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Make a plan, but consider balance when it comes to Halloween candy

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One of the biggest candy days of the year is upon us, and parents and kids alike are trying to strike an accord on how much candy will be consumed in the coming days.

How much, really, is too much? And is there a magic formula families should follow to ensure the Halloween stash doesn’t lead to bigger problems later on?

According to pediatric dietician Laura Gearman, M.S., R.D., L.D., with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, it’s a good idea to make a plan ahead of time and discuss it as a family but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to Halloween candy consumption.

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First World Suicide Report released on World Suicide Prevention Day at University of Minnesota

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For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created the World Suicide Report in collaboration with nations around the world. It is being released today in the USA in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day by SAVE, IASP and the University of Minnesota.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year, one person every 40 seconds, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 15-29 years old.

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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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