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Emerging methodology may improve mental health research

Mental health providers across the nation have seen a sharp rise in the number of people who participate in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). The most recent estimates show 1 in 5 Americans have experimented with hurting themselves in times of emotional stress, with no lethal intent. Kathryn Cullen, MD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is now exploring the underlying cause of NSSI using a new approach to mental health research.

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Benefits of diversity in doula profession explored in recent study

More than half of all women who gave birth in 2014 were women of color, but there is little racial and ethnic diversity among midwives and obstetricians in the United States.

A lack of diversity in the healthcare workforce has been cited as one of many contributors to the persistent disparities in health status and limited access to healthcare for underserved populations. On a broader scale, a wide range of social determinants of health, which also influence the diversity of the healthcare workforce, directly affect birth outcomes.

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Supervised exercise may become standard PAD treatment

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Unlike current standards of care that use expensive drugs and invasive procedures, like angioplasty, stent placement or surgery, there is a new treatment for peripheral artery disease that is founded on a novel tenet: supervised exercise in a cardiac rehabilitation program. Research shows it may be the most effective, safe and cost-effective treatment for many patients – and it may soon be covered & approved by CMS.

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Cardiovascular risk factors lead to higher lifetime risk of aortic aneurysm, study finds

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a vascular disease found in adults. Specifically, this disease refers to the enlargement of the aorta, the main blood vessel delivering blood throughout the body, at the abdomen.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health collected and analyzed data from a 24-year ARIC study to determine risk factors associated with AAA. It is the first study to report the AAA lifetime risk in a community-based cohort with long-term follow-up.

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Data could help clinics manage HIV care

Regular medical care is critical for people with HIV to manage their health and recent estimates suggest only 54 percent of patients see their providers as directed, far below the national goal of 90 percent. New research from the School of Public Health shows that HIV clinics could use HIV surveillance data collected by state health departments to help routinely and accurately determine the status of patients who appear lost to care.

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A prescription for high stress this election

Feeling anxious and stressed about this election? You’re not alone. And as it turns out, there’s a name for what many of us are experiencing- it’s called “election stress disorder”.

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