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Conquering Heart Disease for 30 Years

Three decades ago, SPH helped initiate the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, one of the world’s largest and longest running studies about heart health. 

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Speaking for the Voiceless
Assistant Professor Tetyana Shippee makes sure minorities have a voice in their quality of life in nursing homes.

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Ruby Nguyen

Protecting Babies and Children from Harmful Chemicals

Associate Professor Ruby Nguyen works to discover how everyday chemicals can alter a child’s development while they’re in the womb. 

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Study Shows Smoking Leaves Imprint on DNA
SPH faculty looked at the blood of 16,000 people who smoked or had quit smoking and found that smokers experienced a chemical change called DNA methylation, which turns the gene “off” and keeps it from producing proteins.

Helping People on Food Benefit Programs Eat Healthier
People on food benefit programs, such as SNAP, have higher rates of obesity. New research by Professor Lisa Harnack shows that people may eat healthier if the program’s policies restrict the purchase of sugary foods and add incentives for buying fruits and vegetables.

Addressing Racial Inequities in Birth Outcomes
In Minnesota and across the U.S., African-American women and infants are at least twice as likely as white women and infants to die around the time of childbirth. A new project led by Assistant Professor Rachel Hardeman aims to improve birth outcomes by studying best practices at Roots Community Birth Center, Minnesota’s first and only African-American-owned birth center.

Avoiding Weight Gain Starts in Adolescence
A new study from Professor David Jacobs and Project EAT shows that keeping your weight in-check as an adult is linked to the quality of your diet in adolescence.


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Assistant Professor Rachel Hardeman talks about structural racism in the health care industry. (KSTP)

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