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Can you name the prime minister of Canada? You probably can, and if you're Canadian you almost certainly can. That's why the question is asked in Canada as part of the diagnostic assessment of whether a person may have a form of dementia. Only it turns out, it wasn't a helpful question for First Nations people — the equivalent of Native Americans in the U.S. "People pointed that one out," Kristen Jacklin said. "They said, 'Ask me who the chief is. I know that.'"
Telemedicine use quickly becoming more common Virtual medical visits are a small but rapidly growing segment of medical care in Minnesota. That's one conclusion of a study by the Minnesota Department of Health and University of Minnesota School of Public Health that was highlighted in the journal Health Affairs. According to a health department news release, the researchers studied telemedicine use in Minnesota between 2010 and 2015.
One man is dead after a shooting in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood, police reported. Duluth police said they were called to the 100 block of West Reis Street at 6:15 p.m. Monday on a report that one man had been shot by another. Paramedics tried to save the victim’s life but were unsuccessful, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Roberta Kriegh happily rolled up her sleeve to display the elaborate tattoo on her right forearm depicting a dog. "That's Puppy Violet," the 37-year-old Duluth woman said. The dog, which was Kriegh's emotional support animal, died a little more than two years ago. When that happened, she said, her fragile world came crashing down on her. "I lost her right before I became homeless," Kriegh said. "She was my everything. I've just kind of been drifting ever since."
A Southern California man is trying to sell a 1935 fire truck that apparently was once used on Park Point. "1935 Ford D-Gas Fire Truck Engine Duluth Minnesota Water Pumper Parade use WOW" wrote Chris Estep of Vista, Calif., in an eBay listing posted last week.
Good time to check on your loved ones If you have older relatives, the holiday season is a good time to check on their welfare, a Minnesota coalition suggests. Conversations should start before action is urgently needed, said Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota, an association of organizations serving Minnesota senior citizens. "A simple conversation can go a long way to prevent crisis decisions and give peace of mind to all involved," she said.
Deb Krause has two words for the results of mental health care in Minnesota: "They're horrible." Krause is vice president of the Minnesota Health Action Group, which was formed by some of the state's major employers to improve health care in the state and help their bottom lines. "It's very practical because they spend millions of dollars on benefits," Krause said. "They're not satisfied with the status quo." For the past two years, the group's focus has been on mental health, and it's an area where they definitely are not satisfied, Krause said.
The decision to allow treatment of Alzheimer’s with medical marijuana in Minnesota is getting an unenthusiastic response from an organization representing Alzheimer’s patients.
If you're older than 50 and you've ever had the chickenpox, the good news is that the latest vaccine against shingles is very effective. The bad news is that you'll probably have to wait to get it. "We need to plan (for shortages) throughout 2019," said Gina Lemke, director of pharmacy at St. Luke's. Shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment have become an increasing symptom of the U.S. medical system. As of this week, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists listed shortages of 200 drugs.
In less than an hour Tuesday morning, volunteers cleared out the place that a Duluth woman had been calling home. An old suitcase, a stroller, bottles, boxes, blankets, clothing, sheets of plastic and a lot of just plain junk were removed from a vacant lot at Fourth Street and First Avenue East and thrown into a dumpster rented for $600 by CHUM, the local faith-based ministry to the homeless. As about a dozen volunteers neared the finish of their work, the woman who had lived at the site arrived and looked on in disbelief.