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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.

University of Minnesota-led research shows HIV rapidly emerges from multiple anatomic sites in long-term treated patients who interrupt therapy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Today’s human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drugs can help patients live better and longer, but cannot yet, unfortunately, cure. University of Minnesota-led research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), helps shed additional light on why that might be. The new research finds that multiple variants of the HIV can be found emerging from lymphatic tissues when therapy is interrupted. This was found even among patients who had been on therapy for more than 10 years. The finding shows that the “reservoir” of HIV infection in these patients is much larger and more complex than previously thought, which has significant implications for strategies that might be used to cure the infection.

What we know and don’t know about Ebola virus transmission in humans

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A new comprehensive analysis from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, involving leading International Ebola researchers, examines what is known about transmission of the Ebola virus and cautions that the public health community should not rule out the possibility of respiratory transmission. Prior to the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa there have been only 24 reported Ebola outbreaks with approximately 2,400 cases reported over the previous 39 years. Evidence suggests that direct patient contact and contact with infectious body fluids are the primary modes for Ebola virus transmission, however, this evidence is based on a limited number of studies.