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Collaboration between aerospace engineering and dentistry develops new dental devices for the elderly

Stephen Shuman is collaborating with local aerospace research company to create new dental devices to help the elderly maintain their oral health and function.

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More seniors taking inappropriate antidepressants, College of Pharmacy study finds

Antidepressant prescriptions for the elderly nearly doubled over a ten-year period, according to a recent study from the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy. But, many of those prescriptions were inappropriate and exposed seniors to unnecessary risks and adverse effects.

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Research Snapshot: Depression screening in older adults

The number of antidepressants prescribed in the U.S. is skyrocketing as more primary care providers give antidepressants to patients even though many of them don’t have a psychiatric diagnosis.

A group of University of Minnesota researchers set out to study how that trend might be affecting older adults.

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Age discrimination at the office: how does it impact women’s health over time?

Tetyana Shippee, Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health examined if perceived age discrimination at work influences women’s depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. She also looked into how financial strain plays into the equation.

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Collaborative study aims to reduce racial disparities in nursing homes, improve quality of life

The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health will lead a comprehensive study of racial disparities in nursing homes and how that relates to quality of life and quality of care.

The study expands on the team’s preliminary findings, which identified minority nursing home residents had markedly lower quality of life, despite accounting for a host of other factors.

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Maternal health and resources significant predictors of daughters’ self-rated health

You’ve heard the saying “a chip off the old block,” in regards to looks and personalities but researchers now want to know if that remains true when it comes to generational health outcomes. A new study from the University of Minnesota reveals a mother’s health significantly influences her daughter’s self-assessed health.

Lead researcher Tetyana Shippee, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health policy & management at University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health focuses on social gerontology and health disparities. Her research was motivated by her desire to examine the intergenerational transmission of health over time and how this process may differ by race/ethnicity.

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