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 reduced health care visits.
The Minnesota Department of Health says the flu season is entering its peak here in the state. State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield says there have been more reports of flu outbreaks in the last week and it is now considered widespread.
The Minnesota Department of Health has screened the oral health of a random group of third graders for the first time, and found mixed results. The department reports that nearly two-thirds of the state's third graders have protective dental sealants on their teeth, far higher than the national average of 23 percent.
Two more flu deaths have been reported in Minnesota this season. The Minnesota Department of Health reports one person died in the last week of December and another in the second week of January. Their names were not released.
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