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  • Test accurately rules out heart attacks in the ER
    A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than be admitted for observation and more diagnostics.March 30, 2014
  • Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court
    The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.March 30, 2014
  • Retirees help caregivers cope with hospital stays
    Millions of Americans regularly care for older or impaired adult relatives or friends, and a hospitalization only adds to the stress. Yet research shows that patients who have supportive care from family or friends during a hospitalization fare better.March 30, 2014
  • Printing Wikipedia would take 1 million pages, but that's sort of the point
    A German-based group called PediaPress estimates that a print version of the ever-evolving, online encyclopedia would fill more than 1,000 1,200-page volumes. Now they just need $50,000 to do it.March 30, 2014
  • NRC to hold public meeting on Monticello safety
    Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting Monday night to discuss its latest safety review for Xcel Energy's nuclear power plant in Monticello.March 30, 2014
  • Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol
    A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.March 29, 2014
  • Study backs nonsurgical way to fix heart valves
    A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.March 29, 2014
  • Latinos wary of all-out push to sign up for ACA
    All throughout the country, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have worked to reach the uninsured, holding health fairs and putting ads on TV and radio. The push continues to get as many enrolled as possible, especially Latinos -- the most uninsured group in the country.March 29, 2014
  • LIVE National Press Club: Creigh Deeds on America's mental health care crisis
    State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-VA) speaks to a National Press Club audience about his ideas to address the mental health care crisis in America. He was recently stabbed in the face by his mentally ill son, after officials said the day before that no bed could be found for him. After stabbing his father in the face, the son then killed himself.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 28, 2014
  • DNR adds more aquatic invasive species enforcement, says 1 in 5 boaters break the law
    People are aware of invasive species laws, but take shortcuts and make excuses, said Rodmen Smith, assistant director of the DNR's enforcement division.March 28, 2014
  • Sen. Heitkamp proposes changes to ACA
    Until this week, Congress has proposed very few actual changes to Affordable Care Act. A group of six U.S. senators is now trying to get support for a package of tweaks to the law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke withone of them, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota.March 28, 2014
  • Climatologist says March colder and drier than normal so far
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about winter clinging to most of Minnesota this spring. It's been 7 to 11 degrees colder than normal for most areas. But he does have a warm-up in his forecast for the next couple of days.March 28, 2014
  • Researchers find married folks have fewer heart problems
    "It might be that if someone is married, they have a spouse who encourages them to take better care of themselves," said NYU cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Berger.March 28, 2014
  • Why we got fatter during the fat-free boom
    If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976. That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease. And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog.March 28, 2014
  • Weather whiplash: Snow to spring fever in 48 hours
    Minnesota's chaotic spring weather is here. And while Thursday looked more like winter in parts of Minnesota, this weekend may actually get you to finally believe that the calendar is ready to turn to April and restore your faith in the season formerly known as spring.March 27, 2014

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