Group in charge of child safety policy began meeting this month
The new work group in charge of creating the University of Minnesota’s first-ever child safety policy began meeting this month in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. The group, which consists of six University faculty members and administrators, will create a University system-wide policy on child safety at the request of President Eric Kaler. Its recommendations are due by March 15.
Emerald ash borer battle takes flight anew
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is using innovative research from the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Forest Service to help determine the next steps against emerald ash borer (EAB). The Forest Service is the first in the nation to study the insects’ cold tolerance, and the University is leading the way in studying flight distance potential of EAB biological control agents.
To Watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/11/27/researchers-emerald-ash-borer-killing-wasp-is-extremely-cold-tolerant/
Researchers issue strong warning about eating grapefruit with certain drugs
Jean Moon, College of Pharmacy, talks about a newly expanded list advising certain prescription drug users to avoid grapefruit.
To Watch: http://www.kare11.com/news/article/999804/391/Researchers-issue-strong-warning-about-eating-grapefruit-with-certain-drugs?odyssey=tab|topnews|bc|large
Atrial fibrillation, cardiac death linked
A little flutter in your heart now and then is nothing to see a doctor about, right? Not necessarily. An irregular heartbeat might be a sign of other heart-related risk factors. ...Lin Y. Chen, M.D., M.S., Medical School, led a study to find out more about that flutter.
Student's data shows trans health disparities
Recent University research reveals significant disparities in transgender health. E. Shor, a student researcher in the School of Public Health, presented the results of the first community-based transgender research initiative in Minnesota on Monday.
Ask Dr. Hallberg: Early cancer detection outpaces cancer differentiation
A new report found routine mammograms have led more than one million women to receive unnecessary breast cancer treatment. ...Dr. Jon Hallberg, MPR's medical analyst and medical director at the Mill City Clinic, discussed the report with MPR's Tom Crann this week.
To Listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/27/health/hallberg-cancer-detection/?refid=0
Commentary and Opinion
In the new Big Ten, adding 2 equals 14
This [the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Conference] should eventually result in new revenue for the conference and its member institutions, including the University of Minnesota.
How to keep the Electoral College while letting people pick our president
We can fix the system, keep the Electoral College and assure that every voter will be equally important come 2016. That solution is called National Popular Vote. It's an artful, state-based solution to the significant problem with our system. ...Laura Brod is a spokesperson for National Popular Vote, a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and a former Republican state legislator.
Updates and Events
19 boy babies born in a row at Minnesota hospital
A Minnesota hospital may have gotten itself into the record books by delivering 19 baby boys in a row. The staff at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis certainly had never heard of that happening before. For more than 62 straight hours no girls were born in the hospital's delivery room,
To Watch: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57555190/19-boy-babies-born-in-a-row-at-minnesota-hospital
U of M senior psychology fellow wins psychology award
A mental health pioneer who explored the basis of schizophrenia and the way mental disorders are classified has won the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Irving Gottesman, the retired Irving and Dorothy Bernstein professor of adult psychiatry and current senior psychology fellow at the University of Minnesota, was named for the prize.
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