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Jul 22nd


Awareness is key to diagnosing rare diseases

Awareness is key to diagnosing rare diseases(StatePoint) Nearly 30 million Americans -- or one in 10 -- are currently affected by a rare disease. Many of these patients are now starting to speak out about the unique challenges they face daily.

Minnesota's diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the last 20 years

The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that about 80,000 adults in Minnesota may have diabetes without knowing it.

They're back and they're gross, but bed bugs can be conquered

They're back and they're gross, but bed bugs can be conqueredMedia contact: Allison Sandve, U of M Extension,, (612) 626-4077; or Catherine Dehdashti, (612) 625-0237,

Cravings: Ways to get a handle on a 'sweet' tooth

Many of us (including myself) have regular cravings for sweet foods. In limited quantities, sweets may be something that are a manageable and sustainable part of our daily food intake. However, because these foods can be so habit forming and are so widely available many of us find ourselves eating more of these foods then we would like. There are many potentially negative health effects of eating a diet that contains moderate to high levels of processed sugars. Most of us are familiar with concerns about excess calories and weight gain. However, there is increasing evidence, that sugar (and other processed sweeteners) can have negative impacts on our mood and may play a role in increased depression.

April is National Minority Health Month: Ophthalmologists urge African-American seniors to get routine eye exams

To help curb vision loss among at-risk communities, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding African-Americans about race-related risk factors for eye disease during National Minority Health Month in April. African-Americans are more than twice as likely to develop diabetic retinopathy compared to Caucasians and are four times more likely than Caucasians to go blind from glaucoma. African-Americans also face a greater risk for cataracts.

Summer time shouldn't be hungry time

Summer time shouldn't be hungry timeHelp feed hungry kids through USDA's Summer Food Service Program

HPV, a cancer that is killing our youth and young adults

HPV, a cancer that is killing our youth and young adultsApril is Oral Cancer Awareness month.

In 2013, 42,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer. This particular type of cancer has historically been caused by alcohol and tobacco use. But today, a new version of oral cancer is on the rise called Human Papilloma Virus or HPV-16.
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