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Sen. Franken Explains How Repeal of Care Act Affects Moorhead Seniors

A nonpartisan analysis estimates the American Health Care Act would immediately leave 14 million people without health coverage

MOORHEAD, Minn. — U.S. Senator Al Franken visited Moorhead to tell senior citizens how Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could impact them. A nonpartisan analysis estimates the American Health Care Act would immediately leave 14 million people without health coverage. State officials say 1.2 million Minnesotans under the current plan could lose insurance or get…

Health Matters: Getting Screened for Colon Cancer

Physicians say the second most deadly cancer, colon cancer, is preventable

HEALTH MATTERS — Doctors are urging people to get checked for colon cancer during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. But what can you expect to go through when getting screened for the second most deadly cancer among US men and women? Catching a pre-cancerous growth in your colon at age 50 can add up to 30 years to your life. The…

Gov. Dayton Recovering After Surgery for Prostate Cancer

A spokesman says Dayton's surgery went as planned and concluded around 11:30 this morning

  ROCHESTER, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Dayton has gone under the knife to treat his prostate cancer. The Democrat had surgery this morning at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A spokesman says Dayton’s surgery went as planned and concluded around 11:30 this morning. Dayton expects to spend the night in the hospital but will return to his normal work schedule next…

Health Matters: Preparing for Daylight Saving Time

The effects of daylight saving time may be more than you might think

HEALTH MATTERS — We are quickly approaching another Daylight Saving Time. This time around, we are springing forward and that means we are losing an hour of sleep! March 12th marks the day we change our clocks and with it being over a week away, a sleep medicine doctor said you can prepare for the change. Whether it’s not being…

Firefighters Are Hoping To See A Change In Their Health

Firefighters are more at risk for cancer than you may think

Firefighters are the ones saving us, but who is saving them? People’s lives depend on firefighters as they climb ladders, break through windows and crawl through walls to save them when a fire breaks out. Yet, running into a burning building may not be the most harmful thing to a firefighter. “When I came through the service, it was a…

Lawmakers Try to Create a Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

The law would establish a nationwide registry to track the relationship between firefighting and cancer

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Firefighters are often the ones doing the saving, but who’s going to save them? U.S Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar is aiming to save the lives of firefighters, one hero at a time. Klobuchar, among others, would like to establish a nationwide registry to monitor and track the relationship between firefighter’s exposure to fumes and toxins and…

Health Matters: How Athletics Helps Your Child Flourish On and Off the Field

Many of the positive effects from athletics have nothing to do with the physical component

HEALTH MATTERS — Whether it’s playing kickball in gym class or joining a little league team, most of us were active as children. Experts say athletics can build lifelong skills. Most of us have that favorite chair or couch to sit to watch our hometown team. Athletic trainers are challenging parents to get their kids off the couch and onto…

Recognizing Mental Health Changes in Children

Community members received a lesson on how to prevent mental illness in children

FARGO, N.D. — While some mental illnesses can’t be controlled due to genetics, there are some than can be preventable. Any adult dealing with a child who is battling mental illness in some way shape or form was invited to the Youth Mental Health First Aid 8 Hour course. The goal of the course is┬áto enlighten adults on how to…

CHI St. Alexius Health Issues Third Round of Layoffs

Officials with CHI St. Alexius Health say the 131-year-old company is responding to the pressures of health care reform

  BISMARCK, N.D. — A health care provider in Bismarck is laying off more employees, the third round of layoffs in the past year. Officials with CHI St. Alexius Health say the 131-year-old company is responding to the pressures of health care reform. St. Alexius is affiliated with the larger Catholic Health Initiative, which is operating at a loss and…