University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have determined that lung cancer screenings using a low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) scan can reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent. The research, led by professor Timothy R. Church, Ph.D., is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Lung cancer is the largest contributor to [...]
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The University of Minnesota School of Public Health, along with the Minnesota Department of Health, has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a Food Safety Center of Excellence that will help prevent and respond to foodborne illnesses. The center will provide resources for state and local officials to [...]
Susan Goodwin Gerberich first met Leon Robertson as a student in a summer course on injury epidemiology he co-taught at the Uni- versity of Minnesota School of Public Health in the 1970s and 1980s. “The message was, ‘injuries are not accidents,’” Gerberich recalls. That message stunned her—and piqued her interest in injury prevention. After earning [...]
Farming and ranching have always been dangerous businesses, with agricultural workers experiencing death from injury nine times more than people in all other occupations combined. What’s more, agricultural families often live at the workplace, making children and adults susceptible to hazards every day, and not just 9-5. In 1990, SPH environmental epidemiology professor Susan Gerberich [...]
Bentson Foundation gives $1.5 million to the U of M’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
The University of Minnesota has received a gift of $1.5 million from the Bentson Foundation to support the mission of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
Nicholas Kelley has been named a fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity initiative at the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The use of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening reduces deaths from colorectal cancer cases by more than 25 percent. That’s according to results from the first randomized clinical trial in the United States that looked at the effectiveness of sigmoidoscopy.
Deborah L. Swackhamer, co-director of the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, presented recently on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water resources and implications for human health at a two-day workshop, hosted by the Institute of Medicine.
For weeks, scientific debate has focused on the publication of two studies that document the lab creation of H5N1 virus, or bird flu. The debate included varying opinions about the case-fatality rate — in other words, how deadly the virus might be if transferred to the human population.
The University of Minnesota will receive $1.6 million a year for the next five years to fund the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). UMASH is one of nine U.S. Centers of Excellence in Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). UMASH [...]