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Back In The Nest

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Image: AHC LogoHarmon, a three-week-old baby eagle, is back in his nest after being treated at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the eagle's injury and future recovery.

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Good Question: What Does It Mean To Be Obese?

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Image: WCCO LogoWCCO's Good Question segment asks what are the factors that make someone obese. Allen Levine, Masonic Cancer Center, talks about how body mass index and other factors lead to the diagnosis of obesity.

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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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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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Raise your glass for children's health at the U of M

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Image: KARE 11 LogoJoin community leaders, medical professionals and wine lovers for a celebration to support children's health research, education, and care at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital at WineFest No. 17-A Toast to Children's Health, May 11 and 12, 2012.

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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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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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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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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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Bald Eagle Sightings Increasing In Mpls, Suburbs

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Image: WCCO LogoBald eagles have been spotted lately in Minneapolis parks and Suburban neighborhoods. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that eagles are now more willing to live in urban areas and some of them are even nesting in urban areas.

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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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Skin cancer rates rising rapidly among young adults

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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: Quarter of reproductive-age women lack access to insurance

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Image: MPR LogoNew research from the U of M suggests more reproductive-age women lack access to health insurance. Katy Backes Kozhimannil, School of Public Health, explains that one finding was that 10 percent of pregnant women reported being uninsured.

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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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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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Mild Winter Could Mean More Fleas On Your Dog

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Image: WCCO LogoDog owners should be aware: Flea trouble is on the rise in the Twin Cities. Kristi Flynn, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about how fleas can be transmitted from pet to pet, at the dog park, going to kennels, and in any indoor location.

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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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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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High-priced dog foods: Are they worth the money?

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Image: KARE 11 LogoIn 2010 Americans spent more than $48 billion on pet products, that's three times as much money as we spent in bookstores. Julie Churchill, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses what to look for in pet food in order to help you do a great job at feeding your pet.

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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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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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Meet Mousey: MN's 1st Cat With A Pacemaker

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Image: WCCO LogoLast month the University of Minnesota performed its first-ever pacemaker surgery on a cat. Christopher Stauthammer, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that the U of M is the only place in the state that offers these types of procedures.

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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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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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What You Might Not Know About Dog Food

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Image: WCCO LogoWith over 5,000 options to choose from, picking the right food for your dog can be touch. Julie Churchill, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that the best food has gone through animal feeding tests, which is stated on the side or back of the food packaging.

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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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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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Eagan 3-year-old waits for heart transplant

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Image: KARE 11 LogoRight now in Minnesota there are eight children waiting for hearts at Minnesota transplant centers. Rebecca Ameduri, University of Minnesota Physicians, explains why patients stay in the hospital until a donor heart is found.

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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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Office-dwellers stand up to 'sitting disease'

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

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Researchers untangling link between hunger and obesity

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Image: MPR LogoToday, some people who struggle to feed their families are actually obese. Mary Story, School of Public Health, explains that because of access problems parents who struggle to get enough food eat fewer fruits and vegetables and drink more sugar-sweetened beverages.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Snowy Owls Moving South in Search of Food

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Image: KSTP LogoIt's a rare sight in this part of Minnesota, but this winter you might get a glimpse of a snowy owl. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that the snowy owls are having trouble finding food and it is leading to starvation.

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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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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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Bald Eagles Dying Of Lead Poisoning

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Image: WCCO LogoThis year, the Raptor Center has treated several bald eagles suffering the effects of lead poisoning. Pat Redig, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that ingesting tiny lead pellets from hunters causes acute lead poisoning in many of the eagles.

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

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

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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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