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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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Supervised exercise may become standard PAD treatment

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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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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RWJF “Clinical Scholars” team invests in education to improve oral health for MN kids with special health care needs

An interprofessional trio of University of Minnesota healthcare providers have been selected for a 3-year cohort of Clinical Scholars, a new national leadership program through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Through the program, the team will explore and work to address gaps in dental care for children with special health care needs in Minnesota.

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Lower levels of appetite control hormones may also account for depressive relapse in people with bipolar disorder, study finds

People who are overweight have a 25 percent higher chance of developing a depressive illness, while people who are obese have a 50 percent higher chance.

Conversely, people with mood disorders are more likely to become overweight.

It’s a well-known relationship that scientists have observed for years. But David J. Bond, M.D. Ph.D, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, wanted a biological explanation for this occurrence.

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Survey finds early childhood care and education providers creating healthier environments for kids in Minnesota

A University of Minnesota survey, in partnership with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, shows childcare providers in the state are making significant strides in fostering healthy environments compared to a similar 2010 survey. More providers are offering nutritious foods, limiting unhealthy snacks, and providing more options for physical activity.

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