Maura Lerner

Investigative reporter | Health
Phone: 612-673-7384
Maura Lerner is the higher-education reporter. Her reporting has been recognized by the National Press Club, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Minnesota Associated Press and the Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award. Before joining the Star Tribune, Lerner was a senior producer for the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS, and a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Recent content from Maura Lerner

'Hippie Dave' Nolan dies at 66

It’s easy to see why people called him “Hippie Dave.”Even in his 60s, David Nolan wore tie-dyed T-shirts, long gray...

Updated: August 08, 2013, - 09:01 PM

April 23: Doctors try historic cell transplant on boy with HIV, leukemia

If all goes as planned at the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital, the child — who has not been publicly identified — could become the second person in the world cured of both deadly illnesses by an extraordinary type of cell transplant.

Updated: July 12, 2013, - 06:19 PM

June 2: A stem-cell testing ground in Minn. tries to heal damaged hearts

At Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Dr. Tim Henry is using adult stem cells to come up with a realistic treatment option for heart disease.

Updated: July 09, 2013, - 10:14 PM

Health beat: Can doctors help stop torture?

Dr. Steven Miles vividly remembers the notorious 2004 photograph of U.S. soldiers grinning beside a pile of naked prisoners at...

Updated: July 06, 2013, - 05:02 PM

Self-service kiosk for health care comes to Minnesota megastores

Do-it-yourself kiosks in stores may help fill a need for preventive care. Health care experts are trying to figure out if they are a gimmick, a breakthrough or both.

Updated: July 06, 2013, - 07:20 AM

Mpls. couple hopes new test can explain son's medical mystery

At age 2, Wendell Sherman-Strand still can’t sit up, walk or talk. The curly-haired Minneapolis boy doesn’t have the muscle control to grab a rattle or stand on his own. And nobody knows exactly why.

Updated: June 24, 2013, - 05:47 AM

Health beat: Chronic pain patients wary of pill changes

Not everyone is thrilled that doctors in Minnesota are trying to curb the use of prescription painkillers, as described in...

Updated: June 22, 2013, - 04:46 PM

Breakfast cuts risk of diabetes, U study finds

It might not matter how healthful the meal is, either. Even people who ate poor quality breakfasts were better off than those who skipped breakfast completely, the researchers found.

Updated: June 18, 2013, - 09:32 AM

Boogaard's death shows how easily patients can get pain pills

His death exposed a drug-abuse crisis “self-inflicted” by doctors.

Updated: June 17, 2013, - 10:57 AM

How much is that MRI? Depends

Once again, the agency that runs Medicare is shining a spotlight on the secretive world of hospital fees. And it...

Updated: June 08, 2013, - 05:07 PM

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