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Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:31:11 -0500


One-fourth of U.S. cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:48:20 -0500

Lung, throat, stomach, liver, colon, pancreas and kidney cancers were among those included in the study, along with leukemia.(image)

Allina nurses settlement could embolden hospitals

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Labor analysts say Allina's victory will shape other nursing contract negotiations.(image)

No Snapchat in the bedroom? An online tool to manage kids' media use

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:03:00 -0500

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.(image)

Lawmakers question price hikes for leukemia drug

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:35:00 -0500

The pharmaceutical company Ariad raised the price of a leukemia drug multiple times during a four-year period even as reports of serious cardiovascular side effects mounted.(image)

Documentarian Ken Burns working on film about Mayo Clinic

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:45:21 -0500

The film for PBS will chronicle the history of the medical institution and is expected to air in the fall of 2018.(image)

American Academy Of Pediatrics lifts 'no screens under 2' rule

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:05:00 -0500

A new policy statement says kids as young as 15 months can learn from media when a caregiver is present and involved.(image)

IQ2 debate: Is "Big Pharma" to blame for rising health care costs?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

An Intelligence Squared debate on the motion: "Is 'Big Pharma' to blame for rising health care costs?"(image)

Chile's president wants to ease abortion ban, but opponents push back

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:17:00 -0500

Chile, one of the few countries that does not permit abortions under any circumstances, may amend its law to allow it in cases such as rape. But the measure is facing opposition from conservatives.(image)

STD infections rise to new highs after states close health clinics

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:33:00 -0500

The CDC reports a sharp rise in infections of sexually transmitted diseases, and says lack of funding for state and local health clinics that help prevent spread of the diseases is a key factor.(image)

Fall enrollment efforts could be pivotal for federal health law

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:35:00 -0500

Federal health officials expect the number of people who buy health plans on state and federal exchanges to grow by 1 million people for 2017, though premiums are going up, too.(image)

Don't look now! How your devices hurt your productivity

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:32:00 -0500

Our tendency to respond immediately to email and texts gets in the way of high-level thinking, a neuroscientist says. Want to be more productive at work? Turn off most tech, at least part of the day.(image)

7 insurers alleged to have discriminated against HIV patients

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:20:00 -0500

The plans sought to discourage costly HIV patients by not including their drugs on approved lists or by requiring substantial cost sharing, a Harvard Law School group says in federal complaints.(image)

Hallberg's Picture of Health: Mixing politics and medicine

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:36:14 -0500

When everyone's talking about the election, is the clinic a politics-free zone?(image)

UnitedHealth raises 2016 forecast, again

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:46:12 -0500

UnitedHealth Group has hiked its 2016 earnings forecast again after its profit swelled 23 percent to nearly $2 billion in the third quarter, helped by gains both in and outside its core insurance business.(image)

How gaps in mental health care play out in emergency rooms

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:18:00 -0500

Psychiatric patients have longer ER stays than patients with physical problems, research shows, and have trouble finding inpatient care and follow-up treatment. Kids can be among the hardest hit.(image)

St. Cloud youth center fined for head-banging incidents

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:28:20 -0500

The Department of Human Services says that "daily and persistent" head-banging at St. Cloud Children's Home took place in May and resulted in multiple concussions, facial injuries and head trauma.(image)

Flu season officially begins in Minnesota

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Flu activity is light, but public health officials urge vaccination now because cases could surge at any time.(image)

Brain implant restores sense of touch to paralyzed man

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:19:00 -0500

A mind-controlled robotic arm has pressure sensors in each fingertip that send signals directly to a paralyzed man's brain. It's still experimental, but could eventually help thousands, engineers say.(image)

After weeks on strike, Allina nurses approve new contract

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:16:39 -0500

More than 4,000 Allina nurses return to work as soon as this weekend after ratifying a new contract Thursday.(image)

How significant is the latest Alzheimer's research

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:37:57 -0500

A new insight into how a natural enzyme affects memory-loss in mice is getting a lot of attention for what it might mean for humans with Alzheimer's disease(image)