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Report: Ticks, Risk Of Lyme Disease Are Rapidly Increasing

A new report states the risk of Lyme disease is rapidly growing. Minnesota is one of 17 that carry the highest risk for Lyme disease in the U.S., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are more high-risk areas in Minnesota than before.

07/16/2015

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Bigger Poison Ivy Leaves Mean Larger Risk

According to the CDC, roughly 90 percent of people exposed to the poisonous oil on the leaves of the plant will have an allergic reaction. It spreads easily and can last for days.

07/06/2015

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How To Protect Yourself From New Deer Tick-Borne Diseases

Summer vacation and these summer-like temperatures have a lot of families heading outdoors. As people venture out, the threat of deer ticks and Lyme disease are always there — but scientists say it’s not just Lyme disease that deer ticks are known for anymore.

06/09/2015

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Jungle Gym For Seniors Provides Rehabilitative Fun With Reduced Risks

Episcopal Homes of Minnesota and Xccent Fitness opened a new motion wellness gym for seniors that has a first-of-its-kind indoor play structure designed to reduce the risk of falls.

06/05/2015

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Good Question: How Can Humans Catch The Bird Flu?

The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.

06/04/2015

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Black Lights Show Kids How To Better Fight The Flu

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.

01/22/2015

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MDH: Flu Threat Downgraded In 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.

01/22/2015

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Good Questions: Flu Germs, Old Xmas Trees, Tearful Laughter

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.

12/26/2014

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Sleigh Of Toys: Juvenile Arthritis Sufferer Brings Toys To Fellow Patients

A 12-year-old boy in Rosemount is dealing with a painful condition, but it clearly hasn’t affected his heart.

12/24/2014

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Pre-Packaged Caramel Apples Linked To 4 Deaths

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.

12/19/2014

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Good Question: How Many Of Us Get Flu Shots?

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.

12/17/2014

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MDH: Minnesota To Have Harsher Flu Season

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.

12/11/2014

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Here’s How To Keep Healthy This Flu Season

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.

10/21/2014

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Interview: Minn. Health Commissioner Discusses Ebola Plan

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.

10/19/2014

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Local Hospitals Fight Ebola Through Hands-On Training

The CDC is investigating how exactly a Dallas nurse contracted Ebola from a patient she treated.

10/13/2014

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Minnesotans Worry About The Spread Of Ebola After First U.S. Case

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.

09/30/2014

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Report: Type 1, 2 Diabetes Leveled Off In Adults

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.

09/27/2014

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CDC: US Children Consume Too Much Salt

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.

09/09/2014

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Minn. Safe So Far From Respiratory Virus Spreading Across Midwest

Hundreds of children have showed up at emergency rooms and intensive care units with a severe cough and struggling to breathe.

09/08/2014

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Study: Kids More Likely To Gain Weight During The Summer

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that some kids are more likely to gain weight in the summertime.

06/16/2014

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Wealshire Is Helping Those With Dementia ‘Live With Pride & Dignity’

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.

06/12/2014

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The MERS Outbreak: Is The Government Doing Enough?

The CDC and WHO claim they are hard at work tracking 100 people that may have come in contact with the deadly MERS virus.

05/16/2014

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MDH: Minnesota Traveler Tests Positive For Lassa Fever

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.

04/04/2014

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CDC: 1 In 68 U.S. Kids Identified With Autism

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.

03/27/2014

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CDC: Too Many Patients Get Infections In Hospitals

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.

03/26/2014

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