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Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:57:03 -0500


Chill out: Stress can override benefits of healthy eating

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:02:00 -0500

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. And a new study suggests stress can diminish the benefits of healthier food choices. But, experts say a range of strategies can help people cope with stress.(image)

Hallberg's Picture of Health: Chlamydia tops infectious disease list

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:56:15 -0500

The sexually transmitted disease chlamydia topped the list of infectious diseases reported to the state Department of Health last year.(image)

Legionnaires' disease cluster in Hopkins increases to 20 cases

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:15:10 -0500

The outbreak total is approaching a state record set in 1995.(image)

Medications can help people stop abusing alcohol, but many don't know that

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:54:00 -0500

It is still rare for a person struggling with alcohol abuse to be prescribed naltrexone or acamprosate, two medications that have been proven to help. Efforts are underway to change that.(image)

Expansion proposed for women's health services without a copay

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500

The list of preventive services that insurers would cover without a copay could grow to include mammograms for younger women and perhaps even vasectomies for men.(image)

Walking fends off disability, and it's not too late to start

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:18:00 -0500

Nobody wants to spend the last few decades of their lives in a wheelchair. People in their 70s and 80s recovered more quickly from physical setbacks if they remained active, a study finds.(image)

3 weeks into strike, nurses union and Allina resume contract talks

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500

A federal mediator called negotiators back to the bargaining table last week, but that doesn't mean the two sides are ready to cut a deal.(image)

War studies suggest a concussion leaves the brain vulnerable to PTSD

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:39:00 -0500

Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are far more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder if they have suffered a concussion. The reason may be a change in the brain's fear circuits.(image)

Analysis: Minnesota's record suicide numbers in 2015

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Suicide rates overall have increased by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to a CDC report.(image)

Deadly opioid overwhelms Ohio first responders, crime labs

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:35:00 -0500

Carfentanil, a potent variation on fentanyl, is being blamed for a wave of opioid overdoses. In Cincinnati, the coroner, crime lab and first responders are struggling to keep up.(image)

Mediator brings Allina, nurses back to the bargaining table

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:30:38 -0500

Thousands of nurses at five hospitals went on strike Sept. 5 after negotiations on a three-year contract broke off earlier this month. The contract expired June 1.(image)

As a GMO pillar wobbles, biotech companies promise new insect-killing genes

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:50:00 -0500

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.(image)

Who is responsible for that pile of poop?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:07:00 -0500

To stop open defecation, a U.N.-affiliated group takes villagers on a 'walk of shame.' But critics raise questions about the ethics of this approach.(image)

Are we reaching the end of the trend for longer, healthier lives?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:57:00 -0500

In the past 50 years, better medical care and healthier habits have greatly reduced the risk of dying young from heart disease. But the obesity epidemic threatens to reverse that happy trend.(image)

Minn. AG sues drug companies over opioid treatment

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:46:54 -0500

The Minnesota attorney general has joined dozens of other states in filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies accused of manipulating the market for a medication used to treat opioid addiction.(image)

U.N. pledges to fight antibiotic resistance in historic agreement

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0500

Drug resistance is no longer a matter of health. It could have massive implications for the world's economy and food supply.(image)

1 dead from Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Hopkins

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:09:48 -0500

A "quite elderly" person has died from the disease, which has sickened 14 people. State health officials say they're continuing to search for the source of the outbreak.(image)

Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $3 billion to end disease

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:04:55 -0500

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, want to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century.(image)

Breaking taboo, Swedish scientist seeks to edit DNA of healthy human embryos

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:07:00 -0500

A Swedish biologist wants to change the genes of healthy human embryos to find ways to treat infertility and other diseases. The experiments intensify ethical questions about genetic engineering.(image)

We really do get a little more Santa-like, physically, during the holidays

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:12:00 -0500

All that holiday grubbing does indeed pack on the pounds. How much? Researchers tracked the weights of 3,000 people in Germany, Japan and the U.S. and found a weight spike after every major holiday.(image)