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Feb 26th


Hennepin County offers low-cost vaccination clinics which includes measles

Vaccines prevent diseases for people of all ages, and Hennepin County is offering low-cost immunizations – including shots to prevent the measles –to people who lack health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover vaccines.

Hennepin has about two dozen people infected with measles, and the public health department is reminding parents of the importance of keeping immunizations up to date. The clinics will be:

Study: HIV treatment prevents new HIV infections

A groundbreaking new study has shown that HIV infected partners are much less likely to pass on the virus to uninfected partners if they are put on antiviral treatment sooner, rather than later-on in their infection. The study is being hailed as perhaps the most significant breakthrough in HIV prevention to date.

The study results were not entirely unexpected. Previous “test and treat” studies have already shown that when an HIV infected individual is diagnosed and put on treatment they are less infectious. What's significant is the new study is the first major clinical trial to show how best to make that work.

Voting rights under attack

At the signing of the historic Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965 striking down the discriminatory practices many states had put in place to prohibit Blacks from exercising their right to vote, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Today is a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.” Many Americans think of the fight for voting rights as a struggle that was settled once and for all during the Civil Rights Movement in that celebrated “triumph for freedom,” and is now a piece of history. But that’s a dangerous assumption. While the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, language, ethnicity, religion, and age, there is still no law that affirmatively guarantees citizens the right to vote. Just as we are experiencing a quiet but systematic rise in school segregation across the country, many people don’t realize that there is once again a quiet but systematic movement that would deny many African Americans and other American citizens the ability to vote with 21st century versions of old exclusionary practices.

Allina Hospitals & Clinics leaders selected for national leadership program to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care

Allina Hospitals & Clinics leaders selected for national leadership program to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health carePenny Wheeler, MD, chief clinical officer of Allina Hospitals & Clinics and Pamela Jo Johnson, MPH, PhD of Allina’s Center for Healthcare Innovation have been selected to participate in a year-long executive leadership program designed to tackle racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

“We are committed to not having geography, ethnicity, gender, or poverty determine the health care one receives. Through this program, we will help ensure that our mission of exceptional care applies equitably to all,” Dr. Wheeler said.

The Disparities Leadership Program is the first program of its kind in the nation for health care leaders and is led by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

2nd Annual Relay For Life Delta Air Lines and the MSP Community Airport employees team up with American Cancer Society in fight against cancer

The airport community has returned for another very special American Cancer Society Relay For Life event at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport on Thursday, May 12th.  The American Cancer Society Relay For Life Delta Air Lines and the MSP community will run from 6Am to 6PM. More than 400 workers at the airport, including Delta Air Line employees will use their hearts and feet to help fight cancer.

"It worked so well last year here in Minneapolis, other airports around the country are now following our footsteps," said Todd Peterson of the American Cancer Society. "at least 6 other airports will hold similar events.

How safe is soy?

How safe is soy?Dear Earth Talk: How healthy is soy? I heard that, despite its healthy image, most soy is grown using chemicals like other crops and is even being genetically modified.   -- D. Frinka, Syracuse, NY

Food products made with soy have enjoyed great popularity in the U.S. and elsewhere in recent years. Two decades ago, Americans spent $300 million a year on soy food products; today we spend over $4 billion. More and more adults are substituting soy—a great source of protein—for meat, while a quarter of all baby formula contains soy instead of milk. Many school lunch programs nationwide have added soy-based veggie burgers to their menus, as have countless restaurants, including diners and fast food chains.

A New Health Care Plan for all Minnesotans

The MN Legislature may soon be voting on the MN Health Plan, a single-payer system that would cover all of Minnesota’s medical needs. Health care would be publicly-financed while being delivered through existing medical providers.

A single-payer health care system would not affect the ownership and management of physician groups, clinics, and hospitals. Currently, hospitals and clinics need to hire a large number of staff people just to manage billing operations. This is because insurance companies use different formulas to determine which services they choose to cover. However, instead of the multitude of insurance plans currently available, each with a different network of providers, we could have one, comprehensive plan for everyone.
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