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Research Snapshot: People of color still drastically underrepresented in NIH clinical trials

New numbers from the Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT) consortium show less than five percent of National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trial participants are non-white and less than two percent of clinical cancer research trials focus on non-white ethnic or racial groups.

Author and principal investigator Jasjit Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of medicine in the University of Minnesota of Medical School, expressed his displeasure with the results.

“These new findings highlight the continued disparities in the enrollment of ethnic minorities into clinical trials,” said Ahluwalia.  “Scientists, patients and communities must work together to ensure a reversal, to achieve our goal of health equity.”

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in-the-news

D.C. Snowy Owl Soars on the Wings of Science

The physical reconditioning of a raptor patient like The Raptor Center’s snowy owl patient from Washington, D.C., prior to its release is an important step in patient rehabilitation. It must compliment the medical care provided and restore a raptor’s fitness to a level necessary for survival.

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news-and-notes

U of M Medical Center recognized in national kidney transplant chain

The University of Minnesota Medical Center was recently recognized for its participation in the National Kidney Registry’s 1000th paired exchange transplant.

The Medical Center was part of a chain of ten transplants, which occurred at prominent treatment centers across the country.

Transplants first began over six years ago in February of 2008. Now, at over 1,000 successful procedures, many people have begun to live healthier lives…

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patient-care

D.C. Snowy Owl Taken to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for Care

The snowy owl reportedly hit by a bus in Washington, D.C., in late January 2014 recently arrived to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for care.

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news-and-notes

University of Minnesota, UMPhysicians and Fairview Health Services Launch University of Minnesota Health

The University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) and Fairview Health Services have launched University of Minnesota Health, a new brand aimed at bringing innovative, high-quality health care to more people throughout Minnesota. This new brand represents the closer integration of the three organizations and their commitment to deliver the best care to patients in the way that best suits their individual needs.

University of Minnesota Health will integrate many operations of Fairview and UMP without merging the two organizations. For patients, this will mean easy access to a wide spectrum of specialists. The experience moving from one specialist to the next will be streamlined across all the facilities and services within University of Minnesota Health.

The partnership will include University of Minnesota Medical CenterUniversity of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, University of Minnesota Physicians clinics and service lines (such as heart and cancer care), and University of Minnesota Physicians clinics within Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center.

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patient-care

Time to see the specialist? Medication woes might call for pharmacist

For the millions of Americans with chronic conditions like asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, taking all the right medications at the right times can be a challenging, if not impossible, task.

With the insight that comes from seeing several thousand patients each year, Allyson Schlichte, Pharm.D., understands the medication challenges facing many Americans. But by some accounts, she’s an unusual “doctor” to meet in the hospital exam room.

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