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UMN experts highlight decreasing access to essential medicines in the United States

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Drug prices are on the rise, and there’s no end in sight for the soaring costs, according to a recent perspective from the University of Minnesota.

The perspective is published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers from the Medical School at the University of Minnesota see a new business model emerging in the drug industry: pharmaceutical companies are buying the rights to drugs in niche markets and raising the prices to increase profits, often for drugs produced by one manufacturer with few or no alternatives. 

 

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Study: Doula support improves birth outcomes by enhancing resilience among women of color

Friday, April 29, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (April 29, 2016) A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that support from a doula during pregnancy and childbirth could help improve health and well being for women of color and potentially reduce longstanding racial/ethnic disparities in birth outcomes. 
 
The researchers conducted focus groups with racially and ethnically diverse, low-income pregnant women and gathered the women’s perspectives on how care from a doula may influence the outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth. Specifically, they looked at how doula support relates to non-medical factors that influence health, sometimes called “social determinants of health," including economic stability, level of education, neighborhood and environment, and social relationships.
 

Start the conversation: raising HPV vaccination rates in Minnesota requires collaboration, partnerships

Monday, April 25, 2016

More than 27,000 new cancer diagnoses each year are attributed to human papilloma virus (HPV) infections, including cervical, anal, oropharyngeal and other genital cancers, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. Many of these cancers are preventable with the HPV vaccine, which has been proven to be a safe and effective preventative tool.

Upcoming International Conference to explore One Health, One Medicine

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (April 20, 2016)--The University of Minnesota will present an international conference on the science behind One Health April 24-27 in Minneapolis. iCOMOS (International Conference on One Medicine One Science) will be a global forum to discuss the ground breaking science that addresses the issues at the interface of animals, humans and the environment.

The One Health initiative recognizes that human, animal and ecosystem health are all linked. In fact, it’s estimated that 75 percent of infectious diseases originate with animals. One Health is designed to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species with increased collaborations between physicians, veterinarians and other scientific health and environmental professionals.