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Unfamiliarity with naloxone rules leads to low prescribing rates among MN providers

A survey from the College of Pharmacy found that many Minnesota providers don’t fully understand naloxone legislation, and many remain wary to prescribe it. The results were recently published in Substance Abuse.

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outreach

CUHCC legal clinic merges human rights with medical care

At the Community-University Health Care Center, a long-standing medical-legal partnership offers patients legal resources alongside care.

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expert-perspectives

Cervical cancer is killing more women than medical experts thought, study says

“In my opinion, the study’s most disturbing revelation was this: black women living in the United States die at the same rate from cervical cancer as women living in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Christopher Pennell, Ph.D., associate director for Community Engagement at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, referring to a recent study about cervical cancer. “If this isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.”

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education

Just what the doctor prescribed: A lesson in Rx dangers for middle schoolers

From prescription drug abuse to “skittles parties” and medication missteps, the growing need for education about proper prescription drug use is here to stay.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs trail only marijuana and alcohol as the most frequently abused substances by people 14 and older. Teens and pre-teens nationwide are seeing more pills pop up, too, as the number of medications prescribed increases.

As the opportunities to misuse medicine grow, an education in the dangers of taking too many pills, not the right kind of pills, someone else’s pills, and counterfeit medication found online has become an important part of growing up healthy.

Programs like the University of Minnesota’s branch of AWARxE are providing just that kind of information to Minnesota’s preteens.

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u-of-m-voices

Medical mission to Haiti: An eventful day at the clinic!

During the University of Minnesota’s spring break, March 15-23, a group of U of M pharmacy and nursing students will spend time in Haiti on a medical mission trip. Follow their experiences here on Health Talk all week, or check in on their progress at www.reachh.org where posts originally appear.

It was quite an eventful day at our clinic today!

We came a little later than yesterday due to a quick stop at the local pharmacy to pick up two medications. When we arrived, we had around 100 patients lined up at the door waiting for us!

We did the best we could to try and get as many patients in as possible but, sadly, we still had to turn away 50 patients and ask them to return tomorrow.

Here are the official statistics for the third day of clinic: We saw 112 patients, did one blood sugar test, administered two vaccines, treated three wounds, administered three prescription immunizations, discovered two positive cases of malaria, and filled 355 prescriptions!

Tomorrow is the last day of our clinic. Wish us all the best in having enough energy to help as many patients as we can!

Members of our REACHH healthcare team include: Ben, Cheryl, Stacy, Vanessa, Brenda, Camille, Kim, Phat, Kelly, Emily, Aaron, Jill, Rich and Christopher.

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u-of-m-voices

Medical mission to Haiti: We’re here! (and they were waiting for us)

During the University of Minnesota’s spring break, March 15-23, a group of U of M pharmacy and nursing students will spend time in Haiti on a medical mission trip. Follow their experiences here on Health Talk all week, or check in on their progress at www.reachh.org where posts originally appear.

On the first day of clinic of 2013 and we were able to see 56 patients. There were a few wrinkles along the way…

Our three nursing students from Denver turned into eight (with five Iowans here for a malaria study) and we set up in a different area of the school than we had in our previous 2012 trip. We carried far more medications to the clinic and we had five new members of the team. But the important things stayed the same.

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