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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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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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Expert Perspective: Do workout devices that monitor activity actually motivate people to exercise?

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Lately, it may seem impossible to visit the gym without spotting someone sporting a Fitbit, Garmin watch or some sort of exercise tracking device. As the newest exercise accessories help make logging workouts a breeze, Health Talk spoke with Bill Roberts, M.D., from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Jean Abraham, Ph.D., from the School of Public Health, to determine which workout devices and incentives motivate people to get off the couch and on their feet.

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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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