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Cases of HIV/AIDS are far more prevalent in the Twin Cities metro area than in the rest of the state, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a report this week. New HIV cases in 2011 were concentrated within the Twin Cities metropolitan area -- 86 percent -- with an 11 percent increase reported in the suburbs in 2011 compared to 2010, the health department said in a news release. About 54 percent of the state's total population is in the metro area. Overall, the number of new cases dropped from 331 in 2010 to 292 in 2011, the health department said.
Can you identify the five major signs or symptoms of stroke? You're up on strokes if you came up with the following: Sudden confusion or trouble speaking Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance Sudden severe headache with no known cause In a news release, the Minnesota Department of Health said 45 percent of Minnesotans don't know those signs.
Carlton County's Txt4Life program is taking off with teens, the Pine Journal reports. In March, 470 young people from Northeastern Minnesota made contact with support staff via the text line, county Health and Human Services Director Dave Lee told the Carlton County Board last week. When only a telephone suicide hotline was available, an average of three or four teens per month would call, he said. The service, which allows teens contemplating suicide to text support professionals for help, was initiated last fall.
After 41 years as an independent clinic, Northland OB-GYN will join the St. Luke's hospital system July 1, the hospital announced on Wednesday. The practice will be renamed St. Luke's Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates. The affiliation comes with mixed feelings, said Dr. Susan Goltz, one of eight physicians at Northland OB-GYN, 1000 E. First St. "It's always sad to see the end of something, whether it's a business or a family member or a friend or geographical space," Goltz said. "There's always a certain amount of sadness.
Two community health centers in the Northland will receive a combined total of more than $850,000 in grants tied to the Affordable Care Act, it was announced on Tuesday. Cook Area Health Services Inc., which operates Scenic Rivers Health Service, will receive $498,611, and the Lake Superior Community Health Center will get $357,600, a news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said. Lake Superior Community Health Center will use the grant to update its clinic at 3600 Tower Ave. in Superior, said Mavis Brehm, the center's CEO.
The stabbing death of a 28-year-old man found in a downtown apartment Friday has been ruled a homicide, Duluth police said. The homicide is Duluth's first since 2010. Police said the victim's name won't be released until all family members are notified. The renter of an apartment in the 100 block of East First Street in downtown Duluth called police at 8:22 a.m. Friday and said he found a dead man inside his apartment, according to a police news release issued Saturday. Police arrested the tenant, a 37-year-old man, and are holding him on preliminary charges of second-degree murder.
If Joel Salatin had his way, the eggs you have for breakfast this morning would come from your own chickens. Salatin, a farmer from Swopes, Va., preached the gospel of growing your own, raising your own and preparing your own food to an admiring crowd of about 300 people Saturday afternoon at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. "If we had enough chickens attached to every kitchen in America to handle just the scraps that came out of that kitchen, there would be no egg commerce in the U.S., and we would drop landfill use by 30 percent," Salatin sa
The Duluth East Daredevils compiled a 7-win, 2-loss record in the FIRST Robotics global championships in St. Louis this weekend. The team, which qualified for the event for the second straight year, improved on last year's showing, coach Tim Velner said. The 400 teams are divided into four divisions and compete through the weekend until four "alliances" of three teams each emerge in the finale for the high-tech competition. After being ranked as high as 10th at one point during the weekend, the Daredevils finished 23rd in the Archimedes division, Velner said.
Two employees at Cook Nursing Home failed to conduct blood sugar tests on seven residents. They then filed reports on insulin levels with made-up numbers, according to Minnesota Department of Health documents. Insulin was administered to two of the residents based on the falsified numbers in the incidents that occurred last year, the report from health department special investigator Christine Bodick-Nord said.
When staff members at Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center noticed in 2010 that some residents were missing fentanyl pain patches, the Grand Marais nursing home launched an investigation. The result: A 20-year-old former employee pleaded guilty Aug.