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42% of American adults will be obese by 2030, study says

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Image: LA Times LogoThe ranks of obese Americans are expected to swell even further in the coming years, rising from 36% of the adult population today to 42%. Robert Jeffery, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses how policymakers can help prevent increased obesity.

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Low stress cattle handling - Part 2

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Image: AHC LogoTo successfully understand low stress animal handling, it is important to understand animal behavior. Paul Rapnicki, College of Veterinary Medicine, recommends that cattle handlers communicate with a cow through her five senses: taste, smell, hearing, sight, and touch.

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JACR feature: Rads need to get off the sidelines

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Image: AHC LogoPatient-centered radiology is more than possible. Anil Chauhan, Medical School, explains that in order for it to happen radiologists must broaden their focus and consider patients, politics and more.

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Cholesterol Reducing Foods: Which Foods Affect Cholesterol?

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Image: AHC LogoThere are several foods, in addition to sensible eating, may indeed help drive down cholesterol levels. Joanne Slavin, Masonic Cancer Center, talks about how flaxseed can be a great way to help lower high cholesterol.

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Access to health care declines in Wisconsin, nationwide

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Image: AHC LogoAccess to basic health care for adults declined in Wisconsin and nearly every state from 2000 to 2010, according to a study released Monday. Lynn Blewett, School of Public Health, explains that unless there is a major change, it is very likely these trends could continue.

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Researchers develop new muscular dystrophy treatment approach using human stem cells

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers from the University of Minnesota's Lillehei Heart Institute have effectively treated muscular dystrophy in mice using human stem cells. Rita Perlingeiro, Medical School and Lillehei Heart Institute, discusses the many aspects of her research.

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'U' Study Shows Promise For Treatment Of Muscular Dystrophy

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Image: AHC LogoU of M researchers have effectively treated muscular dystrophy in mice using human stem cells. Rita Perlingeiro, Medical School, and John Wagner, Medical School, Stem Cell Institute, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, talk about what this means for future treatment in humans.

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University of Minnesota, Fairview to build new outpatient clinic

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoThe U of M and Fairview plan on building a $1 million outpatient clinic. Peter Bitterman, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, and Russell Luepker, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, discuss details of the new clinic.

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More women need breasts removed after brachytherapy

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Image: Fox News LogoWomen who got seed radiation as part of their breast cancer treatment were more likely to have an infection or breast pain. Todd Tuttle, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the advantages of Brachytherapy.

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Tissue from long-dead bodies reveals secrets of AIDS, influenza and more

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Image: AHC LogoThe genomics revolution, has given researchers an array of tools to extract information from once-living tissue. Edward Kaplan, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the information that could be found in hospitals, research institutes, museums and private labs.

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Dental students get research experience

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Image: MN Daily LogoThe Summer Research Fellowship Program, developed 40 years ago, is a 10-week program for students entering their first or second years in the School of Dentistry. Joel Rudney, School of Dentistry, talks about the competitiveness of the program.

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Dayton's veto nixes push for expansion of fireworks sales in Minnesota

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Image: AHC LogoGov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill that would have allowed the sale of larger fireworks in Minnesota. Matthew Putnam, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about many reasons why people get injured when using fireworks.

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New carcinogen in smokeless tobacco identified

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Image: AHC LogoU of M researchers have identified a specific oral cancer-causing chemical in smokeless tobacco products, for the first time. Silvia Balbo, Masonic Cancer Center, explains some of the findings in her study.

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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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U program aims to prevent future psychotic episodes

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Image: MN Daily LogoAn early intervention program aims to help patients understand and live with mental illness after their first episode. Michael O'Sullivan and Rabindra Tambyraja, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talk about the different aspects of the preventative program.

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Case of Mad Cow Disease Is Found in U.S.

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Image: New York Times LogoThe Department of Agriculture announced that it had identified a case of mad cow disease, the first in six years, in a dairy cow in central California. Will Hueston, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses how this case is different from many of the cases of the past.

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Evidence behind autism drugs may be biased

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Image: AHC LogoDoctors' belief that certain antidepressants can help to treat repetitive behaviors in kids with autism may be based on incomplete information. Tatyana Shamiliyan, School of Public Health, talks about the problem with current clinical research policy.

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STD stats show value of health talk at barbershop

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Image: Star Tribune LogoSince December the Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research has been working with community health programs and barbershops to participate in the Clipper Clinic. The clinic offers free preventive health services -- and a free haircut -- to anyone who walks in.

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Reinventing Year Three of Medical School

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Image: New York Times LogoFor nearly a century, the third year of medical school has been a pivotal point in training. Medical schools at the University of Minnesota, Columbia University, the University of California, San Francisco, and Harvard are strengthening their innovative programs to help third year students.

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A health expert talks binge drinking just in time for Spring Jam

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Image: MN Daily LogoWith Spring Jam festivities in full swing, it is important to understand that binge drinking can be very harmful. Toben Nelson, School of Public Health, discusses the dangers of binge drinking and what colleges should do to address the issue.

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Teens who check the scale frequently may have an unhealthy preoccupation with weight

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Image: Medical Xpress LogoTeens who weigh themselves several times per week may be at risk for unhealthy weight control practices and poor psychological well-being. Virginia Quick, School of Public Health, explains the study and why the number on the scale isn't always the measure of overall health.

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Stem cell researcher to leave the U

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Image: MN Daily LogoFor the past five years Jonathan Slack, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, has influenced the education and research opportunities at the University. At the end of this calendar he will be stepping down as the director as the Stem Cell Institute.

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Minnesota: Data show how dialysis centers rank

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Image: AHC LogoMinnesota dialysis centers as a group ranked seventh best in the country in 2010. Thomas Nevins, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about why Minnesota has a low average mortality rate for patients with kidney disease.

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Asking old human tissue to answer new scientific questions

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Image: Washington Post LogoThe genomics revolution, has given researchers an array of tools to extract information from once-living tissue. Edward Kaplan, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the information that could be found in hospitals­­, research institutes, museums and private labs.

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New Stem Cell Therapy Guidelines Approved in Texas

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Image: AHC LogoThe Texas Medical Board has approved new rules regulating adult stem cell therapies. Leigh Turner, College of Pharmacy, discusses some of the potential problems with the new regulations in Texas.

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Smaller claims raise profits for health plans

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Image: Star Tribune LogoMinnesota's insurers saw operating profits of $355 million in 2011, the best in several years. Roger Feldman, School of Public Health, explains that we're seeing not just some stability, but a little bit of a bounce back.

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5 natural headache remedies

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Image: Fox News LogoTraditional headache specialists have started recommending alternative therapies for migraine sufferers. Frederick Taylor, Medical School, explains that Butterbur, another anti-inflammatory herb, has been studied for preventing migraine attacks.

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Drugs of Limited Benefit Against Urine Leakage

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Image: AHC LogoThere is new data to show that drugs for urge urinary incontinence improve quality of life or have differences in comparative efficacy. Tatyana Shamliyan, School of Public Health, discusses what the new data means for people.

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Farm to school documentary makes food the star

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Image: AHC LogoA screening of the documentary Farm to School, which makes food the star, was held at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. One of the benefits of the farm to school program is that students see where their food comes from.

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MnTAP helps businesses save money

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Image: MN Daily LogoIn 2011, businesses in Minnesota saved more than $3 million by implementing solutions designed to reduce water use, waste and energy costs with the help of an outreach program, MnTap, from the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health.

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US Regulators Call for Limits on Antibiotic Use in Livestock

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Image: AHC LogoU.S. regulators are taking steps to check the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections from animals to humans. James Johnson, Medical School, talks about the new, proactive FDA guidenlines that have been put in place.

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Dr. Jon Hallberg: New sections added to MCAT

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the changes to the Medical College Admission Test that prospective students are required to take.

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Drugs help some women with incontinence

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Image: AHC LogoSome women with a leaky bladder can get better using approved medications, but the medications aren't for everyone. Tatyana Shamliyan and Robert Kane, School of Public Health, talk about the findings of the study.

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U of M study: soy helps ease hot flashes

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Image: AHC LogoCertain soy supplements have been found to help menopausal women experiencing hot flashes. Mindy Kurzer, Masonic Cancer Center, predicts that doctors and patients will be interested in the findings, because the study shows soy isoflavones are a possible alternative to hormone therapy.

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New artificial heart lets patients leave hospital

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Image: AHC LogoIn March, Alvin Carter became the first patient in Minnesota to receive a portable artificial heart that won't keep him tethered to a hospital. Peter Eckman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about who will receive artificial hearts in the future.

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Autism linked to mom's weight, diabetes

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study implies that overweight women have great odds of having children with autism and children with developmental delays. Michael Georgieff, Medical School and University of Minnesota, discusses how this research relates to his research on fetal brains.

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Kidney living donations favor some patient groups

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Image: Reuters LogoA study shows that Americans who receive a kidney from someone who is not a relative fall under certain demographics. Arthur Matas, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses possible explanations to the research findings.

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For ill Somalis, healing distrust

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Image: Star Tribune LogoArea doctors work to bridge cultural suspicion of medical care, particularly life-saving transplants. Mohamed Hassan, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses works to bridge a gap between Minnesota's East African community and the medical community.

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U reproductive center launches fertility assessment program

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Image: AHC LogoThe University of Minnesota Physicians' Reproductive Medicine Center is heading a service that analyzes a woman's fertility. Theodore Nagel, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that the goal of the assessments is to increase women's education and awareness of their reproductive chances at an older age.

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Urinary Incontinence Drugs May Be More Trouble Than They're Worth

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Image: US News and World Report LogoFor women with urinary incontinence, the available treatments may cause more problems than they solve and many stop taking the medications. Researchers from the U of M School of Public Health analyzed data from 94 studies to see how well the available drugs worked.

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Most Americans don't eat enough beans

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Image: UPI LogoMost Americans do not get nearly enough of beans, pulses and legumes in their diets, a U.S. panel of experts found. Joanne Slavin, Masonic Cancer Center, explains that these crops are a good source of protein, fiber, and nutrients such as potassium and folate.

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No Need For The Knife? Antibiotics May Suffice In Some Appendicitis Cases

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Image: AHC LogoBritish researchers say that antibiotics may be safe and effective alternative to treating appendicitis. Anupam Kharbanda, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about he is concerned about only treating appendicitis with solely antibiotics.

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Study examining swine veterinarians' MRSA risk

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers in Minnesota hope to improve understanding of the frequency, duration, and risks of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization and infection among swine veterinarians. Peter Davies, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains how his study differs from ones in the past.

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U research helps predict and control seizures in epileptic dogs

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Image: MN Daily LogoRecent research by the U of M could help owners of severely epileptic dogs predict, control and more effectively treat their pets' seizures. Ned Patterson, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses his research and the device that is being used to predict the seizures.

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'Pink slime' in your meat? Labels to tell you, USDA says

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Image: MSNBC LogoFederal agriculture officials have agreed to allow several meat producers to put 'pink slime' (lean finely textured beef) on its labels. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, talks about the benefits of using lean finely textured beef in products.

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Brooklyn Park girl hopes for successful bone marrow transplant

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Image: AHC LogoAfter entering remission for leukemia, a Brooklyn Park girl is hoping her bone marrow transplant will help. Troy Lund, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that donor bone marrow cells can help recreate the immune system, which occurs several days after chemotherapy.

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Cancer-causing chemical found in smokeless tobacco

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Image: AHC LogoA chemical in smokeless tobacco products has been found to cause cancer, according to a new study in animals. Silvia Balbo, Masonic Cancer Center, explains that the findings are an affirmation that any tobacco product should be avoided.

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A health care ruling not apt to end Minn.'s reform efforts

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Image: Star Tribune LogoU.S. Supreme Court could pull the plug on all or part of the federal health care law. Lynn Blewett, School of Public Health, explains that Minnesota could then assemble their own expanded coverage systems should the Supreme Court strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Controversial Bird Flu Research Safe To Publish

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Image: RedOrbit LogoA panel of US science research experts reversed its decision on banning the publication of the research that created the deadly H5N1 virus. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, explains he is worried about a "garage scientist" trying to replicate the research.

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Skin cancer rates rising rapidly among young adults

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Image: AHC LogoMelanoma rates among young women are eight-times higher than they were 40 years ago. Research from the U of M School of Public Health explains that people who use any type of tanning device, for any amount of time, are 74 percent more likely to develop a melanoma.

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Eye to eye with a veterinary ophthalmologist

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Image: Star Tribune LogoChristine Lim, College of Veterinary Medicine, was featured in a Star Tribune profile about being a veterinary ophthalmologist. Lim explains that she works with a variety of animals and once a year she offers free eye exams for service dogs.

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Georgia Legislature OKs Fetal Pain-Based Abortion Ban

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Image: AHC LogoGeorgia is looking to become the latest state to approve a law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Steven Calvin, Medical School, discusses the possibility of a fetus experiencing pain.

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Snowy owls take flight at Sherburne refuge

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Image: AHC LogoThree juvenile male snowy owls were released recently in hopes that the owls would return to the Arctic. All three owls had undergone rehabilitation, much of it at the Raptor Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dermatology: Dealing with Itchy Patients

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Image: AHC LogoVeterinary dermatologists created guidelines to help primary care practitioners identify and treat chronic atopic dermatitis (AD). Sandra Koch, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the allergies she sees in dogs and cats.

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Farm to School film kicks off Public Health Week film festival in Minneapolis

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Image: AHC LogoThe University of Minnesota School of Public Health Film Festival is being held on April 2-6. The film festival, part of the nationally-observed Public Health Week, has a lineup spanning a spectrum from documentary films to vintage sex ed comedic shorts.

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Dong to lead cancer prevention session, other Hormel Institute scientists to present

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Image: Post Bulletin LogoZigang Dong, Masonic Cancer Center, will help lead a session focused on new approaches to cancer prevention at an upcoming national conference in Chicago. The session will touch on work in various areas, including skin, colon, breast, lung and prostate cancer.

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Jonathan Gruber, Health Care's Mr. Mandate

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Image: New York Times LogoSeveral states are looking to Jonathan Gruber, a numbers wizard at M.I.T., to help them figure out how to fix their health care systems. Jean Abraham, School of Public Health, explains how Mr. Gruber's work is now used as a benchmark.

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Bird flu: how two mutant strains led to an international controversy

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Image: AHC LogoThe debate on whether or not to publish details about the mutant strain of H5N1 is heading to Washington. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, explains how this debate will determine how future controversial studies are handled.

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Fridley's cancer 'cluster' draws celebrity crusader

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Image: Star Tribune Logo1,537 cancers were reported in Fridley from 2000 to 2009, compared with the "expected" number of 1,402 for a city that size. Brad Carlin, School of Public Health, discusses the potential of "cancer clusters" in Minnesota.

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University pediatric dental clinic to open next week

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Image: AHC LogoThe University of Minnesota's dentistry school will open the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic on April 3. Dan Shaw, School of Dentistry, explains that the location of the new clinic will hopefully encourage more inter-professional work at the U of M.

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Racial, Geographic Factors Influence Melanoma Treatment

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Image: Medscape LogoPatients from racial and ethnic minorities are half as likely to receive recommended excision of melanoma in situ than white patients. Maria Hordinsky, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that the ethnic disparity findings "completely shocking."

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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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Study: Higher co-pays cut into medications for kids with asthma

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study showed children with asthma don't always get enough of their medications. Pinar Karaca-Mandic, School of Public Health, explains that privately insured children are having trouble accessing their medications due to high out-of-pocket costs.

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Minn. businesses, patients anxious for health care ruling

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Image: Star Tribune LogoBudgets, health decisions hinge on high court's verdict on health care law. Lynn Blewett, School of Public Health, talks about the potential impact the final decision could have on small businesses.

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Breast Cancer Margins

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Image: AHC LogoDespite current treatment and technology many U.S. surgeons re-operate to get a breast cancer-free margin. There was recent debate about the surgical margins and School of Public Health researchers explained that surgeons should aim or "margins as wide as possible."

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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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Too many Americans getting too few z's

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Image: ABC News LogoIt turns out that 70 million Americans are having trouble getting a good night's sleep. Mark Mahowald, Medical School, discusses the effects of sleep deprivation on people's daily performance at work, behind the wheel or in the classroom.

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Cheney doing 'exceedingly well' after heart transplant

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Image: Washington Post LogoFormer vice president Richard Cheney is doing very well after his recent heart transplant. Ranjit John, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how advances in ventricular-assist devices helped Cheney stay alive while he waited for the transplant.

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PoliGraph: Hegseth's medical device claim inconclusive

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Image: MPR LogoPete Hegseth, one of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's potential opponents this fall recently wrote an opinion piece on the effects of the new health care law in Minnesota. Roger Feldman, School of Public Health, discusses Hegseth's claims.

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Studies Say Aspirin Reduces Cancer Risk by 25 Percent

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Image: FOX 9 LogoTwo new studies published this week say taking aspirin daily can significantly reduce the risk of cancer and prevent tumors from spreading. Barbara Bowers, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the findings of her research.

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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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The History of Alcoholism on TV: From Comedy to Empathy

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Image: AHC LogoTelevision saw the comedy in drunkenness long before it saw the tragedy. Ken Winters, Medical School, discusses some of the reasons why the United States' television no longer finds in funny to be considered an alcoholic.

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Medical students matched to residency programs nationwide

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"Match day" coImage: MN Daily Logomes at the end of a weeklong process in which students are either placed or not placed into their residencies. Of the 219 fourth-year medical students in the University of Minnesota's Medical School, 213 were matched to a residency program.

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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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Financial plan brings hope for new clinic

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Image: MN Daily LogoUniversity of Minnesota officials presented a plan to finance the long-discussed Ambulatory Care Center without the state's help. Bobbi Daniels, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the importance of the new facility.

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Getting Psyched Up for A Clinical Trial

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study suggests a cancer diagnosis coupled with clinical trial participation can have psychological effects on patients. William Robiner, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how the stress alleviates as the trial progresses.

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Improving mental health by improving physical health

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Image: AHC LogoNew research supports the belief that the power of exercise can complement traditional interventions for depression and anxiety. William Roberts, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how exercise is underutilized in medicine for all kinds of prevention.

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Health Groups Urge All Minnesotans to Keep Vaccines Current

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Image: AHC LogoMinnesota medical professionals and health advocates are becoming more concerned about a growing number of people who are not getting vaccinated. Kristin Nichol, Medical School, talks about how tens of thousands of people are dying from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Budget Constraints Delay Outbreak Investigation Centers

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Image: AHC LogoLack of federal funds will likely postpone the creation of five centers proposed to improve foodborne illness outbreak investigations. Craig Hedberg, School of Public Health, explains that budget constraints likely played a large role in the decision from the CDC.

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Eating red meat associated with higher risk of death

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Image: MinnPost LogoEating red meat is associated with a greater risk of death. Kristin Anderson, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses a study that showedan association between the consumption of barbecued and grilled meat and pancreatic cancer.

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Diabetes researchers work on sensors for artificial pancreas

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Image: Post Bulletin LogoIn their fight to cure diabetes, Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota researchers are creating a tiny, innovative sensing system as part of an artificial pancreas.

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FDA and industry not waiting for Congress on drug shortages

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Image: American Medical Association LogoIssues with drug manufacturing has many causes and has led to large prescription drug shortages. Stephen Schondelmeyer, College of Pharmacy, talks about how there is no single cause and no single solution to the drug shortage problem.

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Stillwater senior is student, actress, scientist, research presenter

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoA Stillwater High School senior has had the desire to provide medicine to the less fortunate. Kalpna Gupta, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses how she worked very hard in his lab and presented research at the American Society of Hematology conference.

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Mini Med School offers just a taste of medicine

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Image: MPR LogoAt the U of M's Mini Medical School, roughly 200 people listen to professors speak about research or clinical applications being conducted. Steve Jepsen, Academic Health Center, explains that classes bring an engaged group of people to campus who would not usually take medical school classes.

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Health beat: When rise in health coverage isn't good

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Image: Star Tribune LogoIn 2011, for the first time, American Indians showed a sharp increase in health insurance coverage and were no longer uninsured at a significantly higher rate than Minnesotans overall. Kathleen Call, School of Public Health, explains that these findings are only the start of her research.

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Why a Cat's Purr Can Lower Heart Attack Risk

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Image: AHC LogoThe Medical School's Stroke Research Center conducted a 10-year study that found the calming presence of cats in our lives can reduce the risk of having a heart attack by 40 percent.

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U develops drug for cyanide poisoning

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Image: MN Daily LogoA new drug could make it easier for first responders to treat cyanide poisoning in emergency situations. Steve Patterson and Herbert Nagasawa, Center for Drug Design, talk about how their drug is easier to administer and would work faster than others out now.

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Public health infectious disease budget

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Image: AHC LogoRecently proposed budget cuts in the U.S. could have devastating effects on the public health system. John Finnegan, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, talks about how federal funding has helped create national medication reserves and increase efficiency of public health work.

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To Fall Asleep, Get Off the Couch

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Image: New York Times LogoThe National Institutes of Health, more than half of adults ages 60 and over have trouble sleeping. William Roberts, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains he has seen exercise help a large number of my older patients who've had sleep issues.

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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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$3.65M gift to nursing school will help build new lab

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Image: AHC LogoThe School of Nursing will break ground on a high-tech laboratory in May thanks to a $3.65 million donation. Connie Delaney, School of Nursing, talks about how the renovations will have a profound effect on how we educate the next generation of nurses.

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Researchers report progress in cancer immunotherapy

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Image: AHC LogoMaking cancer immunotherapy more effective, researchers report they have succeeded in halting the progress of aggressive melanoma in its tracks. Jeff Miller, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses the importance of cell-based therapy.

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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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Uninsured rate for young Minn. adults drops to 17%

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Image: AHC LogoRecent state and federal laws may be helping young adults find insurance coverage, even as the overall uninsured rate remains high. Kathleen Call, School of Public Health, explains the findings of her study and how there hasn't been many changes in the past couple years.

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Amateur Biologists Are New Fear in Making a Mutant Flu Virus

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Image: New York Times LogoThe World Health Organization recommended last week in favor of publishing the results of the H5N1 flu. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, talks about the potential for a garage scientist attempting to create a replica of the deadly virus.

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U of M, Mayo receive grant to study blood cancer

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Image: MPR LogoResearchers at the U of M and Mayo Clinic have received a $1.35 million grant to study a form of blood cancer. Julie Ross, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, explains that there isn't much known about myelodysplastic syndrome, other than it can lead to leukemia.

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Risky bone marrow transplant can help children with terrible blister disease

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Image: AHC LogoJakub Tolar, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, Stem Cell Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that the U of M has the only program in the world that's using bone marrow and cord blood stem cells to treat EB, a terrible skin disease.

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In India, oversight lacking in outsourced drug trials

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Image: MSNBC LogoDrug trial outsourcing to foreign countries is rapidly becoming an attractive alternative for pharmaceutical companies. Carl Elliott, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, talks about how the danger is that we have no idea what's going on in these clinical trials.

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Lab-engineered bird flu virus may be less deadly than thought -- or not

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Image: Washington Post LogoThe lab-engineered H5N1 bird flu virus whose recipe the U.S. government doesn't want published may be less lethal than originally reported. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, discusses different aspects of the debate over the virus.

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Trans Fats May Raise Stroke Risk in Older Women

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Image: US News and World Report LogoA new study found a 39 percent increased risk of stroke among certain women who ate the highest amount of trans fat. The study analyzed trans fat intake data from the School of Public Health's dietary database.

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MCAT changes will make test longer, harder

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Image: MN Daily LogoThe Association of American Medical Colleges approved changes last week to the Medical College Admittance Test. Kathleen Watson, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the reasons why the changes to the test needed to be made.

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Sex o'clock! It sounds a passion killer, but can booking 'appointments' for making love put the spark back into your marriage?

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Image: AHC LogoScheduling sex is something some couples do and others refuse to do. Eli Coleman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how scheduling and prioritizing sex can revitalize a romance once the initial excitement has worn off.

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Cystic fibrosis drug FDA-approved after U study

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Image: MN Daily LogoThe Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center was one of the clinics to test Kalydeco, which could help treat certain types of the disease. Jordan Dunitz, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how important the drug is and the effectiveness of it.

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U considers new ways to pay for new clinic

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Image: MN Daily LogoAfter more than a decade of delayed plans, the University of Minnesota is still committed to building a new Ambulatory Care Clinic. The U of M Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to help fund a new site.

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Heart, heal thyself

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers are looking into the use of stem cells to help damaged hearts repair themselves. Doris Taylor, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, has been able to grow a rat heart that beats as if it were in the animal's live body but it is not strong enough to replace one.

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Youth sports: Do they prevent obesity?

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Image: AHC LogoParents like to believe that signing the kids up for soccer, hockey and other sports can keep them lean and fit. Toben Nelson, School of Public Health, explains how sweet rewards and sugary beverages lead to kids taking in more calories than they're burning.

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Bird Flu: More Common, Less Deadly than We Thought?

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Image: AHC LogoA new study suggests H5N1 is more easily spread and far less deadly than scientists believed. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, explains that the fatality rate of H5N1 is at least as high as the World Health Organization has put it, between 30% and 60%.

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U of M ethicists respond to latest conflict-of-interest scandal

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Image: MinnPost LogoFinancial conflicts-of-interest has been a growing issue in medicine. Leigh Turner, College of Pharmacy and Center for Bioethics, explains that bioethicists have to write about ethical issues related to medicine, health care, and biotechnology for the good of the industry.

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For first time, colonoscopy proven to be a lifesaver

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Image: AHC LogoA major study shows that colon screening can cut death rate from colorectal cancer by 53 percent. David Rothenberger, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that this changes how doctors look at earlier research.

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Students use team approach to health care in Phillips clinic

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Image: AHC LogoStudent volunteers from the School of Public Health, Medical School, School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy use an inter-professional approach, combining their skills, to find the best care for patients at a free, student-run clinic in the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis.

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Study: Soft Drinks May Double Your Risk for Pancreatic Cancer

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Image: AHC LogoThe U of M School of Public Health found drinking two or more regular soft drinks per week may almost double your risk of pancreatic cancer. Research published this week speculates the sugar overload from regular soda triggers insulin production that fuels cancer cell growth.

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Plans report healthy profits despite new cost demands

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Image: American Medical Association LogoIn 2011, the nation's largest publicly traded health companies were able to keep profits up despite new requirements on medical spending. Jon Christianson, School of Public Health, discusses what the future of insurance coverage in the health care industry will look like.

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Plans for front-of-package nutrition information follows disappointment over reading of Nutrition Facts labels

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Image: AHC LogoWith few consumers actually reading the Nutrition Facts, several ideas are floated for front-of-package labels that have clearer information. Dan Graham, School of Public Health, explains that consumers only spend about one second looking at nutritional information on packaging.

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Jury convicts Plankinton man of child sex abuse

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Image: AHC LogoA jury found a 36-year-old Plankinton man guilty on eight counts of child sex abuse. Rich Kaplan, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, testified in the case and explains that physical evidence doesn't prove one way or another.

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Mesothelioma Clinical Trial to Study Effectiveness of Measles in Fighting the Deadly Cancer

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Image: AHC LogoResearcher from the U of M and Mayo Clinic are running a clinical trial to see if the measles virus can fight cancer. Robert Kratzke, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how measles have been used to fight other cancers.

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Glenn McGee raises a storm in the bioethical world | Inside Higher Ed

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Image: AHC LogoProminent bioethicist Glenn McGee will soon be taking a job with a for-profit stem-cell company. Leigh Turner, College of Pharmacy and Center for Bioethics, wrote about the potential conflict of interest Dr. McGee got himself into.

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'Downton Abbey' gets the flu -- but does it get it right?

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Image: MinnPost LogoThe years 1918 and 1919 were marked in Britain, as in the United States and elsewhere around the world, with one of history's most virulent and deadly flu pandemics. Michael Osterholm and Richard Danila, School of Public Health, talk about the accuracy of a television shows depiction of the pandemic.

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Ind. measles outbreak, traced to Super Bowl, illustrates disease's quick rate of transmission

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Image: Washington Post LogoIndiana is battling its second measles outbreak in two years, even though its vaccination rate exceeds the national average. Kristen Ehresmann, School of Public Health, explains why the Super Bowl provided the perfect atmosphere for the disease to spread.

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Millions of Women Are Unaware They Have Arterial Disease

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Image: AHC LogoBetween 4 and 5 million women in the US have peripheral artery disease but few are diagnosed and fewer receive adequate treatment. Alan Hirsch, Medical School, School of Public Health and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses raising awareness about the disease.

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Mixed progress made by US government and schools to improve food marketing influencing children's diets

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Image: AHC LogoNew research shows that schools have had mixed results in implementing changes in schools to support a healthful diet for children. Mary Story, School of Public Health, helped conduct a report in 2005 to check in on the progress of offering healthy foods and beverages.

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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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Does sex ed keep girls from becoming teen moms?

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Image: AHC LogoStates with more comprehensive sex education programs had lower teen birth rates - but the effect seemed to be due more to political, religious and social differences. Marla Eisenberg, Medical School, discusses other influences on adolescent sexual behavior.

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Health beat: U asks why race matters in cancer

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Image: Star Tribune LogoJean Forster, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, explains how three doctoral students and three post-graduates to study new ways to combat cancer-related health disparities with the money from a $2.2 million federal grant that was recently won.

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Access to contraception is not about sex -- it's about women's health

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Image: MinnPost LogoBirth control plays a central role in keeping women healthy. Carrie Ann Terrell, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about prescribing birth control for many conditions other than contraception.

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Mom Warns Parents To Vaccinate After Baby's Near Death

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Image: WCCO LogoA Minnesota mother is pushing all parents to vaccinate their kids after a case of whooping cough put her baby in intensive care. Mark Schleiss, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how vaccine refusal has led to a lot of severe illnesses in children.

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Cancer trial participants may have misconceptions

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Image: AHC LogoPeople enrolled in early stage trials for possible cancer treatments may underestimate the risks involved and overestimate the potential benefits. Mary Faith Marshall, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, discusses ways to improve the informed consent process.

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Medical School consolidates to cut costs

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Image: MN Daily LogoThe U of M Medical School decided to combine four clusters within the finance department in an effort to cut costs. Mark Paller, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how the school constantly looks for ways to increase efficiency.

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Undo Damage to the Komen Reputation: Support Stem Cell Research

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Image: Huffington Post LogoSusan G. Komen Foundation has recently decided not to support embryonic stem cell research. Dan Kaufman, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, Stem Cell Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how his research with these cells have killed cancerous tumors in rats.

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Thousands of children will join athletes, Michelle Obama at Let's Move event in Des Moines

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Image: AHC LogoFirst lady Michelle Obama has a new campaign called "Let's Move," which aims to make Iowa the healthiest state by 2016. The "blue zone" concept, a large part of the health initiative, was developed by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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Curing Diabetes: How Type 2 Became an Accepted Lifestyle

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Image: AHC LogoThe American Diabetes Association says that maintaining normal blood sugar without medication for at least a year could be considered a "complete remission." Sarah Gollust, School of Public Health, explains some reasons why there is a stigma against type 2 diabetes.

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Cefpodoxime No Match for Ciprofloxacin in Acute Cystitis

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Image: Medscape LogoThree days of cefpodoxime failed to measure up to 3 days of ciprofloxacin in the treatment of women with acute uncomplicated cystitis, a bladder infection. James Johnson, Medical School, discusses how useful the results of the study will be in the future.

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Documents from Michigan Further Identify Taco Bell

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Image: AHC LogoThe Michigan Department of Community Health named Taco Bell as the mystery fast food chain linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infection last year. Craig Hedberg, School of Public Health, discusses the results of the report and how they relate to Taco Bell.

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Philanthropy beat: 6,000 more kids see a free dentist

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Image: Star Tribune LogoThe University of Minnesota School of Dentistry recently participated in the 10th annual Give Kids a Smile program. The program offers teeth cleaning, dental exams, fillings, sealants and is part of a national campaign to help children who don't get regular dental care.

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Creator of beating heart, U researcher leaves for Texas

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Image: AHC LogoDoris Taylor, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, a prominent researcher at the University of Minnesota will be leaving to start a new chapter of research at the Texas Heart Institute.

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What should I know about seeking U.S. medical care?

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Image: AHC LogoMany people now are choosing to take part in medical tourism in order to find the best care. Leigh Turner, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and Center for Bioethics, explains that people need to do their research to find the best deal.

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Start-up offers social media for pets

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Image: Star Tribune LogoSocial media isn't just for people anymore, soon owners will be able to interact with their pets from a mobile device or laptop. Margaret Duxbury, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about some potential problems that could come when a pet is introduced to technology.

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Minnesota starts to destroy stored blood spots

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Image: Nature LogoA recent court ruling states that there must get consent to store blood samples from newborn screening could hinder biomedical research. Mark Schleiss, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, uses many of these blood samples to test for newborn infections.

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Disaster training: The blood, the gore, the mayhem - and the makeup

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoDisaster 101 is an immersive simulation workshop designed to teach emergency-response skills to health science students at the U. Anne Woll, Academic Health Center Simulation Center, talks about what is used to make the "disaster" more realistic.

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Emotion runs high at H5N1 debate

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Image: Nature LogoResearchers and public health officials recently gathered in hopes of narrowing the divide within the scientific community over the debate of the H5N1 flu creation. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, discusses the impact of this research and the debate will have.

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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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Sex Life of Older Adults and Rising STDs

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Image: ABC News LogoThe sex life of older adults is getting new attention in the face of some staggering statistics. Eli Coleman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that longer lives and more divorces may be leading older people to have more sex partners than in the past.

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How academic medical researchers have joined the assembly line

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Image: MinnPost LogoCarl Elliott, Center for Bioethics, has begun a weekly online column for The Chronicle of Higher Education. His first contribution will discuss how many researchers give up their independence in order to compete with the research of big pharmaceutical companies.

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Yo-yo dieting not tied to early death: study

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Image: Reuters LogoDieters who repeatedly lose weight and then gain it back aren't at higher risk of early death than people who don't "yo-yo diet." Simone French, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, explains that the study shows that people shouldn't be afraid to keep trying to lose weight.

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Omega-3s tied to lower risk of heart arrhythmia

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Image: AHC LogoIn a new study people with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were 30 percent less likely to develop an irregular heartbeat in the future. Alvaro Alonso, School of Public Health, discusses what the study's results mean.

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Docs Urge Feds to Regulate 'Toxic' Sugar

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Image: AHC LogoAdded sugars are as much a threat to public health as alcohol and tobacco, and should be regulated in a similar fashion. Mary Story, School of Public Health, discusses how there needs to be stronger evidence before the amount of sugar in foods is legally regulated.

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Restaurant Chain A: To Name or Not to Name

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Image: AHC LogoThe CDC and FDA was withholding the name of a restaurant chain linked to a 10-state outbreak of Salmonella in 2011. Craig Hedberg, School of Public Health, explains that revealing the name of an outbreak source can create complications for researchers.

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Wildlife, trade, susceptibility amplify food risks

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Image: AHC LogoA rise in global food system connections has increased the food trade system's vulnerability to collapse. Will Hueston, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about how food producers and processors can improve safety if they are given incentives and flexible regulations.

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Minnesota Partnership Researchers Close in on Drug to Fight Fungal Infections

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers from the U of M and Mayo Clinic are another step closer to developing a drug to combat fungal infections. Michael Walters, College of Pharmacy, is conducting research on new drugs because current drugs are becoming compromised as fungi become resistant to them.

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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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Flu Work Akin to Nuclear-Bomb Experiments, Board Says

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Image: AHC LogoMichael Osterholm, School of Public Health, and experts on bioterrorism asked the two labs that created the virus to hold off on sharing the results until the scientific community could agree on a way to make sure the information got into the right hands--and not into the wrong hands.

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Stop taking steroids: Kidney transplant recipients may not need long-term prednisone

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Image: Medical Xpress LogoDiscontinuation of steroid use after a kidney transplant can help prevent serious side effects and does not jeopardize the survival of the transplant. Arthur Matas, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that long-term steroid use may not be necessary anymore.

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U's health enterprise will get external review

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Image: AHC LogoThe University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center will get an external review. John Finnegan, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, talks about the reasons for the external review.

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Would you cut back on soda if you had to pay a tax on it?

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Image: Star Tribune LogoProponents of a soda tax say it could cut back on obesity and premature deaths, but that's based on many assumptions. Roger Feldman, School of Public Health, explains that a lot of the test conducted to predict the outcome of the tax have been on the conservative side.

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Gain a Chromosome and Adapt

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study shows that gaining or losing a chromosome, a condition known as aneuploidy, is often caused by stress. Judith Berman, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses aneuploidy's underappreciated role in generating genetic diversity.

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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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Drug shortages put patients on edge

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoDrug shortages are a growing problem in many hospitals around the country. Stephen Schondelmeyer, College of Pharmacy, explains that there is no simple solution because each drug shortage has its own story.

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Office-dwellers stand up to 'sitting disease'

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Image: Star Tribune LogoA Mayo-U of M study tests whether small increases in activity, like sitting less at work, can improve health. Mark Pereira, School of Public Health, discusses how this is part of a larger research study, which looks at the way lifestyle changes could improve health and wellness.

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Massachusetts Health Reform: How It Fared In 2010

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Image: AHC LogoMassachusetts's health reform bill, which provided the template for the federal Affordable Care Act, went into effect in 2006. Sharon Long, School of Public Health, talks about the results of a statewide survey she conducted on the health reform.

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Hearing against Basson may be dropped

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Image: AHC LogoThe Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) will on Friday decide if it will proceed with its hearing about the conduct of Dr Wouter Basson. Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, has been a key expert in the trial.

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Wisconsin Scientist Says H5N1 Flu Strain He Created Is Less Dangerous

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Image: AHC LogoA Wisconsin virology team that created a more contagious form of bird flu did not produce a highly lethal superflu. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, explains there are concerns both about the organisms and about how you manufacture them.

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Anonymous Minneapolis donor prompts chain of kidney transplants

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Image: AHC LogoThe U of M Medical Center, Fairview, announced Wednesday a recently completed chain of kidney transplants. Ty Dunn, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains kidney chains involving Fairview have resulted in 18 people receiving transplants.

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Minn. researchers study standing vs. sitting at a desk

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Image: MPR LogoMinnesota researchers set up special work stations at a Minneapolis business to assess the health benefits of standing rather than sitting at a desk. Steven Stovitz, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the things researchers are testing for.

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Mayo Clinic, U of M researchers take to the road to study workplace health

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Image: Finance & Commerce LogoMayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota now have a laboratory on wheels that can travel to workplaces to help business owners have healthier workers. The lab includes tools to measure calorie expenditure, body mass and fat content indexes and bone density.

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Don't be lulled by mild flu season

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Image: AHC LogoThis winter's flu season has been mild, but the usual flu peak comes next month, so it's not over yet. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, talks about the different flu strains that doctors are seeing so far this year.

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Bird flu research halted to ensure safety of experiments

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Image: AHC Logo39 scientists agreed Friday to halt their research for 60 days to allow time to assure the public the experiments are safe. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, discusses how H5N1 is one of the most virulent known human infectious diseases.

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'Food insecurity' high among Twin Cities parents

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Image: MinnPost LogoNew research from the School of Public Health found food insecurity in Minnesota is almost four times higher than previously believed and more than two-and-a-half times the national average.

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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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Million-dollar Mobile Medical Unit wows emergency medical conference

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Image: AHC LogoJill DeBoer, Academic Health Center, and Jane Braun, School of Public Health, talk about the components of the Mobil Medical Unit and how the unit is especially geared to fill in if a critical-access hospital becomes disabled or overwhelmed.

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More labs close to deadly bird flu mutations

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Image: Reuters LogoAn international debate over whether to censor new research on bird flu may soon prove academic. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, discusses the dangers of publishing details of the research.

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Scab Check for Poultry to Be Scrapped Under Food-Safety Rule

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Image: AHC LogoThe U.S. would increase oversight of poultry processors' sanitary practices and contamination controls to potentially prevent 5,200 foodborne illnesses a year. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, talks about how historic this proposal is for the poultry system.

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Study Finds Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Retail Pork

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers have found that a serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as MRSA is becoming more prevalent in retail pork products. Peter Davies, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains how proper cooking and handling of raw meat can reduce any potential risk.

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University of Minnesota Researchers Study Cure for Diabetes Using Pigs

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Image: AHC LogoThe cure for diabetes could come from cells from pigs being raised in germ-free pens. Bernhard Hering, Medical School, Schulze Diabetes Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how pig cells have worked by reversing diabetes in other animals.

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Diabetes Prevention and Care

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Image: MPR LogoIn a live discussion with MPR's Lorna Benson, Lisa Chow, Medical School and University of Minnesota, talks about obesity and other factors that are related to type 2 diabetes.

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Minneapolis Pain Center Is 'Real Deal' in Treating Pain

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Image: AHC LogoMiles Belgrade, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how the Fairview Pain Management Center (FPMC) works closely with patients in order to fully understand what they are experiencing and how to provide the best treatment possible.

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Famed rescue eagle 'Harley' dies near Eveleth

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Image: AHC LogoHarley the motorcycle-riding bald eagle has recently perished. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about following the bird for two years and the death of the eagle.

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Diabetes juggernaut threatens to overwhelm MN health care system

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Image: AHC LogoThe worldwide diabetes epidemic is taking a huge toll in Minnesota. Elizabeth Seaquist, Medical School, Schulze Diabetes Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how diabetes can be devastating throughout a patient's life.

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Antibiotics Breed Drug Resistance in Pigs

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study explains feeding antibiotics to feeding animals increases drug resistance in the bacteria living in those animals. Jim Johnson, Medical School, talks about the concerning effects of resistant bacteria in antibiotic-fed farm animals.

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Ground-breaking support system creates a win-win for medically-trained immigrants, Minnesota

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Image: MinnPost LogoHundreds of doctors and nurses haven't been able to treat anyone in Minnesota where barriers to foreign-trained medical workers are formidable. Will Nicholson, Medical School, discusses how they are the kind of people who have strong connections to underserved communities.

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A novel strategy to reduce farm runoff will be tested starting in Minnesota

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Image: AHC LogoMinnesota will play a leading role in a pilot project that will focus on land conservation and preserving water quality ahead of crop yields. Deborah Swackhamer, School of Public Health, talks about what the project hopes to accomplish.

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Spotter shortage

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Image: Star Tribune LogoDifficult gymnastic routines require strong and experienced spotters, and fewer males are available to protect the gymnasts. Suzanne Hecht, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains why men tend to make better spotters.

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Umbilical Stem Cells Could Save Toddler Leukemia

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Image: AHC LogoA family in the U.K. has a baby boy who could save the life of his older brother should he have a leukemia relapse. Susan Wolf, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, is mentioned in regards to whether children should be protected from having to donate their stem cells.

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A happy meal for picky eaters: Parental Persuasion (video)

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Image: AHC LogoPick eating can often cause problems in a family. Jerica Berge, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how the picky-eater problem is so common that it's not unusual for families to fix a main meal and for at least one child to eat something different.

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WHO will take a role in solving issued raised by bird flu studies controversy

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Image: AHC LogoMichael Osterholm, School of Public Health, discusses the World Health Organization's comments about taking a role in helping sort through an international scientific controversy over two bird flu studies that the U.S. government deemed too dangerous to publish in full.

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Klobuchar warns drugmakers over tactics that limit supplies

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Image: Star Tribune LogoU.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is taking on the pharmaceutical industry over the problem of drug shortages. Stephen Schondelmeyer, College of Pharmacy, talks about the different aspects pay-for-delay tactics that pharmaceutical companies use.

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Higher LDL Level Linked to Lower Incidence of Afib

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study found that lower LDL cholesterol levels are associated with developing atrial fibrillation. Faye Lopez, School of Public Health, discusses the potential reasons for the inverse relationship.

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Less-Stress Report Met with Skepticism

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Image: FOX 9 LogoEveryone experiences stress, but a new report suggesting American stress levels are lower than they were in 2007 has many feeling skeptical. Charles Schulz, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the results of the report.

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FDA acts to restrict use of cephalosporin drugs

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Image: AHC LogoThe FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine is ordering a restriction the use of the cephalosporin drugs in animals used for food. John Fetrow and Peter Davies, College of Veterinary Medicine, talk about the decision's impact on dairy and swine farmers.

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Study finds more cardiac arrests during marathons is due to more runners

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoCardiac arrests in marathon and half-marathon runners have become more common during the past decade. William Roberts, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how people need to pay attention to how they are feeling while exercising.

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Gum disease can lead to bacteria in arteries

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Image: AHC LogoMark Herzberg and Maurice Meyer, School of Dentistry, talk about their study that found people with severe chronic gum disease, or periodontitis, are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.

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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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Can more push-ups mean fewer pills?

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Image: Star Tribune LogoExercise may be the single most effective thing you can do to stay healthy, but many people never hear their doctors mention it. Steven Stovitz, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains how pedometers and other strategies can help people stay active.

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UCare Mobile Dentist Lab in Rochester

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Image: AHC LogoFor ten years now UCare, along with the U of M, has been working to make sure everyone has access to dental care. Robert Conlin, School of Dentistry, talks about how they can provide people with the most simple operations such as cleanings, fillings, and x-rays.

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FDA to Limit Cephalosporin Use in Food Animals

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The FDA will prohibit certain antibiotics in specific food animals in an attempt to preserve the antibiotics' effectiveness for treating human infections. James Johnson, Medical School, talks about the importance of the FDA's decision.

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Unhealthy teen dieting chapter 2: signs of progress in today's youth

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Image: AHC LogoU of M highlighted a new study from Project Eat, showing a drop in unhealthy dieting behaviors when comparing teens from 1999 with those from 2010. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, School of Public Health, talks about the consistency of the study's finding.

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More evidence that routine PSA screening doesn't reduce cancer deaths

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Image: MinnPost LogoTimothy Wilt, Medical School, and Timothy Church, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, discuss that annual screening for prostate cancer with the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test doesn't reduce men's risk of dying from the disease.

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A life of its own

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Image: AHC LogoEvery year, communities come together in Lyle to raise money and fight cancer at places like the Mayo Clinic, the Hormel Institute and the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center.

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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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Waukon native Dr. Michael Osterholm shares his views on recent reports on the effectiveness of vaccines

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Image: AHC LogoUnlike the cure for the common cold, there are some remedies available to fight influenza. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, explains that vaccines that are the best intervention available for seasonal influenza.

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Health Benefits Of Weight Loss Beverages

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Image: AHC LogoThe New Year is full of hope, endless possibilities, and inspires us to set health-conscious resolutions with good intentions. Shalamar Sibley, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how vitamin D will lead to better weight loss.

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Another Researcher Complains That an Anti-Gay Group Distorted Her Work

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Image: Huffington Post LogoOver the years, there have been several complaints from researchers that their work was being distorted by religious-right groups. Greg Remafedi, Medical School, talks about his experience with disruptions during his research.

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Teens' fad diets can lead to putting on weight later

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers followed local students over a decade and found that those who tried risky diets in their adolescent years were likely to gain more weight by their 20s. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, School of Public Health, talks about the motives for conducting the study.

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Transgender Americans take on New York

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Image: BBC LogoA group of transgender men and women want New York City to make it easier to change the "M" or "F" on their birth certificates. Walter Bockting, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how making a permanent gender change is difficult for many.

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Babies May Be Getting Bigger, but Questions Remain

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Image: AHC LogoThe weights and lengths of babies born in southwestern Ohio have been growing in recent decades, but no link to obesity later in childhood was seen. Ellen Demerath, School of Public Health, explains a baby born in the 1930s would not have been considered a big kid today.

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LaGrange family struggles to save twins born with rare genetic disorder

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Image: AHC LogoHurler syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects how chains of sugar molecules are broken down in the body. Paul Orchard, Medical School and University of Minnesota, talks about how the build up of sugar molecules in the body can cause serious damage to the patient.

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Winning ways to lose weight

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers from the University of Minnesota found that people who had higher levels of vitamin D were able to lose more weight on a reduced-calorie diet than those who had inadequate levels - even though both cut 750 calories from their diets.

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Stem Cell Research on Donor Eggs Often Kept Confidential

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Image: AHC LogoMany U.S. fertility clinics don't tell egg donors that embryos made from their eggs may end up being used in stem cell research. Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, discusses the idea of disclosing the use of the donated eggs.

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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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Minnesota experts name the most significant health-related events of 2011

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Image: MinnPost LogoSteven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, and Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, discuss the most significant events ("good" or "bad") in their field of expertise in 2011.

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Med schools promote training that lets students follow individual patients

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Image: American Medical Association LogoA growing number of medical schools are turning to longitudinal integrated clerkships to promote patient-centered care. Kathleen Brooks, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the U of M's Rural Physician Associate Program.

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Concerns grow over salmonella that survives antibiotics

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Image: AHC LogoThe frequency of outbreaks linked to antibiotic-resistant salmonella is rising. Craig Hedberg, School of Public Health, discusses how banning specific strains of salmonella could cause logistical problems in the food industry.

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Changing the future of HIV

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers have mapped out how the HIV virus hijacks components of the human cells it infects. Reuben Harris, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, is part of the collaborative effort to find new drug and treatment therapies for the HIV virus.

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Should Science Journals Publish H5N1 Flu News?

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Image: AHC LogoThe U.S. government asked scientific journals not to publish the details of experiments on the deadly H5N1. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, explains that the rapid spread of an escaped flu virus would make it more dangerous than other deadly pathogens.

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U of M dental therapy program first in nation

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Image: AHC LogoNine students will graduate this month from the University of Minnesota's new dental therapy program. Karl Self, School of Dentistry, explains why the dental therapy program was first introduced.

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Fears grow over lab-bred flu

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Image: Nature LogoScientists call for stricter biosafety measures for dangerous avian-influenza variants.. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, explains that influenza presents a very difficult challenge because if it ever were to escape, it is one that would quickly go round the world.

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Health reform pilot program includes 3 Minnesota groups

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Image: Star Tribune LogoThree Minnesota health care organizations will take part in a federal pilot program designed to improve the quality of health care for seniors. Roger Feldman, School of Public Health, discusses the challenge of widespread reform.

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Appeals court OKs payments to marrow donors

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Image: American Medical Association LogoA judge ruled that offering financial incentives to encourage people to donate bone marrow cells is legal. John Wagner, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains this is unlikely to create a "marketplace" like for bone marrow.

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Key Phase II-B Clinical Trial Results for Important Smoking Cessation Program

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Image: AHC LogoResearch from Dorothy Hatsukami, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, was presented in discussing recent studies that focus on smoking cessation.

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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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Indoor tanning operators say they're getting burned by tax

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Image: Star Tribune LogoMany tanning salons have had to close since the federal government imposed a tax on them, in July of 2010. DeAnn Lazovich, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, talks about how many salons are putting profit over people's health.

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U.S. Research Agency to Review Chimpanzee Experiments

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Image: Fox News LogoThe US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is temporarily barring federally funded experiments on chimpanzees. Jeff Kahn, Center for Bioethics, explains research on primates should only be used if it offers insights not possible with other animal models.

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$1.8 million in funding boosts diabetes research in Minnesota

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Image: AHC LogoThree diabetes-related research projects at Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota received more than $1.8 million through a state-funded research initiative for preventing, treating and curing diabetes.

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Tanning beds tied to second type of skin cancer

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Image: AHC LogoTanning beds have already been linked skin cancer and now new research shows they can also raise the odds of developing the most common form of the disease. Research from DeAnn Lazovich, School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, explains the increase in developing melanoma.

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U of M research: Sports not enough to stop childhood obesity

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Image: KARE 11 LogoPlaying organized sports can help, but its not the magic bullet when it comes to fighting childhood obesity. Toben Nelson, School of Public Health, talks about how youth sports alone might not be enough to combat the issue.

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Local physicians travel world supporting health care in developing countries

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Image: AHC LogoThe objective was just to screen the Israeli teens for vision and hearing problems, but the mission expanded. Hilary Stecklein and Jerry Kobrin, Medical School, explain that the trip provided the opportunity to observe what works well in the villages while also providing medical support.

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Researchers target lung cancer in nonsmokers | mndaily.com - Serving the University of Minnesota Community Since 1900

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Image: MN Daily LogoJonathan D'Cunha and Naomi Fujioka, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, and Joel McCauley, Medical School, discuss how lung cancer in people who have never smoked has a higher death rate than several other types of cancer.

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Milking It: Ron Paul Wants Choice on Raw Milk

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Image: ABC News LogoJeff Bender, College of Veterinary Science, and William Hueston, College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health, talk about how Ron Paul's push to legalize the sale of raw milk could lead to people drinking contaminated milk.

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Sex: Should You Schedule It In Advance?

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Image: Huffington Post LogoScheduling sex is something some couples do and others refuse to do. Eli Coleman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how scheduling and prioritizing sex can revitalize a romance once the initial excitement has worn off.

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U doctor is top researcher of hair-pulling disorder ...

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Image: Star Tribune LogoTrichotillomania is the hair-pulling disorder, but few people have actually heard of the disorder. Jon Grant, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that it never seems life-threatening to people, but the people who suffer from it, their quality of life is impaired.

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How to talk to kids about weight issues?

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Image: AHC LogoWhile childhood obesity looms large, so do stigmas against kids who struggle with their weight. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, School of Public Health, discusses that parents need to be cognitive of the stigmas and choose their language carefully.

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Contagion: Controversy Erupts over Man-Made Pandemic Avian Flu Virus

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Image: AHC LogoTwo teams of scientists have independently constructed a deadly strain of flu. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, discusses the need to work on agents that yield important information without compromising our safety and security.

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