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Sexual health for a lifetime requires communication

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Sexual health is often talked about as a physical state, focused on sexual functioning, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy prevention or achievement. So rarely is it talked about as part of a larger whole-health picture, but sexual health is truly part and parcel to whom we are as humans.

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Research Snapshot: Study shows food-insecure mothers use different parenting strategies

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A recent study involving researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found parenting practices related to eating and weight differ between food-secure and food-insecure mothers.

The research was part of Project EAT, conducted by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health, and Katherine Bauer, Ph.D., from Temple University.

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Caitlyn Jenner makes her debut in Vanity Fair

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After Bruce Jenner made media headlines announcing the decision to transition to a woman, Caitlyn Jenner, released her first public statement today. Jenner’s interview was conducted by Pulitzer Prize winning author Buzz Bissinger and published in Vanity Fair. The article was accompanied by a photo spread by photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Health Talk spoke with Katie Spencer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s Program in Human Sexuality to discuss Jenner’s transition and the stigma people face when coming out as transgender.

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Tuning into Social Networks to Prevent and Contain Disease

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As the College of Veterinary Medicine’s first and only disease ecologist, Meggan Craft, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the study of how disease spreads through animal populations. She has used mathematical models to track the spread of distemper in African lions and is currently working on a five-year collaborative project to discover what types of mountain lion contacts lead to the transmission of infectious disease.

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Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant helps speed up research on Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and deep brain stimulation

Shalom Michaeli (right) and Olli Grӧhn (left) during their meeting with Rector Jukka Mӧnkkӧnen (middle), discussed projects conducted at the MRI center in Kuopio campus of the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Science

A six-month Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant provided a collaboration boost between Shalom Michaeli, Ph.D., professor at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota and Olli Gröhn, Ph.D., professor and director of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit and vice director of the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Science at Kuopio Campus at the University of Eastern Finland.

“During my time in Finland, we made significant progress in establishing MRI biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple sclerosis (MS),” said Michaeli. “Noninvasive MRI rotating frame relaxation contrasts developed at the CMRR in close collaboration with the Kuopio team are highly sensitive to slow motion, and could probe critically important processes, such as demyelination, and could serve as noninvasive biomarkers for PD and MS.”

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With summer break ahead, U of M expert shares what foods parents should keep in the fridge and pantry

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Summer break is just around the corner and many parents are hoping to keep the fridge stocked with healthy and convenient options – especially for kids.

Health Talk spoke with Jamie Stang, Ph.D., M.P.H, director of the Leadership Education and Training Program in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition and associate professor in the School of Public Health, to learn how parents can still provide healthy food options this summer even if they’re not at home.

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