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Friday 17th August 2018

'Concerning levels' of heavy metals found in popular baby and toddler foods

Susan Perry Many popular baby food products contain “concerning levels” of heavy metals, including lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic, according to a report released Thursday by Consumer Reports.For the report, the organization’s researchers purchased three samples each of 50 nationally distributed packaged food items made for babies ...

Thursday 16th August 2018

Cycling offers greater health benefits than other forms of urban transport, study finds

Susan Perry Compared to other forms of urban transport, cycling may offer city dwellers greater mental and physical health benefits, according to a study published this week in the journal Environment International.The study, which was led by researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), used data collected from more t...

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Mosquito 'disease danger days' rise across U.S., including in Minnesota

Susan Perry Rising global temperatures are resulting in an increase in mosquito “disease danger days” across much of the United States, including Minnesota, according to a new report by Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization run by scientists and journalists. As the report points out, human-caused climate change has signific...

Tuesday 14th August 2018

Doctors prescribe fewer opioids after receiving a letter about a patient's overdose death, study finds

Susan Perry A new study, published in the August issue of Science, suggests that a rather simple intervention, tried out on doctors in California, may get physicians to be more cautious about prescribing opioid medications. The study found that when physicians were sent a letter informing them of the overdose death of a patient to whom ...

Monday 13th August 2018

Daylong State Fair event on Aug. 27 aims to normalize conversation about mental health

Andy Steiner Two years ago, self-described Minnesota State Fair enthusiast Dave Lee had an idea. An appointee to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s State Advisory Council on Mental Health, Lee was visiting the fair, as he does every year without fail, when he decided that the mammoth event would be the perfect place to increase public understand...

Cats and dogs can pass on infections and other illnesses — usually spread through a bite

Susan Perry Within the last few weeks, a rare blood infection, caused by a species of bacteria found in the mouths of cats and dogs, killed a 58-year-old woman in Milwaukee and caused another Wisconsinite, a 48-year-old South Bend housepainter, to lose his legs and hands.The bacteria species is Capnocytophaga canimorsus, which exists in...

Friday 10th August 2018

How America's current food environment makes it easy to become obese

Susan Perry As the ever-growing obesity epidemic has made clear, it’s quite easy these days to put on excess weight — and quite difficult to take it off. Indeed, a stunning 40 percent of American adults — more than 93 million individuals — are obese.The average American now weighs at least 15 pounds more than 20 years ago. Most ...

Thursday 9th August 2018

Too much screen time puts children's health at risk, American Heart Association warns

Susan Perry This week, the American Heart Association (AHA) became the latest health organization to warn parents about letting children spend too much time with smartphones, tablets, TVs and other screen-based devices.In a new scientific statement published in its journal Circulation, the AHA details how such devices are associated wit...

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Women more likely to survive heart attacks when treated by female doctors, study finds

Susan Perry It’s long been known that women are less likely than men to survive a heart attack, even after accounting for the fact that women tend to have heart attacks at older ages. That gender disparity has often been attributed to women having fewer of the “classic” symptoms of a heart attack (particularly chest pain) and thus...

Tuesday 7th August 2018

Deaths from violent and unintentional injuries surged in 2014-'16, after years of decline

Susan Perry After declining for a more than a decade, the rate at which Americans are dying from violent and unintentional injuries jumped significantly between 2014 and 2016, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery.“All injuries from gunshot wounds to car accidents have been going up,” said Dr. Angela Sauaia, the study’s...

Monday 6th August 2018

Gum, yoga, keeping busy: New tobacco ban eased by supports at two MN behavioral health nonprofits

Andy Steiner Bart still remembers the first time he smoked a cigarette.“The first pack I bought were Winstons,” he said, with what seemed like a wistful half-smile. “The first cigarette I ever smoked was a Kool Super Menthol. That was back in 1975. It cost 50 cents a pack.”Today, a pack of cigarettes costs much, much more than that, ...

New survey shatters stereotypes about Minnesota's food shelf users

Susan Perry One of the many stereotypes the public has about people who use food shelves is that they aren’t really interested in healthful foods, like fruits and vegetables. Another is that they wouldn’t know how to prepare and cook such foods once they took them home.But those — and other — common assumptions about food shelf ...

Friday 3rd August 2018

Despite increased awareness, opioid prescriptions are not declining, Mayo study finds

Susan Perry Creative Commons/Be.FutureproofAn average of 40 people die each day in the U.S. from a prescription opioid overdose.Despite all the attention given to the opioid overdose epidemic in recent years — including the fact that the epidemic began with an increase in the prescribing of

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Chicken leads the list of foods that cause food-borne illnesses, CDC study finds

Susan Perry Any food can get contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites or other pathogens that can make us sick.  Just recently, chopped romaine lettuce and packaged pasta salads have been linked to serious outbreaks of food-borne illness.But the food that triggers the most food-borne illnesses is chicken, followed by pork and...

Wednesday 1st August 2018

The human and financial costs of a measles outbreak

Susan Perry In a report published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers describe the human and financial costs associated with a single measles outbreak that swept through two Brooklyn neighborhoods in 2013, infecting 58 people, mostly children. Responding to and containing the four-month-long outbreak ended up costing New York City’...

Tuesday 31st July 2018

At Frogtown Farm, neighbors do a share of the work for a share of the harvest

Nina Escriva dunked heads of a large Chinese cabbage called pak choy into a tub of water, one after another, cleaning off mud at the base so they could be bagged and set aside.It was a sunny, cool Friday morning on Frogtown Farm in St. Paul. A group of nine workers, including volunteers and staff, moved through rows of ripe produce, harvesting buckets full of vegetables that would be distributed t...

'Greening' of vacant urban lots linked to improvements in mental health, study finds

Susan Perry Turning blighted, vacant urban lots into well-maintained green spaces is associated with reduced feelings of depression and worthlessness and an improvement in overall mental health among people living nearby, a new study has found. The effect appears to be most pronounced in neighborhoods where significant numbers of reside...

Monday 30th July 2018

CDC: Gun-related homicides in the U.S. jumped by 31 percent between 2014 and 2016

Susan Perry Gun-related homicides in the United States have risen by almost a third in recent years, while homicides from the other two most common methods of murder — knives and suffocation — have remained flat, according to data published late last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Using mortality data from t...

New approach to addiction interventions aims to be less painful — and more effective

Andy Steiner Back when Marc Hertz started making his living as an intervention specialist, helping family members convince their reluctant loved ones to enter addiction treatment programs, he often felt conflicted. On the one hand, he truly believed that he was helping people take their first steps toward sobriety. There were too many days, ...

Friday 27th July 2018

Sleep deprivation in hospitals has been linked to a host of medical complications

Susan Perry When people are in a hospital they get much less sleep, wake up more often during the night and awaken earlier in the morning than they do when they’re in their own homes, reports a study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine.Yes, yes. Those findings may make this seem like a “duh” study. Anybody who has spent a nigh...

Thursday 26th July 2018

Gyms entice new members with tanning beds, despite the known cancer risks

Susan Perry About a quarter of people who have ever used a tanning bed have done so in a gym, according to a study published recently in the journal JAMA Dermatology.The study also found that gym tanners spend more time in tanning beds than other tanners — and are also more likely to report a tanning dependency. These findings are tro...

A cat-borne parasite may prompt people to start businesses

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Wednesday 25th July 2018

Most gluten-free packaged foods are just as unhealthy for children as the 'regular' equivalents

Susan Perry Gluten-free packaged foods aimed at children are just as likely to be of poor nutritional quality — including high in sugar — as other child-targeted food products, according to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics.“It is important to unsettle the assumption that [gluten-free] food equals healthy, which has...

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Most doctors don't give patients enough time to explain the reason for their visit, study finds

Susan Perry Do you feel like your doctor doesn’t listen to you? Well, you may be right.Doctors give patients an average of only about 11 seconds to describe their symptoms or reasons for seeking medical care before interrupting them, according to a study published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.The study also f...

Monday 23rd July 2018

Omega-3 supplements offer little or no protection against heart disease, stroke or early death

Susan Perry Omega-3 supplements have been widely promoted as offering protection against a range of illnesses, including heart attacks, stroke and other types of cardiovascular disease.Such claims have led almost 19 million American adults to take omega-3 supplements on a regular basis — and at an annual cost to their pocketbooks of more t...


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