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UMN doctor researches new way to treat spinal cord injuries

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In today’s medical technology world, there are no effective therapies for spinal cord injuries.

Ann Parr, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical School, is working with Michael McAlpine, Ph.D., and being assisted by James Dutton, Ph.D. at the Stem Cell Institute, to lead a new research project using 3D printing to create a scaffold, which can then be used to treat spinal cord injuries.

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CIDRAP joins global alliance to fight antimicrobial resistance

CIDRAP is one of the 9 founding organizations of CARA – Conscience of Antimicrobial Resistance Accountability – a unique global alliance to fight antimicrobial resistance. As part of CARA, CIDRAP will continue to be a critical informational platform for healthcare providers on the frontlines of the antimicrobial resistance crisis.

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expert-perspectives

Back-to-school stress, how much is too much?

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It’s no secret that when the summer sun begins to set, it doesn’t take long for back-to-school stress to set in.

Health Talk spoke with Michael Miller, Psy.D., L.P., an associate psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry about how this strain can impact the wellbeing of students, and what parents can do to help combat stress as school is in session.

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in-the-news

Adult obesity rates fall significantly in Minnesota

Adult obesity rates are decreasing in Minnesota, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests.

The report issued last week ranked Minnesota with the 13thth lowest obesity rate in the U.S.

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Research snapshot: Gay prostate cancer patients have unique social support networks and needs

A key factor in how well all prostate cancer patients recover from the disease is their access to social support. Benjamin Capistrant, Sc.D., assistant professor in the School of Public Health, recently looked at the social support bisexual and gay prostate cancer patients have or need and discovered that it can differ greatly from heterosexual men.

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Strong provider recommendation can make significant difference in HPV vaccination rates

At any point, 1 out of 4 people has at least one strain of Human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), making HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The HPV vaccine is proven to prevent HPV infection, and in turn, prevent cancer.

Despite these glaring figures, vaccination rates remain low. According to the CDC, 6 in 10 girls are vaccinated for HPV, and only 4 in 10 boys.

Physician recommendations could make all the difference.

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