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Well over 100 people filled Hermantown City Council chambers past overflowing on Monday for an impassioned debate over banning tobacco sales to those younger than 21. It was the first of two public hearings planned before the council will vote on the ban. The second hearing will take place Nov. 5, Mayor Wayne Boucher said.
Violence in the ER increasing Nearly half of emergency room physicians report having been physically assaulted at work, according to poll results released last week by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Three out of five of those assaults occurred during the past year, according to the national poll of more than 3,500 ER physicians. Nearly eight in 10 said patient care is affected by the violence, and roughly half said patients also have been physically harmed.
Patti Edwards says she doesn't get sick often. But on a Sunday night a few years ago — she doesn't remember exactly when — the Danbury, Wis., woman wasn't feeling well. Thinking she had a cold coming on, she took some Alka Seltzer Plus and went to bed. Edwards, who lived alone, woke up feeling worse. She stayed home from work and became violently ill, she said. She barely remembers her daughter coming to see her and offering to take her to the doctor's office. She refused, choosing to tough it out.
When it comes to flu shots, one size doesn't fit all. As in past years, a souped-up vaccination is given to people ages 65 and older in preparation for the 2018-19 flu season, infectious-disease specialists at Essentia Health and St. Luke's say. For the first time, though, St. Luke's also is providing a specific vaccination to a slightly younger crowd, those ages 50-64.
Minnesotans will see lower premiums on the individual health insurance market in 2019, the state's Commerce Department announced on Tuesday. Across the state, rates will decrease, on average, between 7.4 and 27.7 percent, the department reported. It's the second straight year the individual rates generally declined — although for 2018, Blue Plus actually showed a slight increase in the individual rate. That's the company with the steepest declines for 2019.
Sept. 20 still is a tough day for Jo Angell. "I'm glad you didn't call yesterday, because I didn't talk to anyone," the 66-year-old Cloquet woman said over the phone on Sept. 21. "I had a really tough day yesterday. It doesn't always hit that way, but boy, yesterday it was like a train." On Sept. 20, 2007, her son Doug Angell took his own life. He was 26.
Flu shots for kids advocated The rate of influenza vaccination for Minnesota children was up slightly last year, but not enough to satisfy state health officials.
Clinton Nienhaus and Kristina Dexter have seen tens of thousands of raptors fly over during five years on staff (Nienhaus) or as a volunteer (Dexter) at Duluth's Hawk Ridge. But what they experienced on Sunday was something the avid birders described as a once-in-a-lifetime event, something that induced — in Dexter's words — "bird tears."
Already in a relationship, the University of Minnesota Medical School and Fairview Health Services solidified their partnership Friday. The two institutions had been having a spat, with the university's Board of Regents voting last year not to renew their "M Health" agreement with Fairview, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported in May. They had been operating under temporary extensions of a 2013 agreement. But all was hunky-dory between the two on Friday as they announced a partnership under the name M Health Fairview, with a contract to begin Jan. 1.
Mouth wide open, and other dental fears If you're afraid to go to the dentist, you're not alone. A survey of 18,000 people worldwide determined that three out of five of us are dental phobes, according to a Netherlands-based online market research company called DentaVox.