April 22

Hopkins parents charged in 9-year-old daughter's asthma death

Charges say the parents ignored their daughter's health concerns and the advice of family and friends to take her to the hospital.
April 20
Michael Kotzer of New Ulm takes medication to treat coronary artery disease. He filed for bankruptcy this year after he stopped making payments to res

Medical debt shuffle: Allina sells bills to itself to sue patients

Minnesota lawmaker wants to ban the practice of selling medical debt and incentivizing collectors to aggressively pursue patients.
April 18
Trader Joe's has recalled a packaged basil product that officials say is linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Four Minnesotans catch salmonella in outbreak linked to basil sold at Trader Joe's

Officials suspect the salmonella is linked to the Infinite Herbs brand of basil, which has been removed from store shelves.
April 18
Cattle at the Wysocki Dairy CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) in Armenia, Wisc. in late October. ] Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@s

Iowa environmental groups ask EPA to step in and protect drinking water

Inspired by a successful campaign in Minnesota, the groups want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to intervene to prevent agricultural runoff from polluting water in northeast Iowa.
April 17
Amid financial shortfalls, Mahnomen Health Center is the first hospital in Minnesota to close inpatient beds and become a federally designated rural e

Mahnomen hospital shutters inpatient beds to survive, a first in Minnesota

The northwest Minnesota hospital is converting to a rural emergency center that stabilizes patients but offers no inpatient beds for prolonged care.
April 11
Cari Campbell, who received fertility treatment in Minnesota and was charged thousands of dollars that her insurer had labeled "you saved," with her y

Insurers reap hidden fees by slashing payments. You may get the bill.

A little-known data firm helps health insurers make more when less of an out-of-network claim gets paid.
The Good Life
April 9
Ann Losness said the paramedic "went through all of my pills with me and she made me fill my pill box."

A new approach to prescribing — and de-prescribing — medications

As a pharmacist, the founder of GeriatRX wants to change the standard of practice when it comes to prescriptions and older adults
April 8
Saving carbohydrates to be the last part of your meal can help some people, experts say, but it's not the cure-all that the internet claims.

Is it really healthier to eat carbs last?

Experts say internet advice has some merit, but not for everyone.
April 7
Kennedy Carlson practices keeping a supply of oxygen going as part of a fast-tracked paramedics course held at Anoka Technical College on Wednesday.

Hospitals too busy to train Minnesota paramedic students, exacerbating shortage

Students must observe many patients with emergency or traumatic injuries before they can become paramedics, but a lack of access to hospitals since the pandemic is delaying their progress.
April 6

Eclipse injuries shaped how they see the world

With every eclipse, ophthalmologists see patients who looked at the sun and complain afterward that their vision is distorted.
The Good Life
April 4
Valter Longo, a professor of gerontology and director of the Longevity and Cancer Program at the IFOM Institute of Molecular Oncology in Milan, wants

To live past 100, mangia a lot less: Italian expert's ideas on aging

"For studying aging, Italy is just incredible," said Valter Longo, a youthful 56, at the lab he runs at a cancer institute in Milan
The Good Life
April 3
Danny Heskett learns that the manual wheelchair he is sitting in is too wide for the transportation van ramp at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea,

For seniors, medical care can be a slog, but there are ways to rein it in

The toll the U.S. health care system exacts is the price of extraordinary progress in medicine. But it's also evidence of the poor fit between older adults' capacities and the health care system's demands.
April 2
Dave Little, patient at St. Paul Corner Drug, spoke about the challenges he faces getting some of his medications.

Minnesota pharmacies want permission, funding to administer vaccines

More than a third of Minnesota's standalone independent pharmacies have closed amid financial struggles since 2018, and only 156 remain in business across the state.
March 30
Beyoncé concertgoers board the Metro train in Houston on Sept. 24, 2023.

COVID changed how we spend: More YOLO splurging but less saving

The pandemic has changed the way Americans think about money. They're saving less but vacationing more, splurging on concerts and sporting events.
March 29
FILE - This Aug. 2, 2018 file photo shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration building behind FDA logos at a bus stop on the agency's campus in Silv

Heart pump is linked to 49 deaths, FDA warns

A series of studies suggested that the Impella heart devices heighten the risk of death in patients with unstable medical conditions. Meanwhile, the device-maker has spent millions of dollars promoting the device.
East Metro
March 27
A stretch of Main Street in downtown Stillwater, pictured in December 2022.

Arne Carlson: Why wasn't public told sooner about Stillwater PFAS contamination?

The former governor says the delay in notifying residents about the contamination is "stunning," and calls on government officials to act.
March 26
Illustration of ear, question marks, hand to evoke COVID mysteries.

Four years on, the mysteries of COVID-19 are unraveling

When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020, nearly everything about the novel coronavirus was an open question. Here's what we've learned.
March 25
This image provided by Novo Nordisk in January 2023 shows packaging for the company's Wegovy medication.

Showdown set between Minnesota and drug industry over rising costs

Affordability board is one of the most powerful in the nation, but drug industry says it's not the solution for lowering prescription costs for Minnesotans.
March 25
Two people demonstrate a plank.

5 exercises we hate, and why we should do them anyway

Every exercise can be modified, and any version of an exercise counts.
March 24
Doctors, nurses and other Allina Health workers gathered at a park across from Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., to protest cuts in pediatric and

Doctors, nurses speak out against closure of intensive care unit at Unity hospital campus

Providers fear the move will result in delays and longer ambulance rides to Mercy's main campus in Coon Rapids.

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