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‘Overdose antidote’ naloxone marks one year of availability in Minnesota

It has now been one full year since naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, has been available at pharmacies here in Minnesota. The increased availability of the life-saving drug has made a difference according to medical professionals at the University of Minnesota.

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Review: Alpha blockers helpful in treating kidney stones

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A new review published this week in The BMJ suggests that alpha blockers are also a beneficial treatment for patients who find themselves in the emergency room with a kidney stone that has dropped into their ureter, a thin tube that transports urine from the kidney to bladder. This medication appears to work particularly if the kidney stone is large.

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Facts vs. Myths: Why you should get a flu shot

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Could interactions between brain regions cause Schizophrenia?

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Scientists don’t know exactly what causes schizophrenia, but a new project led by University of Minnesota Medical School researcher Scott Sponheim, Ph.D., will study the interaction between the visual cortex and the prefrontal cortex, hoping to uncover why visual hallucinations occur, what causes the disease and how to better treat the disease.

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Scientists find new way to improve MERS vaccines

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Since the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was discovered in 2012, more than 1,800 people have been infected with the disease and the fatality rate is a concerning 36 percent. There’s still no approved MERS vaccine for humans. However, promising new research reported in Nature Communications this week may help pave the way for a human vaccine – and give hope for a new era of protection against similar viral infections.

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4 tips for coping with eating disorders during food-heavy holidays

Holidays can be particularly challenging for people with eating disorders, says Carol Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Peterson offers strategies to manage the mental illness during the food-centric celebrations.

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