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University of Minnesota study finds mothers in poorer health are less likely to breastfeed

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pediatricians agree exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life provides a wealth of benefits to a mother and child. But new research from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota finds one-third of women enter pregnancy in poorer health, and are less likely to plan to breastfeed and less successful at exclusive breastfeeding when they do plan to breastfeed their babies. The study found women who are obese, have diabetes or have hypertension were 30 percent less likely to intend to breastfeed than mothers without health complications.

UMN and NYBC research pinpoints potential MERS transmission mechanism between bats and humans

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Researchers have identified the mechanism used by the deadly MERS virus to transmit from bats to humans. Bats are a native reservoir for MERS and the finding could be critical for understanding the animal origins of the virus, as well as preventing and controlling the spread of MERS and related viruses in humans.


The findings were published in the most recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

University of Minnesota study: Sudden drop in adolescent antidepressant use after FDA warnings resulted in negative effects on grade point average, substance use and delinquent behaviors

Friday, August 1, 2014

A new study from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with researchers at Dartmouth College and Yale University concludes that 2003-2004 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings that reduced antidepressant treatment among adolescents with depression problems had negative effects on grade point average, substance use and delinquent behaviors.

University of Minnesota tackles Friedreich’s ataxia, a progressive neurological condition

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The University of Minnesota is pushing research efforts forward against the progressive neurological condition, Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) after receiving $150,000 in new funding from the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), GoFAR, and Ataxia U.K. These foundations launched an international call for projectsto develop new non-invasive approaches for evaluating how neurons in the brain and spinal cord are affected in people with FA, especially in the early stages of the disease. Another project was also selected and funded at the University of Newcastle, U.K.