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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.

Recommendations to fast-track Ebola vaccine development

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A panel of international experts, concerned about the acknowledged risk that Ebola transmission could continue into the foreseeable future, today published a roadmap to fast-track development of Ebola vaccines.  The experts were convened by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

 

The recommendations will help guide global efforts to expedite the availability of effective and safe Ebola vaccines to help bring an end to the current epidemic in West Africa, in addition to providing a framework to ensure the world is better prepared for inevitable future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.

Improving end-of-life care: Lessons from 40 years of work

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Four decades of work on death and dying have failed to fix care at the end of life. While case law and legislation in the 1990s granted patients the right to refuse unwanted, life-sustaining treatment, declaring those rights was not enough to alter treatment patterns and larger systemic issues, argue three experts on end-of-life care in an article in the February 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Wilf Family Center Unveiled at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The University of Minnesota today unveiled the Wilf Family Center at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Designed to be the intellectual center of children’s health care in the Midwest, the center is named in honor of the Wilf Family Foundation for its $5 million gift, made in December 2013, to build the center and support its initial operations.