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Academic Health Center Vice President and Medical School Dean Frank Cerra takes a break on Friday in his office at the Child Rehab Center.

Setting the Foundation

December 14, 2010

The hundreds of journal articles Frank Cerra wrote about 15 years ago are now quoted as âÄúhistorical literature.âÄù âÄúItâÄôs not relevant to the science thatâÄôs...

Open gov’t advocates challenge closed-door selection

November 15, 2010

Those whoâÄôve been at the University of Minnesota long enough may be experiencing déjà vu after FridayâÄôs presidential finalist announcement. The Board of Regents...

Joni Hahn washes the windows on Wednesday in her St. Paul home. Hahn's case against the University alleging malpractice in the care of her husband was dismissed in 2008.

Malpractice lawsuits declining, remain costly

November 11, 2010

At first, Joni Hahn thought her husbandâÄôs heart surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center was a "miracle." It seemed that Jim Twernbold âÄî diagnosed with congestive heart...

Students push UDS to make caloric info more visible

October 18, 2010

Looking down at their empty bowls of Panda Express, Sarah Walker and Kassi Knappen said they had no idea how many calories they ate. "I donâÄôt calorie count," Knappen said. The two University...

Watching the skies

Watching the skies

October 14, 2010

Raymond Duvall wants to make it absolutely clear: He doesnâÄôt know whether aliens exist. ItâÄôs a common misconception. Just because Duvall, chairman of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs...

Mayo Clinic, U: defeat diabetes within decade

October 6, 2010

The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic announced Tuesday theyâÄôre seeking between $250 million and $350 million in public and private funding over a 10-year period to research diabetes. By...

Court ends temp. ban on stem cell funding

September 29, 2010

Embryonic stem cell researchers at the University of Minnesota can breathe sighs of relief âÄî at least for now. A panel of three judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington decided Tuesday...

Amina Ahmed sits in her home Thursday in Cedar Riverside Plaza. She believes that female circumcision should be legalized in the United States.

A Cut that divides

September 20, 2010

Amina Ahmed had always been afraid of needles. Now, as an 8 year old, she thought someone was going to use one in a place nobody was supposed to touch. The quivering girl stood next to her younger sister...

Bruininks names interim health sciences VP

September 17, 2010

University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks announced Friday that he selected Aaron Friedman, the current chair of the University’s pediatrics department, to serve as interim vice president of...

House, Senate committee budgets do not include Pawlenty’s MERC cuts

April 29, 2010

The state Legislature expressed its opposition to Gov. Tim Pawlenty âÄôs proposal to cut Medical Education and Research Costs , a program that supports University of Minnesota student and resident...

Bill aids eating disorder care

April 28, 2010

An act propelled by two Minnesota senators seeks to improve the plight of those suffering from eating disorders and prevent future cases from starting. The Freed Act would allocate research money to the...

U professor keeps job after complaints, discipline

April 26, 2010

In the middle of his prison sentence for rape and kidnapping at the Stillwater Correctional Facility, an inmate with the initials A.S. complained about a toothache. In a fall 2004 letter to the Minnesota...

Office for Technology Commercialization supports Congress’ patent reform bill

April 13, 2010

Although it tends to stay out of the limelight, the Office for Technology Commercialization got vocal recently in support of a patent reform bill being debated in Congress. Patent reform requires balancing...

Senator Al Franken speaks with John Finnegan dean of the School of Public Health about healthcare on Friday in the Mayo Memorial Auditorium. The speech and discussion were part of a roundtable titled “Health Care Reform: What Just happened.”

Panelists talk health care

April 11, 2010

Some of MinnesotaâÄôs most prominent health care leaders gathered Friday before a crowded auditorium of tuned-in faculty, community members and students at the University of Minnesota to sort out...

Fairview opens new clinic near campus

April 6, 2010

A new clinic that opened this week near the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus will cater to athletes and the physically active, offering treatments for an array of bone, muscular and joint problems....

U receives grant to study cancer

April 5, 2010

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center announced Monday that it received a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to carry out a longitudinal blood cancer study....

Dental School admin. staff agree to salary decreases

April 4, 2010

The University of Minnesota School Of Dentistry senior administrative staff unanimously agreed to shoulder a 2.3 percent reduction in salary for the 2010-11 academic year. The proposal is two times larger...

U creates disease diagnostic technique

April 1, 2010

The future of disease detection may include personal devices the size of cell phones that will be able to diagnose diseases before they develop enough to produce symptoms in seemingly healthy people. A...

Panel raises violence awareness

March 31, 2010

Sonnie Flomo grew up learning to respect her elders. So when the pastor who rented a room in her momâÄôs house began kissing her, rubbing her and having her move up and down on his lap, she didnâÄôt...

University of Minnesota health policy and management professor Roger Feldman is a consultant to the Congressional Budget Office.

Health care reform: What you need to know

March 30, 2010

For just about everyone paying attention, the passage of the national health care legislation inspired more questions than answers. The bills that are now law âÄî a 2,309-page reconciliation bill...

Study explores cancer treatment

March 28, 2010

Three weeks after being diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, 51-year-old Gail Hudson was given a treatment that caused her to break out in hives. So doctors went out on a limb and gave her Abraxane, a...

Biomedical buildings may be combined

March 21, 2010

A new, scaled-back proposal for the $292 million Biomedical Discovery District would amass three buildings into one and use the money saved for building renovations. Rather than housing cancer, cardiovascular...

Race-related controversy causes drug flop

March 9, 2010

Jay Cohn, a cardiologist for more than 50 years, was fighting a losing battle against heart failure in the 1980s. Treatments of the day werenâÄôt working, and people were dying at a rate of 20...

Lawmakers unveil plan to replace GAMC

March 7, 2010

General Assistance Medical Care is back on âÄî well, sort of. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, DFL and Republican leaders emerged from more than a week of debate Friday with a new plan that would replace GAMC...

Willings, left, and Fox write welcome messages Sunday on the common room white board to the eight new residents.

Emily Program now in St. Paul

March 7, 2010

When Jodie FlicekâÄôs 8-year eating disorder became too much to handle, she packed her bags and moved into the Anna Westin House in Chaska âÄî a place she would later call her second home....

House votes not to override Pawlenty’s GAMC veto

March 1, 2010

Following more than two hours of debate on Monday, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted not to override Gov. Tim PawlentyâÄôs veto of a bill that would temporarily restore General Assistance...

Gov’s GAMC veto survives House override vote

March 1, 2010

Following more than two hours of debate Monday, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted not to override the veto of a bill that would temporarily restore General Assistance Medical Care to more than...

Medical School dean to retire

February 28, 2010

Frank Cerra will retire from his position as dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School and senior vice president for health sciences of the Academic Health Center at the end of 2010. âÄúIâÄôm...

Event, government bring racial health disparities to forefront

February 28, 2010

Nine out of nine studies examined by University of Minnesota researchers showed that predominately black communities are less likely to have supermarkets compared to other communities. âÄúThey...

Racial health disparities a major political, social issue

February 26, 2010

Nine out of nine studies examined by University of Minnesota researchers show that predominately black communities are less likely to have supermarkets compared to others. âÄúThey either have to...

Cerra to retire at end of year

February 25, 2010

Frank Cerra will retire from his position as dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School and senior vice president for health sciences of the Academic Health Center at the end of the fall 2010 semester....

Getting mental health treatment no easy task at U

February 25, 2010

It wasnâÄôt easy for University of Minnesota sophomore Rachel Pollack to watch her good friend Allison Steele struggle with both depression and whether to see a counselor. Steele, a sophomore strategic...

DFLers prepare to override GAMC veto

February 21, 2010

In an emotional showdown over health assistance programs at the state Legislature, members of the House and Senate said they will attempt to override Gov. Tim PawlentyâÄôs veto of a bipartisan...

Four-hour standoff ends in arrest

February 18, 2010

A number of Prospect Park residents couldnâÄôt get to their homes Wednesday afternoon during a four-hour police standoff between police and a man who fired a gun into the air. Police were called...

Campus peeper nabbed

February 18, 2010

A âÄúserial peeperâÄù was nabbed outside an apartment building near campus Tuesday night. A witness called police after he saw 34-year-old Calvin James Jennings standing outside an apartment...

Senior veterinary medicine major Jonathan Hart examines a dog named Bo at the University of Minnesota Small Animal Clinic on Wednesday. The College of Veterinary Medicine receives millions of dollars each year from industry sponsors such as Purina.

Vet School relies on external funding

February 18, 2010

While Lisa Ohman was preparing to start classes at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, HillâÄôs Pet Nutrition was sending her e-mails about being their campus representative....

Med School changes pelvic exam instruction

February 17, 2010

Last year, Hannah Shacter learned to perform a procedure known to invoke anxiety among medical students: the infamous pelvic exam. But the third-year medical student may have been among the last batch...

Soda linked to pancreatic cancer

February 14, 2010

Many have attempted to tackle the mystery behind the disease nicknamed âÄúthe silent killer.âÄù âÄúWhen it comes to pancreatic cancer, we donâÄôt have a clue,âÄù...

New rules promise equality in treatment coverage

February 9, 2010

Even eight years after his death, the initiatives of the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone are still being realized in federal laws. ThatâÄôs what happened recently when the Obama administration...

Dental students Kacie Woodis, left, and Megan Mulligan, right, prepare Andrea Schyumn, 5, for an X-ray during Give Kids a Smile Day at Moos Tower on Saturday. The event, which is aimed at providing free dental care to children of low-income families, is practiced annually at clinics all over the country.

U volunteers Give Kids a Smile

February 7, 2010

When 16-year-old Bria Jones emerged in the waiting room after having a cavity filled, her mother, Copper Oya, expressed a mixture of gratitude and relief. âÄúIt brings peace of mind,âÄù...

Random health insurance audits catch errors

February 3, 2010

It started with an e-mail telling senior Wade Plafcan he was being audited for insurance by the University of Minnesota. Following three stressful weeks of phone calls to One Stop and his insurance company,...

Rise in HIV rates calls for increased awareness

January 31, 2010

Following the Minnesota Department of HealthâÄôs annual report, health experts and organizations are scrambling to explain a startling increase in HIV cases. The number of new HIV cases in Minnesota...

Professor Peter Berthold helps a second-year student fill a cavity in the advanced simulation clinic Monday. The two-year-old simulation lab is one of several ways dental students and faculty benefit from advancements in technology.

E-learning changing the face of health care education

January 28, 2010

The six schools and colleges that reside within the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Academic Health Center are rapidly beefing up their e-learning offerings âÄî a trend experts say only makes...

Fairview sees fewer mistakes

January 27, 2010

The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview reported a total of 41 mistakes in 2009, down from 52 in 2008, a trend one hospital official attributes to stringent implementation of âÄúbest...

On the brink of a PTSD breakthrough

On the brink of a PTSD breakthrough

January 20, 2010

It started shortly after Gary Lobe returned from serving in the Vietnam War in 1968. He had constant nightmares. He would dive to the floor at any loud noise. He could never sit with his back turned to...

Panino’s closes its doors

December 15, 2009

Although a sign on the door says it is undergoing temporary kitchen maintenance, Panino's at the U in Stadium Village has closed its doors for good. The owners of the business were evicted last week, John...

Minn. investment tax credit in the works

December 10, 2009

Before setting up shop in Minnesota, Peter Bianco experienced what he calls an âÄúentrepreneurial renaissanceâÄù in Wisconsin, where the landscape is ripe with high-tech startup companies...

Major retailers hiring fewer seasonal workers this year

December 7, 2009

Many of those who eagerly scour department stores for holiday jobs will be disappointed this year, as retailers are reporting fewer seasonal hires than in previous years. In a survey of the nationâÄôs...

At the request of business owners, all one-hour meters in Dinkytown have been changed to two-hour meters.

Dinkytown meter limits increase to 2 hours

December 6, 2009

At the request of business owners, all one-hour meters in Dinkytown have been changed to two-hour meters. âÄúItâÄôs too difficult to eat dinner in one hour,âÄù Laurel Bauer, owner...

Chicken Farming

Urban chicken farming gaining popularity

December 3, 2009

Stepping out the door of his Nicollet Island home, Peat Willcütt crunched through fallen leaves, making his way toward the sound of clucking and crowing. He reached into a bucket, pulled...