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HHRI News & Press Releases

New website offers added decision support for kidney and liver transplant candidates searching for a transplant center

August 5, 2020

Minneapolis, Minn. – Transplant candidates face obstacles in finding a transplant program that transplants patients like them. A new online tool developed by researchers at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) is helping to remove those barriers. The website transplantcentersearch.org allows patients to conduct searches…

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Hennepin Healthcare collaborates with Mayo Clinic on convalescent plasma protocol as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 patients

June 25, 2020

Minneapolis, Minn. – Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) is collaborating with the Mayo Clinic to engage in a clinical protocol using convalescent plasma as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma has appeared to be of benefit for the treatment of certain infectious diseases, including infections from respiratory viruses.…

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Hennepin Healthcare launches two clinical trials to study the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19

April 9, 2020

Minneapolis, Minn. – April 9, 2020 – The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has launched two clinical trials to study the safety and efficacy of remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients diagnosed with moderate or severe COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.  Hennepin Healthcare is a clinical site…

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Exploratory study identifies key factors associated with time pressure in primary care clinicians

February 28, 2020

Physicians often feel pressed for time during the standard primary care visit. Recent studies have shown that shorter visits are not only common but also lead to unaddressed health issues and a diminished understanding of patient concerns. Thus, it is critical to understand the relationship between time pressure, worklife factors…

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New online tool helps transplant candidates find center that best matches individual patient’s criteria

February 24, 2020

A new website developed by researchers at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) is making it easier for organ transplant candidates to choose which transplant center is right for them. The website, transplantcentersearch.org, was developed for candidates seeking kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants. Data…

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Study shows trust is an important attribute to clinician satisfaction; identifies characteristics associated with gender, organizational climate

June 21, 2019

There is a new emphasis on clinician trust in healthcare organizations, but little data about how to build trust and what favorable outcomes might result from doing so. In a prospective study of data collected as part of a randomized control trial, researchers used a previously validated measure to assess…

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Kirsten L. Johansen, MD (center), USRDS Director, will lead an NIH-funded nationwide effort on kidney disease surveillance, assisted by USRDS Deputy Director James B. Wetmore, MD, MS (left) and David T. Gilbertson, PhD (right), Project Director for the USRDS.

CDRG Awarded United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Federal Contract

June 13, 2019

The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has been selected to administer the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) federal contract. The USRDS is a national registry that collects, analyzes, and distributes information about chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. In…

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University of Minnesota and Hennepin Healthcare Medical experts restore movement and autonomic function in patients with complete paralysis

January 31, 2019

Study demonstrates spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for chronic spinal cord injury There are more than 290,000 people estimated to be living in the United States with a spinal cord injury. Previously, it has been shown that it is possible to restore some function to young and healthy patients…

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Study: Rise in meth and opioid use during pregnancy

November 29, 2018

Usage rates among moms-to-be have spiked in the past decade, with a disparate boost among pregnant women who live in rural counties. Amphetamine and opioid use in pregnancy increased substantially over the last decade in the United States, a new Michigan Medicine-led study finds. And a disproportionate rise occurred in…

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Amphetamine-related hospitalizations surge between 2003 and 2015

November 1, 2018

An analysis conducted by Hennepin Healthcare, University of Minnesota School of Public Health and University of Michigan researchers shows amphetamine-related hospitalizations increased more than 270 percent from 2008 to 2015, costing up to $2.17 billion per year. The study was recently published in JAMA Network Open. “It’s worrying,” said Associate Professor and co-author Nathan Shippee.…

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Daily low-dose aspirin found to have no effect on healthy life span in older people

September 16, 2018

Large NIH-funded study examined outcomes in United States and Australia. In a large clinical trial to determine the risks and benefits of daily low-dose aspirin in healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events, aspirin did not prolong healthy, independent living (life free of dementia or persistent physical disability). Risk of…

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How is opioid use associated with health, other substance use, involvement in criminal justice system?

July 6, 2018

A public health approach to address the opioid epidemic in the United States needs to understand the populations of people affected, including their health, other substance use and any involvement they may have with the criminal justice system, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open.  This study…

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Study shows integrated care affects health care use among vulnerable adults

May 14, 2018

Two studies published this week in Medical Care Research & Review found that providing integrated medical care and social support services led to increased use of primary care among very low-income adults in Hennepin County, Minn., who were enrolled in a Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) between 2012 and 2014.…

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