Platelet Rich Plasma treatment scientifically unproven Gov. Mark Dayton is at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester today to get treatment for an ailing hip muscle. The therapy he'll undergo is growing in popularity -- especially among athletes -- but there isn't much science to back up its effectiveness. The procedure is called "Platelet Rich Plasma Injection" -- or PRP. A lot of professional athletes including Tiger Woods, Raphael Nadal and Alex Rodriguez have used PRP to treat muscle ailments. It's allowed in pro sports because the primary ingredient is the player's own blood. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Bradley Nelson, an orthopedic surgeon who teaches at the University of Minnesota Medical School, to find out more about Platelet Rich Plasma Injection.7:45 a.m.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Betsy Hodges Betsy Hodges enjoys balancing the billion-dollar Minneapolis city budget. And as chair of the City Council's Ways and Means/Budget Committee for the past four years, she's had plenty of practice.8:25 a.m.
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It's City Vs. Creditors In Detroit Bankruptcy Trial
Grappling with $18 billion in long-term debt, Detroit makes its case for bankruptcy in court Wednesday. The business community says Chapter 9 protection will help the city turn itself around, but some big creditors will testify that the city hasn't done enough to find the money it needs.
What Congress Can Learn From Mayors
Mesa, Ariz., Mayor Scott Smith, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, talks with David Greene about the challenges Washington's perpetual crises create for cities and what he thinks D.C. can learn from the way mayors govern.
Desperate Chinese Villagers Turn To Self-Immolation
Over the past decade, local governments have demolished millions of homes as China rushes toward urbanization. Protests against such land seizures have taken a disturbing turn recently: A 42-year-old rice farmer set himself on fire last month when authorities came to his home. There have been more than 50 such cases since 2009.
Diplomats Try For Deal Protecting Marine Life Near Antarctica
Diplomats are trying once again to preserve a vast swath of the ocean around Antarctica. Delegates from 24 nations and the European Union are meeting in Australia now, where they will consider proposals to create a marine protected area that would curtail fishing in the Ross Sea. Previous efforts have failed, but advocates say a scaled-back proposal this time around may stand a better chance.
Iran Likely To Dominate Netanyahu, Kerry Meeting
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on Wednesday to review the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and to discuss concern over the possibility that Iran will develop a nuclear bomb.
Women's Bid For Office Fails In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town
A handful of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women ran for office Tuesday in a tiny, religious Israeli town. It was a challenge to traditional gender roles. One of their leaders said Wednesday that they failed to win a seat in the vote for the town council of El'ad. But she said the run was "amazing" and they wouldn't give up.
Government Takes A U-Turn On Warrantless Wiretaps
The Obama administration has discovered that it unintentionally misled the Supreme Court last year. The solicitor general told the court that the government always informs terrorism defendants when evidence against them is acquired with a warrantless wiretap — but federal prosecutors, in fact, had not been doing that.
A Father, A Daughter And Lessons Learned
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps we hear again from Wil Smith, a single dad who took his infant daughter, Olivia, with him when he went to college. Now, Wil is helping Olivia with her school search, a role he says he's happy to have after a battle with colon cancer.
ATM Maker Diebold Agrees To Settlement In Bribery Case
Ohio-based ATM manufacturer Diebold has agreed to a $48 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department over bribery allegations. The company is accused of spending more than $3 million to bribe bank officials in China, Indonesia and Russia over a five-year period — a violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Cuba Announces Plans To Change Currency System
Cuba has announced that it's going to eliminate its two-currency system, which was meant to protect the Caribbean island's communist system. The government says the unification of the currency would happen in stages, but it provided no details.