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Our University of Minnesota Health care teams are committed to collaborating with our referring clinicians to deliver expert care and an exceptional patient experience in over 50 specialties. Learn about the latest treatment options, as well as new and ongoing clinical research.

January 2018


Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

With the rise in opioid abuse, an increasing number of infants are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. M Health specialists provide insight into the latest care approaches for these patients and their mothers.

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Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder Not Predictive of NAS Risk

A pregnant patient diagnosed with opioid use disorder is administered medication-assisted therapy. The infant upon delivery requires further monitoring, however, demonstrates no signs of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialty Updates

Three physicians join the M Health team, and new studies on fetal heart block and opioid prescription use open.

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November 2017


New Therapies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders

An estimated 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have sleep disorders, and nearly half of these experience sleep apnea. New devices and coordinated care approaches are providing new hope for relief.

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Upper Airway Stimulation Device Provides Relief for Patient with Sleep Apnea

A patient with a history of sleep problems and poor tolerance for CPAP opts for a new treatment. Two months after device placement, she reports less daytime sleepiness and improved restful sleep.

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Sleep Health Specialty Updates

University of Minnesota Health sleep specialist launches a program to help enhance athletic performance. In related news, a sleep program assists commercial drivers, and a database helps improve CPAP use.

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September 2017


New Approaches to Ameliorating the Health Effects of Obesity

Medications and new FDA-approved interventions aid patients in managing conditions associated with excess weight. Research into the gut microbiome may uncover yet other approaches to obesity.

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Patient’s Gastrectomy Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Provides Sustained Weight Loss

Unable to maintain weight loss, a patient opts for comprehensive weight management and bariatric surgery. At 12-months postprocedure, her glucose levels and blood pressure return to the normal range.

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Weight Management Specialty Updates

Recent research into gut microbiota and long-range studies on gastric bypass lend insight into obesity management strategies. In related news, a clinical trial testing a medication for teens with obesity opens.

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July 2017

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Improving Access to Transplant for Patients with Incompatible Donors

Paired kidney exchange programs are bringing together pairs of patients and living donors, improving the odds of identifying compatible matches and achieving better outcomes.

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Paired Exchange Program Unites Kidney Donors and Recipients

Incompatible matches for their intended kidney recipients, two donors are found to be matches for each other’s patient and agree to an exchange.

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Transplant Services Specialty Updates

New clinical trials investigate a potential biomarker and explore new therapies for rare kidney diseases that can lead to organ failure.

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June 2017

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Advances in deep brain stimulation offer relief for Parkinson’s patients

New deep brain stimulation systems and imaging technology are allowing for more accurate placement of leads and more highly targeted therapy, improving quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s.

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Patient-tailored therapy using segmented leads in deep brain stimulation

Patients with Parkinson’s disease opt for treatment with a DBS system that employs new lead technology. The leads allow for more targeted therapy and helped resolve symptoms and lessen side effects.

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Neurosciences Specialty Updates

A clinical trial evaluating a new DBS system opens. Find information and learn more about technical advances in deep brain stimulation.

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March 2017


New Procedures, Technology Meet Rising Demand for Shoulder Replacement

Total shoulder arthroplasties have increased markedly in recent years as new joint technology and surgical approaches are allowing the procedure to become a viable option for more patients.

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Patient Regains Range of Motion after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

A patient with osteoarthritis and an irreparable rotator cuff tear undergoes reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. Postprocedure he receives physical therapy and regains a range of motion.

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Orthopaedic Specialty Updates

M Health orthopaedic patients will soon have the option to recover postprocedure at a hotel. Learn more and find news about the role of 3D printers and digital simulations in orthopaedic procedures.

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January 2017

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Connecting Acute Stroke Patients to Advanced Care

As many as 1 in 20 deaths have been attributed to stroke. New endovascular therapies and systems of coordinated care are showing promise in improving these outcomes.

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Intra-arterial Thrombolysis Halts Brain Stem Stroke

Advanced imaging and specialized, team-based care enable a successful outcome for an elderly stroke patient whose condition was complicated by vascular disease.

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Stroke Care Specialty Updates

Two multicenter clinical trials open. The trials—one testing an endovascular therapy and another approaches to asymptomatic carotid stenosis—are part of the StrokeNet initiative.

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December 2016

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Comprehensive Approach Helps Hip Replacement Patients Reclaim Mobility

New surgical procedures for replacing damaged hip joints have gained attention. But an integrated approach that includes patient education and rehabilitation has been shown to provide the best outcomes.

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Total Hip Arthroplasty Returns Patient to Activities

Physician-patient consultations combined with surgical intervention and rapid rehabilitation achieve a decrease in pain and improvements in mobility.

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Orthopaedic Specialty Updates

Surgeon joins M Health team and new research partnership aims to improve joint analysis and decision-making on hip repair or replacement. Read more

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July 2016


Ultraviolet A-1 Phototherapy Expands Options for Dermatology Patients

The new high-intensity form of phototherapy can reach the inflammatory cells that drive many chronic skin conditions without requiring patients to take photosensitizing medications.

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Patient Makes Successful Transition from PUVA to UVA-1 Phototherapy

Treatment with UVA-1 helped manage tumor inflammation and thickness in a patient with tumor-stage cutaneous T cell lymphoma. The reduced cost of therapy also allowed the patient to continue her treatments.

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Dermatology Specialty Updates

UVA-1 is now available at the Clinics and Surgery Center, and a phase III clinical trial opens on treatments for the pemphigus vulgaris. Read these stories and more.

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Finding Effective Treatment for Debilitating Facial Pain

The severe pain of trigeminal neuralgia can disrupt patient lives and trigger depression. New surgical procedures and multidisciplinary approaches that take into account the impact of chronic pain are providing relief.

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Multidisciplinary Care Approach Resolves Trigeminal Neuralgia in Young Patient

A microvascular decompression procedure and interdisciplinary team-based care helped resolve the multiple physical and psychological factors causing facial pain in a young patient.

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Facial Pain Center Updates

Two clinical trials and research into skull anatomy seek to inform new approaches to treating complex orofacial pain. Read more.

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May 2016

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Improving Quality of Life for Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse

About 3 percent of all women experience symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, and the incidence is higher in older women. New treatment approaches hold promise in improving outcomes for these patients.

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Robot-Assisted Sacrocolpopexy Returns Patient to Active Lifestyle

After conservative measures failed, a patient opts for a surgical intervention. The robotic-assisted procedure led to full resolution of symptoms and allowed her to resume her strenuous running regimen.

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Urology Specialty Updates

M Health physician named a “Rising Star,” and two new studies shed light on effective treatments for urinary incontinence in women.

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Behavior-Change Strategies Key to Achieving Healthful Diet and Activity Lifestyle

A well-balanced diet and regular physical activity promotes overall health, reduces the risk of chronic disease and aids in reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight.

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Integrated Health Care Approach, Research-Driven Strategies Improve Outcomes for Weight-Loss Surgery

Innumerable studies have shown that successful weight loss is associated with better control of diabetes and other diseases associated with obesity.

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March 2016


New Center's Innovations Improve Access to Specialty Care

Patient concierges, online check-in, and an open floorplan with educational spaces for patients are among the Clinics and Surgery Center’s features designed to enhance access to care.

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New Efforts to Boost Study Participation, Improve Care

With the help of patient-accessible interactive tablets, coordinated appointments, and research liaisons, a new center attempts to make participation in clinical studies easier.

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Specialty Updates

An online tool developed at the University of Minnesota increases patient engagement with clinical research, a recent study finds.

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February 2016

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New Therapies for Recurrent Hepatitis C after Liver Transplant

New direct-acting antivirals show promise in the treatment of recurring hepatitis C infections. A leading cause of liver failure and transplant, HCV recurs in 80% of transplant patients with the disease.

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Severe, Recurrent Hepatitis C Virus Infection Successfully Treated

A 54-year-old man with very severe HCV infection recurring 9 months post-liver transplant was successfully treated in a clinical trial of a direct-acting antiviral combination therapy.

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Liver Care Specialty Updates

Clinical trials on hepatitis C treatments open. Access the trial information and learn about the new specialists joining the Liver Clinic team.

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November 2015 - Neurosurgery

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Two-Surgeon Team Approach Leads to Improved Spinal Surgery Outcomes

Orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons working together lead to fewer infections and complications, and reduced time in surgery.

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Recovery of Ambulation in Patient with Complex Vertebral Fracture

A 45-year-old man with paraplegia secondary to osteoporotic vertebral fracture recovers independent ambulation within a year of spinal decompression and reconstruction surgery.

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Neurosurgery Specialty Updates

Discover the latest stem cell research for neurological disorders and a fellowship offered in collaboration with Orthopaedic Surgery. M Health neurosurgeons honored.

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July 2015

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New Minimally Invasive Treatment for GERD

For those with gastroesophageal reflux disease that failed to respond to medication, a new implantable device shows promise in relieving symptoms and limiting side effects.

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New Surgical Approach to GERD Results in Patient’s Symptom Relief and Return to Active Work

A 36-year-old patient with worsening symptoms of GERD undergoes implantation with a sphincter augmentation device. One week postprocedure, the patient’s symptoms resolved, and he returned to normal diet and activity levels.

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Thoracic Surgery Specialties Update

Learn about the newly opened Complex Airway Disease Center and discover the latest research findings on conditions affecting the trachea, bronchi, and lungs.

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May 2015 - Aortic Care

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New Center Offers Innovative Care for Aortic Emergencies

The Aortic Center is one of the few in the nation to offer minimally invasive procedures with local anesthesia for managing aortic ruptures.

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Repair of Ruptured Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Performed Using Local Anesthesia

Surgeons successfully manage a large aortic rupture in a patient at high risk for general anesthesia complications. The percutaneous endovascular aortic repair was performed using local anesthesia with light sedation.

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Aortic Care Specialties Update

Discover an online video case study and recent research on the latest approaches to aortic repair.

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March 2015 - Orthopaedics


Surgical Cartilage Restoration Gives New Life to Damaged Joints

Discover how leading-edge surgical techniques for restoring damaged and diseased articular cartilage are delaying the need for joint replacement.

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Young Adult Regains Activity Level after Cartilage Transplant

A 28-year-old female patient with knee pain and swelling is diagnosed with femoral condylar osteochondritis dissecans. Her condition is successfully managed with a cadaveric osteochondral allograft.

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Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic Specialty Updates

Find the latest news, including a database for tracking “half-ankle” transplant patients, new postoperative management strategies, and a new technique to improve assessment of acetabulum cartilage.

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January 2015 - Transplant Services


University of Minnesota Health Transplant Services: Optimizing Patient Outcomes

Discover how TP-IAT for pediatric patients and a new approach to lung transplants hold promise for transforming patient outcomes.

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“Breathing Lung” Technology Keeps Donor Lungs Healthier Prior to Transplant

A device employed in successful transplant surgery held donor lungs in near physiologic state and improved their usability prior to surgery. The patient recovered with no unexpected postoperative complications or graft failure.

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Transplant Services Program Updates

Gabriel Loor, MD, serves as lead investigator for two “breathing lung” clinical trials now open for enrollment. Learn more and find news on a protocol for pediatric TP-IAT.

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November 2014 - Maternal Fetal Medicine

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Knowing When to Intervene in Congenital Fetal Anomalies: The Patient-Centered Focus

Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists apply knowledge gained from cutting edge research to know when to intervene, and when intervention is not necessary.

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The Management of Short Cervical Length

Given that patients with shortened cervical length are at a higher risk for preterm birth, several interventions have been studied for their effectiveness in reducing the preterm birth rate.

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Specialized Care at the Earliest Stages with Specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

As the only Maternal-Fetal specialists in the region associated with an academic medical center, our specialists bring their own expertise as well as collaboration with other specialties.

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialty Updates

Learn about a new noninvasive prenatal test, the prenatal diagnosis of noncompaction cardiomyopathy and coarctation of the aorta and meet two new specialists in our program.

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