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Can this tool predict and prevent food fraud before people get sick?

While 2012 marked the introduction of watershed federal food-safety reforms started by the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011; the United States’ contaminated food problem still remains somewhat unresolved.

Each year, roughly one in six Americans contracts a foodborne illness, and countless more consume foods that aren’t exactly what their packaging claims – honey, olive oil, maple syrup and fish are all frequent targets of food fraud …

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Health Talk Recommends: Watch polio disappear across the world

You can literally watch polio disappear from countries across the world in this Vine video posted by the Gates Foundation.

The quick but powerful video shows there are still three countries to go to fully eradicate the disease, but we’ve come so far as a global society in battling this once crippling disease.

The Health Talk team thought this was pretty cool. Take a look!

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U of M doctor helps change diabetes care in Africa, gains valuable perspective

Antoinette Moran, M.D., left, stands with other physicians on her most recent trip to Africa.

It’s not often a doctor has the opportunity to help mold the health care system of an entire country, but since 2007 Antoinette Moran, M.D., a professor and pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Minnesota, has supported a dramatic shift in how Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya approach the fight against pediatric diabetes.

Moran made her first trip to African in 2007, visiting Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, where the University has a resident exchange program. After seeing a call for faculty volunteers interested in providing teaching assistance Moran signed up. However, due to the sophistication of diabetes care in the U.S., she was worried about the level to which she’d be able to contribute.

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Typhoon Haiyan: public health concerns

photo courtesy Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet via flickr

A week after Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in the Philippines, the death toll continues to rise and survivors now face food, water, and supply shortages. As a result, many relief efforts will focus squarely on combating growing public health concerns in the region.

“There are two immediate health risks in a disaster like this: disease caused by sanitation issues, and the downstream health effects associated with blunt force trauma that occurred during the event itself,” said Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., director of the Center for Infections Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and a professor in the School of Public Health. “Both of these issues are immediate and will only worsen.”

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Veterans Day: supporting those who served our country

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Mr. Albert J. Madden, Sergeant First Class, US Army (RET) and US Navy Veteran of World War II, plays TAPS on his trumpet during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

Today the U.S. celebrates Veterans Day, and Americans across the country honor the sacrifices and service of the armed forces.

As the face of the U.S. veteran continues to change with every war, the University of Minnesota has joined research institutions across the nation in working to support those who served our country through new, innovative research.

Returning to U.S. soil after serving in the military during wartime can bring a whole new set of challenges for veterans to face. Here are a few ways the University of Minnesota is working to improve the lives of active and retired military:

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“Movember” provides chance to grow the ‘stache you’ve always dreamed of

Photo: Jason Gessner via Flickr

Attention males! Have you been waiting for the perfect opportunity to join the ranks of moustache greatness? Look no further, Movember is here!

Movember is a time when men are encouraged to grow out their facial hair for a whole month to raise awareness around men’s health issues such as cancer and mental health issues.

In 2012, U.S. Movember registered more than 1.1 million people and raised an impressive $21 million. The majority of the money goes to national programs including Livestrong Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Movember Foundation, which emphasizes men’s health awareness and education…

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