Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:37
Mayo Clinic Staff
You've worked hard to improve your diet and exercise habits, and you've been rewarded by seeing the number on the scale continue to drop. But then for no reason you can identify, the scale doesn't budge — even though you're still eating a healthy, low-calorie diet and exercising regularly. You've hit a weight-loss plateau.
African Americans are critical to helping fight ALS
Monday, 29 September 2014 09:58
Janel Johnson, Ph.D., Laboratory of Neurogenetics National Institute on Aging National Institutes of Health
By now, we have all probably seen the Ice Bucket Challenge. It is wonderful that people from all walks of life come together to use social media for such good. The unity and generosity of hundreds of thousands of participants from different backgrounds has done even more than lead to donations of tens of millions of dollars to non-profit organizations in the name of ALS, it has raised awareness of this devastating condition.
Statewide briefing reveals earned sick time access rates vary widely based on county of residence
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:43
TakeAction Minnesota and the Institute for Women's Policy Research released a new report detailing access rates to earned sick time in Minnesota based on county of residence. The report, which can be found here, is a companion to data released earlier in the month, detailing statewide access rates to earned sick leave across the state, which affects over one million Minnesota workers.
PreferredOne grabbed market share, then jumped ship
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:06
TakeAction Minnesota, a statewide people's network of individual and organizational members working together to motivate people to act publicly in order to advance economic and racial equity in our state released this statement following the announcement that PreferredOne is severing its relationship with MNsure:
Minnesota Health Commissioner tapped to lead national health coalition
Monday, 22 September 2014 12:17
Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger has been elected to be president-elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the national organization representing the lead state health officials from all 50 states and other jurisdictions around the country. Dr. Ehlinger will serve as president-elect for one year and become the ASTHO president starting at the organization's autumn 2015 annual meeting.
The importance of folic acid and prenatal care to prevent birth defects, especially among Hispanic women
Monday, 22 September 2014 10:36
Mayo Clinic News Network
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Although Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers don't have a definite answer as to why spina bifida birth defects occur, they have identified a few important risk factors and two different surgery options. Risk factors include race, family history, diabetes, obesity, increased body temperature and folate deficiency.