Ella Johnson


UMN research works toward early diagnosis for rare developmental disorder

When Minnesota resident Dayna Klein’s twins were about three years old, she knew something wasn’t quite right.  The toddlers weren’t speaking, and some of their developmental skills lagged behind their peers’. Teachers and specialists suggested the twins had autism or an intellectual disability, or that nothing was amiss. Finally, a doctor diagnosed them with fragile X, a rare developmental disorder similar to autism. 

A digital, replicated voice for ALS patients

Lou Gehrig’s, medically known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a degenerative disease that often results in loss of speech. To combat this, the Team Gleason foundation, an ALS advocacy organization, announced late last month that it's helping fund a voice recording procedure in Minnesota. 

Winter weather helps and harms senior residents, UMN study says

A new University of Minnesota study found that snowy winter environments can both benefit and harm older adults. While the study identified many predictable dangers in winter landscapes like navigating icy sidewalks, it also found that many older adults benefit from their peace and beauty.