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New grant promotes professional development of underrepresented minorities in biomedical research

Friday, October 24, 2014

The University of Minnesota  Program in Health Disparities Research will share an award of $19.2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead professional development activities of underrepresented communities in health science research. The funding will provide intensive grant writing workshops and professional development activities, especially for junior investigators and post-doctoral fellows pursuing biomedical, biobehavioral, clinical and social science research careers. 

University of Minnesota study finds maternal diagnoses doesn’t explain variation in cesarean rates across US hospitals

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In 2011, cesarean delivery was the most common inpatient surgery in the U.S., making up 32.8 percent of all deliveries and more than 1.3 million births. But while cesarean delivery is common, cesarean rates vary 10-fold across hospitals in the U.S. The reasons for the variability are not well understood.


In a new study published today in PLOS Medicine, Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., lead author and assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and her colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health, analyzed data from 2009-2010. They looked at more than 1.4 million births in more than 1,300 hospitals, across 46 states, and adjusted rates for maternal diagnoses, socio-demographics and hospital characteristics including size, location and teaching status.

UMN Children’s Hospital Renamed in Honor of Single Largest Donor to the University

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The University of Minnesota announced today that following a new gift of $25 million dollars from the Minnesota Masonic Charities and in recognition of the legacy of support provided by the Masons to the University of Minnesota, it is renaming the children's hospital to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

University of Minnesota study: After Affordable Care Act, inpatient psychiatric care rose and emergency department psychiatric care dropped for young adults

Monday, September 29, 2014

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded health care coverage to several million previously uninsured young adults. Research out today from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota finds that the ACA’s young adult insurance expansion coincided with modest increases to inpatient mental health and inpatient substance abuse care utilization, while emergency department use for these disorders declined. Young adults were also less likely to be uninsured when they did use these hospital-based services.

University of Minnesota-developed safety net drug for rigid muscles moves ahead in clinical trials

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A new formulation for a University of Minnesota-developed drug targeted at rare disorders is under development, with the potential to help a small number of Americans each year. The new formulation of baclofen is designed to prevent serious complications that can occur when drug delivery is interrupted.

University of Minnesota study: Women with PTSD more than twice as likely as those without to meet criteria for food addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A new study from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota suggests post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not only an important cause of psychological suffering but also a potential risk factor for problematic eating behaviors. University research published today in JAMA Psychiatry found that women who reported a history of severe PTSD symptoms were more than twice as likely as those without PTSD symptoms to meet criteria for food addiction.