Two Minnesota children who visited the State Fair swine barn contracted the new variant strain of H3N2 flu. Both children have recovered.
Minnesota hopes a new statewide substance abuse collaboration will help the state get a handle on its growing opiate and heroin problem.
Minnesota schools must report all confirmed and suspected cases of chickenpox among their students and staff to public health officials starting this year.
State health officials say another case of a new swine flu strain has been linked to the Minnesota State Fair.
Federal officials say an estimated 96 percent of Minnesota children ages 19 to 35 months were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella through last year.
The state's numbers are still better than the national average which is around 30 percent.
A federal initiative adds to work already under way in Minnesota to prepare the state for an expected surge in Alzheimer's cases as baby boomers retire.
Despite the lack of injury during the flooding in northeastern Minnesota, there are still plenty of health risks facing the people who live in the ever-expanding flood zone.
Minneapolis-based Medica says it will offer in-network access to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and its system of clinics beginning July 1 for new enrollees in 22 southern Minnesota counties.
The high-profile overdose death of former Wild hockey player Derek Boogaard has turned a spotlight on prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping. A state database has helped doctors detect patients who are abusing prescription narcotics. But supporters are disappointed though that many prescribers are still not using the tool.
The Mayo Clinic will lead a new partnership to provide mental health training to doctors.
A stricter lead exposure standard for young children is expected to cause a surge in the number of lead cases that require a public health intervention. The tougher federal standard acknowledges new research showing that even extremely low levels of lead are harmful.
Health care workers continue to vote on a new labor contract with eight metro-area hospitals.
Researchers say a new screening technique is effective in reducing colorectal cancer cases and fatalities.
The number of pertussis cases in Minnesota is surging, approaching 700 cases of the highly-contagious respiratory disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.