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Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:15:30 -0500


AG Swanson encourages Minnesotans to get rid of unwanted painkillers, other meds

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:11:13 -0500

More than 90 law enforcement agencies at 114 locations will collect unwanted painkillers and other medications as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.(image)

Hennepin County measles outbreak jumps to 20 kids

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:50:48 -0500

State health officials are asking parents and health care providers to be vigilant for symptoms now that 20 cases of measles have been confirmed among children in Minnesota's Somali community.(image)

What's happening to federal funding for women's health?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:01:51 -0500

President Trump just signed a new order on Title X funding. Here's what that means for women's health.(image)

For Sonny Knight, cancer diagnosis is a moment of reckoning

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:53:56 -0500

The soul singer is taking stock of his life while getting treatment.(image)

Is it time for hearing aids to be sold over the counter?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:28:00 -0500

About 35 million Americans suffer some hearing loss, but most don't do anything about it. There's a growing effort to make hearing aids easier and cheaper to buy.(image)

Opioids killed 35 Minnesotans in April 2016. Only 1 was named Prince

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The Minnesota music icon's death last year shocked the world. But opioids cost dozens of other Minnesotans their lives that same month. Their stories are equally compelling, and sad. Here are a few.(image)

Doctor's arrest brings attention to U.S. female circumcisions

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:53:12 -0500

The recent arrest of a Michigan doctor accused of performing the procedure on two girls from a Shiite Muslim sect highlights how female genital mutilation is alive and well in parts of the Western world.(image)

Chew on this for Earth Day: how our diets affect the planet

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0500

The foods we choose to put on our plates -- or toss away - could have more of an ecological impact than many of us realize.(image)

Will climate change help ticks and mosquitoes spread disease?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:53:00 -0500

The disease-spreading bugs are creeping north in the states. But will they bring diseases like Lyme and Zika with them?(image)

Minnesota gets $5.4M federal grant for fighting opioid addiction

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:01:04 -0500

"We're looking at a no-holds-barred effort to improve what we are able to do in Minnesota when it comes to treatment and recovery," Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said.(image)

Vegan cookbooks spill the beans about aquafaba, the eggless egg white

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:33:00 -0500

The discovery that the liquid from canned beans can be whipped into an egg white substitute has taken the vegan world by storm. Now DIY recipes are being codified into cookbooks.(image)

GOP plan to trim insurance benefits might not tame premiums

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500

House Republicans are taking another stab at replacing the Affordable Care Act. But industry analysts say cutting required coverage won't meet their goal of lowering premiums for individual insurance.(image)

Don't give kids cough syrup or pain meds that contain codeine, FDA says

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:55:00 -0500

The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.(image)

Vaccine fears driving measles outbreak among Somalis in Hennepin Co.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:20:42 -0500

Public health officials, hospitals and clinics are taking extra precautions as the outbreak continues spreading.(image)

New GOP health proposal could ditch protections for people who are sick

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:21:00 -0500

The proposal allows states to put people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools and get rid of minimum health benefits for health insurance plans if they choose.(image)

Gonorrhea, syphilis, drug-related infections jumped last year in Minn.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:33:50 -0500

Minnesota's health commissioner called the rise in sexually transmitted diseases "alarming" and warned of a trend in STD cases among drug users, particularly those using heroin, prescription opiates and methamphetamine.(image)

What country spends the most (and least) on health care per person?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:26:00 -0500

A new report looks at data from 184 countries. And raises the question: Does more spending lead to better health outcomes?(image)

The origins of 4/20, marijuana's high holiday

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:53:20 -0500

Recreational pot is now allowed in eight states and the nation's capital. For activists, a changed national political climate threatens to slow or undermine their cause.(image)

Minnesota girl in mutilation case allowed back with parents

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:23:42 -0500

A Minnesota girl who prosecutors say was taken to Michigan for a genital mutilation procedure has been allowed to return to her parents.(image)

2 more cases bring Minnesota measles outbreak to 11

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:38:07 -0500

Nine of the confirmed cases are in the Somali-Minnesotan community, where vaccination rates for measles are much lower than in the general population. The first cases were reported on Thursday.(image)