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Institute adds new cancer research section


Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

AUSTIN, Minn. — The Hormel Institute has added a new cancer research section focused on investigating the mechanisms that cause cancer cells to spread from one area of the body to the liver.

Dr. Ningling Kang recently joined The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, where she will lead the “Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis” research section. Her department is the 13th cancer research section at The Hormel Institute, which has grown significantly from five sections in 2006 when it began its last expansion project.

Kang has relocated to The Hormel Institute from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where she had been a faculty member since 2007 at its Center for Cell Signaling in Gastroenterology and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. She currently is funded by a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute through 2016, and four scientists will work in her section.

Kang is excited to start working at the Institute.

“I was attracted by the interacting scientific environment and the world-class facilities. The research facilities here are state-of-the-art,” Kang said. “This environment facilitates successful and effective interactions and collaboration between principal investigators.”

Each section leader or principal investigator at the Institute has a unique expertise and focus on a different aspect of cancer research, Kang said. She also has found the Austin area to be very supportive of the Institute’s work.

Kang’s research strives to answer the questions: Why is the liver a preferential invasion site for various cancers, such as gastrointestinal cancers and melanoma, breast and lung cancers; and what are the key cellular factors within the liver that contribute to the implantation and growth of cancer cells in the liver?

Despite significant advances in treating liver metastatic diseases, liver metastases – cancerous tumors that have spread to the liver from somewhere else in the body – remain the principle cause for people dying from cancer. Many cancers show a preference for spreading to the liver, she said. Metastic cancer in the liver is far more common than primary liver cancer.

Kang’s research is focused on bidirectional interactions between tumor cells and the liver microenvironment, with a long-term goal to uncover cellular and molecular mechanisms as well as identify therapeutic targe .....
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MNsure Announces Year-End Enrollment Totals

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The latest enrollment figures shared today by MNsure show that 67,805 Minnesotans have successfully enrolled in new health insurance plans through MNsure as of December 31, 2013. This total represents a jump of more than 14,600 in ..... 
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Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood during National Blood Donor Month

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites those who are eligible to join the millions of blood donors across the country in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. People have ..... 
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MNsure Announces New Enrollment and Payment Deadlines for January 1 Health Coverage

Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesotans who want individual or family health care coverage beginning January 1, 2014, now have until December 31, 2013, to select a plan on MNsure.org, according to an agreement announced today by MNsure and Minnesota’s heal ..... 
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Minnesota is one of only nine states to receive funding for the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative

Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Northeastern Minnesota has some of the highest hypertension rates - high blood pressure - in the state. Survey data from 2010 show that northeastern Minnesota experiences hypertension rates of 27 percent. This is significantly higher than the 2009 ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 34 units

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 3, 2013, succeeded in collecting 34 units of blood. The bloodmobile is sponsored by the Harmony American Legion Auxiliary, and many of the volunteers are Auxiliary members. However, numerous volunteer ..... 
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National influenza vaccination week

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is accepting flu mist vaccination appointments as a part of a statewide effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against influenza during National Influenza Vaccination Week December 8-14. “It is not too la ..... 
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Minnesotans urged to get vaccinated during National Influenza Vaccination Week

Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The month of December is filled with holiday events, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. Don't let influenza keep you from enjoying the upcoming season. Influenza season is just getting underway in Minnesota, so it's not too late to ..... 
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Gundersen receives Patient-Centered Medical Home certification

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Primary care clinics throughout Gundersen Health System recently received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification. This designation comes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ..... 
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