I admit to having a minor phobia about blood-sucking insects and arachnids. I empathize with volunteers enlisted to drag sheets through fields to gather specimens in the pursuit of scientific research. As kids, my friends and I used to push our bikes across a dewy meadow at dusk and sneak into adjacent woods to watch Read more →
A cure for HIV. The words flow so easily, it’s possible not to grasp the meaning. A cure for HIV . For those who remember the fear that accompanied the realization that there was an insidious and unknown disease at work, the news that a child born with HIV has been cured — or at Read more →
I’m sitting down as I write this. As with every other morning on NewsCut, I’ve been sitting in the same spot — my couch — for nearly six hours. According to studies, I’ve lost two hours off my life, just today. And I don’t care; I’ve enjoyed the sitting and as I enter the last Read more →
In Texas, the limits of protection are being explored by a school system near San Antonio that banned a child from using sunscreen on a recent field trip because it’s “typically toxic”. The child’s mother, Christy Riggs, is upset because skin cancer runs in her family; her father recently died because of it, KEYE TV Read more →
A study out today might make roach, mouse and pet droppings in your home the new health aids.
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What makes for lousy comedy? The vaccine debate, which pits people with scientific evidence against those who ignore it. Read more →
A medical marijuana prescription from a state where it’s legal will not prevent you from being busted in Minnesota, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed today. Read more →
Elizabeth Cummings Browning died over the weekend. She was just 53, and suffered from dementia and ALS and died just two days after the musician was unable to play one of her favorite songs, according to her obituary in the Star Tribune, which presumably was written by her husband, Star Tribune reporter Dan Browning. Read more →
Mental health advocates will tell you that trying to get the country to pay attention to — and maybe even provide a little empathy for — the problem of mental illness in America has been a long slog. Imagine if the fervor for eliminating smoking could be harnessed to make significant inroads to help those Read more →
We like to think of our generation as smarter than those who went before, but we dump junk down the throats of our kids, spurred on by the marketing of food companies.
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As most fans of NPR’s Morning Edition know, Friday is the day you get to cry on your way to work.
StoryCorps, the segment in which people tell their life story in their own words, is always good for a punch to the feels; this morning’s outdid its usual compelling self. Read more →
The statistics show that people with a mental illness are far more likely to be the victims, rather than the perpetrators, of violence. And yet, here were again this week shining the spotlight on what role mental illness might have played in a crime.
But does the latest Fort Hood shooting paint an unfair picture of the link. NPR’s Shots blog thinks so. Read more →
The Pioneer Press has details today of a study involving some Minnesotans that showed participants recruited from the Twin Cities Marathon had more coronary plaque than sedentary people who were studied. Read more →
The legislation in Minnesota was probably doomed the moment Gov. Dayton urged both sides to work together on the issue. With the governor declaring he wouldn’t sign the bill without law enforcement’s blessing, there was no reason for law enforcement to negotiate, no matter how many sad stories the state’s citizens told. Read more →
For more than a year, Stefon Alexander, the Twin Cities rapper who performs as P.O.S., has been looking for a kidney. His musician pals, DoomTree, crowdfunded the cost, raising more than $47,000 for the procedure, well over the initial $25,000 goal. Finding a kidney turned out to be harder. Read more →