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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 people who worked in the state's iron mining industry between the 1930s and 1982.

Mesothelioma is a rare, fatal form of cancer seen almost exclusively in people who have been exposed to asbestos. Health officials say it's not surprising to see additional reports of the illness among the miners, since it can take as long as 40 or 50 years to develop mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos. They expected to find additional cases as the Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study proceeds.

The four new cases bring the total number of workers diagnosed to 63. MDH officials learned about the new cases as they reviewed information about the workers from the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System (MCSS). The new data are part of the entire cancer profile of taconite miners that will be used by researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health who are conducting the Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study - a legislatively authorized and funded study signed into law in 2008 by Governor Pawlenty.

"It is important that we find answers to the many long-standing questions about the relationship between taconite mining and respiratory health," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "The Minnesota Department of Health will continue working with the University of Minnesota to complete this important research."

The Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study consists of five interrelated studies: Occupational Exposure Assessment, Mortality (cause of death) Study, Cancer Incidence Study, Respiratory Health Survey of Taconite Workers and Spouses, and Environmental Study of Airborne Particulates. In addition to investigating the excess cases of mesothelioma among taconite workers, these studies will look more broadly at a range of respiratory diseases and diseases associated with silica and asbestos exposure. The goal is to determine the relationship between working in the taconite industry and health issues, especially lung health.

"Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health are making progress across the various projects, thanks to broad community support and engagement," said John R. Finnegan, Jr., dean of the University of .....
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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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Smoking by the Numbers

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Every day I hear the stories of people who want to quit smoking and help people who they love quit smoking. They want to feel better, live longer, protect their children, and save money - reasons we can all relate to, whether we are smokers o ..... 
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Heart disease: not just a man's problem

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Many women are unaware that cardiovascular disease is not just the number one killer of men, it's also the number one killer of women. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of about 500,000 women a year ..... 
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