During a news conference yesterday, House Majority Leader Erin Murphy (D-St. Paul), introduced a bill that would essentially nullify the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling in Minnesota and force employers to offer contraceptive coverage to their employees.Reached for comment later ... More >>
Barring U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for marijuana treatments between now and next summer, Minnesota medical cannabis patients will have to pay entirely out of pocket for their medicine, Manny Munson-Regala, the state employee tasked with overseeing the rollout of the program, tells us ... More >>
Tucked into an environment bill signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday was a measure banning triclosan, a controversial antibacterial agent found in a wide array of consumer products.Minnesota is the first state to ban triclosan, which is currently being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administ ... More >>
We bite into uncharted territory from testicles to urchins
It felt like a drug deal. "Stay in the car. I'll be right back." We were sitting in the back of a limousine, our fingers crossed that this would be our last stop. It had been three days, and we hadn't seen a trace of the elusive substance. "Turn the music up. What CD is he playing?" We nodded our ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
About a week and a half after lawyers for an adult stem-cell company demanded that U of M President Eric Kaler do something to shut up one of his associate professors, the company has its answer. "Professor [Leigh] Turner's February 21, 2012, letter to the FDA," the reply says, "is fully covered ... More >>
Was it too lucrative for its makers to warn patients?
Courtesy Carl Elliott.Elliott calls the FDA's report a white wash.Carl Elliott, a University of Minnesota bioethics professor, is attacking the findings of a Federal Drug Administration investigation that cleared the college of any wrongdoing in the 2004 suicide of Dan Markingson, a patient e ... More >>
ABCJamie Oliver encourages kids to be friends with vegetablesIf one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat more vegetables, congratulations on making such an important decision. Your committment can improve your health and help you lose weight. Still, changing eating habits can be difficu ... More >>
Bacon--pictured here, chicken fried--is as big as ever this year!When The Atlantic published its list of the Top 10 Biggest Food Stories of 2010, the Hot Dish couldn't help but chime in with our local take on each topic: 10. The Meat Trend From charcuterie plates to dry-aged steaks, both bee ... More >>
"Blackout in a can" gets banned.Following on the footsteps of regulators in Michigan, Oklahoma, and Washington, the New York State Liquor Authority has banned the sale and distribution of alcoholic energy drinks, like Four Loko and Joose, as of November 19 (Utah's state-run alcoholic beverage ... More >>
In the last two months, eight people have been sickened by drinking raw milk tainted with the E. coli bacteria, which was traced to a farm in Gibbon, Minnesota. It's been known for some time that anyone who drinks raw milk is essentially playing craps with their health--that's why they invent ... More >>
The Strib reports that four people got sick from unpasteurized milk tainted with E. coli and that the Mn Dept of Ag will likely crack down on illegal raw milk sales. State epidemiologist Richard Danilla and staff traced the milk that made three people sick to Hartmann dairy farm near Gibbon ... More >>
Screengrab via YouTubeMelts in your mouth, not in your handThe Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010, sometimes called the Tic Tac Tobacco Act, has been signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. It got its nickname because some of the products it seeks to control are really just cand ... More >>
Alcohol, nitrous oxide, and whip cream sounds like the grocery list for a suburban high school party. But to the genius folks at Whipped Lightning, it's the makings of "the world's first alcohol-infused whip cream." That's Whipahol to you, buddy.
Beehive Botanicals, in Hayward, Wis., claimed on one of its Web sites that its bee-derived products could diagnose, cure, and prevent diseases such as asthma, dermatitis and ulcers. Bullshit, said the Food and Drug Administration. Either the products were drugs, in which case they fall unde ... More >>
Scientists and other experts name foods they avoid like the plague.
Stoners and small children beware: Raw cookie dough sickens dozens across the U.S.
Food safety could be managed better by FDA than USDA says Minnesota congressman.
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Osterholm told City Pages that the recall has gone too far and thus affected many Americans who weren't at risk in the first place.
If you eat any products containing peanuts, stay updated on the growing list of recalled items that could make you sick.
State agriculture department traces strain that sickened 1,251 to jalapeños from Texas
Nudie-bar magnate denies U of M's come-hither fundraising
A newly approved vaccine could prevent a widespread precancerous STD. But will anyone use it?
If there were a problem with a life-saving medical device implanted in your heart, someone would tell you, right? Tom Hatch thought so. He was wrong.
Republicans learn to love imported Canadian drugs
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Dr. Mildred Hanson is one of the few Minnesota physicians who hasn't been bullied out of performing abortions. At 77, she's more afraid of what will happen when she retires.
Parents, pediatricians, and the growing threat of childhood antibiotic resistance
Plastics-related toxic chemicals are finding their way into everything--including baby milk
A local teen finds himself up against a federal rule that permanently bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
After years of gathering dust on drugstore shelves, the female condom may finally be on its way to finding acceptance among gay men and Third World women.
Minnesota beef producers can begin using radiation to kill bacteria and extend the shelf life of everything from hamburger to filet mignon. But a number of scientists, scrappy idealists, and small farmers still say it's not a good idea.
Usually known as a consumer advocate, Sen. Paul Wellstone is backing a bill that would lower standards and ease safety measures on manufacturers of drugs and medical devices.
Gulf War Syndrome and How It All Began
A new generation of AIDS drugs called protease inhibitors is having dramatic effects--perhaps even pointing to the day when AIDS will be a manageable chronic disease like diabetes. But for a lot of people who had readied themselves to die,