South Metro
September 6, 2019

Lawsuit: Lakeville school's failure to treat student's asthma led to brain damage

The district denies responsibility for the student's injuries.
Local
September 6, 2019
In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine.

Minnesotan's death is part of five in U.S. tied to vaping illness

The death involved an older person with an underlying respiratory illness who had vaped an illicit THC-containing compound.
Duluth
September 6, 2019
Duluth actor Jody Kujawa plays the poop fairy in a video released Friday reminding pet owners like the one played by Jenna Kelly to pick up after thei

New campaign to prevent Lake Superior's 'death by a thousand poops'

Lake Superior water quality is tied to what's left on trails and sidewalks.
Minneapolis
September 6, 2019
Devaughn Barnes, 18, dipped his toes into the water at Lake Nokomis Beach while on a school field trip Friday.

Lake Nokomis beaches reopen after 73 confirmed cases of E. coli illness

A park commissioner says action should be taken to avoid similar closures next year.
Science
September 6, 2019

What to know about hepatitis A

What is it? It’s a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild ailment lasting a few…
Science
September 6, 2019
Fighting an outbreak: Nurse Rachel Flossie gave a hepatitis A vaccination to Robert Wolf, 24, in Akron, Ohio, which is on pace to have the most cases

Hepatitis A races across the nation

Experts expect it to seep into every state, putting anyone not vaccinated at risk.
Science
September 6, 2019
Neurons with a version of the protein huntingtin, in yellow.

Length of Huntington's mutation may determine onset, study says

The trigger is genetic instability of a particular DNA sequence in brain cells, said a new study of the lethal neurodegenerative disorder.
Science
September 6, 2019
This Aug. 29, 2018, photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York.

Docs prescribe more opioids later in the day, U research finds

Hannah T. Neprash, who led the study, hopes her finding will warn doctors that the stresses of hectic days can influence their prescribing judgment.
Science
September 6, 2019
Jessica Dore, who has more than 89,000 Twitter followers, said tarot cards “made me feel less alone.”

Is mental health care in the cards? Tarot reader, 89,000 followers say yes

As prophetic as the posts may seem, they aren't specific to one person. Instead, they speak to the human experience as a whole.
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…
South Metro
September 4, 2019
Oxycodone pills in 5-mg doses. Discussion of substance abuse, particularly opioids, is gaining more attention in the Twin Cities' East African communi

Advocates from Somali community push for more discussion of addiction

Cultural stigma adds challenge to addressing growing health crisis.
Local
September 4, 2019
Vaping has been linked to an outbreak this summer of serious lung illnesses in teens and young adults.

THC compounds might be to blame in Minn.'s illnesses linked to vaping

Interviews with teenagers who suffered vaping-associated injuries are finding marijuana-derived THC in most cases.
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
August 31, 2019
The Justice Department in Washington, March 24, 2019. The department is insisting that states use a federal prescription-tracking computer system that

Showdown over tracking prescriptions threatens Minnesota federal grants

At issue is a prescription drug tracking system.
West Metro
August 30, 2019
Rachel Soukup was surprised to see very few people Friday at Lake Nokomis beach, one of the many in Minneapolis closed because of illness reports.

After summer of beach closings, illnesses, officials look at how to make next year better

Officials are talking about public education, more water testing and limits on boats as keys to curtailing outbreaks next summer.
Local
August 30, 2019
In this file photo from March, Gov. Tim Walz listened to Assistant Commissioner for Health Care and State Medicaid Director Marie Zimmerman during a r

Another top official resigns at Minnesota's Department of Human Services

Marie Zimmerman, who oversaw Medical Assistance, announced her resignation effective in 10 days, the second high-profile departure this week.
Minneapolis
August 30, 2019
Students cheered Thursday during the U’s New Student Convocation, the official welcome ceremony for incoming freshmen.

At U convocation, year begins with focus on wellness, self-care

The incoming freshman class on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus is shaping up to be among the U's most academically accomplished.
Local
August 29, 2019
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, left, joined U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, center, UMN School of Public Health's Dr. Rachel Hardeman, right, and other Congressiona

Panelists at University of Minnesota call racial disparities in maternal deaths 'staggering'

The discussion, which is part of a national tour organized by the Congressional Black Caucus, said saving black moms will require radical shift in thinking.
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.