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UMN Medical School hires first Medical Discovery Team Leader

Monday, June 13, 2016

J. Neil Henderson will head team focused on health equity and rural health access

The first Medical Discovery Team (MDT) Leader has been hired by the University of Minnesota Medical School. J. Neil Henderson, Ph.D., will lead the team focused on health equity, rural health access, and American Indian health issues. He will be a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences on the Medical School’s Duluth campus.

UMN experts highlight decreasing access to essential medicines in the United States

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Drug prices are on the rise, and there’s no end in sight for the soaring costs, according to a recent perspective from the University of Minnesota.

The perspective is published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers from the Medical School at the University of Minnesota see a new business model emerging in the drug industry: pharmaceutical companies are buying the rights to drugs in niche markets and raising the prices to increase profits, often for drugs produced by one manufacturer with few or no alternatives. 

 

Study: Doula support improves birth outcomes by enhancing resilience among women of color

Friday, April 29, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (April 29, 2016) A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that support from a doula during pregnancy and childbirth could help improve health and well being for women of color and potentially reduce longstanding racial/ethnic disparities in birth outcomes. 
 
The researchers conducted focus groups with racially and ethnically diverse, low-income pregnant women and gathered the women’s perspectives on how care from a doula may influence the outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth. Specifically, they looked at how doula support relates to non-medical factors that influence health, sometimes called “social determinants of health," including economic stability, level of education, neighborhood and environment, and social relationships.
 

Upcoming International Conference to explore One Health, One Medicine

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (April 20, 2016)--The University of Minnesota will present an international conference on the science behind One Health April 24-27 in Minneapolis. iCOMOS (International Conference on One Medicine One Science) will be a global forum to discuss the ground breaking science that addresses the issues at the interface of animals, humans and the environment.

The One Health initiative recognizes that human, animal and ecosystem health are all linked. In fact, it’s estimated that 75 percent of infectious diseases originate with animals. One Health is designed to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species with increased collaborations between physicians, veterinarians and other scientific health and environmental professionals.

UMN researchers show “dirty mice” could clean up immune system research

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed a new way to study mice that better mimics the immune system of adult humans and which could significantly improve ways to test potential therapeutics.  Published online today in the journal Nature, the researchers describe the limitations of laboratory mice for immunology research and reveal the benefits of what they are calling “dirty mice.”

University of Minnesota study: Efforts to increase HPV vaccination are urgently needed in all U.S. adolescent populations

Monday, April 18, 2016

A new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health finds that human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination remains low in a representative sample of U.S. adolescents from 2009-2014 with only 35 percent of females and 10 percent of males receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends completing the 3-dose series.

The study findings were published online today in Vaccine.

University of Minnesota study: Growth of certified nurse-midwives practice in rural U.S. hospitals has the potential to improve access to high-quality maternity care

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health finds that the growing presence of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) in rural U.S. hospitals has the potential to improve access to high-quality maternity care for a population of women that is currently underserved.

The study findings were published online today in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

The researchers set out to describe the role of CNMs in providing maternity care in rural U.S. hospitals. They surveyed all rural hospitals with maternity services in 9 U.S. states to understand their maternity care workforce. The team also asked obstetric unit managers at these hospitals about staffing plans, challenges and opportunities.

New report says urgent action is still needed in Ebola vaccine development

Thursday, March 31, 2016

A panel of international experts today called for critical steps to be taken to complete the development of safe and effective Ebola vaccines, and ensure the world is prepared for future outbreaks.

Although tremendous progress has been made in Ebola vaccine development over the last two years, the latest report by Wellcome Trust and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) Team B says without renewed commitment from the global public health community, progress towards approved vaccines for Ebola could grind to a halt as memories of the outbreak in West Africa begin to fade

University of Minnesota study: 2008-2009 recession-related job loss may have led to psychological distress and increased alcohol-related problems, especially among African Americans

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health finds individuals who lost their jobs during the 2008-2009 economic recession reported increased drunkenness and reported more alcohol use disorders. This was especially true for African Americans compared to Whites.

Results of the study were published today in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Recession-related job loss was also associated with an increase in psychological distress or depressive symptoms, and in turn increased drunkenness among African Americans only, suggesting that distress is another pathway by which job loss affects alcohol use disorder among African Americans. The study also found higher levels of family social support lessened the effects of job loss on psychological distress for Whites and Latinos, but not for African Americans.

Abbott, Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Collaborate to Launch the Nation's Largest, Single-Center Prospective Study on Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, there are an estimated 2.2 million emergency department visits for traumatic brain injuries (TBI).1 For people with head injuries, quick evaluation and treatment are critical.

That's why researchers at Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis, Minn.) and the University of Minnesota are launching an innovative, comprehensive study in collaboration with Abbott to better identify the range of brain injuries among patients. Using multiple evaluation tools, including eye tracking, blood-based biomarkers, imaging and cognitive measures, scientists hope to develop a new standard approach to help classify brain injuries, including concussions, and provide the information needed to guide doctors' treatment decisions.

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