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UMN doctor awarded collaborative grant to study newborn hearing screening and CMV screening in Minnesota

A new grant will enable the collaboration between the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Medical Center. The research will allow further evaluation of newborn infants failing hearing screenings for cytomegalovirus (CMV).

Typically asymptomatic, CMV is the most common congenital infection among children and is responsible for 30 percent of childhood hearing loss cases.

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expert-perspectives

Are ”safer” playgrounds better?

Parents and experts are always looking for ways to keep kids safe, but many agree the movement may have gone too far when it comes to playgrounds.

According to the New York Times, critics of new safer playgrounds say they may stunt emotional development, leaving children with anxieties and fears.

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research-and-clinical-trials

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

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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patient-care

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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