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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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University of Minnesota Physicians receives two lung transplant grants for “unprecedented opportunity”

The University of Minnesota has received two grants for its involvement in the
INSPIRE and EXPAND lung transplant trials. Spearheaded by Gabriel Loor, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in the Medical School, Minnesota’s role in the multi-institutional initiatives has already been highlighted by the Midwest’s first-ever “breathing lung” transplant.

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University of Minnesota, UMPhysicians and Fairview Health Services Launch University of Minnesota Health

The University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) and Fairview Health Services have launched University of Minnesota Health, a new brand aimed at bringing innovative, high-quality health care to more people throughout Minnesota. This new brand represents the closer integration of the three organizations and their commitment to deliver the best care to patients in the way that best suits their individual needs.

University of Minnesota Health will integrate many operations of Fairview and UMP without merging the two organizations. For patients, this will mean easy access to a wide spectrum of specialists. The experience moving from one specialist to the next will be streamlined across all the facilities and services within University of Minnesota Health.

The partnership will include University of Minnesota Medical CenterUniversity of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, University of Minnesota Physicians clinics and service lines (such as heart and cancer care), and University of Minnesota Physicians clinics within Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center.

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UMN, UNMC research shows persistent HIV replication is associated with lower drug concentrations in lymphatic tissues

Drugs used to treat HIV penetrate poorly into lymphatic tissues where most HIV replication takes place and there is persistent low-level virus replication in these tissues according to research from the University of Minnesota and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

“We know the drugs we use today are effective because our patients are doing better and living longer, but these drugs cannot cure the infection,” said Timothy Schacker, M.D., director of the Program in HIV Medicine at the University of Minnesota. “We wanted to know why and thought that maybe the drugs were not getting into the tissues where most virus replication is happening.”

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Making your New Year’s resolutions stick

Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians website.

Every January, we pack into gyms and health food outlets in pursuit of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, live healthier or start a fitness routine.

But a month later, many of us have given up, scaled back or ditched the yoga mat for the familiar comfort of our living room couch.

We all have a million reasons for slipping up: work, family, a bum knee or the new season of your favorite TV show. Old habits die hard, and kick-starting a new routine isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

But there are strategies and tactics you can use to maximize your potential for long-term success. Here to help is Dr. Michael Miller, a University of Minnesota Physicians psychologist and an expert in behavioral change.

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U of M Expert Perspectives: The problem with wipes, or how to protect delicate skin

A report out of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine is causing chatter in parenting groups nationwide, but for dermatologists, the findings simply confirm what they’ve been saying all along.

Preservatives in baby wipes may be causing skin reactions, and parents should limit exposure of these types of chemicals to a child’s skin.

HealthTalk spoke with Ingrid Polcari, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology and a practicing pediatric dermatologist, for more.

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