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The Health Variant

May 24, 2021

COVID-19 tore through many nursing homes. Now the question is, what's next for them? Some just might close. Others, if they're to survive, need big changes. Tu-Uyen Tran, a senior writer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, recently dug into the uncertain future for nursing homes. We talk to him about...

May 17, 2021

Worried your child isn't their hitting developmental milestones? You're not alone. A federal effort, "Learn The Signs. Act Early" has a host of resources, including a smartphone app, to help you out, including family support groups and program "ambassadors" in every state. Hilory Liccini, the North Dakota ambassador for...

May 10, 2021

That's right -- we're talking influenza, better known as the flu. Thanks largely to steps taken to fight the spread of COVID-19, this season was a welcome failure for influenza. How did that work, and what might next flu season look like? We talk to Karen Green Martin of the Minnesota Department of Health, who breaks it...

May 3, 2021

If you're like a lot of people, you bought some home fitness gear during this last pandemic year. So now what? We talk to NewsMD correspondent and fitness writer Paul Scott on his recommendations about what to keep, buy or leave in simple home fitness equipment.