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Shopping for sunscreen: what you need to know

Nearly 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. These numbers are only increasing; while most cancers are becoming less common, skin cancers are becoming more so.

Dermatologists at the University of Minnesota say there are ways to protect yourself from these statistics, and it starts by protecting yourself and your loved ones from the sun.

 

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Research Snapshot: Some melanoma survivors still practice unhealthy sun behaviors

As spring and summer months approach, sun protection becomes more pertinent, especially for melanoma survivors. However, a recent study by Rachel Vogel, Ph.D, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School found this segment of the population may not be taking necessary sun safety precautions.

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The risks and benefits of new Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”

People are buzzing about the new Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”, which chronicles a high school girl’s rationale for committing suicide. It’s entertainment factor is undeniable, but it also raises serious questions about the portrayal of mental health concerns, sexual assault and other issues facing youth today. Katharine J. Nelson, MD, of University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry weighs-in on the risks and benefits of this show, and how parents can talk to their kids about key themes in the show.

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Why are opioids addictive?

Neuroscientist Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D., answers some commonly asked questions about opioid addiction, like what causes dependency, how do opioids affect the brain, and most importantly: what makes them so addictive?

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Q&A: The neural switch sparking relapse in addicts

HealthTalk spoke with Mark Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychology, who is researching the neural switch responsible for sparking intense cravings and causing relapse in recovering addicts.

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Should All Breast Cancer Patients Receive Adjuvant Chemotherapy Treatment?

Women who undergo surgery for breast cancer will often consider adjuvant therapy, usually a precautionary regimen of chemotherapy to ensure the cancer is totally gone. For the most common types of breast cancer, this approach was believed to contribute to better long-term outcomes. But new research in the journal Cancer show it may not provide benefits for certain subtypes of breast cancer.

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