University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have determined that lung cancer screenings using a low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) scan can reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent. The research, led by professor Timothy R. Church, Ph.D., is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Lung cancer is the largest contributor to [...]
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University of Minnesota researchers have confirmed an association between time spent working in the taconite industry and an increased risk of contracting mesothelioma, an association evident across Minnesota’s Iron Range. Researchers also found that air quality in communities surrounding taconite mines is cleaner in terms of particulates than air found in Minneapolis. They’ve also found [...]
The use of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening reduces deaths from colorectal cancer cases by more than 25 percent. That’s according to results from the first randomized clinical trial in the United States that looked at the effectiveness of sigmoidoscopy.
When and why women and men should be screened for cervical or prostate cancer has changed in the past year, in part due to the work of SPH faculty.
An increasing number of public health experts are calling for a soda pop tax as a way to combat obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, while reducing health care costs. Roger Feldman, a professor and health policy expert at the University of Minnesota, is a strong advocate for a pop tax.
He said that 34 percent of Americans are overweight and another 34 percent are obese.
January is radon awareness month. Radon is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. In fact, radon kills more than 20,000 Americans each year.
It’s cervical cancer awareness month and there’s news to report. Two sets of draft guidelines now recommend that women be screened only once every three years instead of annually.
Should any man of any age — absent symptoms — ever be screened for prostate cancer using the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test? No, according to draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Public comment on the draft guidelines is open until Dec. 13, 2011. Screening has caused more harm than good University of [...]
President Obama last week scolded tobacco companies for their opposition to the new graphical cigarette package warning labels. He said that the industry is fighting the requirement because it does not want to be honest about the consequences of smoking. graphic labels are already used effectively in other countries. Tha’s according to Harry Lando, a University of Minnesota public health professor.
What: Epi Seminar at the University of Minnesota When: Sept. 16, 2011 Presented by: Lila J. Rutten, PhD, MPH Senior Behavioral Scientist Clinical Monitoring Research Program SAIC-Frederick, Inc. National Cancer Institute at Frederick Listen now