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Target muscles head to toe at the same time you test your balance with this lunge and single arm row. 
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School may be starting but the sounds of summer still breeze through our atrium at the Mayo Clinic campus in Arizona. Happy #NationalRelaxationDay from #MayoClinicAZ!
Gene Okun has some of the largest kidneys doctors have ever seen. While normal, healthy kidneys are usually about the size of a human fist, both of Gene's kidneys have grown larger than footballs because of the disease. 
How he deals with his kidney disease while waiting for his transplant at Mayo Clinic is unlike anything you have ever seen. Gene has taken quite an active approach to finding a donor by launching — alongside his sister — a creative (and pretty entertaining) social media campaign and online video series called "Gene's Big Dumb Kidneys." Gene is hoping the videos will not only shed light on what daily life is like for him and his own need for a kidney transplant but also will increase awareness of others living with kidney disease.

Read Gene's story on intheloop.mayoclinic.org.
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There are three secrets to putting energy back in your day. Which one will you try today?

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Sue Bothun’s motorcycle crash happened far away from any Mayo facility. Initially, the seriousness of her injuries was missed. That all changed, once she was back in Mayo care. Not only did her care team help her body heal, she was also able to take advantage of Mayo’s back-to-work program.

Sue's orthopedic surgeon, Brandon Yuan, M.D., says there's no question Sue's attitude and determination played an important role in her recovery.

He adds that the fact Sue has resumed riding motorcycle doesn't raise any red flags. In fact, it's just the opposite. "I tell my patients my goal is to get them healed and back doing the things they enjoy doing," he explains.

Read Sue's story on sharing.mayoclinic.org.
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A doorknob and a band are all you need for this portable posture improver.

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We are again honored to be named the No. 1 hospital in the nation in 2017. And our Arizona campus was named to the National Best Hospitals Honor Roll. 
U.S. News & World Report released its rankings on today and we received top honors in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. In addition, we were first overall in six specialties. We are grateful for our amazing staff members who provide unparalleled patient care every day.

Read the full press release at newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
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If your weight goals have gotten off track this summer, here's some motivation for you.

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"Why is there no train if it's called a subway?" "Why don't they install moving walkways, like at airports?" "How do you get to Carroll's Corn?" These are just a sampling of the questions that have been asked over the years at the eight Welcome Desks around Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. "I hear a question or comment that I have never heard before, every shift I work," Bonnie Maher says. And considering Bonnie has been on the "job" since 1989, that's saying something. She's logged somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,400 volunteer hours since then, many of them spent answering questions from patients and visitors. She's given directions to some campus locations so often, she tells us, that "I could say them in my sleep!" Bonnie's not alone in her efforts to leave no question unanswered. Last year, 161 people served as volunteers at Mayo's Welcome Desks (not to be confused with the Information Desks around Mayo, which are staffed by employees), providing close to 13,000 hours of service. Some of those volunteers are retired Mayo Clinic physicians and staff members.

Learn more about the Welcome Desks on intheloop.mayoclinic.org.
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When 13-year-old Albert Mansour first walked onto our Rochester campus in the fall of 2016, the steps he took were peculiar, painful and incompatible with the physique of the competitive swimmer he had been just a year earlier.

Albert walked bent-kneed and on his toes. His legs were angled awkwardly, and his lower back flattened to accommodate a lumbar vertebra that had slipped forward and down onto the vertebra directly beneath it. He had back pain and sciatica nerve pain. His nerves were stretched taunt by his condition, known as spondylolisthesis. "Spondylolisthesis, overall, is fairly common," says Todd Milbrandt, M.D., in Mayo Clinic's Department of Orthopedic Surgery. "But the kind that Albert had, which was nearly a complete slippage of the fifth lumbar vertebra onto the first sacral vertebra, is relatively rare." The spines of those affected by the condition lose their stacked-block structure when the bottom lumbar vertebra shifts down onto the top of the sacrum, which causes the pelvis to angle downward. "That's the foundation of the whole spine, and Albert's vertebra had shifted toward the front and was putting a lot of pressure on his nerves. That was causing his walk to change," says Dr. Milbrandt.

Following a day-long operation in December 2016 — during which Albert's surgical team members, including Dr. Fogelson and Dr. Milbrandt, corrected Albert's misaligned vertebra and released the tension on the nerves to his legs — the teenager is moving normally again and looking forward to getting back into the swimming pool.

Read Albert's story on sharing.mayoclinic.org.
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This dynamic lunge and press move uses resistance for a full-body strengthener.

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December 2016 brought an end to an eight-day period in Jessica Kenser's life that was bookended by events both devastating and astounding. That span of days began with the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor. It ended with that tumor being completely removed by Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons. Throughout the long week in between, there were many moments Jessica credits for the stunning change of events.

The first came just two days after Jessica, who is a nurse, learned she had a brain tumor deemed too deep to remove. While she was doing online coursework for a doctorate of nursing degree, an advertisement for Mayo Clinic appeared on her monitor. The ad spurred her to action.

Jessica called Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus to request an appointment. She received the welcome news that she could get appointments the next day with physicians in Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurology and Division of Neuro-oncology. "Talk about by the grace of God," says Jessica, who, with her husband, left her home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, immediately after that phone call and spent the night in Rochester to be ready for her 7:30 a.m. meetings.

Another life-changing moment arrived when her Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Terry Burns, M.D., Ph.D., informed Jessica that her tumor could, in fact, be removed, and the tumor's location actually made surgery a promising treatment option. On Dec. 30, just two days after meeting a team of Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons, Jessica underwent surgery. The tumor, a low-grade noncancerous growth called a pilocytic astrocytoma, and its surrounding tissues were successfully removed.

Six months later, not only has Jessica recovered with minimal side effects, but she says the experience has deepened her faith and an increased her desire to spread goodness in the world.

Read the full story on sharing.mayoclinic.org.
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