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Health Officials: 3K Concussions In MN High School Sports Last Year

For the first time in state history, the Minnesota Department of Health is releasing a report about how concussions are impacting high school athletes. Health department officials estimate that there were nearly 3,000 sports-related concussions in Minnesota schools last year.

09/04/2014

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Health Department To Reveal Number Of Sports-Related Concussions

While the Shakopee Sabres football team works out behind the school, trainer Christy Hager is inside the school building treating players who get bumps and bruises.

09/03/2014

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Cabbage Likely Caused Minnesota E. Coli Outbreak

State health officials say green whole head cabbage was the likely source of E. coli that sickened 15 people in Minnesota in July. The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday the cabbage likely was contaminated before it was distributed to restaurants.

08/29/2014

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Pope Co. Woman Is State’s 1st West Nile Case Of 2014

A Pope County woman has become Minnesota’s first confirmed case of West Nile virus this season. She was diagnosed with the virus on Aug. 2, according to David Nietzel with the Minnesota Department of Health. He says most often people can have it and not know it.

08/22/2014

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Good Question: What Kind Of Fish (And How Much Of It) Should We Eat?

A new report out says pregnant women should avoid all canned tuna. Consumer Reports said on Thursday it’s concerned about the mercury levels in some kinds of tuna.

08/21/2014

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Minnesota Officials Say Petting Zoo Spread E. Coli

Minnesota health officials say a traveling petting zoo is the source of an E. coli outbreak that has infected 13 people. The Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday that seven of the people have been hospitalized with the infection originating at the Zerebko Zoo Tran petting zoo.

08/13/2014

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Klobuchar Trying To Protect Young Minds From False Advertising

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is pushing legislation to protect young athletes from concussions. The legislation would crack down on false advertising and misleading claims that certain protective gear can prevent concussions.

08/07/2014

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MDH: 9 Sickened From E. Coli At Rice County Fair

Minnesota health officials are investigating after nine people got E. coli at the Rice County Fair. At least five of those people had to be hospitalized.

08/06/2014

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Medical Pot Backers Hope To Speed Task Force Work

Potential medical marijuana patients and family members said Thursday they hope to assuage police concerns as the state builds up its new program allowing the treatment of eight illnesses with some forms of cannabis.

07/31/2014

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Minnesota Health Officials Address Ebola Concerns

The Minnesota Department of Health is working with leaders in the local Liberian community to address concerns about an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Health officials are meeting with members of the West African community Monday.

07/28/2014

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2 More E. Coli Cases Confirmed In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health says two more cases of E. coli infection have been confirmed in the state. The department said Thursday it has been able to interview 14 of the 15 cases. Through the interviews, investigators confirmed that 12 of the ill people ate at an Applebee’s restaurant in Minnesota between June 23 and June 29.

07/17/2014

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Minnesota Investigating 13 Cases Of E. Coli

Minnesota health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infection, with some of the cases traced to eating at Applebee’s restaurants. The Minnesota Department of Health said Monday it is investigating 13 cases of the foodborne illness. Seven of the people infected reported eating at Applebee’s restaurants in Minnesota between June 24 and 27. But health officials say there are multiple cases with no apparent connection to the restaurant.

07/14/2014

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Health Dept. Takes Over Troubled Mpls. Nursing Home

The Minnesota Department of Health has taken over a Minneapolis nursing home, saying it was necessary to protect residents. The Camden Care Center on 49th Avenue North has been cited earlier this year for 47 violations. The Health Department reports several of those violations were serious and put residents at risk.

06/03/2014

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Tick-Borne Disease Risk Is High In Minn.

It’s that time of year when ticks are plentiful and the risk of tick-borne disease is high. Our snowy winter did not hurt ticks. Instead it’s believed the snow insulated them from the cold.

05/20/2014

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Tick-Borne Disease Risk Still Remains High In MN

We aren’t the only ones to survive the latest round of brutal winters — turns out, the heavy snow and frigid temperatures actually helped the survival of ticks that can carry disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

05/20/2014

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Running Tough Mudder? Beware Not To Ingest The Water

Thousands of Minnesotans are training to finish the annual Tough Mudder obstacle course this summer. But they may want to practice keeping their mouths shut.

05/06/2014

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MDH: Dozens Of Minnetonka Students Fall Ill

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a possible outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness at a Minnetonka elementary school. Health department officials say at least 51 students and four staff members at Groveland Elementary School were out sick on Thursday.

05/02/2014

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Report: ‘Sharp Increase’ In Some STD Rates In 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health released a new report Wednesday that shows significant increases in the rate of some sexually transmitted diseases from 2012 to 2013.

04/16/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Hair Nets, Days Of The Week & Buttons

Don from Brooklyn Park, Minn., asked: If you work in a restaurant, are you required to wear a hair net?

04/11/2014

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MDH: Minnesota Traveler Tests Positive For Lassa Fever

Minnesota Department of Health officials have confirmed that a traveler returning to Minnesota from West Africa tested positive for the Lassa fever. The man, who flew in to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on March 31, went to a doctor soon after arriving, complaining of a fever. Due to his travel history, his blood samples were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he tested positive for the viral disease on April 3.

04/04/2014

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Lawmakers Push To Raise Minimum Tanning Age To 18

Indoor tanning may soon become an “adults-only” business in Minnesota. State Lawmakers are making a push to raise the minimum age for tanning to 18.

03/28/2014

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Coon Rapids Company Recalls Products Due To Listeria Contamination

A Coon Rapids company is voluntarily recalling some of its products due to concerns of possible listeria contamination, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Product sampling by the state agriculture department determined that some of the finished products produced by Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC contained listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which could cause the disease listeriosis.

03/22/2014

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23 Sick From Salmonella At Maple Grove Restaurant

A salmonella outbreak has been linked to a Maple Grove restaurant. Minnesota Department of Health and Hennepin County officials say at least 23 people got sick after eating at Old Country Buffet in late January. One person was hospitalized but has since been released.

02/24/2014

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CO Not Responsible For Sending Students To Hospital

The illness that made 30 Springfield Public school students sick enough to go to the hospital Thursday was not caused by carbon monoxide, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A group of fourth and fifth graders became sick while rehearsing for a choir concert. On Friday, school officials say all the students are fine, and health officials think the illness may have been caused by nerves. Bethany Mattson says she was never really worried about her fifth-grade daughter, who was rehearsing with her classmates Thursday morning in the school’s auditorium. But she can see why other parents may have felt differently.

02/07/2014

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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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