Ed Ehlinger

MDH Reviews Water Testing After Temperature ErrorsMinnesota health officials are reviewing their water quality testing after discovering they evaluated samples at temperatures too hot to detect some chemical contaminants.
Intractable: The Key Word In Minnesota's Medical Pot Expansion One word carries a lot of weight in Minnesota health officials' decision to expand its medical marijuana to pain patients: intractable.
Minnesota To Allow Patients To Treat 'Intractable Pain' With Medical PotThe Minnesota Department of Health announced its plans Wednesday to expand the state's medical marijuana program. MDH had a Jan. 1 deadline to decide if severe, chronic pain should join the list of qualifying conditions.
Report Examines Program To Help Exploited Minors, Gives RecommendationsA new report on Minnesota’s program to help young victims of sexual exploitation credits the state for raising awareness and helping dozens of victims get housing and access to support services. The authors also outlined how the program could be better, suggesting that it could help more than just minors.
Health Panel Says Allowing Marijuana Prescriptions For Pain A Bad IdeaAn advisory panel cautioned Wednesday against expanding Minnesota's medical marijuana program to include patients suffering chronic pain starting next year.
Binge Drinking Costs Minnesota Billions, Study SaysThe Centers for Disease Control found excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010. The dollar figure covers everything from disease to crimes where alcohol played a role. Minnesota accounted for $3.8 billion and Wisconsin $4.4 billion.
Report Links Air Pollution To 2,000 Twin Cities Deaths In 2008Air pollution may be a factor in the deaths of thousands of Twin Cities residents a year, a new report says.
University Of Minnesota Will Be Regional Ebola CenterThe University of Minnesota Medical Center has been named a regional treatment center for patients with Ebola and other highly infectious diseases, the state Department of Health announced Friday.
Health Officials: New HIV Cases Up 2 Percent In 2014New numbers from the Department of Health show that the percentage of HIV diagnoses in Minnesota ticked up slightly in 2014, with most cases being reported in the Twin Cities metro and among minority communities.
Talking Points: Health Dept. Head Talks Commissioner Pay RaisesMore drama is expected this week at the Capitol as both Republicans and Democrats battle Gov. Mark Dayton over his awarding his commissioners large pay raises.
1 In 8 Minnesota Teens Smoke E-CigarettesWhile a new survey shows tobacco use by Minnesota high school students has declined in recent years, state health officials are concerned about the rising number of young people using electronic cigarettes. The state's latest survey on youth tobacco use released Monday found one in in eight high school students used e-cigarettes recently.
Interview: Minn. Health Commissioner Discusses Ebola PlanHealth 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.

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