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Snapshot: lower nicotine levels in cigarettes could mean lower dependence

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Reducing the nicotine levels in cigarettes could lower cigarette use, according to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study was conducted by University of Pittsburgh researcher Eric Donny, Ph.D., and Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, along with 8 other sites including the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

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In the News: University of Minnesota Medical Center one of nine US hospitals prepared to treat Ebola

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After two nurses contracted Ebola when treating an infected patient, many nurses felt unprepared if a patient with the disease came through their hospital doors. One year later, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) is prepared to face another outbreak since being named one of nine regional Ebola treatment centers in the U.S.

According to a recent Huffington Post article, not all U.S. hospitals can be ready to effectively and efficiently treat Ebola and other highly infectious diseases, so the U.S. appointed one hospital per region to specialize in treating highly infectious pathogens. They also designated other hospitals as assessment centers that could care for the patient until the disease is identified and then transport the patient to a regional center.

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Pharmacists play a prominent role in animal healthcare

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While pharmacists are well known for helping people with their medications, it’s often overlooked that they play a primary role in animal healthcare. While veterinarians prescribe animal medications, pharmacists have had an increased role in preparing and dispensing them.

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Research Snapshot: Study shows food-insecure mothers use different parenting strategies

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A recent study involving researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found parenting practices related to eating and weight differ between food-secure and food-insecure mothers.

The research was part of Project EAT, conducted by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health, and Katherine Bauer, Ph.D., from Temple University.

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In the News: Bird Flu detected in Cooper’s Hawk

The new strain H5N2 of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), has killed more than 4 million turkeys and chickens in Minnesota, and affected 70 different farms throughout the state. The strain has been circulating in the Mississippi flyway since early March.

For the first time, researchers detected H5N2 in a wild bird. The Cooper’s hawk in Yellow Medicine County crashed into a window above the deck of a homeowner, Patrick Redig, D.V.M., Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine professor and co-founder of the Raptor Center, told the Star Tribune. Later, tests confirmed that the Cooper’s hawk was also positive for H5N2.

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How relationships affect health and wellbeing

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Valentine’s Day puts love on the brain. Throughout the world, people dedicate the day to celebrating relationships. But we ought to be paying more attention to them, researchers say. Relationships are important to our health and wellbeing every day of the year – not just February 14th.

“Healthy relationships enable us to be who we are,” says Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., RN, Director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing. “They nurture us and they help us grow. They help us become better people.”

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