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Fighting hydrocephalus

“Here at the University of Minnesota, hydrocephalus is the most common condition we treat in pediatric neurosurgery,” explained Daniel Guillaume, M.D., M.S., associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School, “and as such we are constantly searching for better treatments.”

Hydrocephalus is a serious condition with many causes, which in some cases are not fully understood. The primary characteristic is the buildup of too much cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain and spinal cord. That causes potentially harmful pressure on brain tissue. Without treatment, the outcome can result in severe disability and even death.

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5 tips for healthy oral hygiene in kids

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. To celebrate the occasion, we spoke with Elise Sarvas, D.D.S., M.P.H., a board certified pediatric dentist and clinical assistant professor at the School of Dentistry, to get some tips and tricks parents can follow to ensure their child’s pearly whites stay healthy.

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RWJF “Clinical Scholars” team invests in education to improve oral health for MN kids with special health care needs

An interprofessional trio of University of Minnesota healthcare providers have been selected for a 3-year cohort of Clinical Scholars, a new national leadership program through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Through the program, the team will explore and work to address gaps in dental care for children with special health care needs in Minnesota.

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HPV vaccine changes dosage requirements

Good news for children age 14 and under: the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine now only requires two shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that children can now receive one less shot than previously required, and still effectively protect themselves against HPV.

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Arkansas mumps outbreak raises concerns here in Minn.

The Arkansas Department of Health is investigating a mumps outbreak, possibly infecting more than 400 people, most of them children. This raises concerns right here in our state.

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Vaccinations before travel: What you need to know

Receiving proper vaccinations before traveling to certain regions of the world is highly recommended, and oftentimes required. However, it’s not always clear when and where vaccinations are necessary.

To help clarify, Health Talk spoke with Mark R. Schleiss, M.D., co-director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR) at the University of Minnesota.

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