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Few teens receive medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

Less than one percent of adolescents addicted to opiates receive medications to help them quit, new research shows.  The Journal of Adolescent Health says that’s compared to 12 percent of adults that receive medication.

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Prepare to spring forward! Daylight saving begins Sunday March 12

Daylight saving time is fast approaching- a day many of us dread because it often means losing an hour of sleep.

“While it is only an hour shift, it means that suddenly our community is a little more sleep deprived then we already were,” said Michael Howell, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, Medical School.

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education

Health Immersion Course in Brazil gives students first-hand experience about global health

Your bags are packed, your passport and visa obtained, you are ready for your trip to Brazil- a trip of a lifetime! The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is taking it a step further, allowing students to practice what they love through an international study abroad course.

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Rare Disease Day gives voice to serious illnesses

30 million Americans are affected by rare diseases – more than half are children.

 “We never know when a rare disease will affect us or someone we love.”

Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D, Medical School, speaks from experience, treating children at the University of Minnesota with inherited diseases that are severe, many times, fatal. There are more than 7,000 rare diseases currently known to medical experts, and only 4% have an effective treatment.

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ACA repeal could greatly impact women’s health

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, there has been a steady drop in the probability that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed by the end of April. A recent Washington Post poll shows a 35 percent chance of that happening. However, this does not quell the fears raised by what a repeal could mean.

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Cervical cancer is killing more women than medical experts thought, study says

“In my opinion, the study’s most disturbing revelation was this: black women living in the United States die at the same rate from cervical cancer as women living in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Christopher Pennell, Ph.D., associate director for Community Engagement at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, referring to a recent study about cervical cancer. “If this isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.”

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