aligned with what I feel is important in life," she says. "Mayo Clinic represents something truly amazing." Read the full story on https://mayocl.in/2SlAJQB.
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The holiday season is a time of celebration and excess, but too much salt, caffeine and alcohol can lead to a little-known condition called "holiday heart" that can have drastic consequences.

Learn more in today's #MayoClinicMinute.
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Do you take your coffee black or with cream and sugar? How about with butter and coconut oil? A current diet trend blends butter, coconut oil and coffee together in what's referred to as "butter coffee" or "bulletproof coffee." Does a cup of high-fat coffee translate to health benefits as some  supporters claim? Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, has a few words of advice in this #MayoClinicMinute.
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The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be a hazard on the highway. If you're getting behind the wheel, one Mayo Clinic expert has some tips to keep you and your family safe on the road.
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