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Adult obesity rates fall significantly in Minnesota

Adult obesity rates are decreasing in Minnesota, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests.

The report issued last week ranked Minnesota with the 13thth lowest obesity rate in the U.S.

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Research snapshot: Gay prostate cancer patients have unique social support networks and needs

A key factor in how well all prostate cancer patients recover from the disease is their access to social support. Benjamin Capistrant, Sc.D., assistant professor in the School of Public Health, recently looked at the social support bisexual and gay prostate cancer patients have or need and discovered that it can differ greatly from heterosexual men.

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Research snapshot: Opioid prescriptions common among Medicare beneficiaries

The often devastating misuse of prescription opioids has slowly caught the media and public’s attention in recent years. It is estimated that opioid addiction affected nearly 2.5 million adults in the U.S. in 2014. Some estimates suggest more than 44,000 drug overdose-related deaths occurred in 2013 and nearly one-third of those deaths were attributed to prescription opioids. Furthermore, prescription opioid abuse can often lead to heroin use (and eventual addiction) when addicts can no longer get prescription medication and/or they move on to cheaper, easily accessible and stronger heroin.

Tragically, an estimated 40 people die every day from opioid drug overdoses.

The University of Minnesota is doing its part to take on this public health crisis and recently hosted Pain. Pill. Problem., an all-day conference that examined the many facets of Minnesota’s issues with opiate abuse.

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Research snapshot: The way a soda tax is framed affects consumer interest

Recently there has been policy discussion, both in the United States and globally, about raising the prices of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, as a strategy to reduce their consumption.

Sarah Gollust, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and colleagues researched the impact this potential price increase would have on young adults’ attitudes towards sweetened beverages. She wanted to know if the language invoked in policy discussions might work to shift views about soda and lower intentions to purchase these drinks.

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World Breastfeeding Week: Tips, tricks and benefits

To help bring attention to World Breastfeeding Week, Health Talk spoke with Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, to learn more about some of the tips, tricks, and benefits of breastfeeding.

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Meningitis B vaccine study raises questions about vaccine response in recent New Jersey university outbreak

A new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health examined a college Meningitis B outbreak  in New Jersey, and found that about a third of students who had received the Meningitis B vaccine did not have a detectable immune response to the disease.

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