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.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says 54 people died as a result of heroin overdoses in the county last year.
If you live in Polk, Pierce, or St. Croix County in western Wisconsin, you’re likely paying about twice as much as your neighbor across the river in Stillwater.
Gov. Mark Dayton is postponing his hip surgery so he can attend the memorial service for Joan Mondale. The wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale died Monday at age 83.
In the aftermath of the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, some experts say the heroin problem is now an epidemic both nationally and here in Minnesota. Deaths by overdose driven by the prescription opiates have eclipsed death by car accidents in this country.
The news of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death sent a shock wave through social media Sunday — and re-opened the dialogue of drug abuse and addiction.
As the lights glistened on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, skiers took part in a celebration of Minnesota winter. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was ready to slip on his ski boots. You would never know his last ski trip was almost his very last. “I did come a little closer to not being here than I’d probably ever want to,” Rybak said. On Jan. 7, Rybak was skiing in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis when he suffered a major heart attack.
An illness that only affects pigs is making its way across the Midwest, including here in Minnesota. The Porcine Epidemic Virus (P.E.D.) killed more than 7,000 pigs at a facility near Good Thunder last December. Pork producers say newborn piglets are most susceptible, and it’s always fatal. The virus’ devastation cost the facility about $500,000.
Fourteen people who managed the troubled MNsure online health insurance exchange were collectively paid bonuses of more than $26,000 just after its launch, state officials said.
Some Minnesota families didn’t want to wait for lawmakers to decide whether or not to legalize marijuana. They’ve already started over in Colorado to be able to treat their sick kids with the plant they believe will make them better.
Minnesota may be taking a big step to stop the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. A special committee of lawmakers approved a sweeping set of changes Wednesday to end what some describe as an “epidemic.” They are substances sold in head shops around the state as incense and bath salts, but they’re extremely dangerous when ingested. The drugs have exotic names and seductive websites, but they’re easily available on Minnesota Main Streets.
More than one third of American children are overweight or obese, and a new study shows signs of this health problem can be detected earlier than you might think.
Forty percent of us suffer from some kind of seasonal allergies. But the best relief – allergy shots injected monthly or even weekly – can be painful. But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approving an allergy tablet that gives the same kind of help, but without the pain. After years of suffering, Kris Phillips needs a weekly trip to the doctor to get relief. “My allergies are under control,” Phillips said. “I can sleep through the night and not get up 10 different times because I can’t breathe.”
Scott Leitz, MNsure’s interim CEO, is promising to make changes to the program after a review found problems with staffing, leadership and technology. “I felt it was very important for us to get a really good, clear and independent look at where we were at with regard to MNsure,” Leitz said. The review by Minnesota-based Optum Health looked at MNsure’s call center, program management and software.
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.