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Research Snapshot: Some melanoma survivors still practice unhealthy sun behaviors

As spring and summer months approach, sun protection becomes more pertinent, especially for melanoma survivors. However, a recent study by Rachel Vogel, Ph.D, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School found this segment of the population may not be taking necessary sun safety precautions.

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Staying safe during upcoming heat wave

Dangerous heat waves are affecting much of the United States, and Minnesota is bracing for a hot couple of days.

With excessive heat warnings covering most of the state, there are several dangers and safety concerns to consider.

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E. coli in our lakes: What does it really mean?

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the personal blog of University of Minnesota associate professor of biosciences Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.
Johnson’s research at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine includes investigations into antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens, microbial communities in the animal gastrointestinal tract, and multidrug resistance of E. coli and Salmonella in both humans and animals.

If you follow the local news, or have children that love swimming, you have probably noticed an increasing number of beaches in Minnesota closed recently due to high E. coli levels. Just in Minneapolis, Lake Hiawatha Beach and Lake Calhoun’s Thomas and 32nd Street beaches were recently closed in response to high E. coli counts in the water. The simple phrase “E. coli” strikes fear into the hearts of anyone who has ever experienced gastrointestinal distress. However, it is important to understand what E. coli actually is and what “high E. coli levels” actually means to our lakes.

What is E. coliE. coli stands for Escherichia coli. This is the formal name for a species of bacteria in honor of the German-Austrian physician Theodor Escherich, who first identified the bacteria associated with digestion in infants. Here are the important take-home messages about E. coli:

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Tips for avoiding summer burns

After a long winter, many folks are eager to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities that come with summer. Ingrid Polcari, M.D., an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology, offers some tips to Health Talk readers on how to avoid sun as well as sunburns and thermal burns.

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