Sally Samaha


Researchers investigate link between breast milk and obesity

 A University of Minnesota study aims to better understand infant and child obesity by focusing on breast milk.   Researchers working on the Mothers and Infants Linked for Healthy Growth — or MILK — study analyze the connection between breast milk's fat content, along with other factors, and obesity in what researchers say is one of the nation’s largest breast milk composition studies.

Obstetrics units inaccessible for many rural women, U study says

Over half of rural hospitals in the U.S. no longer have units for childbirth, according to a University of Minnesota study published this month in Health Affairs. The study shows the percent of hospitals with obstetric units fell from 54 percent in 2004 to about 45 percent in 2014. This limited accessibility disproportionately impacts low-income communities and women of color, putting childbearing-aged women and their babies at risk of complications, researchers say. 

University-hosted conference aims to shift conversation around gun violence

Health professionals, advocates and public officials hope to leave a first-annual conference co-hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health this week with a plan to address gun violence as a public health issue. The Northstar Public Health Conference, held Wednesday and Thursday on West Bank, seeks to clear up misconceptions about gun violence and mental health with research presentations from experts in fields from law enforcement to urban violence.