Healthy Goal Setting
Making Your New Year's Resolutions Stick
Every January, we pack into gyms and health food outlets in pursuit of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, live healthier or start a fitness routine.
But a month later, many of us have given up, scaled back or ditched the yoga mat for the familiar comfort of our living room couch.
We all have a million reasons for slipping up: work, family, a bum knee or the new season of your favorite TV show. Old habits die hard, and kick-starting a new routine isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
But there are strategies and tactics you can use to maximize your potential for long-term success. Here to help is Dr. Michael Miller, a University of Minnesota Physicians psychologist and an expert in behavioral change.
U of M Surgeons Perform Midwest's First Breathing Lung Transplant
Surgeons at the University performed the region's first breathing lung transplant using new technology that pumps air and blood through the donor lungs even as they are being transported from one hospital to another.
Previously, donated lungs had to be placed on ice for transplantation and then thawed before surgery - a process that could damage the organ. The new device simulates the environment found inside a human body, putting less stress on the transplanted tissue, according to proponents of the procedure.
The new procedure may lead to shorter recovery times for patients and fewer post-transplant complications, according to Gabriel Loor, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with University of Minnesota Physicians. "It is a real, pivotal event in transplantation," Loor said.
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