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University of Minnesota researchers investigate the best way to alleviate post-stroke depression

For the thousands of people in the U.S. who have a stroke each year, post-stroke depression is a serious concern. With up to two-thirds of stroke patients experiencing depression, researchers are investigating the best treatment method for this problem.

A recent study from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing monitored the effectiveness of problem-solving therapy instead of prescription medication on decreasing depression symptoms in a group of post-stroke patients.

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Masonic Cancer Center researchers develop an improved process for natural killer cell production

A recent study led by researchers from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, found a process for mass-producing human natural killer (NK) cells, white blood cells that are known for attacking malignant tumors, to make them available for clinical-scale use.

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Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from allergies…

For many this spring, the return of the sun and warm weather also means a return of seasonal allergies. The sniffling, sneezing and itching can be a frustrating characteristic of this time of year. As you head for the pharmacist to combat your allergies once again, keep an eye on your pets — they may be suffering, too.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, spotlighting a peak season for asthma and allergy symptoms as pollen and other allergens come out in full force.

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The calendar might say spring, but some of the U.S. is still battling winter weather

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The last few days in Minnesota have tested the lower limits of the thermometer, with temperatures hovering between comfortable and extremely cold. With so many people making an effort to stay active through the winter months, it’s especially important that people take precautions before heading outside to protect themselves from the cold.

We spoke to one University of Minnesota expert on how to stay warm this winter.

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In the news: U of M researchers find program improves teen contraceptive use

A recent examination of a two-year study at the University of Minnesota is giving health care professionals an encouraging look at the future of care for girls at high risk of teen pregnancy.

The results appeared this week in JAMA Pediatrics.

Renee Sieving, R.N., Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Nursing, and an interdisciplinary team of researchers created an intervention program called Prime Time to study the effects of immediate and immersive intervention in the lives of teenage girls identified for sexual health risk behaviors.

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Nearly 100 years after the original was created…researchers hunt for a more effective tuberculosis vaccine

Originally created in 1921, the BCG tuberculosis vaccine remains our most effective vaccine, despite the fact that its effectiveness is in decline.

Earlier this month, results from a two-year clinical trial showed that a new vaccine for tuberculosis is not as effective as researchers had hoped. Previous clinical trials proved the vaccine to be fairly effective in adults, but the most recent trial showed that it does not provide significant protection for infants.

The news was a major blow to modern medicine, which has been seeking a more effective TB vaccine for decades.  The latest trial involved the first new vaccine to reach the human-trial stage since 1921.

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