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Health Watch: MN Health Care Providers Call For Universal HIV Screenings

Minnesota’s largest health care providers are rewriting the rules on who should get screened for HIV.

08/10/2015

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Study: Drinking Lots Of Milk Might Not Be Good For You

We’ve long heard that drinking milk can help our bones and overall health. But a new study out Thursday morning says drinking lots of milk could actually be bad for you.

10/30/2014

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Health Watch: Drinking Soda Can Speed Aging Process

There’s a new reason to avoid sugary drinks. It’s already known that too much soda can create a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke — not to mention what it will do to your teeth. Now, add 4-and-a-half years of extra aging to the list.

10/22/2014

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Study: People Drink Less Soda When They See What It Takes To Walk Off

We’ve heard plenty of studies already about soda and how it’s harmful to our health. But that isn’t keeping many Americans from drinking it.

10/20/2014

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Coffee Drinking Habits Could Be Genetic

If 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.

10/09/2014

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Report: Type 1, 2 Diabetes Leveled Off In Adults

In 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.

09/27/2014

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Health Watch: Double Mastectomies May Not Result In Fewer Deaths

Many women suffering from breast cancer choose to have a double mastectomy, a surgery that removes both breasts. But a new study shows it may not be resulting in fewer deaths. The study involved nearly 200,000 California patients who were followed for several years.

09/03/2014

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Health Watch: A Wireless Birth Control Method?

Researchers are testing a new contraceptive device with wireless capabilities that could prevent pregnancy for up to 16 years. Watch Jericka Duncan’s report above for more.

07/23/2014

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Health Watch: Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Discovery

In Health Watch, doctors at the Mayo Clinic have made a major discovery in the fight to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s. They have uncovered a new link between a protein in the brain and the disease.

07/18/2014

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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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Health Watch: Your Beverage May Have More Alcohol Than You Think

Here’s a little tip if you’re planning on drinking at your 4th of July party – your drink, may be stronger than you think. And depending on how it’s made, you could be consuming more than you intended. The National Institutes of Health says most people don’t realize how much alcohol is actually in a drink. So they’ve created a new online alcohol calculator to help.

07/04/2014

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Health Watch: New Guidelines Encourage Pregnant Women To Eat More Fish

A recent survey of pregnant women found most are eating little or no fish. Now, the federal government is out with new recommendations to try to change that. The concern is bigger fish have higher mercury levels, which can harm a developing brain.

06/10/2014

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Health Watch: Tips For Preventing, Recognizing Skin Cancer

Summer unofficially kicks off  Memorial Day weekend in Minnesota, and experts say this is also a good time to remind everyone about sun safety. Three and a half million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, and many cases can be prevented or detected early.

05/24/2014

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Study: Pancreatic Cancer Will Be 2nd Deadliest By 2020

Lung cancer is currently the deadliest cancer, followed by colorectal and breast. But deaths from pancreatic and liver cancer are on the rise.

05/19/2014

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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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Health Watch: The Dangers Of Prescribing Codeine To Kids

A new study shows some ER doctors are still prescribing codeine to children, even though there are guidelines that say it could be dangerous. A new study published in the journal “Pediatrics” shows codeine – an opiate prescribed for cough or pain — can help some children, but about a third get no relief.

04/21/2014

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Study Suggests Marriage Is Good For The Heart

It seems that marriage is good for the heart, and not just in a romantic sense. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem, compared with singles, the divorced and widowed.

03/28/2014

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Study: Still A Clear Benefit To Mammography

The nation’s top breast cancer experts are meeting this week in Texas. They’re revealing the findings of the latest research and advances in treatment. There’s been a lot of recent studies with varying results on the benefits of mammography.

12/11/2013

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Health Watch: High Chair Injuries On The Rise

If you have a baby or toddler in the family, you know the importance of high chairs. But in Health Watch, a new study finds that high chair injuries are on the rise.

12/10/2013

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Prescription Drug Abuse No. 1 Cause Of Accidental Death

Abuse of prescription drugs may now be the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the United States. That’s why the American College of Physicians is issuing new guidelines to educate both physicians and patients on the dangers of drug addiction.

12/09/2013

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Health Watch: The New 4-Strain Flu Vaccine

Doctors hope a new four-strain flu vaccine will mean fewer people getting sick this season.

09/09/2013

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Identifying Kids Who Would Benefit From Ear Tubes

Ear tubes are the No. 1 reason children get surgery in the United States. Until now, there were no guidelines to help doctors identify who should get the procedure — and who shouldn’t.

07/01/2013

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Pediatricians: Hold Off On Antibiotics For Sinus Infections

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has new guidelines to diagnose and treat bacterial sinus infections. Many infections develop after a cold, with symptoms including a cough, green or yellow nasal discharge and sometimes fever. Doctors previously prescribed antibiotics for all children diagnosed with a bacterial sinus infection that lasted seven to 10 days.

06/24/2013

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Study: Red Meat Raises Diabetes Risk

New research shows that if you have a lot of red meat in your diet it could increase your risk of type-2 diabetes. A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine says researchers followed more than 100,000 people for four years. People who ate half a serving less of red meat a day reduced their risk of diabetes by 14 percent. But those who added a half serving increased their diabetes risk nearly 50 percent.

06/17/2013

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Health Watch: A Little Baby Formula Could Help Breastfeeding

Mothers who want to successfully breastfeed are usually urged to avoid any formula. But a new study shows giving a little formula to some newborns may actually help moms keep breastfeeding.

05/13/2013

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