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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.

UMN researchers show “dirty mice” could clean up immune system research

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed a new way to study mice that better mimics the immune system of adult humans and which could significantly improve ways to test potential therapeutics.  Published online today in the journal Nature, the researchers describe the limitations of laboratory mice for immunology research and reveal the benefits of what they are calling “dirty mice.”

University of Minnesota study: Efforts to increase HPV vaccination are urgently needed in all U.S. adolescent populations

Monday, April 18, 2016

A new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health finds that human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination remains low in a representative sample of U.S. adolescents from 2009-2014 with only 35 percent of females and 10 percent of males receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends completing the 3-dose series.

The study findings were published online today in Vaccine.