Category: Health care

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 ...

Government: At the intersection of local, state and federal, pt 2

  Crow Wing County Administrator and CRPD board member Tim Houle joins us again this week to talk about the complicated relationship between the county, state and federal governments. This week we look at the need for counties to communicate the local perspective to state lawmakers in St. Paul. As an example, Tim talks about ...

Park Rapids Enterprise: Minnesota kids take part in chemical exposure study

EXCERPT: “The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting a study on chemicals that may harm development in children, and volunteer families from Becker County are among those taking part. The Healthy Rural and Urban Kids Project measures preschoolers’ exposure to metals, air pollution, diesel exhaust and different agricultural and home pesticides through urine samples provided by ...

Blue Earth County’s Yellow Line Project pt 3

  This week on RuralMn Radio, Phill Claussen, Blue Earth County Human Services Director, and Angela Youngerberg, Director of Business Operations for Blue Earth County Human Services, join us again to talk further about the county’s Yellow Line Project. This week they talk about how the project gives provides law enforcement and offenders more options ...

Becker’s Hospital Review: Survival disparities between rural, urban cancer patients cut when enrolled in clinical trials

EXCERPT: “The differences in survival rates between rural and urban cancer patients are significantly reduced when patients are enrolled in a cancer clinical trial, a study published in JAMA Network Open found. CDC statistics show a significant disparity in cancer deaths. Between 2011 and 2015, 180 people out of 100,000 died of cancer in rural areas, compared to ...