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From The Blog

Pacemakers: Past and present

Pacemakers have evolved over the years by becoming more compact and sophisticated, but they still operate the same way in keeping the heart beating at a regular rate.

January 19, 2018

Women’s health: Education is the answer

Women’s bodies experience many changes over a lifetime, so it’s never too late to educate yourself about what to expect.

November 25, 2016

Mayo Clinic Children’s Center

This year, Mayo Clinic celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Clinic Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital. However, Mayo Clinic’s history in caring for children, both locally and across the region, began long before the creation of the children’s hospital.

May 16, 2016

Recognizing seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

When the smell of wood smoke fills the air and night falls before dinner, rest assured that autumn has turned to winter. But somewhere between the backyard bonfires and sipping hot cocoa, a less pleasant phenomenon takes hold of some people — seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

January 29, 2016

Getting to the heart of the matter: Women and cardiovascular disease

Are you feeling chest pain? Tingling or numbness in your left shoulder? Nausea? You might be having a heart attack — but you might not realize it.

October 9, 2015

The importance of movement

Movement. It seems like the simplest thing in the world. Our bodies are designed to run, jump and manipulate objects, among other miracles of locomotion. But how often do we use our bodies at their full potential?

May 26, 2015

UW-Eau Claire student realizes volunteering gives him a career edge

Aric Swancutt gained a new perspective on the health care world after volunteering at the hospital on Sunday mornings.

April 30, 2015

'Camp Wabi ... is the most rewarding place on earth.'

After working at Camp Wabi for the past two years, I have come to a realization — it is the most rewarding place on this earth. As a counselor, I have witnessed the momentous, positive changes this camp can make — physically, mentally and emotionally.

April 27, 2015

Helping La Crosse nonprofit connect kids to healthy food and nature

Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare devotes significant resources to promoting healthy eating and lifestyles, with a particular focus on gardening. That's why we are choosing to get involved with GROW La Crosse.

April 23, 2015

Student makes helicopter model with help from Mayo Clinic Medical Transport

When fourth grade students in Cameron Elementary School in Cameron, Wis. were assigned a project about maintaining good health, Logan Crawford knew exactly what he wanted to do: build a model of a Mayo One helicopter.

April 10, 2015

Proton beam therapy changes a Mayo Clinic patient's life

An average kindergartener goes to birthday parties, builds forts and starts learning how to read. But she doesn’t plan on getting cancer. When Anika Chesak was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma -- a type of tumor that wraps itself around soft tissue -- at age 5, the course of her childhood drastically changed.

January 19, 2015

How is my child doing? Look at the big picture of child development with Mayo Clinic

If your baby isn’t sitting up with limited support by his or her 6-month birthday, don’t panic. “‘Normal’ child development can look very different from one child to the next,” says Jay Homme, M.D., Mayo Clinic pediatrician.

July 20, 2014