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Study: Minn. Reporting System Cuts Hospital Errors

Deaths and other harm to patients from preventable errors such as falls and surgical mistakes have dropped in the 10 years since Minnesota started requiring hospitals and other care centers to report them, according to a report released Thursday.

01/23/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Contagious People, Prongs & The Golden Dome Seat

Kathy from Roseville asked: How long is a person with the flu contagious? The Minnesota Department of Health follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control when it comes to influenza.

01/17/2014

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Doctors: Most Recent Flu Sufferers Skipped Vaccination

New figures released by the Minnesota Department of Health show the flu continues to be widespread. Last week there were 186 hospitalizations, down nine from the previous week. But experts say that does not reflect a decrease because many cases from last week have yet to be officially reported. Doctors who spoke with WCCO say many people who have gotten the flu this year are laid up for at least a week.

01/16/2014

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Fairview Hospitals Screen Visitors For Flu

Fairview Health Services is temporarily changing its visitor’s policy at its seven hospitals because of widespread flu in Minnesota. Fairview says its hospital will screen visitors for flu-like symptoms or exposure to others who have had symptoms.

01/09/2014

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Crews Repairing Water-Damaged Minn. Health Lab

Cleanup continues after a heating system failure caused water damage and disrupted operations at the Minnesota Department of Health’s laboratory.

01/07/2014

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Health Dept. Says Flu Widespread In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health says the flu is now widespread across Minnesota. The department reported Thursday there were 71 influenza-related hospitalizations reported last week. That’s nearly twice the number reported the week before.

01/02/2014

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Health Department: Harmful Vapor Entering SE Minneapolis Homes

Health officials said Thursday a harmful vapor is potentially entering homes and buildings in parts of Minneapolis, and it’s raising health concerns for residents. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sent letters on Wednesday to residents in the Como neighborhood of southeast Minneapolis to alert them of the issue.

11/07/2013

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Good Question: Why Do We Only See The Flu In The Winter?

Minnesota’s official influenza season started in October and will last through April. It’s the same for much of the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, the months are reversed. Flu season down happens during their winter – from May through September.

10/30/2013

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MDH: Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo Infects 3 Children With E. Coli

Three people have confirmed E. coli infections from a Minnesota pumpkin patch petting zoo, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The three cases are all children – from 15 months old to 7 years old – and one child is hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of an E. coli infection characterized by kidney failure.

10/26/2013

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MNsure Signs Up 3,700 So Far For Health Insurance

More than 3,700 Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance coverage so far through the state’s new online exchange. The board of directors for MNsure got its first report on the enrollment on Wednesday.

10/16/2013

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With 2/3 Of CDC Furloughed, There’s No One To Study The Flu

The federal government shutdown could actually make you sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is closed, for the most part. And the experts who work on preventing and managing flu outbreaks are not doing that.

10/10/2013

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Minn. Sends Furlough Notices To 105 Workers

State officials have notified 105 Minnesota Department of Health workers that they might be laid off because of the federal government shutdown. The employees are in positions that are partially paid for by federal funds.

10/07/2013

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Good Question: When Is The Best Time To Get The Flu Shot?

All across the state, workplaces, doctors’ offices and drug stores have been offering the flu shot. For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health have recommended people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available, which is generally the middle to end of September.

09/17/2013

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MDH: 2nd Death Connected With West Nile Reported

A second person has died in connection with West Nile virus, according to the latest numbers reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. According to the newest figures, there are now 29 cases of confirmed West Nile in the state of Minnesota.

09/02/2013

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Suicide On The Rise In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the state’s suicide rate is inching upward. The rate rose to 12.4 per 100,000 people last year, up from 11.2 from 2011. The new rate mirrors the national average. The MDH says 684 people killed themselves in the most recent period. To put that number in perspective, Minnesota had 368 traffic-related deaths in 2011. The data shows a general upward trend apart from a short-term dip around 2009.

08/30/2013

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