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.
In the News this Week
Michael Osterholm: Containing Zika: Inside the battle to prevent a U.S. epidemic Newsweek
Craig Hedberg: Flint’s shigellosis outbreak tells us one thing: The water problem is worse than ever Mic
Lynn Blewett: Special session needed to provide relief on health insurance hikes Star Tribune
Roger Feldman: Medica to halt certain broker commissions in Minnesota Star Tribune