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Decrease your risk of heat stroke this Fourth of July

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The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is usually grounds for lounging in the sun, hanging out with friends and family and enjoying a good barbecue. However, when the heat rises it’s important to protect yourself from heat and sun related illnesses such as heat stroke.

William Roberts, M.D., professor in the Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health says heat stroke is a rise in the core body temperature to a level, usually greater than 104º-106º. This causes organs to lose function and fail and can also affect the brain.

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Research Snapshot: Legalizing same-sex marriage may decrease the number of couples on Medicaid in New York

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A new study from the University of Minnesota found that New York’s Marriage Equality Act led to significant increases in employer-sponsored health insurance, and reductions in state-funded Medicaid assistance for adults in same-sex relationships.

The study conducted by Gilbert Gonzales, M.H.A., Ph.D. candidate from the School of Public Health and research assistant at SHADAC, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Friday.

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Expert Perspective: CDC decides on permissive recommendation for strain B meningococcal vaccination

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) chose not to mandate a newly-developed vaccine for a meningitis substrain Neisseria meningitidis, but to leave the decision to vaccinate up to parents and children with physician recommendations. Meningococcal meningitis is a serious condition which can be incredibly dangerous if not treated quickly. Vaccines for the strains A, C, Y and W-135 have been a part of vaccination requirements for over 10 years, while the vaccine for the serogroup B strain, Neisseria meningitidis, was developed last year. Questions about the vaccination requirements were raised amidst growing concerns linked to recent B-strain outbreaks.

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Pharmacists to take on large role in dispensing medical marijuana

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Minnesota pharmacists will continue to be an important part of a patient’s medical team as they take on a large role in prescribing and dispensing medical marijuana.

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UMN Expert: Rethinking chronic kidney disease care through improved electronic health records

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Chronic kidney disease affects more than 20 million Americans, but primary care providers often miss the condition, because it tends to be asymptomatic and is associated with other important comorbidities, or chronic conditions.

Utilizing electronic health records (EHR) could help identify chronic kidney disease (CKD) sooner, and identify ways to better manage the condition, says University of Minnesota faculty member and researchers with the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP). Researchers gave recommendations to apply that concept in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology today.

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UMN expert: Cancer screenings are best tool we have to lower cancer deaths

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According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the United States get cancer each year. Furthermore, two in three people diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years, due in large part to early detection through cancer screening.

Cancer screenings are the best tool we have right now to lower the rates of death from cancer says Timothy Church, Ph.D., professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health and a member of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Church is also currently a member of the American Cancer Society’s Guideline Development Group.

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