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Master regulator of key cancer gene found, offers new drug target

Gene partnership may be fueling cancer spread in as much as 20 percent of cancers

A key cancer-causing gene, responsible for up to 20 percent of cancers, may have a weak spot in its armor, according to new research from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

The partnership of MYC, a gene long linked to cancer, and a non-coding RNA, PVT1, could be the key to understanding how MYC fuels cancer cells. The research is published in the latest issue of the journal Nature.

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Regenerative medicine funding approved, benefits MN researchers, residents

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The 2014 Minnesota legislative session brought a big win for regenerative medicine, as legislators passed a bill allotting nearly $50 million over 10 years for research. Governor Dayton signed the measure in late May.

Leading the charge was Representative Erin Murphy in the House and Senator Katie Sieben in the Senate. The work was supported by both the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute (SCI) and Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine.

HealthTalk spoke with the SCI director and Masonic Cancer Center researcher, Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., to get more details on the funding, regenerative medicine, and what this means for Minnesota.

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Health Talk Recommends: Do I need antibiotics? Maybe not – and here is why

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Feeling aches and pains, headaches and chills? You may want to reach for the phone to call the doctor and get something to clear it up, but that’s not always going to be your best bet.

Many common illnesses, such as the cold and flu, are caused by viruses. The commonly prescribed antibiotics won’t tackle these illnesses and taking them may put you at an even greater risk for illness down the road.

In a new article written by CNN Health, doctors say antibiotic prescriptions are being overused and could be creating bacterial resistance.

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Community programs increase aspirin use among individuals at high-risk for heart disease

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Community-based programs combining a public health media campaign and health professional education have been shown to improve population-based aspirin use to reduce heart attack and stroke risk, according to new research from the Lillehei Heart Institute and School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Results were published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Newborn testing shows prenatal nicotine exposure higher than maternal reported rates

New evidence out of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, shows more mothers are smoking while pregnant than is reported on their children’s birth certificates. The research was done using newly developed assay methods, allowing researchers to look at very small blood samples while maintaining accurate results.

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Expert perspective: One simple and inexpensive way to promote healthier options at meal time

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A little game of red light, green light may help you make better choices when building your meal, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The study, based out of Massachusetts General Hospital, tracked food choices in the hospital cafeteria over two years. During that time, small signs were placed on menus in green, yellow and red to indicate the healthful (green) or unhealthful (red) options. The cafeterias were also redesigned to keep healthier options easy to spot and grab.

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