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Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:38:50 -0600

 



Window blind cords still pose a deadly risk to children

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:02:22 -0600

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.(image)



Protecting your mental health during the holidays

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Our guests said it's OK to skip that holiday party and take time for yourself.(image)



'They threw us to the wind': Mayo closures rankle small towns

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0600

As Mayo closes or trims service at smaller clinics throughout its Minnesota health care network, some patients are concerned about getting to a doctor and are questioning the clinic's commitment to the people in its service area.(image)



Doubts rise about Sen. Collins' strategy to shore up insurance market

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 06:01:51 -0600

Even if the Republican from Maine can get her party to go along, her suggestions to bolster the individual insurance market may be too little, too late.(image)



Why your brain has trouble bailing out of a bad plan

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:49:00 -0600

Researchers say it takes a lot of brainpower to stop an action, once it's underway. A study found that when people have to change a planned movement, 11 different brain areas have to get involved.(image)



Here's what it looks like when you fry your eye in an eclipse

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:06:00 -0600

Most people seem to have heeded the warning not to look at August's total eclipse without eye protection. But an unlucky few suffered serious injury, and doctors could see changes at a cellular level.(image)



Nothing protects black women from dying in pregnancy and childbirth

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:25:36 -0600

Not education. Not income. Not even being an expert on racial disparities in health care.(image)



Even low-dose contraceptives slightly increase breast cancer risk

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:41:00 -0600

The absolute risk is very low. But low-dose formulations of birth control pills and other hormone-releasing contraceptives pose about the same risk to breasts as older formulations, a big study finds.(image)



UnitedHealth ventures deeper into patient care with $5B deal

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:13:16 -0600

UnitedHealth said that its Optum segment will buy the DaVita Medical Group from DaVita Inc. DaVita Medical Group runs nearly 300 primary and specialty care clinics in several states. It also operates urgent care and outpatient surgery centers.(image)



Congress lets funds expire for children's insurance program

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600

The state is now funding the Children's Health Insurance Program that helps Minnesota children who are on Medicaid and pregnant women.(image)



Small towns face a 'crisis' of aging water, sewer pipes

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Water and sewer pipes are reaching the end of their expected life spans in many places across Minnesota, and there's not enough state or federal funding to meet the needs -- especially for small cities.(image)



Dayton uses own cancer recovery to tout screening

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:34:51 -0600

"I'm a believer," Dayton says as he joins cancer survivors and other advocates of early detection programs in promoting the importance of getting tested for various cancers, especially those with elevated risk factors.(image)



CVS pushes into insurance with $69 billion Aetna bid

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 13:52:23 -0600

CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal that will help the drugstore chain provide more health care and keep a key client, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.(image)



State panel recommends limits on opioid prescribing

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:57:43 -0600

At least 376 Minnesotans were killed last year by opioids. A state working group has released guidelines for health professionals that may change how the painkillers are prescribed.(image)



FDA says 'stay!' ... away from 'bone treats'

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:17:00 -0600

In addition to guidance to avoid brittle chicken and turkey bones, the FDA says "bone treats," which they distinguish from uncooked butcher bones, can cause harm, sickness and sometimes death.(image)



Health care fallout: Fate of 8M low-income children in limbo

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 06:19:25 -0600

The Children's Health Insurance Program provides low-cost coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. But it has become caught up in a political stalemate over how to fund it.(image)



St. Paul cops to have opioid overdose antidote on hand

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:59:06 -0600

St. Paul police officers are learning how to use Narcan, the opioid overdose antidote.(image)



County attorneys in Minnesota sue opioid manufacturers, distributors

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:35:37 -0600

The group would try to recoup the government's cost of dealing with the addiction crisis from three distributors and more than a half dozen manufacturers.(image)



Minnesota OKs medical marijuana for autism, apnea

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:42:48 -0600

Starting in July, autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea will qualify as conditions eligible to be treated in Minnesota with medical cannabis, the state Health Department said Thursday.(image)



Fake drugs a major global problem, WHO reports

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:58:00 -0600

Fake, substandard and expired medications are sold everywhere, from Canadian websites to pharmacies in Niger. Controlling them, says the World Health Organization, will be no small feat.(image)