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Talking loneliness with U of M

The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared loneliness an epidemic and a threat to public health, and estimates note about half of the U.S. population is experiencing loneliness. Associate Professor Carrie Henning-Smith from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health answers questions about loneliness and steps people can take if they’re experiencing it.  

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Talking happy and healthy retirement with U of M

Kate Schaefers, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Minnesota, answers questions about easing the transition to retirement and embracing this next stage of life. 

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Expert Alert

Climate change, increased air pollution and long-term health

In early March, the National Weather Service issued the first Red Flag Warning of the year for counties in southeastern Minnesota. In addition, recently released seasonal climate data predict this spring and summer to be hotter and more humid than average in most of the U.S. and Canada. 

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Talking motion sickness with U of M

In advance of spring and summer road trips, Tom Stoffregen, a professor in the School of Kinesiology, explains motion sickness and how to help manage negative symptoms. 

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A new treatment pathway

Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs but clinical trials at the U of M are seeking to change that.

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Research Brief

Only 1 in 4 rural US smokers attempted to quit during a one year period

While overall smoking rates among U.S. adults are declining, many communities remain disproportionately burdened by commercial tobacco use and the associated negative health consequences. Smoking prevalence among rural adults stood at 19.2% in 2020, compared to 14.4% for their urban counterparts. Previous research also shows rural people start smoking at younger ages and smoke more heavily than non-rural residents. 

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Talking processed foods with U of M

March is National Nutrition Month, an opportunity to focus on healthy and informed food choices. Job Ubbink, a professor and head of the Food Science and Nutrition Department at the University of Minnesota, answers questions about the difference between unprocessed, processed, and ultra-processed foods and how to make nutritious choices.