How Is Your Heart Health?

For American Heart Month this February, Professor David Jacobs provides expert comment on how Minnesotans could be more aware of risk factors and take other steps to improve their cardiovascular health.

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Ransomware attacks on America’s health care systems more than doubled from 2016 to 2021, exposing the personal health information of millions

The report from the University of Minnesota (U of M) School of Public Health (SPH) shows that ransomware attacks on healthcare providers are not just increasing in frequency, they are also becoming more severe — exposing larger quantities of personal health information and affecting large organizations with multiple health care facilities.

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With $2.9 million NIH grant, U of M School of Public Health researchers will explore alcohol’s role in oral cancers

Despite the existence of strong epidemiological evidence that alcohol is a risk factor for various oral cancers, the specific mechanisms of alcohol’s carcinogenicity in the mouth and upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) remain unclear. A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota (U of M) School of Public Health (SPH) aims to address this gap by tracing alcohol’s role in oral cancers and helping to develop strategies for their early detection and prevention. 

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Researchers find 2.8% of pregnancies were exposed to opioids

New study of opioid use among pregnant people finds that 2.8% of pregnancies were exposed to opioids. Lead researcher Ruby Nguyen says “the findings of this study can be useful in future efforts to reduce opioid use during pregnancy and limit the negative consequences of fetal exposure to opioids.”

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