The idea to replace a statewide medical marijuana distribution system with a research study may have originated not with Gov. Mark Dayton's staff, but with the state's Board of Pharmacy. If that news isn't surprising, consider this: Although the board takes no official position on the medical eff ... More >>
The Minnesota House approved medical marijuana legislation Friday with overwhelming support that cut across party lines. It's passage, with a 86-39 vote, leaves Minnesota poised to become the 22nd state with a medical marijuana program. What that program will look like is still up in the air. A co ... More >>
A U of M associate professor explores the complex world of human microorganisms and the cures they may hold
After we published our post about Hennepin County's move to ban e-cigarettes from county property yesterday, Tiffany Paulson, communications and marketing manager for the Rainbow Health Initiative, passed along a letter to the editor penned by her organization, which is devoted to "improving the hea ... More >>
Last week, the University of Minnesota Senate approved a resolution that would ban smoking campus-wide. The only thing needed for the ban to become policy is the signature of University President Eric Kaler, and he has already signaled his support.FROM JANUARY: Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in ... More >>
Guys -- sick of condoms? If so, first of all, don't complain about having sex. But second, know that University of Minnesota medicinal chemistry professor Gunda Georg is working hard to supply you with an alternative as soon as possible.SEE ALSO: When dating prospects look bleak, women focus on thei ... More >>
Documentary interviews AIDS activists about the darkest days of the crisis
Late last week, a letter from a Washington D.C. law firm arrived in U of M President Eric Kaler's inbox. In it, attorneys representing an adult-stem cell company named Celltex demanded to know who authorized a bioethicist named Leigh Turner to request an official investigation of Celltex by the F ... More >>
Minnesota-based food company Michael Foods is recalling over a million hard-cooked eggs in brine that may be contaminated with listeria, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The eggs, which were sold to manufacturers and food distributors, do not have any reports of illness connected t ... More >>
If the smell of fresh-cooked homemade soup isn't enough of an incentive, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that eating canned soup increases exposure to bisphenol A or BPAs, a chemical that has raised health concerns, especially for children. Canada has decla ... More >>
Check your 'fridge and freezer for recalled Cargill ground turkey products. Salmonella is scary stuff. An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella? Even scarier. One of such dangerous bugs has has killed one person and sickened 77 others in the past several months and is believed to have co ... More >>
HeatherBlack henna tattoos are blamed for the allergic reactions of 35 8th-graders.35 Twin Cities 8th-graders have reported experiencing allergic reactions -- including blisters and lesions -- the Minnesota Department of Health said today. And it suspects the reactions were due to a chemical ... More >>
Courtesy Mary WeissMarkingson committed suicide in 2004 while enrolled in a study through the U of M.The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents will not organize an independent investigation into the events surrounding Dan Markingson's 2004 suicide, according to a letter signed by Regents ... More >>
Is U of M department of psychiatry chair in the pocket of AstraZeneca?
Four Loko once fueled binge drinkers, now it fuels cars. Were you wondering what ever happened to all those banned alcohol-laced energy drinks after they were pulled off the market? The AP reports that they're being recycled into ethanol. What the FDA says you shouldn't put in your body, yo ... More >>
Which "blackout in a can" tastes better?The media has been all abuzz this week over the safety of alcoholic energy drinks--particularly one called Four Loko, which contains 12 percent alcohol and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Michigan and Oklahoma have banned the beverages, as have sev ... More >>
Image by cygnus921 on FlickrBees: We like the Minnesota onesMinnesota beekeepers are so buzzing mad about "honey laundering" that they're holding a press conference about it today at the State Fair. Apparently, cheap honey from China is messing up their market.
Summer concerts are jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack
Obama vows to to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
Yech: "Widespread and active rodent infestation, numerous gnawed packages of human and animal food, rodent excreta pellets on, in, and around food packages..."
Hutton goes head-to-head with perilous menu items
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration went after General Mills, accusing them of marketing Cheerios as a drug. Now Stephen Colbert has his turn.
Media unites: Doesn't the FDA have something better to do than go after Cheerios?
Is bad economy leading to serious depression?
Aw, nuts. Another viable protein source is suspected of being laced with feces.
Scientists were able to prevent infection in female monkeys when they were treated with a gel containing glycerol monolaurate (GML) before they were exposed to the primate version of HIV.
The big story of the day: tomatoes aren't the Salmonella culprit, jalapenos are. And Minnesota played a critical role in sniffing out the source of the illness.
Local cheese is better than it's ever been. Here's the first of a two-part guide to the rarest, best, and most glorious examples.
Richard Linklater chews on 'Fast Food Nation' and 'A Scanner Darkly'
What a dozen seasons as a shareholder in a small farm can teach even the most accomplished cook
A new movie looks at our unhealthy appetite for Frankenfoods
Whooping Cough returns with a vengeance
A foodie's guide to last-minute gifts to make your chowhound smile
The post-sex pill: Great idea--if you can get it
Questioning childhood vaccinations: It's not just for paranoiacs anymore
St. Paul hauls out the zoning code in the hope of end-running a proposed methadone clinic
Fifty years ago Minneapolis launched a program to stamp out discrimination. Now many of the dream's supporters doubt the city's civil-rights agencies are equal to the task.
Forensic pathologist John Coe has spent a lifetime examining skin, organs, and bones for answers to how and why we die
Twin Cities entrepreneur Dick Quinn believed in the healing power of cayenne pepper. But in the four years since his death, the wrangling over rights to his five-alarm cure has been anything but therapeutic.
A new plan for disposing of metro-area sewage has critics crying foul
Penile implants are supposed to make life better for men rendered impotent by injury or sickness. Sometimes they just make matters worse.