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While social and emotional impacts on students have been a concern throughout the pandemic, staff at Wadena-Deer Creek Schools in Minnesota have worked on mental health and trauma-informed school training for about four years. The elementary school added Mary Ellenson as student success coordinator at the start of this school year, along with morning meetings and additional curriculum to create common vocabulary, unity and encourage discussion about emotions.
The pandemic has changed nursing, raising questions about the future of nursing and most immediately, who wants to even be a nurse. This crisis in nursing is causing nursing educators to quickly rethink how they train their students and making health systems rethink how they recruit and retain nurses.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack hears from a reader who needs advice on how to handle a grandmother's difficult personality.
When the days get shorter, people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may begin to struggle. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks to a University of Minnesota psychologist about how to cope if you have symptoms of this depressive disorder.

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The Mayo Clinic's modeling project is its digital crystal ball for identifying emerging high-transmission hot spots across the country. Mayo data scientist Dr. Curtis Storlie says Minnesota is now on track to double its highest case numbers. "We're probably half way," Storlie said. "From what we're seeing ... the peak in cases could be anywhere from next week to the first week of February, with an estimate of Jan. 24 as our case peak for the state."
There are now 2,559 South Dakotans who have died with COVID-19, with 73 deaths reported in January thus far, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Weekly average positive test rates continued to climb, reaching 21.6%
North Dakota had its most severe coronavirus outbreak back in November 2020, and now it's once again approaching the alarmingly high number of infections it experienced over a year ago.
There were more than 200 cases reported in one day this week
Who wants to feel and look older than they are? Likely nobody. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams taps some new studies that all point to sleep as a key to keeping that from happening.

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The active COVID-19 case count in the state reached a new all-time high Thursday, rising 2,053 to 24,796. On Dec. 30, the state reported 8,323 active cases. Current hospitalizations climbed to a high not seen in over a year, rising six to 343, the highest tally since late December 2020.
Weekly average positive test rates continued to climb, reaching 20.7%
Cass County's active COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed to a new record as omicron surges, and on Thursday, Jan. 13, North Dakota reached a pandemic high for the number of new cases reported in one day.

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