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Series of workshops can help with stress on farm

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Image: AHC LogoA new U of M online workshop looks to help ag producers and their families cope better with stress. Katherine Slama, Medical School, explains that agricultural work and rural living can be very stressful for everyone and that the 11 new workshops can help everyone deal with the stress.

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Life Transitions May Trigger Eating Disorders

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Image: US News and World Report LogoA lack of support following traumatic life events such as relationship problems, the loss of a loved one, abuse and sexual assault can trigger eating disorders. Jerica Berge, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the findings of her study.

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Dr. Jon Hallberg: New ideas on migraine research

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the mysterious world of migraines and why women are more than three-times more likely to suffer from migraines than men.

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Dr. Hallberg: Cancer, sleep disorders and spring allergies

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about correlations between obesity and cancer, as well as a connection between depression and sleep disorders.

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U of M Researchers Study Parkinson's Disease, Treatment

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Image: KSTP LogoUniversity of Minnesota Medical School researchers are attempting to slow the onset of Parkinson's disease and understand more about how it affects people. They hope to develop a drug that will treat the underlying causes of the disease.

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The brain of a PTSD victim

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Image: MPR LogoWhile we know that post-traumatic stress disorder impacts its victims, we're just starting to understand its effects on the brain. Apostolos Georgopoulos, Medical School, discusses the effects of PSTD and some of the findings researchers at the U of M have discovered.

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Jason Russell Brief Reactive Psychosis: What Is The Kony 2012 Filmmaker Going Through?

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Image: AHC LogoJason Russell, the creater of the viral video Kony 2012, was diagnosed with brief reactive psychosis. Charles Schulz, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that brief reactive psychosis may go away quickly but seeking treatment is the best course.

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Researchers Pinpoint α-Synuclein Oligomers, Link Them to Cell Stress

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Image: AHC LogoMichael Lee, Medical School, had a pair of research papers published. The papers address two problems faced by patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and the findings may have therapeutic implications for this diseases and others related to the same area of the brain.

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All about brains: stress, hive mind, jumping genes

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Image: MPR LogoA recent study shows stress is affecting our health even more drastically than once imagined. Apostolos Georgopoulos, Medical School, explains that we now know that the brain is constantly changing in size and that a smaller brain may not actually be a bad thing.

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Mayo Clinic and partners to explore new ways to predict and control seizures

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Image: AHC LogoThe U of M College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Pharmacy, Mayo Clinic, University of Pennsylvania and others are teaming up to study new ways to predict and control epileptic seizures in dogs and people.

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Development of new memory T cells causes subsequent demise of old ones

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Image: News Medical LogoMemory "killer" T cells are specialized cells that develop in response to specific infections and launch an attack if the specific pathogen returns. Kris Hogquist, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses viruses that trigger the activation of memory T cells.

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Scientists study how our brains age

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Image: MPR LogoA first of its kind study aims to answer the questions what makes us age and how aging affects the brain. Apostolos Georgopoulos, Medical School, talks about studying healthy brains with a MEG, which takes an undistorted, highly detailed image of brain activity.

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University of Minnesota Researches In-Utero Stroke Treatment

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Image: FOX 9 LogoStrokes are normally a condition associated with the elderly, but they can happen to in children - even the unborn. Andy Grande, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses research that could potentially help babies that suffered an in-utero stroke.

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Screening by Primary-Care Doctors May Spot Dementia

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Image: AHC LogoRoutine screening at primary care clinics led large increases in diagnoses of brain-function impairments such as dementia in older veterans. J. Riley McCarten, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the results of his study.

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Dr. Karen Ashe: Stalking Alzheimer's

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Image: Star Tribune LogoFor 20 years, Karen Ashe, Medical School, has been quietly unraveling the mysteries of Alzheimer's from her lab at the University of Minnesota. At 57, she's won almost every major award in her field short of the Nobel Prize.

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Doctor: 'Sleep texting' is a growing problem

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Image: KARE 11 LogoDoctors are seeing a surprising increase in the number of patients talking about texting while asleep. Michael Howell, Medical School, talks about the causes of sleep texting and the age group he sees it in most often.

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How to Battle Shopping Addiction

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Image: AHC LogoAbout 5 percent of Americans suffer from compulsive shopping. Jon Grant, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the addiction is not about the acquisition of the item itself, it's about the experience of acquiring it.

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A Wildlife Vet, a Pigeon, a Groundbreaking Discovery

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Image: AHC LogoThe College of Veterinary Medicine's Diagnostic Lab recently made a revolutionary discovery. Arno Wunschmann, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the discovery of a parasite in a pigeon, Sarcocystis calchasi, which is the first time in the United States it has been identified.

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The high value of short-lived worms

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Image: AHC LogoA University of Texas researcher has mutant worms that may help find better drugs for Parkinson's disease. Karen Mesce, Medical School, discusses how works with medicinal leeches to figure out more about how different dopamine levels change the fluidity of motion in animals.

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Ask Dr. Hallberg: Healthy living and memory retention

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how the brain ages and the links between healthy living and memory retention.

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Wallin Discovery Fund fuels U research projects

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Image: Star Tribune LogoFueled by $500,000 a year from the fund, U brain researchers are hoping to turn nano ideas into mega results. David Redish, Kenneth Baker, Marilyn Carroll, Gulin Oz, Medical School, and Yasushi Nakagawa, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, talk about their projects.

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University of Minnesota Debuts Early Intervention Program

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Image: FOX 9 LogoA new program at the U of M may be able to help by providing resources to parents on how to counsel your kids and keep them out of rehab. Ken Winters, Medical School, explains the use of 'motivational interviewing' and how many kids don't get the help they need.

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How to Battle Shopping Addiction

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Image: US News and World Report LogoAbout 5 percent of Americans suffer from compulsive shopping. Jon Grant, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses ways to help someone you know break his or her shopping addiction.

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For some teens, even sleep doesn't interfere with texting

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Image: AHC LogoSleep disorder experts are seeing a small but growing number of teens sending text messages on their cellphones while still asleep. Conrad Iber, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains how these messages can cause problems later for the teens.

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Why is smoking more harmful for women?

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study, conducted by Rachel Huxley, School of Public Health, revealed that even though women tend to smoke fewer cigarettes than their male counterparts, they are at a 25% greater risk of smoking related health conditions.

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Hey u wassup?? Let's zzzzz ...

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Image: Star Tribune LogoSleep-texting is the latest twist on sleepwalking or talking in one's sleep. Conrad Iber, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains it concerns doctors for two reasons. It's yet another way that technology is disrupting needed sleep and it's more public than sleep talking or walking.

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Men: Sex, food, sleep -- in that order

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Image: AHC LogoYoung men's sexual thoughts are nearly equaled by their food drives, according to a new study. Eli Coleman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that these three thoughts are fundamental drives toward sustaining life and basic appetitive drives.

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New stroke therapy shows promise on kids

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Image: Star Tribune LogoUsing non-invasive electronic stimulation, coupled with occupational therapy, researchers are hoping kids can increase hand function after a stroke. Bernadette Gillick, Medical School, discusses the significant gains researchers have made using this therapy.

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Reversing Cocaine's Effects with Light

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers in Switzerland have not only established the first causal link between cocaine-induced changes to brain cells and altered physical behavior, they have also reversed these changes. Mark Thomas, Medical School, talks about the potential impact of these findings.

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Ask Dr. Hallberg: Obesity coverage, baked fish and Lipitor

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses a study concluding that eating baked fish can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and the new generic form of Lipitor, used to lower high cholesterol.

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U of M neuroscience researchers awarded with $500,000 worth of grants

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Image: Star Tribune LogoThe Wallin family has created the Discovery Fund and four U of M neuroscience researchers Kenneth Baker, Gulin Oz, David Reish, Medical School, and Yasushi Nakagawa, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, have been awarded the round of awards.

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Man's best friend: Key to brain cancer cure?

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Image: AHC LogoLiz Pluhar, College of Veterinary Science, John Ohlfest, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and Stem Cell Institute, and Chris Moertel, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talk about testing vaccine for a deadly form of brain cancer on dogs.

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What's Behind A Temper Tantrum? Scientists Deconstruct The Screams

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Image: AHC LogoUntil recently, children's temper tantrums had not been considered a legitimate subject for science. Michael Potegal, Medical School and University of Minnesota, explains that his recent study is the most quantitative theory of tantrums that has ever been developed.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Image: WCCO LogoSeasonal Affective Disorder can affect up to 10 percent of people in our part of the world. Scott Crow, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the symptoms and some of the remedies.

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Could too much iron be a bad thing for babies?

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Image: Reuters LogoIn a new study, infants who had high levels of hemoglobin proteins in their blood ended up with lower scores on tests. Michael Georgieff, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, gives other explanations for high hemoglobin levels and explains the next step for the research.

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Brain scientists dream up international research partnership

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Image: MPR LogoThe U of M will be bringing together brain researchers for the "Brain Science: The Next Frontier" conference, in an effort to move their field forward. Aviva Abosch, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses her current brain research.

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Recent Veterans in College Engage in Riskier Health Behaviors

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Image: AHC LogoCollege students who have served in the U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to use tobacco, drink in excess and engage in other behaviors that endanger their health and safety. Rachel Widome, Medical School, explains more findings from their study.

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Cigarettes Are Enlisted to Test Ways of Quitting

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Image: AHC LogoA new type of cigarette, which is altered tobacco to lower the nicotine content, is being tested to find ways to regulate the addictiveness of cigarettes. Dorothy Hatsukami, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses her study with the new cigarettes.

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Unbearable itch may no longer be a pain in anaesthesia

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Image: AHC LogoThe link between itch and pain has been teased apart for the first time - a development that could lead to powerful anaesthetics without any of that intolerable itching. Glenn Geisler, Medical School, discusses what this mean for the future of anaesthetics.

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Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act may be one way to keep health care costs down

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Image: Post Bulletin LogoClose to 5.5 million Americans, including nearly 100,000 Minnesotans, are currently living with this degenerative brain disease. The work of Karen Hsiao Ashe, Medical School, is considered the "gold standard" for Alzheimer's research.

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Take aim at brain illnesses

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Image: AHC LogoClose to 5.5 million Americans, including nearly 100,000 Minnesotans, are currently living with this degenerative brain disease. Research from Karen Hsiao Ashe, Medical School, helps to explain the causes of Alzheimer's disease.

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Bulimia changes the brain

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Image: AHC LogoMany people with bulimia talk about the addictive nature of the disease. Patricia Faris, Medical School, explains how bulimia can lead to long-term changes in the brain.

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Amplatz Children's Receives Grant For Cancer Research

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Image: WCCO LogoThe University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital received a nice grant on Thursday morning in the form of $100,000. The money will be used to study how cancer treatments affect children's brains and also track their academic progress.

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Sound, the Way the Brain and the Ear Prefer to Hear It

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Image: New York Times LogoPsychoacoustics is the study of sound perception by the human auditory system. Andrew Oxenham, Medical School, explains why psychoacoustics are so important when determining how sound relates to human perception.

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New technology helps research, cure epilepsy

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Image: KSTP LogoU of M Medical School researchers used 7 Tesla MRI technology to get extremely detailed images of patients' brains, in turn curing eight patients of epileptic symptoms.

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Summit Produces 'A Call to Action' on Concussions in Hockey

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Image: CNBC LogoTop scientists, trainers, coaches, officials from around the world gathered to discuss concussion-related issues; the science of concussions, impact on children, and prevention.

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Grapes may prevent, delay Alzheimer's

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Image: UPI LogoGrape seed polyphenols -- an antioxidant -- may help prevent the development or delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

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