HEALTHBEAT Measuring medical care
How do your medical clinic and hospital stack up with the quality of care they provide? A new statewide report, issued Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health, lays out the details on perform... Posted on 11/19/10 at 7:23 PM
The Minnesota Department of Health offers these tips to beat the heat:
- Drink more fluids than usual but avoid fluids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar. Check with your doctor if you have been advised to limit your intake of fluids or placed on diuretics.
A child from the Twin Cities area is the first person in Minnesota to die of swine flu, state health officials said Monday. The Star Tribune is reporting the girl was 5 and from Minneapolis. The Minnesota Department of Health said the child died late last week after a brief hospitalization. The agency said the child had underlying medical conditions and lab tests confirmed the H1N1 swine flu virus.
Any new homes built in Minnesota on June 1 or later will have to be built with radon mitigation under a new state law. The law was adopted after research at Minnesota State University-Mankato showed high levels of the gas in homes around Mankato.
Public health officials in Minnesota say they're responding aggressively to the potential swine flu threat. But they say lab tests on 12 patients with flu-like symptoms have found no confirmed or probable cases in Minnesota so far. Samples from those 12 patients all tested negative for swine flu.
A beef slaughtering plant in Buffalo Lake has been forced to close because its water contained high levels of arsenic, and the plant owner couldn't afford to fix the problem.
More than 200 workers at North Star Beef Inc. lost their jobs when the plant closed last week.
A Faribault, Minn., woman already on parole for threatening elected officials in Austin, Minn., was charged this week with making bomb threats against 16 post offices in southern Minnesota.
Christina Anne Reineke, 38, made her first appearance in federal court in St. Paul.
Early syphilis cases last year were up 40 percent from 2007 after showing signs of leveling off in recent years. Early syphilis -- meaning infections less than one year old -- is the most infectious stage of the disease.
Federal officials have not yet identified the cause of a salmonella outbreak striking almost 400 people in 42 states, but state officials in Minnesota said Friday they believe peanut butter may be involved.
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