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Meningitis B vaccine study raises questions about vaccine response in recent New Jersey university outbreak

A new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health examined a college Meningitis B outbreak  in New Jersey, and found that about a third of students who had received the Meningitis B vaccine did not have a detectable immune response to the disease.

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UMN researchers connecting links to sleep issues and Parkinson’s disease

It is estimated that 50-60 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease have disordered sleep. Colum MacKinnon, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota is embarking on a study that is looking at the link between abnormal muscle activity during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in people with Parkinson’s disease and how the disease progresses.

MacKinnon’s long term goal of the research is to be able to identify specific REM sleep features that are predictive of disease onset and progression, so clinicians can better diagnose and possibly treat neurological disease well before it manifests.

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Health Talk recommends: Speaking for the Voiceless

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on the School of Public Health’s website.

The world is experiencing two important demographic shifts: people are living longer and our population is becoming more diverse. A growing aging population results in major implications for health systems, families, and the economy. In the United States, 80 percent of people over the age of 65 are white. By 2050, that percentage will drop to 59 while the number of Asians and Hispanics in this age group will triple.
Tetyana Shippee

At the intersection of these two major public health changes lies the research of School of Public Health Assistant Professor Tetyana Shippee. She’s working to help answer a very large question: How can we make care toward the end of life a more positive experience, regardless of race, ethnicity, or culture?

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Research snapshot: No two kinds of retroviruses look – or act – the same

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In the most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers in the Institute for Molecular Virology and School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota report that most types of retroviruses have distinct, non-identical virus structures.

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Research snapshot: “Molecular band-aid” shows promise to prevent heart attack damage

Currently, there is no clinical treatment available to prevent or reverse injuries that cut off blood flow caused by heart attacks, but injecting a special compound called Poloxamer 188 (P188) during a heart attack has shown promising results in pig models, researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School found.

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VIDEO: Eye exam could detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers with the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota have developed technology designed to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease through changes in the retina. It was proven effective in animals and paves the way for a human clinical trial.

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