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For cardiac arrest, cath lab or ICU?

After suffering sudden cardiac arrest, patients are usually rushed to the nearest intensive care unit. But researchers led by the University of Minnesota’s Demetri Yannopoulos are testing evidence that suggests early access to the catheterization lab could significantly increase patient survival rates. The efforts are made possible by a $5.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, funding a five year, randomized trial across five states and 20 hospitals.

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UMN doctor researches new way to treat spinal cord injuries

In today’s medical technology world, there are no effective therapies for spinal cord injuries.

Ann Parr, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical School, is working with Michael McAlpine, Ph.D., and being assisted by James Dutton, Ph.D. at the Stem Cell Institute, to lead a new research project using 3D printing to create a scaffold, which can then be used to treat spinal cord injuries.

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Back-to-school stress, how much is too much?

It’s no secret that when the summer sun begins to set, it doesn’t take long for back-to-school stress to set in.

Health Talk spoke with Michael Miller, Psy.D., L.P., an associate psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry about how this strain can impact the wellbeing of students, and what parents can do to help combat stress as school is in session.

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Adult obesity rates fall significantly in Minnesota

Adult obesity rates are decreasing in Minnesota, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests.

The report issued last week ranked Minnesota with the 13thth lowest obesity rate in the U.S.

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Strong provider recommendation can make significant difference in HPV vaccination rates

At any point, 1 out of 4 people has at least one strain of Human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), making HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The HPV vaccine is proven to prevent HPV infection, and in turn, prevent cancer.

Despite these glaring figures, vaccination rates remain low. According to the CDC, 6 in 10 girls are vaccinated for HPV, and only 4 in 10 boys.

Physician recommendations could make all the difference.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: hidden health crisis in America

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently released a study showing the costly effects of undiagnosed sleep apnea.

According to the study, there are approximately 30 million Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and it is costing the United States billions of dollars every year.

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