Category: Health care

Minnesota Public Radio: Task force takes on rural stress in Minnesota

EXCERPT: “The University of Minnesota has established a new rural stress task force to address a wide range of socioeconomic issues. University of Minnesota Extension Dean Bev Durgan said the effort comes in response to the stress on farm families and rural communities brought on by several years of low farm income. ‘We’re losing farms. Main ...

MinnPost: Rural Minnesotans struggle to access opioid addiction treatment

EXCERPT: “Kicking an opioid habit takes serious commitment. Methadone, the drug commonly used to curb withdrawal symptoms as a person tapers off heroin, requires supervised daily dosing in a state-licensed opioid treatment program (OTP) for the first month or more. After that, many patients can take a month’s worth of medication home with them, but federal ...

DL-Online: Medical marijuana proves difficult to get, particularly in rural areas

EXCERPT: “Marijuana is slowly creeping onto the scene of Minnesota’s medical industry. Whether people are for it or against it, cannabis has been approved to treat 13 qualifying conditions, from cancer to glaucoma to Alzheimer’s, which was the latest to join the list. While the substance is legal medically, it’s still extremely difficult for people ...

KEYC-TV: MN Study Shows Growth in Telemedicine

EXCERPT: “A new study by Minnesota health officials finds virtual medical visits are on the rise. Telemedicine grew at a rapid pace in Minnesota with visits jumping from around 11,000 in 2010 to 86,000 in 2015. That’s according to the Minnesota Department of Health and University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Researchers found uses of telemedicine vary ...

MinnPost: Program aims to reduce opioid-affected births at rural hospitals

EXCERPT: “Sometime in 2007, labor and delivery nurses at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center began seeing a disturbing shift in their patient population. The opioid-addiction crisis had taken hold in the region, and its impact was being felt among its youngest and most vulnerable residents. More and more mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD) were giving birth at the hospital to ...