Much of the increase in Minnesota’s drug overdose deaths was driven by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

Minnesota had record drug overdose deaths in 2021

State health experts cite rise of fentanyl as a contributing factor to an average four Minnesotans a day dying from a drug overdose in 2021.

UnitedHealthcare to eliminate out-of-pocket costs on insulin and other critical drugs

July 15
UnitedHealthcare, which is the health insurance division of UnitedHealth Group, has its headquarters in Minnetonka.
Patient advocates say the big health insurer's move could provide an important signal that others will follow.

Coronavirus variant BA.5 makes up 64% of viral load in Twin Cities wastewater

July 15
Coronavirus material in Twin Cities wastewater declined slightly over the past week.
Wastewater monitoring shows rising presence of a coronavirus variant causing an uptick in COVID-19 elsewhere in the U.S.
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Indonesia's Widodo to meet Xi on rare China trip before G20

Indonesian President Joko Widodo was heading to Beijing on Monday for a rare visit by a foreign leader under China's strict COVID-19 protocols and ahead of what could be the first overseas trip by Chinese President Xi Jinping since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago.
World
1:13am

Facing headwinds and history, Marcos to make policy speech

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will deliver his first State of the Nation address Monday with momentum from his landslide election victory, but he's hamstrung by history as an ousted dictator's son and daunting economic headwinds.
Nation
12:50am

AP exposes the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The 50th Anniversary

EDITOR'S NOTE — On July 25, 1972, Jean Heller, a reporter on The Associated Press investigative team, then called the Special Assignment Team, broke news that rocked the nation. Based on documents leaked by Peter Buxtun, a whistleblower at the U.S. Public Health Service, the then 29-year-old journalist and the only woman on the team, reported that the federal government let hundreds of Black men in rural Alabama go untreated for syphilis for 40 years in order to study the impact of the disease on the human body. Most of the men were denied access to penicillin, even when it became widely available as a cure. A public outcry ensued, and nearly four months later, the "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male" came to an end. The investigation would have far-reaching implications: The men in the study filed a lawsuit that resulted in a $10 million settlement, Congress passed laws governing how subjects in research studies were treated, and more than two decades later President Bill Clinton formally apologized for the study, calling it "shameful."
Nation
12:50am

How an AP reporter broke the Tuskegee syphilis story

Jean Heller was toiling away on the floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center when an Associated Press colleague from the opposite end of the country walked into her workspace behind the event stage and handed her a thin manila envelope.
World
July 24

North Korea pushes traditional medicine to fight COVID-19

As a medical student in North Korea, Lee Gwang-jin said he treated his fevers and other minor ailments with traditional herbal medicine. But bad illness could mean trouble because hospitals in his rural hometown lacked the ambulances, beds, even the electricity at times needed to treat critical or emergency patients.
Sports
July 24

Josef Newgarden taken to hospital; Pato O'Ward wins at Iowa

Josef Newgarden collapsed in the motorhome lot following his late crash Sunday at Iowa Speedway and was taken to a Des Moines hospital by helicopter for evaluation. Team Penske said he'd be held overnight.
Sports
July 24

Votto hits 3-run HR, Mahle sharp in return as Reds top Cards

Joey Votto hit a three-run homer to back Tyler Mahle's sharp return from injury, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Sunday.
Nation
July 24
FILE - President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and clean energy at Brayton Power Station, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in Somerset, Mass. Biden�

Biden improves 'significantly,' throat still sore from COVID

President Joe Biden continues to "improve significantly" despite a lingering sore throat from his coronavirus infection, according to an update Sunday from his doctor.
Sports
July 24

Arenado, Goldschmidt unvaccinated, won't make Toronto trip

Two of the St. Louis Cardinals' best players, third baseman Nolan Arenado and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, won't be making the trip to Toronto for a short series with the Blue Jays because they haven't received the COVID-19 vaccination.
Variety
July 24

Catholic hospitals' growth impacts reproductive health care

Even as numerous Republican-governed states push for sweeping bans on abortion, there is a coinciding surge of concern in some Democratic-led states that options for reproductive health care are dwindling due to expansion of Catholic hospital networks.
Variety
July 24

Catholic hospitals' growth impacts reproductive health care

Even as numerous Republican-governed states push for sweeping bans on abortion, there is a coinciding surge of concern in some Democratic-led states that options for reproductive health care are dwindling due to expansion of Catholic hospital networks.
Business
July 24

Biden's global promises held back by politics at home

Soon after taking office, President Joe Biden went to State Department headquarters to tell the rest of the world that the United States could be counted on again after four years of Donald Trump's bull-in-the-china-shop foreign policy.
Nation
July 23

Judge tosses Arizona suit over limits on virus relief funds

A judge has dismissed Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's lawsuit challenging the Biden administration's demands that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools that don't have mask requirements or that close due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
Variety
July 23

Change in title with men working at Disney dress-up shops

When Disney reopens its Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique shops at resorts in Florida and California next month, the workers who help children dress up as their favorite animated characters will have new, more gender inclusive titles.
Nation
July 23
President Joe Biden received his second COVID-19 booster shot at the White House in Washington, March 30, 2022.

Why Biden's second booster wasn't enough to prevent a COVID infection

COVID vaccines, powerful as they are, are far from the bulletproof shields that scientists once hoped for.
Nation
July 23

Minnesota abortion clinic braces for tide of out-of-staters

On the top floor of a modest two-story brick building near the shore of Lake Superior, the executive director of northern Minnesota's only abortion clinic flits from room to room, checking in patients, fielding phone calls from people seeking appointments and handling billing questions from those struggling to pay.
Variety
July 23

How canine heart disease was tied to grain-free dog food

In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, acting on input from a group of veterinary researchers, began investigating whether the increasing popularity of grain-free dog foods had led to a sudden rise in a potentially fatal heart disease in dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy.
Nation
July 23
President Joe Biden gave a thumbs up after being asked by members of the media how he is feeling as he spoke virtually during a meeting with his econo

Doctor: Biden likely has highly contagious COVID-19 strain

The variant, known as BA.5, is an offshoot of the omicron strain that emerged late last year, and it's believed to be responsible for the vast majority of coronavirus cases in the country.
World
July 23
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the decision on calling monkeypox a global emergency despite a lack of consensus among experts on

UN health agency chief declares monkeypox a global emergency

The expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an "extraordinary" situation that qualifies as a global emergency, the World Health Organization chief said Saturday, a declaration that could spur further investment in treating the once-rare disease and worsen the scramble for scarce vaccines.
Politics
July 23

Supreme Court leak probe: So many questions, so few answers

Less than 24 hours after the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an investigation into the "egregious breach. "