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ACA repeal could greatly impact women’s health

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, there has been a steady drop in the probability that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed by the end of April. A recent Washington Post poll shows a 35 percent chance of that happening. However, this does not quell the fears raised by what a repeal could mean.

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Cervical cancer is killing more women than medical experts thought, study says

“In my opinion, the study’s most disturbing revelation was this: black women living in the United States die at the same rate from cervical cancer as women living in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Christopher Pennell, Ph.D., associate director for Community Engagement at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, referring to a recent study about cervical cancer. “If this isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.”

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5 tips for healthy oral hygiene in kids

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. To celebrate the occasion, we spoke with Elise Sarvas, D.D.S., M.P.H., a board certified pediatric dentist and clinical assistant professor at the School of Dentistry, to get some tips and tricks parents can follow to ensure their child’s pearly whites stay healthy.

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What Obamacare repeal could mean for health disparities in Minnesota

18 million people – that’s how many people would be left uninsured within the first year if Obamacare is repealed, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The nonpartisan federal agency also projected within 10 years, 32 million more people would be without health insurance.

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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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What You Should Know About Tuberculosis

Though Tuberculosis (TB) is often thought of as a “thing of the past,” the reality is it’s still present, especially in developing parts of the world. To help you better understand what it is, how it’s contracted and ways to prevent the spread of TB, Health Talk spoke with Mark R. Schleiss, M.D., pediatric infectious disease expert within the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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