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From the lab to the north woods
Professor Paul Iaizzo makes annual treks to northern Minnesota to visit black bears in their dens to assess their appearances, heart physiology, and take blood samples to understand hibernation and how that could help humans.
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Legacy Magazine, Winter 2015:
As days shorten and winter sets in, University of Minnesota professor Paul Iaizzo makes his first of two annual treks to northern Minnesota to visit black bears in their dens. In the first trip, Iaizzo and his team assess the bears’ appearances and heart physiology and take blood samples in an attempt to understand not just the mysteries of hibernation, but also how that knowledge could help humans.
Consider the implications: it’s well documented that a sedentary lifestyle in humans can be a contributing factor to blood clots, heart failure, obesity, osteoporosis, and atrophied muscles, but hibernating bears—despite lying virtually motionless for at least five months every winter—don’t appear to suffer from any of those ailments. The bears don’t eat, drink, urinate, or defecate, yet they still emerge from their dens healthy in the spring.
"The University of Minnesota is becoming a national hot spot for lung transplants. Dr. Gabriel Loor is one of the surgeons responsible for the growth in lung transplants. He feels he does his best work in an operating room. "I love being able to touch a patient’s life with our hands," he said. Loor's passion for his job has helped the University of Minnesota's Health Lung Transplant Program see a record year."
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