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There's flu, and then there's man flu. Whether mythology or scientific truth, there are those who believe flu hits men harder than it hits women. What you think of that idea may depend on whether you're male or female. "When I get sick, I don't deal with it well," acknowledged Dr. Kevin Stephan. "And I want to go to bed and I want to be taken care of. And my wife's like, 'You know what? When we had kids at home, I had to power on.' "If she heard the phrase (man flu), she'd probably roll her eyes and say 'Men are big babies.' "
We're No. 2! Minnesota slipped behind Vermont in the Commonwealth Fund's annual scorecard of "state health system performances," released last week. Vermont and Minnesota were followed by Hawaii, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the rankings, which combine performance in a wide variety of criteria, such as premature death rates, childhood vaccination and adults who smoke. A year ago, Minnesota ranked first and Vermont second. Wisconsin rose from 13th to 11th in this year's scorecard.
The worst of the 2016-17 flu season could be over. "There's finally been a turn, and it seems like we hit the peak and we're on our way down," said Dr. Kevin Stephan, an infectious disease specialist at Essentia Health. The Minnesota Department of Health's weekly influenza and respiratory illness report, most recently released last Thursday and covering the week ending March 11, showed a significant drop in the number of people hospitalized for the flu for the third straight week, with a total of 90. The season's highest numbers occurred in about the middle of February.
A move to connect Minnesota to the federal health exchange would cost the state millions of dollars and jeopardize health coverage for Minnesotans, state Rep. Jennifer Schultz said on Friday. "We had consultants come in and estimate the cost of going to the federal exchange," Schultz said of a bipartisan panel on the idea of abandoning the state's version of the exchange, which is known as MNsure. "It was going to cost the state more than $5 million a year."
ST. PAUL — A move to connect Minnesota to the federal health exchange would cost the state millions of dollars and jeopardize health coverage for Minnesotans, state Rep. Jennifer Schultz said on Friday. "We had consultants come in and estimate the cost of going to the federal exchange," Schultz said of a bipartisan panel on the idea of abandoning the state's version of the exchange, which is known as MNsure. "It was going to cost the state more than $5 million a year."
A J.C. Penney store on the Iron Range is among nearly 140 that will be closing this year nationwide, the retail chain announced Friday. The store at Irongate Plaza in Hibbing is one of eight Minnesota stores that will be closed as the company seeks “to advance sustainable growth and long-term profitability,” according to a news release from the troubled retailer.
Their workweeks can be 80 hours long, their shifts as long as 16 hours. Naturally, Drs. Tolga Hanhan and Jessica Olen have reached a conclusion as they near the end of their first year of medical residency: It's not as hard as they expected. "It's a little more manageable than I thought it might be," said Hanhan, 42, of Duluth. Olen, 37, of Mora, Minn., nearly echoed his words. "This whole year ... has been more comfortable and manageable than I actually thought it would be," she said.
The KOOL Jazz Festivals were major events in the 1970s and '80s, bringing jazz stalwarts such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and Sarah Vaughan to venues in New York, Washington, Cincinnati and elsewhere. They also were an insidious marketing tool, according to Eugene Nichols. "These were sponsored by tobacco companies to lure young African-American men and women to these events and to give them free products," he said.
Editor's note: This is the third of three stories examining the economic impact of the health care industry in the Twin Ports. Each is a Midwestern city, serving a large region, with a metropolitan area straddling two or more states. In each, health care plays a large and growing role in the economy. But one of these four is not like the others. Davenport, Iowa; Evansville, Ind.; and Fargo, N.D.; each boast of large, gleaming new medical facilities, either about to open or in progress.
A day for cancer survivors Ruth Bachman, a writer, educator and advocate for cancer survivors, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Cancer Survivors Conference sponsored by Essentia Health. Bachman, a survivor of soft tissue sarcoma, will speak on "Growing Through the Narrow Spots" at the free conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 18.