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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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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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Few teens receive medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

Less than one percent of adolescents addicted to opiates receive medications to help them quit, new research shows.  The Journal of Adolescent Health says that’s compared to 12 percent of adults that receive medication.

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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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Prepare to spring forward! Daylight saving begins Sunday March 12

Daylight saving time is fast approaching- a day many of us dread because it often means losing an hour of sleep.

“While it is only an hour shift, it means that suddenly our community is a little more sleep deprived then we already were,” said Michael Howell, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, Medical School.

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