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Aug 30th

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Influenza: What you need to know

Influenza: What you need to knowYour child has been home from school for three days with a cough, runny nose, and fever. You've had to miss work to take care of him and are worried that you'll have to miss a couple more days. This is a common situation that families experience during influenza (flu) season because influenza can make people feel miserable for several days or weeks.
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Fitness: Create a program that's right for you

Fitness: Create a program that's right for youAsk yourself these questions to create a workout tailored to your needs and preferences.

Fitness programs abound, from yoga and Pilates to step aerobics and strength training — either at home or in a gym. So which type of fitness program is right for you? Ask yourself these questions to figure it out.
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MNsure promotes equal access to health care

MNsure promotes equal access to health careMinnesota has always been a leader in health care. Our health care system is one of the best in the world. We are the top state in the nation for long-term care services and the healthiest state for seniors. We are ranked in the top five for overall health care and health care for low-income individuals. Yet these rankings cover over the disturbing truth that Minnesota is home to some of the worst health disparities in the nation.
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Breast cancer disparities

Breast cancer disparitiesBlack women have the highest breast cancer death rates of all racial and ethnic groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. Breast cancer deaths are going down fastest among white women. Black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than other women.
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Health officials say antibiotic resistance is urgent public health, health care issue

Health officials say antibiotic resistance is urgent public health, health care issueState health officials joined their counterparts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in calling attention to the threat of antibiotic resistance as a critical public health and patient care and safety issue.
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Sugar vs. artificial sweeteners

Sugar vs. artificial sweetenersDear EarthTalk: I saw an article on sugar's effects on the environment. Has anyone compared different sweeteners (artificial or natural) for their environmental impacts?
-- Terri Oelrich, via e-mail

The production of sugar has indeed taken a huge environmental toll. "Sugar has arguably had as great an impact on the environment as any other agricultural commodity," reports the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), citing biodiversity loss as a result of the "wholesale conversion of habitat on tropical islands and on coastal areas" to grow sugar. WWF adds that the cultivation of sugar has also resulted in considerable soil erosion and degradation and the use of large amounts of chemicals across the tropics and beyond.
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American rower and African President team up to fight AIDS

American rower and African President team up to fight AIDSPresident H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea joined Victor Mooney of Queens last week in the global fight against AIDS. Mooney presented the Head of State with a OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test that detects antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2 in 20 minutes, which the government plans to use in their country.
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