Unpaid hospital debt in Minnesota surged 25 percent in 2017, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Minnesota hospitals see spike in unpaid bills

It is the biggest jump since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, according to a report released by the Minnesota Hospital Association.

5 ways to protect your voice in cold weather

January 16
Take these tips from Jennifer Hudson's doctor and other voice pros.

The best Rx for teens addicted to vaping? No one knows

January 16
The nation's top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine.
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Life in limbo: Leftover embryos vex clinics, couples

Tens of thousands of embryos are stuck in limbo in fertility clinics, leftovers from pregnancy attempts and broken dreams of parenthood.
Variety
January 16

Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet.
TV & Media
January 16
Interim President of Michigan State University and former Michigan Gov. John Engler testifies during a hearing before the Consumer Protection, Product

Michigan State President Engler says he'll resign next week

The former governor brought in to help Michigan State University recover from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal resigned Wednesday as the school's interim president amid backlash over his comments about some of the ex-sports doctor's victims.
Variety
January 16

ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.
National
January 16

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the procedure.
National
January 16

The Latest: Michigan State president says he'll quit Jan. 23

The Latest on the resignation of Michigan State University's interim president (all times local):
Variety
January 16

New suits filed over pain meds given to near-death patients

An Ohio man said Wednesday he was stunned to learn of allegations that his wife's hospital death last year was caused by a doctor's order for a fatal dose of pain medication.
Variety
January 16

The Latest: New wrongful death lawsuit filed against doctor

The Latest on wrongful death lawsuits filed against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medicine to near-death hospital patients (all times local):
National
January 16

Evers supports legalization of recreational marijuana

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who campaigned in support of legalizing medical marijuana, went a step further this week and said he now supports full legalization, giving hope to Democrats and other advocates who have pushed the issue unsuccessfully for years.
National
January 16

Medical tech in Hepatitis C outbreak challenges sentence

A traveling hospital technician who was sentenced to 39 years in prison for infecting patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes has asked a federal judge to vacate his sentence, saying his lawyer was ineffective in representing him.
Variety
January 16

Idaho woman has 50-pound tumor removed

An Idaho woman who thought she was gaining weight because of menopause discovered she actually had a 50-pound tumor that had been growing inside her for decades.
National
January 16

Need hospital care or tests? Some ways to get cost estimates

Want to know how much your hospital is going to charge for that knee surgery?
Nation
January 16
Key West is taking steps to ban the sunscreens experts say damage coral reefs.

Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs.
National
January 16

Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs

A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Local
January 15
Fewer Minnesotans are trying cigarettes these days, but those who do smoke aren’t trying as often to quit, according to a large statewide survey by

Smoking decline slows in Minnesota

A large statewide survey by ClearWay Minnesota also showed a rise in e-cigarette use among young adults.
East Metro
January 15

Norovirus outbreak hits Oak Park Heights senior living community

Boutwells Landing has canceled activities and implemented protocols to prevent further spread of the illness.
Variety
January 15

Hospital: Doc gave near-death patients excessive pain meds

An intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked that lifesaving measures be stopped, an Ohio hospital system announced after being sued by a family alleging an improper dose of fentanyl actively hastened the death of one of those patients.
Variety
January 15
FILE - This Tuesday, May 8, 2007 file photo shows the Purdue Pharma offices in Stamford, Conn.

Filing: OxyContin maker forecast 'blizzard of prescriptions'

A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Variety
January 15

OKC school district approves the use of medical marijuana

Students in the Oklahoma City school district with medical conditions that require cannabis are now permitted to use the drug at school.
Variety
January 15

Hospital replaces leadership after blood transfusion mistake

A Houston hospital has removed its president and several other leaders following an unusually high number of patient deaths, a loss of some federal funding and a recent case in which a patient died after receiving a transfusion of the wrong blood type.