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Why bother with gratitude? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams hangs out with the Gratitude Junkie, an author, speaker and entrepreneur who shares how a traumatic life event compelled him to become a conductor of gratitude.
The state has passed a peak of new infections driven by the omicron variant, but a backlog of positive tests is keeping daily numbers high.
Can the label "consumer complaint" on a chocolate chip cookie sway how people think it tastes? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams explores a study that highlights the power of negativity in people's food preferences.
Schools and local health agencies will also get masks as the federal government begins its own distribution at pharmacies across the U.S.

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The previous record in the Northland — 3,485 new COVID cases — was reported last week. This week's number is 5,689.
While there are encouraging signs that the worst of omicron is over, hospitalizations remain high.
Social distancing means fewer people are giving out hugs. In this "Health Fusion" column, Viv Williams explores the health benefits of human touch and shares info she's learned about safe hugging practices.
An injection of your own fat into the sole of your foot may help plantar fasciitis pain. In this episode of NewsMD's Health Fusion, Viv Williams checks out the details of a new study.
The federal government has mandated 100% staff vaccination in order to receive Medicaid or Medicare funds. That draws closer as 100% of nursing home staff must have their first dose on Thursday, Jan. 27. The state nursing home member association believes 30-35 facilities could face loss of federal funding at the final deadline in March.
The state health department on Wednesday, Jan. 26, reported 1,553 hospitalizations and 15,572 new cases of COVID-19.

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Modeling scientists say cases and hospitalizations now in decline, but have a long way to go. With 1 in 4 residents already infected, the state could see up to 1 in every 2 Minnesotans having been infected by mid-March.
What do your eyes have to do with heart disease? In this episode of NewMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams explains how a trip to the optometrist could help predict your risk of heart attack, thanks to AI technology.
A recent surge in cases may have reached its peak statewide, though hospitalizations and new cases remain high.

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