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Walking advocates gather A six-person team from Duluth is in Georgia this week, for pedestrian purposes. Led by Josh Gorham, a St. Louis County public health nurse, the six are attending the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors' 2017 Walkability Action Institute in Decatur, according to a St. Louis County news release. The focus is on improving the transportation system for those who rely on walking to get around, Gorham said in a news release. It noted that:
The temperature on Park Point on Friday afternoon was 41. At the same time in Charleston, S.C., it was 86. "Wonderful," drawled Sandra Troy, when she heard the news. Troy, 75, wearing a jacket over a sweatshirt, was spending her last full day in a room at Bayshore Residence and Rehabilitation Center on Park Point, her home since being transferred from St. Luke's hospital on Feb. 3.
Drug overdoses are contributing to a disturbing increase in premature deaths nationwide, according to an annual county-by-county report released today. Authors of the 2017 County Health Rankings Report, which uses the most recent available data, define a premature death as any death from any cause before the age of 75. The rate consists of the years of potential life lost in a county per 100,000 population. In St. Louis County, for instance, that rate was 6,500 in 2015; in Douglas County it was 6,700. Both are higher than the average for their respective states.
A 'nurse' in your artery Heart failure patients at Essentia Health have a new option for monitoring blood pressure changes. The CardioMEMs sensor was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013 and has been implanted in three Essentia patients since January, according to a news release from the health system.
According to the Cystinosis Research Foundation, cystinosis is a metabolic disease in which an amino acid called cystine gets into cells but has no transporter out. The trapped cystine forms crystals that destroy the cells, and that goes on to slowly destroy the body's organs, including kidneys, liver, eyes, muscles and the brain.
Identical twins Jana and Sara Healy share more than petite builds, reddish-blond hair, a love of artistic expression and careers as cooks. The 33-year-old sisters also share an organ-destroying disease that they have in common with only about 500 people in the United States. It's a lonely thing to share.
For decades, three Lutheran churches stood within four blocks of each other on Third Street in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood, each with its own heritage. Bethany Lutheran, at 23rd Avenue West, was the Swedish church; Zion Lutheran, at 25th Avenue West, was the Norwegian church; Holy Trinity, at 27th Avenue West, was the "English" church, an offshoot from Bethany that formed from congregants who wanted to worship in the English language when Bethany was still Swedish-speaking. But changes came to the neighborhood.
A chemical dependency treatment program in Duluth is appealing the decision of a state agency to place its license on conditional status, the program's director said on Friday. The request for reconsideration means the state's order is stayed and Duluth Bethel Chemical Dependency Service can continue to operate without restrictions, said Dennis Cummings, the program's director, who added he would reserve any additional comment until the appeal runs its course.
Rural Minnesotans who have cancer could get groundbreaking treatment closer to home if a proposal before the Minnesota Legislature becomes law. So says Dr. Brooks Jackson, dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, who was in Duluth on Thursday to participate in a presentation on rural and Native American health care to the U of M's Board of Regents, whose monthly meeting is underway at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
As an advocate for rural health care, Kristin Wharton could hardly live a more rural existence herself. "We're off the grid," said Wharton, 38, who lives with her husband and three children on a vegetable farm 17 miles northeast of Grand Marais. "We don't have broadband. We don't even have plumbing." Wharton, a registered nurse at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais, is impassioned about health care for rural areas, something she partly traces to two years ago when the board of Cook County North Shore Hospital voted to discontinue obstetrics.