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Pharmacists to take on large role in dispensing medical marijuana

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Minnesota pharmacists will continue to be an important part of a patient’s medical team as they take on a large role in prescribing and dispensing medical marijuana.

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Expert perspective: What’s inside dietary supplements?

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Rick Kingston, Pharma.D., a clinical professor in the College of Pharmacy, addresses the misconceptions of the dietary supplement industry, and explains what consumers should keep in mind when purchasing dietary supplements.

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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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Research Snapshot: Study shows food-insecure mothers use different parenting strategies

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A recent study involving researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found parenting practices related to eating and weight differ between food-secure and food-insecure mothers.

The research was part of Project EAT, conducted by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health, and Katherine Bauer, Ph.D., from Temple University.

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In the News: Bird Flu detected in Cooper’s Hawk

The new strain H5N2 of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), has killed more than 4 million turkeys and chickens in Minnesota, and affected 70 different farms throughout the state. The strain has been circulating in the Mississippi flyway since early March.

For the first time, researchers detected H5N2 in a wild bird. The Cooper’s hawk in Yellow Medicine County crashed into a window above the deck of a homeowner, Patrick Redig, D.V.M., Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine professor and co-founder of the Raptor Center, told the Star Tribune. Later, tests confirmed that the Cooper’s hawk was also positive for H5N2.

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How relationships affect health and wellbeing

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Valentine’s Day puts love on the brain. Throughout the world, people dedicate the day to celebrating relationships. But we ought to be paying more attention to them, researchers say. Relationships are important to our health and wellbeing every day of the year – not just February 14th.

“Healthy relationships enable us to be who we are,” says Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., RN, Director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing. “They nurture us and they help us grow. They help us become better people.”

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