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U of M pediatrician wins prestigious research award

Elizabeth Swanson, D.O., a Fellow within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, was awarded the David G. Nathan Award in Basic Research by the Society of Pediatric Research.

The annual award is given to one abstract out of thousands of submissions.

Swanson’s research focused on cytomegalovirus (CMV), the most common infectious disease causing birth defects and disabilities in the US…

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U of M Medical Center recognized in national kidney transplant chain

The University of Minnesota Medical Center was recently recognized for its participation in the National Kidney Registry’s 1000th paired exchange transplant.

The Medical Center was part of a chain of ten transplants, which occurred at prominent treatment centers across the country.

Transplants first began over six years ago in February of 2008. Now, at over 1,000 successful procedures, many people have begun to live healthier lives…

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U of M study: Walking while working improves health, may boost productivity

According to new research from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, walking on a treadmill during the workday not only improves health, it can also potentially boost productivity.

Researchers outfitted 40 workstations at a Twin Cities financial services company with a computer, phone, writing area and treadmill. As subjects worked, they could adjust their walking speed up to two mph. To help gauge workout intensity, each subject was also given an energy expenditure device to be worn during work hours…

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Research Snapshot: Treatment and survival trends in patients with early laryngeal cancer

Stephanie Misono, M.D. M.P.H., and colleagues within the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and School of Medicine recently released the results of a study examining trends in treatment of people within the early stages of laryngeal cancer.

The objectives of this study were

  • To identify factors associated with treatment differences.
  • Characterize changes in treatment patterns over time.
  • Compare survival rates across treatment types in patients who received treatment.

Using a cancer surveillance database, researchers analyzed rates and trends in patients who were treated from 1995 to 2009. 10,429 adult patients diagnosed with early cancer of the larynx (voicebox) were studied…

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In the News: U of M offers new cancer treatment for neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, is difficult to treat. And according to the American Cancer Institute, about 700 people in the United States are diagnosed with this form of cancer each year.

Raymond Yeager has dealt with the neuroblastoma since he was 14 years old. Now 20, he’s undergone many treatments including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, a stem cell transplant and immunotherapy. Unfortunately, nothing has helped…

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In the News: U of M doctor offers expertise on rare condition

Teenagers Jonathon and Christopher Naquin of Humble, Texas have never been able to pinpoint the cause of their mysterious symptoms.

Since childhood, Jonathon, 18, and Christopher, 16, experienced significant levels of protein and blood in their urine and even suffered hearing loss while in elementary school.

But now, after years of tests and baffling doctors, the two boys and their family finally received the answer they were looking for: Alport Syndrome. Never heard of it? You’re not alone…

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