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UMN Study: Later School Start Times Better for Adolescent Development

Many high schools across the country are debating if later start times are better for students.  A recent University of Minnesota study found that later opening bells were associated with better mental and behavioral health for adolescents.

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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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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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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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Improving global health through competition

The annual Global Health Case Competition helps students explore complex real-world global health challenges, such as refugee crises, sanitation, violence, sustainable development and infectious disease outbreaks, which are increasingly common in a world with more people, changing climates and drug-resistant viruses. Its success is now paving the way for similar competitions around the world.

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Research snapshot: Opioid prescriptions common among Medicare beneficiaries

The often devastating misuse of prescription opioids has slowly caught the media and public’s attention in recent years. It is estimated that opioid addiction affected nearly 2.5 million adults in the U.S. in 2014. Some estimates suggest more than 44,000 drug overdose-related deaths occurred in 2013 and nearly one-third of those deaths were attributed to prescription opioids. Furthermore, prescription opioid abuse can often lead to heroin use (and eventual addiction) when addicts can no longer get prescription medication and/or they move on to cheaper, easily accessible and stronger heroin.

Tragically, an estimated 40 people die every day from opioid drug overdoses.

The University of Minnesota is doing its part to take on this public health crisis and recently hosted Pain. Pill. Problem., an all-day conference that examined the many facets of Minnesota’s issues with opiate abuse.

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