Health

Officials List Pot Vape Brands Reported in US Outbreak

In this Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 photo released by Northwest Metro Drug Task Force/Minnesota Departments of Public Safety shows “Dank” packaging, part of the 75,000 THC vaping cartridges seized in a record drug bust in Anoka County, Minn. Dank, a shadowy but widely sold illegal marijuana vape is drawing the attention of investigators looking into a rash of mysterious lung…

Experts Split Sharply Over New Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

Charles Flagg, who is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, sits for an infusion while participating in a study on the drug Aducanumab at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I. New results were released on the experimental medicine whose maker claims it can slow the decline of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)SAN DIEGO (AP) A company that…

Minnesota OKs Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Eye Disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to include chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as conditions that can qualify for treatment. The state Department of Health also said it would allow more sites where patients can access medical cannabis. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the changes take effect in August. Minnesota’s medical marijuana program…

Study Warns Helmets Don’t Offer Full Protection On Slopes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A new study cautions that helmets do not provide complete protection for skiers and snowboarders. Trauma surgeons from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center looked at ski injuries in New Hampshire and Vermont over an eight-year period. They found skiers wearing helmets were less likely to have skull fractures but were more likely to suffer severe injuries including bleeding…

Minnesota Reports 1 Case of Hepatitis A Linked to Outbreak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota health officials say the state has reported its first case of hepatitis A linked to blackberries sold at Fresh Thyme grocery stores in September. The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday the person was hospitalized and has since recovered. Health officials have warned consumers in 11 states against eating some berries bought from the Fresh…

More Clues Point to Chemical Compound in US Vaping Illnesses

Robert F. Bukaty/APNEW YORK (AP) – Health officials say they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses. A study released Tuesday analyzed vaping cartridges gathered in Minnesota during the outbreak this year and cartridges seized in that state last year. The newer cartridges contained the compound vitamin E acetate,…

Health Groups Urge Trump to Move Ahead with E-Cig Flavor Ban

Robert F. Bukaty/APWASHINGTON (AP) – Health advocates are encouraging President Donald Trump to move forward with a federal ban on thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes. Trump is meeting at the White House on Friday with medical experts, health advocates and industry representatives on the problem of underage vaping. Electronic cigarette use by teenagers has surged, but federal authorities have…

Salad Product Recall Over E. Coli Bacteria Impacts 22 States

SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says thousands of pounds of salad products are being recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination. The department says Missa Bay, LLC from Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling more than 75,000 pounds (34,020 kilograms) of salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce may be contaminated with a…

Addiction Care Center at Avera on Louise Campus to Open Next Month

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls will soon have a new option for drug addiction and treatment services, with the opening of Avera’s new addiction care center. The facility at Avera’s campus at 69th Street and Louise Avenue will open next month. The 20-thousand square foot facility features 32 private rooms, a central building for treatment and programming, a fitness…

Salad Product Recall Over E. Coli Bacteria Impacts 22 States

SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says thousands of pounds of salad products are being recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination. The department says Missa Bay, LLC from Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling more than 75,000 pounds (34,020 kilograms) of salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce may be contaminated with a…

Vape Debate: Are E-Cigarettes Wiping Out Teen Smoking?

Robert F. Bukaty/APWASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. smoking rate among high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, falling to a new low. Normally the lower numbers from the U.S. government would have anti-tobacco advocates cheering. But instead, the decline in teen smoking has been overshadowed by the startling rise in underage vaping. Some health experts believe the drop…

Annual Policy Luncheon Focuses on Cancer Research

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Today, the annual South Dakota Policy Luncheon was at the Country Club of Sioux Falls. Each year the luncheon has a priority and this year it is cancer research. The focus is on federal cancer research funding. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says it’s important to invest in developments happening right here in South…

Walz Calls For Public Hearings to Break Insulin Impasse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz is urging Minnesota lawmakers to hold public hearings to try to break an impasse over legislation to make insulin more affordable. Lawmakers have made little apparent progress in closed-door talks over the past month toward reconciling the differences between competing House Democratic and Senate Republican plans. Their last meeting was Friday. The…

Health Officials: 2 Iowa Flu Deaths Recorded This Season

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa health officials say two people in the state have died from complications of the flu in recent weeks. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the deaths occurred in a woman between the ages of 61 and 80 in central Iowa and in a woman older than 81 in northwest Iowa. Officials say both…

Will You Get Dementia? Many May Not Understand Their Risk

New research suggests many American adults inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it. A survey of 1,000 adults aged 50 to 64 found almost half believed they were likely to develop dementia, but suggests many didn’t understand the connection between physical health and brain health. Substantial numbers of people who rated their health…