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Good Question: Are There Health Benefits To The Cold?

Struggling to get above zero is less than ideal, especially when you spend more time getting dressed for the weather than actually being in it. But believe it or not, the cold does have some health benefits. We have the flu bug, but no other bugs to deal with, according to Dr. Christina Manders, a family physician with Fairview Clinics in Savage. “We don’t see Lyme disease, we don’t see West Nile. So tick-borne infections, mosquito-borne infections are not a factor,” Manders said.

12/30/2013

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Project Has Goal Of Improving Health In NE Minn.

The state Department of Health has received a $140,000 federal grant to help lower blood pressure and improve health for residents in northeastern Minnesota. Minnesota is one of nine states to receive a grant as part of the federal Million Hearts Initiative.

12/24/2013

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Last-Minute Insurance Shoppers Given Grace Period

Anticipating heavy traffic on the government’s health care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan.

12/23/2013

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‘Threshold Choir’ Performs Songs Of Comfort For People Near The End

What would your soundtrack be at the end? The pain and sorrow that comes with the end of a life can be too much to handle at times. But a group of singers in the Twin Cities get together for that very purpose. The Morning Star Singers are what is known as a “threshold choir,” a group of singers that literally comfort someone who’s on his or her deathbed. Group founder Barbara McAfee says they sing for people in poor health, people who are depressed and those who are nearing the end of life.

12/20/2013

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Best Healthy And Diet Books For The New Year

With New Year’s just around the corner, you’re ready to be fitter, trimmer, and healthier. These great books from Simon & Schuster will help you kick off 2014 the right way—and stick to your health resolutions this year.

12/20/2013

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Dayton Withholds Endorsement Of MNsure Leaders

Gov. Mark Dayton is stopping short of expressing full faith in the executive leadership at Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. Dayton was asked Thursday if he has confidence that exchange leaders were adequately addressing problems.

12/12/2013

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Survey Says Minnesota Is 3rd Healthiest State In America

According to America’s Health Rankings, Minnesota stands as one of the healthiest states in the country for 2013. The findings were released Thursday, and we ranked No. 3 in the country for overall health.

12/12/2013

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Personal Stories Used As Spin Over New Health Law

When Jennifer Slafter first ran the numbers, she thought the new federal health care law would cost her family an extra $171 a month for an insurance plan with a higher deductible. So the 40-year-old stay-home mom from southeastern Minnesota felt compelled to go public with her frustration.

12/08/2013

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Obamacare Key Dates In 2014

Implementation of the health reform law continues through 2014 with these key dates.

11/25/2013

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Don’t Forget To Get A Free Memory Loss Screening

How good is your memory? This Tuesday is National Memory Screening Day, and several facilities in the Twin Cities will be offering free memory screenings for those who are worried about developing a recall problem.

11/19/2013

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Debunking Some Medical Myths About Vitamin D

As the days are getting shorter we’re getting less sunlight. We hear a lot about Vitamin D and how it’s good for our skin, but there’s also plenty of myths out there about it. Dr. Jess Prischmann joined the WCCO This Morning show to address the truth about some misconceptions with Vitamin D.

11/14/2013

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Doctors Want More People Watching Their Cholesterol

More people could soon be put on drugs meant to lower cholesterol, thanks to new guidelines from the American Health Association and The American College of Cardiology. Doctors say statins are critical to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

11/13/2013

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Man Grows Movember ‘Stache To Honor Mom’s Cancer Battle

WCCO’s male meteorologists don’t look so fresh-faced this month, but that’s only because they’re participating in Movember. They’re growing mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health and wellness.

11/08/2013

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After Weeks On Mend, Gov. Dayton Says He’s Feeling Good

Making his first public appearance in two weeks, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says a medical procedure on his ailing hip has relieved the pain. Dayton gave a health update during a news conference on education Thursday at the Capitol. He says he is walking without pain for the first time in four months.

11/07/2013

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N.D. Woman To Give ‘Obese’ Kids Advice, Not Halloween Candy

A Fargo, N.D. woman is at the center of controversy after vowing to hand not Halloween candy but instead letters to children she deems “overweight,” warning them about their health.

10/30/2013

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