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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.

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.

New reporter system to study bone-related regenerative medicine generated by UMN labs

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A new reporter system used to study the bone regeneration potential of human embryonic stem cells has been generated in research led by the University of Minnesota. The new reporter system is the first of its kind for human pluripotent stem cells and is important for identifying certain agents and pathways that mediate early stages of human bone development.

Greater access to midwifery care may improve communication between pregnant women and their health care providers finds University of Minnesota study

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A new study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health finds pregnant women who are assigned a health care provider for their pregnancy – as opposed to selecting a care provider themselves – have a higher chance of receiving prenatal care from a midwife. Moreover, women who have a midwife as their prenatal health care provider report having fewer communication problems than women who receive care from different types of clinicians. This suggests that the assignment of a default midwifery care option for low-risk pregnancy care may result in better patient-clinician communication during pregnancy and childbirth.


The results of the study were published today in Maternal and Child Health Journal.  The study uses data from the Listening to Mothers III survey, a national sample of 2,400 women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals in 2011 and 2012.