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 lure and danger of the long-distance runner
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 →
Dayton doomed marijuana legislation by giving all negotiating power to law enforcement
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 →
Coon Rapids mom ends cancer treatment to spend more time with sons
Lynn Acker, 37, of Coon Rapids, has left Mayo Clinic, where she’s been treated for cancer, and she’s not going back because she wants to spend her remaining days with her three hockey-playing kids. Read more →
U.S. senators too busy to listen to a story about a woman’s Alzheimer’s
Actor Seth Rogen came a congressional subcommittee to talk about his mother-in-law’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. Many lawmakers ignored him. Read more →
Golden Valley’s reaction to a proposed mental health center for kids was hateful, and shameful. Read more →
What drives people to suicide? Some insight. Read more →
Faced with chance to help kids with mental illness, Golden Valley punts
Golden Valley shows why mental health care for children is still a taboo subject in much of America.
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Is violence in north Minneapolis creating post-traumatic stress disorder? Read more →
When it comes to health, we are the Disunited States
Especially considering last week’s MPR story showing ‘structural racism’ as one reason for health disparities within Minnesota, this is a particular stunning map from Measure for America, the group that documents its ‘human development index.’ Read more →
Six years later, man reunited with stranger who kept him from killing himself
Six years ago, Jonny Benjamin climbed to the edge of the Waterloo Bridge in London intending to jump to his death. But a stranger told him it would be OK, and offered to buy him a cup of coffee if he’d climb down from the railings. He climbed down and lived to tell his story. Read more →
Donor #393681: Why I couldn’t be a medical hero
The older we get, the greater our chances of being the grateful rather than the hero.
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Halloween candy ‘fat letter’ may be a stunt, but child obesity problem is real
A “fat letter” to trick-or-treaters may be a joke, but the sentiment hits close to reality.
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