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U of M study finds pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation provides significant sustained pain relief in children with chronic pancreatitis

Researchers in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Surgery have found that total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TP-IAT) can provide significant, sustained pain relief and improve the quality of life in children with chronic pancreatitis (CP). Traditionally, surgeons would refrain from operating on younger patients, especially children, however this research shows that younger children actually fared better after surgery and had fewer complications than their counterparts.

The study was led by Srinath Chinnakotla, M.D., associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and was recently published in the Annals of Surgery.

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expert-perspectives

U of M Expert Perspectives: The problem with wipes, or how to protect delicate skin

A report out of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine is causing chatter in parenting groups nationwide, but for dermatologists, the findings simply confirm what they’ve been saying all along.

Preservatives in baby wipes may be causing skin reactions, and parents should limit exposure of these types of chemicals to a child’s skin.

HealthTalk spoke with Ingrid Polcari, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology and a practicing pediatric dermatologist, for more.

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In the News: Electronics no substitute for conversation at family meals

Cutting down on media time at family meals may provide a leg up on child health, according to new research from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

University of Minnesota researchers found families who allowed frequent device use at the dinner table served less healthful meals and reported lower levels of family communication. Families who established rules limiting electronics use were more likely to report just the opposite: better communication and more nutritious meals.

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Research snapshot: U of M researcher finds genetic variant may contribute to infant leukemia

Findings recently published in the journal, Leukemia, show new genetic links to infant leukemia. The work was conducted by Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota member Julie Ross, Ph.D., director of the Division of Pediatric Epidemiology & Clinical Research in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and her colleagues from the University of Minnesota and Washington University in Saint Louis.

After examining the entire coding DNA in healthy cells of 23 infant leukemia patients and their mothers, they found the infants had an enrichment of potentially harmful variants in their healthy DNA making them especially susceptible to developing the disease…

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news-and-notes

The Reproductive Medicine Center celebrates 30 years of life: 1983 – 2013

On September 7, 2013, families who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to give birth came out to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory to celebrate with the doctors who helped them become families.

More than 400 people joined the University of Minnesota Physicians Reproductive Medicine Center in celebrating its 30th birthday. The picnic was a chance for parents to meet other families who had gone through similar journeys, and to introduce children to the doctors who had helped make their lives possible.

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Just what the doctor prescribed: A lesson in Rx dangers for middle schoolers

From prescription drug abuse to “skittles parties” and medication missteps, the growing need for education about proper prescription drug use is here to stay.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs trail only marijuana and alcohol as the most frequently abused substances by people 14 and older. Teens and pre-teens nationwide are seeing more pills pop up, too, as the number of medications prescribed increases.

As the opportunities to misuse medicine grow, an education in the dangers of taking too many pills, not the right kind of pills, someone else’s pills, and counterfeit medication found online has become an important part of growing up healthy.

Programs like the University of Minnesota’s branch of AWARxE are providing just that kind of information to Minnesota’s preteens.

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