By Dr. Craig BowronFriday, March 21, 2008 Monday’s announcement by Methodist Hospital that a surgeon on staff mistakenly removed a patient’s healthy kidney proves once again that a hospital, even a really good hospital, can be a dangerous place.
If you believe the manufacturer’s claims, Airborne Effervescent Health Formula has been helping consumers ward off colds and other contagious ilk since it hit the market in 1999.
It’s Pi Day — time to celebrate both the irrational and transcendental nature of the number. Pies, naturally, are the favored treats for mathematicians’ celebrations.
I almost spent Tuesday night channel-surfing between political pundits and a rerun of “NCIS.” But thanks to my friend John Dingley, I found myself seated in the Triune Masonic Temple in St.
As a physician with satirical leanings, I enjoy viewing pharmaceutical ads on TV.
This year, Diet Coke is sponsoring The Heart Truth, a 10-city nationwide road show created in 2002 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to promote heart disease awareness among women.The show is making its first stop this weekend
The real purpose of cholesterol-lowering medications like Lipitor is to reduce atherosclerosis, the buildup of cholesterol within the lining of blood vessels.
Since it’s impractical to peek inside blood vessels to see how our treatment is going, we
Thanks to a report last fall by safety experts for the Food and Drug Administration, we now know that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are not only ineffective, but also potentially dangerous for young children.
What’s less known is that
About six weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement about an ongoing safety review of Chantix, the novel smoking-cessation drug approved in May 2006.
Alan Mutter, a media industry investment guru based in Silicon Valley, has published some stunning numbers at his blog Newsosaur on the decline in value of publicly traded newspaper companies.
Some tourists attending the Radio City Music Hall’s 75th “Christmas Spectacular” had their photos taken with a lithesome Rockette.
We do smokers a tremendous disservice when we refer to smoking as a “bad habit.” Picking your nose is a bad habit. Talking with your mouth full is a bad habit.
In an op-ed piece in the Star Tribune this week advocating school vouchers, Mitch Pearlstein, founder and executive director of Center of the American Experiment, wrote the following about Myron Orfield’s argument that racially segregated urban scho
Rarely do you see numbers butchered as badly as in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s announcement Wednesday that Hennepin County was the deadliest county in the state for alcohol-related deaths and injuries from 2004 to 2006.
Shift work has been added to the list of risk factors for cancer, but there are other health problems you face when working nights and evenings.By Susan Perry
Political contributions for federal candidates, parties and political action committees are running heavily Democratic around the nation this year, but not here: In both the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota, the parties are virtually tied.
Minnesota college campuses exceed the national average in one area that no one wants them to: sexual assault.
University of Minnesota researchers are releasing today the 2007 College Student Health Survey Report, a sweeping survey of 10,000 studen
“Menstruation is not medically necessary.” That’s the quote that jumped out at me from a press release that recently crossed my desk.
Not medically necessary? I thought.
Is the Democratic Party the party of the rich? Many conservative commentators think so.
Or is the Republican Party the party of the rich? Many liberal commentators think so.
The conservatives tend to rely on evidence at the state level.
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