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Health Talk is an award-winning health news site published by the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center Office of Communications.  We feature updates on the latest health news and research that we think will matter to our readers. Our goal is to focus on a wide range of health topics from inside and outside the University of Minnesota.

Health Talk sits at the center of our “umnhealth” digital media experience, which includes a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The site has received awards from the Web Health Awards, the University of Minnesota, the Public Relations Society of America and the Communicator Awards.

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About the Academic Health Center

The University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center is one of the most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation.

Our six schools and colleges are:

School of Dentistry
Medical School
School of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
School of Public Health
College of Veterinary Medicine

The Academic Health Center is also home to centers, institutes, and labs that focus on specific fields of study, and has strong partnerships with regional hospitals and clinics.

Our Primary Goals:
  1. Educate the next generation of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, public health professionals, and veterinarians.
  2. Discover and deliver new preventions, treatments, and cures that improve the health of families and communities.
  3. Enhance Minnesota’s bioscience industries and grow the state’s economy.

The Office of Communications provides strategic communications, partnering with units in the Academic Health Center to promote and enhance the reputation of the University of Minnesota’s medical and health sciences.


Entries on Health Talk are not official statements.

Entries on Health Talk are not medical advice.

Our Comment Policy:

We encourage comments on Health Talk posts.  We appreciate the feedback and are interested to get the perspective of our readers.

We will do our best to respond to every comment, but cannot dispense or provide health advice to individual patients.

We review comments prior to them appearing on Health Talk.  If you commented on a post and it doesn’t appear, it’s likely for one of the following reasons:

  • We will not approve comments that are offensive, contain profanity or which disrespect the comments of others.
  • If you have a point of view that runs counter to other readers, please post a comment that makes your point in a respectful way.
  • We will also rarely approve comments that are designed to promote, market or advertise third party vendors or organizations.

By commenting, the reader also acknowledge they understand their comment may be used in other University of Minnesota material, either online or in print.

The University of Minnesota also reserves the right to edit or delete any comment appearing on Health Talk.  By posting a comment, the reader acknowledges that he/she agrees to indemnify the University of Minnesota against any damages, costs or liabilities relating to claims by third parties relating to material posted by the reader.


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