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Apr 21st

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Continued progress in reducing cancer mortality

 

The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report shows that between 2004 and 2008, overall cancer incidence rates in the nation have declined by 0.6% per year in men and were stable in women, while cancer death rates decreased by 1.8% per year in men and by 1.6% per year in women.

In Minnesota, the overall cancer mortality rate is similar to what is reported for the nation and has been declining significantly for two decades. The overall cancer mortality rate in Minnesota has decreased by 1.6 % a year from 2000-2007. After adjusting for population growth and aging, the overall cancer mortality rate in Minnesota was 15% lower in 2007 than it was twenty years earlier, with cancer mortality declining 17% in men and 15% among women.

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A culturally competent collaborative approach to chemical dependency intervention and recovery support

 

Turning Point and African American Family Services (AAFS) recently announced the agencies are partnering in response to the Department of Human Services (DHS) Alcohol and Drug Abuse’s (ADAD) Request for Proposal to provide culturally based chemical dependency early intervention and recovery support services. 

"The collaboration makes it convenient, easy for our agencies to give our clients every thing they need to get well,” said T.J. Ticey, Interim Executive Director, AAFS. “Our clients will have the chance to go to one place to get all the services they need."

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Resolve to stay connected to friends and family in the new year

Resolve to stay connected to friends and family in the new year

 

(StatePoint) Despite round-the-clock access to text messaging, email and social networking sites, meaningful connections sometimes seem harder to come by than ever these days. 

While it is easy to let all your friends and family know about your new promotion or engagement with a status update online, don’t forget the importance of personal correspondence in today’s digital age.

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Is Echinacea effective at preventing or treating colds?

Is Echinacea effective at preventing or treating colds?

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the story with Echinacea? Many herb teas contain it, and many people swear by it as a cold remedy. But I’ve also seen headlines saying that the herb has no medicinal value whatsoever. Can you set the record straight?        -- Arlene Hixson, Portland, ME

Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, has gained popularity in recent years as a nutritional supplement that proponents believe is helpful in staving off the common cold and shortening its duration. But given the variation between dosages and formulations—such herbs are not regulated as medical drugs by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and so makers have little incentive to standardize—it’s hard to get definitive answers as to Echinacea's effectiveness.

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The National Urban League and League of United Latin American citizens urge Express Scripts to reach agreement with Walgreens

The National Urban League (NUL) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) recently urged Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) to resume negotiations and come to an agreement with Walgreens on new contract terms.  If an agreement is not reached, millions of Americans, especially in diverse and underserved communities, stand to lose access to pharmacy services on January 1, 2012.

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AARP recognizes Delores Wade for commitment to community service

AARP recognizes Delores Wade for commitment to community service

Delores Wade of Minneapolis received the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award at a recognition luncheon last week at Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis.  The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes members and volunteers who, through volunteer service, are enhancing members’ lives in the areas of health and wellness, economic security and work, life transition issues, and personal enrichment. 

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Solutions to end the drug shortage crisis

 

Axel Zirbes is a cute four-year-old boy with bright eyes and a big smile.  He also happens to have no hair on his head.  That’s because Axel is being treated for leukemia.

When he was scheduled to start chemotherapy earlier this year, Axel’s parents learned that an essential drug, cytarabine, was in short supply and might not be available for their son.

Understandably, they were thrown into a panic and desperately looked for any available alternatives.  They even prepared to take Axel to Canada, where cytarabine is still readily available. 

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