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Ebola, although deadly, not a likely threat to the US

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The first documented Ebola outbreak was recorded over 40 years ago in central Africa. Until now, outbreaks have been contained rather quickly, and although medicine has advanced, the deadliest recorded outbreak of Ebola is happening in West Africa right now.

Having originated in fruit bats, the Ebola virus is found primarily in Africa. And while the origin of the virus may be thousands of miles away from Minnesota, visitors to the region including a Minnesota man set to visit family next month have perished after infection. Furthermore, the families of Liberians in Minnesota have taken action to protect their loved ones abroad by fundraising to battle the deadly virus.

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In The News: The burden of diabetes

By 2050, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in three people in the U.S. could have diabetes. Each year, the number of people with type one and type two diabetes increases.

Elizabeth Seaquist, M.D.Medical School, recently spoke with KSTP-TV about diabetes research and how the disease’s prevalence can be decreased.

Seaquist also wrote an article for The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) titled, Addressing the Burden of Diabetes.

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In The News: 1 in 10 deaths among adults attributed to excessive drinking

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Summer’s outside activities don’t just come with heat and sun advisories, but warnings for alcohol safety, as well.  Annually, alcohol is responsible for an estimated 2.5 million deaths worldwide, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among those deaths, 1.7 million people die from short-term causes such as car crashes or accidents. The risk of these incidents increases dramatically during holidays such as the Fourth of July.

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In The News: Lab Safe in New Home After Transit Weekend Opening

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After a successful opening weekend, the Green Line Light Rail is now officially up and running on campus. In advance of the opening, the University successfully moved three laboratories including the Minnesota Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MNMR) lab. Vibrations and electromagnetic interference could have affected productivity and accuracy of the lab without the move.

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Number of uninsured Minnesotans falls by 40 percent, U of M report finds

The number of Minnesotans without health insurance fell by 40.6 percent between September 30, 2013 and May 1, 2014, according to a new report prepared by State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota.

The complete report is available on the SHADAC website.

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In The News: From research to reality

Taking research from the test tube and turning it into treatment for people in need can take a lot of time.

“Making the leap from basic science to a treatment is formidable. The failure rate exceeds 95 percent,” Jeffrey Miller, M.D., and Timothy Schacker, M.D.Medical School wrote in a recent edition of Minnesota Health Care News.

But the degree of success could go up with a newer way of approaching studies, called translational research. The method aims to take discoveries and turn them into practical solutions that can improve the health of people.

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