It's unknown whether influenza vaccine helps the elderly
The majority of consumers for influenza vaccine are children and people aged 65 or older. But a review study in Lancet Infectious Diseases found that no solid trials provide evidence to suggest that influenza vaccine protects the elderly. The finding came after M.T. Osterholm of University of Minnesota and colleagues analysed 31 studies out of more than 5,000 studies/trials of influenza vaccines recorded in medical databases.
Harnessing the power of awe to change your life
Researchers at Stanford University recently discovered that even a tiny dose of awe can bring a feeling of greater life satisfaction. Melanie Rudd and Jennifer Aaker from Stanford University and Kathleen D. Vohs from University of Minnesota conducted three experiments soon to be published in Psychological Science.
Business and Politics
Obama, Ryan slam each other while courting Iowa voters
Jean Abraham, associate professor at the U's School of Public Health, talks about Ryan vs. Obama Medicare plans.
Pawlenty won't be Romney's running mate
Professor Heather LaMarre of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication said last summer that the general public knew little about Pawlenty, and because of that, the charge that he is boring could stick. “(And) it’s very difficult to overcome a first impression,” she said.
Secretaries of state fashion new, activist roles
A number of activist secretaries of state are dramatically changing a once nonpartisan job that involves supervising elections. ...In a country so divided along party lines, secretaries should be wary of partisan politics, said Doug Chapin, a University of Minnesota researcher and director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration.
State laws vary widely on voting rights for felons
Felon disenfranchisement has an impact on the national political debate, said Christopher Uggen, a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota and the lead researcher for The Sentencing Project report.
New America Media
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. at Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder
Dr. Charles Schulz, head of the department of psychiatry at the U, talks about Rep. Jesse Jackson's bipolar disorder.
Ethanol plant closures cause DDGS supply issues
The 2012 drought is not only taking its toll on U.S. Midwest crop and livestock producers. Ethanol plants also are succumbing as high corn prices dry up their operating margins. ...“High corn prices are not only affecting pork producers, but they are also causing ethanol plants to shut down or reduce ethanol and DDGS production due to negative profit margins,” says Dr. Jerry Shurson, professor of swine nutrition and management, University of Minnesota.
Updates and Events
Fighting back against heart disease, the No 1 killer of Americans
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men (and women) in the U.S. ...Men often develop and die from heart disease at a younger age than women, says Russell Luepker, Mayo professor of public health at the University of Minnesota and a spokesman for the American Heart Association.
Why Minnesota is ranked #1 in healthcare systems
Dr. Dan Zismer, Director of the U's Master in Healthcare Administration Program, talks about why MN is ranked #1 in healthcare systems.
Doctor says businesses can help slow West Nile virus
Business owners and operators need to be vigilant against the spread of West Nile virus even though aerial spraying is taking place, a top health official [Dr. John Carlo, U of M CIDRP] said Monday.
Dallas Business Journal