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Some ND Facilities Received Products Linked to Meningitis

October 30, 2012

Six North Dakota pharmacies or clinics have received products from the New England Compounding Company, which has produced medications associated with a meningitis outbreak in the United States.

Kirby Kruger, director of the division of disease control for the North Dakota Department of Health, said the department has notified these facilities to inform them of new updated Food and Drug Administration recommendations.

Although all products from NECC have been recalled, not all of the NECC products sent to North Dakota facilities are subject to the new FDA guidance.

Radon Levels High in State

October 30, 2012

North Dakota is one of only two states in the entire nation that is rated a zone one for radon risk, according to Marcie Bata, director of environmental health at Central Valley Health District. In conjunction with Home Indoor Air Quality Month, state and local health officials are urging North Dakota residents to test their homes for radon and to fix any radon problems that are discovered.

“Each year, (radon) is estimated to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States,” Bata said, adding that in can happen 5 to 25 years after exposure.

VC Robotics Club Rallies at Competition

October 30, 2012

Area students recently competed in A BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology), robotics competition at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The Valley City robotics team, whose members call themselves the Hi-Linerds, took home prizes that included first place for “Most Robust Robot,” first place for “Mentor of the Year,” second place for their robot, third place for their engineering notebook, and third place overall. The club’s second place distinction earned it a spot in the Regional BEST competition in Fargo in December.

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