Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sterilization: U.S. controls birth of ‘undesirables’

When you hear something like sterilization, you think of Nazi Germany concentration camps, or the infamous Tuskegee experiments. And you are stunned that it can go on in the U.S., that bastion of forward-thinking, wonderfully humane civilization. You don’t want to believe it, but, sure enough it is documented that female inmates have been sterilized in California without required legal sanctioning, often by pressuring these women into undergoing the procedure. Despite that California State lawmakers banned such practices in 1979. The Center for Investigative Reporting, in July, related that ”doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals.” They received, against prison regulations, tubal ligations. Continue Reading →

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What is ­­­­­sickle cell disease and why should I care about it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a serious blood disease that produces pain, anemia, infections, and blood vessel blockages that can cause damage and death to organs downstream. Sickle cell disease occurs most often in African Americans and Hispanics in the United States. Sickle cell disease affects millions of people worldwide. People with African, Spanish, Mediterranean, and Indian ancestry are at increased risk. Approximately 120,000 infants are born with sickle cell disease every year. Continue Reading →

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Antibiotic resistance called ‘urgent public health issue’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State health officials have joined their counterparts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in calling attention to the threat of antibiotic resistance as a critical public health and patient care and safety issue. CDC released its report today that describes antimicrobial resistance accounting for two million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States. In addition, illness caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile, which is associated with antibiotic use, accounts for 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths nationally. CDC estimates that up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not prescribed appropriately. Minnesota has long been in the forefront of identifying and addressing antibiotic resistance threats, said Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield. Continue Reading →

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Laughing to keep from crying

Have you ever wondered why someone is always playing around? You know, someone who never seems to be serious about anything, that cousin, friend or sibling you have that just can’t stop clowning. Is it just plain annoying? Or have you ever been in a down mood and needed a good laugh from a movie or TV show? By now, many have heard the saying, “I guess one must laugh to keep from crying.”

Why is that? Continue Reading →

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Minnesota joins national observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Mark Dayton has declared Sept. 22 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Minnesota, making Minnesota among 47 states joining the national Falls Free Initiative to raise awareness of falls on the first day of fall, and ways to prevent falls in the older adult population. This year’s theme,  “Preventing Falls — One Step at a Time,” calls on professionals, older adults, caregivers and family members to help prevent falls, which are the leading cause of injuries requiring hospitalization or treatment and injury-related deaths in Minnesota. The vast majority of these injuries occur among older adults. Older Minnesotans experienced more than 32,000 falls in 2010, causing 690 fatalities and estimated medical costs of more than $275 million, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

JXTALICIOUS -Last of Summer Happy Hour

Friday, Sept. 27, 6-9 pm • JXTA Artists’ Cooperative at 1108 W. Broadway. Mpls.• Join the 1108 Artists in a late summer studio crawl. Stroll through nine artist studios while enjoying refreshments by Tabota Seyon of Right on Thyme Catering. Check out our spaces and learn about the diversity of art forms represented in the co-op. Continue Reading →

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Vikings’ latest loss comes at high cost — for the team and fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reporter normally people watches at sporting events, and attending my first Minnesota Vikings game in this century Sunday, I caught more than two eyefuls: Nordic flag waving, horn wearing and other pagan-like rituals. One man wore an “I Bleed Purple” shirt, and a very obviously pregnant woman fed her unborn child by guzzling beer as she walked to her seat. Meanwhile, a row of knuckleheads stood pretty much the entire game and blocked my field vision — all except three wore Adrian Peterson jerseys, but mostly all were decked head to toe in purple. The only thing missing was a human or animal sacrifice — but I can’t be 100 percent certain that didn’t take place, especially after the home team’s third

straight defeat of the 2013 season. Before the game, I spent about an hour walking in the dome’s concourse in search of Black fans. Continue Reading →

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Browns upset Vikings 31-27!

It was not supposed to end like this, not the final season of Vikings football at Mall of America Field (the Metrodome), which opened in 1982. The Cleveland Browns traded away their best player, running back Trent Richardson, mid-week to the Indianapolis Colts for the Colts number-one 2014 NFL Draft pick. Big trades are rare indeed during an NFL season. In fact, I can remember only one when the Vikings traded six players and six draft picks to Dallas for Herschel Walker. The deal gave the impression that the Browns had given up on 2013 and would come to Minneapolis and get spanked by the hungry Vikings. Continue Reading →

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MSR celebrates Minnesota’s Black businesses

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Founded in 1934 by Cecil E. Newman, the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder (MSR) this summer entered its 79th year of publishing the state’s oldest Black weekly newspaper. Tracey Williams-Dillard, granddaughter of Newman, is currently the CEO of Minnesota’s oldest Black-owned business. “He started the newspaper [in the Twin Cities] because when he was in Kansas City, he saw how African Americans were being mistreated, and he knew he needed to do

writings to help his people,” recalls Williams-Dillard of her late grandfather. “Unfortunately the times in Kansas City were so rough for Black people that the opportunity for him to start a newspaper [there] was not going to be too great, so he moved to Minnesota. At the time he started his newspaper here in 1934, there still was almost as much discrimination here as it was in Kansas City.” Over the years, the MSR has profiled and advertised many Black businesses, telling the stories of those that have failed, those that have ended after years of success and those that are thriving today. Continue Reading →

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Ken Davis: the face of success for Minnesota Black business

Grandmother’s recipe generates millions of dollars across the Midwest
 

First in a muli-part series
 
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

After Ken Davis closed his take-out restaurant in Edina after owning it for a year, he physically took his homemade barbecue sauce on the road to local supermarkets to sell it. “There was more than one discouraging word” when Davis made his decision to market his sauce, recalls Barbara Davis. “We did receive lots of discouraging words. It was hard to market barbecue sauce. [Some] people said they don’t eat barbecue sauce – it’s like eating hot sauce to them and they weren’t interested.”

Her late husband’s bio on www.ken davis-bbq.com says that the discouragers included the Small Business Administration that “thought he was crazy,” and banks and financiers resisted his requests as well. Continue Reading →

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