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a black woman using a nose swab to test for COVID-19 on another black man, who has his head titled back.
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African Americans are 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people, while Hispanic, Latinx, and indigenous groups are 1.5 more likely to die, according to the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Mark Wieland.

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With flu season rapidly approaching, medical professionals are warning of potentially high hospitalizations and deaths if precautions aren’t taken, when combined with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States.

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Plans are in the works at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to be able to substantially reduce the time patients spend in the hospital.

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Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have transfused thousands of COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma, and the results show it is a safe method for treating the disease. 

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Jacksonville resident Donald Haws was just three weeks shy of his 89th birthday when he succumbed to COVID-19. His daughter Barbara, who contracted the virus while caring for him, said her dad was one of the first patients in Duval County to die of the virus.

Coronavirus: Mayo Clinic to Begin Furloughs, Pay Cuts

Apr 11, 2020
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Mayo Clinic confirmed Friday night that it is beginning furloughs and pay cuts for some staff members beginning at the end of the month, the result of economic disruptions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

The furloughs and salary reductions are scheduled to take effect on April 28. The duration of time, the percentage of the salary decreases and the number of employees affected are not specified.

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Driverless electric-powered vehicles are being used for the first time in the U.S. – according to JTA – to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests.

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The Mayo Clinic announced it will begin testing its own patients who meet the CDC criteria. 

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Jacksonville’s reputation as one of the world’s cancer treatment destinations is continuing to grow with word that Mayo Clinic and Hitachi will build what they say is North America’s first carbon ion therapy treatment facility.

FDA Approves Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville Radiochemistry Facility

Sep 17, 2019
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Mayo Clinic's new positron emission tomography radiochemistry facility in Jacksonville, a groundbreaking addition that will help doctors detect patients' medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease in their early stages.

Mayo Clinic's Discovery and Innovation Building in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Thursday marks the grand opening of Mayo Clinic’s new Discovery and Innovation Building, home to a pioneering technology that will increase the number of lungs available for transplant as well as a new hub for Northeast Florida’s entrepreneurs to get together, share ideas, develop new products and services, and create new companies.

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Mayo Clinic in Florida, located in Jacksonville, said it’s the first medical center in the state to perform a minimally invasive procedure meant improve the quality of life for patients with severe emphysema.

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A movie that opened nationwide in theatres Friday depicts what it’s like to live with cystic fibrosis.

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A new not-for-profit drug company, called Civica Rx, is looking to help combat drug shortages and rising prices with the help of health systems and hospitals across the nation, including several in Jacksonville.

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On Thursday’s First Coast Connect we spoke with Ken Burns. The legendary filmmaker is in Jacksonville for a Thursday night screening and discussion panel of his latest documentary The Mayo Clinic Faith - Hope - Science at UNF (01:21).

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The Mayo Clinic is continuing its expansion in Jacksonville.

Monday on First Coast Connect we talked about the politics of medical marijuana with the owner of Compassionate Alternative Care, Daniel Locke, and Dr. Joseph Sirven of the Mayo Clinic (01:08).

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The head of Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus has been elected as the health organization’s next CEO.

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Elite Airways has announced it is postponing the start of twice weekly service between Rochester (Minn.) International Airport (RST) and Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine as well as Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

2 New Buildings Enhance Mayo Clinic's Status As 'Destination Medical Center' in Jacksonville

Jul 26, 2018
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The Mayo Clinic has been expanding its Jacksonville campus since Gianrico Farrugia became CEO in 2015.

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A big change is coming to next year’s 26.2 with Donna - The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer.

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Elite Airways has announced new nonstop service between Rochester International Airport (RST) in Minnesota to Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we continued our commemoration of Public Service Recognition Week by speaking with retiring University of North Florida President John Delaney (01:20).

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As with any other older adults, LGBT seniors face the typical challenges of aging, but because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, they are at a higher risk for abuse, isolation, discrimination and exploitation.

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Mayo Clinic submitted a permit application for a $50 million Mayo South Building Addition, a project announced a year ago as part of growth at the Jacksonville campus.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Reverend Gregg Kaufman who is a member of the National Issues Forum Institute on a recent study looking at how to reduce crime (01:15).  

We heard about a new Nonpartisan Political Campaign Seminar with Leadership Jacksonville CEO Jill Langford Dame (30:57).

Mayo Clinic doctors Pashtoon Kasi and Douglas Riegert-Johnson talked about March being Colon Cancer Awareness Month (37:08).

Relevnt founder and CEO Winder Hughes told us about his new app, which includes a locally focused section known as #904NOW (46:00).       

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT business analyst John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews (01:13).   

  

Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Sabrina Phillips and Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith talked about Friday being National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease among women (39:02).  

Mayo Clinic Dr. Aubrey Thompson and former TV anchor Donna Deegan joined us to talk about breast cancer research and the upcoming 26.2 with Donna marathon (46:00).    


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Mayo Clinic has begun building what it’s calling a destination medical facility in Jacksonville.

The new treatment center is being partially funded with a $20 million grant from a South Florida foundation.


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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local FEMA official Gerald Hammink and Small Business Administration representative Shanna-Kae Mallett about Friday’s deadline to file for Hurricane Irma relief (01:07).     

The most recent segment of Moveable Feast visits with Jeanne Maron of St. Augustine’s Gifted Cork (32:00).    

The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Joy Wolfram and Nena Shukla told us about their recent cancer research and getting more women to join the field (37:20).    

Composer and producer Alex Silva, known professionally as S1lva, joined us to talk about his career and latest single, “Rain” (46:00).  

       

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with author Sasha Polakow-Suransky on the rise of white nationalism in Europe (01:24).  

Book Club blogger Stacy Goldring and Jenna Hassell with the Jacksonville Public Library talked about the fifth anniversary of the regular segment on First Coast Connect (30:16).         

David Brown, CEO of Web.com and chair of this year’s Heart Walk and Dr. Amy Pollak, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, talked about Sunday’s walk in downtown Jacksonville and the changes in guidelines by several medical groups as what blood pressure level should be considered as hypertension (46:00). 


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