Minnesota Public Radio features by Lorna Benson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=3 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 23 Jun 2018 01:30:40 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Lorna Benson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Tuberculosis case sparks testing at St. Louis Park High School The risk of tuberculosis transmission is considered low for contacts exposed at the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/12/tuberculosis-case-sparks-testing-at-st-louis-park-high-school?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:36:48 -0600 As flu cases surge in Minnesota, vaccinations stall There's still time to get a flu shot, but federal data show that most people haven't bothered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/06/as-flu-cases-surge-in-minnesota-vaccinations-stall?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota, 19 other states, sue over generic drug pricing The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses six drug makers of conspiring to raise the prices of two common generic drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/16/minnesota-19-other-states-sue-over-generic-drug-pricing?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:34:39 -0600 Trauma docs urge sledders to wear helmets A review of hospital data shows that one-third of all sledding-related injuries involved head trauma, and they're as severe as those suffered by kids skiing and snowboarding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/14/trauma-docs-urge-sledders-to-wear-helmets?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:20:21 -0600 Students at UW-Madison need second meningitis shot Minnesota health officials say University of Wisconsin-Madison students returning home for winter break should schedule another shot soon following October outbreak that sickened three people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/08/students-at-uwmadison-need-second-meningitis-shot?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:42:44 -0600 Hennepin Co. seeking HIV-infected people in need of care Officials believe reaching out to the estimated 2,000 people in the county who are HIV-positive but not receiving care can help curb the spread of the virus that causes AIDS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/01/hennepin-seeking-hiv-infected-needing-care?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:13:50 -0600 Cold water danger is real, DNR warns Minnesota boaters, hunters As authorities continue to search for a man missing on Lake Waconia, officials are reminding Minnesotans that lake and river temps are falling and that life jackets are essential. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/29/cold-water-dangers-minnesota-lakes?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:51:45 -0600 Multi-state salmonella outbreak sickens 2 in Minnesota Investigators say calves purchased from livestock markets in Wisconsin are the likely source of infections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/28/multistate-salmonella-outbreak-sickens-2-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:20:11 -0600 This taboo Thanksgiving topic could save your life It may not be a fun discussion, but public health officials hope people will use Thanksgiving to talk with their loved ones about family health and health history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/23/thanksgiving-talk-family-health-history-cancer-genes?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:28:34 -0600 Task force takes aim at delays in mental health care system A panel's new recommendations suggest creating a statewide mental health system that focuses on a continuum of care, rather than just responding to crises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/17/task-force-takes-aim-at-delays-in-mental-health-care-system?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:46:27 -0600 Minnesota laws affecting transgender people under fire The rights of transgender Minnesotans and family members were at the heart of two legal events Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/16/minnesota-laws-affecting-transgender-people-under-fire?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:00:00 -0600 Health officials weigh testing newborns for disability-causing virus There's a virus that's as prevalent as the common cold but with symptoms so mild that most people don't even know they've had it. But in developing fetuses, the infection can cause devastating birth defects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/10/health-officials-weigh-testing-newborns-cytomegalovirus?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600 MNsure's future even rockier after election President-elect Donald Trump and Minnesota's top Republican both say they want to ditch Obamacare, which could leave many people without health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/10/mnsure-future-even-rockier-after-election?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600 After chaotic start, day 2 of MNsure open enrollment went better MNsure officials say system performance was much closer to normal Wednesday after serious problems on day one of open enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/02/after-chaotic-start-day-2-of-mnsure-open-enrollment-went-better?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:38:44 -0500 Secretary of State Simon target of anti-Semitic online post Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon was the target of an anti-Semitic online post accusing him of plotting to steal the election from Donald Trump. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/01/secretary-of-state-simon-calls-out-ethnic-slur?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 18:38:40 -0500 Open enrollment triggers sticker shock for some Minnesotans Consumers buying plans on the individual market face huge jumps in premiums, shrinking networks or both. State officials say they're working to ease the pain. But experts say no one has enough data to craft a stable solution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/01/health-coverage-costs-jump-individual-market-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota urges safer sleep practices for infants An analysis by the state Health Department shows that 10 times as many infants die in unsafe sleep environments than in car crashes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/25/minnesota-infant-sleep-sids-worse-than-car-crashes?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:10:29 -0500 Allina nurses settlement could embolden hospitals Labor analysts say Allina's victory will shape other nursing contract negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/24/allina-nurses-strike-outcome-could-embolden-companies?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Flu season officially begins in Minnesota Flu activity is light, but public health officials urge vaccination now because cases could surge at any time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/16/flu-season-arrives?refid=0 Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 After weeks on strike, Allina nurses approve new contract More than 4,000 Allina nurses return to work as soon as this weekend after ratifying a new contract Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/13/allina-nurses-approve-contract?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:16:39 -0500 Hopkins Legionnaires' disease traced to beverage plant A single cooling tower at a juice-processing plant contained bacteria that exactly matched the strain that killed one and sickened 22 others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/12/hopkins-legionnaires-outbreak-source-identified?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:39:45 -0500 Striking Minnesota nurses reject Allina's contract proposal Thousands of nurses at five Allina Health hospitals in Minnesota have rejected the company's latest proposal, pushing their strike into its fifth week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/03/allina-nurses-latest-offer-reject?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 23:10:44 -0500 Union: Striking nurses to vote Monday on Allina contract offer The nurses' union did not make a recommendation on the proposal. Allina Health says the offer "represents a true compromise." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/30/allina-nurses-contract-offer-vote?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:34:39 -0500 Flour-linked E. coli probe ends, General Mills recall continues The CDC says illnesses are expected to continue for some time because the recalled flour products could still be in people's homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/29/general-mills-e-coli-recall-continues-probe-ends?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:01:43 -0500 Nurses, Allina to resume talks after breaking for the night More than 4,000 nurses have been off the job since Labor Day in a dispute over health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/28/allina-nurses-strike-negotiations-resume?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:24:32 -0500 Legionnaires' disease cluster in Hopkins increases to 20 cases The outbreak total is approaching a state record set in 1995. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/27/legionnaires-disease-cluster-hopkins-grows-20-cases?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:15:10 -0500 3 weeks into strike, nurses union and Allina resume contract talks A federal mediator called negotiators back to the bargaining table last week, but that doesn't mean the two sides are ready to cut a deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/27/allina-nurses-union-resume-contract-talks-strike-week-three?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 High-stakes Allina nurses strike remains at standstill after two weeks Neither Allina Health nor the nurses' union wants to make the first move toward more negotiations. Will a mediator call them back? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/16/allina-nurses-strike-2-weeks-standstill-negotiations?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:45:19 -0500 Minn. officials confirm more Legionnaires' cases Nine cases of Legionnaires' disease have now been linked to an outbreak among people who live or work in the Twin Cities suburb of Hopkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/15/legionnaires-disease-hopkins-9-cases-total?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:18:02 -0500 Workplace dangers take the stage in Allina nurses strike Allina Health officials downplayed striking nurses concerns that the company would step back from an agreement to boost hospital security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/15/allina-nurses-strike-day-11-workplace-dangers-security-?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:56:39 -0500 Striking nurses and Allina remain at a standstill on day 10 Neither side is showing any sign of bending soon in the Allina nurses' strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/14/allina-nurses-strike-day-10-standstill?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Suicide deaths increase 6 percent in Minnesota; men driving uptick Health officials say an increase in suicide deaths last year shows the state needs to do more for at-risk people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/07/suicides-increase-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:58:38 -0500 Nurses at Allina on strike: What's at stake? Thousands of nurses at five Minnesota hospitals are on strike in a dispute over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/04/allina-nurses-strike?refid=0 Sun, 04 Sep 2016 12:12:48 -0500 New data show most Minnesota moms breastfeed newborns New federal data show that 90 percent of Minnesota mothers breastfeed their newborns, which is seventh best among all states. The CDC said Minnesota ranks fifth for mothers who are still breastfeeding at six months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/25/most-minnesota-moms-breastfeed-newborns-data-show?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:51:44 -0500 Zika (not) in Minnesota: What you need to know Even though the risk of catching Zika virus in Minnesota is extremely low, travelers headed to outbreak zones should take precautions. Here's some information on the Zika virus and how to avoid acquiring the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/19/zika-not-in-minnesota-what-you-need-to-know?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:38:58 -0500 Allina nurses authorize open-ended strike The union hopes the prospect of an indefinite strike will pressure Allina to return to the bargaining table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/19/allina-nurses-strike?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:39:15 -0500 Allina nurses vote this week could trigger indefinite strike Negotiators for the Minnesota Nurses Association are urging their members to authorize an open-ended walkout, hoping the prospect of an indefinite strike will put more pressure on the health system to settle a contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/15/allina-nurses-another-strike-vote?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:20:06 -0500 MN officials hunt for possible Zika-carrying mosquitoes The Asian tiger mosquito, one of two species known to carry the virus, has been found in the state before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/04/health-officials-search-minnesota-for-zika-carrying-mosquito?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Health Dept. reports significant enrollment in medical cannabis program for intractable pain Following the addition of intractable pain as a qualifying medical condition nearly 500 pain patients enrolled in Minnesota's medical cannabis program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/29/nearly-500-pain-patients-enroll-in-cannabis-program?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:04:19 -0500 So, how good is that Allina nurses health coverage? Allina Health's union nurses are dug in on keeping their health plan choices as part of a new contract. Experts, though, say the corporate and nurses' plans are both generous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/05/allina-nurses-heath-coverage-experts-review?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:18:50 -0500 Do nurses strikes harm patients? It's a definite maybe The nurses union says Allina is putting patient safety at risk during the strike, but the company says its replacement staff are sufficient. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/24/how-nurses-strikes-affect-patient-safety?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Allina nurse strike: What you need to know Here's what's at stake for nurses, the hospitals and patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/16/allina-nurses-strike-faq?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 MPCA issues air pollution advisory for Friday The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is issuing an air pollution health advisory for western, central and southern Minnesota from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/09/mpca-issues-air-quality-alert?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:37:32 -0500 Minnesota heart researchers urge patients to 'ask about aspirin' Using aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke isn't as common as public health experts feel it should be. A new statewide campaign launching today in Minnesota hopes to change that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/02/mn-heart-experts-urge-patients-to-ask-about-aspirin?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Officials investigating whooping cough cluster near Rochester Health officials are investigating a cluster of 31 new pertussis cases in under two weeks, most of which affected teenagers in the Rochester School District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/27/health-officials-investigating-whooping-cough-cluster-rochester?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2016 14:49:43 -0500 Officials monitoring two Minnesota women who contracted Zika virus while pregnant State Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says the agency will track the mothers and babies for a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/two-women-pregnancies-monitored-zika-virus-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 17:45:40 -0500 In battle to keep lead from water, St. Paul digs deep The city's ambitious plan to get rid of thousands of lead service lines isn't a perfect solution to removing lead from drinking water, but it's progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/25/water-stpaul-lead-pipes?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Trouble in the Water Minnesota's identity is closely linked with the state's beautiful and abundant water resources. But some 40 percent of surface waters in the Land of 10,000 Lakes are polluted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/trouble-in-the-water?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 It's good to be a tick in Minnesota In just a few decades, the blood-sucking arachnids have spread to almost all forested areas of the state. So has Lyme disease, which the ticks carry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/09/ticks-thriving-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota releases treasure trove of health care data Lawmakers hope researchers will mine the information to learn more about variations in health care services and patient outcomes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/minnesota-releases-trove-of-health-care-data?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:16:00 -0500 Lead poisoning still a worry for kids in pockets of Minnesota Bans on lead in paint and gasoline helped drive down lead poisonings in Minnesota. But there are still urban and rural neighborhoods where poisonings remain stubbornly high. Officials are using maps to find and fix the problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/lead-poisoning-still-a-worry-for-kids-in-parts-of-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:19:22 -0500 Xcel inspections mean low-flying helicopters across Minnesota Xcel Energy crews started inspecting transmission lines across Minnesota on Monday. The required inspections will identify repair and maintenance issues along the lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/04/xcel-energy-inspection-low-flying-helicopters?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 18:17:16 -0500 Researchers warn not to stall Ebola vaccine development Researchers in Minnesota and elsewhere say Ebola vaccine development appears to be stalling and urgent steps should be taken to see the process completed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/researches-warn-not-stall-ebola-vaccine-development?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:56:26 -0500 Minnesota adds more mobile mental health crisis teams With $3 million in new funding, mobile crisis teams will have statewide reach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/28/minnesota-adds-mobile-mental-health-crisis-teams?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:29:09 -0500 All in the family: Minneapolis teen health clinic grows into new role A Minneapolis health clinic credited with helping the state drive down the number of unwanted teen pregnancies is changing with the times as patient demand wanes for its teen-only reproductive care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/24/minneapolis-teen-health-clinic-grows-into-new-role?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Asleep at the wheel? Study shows danger of truckers' untreated apnea Truckers who fail to maintain their sleep apnea treatments have a fivefold increase in the risk of serious, preventable crashes, a new report from the University of Minnesota Morris shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/study-shows-untreated-truckers-apnea-dangerous?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:02:00 -0500 Minnesota's pediatric flu death total now at 3 A total of three children have died from flu-related complications since the flu outbreak became widespread a few weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/17/minnesota-pediatric-flu-deaths-three?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:45:47 -0500 New Minnesota research links low income, diabetes New research finds that low-income adults in Minnesota are much more likely to develop diabetes than people with higher incomes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/16/income-diabetes-link-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:08:43 -0500 $2.5M donation expands child abuse treatment program at U of M The Otto Bremer Trust's donation will help launch the state's first child abuse fellowship training program and pay for an additional pediatrician specifically trained in child abuse treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/14/donation-helps-child-abuse-treatment?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:13:29 -0500 MN man gets salmonella from recalled pistachios The state Department of Health is urging consumers to check their pantries for recalled pistachios after a Minnesota man contracted salmonella from contaminated nuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/10/recalled-pistachios-salmonella?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:31:47 -0600 Minnesota confirms first pediatric flu death this year Epidemiologist Karen Martin says flu deaths in children are rare, but they do occur almost every year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/10/first-influenza-death-child-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:00:39 -0600 With flu widespread, Allina restricts hospital visits Beginning Wednesday, children under age 5 and sick people will not be allowed to visit hospitalized patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/01/flu-declared-widespread-allina-restricts-visits?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:19:08 -0600 Role of wild birds disputed in avian flu outbreak mystery One year after America's deadliest avian flu outbreak on record, scientists are still flummoxed over the role of wild birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/01/bird-flu-outbreak-mystery?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 08:01:27 -0600 Minnesota flu season ramping up after slow start Minnesota could be entering the peak weeks for seasonal flu after a fairly light fall and winter. State officials say 72 people were hospitalized last week for flu complications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/25/minnesota-flu-season-ramps-up-after-slow-start?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:15:20 -0600 Minnesota probes illness outbreak tied to alfalfa sprouts Nine E. coli cases led officials Wednesday to urge grocers and restaurants not to sell or serve alfalfa sprouts produced by Jack & The Green Sprouts. Consumers should not eat them right now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/minnesota-probes-illnesses-linked-to-alfalfa-sprouts?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:21:38 -0600 Auditor: Minnesota needs better HMO complaint system The process for filing quality of care complaints against HMOs is confusing and lacks transparency, Minnesota Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/19/auditor-minnesota-needs-better-hmo-complaint-system?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:58:38 -0600 MN hospitals' error levels stay flat Over a year ending last October, there were 316 instances in which medical mistakes led to problems or potential problems for patients, a slightly higher number than the year before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/19/minnesota-hospital-error-report?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Study: Health care providers penalized for patient hardships Reimbursement to health care providers is increasingly tied to post-treatment health. A new national study finds hospitals are sometimes penalized for factors they cannot control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/15/health-care-providers-reimbursement-penalties?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:38:39 -0600 State officials revise water tests after temperature errors Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says the errors are unlikely to mean more risk for residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/11/health-officials-revise-water-tests-after-temperature-errors?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:53:10 -0600 Report shows massive racial disparities in health care Generally, white and Asian patients had the highest rates of optimal care, while American Indian and black patients usually had the lowest rates, according to the report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/10/report-racial-disparities-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:36:05 -0600 U of M study finds 'health care homes' model pays off Developed as a way of coordinating patient care, the model improves quality and saves money at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/health-care-homes-university-minnesota-study?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:09:24 -0600 Mayo researchers identify new cause of Lyme disease Patients who tested positive for the new bacteria have experienced different illnesses from what's typical of Lyme disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/mayo-clinic-identifies-new-lyme-disease-cause?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:15:59 -0600 Minnesota syphilis cases leap among young women Syphilis infections among Minnesota women jumped sharply during the first eight months of last year, prompting state officials to issue new pregnancy screening guidelines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/02/minnesota-female-syhpilis-rates-leap?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:07:46 -0600 Zika virus: What you should know The mosquito-borne virus has exploded across Latin America. Researchers have linked the infection to a wave of severe birth defects in Brazil. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/zika-virus-what-to-know?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:06:08 -0600 Minnesota confirms case of Zika virus in traveler after Honduras trip The rare mosquito-transmitted virus was recently linked to a spike in rare birth defects in Brazil, but the Health Department says it isn't a threat in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/zika-virus-case-confirmed-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:22:44 -0600 MN report finds acute costs from chronic disease For the first time, the state can put a dollar figure on the long-lasting diseases that afflict 1.6 million Minnesotans. It's in the tens of billions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/costs-chronic-disease-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Air pollution alert issued for central, southern Minn. The advisory, in effect through this evening, means the air is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, the elderly and people with respiratory disease or pre-existing cardiovascular conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/21/air-quality-alert-central-southern-mn?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:07:56 -0600 State asks doctors to watch for mosquito-borne virus Zika virus, increasingly common in Latin America, poses a particular risk to pregnant women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/19/zika-virus-minnesota-risk?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:46:07 -0600 U study finds doulas improve birth outcomes, cut costs Doulas, non-medical professionals, offer support to mothers before, during and after childbirth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/uofm-study-benefits-doulas?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:01:00 -0600 Study: Many patients may miss aspirin's cardiovascular benefits A U of M study suggests that many older patients aren't discussing the benefits of low-dose aspirin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/uofm-aspirin-study-cardiovascular-health?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 18:37:01 -0600 Shakopee prison inmate charged with theft by swindle A Shakopee prison inmate has been charged with multiple counts of theft by swindle for allegedly billing the state Medical Assistance program for fraudulent home nursing care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/shakopee-prison-inmate-theft-swindle-charges?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:36:15 -0600 Health workers stealing patients' drugs, MN warns The Health Department said drug thefts account for a fifth of maltreatment cases involving vulnerable adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/28/health-workers-stealing-patients-drugs-mn-warns?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:36:10 -0600 Board ponders mandatory breaks for pharmacy staffs Pharmacists complain they can't take breaks, even for the bathroom. Trade groups are pushing back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/16/pharmacy-staff-breaks?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota moves up to fourth-healthiest state in new report The newest America's Health Rankings report improved Minnesota's ranking, partly because of its low uninsured rate and a decrease in smoking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/10/health-report?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Many diabetes patients overtested and overtreated, Mayo study says The research found that six out of 10 patients who don't need insulin have their blood sugar levels checked more frequently than recommended, sometimes spurring overtreatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/diabetes-overtesting-mayo?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 18:04:52 -0600 MN study: Hospital ventilator noise puts preemie hearing at risk A Minneapolis researcher has found that premature infants may be exposed to noise as loud as a jet engine. Their tiny bones can conduct the ventilator's sound to the inner ear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/07/preemie-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 17:08:55 -0600 Poultry exhibits cleared to return to Minnesota fairs Minnesota is ending its more than six-month ban on poultry exhibits and bird shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/01/poultry-exhibits-cleared-for-mn-fairs?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:38:19 -0600 Minnesota researchers quietly prep for next bird flu fight The avian influenza strain that devastated some Minnesota poultry farms last spring behaved like no other and fooled the industry into making some mistakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/30/bird-flu-fight?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Hospitals finding ways to fight delirium in elderly patients It's a common experience, but nurses and volunteers are helping keep patients grounded in reality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/hospitals-finding-ways-to-fight-delirium-in-elderly-patients?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0600 HCMC to break ground on biggest expansion in its history Construction on a new $221 million, six-story medical building begins next week with demolition work at the site. A groundbreaking ceremony is today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/12/hcmc-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:40:48 -0600 Influx of injured eagles puzzles, stresses Raptor Center The center's eagle cages are full, and more birds are expected soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/08/influx-of-injured-eagles-puzzles-stresses-raptor-center-?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0600 State warns parents of sleep dangers for infants Most unexpected infant deaths result from unsafe sleeping arrangements, state officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/infant-sleep?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:57:08 -0600 Reward cards: Sales gimmick or life savers? Food-safety officials say the info collected on customer purchases can help spread the word about food recalls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/reward-cards?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 20:23:06 -0600 Remember to change your clocks -- and your smoke alarm batteries The State Fire Marshal's office recommends replacing batteries this weekend in all home smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/31/replace-smoke-alarm-batteries?refid=0 Sat, 31 Oct 2015 14:53:03 -0500 60,000 Minnesotans know Kill's situation only too well The drugs that can help control seizures can also affect one's mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/epilepsy-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:40:15 -0500 In MN, a quest for a place to say goodbye to terminally ill kids Creating a hospice in Minnesota to support dying children and their families has many advocates but not enough funding. Supporters say the need is sadly real. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/27/in-mn-a-quest-for-a-place-to-say-goodbye-to-terminally-ill-kids?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 For Twin Cities women battling cancer, solace in a sisterhood of survivors Fighting breast cancer can be a lonely journey, even for women with lots of support from family and friends. A Twin Cities nonprofit has found success pairing women fighting breast cancer with women who've survived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/20/breast-cancer-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Backlash stalls state HIV prevention proposal The disagreement over the best way to address HIV and AIDS is reminiscent of some of the early days of the crisis three decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/09/backlash-stalls-state-hiv-prevention-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:19:11 -0500 Mpls. VA suspends surgeries over substance in sterilization gear The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center has suspended most surgeries this week after finding a black residue in some sterilizing equipment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/23/mpls-va-suspends-surgeries-over-substance-in-sterilization-gear?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:03:48 -0500 Study: Girls' happiness with bodies affects weight gain Young overweight girls who feel good about their bodies gain less weight over time than overweight girls who do not, according to a University of Minnesota study published Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/15/body-image?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:46:35 -0500 Salmonella outbreaks in Minnesota: What you need to know Minnesota has experienced a rash of salmonella infections in recent weeks linked to grocery stores and restaurants. The latest involves a number of Minnesota Chipotle locations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/salmonella?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:30:00 -0500 Psychiatric hospital for kids and adolescents to open in Brooklyn Park The new 50-bed hospital adds more than 20 percent to the state's child and adolescent psychiatric bed capacity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/brooklyn-park-hospital?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:03:03 -0500 Minnesota officials urge flu shots knowing there'll be skeptics Authorities say the vaccine this flu season should be more effective than last year but they concede that getting the message out to the public could be a problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/flu-shot?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Feds say Lyme disease vastly underreported; local experts skeptical Minnesota is known to be one of the hot spots for Lyme disease. The number of cases has quadrupled over the past two decades to around 1,000 a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/12/lyme-disease?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:16:16 -0500 Health department defends lake amoeba alert A month after 14-year-old Hunter Boutain died, federal lab tests show the teen succumbed to a bacterial infection, not a brain-eating amoeba after swimming in Lake Minnewaska. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/11/lake-amoeba?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:06:50 -0500 MN turkey growers want bird flu vaccine, but it's no cure-all Minnesota turkey farmers are clamoring to vaccinate their flocks this fall against avian flu. But while initial tests in chickens are encouraging, the vaccine has plenty of downside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/11/bird-flu-vaccine?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Meningitis case sparks Minnesota immunization effort A meningitis vaccine can help prevent the spread of the disease and state health officials are urging all men who have sex with men to get immunized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/03/meningitis-case-sparks-minnesota-immunization-effort?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 03:00:00 -0500 USDA: Bird flu transmission path remains unclear The studies say farm equipment and people likely played a role in spreading the deadly virus on commercial farms. Starlings, sparrows and other wild birds could have contributed, as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/24/bird-flu-transmission-study?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:59:58 -0500 Protective clothing best option to guard against skin cancer A University of Minnesota skin cancer expert warns that sunscreen does not offer the best protection against the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/skin-cancer-protection?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Two in Minnesota sickened by contaminated spicy tuna rolls One person became ill after eating spicy tuna rolls purchased at a grocery store. The other was sick after eating at a workplace cafeteria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14/salmonella-spicy-tuna-rolls?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:24:09 -0500 Has deadly water amoeba found a home in Minnesota? The Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health are reviewing lab tests on a child who contracted a life-threatening brain infection that officials suspect is linked to Naegleria fowleri amoeba. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/09/primary-amebic-meningoencephalitis?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Health officials advise: Be careful with raw chicken entrees Seven people have contracted salmonella infections in recent months after eating frozen, stuffed chicken entrees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/health-officials-advise-be-careful-with-raw-chicken-entrees?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:52:44 -0500 Infant mortality higher among MN blacks, Indians African-American and American Indian infants in Minnesota are more than twice as likely as white babies to die in the first year. State health leaders say reducing racial disadvantages will help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/30/infant-mortality?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:40:00 -0500 South Korea infections prompt virus alert in Minnesota Minnesota health providers are being told to watch for possible cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and to ask patients about international travel following a South Korean outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/12/mers-alert?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:59:54 -0500 New campaign urges patients to 'Ask about aspirin' Using low-dose aspirin can lower rates of a first heart attack or stroke by 10 to 20 percent. But aspirin is not for everyone, a U of M cardiologist said, and patients should consult with their doctors first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/02/ask-about-aspirin?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:06:26 -0500 At some MN clinics, the doctor and lawyer will see you now Some health care clinics are adding on-site attorneys to their teams of doctors and nurses to provide convenient, free legal advice to low-income patients. The partnerships may be saving lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/medical-legal-partnerships?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Steps urged to save more black and American Indian babies from early death In Minnesota, American Indian and African-American babies die at twice the rate of white babies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/steps-urged-to-save-more-black-and-american-indian-babies?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:01:00 -0500 DNR may test waterfowl blood for bird flu A turkey industry official says producers want to know how widely the virus is circulating in wild birds and blood tests would help answer that question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/avian-flu?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:10:43 -0500 Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu Officials say 2.6 million of 15 million turkeys have been lost to avian flu, or 17 percent of birds in production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/23/avian-flu-state-of-emergency?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:50:07 -0500 Avian flu places State Fair poultry exhibition in doubt State Fair officials will decide by early to mid-summer whether to cancel the exhibition this year amid fears that bringing exhibition birds together in one location could further spread the virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/23/avian-flu-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Scientists still at a loss to explain spread of avian flu The quick arrival of the disease in North America has alarmed scientists. Some think wild waterfowl are spreading the virus. But others say wind may be a contributing factor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/avian-flu?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:50:16 -0500 Flu claims a ninth child in Minnesota The state is still experiencing localized outbreaks of influenza. The season typically ends in late April or May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/children-flu-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:59:03 -0500 Avian flu safety tips for wild turkey hunters Minnesota's turkey hunt begins Wednesday and continues through the end of May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/wild-turkey-hunters-avian-flu?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:45:23 -0500 Researchers fear avian flu may be here to stay Researchers suspect the new flu viruses were introduced to North America near the Bering Sea. Now that they're here, it will be hard to get rid of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/10/avian-flu?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:00:00 -0500 First clinic run by nurses to open in Minneapolis A new state law that allows advanced nurses to practice independently has made possible a new clinic where nurses will treat minor conditions and manage patients with chronic illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/24/nurse-clinic?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:51:37 -0500 Health Dept. launches HIV prevention campaign to reach Native Americans HIV infection rates for Native Americans in Minnesota are nearly three times greater than they are for whites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/hiv-prevention-campaign?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:09:41 -0500 Two more children in Minnesota die of the flu Minnesota's total number of pediatric flu deaths stands at eight this season. While Type A cases are tapering off, epidemiologists said, Type B flu cases are increasing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/19/pediatric-flu-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:39:37 -0500 Funding cuts threaten Poison Center's future The Legislature created, but never fully funded, a poison-control system that takes scores of calls each day. It says it needs an infusion of money to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/funding-cuts-threaten-poison-center?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Bill seeks simpler path to multistate M.D. licenses Doctors and hospitals say the change would make it easier for them to consult in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/13/multistate-md-license?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:15:33 -0500 As temperatures drop, so do blood donations Memorial Blood Centers' supply of O negative blood is dangerously low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/01/blood-donor-shortage?refid=0 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Cult leader accused of sex abuse of minors arrested in Brazil Victor Arden Barnard, wanted by Pine County for 59 counts of criminal sexual assault, was arrested Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/28/cult-leader-accused-of-sex-abuse-of-minors-arrested-in-brazil?refid=0 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:07:48 -0600 Minnesota dentists seek more state aid to treat low-income kids A coalition of dental groups Thursday urged lawmakers to raise payment rates for pediatric dental care to the average among states, saying Minnesota's rates are the lowest in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/26/rural-dental-care?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:50:08 -0600 Minnesota struggles to reduce medical errors Last year 98 patients in Minnesota were seriously injured and another 13 patients died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/26/medical-errors?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 As Ebola wanes, MN sticks with expensive monitoring program Minnesota health officials have spent more than $2 million to monitor people arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/ebola-monitoring-program?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 U-led group suggests ways to fast-track Ebola vaccines The independent "Team B" group was set up to provide fresh perspectives on the unprecedented quest to deliver Ebola vaccines in record time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/17/ebola-vaccine?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 -0600 MNsure extends enrollment deadline for some MNsure has granted a brief extension to customers who had trouble enrolling in the insurance marketplace over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/16/mnsure-extension?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:46:33 -0600 Fifth child dies of flu in Minnesota A fifth child has died of influenza this season. Although flu season is winding down, there are still many localized outbreaks being reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/12/flu?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:02:01 -0600 Measles outbreak sparks call to limit vaccination exemptions A bill in the Legislature would require parents to consult with a medical professional before claiming a vaccine exemption. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/08/measles-outbreak-sparks-call-to-limit-vaccination-exemptions?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:00:00 -0600 Threats, death, data: Public health leaders recall '80s AIDS struggles Hoping to slow AIDS, Minnesota in 1985 became the first state to require reporting of positive HIV tests. It ignited a fight between gay rights activists and public health officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/hiv-test?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0600 30 years later, Minn. doctor still opening doors in fight against AIDS There was little help for patients when Dr. Keith Henry opened Minnesota's first AIDS clinic in 1985. Things are dramatically better now, but he says there are still too many new cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/keith-henry?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0600 Health reporter goes viral, but not in a good way MPR News' Lorna Benson has been telling us all winter how to stay healthy. Then the norovirus came for her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/09/lorna-gets-the-flu?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:24:27 -0600 Quick treatment key to minimizing frostbite injury During sub-zero weather exposed fingers, noses and ears can suffer frostbite within 10 minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/frostbite?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:47:51 -0600 More pertussis cases in Minnesota in 2014 Minnesota saw many pertussis cases in 2014, though far short of the number during the massive outbreak in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/02/pertussis-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:43:05 -0600 Flu cases setting records across Minnesota Minnesota had an exceptionally severe flu season two years ago. But so far this season is worse and hitting sooner, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/31/health-department-flu?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:15:42 -0600 More Minnesota homeowners fixing radon problems Minnesota's new radon disclosure law has led to a big jump in the number of homes equipped with radon removal systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/30/radon-mitigation?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:14:42 -0600 Flu in Minnesota: Children's Hospitals seeing record number of ER visits Many Minnesota hospitals are getting slammed with sick people suffering from influenza and other viruses, and a second child under the age of 18 has died from influenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/flu-childrens-hospitals?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:31:32 -0600 Despite flu vaccine confusion, experts say it still helps The Centers for Disease Control has warned that this year's vaccine could provide less protection than usual against the H3N2 subtype of influenza A that is circulating widely. Some flu experts say that message is confusing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/15/flu-vaccine?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:51:57 -0600 Minnesota reports big increase in flu cases State health officials noted 65 recent hospitalizations and 19 schools that reported outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/minnesota-flu-cases?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:23:27 -0600 Air pollution advisory posted for southern Minnesota through the weekend Weather conditions are trapping fine particle pollutants near the ground and hurting air quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/air-pollution-advisory-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:15:56 -0600 Flu for the holidays? There's still time to get vaccinated Public health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the flu this week so they have some protection against the virus in time for the holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/holidays-flu-natl-influenza-vaccination-week?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:50:11 -0600 Flu season begins: What you need to know Minnesota recorded its first pediatric death from flu this season and cases of the flu are increasing rapidly in southern Minnesota, the metro area and in the central part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/flu-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:31:53 -0600 Minnesota reports 1st flu death of season Federal health officials on Thursday warned that the flu season may be a bad one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/minnesota-first-flu-death?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:52:15 -0600 Officials see kinks but no crises as MN Ebola screenings pick up Five weeks after Minnesota health officials began tracking travelers arriving from Ebola-affected countries, each of the 120 people screened has been deemed low-risk and none has developed Ebola symptoms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/mn-ebola-screenings?refid=0 Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:00:00 -0600 Free HIV testing offered on World AIDS day Minnesota health officials are urging people at high-risk for the disease to take advantage of those opportunities and get tested earlier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/30/free-hiv-tests-on-world-aids-day?refid=0 Sun, 30 Nov 2014 03:02:53 -0600 Minnesota health care workers to join Ebola fight in Liberia A Minneapolis-based humanitarian organization is sending a team of medical responders to Liberia to help fight Ebola. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/ebola-minnesota-health-volunteers-in-liberia?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:25:31 -0600 Health Dept. completes purging of newborn screening data The agency was required to destroy all newborn blood spots and screening results created before Nov. 16, 2011, because the Health Department had not obtained parental permission to store the material. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/newborn-screenings?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:10:51 -0600 As Minnesota preps for Ebola, readiness questions linger Federal health officials are assessing preparations at the four regional referral hospitals that will provide care if Ebola surfaces here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/ebola-readiness-questions-linger?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0600 Meet the Minnesotans ready to fight Ebola If the deadly virus strikes in Minnesota, these are the people who'll rush in. What motivates them to sign up for the possibly hazardous duty? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/ebola-care-preparations-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Cigarette use drops among teens, but e-cigarettes prove tempting Public health officials say e-cigarette devices are exposing thousands of students in Minnesota to addictive nicotine, which could increase their interest in trying traditional tobacco products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/10/cigarette-use-drops-among-teens?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:25:33 -0600 Q&A: New Minnesota Ebola monitoring restrictions announced Unlike quarantine policies in some other states, Minnesota's home confinement policy will apply primarily to travelers who had a known exposure to Ebola. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/ebola-monitoring-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:13:30 -0500 Four Minnesota hospitals agree to take any state Ebola patients Facilities in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Fridley and Rochester will handle cases if the virus strikes. Federal officials will visit next week to assess the hospitals' readiness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/24/minnesota-hospitals-agree-to-take-ebola-patients?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:09:40 -0500 Minnesota readies Ebola monitoring for travelers from W. Africa The roughly 10 travelers per week coming to Minnesota from Ebola-affected countries will be monitored, part of the larger process federal officials are starting Monday in six states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/minnesota-ebola-monitoring?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:00:49 -0500 Q&A: Testing for and treating Ebola in Minnesota A Minnesota man has tested negative for the Ebola virus. State public health officials announced today that they tested the man yesterday, even though he did not meet federal guidelines for Ebola testing. Lorna Benson explains why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/17/treating-ebola-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:57:59 -0500 Q&A: How are Minnesota hospitals adjusting their Ebola prep? Investigators have not pinpointed how two Texas nurses contracted Ebola from a patient in their care. How are Minnesota hospitals reacting to the news? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/15/ebola-update-qa?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:10:00 -0500 As Minnesota's climate changes, bad air and new disease risks follow In the last century, the state has generally grown warmer and wetter. Here's what that could mean for your health, county by county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/minnesota-climate-change-health?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 04:05:00 -0500 New Minnesota Ebola fear: Labs may balk at testing blood Some Minnesota hospital laboratories are reluctant to work with blood from suspected Ebola patients. The Health Department says that could compromise timely care for patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/10/ebola-blood-tests-minnesota-hospitals?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:00:46 -0500 Dayton: Feds should screen for Ebola at MSP Minnesota does not receive any direct flights from West Africa. Anyone who arrived in the state from that part of the world would have already been screened, in most cases, at least twice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/09/dayton-ebola-airport-screening?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:57:21 -0500 Minnesota hospitals lock down details as they prepare for Ebola threat With an eye on Texas, Minnesota health officials are running Ebola drills and fine tuning plans to be ready if the virus surfaces here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/03/mn-ebola-preparations?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:40:29 -0500 Enterovirus D68 cases confirmed in Minnesota Minnesota health officials suspected the respiratory illness was already sickening people in the state. On Wednesday, it was confirmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/enterovirus-confirmed-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:49:41 -0500 Q&A: With supplies of respiratory drug low, hospitals look for alternatives Children's hospitals in the Twin Cities are running low on albuterol, a drug that helps ease labored breathing. Hospital officials are seeking more of the drug and expanding their capacity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/enterovirus_qa?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:50:58 -0500 Respiratory drug in short supply at pediatric hospitals battling virus The national outbreak of Enterovirus D68 has drained supplies of albuterol at local hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/enterovirus-outbreak-drug?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:58:37 -0500 Twin Cities hospitals busy treating kids with breathing problems; virus still not confirmed in Minnesota Children's hospitals in the Twin Cities are so busy treating children with respiratory problems that they have had to divert some patients to other hospitals. State health officials are trying to determine if the Enterovirus 68 virus is in Minnesota but so far have not confirmed it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/mn-enterovirus?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:26:56 -0500 Minnesota on alert for virus that has sickened children elsewhere Federal officials are asking doctors to watch for the respiratory illness Enterovirus 68. There is no sign of it yet in Minnesota, but state health officials are testing eight samples. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/minnesota-enterovirus?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:16:13 -0500 HIV drug works, but convincing people to use it is a hard sell HIV prevention advocates say some people don't know about an approved treatment to prevent the spread of HIV. Others can't afford it. And some are embarrassed to ask for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/07/hiv-drug?refid=0 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:53:49 -0500 Grant to bring automated CPR devices to Minn. hospitals, ambulances A $4 million grant will buy 300 automated chest compression devices for hospitals and ambulances across Minnesota. Officials say it will help save more cardiac arrest victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/grant-heart-health?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:40:49 -0500 Attack in Fridley leaves 2 in critical condition Police say the victims have life-threatening injuries. A motive for the attack is unknown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/23/fridley-assault?refid=0 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:55:08 -0500 Blue Line extension clears hurdle The Federal Transit Administration has given the METRO Blue Line extension approval to begin design work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/23/blue-line-extension?refid=0 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:31:13 -0500 Going to the animal barns? Watch your mouth, wash your hands Visiting the State Fair's animal barns is OK, but watch your mouth and wash your hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/fair-health?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease Six years in to a 10-year plan to eliminate heart attacks, New Ulm has yet to hit its lofty goal, and may never do so. But it has made enough progress in improving health among its citizens to win national recognition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/16/new-ulm-heart-attacks?refid=0 Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500 U study: Health woes lead some moms to avoid breastfeeding Mothers with complex pregnancies may need extra support from health care providers to successfully breastfeed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/breastfeeding-study?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:10:00 -0500 Petting zoo at Minn. festivals sickens 13 with E. coli The illnesses were traced to contact with the petting zoo animals between July 4 and July 27 at the Nashwauk 4th of July Festival, and at the Polk, Rice and Olmsted County fairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/e-coli-petting-zoo-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:18:27 -0500 Pharmacists ready, worry over new role: Medical pot dispenser Minnesota will be just the second state to use pharmacists to dispense medical cannabis. While some pharmacists say it makes sense to tap their expertise in handling medications, they also see many challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/09/pharmacists-pot-dispenser?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500 State to resume indefinite storage of newborn health data The statute allows parents who object to the change to opt out of long-term storage of their child's screening data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/newborn-data?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:29:59 -0500 High interest from potential medical pot manufacturers in Minnesota The state is sponsoring an Aug. 8 conference in St. Paul for interested manufacturers. The location may need to be changed because interest appears to be greater than what the venue can accommodate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/minnesota-medical-marijuana-manufacturers?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:54:30 -0500 Man with Minnesota ties dies from Ebola in Nigeria In Minnesota, the state Department of Health is working with leaders in the local Liberian community to address concerns about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/ebola-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:37:10 -0500 Non-profit Loaves and Fishes reports higher demand for free meals The nonprofit group Loaves and Fishes says it served more than 41,000 free meals in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/nonprofit-reports-spike-in-free-meals-to-needy?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:58:53 -0500 State Patrol: Driver's bold move prevented disaster in 35W crash He may have saved the life of a Metro Mobility driver trapped in her van. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/25/accident-closes-i35w-in-north-metro?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:47:56 -0500 Schools play major role in well-being of kids with asthma Schools can make a big difference in the lives of students who have asthma, for better or worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/schools-can-help-or-hurt-students-with-asthma?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:03:27 -0500 In the Twin Cities, asthma hospitalization rate highest along I-94: Here's why An estimated 90,000 Minnesota children have asthma, and a disproportionate number of them are African-American and American Indian. Counting adults, the number of asthma cases in the state jumps to more than 400,000. Where people live can explain much of the racial disparity in asthma rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/for-some-asthma-patients-smoking-housing-conditions-and-uneven-insurance-are-a-deadly-mix?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500 At highest risk for cancer, American Indians struggle to change lifestyles In the first of three reports about health disparities in Minnesota, we look at American Indians, whose risk of dying from lung cancer is twice that of non-Hispanic whites. Their rates of cervical and larynx cancer are even higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/cancer-weighs-heavy-on-american-indians?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Stress, discrimination makes LGBT community more vulnerable to health problems, suicide Researchers say chronic stress associated with harassment and discrimination is making sexual and gender minorities much more vulnerable to suicide and other health problems than the general population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/for-sexual-and-gender-minorities-discrimination-can-lead-to-poor-health?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500 2 measles cases reported in Minnesota So far, 288 people in the United States have contracted measles during the first five months of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/measles-cases?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 15:48:07 -0500 Tick numbers are unexpectedly high this spring Ticks are cold-blooded, and as long as they have protection from frigid air temperatures, they can survive, said Dave Neitzel, and epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/tick-numbers?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 13:23:42 -0500 Dayton signs bill giving some nurses more authority The licensing change, which takes effect Jan. 1, applies to nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and registered nurse anesthetists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/dayton-signs-bill-giving-nurses-more-authority?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 18:32:50 -0500 Dayton signs bill for newborn screening program The new law removes the state's two-year time limit on storing those test results. It also eliminates the 71-day limit on archiving newborn blood spot cards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/dayton-signs-bill-for-newborn-screening-program-?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 15:12:02 -0500 Minn. hunger-relief program for seniors launches A new hunger-relief program is testing whether better access to food can help reduce costly hospital readmissions among seniors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/senior-hunger-relief-program?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:33:47 -0500 At some Minnesota clinics, a simple prescription for patient health needs: food Hunger rarely comes up when kids and their families see a doctor. Some clinics operate their own food banks or offer mobile food deliveries to patients, but programs that use food to try to improve patient health are still a relatively new idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/at-some-minnesota-clinics-a-simple-prescription-to-patient-health-needs-food?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:19:05 -0500 STD cases in Minnesota jumped in 2013 The number of syphilis cases increased 64 percent, while gonorrhea cases were up 26 percent, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/minnesota-std-cases?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:28:06 -0500 Study: Vehicle pollution greater in minority neighborhoods The nationwide study found that on average, minority populations are exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels that are 38 percent higher than levels of the gas found in predominantly white neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/air-pollution-disparities?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:13:26 -0500 HCMC moving forward with expansion plans The Hennepin County Board has approved spending $10 million to acquire a city block directly across from HCMC's Emergency Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/hcmc-expansion-plans?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:28:46 -0500 Minnesota man contracts Lassa fever in Africa The man, who was returning to Minnesota from West Africa, was admitted to a hospital after arriving at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with fever and confusion soon after his flight's arrival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/minnesota-man-contracts-lassa-fever-in-africa?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:32:35 -0500 New cards help low income families buy produce Organizers say the Healthy Savings cards will supplement food for struggling families and make it easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables, which are often absent or limited at food shelves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/new-cards-help-low-income-families-buy-produce?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:09:13 -0500 Minn. lawmakers poised to ban tanning for minors At a time when melanoma cases are rising sharply in Minnesota, lawmakers appear poised to pass legislation that would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning equipment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/30/minn-lawmakers-poised-to-ban-tanning-for-minors?refid=0 Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:57:31 -0500 Pain specialists: Bill giving more power to nurses is risky Bills sponsored by state Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato and state Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, would give highly trained nurses independence by granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/health/nurse-bill?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:22:24 -0500 Jump in youth e-cigarette poisonings prompts state health warning The poisoning cases included children who swallowed or inhaled high levels of e-cigarette liquids, known as e-juice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/e-cigarette-poisonings?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:25:03 -0500 New fight over Minnesota's newborn screening law A bill would allow the Minnesota Department of Health to save newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/16/fight-over-minn-newborn-screening-law-continues-?refid=0 Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:38:26 -0500 Some Minn. newborns to be tested for mercury exposure State health officials say they are primarily targeting populations that are at higher risk for mercury exposure, including Somali, Asian, Latino and African American communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/newborn-mercury-testing?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:52:06 -0500 Nurses lobby for authority to practice independently They're trying to change state law, which requires advanced practice nurses to have some supervision from physicians. Nurses say the requirement limits the treatment they can provide, and is a significant barrier to practicing in health care shortage areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/nurses-lobby-for-authority-to-practice-independently?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:50:52 -0600 Minn. physicians ponder medical marijuana The Minnesota Legislature is preparing to debate a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe some form of medical marijuana. That has many Minnesota physicians asking if marijuana is an effective treatment for pain, illness and disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/02/minn-physicians-ponder-medical-marijuana?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:45:42 -0600 Bitter winter has been good for air quality Minnesota's bitter winter has overstayed its welcome for many, but it has been good for the state's air quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/02/bitter-winter-has-been-good-for-air-quality?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 11:35:02 -0600 Officials investigating salmonella outbreak at Old Country Buffet The source of the outbreak has not yet been identified, but the outbreak appears to be over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/old-country-buffet-maple-grove-salmonella-outbreak?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:11:38 -0600 Study: Program focused on preventive medicine, team treatment shows promise The Health Care Homes initiative has increased patient access to clinics, particularly for people of color, while improving quality and coordination of care, according to a state study released Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/health-care-homes-study?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:09:24 -0600 Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/02/19/investigation-more-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-in-twin-cities-catholic-church/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:13:33 -0600 Accused priests: Who they are, where they've served, what's alleged An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/priest-list/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:07:14 -0600 Mpls. ice rinks will remain open More than 20 outdoor rink locations will remain open a bit longer, weather permitting, said Al Bangoura, director of Recreation Centers and Programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/15/mpls-ice-rinks-will-remain-open-?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:55:33 -0600 Minnesota flu season may be winding down There were 63 hospitalizations related to flu last week, which is about half the number of hospitalizations as reported the previous week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/flu-season?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:30:09 -0600 State now strongly urges doctors to recommend HPV vaccination for teens State health experts believe physicians' reluctance to forcefully recommend the vaccine for human papillomavirus -- HPV -- is one reason why vaccinations rates have stalled. The Department will be offering a series of online and in-person information sessions for doctors that will focus on adolescent vaccination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/health-hpv-vaccinations?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:13:54 -0600 Golden Valley permit decision causes controversy In a statement on the city's website, Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris said the City will use the time to address residents concerns and educate the community about mental illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/08/golden-valley-denies-treatment-center-building-permit-?refid=0 Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:37:05 -0600 Dignitaries, family bid farewell to Joan Mondale The wife of former vice president Walter Mondale, Joan Mondale wasn't shy about stepping out on her own. She leveraged the political prominence of her husband to focus national attention on arts and culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/08/dignitaries-family-bid-farewell-to-joan-mondale?refid=0 Sat, 08 Feb 2014 12:37:14 -0600 Commissioner: All policy proposals should address health disparities Research has shown that access to high quality jobs, education and housing are associated with improved health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/ehlinger-health-disparities?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:53:30 -0600 'Structural racism' blamed for some of state's severe health disparities Major race-based differences are evident in almost every major disease condition in Minnesota. This Saturday the Minnesota Department of Health will deliver a report to the Legislature that underlines policies that routinely provide health advantages to white people while producing chronic disadvantages for people of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/structural-racism-blamed-for-states-health-disparities?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:51:49 -0600 Patient hospital safety improves, but falls remain a problem Some Minnesota hospitals are using their electronic medical records to identify patients who might be a fall risk. They also post alerts on patients' doors and give them red socks, so staff members can easily identify vulnerable patients who are walking outside of their rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/adverse-health-event-report?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Report: Not all Minnesotans have the same opportunity to be healthy A Minnesota Department of Health report found that health disparities between whites and minorities in part resulted from structural racism, which refers to racism that's built into systems and policies. The report extends beyond health policy, touching on transportation, geography and employment policies, among others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/department-of-health-disparity-report?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:10:53 -0600 Primary care shortage raises profile of nurses with advanced degrees Highly trained nurses are seen as a potentially cost-effective way to extend routine medical care to underserved patients. Nurses with doctoral degrees are trained to diagnose and treat conditions, prescribe drugs, and even lead a primary care practice with some physician oversight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/primary-care-shortage-raises-profile-of-nurses-with-advanced-degrees?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:00:30 -0600 After settlement, Minn. to destroy 1.1M newborn blood samples Although the settlement ends a long-running court fight over the department's collection and storage practices, the battle over the state's archiving plan going forward appears to be far from over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/health/newborn-genetic-material-storage-settlement?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:01:20 -0600 Hospitals ask flu-stricken visitors to stay away New restrictions on potential visitors who think they might have the flu or have been in close contact with someone who is sick are a permanent change that will likely occur each season, and will last until flu is no longer considered a significant threat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/hospitals-seek-to-keep-away-flustricken-visitors?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:43:18 -0600 Health department says flu widespread in Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health says the flu is now widespread across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/02/health/flu-season?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:21:49 -0600 Study: Vitamin E may help delay Alzheimer's progression High doses of vitamin E may help delay the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, according to the findings of a new Department of Veterans Affairs study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/health/alzheimers-vitamin-e-study?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:15:55 -0600 New law aims to make Minnesotans get serious about radon gas Radon gas is dangerous, but in Minnesota a relatively small number of people fix radon problems in their homes. A new real estate disclosure law is an attempt to make the threat of radon more conspicuous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/22/new-law-aims-to-make-minnesotans-get-serious-about-radon-gas?refid=0 Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:20:00 -0600 Study: Mpls. Somali, white children equally susceptible to autism Somali and white children in Minneapolis were about equally likely to be identified with an autism spectrum disorder, new research shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/health/somali-white-autism-study?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:11:16 -0600 Diners at Edinburgh USA Golf Course clubhouse possibly ill with 'fecal/oral' disease The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a possible norovirus outbreak traced to a Brooklyn Park restaurant and banquet facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/health/norovirus-infection?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:40:02 -0600 Study: Raw milk sicknesses more common than reported Minnesota Department of Health statistics show that over a ten-year period, the number of people in the state who may have been sickened by raw milk was 25 times higher than the number of cases traced to well-publicized outbreaks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/health/raw-milk-study?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:03:49 -0600 World's largest imaging magnet arrives at U of M After a month-long journey from England, the world's largest imaging magnet has been unloaded in its new home at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/education/worlds-largest-imaging-magnet-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:04:10 -0600 'Dental therapy' takes root where dentists are scarce in Minnesota Over the past two years universities have trained, and the state has licensed, 28 dental therapists, practitioners who perform many basic dental procedures that previously only a dentist would do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/07/health/dental-therapy-profession?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:00:00 -0600 General Mills facing two lawsuits over vapor hazard General Mills faces at least lawsuits that allege residents in a Minneapolis neighborhood suffer property damage due to chemical contamination that has migrated from a former research site into the ground beneath their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/environment/general-mills-vapor-hazard-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:38:46 -0600 Heart patients should take it easy shoveling snow Doctors say clearing a sidewalk or driveway is not worth risking your health, if the job is too big or requires too much exertion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/health/heart-patients-shoveling-snow?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:26:28 -0600 Stressed at the holidays? Have a plan, says U psychiatrist The high expectations and added pressures of the holiday season can make it more difficult for people suffering from anxiety, depression or drug and alcohol addictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/stressed-at-the-holidays-have-a-plan-u-psychiatrist-says?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:44:24 -0600 Thanksgiving takes new meaning for Mpls. family after cancer scare After Betsy Lucas underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant, a sense of normalcy finally returned to her family's home and sparked a new holiday tradition aimed at keeping tracks of the important things in life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/28/news/lucas-family?refid=0 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:12:13 -0600 Safety in the kitchen urged on Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is associated with more home cooking fires than any other day of the year. Busy home cooks are being urged to take extra care in the kitchen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/28/news/kitchen-safety-thanksgiving?refid=0 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. health dept. shifts whooping cough strategy Minnesota doctors are no longer being urged to give 10-year-olds a booster vaccine for whooping cough as reports of the disease decline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/health/whooping-cough?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:46:27 -0600 Minn. man receives state's first 'breathing' lung transplant A 51-year-old Minnesota man is recovering after receiving the state's first "breathing" lung transplant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/health/breathing-lung-transplant?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:14:57 -0600 Some Minnesota physicians eschew new cholesterol guidelines Some Minnesota physicians returning from the American Heart Association meeting in Dallas say they will stick with old guidelines for determining when to use cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, until the validity of a new risk calculator is verified. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/health/minn-physicians-cholesterol-guidelines-?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:41:07 -0600 Minn. MDs, researchers favor new statin guidelines Doctors and researchers are supporting new guidelines on the use of statin drugs, which are widely prescribed to lower bad cholesterol. The new guidelines urge their use in a wider group of people, and not limited to those whose cholesterol numbers are not good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/health/new-statin-guidelines?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 State wants to test 200 homes for potentially hazardous vapor State officials told residents of the Como neighborhood in Minneapolis that they want to test 200 homes to see if vapors caused by a nearby General Mills Superfund site have breached the houses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/environment/state-test-homes-hazardous-vapor?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:25:07 -0600 Minneapolis to update Como residents about potentially harmful vapor plume Recent soil tests in a small section of the Como neighborhood show that vapor levels from a common solvent exceed government health limits for indoor air.State officials will hold two public meetings Tuesday to update residents in the area of the potential hazard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/environment/como-vapor-plume?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 U hopes online game will help sell public health careers The University of Minnesota hopes a new online game will spark student interest in public health careers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/health/public-health-computer-game?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:30:16 -0600 Company removed from Wakota project likely to be St. Croix bridge contractor If the Ames/Lunda partnership successfully completes its bid review, it will be awarded the St. Croix Crossing contract later this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:13:43 -0500 Minnesota's pre-term birth rate worsens; racial disparity undermines efforts Minnesota's pre-term birth rate has grown worse. The change isn't drastic, but the shift in the wrong direction raises concerns that the state isn't doing enough to make sure that all mothers and babies receive proper care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/health/preterm-birth-rate-worsens?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Hundreds of church-goers in N.D. exposed to Hepatitis A North Dakota Department of Health officials say a person who was infected with the virus participated in services and touched communion wafers at four churches in Fargo and Jamestown in late September and early October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/health/hepatitis-a-church?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:23:05 -0500 Lead paint dust can cause poisoning in a child The vast majority of Minnesota's cases are caused by lead paint in older homes, said epidemiologist Stephanie Yendell. A very small amount of paint dust can cause lead poisoning in a child, she added. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/22/health/lead-poisoning-children-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:14:02 -0500 Fire deaths down slightly in Minnesota New state fire statistics show that 50 people in Minnesota were killed by fires in 2012. That's six fewer deaths than the previous year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/news/fire-deaths-down-slightly?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:38:32 -0500 Still time to get vaccinated as flu season arrives Four people have been hospitalized with flu in recent weeks and three K-12 schools have reported outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/17/health/flu-season-arrives?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:20:10 -0500 New device helps prolong CPR, giving doctors more time to save patients Tim Franko received CPR for two hours and 45 minutes after a recent heart attack. Doctors believe it's the longest CPR in a case where a patient who had no heartbeat was successfully revived. But it's not the only recent case in Minnesota of a really long resuscitation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/health/advances-in-cpr-technology-leading-to-prolonged-resuscitations-in-heart-attack-cas?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 More Minnesota hospitals reduce unnecessary blood transfusions Blood transfusions save lives. If you need one, there's no question you should get one. A growing number of Minnesota hospitals are reducing unnecessary blood transfusions. It's a big change in how some physicians practice medicine and it has led some Minnesota hospitals to tighten their transfusion guidelines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/health/hospitals-blood-transfusions?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:11:07 -0500 Stool card proves to be effective cancer screening tool The fecal occult-blood test, also referred to as a stool card, is a common colon cancer screening tool that detects the presence of blood in stool. The test can cut the risk of dying from colorectal cancer by as much as a third over three decades, a new study shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/stool-card-proves-to-be-effective-cancer-screening-tool?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:38:00 -0500 'Superbug' microbe poses 'urgent' threat to public health Nationwide there have been an estimated 9,300 cases annually of an antibiotic-resistant microbe. The microbe poses an "urgent" threat to public health according to a new list of 18 superbugs released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/health/antibiotic-resistant-microbes?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:32:32 -0500 Effectiveness of obesity message varies by political leanings Prevention messages that focus on obesity's threat to military readiness are popular among people who self-identify as politically conservative, according to the American Journal of Public Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/health/response-to-obesity-message?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:27:58 -0500 Health organizations urge FDA to regulate e-cigarettes A coalition of state and local public health organizations says want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes and other unregulated tobacco products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/health-orgs-want-fda-to-regulate-e-cigarettes?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:58:53 -0500 Study: Obese teens face anorexia risk Well-meaning family members and physicians often contribute to a patient's eating disorder by encouraging diets rather than healthy eating, a new study says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/health/study-obese-teens-face-anorexia-risk?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:11:10 -0500 E-cigarette use doubles among US high schoolers The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that children who use electronic cigarettes may end up getting hooked on nicotine, possibly making them more likely to switch to conventional cigarettes. E-cigarette proponents counter that e-cigarettes are intended to help smokers quit tobacco. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/ecigarette-smoking-increasingly-popular-among-teens?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:35:00 -0500 Health officials watch for back-to-school pertussis upsurge Compared to last year's massive pertussis outbreak, it's shaping up to be a quieter year for the bacterial infection. But public health officials are concerned the return to school could mean an upsurge in new cases of an infection, even as they try to figure out why it's hitting Minnesota harder than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/health-pertussis-concern?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 State Fair Sunday attendance broke record Minnesota State Fair officials say there was a huge attendance spike on Sunday after cooler weather finally swept in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/02/minn-state-fair-attendance-down?refid=0 Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:55:55 -0500 Medical researchers study ways to make hot temps less dangerous Mayo Clinic researchers are trying to figure out ways to help the elderly and other vulnerable people better survive deadly heat waves. Meanwhile, climate change experts worry about weather trends that could put more people at risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/27/medical-researchers-study-ways-to-beat-the-heat?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:35:24 -0500 Minneapolis students face searing hot return Minneapolis Public Schools are preparing for a scorcher on the first day of class. The district has 18 public school buildings that do not have any air conditioning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/education/minneapolis-students-face-searing-hot-return?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:20:23 -0500 Health warning as Minn. heat wave ramps up Emergency physicians expect to see an increase in patients with heat-related illnesses this week as hot and humid conditions blanket the region. Children under age 5 and elderly people are among those most vulnerable to heat-related stress. But anyone can succumb to excessive heat, especially if they don't have access to air conditioning or if they're participating in strenuous outdoor activities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/25/regional/health-warning-as-minnesota-heatwave-ramps-up?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:59:47 -0500 Excessive heat raises risk of wildfires in Minn. Excessive heat is raising the risk of wildfires in Minnesota, and fire officials are urging people to be careful in dry areas. Much of the state is still covered with green vegetation, which reduces the risk of fire, but the landscape can change quickly during a heat wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/24/regional/excessive-heat-raises-risk-of-fire?refid=0 Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:02:34 -0500 State Fair watching closely for signs of swine flu Hundreds of thousands of visitors will wander through the animal barns at the Minnesota State Fair over the next 12 days to view some of the state's top farm animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/state-fair-watching-closely-for-signs-of-swine-flu?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:00:06 -0500 Lyme disease in U.S. 10 times more common than thought As many as 300,000 Americans are actually diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. In Minnesota, 1,000 to 1,300 cases are reported - and epidemiologists estimate about 3 to 4 times more people are sickened in the state each year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/health/lyme-disease-estimate?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:38:56 -0500 Survey: Patients satisfied with medical providers, but want easier access Minnesota patients are satisfied with the way their medical providers interact with them, but many would like easier access to their doctor, according to a patient experience survey released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/health/patient-satisfaction-survey?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:01:31 -0500 New children's mental health center for Minneapolis Politicians, government representatives and community members will participate in a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday for a new children's mental health center in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/news/mpls-childrens-mental-health-center?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Minn. reports 1st West Nile death of 2013 An elderly man died of encephalitis, the first confirmed fatality connected to the West Nile virus this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/12/health/west-nile-death?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:50:02 -0500 Emergency hay harvest will be chosen by DNR lottery Today is the last day that farmers can apply for the state's emergency hay harvest on wildlife management areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/business/emergency-hay-harvest?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:01:01 -0500 Mayo researchers: Inflammation 'initial step' to pancreatic cancer Mayo Clinic researchers in Florida say they've identified how chronic inflammation of the pancreas reprograms some cells and makes them more susceptible to cancerous mutations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/05/health/mayo-inflammation-pancreatic-cancer?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:25:33 -0500 Cold Spring nursing home cited for neglect after patient's death The Minnesota Department of Health's investigation of Assumption Home found that the facility didn't assess the risks of using a bed rail for a patient suffering from dementia. The patient died of asphyxiation after becoming lodged between the bed's mattress and rail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/cold-spring-nursing-home-cited-for-neglect-after-patients-death?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:08:11 -0500 Bone marrow donor campaign targets college students The shortage of bone marrow donors is so acute that last year only about half of the 12,000 patients requesting a donor received one. A key problem is that doctors find it hard to convince younger people -- whose blood cells are better able to fight cancer -- to join the registry of donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/health/bone-marrow-donor-campaign-targets-college-students?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 E. coli confirmed in Lake Minnetonka The illnesses occurred in young adults who reported swimming and boating in the Big Island area of the lake on July 4. One person was hospitalized and has since recovered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/health/e-coli-confirmed-in-lake-minnetonka?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:23:28 -0500 Study: Fewer healthy years for older black Minnesotans than whites Black Minnesotans who have reached the age of 65 can expect to be healthy for far less of their remaining years than whites, according to new federal government data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/health/study-life-expectancy-black-minnesotans?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:29:01 -0500 Lyme disease treatment debated as peak season commences Minnesota is entering its peak period for Lyme disease diagnoses. As common as the tick-borne disease is, there's still a lot unknown about it. A debate has raged for many years over how to treat it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/health/lyme-disease-treatment-debate?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 U research ties enzyme to cancer-causing DNA mutations University of Minnesota researchers have discovered a single human enzyme that they say is a major source of cancer-causing DNA mutations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/14/health/university-of-minnesota-research-on-cancer-causing-enzyme?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Health organizations appeal for more blood donors Blood donations are down across parts of the region, prompting an appeal for more donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/health/blood-donations?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:15:05 -0500 DHS reports 25 rabies cases so far this year Rabies in animals appears to be up slightly for the first half of this year. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed 25 positive rabies tests so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/07/health/dhs-reports-25-rabies-cases-this-year?refid=0 Sun, 07 Jul 2013 09:32:27 -0500 Tick season started late, staying late The height of tick season has passed, but the Minnesota Department of Health says people should still take precautions to prevent tick bites over the next several weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/environment/tick-season-started-late-staying-late?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:02:30 -0500 Caution: West Nile virus mosquitoes are out Grab the bug spray. It will soon be peak season for disease-carrying mosquitoes in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/04/health/west-nile-virus-mosquitoes?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2013 09:54:14 -0500 After death, Minn. health dept. warns of Listeria in soft cheese A Listeria outbreak linked to a soft, Brie-style cheese has sickened two people in Minnesota. And one of the victims has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/listeria-outbreak?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:39:45 -0500 Study: Blood pressure management better with home, pharmacy intervention A new study shows that aggressive management of hypertension can help more patients maintain proper control of their blood pressure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/health/study-blood-pressure-control?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:51:43 -0500 At Mayo, a bonanza of medical records is set to grow even larger Since 1966, the Mayo Clinic has collected as many medical records as possible in Minnesota's Olmsted County to generate powerful studies that help save lives. The Rochester Epidemiology Project, with nearly 600,000 medical records, has provided groundbreaking information on a variety of conditions. The project is expanding to other counties, which will help researchers broaden its database. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/23/health/mayo-epidmiology-project?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Carver ranked Minn.'s healthiest county Carver County is ranked as Minnesota's healthiest county in a new report while Cass County is at the bottom of the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/health/minn-carver-county-ranked-healthiest?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:27:43 -0500 Rare form of strep gaining ground in Minn. A rare, antibiotic-resistant form of Group B Streptococcus appears to be getting more common in Minnesota and there's concern that the infection will gain a foothold in the state and sicken more infants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/health/group-b-strep-study-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:19:06 -0500 New, tighter concussion guidelines for youth The American Academy of Neurology based in Minneapolis says any athlete suspected of having a concussion should be immediately removed from play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/health/new-tighter-concussion-guidelines-for-youth?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:50:49 -0500 U study examines employment during pregnancy A University of Minnesota study has found that a woman's employment during pregnancy does not negatively affect her baby's health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/16/health/employment-by-pregnant-women-not-harmful?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:33:12 -0500 John Kersey, U of M cancer research pioneer, dies Dr. John Kersey, leader of the U of M team that successfully completed the world's first bone marrow transplant for lymphoma in 1975, has died at the age of 74. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/health/university-of-minnesota-cancer-research-pioneer-dies?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:04:00 -0500 Flu death toll in Minn. rises to 176 Minnesota's death toll from influenza climbed to 176, including seven more deaths that were confirmed during week 10 of the flu season that ended last Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/health/minnesota-flu-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:12:14 -0500 'Junk food' tax proposal goes to committee The proposal, authored by DFL Rep. Jerry Newton, of Coon Rapids, would add chips, pretzels, cookies and other prepackaged treats to the list of snack items subject to the state's 6.88 percent sales tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/health/junk-food-tax-proposal-gets-committee-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:55:37 -0500 Report: Dentists underpaid by state for low-income patient care A report released Friday by Minnesota's Legislative Auditor says the state should pay dentists more for treating patients enrolled in Minnesota's Medical Assistance program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/health/legislative-auditor-dentist-reimbursement?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:37:25 -0600 Deadly superbugs on the rise in Minn. Deadly superbugs, called Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae [CRE], are on the rise in Minnesota and across much of the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/health/deadly-superbugs-on-the-rise-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:51:43 -0600 U researchers use stem cells to regenerate muscles in diseased mice University of Minnesota researchers, using stem cell technology, have sparked muscle regeneration in laboratory mice with a fast-moving form of muscular dystrophy, a disease that severely weakens muscles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/health/study-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-muscle-regeneration?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:06:33 -0600 C-section delivery rates vary widely in US The rate of cesarean-section deliveries occurs in wide variation in U.S. hospitals, shows a University of Minnesota study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/health/hospital-cesarean-rates?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:55:12 -0600 U fund would plug hole if grant money drops University of Minnesota researchers will be able to tap a new pot of money to support their projects if they lose some of their federal grant funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/education/u-of-m-research-funding-after-sequester-cuts?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:13:40 -0600 17 more flu deaths in Minn., state reports Flu-related deaths in Minnesota continue to climb, even as the outbreak tapers off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/health/flu-death-report?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:38:48 -0600 Air pollution alert issued for Twin Cities, Rochester Fine particle pollution in the air across southern Minnesota is causing unhealthy breathing conditions for children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/environment/air-pollution-alert-twin-cities-rochester?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:08:09 -0600 Worst of flu outbreak winding down Minnesota's death toll from influenza has reached 127. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/health/flu-update?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:30:33 -0600 1 in 5 Minn. adults smoke, study says Minnesota's adult smoking rate is much higher than public health officials previously thought. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 19 percent of Minnesota adults smoke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/health/one-in-five-minnesota-adults-smoke?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:34:46 -0600 State says Minn. flu outbreak slowing Some signs indicate Minnesota's influenza outbreak is slowing, but the state Department of Health isn't yet ready to say that it has peaked. "We still have a lot of influenza activity out there," said the agency's Kris Ehresmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/health/flu-outbreak-slowing?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:31:34 -0600 Bill would fund spine, brain injury research Two DFL lawmakers are proposing to create a state grant program that would dedicate $4 million each year to spinal cord and traumatic brain injury research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/politics/spinal-cord-traumatic-brain-injury-research-bill?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:20:04 -0600 Pioneering cancer researcher at U of M dies of cancer A pioneering brain tumor researcher at the University of Minnesota has died following his own battle with cancer. John Ohlfest, Ph.D. died Monday, January 21, 2013 of melanoma. He was 35. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/health/minnesota-cancer-researcher-dies-of-cancer?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:47:14 -0600 Subzero weather brings risk of frostbite, hypothermia The risk of frostbite and hypothermia is high this weekend as temperatures dip below zero across much of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/20/regional/subzero-weather-frostbite-hypothermia?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:53:51 -0600 Flu deaths climb to 60 this season The newly released case numbers brings the state's influenza death toll to 60 so far this flu season. However, the Minnesota Department of Health says there's nothing particularly unusual about the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/health/more-deaths-in-minnesota-flu-outbreak?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:32:02 -0600 Minn. Somalis lack culturally competent reproductive health care, report says A new report on Somali women in Minnesota sheds light on the resistance of Somali women to cesarean sections, prenatal care and family planning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/health/somali-reproductive-health?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:53:02 -0600 Some Minn. clinics out of flu vaccine The Minnesota Department of Health says it is aware of some cases where people haven't been able to get flu vaccine from their primary care clinics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/health/flu-vaccine-out-at-some-clinics-no-shortage?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:59:07 -0600 Flu vaccine 62 pct. effective, govt. says New federal government estimates show that this year's flu vaccine has an effectiveness rate of about 62 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/health/flu-vaccine-efficacy?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:28:35 -0600 27 flu-related deaths prompt state to redefine outbreak A big surge in flu cases and deaths has redefined how health officials are describing the current flu outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health is now declaring that Minnesota is in the midst of a severe flu season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/health/severe-flu-season-declared?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:30:00 -0600 Minn. flu season reaching peak Public health officials say the influenza picture that's developing appears to be pretty typical even though our recent mild flu years may have made it seem like flu is nothing to get too concerned about. /display/web/2013/01/09/health/hospital-flu-visitor-restrictions/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 07:48:27 -0600 Possibly severe flu season reaching heights in Minn. Fourteen southern Minnesota hospitals announced Wednesday they are implementing visitor restrictions in order to protect patients and staff from flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/health/hospital-flu-visitor-restrictions?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:04:52 -0600 Teen's death confirmed flu related The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the flu-related death of a Minnesota teen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/health/flu-death?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:39:59 -0600 Minn. hospital restricting sick visitors Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming is restricting some visitors due to a surge in flu cases at the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/health/fairview-wyoming-hospital-visitor-flu-restrictions?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:20:39 -0600 Event promotes helmets for winter athletes The Traumatic Brain Injury Center at the Hennepin County Medical Center will kick off a campaign this weekend to reduce the risk of concussions on ski slopes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/regional/helmets-for-winter-athletes?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 15:57:10 -0600 Second Minnesota flu death recorded Minnesota has recorded its second death from influenza this season. The victim was a woman in her 90s with underlying risk factors that made her susceptible to flu complications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/health/first-minnesota-flu-death?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 06:26:36 -0600 Minn. group eyes Russian bill on adoptions Adoption officials in Minnesota are anxiously waiting to hear whether President Vladimir Putin of Russia will sign a bill banning adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/regional/minn-group-eyes-russian-adoption-bill?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:32:20 -0600 Homeowners complain of door-to-door water treatment sales Some Minnesota water treatment companies are using false claims and deceptive sales tactics to sell their water treatment systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/business/water-treatment-sales?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:26:36 -0600 Lithium batteries in gifts pose health threat So far this year, the Minnesota Poison Control Center has recorded 41 incidents where coin batteries were swallowed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/health/lithium-batteries-health-hazard?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 06:28:57 -0600 2012 was record for whooping cough With more than 4,300 cases of pertussis in Minnesota, 2012 was a year for the record books. The state hasn't had this many cases of the respiratory infection since World War II. The problem seems to be related to a redesigned pertussis vaccine introduced in the 1990s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/health/2012-whooping-cough-record?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Norovirus: The unwelcome holiday guest Public health officials are urging good hand-washing this holiday season as the number of norovirus outbreaks in Minnesota surges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/health/norovirus?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:33:05 -0600 'Make It OK' campaign aims at mental illness stigma A new campaign called "Make It OK" is encouraging Minnesotans to talk more openly about mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/health/make-it-ok-campaign-aims-at-mental-illness-stigma?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:17:17 -0600 Trauma of Newtown shooting can extend to those without direct connection New details about the Connecticut school shooting will emerge over the next few days and weeks. For some people, the extensive media coverage may become too much to bear. It's OK for people tune out as they cope with the trauma of the event, says a psychologist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/health/trauma-newtown-shooting-extend-direct-connection?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Some MN teens healthier than those in '90s Minnesota teens have experienced substantial declines in rates of sexual activity, smoking, binge drinking and other risky health behaviors since the 1990s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/teen-health-survey-racial-gap?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:52:00 -0600 Fecal transplant offers rare hope against deadly colon disease In an experimental treatment that may be the only way they can save some people who have contracted a dangerous colon infection, some Minnesota doctors are transplanting donated human feces into their patients' colons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/health/fecal-transplants-colon-disease?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:57:48 -0600 Prostate cancer scan advance helps Mayo doctors with early detection A new scanning technique only available at the Mayo Clinic is helping doctors detect recurrent prostate cancer months, even years, earlier than before. The scan allows men with cancer to get treatment that is both faster and potentially more effective than current tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/health/mayo-clinic-prostate-cancer-scan?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:47:55 -0600 Minn. works to coordinate effort on housing safety Health and housing leaders unveiled a new "Healthy Homes" plan this week that will try to coordinate the state's prevention work on problems such as mold, radon and carbon monoxide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/24/regional/housing-safety?refid=0 Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:05:13 -0600 Alzheimer's Association encourages checking on family members with disease, symptoms The Alzheimer's Association said it typically sees an increase in calls to its 24-hour helpline during and after Thanksgiving and Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/22/health/alzhiemers-symptoms?refid=0 Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Obese truckers have higher accident rate Severely obese truckers have about a 50 percent higher accident rate in their first two years on the job than their colleagues who are a normal weight, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota-Morris. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/health/obese-truckers-have-higher-accident-rate?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:09:30 -0600 Truckers' health focus of Mayo doctor's study When many people think of truck drivers and their lifestyle, they likely envision someone who sits a lot, eats loads of unhealthy food and consumes too many soft drinks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/health/study-truckers-health-doctors?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 U study: Metro teens report surprising level of steroid use University of Minnesota researchers have found that Twin Cities teens are using steroids and muscle-enhancing substances at higher rates than previously thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/18/health/minn-teen-steroid-use?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 MN records 13th illness from bad steroids Public health officials have confirmed Minnesota's 13th fungal infection linked to contaminated steroids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/health/minnesota-steroid-illness?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:07:18 -0600 Minn. launches effort to prevent early births A new health campaign launching in Minnesota seeks to dispel the notion that it's safe to schedule an elective delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/health/no-early-births?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:13:42 -0600 U of M to phase out 20-year-old HIV seminar program A nearly 20-year-old HIV seminar program at the University of Minnesota is being retired because attendance has dropped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/health/university-to-phase-out-20yearold-hiv-seminar-program?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:20:13 -0600 Ritchie: Record number of ballots in Minn. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said that Minnesotans cast a record number of ballots in Tuesday's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/election-turnout?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:05:45 -0600 Minn. confirms 11th fungal meningitis case Minnesota has confirmed its 11th case of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/health/eleventh-meningitis-case?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 08:59:14 -0600 Venison donation program enters 6th year Minnesota's deer-hunting firearm season opens on Saturday and hunters will once again be able to donate deer carcasses to food shelves and food banks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/news/venison-donation?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Meningitis outbreak: FDA lists Minnesota clinics that received NECC drugs The FDA now says 111 Minnesota clinics received drugs from a Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak. That's 18 fewer clinics than state officials reported last week after receiving a different FDA provider list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/health/fda-lists-minnesota-clinics-receiving-necc-drugs?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:22:52 -0500 Minn. confirms 2 more meningitis cases Minnesota has confirmed its sixth and seventh cases of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/health/minnesota-confirms-two-more-meningitis-cases?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:58:29 -0500 100+ Minn. clinics warned about drugs State officials say 129 clinics and hospitals in Minnesota received drug products that could pose a possible meningitis risk to patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/health/mengingitis-minnesota-clinics?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:17:00 -0500 Fungal meningitis outbreak prompts FDA advisory Minnesota health care providers are being urged to contact any patients who received a drug injection manufactured by the New England Compounding Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/health/fungal-meningitis-outbreak-prompts-fda-advisory?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:18:46 -0500 Minn. reports 5th fungal meningitis case Minnesota has confirmed its fifth case of fungal meningitis linked to the contaminated steroids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/health/meningitis-fifth-minnesota-case?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:10:42 -0500 Pharmacies under scrutiny as meningitis outbreak spreads Compounding pharmacies have been under intense scrutiny since news emerged that a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy prepared and distributed contaminated steroids linked to meningitis infections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/13/health/meningitis?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:11:00 -0500 Two meningitis patients out of hospital Two of the three Minnesota patients being treated for fungal meningitis have been released from the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/health/meningitis-patients-released?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:00:39 -0500 Official: Pharmacy in outbreak lacked proper Minn. license The Massachusetts pharmacy that sold contaminated steroids to two Twin Cities-based pain management facilities did not have a Minnesota license to distribute the drugs in bulk quantities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/health/pharmacy-in-outbreak-lacked-proper-minnesota-license?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:23:24 -0500 Several hundred patients report symptoms of possible meningitis infection Several hundred of the more than 800 Minnesota patients exposed to potentially contaminated steroid injections are reporting symptoms that could be signs of meningitis infection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/health/meningitis-infection-exposure?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:07:06 -0500 Minn. patients urged to be tested for meningitis A couple dozen Minnesota patients have been urged to get a medical evaluation for possible meningitis infections. The patients all received injections of a steroid that has been linked to 42 illnesses and five deaths in six states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/health/minnesota-patients-report-meningitis-symptoms?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:38:28 -0500 Up to 1,000 Minn. patients may be linked to meningitis outbreak The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that as many as 1,000 patients may have received contaminated steroids that have been implicated in a national meningitis outbreak. Two Twin Cities-based health care groups used steroids from the same product lots that have been linked to the deaths of five patients and 30 illnesses in six states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/health/meningitis-steroids?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. clinics linked to contaminated steroid Two Twin Cities-based health care groups used steroids from the same product lots that have been implicated in a deadly meningitis outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/health/meningitis?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:02:17 -0500 Whooping cough outbreak slowing, state says But the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed more than 3,700 cases of whooping cough so far this year -- the most since the 1940s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/health/new-whooping-cough-cases-slowing-state-says?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:50:20 -0500 Health Dept reports on infection outbreak An outbreak of infections last year at St. Cloud Hospital caused serious harm, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/health/serious-harm-from-outbreak-at-st-cloud-hospital?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:45:27 -0500 Minn. urges citizens to plan for long-term health needs Minnesota kicked off a campaign Tuesday to urge more Minnesotans to plan for their needs as they age so they can live independently for as long as possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/health/minnesota-urges-citizens-to-plan-for-long-term-health-needs?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:17:41 -0500 Minn. smoking law is 5 years old On the law's 5-year anniversary Monday, state health commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger says a study from the Mayo Clinic shows a decline in heart attacks after the ban took effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/health/minnesota-smoking-law-five-years-old?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:34:58 -0500 Triggers that lead to workplace violence The fatal shooting at a sign shop in Minneapolis is the state's deadliest workplace homicide in at least 20 years. Six people, including the gunman, are dead from the shooting. According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, until yesterday the highest number of employee's killed in any one case of workplace violence was two. Job termination is a well-known risk factor that can lead to workplace violence. But it's rarely the only reason. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/news/workplace-violence?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:56:40 -0500 Salmonella cases linked to peanut butter Health officials say one Twin Cities-area resident has been sickened as part of a 19-state salmonella outbreak, linked to peanut butter sold under the Trader Joe's brand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/health/salmonella-trader-joes-peanut-butter?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:43:38 -0500 189 new cases of pertussis confirmed in Minn. this week One hundred eighty-nine new cases of pertussis were confirmed in Minnesota in the past week. More than 3,500 cases of the bacterial infection have been reported so far this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/health/whooping-cough?refid=0 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Mayo: Take precautions with rice after arsenic report Many Minnesota parents may be wondering whether they should stop feeding their children rice after a report this week revealed that inorganic arsenic is present in dozens of rice products, including infant cereal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/health/rice-arsenic-mayo-recommendations?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:26:09 -0500 Obesity could double in Minnesota if patterns hold The Minnesota obesity rate will more than double in less than 20 years if the state's current weight-related trends don't change, according to an analysis from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/health/obesity-minnesota-projection?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:48:37 -0500 New U center will offer guidance on medical education The University of Minnesota will lead a new center that will provide national guidance on the best ways to reshape health care education so graduates learn how to practice collaboratively. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/15/health/medical-education-grant?refid=0 Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:42:00 -0500 New swine flu sickens 2 more, may be linked to State Fair Two Minnesota children who visited the State Fair swine barn contracted the new variant strain of H3N2 flu. Both children have recovered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/health/new-flu-strain-sickened-kids-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:29:43 -0500 Minn. campaign to take on opiates, heroin Minnesota hopes a new statewide substance abuse collaboration will help the state get a handle on its growing opiate and heroin problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/health/minnesota-campaign-to-take-on-opiates-heroin?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:26:47 -0500 Minn. schools will report chickenpox cases Minnesota schools must report all confirmed and suspected cases of chickenpox among their students and staff to public health officials starting this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/health/school-chickenpox?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Another State Fair swine flu case reported State health officials say another case of a new swine flu strain has been linked to the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/health/another-state-fair-swine-flu-case-reported?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:53:07 -0500 Minn. reaches vaccination goals, official says 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/08/health/toddler-immunizations?refid=0 Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:52:31 -0500 26 pct. of Minn. adults suffer from high blood pressure The state's numbers are still better than the national average which is around 30 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/health/high-blood-pressure-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:22:41 -0500 Minn. prepares for wave of Alzheimer's cases 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/30/health/alzheimers?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Health risks still threaten those in flood zone 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/disaster/flood-health-risk-prevention?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:16:59 -0500 Mayo gains in-network access to Medica 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/health/medica-mayo?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:17:59 -0500 Prescription drug program aims to prevent doctor shopping by addicts 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/health/prescription-database?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mayo-led group will focus on children's mental health The Mayo Clinic will lead a new partnership to provide mental health training to doctors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/03/mayo-mental-health?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0500 New lead standard means more cases with less funding for abatement 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/new-lead-standard?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 04:00:09 -0500 Hospital workers vote on new labor contract Health care workers continue to vote on a new labor contract with eight metro-area hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/hospital-support--workers-vote?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 07:42:00 -0500 Study says new screenings effective for finding colon cancers Researchers say a new screening technique is effective in reducing colorectal cancer cases and fatalities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/study-screening-colon-cancer?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 21:19:59 -0500 Health officials count surging number of pertussis cases 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/pertussis-whooping-cough?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 17:46:15 -0500 Whooping cough on the rise in Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health says the state is approaching 700 cases of the disease, also known as whooping cough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/whooping-cough?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 14:10:09 -0500 Researcher gets govt. investment for Alzheimer's treatment technique The U.S. government will invest nearly $8 million dollars to study an Alzheimer's treatment that was pioneered in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/alzheimers-treatment-technique?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 18:17:55 -0500 Survey: Many Minnesotans still without insurance A new report shows that the portion of Minnesotans who have health insurance has not recovered from losses that occurred during the recession that ended in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/health-insurance-study?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:57:28 -0600 Bill McLaughlin steps aside from Select Comfort McLaughlin is credited with helping create and launch Select Comfort's Sleep Number brand in 2001. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/mclaughlin-select-comfort?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:12:10 -0600 Minn. researchers study standing vs. sitting at a desk Minnesota researchers set up special work stations at a Minneapolis business Tuesday to assess the health benefits of standing rather than sitting at a desk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/sitting-vs-standing-study?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:35:34 -0600 Living with diabetes still a challenge Advances in diabetes treatment, such as insulin pumps and more accurate glucose monitors, are making it easier for people to manage the disease. But it continues to require a lot of diligence from diabetics and their caregivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/diabetes-part3?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:00:44 -0600 Diabetes juggernaut threatens to overwhelm MN health care system Over the past 15 years, the number of Minnesotans with diabetes has grown so fast that state health officials describe the disease as a juggernaut threatening to overwhelm the state's health care system. As bleak as the numbers are, there is some hope. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have set out to conquer diabetes within 10 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/diabetes-part1?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:00:20 -0600 Minnesota researchers on the cusp of a diabetes cure The cure for diabetes could come from cells from pigs being raised in germ-free pens in Western Wisconsin or from human skin cells in a lab on the University of Minnesota campus. Those two experiments are part of a joint project launched one year ago by the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to defeat diabetes within a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/diabetes-part2?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:00:16 -0600 U of M: Surgeon violated several conflict of interest disclosure requirements The University of Minnesota Medical School has sent a cautionary letter to one of its surgeons for violating several conflict of interest disclosure requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/surgeon-conflict-interest-violation?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 -0600 Anti-smoking efforts losing effectiveness among teens Public health officials are disappointed with new findings that show there has been no significant change in tobacco usage among teenagers during the past few years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/antismoking-efforts-losing-effectiveness-among-teens?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:05:53 -0600 Surgeon General: Give thanks, pass the family health history around The U.S. Surgeon General is encouraging families to create a written record of their medical histories Thursday during National Family History Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/thanksgiving-health-history?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:00:00 -0600 Minnesota researcher launching first rare childhood cancer registry If the registry collects enough ovarian and testicular tumor cases, researchers may be able to diagnose children earlier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/19/rare-childhood-tumor-registry?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:00:01 -0600 Families win ruling in research on blood samples taken from newborns The Minnesota Department of Health can no longer store blood samples indefinitely from its newborn screening program or make them available to researchers without parental consent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/families-win-ruling-blood-screening-research?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:08:38 -0600 Met Council joins Minn. lawsuit against 3M The Metropolitan Council is joining the state of Minnesota in its lawsuit against 3M Co. seeking damages for alleged environmental consequences tied to its disposal of chemicals once used to make Scotchgard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/metropolitan-council-joins-minnesota-lawsuit-against-3m?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:21:09 -0600 Brain scientists dream up international research partnership Minnesota could become the next hub for brain research and treatments if a collaborative effort between researchers at U of M and Norway gains enough support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/brain-science-research-partnership?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. doctors happy with Obama action on drug shortage Minnesota cancer doctors say they're pleased that President Obama has taken steps to address acute drug shortages, which have affected several cancer drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/drug-shortage-minn-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:49:15 -0500 New Mayo guide helps parents spot teens' mental disorders It took a decade for researchers to sift through all the studies, and interview more than 6,000 families and children, in their quest to figure out the easiest way to identify the most serious mental health disorders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/mayo-teen-depression-toolkit?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:55:13 -0500 Many patients still decide to get flu vaccine A day after a new study revealed that flu vaccines are not as effective as once thought, doctors report that their patients are asking questions about the findings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/patients-flu-vaccine?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:54:30 -0500 Expert: Flu vaccine still has value despite new study Flu season is here. You've seen vaccination signs everywhere from the drug store to the grocery store. But now you're wondering what to do after hearing the news that the flu vaccine is not as effective as previously thought. If you missed it, a new study out Tuesday found that flu vaccines provide only moderate protection against influenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/vaccinevalid?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:14:38 -0500 Flu vaccine not as effective as thought, new study says A new comprehensive analysis of flu studies concludes that most flu vaccines provide only moderate protection against influenza, and in some years barely make a difference at all. That's contrary to the message given by the heavy promotion and easy access to the vaccine -- that anyone who is immunized will be protected from the flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/university-of-minnesota-flu-vaccine-study?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:30:00 -0500 Disease caused a costly 4,300 amputations in Minn, study finds A new study shows that Minnesota had more than 4,300 amputations caused by leg artery blockages from 2005 to 2008, resulting in $88 million in hospital costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/amputation-study?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:04:47 -0500 Preemies get better chance with Minn.-tested treatment Premature babies often experience life-threatening respiratory distress. Children's hospitals in Minnesota participated in a decades-long clinical trial that led to the approval of a drug treatment to help give preemies a better chance to survive, and even thrive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/better-chance-for-preemies-with-treatment-tested-in-minn?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 First flu case in Minn. comes earlier than usual The health department says a woman from Olmsted County contracted a strain of flu that appears to be covered by this year's vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/flu-case?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:51:58 -0500 Met Council considers legal options against 3M over chemical discharge The Metropolitan Council has asked its lawyers to explore legal options against 3M related to millions of dollars in costs of meeting new state requirements for discharging perfluorinated chemicals - which 3M stopped producing in 2002 - from wastewater treatment plants into the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/pfc-water-contamination-mpca-met-council-3m?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:28:04 -0500 Mixed reactions on new recommendations for prostate test Physician reactions are mixed regarding a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Task Force not to use a blood test to routinely screen healthy men for prostate cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/mixed-reactions-on-new-recommendations-for-prostate-test?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 19:57:43 -0500 Minn. suicide rate holds steady in recession, bucking norm Mental health advocates say the stable rate could be because the state is doing a good job of reaching out to residents in crisis. But they also say suicide is a deeply complicated situation that's rarely explained by just one event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/suicide-economy?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 14:22:14 -0500 Free mental health, depression screenings today Dozens of mental health groups around the state are encouraging Minnesotans to undergo an evaluation for depression today during National Depression Screening Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/mental-health-depression-screenings?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 08:00:00 -0500 Minnesota measles outbreak declared over The cases involved a 12-month old child who became ill shortly after returning from a trip to Kenya, and a 15-month old who became ill after visiting the first child's family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/measels-outbreak-over?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:23:56 -0500 Laptop holding data on thousands of Fairview patients stolen Fairview Health Services is notifying nearly 14,000 patients that a laptop containing their personal and medical information was stolen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/fairview-patients-data-stolen?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:58:47 -0500 Radon worries drive health department's new builder program Minnesota has some of the strictest rules in the nation for mitigating radon gas in homes. But the state Department of Health is concerned the rules don't go far enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/radon-health-department-program?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:13:14 -0500 MMA debating workplace health, tanning bed proposals The state's largest physicians' organization is debating a proposal that would encourage short physical activity breaks in the workplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/mma-meeting-proposals?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:01:16 -0500 Haze, smoke in Twin Cities likely from N. Minn. forest fires Fires burning in northern Minnesota appear to be causing hazy skies and foul-smelling air across the Twin Cities metro area this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/twin-cities-haze?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:25:32 -0500 Tick-transmitted parasite could threaten blood supply A study finds that the nation's blood supply is vulnerable to a tick-transmitted parasite that is widespread in parts of Minnesota and other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/ticktransmitted-parasite-could-threaten-blood-supply-?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:58:38 -0500 State: Child immunization rates up, but more to be done A new national survey finds that early childhood immunizations have increased in Minnesota for three vaccines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/early-childhood-immunizations?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 11:45:39 -0500 Same flu strains as last year, but don't skip vaccination Public health officials are betting that the United States will see the same flu strains that circulated last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/flu-strain-vaccination?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 U of M brain cancer test treatment shows promise A new cancer therapy that has cured brain tumors in dogs is now being tried in human patients at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/brain-cancer-treatment-shows-promise?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:52:02 -0500 How Minnesota might fare in a second recession Regional economists say the probability of another economic downturn is growing, but a lot depends on how businesses and consumers react to the uncertainty in the months ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/minnesota-second-recession?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:00:00 -0500 State budget cuts out help for immigrant doctors to regain profession A state-funded program that helps immigrant doctors qualify to practice in Minnesota has become a casualty of the state budget agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/state-budget-cuts-out-help-for-immigrant-doctors-to-regain-profession?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Delta Dental donates $3.5M to U of M dental clinic The University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry has received a major gift from Delta Dental of Minnesota Trust toward its campaign to build the state's first hospital-based pediatric dental clinic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/delta-dental-grant?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:16:00 -0500 Mayo discovers new infection carried by ticks Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new bacterium that's likely spread by the deer tick. The flu-like disease it causes can be quite serious in people with weakened immune systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/new-tick-disease?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:55:23 -0500 Coalition rewards clinics for improved health care A coalition of employers is working to improve health outcomes in Minnesota by rewarding doctors who deliver optimal care to their patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/coalition-rewards-clinics-for-improved-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 17:18:45 -0500 Health care providers weigh changes with new HHS budget With a new state health and human services budget, it's clear that health plans, hospitals and providers will have less money to serve their patients with publicly-subsidized insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/health-care-copes-hhs-bill?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:56:17 -0500 Health and human services budget cuts worry providers The spending agreement is still about a billion dollars short of the forecasted growth in health and human services programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/dhs_bill?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 07:28:21 -0500 Heat-related illnesses a concern Emergency departments across Minnesota are bracing for a spike in patients with heat-related illnesses this week. Twin Cities metro area hospitals have already treated numerous patients for dehydration and other ailments brought on by the excessive heat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/heat-health-concerns?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:16:55 -0500 Budget compromise draws criticism from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Republican legislative leaders are in hot water with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life after agreeing to drop several abortion and human cloning bans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/citizens-concerned-life-criticize-gop?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:52:53 -0500 Health Department brings some laid-off workers back to job The Minnesota Department of Health has called back to work a small number of employees in one of its disease units. The workers had been furloughed during the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/shutdown-health-department?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:33:48 -0500 Ozone advisory effective until midnight Friday An air pollution health advisory has been issued for the Twin Cities metropolitan area due to elevated levels of ozone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/ozone-alert-health-advisory?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:19:24 -0500 Food inspectors will be shorthanded at fairs With fewer than 20 percent of its inspectors on duty because of the shutdown, the Minnesota Department of Health say it won't have enough staff to thoroughly inspect the food served at festivals in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/fair-food-safety-inspection?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 U of M study: Adolescent eating disorders often persist into adulthood A University of Minnesota study has found that eating disorders often stay with adolescents into young adulthood and beyond. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/um-study-eating-disorders?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:38:59 -0500 Shutdown could lock out thousands of medical professionals Doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical providers are rushing to renew their licenses before a possible government shutdown, or else find themselves prohibited from working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/shutdown-medical-license?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:35:09 -0500 Doctors can now renew licenses early in case of shutdown A Minnesota physician's group has worked out a deal that allows doctors to renew their licenses earlier than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/doctor-licenses-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:56:18 -0500 Shutdown threat highlights thin financial margin for nursing homes Nursing home officials in Minnesota are breathing a little easier now that Gov. Mark Dayton wants to include nursing homes in a list of essential state services that should be paid if the government shuts down July 1, but they won't know for sure until a court takes the matter up today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/nursing-homes-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar promotes bill for earlier warning on drug shortages U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says a shortage of chemotherapy drugs and other vital medications is getting worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/drug-shortage-legislation?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:46:01 -0500 Campaign begins to create hospice for Minn. children Most children in Minnesota with terminal health conditions die either in the hospital or at home. Even though the hospice movement has been growing in recent years and Minnesota has 15 residential hospice homes for adults, there are none in the state for kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/childrens-hospice?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:35:14 -0500 U of M receives $51 million NIH grant to fund disease, treatment research The University of Minnesota has been awarded a $51 million federal grant to help doctors and researchers collaborate so they can speed up the process of finding new disease treatments or cures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/um-nih-grant?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:09:22 -0500 Minnesota officials say measles outbreak is over Minnesota officials are declaring the state's measles outbreak over. It's been six weeks since the state's last measles case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/measles-outbreak-over?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 09:41:02 -0500 Air pollution alert issued as temperatures soar The high temperatures, which hit the 100-degree mark in the Twin Cities, helped pushed ozone levels up, prompting officials to issue an air pollution health alert through midnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/tuesday-weather-heat?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 09:03:45 -0500 Minn. officials watching for signs of European E. coli outbreak Minnesota health officials say they are watching closely for any signs of the lethal strain of E. coli that has killed 18 people and sickened more than 1,500 in Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/minnesota-e-coli?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 15:52:37 -0500 Medical services in tornado zone returning to normal Most health services in north Minneapolis are back to normal now after a tornado knocked out power last week. But caregivers still expect to be dealing with the fallout from the storm for months. Residents are facing issues that range from problems getting prescriptions to stress-related illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/tornado-folo-medical-services?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:59:22 -0500 Tornado shows how a few seconds can save a life In the case of the tornado that hit north Minneapolis on Sunday, residents had at most eight minutes to find shelter after officials activated the first tornado sirens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/tornado-warning?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Advocates upset over budget cuts to services for disabled Disability advocates are urging Gov. Dayton to veto a Health and Human Services Finance bill that makes deep cuts in programs that help disabled people live more independently in the community. They say the provisions would ultimately cost the state far more money than it would save with the reductions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/minn-budget-disability-programs?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 15:43:31 -0500 Mayo doctor helped spearhead name change for disorder with Nazi namesake A Mayo Clinic doctor has convinced three medical organizations to rename a rare vascular disorder because its namesake, celebrated German pathologist Dr. Friedrich Wegener, was a Nazi Party member who belonged to a paramilitary organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/nazi-named-disorder-name-change?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 15:09:31 -0500 Somalis, Health Department at odds over autism, vaccines Fewer people overall are getting their children vaccinated and diseases once controlled by vaccines are making a comeback. Measles was once almost wiped out in Minnesota, but so far this year 23 cases have been reported -- a third of them among Somalis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/somalis-autism?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 16:03:45 -0500 Health Department sees jump in tick-transmitted diseases The Minnesota Department of Health says a record number of Minnesotans contracted human anaplasmosis from black-legged ticks last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/tick-disease?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 12:08:02 -0500 Moving day for children's hospital Staff and patients at the Amplatz Children's Hospital in Minneapolis are preparing for their big move to a new building on Saturday. It's a huge task to move 60 sick and injured children, their medical equipment and the rest of the hospital's contents in a matter of hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/amplatz-hospital-moving-patients?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:05:45 -0500 On day of vaccine forum, 2 more measles cases confirmed in Minn. On the same day as a vaccination forum in St. Paul, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed two more measles cases Wednesday, bringing the state's outbreak total to 23. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/vaccine-forum-measles?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:55:42 -0500 21st measles case in Minnesota confirmed The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed another measles case bringing the state's total from the outbreak to 21. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/measles-21?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:52:48 -0500 School-based therapy helps families, children in need The program has served 8,400 children in the last two years, but its funding could be in jeopardy as state legislators debate whether to continue the service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/school-based-therapy-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. health department confirms 17th measles case The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting another measles case, bringing confirmed cases in the state to 17 so this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/measles-16?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:51:35 -0500 Privacy debate surrounds use of newborns' blood samples Parents, doctors and researchers are urging lawmakers to reject proposed restrictions on Minnesota's Newborn Screening program. They would require the state Department of Health to destroy the blood samples that are collected from newborns to identify rare medical disorders that aren't obvious at birth. Right now the blood samples are stored indefinitely, so they can be used for quality control tests or disease research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/newborn-health-screening?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:16:19 -0500 Study: Parenthood worsens some mothers' eating habits New research from the University of Minnesota found that moms with young children consumed an average of 400 more calories a day than non-mothers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/university-of-minnesota-parenting-health-study?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 CDC reminds parents to get measles vaccinations before foreign travel Europe joins southern Asia, the Far East and Africa as a measles hot spot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/measles-outbreak?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. HMOs agree to give back excess '11 profits Gov. Mark Dayton says four large health plans have agreed to cap 2011 profits from state business and give back excess earnings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/dayton-hmos?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 09:49:20 -0500 Health department confirms 15th measles case in Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a 15th case of measles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/measles-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 09:56:50 -0500 Parents speak out against bill banning human cloning Parents of children with deadly and chronic diseases spoke out Thursday against a bill that would ban human cloning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/cloning-ban-protest?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:32:45 -0500 Minn. health department confirms 14th case of measles The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a 14th measles case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/minnesota-measles-14?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:27:43 -0500 Minn. health rankings -- where you live matters A new report showing that several counties in southern Minnesota are the healthiest places in the state means that "place matters" more than we might think when it comes to being healthy, according to state health officials. The report, released Wednesday, shows that several counties in northern Minnesota were the least healthy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/health-rankings?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:01:00 -0500 Number of measles cases in Minn. up to 13 Another measles case has been confirmed in Minnesota, bringing the outbreak total to 13 so far. So far no deaths have been associated with the outbreak, but eight people have been hospitalized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/thirteen-measles-cases?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:42:04 -0500 Another case of measles reported in Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed another measles case, bringing the outbreak total to 12 so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/measles-cases-increase?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:05:08 -0500 Few complaints from Minn. health plans over Dayton order Earlier this week, the governor changed state policy to order more transparency from health plans that receive more than $3 billion a year to manage state-subsidized programs for poor Minnesotans. But the health plans have had remarkably few complaints. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/health-plans-reax?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:02:15 -0500 Elderly Minnesotans hit hard in latest flu wave The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed 12 additional deaths, bringing the total this season to 25. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/minnesota-flu-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:20:18 -0500 Dayton orders more transparency from health plans Minnesota health plans will now be required to compete against each other to manage state-subsidized health care programs for elderly, disabled and poor Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/dayton-health-plans-disclosure?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:47:13 -0500 Number of Hennepin County measles cases now at 10 The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed another measles case in Hennepin County, bringing the outbreak total to 10 so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/measles-hennepin-county?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:17:46 -0500 Skepticism to vaccines at root of measles cases in Twin Cities The Minnesota Department of Health has identified two more measles cases in Minneapolis, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to six this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/measles-cases?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:27:27 -0500 Bill banning human cloning rankles researchers, bio-business leaders Some stem cell researchers and bio-business leaders are urging lawmakers to kill a proposed bill that would ban human cloning in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/human-cloning-ban-legislation?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:44:38 -0500 U of M says cloning ban would have chilling effect on research The University of Minnesota says a bill to ban human cloning, which was introduced this week at the Legislature, is an attack on embryonic stem cell research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/human-cloning-bill?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:28:51 -0500 Report: More Minn. children living in poverty Children's Defense Fund Minnesota says more families are struggling to meet basic needs. In its annual Kids Count Data Book released Wednesday, the child advocacy group says 174,000 Minnesota children were living in poverty in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/children-poverty?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:04:15 -0500 U of M experimenting with salmonella to treat cancer Doctors at the University of Minnesota are experimenting with modified salmonella therapy to treat cancers in the human gut. Fred Oakden was one of the first patients to try the treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/salmonella-cancer-treatment?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:43:11 -0600 Study: Smoking increases post-menopause breast cancer risk The risk was highest among current smokers who had smoked a lot over a long period of time. It was also higher among women who began smoking in their teens or before their first full-term pregnancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/smoking-breast-cancer-post-menopause?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:17:56 -0600 At Capitol rally, Minn. nurses speak out against anti-union bills Hundreds of Minnesota nurses rallied at the State Capitol Tuesday to draw attention to nursing and the latest anti-union developments out of Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/minnesota-nurses-rally?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 16:32:55 -0600 New Amplatz Children's Hospital almost ready for business The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital will open the doors of its brand new facility on Sunday to anyone who wants to peek inside the colorful glass and steel building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/amplatz-childrens-hospital?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:56:30 -0600 Osterholm: Food safety improvements overblown Michael Osterholm, a Minnesota infectious disease expert, says the nation hasn't made any significant progress on food safety in a decade, despite what Americans may have heard in recent months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/osterholm-food-safety?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:29:14 -0600 Health care providers 'stunned' by Dayton budget cuts Stunned, disappointed and hoping it doesn't get worse. Those are some of the reactions from health care providers and advocates who face deep cuts in Gov. Dayton's proposed budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/budget-healthcare-folo?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:54:26 -0600 Advocates say disabled, seniors unfairly targeted in budget The governor proposes raising the Medical Assistance surcharge for nursing homes by $635 dollars per bed. He says nursing homes would be able to recoup those taxes through higher reimbursement payments that will flow in from the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/long-term-care-seniors-budget-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Human services cut in Dayton budget Long-term care providers would have their payment rates reduced as part of Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/human-sevices-dayton-budget-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:19:53 -0600 Breast cancer treatment in Minn. already following new study guidelines Breast cancer care in the Twin Cities is rapidly moving toward less aggressive surgery for the disease when it has migrated to a woman's lymph nodes. Doctors at several metro-area cancer centers say they have already dialed back their surgical policies after learning about a stunning new study that finds the removal of lymph nodes when treating breast cancer is not always necessary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/13/breast-cancer-lymph-node-folo?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Survey: Smoking rate down in Minn., smokeless tobacco use up A survey released Thursday shows the adult smoking rate in Minnesota has dropped to 16 percent, almost a full percent lower than the smoking rate three years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/tobacco-use-rates-survey?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:42:18 -0600 Pawlenty touts success, but health care savings are slim While it's true that Minnesota has been experimenting with new ways of paying for care, some health care observers believe it's a stretch for former Gov. Tim Pawlenty to say that Minnesota's experiments have yet had much of an effect on costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/tim-pawlenty-health-care-experiments?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Disability group meets with state official over Medicaid reduction plan A coalition representing disabled Minnesotans said they had a good meeting Tuesday with Commissioner of Human Services Lucinda Jesson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/disability-group-had-good-meeting-with-state-official-over-medicaid-plan?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:08:43 -0600 Disability groups hit back on Medicaid reduction plan A coalition of disabled Minnesotans and their advocates on Monday blasted a proposal that would scale back the state's Medicaid benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/medicaid-reduction-plan-disability?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:16:10 -0600 Health department lists nine toxic chemicals in children's products The Minnesota Department of Health published a list today of nine toxic chemicals that are present in children's products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/list-of-toxic-chemicals-in-kids-products?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:52:44 -0600 Study urges hospitals to screen for staph infections Widespread screening for antibiotic-resistant staph infections, also known as MRSA, could save hospitals hundreds of dollars per patient, according to a new study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/screening?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:15:17 -0600 Health executives float huge Medicaid cuts, sin tax hikes A coalition of health executives are floating a plan that would cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's Medicaid benefits, while boosting health care revenues from additional taxes on alcohol, tobacco and providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/medicaid-overhaul-plan?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:34:54 -0600 Ramsey County tapped for massive children's health study The study will look at what factors contribute to autism, asthma and other serious childhood ailments. Ramsey County was chosen because of the diverse background of its residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/national-childrens-study?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Preventable health care mistakes flat in Minn. Hospitals and surgical centers reported 305 so-called adverse events in 2010, four more than the previous year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/preventable-health-care-mistakes-mn?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Medica to publish doctor ratings online Minnesota's second-largest health insurance plan says it will go ahead with Wednesday's launch of a website where it provides quality ratings of physicians, despite complaints from the state's largest doctors group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/medica-doctor-ratings?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:10:49 -0600 Prostate cancer screening test under scrutiny The PSA test is one of the most widely used screening tests in the United States for prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of death among American men. Yet several randomized studies have reported little or no survival benefit for men who get the test. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/prostate-screening?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Health officials urge pertussis booster shots State and federal health officials are urging physicians and patients to get a booster vaccine to protect against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/pertussis?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:52:54 -0600 Report: Minn. Alzheimer's cases to grow; preparation needed A new report says Minnesotans must prepare now for the significant costs and medical demands associated with Alzheimer's disease as baby boomers retire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/minnesota-alzheimers-report?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:27:03 -0600 Dayton names heads of education, health depts., MPCA Gov.-elect Mark Dayton on Friday appointed three people to head the state's education, health and pollution-control agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/dayton-education-commissioner?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 09:31:41 -0600 A pivotal year in the fight against obesity It's still too early to tell what impact efforts like a new menu-labeling law and bringing more produce to school cafeterias will have on the nation's obesity rate, which has been stuck at 34 percent for the past five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/obesity?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Boy returns home after U of M treatment for rare skin disease A young boy with a rare skin disease returned home to Alabama Sunday after undergoing an experimental stem cell transplant at the University of Minnesota in September. Payton Thornton is not cured yet. But his blistered skin has recovered so much that he is able to run, jump and even wrestle with his brothers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/skin-disease-update?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:15:48 -0600 For some infants, breast milk banks a lifesaver Women's breast milk is packed with nutrients and antibodies that you can't get from formula or cow's milk and can be a lifesaver for weakened or sick babies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/breast-milk-banks?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Doctors hope new report pushes smokers to quit Minnesota doctors and tobacco control advocates say a new federal report on the harmful effects of tobacco smoke should give a significant boost to anti-smoking campaigns. The report by the U.S. Surgeon General says even occasional exposure to tobacco smoke causes immediate damage that can lead to disease or death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/tobacco-health-dangers?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 16:31:38 -0600 U of M attorney to meet with Regents on drug trial investigation An attorney for the University of Minnesota says he will meet with Regents this week to discuss a request for an independent drug trial investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/drug-trial-response?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 13:18:00 -0600 Bioethicists call for probe of U of M patient's suicide Eight University of Minnesota bioethicists are asking the Board of Regents to re-examine the suicide case of a drug trial participant in 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/uminn-student-suicide?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 12:49:31 -0600 Health officials push this week for flu vaccinations Public health officials are making a special push this week to get more people vaccinated against influenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/05/ban-the-bug?refid=0 Sun, 05 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Klobuchar asks FDA for solution to chemo drug shortage U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is asking the Food and Drug Administration to find an immediate solution to the shortage of some chemotherapy drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/klobuchar-chemotherapy-drug-shortage?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 19:51:14 -0600 Study: National obesity campaigns not working University of Minnesota researchers say national obesity campaigns have not helped people recognize the health consequences of obesity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/obesity-campaigns?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 17:18:40 -0600 Doctors, pharmacists scrambling for chemo drugs Most cancer patients are not aware of it yet, but some chemotherapy drugs are in very short supply. Behind the scenes, doctors and pharmacists have been scrambling for weeks to collect enough doses of several commonly-used chemotherapy drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/chemotherapy-drug-shortage?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Children's Hospitals win quality and efficiency award Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has won national recognition for its quality and efficiency at its Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/childrens-award?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:17:07 -0600 Organ 'chain' donors, recipients meet for first time Five kidney donors and their five organ recipients gathered at a Minneapolis hospital Tuesday for their first face-to-face meeting, four months after participating in a unique chain of transplant surgeries known as a paired donor exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/kidney-donors-thanks?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:57:02 -0600 State publishes first report on quality of clinics, hospitals A new statewide report released Thursday compares hospitals and clinics that treat diabetes, heart disease and several other common health care conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/minnesota-hospital-clinic-quality-report?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:32:21 -0600 St. Paul Heart Clinic dissolving The St. Paul Heart Clinic, the largest remaining independent cardiology practice in the Twin Cities is dissolving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/stpaul-heart-clinic-dissolves?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:21:29 -0600 Children's Hospital in Mpls. completes major renovation A renovation of Children's Hospital's Minneapolis campus has led to a major transformation in the way doctors and nurses do their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/childrens-hospital-renovation?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:50:30 -0600 Study: Most first-time heart attacks could be avoided Most first-time heart attack patients are not taking well-known medications that could have prevented their heart attacks, a study by a group of Twin Cities cardiologists found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/heart-attacks?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:41:45 -0600 More Minn. smokers also use chew or snuff Minnesota has one of the highest rates in the nation of smokers who also use smokeless tobacco, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/tobacco-use-rising?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:55:48 -0600 CT scans can reduce lung cancer deaths, study finds A large-scale, lung cancer screening trial has shown that heavy smokers who got spiral CT scans reduced their risk of dying by 20 percent compared to smokers who had standard chest X-rays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/lung-cancer-ct-scans?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:29:21 -0500 Study: Khat use increases risk of stroke and death in patients with acute coronary syndrome Mayo Clinic researchers say khat use has been linked to significantly higher rates of death among people who experience an acute, chest pain episode due to coronary artery disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/khat?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:58:51 -0500 After 22 years, Ramsey County's Public Health chief retires In his 22 years at the St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Department Director Rob Fulton has seen everything from the HIV - AIDS epidemic to last year's H1N1 flu pandemic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/fulton-profile?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:46:29 -0500 Study: Small area of brain could be key to PTSD Researchers from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center say brain scans of PTSD patients show unusual activity in the part of the brain responsible for memory, located just above the right ear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/ptsd-brain-scans?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 00:01:00 -0500 Little detail on gov. candidates' plans for health spending In the next two-year budget cycle, the Department of Human Services's spending is projected to climb to from $9 billion to $12 billion. Its budget, which covers health care, nursing homes and other safety-net programs, will eat up more than a third of the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/governors-race-human-services-budget?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota doctors defend payments from drug companies Some 200 Minnesota doctors have received thousands of dollars from seven major drug companies over the last 18 months for speaking or consulting on the companies' behalf, according to a news investigation. Some of those doctors say they're concerned their patients will draw the wrong conclusions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/dollars-doctors?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 16:22:45 -0500 Elderly woman dies of flu in southeastern Minn. A woman in her 80s from southeastern Minnesota has died from flu complications, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/flu-death?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:00:17 -0500 Consumers warned about water treatment scams The Minnesota Department of Health is warning residents to be wary of water treatment companies that use scare tactics and deceptive practices to sell their water purification systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/water-filter-scam?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:13:49 -0500 Study links health to wealth in the Twin Cities Researchers mapped health department statistics and median income data from the Census. ZIP codes with median incomes $35,000 or less had average life expectancies of less than 75 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/health-wealth-twin-cities-study?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 08:00:00 -0500 U of M and Mayo launch plan to cure diabetes; need to raise $250M to do it The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic said Tuesday they are ready to launch a 10-year initiative to optimally treat, and ultimately cure diabetes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/university-of-minnesota-mayo-clinic-diabetes-collaboration?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 14:59:31 -0500 Some chemo drugs can cause heart disease; two docs work on solution Imagine surviving breast cancer, only to learn a few years later that your chemotherapy treatment had seriously damaged your heart. A cardiologist and a cancer doctor in Minnesota believe they have found a solution to the dilemma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/heart-drug?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:28:46 -0500 Health officials: Lead exposure down in Minn. Public health officials say they've made significant strides in reducing the number of Minnesota kids exposed to lead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/lead-poisoning?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 17:01:58 -0500 Advocate: Concussions should be taken more seriously Concussions are increasingly common among high school athletes, but often are not taken seriously. A group in Minnesota hopes to educate athletes, parents and coaches about the signs of concussion, in hopes of preventing athletes from developing long-term health problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/concussions?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 17:03:09 -0500 Family finds parallels between Stillwater family's tragedy and their own A Forest Lake family believes the same amoeba that caused the death of a Stillwater girl last month likely sickened and killed their young daughter two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/lameyer?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:24:26 -0500 Drug-resistant superbugs tied to food supply Minnesota health officials say drug-resistant bacteria found here are just as worrisome as recent cases tied to India, and that changes are needed in how antibiotics are used in humans, and in the food supply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/drug-resistant-bacteria-superbugs-food-supply?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Flu outbreak at cluster of long-term care facilities The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a cluster of influenza cases at long-term care facility in the Twin Cities metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/flu-outbreaks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:14:43 -0500 CDC: Vast majority of new Minn. mothers try breastfeeding A new government report says more than 80 percent of new Minnesota mothers gave breastfeeding a try in 2007. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Minnesota's breastfeeding rates rank 13th in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/breastfeeding-study?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:08:47 -0500 U of M officials pleased with latest stem cell ruling The head of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota says a new appeals court ruling is good news for stem cell researchers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/stemcell-reax?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 06:30:02 -0500 U receives $7M grant to fight childhood obesity The University of Minnesota has received a $7 million dollar federal grant to fight childhood obesity among families of low-income and ethnically-diverse preschoolers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/obesity-grant?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 15:29:37 -0500 St. Luke's nurses ratify agreement; Essentia vote expected Friday A lengthy labor dispute between Duluth nurses and two local hospitals appears to be all but over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/nurses-duluth-stlukes?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 06:30:21 -0500 In Duluth, nurses' union settles with second hospital A lengthy labor dispute between Duluth nurses and two local hospitals appears to be all but over, as nurses reached a tentative contract agreement with one of those hospitals Wednesday afternoon -- a week after the other hospital settled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/duluth-nurse-strike-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 13:25:25 -0500 Inspectors keep a close eye on State Fair food The national recall of more than a half billion eggs got us wondering about the safety of food at the 300 food stands at the Minnesota State Fair. Fair organizers say they have never had a foodborne illness outbreak, in part because of their strong relationship with the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/state-fair-food-safety?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:23:32 -0500 Researchers recruit kids at State Fair for genetic study Hoping to benefit from the Minnesota State Fair's lure as a magnet for children and their parents, some researchers are betting the fair is a good location for their latest study on the genetics behind childrens' growth patterns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/state-fair-dna-study?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:07:08 -0500 Ruling could slow down stem cell research at U of M Embryonic stem cell researchers at the University of Minnesota are anxious to hear how a new court ruling will affect their work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/stem-cell-ruling-umn?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:38:00 -0500 Flu outlook for this year: Return to normal The H1N1 flu, which was just beginning to cause public health concerns around this time last year, is not expected to cause so much disruption this year. But there are signs that the flu season could be off to an early, and somewhat unusual, start. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/flu-update?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 For those with rare skin disease, U of M treatment gives first-ever relief Payton Thornton's can't rub his fingers together without the friction tearing away skin, but new stem cell treatment at the U of M has helped others with his rare condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa-stem-cell-treatment?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:34:32 -0500 FDA works to speed up 'orphan drug' process This week the the Food and Drug Administration was in Minneapolis to help companies, researchers and even patients cut through the bureaucratic process to get drugs for rare diseases approved more quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/orphan-drugs?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Chemical exposure at Valleyfair sends 16 to hospital Sixteen people were sent to the hospital after being exposed to a pool cleaning chemical at Valleyfair amusement park in Shakopee Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/valleyfair-chlorine?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 16:48:20 -0500 Children's Hospitals and Clinics preps top trauma unit for kids The Level 1 designation is reserved for hospitals that offer the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. Currently, Regions Hospital in St. Paul has the metro area's only Level 1 trauma unit for kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/childrens-hospitals-trauma-level-1?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:01:00 -0500 In 12 years, chlamydia rate doubles, screening funds flat Last year more than 14,000 Minnesotans tested positive for chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the state. The Minnesota Department of Health has limited resources to fight the spread of the disease, so is holding a statewide summit on the issue Tuesday to get the public's help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/31/minnesota-chlamydia?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Nurses file federal unfair labor practice charges against MNA Three Minneapolis nurses have filed federal unfair labor practice charges against the Minnesota Nurses Association after they received letters summoning them to a disciplinary hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/nurses-letter?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:15:30 -0500 Device keeps heart patients alive and active When former Vice President Dick Cheney got his new heart pump earlier this month, most people had never heard of a ventricular assist device. But VADs, more commonly known as heart pumps, are being used to keep more and more people with chronic heart failure alive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/heart-pump-ventricular-assist-device?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 'Donor chain' makes organs available to more patients Five patients from Minnesota and North Dakota have new kidneys after participating in a "transplant chain" organized by three hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/organ-donor-chain?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:46:31 -0500 U receives $4M to study causes of Alzheimer's The University of Minnesota has been awarded more than $4 million to study risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/u-of-m-alzheimers-grant?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:56:14 -0500 Minn. nurses approve deal, averting strike A contentious contract battle between Twin Cities nurses and 14 metro-area hospitals has ended, with nurses voting overwhelmingly to approve a new labor agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/nurses-vote?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 03:04:19 -0500 Despite compromises, nurses say agreement sends a deep message Hospitals and Twin Cities nurses have avoided a strike set for next Tuesday, and they say that may be the biggest victory that comes out of yesterday's tentative contract settlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/nurses-deal?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 04:00:00 -0500 Nurses reject hospitals' offer; strike preparations continue The Minnesota Nurses Association has rejected an offer by 14 Twin Cities hospitals that would have restored nurses' full pension benefits and set up a working group to address some of their staffing concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/nurse-talks?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 05:50:00 -0500 Nurses, hospitals continue talks today Federal mediators will try again Tuesday to help Minnesota nurses and 14 Twin Cities hospitals resolve their differences over a new contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/nurses-strike-talks?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 07:41:59 -0500 Nurses, hospitals playing 'game of chicken' in contract talks Twin Cities nurses and hospitals have just 10 days to hammer out an agreement before the strike deadline set by the nurses union on Friday. But the two sides are trading barbs over whether either of them is delaying the talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/nurses-hospitals-negotiations?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:59:06 -0500 Nurses and hospitals meet with federal mediators It's the first time in three weeks that nurses and hospitals have come back to the bargaining table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/nurses-hospitals-negotiate-today?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 08:03:26 -0500 Nurses, hospitals to meet with mediators Thursday Negotiators for Twin Cities nurses and 14 hospitals will meet with federal mediators Thursday in an attempt to work out their differences over a new labor contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/nurses-hospitals-mediation?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 05:30:00 -0500 Nurse contract talks to resume; a promising sign? Twin Cities hospitals and nurses have accepted a federal mediator's request to return to the negotiating table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/bargaining-resumes?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 11:45:28 -0500 Minn. nurses approve second strike at 14 hospitals Minnesota nurses who walked out for one day earlier this month voted overwhelmingly Monday to authorize an open-ended strike on 14 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/nurses-authorize-strike?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 05:02:39 -0500 Union preps nurses on long-term strike ahead of vote The Minnesota Nurses Association began briefing its members Wednesday on its open-ended strike strategy. Twin Cities nurses will vote Monday on whether to authorize the union's plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/nurses-prep-strike?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:34:44 -0500 Nurses ask hospitals to return to contract negotiations The nurses union is suggesting that meetings could be held next Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Those dates come after the nurses vote next Monday on whether to authorize an open-ended strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/nurses-strike-negotiations?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 15:26:09 -0500 Nurses to vote on another, open-ended strike Twin Cities nurses will vote next Monday on whether to authorize an open-ended strike against 14 Twin Cities Hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/nurse-strike-folo?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 14:06:17 -0500 A report from the nurse picket lines More than 12,000 Twin Cities area nurses have walked off the job. The one-day nursing strike affects 14 hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/picketline?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:02:33 -0500 Hospitals: Surgeries, births going smoothly during strike Hospital officials said Thursday that surgeries, childbirths and other procedures were taking place as expected at 14 Twin Cities hospitals while their nurses picketed outside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/nurses-strike-feature?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 06:12:27 -0500 Health Department monitoring patient safety during strike The department is dispatching six nurse investigators from the Office of Health Facility Complaints to each of the 14 hospitals affected by the strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/nurses-strike?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Before strike, nurses dispute hospitals' claims of readiness Hospital executives said Tuesday that their institutions are ready for the one-day nurse strike, but the nurses disputed that claim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/nurse-strike-folo?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 13:51:15 -0500 Twin Cities hospitals prepare for nurses' walkout Hospitals have been advertising for replacement nurses for months. They haven't released any details yet on how many nurses they have recruited, but hospitals have said that their staffing will be sufficient to provide critical care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/nurses-strike-preparations?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Talks between nurses, hospitals make 'zero progress' The spokesman for the Minnesota Nurses Association said in an email that "zero progress" has been made between representatives from 14 Twin Cities hospitals and their nurses, as the two sides work to avoid a one-day nurse strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/nurses-talk?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 12:05:56 -0500 Twin Cities nurses to strike June 10 if agreement not reached About 12,000 Twin Cities nurses will walk off their jobs that day, if they cannot reach a contract agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/nurses-set-strike-date?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 13:00:00 -0500 U of M study links tanning beds to higher risk of skin cancer For the first time ever, a study has found a definitive link between indoor tanning and melanoma. The study by University of Minnesota researchers found a strong association between tanning-device use and the most serious form of skin cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/tanning-linked-to-cancer?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 21:45:00 -0500 Hospitals ask nurses to return to bargaining table Each of the six Twin Cities hospital systems sent their requests Wednesday to the Minnesota Nurses Association, which is the union representing the nurses in their contract dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/hospitals-nurses-negotiations?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 17:21:41 -0500 Hospitals call for more talks with nurses Twin Cities hospitals are asking nurses to stop posturing and get back to the bargaining table. The hospitals' plea comes nearly a week after an overwhelming majority of nurses rejected new contract offers and authorized a one-day strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/nurses?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 11:01:01 -0500 Nurses, hospitals blame each other for lack of progress in negotiations Twin Cities Hospitals say the nurses union is more focused on pursuing a strike than returning to the bargaining table, while the nurses say the hospitals are being disingenuous with the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/nurses-negotiations?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 18:15:10 -0500 Minn. nurses authorize strike at 14 metro hospitals Thousands of nurses at 14 Twin Cities hospitals have voted overwhelmingly to reject contract proposals and authorize a strike as early as next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/nursevote-outcome?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 22:08:49 -0500 Twin Cities nurses set to vote on strike As many as 12,000 Minnesota nurses will vote today on new labor contracts offered by six Twin Cities hospital systems. All six nurse bargaining units are recommending that nurses reject the new terms and authorize a one-day strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/nurses-strike-vote?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 04:00:00 -0500 Insurance for poor adults survives budget cuts, barely Some last-minute negotiations at the Capitol pumped an additional $10 million into General Assistance Medical Care, a program for poor, single adults and childless couples. But in the end, GAMC is still taking a more than 75 percent funding cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/minnesota-gamc?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Little progress in negotiations between nurses and hospitals The last of the scheduled bargaining sessions between Minnesota nurses and Twin Cities hospitals concluded Thursday without significant progress on the main issue that divides them: patient safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/nurses-hospitals-negotiations?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 20:04:10 -0500 Hospital group fires spokeswoman A spokeswoman for a Twin Cities hospital group has been fired for failing to disclose her past legal problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/hospital-spokeswoman?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 16:34:51 -0500 At a glance: Nurses contract talks Contract negotiations continue between about 12,000 Twin Cities nurses and six hospital systems -- Allina, Fairview, Children's, HealthEast, North Memorial, and ParkNicollet Methodist -- which operate 13 metro-area hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/nurses-negotiations?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 15:39:48 -0500 Nurses set for another round of information picketing Nurses will conduct informational picketing outside of Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina and Children's and United hospitals in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/nurses-picket?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 09:00:00 -0500 Thousands of nurses picket outside of metro-area hospitals Thousands of nurses held informational pickets Thursday outside Abbott Northwestern and Children's hospitals in Minneapolis, and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/nurses-picketing?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 16:35:39 -0500 Nurses to picket three hospitals to protest thin ranks, pension cuts Minnesota nurses are planning to picket outside of three metro-area hospitals Thursday afternoon to demand that hospitals increase the number of nurses they have on staff to care for patients. They also will voice their displeasure over proposed cuts to their pension plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/nurses-picket-hospitals?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Research suggests flu vaccine doesn't prevent deaths among the elderly A growing body of research shows that because our immune systems age, flu vaccines don't work as well in the elderly - the group of people most likely to die from flu-related causes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/flu-vaccine-not-effective-in-elderly?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 11:33:48 -0500 42,000 lost small-group health coverage last year Enrollment in state-sponsored public health plans surged by a nearly equal amount. The state's HMOs attribute the shifts in health coverage to the bad economy and the rising cost of health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/health-insurance-shift?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 H1N1 kept seasonal flu at bay, sparing many seniors A year ago the H1N1 flu pandemic reached the United States, setting off a wave of vaccinations to protect those most at risk. Thousands of people died, including more than 60 in Minnesota, most under age 65. But the seasonal flu was virtually non-existent in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/h1n1-flu-virus?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Tanning bed tax aims to curb health costs Starting this July, people who visit tanning salons will be taxed an additional ten percent every time they buy a session, which has re-sparked the debate over the health costs that come with that golden tan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/tanning?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 16:14:58 -0500 Support, but some questions, about health care reform at U of M event Minnesotans with a stake in the new health care reform law voiced support for the changes, in general, at a forum at the University of Minnesota Friday. But some are concerned the law will only go so far in addressing some longtime issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/healthreform?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:10:25 -0500 Franken: Minn. to receive $15B from federal health reform Democratic Senator Al Franken Friday said new federal health reform legislation will give Minnesota and other states more money to dismantle barriers to good health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/franken-health-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:26:02 -0500 Minn. ranks 8th in residents who received H1N1 vaccine Minnesota ranks eighth in the nation in the percentage of residents who received H1N1 influenza vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/cdc-vaccine-rank?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:00:08 -0500 When diets don't work, children turn to surgery At age 12 and weighing 329 pounds, Daniel Soderberg became probably the youngest person in the world at the time to receive a gastric bypass to save his sight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/child-obesity?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Combating food illiteracy Some health experts say Americans' ignorance about nutrition is fueling the obesity epidemic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/food-literacy?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Batman, dog at heart of cancer research, dies A dog named Batman, whose treatment for brain cancer shed light on treatment of the disease in humans, has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/batmandies?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 16:24:03 -0600 Study: Minnesota lags in providing dental care to disadvantaged kids A national study says Minnesota needs to do more to help disadvantaged kids access dental care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/dental-care?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 06:30:00 -0600 Gov's budget makes big cuts in health, welfare programs Gov. Tim Pawlenty's new plan to erase the state budget deficit would cancel state-subsidized health insurance for as many as 21,000 Minnesotans. Another 20,000 people would have their health benefits reduced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/budget-health?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:09:47 -0600 Study links pop consumption and pancreatic cancer A University of Minnesota study shows that consuming a lot of soft drinks appears to increase a person's risk of pancreatic cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/pop-cancer-study?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 06:57:19 -0600 Small hospitals, physician group oppose GAMC extension bill Minnesota's largest physician group and some small, independent hospitals told lawmakers Wednesday that they can't support a DFL-backed bill that would extend the state's soon-to-expire General Assistance Medical Care program for another 16 months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/03/gamc-extension-opposed?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 19:27:53 -0600 Groups want tighter controls over drug industry influence A coalition of consumers, labor groups, doctors and insurers are asking Minnesota lawmakers to pass legislation that would make it harder for pharmaceutical companies to influence doctors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/pharmaceutical-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 Med students live with seniors in new U of M program To better understand older patients, a University of Minnesota medical professor convinced some of his students to move in to senior housing, a program that may be one of the first experiments of its kind in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/student-senior-living?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Research shows brain scans can identify PTSD A new high-powered scan can, for the first time, reveal post traumatic stress disorder in the brain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/brain-scan-detects-ptsd?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Mayo, U of M partnership plan focus on diabetes research Minnesota could become a destination for diabetes treatment, research and products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/diabetes-mayo-university-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:12:27 -0600 Minn. GAMC program might be saved by health care bill Minnesota's General Assistance Medical Care program could be saved by the Congressional health care reform deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/gamc-health-care-bill?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 18:04:20 -0600 Report: Hospital mistakes in Minn. down slightly Hospital mistakes that put Minnesota patients at risk of serious injury or death dipped slightly last year, according to a state Department of Health report to be released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/medical-accidents?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Latest H1N1 numbers show kids, teens are hard-hit Minnesota Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan said 44 percent of the Minnesotans who have been hospitalized with H1N1 were under the age of 18. She also encouraged people to get vaccinated if they haven't done so yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/h1n1-update?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:22:32 -0600 Solving computer problems for hospital patients and their families The Geek Squad has set up shop at a Minneapolis hospital to offer free tech help to patients and their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/donating-tech-help-to-hospitals?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 State making push for H1N1 vaccinations this week The Minnesota Department of Health is making a push for clinics across the state to hold H1N1 flu vaccination clinics this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/h1n1-clinics-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 06:50:49 -0600 Flu cases up slightly in the past week Some Minnesota clinics saw an uptick in flu-like illnesses during the past week. But the Health Department says that doesn't necessarily mean H1N1 is making a comeback. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/h1n1-update?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 16:39:54 -0600 H1N1 reveals weak spots in nation's preparedness The H1N1 flu outbreak revealed the shortcomings in the nation's pandemic preparedness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/h1n1-pandemic-preparedness?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Minnesota reports 6 more H1N1 deaths Six more people have died from confirmed cases of H1N1 flu. That brings the total number of deaths associated with the flu to 56 since May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/h1n1-update?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 13:49:18 -0600 H1N1 vaccine slowly becoming available across Minn. At least seven Minnesota counties say they will begin offering H1N1 flu vaccine Wednesday to anyone who wants it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/h1n1-vaccine?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 06:16:51 -0600 Health Department opens H1N1 flu shots to all The department says local public health agencies and private health care providers can offer the vaccine to everyone, provided they have enough doses for priority groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/fluvaccine-avail?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 15:32:58 -0600 Minn. Health Department to open up H1N1 vaccines for all next week MPR News has learned that Minnesota will open up H1N1 vaccinations to everyone next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/h1n1-vaccines-all?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:11:16 -0600 Ramsey Co. plans open clinic for H1N1 vaccines in Roseville The St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health department says it will give H1N1 vaccine to anyone who wants it during a public clinic next Saturday in Roseville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/h1n1-vaccines-roseville?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:02:17 -0600 Winter storm delays H1N1 vaccine shipments Frigid weather has halted the shipment of H1N1 vaccine to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/h1n1-vaccine-blizzard-delay?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:07:58 -0600 Five more deaths linked to H1N1 in Minn. Five more people have died of complications from the H1N1 flu virus in Minnesota, health officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/h1n1-flu-update?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 13:59:19 -0600 H1N1 leads to jump in pneumonia cases H1N1 flu is waning in Minnesota, but the current outbreak caused a lot of severe pneumonia cases -- especially in people who are not normally at risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/h1n1-pneumonia?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 15:49:51 -0600 New fish consumption advice released for portion of Mississippi River There is new fish consumption advice for Pool 2 of the Mississippi River between St. Paul and Hastings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/fish-consumption-advisory?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 15:56:34 -0600 More H1N1 deaths, but flu cases are waning Seven more deaths have been linked to the H1N1 flu in Minnesotaand two others were caused by a type A influenza that was likely H1N1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/flu-update?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 13:59:57 -0600 Minn. clinics urged to hold H1N1 vaccines for high-risk groups Some clinics have apparently been offering H1N1 vaccine to people outside of high-risk priority groups, even as vaccine supplies remain limited for those patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/h1n1-clinics?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 New Zealand offers clues to H1N1's future The Health Department believes the H1N1 virus could return later this winter and cause another wave of illness, but multiple H1N1 waves did not occur in the southern hemisphere's flu season this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/h1n1?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 More Minnesotans to get vaccine; 6 more H1N1 deaths reported Minnesota's H1N1 vaccination campaign reached a pivotal point today Tuesday when health officials substantially expanded the group of people eligible for vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/flu-update?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:59:47 -0600 Turnout light at Minneapolis H1N1 vaccination clinics Turnout was light at four H1N1 vaccination clinics held last night at four Minneapolis elementary schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/turnout-light-at-minneapolis-h1n1-vaccination-clinics?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:40:32 -0600 Seven Minnesota counties holding H1N1 vaccination clinics At least seven Minnesota counties are holding H1N1 flu vaccination clinics Friday and this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/h1n1-clinics-counties?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 07:30:00 -0600 Turnout light at school H1N1 clinic The Minneapolis Public Health Department offered H1N1 vaccine to kids at four elementary schools Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/h1n1-clinics-turnout?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 18:52:08 -0600 Five more H1N1 deaths confirmed in Minn. Cases of H1N1 influenza continue to decrease in Minnesota schools, even while five more deaths from the illness were confirmed in the past week, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/h1n1-numbers?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:25:42 -0600 Health officials keep quiet about vaccine supplies The distribution process for the H1N1 flu vaccine in Minnesota has been shrouded in secrecy to this point. Some Minnesota clinics have withheld information from the public about their vaccine supplies. And the state Health Department has deliberately kept quiet about which clinics and hospitals have received doses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/flu-clinics?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:26:43 -0600 Minnesota reports 6 new confirmed H1N1 flu deaths Six more Minnesotans have died from H1N1 flu complications and a seventh flu death was likely caused by the H1N1 virus. There have now been 21 confirmed H1N1 deaths since April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/mn-new-flu-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 12:30:48 -0600 Federal health officials meet with Minnesota media on H1N1 Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies met with members of the Minnesota media Tuesday to talk about the nation's pandemic influenza response. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/health-official-meetings?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 18:07:25 -0600 Some fear H1N1 vaccine campaign is too late The H1N1 vaccine campaign is gradually picking up speed in Minnesota, but health officials fear that the doses may be arriving too late for some people who think the worst of the outbreak has passed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/h1n1-vaccine-update?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. counties planning vaccinations clinics for kids Minnesota counties are ironing out the final details on public vaccination clinics for kids that could begin as early as Nov. 16. The doses will only be available to children aged 9 and under. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/h1n1-vaccine-schools?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 08:57:03 -0600 U of M offering H1N1 vaccine to 'high priority' students and staff The University of Minnesota will offer H1N1 vaccine to some students and staff in so-called "high priority" groups Wednesday and Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/h1n1-vaccine?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 06:30:00 -0600 Local lab makes Tamiflu for kids A pharmacy lab in Minnesota is helping address the shortage of H1N1 medicine for children, by making kid-sized doses of Tamiflu from adult-sized capsules. MPR's Lorna Benson visited the lab to see how it's done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/making-tamiflu?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 12:08:56 -0600 Hospitals see big jump in H1N1 cases, restrict visitors The Health Department says there were 275 patients hospitalized with influenza-like illness in the last week. That's the biggest jump in hospitalizations since the department began tracking the H1N1 flu outbreak in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/hospital-visitors?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:01:20 -0500 Four Minnesota hospitals open separate flu centers The Minnesota Department of Health says four greater Minnesota hospitals have opened centers to deal with a surge in flu patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/flu-centers?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:28:59 -0500 H1N1 flu vaccine supply catching up to demand There has been a lot of pent-up demand for the H1N1 vaccine, and getting it has been a frustrating process for many people these past few weeks. But federal and local officials say the gap between supply and demand is starting to narrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/h1n1-flu-vaccine-supplies?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Lack of fever in some H1N1 cases complicates prevention effort It appears a lot of people with the H1N1 flu do not experience a fever, and the absence of a fever could mean they are not taking enough precautions to prevent transmitting the virus to others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/h1n1-fever?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Park Nicollet overwhelmed by flu shot requests Park Nicollet Health Services has shut down its flu shot appointment line, due to overwhelming demand for the H1N1 vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/parknicollet?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:45:25 -0500 New flu hotline seeing heavy usage Long wait times or busy signals have been reported one day after Minnesota health officials launched a new flu phone line for people who think they might be sick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/fluline-response?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:52:36 -0500 Thousands of health care workers skip flu shots There are thousands of health care workers in Minnesota who don't get a flu shot. That could put patients at risk for not only seasonal flu, but also the H1N1 virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/fluvaccine-hcw?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:31:45 -0500 Minnesota reports 3 more deaths from H1N1 Three more Minnesota residents have died from complications of the swine flu, including two children less than 7 years old. All three had underlying health conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/flu-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:17:35 -0500 Increasing number of children die from H1N1 The number U.S. children who have died from H1N1 influenza continues to rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/h1n1-flu-update?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:28:59 -0500 H1N1 vaccine Q&A Minnesota Public Radio News health reporter Lorna Benson held an online chat Thursday to answer questions about H1N1 and seasonal flu. Below is an edited transcript of the discussion. /projects/ongoing/flu/faq/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:14:11 -0500 Children's Hospitals begin first round of H1N1 vaccinations Some of the state's most medically vulnerable children got vaccinated today against the H1N1 influenza virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/first-h1n1-vaccines?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 13:15:45 -0500 Minn. nonprofits receive federal funding to help uninsured children A coalition of Minnesota nonprofits has been awarded nearly a $1 million by the U.S. Government to get more uninsured children signed up for state-subsidized health programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/uninsured-children-funding?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:04:40 -0500 State reports surge in flu outbreaks in schools The number of Minnesota schools reporting outbreaks of flu-like illness increased significantly during the past week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/flu-outbreaks?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:24:31 -0500 High-risk groups to receive H1N1 vaccine first By the end of this week, some Minnesota pediatric clinics are expected to receive their first shipments of H1N1 influenza vaccine, but supplies are so limited at this point, state health officials have asked doctors only to offer the vaccine to the most medically-fragile kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/h1n1-vaccine-decisions?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Children's Hospitals responds to surge in H1N1 cases A surge in suspected cases of flu has forced a hospital in St. Paul to call in extra staff and open up some more treatment space for emergency room patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/h1n1-surge?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Half of Americans won't get H1N1 vaccine, polls say Several recent public opinion polls show that only about half of Americans say they'll get immunized against H1N1 and an even smaller percentage say they'll let their children get the vaccine over concerns about potential side effects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/h1n1-vaccine-concerns?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Income, ZIP code, education are good indicators of health Good health care is regarded as the backbone of good health, but public health researchers will tell you that where you live, shop and eat have an equal -- or greater -- impact on your health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/social-determinants-of-health?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 16:00:00 -0500 First batch of H1N1 vaccine will go to health care workers Minnesota's first order of H1N1 vaccine will be distributed to health care workers who have direct contact with infected patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/h1n1-vaccine?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:44:27 -0500 Officials expecting rough start on H1N1 vaccination efforts Public health officials are expecting a bumpy start to their H1N1 vaccination efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/bumpy-h1n1-start?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:27:20 -0500 H1N1 vaccine expected to arrive in October Minnesota should start receiving its first doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine in less than two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/h1n1-vaccine?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:00:51 -0500 Health department advises persistence in finding flu vaccines If you are having a difficult time finding seasonal flu vaccine, the Minnesota Department of Health says not to give up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/flu-vaccines?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:08:23 -0500 U of M postpones flu vaccinations The University of Minnesota has postponed two seasonal flu vaccine clinics scheduled this week and next because of a vaccine shortage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/fluvaccine?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 17:04:33 -0500 Contentious food issues topic of U of M health symposium Some of the most contentious food issues will be debated at a University of Minnesota symposium Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/health-symposium?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 06:14:00 -0500 Flu is 'widespread' in Minnesota The CDC says pandemic flu activity in Minnesota is now considered "widespread." That's the highest classification in the agency's flu reporting system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/uofm-flu-vaccinations?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:52:30 -0500 Expert fears H1N1 flu vaccine will come to Minn. too late A flu expert says he's worried that H1N1 flu will peak in Minnesota before enough vaccine arrives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/expert-fears-h1n1-vaccine-could-come-too-late?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 10:03:33 -0500 H1N1 could overwhelm U.S. in the next two months Pandemic influenza could overwhelm the nation's health care system, schools and businesses as early as October, according to participants in a panel discussion today on the new H1N1 virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/flu-update?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:42:20 -0500 Q & A: How schools are preparing for H1N1 flu The start of the new school year is expected to cause a surge in the number of H1N1 influenza cases. MPR News' health reporter Lorna Benson answers questions about some of the possible scenarios that could arise this flu season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/schoolflu-qanda?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 16:42:25 -0500 Fall flu preparations in full swing Federal and state health officials are gearing up for a resurgence of the H1N1 flu virus this fall and winter. MPR's Lorna Benson attended briefings this week by the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Health Department, and she answers some questions about the upcoming flu season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/flu-update?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:19:09 -0500 Doctors say VA care is a model of efficiency Some say that the Department of Veteran Affairs medical care is actually an excellent example of how the government is leading on health care quality and cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/va-clinic-care?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 State officials outline plans for next wave of H1N1 Minnesota children and young adults have been hit the hardest by the new H1N1 pandemic influenza, according to statistics released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/h1n1-flu-briefing?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 State officials review new H1N1 guidelines for schools The Minnesota Health Department is reviewing new H1N1 flu recommendations for schools issued Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/flu-schools?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 12:30:02 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar introduces long-term care bills Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced a bill that would create an independent third-party board to review complaints from long-term care policy holders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/klobuchar-bills?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 16:25:27 -0500 Hope for brain cancer treatment after canine success Veterinary surgeon G. Elizabeth Pluhar has spent the past year caring for Batman during his cancer treatment. After months of good progress reports, Wednesday was his final visit her lab for a brain scan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/canine-brain-cancer?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 17:16:24 -0500 Survey: Area hospitals could explain new medications better Patient satisfaction data collected by the federal government shows that most Twin Cities hospitals could do a better job explaining new medications and preparing patients for discharge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/hospital-survey?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 17:01:00 -0500 Child's death from spotted fever is state's first A young child from Dakota County died this month from Rocky Mountain spotted fever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/spotted-fever?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:39:53 -0500 McCollum says deal reached on Medicare concerns Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCollum said she has reached a resolution with House negotiators over her concerns about Medicare reimbursement inequities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/mccollum-medicare?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:01:02 -0500 Conference hopes to help those coping with OCD At a conference in Minneapolis next month, researchers will share information with families and doctors on treatments for those living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/ocd-conference?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota hospitals upset about health care deal Some Minnesota hospitals are fuming over a new national agreement that gives back billions of dollars in federal hospital payments to help pay for overhauling the U.S. health care system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/hospital_reform?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Research: Kids of older mothers have higher risk of cancer University of Minnesota researchers say babies born to older mothers have a slightly increased risk of developing cancer during childhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/childhoodcancer?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:03:47 -0500 Depression program a success, but costly for clinics A group of Minnesota clinics is reporting remarkable success in treating depression, but the program is costly and faces an uncertain future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/diamond_depression_treatment?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Two more H1N1 deaths reported in Minnesota Two more Minnesotans have died after contracting H1N1 influenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/h1n1_deaths?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 13:49:27 -0500 Mayo Clinic hopes to spread model of medical efficiency The Mayo Clinic has an international reputation for the quality of its care, but few people know that it's also one of the most efficient health care systems in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/05/mayo_health_care_cost_control?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jul 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Why at-risk kids engage in high-risk behavior A new study by the University of Minnesota shows that kids who believe they are going to die young often engage in the very behavior that can lead to an early death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/teendeaths?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 01:01:00 -0500 Advocates say budget cuts target most vulnerable Homeless advocates say Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan for unallotment will hit their clients particularly hard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/unallotment_homeless?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:57:11 -0500 How does a single-payer health care system work? Congressional Democrats unveiled their health care reform bills on Friday. They're struggling to find ways to pay for insuring the nation's uninsured. Dr. Oliver Fein is the president of Physicians for a National Health Program, an advocacy group representing 14,000 doctors, says a single-payer health insurance program would cover every American without adding costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/singlepayer_qa?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 17:54:43 -0500 Six E. coli cases in Minn. linked to recalled cookie dough Food maker Nestle USA on Friday voluntarily recalled its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after a number of illnesses were reported by those who ate the dough raw. Six cases are reported in Minnesota so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/nestle_toll_house_recall?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:44:54 -0500 Minnesota announces first H1N1 flu death Minnesota reports the state's first H1N1 flu death, a child from the Twin Cities area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/mn_fludeath?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:50:05 -0500 Man on a mission to encourage platelet donations Al Whitney can check another state off his list. The 71-year-old Ohio man has made it his personal mission to donate blood platelets in all 50 states. This week he visited Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/platelet_donor?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 16:23:47 -0500 Why does Wisconsin lead nation in H1N1 cases? Wisconsin has reported 2,200 cases of H1N1 flu, the highest number in the nation. That number doesn't tell the whole story, however. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/wis_flu_numbers_lead_nation?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 13:45:23 -0500 Study: Bankruptcies linked to higher medical bills A new Harvard study shows there has been a 50 percent increase in bankruptcies linked to illness and medical bills since 2001. In most of the cases, the people who filed for bankruptcy protection had health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/health_related_bankruptcies?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Plan would expand Minnesota food safety nationwide Minnesota's public health investigators are widely regarded as the best in the country when it comes to tracking foodborne diseases. Now there are plans to take the state's disease detection model nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/foodsafety_klobuchar?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 14:45:49 -0500 U of M study: Hungry teens at higher risk of obesity A new study finds teens whose families can't always afford to buy food have higher rates of obesity than their peers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/teeneatingstudy?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 13:51:18 -0500 U of M study finds smoking bans cost few jobs The hospitality industry has long argued that smoking bans cause great financial difficulty for bars and restaurants, but a new study finds little economic cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/19/smoking_ban_economics_study?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Safety net hospitals face tough choices Minnesota's safety net hospitals are sifting through their options after Gov. Pawlenty eliminated public insurance coverage for up to 35,000 of the state's poorest adults in order to balance the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/health_program_cuts?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 16:41:28 -0500 Dentists drop opposition to new practitioner position Supporters of a bill creating a new mid-level dental practitioner position to work in under-served areas of the state have reached a compromise with opponents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/12/dental_practitioner_compromise?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Governor signs BPA ban, chemical oversight bill Governor Tim Pawlenty signed a bill Friday restricting the sale of children's drinking products made with BPA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/minnesota_bpa_ban?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 13:57:33 -0500 H1N1 outbreak revealed seasonal flu lingered in Minn. The new H1N1 influenza outbreak occurred just as the seasonal flu typically fades in Minnesota. The state's heightened flu surveillance due to H1N1 showed that seasonal flu may be lingering a bit longer than usual this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/seasonal_flu_wraps_up?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Three more probable flu cases in Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Health says testing has identified one case from Washington County and two in Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/moreflucases?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 11:50:17 -0500 State may advise schools with flu cases to stay open Minnesota schools with cases of H1N1 influenza could remain open under a new plan released today by the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/state_may_advise_schools_with_flu_cases_to_stay_open?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 16:45:04 -0500 Health Department continues flu investigation The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the state's first case of swine flu on Thursday, leading school officials to keep a central Minnesota middle school closed through Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/flu_minn_updates?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 17:03:50 -0500 Is Minnesota prepared for a flu outbreak? Many Minnesota health care providers activated some of their pandemic flu procedures today. There are no confirmed cases of swine flu in Minnesota yet. But local health officials say it's likely that Minnesota will detect at least some cases in the coming days or weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/minn_fluprep?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 16:51:17 -0500 Swine flu outbreak has health officials on edge Amid reports of of a contagious flu virus spreading in Mexico, California and Texas, the Minnesota Department of Health is asking doctors to watch closely for possible cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/health_officials_on_the_lookout_for_swine_flu?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:40:44 -0500 Health care reform backers prepare for push in Washington Congress began work this week on legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system. While much of the action will be taking place in Washington, reformers in Minnesota are gearing up to make their voices heard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/health_care_reform_prospects?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Study: Charred meat may increase risk of pancreatic cancer A new University of Minnesota study says people who regularly eat meat that is burned or charred may increase their risk of pancreatic cancer by almost 60 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/cancer_charredmeat?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 14:01:00 -0500 Minn. researchers find 'smoking gun' link between nicotine and cancer Researchers at the University of Minnesota have detected two substances in tobacco smoke that directly cause lung cancer, and they say the finding may help one day predict which smokers will develop the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/nicotinestudy?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:03:13 -0500 Minnesota health officials report rubella case A Twin Cities woman in her 30s is the state's first confirmed rubella case since 2000, according to the state Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/rubella?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 17:03:28 -0500 Terminally ill children often get inadequate pain treatment A conference in the Twin Cities this week tackles the problem of proper pain management in children and gives doctors training for working with their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/child_pain_care?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Allina settles with Minn. AG over medical interest Allina Hospitals and Clinics has agreed to reimburse more than $1 million in excess interest payments to its patients. It has also capped its interest rate on all future medical credit accounts at 8 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/allina_settles?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 13:10:17 -0500 Report: Air quality around dairy poses health risks A new report by the Health Department reiterates that a large dairy operation near Thief River Falls is a public health hazard that needs to be addressed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/cowsecoli?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 15:12:44 -0500 Number of reported STDs in Minn. reaches new high The number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota hit a new high last year. There were 17,650 cases of reportable STDs which include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/stds_minn?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 14:01:41 -0500 Report : Higher rate of Somali kids in Mpls autism programs Somali parents in Minnesota have been anguishing over the unusually high number of their children who are in special education classes for autism in the Minneapolis schools. Today the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed those observations, and said it would try to determine why it's happening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/somalis_autism_research?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:00:00 -0500 U of M resumes nuns' Alzheimer's study The Nun Study, which originated at the U of M in 1986, gained worldwide attention for its insights into Alzheimer's disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/nuns_alzheimers_study?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 03:01:00 -0500 Study raises questions about benefits of prostate screening Yearly screening tests do not appear to reduce deaths from prostate cancer, according to a new study released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/prostate_study?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:00:00 -0500 Dems prep plan to cut health care costs Architects of the proposal says it saves money by boosting prevention spending on anti-smoking and obesity campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/state_health_care_costs?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 07:46:19 -0500 Researchers believe many SIDS deaths are preventable It has long been thought that healthy babies who die unexpectedly while they're sleeping are victims of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Researchers are beginning to find that some of these SIDS deaths may be caused when babies sleep in the same bed as their parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/sids_deaths?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:30:00 -0500 U of M discovery offers potential breakthrough in preventing HIV transmission An FDA approved substance appears to prevent HIV transmissions in primates, offering hope of preventing transmissions in humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/04/u_of_m_aids_research?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 12:00:00 -0600 Health officials find drug-resistant bacteria State health officials have identified a highly resistant strain of bacteria in a Minnesota patient. The strain is resistant to almost all antibiotics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/27/bacteria?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Researchers call for more tobacco regulation More than two dozen national tobacco researchers are calling on the government to regulate all tobacco products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/tobacco_reg?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:20:49 -0600 State to test water for chemicals from firefighting foam Drinking water supplies in more than a dozen communities are being sampled to see if perfluorochemicals from firefighting foam are present in the water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/foam_contamination?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:47:40 -0600 Twin Cities see decline in meth addicts seeking treatment The Twin Cities has seen a decline in meth addicts seeking treatment, accoring to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The department says meth-related admissions dipped to about 6 percent of treatment center admissions in the first half of 2008. That's about half the rate for the same time period in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/twin_cities_sees_decline_in_meth_addicts_seeking_treatment?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 19:00:43 -0600 Minn. Health Department issues pandemic flu plan Minnesota health officials are taking steps to figure out just how to dole out health care resources if a pandemic strikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/30/pandemicplans?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:30:00 -0600 Study has positive health news for kidney donors People who donate a kidney appear to have normal life spans, and their risk of developing kidney failure is not much different than the general population, a new U of M study shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/kidney_donors_health?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Human services cuts inevitable under Pawlenty plan Gov. Pawlenty proposes increasing spending in human services, but demand is expected to out-pace spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/human_services_cuts?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Medical residency money on the chopping block Minnesota's teaching hospitals and clinics are anxious to find out today what Gov. Pawlenty intends to do with state money used to pay for residency programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/residency_money?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Nursing homes on the brink of budget disaster In the next installment of our series, The State Budget in Your Backyard, we look at how potential state budget cuts could affect nursing home residents in White Bear Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/whitebearlake_healthcare?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Coleman: Review remaining absentee ballots Attorneys for Republican Norm Coleman say they will ask a three judge panel next week to review the remaining absentee ballots that were not counted in the U.S. senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/coleman_review_remaining_absentee_ballots?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:18:32 -0600 Audio slideshow: Elder care in White Bear Lake Cerenity Senior Care is White Bear Lake's only nursing home. MPR's Lorna Benson takes a tour of the facility with Administrator Greg Baumberger. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2009/01/white_bear_lake/20_healthcare_ss/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 15:06:19 -0600 Franken holds D.C. fundraiser Democrat Al Franken hosted an inaugural brunch yesterday in Washington D.C. to raise money for legal fees associated with his Senate recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/franken_holds_dc_fundraiser?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:10:24 -0600 Minnesota part of national salmonella outbreak Minnesota is one of 42 states with confirmed cases of salmonella. The Minnesota Department of Health says 30 people have been sickened by the bacteria since early November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/salmonella?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 11:40:35 -0600 Sour economy makes paying for health care even harder 2008 was an expensive year for many Americans. And for some people that made it even more challenging to pay for their health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/expensive_healthcare?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Higher education takes a big hit in governor's budget Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget cuts protected K-12 education, but Minnesota's higher education system took a big hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/higher_education_takes_a_big_hit_in_governors_budget?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:02:57 -0600 Minnesota man fights forced electroconvulsive therapy Ray Sandford says he's losing his memory after having more than 30 electro-convulsive therapy treatments. But his doctors argue the procedure is necessary to treat Sandford's psychotic episodes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/forced_electroconvulsive_therapy?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:30:00 -0600 Two metro hospitals cut hundreds of workers The troubled economy is taking a toll on two Twin Cities hospital. Both North Memorial Health Care in Robbinsdale and Park Nicollet Health Services will layoff a combined total of 613 workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/northmem_layoffs?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 16:12:25 -0600 Health care programs might see cuts as state tightens budget belt The health and human services budget accounts for more than a quarter of the state's general fund spending. With the projected $5.2 billion state budget deficit, it is very likely that state-sponsored health care programs will be one of the first areas lawmakers review as they try to close the budget gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/deficit_healthcare?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 15:51:28 -0600 Minnesota group tests toys, finds toxic results A Minnesota-based consumer group says more than a third of the toys it tested contain significant amounts of toxic chemicals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/danger_toys?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 08:13:54 -0600 Researchers excited about possible stem cell reversal President-Barack Obama is expected to lift the ban on the use of government funds to study new embryonic stem cell lines when he takes office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/stem_cell_reversal?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. receives low marks for premature births The March of Dimes has given Minnesota a "C" grade in its new report card measuring premature birth rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/premature_grade?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 06:59:30 -0600 As recount looms, Coleman's lead narrows Republican Norm Coleman is claiming victory in Minnesota's Senate race. But it could be weeks before the state has an official winner. Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken is now just 475 votes out of 2.9 million cast. The margin is so narrow it has triggered an automatic recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/senaterecount_folo?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 15:45:18 -0600 U of M marks 40th anniversary of first successful bone marrow transplant Forty years ago U of M doctors became the first in the world to use bone marrow to cure an infant with a rare immune system disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/bmt_anniversary?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 U of M marks 100 years of mortuary science training In the early days at the U of M, the field was dominated by men. But the profession is now more popular among women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/100_years_mortuary_science?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Hospitals report a sudden drop in elective procedures There are signs that the weak economy is causing patients to delay surgeries and hospital procedures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/medical_procedures_delayed?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Expect higher health care costs this enrollment season The economy probably isn't to blame for the state of your health insurance package -- at least not yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/health_care_enrollment_changes?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Candidates taking different approaches on health care While it may not be the biggest national priority at the moment, the rising cost of health care is a major problem for many businesses and citizens. Both candidates have proposals to tackle the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/presidential_healthcare_plans?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 State weighs cost of medications and risk of avian flu Minnesota health officials might not purchase the last of the antiviral medication allotted by the federal government treat avian flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/07/avion_drugs?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2008 07:12:12 -0500 Campaign launches to prevent deadly blood clots Federal health officials say many blood clot deaths could be prevented if patients and doctors knew more about the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/blood_clots?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 State gets extension on Medicaid waiver The federal government has given Minnesota another two weeks to try to negotiate a waiver for its Medicaid program and preserve insurance coverage for 18,000 parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/medicaidwaiver?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 15:15:35 -0500 Work begins to trim health care costs in Minnesota The Health Care Reform Review Council will consider several experiments to reign in costs and improve the quality of care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/basket_of_care?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Venison donation program undergoes changes The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has new requirements for processors who want to donate venison to Minnesota food shelves, after discovering lead fragments in packages of hunter-donated meat last spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/venison?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:30:43 -0500 Blue Cross offers health insurance rate guarantee The state's largest health plan says it will offer a three-year rate guarantee to businesses that focus on improving their employees' health and wellness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/insurance?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 11:52:18 -0500 Minnesota doctors debate stem cell research Members of the Minnesota Medical Association will consider a resolution today that would support biomedical research on embryonic stem cells. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/stem_cell?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 06:51:20 -0500 Minnesota fights federal plan to drop health insurance for some adults Minnesota's Medicaid director says she is hopeful the state will be able to fend off a federal plan to drop health coverage for 18,000 Minnesota parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/11/healthinsurance?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 14:27:52 -0500 Toddler gets new kidney after a year of waiting Dominik Lawson, 2, finally has a new kidney after waiting more than a year for a donor. He is now recovering at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, and if all goes well he could return to his family's home in Taconite in a few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/29/kidneyupdate?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2008 16:45:41 -0500 Tornado likely to leave psychological scars Counselors say some tornado victims are already dealing with their emotions, but they predict for many others it will be months before they show signs of psychological stress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/28/tornadomental?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 15:11:01 -0500 Study: News media fails at health reporting New research from the University of Minnesota says the major mainstream media has many failings when it comes to reporting on medical and science topics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/faulty?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Blood test could identify risk of heart disease University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new blood test that measures the amount of so-called "bad" cholesterol. Their results show that the greater the oxidation damage, the higher the risk that a person will develop heart disease or diabetes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/ldl?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 07:55:33 -0500 Health care reform bill seen as a good first step The compromise legislation promises to reduce health care cost increases in the state and extend insurance coverage to more Minnesotans, but long term change depends on state finances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/legislature_healthcare?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Pollution Control chooses most aggressive plan for cleaning up former 3M site The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said it wants 3M to remove as much PFC contaminated soil as possible from its former Oakdale dump site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/3m?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 18:11:49 -0500 Pawlenty vetoes health care bill Gov. Pawlenty opposes expansion of coverage to 44,000 low income Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/healthcare_veto?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 17:00:00 -0500 A fortuitous meeting and Minnesota doctors offer an Ethiopian woman a chance at a new life A young Ethiopian woman is recovering from surgery to remove a large, disfiguring tumor from her head at a St. Paul hospital. It cam about because of a chance meeting of two doctors in a Twin Cities synagogue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/tumor_remarkable_surgery?refid=0 Sun, 11 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Student receives Army award for 35W collapse response 2nd Lt. Nathan Lund received the Soldier's Medal during a ceremony Thursday at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/lund_award?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 15:14:38 -0500 Study: Public opinion isn't advancing health reform The vast majority of Americans believe the health care system should be rebuilt or fundamentally changed. Yet even with widespread public support, reform efforts are at an impasse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/healthcare_attitudes?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 16:01:00 -0500 Children's Hospital breaks ground Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will break ground today on an expansion and renovation to its St. Paul campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/childrens?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 06:56:10 -0500 $3.2 million to colleges to attract more lab techs The U.S. Department of Labor and a group of health care industry partners are giving $3.2 million to Minnesota colleges and universities that train laboratory technicians and scientists. The money will be used to expand enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/lab_tech?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 07:28:24 -0500 Search for PFC contamination in Mississippi River expands Five states including Minnesota will test for perfluorinated chemicals in the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/pfc_search?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 About one-third of Minn. flu cases did not match vaccine About a third of Minnesota's confirmed flu cases this year do not appear to match the influenza vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/fluminn?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 15:29:54 -0500 State reports increase in new HIV infections The Minnesota Department of Health reports another slight increase in the number of new HIV infections in the state: 325 new cases in 2007, compared to 318 in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/hiv_infections?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 06:41:38 -0500 HIV/AIDS cases on the rise The number of new HIV cases in Minnesota continues to rise. The Minnesota Department of Health says there were 325 new cases last year, compared to 318 the year before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/hivnumbers?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 14:45:23 -0500 Masons give $65M to UMinn for cancer research The University of Minnesota says it's getting its largest gift ever - $65 million to the university's Cancer Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/umgif?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:30:16 -0500 Passage of health care reform legislation still possible, supporters say Health care reform legislation still faces big hurdles at the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/healthcarereform?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Television may affect teen diets and grades A study by researchers at the University of Minnesota blames televisions in teenagers' bedrooms for poor eating habits and lower grades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/tv_diet?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 06:58:29 -0500 Study: Malt liquor could be factor in higher murder rates A University of Minnesota study says easy access to the high alcohol beer could be contributing to higher homicide rates in black communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/malt_liquor?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 17:12:35 -0500 State to test donated venison meat for lead Deer meat donated to Minnesota food shelves through the state's venison donation program will be tested to determine if it contains lead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/venison?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Frozen chicken entrees linked to salmonella outbreak The Minnesota Department of Health says two people were sickened after eating breaded, pre-browned chicken cordon bleu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/salmonella?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 13:05:54 -0500 Governor, DFL divided on Health Care Access fund Governor Tim Pawlenty and House and Senate leaders have not resolved their differences on a sweeping health care reform initiative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/access?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Health department probing deaths in same family Two members of the same northern Minnesota family died this week of flu-like symptoms. The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating the deaths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/fludeaths?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:02:13 -0500 Study: Young men eating more fast food A new study says a large percentage of Minnesota adolescents and young adults eat fast food regularly. The findings also show that males increase their fast food consumption as they enter adulthood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/fastfood?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 12:18:03 -0500 Survey says 90 percent of parents want sex ed in schools A survey of some 1,600 Minnesota parents has found that most believe that sex education should include information about pregnancy prevention as well as abstinence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/sex_education?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0500 New study limits TV time to prevent weight gain U of M research is trying to pinpoint what it takes to keep families from gaining unwanted weight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/obesityprevention?refid=0 Sun, 16 Mar 2008 23:00:00 -0500 Second child dies from the flu The girl, from the greater Twin Cities metro area, died this week shortly after receiving a flu shot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/flu_death?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:17:31 -0500 Nurse tampered with painkiller, Mankato hospital says A Mankato clinic and hospital system says one of its nurses tampered with pain medication intended for patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/10/mankatonurse?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:40:05 -0500 Researcher says his study on 3M workers' health is inconclusive The lead investigator on a new study of 3M workers exposed to the perfluorochemical PFOA urges caution in interpreting its results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/pfoastudy?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 13:52:40 -0600 House committee OKs psychiatric hospital The Department of Health had said the proposed psychiatric hospital is too big and not in the public interest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/29/psych_hospital?refid=0 Fri, 29 Feb 2008 16:18:11 -0600 Water contaminant PFBA not as toxic as previously thought The chemical was found in the drinking water of more than 143,000 residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/3m_pfba?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 16:57:48 -0600 A new fight over cochlear ear implants Insurance companies who cover one cochlear implant are balking at covering a second, in spite of evidence that two work better than one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/ear?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. faces a major shortage of health care workers A new report says Minnesota and the rest of the nation are facing a major shortage of public health physicians, nurses, epidemiolgists and health care educators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/healthworkers?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 16:26:05 -0600 New report recommends alcohol education begin earlier A new study recommends starting alcohol prevention programs at an earlier age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/alcohol?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 14:33:28 -0600 Health Department says more flu cases don't match vaccine Public health officials are seeing an increase in the number of influenza cases in Minnesota that are not well matched to the flu vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/21/fluupdate?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 17:27:49 -0600 New study examines best ways to treat incontinence in women University of Minnesota researchers have found that pelvic floor muscle training, also known as Kegel exercises, are the most effective way to address urinary incontinence in women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/kelvic?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 14:20:55 -0600 Gov. and legislature largely in agreement on health care changes Gov. Pawlenty and leading Democrats say, for the most part, they agree on the key elements of a proposal that would radically transform Minnesota's health care system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/leghealthcare?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Study: Obesity in Minn. could cost $3.7 billion by 2020 If the state's obesity rate continues to rise at current levels a new report predicts that Minnesotans will pay an addition $3.7 billion a year in health care costs by 2020. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/obesity1?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities meth use on the decline Fewer Twin Cities area students abused methamphetamines last year according to a new state report. But it shows that other drugs such as Ecstasy and LSD are becoming more popular. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/28/methuse?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2008 14:13:52 -0600 Comparison shopping for health care goes online You shop around for clothes, electronics and cars, why not shop for health care too? A new online health care mall pledges to make it easy and affordable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/onlinehealth?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 U of M creates first beating heart organ University of Minnesota scientists say they have for the first time created a beating heart in a laboratory. The discovery offers hope that the technique could be used one day to create a fully functioning heart for humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/08/heartregen?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jan 2008 12:00:00 -0600 3M proposes cleanup plan for PFC contamination 3M has presented Woodbury residents with four options for cleaning up perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) that are leaking into the groundwater underneath a company-owned landfill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/woodbury_mtg?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 11:59:12 -0600 Health Dept. seeks input on PFC monitoring The Minn. Department of Health is seeking public feedback on a plan to measure the levels of perflurochemicals in 200 east metro residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/05/pfcs?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 12:59:45 -0600 Fatal accident raises questions about police ride-along policies There is still no word Wednesday on whether the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office will review its family ride-along policy following the New Year's Day fatal patrol car accident that took the life of a sheriff deputy's wife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/02/ridealongfolo?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2008 16:45:56 -0600 Area housing market has a few bright spots A new report has identified some pockets of stability in Minnesota's housing market, despite a decline in the statewide median home value. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/02/housingreport?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2008 11:01:57 -0600 Woman killed in Mounds View crash involving squad car A wrong-way driver struck a Ramsey County sheriff's patrol car head-on early Tuesday, injuring a deputy and killing his wife, who was riding along with him, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/01/squadcarcrash?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jan 2008 11:32:40 -0600 U of M developing antidote to cyanide University of Minnesota researchers say they have discovered a new fast-acting antidote to cyanide poisoning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/27/cyanide?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2007 09:27:12 -0600 Minnesotans spending more on health care A new report say nearly a quarter of Minnesotans under the age of 65 are in families that will spend more than 10% of their pre-tax income on health care costs in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/19/health_costs?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2007 15:09:48 -0600 Doctors say insurance system must change for diabetic care to improve In the years since a statewide physician measurement project was launched, the number of Minnesota patients who now have their diabetes under control has risen significantly. But progress may be stalled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/diabetescare?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 16:00:00 -0600 3M releases preliminary results of PFBA study 3M researchers told a legislative committee Friday that a new company-sponsored study shows that the chemical PFBA has minimal effects on lab animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/16/pbfa?refid=0 Sun, 16 Dec 2007 00:53:21 -0600 Health report gives details on cancer of Iron Range miners Newly released information from the Minnesota Department of Health gives a better picture of the Iron Range miners afflicted with a rare lung cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/minerscancer?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2007 16:45:00 -0600 3M to clean up PFCs from company owned landfill Oakdale residents heard about 3M's plans Wednesday night for cleaning up perfluorinated chemicals leaking into their groundwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/06/3m_pfcs?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2007 13:43:24 -0600 New anti-meth ads sell hope Billboard campaigns featuring haggard-looking meth addicts have been good at scaring people about the harmful effects of the drug. But the ads haven't given the public much hope about recovery. Now a new anti-meth campaign showcases the success stories of addicts who have kicked their habit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/meth?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2007 16:04:20 -0600 Employees not seeing many HSA bargains When employers offer an health savings account to their workers along with other insurance options, employees tend to favor more traditional coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/hsa?refid=0 Sun, 25 Nov 2007 15:00:00 -0600 U of M program taps new kidney donors For patients on dialysis the wait for a donor kidney is longer than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/01/kidney_qwest?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Halloween blackout of '57 spurs creation of portable pacemaker Fifty years ago a massive Halloween blackout disrupted power across a highly populated section of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For most, the outage was simply inconvenient. But for a few young patients it was life-threatening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/29/batterypacemaker?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota man dies of rabies Minnesota Department of Health officials say they believe the man was infected after being bitten by a bat sometime in mid-August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/23/rabiesdeath?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2007 14:13:45 -0500 More women getting both breasts removed when cancer strikes one The rate of double mastectomies has risen 150 percent since 1998 among women who have cancer in only one breast. A University of Minnesota researcher wonders if some women are making the choice based on faulty advice from their doctors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/22/mastectomy?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Ugandan doctor takes home diabetes strategies honed in Minnesota A Ugandan doctor returns to her diabetes clinic this week armed with new strategies for treating the disease in Uganda's impoverished kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/ugandadoctor?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Magnan named new health commissioner Minnesota's next top health official will be Dr. Sanne Magnan, the head of an organization that aims to improve the quality of health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/healthcomm?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:29:16 -0500 Minnesota hospitals agree: No bills for medical mistakes Minnesota hospitals have agreed not to bill health insurers or others for care related to medical mistakes. The policy is the first of its kind in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/billingmistakes?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 11:51:09 -0500 Beltrami suicide rate triggers Health Department investigation New analysis from the Minnesota Department of Health shows Beltrami County's suicide rate is nearly double the statewide average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/suicidestats?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Minnesota pressures Washington on health care for kids Just a little more than two weeks remain before the State Children's Health Insurance Program is set to expire. During its current five-year authorization, the federal program has provided $25 billion to states to insure needy children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/13/schip?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2007 17:34:41 -0500 Common substance could help cure gambling addiction An amino acid found in health food stores shows promise in curbing gambling addictions in some people. University of Minnesota researchers say the discovery could lead to a cheaper and safer treatment for pathological gamblers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/11/gamblingstudy?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2007 17:46:41 -0500 Network will link patient records By next spring, most insured Minnesotans will be able to access parts of their medical records electronically from virtually any clinic or hospital in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/10/healthrecords?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2007 11:15:29 -0500 Ford closes youth ballfields because of contamination Three baseball fields on Ford Motor Co. property in St. Paul have been shut down after testing positive for elevated levels of heavy metals. The company says the readings do not pose a health risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/08/31/ballfields?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:44:21 -0500 Pioneering heart patient returns to the U of M to say thanks Cindy Lander was just 11 years old when she underwent pioneering open heart surgery at the University of Minnesota. That was 50 years ago, and Lander is visiting the university Friday to mark the anniversary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/29/patientreturns?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Census survey finds number of state's uninsured holding steady Minnesota health officials say the federal data isn't a perfect gauge of what's going on in the state. They say signs suggest that the number of people without health insurance in Minnesota is increasing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/28/census?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Minnesota GreenStar gives homeowners a guide to a green home Minnesota homeowners can reduce their demand on the environment by building "green." That designation is now easier to attain than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/21/greenstar?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 17:00:00 -0500 PFOS present in fish in east metro lakes The state has discovered PFOS contamination in several east metro lakes. The Minnesota Department of Health has issued a fish consumption advisory in a dozen lakes as a result of the testing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/16/pfoslakes?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2007 14:53:16 -0500 Vera Peck and Richard Chit Family members said Richard, who had Down's syndrome, and his mother Vera, were virtually inseparable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/08/peckchitobit?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2007 11:30:16 -0500 Engebretsen family shares its grief in aftermath of bridge tragedy The family of Sherry Engebretsen says she was a devoted mother and wife who loved the Beatles, books and sports. Ron Engebretsen and his daughters, Jessica and Anne, shared stories about Sherry Monday as they sat in the backyard of their Shoreview home http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/06/enge?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 18:45:00 -0500 Four confirmed dead in I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis The morning after an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, authorities lowered the number of confirmed fatalities to four, but said they expect the number to change throughout the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/01/bridge?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 00:27:19 -0500 Garnett hopes to win in Boston An icon of basketball in Minnesota is heading to Boston. Kevin Garnett was traded on Tuesday in the largest trade for a single player in NBA history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/31/kg2?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 16:00:16 -0500 Xcel praised for cleaner energy moves The Allen S. King plant is the first of three Xcel coal-fired plants to go online with cleaner energy. The plant conversions are part of a 2001 emissions reduction agreement with the state Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/24/xcelgas?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 PFCs found in Brainerd wastewater system The compound, known as PFOS, was found in the discharge from the Brainerd wastewater treatment plant. PFOS is one of a family of chemicals that has contaminated drinking water supplies in some metro communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/20/brainerdpfos?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 12:10:49 -0500 Dog bites on the rise Public health officials say the number of hospital-treated dog bites is growing. From 1998 to 2005, the rate of bites requiring an emergency room visit or hospitalization rose 40 percent in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/19/dogbites?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2007 13:07:57 -0500 Children's Hospitals announces $300 million expansion Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has announced that it will spend $300 million to expand and modernize its St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/childrenshosp?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 13:43:04 -0500 Delay in cancer information tarnishes state Health Department's image This is not the first time the Health Department has sat on information about a possible health risk. Public health experts say this latest episode is a sign that the Department of Health's once golden national reputation is in need of repair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/22/morehealth?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2007 15:17:48 -0500 Web site marks a decade of connecting patients and families The non-profit organization, CaringBridge.org, has sponsored 63,000 personalized Web pages during the last 10 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/18/carbridge?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 13:30:00 -0500 Health Department says East Metro cancer rates are not higher than average Public health officials say cancer rates in Washington and Dakota counties are virtually identical to rates found elsewhere in Minnesota. The agency hopes the findings will alleviate some of the concerns of East Metro residents who have perfluorinated chemicals in their drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/06/pfccancertest?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2007 04:00:00 -0500 LEED buildings catch on in Minnesota Minnesota has only six buildings that have earned the highest standard for environmentally-friendly structures. But that number is expected to grow in the next few years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/04/leedbuilding?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Feds talk with local officials about PFC contamination Federal environment and health officials made their first public visit to Minnesota to talk about their response to perfluorinated chemical contamination in the state and elsewhere in the U.S. PFCs have been found in drinking water supplies in more than a half dozen Twin Cities suburbs near former 3M dump sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/30/epapfcs?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 23:00:00 -0500 Energy legislation hailed There's been a lot of grumbling about unattained goals and missed opportunities this legislative session. But energy policy appears to be an exception. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/23/energy_bill?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2007 17:23:06 -0500 Budget falls short on health care goals Gov. Pawlenty says the latest version of the nearly $10 billion health and human Services bill is still too big. But, he suggested Tuesday that it might win his approval anyway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/22/hhsbudget?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2007 17:04:21 -0500 3M and MPCA agree on waste cleanup plan 3M has agreed to dig up virtually all of its PFC waste from three of its former disposal sites in the east metro, and put the material in a lined facility where it would not longer pose a threat to the environment. Those sites include 3M's production plant in Cottage Grove. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/11/contamdeal?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis residents seek answers about lakes contamination About 50 Minneapolis residents resisted the lure of a beautiful spring evening and instead spent several hours inside a church overlooking Lake Calhoun Thursday night. They were there to learn more about a perfluoronated chemical that has contaminated fish in Calhoun and other nearby lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/10/chainlakespfos?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2007 06:00:00 -0500 Expansion of health care coverage in Minnesota likely to face veto from governor The Minnesota House dismissed a threatened veto by Gov. Pawlenty and passed a health and human services budget bill that had sailed through the Senate earlier Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/07/hhs?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2007 17:59:48 -0500 Citizens' board gives 3M a victory in chemical controversy A citizen's board has postponed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's request to declare the release of two 3M perfluorchemicals into the environment as hazardous substances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/pcacitboard?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 07:00:00 -0500 A call for more math and science When you talk to employers about Minnesota's talent pool, you hear a lot of concern. They say there aren't enough workers with math and science backgrounds to fill many of the state's newly-created knowledge jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/mathscience?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Boston Scientific employees share their experiences Two employees of Boston Scientific say they have experienced first-hand the changes in attitudes toward math and science education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/sciencesidebar?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 PFC's prompt fish advisories in Lake Calhoun and Mississippi River A new round of testing has turned up a perflurochemical, formerly used by 3M, in fish in Lake Calhoun, and from fish in the Mississippi River farther south than first detected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/16/pfcfish?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2007 15:30:00 -0500 Public pressure pushes PFC investigations In the past three months the pace has quickened to investigate and deal with PFCs. Why? In large part, it's due to public pressure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/toxic2future?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2007 17:45:00 -0500 MPCA staff at odds on stopping spread of contamination from 3M plant The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's plan for cleaning up PFCs from the 3M plant in Cottage Grove is under question. As a result of MPR's investigation, the MPCA commissioner says he will bring in an independent third party to review his agency's proposal to stop the spread of PFC contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/toxic2landfills?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Toxic Traces Revisited In 2005, Minnesota Public Radio first raised questions about whether the state of Minnesota acted quickly enough to investigate contamination from 3M chemicals. Two years later a new 3M chemical has been found in drinking water, affecting more communities, and the state's response is again being questioned. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2007/toxictraces/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Health Department delayed disclosure of further 3M chemical contamination Minnesota Public Radio News has learned that Minnesota Department of Health officials were warned about the problem posed by the chemical almost two years before residents were notified. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/toxic2water?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2007 05:00:00 -0500 MPCA says 3M chemicals 'hazardous' The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has told 3M that it is classifying some perfluoronated chemicals as hazardous substances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/15/3mchemicals?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 09:50:04 -0500 Plan would make every Minnesotan get health insurance Every Minnesotan would have health insurance by the year 2011 under a new bill introduced by lawmakers Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/08/universalcovg?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2007 10:56:37 -0600 3M says water in east metro is safe to drink Some members of a legislative committee urged the company and health department to provide bottled water to residents whose wells have been contaminated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/06/3mchemicals?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2007 10:20:36 -0600 Little snow foreshadows more drought Although a big winter storm could dump several inches of snow on Minnesota over the next few days, the overall lack of snow this winter means the state's drought situation has not improved. And prospects for another dry summer are increasing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/22/drought?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Environmental and arts spending tangled up again Some outdoor groups are worried that arts funding provisions in a proposed constitutional amendment will derail the proposal with voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/envirodollars?refid=0 Wed, 21 Feb 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Health officials urging flu shots Another 5,000 doses of flu vaccine are headed for Minnesota, due to arrive Thursday. The remainder will arrive on Monday. The Health Department says this year's influenza virus appears to be circulating more widely in schools, making the case for vaccinations even more compelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/flu_folo?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2007 15:38:56 -0600 Cottage Grove residents concerned about tainted water Nearly 200 Cottage Grove residents crammed into a local church Monday for an informational meeting on contaminants in their drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/12/cottagegrovewater?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2007 06:00:00 -0600 Mind exercises offer hope to seniors worried about dementia Some Minnesota House lawmakers are pushing a bill that would give tax credits to seniors and their families who purchase independent-living technologies. These are products that are designed to help seniors live on their own for a longer period of time. One mental fitness tool, called cognitive training, is just beginning to catch on in the senior market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/08/cognitive?refid=0 Sun, 11 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 U of M stem cell researchers disagree with Gov. Pawlenty's position on research Gov. Pawlenty needs "some scientific and ethical education," according to one researcher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/06/stemcellfolo?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans still test driving consumer-driven health plans The plans, pairing a high-deductible catastrophic insurance policy with a tax-free health savings account, aren't for everyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/02/hsa?refid=0 Sun, 04 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Skin infection halts high school wrestling High school wresting was suspended across Minnesota on Tuesday because of an outbreak of a skin infection. The Minnesota State High School League says 24 individual cases of herpes gladiatorum have been confirmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/30/matherpes?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 11:46:43 -0600 Reviews are mixed for governor's enviro and energy spending Some environmentalists say Gov. Pawlenty's budget is disappointing, but the governor gets positive review for spending on renewable energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/23/envirobudget?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jan 2007 16:48:03 -0600 On health care, Pawlenty stops short of his election-year plan Health care spending is one of the fastest growing segments of the state budget. During the next biennium, it's projected to increase by more than 18 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/budgethealthcare?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:53:30 -0600 3M chemicals found in drinking water of east metro cities Chemicals manufactured by 3M have been found in the public wells of six more east St. Paul suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/morepfc?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 14:00:00 -0600 Hospital errors up sharply in latest report Medical mistakes and errors rose sharply in Minnesota hospitals during the most recent one-year period measured by the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/17/medicalmistakes?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2007 07:17:19 -0600 Marchers rally for single-payer health care Members of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition made their pitch for a single-payer system Monday as part of this year's annual Martin Luther King Day march in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/15/universal_rally?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jan 2007 12:02:01 -0600 Pawlenty's turn to propose expanded health coverage A day after Senate Democrats touted their plan to cover to more uninsured Minnesotans, Gov. Pawlenty unveiled his health care agenda for the session. Like the Democrats, the Governor proposes covering more uninsured people. But Pawlenty's approach to the problem is quite different. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/pawlentyhealth?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2007 14:23:18 -0600 Senate Dems propose expansion of health care coverage State Senate health care committee leaders released details of a plan Wednesday to insure approximately 40,000 more Minnesotans this session -- and all Minnesotans by 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/10/berglincoverage?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2007 14:00:00 -0600 Will governor and lawmakers find common ground to insure all kids? Gov. Pawlenty and legislators agree this is the year to deal with providing universal health insurance coverage to all Minnesota kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/previewkidsinsure?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2006 15:30:00 -0600 Minnesota Guard unit treats young Iraqi burn victims Medics with the Minnesota Guard's 1-125th Field Artillery Battalion stationed in Iraq helpstaff Iraq's only specialty burn center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/13/iraqburns?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2006 00:05:00 -0600 Lettuce suspected as source of E. coli in Minnesota and Iowa Taco John has dropped St. Paul-based Bix Produce as an "urgent and precautionary measure." The company provided produce for restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/13/tacojohnfolo?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2006 15:11:44 -0600 Number of suspected Minnesota E. coli cases stands at 14 The number of suspected E. coli cases linked to two southern Minnesota Taco John's restaurants has risen to 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/12/ecoli?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2006 15:00:00 -0600 FDA launches look into safety of drug coated stents A Food and Drug Administration committee meets Thursday and Friday to review the safety of drug-coated stents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/26/stentdebate?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2006 00:05:00 -0600 A young family is grateful for a tiny blessing The Palzer family of Blaine will give thanks today for an early, but welcome addition to their family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/21/thankfulfamily?refid=0 Thu, 23 Nov 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's universal health care push picks up a new ally America's Health Insurance Plans, a national insurance industry trade group, has introduced an ambitious proposal to extend health insurance to more than 40 million Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/15/moreuniversal?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:07:57 -0600 What happened to Mike Hatch? A Democratic wave sweeps Republicans out of power on Capitol Hill, a DFL Senate candidate obliterates her opposition, and the DFL rolls to a majority in the Minnesota House. Why wasn't Mike Hatch included in the pro-Democrat wave? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/hatchdayaafter?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 17:44:21 -0600 Survey says college students are still binge drinking, but smoking less A new survey shows student smoking rates have dropped, but problem drinking has not abated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/02/collegedrinking?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 16:51:12 -0600 Plan tackles the ethical questions in a flu pandemic If a bird flu pandemic breaks out, experts say there won't be enough life-saving vaccine to go around. Who should be the first to get vaccine? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/17/fluethics?refid=0 Tue, 17 Oct 2006 17:31:04 -0500 Hospitals back off a consumer survey in favor of other quality control efforts An employer-led health care purchasing coalition says it's disappointed that fewer Minnesota hospitals are participating in its annual quality and patient safety survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/16/hospitalsurvey?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2006 17:47:13 -0500 Andover and other communities ask voters to save open spaces Many voters seem to support tax increases to public lands in fast growing communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/10/openspaces?refid=0 Sun, 15 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Doctors warn of potential risk from drug coated stents Two California doctors claim that drug-coated metal stents used to open heart arteries pose a higher risk of life-threatening blood clots than older-generation stents without drug coating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/13/stents?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 09:57:19 -0500 Uninsured Minnesotans unsure about mandated health care coverage The legislative debate over mandatory health coverage is months away. But there's no shortage of debate now among Minnesotans who will likely be affected by the proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/02/uninsuredreact?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota hospitals put prices online If you've ever wondered what a heart attack costs, now you can find out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/29/hospcosts?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 17:09:49 -0500 Minnesota docs endorse mandated health care coverage You can add doctors to the growing list of health industry workers who want to require health insurance coverage in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/14/mmavote?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 17:15:00 -0500 State doctors say rankings should focus on quality, not cost The state's largest doctors group has given a mixed review to the growing trend toward physician tiering. Three health plans and the State of Minnesota offer so-called tiered insurance products, that differentiate between physician clinics based on the cost and quality of their services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/06/insurancetiers?refid=0 Wed, 06 Sep 2006 15:00:06 -0500 Insurer floats universal coverage proposal The state's largest health plan released a policy white paper Tuesday calling for mandated universal health care coverage in the state. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota says the state's low uninsured rate, at 7.4 percent, puts universal coverage within reach. The insurer estimates the plan could cost Minnesota up to $900 million a year. But Blue Cross says the state would save more than half of those costs by having a healthier population and more productive workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/bluecrosswhitepaper?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2006 15:04:14 -0500 HMO enrollment decline signals shift by employers The number of Minnesotans with HMO insurance coverage dropped last year to fewer than one million people, its lowest point in 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/25/hmodecline?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2006 16:48:47 -0500 Conservationists push a more efficient light bulb Want to save money and the environment? It could be as easy as changing a light bulb, according to organizers of the Minnesota Energy Challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/23/lightbulbs?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2006 17:30:00 -0500 Eagle center gets infusion of cash Bald eagles have been drawing people to the banks of the Mississippi River near Wabasha for years. But community leaders are hoping to attract many more tourists in the years to come. City officials and residents have broken ground on a new 14,000-square-foot expansion of Wabasha's National Eagle Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/21/eaglecenter?refid=0 Mon, 21 Aug 2006 17:30:00 -0500 Is the time ripe for universal coverage? Some health care leaders say yes Some health care leaders believe the time is ripe for universal health care coverage in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/18/universal?refid=0 Sun, 20 Aug 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Harry Davis -- a life of accomplishment African American civil rights activist Harry Davis has died. Davis rose from humble beginnings in a poor, segregated north Minneapolis neighborhood to prominent business and civic leadership in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/11/harrydavisobit?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2006 11:08:35 -0500 Task force assesses drought situation Rain has been falling in parts of the state, and it's helping, but it isn't enough yet to quench the state's drought. At a meeting Tuesday of the State Drought Task Force, members concluded that, despite the recent precipitation, not much has changed across the state in the past two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/01/droughtaskforce?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2006 15:36:41 -0500 The cost of covering Minnesota's uninsured people What would it cost to cover Minnesota's approximately 383,000 uninsured people? On the low end, about $663 million a year, state officials say. On the high end, the bill could jump to more than $850 million. The estimates come from a new background paper issued by the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/insurancenumbers?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2006 22:00:00 -0500 Health insurance costs slow in 2005 The soaring cost of health insurance rose a bit slower in Minnesota last year. Health care premiums grew 4.5 percent in 2005, the smallest increase in nine years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/25/healthcosts?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2006 22:00:00 -0500 The problem with peer review This has been a tough year for some of the country's most prestigious medical journals, who admitted to having been misled by researchers -- after their research was published. The incidents have raised questions about peer review, and why the process is not better at detecting fraud or conflicts of interest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/20/peerreviewprobs?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota doctors want drug disposal research and guidelines Minnesota physicians are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to study the public health consequences of flushing unused pharmaceuticals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/12/drugsdisposal?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Consumer groups oppose new food labeling bill A federal food labeling proposal in the U.S. Senate is drawing criticism from Minnesota consumer groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/13/foodsafetyfight?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jul 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Animal cruelty may be sign of deeper human problems Several incidents in Minnesota involving the torture and killing of pets have generated outrage among newspaper letter-writers, Internet bloggers and animal welfare organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/animalkillers?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2006 17:15:14 -0500 New law asks state to study use of alternative medicine Treatments like acupuncture, massage and herbal medicines have made huge inroads with American consumers in recent years, even though many of these therapies aren't covered by health insurance plans. But that could be changing, at least among Minnesota's publicly-funded insurance programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/30/altmed?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jul 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Surgeon general report lights up smoking debate A U.S. surgeon general's report released Tuesday is prompting renewed calls for a statewide smoking ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/27/antismoking?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jun 2006 08:13:32 -0500 Chronic homelessness often linked to brain injuries Preliminary field research suggests that more than a third of chronically homeless people may have dementia or a decline in brain function that's significant enough to earn them government disability payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/05/homelessheads?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2006 00:05:00 -0500 Hypothermia helps heart attack patients Hypothermia is something to avoid, usually. But research has shown that inducing a mild state of hypothermia following a severe heart attack may help patients avoid brain damage and increase their survival odds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/30/coldheart?refid=0 Tue, 30 May 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Chemical spill near downtown St.Paul leads to tense moments There were some tense moments in St. Paul Tuesday following a hydrochloric acid spill at a business not far from downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/spill?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Conservationists see mix of wins and losses in legislative session Many hunting and fishing enthusiasts are frustrated that lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session without agreeing on a bill to dedicate a portion of the state sales tax to conservation funding. But other environmental groups say the session did produce a few important victories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/22/environlegfolo?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Hunters and anglers say they see global warming in Minnesota A statewide poll of Minnesota hunters and anglers shows that a majority of them believe global warming is occurring and that they've seen its effects in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/15/poll?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Health care coverage option for business worries patients, caregivers The U.S. Senate votes on a bill this week that would allow health plans to offer stripped-down insurance coverage. The proposal has the support of many business groups. But the American Cancer Society and AARP Minnesota strongly oppose the measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/insurchanges?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2006 17:15:00 -0500 Deadline approaches for Medicare drug coverage With just a week left to enroll in Medicare Part D, about one-third of eligible Minnesotans still have not signed up for the government-subsidized drug program. Organizations that help seniors sort through the complicated Medicare enrollment materials say they've noticed a surge in attendance at recent events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/02/partd?refid=0 Sun, 07 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 New environmental coalition wants lawmakers to think long-term A group calls on politicians to make the state's natural resources a priority that is equal in importance to education, health care and transportation. Envision Minnesota says it is focusing its attention on the 2006 gubernatorial candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/05/environment?refid=0 Fri, 05 May 2006 15:13:55 -0500 Deal reached on reducing mercury emissions Minnesota lawmakers announced they have reached an agreement on a plan to drastically reduce mercury emissions at the state's largest coal-fired power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/27/mercury?refid=0 Thu, 27 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Study tracks malfunctions of heart devices Implantable defibrillators designed to correct fast heartbeats have a significantly higher malfunction rate than pacemakers which treat slow heart rhythms, according to an analysis of data collected by the Food and Drug Administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/24/heartdevices?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2006 00:01:00 -0500 On Earth Day's eve, House deals blow to conservation bill Some environmental and sporting groups are fuming over a last-minute vote in a House committee that has left their long sought-after outdoors funding in limbo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/18/ducksupdate?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2006 15:30:00 -0500 Number of uninsured kids grows in Minnesota The number of Minnesota children without health insurance has grown by at least 8,000 in the past few years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/18/kidsinsured?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2006 16:45:00 -0500 Surviving childhood cancer leads to new challenges later in life The number of children in this country who survive a cancer diagnosis has increased steadily over the past 40 years. The five-year cancer survival rate for kids exceeds 80-percent. But along with survival success comes new challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/29/childrencancer?refid=0 Fri, 07 Apr 2006 15:30:30 -0500 Mercury emissions controls face uncertain fate at Capitol Minnesota may be on the verge of dramatically beefing up its mercury emissions rules for large coal-fired power plants. But passage of the plan is by no means certain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/mercury?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Blue Cross increases pay for psychiatrists Minnesota's largest health plan says it will increase payments to psychiatrists by 20 percent each of the next three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/30/reimbursement?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2006 18:18:00 -0600 Robotic device speeds stroke recovery Therapists at a Minneapolis hospital say a new device helps stroke patients restore upper body function faster and better. It's a robotic arm that assists patients with shoulder and elbow exercises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/strokerobots?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Environmental group says state firms regularly exceed pollution limits A national environmental group says almost 40-percent of Minnesota's industrial and municipal facilities discharged more pollution into the state's waterways than their federal permits allow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/27/pirgreport?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2006 15:31:33 -0600 Thalidomide shows promise for ovarian cancer treatment thalidomide, a drug blamed for causing birth defects in the 1950s and '60s is showing promise in treating recurrent ovarian cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/thalidomide?refid=0 Fri, 24 Mar 2006 10:25:00 -0600 U of M research offers new hope for Alzheimer's treatment Researchers at the University of Minnesota have identified a key cause of memory loss in mice which they say could lead to new treatments to prevent and possibly reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease in humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/09/memoryresearch?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2006 12:01:00 -0600 Ready for a pandemic? For the past several months, government officials have been traveling the country telling Americans to do what they can to prepare for a possible pandemic. Are Minnesotans heeding the message? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/06/birdflupreps?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Forest changes linked to global warming Scientists think global warming is changing, perhaps forever, Minnesota's forests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/03/globaltrees?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Department of Agriculture gets mostly positive marks in pesticide audit The Legislative Auditor's office released a report Friday that largely validates the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's work on regulating and monitoring pesticides. But some legislators say the report and its recommendations fall short. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/03/atrazine?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2006 18:00:00 -0600 Former MPCA scientist urges more research on spread of chemicals formerly made by 3M A former Minnesota Pollution Control Agency scientist has told the Senate Environment Committee state agencies should do a lot more research on the spread of perfluorinated chemicals, formerly made and used by 3M in Cottage Grove. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/27/pfcsspreadhearing?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2006 18:00:00 -0600 Resistant staph gains a foothold in Minnesota The number of antibiotic-resistant staph infections acquired outside of hospitals has doubled in Minnesota in the past year. Staph is a common bacteria that can cause all sorts of infections, some of them serious enough to cause death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/26/staph?refid=0 Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Warning to businesses -- prepare for flu pandemic Business leaders from Minnesota and around the nation are being urged to to get moving on their bird flu pandemic response plans. Some of the nations top health officials delivered that message at a summit in Minneapolis Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/pandemicprep?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Report says wetlands continue to disappear Minnesota has lost thousands of acres of marshes, bogs and swamps in recent years, according to a new report. The losses come despite numerous federal and state laws designed to protect wetlands. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/02_bensonl_wetlands/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2006 16:46:00 -0600 A time to choose Many employers are dumping their health insurance programs because they can't afford the rocketing costs. But a new idea is emerging to take the place of traditional coverage. How does it work? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_bensonl_cdhc/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 07:26:00 -0600 Prescription for Change Companies are creating a host of ways to shift the cost of health care while encouraging employees to live healthy lifestyles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2006/01/healthcare/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 What's next? Here's a look at the future of consumer-driven health care. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_bensonl_confuture/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Technology helps seniors live independently Care-giving robots and other high-tech gadgets that help seniors live independently are on display in Washington at the White House Conference on Aging. The conference, held every 10 years, includes a special emphasis on technology. Some new products are already being tested in Minnesota, including a device that tracks seniors when they're home alone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/09_bensonl_tracking/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2005 10:26:00 -0600 Legislative hearing raises questions about MPCA, 3M relationship An MPCA research scientist testified at a legislative committee that her employer is not doing enough to protect Minnesotans who might be exposed to these chemicals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/01_bensonl_hearingagain/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2005 17:29:00 -0600 Medicare drug plan enrollment begins amid confusion and questions Seniors can now register for Medicare's new prescription drug plan. President Bush says the benefit is the greatest advance in health care for seniors since the creation of Medicare 40 years ago. For many seniors, the choices are confusing and frustrating. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/15_bensonl_partd/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Environmental companies seek new business on China mission China's environmental problems could be an opportunity for some Minnesota businesses participating in Gov. Pawlenty's China trade mission. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/10_bensonl_chinaenviro/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:00:00 -0600 MPCA scientist tells lawmakers her research on 3M chemicals was blocked A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency research scientist told a Senate committee Tuesday her bosses have repeatedly blocked her work studying chemicals once manufactured by 3M. The chemicals have been found widely in the blood of humans and animals, and were recently discovered in wells in the east metro area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/26_bensonl_hearing/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2005 21:43:00 -0500 Wisconsin researcher says frog deformities increase with use of fertilizers A University of Wisconsin researcher says parasites cause limb deformities in frogs. Pieter Johnson believes the use of agricultural and residential fertilizers is contributing to the growing numbers of parasites and ultimately, to more deformed frogs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/21_bensonl_research/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2005 15:44:00 -0500 One woman's struggle to pay for the heat Many Minnesotans will feel the sting of rising natural gas prices this winter. For those with no flexibility in their budget, heating assistance money is the only thing keeping them from financial ruin. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/11_bensonl_cold/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Rising heating prices spur a surge in solar projects Solar advocates say the timing couldn't be better for Minnesota's annual tour of homes and businesses that use solar energy this weekend. That's because the cost of natural gas heating is predicted to soar this winter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/30_bensonl_solar/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2005 00:10:00 -0500 Coleman and Kennedy pressed to block drilling in Arctic reserve Congress is expected to vote soon on a federal budget reconciliation bill that could allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, also known as ANWR. A coalition of environmental groups are asking Sen. Norm Coleman and Rep. Mark Kennedy, both R-Minn., to reject the bill if it contains a drilling provision, as expected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/27_bensonl_swing/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2005 17:21:00 -0500 Minnesota biotech joins forces with medical device industry Leaders in Minnesota's fledgling biotech industry think they've finally figured out a way to attract more investors. They've decided to team up with the state's well-established medical device industry, in hopes of getting more exposure and more money for research. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/23_bensonl_bioventure/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2005 10:39:00 -0500 Seeking medical treatment? It pays to have private insurance A new study says patients with private health insurance are much more likely to receive timely followup appointments for urgent medical conditions than patients with Medicaid insurance or no insurance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/13_bensonl_accessstudy/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2005 16:59:00 -0500 Her home intact, Minnesota native's joy is tempered by guilt Katy Lovell, who watched the storm on TV from the safety of her parent's Lake Minnetonka home, already knows that her house in New Orleans is still standing and all her family members who stayed behind are alive. Lovell is relieved, of course. But her relief is mixed with guilt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/07_bensonl_survivors/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2005 17:04:00 -0500 'Right now, Minnesota is our home' In many cases it's family ties that have brought victims north. But in others, it's simply a much-needed offer of help from someone they've never met. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/07_bensonl_survived/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Minnesota company bets its future on adult stem cell research In Minnesota, a small biotech company called BioE says it has discovered an adult stem cell that appears to act a lot like embryonic stem cells. The company has cloned the rare cells and stockpiled millions of copies in its warehouse. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/23_bensonl_bioe/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota relief effort running into its own snags The region's largest food bank has set aside thousands of pounds of food and grocery products for victims of Hurricane Katrina. But donations are stuck in a Maple Grove warehouse while the organization searches for semis and drivers to transport the items to southern states. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/02_bensonl_mnreax/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2005 16:33:00 -0500 Fairgoers line up to greet pacemaker inventor Ordinarily the Wonders of Technology Building at the Minnesota State Fair is not where you would expect to meet a celebrity. But fans of all ages lined up to meet Earl Bakken this week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/02_bensonl_earl/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2005 10:13:00 -0500 U of M studying an ancient herbal remedy for hot flashes A University of Minnesota doctor is studying whether an ancient Japanese medicine used to treat hot flashes is effective for American women going through menopause. The drug is made up of cinnamon, other herbs and an Asian mushroom. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/22_bensonl_menopause/?refid=0 Sun, 21 Aug 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Hmong patients 'suffering needlessly' from kidney ailments A Twin Cities physician is trying to figure out why the Hmong patients he sees appear to be more prone to kidney stones than his patients who are not Hmong. Dr. Andrew Portis also is hoping his research will shed light on why many Hmong patients refuse treatment until they have reached a crisis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/04_bensonl_kidnseystone/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2005 16:06:00 -0500 Minnesota hospitals in a building boom The state's largest health insurer says Minnesota hospitals continue to expand at a fast pace, especially in a few specialty areas. In a new report released Thursday, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota says since 2002, more than one-third of the state's hospitals have started new building projects. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/28_bensonl_hospitals/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2005 17:01:00 -0500 Hospitals strive to be &quot;Safest in America&quot; A group of Minnesota hospitals is sharing the results of a project they've been quietly testing for the past four years. At that time they agreed to set aside their competitive instincts and share the details of their surgical mistakes with each other. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/11_bensonl_errors/?refid=0 Sun, 24 Jul 2005 16:00:00 -0500 New Alzheimer's research shows reversal of memory loss University of Minnesota researchers have figured out a way to reverse memory loss in mice with dementia. The discovery could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's disease in humans. The findings are published in the latest edition of the journal &quot;Science.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/14_bensonl_alzheimers/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2005 22:48:00 -0500 &quot;Sleeping Beauty&quot; DNA helps researchers identify cancer genes University of Minnesota researchers have discovered a way to quickly identify cancer-causing genes in mice, using a piece of DNA they call &quot;Sleeping Beauty.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/13_bensonl_cancer/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 13:34:00 -0500 Sporting groups celebrate environmental victory Some outdoors groups say the Legislature produced at least one long overdue environmental reform: a bill that sets the stage for changes in the way the state doles out lottery proceeds for environmental projects. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/05_bensonl_lcmr/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 08:25:00 -0500 Patient medical records go electronic The switch from paper to electronic medical records appears to be well underway in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/27_bensonl_records/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Patient sues Guidant in Minnesota over defective defibrillator A Georgia man has filed one of the first lawsuits in Minnesota against Guidant Corp., following its worldwide defibrillator recall. At least two deaths have been associated with the device failures. The lawsuit alleges that Guidant concealed information about the defects, putting the lives of patients at risk. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_bensonl_guidant/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2005 16:46:00 -0500 Disappearance of ducks linked to climate change The conservation group The National Wildlife Federation says global warming is threatening millions of waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region, the vast wetlands area that extends through parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas and Canada. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/28_bensonl_ducks/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2005 18:11:00 -0500 Bush visit comes amid worries over future of Medicaid President Bush visits Maple Grove Friday to talk about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly. The president's visit comes at a time when an even bigger government health care program -- Medicaid -- is on the chopping block. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/17_bensonl_medicaidbush/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 On day after autopsy, Terri Schiavo family looks for answers The family of Terri Schiavo is still seeking answers, one day after the release of autopsy results which show Schiavo was severely brain damaged in a 1990 collapse. Her family members spoke at the National Right to Life annual convention in Bloomington. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/16_bensonl_righttolife/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2005 14:10:00 -0500 Tracking livestock to prevent disease In response to devastating foreign livestock scares like hoof and mouth disease and mad cow disease, the U.S. has launched an ambitious nationwide plan to immediately contain possible outbreaks. To do so, the government says it will electronically track all the movements of cows, goats, pigs and poultry in the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_bensonl_registry/?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Tiered health plans are here to stay Blue Cross Blue Shield is backing off some parts of its tiered health plan, but health experts say that doesn't mean the concept is going away. Tiering is the practice of placing hospitals, clinics and doctors into categories based on the quality and cost. The practice has arrived in Minnesota and, it appears, is here to stay. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/17_bensonl_tiers/?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Luther College's Weston Noble retires after 57 years With graduation this weekend, Luther College will mark the end of an era. Its celebrated choral conductor, Weston Noble is retiring after 57 years at the helm of the college's Nordic choir. Minnesota Public Radio's Lorna Benson sat down recently with Noble to talk about his conducting career and the divine guidance that he says kept him at Luther all these years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/18_bensonl_noble/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Uninsured will get hospital discounts under Hatch agreement Uninsured patients in Minnesota will have much lower hospitals bills under an agreement announced Thursday by Attorney General Mike Hatch and four large Minnesota hospital systems. The plan offers people without health coverage the same discounts that hospitals give high-volume insurance companies. In addition, the hospitals have agreed to reform their debt collection procedures. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/05_bensonl_hospitalcharges/?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2005 11:55:00 -0500 MinnesotaCare users say cuts are not worth the pain With the legislative session moving into its final weeks, the debate over MinnesotaCare is coming to a head. The Senate is expected to vote on a bill Monday that would restore millions of dollars in funding that was cut from the state's subsidized health insurance program in 2003. The bill is in sharp contrast to proposals by Gov. Pawlenty and House Republicans that would make even deeper cuts in the program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/02_bensonl_mncare/?refid=0 Sun, 01 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Hybrids catch on with Minnesota motorists The demand for hybrid gas-electric vehicles is growing. It's not clear if high gas prices alone are driving consumer interest in hybrids or if the cars are finally going mainstream. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/14_bensonl_hybrids/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2005 11:00:00 -0500 High gas prices prompting some changes Gas prices are averaging $2.20 a gallon across Minnesota and the government predicts they will stay that way for quite some time. The high prices are prompting some drivers to make changes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/11_bensonl_gasoline/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2005 08:52:00 -0500 Hunters and environmentalists rally for ducks and their habitat Something has happened to ducks. At least that's the prevailing belief among Minnesota hunters, who say last fall's duck season was the worst anyone can remember. No one knows for sure why hunters are not seeing ducks, but many believe habitat loss is to blame. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/31_bensonl_noducks/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:30:00 -0600 Jeff Weise's enigmatic Internet persona In the days since Jeff Weise went on his shooting spree, much has been made of what the teen revealed of himself on the Internet. While he did post to some violent Web sites, his Internet persona is more complicated than that. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_bensonl_weise3/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 18:33:00 -0600 Web postings hold clues to Weise's actions As authorities try to figure out why Jeff Weise went on a shooting rampage at Red Lake High School, Internet postings attributed to the 16-year-old could hold some clues. They point to a young man with a violent streak. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/24_ap_moreweise/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2005 11:29:00 -0600 House committee kills atrazine ban A House Agriculture committee has rejected three bills that would have banned or restricted use of the farm herbicide atrazine. Similar bills have been proposed in the Senate, but are unlikely to see any action. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/17_bensonl_pesticides/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2005 10:06:00 -0600 Avian flu threat leads to precautions half a world away International health experts said this week they're still worried avian influenza could spark a global flu pandemic among humans. The disease has already taken a huge toll on birds in southeast Asia. The situation is literally half a world away from Minnesota. But it hits close to home for the state's poultry industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/29_bensonl_birdflu/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Atrazine ban may be introduced in Minnesota Atrazine, a common weed killer used by corn and sorghum farmers, is under attack in Minnesota. Environmental groups and several state lawmakers want to ban or restrict the chemical because some scientists have linked it to reproductive deformities in frogs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/04_bensonl_atrazineupdate/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2005 09:45:00 -0600 Bad air days Air pollution alerts remained in effect Wednesday for much of southern and eastern Minnesota -- for a third day. State officials say this pocket of unhealthy air is a rare occurrence for Minnesota, but some say we'll see more pollution problems in the future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/02_bensonl_badairday/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2005 17:01:00 -0600 Oakdale's water contaminated; old 3M waste suspected source Traces of two potentially toxic chemicals have turned up in the municipal water supply of Oakdale, Minnesota. The suspected sources are two Washington County landfills, which were used by 3M to dispose of wastes from its perfluorochemical manufacturing processes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/25_bensonl_oakdale/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2005 21:57:00 -0600 Stiffer fines suggested for ATV violators A coalition of nine environmental groups says it will ask lawmakers this session to substantially raise fines for ATV and other off-highway vehicle driving violations, and to seize vehicles from repeat offenders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/10_bensonl_atvchanges/?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jan 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Moral values important for St. Paul congregation Since the presidential election, we've been checking in with congregations around Minnesota to find out what parishioners were thinking as they cast their ballots. At Established Heart Community Church in St. Paul, moral values was a top priority for some members who spoke with MPR's Lorna Benson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/03_establishedheart?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2005 16:30:00 -0600 Community leaders discouraged by immigrant study A panel of Twin Cities community leaders say they're discouraged by the attitudes of Minnesotans who are fed up with immigrants. The panelists were brought together by the Minnesota Community Project to debunk misperceptions about immigrants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/14_bensonl_report/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2004 17:18:00 -0600 Report: Minnesotans growing more skeptical about state government A report says many Minnesotans are deeply skeptical about state government, and think the state wastes their hard-earned tax dollars on programs that don't benefit them personally. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/10_bensonl_distrust/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2004 17:15:00 -0600 Mirror on Morality: St. Mark's Episcopal Church In the weeks since the November election, we've checked in with congregations around Minnesota, asking them to reflect back on the presidential campaign and the role of &quot;moral values.&quot; Minnesota Public Radio's Lorna Benson met with four members of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/02_bensonl_stmarksepiscopal?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Mirror on morality: The Albion Evangelical Free Church In the weeks since the election, we've been checking in with congregations around Minnesota to find out how parishioners view the role of moral values in politics. The November election may have swung on the definition of &quot;moral values.&quot; Minnesota Public Radio's Lorna Benson met up recently with four members of the Albion Evangelical Free Church near Cokato and talked to them about why they voted the way they did, and what role their religious values played in their decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/11/24_bensonl_albion?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2004 16:00:00 -0600 FCC approves St. Olaf sale of radio station to MPR St. Olaf College won approval Monday from the Federal Communications Commission to sell its WCAL radio station to Minnesota Public Radio. MPR is paying $10.5 million for WCAL in Northfield and a repeat transmitter in Rochester. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/15_bensonl_wcal/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2004 17:15:00 -0600 Some problems at the polls still unexplained Some Minnesota voters are still trying to figure out why they weren't on voter registries on election day and have taken their complaints to the Secretary of State and county election officials. At this point, there's still disagreement about what caused the problems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/11_bensonl_votingproblems/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2004 05:00:00 -0600 Democrats got out their vote in Minnesota Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry won a bitter victory in Minnesota. Democrats here got out the vote the way they'd hoped, using strategies that fell short in other battleground states. The implications are mixed. By winning Minnesota, Kerry may have boosted state Democratic races. But he could well have hurt his own chance to become the next president. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/03_bensonl_gotvpost/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2004 17:03:00 -0600 Get-out-the-vote effort in high gear as campaigns wind down The focus of the presidential campaigns in Minnesota has turned almost entirely away from convincing undecideds. Instead, they're making sure every possible supporter casts a ballot on Election Day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/03_bensonl_gotv/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2004 16:25:00 -0600 New Chinese galleries at MIA filled with gifts by Ruth and Bruce Dayton The Minneapolis Institute of Arts unveils seven new Chinese galleries Sunday. It's also re-opening seven other renovated Chinese galleries. The event is the first phase of a major expansion at the museum. The MIA says the new space catapults the museum to the top tier of Chinese art collections within in the United States. While many donors have had a hand in building the collection, few can rival the contributions of Bruce and Ruth Dayton. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/29_bensonl_daytonsart/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2004 06:00:00 -0500 Grave hunting? Here's your guide Cemetery surfing. With Web sites like www.findagrave.com to help guide them, more and more people are tracking down the final resting spots of the dead. For those who need a little guidance on their quest, the Minnesota Historical Society Press has published a new book highlighting some of the state's more notable graves. It's called &quot;Six Feet Under: A Graveyard Guide to Minnesota.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/29_bensonl_graves/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2004 12:31:00 -0500 Clara's House opens in St. Cloud As we reported in our series &quot;A Bad State of Mind: Minnesota's Fractured Mental Health System,&quot; the state has a severe shortage of child and adolescent psychiatric care. The problem hasn't gone away in the past eight months, but one community has managed to make a dent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/18_bensonl_stcmentalhealth/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2004 16:50:00 -0500 Abu Ghraib interrogator tells his story It's been six months since the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq became public, tarnishing the reputation of American troops. Six soldiers still face abuse charges. Two others have been sentenced to prison. After months of self-imposed silence on the issue, a former interrogator, who lives in Minneapolis, has decided to speak out about what he saw at Abu Ghraib. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/04_bensonl_interrogator/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2004 17:00:00 -0500 Can early ed close the gap? Closing the racial achievement gap is a top priority for educators and state officials. Ideas are plentiful. But lately, one suggestion has won over more than just educators. Scientists and economists are on board too, arguing for educating kids long before they enter kindergarten. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_bensonl_gapbeforek/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 The Education Achievement Gap: Minnesota's Embarrassment Minnesota students are traditionally among the nation's top performers on key standardized tests. Unfortunately, the statewide averages mask an embarrassing reality. Students of color consistently score far below their white classmates. This disparity in academic performance between groups of students is known as the achievement gap. It's a national problem. But Minnesota's gap is particularly wide. MPR News analyzes the gap in this special series, and also gives you an opportunity to suggest solutions with our Idea Generator. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/09/achievementgap/?refid=0 Sun, 26 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Local doctors may have made a baby breakthrough A rare disease makes it extremely risky for some women to have a child of their own. Women with phenylketonuria are missing an enzyme that's essential to metabolize protein. Most can live a normal life if they follow a strict diet. But there hasn't been much hope for female PKU patients who want their own healthy, biological child. Now two Minnesota doctors say they've figured out a way around that problem. They successfully facilitated the first in vitro fertilization birth using an egg from a woman with PKU. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/07_bensonl_pku/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Is 'bird flu' back in humans? Health officials in Thailand are testing three people with possible bird flu infections. It's been several months since the last confirmed cases in southeast Asia. Infectious disease officials around the world fear that bird flu could become a global problem. In Minnesota, health officials are monitoring the situation daily and hospitals are doing what they can to prepare. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/23_bensonl_birdflu/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2004 17:00:00 -0500 Lindsay Whalen returns Former U of M basketball star Lindsay Whalen thrilled fans in her much celebrated return to the Minnesota hoops scene Wednesday. Whalen is a rookie point guard for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun. Her team took on the Minnesota Lynx in Target Center and lost 66-63. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/14_bensonl_whalen/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2004 19:00:00 -0500 Joe Mauer's rookie rally Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer didn't make the All-Star cut this year. But if his rookie season is any indication, he'll be rubbing elbows with the league's other top talents in a not-too-distant All-Star game. Mauer, 21, has the highest slugging percentage on the team, and an approach to the game that has earned him accolades from coaches, teammates and fans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/13_bensonl_mauerphenom/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2004 06:00:00 -0500 Grand Excursion flotilla arrives in St. Paul An estimated 150,000 people turned out Saturday to welcome the Grand Excursion flotilla of paddle wheelers and steamboats to St. Paul. A steady rain fell for most of the event, but it didn't dampen the spirit of the Grand Excursion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/04_bensonl_excursion/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jul 2004 08:15:00 -0500 Should the Mississippi River gorge be restored? In 1854, the Grand Excursion paddleboats had to end their journey in St. Paul because they couldn't get past St. Anthony Falls and its rugged rapids. Today the natural waterfall is hidden by a concrete spillway and the rapids are gone. The changes were made to harness the river's power and allow navigation. But there is a movement to restore them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_bensonl_riverrestoration/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Hospice movement reaches out to immigrants The hospice care movement arrived in Minnesota a quarter century ago. In that time, the service has slowly caught on with Minnesotans. About 25 percent of the state's terminally ill patients use hospice to help them die at home. But hospice use is much lower among the state's diverse population of immigrants. There are lots of reasons why, and hospice officials hope they can overcome most of them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_bensonl_hospice/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Plan to address homelessness takes shape The Pawlenty administration is moving ahead with its plan to end long-term homelessness in Minnesota. Legislators this session didn't approve the $20 million for the proposal's first-phase. But the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency says 59 apartments are already being developed using money the agency has redirected from its own budget. Over the next seven years, the administration hopes to build or refurbish 4,000 apartments to house the state's most chronically homeless residents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/01_bensonl_homeless/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Anti-smoking campaign is gone; teen smoking is up A recent Minnesota study shows teens are becoming more susceptible to smoking. Anti-smoking groups say the findings reaffirm that lawmakers made a mistake in gutting a tobacco endowment to balance last year's budget. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/13_bensonl_teensmoking/?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2004 05:00:00 -0500 One man's determination could become a model for restoration These days it's not uncommon to hear about projects to restore tall grass prairie or trout streams. A plan to do both on the same property is a bit more unusual. Add to that, an attempt to revive a disappearing oak savannah and you have a project that's not only different - it's ambitious, time-consuming, and expensive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/19_bensonl_osterholm/?refid=0 Sun, 02 May 2004 15:28:00 -0500 Obesity as a disease A doctor in Eagan has opened a new clinic devoted solely to tackling the obesity epidemic. Dr. Michael Gonzalez-Campoy believes obesity can be treated effectively, if it's treated as a disease. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/29_bensonl_desease/?refid=0 Sun, 11 Apr 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Life on the homefront A South Dakota family makes the best of life at home while mom serves with the National Guard in Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/14_bensonl_homefront/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2004 06:00:00 -0600 Gay marriage amidst national debate on same sex unions The debate over gay marriage is intensifying. President Bush supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. The issue is also brewing in at least 35 legislatures, including Minnesota. The backlash is surprising to one Minnesota couple who recently married in San Francisco. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/26_bensonl_married/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2004 08:26:00 -0600 Minnesota grocers renew call for bill allowing them to sell wine Minnesota grocers are attempting to resurrect a proposal that would allow them to sell wine in their stores. The &quot;Wine With Dinner&quot; bill would make it easier for customers to do all of their shopping in just one stop. The bill has gone nowhere in the past three legislative sessions because of strong opposition from the liquor industry and public health groups. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/04_bensonl_wine/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Wisconsin voters welcome attention from candidates Wisconsin is in the national spotlight with Democratic candidates for President criss-crossing the state ahead of Tuesday's primary. For candidates John Edwards and Howard Dean, the dairy state is a must-win following John Kerry's victories in 14 of 16 previous primaries and caucuses. All of the attention is a welcome change to the state's residents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/13_bensonl_wiscprimary/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2004 13:00:00 -0600 A Bad State of Mind: Minnesota's fractured mental health system Minnesota has one of the highest teen suicide rates in the nation. Families in crisis may have to wait months for treatment of mental health diseases, and health care organizations are closing mental health treatment facilities even as the rates of mental health disease soar. Some mental health experts say the state is &quot;a basket case&quot; when it comes to providing proper treatment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/02/mentalhealth/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 10:00:00 -0600 A needless suffering Based on estimates from the federal government and the American Medical Association, 15 million American kids have a psychiatric disorder. In Minnesota and across the nation there are not enough psychiatrists to treat children. Two families believe their kids have suffered needlessly because of a mental health system that hasn't figured out a way to fix the psychiatry shortage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_bensonl_mhchildpsych/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 On the front lines In St. Cloud one child psychiatrist is trying to address the psychiatrist shortage by redefining his and his colleagues' jobs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_bensonl_mhstcloudpsych/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Flu spreading across Minnesota State officials are noticing an increase in the number of flu cases. Outbreaks are reported throughout the state and they appear to gaining ground in the Twin Cities, which hasn't tallied very many cases so far. The Minnesota Department of Health also announced today that not many chidren took advantage of free flu vaccinations, so the department is opening up the shots to all metro-area kids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/22_bensonl_fluupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2003 16:39:00 -0600 St. Paul drop-in center celebrates 20 years Twenty years ago a small drop-in center opened on a busy downtown St. Paul street corner. It was unnoticed by most St. Paul residents, but among the city's homeless population, word spread fast. The buzz was fueled by rumors that homeless guests could relax for hours at a time, enjoy a hot cup of coffee and even play the guitar. The new facility was called Listening House. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/17_bensonl_listening/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Grateful Dead drummer works to save world's music Mickey Hart, longtime drummer for the Grateful Dead, has written a book in collaboration with National Geographic to focus attention on the need to save the world's indigenous music. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/23_sommerm_mickeyhart/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:00:00 -0500 Kitchen of Light: Scandinavian cooking goes gourmet Scandinavian cooks have always been blessed with a backyard full of world-class ingredients -- from Norwegian salmon to mountain-raised lambs to berries sweetened by 24-hour-a-day summer sunlight. But despite these natural assets, Scandinavian dining has only recently made the transition from home-cooking to fine cuisine. Oslo-based food writer Andreas Viestad talks about Scandinavian cooking with MPR's Lorna Benson. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/18_sommerm_cookbook/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2003 17:00:00 -0500 Children's Theatre Company basks in Tony recognition The Children's Theatre Company is enjoying a storybook season. Coming off the biggest year in its 38-year history, the CTC will receive the 2003 Tony Award for excellence in regional theater. And a musical first produced at CTC, <i>A Year With Frog and Toad,</i> was nominated Wednesday for Best Musical. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/12_newsroom_ctctony/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 14:57:00 -0500 Suzanne Vega reflects on influence of American composers By the time Suzanne Vega's first album came out in 1985 she had survived nearly a decade of rejection. Today, Vega is one of the most respected, and sucessful female singer/songwriters in the business. Vega is taking a closer look at other influential American musicians as host of Minnesota Public Radio's American Mavericks Series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/08_feidta_vega/?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2003 15:57:00 -0500 Preston, Minnesota: At a fork in the river Preston, Minn. Population 1,460. It's a small town in Fillmore County in southeastern Minnesota. And it's facing some difficult decisions as it looks to the future -- balancing the need for economic development with the desire to protect its environment and its small-town way of life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_mainstreet_preston/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2003 14:00:00 -0500 A trout angler's paradise Southeastern Minnesota is home to some of the best trout fishing in the state. The region's bluff and hill country is crisscrossed with fast-moving rivers and streams, fed by icy-cold underground springs. It's the perfect environment for trout. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_feidta_prestontrout/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2003 12:00:00 -0500 'Stories that tell who we are' There are wonderful storytellers all around our region. But some of the best are in small towns. Whether it's over the afternoon card game at Chic's Pizza or a walleye dinner at the Branding Iron, someone's always got a tale to tell. But very few people in Preston ever considered committing their words to paper -- at least not until now. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_feidta_prestonstories/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2003 12:00:00 -0500 John McCutcheon delves into the past Song writing is easy for folk musician John McCutcheon. The prolific artist says some songs come to him in a flash of revelation and all he has to do is put the words and melody on paper. McCutcheon has produced 26 collections of songs during his 30-year career. His latest CD, <i>The Greatest Story Never Told,</i> delves into the past, looking back at historical events that had worldwide significance and smaller episodes that hold personal meaning. McCutcheon told MPR's <i>All Things Considered</i> host Lorna Benson he first considered becoming a professional musician on a trip he took to Appalachia, while he was a student at St. John's University in Collegeville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/04/04_mccutcheon?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2003 15:00:00 -0600 Research concludes some dinosaurs were cannibals A husband and wife team of dinosaur researchers from Minnesota have discovered the first solid evidence of cannibalism in dinosaurs. Ray Rogers and Kristi Curry Rogers published their evidence on the Majungatholus dinosaurs in the latest issue of the science journal <i>Nature.</i> The researchers found teeth marks on fossilized bones of Majungatholus dinosaurs that could only have been inflicted by one of their own species. The dinosaurs lived in Madagascar some 65 million years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/02_feidta_dinosaurs/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2003 15:30:00 -0600 War coverage: Is more better? A University of Minnesota professor says that unprecedented media access to troops in the Gulf War doesn't necessarily result in additional information or insight. Mark Pedelty, author of <i>War Stories: The Culture of Foreign Correspondents,</i> says that during the Salvadoran War, he spent time interviewing, observing, and traveling with reporters who covered that conflict. Pedelty says journalists are often confined by media conventions, which hamper their ability to report on war. He talked with All Things Considered host Lorna Benson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/03/28_warcoverage?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2003 15:15:00 -0600 Cities debate proposed cuts to local government aid Officials in cities around Minnesota are concerned about a recommendation from the state auditor that local government aid to cities be cut by 42 percent. Some cities depend on the annual state aid to pay for essential services. Auditor Pat Awada claims that LGA money is often used for services she terms non-essential, such as libraries and parks. Other cities say the LGA formula should be reworked to be more fair. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/11_feidta_lgadebate/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2003 16:18:00 -0600 Bill would remove gays, lesbians from state protection A bill introduced Thursday by State Rep. Arlon Lindner, R-Corcoran, would repeal a 1993 provision that added gays and lesbians to a list of groups covered under the state's human rights law. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/07_feidta_gayrights/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2003 15:29:00 -0600 Minnesota peace activists return from Iraq Minneapolis peace advocate Peter Thompson returned from Iraq Monday after spending three weeks observing the current state of the country. The former Twin Cities lawyer was part of a 16-member delegation dedicated to informing Iraqi citizens that not all Americans support a military attack against Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/18_sommerm_iraq/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2002 17:20:00 -0600 Norwegian opera may come to Twin Cities Some 130 years ago, Norwegian Edvard Grieg started composing music for an opera about Norway's famous Viking King Olav Tryggvason. But after a falling out with his text writer, work on the opera stopped. A team of Norwegians finally completed the opera two years ago, and now they want to bring it to the Twin Cities next May. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/12_sommerm_norwayopera/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2002 15:00:00 -0600 Mom-and-Pop Resorts Remembered National Geographic photographer William Allard believes most Minnesotans have a special lake they call their own. His photos illustrate this interview. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/03_bensonl_allard/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Study Finds Families Strong A new survey shows 78 percent of Minnesotans rank their families as &quot;very&quot; or &quot;exceptionally&quot; strong. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/21_bensonl_family/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500