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DULUTH, Minn.—The cost of medical care in Minnesota is rising faster than Minnesotans' incomes, says a report released on Wednesday. And the costs at Duluth's major health providers are higher than the state average, according to the report issued by the nonprofit MN Community Measurement. Statewide, the average cost of care for commercially insured patients per month rose from $449 in 2014 to $474 in 2015, according to the report. That's an increase of 5.6 percent. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, average income in Minnesota rose 3.15 percent the same year.
It would have been easy to ignore that one instance of blood in her stool. Anna Dahlgren felt fine — a little tired, like any mom with a young child...
CLOQUET, Minn.—What is the secret to a long-lasting marriage? There are many books about the subject and advice abounds on the internet. Whatever the secret is, five Carlton County siblings and their spouses seem to have found it.
DULUTH, Minn. — The president of a Duluth medical equipment provider is fighting back against Medicare cuts that he says are depriving some recipients of needed supplies and threatening the...
DULUTH, Minn.—The patient, who came in just before lunch, was well-dressed and had a disarming personality. He said he was in terrible pain. He had tears in his eyes. He desperately needed pain medication. But something didn't seem right to Dr. John Wainio, a Duluth dentist. He declined to prescribe opioid drugs, instead calling the oral surgeon who had extracted the patient's tooth. It was agreed the patient could see them in two hours.
DULUTH, Minn.—When there was a Mr. Donut at St. Marie Street and Woodland Avenue, Mary Olin would sometimes stop there, buy a dozen "Nuffins" — she describes them as "sugar-soaked" — and eat them all. Mr. Donut is long gone, and so are the days when the Knife River woman would quickly, almost unthinkingly, consume a dozen of anything. But Olin, now 81, still describes herself as a "recovering binge eater." In having been affected by the disorder, she's far from alone.
DULUTH, Minn.—Saying the abuse of prescription pain pills has reached "epidemic proportions," the organization that speaks for Minnesota's doctors is reconvening a task force on the subject. "In spite of things we've tried over the past couple of years, we have not seen a drop in (overdose) deaths," said Dr. Dave Thorson, president of the Minnesota Medical Association. "We're seeing heroin overdoses increase. ... The reality is that we have more evidence of how big a problem this is."
ST. PAUL—The percentage of Minnesotans who are obese has dropped, and the obesity rate is lower here than in other Upper Midwestern states, data released on Thursday show. State health officials aren't above some not-so-humble bragging about that. "Minnesota was the only state in the region, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa, to succeed in keeping its obesity rates firmly below 30 percent," the Minnesota Department of Health reported on Thursday, citing newly-released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
DULUTH, Minn. — Since 5-year-old Matthew Nicholls was diagnosed with a tree-nut allergy at age 2, his mom and dad have spent more than $1,000 on EpiPens that have never been used — but have to be kept on hand in case Matthew has a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. "I would so much rather be putting the money into a college fund!" wrote Matthew's mother, Katie Nicholls, in an email from the home in Lafayette, La., to which the family moved from Duluth last year.
DULUTH, Minn.—Nearly one out of five patients in mental health units at Minnesota hospitals could be better served elsewhere. So says a study released Thursday by the Minnesota Hospital Association. The finding is significant at a time when the state's hospitals are overrun with mental health and behavioral health patients.