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Flu shots are being offered without appointments this week and next at Essentia Health's First Street Building, 420 E. First St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The flu-shot booths also will be open from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday. The Essentia Health-Lakewalk Clinic and neighborhood clinics in Hermantown, Lakeside, Proctor and West Duluth will have the same flu-shot hours during the rest of this week and next, but won't be open on Saturday.
"Infectious Diseases and Immunizations" is the subject of tonight's live "Doctors on Call" at 7 p.m. on PBS North. Dr. Alan Johns will host a panel of specialists consisting of Dr. Timothy Burke of Essentia Health, Dr. Andrew Thompson of St. Luke's Infectious Disease Associates and Dr. Ken Ripp of the Raiter Clinic in Cloquet. Questions can be phoned in to (218) 788-2844 or toll-free at (877) 307-8762. That will be followed at 7:30 by the "Speak Your Mind" program. This week's topic is "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety."
In a county with one of Minnesota's highest suicide rates, family and friends of victims will gather for the fourth straight year for a Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk this Saturday. The event will take place from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., starting and finishing at Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church, 204 Fifth St. N.
St. Luke's hospital is eliminating the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages from all of its properties, its hospitality director said. It's the first hospital in the state to make the move, said Jamie Harvie of the Duluth-based Institute for a Sustainable Future, an advocate of reducing consumption of sugary beverages to reduce obesity. "What we're learning from data that's out there is that sugar-sweetened beverages are a significant contributor to obesity," said Mark Branovan, director of hospitality at St. Luke's. St. Luke's administrators decided on Sept.
The pink might make you blink. Today at dusk, the Aerial Lift Bridge will be awash in a pink glow, courtesy of the American Cancer Society. It's to call attention to the fight against breast cancer in advance of Saturday's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" 5K walk at Lake Superior College. Colorful displays are an increasingly popular way to draw attention in efforts to raise money and overcome deadly diseases. In early February, the Fitger's smokestack was bathed in red light as part of the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign.
PBS North is starting a new season of its "Speak Your Mind" series on mental health issues with a timely topic. "After the Flood: Trauma and Natural Disasters" will be the topic for the program at 7:30 tonight on WDSE/WRPT, the station announced in a news release. Psychologist Carolyn Phelps will host. The locally produced, live call-in program is presented by the Human Development Center in conjunction with PBS North. The news release cites Nielson Co.
On her best days, Kim Schandel feels sick. "It's kind of like having the flu most days," the Duluth woman said.
Minnesota health advocates are proclaiming the law that banned smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces an "overwhelming success" on its fifth anniversary today. "Minnesotans have embraced our smoke-free law," said Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Department of Health commissioner, in an American Lung Association news release. "We've seen a decline in exposure to secondhand smoke, the number of addicted smokers has decreased and a study from the Mayo Clinic shows a decline in heart attacks after smoke-free laws took effect.
In a solemn but uplifting ceremony, 58 first-year medical students received white coats and stethoscopes Saturday at the University of Minnesota Duluth's Weber Music Hall. "You wouldn't be here if the admissions committee didn't already think you have the right stuff," said keynote speaker Dr. Alan Olson, a graduate of the program who has been practicing medicine for 20 years in Redwood Falls, Minn. The students, along with two classmates who were unable to attend, comprise the 41st class of the University of Minnesota Medical School at Duluth.
A Lincoln Park woman who lost 160 pounds and transformed herself into a long-distance runner will be honored Saturday as the American Heart Association's 2012 Lifestyle Change Award winner. Dayle Nelson, a transportation aide in the Duluth schools, weighed 322 pounds on Nov. 2, 2009, when she decided it was time to lose weight, she said. She had tried before without success. "I look back three years ago, and I guess I was in denial of what I could or couldn't do," said Nelson, 45, who will be honored during this year's Heart Walk at the University of Minnesota Duluth's Malosky Stadium.