Child psychologists at the University of Minnesota are pushing for more personalized mental healthcare. That is why Gerald August, Ph.D., and Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., made personalized mental health intervention programs the focus of the newly founded Center for Personalization Research in Children’s Mental Health.
Traditionally, evidence-based mental health interventions (EBPs) use a planned model in which composition and dosage are predetermined based on factors in the patient’s case. This approach has helped some, but it hasn’t worked to its full potential. In many cases, EBPs can be costly and burdensome…
Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians website.
Every January, we pack into gyms and health food outlets in pursuit of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, live healthier or start a fitness routine.
But a month later, many of us have given up, scaled back or ditched the yoga mat for the familiar comfort of our living room couch.
We all have a million reasons for slipping up: work, family, a bum knee or the new season of your favorite TV show. Old habits die hard, and kick-starting a new routine isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
But there are strategies and tactics you can use to maximize your potential for long-term success. Here to help is Dr. Michael Miller, a University of Minnesota Physicians psychologist and an expert in behavioral change.
For the millions of Americans with chronic conditions like asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, taking all the right medications at the right times can be a challenging, if not impossible, task.
With the insight that comes from seeing several thousand patients each year, Allyson Schlichte, Pharm.D., understands the medication challenges facing many Americans. But by some accounts, she’s an unusual “doctor” to meet in the hospital exam room.
According to researchers at West Virginia University, it may be better to skip the handshake with the doctor at your next hospital visit. By studying the amount of skin-to-skin contact a hand shake requires, researchers concluded that a “fist bump” is a safer alternative in terms of germ transmission.
“One possible solution to help control the spread of infectious diseases in the healthcare setting would be to eliminate voluntary hand-to-hand contact,” the authors wrote. “Hand-to-hand contact is a known vector for the transmission of infectious diseases; as many as 80% of individuals retain some disease-causing bacteria after washing.”
Although eliminating voluntary handshakes would reduce infections that thrive in a hospital environment, it would neglect the social importance that the handshake signifies…
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.
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