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Published: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:56:34 -0600


Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson's disease

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:48:00 -0600

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, 76, released the news in what he called an update "on my health and the future."(image)

Mental health and Minnesota's criminal justice system

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:47:42 -0600

Most Minnesotans think that mental health care is on the right track in the state, but how about mental health care in the criminal justice system?(image)

What if we treated gun violence like a public health crisis?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:58:00 -0600

The law restricts a major government public health agency's research into gun violence, which kills or injures more people than many other infectious diseases.(image)

Ground Level: Minnesotans love their health care, but not all is well

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Minnesotans feel mostly positive about the state's health care system, but that confidence ebbs when the questions turn to mental health. That's a key finding from Ground Level, an MPR News project using public opinion surveys to guide reporting.(image)

Children's hospice will offer kids and families peace, rest and hope

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600

The founder of Crescent Cove, Minnesota's first independent hospice for children and young adults, says the U.S. has only two facilities like it.(image)

Half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:40:00 -0600

High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups. The change means an additional 14 percent of U.S. adults have the problem.(image)

Most elder abuse allegations aren't investigated

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:25:23 -0600

In 2016, 25,226 allegations of abuse in state licensed homes for the elderly were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. Ninety-seven percent of those allegations, which ranged from theft to serious injury, were never investigated.(image)

Supreme Court takes on case about free speech and abortion

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:27:00 -0600

Does a California law violate the Constitution by requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform clients about free or low-cost abortion and contraception services?(image)

What are we learning about how to treat PTSD?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:26:33 -0600

The University of Minnesota is researching resilience and post traumatic stress disorder. Brian Engdahl, professor of neuroscience and psychology, shared what they've found.(image)

Women less likely to get CPR from bystanders, study suggests

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:56:02 -0600

Researchers think that reluctance to touch a woman's chest in public might be one reason.(image)

In the age of legalization, talking to kids about marijuana gets tougher

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 04:01:20 -0600

Now that recreational marijuana use in California and other states is legal for adults and marketers are ramping up ads, youth drug educators fear that kids may think it's safe for them to light up.(image)

Mysterious radioactive cloud over Europe hints at accident farther east

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:05:00 -0600

Ruthenium-106, an artificial isotope, was detected in early October and is now gone. European safety officials say it poses no health risk to residents and that it might have come from Russia.(image)

Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:57:09 -0600

Sixteen months after transplant surgery gave Andy Sandness the face that had belonged to Calen "Rudy" Ross, he met the woman who had agreed to donate her high school sweetheart's visage to a man who lived nearly a decade without one.(image)

How to protect yourself from infection when you go to the hospital

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:35:07 -0600

How do infections spread in our healthcare facilities, and what can patients do to protect themselves?(image)

Genetically altered skin saves boy dying of a rare disease

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:28:00 -0600

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.(image)

CBO: Repealing health coverage mandate would save $338 billion

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:52:00 -0600

Republicans have been toying with repealing the Affordable Care Act insurance mandate in their tax bill. The Congressional Budget Office says that would save money but make coverage much more costly.(image)

America's opioid crisis: what health care providers can do better

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:41:02 -0600

A new report finds doctors and pharmacists aren't doing enough to warn patients about the dangers of opioids.(image)

In reversal, Notre Dame says health plans will still cover birth control

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:06:00 -0600

The Catholic university had previously said that contraceptive coverage would terminate within the year. Now it says third-party providers will continue to serve faculty, students and staff.(image)

WHO to farmers: Stop giving your animals so many antibiotics

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:06:00 -0600

The World Health Organization is calling for strict limits on antibiotic use in animals raised for food. The guidelines could push many countries, including the U.S., to restrict drug use on farms.(image)

Public perception of mass violence and mental illness often misguided

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:11:39 -0600

In response to Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church, President Trump said the shooting was not "a guns situation," but rather, a problem of mental health. What's the connection, if any, between gun violence and mental health?(image)