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Aug 02nd

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A healthy New Year’s resolution from your pharmacist: Clean out your medicine cabinet

WASHINGTON, DC – As the New Year begins, and healthy resolutions are made, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is encouraging Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets. Pharmacists recommend patients clean out their medicine cabinets once a year to dispose of all the unused and expired medications that accumulated over the previous year. This once a year tradition will help keep everyone safe and healthy. Unused medications have the potential to be abused and misused and expired medications can lose their potency thus reducing or providing no value to the condition being treated. 
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Resources for addressing child poverty

This summer, census numbers confirmed a trend that many suspected: that in the past ten years Minnesota saw a 62% increase in child poverty, from 114,000 children (9%) to 192,000 (15.2%). That number roughly equals the combined populations of Bloomington and Rochester.
 
Children’s Defense Fund–Minnesota (CDF–MN) produced a resource, 10 Things to Know about Child Poverty in Minnesota to help Minnesotans understand how child poverty affects a child’s brain development, how it affects all our futures and how smart investments today can mitigate these stark trends. It provides a quick background piece on Minnesota child poverty, who is affected, how it’s measured, and why policy decisions matter.

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American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region calls for Heroes Awards Nominations

The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region, reaching from the southern metro area to the Canadian border, announces its call for Heroes Awards nominations. The Red Cross Heroes Awards recognize everyday people who perform extraordinary acts to further our life-saving mission.  

Red Cross Heroes Awards winners will be honored at the 5th annual Heroes Breakfast, which will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis on May 24, 2012.  We are proud to announce Target as the presenting event sponsor. 

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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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