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RWJF “Clinical Scholars” team invests in education to improve oral health for MN kids with special health care needs

An interprofessional trio of University of Minnesota healthcare providers have been selected for a 3-year cohort of Clinical Scholars, a new national leadership program through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Through the program, the team will explore and work to address gaps in dental care for children with special health care needs in Minnesota.

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Eight tricks to make Halloween a treat

Halloween can be a scary time of year, but don’t let fear hold you back.

We checked in with a few of our UMN experts for tips on how to stay sane, and healthy, through the spook!

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Could MRI be used to help detect cracks in teeth?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology may be able to help dentists identify those cracks sooner, and intervene before significant damage is done, and/or determine if the tooth is salvable (i.e., not worth crowning), a new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) found.

“Dental MRI,” or imaging of teeth, has never been studied before.

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Research snapshot: No two kinds of retroviruses look – or act – the same

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers in the Institute for Molecular Virology and School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota report that most types of retroviruses have distinct, non-identical virus structures.

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Why does my breath stink?

It’s date night. You stay away from garlic and onions at dinner, and pop a mint to be safe, but you’re convinced there’s a funky smell lingering on your breath. In fact, it seems like your breath leans towards cringe-worthy more often than not. Is something more going on inside the mouth?

Possibly, says Patricia Lenton, M.A., director of the Oral Health Research Clinic at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Her research expertise is in breath odor.

While dietary choices can play a role in breath odor, she says bacteria are usually to blame.

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Research snapshot: UMN study identifies mechanism in drug target that helps block HIV’s ability to spread

University of Minnesota researchers have identified the mechanism of a potential HIV drug target, which could be more cost-effective than currently used HIV drugs.

The study expanded upon previous UMN research, which identified that the nucleoside 5-azacytidine (5-aza-C) blocked HIV’s ability to spread. 5-aza-C triggers lethal mutagenesis, a process in which HIV mutations speed up to a point that the HIV essentially wears itself out.

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