Top Five Medical Research Highlights for 2014

Female researcher using a pipet.

Last year (2014) brought many triumphs in the realm of medical research at the U of M. Here are five of the outstanding discoveries:

  • AIDS patients who started HIV treatment 46 weeks after being diagnosed with Cryptococcal meningitis—an AIDS-related fungal infection—had a 15 percent better survival rate than those who started the treatment 12 weeks after the diagnosis.
  • A clinical trial offered hope that the quality of life can be improved for patients with a painful blistering condition known as epidermolysis bullosa.
  • Children with chronic pancreatitis can enjoy pain relief and improved quality of life if the pancreas is removed and its hormone-secreting islet cells transplanted back.
  • Negative emotions are linked to a higher risk of strokes and transient ischemic attacks (“mini-strokes”) in middle-aged and older adults.
  • Some cardiac stem cells believed to give rise to heart cells do so too slowly to replace heart muscle, but they have helped grow blood vessels.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities