Keaton Schmitt


University research sheds light on banned antibacterial soap compound

While hand soap appears banal and harmless, University of Minnesota research — and a new national ban on a common antibacterial agent in soaps —could suggest otherwise. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration cited health concerns when it set a target date to eliminate 19 compounds frequently used as additives in soap.

Woodstock the therapy chicken dies at 10

Woodstock, the therapy chicken known campus-wide for her calm nature and work ethic, died earlier this month. She was 10. Woodstock joined the Pet Away Worry and Stress team at the University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service as a founding member four years ago. Since her first day on campus, she worked to impact the lives of countless students.

HPV vaccine rates 50 percent under target in state, nationwide

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes 80 percent of Americans will be immunized by 2020, fewer than half of Minnesotans have received the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, prompting action by some medical professionals. Nationwide, only about 40 percent of teenage females and 22 percent of males receive the HPV immunization, according to the CDC.

With new funding, researchers look to decipher brain

New funding, aided by sophisticated MRI technology, will help scientists better understand how the brain develops from infancy to adulthood. Three grants totaling more than $10 million — the most recent of which was bestowed on Wednesday — were awarded to three University of Minnesota-affiliated projects working to chart brain connections in different stages of life. Before the advancement of scanning technology such as MRI, research into the brain was extremely difficult, said University neurologist Scott Cooper. “It was an unbelievably slow, painful process mapping [brain] connections,” Cooper said.

New leap for cancer research

Mutant yeast might be the key to a long-standing puzzle in cancer research and could potentially lead to new anti-cancer drugs.     A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota released a study last week on the yeast’s ability to reproduc

State, city look to honor late Minneapolis pop icon

A Minneapolis park might take Prince’s name, and the state could adopt purple as its color in honor of the late pop idol.     Across the state, officials and organizations are continuing to celebrate the globally beloved Minnesota native, but lon

Model helps businesses track ‘greenness’ of supply chain

New tools from a University of Minnesota team could give large corporations the ability to sell greener products and lighten their environmental footprint.     Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Northstar Initiative — who created