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Research Snapshot: Common cancer treatments could inadvertently contribute to recurrence

A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows how chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapy could be inadvertently contributing to the recurrence of some cancers. But the same study also found that a class of lipids could help achieve more effective treatments.

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Can healthy holiday eating actually be unhealthy?

With the holiday season around the corner, tips and tricks for healthy holiday eating are almost unavoidable. But does this unsolicited advice breed unhealthy eating habits in itself?

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Research snapshot: Genetic links to resilience in PTSD patients

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects roughly 20% of all veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The disorder’s unfortunate prominence among those who’ve served prompted Lisa James, Ph.D., and Apostolos Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., to investigate a genetic predisposition for PTSD.  James and Georgopoulos are researchers at the Brain Sciences Center, an interdisciplinary center between the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Neuroscience and the Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

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Almost two decades later, doctor reflects on using embryo selection to save young girl’s life

Molly Nash was not expected to live to the age of 10. But her parents, and John Wagner, M.D., professor with the Department of Pediatrics in the Medical School, refused to let the genetics of her disease have the final word.

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

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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