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Feb 08th


An Open Letter to all Minnesotans from State Health Care Leaders

In a matter of days, there will be a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that will have significant ramifications for health care in the United States and Minnesota. The Supreme Court will issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health care reform law. While the decision will likely generate further national debate, it’s important to acknowledge that the decision won’t change some basic facts about health care in Minnesota.


Natural ways to keep your skin healthy this season

Natural ways to keep your skin healthy this season

(StatePoint) Our modern lifestyles can take a toll on our skin. Lack of sleep, pollutants, and stress are all contributing factors to signs of aging, dryness, irritation and blotchiness.

While makeup can reduce the appearance of such wear and tear, there are natural steps you can take to actually make skin healthier, rather than simply masking the problem.

The Dead Sea is rich with minerals that keep skin healthy and beautiful.


Heroin/opiate abuse maintains grip in Twin Cities

Opiates second only to alcohol as reason for treatment admissions

The abuse of heroin and prescription opiates continues to rise in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, according to a new report on Twin Cities’ drug abuse trends released recently by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

One in five admissions to addiction treatment programs in 2011 was for heroin or other opiates, second only to treatment admissions for alcohol. Heroin accounted for 10.7 percent of addiction treatment admissions in 2011, compared to 3.3 percent in 2000. Other opiates, mostly prescription painkillers, accounted for 9.5 percent of treatment admissions in 2011, compared to 1.4 percent in 2000. Opiates were detected in 7.7 percent of adult males arrested in Hennepin County in 2011, compared to 4.7 percent in 2007.


FDA approves new combination vaccine for children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Menhibrix, a combination vaccine for infants and children ages 6 weeks through 18 months, for prevention of invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups C and Y and Haemophilus influenzae type b.

Diseases caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcal disease) and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib disease) can be life-threatening. These bacteria can infect the bloodstream causing sepsis, and the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord causing meningitis. In young children, Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae type b are important causes of bacterial meningitis.


10 crucial nutrition tips for senior men

10 crucial nutrition tips for senior men

(StatePoint) Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America -- and the older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with this serious disease.

“There is good news for those who want to take control of their risk,” says Dan Zenka, Senior Vice President of Communication at the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). “Recent research shows that eating right can help decrease the chance of developing prostate cancer, reduce the likelihood of recurrence and slow the progression of the disease.” 


A "State Dinner" just for kids


Calling all kid chefs: Here's your chance to share your favorite delicious and nutritious lunch recipe with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Let's Move!, the First Lady's initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, is looking for parents or legal guardians of creative kid chefs from all over the country to submit their child’s recipe for a healthy and nutritious lunch.  A winning child and their parent or legal guardian from each state and territory will be invited to join them for a Kid's "State Dinner."


Hungry for Happiness Mobile Tour visits Holy Rosary church

Hungry for Happiness Mobile Tour visits Holy Rosary church

The Arby's Foundation's Hungry for Happiness Mobile Tour visited Loaves and Fishes Summer Food Service dining Site at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (2424 18th Avenue South) in Minneapolis last Tuesday, June 12th.  Over 200 kids came for free meals (a turkey sandwich, apple slices, yogurt, and milk), and they stayed to play the many games that were set up:  hopscotch, tug of war, hoola hoops, jump rope, bean bag toss, Wii, etc.  The Arby's Foundation gave out free sunglasses, frisbees, and water bottles, and a fun time was had by all.  They also surprised Loaves and Fishes with a check for $5,000 to support the Summer Food Service Program!

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