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CentraCare Hosts Program Stressing Value Of Infant Immunization [AUDIO]

State and local officials joined with parents to spread the word on the importance of childhood immunizations today. The Minnesota Department of Health's program, held at CentraCare Health Plaza this morning, gave parents like Shannon Duffy the chance to share stories highlighting the importance of vaccinating children against seemingly harmless illnesses like the Chicken Pox.

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New Minnesota Web Site Bares Info On Health Plans

A new level of detail about nonprofit health plans that get more than $3 billion in annual state business is now online.

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CentraCare To Host A Complete Day Of Health Education For Women

The goal of "Women's Health 101" is to provide a day of information, presentations and screenings geared toward healthy living for women. Presentations by health professionals will be going all day, and include such diverse topics as eating well on a tight budget, alternative medicine and emotional healing through art therapy.

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Opponents Say Cloning Ban Would Impede Research

Opponents of a bill that would criminalize human cloning say it would halt potentially life-saving research on a wide range of illnesses. More than 50 people gathered in a conference room at the State Office Building in St. Paul to say why they oppose the bill.

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Prep Player Donates Marrow, Then Plays In Tourney

A St. Cloud high school senior played
his last prep basketball game just a day after donating bone marrow
to his sister, who has leukemia. Ibrahim Abukar underwent surgery to remove the bone marrow from his spine at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
Tuesday morning. His sister, Zamzam, had the transplant right after
the marrow was removed from her brother.

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Mom Accidentally Runs Over Child In Stillwater

Police say the mother, a Wisconsin resident, was leaving Stillwater Medical Group just after 10 a.m. Thursday. Sgt. Jeff Stender tells reporters she had strapped a 3-year-old into a safety seat in the vehicle and then got into the SUV, apparently forgetting about the younger child.

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UPDATE: St. Cloud Hospital Investigating Bacterial Infections, Nurse Suspended

An investigation at St. Cloud Hospital is underway following the development of an unusual blood infection in 23 patients, all in the same hospital ward. Linda Chmielewski, the Vice President of Hospital Operations for St. Cloud Hospital, says the infection is believed to have been caused by a nurse piping narcotic pain killers from patients' IV bags.

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Rate Of Child Vaccinations Drops Sharply In Minnesota

A national immunization survey shows Minnesota has become less vigilant about vaccinating its children. The federal National Immunization Survey shows Minnesota has dropped 13 spots in two years - from seventh in 2007 to 20th in 2009 for the primary series of shots given children age 19 months to 35 months.

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St. Cloud Hospital Hosts Healing Service To Honor “World Day Of The Sick”

St Cloud Hospital is observing "World Day of the Sick" with a ecumenical healing service. It's part of "Living the Mission" week at the hospital in recognition of the work of medical professionals.

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$1 Million Donation To CentraCare’s Clara’s House

CentraCare Health Foundation has received a $1 million donation to expand Clara's House. Mae Ellingson-Skalicky made the donation to the facility that has her mother's name.

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