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Expert perspective: One simple and inexpensive way to promote healthier options at meal time

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A little game of red light, green light may help you make better choices when building your meal, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The study, based out of Massachusetts General Hospital, tracked food choices in the hospital cafeteria over two years. During that time, small signs were placed on menus in green, yellow and red to indicate the healthful (green) or unhealthful (red) options. The cafeterias were also redesigned to keep healthier options easy to spot and grab.

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UMN, UNMC research shows persistent HIV replication is associated with lower drug concentrations in lymphatic tissues

Drugs used to treat HIV penetrate poorly into lymphatic tissues where most HIV replication takes place and there is persistent low-level virus replication in these tissues according to research from the University of Minnesota and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

“We know the drugs we use today are effective because our patients are doing better and living longer, but these drugs cannot cure the infection,” said Timothy Schacker, M.D., director of the Program in HIV Medicine at the University of Minnesota. “We wanted to know why and thought that maybe the drugs were not getting into the tissues where most virus replication is happening.”

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U of M Expert Perspectives: The problem with wipes, or how to protect delicate skin

A report out of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine is causing chatter in parenting groups nationwide, but for dermatologists, the findings simply confirm what they’ve been saying all along.

Preservatives in baby wipes may be causing skin reactions, and parents should limit exposure of these types of chemicals to a child’s skin.

HealthTalk spoke with Ingrid Polcari, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology and a practicing pediatric dermatologist, for more.

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U of M Expert Perspectives: Changes to Minnesota’s newborn screening policy could have lasting research ramifications

More than two years after the Minnesota Supreme Court barred the state’s Department of Health (MDH) from retaining samples of blood used in newborn screening tests, MDH has reached a legal settlement that will result in the destruction of more than a million blood samples.

The newborn screening program in Minnesota has been in the spotlight for several years, as 21 parents had challenged MDH policies, citing privacy concerns around sample retention. According to the MDH and a number of researchers, the retained samples had been used for research into pediatric illness as well as in patient care.

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Expert Perspectives: Proposed rules for antibacterial soaps may muddy the handwashing waters

The FDA is making a strong move to regulate the market of antibacterial soaps.

A proposed rule was announced this week that would require manufacturers to demonstrate both the safety and the effectiveness of ingredients used in antimicrobial hand and body washes. Failing to satisfy both of the requirements would force manufacturers to change their product formulations or remove the antimicrobial label.

“The costs and challenges of demonstrating both the safety and effectiveness of these products will be immense,” said Craig Hedberg, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

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Midwest’s first breathing lung transplant performed at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

A team of University of Minnesota cardiothoracic transplant experts have performed the Midwest’s first “breathing lung” transplant, an innovative surgical approach that utilizes technology capable of keeping donated lungs warm and breathing during transportation, keeping them healthier prior to transplant.

Video and full story after the jump.

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