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UMN, Uganda students collaborate on global health issues

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A new partnership between University of Minnesota and Makerere University allows students to explore real-world global health issues under the guidance of seasoned researchers from both schools. Students will work in teams to design research projects, then conduct their research during Summer 2017 in Uganda, hoping to improve their understanding on global health while improving local communities.

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Outcomes Improving for Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients

New research in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows pediatric kidney transplant recipients have significantly improved one-year survival rates, as well as improved organ function after 10 years. Study investigator Srinath Chinnakotla, MD, FACS, attribute the improvements to better surgical techniques, anti-rejection medication and living donor protocols.

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Zuzia’s New Skin: A Pioneering Treatment for EB

A young girl named Zuzia and her family traveled from Poland to University of Minnesota seeking treatment for a rare, incurable disease. Her outcome was life-changing. Jakub Tolar, M.D., director of the Stem Cell Institute and vice dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, has pioneered a procedure to help patients overcome this debilitating genetic disorder. Health Talk is sharing this story in observance of Rare Disease Day 2017. It was written by Nicole Endres and first published in University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine.

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ACL tears increasing among kids, study shows

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ACL tears in patients ages 6-18 have increased about 2.3 percent each year for the past 20 years, marking a significant upward trend. The injuries coincided with high school, suggesting a link with more intense sporting activity. The data, published in the latest journal Pediatrics, could help doctors prevent, detect and treat such issues in young patients.

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Improving global health through competition

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The annual Global Health Case Competition helps students explore complex real-world global health challenges, such as refugee crises, sanitation, violence, sustainable development and infectious disease outbreaks, which are increasingly common in a world with more people, changing climates and drug-resistant viruses. Its success is now paving the way for similar competitions around the world.

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What You Should Know About Tuberculosis

Though Tuberculosis (TB) is often thought of as a “thing of the past,” the reality is it’s still present, especially in developing parts of the world. To help you better understand what it is, how it’s contracted and ways to prevent the spread of TB, Health Talk spoke with Mark R. Schleiss, M.D., pediatric infectious disease expert within the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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