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Forum aims to help medical professionals talk to patients about cancer risk from radon exposure


Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

A forum for medical professionals to increase their awareness of radon as a leading cause of lung cancer will be held Thursday, May 6 in Bloomington.

The event, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health, the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Embassy Suites airport hotel, 7901 34th Ave. So., Bloomington. Other participating organizations include the American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, Minnesota Oncology and Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center.

Radon is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year in the U.S. and is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause overall of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking. Historically, radon exposure prevention efforts have focused on home owners, realtors and home builders. The forum is part of a new effort by the EPA, ALA and others to enlist the help of the medical community

The objective of the forum is to provide health care providers with a better understanding of radon, its role in causing lung cancer, and how to prevent it, so they will be more likely to educate their patients about ways to reduce their risks. This will complement Minnesota's strong policy initiatives including the law that went into effect last year that requires radon resistant features in all newly built homes in the state.

"The medical community has, by and large, not been very active in making our patients aware of the significant health hazard posed by radon," said Dr. Joseph Leach, Medical Director of Oncology Research at Frauenschuh Cancer Center. "There is much more we could do to reduce the cancer incidence caused by this largely preventable carcinogen. The first step is to increase the level of awareness and comfort that health providers have with this subject. That can only be done through education."

Studies show that when physicians and patients have effective communications about a disease risk, patients have better outcomes. "Talk to your doctor" may be one of the most common pieces of advice given to help patients manage cancer risk. At the same time, however, the support given to physicians for talking with patients about lung cancer prevention from radon has not been extensive.

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Workers to Begin Installing New MSP Airport Highway Signs Tonight

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The days of driving to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, only to discover en route that its two terminals are on entirely separate roadways with no signs to tell you which terminal your airline uses, are about to ..... 
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BBB issues warning on fax scam targeting businesses

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

April 7, 2010 - St. Paul, MN- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning companies to be on alert for a scam involving shipping orders placed via fax, and stolen credit card numbers.



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STATE OFFICIALS URGE MOTORCYCLISTS TO SEEK SAFETY TRAINING

Wed, Mar 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Public safety officials are encouraging all motorcyclists, even experienced riders, to tune up their riding skills just as they tune up their bikes for the riding season. Minnesota Department of Public Safety preliminary data show there we ..... 
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NEW REPORT REVEALS IMPACT OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ON MINNESOTA

Tue, Mar 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 9, 2010 - According to the Alzheimer's Association's® 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, ....



Rising Prevalence

There are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease, including 97,7 ..... 
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TEENS CALLED ON TO CREATE TV COMMERCIALS TO DISCOURAGE TEXTING AND DRIVING

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and AAA Minnesota/Iowa is calling on Minnesota's teenagers to do "thumbthing" about the dangers of texting and driving by participating in the Don't Text and Drive, Teens! TV Commercial C ..... 
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Ropes: Minnesota needs jobs, jobs, jobs

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Making job creation the first priority of the 2010 legislative session, the Minnesota Senate recently passed a comprehensive capital investment package. State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, was pleased that the Senate package included job ..... 
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SUPER BOWL DWI ENFORCEMENT TO FLAG IMPAIRED DRIVERS FOR "ILLEGAL USE OF KEYS"

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesotans planning to party for Super Bowl weekend need to make the call for a safe and sober ride as added DWI patrols will be on the roads. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports during Super Bowl weekends 2006-2008, M ..... 
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Minnesota Wildlife Officer Honored with NWTF Award

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Conservation Officer Robert Mlynar with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his efforts in conserving America's wildlife.

Mlynar, of Aitkin, Minn., w ..... 
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