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15 tips to get you walking more

Today is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, an initiative designed to help us all become more active.

Health Talk’s office is lucky enough to have Janelle Nivens not only as an accomplished web editor but walking extraordinaire. Janelle recently achieved her goal of walking 10,000 steps everyday in 2015. In an effort to inspire others to get active, Janelle compiled 15 tips to help you walk more. So, lace up your sneakers, start your playlists and get walking!

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Expert perspective: Using aspirin regularly may lower cancer risk

Long-term aspirin use may reduce risk for overall cancer, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology.

Researchers set out to take a closer look at aspirin use for cancer prevention and better understand the benefits of aspirin for cancer screening. They found an association between aspirin use and lower cancer risk – primarily because the benefits as it related to incidence of gastrointestinal cancer were particularly notable.

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SPH report: Health status of American Indians/Alaska Natives continues to decline – Part 3

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a three part series. The first and second posts can be found here and here. A summary of the report can be found here. The complete report can be found here.

Throughout this series we’ve provided you with an overview of a recent report by Linda Frizzell, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health that shows the overwhelming and persistent health disparities American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) face.

The conclusion of the series will highlight some additional challenges AI/ANs endure, and Frizzell will provide some recommendations for policymakers to improve AI/AN health.

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SPH report: Health status of American Indians/Alaska Natives continues to decline – Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a three part series. The first post can be found here. A summary of the report can be found here. The complete report can be found here.

Yesterday we discussed the persistent health inequities American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) face today brought forth in a new report by Linda Frizzell, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

The Indian health system (IHS) is unlike any other. It serves some of the poorest, sickest and most remote populations in the United States. Each tribe’s culture guides their elected leadership to meet their respective needs in this complex environment.

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SPH report: Health status of American Indians/Alaska Natives continues to decline – Part 1

Editor’s note: This is the first post in a three part series. The second post can be found here. A summary of the report can be found here. The complete report can be found here.

A new report recently released by Linda Frizzell, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health further highlights the persistent health inequities American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) face today.

AI/AN tribes have a fraught relationship with the federal government due to a history of attempted genocide, forced acculturation, severely underfunded health services and a health status that continues to decline. Frizzell says there remains a complex quagmire of federal Indian law, policy and intergovernmental relationships.

AI/ANs have long experienced lower health status compared to other Americans, including lower life expectancy, disproportionate disease burden perhaps due to problems with access to care, including primary health care and behavioral health services, specialty medical care, long-term care, emergency services, disproportionate poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health services, limited educational opportunities and cultural differences.

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The Cancer Moonshot: Dr. Christopher Pennell on cancer research and treatment

When President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address last month, he challenged Americans to channel the innovation and spirit that lead to putting a man on the moon to achieve the next great “moonshot”: finding a cure to cancer. In honor of the cancer moonshot, Health Talk will be drawing upon the vast knowledge of the researchers in the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota in an ongoing series dedicated to cancer research. To kick things off, we sat down with Christopher Pennell, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, to gain insight into the work he does at the Masonic Cancer Center and where cancer research is headed.

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