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Health Officials Encourage Earlier Flu Vaccinations

It’s been shown that lower flu vaccination years tend to have worse disease outbreaks. So, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is pushing the message earlier this year: Get vaccinated.

08/15/2011

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Study: Siblings Of Kids With Autism Have Higher Risk Too

A new autism study found that siblings of children with autism have a much greater risk of developing the disorder than first thought.

08/15/2011

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A New Innovative, Incisionless Surgery For Heartburn

There’s a new type of surgery that can stop heartburn — without an incision.

08/12/2011

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Minn. Health Officials Investigating Anthrax Case

Health officials in Minnesota are investigating an apparent case of inhalation anthrax in an individual who officials believe acquired the infection from the natural environment.

08/09/2011

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Report: FDA’s Medical Device Approval Process Is Flawed

More than 100 medical devices have been recalled after a report showed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) process of approving them is flawed.

07/29/2011

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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.

07/27/2011

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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.

07/25/2011

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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.

07/22/2011

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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.

07/22/2011

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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.

07/08/2011

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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.

07/08/2011

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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.

07/08/2011

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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 […]

02/28/2011

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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 […]

02/28/2011