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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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Experts Warn Flu Season Still In Full Swing

The Minnesota Department of Health is expected to release their newest flu report later Wednesday. According to the most recently released numbers from last week, the health department says 543 school outbreaks have been reported this season.

12/31/2014

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Early Start To Flu Season Results In 3rd Death

A third Minnesotan under the age of 18 has died of the flu. The Minnesota Department of Health officials confirmed the death Wednesday. It’s the third pediatric death since flu season began.

12/24/2014

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Outbreaks Of Norovirus Are Hitting Minnesota Hard

fter an awful start to the flu season, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) now reports the state is on track to experience one of its worst years for norovirus.

12/23/2014

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Girl Quarantined With Mumps Received Vaccination

A Twin Cities mom says her 6-year-old daughter contracted the mumps despite getting all of her vaccines on time. The little girl, named Aurora, is in quarantine right now through Christmas to prevent others from getting the highly-contagious disease that has no known cure or treatment.

12/22/2014

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Health Officials: Norovirus Hitting MN Hard This Season

Minnesota health officials are stressing hand hygiene to combat the outbreaks of norovirus – commonly called the stomach flu – that have been hitting the state recently

12/22/2014

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MDH: 2 Dead From Listeria In Caramel Apples

The Minnesota Department of Health has a warning about caramel apples linked to a listeria outbreak. Four people in Minnesota got sick in late October and November — and two of them died. Health officials say the commercially-produced apples were purchased from Cub Foods, Kwik Trip and Mike’s Discount Foods.

12/18/2014

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Tamiflu May Be Hard To Find, But Don’t Give Up

The number of Minnesota schools suffering from flu outbreaks shot up dramatically this week. Last week, only 19 schools reported new outbreaks. This week, that number spiked to 203. The Minnesota Department of Health also said Thursday that two children have now died from the flu in Minnesota. And more than 300 people have gotten so sick they had to stay in the hospital.

12/18/2014

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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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MDH: Flu Is Widespread In Minnesota

Influenza and respiratory illness is now widespread in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. According to MDH, during the week of Dec. 6 indicators showed the flu had spread to be considered widespread across the state.

12/11/2014

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