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Canine Influenza Outbreak in Some Midwest States

Monday, April 13, 2015

Suspected canine influenza recently has been reported in the Chicago area. Details are limited but there is a suggestion of widespread distribution of illnesses in dogs, especially dogs visiting dog parks or other places where multiple dogs interact. This outbreak has prompted increased concern by dog owners and veterinarians in Minnesota.  To date, no cases of canine influenza have been reported in Minnesota.  

Minnesota Partnership Awards Six New Research Grants

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS/ROCHESTER, Minn. -- New treatments for cancer and heart disease dominate the 2015 research awards recently announced by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. The state-supported funding was distributed among six research teams, based on competitive applications. Each team represents researchers from Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. A seventh grant was also awarded to help support commercialization of a research finding previously funded by the Partnership.

Study: Rural hospitals work hard to provide maternity care but face significant staffing and training challenges

Monday, March 23, 2015

A new study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health finds rural hospitals may struggle to address staffing and training challenges in obstetric care. Rural hospitals with fewer than 240 births per year were more likely to rely on family physicians and general surgeons to perform deliveries, while those with a higher birth volume were more likely to have obstetricians and midwives attending deliveries. Lower birth volume hospitals were also more likely to have labor and delivery nurses who were not specialized in obstetrics – that is, nurses who also worked in other areas of the hospital.  

The study findings were published online today in the Journal of Rural Health.

UMN Researcher Honored for Polycystic Kidney Disease Work

Monday, March 16, 2015

Peter Igarashi, M.D., is one of two recipients of the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). The award is a partnership between the PKD Foundation and International Society of Nephrology (ISN). It recognizes a medical professional or researcher exhibiting excellence and leadership in PKD research and whose work demonstrates tangible achievement toward improving knowledge and treatment of PKD. Igarashi is the head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.