Health On A Stick

OK, so “healthy” probably isn’t one of the first words that comes to mind when the Minnesota State Fair is mentioned. New foods at this year’s fair, according to its website, include candied bacon donut sliders, cheesy french onion monkey bread, paneer on a spear, deep fried grilled cheese bites and SPAM curds. Mmmmmm. In…
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A Good Drug Misused

It’s cheap. It’s legal. It’s an over-the-counter drug. And it says on the web that you can use it to treat your opioid addiction. In fact, the anti-diarrhea medication Imodium can be life-threatening when used in that way, reports the American College of Emergency Physicians. A report published online Friday in the organization’s Annals of Emergency Medicine…
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Profitable Nonprofits

Four of the most profitable hospitals in the nations are nonprofits — and the most profitable of all is in the Upper Midwest. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., earned a total profit from patient care services of $302.5 million in 2013, according to a report in the May issue of Health Affairs,…
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Rethinking PSA

The initials PSA aren’t popular with many men who know a high count during a physical could lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Now a Canadian study is questioning whether the test for PSA — prostate specific antigen — is necessary in most cases. The study, led by Dr. James Dickinson of the University…
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A Cuppa Tea For Heart Health

Tea drinkers are not only consuming the world’s favorite beverage — they’re also being kind to their hearts. That’s the conclusion of a study presented today at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions, according to a news release from the organization. Researchers led by Dr. Elliott Miller of Johns Hopkins Hospital looked at…
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