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Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:22:19 -0600


Trump signs executive order to 'ease the burdens of Obamacare'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:28:00 -0600

The new White House took action on four measures Friday night, notably on the Affordable Care Act and regulations. The White House did not immediately make it clear what exactly was signed.(image)

FDA issues new seafood advice for moms-to-be. Not everyone is thrilled

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:06:00 -0600

Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat and what to avoid. But critics say it muddles matters.(image)

Minn. lawmakers reach negotiation stage on health premium relief

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:48:26 -0600

A way to help Minnesotans struggling to pay health care premiums is closer to reality. Negotiations between House, Senate and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's administration now may begin.(image)

MNsure CEO urges sign-ups for 2017 as deadline looms

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:59:03 -0600

Minnesotans who purchase health insurance through MNsure have just a week and a half left to pick a plan.(image)

Allina announces joint venture with Aetna

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:32:05 -0600

Allina executives say their goal is to cut costs for patients through better coordination of treatment, especially preventative care.(image)

How large employer health plans could be affected by Obamacare overhaul

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600

With the future of the Affordable Care Act on the line, health insurance benefits for workers at large companies hang in the balance.(image)

A superbug that resisted 26 antibiotics

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:01:00 -0600

How close are we to the point when a bacterial infection can resist all available antibiotics? A case in Nevada, reported this past week in the CDC journal, says that we're already there.(image)

5 things to listen for at the hearing with Trump's HHS nominee

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:56:00 -0600

Rep. Tom Price goes before a Senate panel for the first time since being picked to head Health and Human Services. Expect sharp questions about Medicare reform, drug prices and his stock portfolio.(image)

Get moving: Even weekend exercise can keep you alive longer

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:36:41 -0600

A new study concludes that meeting just minimum exercise guidelines can lower death risk by around 30 percent. "We don't move enough," medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg tells MPR News.(image)

18 million more Americans would be uninsured under 2016 GOP repeal

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:29:10 -0600

The Congressional Budget Office analyzed a GOP 2016 repeal measure, which Republicans have cited as a starting point for their 2017 drive to dismantle and replace Obama's health overhaul. What they found is that premiums would soar and some 18 million Americans would lose health coverage.(image)

Majority of Superior shipyard workers test positive for lead

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:34:22 -0600

Health officials say more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood.(image)

U.S. abortion rate falls to lowest level since Roe v. Wade

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:01:00 -0600

A report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that backs legalized abortion, puts the 2014 rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age -- the lowest recorded rate since 1973.(image)

QA: Rep. Paulsen on the future of the Affordable Care Act

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:46:39 -0600

Republican Representative Erik Paulsen joined All Things Considered host Tom Crann to talk about the state of the Affordable Care Act, and plans to replace it.(image)

When the brain scrambles names, it's because you love them

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:42:00 -0600

If your mom had to run though the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."(image)

Marijuana's health effects? Top scientists weigh in

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:50:00 -0600

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.(image)

Tuberculosis case sparks testing at St. Louis Park High School

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:36:48 -0600

The risk of tuberculosis transmission is considered low for contacts exposed at the school.(image)

Senate passes health insurance rebate plan

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:04:25 -0600

The Minnesota Senate passed a $450 million plan to provide health premium rebates and make structural changes in the individual market. But there are still questions about how fast the money could get to people who need it and whether the broader changes have had enough review.(image)

CVS generic competitor to EpiPen sold at a 6th the price

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:07:57 -0600

The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600.(image)

Obesity-linked diagnoses on the rise among kids and teens

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600

A new analysis of U.S. health insurance claims is worrisome, pediatricians say: More and more young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.(image)

Senate takes first step toward repeal of Obamacare

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:04:00 -0600

The late-night "vote-a-rama" set in motion the process for gutting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in a way that evades Democrats' threat of a filibuster.(image)