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ICU patients can safely administer their own sedatives, new study finds

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Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are often sedated to enhance their comfort with mechanical ventilator breaths and reduce anxiety. However, the prescribed sedatives are based on clinicians’ assessments of their patients’ discomfort or anxiety and may not meet their needs. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that patients can self-administer their own sedative in some cases, which could lead to a more tailored and possibly effective care experience.

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New study determines what makes ‘successful’ smile

New research shows that less is more when it comes to a successful smile, which could have implications for how surgeons and therapists work with patients who have facial paralysis. The University of Minnesota research may be critically important for helping stroke patients and other people with facial paralysis improve quality of life.

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The risks and benefits of new Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”

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People are buzzing about the new Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”, which chronicles a high school girl’s rationale for committing suicide. It’s entertainment factor is undeniable, but it also raises serious questions about the portrayal of mental health concerns, sexual assault and other issues facing youth today. Katharine J. Nelson, MD, of University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry weighs-in on the risks and benefits of this show, and how parents can talk to their kids about key themes in the show.

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Phillips Neighborhood Clinic adding more specialty care

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The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic opened in 2003 offering basic care to people without health insurance. Following the Affordable Care Act, the clinic began to see more patients with chronic conditions, prompting leaders to incorporate additional specialty services. Now students from 11 different career tracks are serving more than 1,000 patients each year, proving its services are more important now than ever before.

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Should All Breast Cancer Patients Receive Adjuvant Chemotherapy Treatment?

Women who undergo surgery for breast cancer will often consider adjuvant therapy, usually a precautionary regimen of chemotherapy to ensure the cancer is totally gone. For the most common types of breast cancer, this approach was believed to contribute to better long-term outcomes. But new research in the journal Cancer show it may not provide benefits for certain subtypes of breast cancer.

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Study explores how bodies breakdown fats

Nearly 2 billion people worldwide are living with Fatty Liver Disease, which occurs when lipid droplets – the sites where fat is stored in cells – accumulate in the organ.

The condition increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and type II diabetes among other health issues.

But new research in the journal Cell Reports, led by Doug Mashek, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Medical School, suggests bodies may process fats differently than previously hypothesized, which could inform how to develop therapies for this condition.

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