Health

Fewer Marketplace Insured Equates to State Rebate Savings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Fewer enrollees in Minnesota’s individual health insurance marketplace will result in millions of dollars in savings in state-funded discounts. State lawmakers in January passed a $310 million discount package offering a 25 percent rebate for people who buy insurance on the individual marketplace. Earlier estimates anticipated about 120,000 people might be eligible for the discounts….

‘Freedom Fest’ Tourney Honors Friend Killed In Car Accident

2017 LT Freedom Fest Memorial Tournament

Duluth, Minn. A high-speed crash six years ago took the life of one person, while seriously injuring three others. The life taken was that of Tim Stephenson, a caring person whose favorite thing to do was playing ultimate Frisbee. Every year since his death, Tim’s teammates and friends remember him by hosting a ultimate Frisbee tournament in his honor. Tim…

New Deal: Blue Cross Blue Shield to Keep Children’s Minnesota In-Network

(KMSP) – Children’s Minnesota and major health insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have reached an agreement that would keep Children’s Minnesota as an in-network provider for Blue Cross patients. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson helped broker the new deal between the two parties. According to her office, she acted as the mediator after Children’s and Blue Cross failed to meet the…

One STD is Becoming ‘Smarter’ and Harder to Treat, according to WHO

Gonorrhea Bacteria (CNN) – Gonorrhea is becoming hard and in some cases impossible to treat with antibiotics, the World Health Organization said. “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at WHO, in a…

Summer Camps Beginning at Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn. – Several parents throughout the Northland are looking for ways to keep their kids busy while they’re off from school for the summer. Spirit Mountain in Duluth is hosting several camps to encourage kids to stay moving and try new activities. The following is a sample of the camp programs offered in July at Spirit Mountain, based on…

FDA Approves First New Drug in 20 Years for Sickle Cell

(AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly carry oxygen throughout the body, which can cause severe pain and organ damage. About 100,000 people in the U.S., mostly blacks, have the disorder and about 275,000 babies…

MNsure Assistance Offered at Duluth Public Library

Every Thursday, a MNsure Navigator Answers Questions and Helps Fill Out Applications

DULUTH, Minn. – Anybody with questions about MNsure can get some help at the Duluth Public Library. A certified MNsure navigator is stationed on the Downtown Library’s second floor every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for anyone with questions about health coverage, or who needs assistance filling out a MNsure application. “People don’t think about or have insurance until…

Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Washburn County

WASHBURN COUNTY, Wis. – A dead raven has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Washburn County, according to the Washburn County Health Department. West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. “Finding the virus in birds indicates that West Nile virus may be present…

Minneapolis Leaders May Restrict Menthol Sales

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The sale of menthol cigarettes in Minneapolis may soon be restricted to adult-only tobacco shops. The Star Tribune reports that the city has an ordinance that limits other flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco shops. Council Member Cam Gordon says restricting menthols is the next step. Anti-smoking advocates say a mint-flavored compound in the cigarettes creates a…

Wisconsin Medicaid Budget Will Close with Balance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials say the state’s Medicaid budget will finish the 2015-17 biennium $325 million in the black. The Department of Health Services sent a letter June 30 to leaders of the Legislature’s finance committee saying the budget is expected to finish fiscal year 2017 with a balance of $325 million. That’s about $5 million less…

Wisconsin Scientists Improve Protein-Based Drug Stability

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Scientists at the a Wisconsin university have created a mineral coating that mimics bone and keeps protein-based drugs more stable. The Wisconsin State Journal reports protein-based drugs are used to treat bone disorders, kidney disease, wounds, arthritis, and cancer, but frequently degrade, which limits their therapeutic potential. University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists were inspired by a 2010…

Children’s Minnesota Now Out-of-Network for Blue Cross Patients

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Children’s Minnesota and major health insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have failed to meet a deadline for a new contract, which could spike rates of an estimated 66,000 patients. With the July 5 deadline now passed, Children’s Minnesota is now an out-of-network provider for Blue Cross patients. Patients could still go to Children’s…

St. Luke’s Doctor Speaks on Staying Safe in the Sun

Sun and Heat Safety for Summer Months

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is offically here and with the holiday weekend coming up several folks will be spending time in the sun. This morning, Dr. Chris Delp of St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center stopped by FOX 21 to talk about sun and heat safety. Dr. Delp says it’s important to always wear sunscreen, because research shows just one bad…

New Personal Training Studio Opens Downtown Duluth

Eric Franklin opened up the studio to give people a way to get fit without having to go to a public gym

DULUTH, Minn. – A new personal training studio is now open in downtown Duluth. XMT–3 Training is owned and operated by personal trainer Eric Franklin. The studio will be used for personal training, small group classes of 3 to 4 people, and group training sessions of up to 8. Franklin previously trained out of his own home giving 1–on–1 instruction…

Making a Shake with Cold Fusion

Cooking Connection: Cold Fusion and Fit Lab

DULUTH, Minn. – A local nutrition club is keeping folks healthy downtown. The owner of Cold Fusion, Annie Call, tells us the goal of the business is to bring a healthy, active lifestyle to the community. Call described the business as “healthy fast food.” While there customers get a shot of aloe to help with disgestion, a 16 oz. energy…

Essentia Promotes Healthy Life Style

Eating Healthy And Getting Outside

Duluth, Minn. Healthy food free bike helmets and lots of fun activities were on hand today at the Heritage Center. It was Essentia Health’s way of promoting a healthy life style and keeping kids active during the summer. “We’re committed to a healthy community and giving back to the community and this is one way that we’re able to do…

Senate GOP Leaders Delay Health Care Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators Tuesday at a…

Superior Spring Trail Racer Cause of Death, Cardiac Arrest

UPDATE 6-27: The cause of death for Jon Mathson, 41, of Eagan, has been confirmed by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, Mathson died from a natural cardiac arrest during exertion due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, which is the hardening of the arteries and can create life-threatening blockages, as…

Audit Says Senate Healthcare Bill Would Leave 22 Million Uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate health care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law. That’s according to an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The figure may further complicate Senate GOP leaders’ plans to pass their bill this week. It’s barely an improvement upon the health care bill…

Roadside Delivery Made in Western Wisconsin

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Janelle Peterson and her son TJ pose with one of the paramedics who helped her during her roadside birth. Photo Courtesy: Amanda Gustafson ST. CROIX COUNTY, Wis. (KMSP) – A little baby boy made quite an entrance into the world with a roadside delivery in western Wisconsin. Mom and baby are doing well, all thanks to the cool response from…

New Breast Cancer Detection Technology at St. Luke’s

St. Luke's unveiled its new 3d mammogram

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s unveiled new technology to help better detect breast cancer. The St. Luke’s Breast Center cut the ribbon for their brand new 3D mammogram machines on Thursday. Previously doctors only had 2 images to look at, now they can see 15 different images. Radiologists can now detect even smaller signs of breast cancer. “We know that cancers that…

New Clinic Coming to Ashland

ASHLAND, Wis. – Earlier this week, St. Luke’s celebrated the start of construction on its new Chequamegon Clinic in Ashland. The 22,000 square-foot facility on the shores of Lake Superior along the northside of Highway 2 . The current clinic there, has been serving patients since 1975. The clinic is expected to open in March of 2018. Categories: Health, News,…

Senate GOP Releases Bill to Cut Medicaid, Alter ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama’s health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finances his expansion of coverage. The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy insurance and let states get…

Assembly Passes Ban on Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican-controlled state Assembly has passed a bill designed to prohibit people with pre-existing health conditions from being excluded from health insurance coverage. Republicans brought the issue up after midnight on Thursday. It was not scheduled for debate and there was no notice that the Assembly planned to take up the issue. It passed on a…

Flu Vaccine Ineffective for People 65 and Older Last Winter

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new vaccine data showing it did a so-so job overall. The vaccine was about 42 percent effective in preventing illness severe enough to…

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Exits Health Care Exchange

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is pulling out of the federal health care exchange in Wisconsin. Anthem blames a volatile market for its exit from the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Anthem spokesman Jeff Blunt says making pricing plans is increasingly difficult because of a shrinking and deteriorating individual market. The Associated Press says Anthem also cites…

Health Professionals Discuss Rural Care Options

More Than 600 Groups Attended Rural Health Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – Quality health care can be tough to find for many rural Minnesotans.  So the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care and the Minnesota Rural Health Association joined forces with the Duluth–based National Rural Health Resource Center to find solutions. “We’re working in approaches to provide resources for rural health communities and providers,” said Sally Buck, CEO,…

Coroner: Cocaine Among Drugs Found in Carrie Fisher’s System

Carrie Fisher Photo: Fox NewsLOS ANGELES (AP) – Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but the investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death. The report released Monday states Fisher may have taken cocaine…

E. coli Bacteria Found in Drinking Water at US Open

ERIN, Wis. (AP) – Health officials say E. coli bacteria have been found in a drinking water station at Erin Hills golf course where the U.S. Open is underway, but there have been no reports of illness. The Washington Ozaukee Public HEalth Department identified the bacteria in a water sample taken from a hydration station connected to a well near…

Forum Raises Awareness About Elder Abuse

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Twin Ports is experiencing a trend that’s becoming something of an epidemic — hitting one of the most vulnerable groups of our population. According to UWS officers, one out of every 10 people 60 and older are abused every year. The abuse includes financial exploitation, fraud, scams, emotional and physical mistreatment, and neglect. UWS estimates 3,800…

Report: Teen Pregnancies in Minnesota Declining, STIs Rising

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A new report shows fewer teenagers are getting pregnant in Minnesota, but the number of sexually transmitted infections is increasing. University of Minnesota adolescent sexual health director Jill Farris authored the report. She tells Minnesota Public Radio that pregnancy rates among 15 to 19 year olds has dropped 70 percent since 1990. However, teen rates…

Trump Discusses Health Insurance in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is again highlighting the stories of people whose healthcare premiums have skyrocketed as he tries to push a GOP replacement plan. Trump met with what the White House has been referring to as “victims” of former President Barack Obama’s health care law after landing in Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon. Trump says too many people have…

Iowa May be First State with No Health Insurers on Exchange

"...A TOTAL COLLAPSE LEAVING NEARLY 72,000 PEOPLE WITH ZERO OPTIONS TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 2018."

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa could be the first state in the nation with no health insurance companies willing to offer policies on its Affordable Care Act exchange next year unless President Donald Trump’s administration approves a stopgap proposal, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said Monday. Ommen said he and his officials from two major Iowa insurance carriers met…

Urologist Speaks Out During Men’s Health Week

Tips for Staying Healthy

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, June 12-16, is recognized as Men’s Health Week. This morning, Dr. Andrew Nisbet of St. Luke’s Urology Associates visited FOX 21 to speak on the topic. Dr. Nisbet says, “This is a week men should be encouraged to talk to their doctors about health concerns that they have. Some of these issues can be even embarrassing…

Fire Department Talks Water Safety After Accident at “The Deeps”

22-Year-Old Man Is Recovering After Jumping Into Popular Lester River Swimming Hole

DULUTH, Minn. – A 22-year-old man is recovering after jumping into a popular swimming hole in the Lester River known as “The Deeps.” Authorities tell us the man was pulled from the water unconscious with a laceration to the back of the head after hitting a rock just below the water’s surface. The man eventually came to, began breathing, and…

Free Youth Memberships Given Out at Duluth YMCA

One-Hundred Free Summer Youth Memberships at the Duluth Area Family YMCA

DULUTH, Minn. – Many youth in the Northland now have big plans for the summer all thanks to a generous donation from Western Bank. The Duluth YMCA is now able to give away 100 youth memberships this summer. Staff at the Duluth Area Family YMCA say this is the first time they’ve been able to do this. The YMCA and…

Bike MS 150 Looking for Volunteers

Bike Ride is June 9-11

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend thousands will be getting out their bikes for a ride from Proctor to White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It’s all to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. However, the MS Society needs help with the race. Organizers are still looking for several volunteers in Proctor, Hinckley, White Bear Lake, and everywhere in between. Local volunteer opportunities…

Former Drug Addict Turns Life Around

Davey Speaks To Kids Across The U.S. As A Form Of Motivation On Recovery

Duluth, Minn. A former drug addict turned musician met with youth tonight in west Duluth to talk about the role drugs played in her life. Mindy Davey has traveled the country talking to young teens about her trials and tribulations while she was addicted to crack–cocaine and prescription pain pills. After numerous run-ins with the law and a number of…

Chainbreaker Bicycle Ride to Raise Cancer Research Funds

Ride Takes Place in August

DULUTH, Minn. – Taking a bike ride this summer could help with cancer research. The University of Minnesota is partnering with a group called Chainbreaker to launch a fundraising experience for the Masonic Cancer Center at the University. Many treatments are now available to patients around the world were pioneered at the Masonic Cancer Center. For example, the University has been…

Duluth Making Sidewalks More ADA Compliant

Meeting Held for Community Members to Offer Input on Sidewalk Plan

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is making their sidewalks more ADA compliant. The first of four public meetings was held for the city to gather input from community members on how to best improve sidewalks for people with disabilities. “The sidewalks are public and everyone uses them an it’s important to have safe, convenient access to the businesses,…

St. Luke’s Oncologist to Help Those Dealing with Chemo Brain

How Cancer Treatment can Effect the Brain

DULUTH, Minn. – Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the toughest and most shocking things someone goes through. Dealing with the effects of cancer treatment can last a lifetime. A doctor at St. Luke’s Hospital and a UMD professor in Duluth are hoping to help cancer patients through that hard time. On Tuesday, June 13 St. Luke’s Oncologist and…

Minnesota Health Leaders Ask Imams to Push for Vaccination

Measles outbreak hit the Somali community the hardest in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – With another three weeks of Ramadan and its gatherings, health care workers in Minnesota are seeking help from religious leaders to control the state’s measles outbreak, which has hit the Muslim Somali community the hardest. Children’s Minnesota’s Elham Ashkar says imams in their position of power can help spread the word that vaccination is in the…