No, the University of Minnesota Isn't Saying Ebola Is Suddenly Airborne

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As worries over the Ebola virus have grown, the crazy stories have popped up right beside it (need we mention the ridiculous Ebola zombie hoax?). But a new one has surfaced, and it sounds just realistic enough to maybe be true.

"EBOLA TRANSMITTED BY AIR," reads one headline from the conservative site Breitbart. Political columnist George Will said the same thing. Interesting, both pinned their stories on the same source: the University of Minnesota. The meme has remained afloat in the weird world of the right-wing blogosphere, on sites like Town Hall and CNS News.

So should we be worried? In a word, no.

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Patriot Health Convinced Customers to Buy Bogus Health Insurance, State Says

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Health companies want some of these

Imagine, if you will, that you're brand new to the scary world of searching for the right health insurance plan. Floods of brochures and online ads fly in front of your face, but you just want something that's affordable. After furious searching, you finally feel like you've found it: a plan that's not too expensive, and with enough coverage to help out most ailments.

But then you arrive at the doctor's office with a cold or a broken bone. And things aren't as they seem. That wonderful health insurance you thought was there for you? Turns out it wasn't health insurance at all, just a "discount plan" that might save you a bit of money but certainly isn't paying your bills. You're stuck handing over heaps of cash, with your "health insurance" barely making a dent.

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Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken Aren't Happy About Lack of Ebola Screenings at MSP Airport

Micrograph of the RNA filovirus that causes Ebola.
The Center for Disease Control recently started screening all arrivals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at five major American airports for Ebola symptoms.

But MSP Airport isn't one of the airports included on the list, and Mark Dayton, Amy Klobuchar, and Al Franken aren't happy about that.

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Minnesota's triclosan ban: Expert explains why it's the right move

There's nothing wrong with plain-old soap and water, Dr. Colette Cozean says.
After we reported on Gov. Mark Dayton signing the nation's first triclosan ban into law (read the full backstory here), we heard from an expert who applauded the Land of 10,000 Lakes for being ahead of the curve.

Dr. Colette Cozean is a California-based medical device inventor. She's also the CEO of Zylast, a company that makes a triclosan-free hand sanitizer. But before you dismiss her as simply being a shill for her product, consider what she has to say about the benefits of old-fashioned soap and water.

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Minnesota becomes first state to ban triclosan, controversial ingredient in antibacterial soaps

Triclosan is in roughly 75 percent of antibacterial soaps and body washes.
:::: UPDATE :::: Minnesota's Triclosan ban: Expert explains why it's the right move

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 Administration.

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U of M researchers find link between running in your 20s and sharper mind [UPDATE]

Categories: Health, U of M
Erik Blume
Here's some news to get you off your ass: If you want a sharper mind in your 40s, move your feet more in your 20s.

That's the takeaway of a new study by University of Minnesota researchers -- including David Jacobs, a professor and epidemiologist in the School of Public Health -- who examined 2,747 men and women over 25 years. Published in the latest issue of Neurology, the paper shows that young folks who did better on treadmill tests tended to do better on memory and problem solving tests in middle age.

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High school girls here use tanning beds at a dangerous rate

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Another reason to stay away: This is the creepy-looking inside of a tanning bed.
This time of year, you're as likely to see a natural tan on a home-bound Minnesotan as you are a bronze on a polar bear. Eleventh-grade girls, however, are still trying to fight nature.

More than one-third of Minnesota girls in 11th grade reported tanning indoors in the last year, according to data released today by the Minnesota Department of Health. More than half of those girls hit the tanning bed 10 or more times.

"It strikes me as high," says Michelle Strangis, cancer policy coordinator with the MDH, of the new numbers. "Indoor tanning is a very risky behavior. Very risky. To have that percentage of 11th graders using indoor tanning facilities is very concerning."

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Minnesota is third-healthiest state, says America's Health Rankings

Cyclists along Minneapolis's Midtown Greenway.
Out of all 50 states, Minnesota was the third-healthiest in 2013. This past year, Minnesotans had the fewest days of poor physical health, fewest heart-related deaths, and lowest number of years lost to early death.

So says the latest edition of America's Health Rankings, a comprehensive index that reviews big chunks of data to determine health outcomes in each state every year.

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Months ahead of campus-wide smoking ban, U of M offering students gift cards to quit

This winter will likely be the last University of Minnesota students can light up a heater outside the Walker Library.

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After a year of preparation, the school is moving toward finally implementing a campus-wide smoking ban next fall. And in order to make the transition as smooth as possible, Boynton Health Services is now offering students especially enticing incentives to quit through its Quit and Win program.

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NoDak woman plans to give fat trick-or-treaters note asking their parents to step it up [UPDATE]

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:::: UPDATE :::: Evidence is mounting that "Cheryl" was a hoax dreamed up by the morning show hosts on Fargo's Y94 radio station.

"Cheryl" called in to vent about fat trick-or-treaters about a year after a caller named "Donna" called the same show to sound off about those damn deer crosswalks (i.e., deer crossing signs) that seem to route deer onto busy roads. Nothing is known of "Cheryl" or "Donna" beyond their bizarre calls to the station, and their last names haven't been revealed.

Furthermore, a former employee of Y94 told Forum Communications the Cheryl bit was almost certainly fake.

"It's their shtick, that's their thing, it's what they are kinda famous for," John Austin said, referring to Rat, Zero and Maggie, the hosts of Y94's Morning Playhouse show. "Kudos to those guys for pulling it off, but the problem becomes you have to be careful how many times you go to that well."

Y94 hasn't responded to press inquiries about Cheryl.

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