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Cervical cancer screening: Is a Pap smear or HPV test better?

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, approximately 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States alone. To detect those cases, physicians use a Pap smear as the primary cervical cancer screening method.. However, a recent study published in the journal of Gynecologic Oncology, advocates for routine Human Papillomavirus (HPV) screening instead.

The study, authored by an expert panel from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), found that testing for HPV is more beneficial for cervical cancer screening than a Pap smear alone. The authors claim that routine Pap testing, performed every three years, isn’t as beneficial and accurate as routine HPV testing.

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in-the-news

Family dinners may decrease risk of obesity for children

Although sit down family dinners are most commonly used to strengthen a family’s bond, a new study from the University of Minnesota shows eating dinner together has more than just emotional benefits.

According to the study recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics, having just one sit down family dinner each week can decrease the risk of obesity for adolescents later in life.

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in-the-news

U of M study reveals kids exposed to more fat shaming comments on TV than adults

In a general sense, children’s television has a reputation for being politically correct, however, a new study reveals television aimed at kids contains just as many, if not more, weight-stigmatizing, or fat shaming, conversations.

The study led by Marla Eisenberg Sc.D., M.P.H., an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, was recently published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Eisenberg analyzed the content of more than 30 episodes of popular kid shows and identified the number of weight-stigmatizing incidents.

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research-and-clinical-trials

U of M orthopaedic surgeon: More research dollars needed to raise awareness around musculoskeletal disorders

Last month, University of Minnesota orthopaedic surgeon David W. Polly, M.D., joined physicians, researchers and patients from across the country in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to restore National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) funding in an effort to reduce the impact of musculoskeletal diseases impacting Americans.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), who helped arrange the event alongside multiple clinical and research partners, nearly one in three Americans suffer from a musculoskeletal condition requiring medical care. Each year the conditions account for more than 507.9 million visits to clinical providers and more than 17.5 million hospital discharges.

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news-and-notes

U of M psychiatry experts, Minnesota legislators align to advance first episode psychosis programs

Last weekend, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar visited the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic to host a roundtable discussion around first episode psychosis and to discuss options for improving the care and long-term prognosis for patients suffering psychiatric illness.

Recent federal legislation allocated more behavioral health funding to establish new first episode programs at the state level or bolster existing programs like the one found at the University of Minnesota.

According to Charles Schulz, M.D., chair of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, Senator Klobuchar has an active interest in mental health but shares the concerns of University providers around the average time it takes patients to receive treatment from the onset of their disease, a statistic that continues to hover around a year and a half.

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news-and-notes

University of Minnesota Physicians receives two lung transplant grants for “unprecedented opportunity”

The University of Minnesota has received two grants for its involvement in the
INSPIRE and EXPAND lung transplant trials. Spearheaded by Gabriel Loor, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in the Medical School, Minnesota’s role in the multi-institutional initiatives has already been highlighted by the Midwest’s first-ever “breathing lung” transplant.

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