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U of M, St. Jude Medical partner to tackle Parkinson’s disease, depression

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Inquiry.

University of Minnesota researchers and St. Jude Medical are collaborating to treat some of the most challenging and debilitating movement and neuropsychiatric disorders using deep brain stimulation (DBS), a treatment which uses electrical current to directly stimulate parts of the brain. The project is part of MnDRIVE (Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy), a $36 million biennial investment by the state that aims to solve grand challenges in areas that align with Minnesota’s industries, including discoveries and treatments for brain conditions.

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U of M expert: U.S. still has work to do to reduce hospital readmissions post stroke

There have been numerous advances in acute stroke care and in preventive therapies after stroke. Yet despite these improvements, a recent University of Minnesota study found there is still room for improvement in reducing the rate of stroke patients re-admitted to the hospital.

In fact, the study discovered that one year after a stroke, an astounding 49 percent of patients end up back in the hospital with an acute illness. Worse, 24 percent of stroke patients pass away within a year of their stroke. The statistics paint a portrait of a nation that can, and should, do better.

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How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?

The answer to the question, “How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?” has been the proverbial unicorn or Bigfoot for many parents, probably for many centuries: easy to imagine but much harder to find.

And while parents search for the magic formula to get their little bundles of joy to finally sleep through the night, Health Talk is here to offer five tips and suggestions from our resident sleep expert, Michael Howell, M.D.

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U of M: Research networks vital to stroke care, research and management

Last December, the University of Minnesota was named one of 25 institutions that will participate in a nationwide network of regional stroke centers. The NIH-driven project, StrokeNet, is an effort to reduce the impact of stroke across the United States.

Using shared resources and expertise from hospitals, clinics and universities from across the U.S., StrokeNet builds upon the significant strides made in stroke care, research and management to develop best practices moving forward.

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U of M researchers study “freezing of gait” in people with Parkinson’s disease

As part of April’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Health Talk is taking a closer look at some current University of Minnesota research projects that will help better understand the disease and what new research can do for future treatment and intervention.

Within the U of M’s Movement Disorders Laboratory, Colum MacKinnon, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Medical School’s Department of Neurology is examining “freezing of gait” – an issue seen in roughly half of all patients with Parkinson’s disease. MacKinnon and fellow researchers are hopeful new research could advance understanding of the issue.

The aforementioned “freezing of gait” is characterized by the episodic or spontaneous inability to start or maintain forward progress during walking.

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Make the most out of Daylight Saving Time

This weekend, we spring ahead and lose an hour of sleep as part of Daylight Saving Time. For many people, this may create some problems only because they forgot to set their clock ahead before going to bed.

For those who tend to be night owls, shift workers, or who have sleep disorders, it can be more problematic. The additional loss of precious sleep can be a more substantial problem. When we are sleepy, we often don’t perform as well at work and are more likely to make mistakes and have car accidents.

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