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Research Snapshot: Blood biomarkers can predict successful intensification of glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes

When treating patients with diabetes, it is important to bring blood sugars down to a normal level. However, in doing so, patients can become hypoglycemic – meaning their blood sugar has dropped below the normal level. As hypoglycemia is often dangerous and scary, fear of hypoglycemia frequently limits the ability to lower blood sugars even to normal levels.

In a recent study from the University of Minnesota, certain blood biomarkers have been found that might predict whether lowering blood sugars to near-normal levels might be associated with severe hypoglycemia, hypoglycemia requiring treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes.

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U of M Raptor Center to celebrate 40 years, release rehabilitated birds Sept. 27

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, and the 3M Foundation will release rehabilitated birds back into the wild at this year’s Fall Raptor Release on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will also mark a milestone in The Raptor’s Center 40th anniversary celebrations.

The free and public family event will take place rain or shine at the Carpenter-St. Croix Valley Nature Center, located at 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, Minn. Please note construction on County Road 21 and St. Croix Trail is ongoing and sections of traffic are single-lane.

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Study urges reduction in use of routine pelvic exams for women

After reviewing 52 past studies, researchers from the University of Minnesota and VA found little evidence to support routine pelvic exams for average-risk women with no gynecological symptoms, other than for cervical cancer screening.

For decades, providers and patients alike recognized pelvic exams as a part of a woman’s routine health exams. The study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, has led to a new clinical practice guideline being issued by the American College of Physicians.

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50 years out: Will your genes define your Rx?

Tylenol should relieve pain, cough suppressants should ease cough and serious ailments should reliably respond to vital medication. But when a prescribed medicine doesn’t do its intended job, it can be difficult to decide who or what is to blame.

It doesn’t help that sometimes the problem doesn’t lie within the medicine or the doctor; it can lie within your genes.

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Health Talk Recommends: Do I need antibiotics? Maybe not – and here is why

Feeling aches and pains, headaches and chills? You may want to reach for the phone to call the doctor and get something to clear it up, but that’s not always going to be your best bet.

Many common illnesses, such as the cold and flu, are caused by viruses. The commonly prescribed antibiotics won’t tackle these illnesses and taking them may put you at an even greater risk for illness down the road.

In a new article written by CNN Health, doctors say antibiotic prescriptions are being overused and could be creating bacterial resistance.

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D.C. Snowy Owl Returned to Wild by The Raptor Center


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