Good Question: Are We Winning The War Against HIV/AIDS?Actor Charlie Sheen announced Tuesday morning that he is HIV-positive. He said he has known about the diagnosis for four years and has been taking daily antiretroviral medications to stay healthy. "It's a hard three letters to absorb," Sheen said.
Thanksgiving Turkey Prices Impacted By Bird FluSo much of the turkey talk this year has been about the bird flu. Minnesota was one of a handful of states that saw an epidemic that wiped out millions of turkeys.
Mayo Developing Blood Test For Concussion DetectionDays after the Vikings' quarterback took a major hit to the head, new research suggests there may be a new way to detect concussions by way of a simple blood test. Researchers at Orlando Health found that a blood test correctly identified traumatic brain injuries in 94 percent of the cases studied.
'Teal Pumpkin Project' Eases Fears For Children With Allergies On HalloweenPeople came together in Maple Grove Saturday to spread the word about the "Teal Pumpkin Project." Homes that display a teal pumpkin outside on Halloween signals that it's allergy friendly.
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.
Too Few Teens Get HPV Vaccine, Health Department SaysToo few teens are getting the HPV vaccine, leaving them at risk for several types of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Good Question: Who Still Has A Landline Phone?Voicemails and landlines are going the way of dial-up.
How To Protect Yourself From New Deer Tick-Borne DiseasesSummer vacation and these summer-like temperatures have a lot of families heading outdoors. As people venture out, the threat of deer ticks and Lyme disease are always there -- but scientists say it's not just Lyme disease that deer ticks are known for anymore.
Good Question: How Can Humans Catch The Bird Flu?The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.
Good Question: Why Do The Vaccinated Get Sick?On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed that the U of M student sickened with measles had been vaccinated. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control had reported six of the original 52 people who contracted the virus at Disneyland had gotten the shot as well. So how can you get sick if you've had the vaccine? Good Question. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Thursday that the University of Minnesota student sickened with measles had been vaccinated.
Good Question: How Many Of Us Get Flu Shots?This year's flu vaccine isn't a good match for this year's most common strains of influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 48 percent of flu virus samples taken through last month were closely related to this year's North American vaccine.
Minnesotan Starts Viral Conversation On VirginityIt had been on her mind for a few years, so Ellen Burkhardt decided to write about why she's choosing to wait to have sex until marriage. "I firmly believe that in order to have sex with someone you should love them, and personally, I've never been in love," Burkhardt said. Her article on the subject in Salon magazine went viral and started a conversation.