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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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expert-perspectives

What is “Fake News” and How Can You Spot It?

The term “fake news” is getting a lot of attention lately, but what does it really mean?HealthNewsReview.org evaluates health care journalism, advertising, marketing, public relations and other messages that may influence consumers and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves. Health Talk checked in with publisher and Adjunct Associate Professor in the UMN School of Public Health Gary Schwitzer, about why fake news is a problem and what news consumers can do about it.

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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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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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Research Snapshot: Developing a computational model for understanding brain activity

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There are theories for everything. Newton’s Law is a pillar of physics. Supply and demand is a pillar of economics. But what about neuroscience?

Neuroscience researchers don’t have a standard to fall back on when interpreting behavior in the brain. That’s due, in part, to the complexity of the brain, and the complexity of the human cognition, which are incredibly difficult to study. A CMRR researcher has created a computational model to do just that.

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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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