Health Notes: E-cig smokers soughtIf you smoke e-cigarettes, a couple of Minnesota researchers would like to meet you.
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
If you smoke e-cigarettes, a couple of Minnesota researchers would like to meet you.
The scholars at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center want to determine the level of nicotine and toxin exposures caused by the use of e-cigs, a University of Minnesota news release said.
E-cigarette use has doubled within the past three years, the news release noted, with sales this year expected to reach $1.6 billion worldwide. Many consumers use e-cigs to supplement or replace regular cigarettes to reduce their exposure to toxins, it said, but research hasn’t yet established if they achieve that goal.
The scientists are interested both in people who use e-cigs exclusively and those who also use cigarettes. If you’re interested in enrolling, call (612) 624-4568.
Magnetic Duluth connection
That mega magnet that’s stationed in the Twin Cities for medical research came through Duluth.
The 10.5 Tesla whole body human magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, magnet, weighing in at a hefty 110 tons, was shipped from England to Duluth in a journey that took a month, a University of Minnesota news release said.
In Duluth, it was loaded onto a
16-foot-wide, 150-foot-long trailer with 64 wheels for the journey to the Twin Cities that was completed last Friday.
Manufactured in Oxford, England, by Agilent Technologies of California, the magnet will be used at the university’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research to aid in brain research and human body imaging, the news release said.
At 10.5 Tesla — a unit of measurement that describes the strength of the magnetic field — the magnet has far more pull than anything that has been used in the past to map the human brain and body, the news release said. Most medical MRIs today use magnets rated 3 Tesla or lower.
The magnet’s acquisition by the University of Minnesota was made possible by an $8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Electronic records in Virginia
Essentia Health has brought its electronic medical record system to Virginia.
The system, which was launched at Essentia Health-Virginia last week, allows quick and efficient access to a patient’s medical records and provides better coordinated care, Dan Milbridge, the hospital’s administrator and chief operating officer, said in a news release.
The Duluth-based health system has been rolling out the electronic medical record system across its properties for the past few years, the news release said.
The former Virginia Regional Medical Center joined Essentia in January after a City Council vote late last year to end city ownership after 76 years of local control.
In the lead-up to that vote, Essentia promised a $7 million cash infusion, including money for an electronic medical records system.
Women’s health on TV
Women’s health will be the topic of today’s edition of “Doctors on Call” at 7 p.m. on PBS North, Channels 8 and 31. The half-hour call-in program is hosted by Dr. Ruth Westra. Men will get their turn next week.
“Doctors on Call” is followed by “Speak Your Mind” at 7:30. This week’s topic is bipolar disorder.