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News Release: Health officials announce 13th case of fungal infection and stress need for continued vigilance

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News Release: Health officials announce 13th case of fungal infection and stress need for continued vigilance

States now seeing a second wave of cases with clinical manifestations other than meningitis The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified a 13th patient with an infection following treatment with contaminated injectable steroids from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) of Massachusetts. The patient is a female in her 20s and not currently hospitalized. […]

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9 Symptoms We Don’t Worry About — But Should

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9 Symptoms We Don’t Worry About — But Should

By Paula Spencer Scott, Caring.com senior editor Certain health warning signs are well known — like chest pain (heart attack), fever (infection), yellow eyes (jaundice), and irregular moles (skin cancer). But other concerning symptoms often get overlooked. Though they’re common indicators of important health problems, people find them easier to dismiss or ignore. “I find […]

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Ethiopia remains susceptible to imported polio virus

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Ethiopia remains susceptible to imported polio virus

By Pawlos Belete (Capital Newspaper) Though Ethiopia has remained polio free since April 2008, the country’s susceptibility to polio importation, particularly in border regions, remains a point of concern. The Minister of Health, Tedros Adhanom (PhD), called upon Rotractors to reaffirm their commitment to build a better image of Ethiopia, in a speech he made […]

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A Weak Spot in H.I.V.’s Armor Raises Hope for a Vaccine

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A Weak Spot in H.I.V.’s Armor Raises Hope for a Vaccine

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. (New York Times) The search for a vaccine against AIDS has been long and fruitless — mostly because the virus mutates so fast. As is well known, flu vaccines have to be reformulated every year because influenza viruses mutate so steadily. But the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS, mutates […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness for Ethiopian Women and Men – By Alemayehu G Mariam

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By Prof. Alemayehu G Mariam October is international Breast Cancer Awareness month. Throughout the month, public and private organizations in many countries promote programs and activities aimed at breast cancer risk reduction, early detection, treatment and research. It is well-established that breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women throughout the world. […]

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Healthy Markets’ promotes safe visits to markets

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Healthy Markets’ promotes safe visits to markets

Education effort to focus on safe food handling, safe animal contact The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) are partnering with Long Cheng and Concord live animal markets in South St. Paul to launch “Healthy Markets,” an educational effort to promote healthy behaviors at the markets. “Healthy Markets” will […]

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Mental illness in the Ethiopian community

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Mental illness in the Ethiopian community

By Hiyawkal Gizachew In Ethiopia, counselors are seen as helpers for “crazy” people. When most people in Ethiopia are faced with a problem, they tend to talk to their family members, neighbors, friends, or they go to church to talk to the priests and pray about it. Also, traditional healing plays a big role. In […]

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Teens and Preteens need shots too!

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Teens and Preteens need shots too!

Vaccines keep healthy teens healthy. Did you know that your kids need shots when they begin their teen years? Starting at around 11 or 12 years old, kids need three vaccines. And it’s not too late for your older teenagers who didn’t get these vaccines at 11 or 12 years old. They can get them […]

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Not allowed to move for FIVE months: Themum who had to lie in bed 24 hours a day or risk losing her babies

The 31-year-old was under strict orders not to move – she wasn’t allowed to leave her bed, not even to wash or grab a bite to eat mum who had to lie in bed 24 hours a day or risk losing her babiesSacrifice: Lisa in her hospital ‘home’ for five months Jeremy Durkin Confined to […]

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May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

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May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

By: The Minnesota Department of Health, Immunizations Program May is National Hepatitis Awareness month. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are silent infections that can cause serious liver disease. Many Minnesotans are living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C and don’t know it. Do you know? Without knowing if you are infected, you cannot receive lifesaving […]

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Mothers Day Special: የእናቶችን ሞት ለመቀነስ…

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Mothers Day Special: የእናቶችን ሞት ለመቀነስ…

ከአልማዝ አያሌው ለሰው ልጆች ወልዶ እንደመሳም የሚያስደስት ነገር የለም። እንኳን በራሱ የወለደውን ሌሎች ሊስሙለት እንኳን ደስታቸው እጥፍ ነው። በተለይ ለእናቶች ለዘጠኝ ወራት የተጨነቁበትን፣ በምጥ ወቅት መከራ ያዩበትን ልጅ አሳድገው ለቁም ነገር ከማብቃት በላይ ምኞት የላቸውም። ያሰቡት ሲሞላ ደግሞ በህይወታቸው ሙሉ ደስተኛ ይሆናሉ። በተለይ በልጅነት የዕድሜ ዘመናቸው። ከነተረቱስ «የወለዱትን ሲስሙለት…» ይባል የለ። ይሁን እንጂ ወላጆችን ዘመድ […]

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World TB Day – Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tuberculosis: What do You Need to Know? This article was contributed by the Refugee Health Program and TB Prevention and Control Program at the MN Department of Health as part of an ongoing series of health education articles for refugee communities. March 24 is World TB Day, a day to raise awareness about how TB […]

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Forgiveness and mental health (By Eyob B Kassa)

By Eyob B Kassa Is there a connection or association between forgiveness and mental health?   The answer to this question depends on how you define forgiveness and mental heath. Traditionally, forgiveness is more associated and defined from a religious point of view. Of course, how we define forgiveness is basically depending on the context. […]

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Depression: What you need to know – By Eyob B Kassa

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Depression: What you need to know – By Eyob B Kassa

What depression is NOT Even though, depression is a common mental health problem, most people have wrong assumptions about what depression is. Depression is not just feeling down or sad. Because you have a bad mood or occasional melancholy, it doesn’t mean you have depression. We feel sad and our mood is fluctuated as we […]

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(zehabesha.com) የልብ ህመም ጠቋሚ ምልክቶች

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(zehabesha.com) የልብ ህመም ጠቋሚ ምልክቶች

ብዙዎቻችን የልብ ህመም የበሽታ ምልክቶች ምን እንደሆኑ በተለያዩ አጋጣሚዎች (ከሚዲያ፣ ከመፃህፍት፣ ወዘተ…) ተረድተን ይሆናል፡፡ ይሁንና፣ ልባችን ችግር ውስጥ መሆኑን ቀደም ሲል የማስጠንቂያ መልዕክት የሚያስተላልፉ ሌሎች ምልክቶች ቢኖሩስ? በዘርፉ የተሰማሩ ተመራማሪዎች የህመሙ ተጠቂዎች ከልብ ህመም ጋር ከመጋፈጣቸው ከወራት ወይም ከዓመታት በፊት ሊያጋጥሟቸው በሚችሉ የበሽታ ምልክቶች ዙሪያ ከቅርብ ዓመታት ወዲህ በርካታ ጥናቶችን አካሂደዋል፡፡ በኒው ጀርሲ፣ ኒዎርክ በሚገኘው […]

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Food Safety: Keep Your Family Healthy This Summer

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Food Safety: Keep Your Family Healthy This Summer

This article was contributed by MDH Refugee Health Program as part of an ongoing series. Special thanks to the Foodborne, Vectorborne, and Zoonotic Diseases Unit and the University of Minnesota Medical Students. Have you ever gotten sick from something you ate? If so you are not alone. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that last […]

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BED BUGS

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BED BUGS

This article was contributed by the Karen Organization of Minnesota as part of an ongoing series by the MDH Refugee Health Program. Special thanks to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Division of Environmental Health at the Minnesota Department of Health, University of Minnesota Medical Students, and the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health. […]

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Cellphones a ‘possible’ carcinogen — like coffee

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Cellphones a ‘possible’ carcinogen — like coffee

(yahoo) A respected international panel of scientists says cellphones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT, gasoline engine exhaust and coffee. The classification was issued Tuesday in Lyon, France, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer after a review of dozens of published studies. The agency is […]

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Public advised to stop using some skin-lightening products after testing reveals that they may contain mercury

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising state residents to stop using some types of skin-lightening products, after testing revealed that they may contain dangerous levels of mercury. The implicated products were sold as skin-lightening agents, although they may also be used as skin-smoothing products. MDH tested 27 samples of the products, including 23 […]

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