September 2012 Archives
Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Ph.D., sees the pain and frustration often when she works with children who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and nonverbal learning disabilities. The preteens and teens participating in her studies often blame themselves for their outbursts, peer clashes, and trouble making friends -- their difficulty in controlling their emotions in general.
Over the summer, those kids got a whole new perspective on their behavior from the functional MRI brain scans taken by Semrud-Clikeman. With that powerful glimpse inside their heads, the kids saw that their brains may be larger in key spots and "fire" differently in certain situations.
When Cara and Michael Kail left home for Fairview Southdale Hospital for the birth of their fourth child late on September 24, 2010, Michael had planned to be home the next day to take their other kids to the Children's Theatre.
But a rare and very dangerous complication caused Cara to lose consciousness during labor early the next morning, which resulted in an emergency C-section birth. At one point, neither Cara nor new baby Christopher was breathing or had a pulse.
Little compares with the heartbreak pediatric oncologist Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., sees working with children who have epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a fatal disease that can cause the skin to slough off at even the slightest touch.
And though he was part of the pioneering University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital team offering promising but risky blood and marrow transplants aimed at curing the disease, he is now focused on finding a safer treatment alternative.
Though he's still early in his medical career, Demetris Yannopoulos, M.D., isn't waiting to make his mark on the field of cardiology. He is considered an authority in cardiorespiratory interactions and hypothermia during CPR, and his work in has already helped to improve CPR practices—thereby saving lives of people who need it.
Diabetes never takes a break.
For people living with type 1 diabetes, the task of monitoring blood glucose levels an administering insulin is always at the forefront of their minds. It’s something they must do multiple times a day, every day.
But University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic scientists are working together to build an artificial pancreas that would eliminate this burden.
University of Minnesota transplant surgeon David E. R. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., received the 2012 Medawar Prize in July at the 24th International Congress of the Transplantation Society in Berlin, Germany. The award is considered the world’s highest recognition for contributions to the field of transplantation.
It wasn’t love at first sight when Rudy Dankwort met his future wife, Kathryn. She was 7 and he was a teen. Kathryn was his best friend’s little sister. But the two fell in love 11 years later and married, beginning a 37-year union that lasted until her death in 2009.
Although Kathryn Dankwort died shortly after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, she had endured type 1 diabetes since she was 12 years old.