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Today's News Thursday, January 17, 2013


When pills fail, this, er, option provides a cure
The treatment may sound appalling, but it works. Transplanting feces from a healthy person into the gut of one who is sick can quickly cure severe intestinal infections caused by a dangerous type of bacteria that antibiotics often cannot control. Dr. Alexander Khoruts, a gastroenterologist at the University of Minnesota who has performed the transplants in more than 100 patients, comments.
New York Times
Boston Globe
Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

A new tool targeting asian carp?
By most measures, Eden Prairie’s Staring Lake is a dead lake – native game fish have been crowded out by an overabundance of common carp. Now, those fish have become the guinea pigs in a research project aimed at controlling their leaping cousins. University of Minnesota fisheries researcher Peter Sorensen, comments.
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University of Minnesota describes research in obesity, fitness and wellness
Investigators discuss new findings in Obesity, Fitness and Wellness. According to news reporting from Minneapolis, Minnesota, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Vitamin D and calcium have traditionally been viewed in relation to bone health. However, recent research has suggested relations between these nutrients and cardiovascular disease.

Study: Fond du Lac Band pumps $305 million Into Minnesota economy
A recently released study from the University of Minnesota-Duluth's Bureau of Business and Economic Research reveals the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa contributed about $305 million to the northeast Minnesota economy in 2011—something it largely credits to its business diversity.
Indian Country Today Media Network

Semiconductor group eyes research beyond silicon
Priorities for research have now been set for the next five years, and silicon is no longer on the agenda. Many alternatives to silicon have been discussed, including structures made from tiny carbon tubes or a film of pure carbon called graphene. A University of Minnesota laboratory will lead research on that technology under the new STARnet program.
Wall Street Journal

Researchers attack HIV's final defenses before drug-resistant mutations emerge
Scientists who study HIV are facing a troubling consequence of their own success. They created drugs that can now give infected patients almost normal life expectancy. However, those same drugs will eventually cause the constantly mutating virus to evolve into a form that eludes current treatments. Research at the University of Minnesota is underway to design drugs that target the RNase H enzyme and inhibit its activity.
Infection Control Today

Little harmony on Minnesota wild rice sulfate study
Determining which waters should or have held wild rice is only part of the sulfate review ordered by the 2011 Minnesota Legislature. The PCA also is heading scientific studies of exactly how sulfate damages wild rice. That research is under way in lakes and rivers across the state as well as in a University of Minnesota Duluth laboratory.
Duluth News Tribune

People and Lifestyle

Flu vaccine attitudes abroad differ from U.S.
The flu hasn't hit Europe as hard as it has the United States, health officials say, but when and if it does, don't expect a call for vaccination of the entire population. Only the U.S. and Canada actually encourage everyone older than 6 months to get the flu vaccine. Michael Osterholm, director of the Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance at the University of Minnesota, comments.

How far off is a better flu shot?
Someday you may only have to get a flu shot every five years. The vaccine has to be updated every year to account for the flu's changes. But forecasting what those changes will be is tough. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, comments.
National Geographic

Cold Play: Exercise outside to prevent winter weight gain and seasonal blues
It’s completely understandable: When winter comes and the thermometer bottoms out, you run for the gym and lock yourself to the treadmill. One of the biggest benefits to cold-weather workouts, however, may be psychological.  William Roberts, M.D. and professor at the University of Minnesota, comments.

Geriatrician in chief
James Pacala, M.D. and associate director of the department of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota, is interviewed on what physicians should know about caring for older adults.
Minnesota Medicine

Updates and Events

Robotics Alley announces "Robotics Day" at the Minnesota State Capitol
Government leaders and staffers will get a chance to meet some of Minnesota's most fascinating robots on January 28 when Robotics Alley hosts "Minnesota Robotics Day" in the rotunda of the State Capitol. "Robotics excellence is one of the key initiatives of Eric Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota," said Robotics Alley's Executive Director, Andrew Borene.
Market Watch

ClearWay Minnesota funds studies on menthol cigarette
Today, the ClearWay Minnesota Board of Directors approved two new research grants that will fund studies examining menthol cigarettes in Minnesota. A third grant, also for a menthol-focused research project, was approved by the Board in November. Research grantees, including the University of Minnesota and the Public Health Law Center, will receive more than $360,000 through these awards.
PR Newswire

Schumacher speaks at writer’s series session
Julie Schumacher, University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program faculty member and author of “The Body is Water,” “The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls,” “Black Box” and other works, is the featured speaker at the January “Writers on Writing” program sponsored by ArtReach St. Croix.
Stillwater Gazette