Science
September 5, 2019

Health briefs: More women may need cancer gene tests

More women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially if they’ve already survived cancer, an influential health group recommended. At…
West Metro
September 5, 2019
Archaeologist Kelly Wolf, left, with Blondo Consulting, took photos and notes as contractors used heavy machinery to dig up a trail on Coney Island of

Old ruins, ancient artifacts unearthed at Waconia park land

As Lake Waconia Regional Park takes shape, archaeologists unearth chips of pottery as well as weapons.
Business
September 3, 2019

Apple widens circle of repair shops, offers parts and tools to smaller firms

Tech giant will sell official parts to independent service providers.
Local
September 3, 2019
University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview.

U limits off-label use of drug championed by an anesthesiologist paid by its manufacturer

The announcement is a departure for the medical center under Dr. Jacob Hutchins, a medical director of the university's acute pain service. He not only encouraged the use of Exparel in "off-label" ways that the FDA hadn't approved, but at one point in a way the federal agency rejected.
Local
September 3, 2019
Using tap water as a basis for comparison, far left, Minnesota River basin samples showed a 50% reduction in sediment, second from left; average sedim

Workhorse Minnesota River needs $360 million cleanup, state report says

Regulators said Minnesota must find a way to cut the river's sediment levels in half.
North Metro
September 3, 2019
Sarah Stewart, from left, April Strzelczyk and Elena West sent up a camera to check on a nest of redheaded woodpeckers.

Anoka County oaks may hold clues to saving redheaded woodpeckers

Oak savannas may hold clues to saving the redheaded woodpecker.
East Metro
September 1, 2019
Mark McCabe, Ramsey County Parks Director, Aaron Mcfarlane, Army Corps biologist, Mike Goodnature Ramsey County Naturalist, and Nate Campbell Army Cor

At Pig's Eye Lake, officials split over using artificial islands to boost ecology

The shallow lake in St. Paul's remote southeast corner could get habitat restoration, but the public wants to know more.
Local
August 30, 2019
Fire consumes the Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Brazil, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international ou

How can Minnesotans help the Amazon rainforest amid fires? Local nonprofits offer some ideas

Events thousands of miles away can prompt action close to home, leaders of Twin Cities groups say.
World
August 30, 2019
A volunteer took a break from firefighting in Bolivia, which has seen more than 1 million acres of forest destroyed this year.

Trouble in the Amazon extends beyond Brazil

Bolivia, Peru have seen faster growth in fires.
Nation
August 29, 2019
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 15, 2015 file photo, a lesbian couple holds hands in Salt Lake City.

Largest study of its kind finds no single specific 'gay gene'

The largest study of its kind found new evidence that genes contribute to same-sex sexual behavior, but it echoes research that says there are no specific genes that make people gay.
Science
August 29, 2019
Those with more belly fat were 31% more likely to die prematurely from illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, compared to those without

For women, body shape can be an added weight on health

Researchers found those with an apple shape, or a waist circumference of 35 inches or more, had an increased risk for health issues.
Science
August 29, 2019
he Minnesota Department of Health has required since 2015 that teenagers receive meningitis boosters, but enacted a grace period until fall 2020 befor

Grace period ending for meningitis shot in Minnesota

The Health Department has required since 2015 that teens receive meningitis boosters, but gave until fall 2020 before it started monitoring high school health records.
Science
August 29, 2019

Science briefs: Mysterious skeletons of lake in Himalayas

Nestled in the Indian Himalayas, 16,500 feet above sea level, sits Roopkund Lake. The lake, 130 feet wide, is frozen for much of the year,…
Science
August 29, 2019

Health briefs: More proof we should be eating flavonoids

Researchers, using used data on 56,048 Danes, found that compared with people in the lowest one-fifth in consuming flavonoids — found in tea, chocolate, red…
East Metro
August 28, 2019

Water Gremlin had tried to move some operations to Wisconsin

Revelation is latest in pollution scandal that has triggered calls for investigation.
Minneapolis
August 28, 2019
Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon, pictured in 2015. Gordon said that “just to see the fossil fuel emissions go up at all is discouraging.�

Minneapolis needs to make drastic cuts to natural gas emissions

Boosting building efficiency could be one way to trim natural gas use.
Local
August 27, 2019
Mike Dougherty is one of many local Lyft drivers who are unhappy with a new pay structure rolled out by the ride-sharing company.

'Not worth the money,' some Twin Cities drivers say after Lyft changes pay

Drivers are now paid while en route to pick up passengers, but what they earn per mile is less.
Business
August 27, 2019

State attorneys, cellphone carriers forge battle plan against robocalls

AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and 10 other large phone companies have struck an agreement with 51 attorneys general to enact technology to block robocalls…
Science
August 24, 2019
As rural ER patients increasingly default on their bills, hospitals are being pushed to close or to the brink. That tension has bled into small town c

Struggling rural hospitals fight patients who can't afford care

Patients who visit rural emergency rooms in record numbers are defaulting on their bills at higher rates.
Science
August 24, 2019
Minnesota's health commissioner has until Dec. 1 to decide about adding moderate to severe chronic pain as well as macular degeneration to the list of

Minnesota group urges cannabis for chronic pain

The pain decision is significant because it could explode the state's number of cannabis users.