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It takes a village: volunteers teach future healthcare professionals how to connect with patients

It’s a common occurrence: Patients leave the doctor’s office more confused than when they arrived. Healthcare practitioners are good at their jobs, but often lack the communication skills needed to work with patients and explain their decisions.

That’s why the University of Minnesota has partnered with the community to teach pharmacy, medical and nursing students how to connect with their patients through affective communication.

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Research Snapshot: Yoga could help ease effects of Parkinson’s disease

Yoga might be the go-to activity for many people looking to reduce stress and stay fit, but it’s also the center of a new study hoping to help those with Parkinson’s disease.

Corjena Cheung, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing, has studied the effects of yoga on osteoarthritis for the past five years. Now, she is embarking on a new study to help those with Parkinson’s disease.

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Research Snapshot: Support for caregivers of memory loss patients

Alzheimer’s and other memory loss diseases influence more than those who suffer from the disease. According to the Alzheimers Association, family and friends of those with memory loss provide 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care. Nearly 60 percent of these caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high.

When caregivers are stressed, it directly affects the health of the person they are trying to help. It can also worsen mental health of the caregiver, impair their immune system, and speed up placement of their loved one in a residential care setting.

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Research shows lavender helps UMN students catch some quality “Zs”

We’ve all had those nights when catching a good night’s sleep seems impossible. Some rely on sleeping pills to help them sleep, but thanks to a study by University of Minnesota School of Nursing student Angela Lillehei, there may be another option.

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Improving Care for Peripheral Artery Disease in Rural Minnesota

Peripheral artery disease is a chronic condition causing blockages in the arteries that feed the legs. This deprives leg muscles of oxygen and often causes debilitating pain. People with the disease are at greater risk of heart attacks, strokes and amputations. The pain sensation gets worse with walking, which then limits patients’ ability and desire to be active. Approximately 20 percent of Americans over 70 have the disease.

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Advanced practice nurses gain new rights in Minnesota

This month in Minnesota, advanced practice nurses gained new authority to practice. State requirements mandating a collaborative practice agreement between a physician and an advanced practice nurse are no longer required for nurses who meet the state’s new licensing and certification standards. The changes could benefit both metro-area and rural Minnesota communities by increasing access to the expertise of advanced practice nurses and opportunities to visit nurse-led primary care clinics.

The changes come as primary care access across Minnesota enters a critical stage, with a shortage of as many as 850 primary care physicians expected within the next ten years, according to the Minnesota Hospital Association.

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