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Precision medicine: Tailoring treatment to your DNA

Imagine if an individual’s DNA could be matched to the most effective medication to treat his or her case specifically. Using pharmacogenomics, researchers and providers are getting closer to achieving this goal.

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Research Snapshot: Helping curb the childhood obesity epidemic in rural Minnesota

Home isn’t just where the heart is; home is also where your meals are. Healthy meal and snacking habits at home could be building blocks for battling childhood obesity.

Jayne Fulkerson, Ph.D., professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, is partnering on a new family-based project to help boost healthy eating habits. She believes engaging parents and creating a home environment that nurtures healthy eating habits is key to setting the stage for kids.

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Big cats, clean teeth thanks to veterinary anesthesiologists

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Just like people, big cats need to maintain teeth health too. But keeping their teeth healthy is easier said than done. To ensure that dentists can safely clean and fix the animal’s teeth, an experienced anesthesiology team is essential.

Recently, the anesthesiologists at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center volunteered their services to help dentists care for the rescued large cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone Minnesota.

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Research snapshot: At-home medication therapy management services beneficial for some patients

Managing medications can be difficult. An aging population with a variety of health challenges brings the need for more at-home care options, especially for managing medications.

Shannon Reidt, Pharm.D., MPH, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and her team members found that at-home pharmacy visits can help people better manage their medications.

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Expert perspective: California to raise legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21

According to a recent article in Yahoo news, California Governor Jerry Brown approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

California is hoping that increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco will lower the addiction rate of nicotine. According to Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry who focuses on tobacco addictions and cancer prevention, young people are more susceptible to addictions because their brains are still developing.

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Research snapshot: physical activity may decrease fatigue, support development in young cancer patients

Children undergoing cancer treatment often experience fatigue. Researchers are now investigating whether maintaining a level of physical activity during treatment and recovery may ease symptoms. Having more energy can support a child’s healthy growth and development during and after cancer.

That’s why Casey Hooke, Ph.D., APRN, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and member of the Masonic Cancer Center, is dedicated to finding ways to help children have more energy during cancer treatments.

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