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Precision medicine: Tailoring treatment to your DNA

Imagine if an individual’s DNA could be matched to the most effective medication to treat his or her case specifically. Using pharmacogenomics, researchers and providers are getting closer to achieving this goal.

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Research snapshot: Cigarette smoking prevalence remains high among American Indians in Hennepin County and Ramsey County

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A recent analysis from the Tribal Tobacco Use Project Survey of 964 urban American Indian residents in Hennepin County and Ramsey County in 2011 found a high prevalence of cigarette smoking among persons aged 25-44 years (72 percent). Among all survey respondents 59 percent were current smokers, 19 percent were former smokers and 22 percent had never smoked.

Furthermore, the smoking rate and secondhand smoke exposure is still high despite being covered by Minnesota’s strong smoke-free law.

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Research Snapshot: Helping curb the childhood obesity epidemic in rural Minnesota

Home isn’t just where the heart is; home is also where your meals are. Healthy meal and snacking habits at home could be building blocks for battling childhood obesity.

Jayne Fulkerson, Ph.D., professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, is partnering on a new family-based project to help boost healthy eating habits. She believes engaging parents and creating a home environment that nurtures healthy eating habits is key to setting the stage for kids.

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Essential oils safety: You may be using them wrong

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When it comes to essential oils, there’s no shortage of health claims – from weight loss to immune system fortification and renewed mental clarity. But one thing’s certain: you’re probably using them wrong.

Health Talk explored myths surrounding aromatherapy, essential oils safety and identified some do’s and don’ts for integrating them into your care.

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Big cats, clean teeth thanks to veterinary anesthesiologists

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Just like people, big cats need to maintain teeth health too. But keeping their teeth healthy is easier said than done. To ensure that dentists can safely clean and fix the animal’s teeth, an experienced anesthesiology team is essential.

Recently, the anesthesiologists at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center volunteered their services to help dentists care for the rescued large cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone Minnesota.

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UMN expert: Gluten free diets not as healthy as you think

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Although millions of Americans are cutting gluten out of their diets with the belief that it is a healthier dietary choice for themselves and possibly their children, they may actually be causing more harm than good. According to a recent MinnPost article and commentary in the Journal of Pediatrics, gluten free diets are not only a waste of money, but can also be unhealthy.

University of Minnesota expert, Catherine Larson, weighs in.

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