Cholesterol Medication: Do We Need It? Maybe Not, According To One StudyIt’s estimated around 50 percent of Americans over 40 have considered or decided to take cholesterol-lowering drugs. But a new study involving a local cardiologist suggests their chances of having a heart attack are actually minimal.
New Guidelines Raise Age For Women To Begin Regular MammogramsNew guidelines say women should start getting mammograms at age 45, not 40. The organization also says it's OK to skip routine manual breast checks by doctors.
Binge Drinking Costs Minnesota Billions, Study SaysThe Centers for Disease Control found excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010. The dollar figure covers everything from disease to crimes where alcohol played a role. Minnesota accounted for $3.8 billion and Wisconsin $4.4 billion.
Dayton Calls December Special Election To Fill House SeatGov. Mark Dayton is calling a special election to fill an open seat in the House triggered by a veteran Democrat's death after a short battle with cancer.
Measles Case Confirmed On University Of Minnesota CampusThe University of Minnesota says a case of measles has been confirmed in a student on the Twin Cities campus. The university said Wednesday the student recently returned from international travel, and is now isolated off campus while recovering.
Health Watch: New Eye Procedure Could Make Reading Glasses ExtinctWhether you love them or hate them, you may need them to read. "Cheaters," as they are sometimes called, are those reading glasses you can buy at most drug stores without a prescription.
Coffee Drinking Habits Could Be GeneticIf it takes you several cups of coffee to get going in the morning, it could be genetic. A Harvard researcher polled 120,00 people on their coffee drinking habits, then scanned their DNA.
Report: Type 1, 2 Diabetes Leveled Off In AdultsIn health news, the percentage of U.S. adults diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes has leveled off in recent years. That's according to researchers from the CDC who looked at data on almost 665,000 people.
Mayo Clinic To Offer At-Home Test For Colon CancerThe Mayo Clinic is the first in the country to offer a new, at-home screening test for colon cancer.
New Immunization Law Takes Effect For Students This FallChanges to Minnesota’s Immunization law take effect this fall and doctors are reminding parents to schedule appointments prior the last-minute rush before the start of the school year. Even in mid-July, prepping for school is top of mind for Minneapolis resident Clevet Tellis and her children.
Health Watch: FDA Approves Device That Helps Spinal Injury Patients Walk A new breakthrough is allowing patients with spinal cord injuries to use a revolutionary device to walk again, at home. The Food and Drug Administration recently cleared the ReWalk from Argo Medical Technologies for personal use. The robot powers hip and knee motion to help paralyzed patients stand and walk.
Healthy Ways To Enhance Your Summer PicnicA picnic is a great excuse to get out and enjoy the summer weather. But sometimes we can get stuck in a rut with what to make and ways to keep it healthy.