HEALTHBEAT Tobacco use: still a problem
It's safe to say that over the past few decades, billions of dollars have been spent in the United States on reducing tobacco use.
It has had an impact. The number of adults who smoke has declined st... Posted on 11/15/12 at 2:30 PM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Emergency preparedness meeting planned
The North Dakota Department of Health has scheduled a meeting Friday to educate the public about emergency preparedness and provide opportunity for public comment.
The meeting begins at ... Posted on 7/26/10 at 9:26 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER State settles in for long flu fight
State health officials are tweaking their H1N1 swine influenza guidelines as Minnesota settles in for an unpredictable flu fight that could last months.
Doctors and clinicians have sent more than 400 ... Posted on 5/4/09 at 12:56 PM
Now that the North Dakota Legislature has closed its record-setting, 80-day 63rd Assembly, I’d like to review the apparent lack of concern shown by the super-majority Republicans for a number of public health issues.
Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University School of Public Health has conducted several studies of e-cigarettes. He states that there is no justification for banning the indoor use of e-cigarettes based on potential harm to bystanders.
How to improve access to dental care for the poor in spite of a limited number of Grand Forks area dentists who accept Medicaid is the topic of a forum at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room. To attend, you'll need to register for the event no later than today (Thursday).
More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, including Minnesota, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren't getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found. The trend concerns, if not alarms, public health professionals.
The share of Minnesota teenagers who have received three key vaccines grew significantly last year, but public health experts said they are still troubled by the relatively slow adoption of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
Anti-tobacco group releases study on air quality improvement
Anti-tobacco activists in Grand Forks celebrated the first anniversary of the ban on smoking in bars and truck stops Monday with the release of a study that shows the ban has made a difference.
GF starting annual fight in a week “It’s a direct correlation: The more water we have the more mosquitoes we’re going to have,” said Todd Hanson, the man who’s headed Grand Forks’ annual mosquito fight since 1995.
One of the most effective public health interventions is increasing tobacco taxes to reduce youth consumption. Studies show that every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by 7 percent and overall cigarette consumption by about 4 percent.
Teens who text 120 times a day or more — and there seems to be a lot of them — are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who don't send as many messages, according to provocative new research.
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