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From tick to sick: the search for a Lyme disease diagnosis

A blacklegged tick, just the size of a poppy seed, perches on the tip of a leaf. It stands poised with its limbs outstretched, ready to latch onto its next prey.

It’s barely noticeable, but looks essentially harmless; just another tiny bug that will leave itchy red bumps up and down your legs. But that bite carries a greater threat: Lyme disease.

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Ouch! 6 steps to avoid sunburns

Come this August, the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Vanicream and the Minnesota State Fair will have fair-goers covered for a long day under the sun. The partnership aims to keep Minnesotans protected from damaging sun rays by providing free Vanicream sunscreen at all 11 booths throughout the grounds.

While just one sunburn may seem harmless, long-term effects of multiple burns are enough to consider lathering (and re-lathering) the sunblock at this year’s ‘Great Minnesota Get-Together’. Health Talk turned to Megan Wood, M.D., from the University of Minnesota Medical School, to find out how taking advantage of sunscreen can help avoid these risks.

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research-and-clinical-trials

Research snapshot: Potential therapeutic target for cardiomyopathy identified

New research out of the University of Minnesota Medical School shows a new potential therapeutic target for viruses causing cardiomyopathy, or disease of the heart muscle.

The paper was published in the July 2015 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Research led by Joseph Metzger, Ph.D., looked at potential causes for cardiomyopathy, specifically related to enterovirus infection.

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Decrease your risk of heat stroke this Fourth of July

The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is usually grounds for lounging in the sun, hanging out with friends and family and enjoying a good barbecue. However, when the heat rises it’s important to protect yourself from heat and sun related illnesses such as heat stroke.

William Roberts, M.D., professor in the Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health says heat stroke is a rise in the core body temperature to a level, usually greater than 104º-106º. This causes organs to lose function and fail and can also affect the brain.

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Expert Perspective: CDC decides on permissive recommendation for strain B meningococcal vaccination

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) chose not to mandate a newly-developed vaccine for a meningitis substrain Neisseria meningitidis, but to leave the decision to vaccinate up to parents and children with physician recommendations. Meningococcal meningitis is a serious condition which can be incredibly dangerous if not treated quickly. Vaccines for the strains A, C, Y and W-135 have been a part of vaccination requirements for over 10 years, while the vaccine for the serogroup B strain, Neisseria meningitidis, was developed last year. Questions about the vaccination requirements were raised amidst growing concerns linked to recent B-strain outbreaks.

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patient-care

UMN Expert: Rethinking chronic kidney disease care through improved electronic health records

Chronic kidney disease affects more than 20 million Americans, but primary care providers often miss the condition, because it tends to be asymptomatic and is associated with other important comorbidities, or chronic conditions.

Utilizing electronic health records (EHR) could help identify chronic kidney disease (CKD) sooner, and identify ways to better manage the condition, says University of Minnesota faculty member and researchers with the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP). Researchers gave recommendations to apply that concept in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology today.

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