Last year was a record one for bacterial STDs in Minnesota, with chlamydia rates and raw cases at all-time highs, gonorrhea up 26 percent, and syphilis up a whopping 64 percent.This morning, we got in touch with Kristen Ehresmann -- director of the Minnesota Department of Health's infectious disease ... More >>
New statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health indicate both the state's chlamydia rate and the raw number of reported cases has never been higher than it was last year.In 2013, there were 18,724 reported cases. That translates to 353 out of 100,000 Minnesotans getting "the clap." Min ... More >>
Seen one of those buttcrack billboards while driving around the Twin Cities?Love 'em or hate 'em, if you have, you probably remember it -- and as a Minnesota Department of Health official told us, that's the whole point.See also:Man-shaming pro-life billboard towers over south Minneapolis intersecti ... More >>
This time of year, you're as likely to see a natural tan on a home-bound Minnesotan as you are a bronze on a polar bear. Eleventh-grade girls, however, are still trying to fight nature.More than one-third of Minnesota girls in 11th grade reported tanning indoors in the last year, according to data r ... More >>
Suicide has long been thought of as a concern among teens and seniors, but today, the Minnesota Department of Health released its latest data on deaths by suicide, and confirmed that Minnesota is no exception to a troubling national trend: More Minnesotans, and particularly middle-aged men, are kill ... More >>
According to the latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health, last year set a record for the number of reported chlamydia cases in Minnesota. In 2012, there were 18,048 cases, a 7 percent increase over the 16,898 reported the year prior.SEE ALSO: Male birth control pill, Gamendazole, being d ... More >>
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Health is offering free breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured women age 40 and older.The MDH's Sage Screening Program provides the screenings year round, but hopes to make more women ... More >>
See also:-- New flu strain acquired through contact with pigs-- State Fair pigs examined, none sent home due to flu concerns-- Second case of pig-borne flu reported in Minnesota-- Fourth case of pig-borne flu linked to State FairTwo cases of flu strain H3N2 have been linked to the Minnesot ... More >>
See also:-- New flu strain acquired through contact with pigs-- State Fair pigs examined, none sent home due to flu concernsMinnesota has recorded its second case of the flu that had State Fair workers examining 250 pigs last week as a precaution.
See also:New flu strain acquired through contact with pigsThe Minnesota State Fair examined the 250 pigs that arrived at the fairgrounds on Wednesday, and none of the pigs were sent home because of flu concerns, according to the Pioneer Press.According to a Minnesota Department of Health statement, ... More >>
There's a new flu strain in Minnesota that people acquire through contact with pigs. But you don't necessarily have to cancel your trip to the upcoming State Fair, because this flu is apparently mild.
The first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) disease in a Minnesota resident in 2012 has been confirmed, according to a statement by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today.The state's first laboratory-confirmed WNV case of the year is a St. Louis County man who fell ill and was hospitalized ... More >>
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor plume of weapons-grade anthrax stays these couriers come May 6. That Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health will launch a dry run of an anthrax attack response using postal workers and law enforcement escorts. It's a strategy that's been studied nationally since 200 ... More >>
According to a new report out from the Minnesota Department of Health, 2011 was a banner year for STDs. Finishing out the year with a record-setting 16,898 reported cases, chlamydia came out on top in the race to screw up our sex lives. Left untreated, that is a nasty little disease that can have r ... More >>
Stop pooping in pools, people.The Minnesota Department of Health said yesterday that nine people are suspected to have Cryptosporidium (or Crypto) after swimming at Duluth's Edgewater Resort and Water Park. Crypto causes flu-like symptoms and diarrhea. It is caused by a parasite commonly spread t ... More >>
If you were standing right in front of this man, you'd get sick -- probably to your stomach, at least.If the dip in temperature wasn't enough to convince you that fall is upon us, prepare yourself for a week of feverish, achy, weak-kneed biological torture. Yes, that's right. The flu is back. The ... More >>
HeatherBlack henna tattoos are blamed for the allergic reactions of 35 8th-graders.35 Twin Cities 8th-graders have reported experiencing allergic reactions -- including blisters and lesions -- the Minnesota Department of Health said today. And it suspects the reactions were due to a chemical ... More >>
A dear tick: These little buggers can kill you.Add the grim tick-born Powassan virus to the list of natural calamities - tornadoes, floods -- that can kill you this summer in Minnesota. The first known fatality from the virus in the state was a woman identified by the Department of Health on ... More >>
Island NimbusHIV infections are down in Minnesota.Last month the Minnesota Department of Health released some sobering numbers about the increase in reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia and syphilis. Today, there's better news on a similar front: The number of new ... More >>
Sen. David Hann is an Eden Prairie Republican.If a teenager is a victim of incest, Republican state Sen. Dave Hann of Eden Prairie says a judge's consent should be required before that teenager is allowed to seek medical attention, counseling, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Becau ... More >>
wikiA syphilis awareness poster from the 1930s.How can it be that after decades of public service announcements, education campaigns and plain old word of mouth, some nasty sexually transmitted disease infection rates are climbing, not falling in Minnesota? That's what's happening. Total ST ... More >>
Photo: Karl BaronWinona County employees can wave bye-bye to Serra Paylin.This is looking like a grim week for smut. First, Craigslist takes down its "adult services" tab. And now we learn that there's going to be no more on-the-job hotel Skinemax for Winona County workers. It's employees wi ... More >>
Via WikipediaDeer ticks: Remember what they look likeToday's the last day of school for kids in Minneapolis this year. Time to get outside, take a dip in the lake, a walk in the woods, and -- oh, yeah -- worry about Lyme disease. According to the Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group, our stat ... More >>
Via WikipediaSeeing isn't believingYour day maybe done and you may want to ride on, but you may want to put down the razor blade and step away from the mirror. The cocaine running around your brain these days is increasingly diluted at its production point with something called Levamisole -- ... More >>
Good news: The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota -- chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chancroid -- took a 5 percent drop to 16,702 in 2009 from 17,649 cases in 2008 the Minnesota Department of Health said today. Way to keep it clean, folks. But there's a ... More >>
Some may mistakenly feel the threat of dying from HIV/AIDS is over. It's not.
Health care workers and activists get the heads up on some troubling news.
Sick Subway employees likely to blame for outbreak of norovirus says a lawsuit filed this week.
The total number of H1N1 flu deaths in Minnesota since April now stand at 21.
A new WIC law allows the coupons to be used for healthier foods.
The Minnesota Department of Health is trying to help you make the most of your swimming experience by not getting terribly sick from that unfortunately disgusting water you're bathing in with too many other people.
The child also had underlying medical conditions and the flu's role in the child's death is unclear.
The Minnesota Department of Health announced three more probable cases of the H1N1 influenza today. Two cases are in Hennepin County and one is in Washington County.
The Minnesota Health Department released some sad, sad statistics this week. The number of new cases of AIDS in the state last year was 326.
State health officials announced that polio may have played a role in the death of a Minnesotan last month. They are urging all parents to make sure that their children have up-to-date vaccinations.
This time in the suburbs
Chlamydia and syphilis, in particular, are on the rise. (Not an April Fool's gag).
Pawlenty vows to veto medical marijuana, protect cancer patients from "the munchies"
How an Uptown condo conversion turned a basement into an OSHA hazard
HIV can be deadly. But other STDs also impact the health of Minnesota's GLBT community
Ginger Sanders, like a lot of Pine Bend area residents, believes her home is in the middle of a cancer cluster, but officials from industry and the state say they see no problem.
It wasn't that long ago that medicine declared a victory over infectious disease. Now a raft of new and mutating bugs are at the door, and a declining public health system is in no shape to fight them.