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Midwest’s first breathing lung transplant performed at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

A team of University of Minnesota cardiothoracic transplant experts have performed the Midwest’s first “breathing lung” transplant, an innovative surgical approach that utilizes technology capable of keeping donated lungs warm and breathing during transportation, keeping them healthier prior to transplant.

Video and full story after the jump.

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Penguin receives MRI at U of M Veterinary Medical Center

Fluffy was having trouble balancing, standing and waddling around when he arrived to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in late July.

The male penguin’s radiograph and blood work from his visit to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota hadn’t turned up the cause for his illness, so his U of M veterinarian Micky Trent, D.V.M., M.V.S.c., Diplomate A.C.V.S., C.V.S.M.T., was ordering the next step in diagnostic testing:

Fluffy the penguin was about to receive a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI).

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Photos: 2013 Fall Raptor Release

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University of Minnesota magnetic resonance research aims to shed new light on Friedreich’s ataxia

“When I was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia at the age of 17, it was a big blow for me and my family,” said Kyle Bryant, Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) spokesperson and advocate. “We had no treatment, no cure and no hope.”

For people with Friedreich’s ataxia, like Bryant, FA affects the entire family and support system. This rare, debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder often confines its patients to wheelchairs for the rest of their lives amongst other serious physical issues including diabetes mellitus, vision impairment and aggressive scoliosis.

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The U of M’s new HealthQuest app is a majestic amalgamation of awesome

If you haven’t heard about the University of Minnesota’s new iOS app, HealthQuest, then hold onto your smartphone because this is pretty big news.

With HealthQuest, the University is inviting users on a photo scavenger hunt across the Minnesota State Fair. Each of the items you need to find connect back to our University’s health programs.

HealthQuest gives you the clues, you snap photos of the objects with your iPhone or iPad.

When you’re done, submit the photos you’ve collected and you’ll be entered you to win a weekly prize of an iPad Mini or a daily prize of an iPod shuffle. Seriously. It’s that simple.

Check out the commercial above, then head over to the iTunes App Store to download the app today.

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Tips for avoiding summer burns

After a long winter, many folks are eager to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities that come with summer. Ingrid Polcari, M.D., an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology, offers some tips to Health Talk readers on how to avoid sun as well as sunburns and thermal burns.

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