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A Duluth-based company's multilingual medical device won't necessarily put human interpreters out of business, its inventor says. "Our device is all about providing extreme accuracy and very timely service," said Mat Johnson, founder and CEO of GeaCom Inc., which produces a device called the Phrazer out of the seventh floor of the Dewitt-Seitz building in Canal Park. "I could see the Phrazer and interpreters working together." The Phrazer is a handheld instrument that allows a patient to answer questions to quickly provide caregivers with the vital information they need, Johnson said.
Cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy are at risk for infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The treatment damages the white-blood cells that are the key to the body's immune system. The CDC estimates that each year 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized for chemotherapy-related infections and that one patient dies every two hours from this complication. Because of that, the CDC launched a new program to help patients undergoing chemotherapy fight infections. It stresses three musts for such patients: Treat a fever as an emergency.
The College of St. Scholastica will honor two of its own in June with a forum featuring a keynote address by one of its graduates. The inaugural LaTour/Eichenwald Forum on Health Information Management Leadership and Innovation honors Kathy LaTour and Shirley Eicenwald Maki, both of whom are retiring from the college's Health Information Management department this year after a combined seven-plus decades in the profession. Speaker for the forum will be Linda Kloss, a 1968 St.
A year ago, Laura Humphrey was a two- to three-pack-a-day smoker. The Duluth apartment building where she lived didn't offer much incentive to quit. "The last place I lived you could smoke 24 hours a day, and it smelled like smoke," said Humphrey, 47. "How can you stop smoking in a place that you can smoke?" Nonetheless, the Toledo, Ohio, native had managed to cut back to about three cigarettes a day by the time she moved into the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority's Tri Towers building about two months ago.
If you smoke and want to quit, Dr. Mustafa al'Absi would like to hear from you. Al'Absi, the director of the Duluth Medical Research Institute, wants to find out why smokers experience high sensitivity to pain while they're trying to quit.
The license of a family child-care operation in Iron has been temporarily suspended while St. Louis County officials investigate unspecified allegations. The Minnesota Department of Human Services suspended Janet Schroeder's license effective Saturday, according to a notice posted Tuesday on the department's website. The department's letter to Schroeder cited a report received by the St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Department and an ongoing investigation by that department and by the St.
Duluth police were at the right place at the right time late Monday, and the result was a prowling suspect's arrest. In a news release, Duluth police said officers were handling a call in Lincoln Park at 11:33 p.m. when an individual came up to them and reported a car alarm sounding in the area of 21st Avenue West and First Street. As officers responded, the same individual reported seeing a man running from the area. Officers checked the area with the help of a K-9 unit and found a 24-year-old Duluth man with a bolt cutter and stolen property in his possession.
In what seemed more like a coronation than a convention, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party delegates overwhelmingly endorsed Rick Nolan for Congress during Saturday's 8th Congressional District Convention at Spirit Mountain. Nolan, a former 5th District congressman from Crow Wing County, won on the first ballot with 76 percent of the vote. He also won the straw poll at the DFL caucuses in February and the endorsement of all the 22 county conventions in the district. But neither of his opponents for the nomination, Jeff Anderson and Tarryl Clark, both of Duluth, was daunted.
Brittany Nystrom graduated from high school in Fridley, Minn., with a 3.5 grade point average. The daughter of a single mom, she figured she'd be in line for lots of financial help in college. Two years later, the 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Minnesota Duluth finds herself $23,000 in debt. "Somehow, I didn't get a lot of help," Nystrom said. "It's been hard. It's been discouraging." Nystrom attended an event at UMD's Kirby Terrace Friday evening that was designed to call attention to the cost of college and the burden of student debt.
Living long and living well is the subject of a May 15 conference presented by Community Partners, a program in Two Harbors designed to help senior citizens remain in their own homes as long as possible. The conference, with the theme of "Checklist for Health," will take place from 2-6:30 p.m. at Superior Shores Conference Center, 1521 Superior Shores Drive, Two Harbors. The event includes two workshops, guest speaker Dr.