Health & Environment

Threshold: Season 2

Mar 22, 2019

March 24 at 5pm:

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of planet, and that has big consequences for all of us. But satellite images of melting sea ice don't begin to tell the whole story. Four million people live in the Arctic, and they’ve been dealing with the effects of climate change for decades. Hear from these people in a pivotal moment — when the ground is literally shifting beneath their feet.

Threshold: Season 2

Feb 15, 2019

February 3, 17, 24, and March 3 at 5pm:

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of planet, and that has big consequences for all of us. But satellite images of melting sea ice don't begin to tell the whole story. Four million people live in the Arctic, and they’ve been dealing with the effects of climate change for decades. Hear from these people in a pivotal moment — when the ground is literally shifting beneath their feet.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum has recommended a one percent funding increase for North Dakota's nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

But the North Dakota Long Term Care Association will be asking the 2019 Legislature for a three percent increase.

The association said while it appreciates Burgum's recommendation of a one percent increase in funding for nursing homes – after three years of no increases – it isn’t enough to retain and attract staff. Association president Shelly Peterson told reporters the 1 percent is a starting point.

Reclamation change at Falkirk mine

Dec 11, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

There’s been a change in reclamation plans for a portion of the Falkirk Mine.

It involves 387 acres of land. Falkirk ended mining on that acreage in 1994. A portion of the area was developed as a “fly-ash” disposal facility, to be used by Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station power plant. Another part of the land would have been developed as fish and wildlife habitat, as a buffer between the fly ash pit and farmland.

But something changed.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota’s coal reclamation and abandoned mine programs are again getting high marks from the federal Office of Surface Mining.

The programs are part of the state Public Service Commission. OSM called the programs “very effective” – and said North Dakota does well with a small staff.

"We're able to get the coal out and put the land back, in a really effective way," said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. She said this is by design.

The president of the North Dakota Farmers Union is concerned about depression – and suicide – in farm country.

Mark Watne said he’s been talking to a number of groups – including NDSU Extension – about the issue. Watne said low commodity prices, coupled with what he called a “challenging” harvest and trade disputes, have been having an impact on farmers’ attitudes.

Medical marijuana dispensaries have been selected for Bismarck and Fargo.

The state Health Department said Harvest of Bismarck and Acreage North Dakota of Fargo will now be registering as dispensaries.  State law says as many as 8 dispensaries will be chosen. The application period for the Grand Forks and Williston regions is open until October 10th, and the others will be open for applications in January.

UND

UND, NDSU, the University of South Dakota and a consortium of hospitals in the Dakotas have received a $20.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The grant is to help counter high rates of certain cancers in this region. It is a 5-year grant.

UND medical school associate dean Marc Basson is the principal investigator for the grant. He said it was important to have the hospitals be a part of this – because there often is a gap between research and how it translates to patient care.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota’s pharmacists are getting involved in screening patients for potential opioid abuse or overdose.

NDSU’s Pharmacy School and the state Pharmacists Association have rolled out what is being called “One RX.” The “One” stands for Opioid and Nalaxone Education.

The new program will give pharmacists a screening tool – a form, for patients to fill out, that will allow them to assess a patient’s potential to misuse or overdose on prescription opioids.

Cases of West Nile Virus increasing in ND

Aug 9, 2018

The North Dakota Health Department is reporting a steep rise in the number of reported West Nile Virus cases over the past week.

"We're actually up to 18 human cases," said epidemiologist Jenny Galbraith. "That's a 14 case increase from the previous week."

Galbraith said three people have been hospitalized so far with the virus. She said the cases are spread across the state.

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