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Research Snapshot: MRI helps find cancer needle in a haystack

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In previous posts, Health Talk took you inside the broad capabilities and applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in research efforts at the U of M’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR).

According to Curtis Corum, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology in CMRR, finding small tumors can be like finding needles in a haystack. Because catching cancer early – when tumors are at their smallest – can be essential to treatment success, finding those needles is important work. So what if the task could be made less challenging? What if there was a way to remove the haystack so that only needles remained?

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U of M study: Increasing access to and awareness of doula support may be beneficial financially and medically

A new study shows increased access to continuous labor support from a birth doula may help decrease non-indicated cesarean births among women who desire doula care. The research was conducted at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

A doula is a trained professional who provides support to women before, during, and after childbirth. This study examined who has access to doula care and the benefits of that access among a national sample of 2,400 women who gave birth in 2011-2012.

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University of Minnesota brings research opportunities to fairgoers

The University of Minnesota’s new Driven to Discover Building will open its doors at this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together. This new collaboration will connect researchers with more than 1.7 million State Fair attendees each year.

The building houses more than 30 University research groups, who will engage adults and children in research focusing on a wide array of topics such as bullying, genetics, jury decision-making, and more. Not only is the new building an example of operational excellence, the combination of the building and State Fair, is an excellent representation of the University’s efficient research and outreach efforts.

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Research Snapshot: More research-based evidence needed in legislative discussions about childhood obesity in Minnesota

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How our legislators make decisions depends on a variety of factors such as expert beliefs, constituents’ opinions, political principles and research-based evidence. And while we’d like to think more decisions are made utilizing research-based evidence, a new study by researchers at the School of Public Health and the Medical School at the University of Minnesota along with collaborators at the American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center found only 41 percent of all formal legislative discussions over childhood obesity-related bills in Minnesota from 2007-2011 cited some form of research-based evidence.

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University of Minnesota study finds mothers in poorer health are less likely to breastfeed

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Pediatricians agree exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life provides a wealth of benefits to a mother and child. But new research from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota finds one-third of women enter pregnancy in poorer health, and are less likely to plan to breastfeed and less successful at exclusive breastfeeding when they do plan to breastfeed their babies. The study found women who are obese, have diabetes or have hypertension were 30 percent less likely to intend to breastfeed than mothers without health complications.

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Research Snapshot: U of M study could improve treatment for atrial fibrillation patients

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A recent University of Minnesota study found that cognitive decline in people with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heartbeat) is mediated by subclinical cerebral infarcts, otherwise known as silent strokes.

The paper, titled Atrial Fibrillation and Cognitive Decline — The Role of Subclinical Cerebral Infarcts, was published last month in StrokeLin Yee Chen, M.D., M.S., a University of Minnesota cardiologist, led the study.

The paper, titled Atrial Fibrillation and Cognitive Decline — The Role of Subclinical Cerebral Infarcts, was published last month in StrokeLin Yee Chen, M.D., M.S., a University of Minnesota cardiologist, led the study.

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