Heroin addiction has been in the spotlight after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, but heroin is not just a problem among the rich and famous — it’s killing Minnesotans as well. Now, there are new treatment options that doctors are using to deal with heroin addiction.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 75 percent of kids have caffeine every day. But it’s not just coming from soda. Kids are also drinking more coffee and energy drinks. Experts say that’s a concern because those beverages can contain much higher amounts of caffeine than soda and iced tea. Dr. Elissa Rubin from Happy and Healthy Pediatrics in New York echoes the sentiment from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In this coldest of winters, somebody is doing something special to warm the hearts of patients at a Minnesota hospital.
First-of-its-kind research from the University of Minnesota is helping explain why iPad users may experience motion sickness while using the device for an extended period of time.
Just days after leaving the office as Minneapolis mayor for 12 years, R.T. Rybak suffered a life-threatening heart attack while skiing on a weekend afternoon at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis back in January.
The 14 states that are running their own health insurance marketplaces are supposed to pay for themselves starting next year, but there could be trouble ahead. The federal government covered start-up costs until the exchanges could get off the ground.
The illness that made 30 Springfield Public school students sick enough to go to the hospital Thursday was not caused by carbon monoxide, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A group of fourth and fifth graders became sick while rehearsing for a choir concert. On Friday, school officials say all the students are fine, and health officials think the illness may have been caused by nerves. Bethany Mattson says she was never really worried about her fifth-grade daughter, who was rehearsing with her classmates Thursday morning in the school’s auditorium. But she can see why other parents may have felt differently.
Peanut allergies are one of the most common food allergies, and they can cause deadly reactions. Now, researchers are experimenting with a new peanut protein patch that’s showing some promise. Eight-year-old Joshua Mandelbaum has a very severe peanut allergy, so his mother enrolled him in the study.
February is Heart Disease Awareness month. Every year, 1,300 Minnesotans have a heart attack, and of that number, only 200 survive. WCCO’s Jamie Yuccas went to the University of Minnesota to learn what to do at home in an emergency.
When Stillwater native Rachel Frederickson took home $250,000 on Tuesday night’s The Biggest Loser, Twitter lit up with criticism of the former high school swimmer. She’d shed 150 pounds over seven months to get down to a 105-pound frame. That was almost 60 percent of her body weight – the biggest percentage body weight loss in the show’s history.
The cost to get in the gates at the Minnesota State Fair is going up by $1. That means adults will pay $13, and seniors and kids will pay $11. Tickets for children under five remain free. Jerry Hammer, the state fair’s general manager, says the increase is necessary for operational purposes. “Our costs to produce the fair continue to go up quite a bit,” Hammer said.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Doctors say it kills more patients every year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.
Insurance signups through Minnesota’s health care marketplace continued to grow into February to more than 90,000 people, but enrollment continues to be weighted more toward public plans over private insurance.
CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1.
A young woman who grew up in Stillwater was just the “Biggest Loser” on national television Tuesday night. Twenty-four-year-old Rachel Frederickson went from 260 pounds to 105 pounds, for a total loss of 155 pounds since late June. That’s almost 60 percent of her body weight.
St. Paul rolled out the red carpet for an annual event that brings the biggest names in Hollywood to town. It’s all for the Starkey Foundation, which provides hundreds of thousands of hearing aids to people around the world.