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Calling communities to engage in National Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Defeating cancer – a lofty goal, but no more bold than the idea of putting a man on the moon. When President Obama set forth the charge and launched the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the scientific community was rallied toward accelerating progress in therapies, diagnosis tools, and prevention tactics.

The NCI is now inviting the public to join the venture, launching a web portal for anyone to come and contribute ideas, concepts, or pathways of study. Many researchers are excited about this partnership with the public and the opportunity for mutual learning and collaboration.

We spoke with Christopher Pennell, Ph.D., associate director for Education and Community Engagement at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, about this new step in the Moonshot Initiative.

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CMRR and HCMC collaborate to study traumatic brain injury effects on vision

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) and Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Center are collaborating on an innovative research project to help people who experienced TBI and still suffer from lingering vision effects.

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Pharmacists bridge gap between mental health care and primary health care systems

A 53-year-old man from northern Minnesota had been seeing his mental health doctor for years, but never received care from a primary care doctor. When the man noticed heart-related side effects from his medications, it was time for him to seek primary care. But since he had never seen a primary care doctor in his lifetime, the process of setting up an appointment, sitting in the waiting room and seeing a new doctor was overwhelming.

Mark Schneiderhan, Pharm.D., a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, and an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy in Duluth, says the process of going to a primary care doctor can prevent mentally ill patients from seeking primary care, an essential piece to their overall health care.

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Q&A: The importance of having diverse providers that reflect patient populations

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By 2044, more than half of all Americans are projected to belong to a minority group, according to recent census data. By 2060, nearly one in five of the nation’s total population is projected to be foreign born.

In the medical community, it’s important to reflect that changing demographic landscape.

Health Talk spoke with spoke with Roli Dwivedi, M.D., Medical Director at CUHCC, to learn more about the importance of having diverse care providers.w

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15 tips to get you walking more

Today is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, an initiative designed to help us all become more active.

Health Talk’s office is lucky enough to have Janelle Nivens not only as an accomplished web editor but walking extraordinaire. Janelle recently achieved her goal of walking 10,000 steps everyday in 2015. In an effort to inspire others to get active, Janelle compiled 15 tips to help you walk more. So, lace up your sneakers, start your playlists and get walking!

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Research Snapshot: easing the symptoms of chronic inflammatory lung disease

Researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine are looking to help people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases like COPD and asthma.

Mathur Kannan, Ph.D., and a research team will conduct a two-year NIH-funded study that aims to ease the harsh effects of these diseases by decreasing adenosine in the body. Adenosine acts as part of a signaling system and is naturally produced in the body at a higher rate in inflammatory environments.

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