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Unique 3D-printed transparent skull provides opportunity to watch brain activity in real time

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a unique 3D-printed transparent skull implant for mice that provides an opportunity to watch activity of the entire brain surface in real time.
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New $9.7 million NIH grant project seeks to improve hearing restoration

The University of Minnesota announced today that it will lead a $9.7 million grant over the next five years from the National Institutes for Health BRAIN Initiative to develop a new implantable device and surgical procedure with the goal of restoring more natural hearing to people who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing.
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A novel approach for treating inflammatory arthritis

Researchers at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with researchers at Medtronic, have shown that noninvasive daily ultrasound stimulation of the spleen in mice with inflammatory arthritis resulted in significantly less joint swelling compared to arthritic mice that were not treated.
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UMN researchers develop new way to study cancer cells in a 3D in vitro model

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a way to study cancer cells which could lead to new and improved treatment. They have developed a new way to study these cells in a 3D in vitro model (i.e. in a culture dish rather than in a human or animal).
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Brain-zapping implants that change mood and lift depression

Teams of researchers are developing sesame seed-size neuro-implants that detect brain activity that signals depression and then deliver targeted electrical zaps to elevate your mood. It's very early days in the science and technology but recent studies suggest that we're on the path. Links to scientific papers below. Fortunately, the goal is to develop tools and a methodology more precise than the horrifically blunt "shock therapy" of last century. From Science News: DARPA, a Department of...
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UMN researchers focus on improving dermatologic care for sexual and gender minority patients

University of Minnesota researchers recently published an opinion piece in JAMA Dermatology focused on standardizing collection of sexual orientation and gender identity in dermatology clinical settings.
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Biomedical engineers stop cancer cells from moving and spreading

A new study by University of Minnesota biomedical engineers shows how they stopped cancer cells from moving and spreading, even when the cells changed their movements. The discovery could have a major impact on millions of people undergoing therapies to prevent the spread of cancer within the body.
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U.S. immigration changes a person's gut microbiome

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Somali, Latino, and Hmong Partnership for Health and Wellness have new evidence that the gut microbiota of immigrants and refugees rapidly Westernize after a person's arrival in the United States.
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New 3D printed light receptors mark important step toward creating ‘bionic eye’

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have, for the first time, fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface. This discovery marks a significant step toward creating a "bionic eye" that could someday help blind people see or sighted people see better.
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New 3D-printed device could help spinal cord injury patients regain some function

Engineers and medical researchers at the University of Minnesota have teamed up to create a groundbreaking 3D-printed device that could someday help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function.
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FAU and partners receive NIH research grant to shed light on sleep loss and metabolic disorders

A neuroscientist from Florida Atlantic University's Jupiter Life Science Initiative and collaborators from the University of Minnesota and Stowers Institute for Medical Research recently a received a four-year, $1.68 million R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences for a project titled, "Understanding Complex Trait Architecture through Population Genomics."
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Nonhuman animals too fall for the "sunk cost" fallacy.

" In a study published on Thursday in the journal Science, investigators at the University of Minnesota reported that mice and rats were just as likely as humans to be influenced by sunk costs " (NYT).“Whatever is going on in the humans is also going on in the nonhuman animals,” said A. David Redish, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and an author of the study....“Evolution by natural selection would not promote any behavior unless it had some — perhaps obscure — net ove...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Oxford, Evolution, University of Minnesota, Ann Althouse, Kacelnik, David Redish, Alex Kacelnik

"Mindfulness might be unhelpful for dealing with difficult assignments at work, but it may be exactly what is called for in other contexts."

"There is no denying that mindfulness can be beneficial, bringing about calm and acceptance. Once you’ve reached a peak level of acceptance, however, you’re not going to be motivated to work harder."The last paragraph of "Hey Boss, You Don’t Want Your Employees to Meditate" (NYT) by the behavioral scientists Kathleen D. Vohs (of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota) and Andrew C. Hafenbrack (of the Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics). [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Psychology, Law, Careers, Meditation, Commerce, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Ann Althouse, Kathleen D Vohs, Andrew C Hafenbrack, Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics

Investigational therapy for heart failure uses patient's own cells to stimulate natural healing response

The University of Minnesota is the first institution in the state to participate in the phase III clinical trial for CardiAmp Therapy. Previous clinical studies of this therapy have been promising and have shown improvements in patients' quality of life and heart function.
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‘Nightmare bacteria’ stalk U.S. hospitals

By Liz Szabo, California Healthline The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected more than 220 cases last year of a rare breed of “nightmare bacteria” that are virtually untreatable and capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics, according to a new report. Although the CDC has warned of the danger of antibiotic-resistant bacteria for years, the new report helps illustrate the scope of the problem. Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, sa...
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New 3D-printed artificial models mimic the look and feel of real organs

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These patient-specific organ models, which include integrated soft sensors, can be used for practice surgeries to improve surgical outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide.
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First-of-its-kind nonsynthetic, decellularized graft one step closer to clinical trials

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new lab-grown blood vessel replacement that is composed completely of biological materials, but surprisingly doesn't contain any living cells at implantation. The vessel, that could be used as an "off the shelf" graft for kidney dialysis patients, performed well in a recent study with nonhuman primates.
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New discovery could have major impact on therapies to prevent spread of cancer

A research study led by University of Minnesota engineers gives new insight into how cancer cells move based on their ability to sense their environment. The discovery could have a major impact on therapies to prevent the spread of cancer.
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Novel 3D-printed stretchable electronic fabric could give robots the ability to feel

Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics on real human skin.
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New conferences sponsored by University of Minnesota to focus on informed consent in research

On Wednesday and Thursday, March 8-9, the University of Minnesota will host experts from across the nation to lay the groundwork for improving informed consent in research with human participants. The two days of conferences and training sessions are collectively titled "Frontier Issues in Research Ethics."
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Researchers discover groundbreaking process to rewarm large-scale preserved tissues

A research team, led by the University of Minnesota, has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures.
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First step to help preserved organs survive the deep freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-freezing donated organs might one day help improve the transplant supply but scientists must first figure out how to thaw the delicate tissue without it cracking. Now researchers are taking a first step toward that goal, using nanotechnology to create super heaters for preserved tissue. University of Minnesota researchers call their approach […]
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The Psychology Behind Making Money on Social Media

There is a new strategy that baffles some people’s social media. It isn’t cheating, either—psychology is something which has been around as long as we have been smart enough to acknowledge that it’s there. You use psychology every day, too. You may not realize it, but it’s there, hiding in the shadows of your subconscious, waiting to be revealed through some past experience or relationship. I wanted to write about something that would resonate with every business owner active on social media: t...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Trust, Seo, Social Media Marketing, FLO, Relationship Building, Social Media Strategy, University of Minnesota, Pavlov, Progressive Insurance, Social Media Marketing World, Audience Engagement, Social Engagement, Progressive Girl Facebook

Innovative discovery could help life-saving oral drugs work efficiently and faster

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company have discovered a new method for customizing ingredients that help oral medications dissolve in the body and be absorbed into the bloodstream.
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Research reveals role of endoglin in shaping blood and cardiac cell fate during early development

New research from the University of Minnesota reveals endoglin as a critical factor in determining the fate of early undifferentiated cells during development.
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Biomedical engineers develop artificial blood vessels capable of growth within recipient

In a groundbreaking new study led by University of Minnesota biomedical engineers, artificial blood vessels bioengineered in the lab and implanted in young lambs are capable of growth within the recipient.
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New global map shines light on genetic roots of diseases

A global genetic interaction map is revolutionizing how genes are being studied. A new study, involving University of Minnesota researchers, is no longer looking at genes as loners, but instead as a social network of the body, interacting in groups. The new approach may ultimately change our understanding of the genetic roots of diseases.
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CDC Confirms Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted Through Unprotected Sex

Oh, great. As if we didn’t have enough problems already. The CDC just announced that men can contract Zika through unprotected anal sex with other men infected with the virus. Related: Oklahoma Wants To Ban People With STDs From Getting Married So far, seven cases of sexual transmission of the virus have been reported in the United States. One of those cases involved a Dallas man who was infected with the virus while traveling in Venezuela. Two days after returning to the U.S., his symptoms dev...
Tags: Health, Feature, Cdc, Sex, Gay, United States, Dallas, Venezuela, Evergreen, STI, STD, Oklahoma, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Semi-evergreen, Zika

Why Skiing? How A Sport Saved My Life

About the author: Scott “Bjorn” Cummings is a Postbaccalaureate  student working towards his Academic Behavorial Strategist K-12 (ABS) Special Education License at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  When he is not in school or on the ski trail, he enjoys biking, reading, cheering on the Minnesota Twins and cooking. After completing my second American Birkebeiner this year I asked my old mathematics professor and current mentor Lawrence Gray: why did skiing make such a positive impact on my...
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Making Sense of the 2016 Depression Screening Guidelines

As it did in 2002 and again in 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has once again recommended that primary care physicians and family doctors routinely screen for clinical depression in their patients. Why? Because undiagnosed and untreated depression remains one of the greatest public health problems of modern times. For the first time ever, the new guidelines also recommend that screenings be conducted during and after pregnancy, as many women are susceptible to postpartum...
Tags: Psychology, General, Disorders, Depression, New York Times, Policy and advocacy, Clinical Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, JAMA, University of Minnesota, US Preventive Services Task Force, Depression Quiz, Depression Screening, Major Depression, Screening For Depression, Screening For Depression In Adults

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