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Donated blood saves lives of transplant patients


Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

This October during National Liver Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages people across the country to focus on liver health. Recently, two patients at a hospital served by the Red Cross Mid-America Blood Services Division underwent liver transplants and received more than 130 units of red blood cells.

Liver transplant patients often require large amounts of blood transfusions during surgery. Thanks to our dedicated blood donors, the Ref Cross was able to meet the needs of these two patients and countless others.

Liver transplants are the second most common transplant, following kidney transplants. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, 6341 people in the US received a liver transplant in 2011.

There are a variety of ways to help protect your liver from disease. The American Liver Foundation offers these guidelines: Eat a healthy diet low in fatty foods, limit alcohol intake, manage medications appropriately and limit contact with toxins. More information is available at liverfoundation.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

•Mabel Community Blood Drive at the Mabel Legion on Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 2-7 pm

How to donate:

Simply call Bev Williams at 507 493-5284 or 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make and appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and others 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills’ ministers international humanitarian aid’ and supports military members and their families. The red Cross is not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org

Healthy you should avoid the flu!

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it becomes available. It is especially important for you to receive vaccination if you have asthma, ..... 
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Give blood during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Help the American Red Cross meet the needs of patients by donating blood during September – National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell anemia is a disease which affects 70, 000 people in the United States, most of them of African descent, b ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony September 25

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Ty ..... 
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Out of the Darkness Walk- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Rochester, MN – In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide ..... 
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What to look for in an elder care facility

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As men and women enter their golden years, many decide they can no longer maintain their homes and choose to downgrade to something smaller, be it an apartment or a condominium. For millions of others, health plays a significant role when deciding w ..... 
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Healthy you should avoid the flu!

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it becomes available. It is especially important for you to receive vaccination if you have asthma, ..... 
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FIRST CASES OF NEW INFLUENZA STRAIN REPORTED IN MINNESOTA

Tue, Aug 21st, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Minnesota has recorded its first confirmed case and a second probable case of a new influenza strain that people acquire through contact with pigs. The two cases were reported in a pre-school-age child and an older sibling from a family living in th ..... 
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Nutrition Standards for USDA School Nutrition Programs impacting menus this fall

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Local schools, Fillmore Central, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield will be effected by the following school lunch changes. School meals across the country will take a more healthy approach this fall when new USDA requirements take effect. The National Sc ..... 
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