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How food affects your mood

Chances are you’ve had a ‘bad hair day’ or two in your lifetime, or perhaps experienced the wrath of someone who’s woken up ‘on the wrong side of the bed.’ There are plenty of little things we attribute to our moods throughout the day- good or bad. As it turns out, the food we eat can play a large role in how we feel.

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Study explores how bodies breakdown fats

Nearly 2 billion people worldwide are living with Fatty Liver Disease, which occurs when lipid droplets – the sites where fat is stored in cells – accumulate in the organ.

The condition increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and type II diabetes among other health issues.

But new research in the journal Cell Reports, led by Doug Mashek, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Medical School, suggests bodies may process fats differently than previously hypothesized, which could inform how to develop therapies for this condition.

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What can we learn from the patterns of eating disorders?

Eating disorders can take many forms. There is evidence to show that people with one form may transition to another over time. How and why this happens has not been closely examined, until now.

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UMN researchers create new antidote for acetaminophen poisoning

More than 50,000 people visit the ER each year for acetaminophen poisoning.

UMN researchers in the Center for Drug Design have developed a new antidote for liver toxicity due to acetaminophen overdoses.

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Beverages shown on TV shows may adversely impact youth health

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A recent study found that beverages shown in TV shows may have adverse health impacts for youth.

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Emerging methodology may improve mental health research

Mental health providers across the nation have seen a sharp rise in the number of people who participate in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). The most recent estimates show 1 in 5 Americans have experimented with hurting themselves in times of emotional stress, with no lethal intent. Kathryn Cullen, MD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is now exploring the underlying cause of NSSI using a new approach to mental health research.

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