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Staying safe during upcoming heat wave

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Dangerous heat waves are affecting much of the United States, and Minnesota is bracing for a hot couple of days.

With excessive heat warnings covering most of the state, there are several dangers and safety concerns to consider.

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New study suggests prenatal vitamins are not worth the money

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For years, pregnant women have been advised to take prenatal vitamins in order to ensure proper growth and nutrition of the fetus.

However, a recent report by the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin says that prenatal vitamins are an unnecessary expense and are not as effective as doctors have made them seem.  

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6 tips for dogs and fireworks this Fourth of July

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For most Americans, the Fourth of July is a time for fun, celebration and laughter. However, for our furry four-legged pets, the holiday can be a time of high stress and anxiety.

According to a recent article by the New York Times, at least 40 percent of dogs experience noise anxiety, which is most prevalent during the summer.

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Big cats, clean teeth thanks to veterinary anesthesiologists

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Just like people, big cats need to maintain teeth health too. But keeping their teeth healthy is easier said than done. To ensure that dentists can safely clean and fix the animal’s teeth, an experienced anesthesiology team is essential.

Recently, the anesthesiologists at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center volunteered their services to help dentists care for the rescued large cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone Minnesota.

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Pharmacists bridge gap between mental health care and primary health care systems

A 53-year-old man from northern Minnesota had been seeing his mental health doctor for years, but never received care from a primary care doctor. When the man noticed heart-related side effects from his medications, it was time for him to seek primary care. But since he had never seen a primary care doctor in his lifetime, the process of setting up an appointment, sitting in the waiting room and seeing a new doctor was overwhelming.

Mark Schneiderhan, Pharm.D., a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, and an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy in Duluth, says the process of going to a primary care doctor can prevent mentally ill patients from seeking primary care, an essential piece to their overall health care.

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