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Published: Wed, 24 May 2017 08:33:17 -0500


Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:15:19 -0500

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney appears Wednesday before the House Budget panel while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will testify at the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.(image)

Study finds 20 percent of children in fatal car crashes were improperly restrained

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:03:00 -0500

A review of child deaths after fatal car crashes found wide variations by state and region, and suggests state authorities could radically decrease child deaths by changing traffic safety laws.(image)

Skipping the measles vaccine is easy in Minnesota

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Despite pushes to tighten state vaccine policy, state lawmakers have shown little inclination to change anything.(image)

State tightens guidelines for PFCs in drinking water

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:19:26 -0500

The new state standards are significantly tougher than federal Environmental Protection Agency standards.(image)

Nacho cheese sauce tainted with botulism kills California man

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:45:00 -0500

An outbreak of botulism caused by nacho cheese sauce from a gas station has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California.(image)

GOP bill could undercut some coverage in job-based insurance

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

If states opted to change so-called essential health benefits, as the current health care bill allows, out-of-pocket spending limits and caps on coverage in large group insurance plans could weaken.(image)

Pediatricians advise no fruit juice until kids are 1

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:02:01 -0500

Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.(image)

Tips for staying healthy when traveling abroad

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Two travel tips are often overlooked by clinicians, and can be especially helpful when people are headed to places with less-than-ideal plumbing and sewage systems.(image)

If raw fruits or veggies give you a tingly mouth, it's a real syndrome

Mon, 22 May 2017 03:51:00 -0500

Pollen allergies can trigger allergic reactions to fruits and vegetables. The condition -- known as Oral Allergy Syndrome -- can come on suddenly and often goes undiagnosed.(image)

As GOP tarries on health bill, funding for children's health languishes

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The delay in coming up with a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is making it hard for Congress to reauthorize funding for health care for 9 million children through the popular CHIP program.(image)

Why brain scientists are still obsessed with the curious case of Phineas Gage

Sun, 21 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.(image)

Doctors worry as Texas lawmakers OK vaccine restrictions

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:35:01 -0500

Vaccination critics are trying to build a foothold in Texas, and the state's Republican-controlled House has now signed off on prohibiting doctors from administering any immediate immunizations.(image)

Italy makes 12 vaccines mandatory for school-age children

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:20:16 -0500

The new measures followed an intense public debate over vaccines after a measles outbreak and political sniping over accusations that the populist 5-Star movement had emboldened anti-vaccine advocates.(image)

Fact check: 'We don't have health care in this country,' Trump says

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:05:00 -0500

The president said on Thursday the Affordable Care Act is "dead. It's gone." The Senate is considering repeal legislation passed by the House, but Obamacare isn't faring as badly as Trump suggests.(image)

States, including Minnesota, make move in fight over health care reform

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:58:49 -0500

Democratic attorneys general in more than a dozen states announced Thursday they would attempt to intervene in a federal lawsuit that threatens to undercut funding for the Affordable Care Act.(image)

Families endure pain, seek justice as sons' alleged pusher stands trial

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:38:16 -0500

The Minneapolis murder trial of a woman accused of selling heroin to two men who died of overdoses highlights the struggles of people addicted to heroin and the toll it takes on families and friends.(image)

Is 'internet addiction' real?

Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.(image)

Early spring brings out ticks ahead of schedule

Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Minnesota averages more than 1,500 cases of tick borne diseases each year, and infections are on the rise.(image)

The dental crisis across Minnesota and the country

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Minnesota will lose federal funding if the state doesn't provide better access to dental care for low-income children.(image)

Feds file another suit against UnitedHealth, detailing allegations of fraud

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:42:04 -0500

Justice Department attorneys contend UnitedHealth engaged in a subterfuge since at least 2005 that gave the Minnetonka-based company over $1 billion in payments to which it was not entitled.(image)