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A new breast cancer report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows a 30-year trend of decreasing mortality rates, suggesting improved diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in Minnesota. However, providers and public health officials are concerned that delays in breast cancer s…

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Children in Minnesota are not getting their needed vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a while, people were told to avoid going to clinics if they were not sick and many clinics were not seeing patients in person. When clinics were closed, families had to adjust to online visits. …

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The number of new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continued to rise in 2019, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) annual STD surveillance report released yesterday. Of special concern were 1,127 syphilis cases reported in 2019, a 23% increase from 2018.

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Israel Shippy doesn’t remember much about having COVID-19 — or the unusual auto-immune disease it triggered — other than being groggy and uncomfortable for a bunch of days. He’s a five-year-old, and would much rather talk about cartoons, or the ideas for inventions that constantly pop into h…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., the virus hit African Americans disproportionately hard. African Americans are still contracting the illness – and dying from it – at rates twice as high as would be expected based on their share of the population.

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David Levine feels tired — a lot — and laments how he rarely makes it to the end of a movie. The 68-year-old Manhattan journalist has a pretty good idea why: A night in the sleep lab showed he had borderline sleep apnea. “But certain medications I take, especially Lipitor, make me even more …

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Regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus, a top exercise researcher reports. He is urging people to exercise based on his findings, which also suggest a potential treatment approach.

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Georgia Fort is an Emmy-nominated media professional with more than 10 years of experience in radio and public television.  

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that due to a national shortage of COVID-19 laboratory testing materials, the state is forced to make adjustments to its testing criteria to focus on the highest priority specimens, including hospitalized patients. Health care workers …

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November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, lung cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosis and is the leading cause of cancer mortality in Minnesota. It also kills more than twice as many men as prostate cancer and more than twic…

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) hosted a September “Hope Against Opioids Conference” at Neighborhood House in St. Paul.

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Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can make you very sick for weeks or even months. Hepatitis A can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. 

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While September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I can think of no better time to reflect on how far we’ve come in understanding, treating and defeating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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September 25 is Women’s Health and Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages.  

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As fall approaches and children are back to school, get your kitchen ready with nutritious foods to better your child’s school performance, development and overall health.

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The All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health has made strong progress in its efforts to advance precision medicine, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The University of Alabama at Birmingham leads the Southern Network of All of Us.

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Surprise … racism – that “thing” white people say doesn’t exist – has dire long-term effects on the health of Black children and adolescents, according to a report released by the country’s largest group of pediatricians.

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Though Black women get breast cancer at a slightly lower incidence rate than white women, Black women are 42 percent more like to die of breast cancer than white women. That is an astounding number and indicative of a variety of factors, many reflecting racial disparities.

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The NNPA is taking a closer look at the stigma of mental illness in the African-American community. This is the first in a series.

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There are 16,000 heart attacks and strokes in Minnesota every year, with cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death for both men and women. Many people take a daily aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke.

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Angela Gordon had no known health issues when she ended up in the emergency room with an unbearable headache. It was there that she discovered she had hereditary hypertension. And although she was just 19 years old, her blood pressure had reached stroke level. What shocked her most was learn…

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In Minnesota the weather is a unifying theme of discussion and complaint year-round.