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January 31, 2006

Nursing Home Report Card

Minnesotans now have a new online tool to help them assess and choose a nursing home, the Nursing Home Report Card. Professor Robert Kane, who holds the university’s chair in long-term care and aging, worked closely with state officials in developing the site that rates Minnesota’s 396 certified nursing homes. Kane says the report card is one of the most comprehensive in the nation.

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January 30, 2006

Chinese New Year

This past Sunday, January 29th, marked the first day of the Chinese new year, the Year of the Dog. Jennifer Wu Dunn, a community program associate with the U of M’ s China Center, says no one knows for sure just how old the Chinese calendar is.

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January 27, 2006

Historical Perspective on Immigration Debate

Some of the issues raised in the current debate over illegal immigration sound surprisingly familiar to the ones voiced when legal immigration was debated in the 19th century, says Donna Gabaccia, director of the U of M’s Immigration History Center.

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January 26, 2006

Agriculture Production Costs

Minnesota farmers should prepare for increased production costs during the 2006 growing season, says Bob Craven, director of the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota Extension.

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January 25, 2006

Minnesota's Population Growth

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts the population of the United States will reach 300 million people in October. John Adams, professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota, says Minnesota fares well nationally when it comes to population growth.

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January 24, 2006

Ataxia Gene

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered the gene responsible for a type of ataxia, an incurable degenerative brain disease affecting movement and coordination. Laura Ranum, a geneticist in the Medical School, says the discovery will lead to improved patient diagnoses and give insight into the causes of ataxia.

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January 23, 2006

Comet Dust

University of Minnesota physicist Bob Pepin will be closely checking his mail these next few weeks. Pepin is expecting a package from NASA with a sample of comet dust collected during NASA’s recently completed Stardust mission. Pepin says analyzing the dust will help answer questions about how earth and the rest of the solar system formed.

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January 20, 2006

Ovarian Cancer Research

The National Cancer Institute has issued new post-surgery treatment guidelines for women with advanced ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer typically strikes women in their 50s and 60s and causes more deaths in American women than any other cancer—16,210 last year. The new treatments extend the life of cancer victims, on average, by 16 months. Doctor Linda Carson, a physician and cancer researcher at the University of Minnesota, led local research that contributed to the new recommendations.

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January 19, 2006

Minnesota's Agriculture Economy

Driving down Minnesota country roads you may not think of cows, pigs and turkeys as engines of economic prosperity, but they are. Brian Buhr, applied economics professor at the U, explains how animal agriculture plays a vitality role in the economies of Greater Minnesota communities.

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January 18, 2006

Carlson School

A new survey of U of M Carlson School of Management alumni shows they are making significant contributions to Minnesota’s economy. According to Bob Ruekert, the school’s associate dean for undergraduate programs, Carlson alumni provide the state with an impressive return on investment.

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January 17, 2006

Antibiotic Resistance

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics has become a leading health care concern of the 21st century. The need for more research in antibiotic resistance is obvious, says Timna Wyckoff, an assistant professor of biology at the U of M Morris. Wyckoff has been taking a close look at antibiotic resistance among conventional and organic dairy cows.

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January 16, 2006

Martin Luther King Day

Today Americans honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King’s impact on American society has been significant, says Keith Mayes, an assistant professor of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota.

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January 13, 2006

Excessive Sweating

About one percent of Americans suffer from hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating of the palms, armpits, and soles of the feet. Unfortunately, January’s sub-zero temperatures provide no relief to patients. But according to Dr. Rafael Andrade, a University of Minnesota surgery professor, treatments are available.

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January 12, 2006

Parenting Teenagers

Becoming a teenager can be a difficult transition. Parenting teens through this time of growth and change can be even more challenging. U of M Extension family relations specialist, Colleen Gengler, talks about the role of family to teenagers.

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January 11, 2006

Dry Skin

Is your skin a little dry and flaky these days? If so, you’re not alone. It’s another consequence of living in a cold environment for several months a year. But it’s not the cold. It’s the low humidity, says Dr. Jeff Lander, a resident in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Dermatology. Who is most susceptible?

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January 10, 2006

Bees

Just about everybody likes honey. But bees and what they produce have some surprising medicinal properties according to Marla Spivak, professor in the U’s entomology department. She gives us the latest buzz on bees.

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January 9, 2006

Food Labeling

It’s a new year, and food manufacturers must now list on product labels the amount of trans fatty acids contained in their products. This comes after years of research linking higher consumption of trans fatty acids to coronary heart disease, says University of Minnesota epidemiologist Lisa Harnack.

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January 6, 2006

Grapes and Wine

When people think of wine production, the state of Minnesota does not immediately spring to mind. But according to U of M horticulturist Jim Luby, U research and our marvelous summers are fueling a burgeoning wine industry.

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January 5, 2006

Gardens and Seeds

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s never too early to start thinking spring. U horticulturist Neil Anderson has some tips for people who are already planning to plant spring and summer gardens.

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January 4, 2006

Winter Pet Care

Below-zero temperatures are hard on dogs and cats, but the cold is not the most dangerous part of winter for our pets. The #1 danger? Anti-freeze, says Dr. Justine Lee, an emergency-room veterinarian at the University of Minnesota.

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January 3, 2006

Exercise Programs

The holidays are over, it’s a new year, and if you’re like most people, you’ve put on an extra couple of pounds. Now you want to start an exercise program, but how much exercise is enough? Mark Pereira, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, provides some insight.

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January 2, 2006

Women's Nutrition

With women participating in sports in record numbers, maintaining good nutrition is as important to good performance as practice and talent. Linda Brady, food science and nutrition professor at the U, talks about nutritional needs for women who compete.

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