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A 25-year-old woman presents for the evaluation and treatment of a red, bumpy, very pruritic rash that developed on her stomach and is now spreading to her thighs. She is 34 weeks pregnant.
Despite 40 years of scientific research demonstrating the clear risks of drinking during pregnancy, many women and their doctors are still not convinced there is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
The model of patient-as-consumer that took off during the past decade relies on unconstrained, rational, informed decision-making. But how often do people make health decisions freely or rationally?
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Ebola fever is a viral infection. The virus causes the hemorrhaging of internal organs and of the skin. Known alternatively as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, it also causes the infected person to have a dramatically elevated body temperature.
When the young man met with Renuka Jain, MD, Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic at University of Minnesota (UM) Physicians Heart at Fairview, he brought his sister’s autopsy records.  
Designed to sustain people living with varying degrees of heart failure, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart provides patient-centered care and a line of advanced procedures, such as ventricular assist device implantation and heart transplant.
State-of-the-art technology and leading-edge therapies are critical for optimal heart disease management. Physicians have access to such modalities through the expanding network of University of Minnesota Physicians Heart. 
Offering multiple national and international clinical trials, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart’s Pulmonary Hypertension Program extends hope for prolonged life and enhanced quality of life to patients throughout the Midwest and beyond.
Shakespeare famously asked, “What’s in a name?” In today’s highly competitive healthcare market, names have become brands: powerful shorthand to communicate about reputation, competence and quality of care. This spring, a new name is going up over the facilities and services jointly operated by Fairview and University of Minnesota Physicians: University of Minnesota Health. What’s in the name? University physicians and hospital executives would tell you it is the strengthened affiliation behind the name that will make all the difference.
Interfering with work and life, chronic pain poses challenges for patients and their physicians.
Researching options for quality patient care is a daunting task; attempting to understand the cost of that care is even more difficult. 
Transform 2013, a multidisciplinary symposium hosted by the Mayo Clinic, united a diverse group of clinicians, executives and other leaders to reimagine the experience and delivery of health care — and propose innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Read on for highlights of just a few of the thought-provoking presentations at the Rochester, Minn., event.
When the call came in requesting a prosthetic evaluation, Robert “Bob” Tillges, CPO, FAAOP and founder of Tillges Certified Orthotic Prosthetic Inc. (TCOP), went to the hospital himself to meet with Aaron Holm, who had lost both legs above the knee in a roadside accident.
Lindsay Haugen, PA-C, a provider at Physicians’ Diagnostics & Rehabilitation Clinics (PDR), recently spoke to MD News about her experience moving from a surgery-based practice to PDR, which provides intensive, nonsurgical management of spinal disorders. Haugen received her physician assistant degree from the University of St. Francis and joined PDR in February 2012.  
The 64,000-square-foot Minnetonka Medical Center brings together expert providers in a state-of-the-art facility designed to streamline the practice of medicine in the era of healthcare reform.
Whether patients want to kneel and plant roses, run and throw a football, or squat and veer downhill on a pair of skis, when they experience hip or knee trouble, they need an experienced sports medicine physician.
St. Paul Radiology is the first practice in St. Paul to use the MEDRAD Intego Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Infusion System to achieve the highest-quality imaging while reducing the amount of radiation its patients receive by one-third.
Recent work by French and Israeli researchers revealed that congenitally blind individuals can activate the visual word form area (VWFA) — the portion of the brain used for reading — with the aid of specialized devices that convert visual information into sounds.