A student sleeping in a library

Teen Fatigue and Chronic Disease

Teens need 8.5 – 10 hours of sleep a night, and those who get fewer hours may have unhealthy diets and higher body mass, potential risk factors for chronic disease.

air pollution over city

Bad Air and Violence

Breathing dirty air likely causes people to become more aggressive and violent. Air pollution has immediate effects on the brain and may increase people’s impulsivity.

Kids eating on a bench

Lasting Harm

Shaming or teasing comments made about a person’s weight, called weight stigma, during adolescence can do life-long damage and lead to future substance use.

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Paying a Price

Advocating for yourself or your baby during a hospital birth should be a positive thing, but a recent study shows just the opposite is true for some women, especially black women.

Advances Spring 2019

Advances Magazine

The latest issue of Advances explores replicable Minnesota models that bring health and well-being to people around the world. Such innovations as a medical school curriculum that confronts structural racism and a ride-sharing program to get Ugandan babies to vaccination sites are pushing boundaries as we advance public health.

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SPH in the News

Katy Kozhimannil: Childbirth deaths and complications are more likely in rural America (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Ezra Golberstein: Teens are struggling with mental health, suicide. We need to find out why. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Irina Stepanov: Vaping-related injury cases near 1,500, with 33 deaths (The Wall Street Journal)

Kathleen Call: Smart work by the University of Minnesota to find the uninsured (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Lynn Steffen: Plant-based diets good for the heart? Here is more evidence (Forbes)

Jaime Slaughter-Acey: Racist experiences and skin tone discrimination linked to delays in prenatal care (Medical Xpress)

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