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Too Few Teens Get HPV Vaccine, Health Department Says

Too few teens are getting the HPV vaccine, leaving them at risk for several types of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

07/30/2015

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Ramsey Co. Man Dies Of Meningitis, MDH Urges Vaccinations

A Ramsey County man’s death from meningitis has the Minnesota Department of Health urging men who have sex with men to get vaccinated. There have been meningococcal meningitis outbreaks in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles recently, affecting gay and bisexual men in those metro areas.

07/17/2015

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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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Minn. Lawmaker To Work For Medical Marijuana Manufacturer

A state lawmaker who advocated for Minnesota’s medical marijuana law is now working for one of state’s medical marijuana manufacturers. Rep. Dan Schoen will be a security consultant for LeafLine Labs.

07/15/2015

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Hennepin County Beaches Monitored For E. Coli

Since 2010, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed two E. coli 0157 outbreaks at a swimming beach in Bemidji and on Big Island of Lake Minnetonka. At least six swimmers became ill after ingesting the lake water.

06/30/2015

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Study: Two-Thirds Of Americans Are Overweight Or Obese

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Minnesota fares better than the rest of the upper Midwest states — it’s the only state to trim trim its obesity rate since 2007.

06/22/2015

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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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As E-Cigs Grow In Popularity, Officials Warn Parents Of Nicotine Poisoning

In the last seven years the e-cigarette industry has gone from a no-name to a $1 billion business. As this form of nicotine use continues to grow in popularity, the Minnesota Department of Health released a warning to parents.

06/10/2015

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Health Department Releases New Numbers On Medical Marijuana Sign-Ups

The Minnesota Department of Health released new numbers Monday on sign-ups for medical marijuana, which will become available to eligible and registered patients on July 1. MDH officials said they have received more than 100 applications for medical marijuana from health care practitioners.

06/08/2015

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New Numbers Expected Monday On Medical Marijuana Registrations

In just 23 days, Minnesota patients will be able to get medical marijuana in the form of capsules and oils to treat certain medical conditions. But registration has gotten off to a very slow start.

06/07/2015

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Medical Cannabis Information From The Health Department

For all you need to know about the state’s medical marijuana program, click here.

06/07/2015

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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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Doctors Can Begin To Sign Qualified Patients Up For Medical Marijuana

Minnesota officials will be able to start signing up qualified patients for medical marijuana Monday. It’s the first day doctors are able to certify and register patients with conditions like cancer and epilepsy for the program. About 5,000 people are expected to be eligible.

06/01/2015

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Health Department Not Inspecting Closed Pools

A WCCO investigation has uncovered a gap in state pool inspections that the St. Paul fire marshal says may have contributed to a tragedy involving two young brothers.

05/26/2015

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Tick Sightings On The Rise As Temperatures Climb

It’s not exactly the sign of spring that most of us are looking for. With our rising temperatures, tick sightings have been on the rise. Once temperatures rise into the 40s, they go on the move looking for their next meal.

05/14/2015

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State Takes Over Nursing Homes In Faribault, Owatonna

State authorities have taken over management of nursing homes in Faribault (FAIR’-boh) and Owatonna after their owners ran into financial troubles.

05/08/2015

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Minnesota Approves 2 Labs To Test Medical Marijuana

Another step in the process as medical cannabis becomes legal in Minnesota in just a few months. Minnesota’s medical cannabis program is still on track to begin this summer. The Minnesota Department of Health is approving two laboratories to test the products that will be coming from the state’s medical cannabis manufacturers.

04/29/2015

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MDH: Potentially-Harmful Chemical Found In New Brighton Drinking Water

The Minnesota Department of Health says elevated levels of a harmful chemical have been detected in New Brighton’s drinking water system. Health officials say the presence of the chemical — 1, 4-Dioxane — does not pose an immediate health risk, but long-time exposure could present a cancer threat.

04/17/2015

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DNR Offers Turkey Hunting Tips For Areas Near Bird Flu

Turkey hunting season starts Wednesday in Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources is offering a few precautionary tips for areas near turkey farms struck by the bird flu.

04/13/2015

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Health Officials: 2 More Child Deaths In Minnesota Linked To Flu

Minnesota health officials confirmed Friday morning that two more Minnesota children have died from the flu. The cases happened a few weeks ago, but were just confirmed as being flu-related.

03/20/2015

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Flu Season Persists Despite Warmer Temperatures

The Minnesota Department of Health is reminding Minnesotans that warmer temperatures do not mean an end to flu season.

03/06/2015

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Sixth Child Dies Of Flu In Minnesota This Season

Health officials say a sixth child has died of the flu this season in Minnesota. The latest report from the Minnesota Department of Health says 13 people were hospitalized in the last week of February, down 29 from the week before.

03/06/2015

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MDH: Unqualified Nurse Allegedly Sexually Assaults Patient

A nurse from a Maple Grove home care facility is being investigated after allegedly touching a patient inappropriately last June. According to the complaint, during a visit on June 9, 2014 the nurse was helping the patient get ready for bed when the nurse offered to give the patient a back rub that led to alleged inappropriate touching.

03/04/2015

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Annual Report: More Errors, Fewer Deaths In Minn. Hospitals

An annual report on patient safety shows more errors but fewer deaths in Minnesota hospitals in the past year. The Department of Health found 277 so-called “adverse events” in categories long been tracked, such as wrong-site surgery or foreign objects left in a patient.

02/26/2015

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About 1,000 Express Interest In Medical Marijuana Program

Nearly 1,000 Minnesota residents told the state they’ll likely register for the state’s new medical marijuana program, according to survey results released Monday.

02/23/2015

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