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A waste of money Minnesotans are spending millions of dollars for medical tests they don't need, the state health department says. The conclusion comes from a look at 18 "low-value" medical tests given in 2014, according to a Minnesota Department of Health news release. It found that Minnesotans spent $54.9 million on them that year, including $9.3 million out of pocket, "even though they're known to provide little benefit to patients." Among the low-value tests, according to the health department:
A $225,000 grant will help YWCA Duluth respond to mental-health issues, an official for the nonprofit said. "Our focus for our project is really about ... (being) able to better address the growing mental-health needs that we see within all of our programs," said Alice Jacobson, director of external programming at the YWCA.
Even as a resident at a nursing facility, Francis Einarson's senses are focused on the skies. "There was one here yesterday, and I could tell what it was by the sound of the engine," the 88-year-old retired aviator said during an interview Thursday in the library of Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation Center in Duluth. "It wasn't blowing, it was banging away. Four cylinders, and it's an airplane built here — Cirrus."
More than $1 million earmarked for dredging and repairing flood-damaged Saxon Harbor will bring the harbor to a "usable depth," the forest administrator for Iron County, Wis., said on Monday. The project, expected to take place next year, "(will) allow larger boats to access Lake Superior and get off of Lake Superior in the event of a storm," Eric J. Peterson said. The funding, which totals $1.375 million, is included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work plan for fiscal year 2017, according to an announcement on Monday from U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
It was last June, and Suzanne Keithley-Myers was driving back to her family's Duluth Township home after mushroom hunting in the Aurora area. As she drove, she spotted a few ticks on her body, and she reacted as any Northlander would. "Driving home, pulling ticks off, chucking them out the window," said Keithley-Myers, 40, earlier this month in the woodsy home she shares with her husband, Billy, their three school-age children and their two dogs.
A helping of mental health The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a "Family to Family Fun Day" on Father's Day, June 18, at Chester Park. The free event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include the unveiling of the NAMI squad car, a fire truck, a bouncy house, food and entertainment. For more information, visit namidulutharea.com. A number of free classes sponsored by NAMI are scheduled around the same time: • A class on early episode psychosis will take place from 6-8 p.m. June 20 at Amberwing, 615 Pecan Ave.
Robert Feyen's lanky frame was half in and half out of the small, brightly lit, plastic-enclosed space, his knees on the hard floor, his face peering at a cage-like device inside. "Zing!" The sharp, metallic sound was heard throughout the University of Minnesota Duluth's Motion + Media Across Disciplines Lab, aka the MMAD Lab. "Ah!" Feyen called out, the satisfaction evident in his voice. "There he went!"
Sunscreen slathered on ineptly Dermatologists went to Minnesota, of all places, to determine if people apply sunscreen correctly. Turns out many of us don't. It's not such a stretch that the study took place at the Minnesota State Fair, given that the lead author was Dr. Ingrid Polcari, a dermatologist with the University of Minnesota Medical School. The study was published last week in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and cited in a news release from the academy.
When Donna Froseth went to see Dr. Joseph Signorelli on Dec. 1, 2015, she wanted surgery on her left knee. Froseth, now 65, had experienced constant knee pain for six years, but the question was not whether she needed total knee replacement. Signorelli "spent 35 minutes talking with me about my weight," the retired registered nurse recalled. He then told her she surgery would have to wait.
Dr. Joseph Signorelli pulls no punches: He thinks Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center is the best place in town to get a joint replaced. Signorelli, an orthopedic surgeon at Essentia, points to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) comparing the rate of complications for hip/knee replacement patients covered by Medicare. The research covers 48 Minnesota hospitals from April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2015. It shows the rate of complications at St. Luke's as being higher than both the state and national average and Essentia as being lower than both.