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Expert Perspective: 1-in-4 U.S. men has HPV strains linked to cancer

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Last week, a study published in JAMA Oncology revealed one in four men in the U.S. are infected with human papilloma virus (HPV). And, that’s just the people with the cancer-causing strains.

HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women, and also a leading cause of anal and oropharyngeal cancers, especially in men.

Annie-Laurie McRee, Dr.P.H., assistant professor in the Medical School, weighs in on the data.

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U joins national partnership aimed at expanding biopharmaceutical workforce and industry

The University of Minnesota will join a team of academic institutions, private companies, governmental entities and non-profit organizations across the U.S. as a partner for the newly established National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). NIIMBL, a public-private partnership supported by a $70M investment from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and at least $129M from other participants, aims to transform biopharmaceutical manufacturing in the U.S.

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Cooking for health: New course teaches students cooking skills to encourage better eating habits

Food plays a significant role in health & wellbeing.

New UMN course teaches medical students how to cook for their bodies, with hopes that they can convey this knowledge to future patients.


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A visit to the chiropractor could be more cost-effective treatment for chronic neck pain

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Current treatment options for chronic pain focus on managing pain & symptoms. That often includes prescription painkillers. But with the growing opioid epidemic, more people are considering alternative options.

A recent clinical trial from researchers at the Center for Spirituality & Healing explored that trend, looking specifically at chronic neck pain in older adults.

The study analyzed costs and outcomes for three different treatment recommendations for chronic neck pain. The results were published in The Spine Journal.

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The formula for a beautiful smile

What’s in a beautiful smile?

According to science, and history, symmetry might be the answer.

“From ancient Greece and Italy of Renaissance, symmetry and parallelism were considered significant for the perception of attractiveness,” said Vasiliki Koidou, D.D.S., dental fellow in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Surgical Sciences.

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Facts vs. Myths: Why you should get a flu shot

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