Fewer Minnesotans are getting sick with the flu. On Thursday, the CDC downgraded the flu in Minnesota from widespread to regional. The worse cases of the flu are in the metro and central Minnesota.
Fewer Minnesotans are getting sick with the flu. The CDC downgraded the flu in Minnesota from widespread to regional on Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Health says 21 people were hospitalized with the flu this week. There were 80 last week.
Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores flu germs, used Christmas trees and laughter that makes you cry.
A 12-year-old boy in Rosemount is dealing with a painful condition, but it clearly hasn’t affected his heart.
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
This year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match for this year’s most common strains of influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 48 percent of flu virus samples taken through last month were closely related to this year’s North American vaccine.
December marks the start of peak flu season. State Health officials warn every-day spots like grocery store are common places to pick up the virus. “Going to mall, going to store, going to church,” said Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Health Department.
While there’s national concern about the deadly Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says October marks the start of flu season.
Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger was in the WCCO-TV studio to talk with Esme Murphy on Sunday morning. The commissioner spoke on where the Ebola treatment facilities will likely be in Minnesota, as well as politicians calling for travel bans, CDC protocol, and Ebola screenings at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The CDC is investigating how exactly a Dallas nurse contracted Ebola from a patient she treated.
With news of the first Ebola case in the United States, Minnesotans are wondering what it means for them. A man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, TX, has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola Virus.
In health news, the percentage of U.S. adults diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes has leveled off in recent years. That’s according to researchers from the CDC who looked at data on almost 665,000 people.
A new report states that children are consuming too much salt. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90 percent of children in the U.S. aged 6 -18 have too much salt in their diet. Most of the salt is coming from processed and restaurant foods.
Hundreds of children have showed up at emergency rooms and intensive care units with a severe cough and struggling to breathe.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that some kids are more likely to gain weight in the summertime.
Dementia is a disease we often don’t like to talk about, but it likely affects someone you know. The brain disease that causes memory loss primarily affects people over the age of 60. The most common form is Alzheimer’s.
The CDC and WHO claim they are hard at work tracking 100 people that may have come in contact with the deadly MERS virus.
Minnesota Department of Health officials have confirmed that a traveler returning to Minnesota from West Africa tested positive for the Lassa fever. The man, who flew in to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on March 31, went to a doctor soon after arriving, complaining of a fever. Due to his travel history, his blood samples were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he tested positive for the viral disease on April 3.
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 U.S. children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the report, entitled “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years,” the number of children identified with ASD is growing, with the estimate about 30-percent higher than in previous studies.
A visit to the hospital is not always a prescription for getting well. A new government health report says more needs to be done to keep patients from getting infections while in the hospital.
Whether it’s a business trip, vacation with family or a solo venture, there’s nothing much worse than feeling under the weather or having an upset stomach from unhealthy foods. Here are 10 tips to stay healthy while traveling.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 75 percent of kids have caffeine every day. But it’s not just coming from soda. Kids are also drinking more coffee and energy drinks. Experts say that’s a concern because those beverages can contain much higher amounts of caffeine than soda and iced tea. Dr. Elissa Rubin from Happy and Healthy Pediatrics in New York echoes the sentiment from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Kathy from Roseville asked: How long is a person with the flu contagious? The Minnesota Department of Health follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control when it comes to influenza.
For years, parents in the Somali community in Minneapolis have said autism is unusually common in their kids. Now, a University of Minnesota study confirms those claims. The study used data from 2010 to determine if more Somali kids, ages seven to nine, had autism than other kids in the state’s largest city. Idil Abdul has a son with autism. “I knew what they said today in 2008,” Abdul said.
The federal government shutdown could actually make you sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is closed, for the most part. And the experts who work on preventing and managing flu outbreaks are not doing that.