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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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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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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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Investigators: Under-diagnosing Lyme disease - Minneapolis News and Weather KMSP FOX 9

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Image: FOX 9 LogoThe area ticks call home is expanding, the risk of getting Lyme disease isn't limited to those who live up north. Ulrike Munderloh, Medical School, discusses how tick bites work and how they can infect you with a variety of diseases.

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After Listening To Her Heart, A Minn. Woman Could Change The World

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Image: WCCO LogoHeart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, and more than 1,100 people die from it each day. Bob Wilson, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about a new device that quickly detects heart blockages.

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Antidepressants To Treat 'Hot Flashes?'

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Image: WCCO LogoNew research from the U of M has shown that antidepressants can be used to help treat hot flashes. Kristin Ensrud, Medical School, explains that the medication can also be effective in reducing insomnia symptoms and improving sleep quality.

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Dr. Jon Hallberg: The huge cost variation of medical treatment

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the huge variations in prices for treatment at U.S. hospitals.

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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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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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Dr. Jon Hallberg: New ideas on migraine research

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

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U of M Launches BioClock Baby Plan Fertility Assessment

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Image: KSTP LogoThe U of M has launched a BioClock Baby Plan fertility assessment to help women find out if there will be any health complications when they do get pregnant. Gail Kelly, Medical School, talks about what the test looks at and what results people can expect.

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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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Good Question: Why Does Sneezing Feel So Good?

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aImage: WCCO LogoIt's spring allergy season, and we're hearing more and more sneezing everywhere. Holly Boyer, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses many reasons why sneezes feel good on WCCO's Good Question segment.

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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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State funds for medical training in limbo

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Image: AHC LogoMedical School officials and clinic administrators throughout Minnesota say it will be difficult to retain young doctors without continued government support. Aaron Friedman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses many reasons why state funding would keep doctors in Minnesota.

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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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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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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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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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Dr. Hallberg: Cancer, sleep disorders and spring allergies

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

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More Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier, Study Finds

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Image: WCCO LogoIt is a phenomenon that doctors don't fully understand: More girls beginning puberty at a younger age. Bradley Miller, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses some of the potential reasons why girls are maturing earlier.

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Study: Mammograms Increase Cancer Diagnoses, Unneeded Treatment

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Image: FOX 9 LogoA new study shows that tumors found by mammograms would not have caused any problems during a woman's lifetime, but treated anyway. Douglas Yee, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that deciding which tumors are dangerous and those that are not life-threatening is impossible.

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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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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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Rockford boy 'doing well' after kidney transplant

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Image: KARE 11 LogoA young boy from Rockford is doing well after undergoing a kidney transplant. Srinath Chinnakotla, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how the surgery at Amplatz Children's Hospital went.

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Dr. Jon Hallberg: Taking care of ballplayers in spring training

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the new medical developments for this upcoming baseball season.

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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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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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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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How America is stealing the world's doctors

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Image: MPR LogoA quarter of the doctors practicing in America were trained overseas, many from countries with acute health-worker crises. Ajay Rawal, Medical School, explains his experience of going to school in India and coming to practice medicine in the United States.

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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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All about brains: stress, hive mind, jumping genes

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

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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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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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Cord Blood Treatment May Fulfill Baseballer's Dreams

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Image: WCCO LogoAmplatz Children's Hosptial will be conducting the first ever cord blood transplant soon. John Wagner, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, Stem Cell Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the transfer could cure the patients leukemia.

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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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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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Dr. Jon Hallberg: Medical roots of the Iditarod

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the medical roots of the Iditarod, an annual sled dog race in Alaska.

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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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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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Neuro-Oncology Symposium: Basic Discovery Accelerating Groundbreaking Brain Tumor Therapy

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Image: KARE 11 LogoJohn Ohlfest, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, Stem Cell Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, and Chris Moertel, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discuss an upcoming neuro-oncology symposium and current research here at the U of M.

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Study: Sleeping pills could cause earlier death

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Image: AHC LogoA new study found people who took prescription strength sleep aids were nearly four times more likely to die earlier, or get cancer. Michael Howell, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that the study will reinforce that these meds need to be prescribed with caution.

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Dr. Jon Hallberg: Study confirms colon tests effectively reduce cancer deaths

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses a new study, which confirms that standard tests like colonoscopies and removal of precancerous polyps can be effective in reducing colon cancer deaths.

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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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Good Question: Is 'Screen Time' Bad For Your Vision?

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Image: WCCO LogoCan staring at a digital screen all day damage your eyesight? Joseph Terry, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that screens aren't a problem but when we stare at them we don't blink as frequently, causing our eyes to dry out more.

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U of M researchers aim to restore heart muscle using stem cells

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Image: KARE 11 LogoA first-of-its-kind study is underway to test the impact of stem cells on restoring the heart's muscle function. Ganesh Raveendran, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that the trial is designed for heart failure patients with no option for treatment.

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U of M Research Seeks to Slow Diabetes Onset

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Image: FOX 9 LogoA U of M clinical trial is underway, researching ways to slow/stop the onset of Type-1 Diabetes. Antoinette Moran, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how a team of researchers will be searching for more participants at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

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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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Dr. Hallberg: Rethinking amoxicillin for sinus infections

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses a new study that a common antibiotic is no more effective in treating sinus infections than placebos.

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Scientists study how our brains age

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

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Does your child have a habit that drives you up the wall?

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Image: AHC LogoCountless children are habitual nail-biters, hair-twisters, thumb-suckers or nose-pickers. Andy Barnes, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about reasons children pick these habits up and different techniques to help put an end to them.

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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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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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Dr. Jon Hallberg: Your heart does more than love

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how the vital organ works and whether there's any truth to the idea that a person can die of a broken heart.

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University of Minnesota Researches In-Utero Stroke Treatment

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

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Screening by Primary-Care Doctors May Spot Dementia

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

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Dr. Karen Ashe: Stalking Alzheimer's

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

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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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Doctor: 'Sleep texting' is a growing problem

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

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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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Study: Some Doctors Aren't Honest

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Image: FOX 9 LogoA new survey shows one in ten doctors say in the last year they'd told a patient something that wasn't true. Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that doctors have a duty to disclose the truth to patients.

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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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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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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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DISCUSSION: Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Image: KSTP LogoPsychiatrists say seasonal affective disorder affects thousands of people each winter. Charles Schulz, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the different aspects of the disorder.

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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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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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Calvin Poeschl's two rare conditions have set his family on an unplanned journey

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Image: KARE 11 LogoA baby was born with nothing covering his heart or his abdominal organs. James St. Louis, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that these are extremely rare conditions but the baby is getting healthier and growing normally.

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Ask Dr. Hallberg: Cyberchondria - you may have it

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how Americans use of the Internet for medical issues is changing.

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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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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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Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Paul Iaizzo is the Visible Heart Lab's beating core

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Image: MPR LogoThe U of M's Visible Heart lab is the only place in the world where researchers can study beating hearts outside the body. Paul Iaizzo, Medical School, discusses how working in the lab sometimes feels like a television show.

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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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Ask Dr. Hallberg: Healthy living and memory retention

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

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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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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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The burden of diabetes, the hope for a cure

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Image: MPR LogoOne-third of all adults in the state either have diabetes or are pre-diabetic. Elizabeth Seaquist, Medical School, Schulze Diabetes Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the scope of the disease, it's impact, and the most promising research.

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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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University of Minnesota Debuts Early Intervention Program

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

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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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Dr. Jon Hallberg: The basics about diabetes

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the toll diabetes is taking on the people in Minnesota.

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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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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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Minnesota researchers on the cusp of a cure

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Image: MPR LogoThe cure for diabetes could come from cells from pigs. Meri Firpo and Bernhard Hering, Medical School, Schulze Diabetes Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, discuss the possibility of pancreatic islet cells from pigs being used to produce insulin in humans.

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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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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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Hockey's catastrophic injuries, and worse: Physician seeks 'big change'

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Image: MPR LogoRecent hockey injuries have prompted coaches, parents and players to re-examine the sport's safety. William Roberts, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses different ways serious hockey injuries occur.

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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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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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Dr. Jon Hallberg: New attention on reducing errors in outpatient procedures

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the recent attention paid over the past decade to reducing medical errors in the outpatient procedures, in hopes to reduce deaths, infections and injuries.

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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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U of M spinal cord injury research holds promise

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Image: KARE 11 LogoEvery year 300 Minnesotans on average suffer spinal cord injuries. Ann Parr, Medical School, Stem Cell Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how the Stem Cell Institute's research could lead to normally functioning spinal chords, even after an injury.

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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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Ask Dr. Hallberg

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Image: MPR LogoJon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, joins MPR's Midday segment to answer questions about the latest health and medicine stories in the news.

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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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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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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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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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Recalled hips lead to early replacements

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Image: KARE 11 LogoStarting last year, thousands of the replacement hips have been recalled. Edward Cheng, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the recall is related to the wear of the device causing some kind of reaction within the environment of the hip joint.

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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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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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Dr. Jon Hallberg: Top medical stories of 2011

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the shortage of prescription drugs, the challenge to the effectiveness of the flu vaccine and other big medical stories of 2011.

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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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Safe Driving Strategies for Osteoarthritis

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Image: AHC LogoEverything from the type of vehicle you choose to special features can help make driving with arthritis joint pain easier. Erica Stern, Medical School, talks about why people with osteoarthritis need to do their research before buying a car.

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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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Ask Dr. Hallberg: Caution with new medication

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the drug thalidomide, which was given to pregnant woman for morning sickness but caused babies to be born with deformed and shortened limbs.

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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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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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Transplant Pioneer Reunited With Patient After 33 Years

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Image: FOX 9 LogoOne of the first patients to receive a kidney transplant as a child has come back to thank the doctor who saved his life 33 years ago. John Najarian, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about his experiences seeing old patients.

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Course offers undergrads a lesson in stem cells

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Image: MN Daily LogoTouching on history, uses and ethics, class on stem cells is offered for the first time this spring. Jeffrey Simon, Masonic Cancer Center, and Dan Kaufman, Medical School, Stem Cell Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, talk about why this class is important to teach.

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Panel: 'Watchful Wait' OK For Many Prostate Cancers

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Image: AHC LogoA government-sponsored expert panel says most cases of early prostate cancer shouldn't be called cancer at all. Timothy Wilt, Medical School, discusses a study he lead, which demonstrated a very low risk of dying from prostate cancer over 15 years.

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Parenthood Is Bad for Moms' Health - The Top 10 Everything of 2011

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Image: AHC LogoMoms eat more and get less exercise than women without children. Jerica Berge, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the feeling of not being able to pay attention to your health because of parenting demands.

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Reversing Cocaine's Effects with Light

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

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Review calls for separate Med School dean, health sciences VP

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Image: MN Daily LogoRuth Lindquist, School of Nursing, John Finnegan, School of Public Health, and Peter Bitterman, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, discuss the pros and cons of having a Medical School dean and an AHC vice president.

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

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

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A new drink of champions?

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Image: AHC LogoChocolate milk may be the athlete performance aid of choice. Lisa Ferguson-Stegall, Medical School, talks about how specific kinds of proteins in chocolate milk may also have some performance-boosting benefits.

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

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

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

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

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Have you wondered about the best way to potty train your child?

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Image: AHC LogoMany parents struggle to sort through varied and often contradictory bits of potty-training advice they receive. Andy Barnes, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, helps cut through the confusion of potty training with both concrete tips and wise advice.

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

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

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Duluthian's nonprofit plays role in possible diabetes cure

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Image: AHC LogoA U of M research team has successfully reversed diabetes by transplanting pig islet cells into diabetic monkeys. Bernhard Hering, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains this is not a cure but has potential for becoming a vital treatment option.

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New Down syndrome test to hit Mpls. next year

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Image: KARE 11 LogoThere is a new DNA test for pregnant women that can detect Down syndrome as early as 10 weeks into the pregnancy with astounding accuracy. Tracy Prosen, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how this test can help families prepare for the future.

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Senate Amendment Calls for a Return to Bush-Era Torture

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Image: AHC LogoAyotte amendment on secret torture overshadows abuse problems with "Army Field Manual." Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, talks about the implications of the Ayotte amendment.

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On campus beat: Training for global doctors is on again

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Image: Star Tribune LogoPresident Eric Kaler re-established the Preparation for Residency Program, which retrains immigrant physicians partly to fill the shortage of primary care doctors. Will Nicholson, Medical School, discusses how these physicians bring different perspectives to Minnesota medicine.

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Global flu vaccination levels "low, despite increased supplies"

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Image: AHC LogoGlobal influenza vaccination levels remain low and the rate of growth is slowing, despite the increasing provision of vaccine supplies. Kristin Nicol, Medical School, discusses the importance of routine flu vaccination of healthcare professionals.

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Tenure approval process drags for Medical School

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Image: MN Daily LogoUpdated tenure standards in the Medical School have been pending approval for nearly a year and half. James Carey, Medical School, and Aaron Friedman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discuss the process for tenure approval.

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Experts see little change in practice of celebrity medicine after Jackson doctor sentencing

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Image: AHC LogoMichael Jackson's personal doctor received the maximum punishment in the pop singer's death. Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, talks about how it's dangerous when a doctor enters into an exclusive relationship with a patient.

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Good Question: Is It Selfish To Not Vaccinate Your Kids?

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Image: WCCO LogoAn alarming number of Minnesotans are opting-out of vaccinating their kids before sending them to school. Nancy Waller, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the reasons why people choose to vaccinate their children or not.

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Ask Dr. Hallberg: Talking to your physician about your weight

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Image: MPR LogoWhen you go to your doctor's office you'll usually get weighed in and you might even have a conversation about weight loss. Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how effective physicians are at controlling obesity.

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Follow-up, new therapies help smokers quit

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Image: AHC LogoBetter, prolonged therapy for smokers helps them kick the habit, even smokers who have no desire to quit. Anne Joseph, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the findings of this new approach that helps smokers quit.

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Patient-rating websites top Google searches for best doctors

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Image: American Medical Association LogoSites with objective information comparing quality and cost at physician practices are elusive. Brian Sick, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the difference between what people typically find in searches and the information patients actually need.

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Ask Dr. Hallberg: Avastin and other cancer treatments

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the Food and Drug Administration's decision to revoke its recommendation of a prominent cancer drug for use against breast cancer.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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

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New Hope Woman Believes Her Pacemaker Is Affected by Store Security Systems

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Image: AHC LogoElectro-magnetic charges from anti-theft gates that people walk through at stores have the potential to send pacemakers off course. David Benditt, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how to avoid problems with store's security systems.

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Saving lives with salmonella

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Image: AHC LogoSalmonella hospitalizes 20,000 and kills almost 400 people every year. Ed Greeno, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains how he is attempting to use salmonella to fight cancer.

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UMD med school profs say school cannot post lectures

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Image: MN Daily LogoMark Paller, Medical School's Duluth campus and University of Minnesota Physicians, Arlen Severson, Janet Fitzakerley and Alan Johns, Medical School' Duluth campus, talk about the pros and cons to making faculty's lecture slides available on the internet.

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Fetus donates stem cells to heal mother's heart

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Image: AHC LogoJakub Tolar, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, Stem Cell Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains a recent study is the first to show conclusively that fetal cells assist in cardiac tissue repair.

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U researcher counters activist groups over animal research

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Image: AHC LogoIt's important to make sure people understand both sides of animal research. Dick Bianco, Medical School, explains why he invites high school students to his lab for field trips to "counteract" PETA's message that using animals for research is wrong.

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Sports-med clinic joins Kaiser team

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Image: AHC LogoActive adults who sustain sports injuries have grown more savvy about seeking care for injuries and rehabilitation to get back on their feet. William Roberts, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the relationship between exercise and medicine.

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Payment debate: Health care workers defend their payments from drug companies

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Image: AHC LogoHealth care professionals in Montana received $692,983 in payments and perks from drug companies between 2009 and early 2011. Carl Elliott, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, talks about how these payments impact the research conducted.

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Forget love, biological sex is a battlefield

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Image: AHC LogoThere's a genetic factor, present in male mammals, that is vital to making sure those mammals develop male sex characteristics. David Zarkower, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses his research and the findings.

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New device gives man energy and vitality after heart problems

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Image: AHC LogoIn 2010, Morris Beck was diagnosed with left-side heart failure, limiting his physical activity and threatening his life. Peter Eckman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about LVAD technology and how it can help many dealing with heart problems.

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Exercise Programs Better Than Stents for Clogged Leg Arteries

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Image: AHC LogoPatients with clogged leg arteries are better off exercising than having a doctor place a stent in their legs to improve blood flow. Alan Hirsch, Medical School, School of Public Health and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains how many fitness programs are covered by insurance.

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Obese children targeted by taunts

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Image: AHC LogoOverweight children are the most common victims of teasing at school, a new Yale study finds. Marla Eisenberg, Medical School, discusses how school faculty should take weight-related harassment as seriously as other forms of peer victimization.

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Fecal diet gives bumblebees defensive bacteria that protect them from parasites

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Image: AHC LogoBumblebees and many other insects often consume different bacteria in order to protect themselves from other infections. Alexander Khoruts, Medical School and University of Minnesota, explains how humans use medical procedures to get the same results against infections.

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Neti pots: Just tilt and pour

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Image: Star Tribune LogoThe neti pot, an age-old method of fighting colds, allergies and sinus infections, returns to favor. George Goding, Medical School and University of Minnesota, explains how to use a neti pot to help with colds and sinus infections.

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JAMIA: Study of EHRs' impact is inconclusive

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers investigating the effects of electronic health records on healthcare outcomes. Donald Connelly, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the findings of his research on electronic health records.

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Is Fast Food Killing Our Children?

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Image: AHC LogoChildren usually model the habits that they learn from their parents. Julia Steinberger, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that the family has to be on board and be supportive of eating healthy or nothing will happen.

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New honor could mean stress for med school students

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Image: AHC LogoA new honors designation is giving first- and second-year Medical School students a new incentive to work hard. Kathleen Watson, Medical School, discusses how these honors can effect the stress levels of students and the options available to help cope with that stress.

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Could too much iron be a bad thing for babies?

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

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High Blood Pressure Can Make You Emotion-Blind

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Image: AHC LogoPeople with high blood pressure have more trouble than others in picking up emotional cues, a new study finds. Mustafa al'Absi, Medical School's Duluth campus and Masonic Cancer Center, talks about how high blood pressure can affect other signals from the brain as well.

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Good Question: How Much Sex Is Enough?

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Image: WCCO LogoIt can be one of the biggest issues in a marriage: how much sex is enough to keep everyone happy? Eli Coleman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses this question on WCCO's Good Question.

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Ask Dr. Hallberg: New studies cast confusion on conventional wisdom

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Image: MPR LogoOn his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses recent studies that show flu shots aren't as effective as we used to think and neither is the PSA screening for prostate cancer.

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Jumping -- it's for everyone

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Image: Star Tribune LogoIndoor trampoline parks are staking a claim in the Twin Cities by catering to everyone. Stella Evans, Medical School, talks about how these trampoline parks carry a high potential for children to be injured.

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Med schools look to human interactions, not just GPA

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Image: MN Daily LogoKathleen Watson and David Satin, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discuss the changes the University has made, in recent years, to the admissions process and curriculum to make sure students learn people skills as well as technical aptitude.

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Diabetes and the stem cell promise

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Image: LA Times LogoThe search for a cure, or even a less-complicated treatment, is still on a long road to its goal. Meri Firpo, Medical School, Stem Cell Institute, Schulze Diabetes Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains why stem cell therapies are perfect for diabetes research.

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Editorial: Don't retreat from war on cancer

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Image: Star Tribune LogoDoug Yee, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, was mentioned in an editorial discussing the continuing need for cancer research funding and the potential global impact this research could have.

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A Cancer Gone Viral

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Image: AHC LogoNelson Rhodus, School of Dentistry, and Bevan Yueh, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, discuss the increase in the amount of diagnoses of HPV-associated oral cancer.

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Brain scientists dream up international research partnership

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

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Recent Veterans in College Engage in Riskier Health Behaviors

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

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Chasing Your Kid: Legit Workout Plan or Wishful Thinking?

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Image: ABC News LogoA team of academics published the results of a study comparing the health of parents of young children to non-parents. Jerica Berge, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the findings of her study.

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Cancer Drug Studies Face Delays From J&J's Doxil Shortage

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Image: AHC LogoMore than 30 cancer clinical trials have either been put on hold or face potential delays as a result of a shortage of cancer drugs. Levi Downs, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the drug shortage problem.

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Minn. doctors happy with Obama action on drug shortage

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Image: MPR LogoMinnesota cancer doctors say they're pleased that President Obama has taken steps to address acute drug shortages. Ed Greeno, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the benefits and challenges of Obama's actions.

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Rate of 'preventive' mastectomy rising

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Image: AHC LogoIn order to retake control of breast cancer, many women are choosing to get preventive mastectomies. Elizabeth Habermann, Medical School, talks about how the number of women choosing this surgery has increased over the years.

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Cigarettes Are Enlisted to Test Ways of Quitting

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

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With Kidney-Trafficking Conviction, Brooklyn Man Makes Criminal History

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Image: AHC LogoA Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to brokering the sale of black-market organs. Arthur Matas, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses options that would decrease trafficking of organs.

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Cutting edge research being done at U of M lab filled with hearts

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Image: AHC LogoPaul Iaizzo, Medical School, explains that the U of M's Visual Heart Lab is the only lab in the world that routinely animates hearts, both human and animal, without blood so that students and researchers can see everything working inside a heart.

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Doctor speaks at SU about work to unite mental health, medical care

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Image: AHC LogoMacaran Baird, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, strongly supports collaboration between mental health and medical care. He has worked tirelessly during his career trying to merge the two separate entities.

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Unbearable itch may no longer be a pain in anaesthesia

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

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Screening Mammogram Saves Few Lives

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Image: AHC LogoMost screen-detected breast cancer survivors have been either overdiagnosed or diagnosed early without effect on mortality risk. Timothy Wilt and Melissa Partin, Medical School, talk about how talking with a physician provides a patient with reliable information.

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Synthetic marijuana - what is it?

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Image: AHC LogoSome of the synthetic marijuana products sold contain a chemical that may be illegal to sell and possess. Kendall Wallace, Medical School's Duluth campus, talks about the substance that makes the synthetic drug illegal.

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BioEdge: Are we morally obliged to participate in research?

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Image: AHC LogoBill Gleason, Medical School, and Carl Elliott, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, discuss whether or not people have an obligation to participate in medical research.

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Hospital Programs to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance Working: Studies

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Image: US News and World Report LogoHospital programs to lessen the overuse of antibiotics are helping to reduce antibiotic resistance and costs. Susan Kline, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the benefits of hospitals using these programs.

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Disease caused a costly 4,300 amputations in Minn, study finds

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Image: MPR LogoA new study by Alan Hirsch, Medical School, School of Public Health, Lillehei Heart Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, shows that Minnesota had more than 4,300 amputations caused by leg artery blockages from 2005 to 2008, resulting in $88 million in hospital costs.

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Study finds risk with two-day gap between dialysis treatment

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Image: AHC LogoA recent study showing an uptick in death, heart attack and hospitalization for patients undergoing dialysis after a two-day gap in treatment. Robert Foley, Medical School, discusses his research and findings from the study.

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U of M technology may help prolong lives of people with trauma, massive blood loss

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Image: News Medical LogoGregory Beilman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, and Les Drewes, Medical School's Duluth campus, discuss a new technology that may help prolong the lives of victims suffering from massive blood loss or trauma.

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How To Diagnose A Toddler With ADHD -- 'Don't All Little Kids Have Short Attention Spans?'

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Image: Huffington Post LogoMichael Reiff, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, contributed to an article about new guidelines urging parents and doctors to be on the lookout for signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children as young as 4.

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Dr. Jon Hallberg answers health questions

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Image: MPR LogoDuring his weekly segment Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, answers questions about cancer screenings, the causes of infectious and chronic diseases, immunizations and more.

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Updated guideline outlines recommendations for PAD diagnosis, management

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Image: AHC LogoUpdated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patients with peripheral artery disease have recently been released. Alan Hirsch, Medical School, School of Public Health, Lillehei Heart Institute and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the impact of the new guidelines.

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PSA testing: Doctor explains benefits vs. risks

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Image: MinnPost LogoThe U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its new draft recommendation regarding the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Timothy Wilt, Medical School, explains the new recommendations.

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Can sick pigs be lucrative?

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Image: Star Tribune LogoA researcher is changing genes in pigs so they grow up with diabetes or heart disease. Scott Fahrenkrug, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, discusses how these pigs could help find cures for these diseases.

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Exercising during pregnancy may reduce pre-eclampsia

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Image: AHC LogoPre-eclampsia, pregnancy induced hypertension, affects three per cent of all women worldwide. Jeffrey Gilbert, Medical School, talks about how exercising during pregnancy could help to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.

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Clipper Clinic takes health checks to where the men are

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Image: AHC Logo Kola Okuyemi, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, administered free, no-strings-attached checkups on blood pressure and cholesterol at Wilson's Image Barbers on West Broadway in North Minneapolis.

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U's Steven Miles: Eager witness against 'Dr. Death'

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Image: Star Tribune LogoSteven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, discusses his testimony in the case of Dr. Wouter Basson, a South African physician known as "Dr. Death," and the ethics of physicians during wartime.

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Deaths in marathons rare, but 'every single one ... a tragedy' : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis

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Image: AHC LogoDeaths of runners during marathons are rare, but they do happen. William Roberts, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the survival chance of a person who has a heart attack while running in a marathon.

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Strollers: Mother of all workouts

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Image: Star Tribune LogoFitness classes that incorporate the baby and carriage are getting the attention of new moms across the Twin Cities. Jerica Berge, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains how parents can find time during their busy schedules to work out.

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Good Long-Term Outcomes With Selective Thoracic Fusion

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Image: AHC LogoSelective thoracic fusion for adolescent scoliosis patients yields long-term stable spinal balance and lumbar curve correction. A. Noelle Larson, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the research and what her team found during the study.

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Legal, political struggles over human embryonic stem cell research continues

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Image: AHC LogoThe debate over using embryonic stem cells for research continues. Jonathan Slack, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute talks about serving on a panel which discussed embryonic stem cell research in Minnesota.

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Doctors note success with 'fecal' transplants

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Image: Washington Post LogoFecal transplants, have been performed most often and produced the most promising results in patients with "C. diff." Alexander Khoruts, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses his group of doctors publishing guidelines for the procedure.

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Sound and science

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Image: AHC LogoAndrew Oxenham, Medical School, explains psychoacoustics, which establishes the difference between a sound that is made and what actually gets past our ears.

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Attend U of M's Mini Medical School

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Image: KARE 11 LogoEdward Greeno, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the upcoming Mini Medical School. Mini Med is a semi-annual program that brings in people from the community and teaches them the latest and greatest U of M medical research.

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Quality of life still high for those living with epilepsy

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Image: AHC LogoEpilepsy has been in the news lately as a result of University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill. James White, Medical School, explains his hopes that Kill's high public profile will hopefully lead to more information and education about epilepsy and its treatment.

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U of M part of study to create faster, more effective treatment of breast cancer

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Image: KARE 11 LogoA clinical trial is identifying the unique fingerprint of breast cancer tumors, in the hopes of creating faster, more effective treatments. Doug Yee, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains more about the cancer research.

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Mixed reactions on new recommendations for prostate test

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Image: MPR LogoA new recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Task Force says not to use a blood test to routinely screen healthy men for prostate cancer. Badrinath Konety, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about physicians reactions to the new recommendation.

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The Drug Rep Debate

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Image: AHC LogoJon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how not seeing drug representatives has helped him to focus more on the practice evidence-based prescribing of medication.

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DES daughters face heightened risks

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Image: Star Tribune LogoRahel Ghebre, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, talk about a drug that pregnant women took decades ago to prevent pregnancy problems has put their daughters at higher risk for breast cancer and other health problems.

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U.S. Panel Advises Against Routine Prostate Test

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Image: New York Times LogoHealthy men should no longer receive a P.S.A. blood test to screen for prostate cancer. Timothy Wilt, Medical School, discusses the panel's findings and why digital rectal exam or ultrasound are not effective.

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Dr. Hallberg: Michael Jackson's doctor and the scope of practice

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Image: MPR LogoThe trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, had been very public. Jon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the role of specialists and the scope of what doctors are licensed to practice.

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How busy families can make the most of dinner time

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Image: AHC LogoResearch from the University of Minnesota Medical School explains children whose families eat dinner together have lower risks of using drugs, drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.

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Study supporting gay conversion challenged

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Image: CNN LogoA study from two religious universities says some people can change their sexual orientation after undergoing years of a ministry program. Eli Coleman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the study and what changes are actually made.

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Experts: Bad economy, more access sparking rise in gambling

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Image: AHC LogoExperts are willing to bet that the weak economy and greater access to gambling are fueling an increase in gambling addiction. Jon Grant, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains what factors have caused this increase in gambling addiction.

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U of M offers cutting edge treatment for prostate cancer

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Image: KARE 11 LogoOne in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Badrinath Konety, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about a new treatment being used at the U of M to catch the early signs of prostate cancer.

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U of M, Hormel and Mayo Partner to Fight Cancer

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Image: AHC LogoThe Hormel Institute, Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota are undergoing a new collaboration. Zigang Dong, Masonic Cancer Center, discusses the partnership which aims to advance cancer research and prevention.

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4 Ways to Kid-Proof Your Health

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Image: Yahoo News LogoBeing a mom or dad comes with health benefits but a new study points out some sneaky health traps parents can fall into. Jerica Berge, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains these traps and offers tips to avoid them.

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Healthy diet may reduce risk of birth defects

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Image: CNN LogoWomen run a lower risk of having babies with certain birth defects if they eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. David Jacobs, Medical School and School of Public Health, talks about how healthy foods are better for you than supplements.

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New Screening Predicts Future Heart Attacks

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Image: KSTP LogoResearchers at The U of M say they've developed a screening method that accurately predicts the chances of future cardiovascular disease. Daniel Duprez, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses how this treatment is more effective than ones of the past.

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University of Minnesota celebrates 100th anniversary of Elliot Memorial hospital

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Image: AHC LogoThe University of Minnesota is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first teaching hospital in the state with the dedication of Mayo Plaza. Bobbi Daniels, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, will present the original plaques.

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Somali pirates face hard time in US prison

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Image: BBC LogoTwo Somali pirates are expected to be sentenced to life in US prison on Monday. Jerome Kroll, Medical School, explains how identities are shaped in the Somali culture.

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U marks 100th anniversary of medical building

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Image: MN Daily LogoElliot Memorial Hospital, now called the Mayo Building is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Aaron Friedman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the need for more state support to advance medical education.

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Killer's parents say diagnosis came too late

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Image: Star Tribune LogoMichael Swanson from St. Louis Park has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Jonathan Jensen, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the diagnosis.

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UMD Medical Students Receive 1st Year "White Coats"

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Image: AHC LogoThe new wave of rural doctors, at the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus, gets its arms through their first lab-style "White Coats" Saturday.

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U program bumps up heart screening

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Image: MN Daily LogoJay Cohn, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, and his researcher team have data to show their new screening tool can predict the warning signs of a heart attack far more accurately than the "Framingham" risk score.

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Escitalopram Reduces Hot Flash Symptoms

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Image: AHC LogoThe selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor escitalopram significantly reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes in perimenopausal women. Kristine Ensrud, Medical School, discusses the study and its findings.


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Word of the Day

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Image: New York Times LogoThe NY Times word of the day today is blare. Andrew Oxenham, Medical School, explains the science behind the word and how sound functions in the auditory system.


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An $80 medical 'school' for the curious

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Image: Star Tribune LogoSince 1999, the University of Minnesota has been churning out "graduates" of its Mini Medical School, a popular lecture series about science and medicine for the curious of all ages. The next session focuses on cancer breakthroughs and begins October 10th.

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PAD guidelines undergo facelift

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Image: AHC LogoUpdated guidelines for the management and treatment for peripheral artery disease have been released. Alan Hirsch, Medical School, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota Physicians and Lillehei Heart Institute, explains the new guidelines.

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Draft guidelines for nanomedicine unveiled

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Image: Nature LogoWith hundreds of nanoproducts currently being tested in humans, recommendations aim to safeguard trial participants. Susan Wolf, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, discusses the final recommendations to guide future policy in the area.

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Child abuse expert: Duluth murder defendant's story 'inconceivable'

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Image: AHC LogoRichard Kaplan, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, testified in a case involving the death of a Duluth toddler, that suffered a lacerated liver and injuries to his pancreas, small bowel, adrenal gland and kidney as a result of a 30-inch fall.

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Not conforming to gender is not a disorder, says group

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Image: CNN LogoPeople who do not conform to their gender roles or cultural expectations do not have a disorder. Eli Coleman, Medical School and University of Minnesota, explains the newly-revised standards of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender conforming people.

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Islet Transplants Yield Insulin-Free Lives for Diabetics

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Image: FOX 9 LogoEight people with Type-1 diabetes celebrate a life of being insulin-free following a trial procedure being pioneered by the University of Minnesota. Bernhard Hering, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about this new procedure.

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South Africa's 'Dr. Death' faces ethics inquiry

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Image: LA Times LogoDr. Wouter Basson, will face the Health Professions Council of South Africa when it resumes its probe into whether Basson acted unethically and unprofessionally during the apartheid-era. Steve Miles, Medical School, Center for Bioethics and University of Minnesota Physicians, testifies in the case.

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The Best and Worst Words to Use When Discussing Kids' Weights

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Image: AHC LogoA new study says the words doctors use when discussing a child's weight have varying effects on a parent's attitude. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, School of Public Health and Medical School, talks about appropriate language to use when describing a child's weight.

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Medtronic, UnitedHealth Group want to export U.S. health care

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Image: Star Tribune LogoMedtronic, UnitedHealth Group are part of national alliance that says America's "health ecosystem" could be a big winner abroad. Jean Abraham, School of Public Health, discusses the option and some problems that could arise.

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After husband's death, promising medical device designed by his engineer wife

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoA new electronic stethoscope will soon undergo clinical trial testing. Robert Wilson, Medical School, explains how an electronic stethoscope can be used to detect heart murmurs.

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Medical students' intent to provide care unbiased

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Image: AHC LogoA recent survey showed medical students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine ignored the race and social class of the patients while providing medical care. Michelle van Ryn, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, wrote an accompanying editorial explaining the study further.

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Second-hand smoke causes asthma, bronchitis in children

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Image: AHC LogoTobacco smoke has devastating effects on smokers and non-smokers alike, the worst being infants. Stephen Hecht, Medical School, College of Pharmacy and Masonic Cancer Center, discusses how second-hand smoke can lead to asthma and bronchitis in children.

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Study: Dialysis 3 times weekly might not be enough

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Image: AHC LogoOriginally reported in the LA Times, a new study says three-times-a-week dialysis to cleanse the blood of toxins may not be enough. Robert Foley, Medical School, explains his research and recommendations for patients.

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U gets $11M grant to improve training of combat medics

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Image: Star Tribune LogoThe U of M won an $11 million grant from the Department of Defense to improve the training of combat medics. Robert Sweet, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains the training will simulate the sights, sounds and smells of the battlefield.

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Two days off may be too long for dialysis patients

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Image: LA Times LogoPeople undergoing kidney dialysis often have three treatments a week. Robert Foley, Medical School, explains that three-times-a-week dialysis to cleanse the blood of toxins may not be enough to prevent kidney failure.

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New Views on Advanced Visualization

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Image: AHC LogoAdvanced visualization has become routine visualization, an essential part of the radiologist's toolkit. Charles Truwit, Medical School, discusses how radiologists use advanced visualization in deciding if a patient needs surgery.

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Rx could be required for farm antibiotics

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Image: AHC LogoAmerican farmers may be forced to get prescriptions for livestock antibiotics as a way to stem a rising tide of drug-resistant infections. James Johnson, Medical School, explains how resistance infections work in livestock.

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Proper Steps Important In Return From Concussions

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Image: AHC LogoIn Part II of this three-part series, a cautious approach to recovery can minimize the lingering effects of concussions. Heather Bergeson, Medical School, further explains how athletes return to sports after suffering from a concussion.

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

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

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Students prepare for shelf exam

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Image: MN Daily LogoInternal medicine is a broad field with much information for medical students to absorb. Theodore Thompson & Sally Berryman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explain the importance of learning internal medicine and how it is taught.

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Drugfree.org Launches Bilingual, Toll-Free Helpline for Parents of Kids Who are Using Drugs or Drinking

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Image: AHC LogoMany parents struggle to find a clear path to intervention and treatment information to get effective help for their child. Ken Winters, Medical School, explains how a whole family can be affected by alcohol or drug abuse of a child.


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MRI Technique 'SWIFT' May Assist In Detecting Spread Of Oral Cancer To The Jawbone

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Image: AHC LogoMagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology is an extremely important part of a doctors arsenal for looking inside the body. Ayse Tuba Karagulle Kendi, Medical School, discusses the U of M is using SWIFT technology to assist in detecting spread of oral cancer.


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Study: Whooping cough vaccination fades in 3 years

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Image: KARE 11 LogoA preliminary study suggests the vaccine against whooping cough falters after only about three years. Mark Wanderman, Medical School and Fairview Children's Clinic, talks about signs of whooping cough and what future studies of the virus will look at.


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Minnesota Researchers Look to Body's Immune System to Prevent Breast Cancer, with Funding from Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)

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Image: AHC LogoCarol Lange, Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, and Gwen Dressing, Masonic Cancer Center, received $180,000 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the U of M to study how progesterone receptors are involved in breast cancer development.

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Minn. health care system changes way care providers are compensated

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Image: MPR LogoJon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the change in compensation of primary care providers at Fairview Health Services.

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Cancer Patient Meets Treatment Test Dog

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Image: FOX 9 LogoNew medical advances made by University of Minnesota scientists aim to cure brain cancer. John Ohlfest, Medical School, Stem Cell Institute and Masonic Cancer Center, explains how the College of Veterinary Medicine is using dogs and humans to find a cure.

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Farm-Animal Prescriptions Urged to Cut Drug Resistance

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Image: AHC LogoHealthy livestock routinely get antibiotics in the U.S. to promote growth and prevent illness. James Johnson, Medical School, explains how livestock can develop resistance infections if treated with too many antibiotics.

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Take aim at brain illnesses

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

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Bulimia changes the brain

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

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Bioethicist Offers $10,000 to Charity If Bachmann Can Prove Vaccine Claim

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Image: Fox News LogoPreviously reported in the Star Tribune, Steve Miles, Medical School, Center for Bioethics and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the HPV vaccine and the claims of Michelle Bachmann.

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Bachmann's vaccine claim draws fire

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Image: Star Tribune LogoScientists offer reward for proof of link between HPV vaccine, mental disability. Steve Miles, Medical School, Center for Bioethics and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the HPV vaccine and the claims of Michelle Bachmann.

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Returning from Concussion

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Image: AHC LogoConcussions are often an "unseen" injury: you may not have a lump on your forehead and you may not be bleeding--but the damage is there. Heather Bergeson, Medical School, discusses high school athletes returning to sports after suffering from a concussion.

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Local firm gets Defense Department contract

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Image: AHC LogoIVIR Inc., a company specializing in medical education technology, has received a $2.7 million Department of Defense contract to research hologram technology. Ivir is working with the University of Minnesota Medical School on the development project.

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Spiders! Ants! Did that make you itchy? Here's why

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Image: MSNBC LogoWhy is it that seeing, discussing, or even just thinking about creepy crawlers makes us feel itchy all over? Glenn Giesler, Medical School, explains possible reasons why an itch sensation can be induced from talking about it.


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Good Heart Health Means Good Sexual Health, Too

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Image: Huffington Post LogoMiddle-aged men who take steps to improve their heart health may end up improving their sex lives as well. Kevin Billups, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the relationship between heart health and sexual function.

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Boy From Antigua Battles Tumor At Twin Cities Hospital

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Image: WCCO LogoA little boy has a chance at life after the quick action of a medical team at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. David Hamlar, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about successfully removing a rare tumor from the infant's mouth.

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Remember a Generation of 'Willpower' and not a Generation of Popping Pills?

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Image: AHC LogoThe ever diligent FDA had Pfizer put a warning on Chantix warning of potential cardiac problems while taking the drug. Jay Cohn, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the FDA imposing new restrictions on the use of certain prescription drugs.

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Researchers: SpongeBob May Cause ADD

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Image: FOX 9 LogoResearchers say some children's television programs may have effects, like short attention spans and learning problems in 4-year-olds. Andrew Barnes, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains how these programs can lead to short-term attention problems.


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U of M researchers find possible cure for rare skin disease

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Image: KARE 11 LogoResearchers at the University of Minnesota are making great strides in the treatment of a rare skin disease that is usually fatal. John Wagner, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the disease and new treatment process.


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Bypass's Big Boon

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Image: Science News LogoA surgery called gastric bypass is emerging as the preferred operation for overweight people. Henry Buchwald, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses insurance coverage for obesity surgery.

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GOP's HPV vaccination debate: Bioethicist Dr. Steven Miles explains vaccine's value

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Image: MinnPost LogoSince coming on the market in 2006, the HPV vaccine has been highly controversial. Steven Miles, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, talks about the possibility of a federally mandated HPV vaccine for women ages 11 and up.

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10 Things That Can Lower Your Libido

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Image: Huffington Post LogoJamie Feldman, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, shares one of the 10 most common reasons for a lowered libido in women.

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Dr. Jon Hallberg: When is it right to do nothing?

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Image: MPR LogoJon Hallberg, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the commentary and the value of "doing nothing" on his weekly segment.

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

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

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Cancer Study Could be Chemo Alternative

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Image: First Coast News LogoChristopher Moertel, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains new research about a new brain cancer treatment that could work on humans.

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Living to 100 and Beyond

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Image: Wall Street Journal LogoScientists are on the brink of radically expanding the span of a healthy life. Doris Taylor, Medical School and Stem Cell Institute, discusses the health technology of tomorrow.

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Solo practitioner Wenner serves Cold Spring patients

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Image: St. Cloud Times LogoKathleen Watson, Medical School, explains the different residency options students have through the University.

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