A Poisonous Topic

Brackets. Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about poison. It’s National Poison Prevention Week, the American Lung Association in Minnesota and the Minnesota Poison Control System remind us. The American Lung Association’s news release on the subject notes that poisonings are the second-leading cause of unintentional injury mortality in Minnesota, according to the…
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Ebola Back In The News

This just came in from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:       CDC investigating potential exposures of American citizens to Ebola in West Africa   On March 13, an American volunteer healthcare worker in Sierra Leone who tested positive for Ebola virus returned to the U.S. by medevac and was admitted to…
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The Obama Health Insurance Video

Have you seen President Barack Obama’s video reminding us to sign up for health insurance by Sunday’s deadline? If you enjoy self-deprecatory humor, check it out here: We can’t match that, but we can remind you that Sunday is the deadline for open enrollment in the private health insurance marketplace. Last-minute free help is available…
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The Smoking Minority

Smokers are more of a minority group than ever in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health and ClearWay Minnesota report today that, based on their annual survey, the state’s adult smoking rate has declined to 14.4 percent — the lowest rate ever in Minnesota. It’s down from 16.1 percent in 2010, the last time the…
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Flu Numbers Down (for Now)

Although influenza remains widespread in Minnesota, numbers took a dip during the week that ended Dec. 27, according to Minnesota Department of Health data. The number of hospitalizations was down to seven during the week, compared with 84 the week before. None of the hospitalizations occurred in Northeastern Minnesota. School outbreaks, which skyrocketed to 315…
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