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Talking healthcare for LGBTQ older adults with U of M

LGBTQ older adults face a myriad of unique challenges in our health ecosystem. Dr. Rajean Moone discusses what these challenges are and how patients, providers and loved ones can ensure that they are receiving high quality care.

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Expert Alert

Forever Chemicals

“Forever chemicals” have been detected across the state of Minnesota.  Known as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances), the synthetic materials are found in everything from cookware to carpet to cosmetics and many other products — and have been found in some of the state’s drinking water and even in the bloodstreams of people and wildlife. 

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Talking long COVID with U of M

Three years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, many are still dealing with ongoing effects from COVID-19 infections. Dr. Farha Ikramuddin discusses long COVID and the research she and others are doing at the University surrounding it.

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Research Brief

New study examines mental-health outcomes for Black students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities

While the outcomes of institutional racism in our education system have been well documented — Black and American Indian students are half as likely to graduate from college within four years compared to white and Asian students — few people know about the impact that structural racism within educational institutions has on mental health outcomes for students.  

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Research Brief

U of M research indicates clues to early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease

College of Veterinary Medicine researchers Manci Li and Assistant Professor Peter Larsen looked at existing data from both Alzheimer’s brains and healthy brains to identify the key neuropeptides — the chemical messengers that are released by neurons — involved in Alzheimer’s. They also examined the relationship between neuropeptide activity and aging. 

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Creativity and the brain

A study yields insights into how creativity could influence young people’s mental health and well-being.

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Expert Alert

March is National Nutrition Month

Millions of Americans resolve to improve their diet each year, but increasing rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions indicates that many of us are falling short. 

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Talking rare diseases with U of M

Dr. Troy Lund provides information on rare diseases and the work the University conducts on them for Rare Disease Day 2023.

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Talking pet dental health with U of M

During National Pet Dental Health Month, Kara Carmody, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses tips for taking care of your pet’s dental hygiene to improve their overall wellbeing.