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North Dakota Children and Teens Under New Requirements for Vaccines

This is a change from only children beginning school needed the vaccine

  NORTH DAKOTA — There are new requirements when it comes to vaccinations for children in North Dakota. Starting January 1, all children who are in day cares will be required to be vaccinated against hepatitis B. This is a change from only children beginning school needed the vaccine. In the 2018 school year, students in grades 11 and 12…

Dick Beardsley Talks Staying Sober, Battling Addiction with First Step Recovery in Fargo

He says it's important to share his story and continue to inspire others to get better one day at a time

FARGO, ND — Dick Beardsley shares his personal story of hope and redemption with patients and supporters of First Step Recovery in Fargo. In February, Beardsley will be 21 years sober, after battling a prescription drug addiction. He says it’s important to share his story and continue to inspire others to get better one day at a time. He also…

Minnesota Adding Conditions that Qualify for Medical Marijuana

The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota health officials are adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. The health commissioner says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea. The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added. Some of…

Officials May Find Chronic Wasting Disease in Harvested Deer

CWD is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose

  MINNESOTA — Seven deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota may be infected with chronic wasting disease. Hunters harvested three of the seven deer near Preston, where 11 other deer tested positive during last year’s CWD surveillance efforts. Three others were harvested in Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, west of the core disease area. The remaining deer was harvested east of Wykoff…

Sheyenne High School Wears Blue to Support Classmate With Type I Diabetes

Danika Johnson has been living with the disease for over two years

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Sheyenne High School supported one of their own battling type I diabetes. The entire student body wore blue to let their classmate know they stand with her as she battles the disease. “It’s very special knowing that everybody’s here supporting me,” said Danika Johnson, a sophomore at Sheyenne High School. Danika has been living with type…

Deadly Tuberculosis Outbreak Hitting Minnesota Hmong Population

Two first-line antibiotics have proven ineffective against this strain

  RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. A tuberculosis outbreak among an elderly Hmong population of Minnesota is proving deadly and costly. Six of 17 people who contracted tuberculosis in Ramsey County have died, three of them as a direct result of the disease. Patients affected by the outbreak must undergo a costly medication regimen. Two first-line antibiotics have proven ineffective against this…

First West Nile Animal Case Confirmed in Minnesota

Minnesota has documented 23 human cases this year

  MINNESOTA — The Board of Animal Health has confirmed the first case of West Nile virus in a Minnesota horse in more than a year. It was diagnosed in a 33-year-old American quarter horse in the northwestern town of Euclid in Polk County. The mare had poor coordination and weak hind legs when seen by a veterinarian October 9,…

“Kick Diabetes in the Face:” Hundreds Walk for a Type 1 Cure

Tens of thousands of dollars were raised by walkers to help research the disease

FARGO, ND — Hundreds of family members and close friends walked with Type 1 Diabetes patients to show they are not alone. Parents at the JDRF walk at Scheels Arena said a diagnosis is a life changer. Rainy weather did not stop families from telling the world about a disease which hits close to home. “He was diagnosed with Type…

Face It TOGETHER Celebrates Opening of Addiction Center in Fargo

Leaders within the organization held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this new community hub in town

FARGO, ND — Face It TOGETHER is celebrating its grand opening of their new addiction management center. Located in the Prairie Stone Center at 1650 45th Street South, the facility will offer peer counseling, treatment information and other resources to help sustain long-term addiction wellness. Leaders within the organization held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this new community hub…

Health Officials are Promoting HIV Awareness Across the Valley

A public education session was held giving the facts behind HIV

FARGO, N.D. — State health officials said there are misconceptions about HIV, even though the disease has been around for more than 30 years. The North Dakota Department of Health and Family HealthCare held public education sessions to promote HIV awareness. They put up presentations teaching about how to prevent STD’s. After the event, opportunities for a Q&A opened up….