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Colon and colorectal cancers on the rise in U.S. millennials

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Colon and colorectal cancers are among the most commonly diagnosed cancers in both men and women in the United States. A recent study released by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows these cancers are especially on the rise in millennials and GenX. The study showed the risk for these cancers increasing by around 3 percent each year.

The study also concluded that adults born in 1990 have a two-fold higher risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer compared to adults born around 1950. Furthermore, the risk of rectal cancer is four times higher in the younger generation.

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Cardiovascular risk factors lead to higher lifetime risk of aortic aneurysm, study finds

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a vascular disease found in adults. Specifically, this disease refers to the enlargement of the aorta, the main blood vessel delivering blood throughout the body, at the abdomen.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health collected and analyzed data from a 24-year ARIC study to determine risk factors associated with AAA. It is the first study to report the AAA lifetime risk in a community-based cohort with long-term follow-up.

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Eight tricks to make Halloween a treat

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Halloween can be a scary time of year, but don’t let fear hold you back.

We checked in with a few of our UMN experts for tips on how to stay sane, and healthy, through the spook!

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Aspirin use shown to slightly lower risk of cancers

According to a study recently published in Cancer Causes & Controls, regular aspirin use may slightly reduce the risks of certain cancers.

The study, conducted by Kristin Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health suggests that aspirin use could have a small but protective effect in preventing breast, pancreatic, ovarian, and colon cancers in older adults. Other studies provide evidence of moderate benefits.

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UMN doctor researches new way to treat spinal cord injuries

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In today’s medical technology world, there are no effective therapies for spinal cord injuries.

Ann Parr, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical School, is working with Michael McAlpine, Ph.D., and being assisted by James Dutton, Ph.D. at the Stem Cell Institute, to lead a new research project using 3D printing to create a scaffold, which can then be used to treat spinal cord injuries.

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Back-to-school stress, how much is too much?

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It’s no secret that when the summer sun begins to set, it doesn’t take long for back-to-school stress to set in.

Health Talk spoke with Michael Miller, Psy.D., L.P., an associate psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry about how this strain can impact the wellbeing of students, and what parents can do to help combat stress as school is in session.

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