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Chipotle Finishes Removing GMO Ingredients From Its Food

Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so.

04/27/2015

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Nylabone Recalls Dog Chew Due To Salmonella Risk

Pet owners should be on the lookout for certain treats that could pose a danger to both dogs and people. Nylabone is recalling its “Puppy Starter Kit” because the dog chews may have been contaminated with salmonella.

04/27/2015

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Good Question: What’s Wrong With Antibiotics In Our Food?

McDonald’s announced Wednesday that it will phase out its practice of using chickens raised with human antibiotics over the next two years.

03/04/2015

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Health Officials Link Calif. Apple Packer To Listeria Deaths

Strains of listeria found inside a California apple packing facility match listeria bacteria that have sickened 32 people across the country, including at least three deaths, the Food and Drug Administration said. The illnesses and deaths have been linked to consumption of caramel apples. Health officials warned consumers in December to avoid all prepackaged caramel apples after the deaths and illnesses in 11 states were reported.

01/10/2015

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Health Watch: New Eye Procedure Could Make Reading Glasses Extinct

Whether 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.

11/03/2014

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Good Question: Why So Much Extra Space In Pill Bottles?

Ever get a prescription filled and find the bottle only half full? After that happened to WCCO viewer Angela a few times, she wrote to us wanting to know: Why is there so much extra space in pill bottles? “There are several reasons,” said pharmacist John Hoeschen. He owns St. Paul Corner Drug on the corner of Snelling and St. Clair avenues.

10/21/2014

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Good Question: What Kind Of Fish (And How Much Of It) Should We Eat?

A new report out says pregnant women should avoid all canned tuna. Consumer Reports said on Thursday it’s concerned about the mercury levels in some kinds of tuna.

08/21/2014

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Peanut, Almond Butter Recalled For Salmonella Risk

A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters.

08/20/2014

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Good Question: How Do They Count Calories In Food?

The list is out for popular restaurant dishes with the worst calorie counts. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reviewed menus at chains across the country.

07/31/2014

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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.

07/07/2014

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Minnesota Bans Anti-Bacterial Chemical From Soaps

It’s widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it’s being banned in Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. The Minnesota House and Senate passed it earlier last week because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical.

05/19/2014

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Star Wars-Inspired Bionic Arm Gets FDA Approval

Star Wars fans know all about the epic light-saber battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker where Luke loses his right hand.

05/13/2014

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Health Watch: FDA Approves New Treatment For Sleep Apnea

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for sleep apnea. Millions of Americans suffer from the sleeping disease and the new treatment would help those who are unable to use the traditional mask treatment.

05/12/2014

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Solution To Minn. Synthetic-Drug Plague?

Duluth Democratic Rep. Erik Simonson says a bill written with bipartisan support could be the answer to the synthetic-drug problem that’s plagued Minnesota for years.

03/18/2014

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New Allergy Tablets May Be Pain-Free Alternative To Shots

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.”

01/27/2014

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150 Minn. Youth Hockey Players Participating In Concussion Study

This fall, 150 Minnesota youth hockey players are taking part in a study that’s using a new concussion test to measure brainwaves. The studies’ directors believe the test could someday give parents an immediate diagnosis and peace of mind.

11/19/2013

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FDA: Tainted Jerky Treats Sicken Thousands Of Pets

The Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners of tainted jerky treats from China after seeing a surge in illnesses. Since 2007, the FDA says 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have gotten sick, and about 580 of those pets have died.

10/23/2013

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Cause Of Stomach Illness Difficult To Detect

Donna Heller thought she had cancer. But multiple visits to the doctor after a month with debilitating nausea and diarrhea didn’t yield any answers. Convinced she was dying, she met with her lawyer to get her will in order.

08/03/2013

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FDA Sets Standards For Gluten-Free Foods

Millions of Americans suffer from gluten intolerance, and soon new food labels will make it easier to make sure what you’re getting is really gluten free.

08/02/2013

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Pre-Packaged Salad Blamed For Stomach Bug Outbreak

Health officials in two states have zeroed in on what’s making hundreds of people sick with a stomach bug. But investigators still don’t know what’s triggering cases in other states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin.

07/31/2013

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‘MiraDry’ Procedure Battles Excessive Underarm Sweat

Excessive underarm sweating is actually a medical condition known as “hyperhidrosis.” People who have it struggle with clothing that’s ruined by sweat as well as embarrassment. In 2011, the FDA approved a new treatment, called MiraDry, for the problem.

07/18/2013

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FDA Seeking To Limit Arsenic Levels In Apple Juice

Apple juice is a popular drink for parents to give their kids, but the government is proposing new limits on the amount of arsenic found in apple juice.

07/12/2013

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Shakopee Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Food Stamps

A 47-year-old Shakopee man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to using other people’s food stamps. Chin Son Kim pleaded guilty to one count of food stamp fraud.

06/12/2013

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Controversial Diabetes Drug Under FDA Microscope Again

A former blockbuster diabetes drug is going under the FDA’s microscope again. New research suggests Avandia may be safer than first thought, although critics aren’t buying it. The FDA panel is looking at a new analysis on the drug, which shows it’s just as safe as older diabetes drugs.

06/05/2013

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Hundreds March Against Monsanto

What’s really in your food? That’s the question thousands around the country – and in St. Paul – asked as they rallied against the agriculture company Monsanto on Saturday. Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol for the “March Against Monsanto” Saturday afternoon. Similar scenes took place at more than 200 cities across the country.

05/25/2013

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