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U of M health policy experts talk health reform

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On 6/28/2012, the United States Supreme Court issued their decision on the Affordable Care Act.

Here is a synopsis of how the Supreme Court ruled:

1. The entire ACA was upheld.
2. The Individual Mandate was ruled Constitutional, but individuals who refuse to comply would pay a tax.
3. The Medicaid provision (expansion) was limited but not invalidated.
4. Because the whole ACA was deemed constitutional, the provision requiring insurers to cover young adults until they are 26 survives as well.

Throughout the days and weeks that follow, University of Minnesota health policy experts will discuss the ruling and its impact with regional media.

To catch up on all the latest regional media coverage featuring the University of Minnesota health policy experts you trust visit our Storify page.

Is gender neutrality critical to gender equality?

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BLOG Toy Trucks.jpgFrom pink polka-dotted outfits and tutus to wear home from the hospital to toy cars and tool sets for birthday presents, it's no secret that little boys and girls are quickly encouraged to play specific gender roles. But in a world increasingly focused on gender equality, some are saying it's time to focus also on gender neutrality.

Activists in Sweden, one of the most gender equal nations in the world, are now promoting a gender-neutral pronoun: hen. The idea initially surfaced years ago as a way to avoid space-consuming he/she writing. But now, some argue the concept could be key to encouraging a society where everyone is free to choose their own self, especially small children.

But Walter Bockting, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Minnesota's Program in Human Sexuality, isn't sure the effort is necessary in terms of child development.

"Gender generally develops in very predictable ways," Bockting said, "and for the small percentage of people who don't identify with the traditional gender categories of boy or girl, man or woman, these types of accommodations can be beneficial. But whether that identity applies is hard to determine until much closer to adolescence."

Instead of discouraging gender-oriented play, Bockting suggests parents and caregivers provide a variety of options and activities to toddlers and young children. This allows parents to focus time and energy encouraging interests of the child while remaining open and supportive, whatever those interests may be.

"As long as the interests of the child are first at hand, it's best to just let the child play and grow," said Bockting. "Given space, time and an open environment, children will discover their own interests and identity."

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Tired and hungry: how lack of sleep hurts your diet

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Early morning meetings sometimes mean a doughnut from the coffee cart as you start up the computer, just as a late night out usually translates into a quick stop at the sub shop or pizza parlor. Turns out, these not-so-great food choices are a pretty universal response to lack of sleep.

New research out of New York City's St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center shows a link between a lack of sleep and craving unhealthy foods like sugars, fats and high-carb options.

Doctors surveyed 16 healthy young adults and found brain regions associated with reward and motivation were highly activated when participants hadn't slept well.

Michael Howell, M.D., a sleep medicine physician and associate professor in the University of Minnesota's Medical School, isn't surprised by the results.

"In all spheres of our lives, judgment is impaired when sleep-deprived," says Howell. "Without enough sleep, you're less able to avoid temptation."

There are a lot of other ways a lack of quality sleep can impact our waistlines, according to Howell.

Drug-induced psychosis doesn't need to be deadly

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A naked man, apparently high on drugs, was killed this week in Miami while attacking another man on the street. Police believe the suspect, Rudy Eugene, 31, had been high on "bath salts," a synthetic drug similar to LSD. When confronted by officers, Eugene growled at their intrusion and seemed to be unaffected by the shots fired into his body until officers were able to kill him.

Psychosis induced by drugs, particularly chemical-based drugs, is a common response to overdosing. Emergency room physicians and psychiatric care centers handle psychotic episodes on a regular basis.

"There are a number of drugs, illicit or prescription, which can lead to a psychotic episode," says S. Charles Schulz, M.D., professor and head of the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychiatry. Drugs most commonly associated with it are LSD, methamphetamine and Adderall.

While the attack in Miami is not a common expression of these induced psychotic episodes, there are a variety of symptoms that can indicate psychosis. Paranoia, frenzy and other erratic behavior can all indicate a person is heading toward significant psychosis.

So what's happening inside the body? According to Schulz, it depends on the drug ingested by the patient. Amphetamine-based drugs, like meth, stimulate the dopamine receptors in the brain, which increases paranoia and takes away the capacity for self-control. These patients can usually be treated with anti-psychotic medication. LSD, however, stimulates the serotonin in the brain, and results in patients generally needing a calm and safe place to come down from the high.

Physicians are pushing to understand the "ramping up" phase of a psychotic episode. In theory, catching someone during this building time could help stop a patient from hurting himself or others.

The University of Minnesota is focused on caring for people experiencing a psychotic episode. Check out their website to learn more about the First Episode Psychosis Program, a program dedicated to comprehensive assessment and treatment of psychotic illness.

U of M researchers hope to raise breast cancer screening awareness via cell phone

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Technology has provided a host of ways to get information into the hands of an end user. Specifically, cell phones have opened up new doors for passing along information via text message or specialized alerts.

Now, U of M researchers from the School of Social Work, Masonic Cancer Center and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health will receive $675,000 over three years from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to develop new ways to use cell phones to promote breast cancer screening to Korean women.

Hee Yun Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Social Work and Masonic Cancer Center, will lead the project and Doug Yee, M.D., director of the Masonic Cancer Center, and Rahel Ghebre, M.D., assistant professor in both the Masonic Cancer Center and the Medical School's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health will act as co-investigators.

Congratulations to the researchers and we'll keep readers updated on the project as it moves forward.

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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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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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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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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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Kidney transplant chain saves lives

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Image: AHC LogoA recent and rare transplant chain provided new kidneys for three new patients. Ty Dunn, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that the chain folds in on itself and you have three pairs and everybody donates and everybody gets a transplant.

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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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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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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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U reproductive center launches fertility assessment program

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

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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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New screening determines chances of pregnancy

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Image: KARE 11 LogoThere is now a way for women to check their biological clock. Theodore Nagel, Medical School and University of Minnesota, discusses who is a great fit for the biological clock test and some reasons why women are choosing to take the test.

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Director of Masonic Cancer Center: New study is no cause to abandon mammography

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Researchers in Norway recently published new research demonstrating that women today undergo unneeded treatment as a result of additional mammograms and an increase in cancer diagnoses.

The new study estimates 15 to 25 percent of breast cancers found by mammograms wouldn't cause problems during a woman's lifetime, but the tumors were treated anyway.

But do the numbers tell the whole story? University of Minnesota Physician Doug Yee, M.D., director of the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center isn't so sure. In an interview with Fox 9, Yee said studies like this shouldn't be cause to abandon mammography.

"The bottom line is that mammograms were useful for most women who received the test," he said, "and it was very clear that they had fewer breast cancer deaths because women were participating in mammogram screening programs."

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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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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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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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Financial plan brings hope for new clinic

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

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Getting Psyched Up for A Clinical Trial

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

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Improving mental health by improving physical health

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fairview-Riverside takes the plunge into water birth

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Image: AHC LogoIn October, University Medical Center, Fairview started offering the option of water-births for pregnant women. Ann Forster Page and Karen McMenimen, University of Minnesota Physicians, explain the benefits of water-births for women.

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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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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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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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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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Peruvian Girl Finds Heart, Hope In Minnesota

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Image: WCCO LogoA little girl from Peru found lifesaving help in Minnesota just in time. Rebecca Ameduri, University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about how she was immediately hooked up to a Berlin Heart and received a new heart this summer.

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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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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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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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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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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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Fairview Red Wing could join Mayo

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Image: AHC LogoFairview Health System, University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Red Wing have had a close partnership since the 1990s. The organizations have agreed to begin an evaluation to determine whether a more formal relationship between Mayo Clinic Health System and Red Wing is feasible.

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Halloween candy buy-backs can be a sweet deal

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoKids looking to turn their Halloween candy into cold, hard cash have no shortage of opportunities. Angela Fitch, University of Minnesota Physicians, discusses the different things kids can get in return for their candy.

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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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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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Vikings Host Halloween Party at Children's Hospital

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Image: KSTP LogoHalloween came early for young patients at the new University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. Minnesota Viking Steve Hutchinson hosted a Halloween party for kids and their families.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Noncommunicable diseases have sometimes been curtailed by community efforts

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Image: Washington Post LogoIn medical research, the best way to test a new treatment is the randomized controlled trial. Henry Blackburn, School of Public Health and University of Minnesota Physician, discusses clinical trial awareness efforts throughout United States history.

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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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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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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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Private exchanges offer yet another alternative to group health plans

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Image: American Medical Association LogoThe private exchange is another version of a post-health reform insurance emerging in the market. Jean Abraham, School of Public Health, gives insight on how people choose their personal health care plan.

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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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"Abysmal" participation in cancer trials

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Image: Reuters LogoWaddah Al-Refaie, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Physicians, elaborates on the decreasing amount of participants in cancer clinical trials.

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