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Today's News: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Research

With threats of chemical war in Syria, a new antidote to poisonous cyanide attacks
Research undertaken by Steven E. Patterson, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Drug Design and colleagues has discovered a promising new antidote that could be used to treat many, quickly.
Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/03/20/chemical-war-syria-new-antidote-cyanide/

Rare form of strep gaining ground in Minn.
Patricia Ferrieri, Medical School, led a study finding a rare form of strep gaining ground in Minnesota.
MPR
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/20/health/group-b-strep-study-minnesota

Reusable surgical devices pose cross-contamination risk
David Beebe, Medical School, said the study confirms what other trials have found: Significant contamination exists in the operating room from reusable anesthesia equipment.
Anesthesiology News
http://www.anesthesiologynews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Technology&d_id=8&i=March+2013&i_id=937&a_id=22714

Controversial guidelines suggest patients should be informed what risks lurk in their DNA
Doctors who sequence a patient’s full set of genes for any medical reason should look for two dozen unrelated genetic conditions and tell the individual if they find any of them lurking in the DNA, according to a long-awaited report led by a medical geneticist from Boston. Susan Wolf, U of M Bioethics, comments.
Boston Globe
http://www.boston.com/news/science/blogs/science-in-mind/2013/03/21/controversial-guidelines-suggest-patients-should-informed-what-risks-lurk-their-dna/Z50TUl6zW8k2KlXA1UG5yN/blog.html

Business and Politics

Ethics panel sets high bar for anthrax vaccine research in children
The Obama administration’s bioethics commission on Tuesday laid out guidelines for testing anthrax vaccine in children that make such studies extremely difficult and probably impossible. Michael Osterholm, U of M School of Public Health, comments.
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/ethics-panel-sets-high-bar-for-anthrax-vaccine-research-in-children/2013/03/18/b8e8ba78-9002-11e2-9cfd-36d6c9b5d7ad_story.html

People and Lifestyle

Spring may have sprung, but most gardens are still slumbering
For vegetable lovers, the start of spring can be a cruel tease, hinting of a feast of just-picked peas and spinach and beets, but delivering instead tired iceberg and romaine shipped from distant climes. Terry Nennich is a veggie guy, a horticulture research director at the North Central Research and Outreach Center of the University of Minnesota, which stands about 120 miles from the Canadian border...[he] takes the bringing of vegetable bounty to the northland as a personal and professional challenge.
NPR
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/20/174834830/spring-may-have-sprung-but-most-gardens-are-still-slumbering

10 things you didn't know about dreams
"The primary determinant of whether you'll remember a dream is being awakened during the dream," says Mark Mahowald, U of M Medical School.
Yahoo! Shine
http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/10-things-didn-8217-t-know-dreams-143800918.html

Dr. Jon Hallberg: Too few kids getting HPV vaccine
Despite recommendations by doctors, fewer parents are actually getting their children vaccinated against human papillomavirus. Dr. Jon Hallberg, a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, speaks with MPR News on the topic.
MPR
To Listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/19/health/hallberg-hpv

Unique transplant surgery counters bacterial illness
A procedure that no one would envy has given a Twin Cities woman the ability to live a normal life again. Alexander Khoruts, U of M Medical School, spoke on fecal transplants use for c-difficile.
KARE 11
To Watch: http://www.kare11.com/news/article/1017105/391/Unique-transplant-surgery-counters-bacterial-illness

Giving blood not just for humans, pets do it, too
Blood can also save the lives of pets. And no one knows that better than the veterinarians at the University of Minnesota. Elizabeth Olmstead, a technician at U of M Veterinary Medical Center, comments.
WCCO-TV
To Watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/03/20/giving-blood-not-just-for-humans-pets-do-it-too/

Binge drinking effects for women 2013
Do you drink too much? The surprising truth: Toben Nelson, School of Public Health, helps provide an answer to the question.
Refinery29
http://www.refinery29.com/binge-drinking

Commentary and Opinion

Similarities seen between Tanzania lion debate, Minn. wolf hunt
What do lions in Tanzania have to do with wolves in northern Minnesota? A New York Times opinion piece seems to show parallels between lion hunting in Africa, and wolf hunting in Minnesota. KSTP-TV spoke via Skype with the University of Minnesota's lion expert, Craig Packer, who is currently in Tanzania.
KSTP-TV
To Watch: http://kstp.com/news/stories/s2968994.shtml

Updates and Events

U disputes claim of 'rubber-stamping' patients into drug research
University of Minnesota officials have investigated a concern raised by a bioethics professor — that U psychiatrists might have “rubber-stamped” vulnerable schizophrenic patients into drug studies — and concluded it is “completely false.”
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/199278051.html

Health notes: U of M ranks fifth for rural medicine
The University of Minnesota Medical School ranks fifth in the nation for rural medicine in the latest ratings by U.S. News & World Report.
Duluth News Tribune
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/262031/group/Business/

U of M lost money on its first year of alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium
The University of Minnesota sold nearly $1 million in beer and wine at TCF Bank Stadium last year — and lost money. By the university’s reckoning, football fans bought more than $907,000 worth of alcohol in the first year of sales at the stadium. But by the time vendors took their cut and the university finished paying for security and startup costs, the university was out $15,516.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/199077011.html
Associated Press
http://www.twincities.com/gophers/ci_22825672/university-minnesota-stadium-alcohol-sales-lost-money-school

Giving blood not just for humans, pets do it, too
Blood can also save the lives of pets. And no one knows that better than the veterinarians at the University of Minnesota. Elizabeth Olmstead, a technician at U of M Veterinary Medical Center, comments.
WCCO-TV
To Watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/03/20/giving-blood-not-just-for-humans-pets-do-it-too/

U of M Regents Professor named prestigious Cozzarelli Prize recipient
U of M Regents Professor Apostolos Georgopoulos, Medical School, named prestigious Cozzarelli Prize recipient by PNAS in the Biological Sciences category.
Phys.org
http://phys.org/wire-news/125145300/university-of-minnesota-regents-professor-named-prestigious-cozz.html