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Sheila M. Eldred

Minneapolis

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As a freelance journalist specializing in health, sports, and fitness, Sheila Mulrooney Eldred writes about everything from deadly diseases to elite athletes, including superbugs, the human brain, opioids, ticks and laughter yoga. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News and other publications. She explores Minnesota's mountain bike, ski and running trails in her free time.

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Where Interpreters Are Scarce, Immigrant Health Care Is Lost in Translation

Long before he began studying for a career in health care, Marlon Munoz performed one of the most sensitive roles in the field: Delivering diagnoses to patients. As an informal interpreter between English-speaking doctors and his Spanish-speaking family and friends, Marlon knew well the burden that comes with the job.
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They’re out in the woods picking up ticks — on purpose

It’s a picture-perfect summer day in the woods of central Minnesota: 71 degrees, humidity around 73 percent, sunshine dappling the trees and glinting off glimpses of the Mississippi River. But as five scientists pull on white painter suits and start duct-taping the cuffs to their hiking boots, no one is certain if the conditions will be ideal enough to complete their task for the day: catching about 300 ticks, both adults and 150 nymphs.
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Demystifying the Tick

Bobbi Pritt has decorated her office at the Mayo Clinic with ticks and parasites—none currently alive, at least not that she knows—in a conspicuously cheerful style. If that characterization seems impossible, then you’ve probably never seen a football-sized plush tick—or met Bobbi Pritt. On a recent day just before tick season, she shows off the stuffie, grabbing it with a pair of tweezers the size of a fire hydrant.
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Prince’s Family Sues Hospital That Treated His First Opioid Overdose

Days after the authorities in Minnesota announced that no one would be criminally charged in the 2016 overdose death of Prince, his next of kin are suing an Illinois hospital that treated the singer for an opioid overdose the week before his fatal incident, according to a suit filed on Monday. Prince’s family, under the name of a trustee, Michael A.
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A health advocate’s crusade to end skin lightening

Karmel Square is a hub of the Somali community here, a colorful, cheerfully noisy hodgepodge of vendors and restaurants unofficially known as the Somali Mall. Amira Adawe stops by often to buy tea and chat in Somali with friends and relatives wearing hijabs and flowing, floor-length skirts. They greet her with smiles and hugs, and she calls them “auntie.” Her visits are more than social, however. The public health advocate scans market shelves for skin lightening creams that may contain harmful toxins — tubes and jars sold under names such as Fair & Lovely, Prime White, and Miss Beauty 7 Days White.
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Prince’s Overdose Death Results in No Criminal Charges

No one will be criminally charged in the 2016 death of Prince by accidental fentanyl overdose, law enforcement authorities in Minnesota announced on Thursday, saying that they could not determine who had provided the powerful drug that killed him. The musician had been struggling with a dependence on painkillers and most likely believed he was taking Vicodin, which does not contain fentanyl, the Carver County attorney, Mark Metz, said in a news conference.
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Walker Art Center’s Reckoning With ‘Scaffold’ Isn’t Over Yet

Olga Viso, executive director of the Walker Art Center. Matthew Hintz for The New York Times. The wooden remnants of “Scaffold,” the gallows-like sculpture that created so much controversy at the Walker Art Center this summer, will soon be buried in symbolic fashion. But the museum, one of the nation’s top contemporary art institutions, is still reckoning with the fallout and with questions about decision making.
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The Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering

In the days and months following the 2016 presidential campaign, Sarah Stocco of St. Paul threw herself into civic activities: calling her congressional representatives, attending postcard-writing parties, joining a neighborhood political action committee. Since the election of Donald Trump, volunteering and civic engagement have increased both in the Twin Cities and nationwide, says Mark Snyder, director of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota.
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Fake news: How not to fall for it

A 7-year-old recently found a picture of President Donald Trump on the internet and gazed at it indignantly. “Look how stupid he is!”. she said to her dad, pointing to the image. The photo showed Trump writing his inaugural speech — with his pen turned upside down. Of course, the image was not the original photograph.
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In an era of fake news, students must act like journalists

When students sign up for oceanography at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, Calif., many can’t wait to discuss mermaids and monster sharks. They are quickly chagrined to learn that neither actually exists. “People come in with hard-core misconceptions that come right off the internet or TV,” says teacher Dan Perreault.
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Lyme Disease Is Spreading, Partly Because of This Mouse

Black-legged ticks in forests of the Northeast and Midwest have a variety of options for the three blood meals they consume in their lifetime: In their earlier stages, the ticks feed on at least 41 species of mammals, from chipmunks to black bears, plus 57 species of birds and 14 species of lizards. In adulthood, they will hop onto at least 27 species of mammals and one type of lizard.
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Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids

Four revolutionary school programs are teaching kids how to take care of their physical, social, and emotional health. A few minutes of breathing mindfully before a test in a San Francisco high school. Studying a leaf of Swiss chard picked fresh from a school garden in Detroit. A jog around a track before the school day begins in Bowling Green, Ky.
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Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia's School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two kids. Click on the resume icon to read more about her career.