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Published: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:42:48 -0600


Walker, in turnabout, moves to stabilize insurance market

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:03:51 -0600

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced Sunday that he wants a state law that would bar insurers from denying a person health coverage due to a pre-existing condition.(image)

Saunas are a hot trend, and they might even help your health

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:30:23 -0600

Sweating in a sauna feels good, and it's associated with health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease. But is that because of the heat, or because you're able to kick back and relax?(image)

Autopsy: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:13:35 -0600

The Los Angeles coroner's office issued its official findings, which confirmed that Petty had a variety of medications, including fentanyl and oxycodone in his system.(image)

HHS Religious Freedom Division draws praise, alarm in Minnesota

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:22:14 -0600

The Trump administration has created a new Health and Human Services Department "Civil Rights" division that is fueling both praise and alarm in Minnesota.(image)

Trump admin will protect health workers who refuse services on religious grounds

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:53:00 -0600

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people and performing some procedures.(image)

Concerns grow that infections from 'zombie deer' meat can jump to humans

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:25:00 -0600

Chronic Wasting Disease, a deadly neurological disorder similar to Mad Cow, has been detected in 24 states. So far it has posed no risk to people, but a new Canadian study has prompted more testing.(image)

U.K. now has a minister for loneliness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:56:44 -0600

According to government figures, more than 9 million people "always or often feel lonely," and many "older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month."(image)

MNsure racks up record enrollment even as market shrinks

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0600

Although MNsure enrollment is up, the size of Minnesota's individual-market health insurance pool is down sharply over the past few years, fueling concerns about its future stability.(image)

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:23:10 -0600

"He's very sharp. He's very articulate when he speaks to me," the Navy doctor who performed Trump's first medical checkup said. "I've never known him to repeat himself when he's around me. I found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process."(image)

Think you're steady on your feet? Here's a test to check your mobility

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:57:43 -0600

Recent winter conditions have many Minnesotans thinking about unexpected slips. Here's a look at why they're so serious, and what you can do to assess your risk of a fall.(image)

In occupation where stress is ample, farmers have few options for mental health care

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

Long distances and a stoic rural culture can keep farmers from seeking help, and that can lead to disaster. Therapists and fellow farmers are reaching out with a message: Don't keep it inside.(image)

Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:11:37 -0600

Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze.(image)

For CDC, reducing flu spread takes priority over nuclear attack preparedness

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:03:00 -0600

The agency scrapped plans to tell Americans what to do in a nuclear attack. Instead, it will focus on the flu. The decision came before Saturday's false alert of a ballistic missile attack.(image)

Showing love through food may be making our pets obese and unhappy

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:15:00 -0600

Over half of the dogs and cats around the globe battle the bulge. A pet obesity specialist says a deep human-animal bond may inadvertently be causing unhealthy emotional and physical consequences.(image)

Kentucky is first to get OK for Medicaid work requirement

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:05:46 -0600

Advocates for the poor have said work requirements will become one more hoop for low-income people to jump through, and many could be denied needed coverage because of technicalities and challenging new paperwork.(image)

Scramble is on to care for kids if insurance coverage lapses

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:01:00 -0600

Doctors are telling families to refill prescriptions now. Other physicians are giving away drugs to make sure patients have enough if the Children's Health Insurance Program goes unfunded.(image)

How to tumble with care when it gets slippery outside

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:09:23 -0600

Sometimes you realize you're about to slip and fall, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. But there is a right way to fall if you want to avoid really serious injury.(image)

Child dies from flu; Minnesota officials urge more vaccinations

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:42:26 -0600

State health officials describe this flu season as potentially severe and warn cases may not yet have peaked. Rumors that this year's vaccine is ineffective are misleading, the state's infectious disease director says.(image)

Alcohol-linked ER visits rapidly rising, though drinking per capita is down

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

The nine-year period ending in 2014 saw a sharp increase in the U.S. of alcohol-related visits to emergency rooms, a study finds. And binge-drinking doesn't completely explain it.(image)

Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:57:49 -0600

In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients.(image)