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Newborn testing shows prenatal nicotine exposure higher than maternal reported rates

New evidence out of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, shows more mothers are smoking while pregnant than is reported on their children’s birth certificates. The research was done using newly developed assay methods, allowing researchers to look at very small blood samples while maintaining accurate results.

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In the News: U of M offers new cancer treatment for neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, is difficult to treat. And according to the American Cancer Institute, about 700 people in the United States are diagnosed with this form of cancer each year.

Raymond Yeager has dealt with the neuroblastoma since he was 14 years old. Now 20, he’s undergone many treatments including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, a stem cell transplant and immunotherapy. Unfortunately, nothing has helped…

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In the News: U of M doctor offers expertise on rare condition

Teenagers Jonathon and Christopher Naquin of Humble, Texas have never been able to pinpoint the cause of their mysterious symptoms.

Since childhood, Jonathon, 18, and Christopher, 16, experienced significant levels of protein and blood in their urine and even suffered hearing loss while in elementary school.

But now, after years of tests and baffling doctors, the two boys and their family finally received the answer they were looking for: Alport Syndrome. Never heard of it? You’re not alone…

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U of M doctors taking new approach to children’s mental health care

Child psychologists at the University of Minnesota are pushing for more personalized mental healthcare. That is why Gerald August, Ph.D., and Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., made personalized mental health intervention programs the focus of the newly founded Center for Personalization Research in Children’s Mental Health.

Traditionally, evidence-based mental health interventions (EBPs) use a planned model in which composition and dosage are predetermined based on factors in the patient’s case. This approach has helped some, but it hasn’t worked to its full potential. In many cases, EBPs can be costly and burdensome…

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U of M Expert Perspectives: Changes to Minnesota’s newborn screening policy could have lasting research ramifications

More than two years after the Minnesota Supreme Court barred the state’s Department of Health (MDH) from retaining samples of blood used in newborn screening tests, MDH has reached a legal settlement that will result in the destruction of more than a million blood samples.

The newborn screening program in Minnesota has been in the spotlight for several years, as 21 parents had challenged MDH policies, citing privacy concerns around sample retention. According to the MDH and a number of researchers, the retained samples had been used for research into pediatric illness as well as in patient care.

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In the News: Florida State head football coach’s son treated at U of M

Although Jimbo Fisher and his Florida State University football team emerged victorious in the BCS National Championship on Monday night, he and his family are in the midst of an even tougher battle.

Fisher’s son, Ethan, now 8, was diagnosed with a rare blood disease known as Fanconi Anemia when he was just five years old. The Fishers were devastated by the news and sought treatment at the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Amplatz currently transplants more patients with Fanconi Anemia than any other centers in the U.S. combined…

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