While obese people have a 50 percent chance of developing depression, doctors are unsure why. A study published last month shows there may be a chemical link between obesity and depression, but biological links to explain other depression risk factors remain unknown. Psychiatrists have known obesity correlates with depression for years but haven’t known the biological reason, said David Bond, a University psychiatry associate professor and author on the study. “[Many studies] have looked at whether being obese predicts later developing depression,” Bond said.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota are flipping the script on how they study racism in senior care. A five-year study — funded by a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant — will assess racial disparities in nursing homes and how they correlate with resident care and quality of life.
African American women are twice as likely to die during pregnancy, regardless of wealth or class — and now, a University of Minnesota research team wants a model of prenatal care that addresses this issue. The team partnered with the only African American-owned birth center in the U.S.
A new self-help app could help University of Minnesota students who struggle to find non-crisis oriented help. Despite academic accommodations and free counseling, students looking for one-on-one support face long wait times.
Man-made molecules that mimic cells but aren’t alive could be used to study illnesses that kill natural life. A University of Minnesota lab wants to use simplified versions of cells — more resilient than natural ones — to study dangerous diseases in detail, test new drugs or even define life on other planets.
Colleges around the country, including the University of Minnesota, have seen a drop in drinking paired with more marijuana use. While alcohol use has declined at the University in the past decade, marijuana use continues to rise despite a lack of smoking in those under 18.
A previously unknown molecule in roughly half of the world’s population that helps cancer fight treatment was recently found through University of Minnesota research. Late last month, a University lab published a study which found an enzyme — A3H-I — that mutates cancer.
Since he was 4 years old, University of Minnesota freshman Anders Jenson has had four open-heart surgeries. When patients like Jenson are missing valves or tubes in their heart, surgeons can implant synthetic ones but must replace them often because they don’t grow with other body parts.
A University student was tackled in an attempted robbery Thursday night just east of Northrop Plaza. Kaitlin Lalmond, a piano performance junior was walking through Lilly plaza at around 9:15 p.m.
The safety of the water supply in some Minnesota towns is being scrutinized after new federal guidelines determined the water contained too much of a potentially cancerous chemical. In May, the Environmental Protection Agency reduced the amount of Perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, allowed in drinking water after research showed they might cause negative health effects.