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In the News: Generic drug prices soar

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High-priced prescription drugs are not unfamiliar to the American consumer.

But generic drugs – widely accepted as the cheaper alternative to big brand names – are making their own name in high pricing as of late.

Generic drug prices on some commonly prescribed medications have risen by as much as 500 percent over the past year.

University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy pharmaceutical economist Stephen Schondelmeyer, Pharm.D., Ph.D., spoke with WCCO Radio’s Chad Hartmann about the rising cost trend and what it could mean for consumers.

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Health Talk Recommends: What’s so bad about gluten?

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If you’ve visited a grocery store or restaurant lately you’ve undoubtedly seen an increase in the amount of gluten-free food options available to you. The gluten-free food industry is exploding now, too, and according to a recent article in The New Yorker, by 2016 the gluten-free product industry will exceed $15 billion.

The article explains that gluten is one of the most commonly and heavily consumed proteins on earth, and has been for thousands of years. Gluten is created when two molecules, glutenin and gliadin, come into contact and form a bond. For the one percent of the American population with celiac disease, even the slightest exposure to gluten can trigger a violent immune system reaction that can damage the small intestine.

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Family dinners may decrease risk of obesity for children

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Although sit down family dinners are most commonly used to strengthen a family’s bond, a new study from the University of Minnesota shows eating dinner together has more than just emotional benefits.

According to the study recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics, having just one sit down family dinner each week can decrease the risk of obesity for adolescents later in life.

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In the News: A new idea for treating Alzheimer’s

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Ling Li is taking Alzheimer’s disease research in a new direction.

Recently, Scientific American took a minute to feature her preliminary research into a novel approach to Alzheimer’s drug development.

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Mandated decrease in work hours may not be advantageous for neurosurgical residents

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In an effort to decrease the amount of medical errors due to fatigue, in 2003 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) imposed a mandatory maximum 80-hour work-week restriction on medical residents.

Before this mandate, residents often worked more than 100 hours per week and some neurosurgery residents in particular worked in excess of 120 hours per week. A University of Minnesota study recently  published in the Journal of Neurosurgery now finds the mandate could be leaving neurosurgery residents underprepared.

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One baby’s heart defect is saving lives with new test

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When baby Eve Saarinen was first born, she looked healthy. However, right before she was discharged, Eve’s doctor detected a heart murmur, a condition that is fairly common in newborns.

After Eve was screened, her physician, Lazaros Kochilas, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist with the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, informed the family their child was in heart failure and she needed immediate surgery. This inspired Eve’s mom, Annamarie Saarinen, to help prevent seemingly healthy babies being discharged who in reality have a serious medical condition.

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