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Health center throwing a party Call this a good excuse to have a block party: It's National Health Center Week, so the Lake Superior Community Health Center is hosting a party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday in its parking lot at 4325 Grand Ave. The family-friendly event will include live music, free food, yard games, crafts, raffle prizes, giveaways, informational tables and health care demonstrations.
Jen Theisen was at the 10-mile mark of a 16-mile July hike at Afton State Park southeast of St. Paul when it happened. "My lower legs felt a little prickly," the 46-year-old Crystal, Minn., woman recalled. "And then I knew it was starting." She knew, also, what would come next: a reddish rash spreading across her lower legs, turning bright red by the following day. An uncomfortable, if not exactly painful, itching would last for a couple of days.
Imagine going to your favorite restaurant, ordering a meal and then being asked to pay twice as much as your friend paid for the same meal. That might be unthinkable, but such price differences happen routinely with regard to surgical procedures at Minnesota hospitals, according to a report released on Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health. Actually, it's more extreme than that. A patient undergoing one of four hospital procedures may pay between two to nearly seven times as much as another patient at the same hospital, according to the report.
Minnesota and Wisconsin both fall short in adapting measures that would aid in the fight against cancer, an advocacy group contends in a report released today. But that's not to say the situation is entirely bleak. "We do get a 'green' rating on our tobacco tax," said Sara Sahli, government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. "We're really proud of our smoke-free air law that we passed 10 years ago this past July."
Paisley Forsell used to enjoy hiking, cliff jumping and competition body-building. She loves riding roller coasters. "I like adrenaline, I guess you'd say," said the 21-year-old, who lives in the city of Rice Lake. But although she's looking forward to a trip to Valley Fair later this summer and now is going to the gym on good days, Forsell's activities have been sharply curtailed over the past year and a half.
Study looks at e-cigs, cancer In the continuing debate over e-cigarettes, a new University of Minnesota study produces ammunition for both sides. The study concerned cancer-causing chemicals, according to a news release from the University News Service. It's true that e-cigs contain virtually no N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN), but the chemical can form in an e-cig user's body when they take in nicotine via vaping, according to the study. NNN can cause oral cavity and esophageal cancer.
What started with the complaints of a handful of Pine County residents in late 2015 has reached the national stage in the form of federal legislation. The Medicaid Estate Recovery Fairness Act would follow the "Minnesota model" to limit how far a state could go in attempting to recover Medicaid costs from an estate after the recipient dies, said U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby, in a news release.
Grant supports home visits A $2.1 million grant to the Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis County Community Health Board is earmarked toward increasing family home visits.
Beleaguered emergency room personnel are getting extra help in responding to people who come to their doors with mental and behavioral health issues. "The hospital gets frustrated because it's the same people coming through, the same challenges," said Julie Wilson, director of community based services at the Human Development Center. "They walk out the door and there's no follow-through."
The retirement of two psychiatrists from Essentia Health brings attention to an already heavy demand for mental health care in the Twin Ports. "If you call around, you cannot find a psychiatrist in Duluth who is taking patients," said Victoria Hansberry, an East Hillside resident who says she was set adrift when her psychiatrist retired earlier this month. "Everybody is overbooked and overworked that's here because there's not enough psychiatrists." The squeeze is not secret to those who work in the field.