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More knowledge about the cancer risks facing firefighters is sought from legislation that passed the U.S. Senate this week with unanimous support. "With cancer becoming the leading cause of death for firefighters, we need to learn more about the cancer risks our firefighters face so we can support them if they get sick," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, R-Minn., in a statement about the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, which she co-sponsored. "Right now we don't know enough to protect the people protecting us."
Benjamin Clarke's bank doesn't make loans, and it doesn't have a drive-through window. He does want deposits, although he's a bit picky about what he'll take. "I really prefer the deer tick," said Clarke, in his office on the third floor of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus. "I'm after Lyme disease. It's very particular about what tick it's in."
The green light for Wednesday It's not easy being green, the song says, but the Northland Healthy Minds collaborative is inviting everyone to wear green on Wednesday. Wear Green Day is designed to call attention to mental health issues, and it's one of numerous activities planned during mental health awareness month.
The rate of "deaths of despair" has risen dramatically over the past decade in the United States, says an annual report released today. Why that's the case is a vexing question. "Alcohol (abuse) is going up, suicide is going up, drug overdose is going up," said Jon Roesler, epidemiological supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Health. "We're changing as a society. Something is going on, which is bigger than I can wrap my head around."
On the forehead I put the statement, "But you look OK." ... Because it just makes you feel crazy, like, "Is it me? Am I just crazy? Why can't I override whatever's happening in my brain?" My particular mask is unequally divided into two sides. ... I literally feel sensory-wise like I have two halves of a body that don't feel the same. I had one side that was a bright, happy side. ... The other side was a darker side with tears. I had an out of order sign put on me, so people would understand that I'm still not the same person.
DULUTH—On the forehead I put the statement, "But you look OK." ... Because it just makes you feel crazy, like, "Is it me? Am I just crazy? Why can't I override whatever's happening in my brain?" My particular mask is unequally divided into two sides. ... I literally feel sensory-wise like I have two halves of a body that don't feel the same. I had one side that was a bright, happy side. ... The other side was a darker side with tears. I had an out-of-order sign put on me, so people would understand that I'm still not the same person.
Superior firefighters are vowing to stay strong in the wake of the death of a longtime colleague who retired just a few weeks ago. "We are pulling together as a fire department family, and we're gonna get through this," said Suzi Olson, president of Superior Firefighters Local 74. "We're staying strong for each other, and more importantly we're staying strong for Erik's family."
Clinic in Ashland gets grand opening The grand opening of the new St. Luke's Chequamegon Clinic in Ashland will take place on Wednesday. The event will be from noon to 2 p.m., according to Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., the contractor for the project. It's located at 2201 Lake Shore Drive East. The 22,0000-square-foot clinic was designed by DSGW Architects. Free skin checks offered Essentia Health will offer free skin cancer screenings on May 7, the health system announced.
Disparities in health outcomes between Minnesota's "haves" and "have-nots" takes a $2.26 billion yearly toll on the state's economy, contends a leading health insurer. Although the state prides itself in being one of the leaders in national health statistics, people of color and low-income residents are left behind, said Janelle Waldock of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, which commissioned "The Cost of Health Inequities in Minnesota."
The perception that most high school kids drink alcoholic beverages isn't true, the Minnesota Department of Health reports. And it's less true now — much less true — than it was at the beginning of the century. "It's important that kids know, that contrary to public belief, a majority of high school students don't drink alcohol," state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said on Thursday in a news release as the health department released an analysis of the latest data on teen drinking in the state. For example, among the state's ninth-graders: