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Middle-aged Americans underestimate their future health care needs, finds University of Minnesota study

Monday, January 5, 2015

A new study shows that middle-aged adult Americans (ages 40-65) underestimate their future health care needs for long-term care services and supports. The study found 60 percent think they are unlikely to need care, while in reality only 30 percent will not need care. The research was conducted at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.


The findings were published today in the January issue of Health Affairs.


Previous research indicates that as the American population ages most middle-aged individuals are under-informed about care and have made few plans such as saving money and having proper insurance to cover care needs as they arise.

UMN study shows regulation is needed for cancer causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco products

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New research from the University of Minnesota shows the level of cancer causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco products varies widely, and these levels play an important role in the extent of the body’s exposure to these chemicals even when taking into account how the product is used. The results indicate a need for FDA-mandated standards on smokeless tobacco products to protect public health.

The study is published in the latest issue of Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

UMN mourns loss of Lee Wattenberg, M.D., recognized as the “father of chemoprevention”

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The faculty and staff of the University of Minnesota and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota are mourning the loss of cancer pioneer Lee Wattenberg, M.D. Wattenberg died December 9 at the age of 92, and will be remembered for his immense contribution to the field of chemoprevention.

Wattenberg is credited with the creation of an entire field of research in the wake of his landmark 1966 paper in Cancer Research examining the effects of certain compounds on cancer development.  This led to a new emphasis on understanding cancer prevention, including the use of foods such as cabbage and broccoli to try to prevent cancer.

Study Suggests Unique Way to Prevent Infection after Kidney Transplant

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Viral infections are a leading cause of disease and death in patients receiving a kidney transplant. But a recent University of Minnesota study suggests a unique way to prevent the transmission of common viruses during kidney transplants.

Published in the journal Transplantation, the study tested whether inhibiting two common viruses in donors by giving them an antiviral drug would reduce the amount of virus transmitted by the donor kidney at transplantation.

University of Minnesota to offer new retinal prosthesis device in clinical trial

Monday, December 1, 2014

New visual prosthetic gives sight to patients with retinitis pigmentosa

A new device designed to restore some sight in patients blind due to retinitis pigmentosa is now being offered at the University of Minnesota. Designed by Second Sight Medical Products, ArgusII is the world’s first FDA approved artificial retina.

Known as a “retinal prosthesis system,” the Argus II is designed to partially restore vision in people with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic condition severely damaging photoreceptors in the eye, causing blindness. 

New University of Minnesota analysis shows strong partnership between CPR and a common assist device may result in better outcomes for patients

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Research was presented at the annual meeting for the American Heart Association in Chicago

New analysis shows the use of an impedance threshold device (ITD) in partnership with quality CPR may lead to better outcomes for patients experiencing cardiac events. The analysis was presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Chicago on November 15, 2014. 

The analysis is a second look from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) PRIMED Trial, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011. This new analysis was led by Demetris Yannopoulos, M.D., research director for interventional cardiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the medical director of the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium. He is also the Robert K. Eddy Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Resuscitation at the University of Minnesota.


University of Minnesota, Tufts University part of global workforce development against emerging pandemic threats

Monday, November 24, 2014

When a new pandemic threat like this year’s Ebola outbreak emerges, the importance of preventing and limiting disease spread becomes apparent. Well-trained global health professionals play a key role in preventing and responding to emerging zoonotic disease.

UMN research identifies new anti-bacterial coating for dental implants

Monday, November 10, 2014

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a novel coating for the titanium used in dental implants. The coating kills bacteria on contact and prevents biofilm buildup that can cause infection and implant failure. Researchers hope the coating could be used in prosthetics, medical implants and medical devices used in the body. The findings were published in PLOS ONE.