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U of M study: Increasing access to and awareness of doula support may be beneficial financially and medically

Friday, August 29, 2014

 A new study shows increased access to continuous labor support from a birth doula may help decrease non-indicated cesarean births among women who desire doula care. The research was conducted at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

 

A doula is a trained professional who provides support to women before, during, and after childbirth. This study examined who has access to doula care and the benefits of that access among a national sample of 2,400 women who gave birth in 2011-2012.

UMN researchers find animal model for understudied type of muscular dystrophy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Model expands research opportunities, test model for therapies related to facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed an animal research model for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) to be used for muscle regeneration research as well as studies of the effectiveness of potential therapies for FSHD.

The research is published in the current edition of the journal Cell Reports.

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.