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35 years later, plane crash survivor works to give back

At 63-years-old, Sheryl Ramstad is making a bold career move. After nearly four decades in law, she just obtained her Master of Nursing degree from the University of Minnesota.

“I have a passion for burn victims, burn patients and burn survivors,” Ramstad told KARE 11 last week. “I can provide a perspective to burn victims that there is life after burns.”

Ramstad’s unique perspective stems from an experience she had as a student pilot in 1979. During her first solo flight, the plane’s engine sputtered over St. Paul leaving Ramstad to guide the lifeless aircraft back to the ground…

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nutrition

Study: Coupons favor wallet, not our health

Are you planning to go to the grocery store this week? If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’ll grab some coupons before heading out the door. Unfortunately, a new study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease unveiled that what you may save in money will likely cost you in nutrition.

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In the News: Electronics no substitute for conversation at family meals

Cutting down on media time at family meals may provide a leg up on child health, according to new research from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

University of Minnesota researchers found families who allowed frequent device use at the dinner table served less healthful meals and reported lower levels of family communication. Families who established rules limiting electronics use were more likely to report just the opposite: better communication and more nutritious meals.

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U of M School of Nursing receives $3M for Alzheimer’s, exercise research

A $3.04 million study investigating the effects of a six-month aerobic exercise program on memory and brain function in participants with Alzheimer’s disease will be led by Fang Yu, Ph.D., R.N., G.N.P., associate professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

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$10 million gift to U of M aimed at transforming health care delivery through nursing

Together a Minnesota-based foundation and the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing are stepping up to address an acute shortage of primary care providers, rising health care costs and the rapidly growing needs of an aging population by committing to educate an additional 500 advanced practice nurses over the next 10 years.

The visionary $10 million gift announced today by the Bentson Foundation is designated for scholarships for new students in the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The gift will infuse the region with more doctorally-prepared nurses in family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, midwifery, nurse anesthesia and other fields.

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Research Snapshot: Support for unpaid memory loss caregivers in Minnesota key

U of M researchers investigate the effectiveness of an intervention aimed at providing care to Minnesota’s caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association has said for every one person affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the United States, three family members are also affected.

For the 94,000 Minnesotans over the age of 65 living with some form of dementia, that means an additional 243,000 individuals and counting are in some way involved in unpaid care.

These individuals are often spouses or adult children, the latter often having additional care responsibilities in addition to helping a parent with memory loss.

Simply put by University of Minnesota memory loss and caregiving expert Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., “Families are the frontline of dementia care.”

Investigating a better way

In an effort to help reduce some of the challenges and stress that caregivers can face, a recent study led by Gaugler, an associate professor and McKnight Presidential Fellow in the U of M’s School of Nursing, investigated better care for Minnesota’s unpaid caregivers.

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