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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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State Seeking Labs To Test Marijuana Grown For Medicinal Use

Regulators of Minnesota’s new medical cannabis program are seeking to certify laboratories to test the marijuana cultivated for medicinal use. The Department of Health advertised Tuesday for specialized labs to test for “content, contamination and consistency” of the drug. Applications are due next month and labs should be chosen by mid-April.

02/17/2015

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Minnesota’s School Vaccination Rates

This week on WCCO Sunday Morning, Esme Murphy talked with Doug Schultz from the Minnesota Department of Health about the current controversy surrounding vaccinations and the high-profile measles outbreaks.

02/15/2015

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No Quick Decision On Medical Marijuana For Pain

State officials will hold off for another year on deciding whether to expand Minnesota’s new medical marijuana program to residents suffering chronic pain. The move could someday extend the potentially potent medicine to tens of thousands more Minnesota residents and dramatically increase business for the state’s two medical marijuana manufacturers.

02/11/2015

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Health Department Continues Survey On Medical Marijuana

Potential users of medical marijuana have about one week to participate in a survey that could help the state get a picture of the likely demand for the drug. The Minnesota Department of Health has been conducting a voluntary survey of prospective medical marijuana patients since Jan. 20. The survey closes Friday.

01/31/2015

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Good Question: Why Do The Vaccinated Get Sick?

On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed that the U of M student sickened with measles had been vaccinated. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control had reported six of the original 52 people who contracted the virus at Disneyland had gotten the shot as well.

So how can you get sick if you’ve had the vaccine? Good Question.
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Thursday that the University of Minnesota student sickened with measles had been vaccinated.

01/29/2015

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Poll: Minnesotans Favor Medical Marijuana Legalization 3 To 1

More than three quarters of Minnesotans favor the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a poll commissioned by the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MN NORML).

01/28/2015

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Minnesota Survey: Smoking Drop Sharpest Among Young Adults

A new survey shows that smoking rates among Minnesota’s 18-24 population have plunged since 2010. The Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey, released Thursday by ClearWay Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health, shows an overall drop in adult smoking.

01/23/2015

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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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Survey May Paint Clearer Picture Of Medical Marijuana Demand

State health officials want to know how many Minnesotans want medical marijuana and where they live. The state has struggled to answer those questions ahead of the new program’s launch in July. The Minnesota Department of Health thinks they’ll have about 5,000 patients but other estimates put it at 15,000 or more.

01/20/2015

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MDH: 83K Seek Chronic Pain Treatment Annually

A report from the Minnesota Department of Health reveals that about 83,000 Minnesotans undergo procedures to treat chronic pain each year. The three-year study conducted by the MDH utilized the All Payer Claims Database, created in 2008 under Tim Pawlenty’s administration.

01/20/2015

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As Anxiety Wanes, Minnesota Keeps Eyes Out For Ebola Spread

State health officials say they won’t be done watching for the spread of Ebola for at least another year. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently monitoring 47 residents who traveled from the West African countries ravaged by the deadly virus. As of Sunday, the state had cleared 216 travelers after a 21-day monitoring period. No cases have been confirmed in Minnesota.

01/14/2015

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Flu Claims Life Of 4th Minn. Child, Hospitalizations Down

A fourth child has died from influenza in Minnesota since late September, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The flu still remains widespread throughout the state, although hospitalizations and school outbreaks were significantly lower than last week.

01/08/2015

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How To Keep Your Home Free Of Radon

You can’t see, smell or taste radon in your home. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there, according to Dr. Jon Cole of the Minnesota Poison Control System. “You have no symptoms while it’s happening, and then later on, eventually you … develop lung cancer,” Cole said. Radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S.

01/06/2015

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With Kids Heading Back To School, Health Officials Warn Of Flu

Thousands of children are going back to school Monday after the holiday break and officials are hoping the time off will help stop the spread of influenza.

01/04/2015

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