Health

US Traces Lettuce Outbreak to at Least 1 California Farm

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health officials have traced a dangerous bacterial outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least one farm in central California. Food regulators said Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine lettuce. The Food and Drug Administration said 59 people have now been…

Minnesota Lawmakers Open Discussions on High Insulin Costs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers have heard from patients and families dealing with diabetes that they need help with the soaring cost of insulin. Sen. Matt Little convened an informal discussion at the Capitol Tuesday to gather information on what steps the state should take. The Lakeville Democrat says the cost of insulin is “immorally high” and there…

Iowa to Pay More For Children’s Health Insurance Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s cost for a children’s health insurance program is set to soar from $7 million to $37 million over the next two years because of changes approved by Congress that reduce federal funding. The Des Moines Register reports that the HAWK-I provides health insurance to 70,000 children from families with moderate income. A family of…

Record Count Reported for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness

NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials are reporting the most cases ever of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children. Fortunately, the disease remains rare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported 158 confirmed cases so far this year. That’s more than the 149 reported in a similar wave of illnesses in 2016. It’s not clear what’s causing…

Justices Won’t Hear States’ Appeal Over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices. Lower courts in both states had blocked the states from withholding money that is used for health services other than abortion for low-income women. Abortion…

First Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has reported the state’s first flu-related deaths of the current flu season. The department said Friday that two people, both over 65, have died from flu-related causes. One was from an area covered by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the other was from the North Central District…

Doctors Blame Tap Water in Neti Pot for Brain-Eating Amoeba

SEATTLE – Doctors believe a woman who died from rare brain-eating amoebas used tap water to rinse her sinuses. The 69-year-old Seattle resident died in February after undergoing brain surgery at Swedish Medical Center. Her doctor tells The Seattle Times there was “amoeba all over the place just eating brain cells.” According to a study published in the International Journal…

Marlboro Maker Leaps Into the Cannabis Trade with $2.4B

NEW YORK (AP) – One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company. Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is taking a 45 percent stake in the Toronto company. Cronos said Friday that the Richmond, Virginia, tobacco company will pay another $1.4…

Drugmaker to Sell Cheaper Generic Rival to EpiPen Injectors

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A generic drugmaker plans to start selling a slightly cheaper version of the EpiPen in the U.S. early next year. The penlike injectors are used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. Brand-name EpiPen, which dominates the market, has been in short supply since spring because of production problems. Drugmaker Sandoz said Thursday the price of two generic…

Sanford Awards a Million Dollars to Gene Therapy Pioneers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two women are now a million dollars richer after a big win in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Their drug development for rare diseases is revolutionizing medicine forever. “Well, I was pretty much speechless,” said Dr. High. Doctor Katherine High and her research partner, Doctor Jean Bennett, have something big to celebrate. The Philadelphia-based pair works with…

Alzheimer’s Added as Qualifier for Medical Marijuana in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials are adding Alzheimer’s disease as a qualifying condition to get medical marijuana. The state Health Department announced Monday that the new condition would take effect in August 2019. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says there is “some evidence” that marijuana improves the mood, sleep and behavior of people with Alzheimer’s. The department takes…

Report: Number of Uninsured Kids Spikes to 3.9M in US

Report: Number of uninsured kids spikes to 3.9M in US Eds: APNewsNow. Sends to wider audience. Edits headline. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A new report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families says the number of uninsured children in the United States has increased for the first time in nearly a decade. In Florida, the uninsured rate went…

Repeat Outbreaks Pressure Produce Industry to Step Up Safety

NEW YORK (AP) – After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations. The latest outbreak underscores the challenge of eliminating risk for vegetables grown in open fields and eaten raw. It also highlights the role of nearby cattle operations and the delay of stricter…

As Opioid Crisis Continues, Healthcare Professionals Talk Prevention and Intervention

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to the CDC, 49,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses last year. Now, experts say addiction is showing up in every corner of the medical field. Dr. Marvin Seppala, the chief medical officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, sees addiction day in and day out. He calls it “a disease of the soul.” “They don’t…

Sanford Opens New Sioux Falls Clinic Monday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health is set to open its new $21 million clinic in Sioux Falls. Sanford says the clinic will bring pharmacy, acute care services and behavioral health care to the growing west side of the city. The 42,000-square-foot clinic has been under construction for a year and a half and will open Monday. It includes a…

South Dakota Records 1st Flu Death of Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has recorded its first flu death of the season. The state Department of Health said Monday the person who died was a Pennington County resident in the 60-to-69 age group. To protect patient confidentiality, no other information was released. State epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says the death is a reminder that influenza “can be…