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When he was 13 months old, Keenan Oswald's mom gave him a taste of a new treat: peanut butter toast. "He stuck it on his tongue, spit it out, and then his head just swelled up with hives all over," said his mom, Alanna Oswald. A doctor told the Oswalds, who live in West Duluth, to keep their son away from peanut butter. A couple of years later Keenan was diagnosed with asthma and a severe peanut allergy.
A lawsuit against Essentia Health over denied coverage for gender reassignment treatment in 2015 has been allowed to proceed. Senior U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank on Thursday issued a mixed ruling in the case of Brittany Tovar and Reid Olson v. Essentia Health and HealthPartners. He partially granted insurer HealthPartners' move to dismiss the complaint but denied Essentia's motion.
If the question was about Duluth history, Maryanne Norton probably had the answer. "If you walked into the library and you said, 'I live at 2831 E. Third St. ... and would like to know the history,' chances are she either had it on the top of her head or she'd start going through some research," said Dennis Lamkin, treasurer of the Duluth Preservation Alliance.
Flu shots widely available It's Back to Flu Shot season. Both of Duluth's health systems have announced extra measures to make it as easy as possible for those who wish to receive influenza vaccinations. At St. Luke's primary care clinics, flu shots are available during regular clinic hours through November. Anyone can call to schedule an appointment or can get a shot during a previously scheduled appointment. Find a clinic at slhduluth.com/primary careclinics.
When Steve and Jeannine Morgan heard about the SPARK for Autism study, the timing wasn't the best. It was December 2016 and the couple, who live in the Woodland neighborhood with sons Dylan and Henry (now 6 and 2), had their hands full. Dylan had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder six months earlier. They'd already enrolled him in a clinical study at Duke University that would prove to be arduous. On Halloween, Jeannine had been diagnosed with lung cancer. The prognosis was concerning. She was living with the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
A health care behemoth from South Dakota is about to gain a toehold in Duluth. Profile by Sanford, which offers weight-loss plans, will open a franchise in the Denfeld Retail Center on Oct. 1, the company announced. Profile is a wing of Sanford Health, which had $4.2 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2016, the most recent data available. By contrast, Duluth-based Essentia Health had revenue of just under $2 billion for the 2017 fiscal year. Will Sanford be the new, and big, kid on the block in Duluth? Maybe not.
From Senta Leff's perspective, homelessness isn't a given. "This is our society's most solvable ill," she said. "It's only been here about 35 years. And if it hasn't always been here that means it doesn't have to stay." Solving the problem might put Leff out of a job. She's executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and will be one of close to 600 people in Duluth the rest of this week for the group's annual conference.
Autumn Soli was feeling the love even before she started hauling glass, cans and other debris away from a condemned property in Lincoln Park. "I already had a woman drive by and she's like 'Thank you!' and gave me a thumbs up," Soli said on Tuesday morning as she prepared to join other volunteers in removing glass, cans and other debris piled up around condemned and burned property at 319½ N. 28th Ave. W.
Allergy season getting longer This is something to sneeze at. Ragweed pollen season is 18 to 21 days longer in Minnesota now than it was in the mid-1990s, the Minnesota Department of Health reports. The season peaks in early September, according to the health department. It's a serious matter, especially for people with such conditions as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), said a health department news release. Some of the things allergy sufferers can do, according to the news release:
The least of Doug White's worries is another pharmacist coming to Proctor to compete with him. "If anybody tried to open, they'd have some misinformation," the owner of LTC Prescription Providers said with a chuckle. White, 60, founded the pharmacy in 1999 in a building that previously had housed another drug store but had been vacant for about two years. Some of the customers didn't return.