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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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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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UMN, community groups partner to address mental illness in the homeless

In 2005, the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry partnered with People Incorporated Mental Health Services and other service providers to address this issue. Together, they created two Safe Haven shelters to help those who are homeless and suffering with mental illness on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Photos: 2013 Fall Raptor Release

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The Raptor Center releases rehabilitated birds this Saturday

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center and the 3M Foundation invite you to observe as rehabilitated birds are released back to the wild during the Fall Raptor Release this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free and public family event will take place at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, Minn. Activities for the day will include: orchard rides, children’s activities and opportunities to meet The Raptor Center’s winged ambassador education birds. Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the day’s events!

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Research Snapshot: U of M investigators find listening to music helps ease anxiety, reduces medication use in ICU

Surrounded by beeping, bustling, monitors and machines that help a patient breathe; the intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital isn’t exactly what you would call a stress-free environment. Worries proliferate easily for ICU patients who are often awake but cannot speak or act independently after having experienced anything from a severe car accident to open-heart surgery.

As they focus on recovery and hospitalization outcomes, patients in the ICU may soon be able to put some of their worries to bed thanks to new University of Minnesota research.

recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found music reduces anxiety for individuals who are critically ill and need assistance from a mechanical ventilator to breathe. Listening to music was also found to reduce the amount of medication nurses gave patients to help calm them.

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