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In The News: UMN study links sports & energy drink consumption to unhealthy teen behaviors

A recent University of Minnesota study from the School of Public Health has linked sports and energy drink consumption to unhealthy teen behaviors.

Led by Nicole Larson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.N., a team of Jessica DeWolfe, M.P.H., Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D. and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., R.D., surveyed 2,793 Twin Cities adolescents from grades 6-12.

“Although soft drink and overall sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adolescents has been well studied, few studies in adolescent populations have examined the consumption of sports and energy drinks or factors associated with their consumption,” Larson and colleagues wrote in the study.

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What is an ACL injury and how is it treated?

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Winter is the perfect time for outdoor exercise

We know that exercising outdoors during winter months can be challenging. The days are shorter. The nights are longer and even colder. And at times, the weather can be downright dreadful and seemingly unforgiving. The ice, the snow, oh no!

According to William Roberts, M.D., professor with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Family Medicine and Community Health, there are no bad days, only bad clothes.

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Sleep key component to athletic performance

The world’s best athletes are descending upon Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Every elite athlete looks for an edge against their competitors to improve their athletic performance but what if the answer was as simple as getting more sleep?

According to Michael Howell, M.D., a sleep expert within the Department of Neurology, that’s precisely what elite athletes excel at.

“The best athletes I’ve ever met are extremely good sleepers,” said Howell. “Although you may not think your brain is doing much during sleep, your brain is putting connections together and it is amplifying circuits that are important.”

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What not to wear: Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon edition

This Sunday, October 6th, marathon runners from all over the state and the world will be running in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

But with cold and wet weather in the forecast, many runners are likely wondering, “So, what should I wear?”

To help answer this question, we asked Bill Roberts, M.D., professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and medical director for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

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Bug bite prevention, treatment, and a better running experience

Running is one of the most common healthy summer activities, but sometimes mosquitoes can make a simple jog feel like a journey through a bug-infested bog.

So how can you get in some cardio without ending your workout covered head-to-toe in bug bites? To answer that question, Health Talk consulted Ingrid Polcari, M.D., from the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Dermatology.

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