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Today's News: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Administration

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.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/11/28/u-create-system-wide-policy-child-safety

Research

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.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/181114421.html
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/ci_22077752/researchers-turn-wasps-way-stop-emerald-ash-borer
WCCO-TV
To Watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/11/27/researchers-emerald-ash-borer-killing-wasp-is-extremely-cold-tolerant/
KARE 11
http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=999861
Monte News
http://www.montenews.com/article/20121127/NEWS/121129654/-1/sports

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.
KARE 11
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.
Daily Rx
http://www.dailyrx.com/atrial-fibrillation-associated-sudden-cardiac-death
Food Consumer
http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Nutrition/Minerals/atrial_fibrillation_magnesium_1127120731.html

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.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/11/28/student%E2%80%99s-data-shows-trans-health-disparities

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.
MPR
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.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/181062961.html

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.
MPR
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/28/brod/

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,
CBS News
To Watch: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57555190/19-boy-babies-born-in-a-row-at-minnesota-hospital
Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/28/1-baby-boys-born-over-62-hour-period-at-minneapolis-hospital/
MSNBC
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49986960#.ULZfHUTag69

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.
Rock Hill Herald
http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/11/27/4443742/gottesman-wins-award-for-identifying.html
News-Medical
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121128/University-of-Minnesota-senior-psychology-fellow-wins-2013-Grawemeyer-Award.aspx