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U of M experts discuss health issues related to veterans, soldiers

November 23, 2009

The University of Minnesota is dedicated to advancing and improving the health of those who have served our country, as well as those who are currently in service. As we recognize Veterans Day tomorrow, two University of Minnesota experts who can speak about the health issues veterans and soldiers are facing are:

Bevan Yueh, head of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Department of Otolaryngology
One of the long-term health issues many veterans face is hearing loss due to exposure to artillery and explosives. University of Minnesota physician-researcher Yueh has found that improved screening methods for hearing loss in veterans leads to a higher rate of hearing aid use.

Greg Beilman, professor of surgery and anesthesia and chief of Surgical Critical Care/Trauma at the University of Minnesota
Treating patients in the battlefield is quite different than in a standard health care facility, says Beilman. Supplies are basic - a ventilator, IV machines, hot water, basic operation tools and that's about it. Additionally, nearly two-thirds of the treated conditions include disease, heat-related injury and common illness. Part of Beilman’s medical research focuses on a resuscitation fluid that he hopes will one day increase the survival rates of trauma victims.

To interview one of the experts, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.

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