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The number of confirmed and suspected cases of a waterborne disease outbreak linked to Duluth's Edgewater Resort and Water Park continues to rise. As of Wednesday, 16 confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis -- typically shortened as crypto -- had been reported among people who spent time at the water park in March, said Trisha Robinson, epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health. An additional 62 suspected cases had been reported. At least one person has been hospitalized because of the illness, Robinson said.
A talk on Monday evening will focus on the ethical ramifications of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," the book featured in this year's "One Book, One Community" area-wide reading program. Dr. Stephen Huddleston offers a particular perspective: He's on the staff of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which plays a key role in Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction book. Henrietta Lacks was a poor, black woman who was treated for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins in the early 1950s. Without her knowledge, doctors removed cell samples from her.
Oh, great. We've barely started reveling in an early spring when the killjoys at the Minnesota Department of Health start talking about ticks. "Unfortunately, a mild winter and warm March weather this year hastened the beginning of the season for tick exposure," said Dave Neitzel, an epidemiologist for the health department who specializes in tick-borne diseases, in a news release. "This early start to the tick season could lead to a longer than usual risk season in 2012, potentially worsening Minnesota's troubling trend of marked increases in numbers of Lyme disease and other tick-borne di
Chris Gardner plans to step on a treadmill in the lobby of the downtown Duluth Area Family YMCA at 6 a.m. Monday and start running. He doesn't plan to stop until 10 p.m. Gardner, billed as an ultra-runner, father and dedicated YMCA member in a news release from the organization, hopes to raise $3,000 for the Y's Strong Kids Campaign from his 16-hour stationary run. He also hopes to run at least 100 miles.
Words were exchanged, and then blows. Someone blocked another person's exit. The language grew coarse -- "cover-the-children's-ears" sort of language. There were threats. People stood between two parties, preventing a situation from escalating. It's a part of daily life, but the setting might surprise you. Three such altercations occurred last year and early this year in a Duluth nursing home -- a nursing home that celebrates the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, who said, "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace." The incidents on Aug. 26, Oct.
Poverty is a major reason why St. Louis County's health lags behind much of the state in an annual report, Guy Peterson said on Tuesday. "Social and economic factors weigh into this," said Peterson, the county's public health director. "It brings us down a lot compared to the state. ... The healthiest counties are in the ring of metro suburbs, the places where the money is." The county's rank declined in the two broad areas included in the annual County Health Rankings, which is compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The number of suspected cases of a waterborne disease linked with Duluth's Edgewater Resort and Water Park has risen to 41, a state official said on Thursday. Meanwhile, a second outbreak of cryptosporidiosis has been linked to a water park in the Brainerd area. Cryptosporidiosis typically is shortened as crypto. Trisha Robinson, an epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health, said it wasn't a surprise that the number of suspected cases linked to the Edgewater grew from the six that were listed when reports became public Tuesday.
One of Duluth's robotics team is in the Twin Cities this weekend in its second attempt to quality for an international competition next month. The Duluth East Daredevils are competing in the North Star FIRST Robotics competition today and Saturday at Mariucci Arena, coach Tim Velner said. They are among 63 teams in the event, which blends technology and a contest that mimics basketball. A winning alliance of three of the teams will qualify for the global championship April 25-28 in St. Louis. Matches begin at 9 a.m. both today and Saturday.
A Duluth woman has been honored for her volunteer work with cancer patients. Kathy Dutton is this year's Minnesota recipient of the Sunrise Award, given to an outstanding volunteer in the American Cancer Society's Look Good ... Feel Good program. In a news release, the American Cancer Society said the program was created with the idea that if someone with cancer can be helped to look good, their improved self-esteem will help them approach their disease and treatment with greater confidence.
For Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, it's an opportunity to work toward a merit award. For students at the College of St. Scholastica, it's a chance to share their passion for the careers they're pursuing. The annual Scout All Ability Awareness Event takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Scholastica's Science Building. Alyssa Ober, a first-year occupational therapy student, said 17 Scouts have signed up to participate, but anyone ages 6 to 18 is welcome to come.