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In the news: lack of access to dental care remains problem in Minnesota

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For many, quality, affordable, access to dental care can be difficult to find.  A 2013 gallup poll found that one-third of American adults didn’t even see a dentist over the course of the year.

An estimated 1,500 patients received care they wouldn’t be able to normally afford or access this weekend in Duluth through “Missions of Mercy,” a service event where dentists provide free services to the public.  Many UMN School of Dentistry faculty and students volunteered.

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In the News: HPV vaccine has slow entry into public health policy

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It’s been nearly a decade since the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination was introduced, yet vaccination rates are still very low. A recent JAMA report showed the HPV vaccine has had a more difficult time making its way into public health policy than other vaccinations.

According to recent data from the CDC, only 37.6 percent of American teenage girls have received the series of HPV vaccinations, and only 13.9 percent of teenage boys. Only two states, Virginia and, as of next month, Rhode Island, require the vaccination for middle school enrollment.

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In the News: APA was complicit in CIA torture, interrogations

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Officials with the American Psychological Association (APA) secretly worked with the CIA to protect U.S. torture programs, an independent review released last week found. The review reported that the APA took measures to align their ethics policies with the Department of Defense (DOD), which favored allowing psychologists to advise and engage in torture interrogations.

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In The News: Heroin use is on the rise — especially in the Midwest

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The use of Heroin in the United States has increased significantly over the past decade. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the increase spans between all demographics, including age, gender and income.

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In the News: U of M research confirms benefits of early HIV treatment

Photo shows locations of the START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment) Trial

In a study conducted by the U of M, research found those with HIV should be put on antiretroviral drugs as soon as they learn they are infected, as announced by NIH officials.

The findings came in combination with a statement ending the study because the benefits of starting treatment right away were so definitive.

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In The News: UMN Psychiatry, MnDRIVE researchers provide non-invasive brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression

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For nearly 20-30 percent of people who suffer from depression, antidepressants and psychotherapy will not be effective. The depression can be endless and debilitating. Many patients may try multiple medications and therapies with no symptom improvement. They may turn to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as a last-resort, which involves inducing seizures to stimulate the brain.

UMN researchers with MnDRIVE are offering a new option which could eliminate the need for ECT for many depression patients, and would provide considerable improvement in their symptoms.

The non-invasive brain therapy is called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). It uses a magnetic coil within a helmet-like device to stimulate the brain with electric currents.

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