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Public crises: Be prepared

Human crises both worldwide and close to home present a constant need for critical support by aid workers, medical staff and others headed to the scene to assist.  Because of this, it is crucial that people are adequately prepared and educated to provide effective, efficient care for those in need.

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Changing the conversation: Body shaming

Body shaming is a growing epidemic, rising to a fevered pitch in recent years alongside social media. Photos and advertisements of perfectly shaped and airbrushed bodies plaster the cities we live in, setting an unrealistic stigma for perfection. Even social media can play a role as people choose to share the best shots online, utilizing filters and editing apps to touch up their “reality.”

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Staying safe during upcoming heat wave

Dangerous heat waves are affecting much of the United States, and Minnesota is bracing for a hot couple of days.

With excessive heat warnings covering most of the state, there are several dangers and safety concerns to consider.

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research-and-clinical-trials

UMN researchers connecting links to sleep issues and Parkinson’s disease

It is estimated that 50-60 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease have disordered sleep. Colum MacKinnon, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota is embarking on a study that is looking at the link between abnormal muscle activity during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in people with Parkinson’s disease and how the disease progresses.

MacKinnon’s long term goal of the research is to be able to identify specific REM sleep features that are predictive of disease onset and progression, so clinicians can better diagnose and possibly treat neurological disease well before it manifests.

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New study suggests prenatal vitamins are not worth the money

For years, pregnant women have been advised to take prenatal vitamins in order to ensure proper growth and nutrition of the fetus.

However, a recent report by the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin says that prenatal vitamins are an unnecessary expense and are not as effective as doctors have made them seem.  

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Research snapshot: “Molecular band-aid” shows promise to prevent heart attack damage

Currently, there is no clinical treatment available to prevent or reverse injuries that cut off blood flow caused by heart attacks, but injecting a special compound called Poloxamer 188 (P188) during a heart attack has shown promising results in pig models, researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School found.

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