Given the intense volume of media coverage this week around the CDC’s latest report on obesity in the U.S., many in the public now know that obesity rates among children aged two to five have fallen over the last decade, a key takeaway from the report.
The media’s interpretation and coverage of that particular point has varied widely; some headlines celebrated the shift as a positive as others focused on the statistic as a lone bright spot among otherwise unchanging obesity rates. As is often the case, perusing multiple media stories – even around the same issue – can generate a feeling of “OK, what’s really going on?”
According to Simone French, Ph.D., a University of Minnesota epidemiologist and obesity prevention expert, a deeper dive into the study is critical for a thorough understanding of what the study actually tells us about obesity trends in the U.S. She points out that where some may see stalled obesity rates as a negative, the flat rates could actually be viewed as a sign of progress.
University of Minnesota researchers from the School of Public Health have found that Health Care Homes (HCH) in Minnesota may be upholding their promise to improve access to quality health care while reducing the cost of care.
In an evaluation of the current status of HCHs, researchers also found that HCHs served patients with more severe medical conditions and were associated with better access to care for African American and Native American populations.
The results come from a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) funded evaluation of HCHs led by co-investigators Douglas Wholey Ph.D., and Michael Finch, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Division of Health Policy & Management.
A diagnosis of a rare kidney disease known as glomerular disease in canines used to spell uncertain and often heartbreaking news for pet owners.
Now, thanks in part to the work of one University of Minnesota researcher, that’s no longer the case. The life-threatening kidney disease, which affects a dog’s ability to filter blood, is now better understood than ever before.
Even though skin damage may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, don’t let the cool weather fool you. Irreversible skin damage can happen all year round and excessive exposure to the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can have many adverse effects.
So, just wear sunscreen, right? Well, here’s the kicker.
At 63-years-old, Sheryl Ramstad is making a bold career move. After nearly four decades in law, she just obtained her Master of Nursing degree from the University of Minnesota.
“I have a passion for burn victims, burn patients and burn survivors,” Ramstad told KARE 11 last week. “I can provide a perspective to burn victims that there is life after burns.”
Ramstad’s unique perspective stems from an experience she had as a student pilot in 1979. During her first solo flight, the plane’s engine sputtered over St. Paul leaving Ramstad to guide the lifeless aircraft back to the ground…