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Friday 12th October 2018

Genetic factors, not diet, are the prime drivers behind gout, study finds

Gout affects about 4 percent of American adults, or about 8.3 million individuals. The condition can strike anyone at any age, but it is most common among men over the age of 40.

Thursday 11th October 2018

Mike Osterholm: A Q&A on AFM, the rare polio-like illness diagnosed in 6 Minnesota children

When dealing with acute flaccid myelitis, (AFM), "early and aggressive physical therapy intervention can actually be very, very important," Osterholm said.

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Taking Vitamin D doesn’t improve bone health, study concludes

The study’s findings apply to Minnesotans and others living in northern latitudes. It doesn’t take much exposure to sunlight for the body to manufacture enough vitamin D to be healthy.

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Regular exercise helps family caregivers improve fitness and reduce stress, study finds

Helping family caregivers take care of themselves is an urgent and growing health issue.

Monday 8th October 2018

More than 90 people die annually in selfie-related deaths, study finds

By comparison, five people died from shark attacks in 2017.

For some patients, spinal cord stimulation offers a non-addictive option for pain relief

Spinal cord stimulation is an option for people who have tried other methods of treatment for their pain but have not found significant relief, said Dr. Peter Stiles.

Friday 5th October 2018

No, cardiac arrests are not more common on Monday mornings, study finds

This finding calls into question the long-standing belief — bolstered by several previous studies — that the morning hours present a kind of “danger time zone” for life-threatening heart-related events, such as heart attacks, stroke and sudden cardiac arrest.

Thursday 4th October 2018

Sexual harassment and assault linked to long-term health risks in women

The study also found that middle-aged women who have been sexually assaulted are at greater risk of depression and anxiety.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

New cancer drugs often fail to improve quality of life, study finds

Future research involving cancer drugs should focus on overall survival and/or include “rigorous and trustworthy” measures of quality of life as an endpoint, the researchers concluded.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Women who drink more water have fewer UTIs, study finds

Scientists believe water may help protect against urinary tract infections by diluting and then flushing out bacteria from the urinary tract before an infection can take hold.

Wednesday 29th August 2018

STDs are at a record high, both nationally and in Minnesota

Susan Perry Sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates in the United States have reached record highs for the fourth year in a row, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In 2017, almost 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Russian trolls and malicious bots fuel discord over vaccines, study finds

Susan Perry It’s not just political elections that Russian internet trolls have been trying to influence with a divisive misinformation campaign. According to a study published last week in the American Journal of Public Health, Russian trolls — along with bots spreading malware and spam — have also been sowing discord by dissemin...

Monday 27th August 2018

Risks of drinking alcohol far outweigh any potential benefits, study authors conclude

Susan Perry We’ve been told for years that drinking alcohol in moderation — having a glass of wine or a beer with dinner each day — is not only harmless to our health, but may actually protect our heart and thus help us live longer.  In recent years, however, some health experts have begun to question that message, pointing t...

Friday 24th August 2018

Feeling stressed? Maybe it's time to take a Facebook vacation

Susan Perry If your relaxing and long-anticipated summer vacation has come to an end, there’s another way you may be able to de-stress your life: Take a break from Facebook. Staying off Facebook for just five days appears to reduce the amount of cortisol — a measure of stress — circulating in people’s bodies, according to an Aus...

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Boxers may be better than briefs for men who want to be dads, study suggests

Susan Perry Men who wear boxer shorts tend to have higher sperm counts and better quality sperm than those who wear tight-fitting jockeys and briefs, Harvard University researchers have found."These results point to a relatively easy change that men can make when they and their partners are seeking to become pregnant," said Lidia Míngu...

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

'Phantom odors' affect an estimated 1 in 15 Americans who are over 40

Susan Perry About 1 in 15 Americans over the age of 40 smells “phantom odors” — often something unpleasant, like rotting food — when nothing is actually there, according to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  Although the phenomenon of perceiving phantom odors has long been acknowledged in the medica...

Tuesday 21st August 2018

When it comes to shedding excess weight, a little more may be a lot better

Susan Perry If you’re overweight or obese, shedding a few pounds — even as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight — is likely to lower your risk of developing medical conditions like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.That’s been the message of health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC...

Monday 20th August 2018

Life expectancy in U.S. falls; opioids and other 'deaths of despair' explain part of the drop

Susan Perry Most high-income countries experienced a drop in life expectancy in 2015 — the first in decades — but only the United States and the United Kingdom saw that troubling trend continue into 2016, according to a study published late last week in the BMJ.A second study, appearing in the same journal, found that recent declines in ...

Friday 17th August 2018

'Concerning levels' of heavy metals found in popular baby and toddler foods

Susan Perry Many popular baby food products contain “concerning levels” of heavy metals, including lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic, according to a report released Thursday by Consumer Reports.For the report, the organization’s researchers purchased three samples each of 50 nationally distributed packaged food items made for babies ...

Thursday 16th August 2018

Cycling offers greater health benefits than other forms of urban transport, study finds

Susan Perry Compared to other forms of urban transport, cycling may offer city dwellers greater mental and physical health benefits, according to a study published this week in the journal Environment International.The study, which was led by researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), used data collected from more t...

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Mosquito 'disease danger days' rise across U.S., including in Minnesota

Susan Perry Rising global temperatures are resulting in an increase in mosquito “disease danger days” across much of the United States, including Minnesota, according to a new report by Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization run by scientists and journalists. As the report points out, human-caused climate change has signific...

Tuesday 14th August 2018

Doctors prescribe fewer opioids after receiving a letter about a patient's overdose death, study finds

Susan Perry A new study, published in the August issue of Science, suggests that a rather simple intervention, tried out on doctors in California, may get physicians to be more cautious about prescribing opioid medications. The study found that when physicians were sent a letter informing them of the overdose death of a patient to whom ...

Monday 13th August 2018

Daylong State Fair event on Aug. 27 aims to normalize conversation about mental health

Andy Steiner Two years ago, self-described Minnesota State Fair enthusiast Dave Lee had an idea. An appointee to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s State Advisory Council on Mental Health, Lee was visiting the fair, as he does every year without fail, when he decided that the mammoth event would be the perfect place to increase public understand...

Cats and dogs can pass on infections and other illnesses — usually spread through a bite

Susan Perry Within the last few weeks, a rare blood infection, caused by a species of bacteria found in the mouths of cats and dogs, killed a 58-year-old woman in Milwaukee and caused another Wisconsinite, a 48-year-old South Bend housepainter, to lose his legs and hands.The bacteria species is Capnocytophaga canimorsus, which exists in...

Friday 10th August 2018

How America's current food environment makes it easy to become obese

Susan Perry As the ever-growing obesity epidemic has made clear, it’s quite easy these days to put on excess weight — and quite difficult to take it off. Indeed, a stunning 40 percent of American adults — more than 93 million individuals — are obese.The average American now weighs at least 15 pounds more than 20 years ago. Most ...

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