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In the News: Bruce Jenner’s Gender Transition

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Bruce Jenner has been in the media lately regarding his gender transition. Jenner’s decision has sparked a national conversation regarding the treatment of those identifying as transgender.

Earlier this month, Eli Coleman, Ph.D., director of the Program in Human Sexuality and professor and Chair in Sexual Health spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Radio to discuss gender transition and the stigma people face when coming out as transgender.

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In the News: More Americans using integrative therapies

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More Americans are practicing mind-body therapies, a recent survey from the  National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed.

The survey compared data on integrative therapy use in the U.S., compiled from surveys taken in 2002, 2007 and 2012. By 2012, the number of adults practicing yoga, tai chi or qigong doubled, reaching 10 percent of the American adult population. Use of massage therapy and meditation grew, too.

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In the News: Ebola vaccine needs fast track

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According to a recent Star Tribune article, “More than 23,000 people suffered suspected infections and more than 14,000 died in the current Ebola outbreak, but the number of new cases has slowed in recent weeks.” Although Ebola may be slowing down in the headlines, the epidemic is far from over. Experts suggest health officials shouldn’t be drawing back on testing and creating vaccines for this highly deadly virus.

Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., an infectious disease expert and director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), told the Star Tribune that “waiting for another global scare to ramp up vaccine efforts won’t work.” Osterholm, joined by 25 other international leaders in infectious disease, also known as “Team B,” are advocating for a pace of vaccine development that would be considered the fastest in human history.

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California measles outbreak reiterates importance of vaccines

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As of this morning, there are 59 confirmed cases of measles tied to the Disneyland outbreak according to NPR.

The issue does not reside in the park itself, or any other public place for that matter. Measles is one of the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses, and the disease spreads very easily. However, measles is extremely preventable with vaccination. The CDC even declared that measles was eradicated in the United States back in 2000, attributed to a “highly effective vaccination program and a strong public health system for detecting and responding to measles cases and outbreaks.”

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Promising research for a new antibiotic

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A recent study in Nature identifying a potential new antibiotic garnered a lot of attention in the media and research community. Besides identifying a new antibiotic, the study used a method that has the potential to unlock significantly more antibiotics.

Health Talk spoke about the study with Courtney Aldrich, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and editor-in-chief of ACS Infectious Diseases, the first chemical-based journal on infectious diseases.

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In the news: Tips for a good night’s sleep

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It may be worth it to think twice before picking up your iPad, tablet or laptop computer before bedtime. Using technology devices with bright screens could negatively affect the amount of sleep we are getting, which in correlation affects our brain health.

In a recent interview with KARE 11, Michael Howell, M.D., director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, shared five tips concerning how to get a better night’s sleep:

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