A new report from state health officials says the number of sexually transmitted diseases has climbed to a new record in Minnesota. The Department of Health says there were 19,547 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2011, an increase of about 1,500 from the previous year.
The flu season has officially arrived in Minnesota. Minnesota health officials have confirmed the season's first influenza case in the state. It's a 26-year-old woman from Olmsted County in southeastern Minnesota.
A new report suggests rural Minnesotans smoke more than people who live in the Twin Cities. They're also fatter and exercise less. And, as a result, rural Minnesotans also die more frequently from diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Health care spending in Minnesota rose to $36 billion in 2009, but state officials say the rate of growth fell to its lowest level in more than a decade. A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health says the recession caused the slower rate of growth as some Minnesotans lost coverage or redu…