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Strong provider recommendation can make significant difference in HPV vaccination rates

At any point, 1 out of 4 people has at least one strain of Human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), making HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The HPV vaccine is proven to prevent HPV infection, and in turn, prevent cancer.

Despite these glaring figures, vaccination rates remain low. According to the CDC, 6 in 10 girls are vaccinated for HPV, and only 4 in 10 boys.

Physician recommendations could make all the difference.

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Research snapshot: Opioid prescriptions common among Medicare beneficiaries

The often devastating misuse of prescription opioids has slowly caught the media and public’s attention in recent years. It is estimated that opioid addiction affected nearly 2.5 million adults in the U.S. in 2014. Some estimates suggest more than 44,000 drug overdose-related deaths occurred in 2013 and nearly one-third of those deaths were attributed to prescription opioids. Furthermore, prescription opioid abuse can often lead to heroin use (and eventual addiction) when addicts can no longer get prescription medication and/or they move on to cheaper, easily accessible and stronger heroin.

Tragically, an estimated 40 people die every day from opioid drug overdoses.

The University of Minnesota is doing its part to take on this public health crisis and recently hosted Pain. Pill. Problem., an all-day conference that examined the many facets of Minnesota’s issues with opiate abuse.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: hidden health crisis in America

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently released a study showing the costly effects of undiagnosed sleep apnea.

According to the study, there are approximately 30 million Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and it is costing the United States billions of dollars every year.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: hidden health crisis in America

A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) revealed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could be a hidden health crisis costing America billions.

The study showed there are approximately 30 million Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea; yet only 6 million people are officially diagnosed. This means that 80 percent of people with OSA are undiagnosed.

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Childhood immunizations: What parents need to know

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and throughout the month Health Talk will focus on several key life stages and immunizations to keep you informed and help you cut through the clutter of misinformation available online about this critical public health issue.

Health Talk spoke with Mark Schleiss, M.D., professor of pediatrics in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and he provided some useful, reliable and scientifically proven information for parents regarding childhood immunizations.

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Research snapshot: The way a soda tax is framed affects consumer interest

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Recently there has been policy discussion, both in the United States and globally, about raising the prices of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, as a strategy to reduce their consumption.

Sarah Gollust, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and colleagues researched the impact this potential price increase would have on young adults’ attitudes towards sweetened beverages. She wanted to know if the language invoked in policy discussions might work to shift views about soda and lower intentions to purchase these drinks.

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