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Minnesota STD cases decline in 2009


Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota dropped slightly to 16,702 in 2009, a 5 percent drop from the previous year, state health officials reported today.

According to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), there were 17,649 cases reported in 2008 and 17,057 cases in 2007. Reportable STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chancroid.

"Chlamydia was Minnesota's number one reported STD this past year with 14,186 cases," said Peter Carr, manager of the STD and HIV Section at MDH. "This is almost identical to last year's totals where we saw 14,350 chlamydia cases reported."

MDH data show that geographically chlamydia occurs statewide with about 1 in 3 cases occurring in the Greater Minnesota areas. Nearly 70 percent of cases occurred in teens and young adults aged 15 to 24.

Untreated chlamydia can lead to infertility in some women and, in rarer cases, even among men. An infected woman can pass the infection to her newborn child, causing premature delivery, infant pneumonia and serious eye infections leading to blindness. About 3 of 4 females and 1 of 2 males will show no symptoms once infected. Routine testing, even in the absence of symptoms, is the only way to detect these cases.

Chlamydia screening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for health providers to provide annual screenings of all sexually active women aged 25 and younger and for women older than 25 that have risk factors such as a new sexual partner. Some clinics have incorporated these screening guidelines into their electronic patient records so clinicians are alerted when it is time to provide the screenings.

Gonorrhea remained the second most commonly reported STD in Minnesota with 2,302 cases reported in 2009 representing a 24 percent decrease compared to 2008. Nationally, preliminary reports are showing a 21 percent drop in gonorrhea cases in 2009.

"The drop in gonorrhea cases may be a positive sign that screening, partner follow-up and treatment strategies are making an impact," said Carr.

Health officials emphasize that it is important to remain diligent in identifying and treating gonorrhea cases. Untreated gonorrhea can also lead to infertility in both men and women. Gonorrhea can spread to organs and joints and these conditions can be life threatening. Gonorrhea can be passed to newborns during childbir .....
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on April 6

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver's license.

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Four new cases of asbestos-related cancer to be included in University of Minnesota's Taconite Workers Health Study

Tue, Mar 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

As part of its ongoing participation with a University of Minnesota study of respiratory health issues in Minnesota taconite workers, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified four additional cases of mesothelioma in a group of 69,000 p ..... 
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Private water well owners in flood prone areas urged to take precautions

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials are warning that contaminated private water wells pose a major public concern during the flooding now threatening various parts of Minnesota.

Although simply coming in contact with flood water shouldn't pose a signifi ..... 
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Controlling blood pressure prevents many health problems!

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the artery walls. It is often written or stated as two numbers. The first or top number represents the pressure when the heart contracts. This is called systolic pressure. The second or bottom number repr ..... 
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Now is the time to prevent diabetes-know your risk

Mon, Mar 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

St. Paul, MN-On American Diabetes Alert Day, Tuesday, March 23, the Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative has good news about diabetes. People who keep their blood glucose (sugar) as close to normal as possible in the early years followin ..... 
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H1N1 flu immunizations still available

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering H1N1influenza immunizations via appointment and community vaccination clinics during March 2010. According to health educator, Brenda Leigh Pohlman, FCPH has provided over 2,800 H1N1 immunization ..... 
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Feel good about giving back by donating blood

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 9, 2010) - Looking for a way to give back to your community, but don't have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in about an hour you can help save a life by donating blood, and ..... 
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New study finds increase in number of Minnesotans without health insurance

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance rose from 7.2 percent to 9.1 percent between 2007 and 2009, according to the results of a new survey by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota School of Public ..... 
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