Research from Assistant Professor Hyun Kim shows that 9/11 first-responders with asthma have higher rates of disability and premature retirement.
Regents Professor Michael Osterholm and CIDRAP are working with the WHO to develope R&D roadmaps targeting Ebola/Marburg, Nipah, and Lassa viruses.
A statistical model created by PhD student Yang Liu placed fourth out of twenty-one teams in the CDC’s annual influenza forecasting competition.
PhD student Deirdre Green was awarded the 2017-18 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to pursue research focusing on health and injuries among janitors.
PhD student Maria Sundaram is a featured expert in the New England Journal of Medicine’s upcoming influenza vaccine online forum Aug. 16-25.
Associate Professor George Maldonado and alumna Anne Jurek (PhD, ‘04) received the 2017 General Best Paper award from the American College of Epidemiology and the Annals of Epidemiology.
Deer ticks carrying Lyme disease-inducing bacteria are rapidly spreading across the Midwest according to new research from Assistant Professor Jonathan Oliver.
Deer ticks are found across Minnesota and they carry a number of diseases, including Lyme disease. We asked tickborne researcher Jonathan Oliver how we can protect ourselves.
“There’s definitely been an increase in the number of tickborne diseases in Minnesota over the last 20 or more years,” says Oliver. He credits the increase to the spread of deer ticks.
Oliver says about 30 percent of adult ticks carry the bacteria for Lyme disease, which is transmitted from deer ticks to humans after the tick bites and has a number of symptoms including fever and fatigue and, if left untreated, can spread to the joints, the heart, or the nervous system. “This is by far the most significant tickborne disease in the country and in Minnesota,” he says.
“To protect yourself from tickborne diseases, check regularly after you’ve been in tick habitats, mainly forested areas,” says Oliver. If you find you have a tick attached, Oliver says you should use a pair of tweezers to pull the tick off of the skin.
“It takes at least 24 hours for the Lyme disease bacteria to be transmitted into your body,” Oliver says. So as long as you’re checking regularly and you’re sure the tick has been attached for less than 24 hours, he says you have a low chance of being infected with Lyme disease.
Professor Susan Goodwin Gerberich received the University’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education for her teaching excellence, mentoring dozens of graduate students, and conducting extensive student-involved research.
2017 NORA Symposium speaker Thomas Wickizer answers questions about the opioid epidemic’s severity and causes within occupational health and the general population.