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In the News: University of Minnesota Medical Center one of nine US hospitals prepared to treat Ebola

After two nurses contracted Ebola when treating an infected patient, many nurses felt unprepared if a patient with the disease came through their hospital doors. One year later, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) is prepared to face another outbreak since being named one of nine regional Ebola treatment centers in the U.S.

According to a recent Huffington Post article, not all U.S. hospitals can be ready to effectively and efficiently treat Ebola and other highly infectious diseases, so the U.S. appointed one hospital per region to specialize in treating highly infectious pathogens. They also designated other hospitals as assessment centers that could care for the patient until the disease is identified and then transport the patient to a regional center.

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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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U of M psychiatry experts, Minnesota legislators align to advance first episode psychosis programs

Last weekend, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar visited the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic to host a roundtable discussion around first episode psychosis and to discuss options for improving the care and long-term prognosis for patients suffering psychiatric illness.

Recent federal legislation allocated more behavioral health funding to establish new first episode programs at the state level or bolster existing programs like the one found at the University of Minnesota.

According to Charles Schulz, M.D., chair of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, Senator Klobuchar has an active interest in mental health but shares the concerns of University providers around the average time it takes patients to receive treatment from the onset of their disease, a statistic that continues to hover around a year and a half.

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Seven flu myths, debunked

Editor’s note: this article originally appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians web site last week.

You’ve heard them all before.

The flu vaccine can make you sick. Don’t bother getting the shot if you’re young and healthy. Pregnant women should avoid the flu vaccine.

Simply Googling the word “flu” turns up a bevy of tips and advice for staying healthy. But how do you separate the good information from the bad?

Here to help you debunk some of the common myths or misconceptions around influenza and the flu vaccine is Susan Kline, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases and serves as the infection control medical director for the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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