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Bemidji Nurses To Vote On Hospital Contract Offer

Nurses at Sanford Bemidji hospital vote Thursday on whether to accept a contract offer or reject it and authorize a strike.


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Overlooked Disease Affects 1 In 3,000 Children

While watching 3-year-old Jacqueline Pastel at a Plymouth daycare, one would never know she has a condition that is more common in children than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease combined.


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HMOs To Feel Pinch In New Minn. Health Budget

Minnesota’s new two-year budget contains some tough medicine for nonprofit health plans that manage subsidized care for more than 500,000 poor patients.


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Experts: HPV Is Causing Oral Cancer In Men

Women have been warned about the dangers of the human papilloma virus (HPV) for years, but men now face the risk of oral cancer.


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Expert: Summer Can Trigger More Migraines

Summer usually means fun in the sun and leisurely late nights. For some, however, it means more migraines.


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Twin Cities University Creates New Type Of Dental Practitioner

Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities is graduating its first class of seven students who will be licensed to perform basic dental work normally done by a dentist.


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300 Gallons Of Drugs Collected In ℞ ‘Take-Back’

Sheriff’s officials in Washington County were not sure how many drugs they’d collect with their latest drug “take back” campaign. The answer is, a lot.



Knocking Out The Side Effects Of Colorectal Cancer Treatment

By Laura D. Porter, MD Colon Cancer Alliance Patient Advocate Medical Consultant In January 2003, I was 42 and completing my first year of my pediatric residency. My life was extremely busy; I was working […]



Awareness Key To The Colon Cancer Fight

By Andrew Spiegel Colon Cancer Alliance One of the keys to eradicating colon cancer is awareness. Being aware of risk factors, symptoms, family history and screening options will not only help in fighting the disease […]



Football Star Says His Mission Is To Save Lives

By The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons No one expects to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, especially a former professional football player who takes pride in staying in good physical condition. Yet that’s […]



Colorectal Cancer Survivor: ‘Timing Is Everything’

By The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Three years ago, 61-year-old Sharon Tschider from Bismarck, North Dakota, noticed she had bleeding with her bowel movements. Married and the mother of seven children, at […]



The Colon: What It Is And Why It’s Important

By The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons What exactly is the colon and what is its function? Read this article to learn the answers to these questions, and more. What is the Colon? […]



Common Questions About Colorectal Cancer

By The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons What is colorectal cancer? What’s a polyp? What causes the deadly disease? Here are some answers to the questions you may have about colorectal cancer. What […]



Colorectal Cancer Rates By State

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention In the following maps, the U.S. states are divided into groups based on the rates at which people developed or died from colorectal cancer in 2007, the […]



Patients Share Their Colorectal Screening Stories

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Visiting the doctor can be a scary time for some, even when all that’s expected is a routine check-up. So imagine the kinds of worries some may […]



Lowering Your Risk For Colorectal Cancer

By The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Avoiding alcohol, regular exercise, and sticking to a healthy diet are just a few of the ways you can reduce your chances of developing colorectal cancer. […]



Colorectal Cancer Screening

By The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons This article explains the importance of testing for symptoms that may reveal a disease or condition that could lead to colon or rectal cancer. What is […]



Colorectal Cancer: Myths And Misconceptions

By The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Some say ignorance is bliss, but experience tends to prove otherwise. Make sure you’re informed about the truths and misconceptions concerning colorectal cancer by reviewing this […]



Family History Key In Watching For Colon Cancer

By The Colon Cancer Alliance Did your grandparents have colon cancer? Have any of your relatives ever had polyps? Knowing the answers to questions like these could tell you if you are at an increased […]