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“Movember” provides chance to grow the ‘stache you’ve always dreamed of

Attention males! Have you been waiting for the perfect opportunity to join the ranks of moustache greatness? Look no further, Movember is here!

Movember is a time when men are encouraged to grow out their facial hair for a whole month to raise awareness around men’s health issues such as cancer and mental health issues.

In 2012, U.S. Movember registered more than 1.1 million people and raised an impressive $21 million. The majority of the money goes to national programs including Livestrong Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Movember Foundation, which emphasizes men’s health awareness and education…

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U of M, UAB to host innovative new center dedicated to African American men’s health care and research

A $13.5 million grant will create new center at the University of Minnesota, designed to address health disparities in conditions impacting African American men. The center is a joint academic venture between the University of Minnesota and the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

The grant was awarded by the National Institutes for Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and will fund the center over 5 years. Selwyn Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S., chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Badrinath Konety, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of the Department of Urology, will lead the project at the University of Minnesota.

“This award and the development of this center underscore the exceptional academic-community partnerships the University of Minnesota has developed,” said Vickers, the principle investigator on the project. “Along with our strong track record for solid infrastructure and a strong partnership with the University of Alabama-Birmingham, this made Minnesota an exceptional choice for this type of research.”

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5 health tips every dad should know

With Father’s Day right around the corner, Health Talk is putting the focus on dads this week.

With the help of William Roberts, M.D., professor with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Family Medicine and Community Health, Health Talk compiled a list of essential health tips for dad to help keep him healthy for a long time.

Roberts’ health tips for dad are:

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Do more men opt for a vasectomy during March Madness?

Some men will do just about anything to stay home and watch games during the NCAA tournament. But will they go as far as opting for a vasectomy during March Madness?

As crazy as it may sound, according to a 2012 USA Today article, there could (stress on could) be some level of truth to this myth. The simplest explanation is some men want an excuse (and sympathy from their wife or significant other) to stay home and watch the myriad of games from the comfort of their couch or bed.

But what are clinicians seeing this time of year? Health Talk went to the experts.

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Men’s health: Losing weight can improve sleep and reduce the risk for sleep apnea

It’s no secret that by most measures, many Americans are overweight.

Today, an estimated 36 percent of Americans are considered obese according to the CDC, and the condition can bring a number of health issues along with it. But did you know that by losing weight you can dramatically improve your quality of sleep, reducing the risk for sleep apnea?

Eliminating sleep apnea can ultimately decrease your chances of more severe health problems including stroke, cardiovascular failure, diabetes and high blood pressure.

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U of M retires Man-to-Man, shifts focus of HIV/STD prevention research from in-person to online

This November, researchers at the University of Minnesota retired the Man-to-Man Sexual Health Seminars, an in-person sexual health education and support program that ran for nearly 20 years.  The move was made to make way for more online-based HIV/STD prevention interventions for men seeking men (MSM).

But while Man-to-Man is now retired, the important role it played in the homosexual community shouldn’t be forgotten.

In the 1980’s homosexuality was less accepted that it is today.  Less was understood about what it meant to “be gay.”  As a result, there weren’t many resources for people coming out or who had come out but wanted to know more about the potential health impacts of their lifestyle.  Information about STD’s was scant, and HIV and AIDS were often misunderstood.

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