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Published: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:15:35 -0600


Minnesota lawmakers launch overdose death prevention legislation

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:38:42 -0600

Two lawmakers are spearheading a package of legislation they're calling the "opioid reform act," which includes five different bills aimed at different part of the opioid epidemic.(image)

Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:48:26 -0600

Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found.(image)

Health insurance woes add to the risky business of farming

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:00:20 -0600

There are many challenges to farming: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored: health care costs.(image)

The next pandemic could be dripping on your head

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:10:00 -0600

Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.(image)

Can poetry keep you young? Science is still out, but the heart says yes

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:03:00 -0600

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.(image)

Got back pain? Try yoga or massage before reaching for pills

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:02:00 -0600

New guidelines encourage doctors to tell patients to try non-drug therapies for acute lower back pain first.(image)

GOP leaders urge return to 'high-risk insurance pools' that critics call costly

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:43:00 -0600

Some Republicans in Congress say they could partly fix the federal health law by again separating people who buy insurance into two categories -- sick and healthy. Critics say it won't save money.(image)

UnitedHealth's Medicare business draws federal scrutiny

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:21:57 -0600

A whistleblower lawsuit contends Twin Cities-based UnitedHealth and other insurers have ripped off Medicare for hundreds of millions of dollars. The Justice Department is joining the suit, but UnitedHealth says it's done nothing wrong.(image)

McConnell intends to replace 'Obamacare' without Democrats

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:52:51 -0600

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans intend to overhaul health care and the tax code this year without Democratic help.(image)

As presidents live longer, doctors debate whether to test for dementia

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:05:00 -0600

The true health of politicians has likely been cloaked in secrecy since the days of Mesopotamian kings, but definitely since the Wilson administration. Has the time come to test presidents' cognition?(image)

Twin tragedies give survivor a new face at Mayo Clinic

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:36:52 -0600

Two men were rugged outdoorsmen and both just 21 when they decided to kill themselves: One survived but with a face almost destroyed by a gunshot; the other man died.(image)

Republican health care proposal would cover fewer low-income families

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:36:00 -0600

The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.(image)

State report shows slight uptick in reportable hospital errors

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:13:04 -0600

The annual "adverse events" report also showed that patient deaths due to medical mistakes declined last year.(image)

GOP lawmakers grope for consensus on remaking health law

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:06:15 -0600

Leading Republicans said conflict remained, and the details and timing of how the GOP will deliver on its long-promised replacement of President Barack Obama's law went unanswered.(image)

For food manufacturers, 'sell by' labels may have reached their expiration date

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:21:00 -0600

Those "expiration" labels on packaged food may confuse consumers and dupe them into throwing good food in the trash. Two major food industry associations want to change that and are proposing reforms.(image)

Broad Institute wins big battle over CRISPR gene-editing patent

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:31:00 -0600

CRISPR technology is already worth billions of dollars, investors say. This ruling seems to affirm the biggest piece of the pie goes to the Broad, over patent rival University of California, Berkeley.(image)

Fact check: Trump's iffy grasp of autism research

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:01:47 -0600

Donald Trump in the past has promoted debunked theories linking vaccines to autism, and shortly before his inauguration was considering a commission on the matter. Such comments have alarmed health professionals.(image)

New autism research from the U of M could lead to early detection

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:01:00 -0600

A 12-year study isolated changes in the brains of children who later developed autism. Using MRI scans, researchers were able to predict the diagnosis in a small group of high-risk children.(image)

Trump administration ushers in changes to Obama health law

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:27:32 -0600

The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to help calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama's health law less burdensome for some people.(image)

The perplexing psychology of saving for health care

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Even many people eligible for a Health Savings Account who have extra cash to contribute to one don't do it. Therapists say that's partly because nobody wants to admit they will get old or sick.(image)