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It's a question many of us are routinely asked during a visit to the doctor: Do you smoke or use tobacco? Ideally, nothing less than the truth should suffice - but according to a newly released poll, about one in 10 people opt to conceal their smoking status from their health provider. The survey, which involved 3,146 American adults who were either current or former smokers and was conducted by Legacy, a national public health organization, offers some interesting insight into the evolving social attitudes surrounding tobacco use - namely, a stigma that seems to be making it harder for some
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital will save about $250,000 a year in debt service by refinancing bonds issued in 2002 for a major expansion and renovation. At a meeting Wednesday, the board of directors for the city-owned hospital adopted a resolution outlining the terms of the sale. Final approval is pending from the Willmar City Council, which has already essentially endorsed the hospital's plan to refinance the debt. The amount to be refunded won't exceed $47 million, and net savings must be at least 3 percent or better to formally go ahead with the sale, scheduled to take place in Febru
WILLMAR -- The recession led to some bleak years for local home builders but there are signs they may have weathered the worst of it. Tim Carlson, owner of Carlson Construction of Willmar, sees at least one thing positive about the start of 2012.
WILLMAR -- Nearly two weeks after a fatal Christmas Eve crash south of Willmar, a dog that was riding in one of the vehicles remains missing. Justin Gustafson, 29, of Redwood Falls died in the four-vehicle crash when a van driven by a 15-year-old apparently failed to stop for a red light. Six other people also were injured, one of them critically. The Schnauzer mix named Lord escaped from the crash scene at the junction of Highways 71 and 7. He has been spotted a handful of times in the Blomkest area.
If you could see what your doctor is writing about you in your medical record, would this hurt or enhance the doctor-patient relationship? A new survey on the progress of the OpenNotes project found that the majority of patients - more than 90 percent - are supportive and even enthusiastic about being able to read the doctor's notes. But among physicians, the reaction was more mixed. To read the rest of this post from Health Beat, visit healthbeat.areavoices.com.
WILLMAR -- A "state of the shelter" report will be given at the annual meeting this week of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties. The Humane Society has been working with a consultant this past year on building its organizational capacity and will share the findings and recommendations, said Steve Gardner, president of the board. "We'll let folks know what's in store for the next year and some of the new things we'll be doing," he said. The annual meeting is at 6 p.m.
Doctors already query patients about whether they drink, use tobacco or are up to date on their immunizations. Should they also be asking about the patient's use of the social media? To read the rest of this Health Beat story, visit healthbeat.areavoices.com.
WILLMAR -- Rescuers donned wetsuits and safety harnesses Tuesday morning to salvage an unoccupied fish house that sank through the ice on Foot Lake. It's the last week in December, but the warm weather and lack of snow have led to ice conditions more typical of November or March. "Extreme caution" is what Brad Lindgren, chief deputy with the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, advises for anyone venturing out onto the ice. "What you think about normally in November, you have to still consider going into January," he said. A string of recent incidents has prompted authorities to urge Minnesotan
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WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Medical Association issued a strongly worded statement this week about "chickenpox parties," or playdates organized by parents to purposely expose their children to chickenpox in hopes of acquiring "natural" immunity by getting the disease. The so-called chickenpox parties put kids at risk and increase the risk of spreading the disease to other vulnerable people, the MMA said in a statement issued late Thursday. "There is no controversy about this among pediatricians and other physicians. The vaccine is far safer," said Dr.