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U study shows discrepancy in epilepsy drug prescription

May 8, 2003

A new University study found antiepileptic drugs are being prescribed to more than 10 percent of nursing home residents, while only 5 percent to 6 percent of residents actually suffer from epilepsy. The...

U offers free skin cancer screenings

May 5, 2003

As the long, sunny days of summer approach, the University's dermatology department is offering free skin cancer screenings Monday to raise awareness of the disease and its risk factors. Peter Lee, a University...

Conference showcases U surgery center

April 30, 2003

A roomful of surgeons watched a surgeon nudge and cut bloody tissue during a pancreas operation broadcast live Tuesday to a hotel conference room from the University's new Center for Minimally Invasive...

U-trained pharmacists take on new roles

April 21, 2003

Instead of just dispensing medications, pharmacists being trained by the University and working at Twin Cities' Fairview hospitals are taking a greater role in patient care. Reflecting a nationwide trend,...

Police will use riot footage to identify suspects

April 15, 2003

University police are soliciting video and still photographs taken at the riot Saturday night to try to identify revelers involved in crimes. Lt. Chuck Miner said University police will inspect footage...

Social, economic impacts of epidemic intertwine

April 9, 2003

As the AIDS epidemic rages on at rates even higher than the dire predictions of a decade ago, the effects of the disease are increasingly visible beyond infected individuals. The disease has stymied economic...

Pawlenty, U, Mayo advance partnership plans

April 2, 2003

Plans for a proposed genomic and biotechnology research alliance between the University and Mayo Clinic advanced in a meeting with Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday. The three parties met in Rochester, Minn.,...

War worries could have long-term consequences

March 24, 2003

With the first military strikes on Iraq last week, worry and anxiety about diplomacy and the timing of war gave way to concerns regarding the war's length and its potential repercussions. The anxiety surrounding...

New brain study could illuminate conventional economic theory

March 11, 2003

Research suggesting people use different parts of their brains when making different types of decisions might have such far-reaching implications as explaining the choices drug abusers make or why our...

HIPAA medical privacy standards might cause snags

March 4, 2003

With new federal patient medical information privacy laws taking effect April 14, University researchers working with health data are facing some new changes. Although the University's prior emphasis on...

U highlights studies to raise eating disorders awareness

February 26, 2003

This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and the University is taking the opportunity to highlight several research programs offering free treatment to people with eating disorders. New and ongoing...

Law triggers clinics to fine-tune privacy procedures

February 21, 2003

As the April 14 deadline to meet new federal standards for patient medical information privacy nears, University clinicians are in the midst of preparations. Clinicians must go through privacy training,...

U scientists discover genetic links among lupus patients

February 18, 2003

University researchers have identified a genetic link shared by many patients with severe lupus, a discovery which might lead to new diagnosis and treatment methods for a complex disease disproportionately...

Pneumonia booster shots can lose effectivness after one year

February 11, 2003

The pneumonia vaccine booster shot, commonly thought to protect a recipient for life, might leave patients at risk for contracting the disease as soon as one year after receiving the booster, University...

New Fairview breast center offers advanced technology

February 4, 2003

From its new digital mammography to surgery consultation, the newly opened Fairview-University Breast Center offers patients comprehensive care under one roof. Lisa Hurt, Breast Center manager, said it...

U seeks diverse nursing students amid shortage

January 30, 2003

Influenced by a nationwide nursing shortage - minority nurses in particular - the University's Nursing School is sponsoring an off-campus information session Jan. 30 to attract a group of applicants that...

Man was transplant pioneer

January 27, 2003

Richard Lindberg, whose University-performed pancreas transplant helped prove the procedure could work for older patients, died Jan. 17 from complications of heart disease. He was 69. Lindberg was 59 when...

U researchers to participate in studies on schizophrenia

January 24, 2003

University researchers will participate in two of the largest-ever studies evaluating the effectiveness of a new generation of schizophrenia drugs used to treat an illness that often manifests itself around...

U.S. public supports restricted access to alcohol for minors

December 6, 2002

A majority of Americans support alcohol policies that restrict minors' access to alcohol, according to a new University study. Survey respondents strongly supported punishment of adults who provide alcohol...

Law eases organ donation process, declares decisions are legally binding

December 3, 2002

A Minnesotan's wish to be an organ donor after his or her death is now legally binding under a new state law. The law is designed to ease the lengthy organ donation process and help counter the huge disparity...

Genetic research could lead to vaccine for cattle disease

November 25, 2002

University researchers recently deciphered the genetic sequence of a major cow pathogen that annually costs the dairy industry several million dollars. The bacterium responsible for Johne's disease, a...

Leptin protein hints at link between obesity and cancer

November 20, 2002

A protein associated with weight gain has been shown to spur the growth of breast cancer cells, shedding even more light on a link between obesity and cancer. Margot Cleary, the University scientist who...

Study finds city men’s sperm outperforms semi-rural men’s

November 13, 2002

A new study has found the sperm of men in three urban areas, including Minneapolis, outperforms that of men living in a semi-rural area, raising questions about the environmental factors that affect reproductive...

Animal rights advocates and University researchers clash

November 11, 2002

As a major research institution, the University is home to many medical researchers probing the depths of disease and trying to shed light on the mysteries of the human body. Some scientists assert the...

Dr. Paul Rupprecht, former Boynton head, dies of natural causes

November 6, 2002

Dr. Paul Rupprecht, a former director of Boynton Health Service and a pioneer in college health programs, died last Wednesday of natural causes. He was 78. Ed Ehlinger, current Boynton director, called...

Jordanian ambassador speaks at U today in wake of killing

October 29, 2002

A visit to the University from the Jordanian ambassador to the United States will be even more significant following the shooting death yesterday of an American diplomat in Jordan. Karim Kawar, the Jordanian...

Grant will fund U study on link between gum disease and preterm births

October 25, 2002

A grant to the University's School of Dentistry will fund research to determine if a direct relationship exists between gum disease in pregnant women and preterm births and low birth weight. Previous research...

Medical School’s new dean values research, innovation

October 22, 2002

Growing up in outstate Massachusetts, Deborah Powell made the long trip to Boston by bus and train to volunteer at the hospital at which her uncle, a neurosurgeon, worked. Those early experiences in a...

$1.6 million grant to fund neuroscience program

October 18, 2002

A group of middle school students came to the University to watch a sheep brain dissection Wednesday as part of a department of neuroscience outreach program that has recently received a five-year, $1.6...

3M and U to test chemicals

October 8, 2002

University Facilities Management and 3M have partnered to develop and test cleaning products that are safer for both custodians and the environment. 3M scientists will create new cleaning chemicals for...

Cystic fibrosis center joins research network

October 3, 2002

The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center recently gained membership to a research network for the disease, creating greater opportunities to treat patients in the Midwest and across the nation. The center's...

Medtronic partners with U for stem cell research

October 1, 2002

The University has partnered with the Medtronic Foundation to combine stem cell and biomedical engineering research that might allow diseased hearts to heal through regeneration. The Academic Health Center...

U declares war on spam e-mail; filters to debut

September 26, 2002

Inboxes crammed with messages reading, "Get rich quick" or "Lose weight fast" have become more than just an annoyance. The University will soon take steps to filter the glut of junk e-mail clogging its...

Human genetics advances raise legal and ethical issues

September 18, 2002

A University of Georgia law professor said advances in human gene therapy, which might soon allow doctors to detect a potential genetic disease in a patient, will have serious legal and ethical implications. Speaking...

Journalism school takes part in national debate: what to teach?

September 16, 2002

When the president of Columbia University announced this summer he was suspending the search for the new dean of its journalism school, it highlighted an ongoing debate at journalism programs across the...

At ROTC barbecue, students eat the dogs but decline the training

September 5, 2002

Despite growing enrollment in ROTC nationwide, most students attending Tuesday's free barbecue at the Armory were there for the free hot dogs and a look at a Humvee, not to sign up for the officer training...

Group aims to increase student-voter turnout

August 12, 2002

Concerned that politicians aren't listening to young people, six University students formed Votes for Students, a group aimed at making it easier for students to vote. "We think that college students are...

Alumnus gives $1 million to U’s Crookston campus

August 5, 2002

The largest-ever gift to the University's Crookston campus was a way for its donor to give back to the area in which he was raised. Lyle Kasprick and his wife Kathleen designated their $1 million gift...

State cuts work-study, child-care funding

July 8, 2002

Gina Hackett has one semester left to complete her executive assistant degree. Throughout the two-year program at South Central Technical College in Faribault, the single mother has relied on state child-care...

U’s powell to head Ohio State race and ethnicity institute

July 1, 2002

University law professor john a. powell will leave the University in January to lead a new research institute. Powell, founder and current executive director of the University's Institute on Race and Poverty,...

U strives to balance aid in women’s, men’s sports

June 24, 2002

University female athletes might not be receiving equal scholarship opportunities, a women's law group announced last week. The National Women's Law Center, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Title...

Organization awards scholarships to members of GLBT community

June 17, 2002

When a gay Minneapolis man discovered he was HIV-positive in the late 1980s and could die, his situation inspired him to give back to the gay community. Along with three other local men, he founded the...

Challenges await Yudof at chancellor position in Texas

June 10, 2002

When Mark Yudof takes over as chancellor of the University of Texas system, he will face tasks as large as the 15-campus system he will be leading. Several issues will be waiting for Yudof when he gets...

Former U sports icon Paul Giel dies

May 28, 2002

Gophers sports legend and former University athletics director Paul Giel died Wednesday, ending a lifetime involved in University athletics. He was 69. During Giel's 18 years as University athletics director,...