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Minnesota is set to become an island in the region for abortion access and providers said that nonprofit clinics alone might not be able to handle all patients seeking services.
The Sartell, Minn. based company, however, has faced allegations of failing to provide adequate care to inmates, including 27-year-old Hardel Sherrell, who died in 2018 in the Beltrami County jail in Bemidji after his pleas for help were ignored by jail and medical staff.
More than 170 group homes across Minnesota have closed since the fall.
The Detroit Record used to advertise hair food. Yes, you read that right. Ayer's Hair Vigor, food for the hair that cured dandruff, falling hair and restored all of the hair's rich color of early life was advertised in a 1905 issue of the paper, but as one Sanford Health family nurse practitioner said, men experiencing baldness today should probably stick to Rogaine or Minoxidil.

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Plenity is a $98-a-month weight loss treatment that looks like a drug: Patients take capsules that swells in size, cumulatively filling about a quarter of a person’s stomach. Results varied widely among trial participants; 59% of those who got Plenity lost at least 5% of their body weight, although the rest did not meet that threshold.
Swallowing issues tend to present themselves as you age, but FEES — fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing — can help catch and address any potential issues.
Parents and guardians across the country are struggling to find formula for their children, facing empty shelves and their children’s hungry bellies. Sanford Pediatrician Dr. Colleen Swank shares advice for parents during the ongoing formula shortage.
SAIL is a nationwide program that is helping older adults maintain fitness so they can enjoy doing what they love.
Known as “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, PFAS have been popular with manufacturers for decades and can be found in everything from nonstick cookware coating to fire-extinguishing foam. Higher levels of exposure to PFAS have been linked to increased cancer risk, developmental delays in children, damage to organs such as the liver and thyroid, increased cholesterol levels and reduced immune functions, especially among young children.
The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice recently reprimanded Dr. Vern Erickson of Park Rapids and put conditions on his license.

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The following tips for parents were provided by Dr. Tokunbo Akande, pediatrician at the Sanford Children’s Clinic in Bemidji; Dr. Rachel Cooper, pediatric hospitalist at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center; and Dr. Colleen Swank, pediatrician and vice president, clinic for Sanford Health in Bemidji.
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Baby formula is the latest product that has been critically hit in the supply chain shortage. The shortage is not only impacting Minnesota residents, but families on the national level that are connecting from all corners of the country to help each other find and receive any formula they can.
A nationwide shortage of baby formula is impacting parents in this area.

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