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University of Minnesota brings research opportunities to fairgoers

The University of Minnesota’s new Driven to Discover Building will open its doors at this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together. This new collaboration will connect researchers with more than 1.7 million State Fair attendees each year.

The building houses more than 30 University research groups, who will engage adults and children in research focusing on a wide array of topics such as bullying, genetics, jury decision-making, and more. Not only is the new building an example of operational excellence, the combination of the building and State Fair, is an excellent representation of the University’s efficient research and outreach efforts.

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Your health, influenced by social standing

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Of the five factors that go into building good health, experts agree three are social. Whereas two factors – health choices (like sleep and safe sex) and genetics – come up frequently in discussions around improving health care, three additional factors often fall by the wayside.

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In The News: Maternal Mental Illness

More than 500,000 women in the United States encounter postpartum depression every year. According to a new article co-authored by Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., School of Public Health, depression symptoms can start during pregnancy — negatively impacting both the mother and baby.

“…maternal illness adversely affects infant brain development and subsequent social and emotional health as a result of inadequate prenatal care, poor birth outcomes, and impaired parenting practices,” Kozhimannil and co-author Helen Kim wrote last week in Science Magazine.

Some states across the country have started screening and treatment for depression, but according to Kozhimannil and Kim, that’s not enough.

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Research Snapshot: More research-based evidence needed in legislative discussions about childhood obesity in Minnesota

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How our legislators make decisions depends on a variety of factors such as expert beliefs, constituents’ opinions, political principles and research-based evidence. And while we’d like to think more decisions are made utilizing research-based evidence, a new study by researchers at the School of Public Health and the Medical School at the University of Minnesota along with collaborators at the American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center found only 41 percent of all formal legislative discussions over childhood obesity-related bills in Minnesota from 2007-2011 cited some form of research-based evidence.

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University of Minnesota study finds mothers in poorer health are less likely to breastfeed

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Pediatricians agree exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life provides a wealth of benefits to a mother and child. But new research from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota finds one-third of women enter pregnancy in poorer health, and are less likely to plan to breastfeed and less successful at exclusive breastfeeding when they do plan to breastfeed their babies. The study found women who are obese, have diabetes or have hypertension were 30 percent less likely to intend to breastfeed than mothers without health complications.

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Research Snapshot: U of M study could improve treatment for atrial fibrillation patients

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A recent University of Minnesota study found that cognitive decline in people with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heartbeat) is mediated by subclinical cerebral infarcts, otherwise known as silent strokes.

The paper, titled Atrial Fibrillation and Cognitive Decline — The Role of Subclinical Cerebral Infarcts, was published last month in StrokeLin Yee Chen, M.D., M.S., a University of Minnesota cardiologist, led the study.

The paper, titled Atrial Fibrillation and Cognitive Decline — The Role of Subclinical Cerebral Infarcts, was published last month in StrokeLin Yee Chen, M.D., M.S., a University of Minnesota cardiologist, led the study.

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