Bed bug basics from UofM Extension

What is a bed bug? Bed bugs are small insects and can be very hard to see. Adult bed bugs are flat, oval and reddish-brown in color, about the size of an apple seed. Juvenile bed bugs can be very small, and hard to see.

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Nap time

I've noticed that I consistently get groggy, unfocused, and even irritable six or seven hours from the time I woke up that morning.

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E-cigarettes, triclosan and MNsure issues aired as House passes HHS policy bill

A potential ban on cleaning products containing triclosan, an anti-bacterial ingredient, opened the debate on the omnibus health and human services policy bill Monday before the House passed the over 200-page bill 86-46.

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MN VIDEOS | Make it OK: Building support

Kitty speaks out about her daughter's mental illness and builds a community of support.

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MN VIDEOS | Make it OK: New Perspective on mental illness

Looking at her mental illness differently reveals a new perspective for Janet Ruth.

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MN VIDEOS | Make it OK: Parents and mental illness

Parents face unique challenges when their child experiences mental illness.

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MN VIDEOS | Make it OK: Talk about it

Adam finds strength and hope by talking about his son's mental illness experience.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | New immigrants face greater mercury exposure

I’m writing to express my concern as someone who did research on the issue of skin-lightening practice, and as a student in the School of Public Health at University of Minnesota. I’m disappointed to learn that both City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Hennepin County Public Health Department have not yet developed health education awareness that focuses on educating the Somali community, particularly women and children, on exposure to high levels of inorganic mercury from the skin-lightening products. Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the U.S. — 32,000, and more than half do live in City of Minneapolis.

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All hands on deck for health equity

  • Where do African-American and American Indian infants in Minnesota die at twice the rate of white infants in their first year of life?
  • Where are African-American and Latina women more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage breast cancer?
  • Where are poverty rates for children two times higher for Asians, three times higher for Latinos, four times as high for American Indians, and almost five times as high for African-Americans than for white children?
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Should family caregivers have protected status? Conferees discuss Women's Economic Security Act provision

Rep. Carly Melin and Senate President Sandy Pappas listen as legislative staff do a side-by-side comparison of HF2536*/SF2050, the so-called “Women’s Economic Security Act,” during an April 29 meeting of the conference committee. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

If you’re a family caregiver should you be protected against discrimination in the workplace? This is the question the conference committee on the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) seeks to answer as it considers expanding protected classes within the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

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