Minnesota opioid deaths climbing despite attention, intervention

Minnesota opioid deaths climbing despite attention, intervention

The trend suggests that efforts to reduce painkiller prescriptions won't be enough to reduce fatalities

University of Minnesota is nerve center of brain-mapping research

May 26
University of Minnesota is nerve center of brain-mapping research
The U's expertise in high-tech medical imaging led to the first detailed mapping of the functions and neural activities of brains in ordinary middle-aged adults.

Hospitals are checking to see if patients' cupboards are bare

May 26
Hospitals are checking to see if patients' cupboards are bare
Patients may skip meds to keep food on the table.
National
9:45am

Senators' demands underscore McConnell's health care problem

For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan?
Home & Garden
9:00am

Researchers test self-destructing moth pest in cabbage patch

Researchers in a New York cabbage patch are planning the first release on American soil of insects genetically engineered to die before they can reproduce.
Local
May 28

State's day care centers have troubling gaps on immunizations

Centers that ignore rules can act as unwitting incubators for the measles virus.
TV & Media
May 28

Newspaper: Ohio had more than 4,000 overdose deaths in 2016

A newspaper survey of Ohio county coroners has found more than 4,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in a state among the hardest hit by a heroin and opioid epidemic.
National
May 28

Newly insured fret over gains made under US health care law

Dawn Erin went nearly 20 years without health insurance before the Affordable Care Act, bouncing between free clinics for frequent and painful bladder infections.The liver-destroying…
Business
May 27
Terry Williams, a former Medtronic engineer who says he helped invent...

Making pacemakers easier on the heart may come down to connections

Challenging pacemaker-placing method creates a more natural heartbeat
Variety
May 27

In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

As Cpl. Kevin Phillips pulled up to investigate a suspected opioid overdose, paramedics were already at the Maryland home giving a man a life-saving dose of the overdose reversal drug Narcan. Drugs were easy to find: a package of heroin on the railing leading to a basement; another batch on a shelf above a nightstand.
East Metro
May 26

At Bethel University, eight special students celebrate a milestone

First graduating class of Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development program is filled with pride and excitement.
Nation
May 26
Genene Jones was brought to Williamson County (Texas) courthouse on Jan. 16, 1984 for the start of her trial on charges that she killed a 15-month-old girl with a dose of a paralyzing drug.

Ex-Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in 1980s

A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time.
National
May 26

Trump's budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis

He slept next to his son's ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump.
Variety
May 26

Woman indicted on charges of faking cancer to raise money

A federal grand jury has indicted an Alabama woman on multiple charges that she falsely claimed she had terminal cancer to get thousands of dollars from family, friends and strangers.
Variety
May 26

11-year sentence for Woman in fatal silicone injection

A woman has been sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison for performing illegal cosmetic silicone injections — including one that caused a woman's death.
Variety
May 26

Charges: Adult son killed parents with screwdriver

An Eden Prairie man with a history of mental health problems and methamphetamine addiction is accused of killing his parents with a screwdriver.
National
May 26

Texas set to embrace new abortion restrictions

The Texas Legislature approved a sweeping package of new abortion limits Friday, despite the legal challenges they're likely to provoke and nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled a 2013 law that prompted more than half the state's abortion clinics to close.
Variety
May 26

The Latest: Prosecutor says nurse could have killed dozens

The Latest on a former nurse imprisoned in Texas who's suspected in the deaths of dozens of infants (all times local):
Variety
May 26

Albania returning Brazil poultry shipment with salmonella

Food authorities in Albania say they are returning a poultry shipment to Brazil after tests found high levels of salmonella.
Variety
May 26

Report: More Americans with Alzheimer's are dying at home

One in 4 Alzheimer's deaths in the United States are now occurring at home — a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes, according to a report released Thursday.
National
May 26

GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

Republicans trying to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law are grappling with a hard lesson that vexed him: Quality health insurance isn't cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, and the poor.
Variety
May 26

Oh baby! DC zoo officials hoping to get panda pregnant

Zoo officials in Washington are hoping to get panda mom Mei Xiang pregnant — again.
National
May 26

How the AP-NORC poll on long term care was conducted

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on long-term care was conducted March 2-29 by NORC at the University of Chicago, with funding…