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Research Snapshot: Legalizing same-sex marriage may decrease the number of couples on Medicaid in New York

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A new study from the University of Minnesota found that New York’s Marriage Equality Act led to significant increases in employer-sponsored health insurance, and reductions in state-funded Medicaid assistance for adults in same-sex relationships.

The study conducted by Gilbert Gonzales, M.H.A., Ph.D. candidate from the School of Public Health and research assistant at SHADAC, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Friday.

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Making preventative sexual health care a priority

Preventative health isn’t just for hearts and knees. Experts in sexual health wrote in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) this week that sexual health challenges are best met by shifting focus away from diseases and toward the promotion of wellness and health.

Authors of the JAMA Viewpoint, Sexual Health in America: Improving Patient Care and Public Health, include former Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., Edward W. Hook III, M.D., and Eli Coleman, Ph.D., director of the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota.

The piece lays out the case for making sexual health a public health priority: sexual health significantly impacts the overall health, happiness and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

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Research shows lavender helps UMN students catch some quality “Zs”

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We’ve all had those nights when catching a good night’s sleep seems impossible. Some rely on sleeping pills to help them sleep, but thanks to a study by University of Minnesota School of Nursing student Angela Lillehei, there may be another option.

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UMN scientists identify two mutations critical for MERS transmission from bats to humans

Researchers have identified two critical mutations allowing the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus to transmit from bats to humans. The findings were published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Virology.

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Veterinary Researchers on Front Line against Antibiotic Resistance

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The College of Veterinary Medicine is on the front line of attack against the growing worldwide public health threat of bacterial infections in humans and animals that are resistant to antibiotics. With the support of a $2.25 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),  UMN veterinary researchers are investigating way to minimize antibiotic resistance through the poultry production system.

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Research Snapshot: Vulvodynia has minimal effect on decision to conceive

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In a recent study at the University of Minnesota, researchers found that despite painful symptoms associated with vulvodynia, the disorder ultimately had little effect on a woman’s decision to conceive.

Vulvodynia is a chronic disorder that causes pain to the vulvar area and is often difficult to diagnose. Considering the methods of treatment and effectiveness vary from woman to woman, researchers expected this arduous treatment process would significantly alter childbearing decisions.

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