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Dan Browning

Reporter | Health Care | Medical Research
phone: 612-673-4493
Dan Browning covers health care and medical research for the Star Tribune. His areas of expertise include investigative reporting, computer-assisted reporting (i.e., data analysis) and white collar crime.
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Three Minnesota coin dealers are headed for the clink

The three Twin Cities dealers preyed on elderly and vulnerable clients, stealing millions over time.
Mid-level DWI change in state could put many in handcuffs

Mid-level DWI change in state could put many in handcuffs

The Legislature this year lowered the threshold for a gross misdemeanor drunken driving offense to a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .16 percent.

Terrorism conviction upheld for ex-janitor at Minneapolis mosque

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a former janitor at a Minneapolis mosque who was sentenced to 20 years…
From diabetes to chewing gum, private funds drive U research

From diabetes to chewing gum, private funds drive U research

As federal money for research declines, scientists are facing difficult questions.
1 dead in north Mpls. shooting after neighborhood dispute

1 dead in north Mpls. shooting after neighborhood dispute

Minneapolis police said two other people were wounded in the holiday afternoon gunfire.
U.S. labor secretary to tout paid family leave during Twin Cities visit

U.S. labor secretary to tout paid family leave during Twin Cities visit

Labor secretary will promote issue during visit to Twin Cities.
New swindling allegations cost White Bear Lake chiropractor license

New swindling allegations cost White Bear Lake chiropractor license

Randy Miland had been found trustworthy after earlier fraud convictions.

Jan. 8, 2015: University of Minnesota joins national autism study

The U’s project will focus on 8-year-olds in Ramsey and Hennepin counties.
Surgeon re-engineers way to rebuild babies' skulls

Surgeon re-engineers way to rebuild babies' skulls

A surgeon at Gillette in St. Paul reinvented the way he rebuilds babies’ skulls to limit the risk of bleeding and complications.
Mayo solves the mystery of a brain in flames

Mayo solves the mystery of a brain in flames

Specialists at Mayo determined that a rare disease prompted his immune system to attack his brain cells, resulting in as many as 60 seizures a day.
In rural medicine, creativity is often the cure

In rural medicine, creativity is often the cure

Essentia seeks to improve care when services are few and far between.

Trevor Cook fraud victims get another crack at Associated Bank

Suit against Associated Bank reinstated in Trevor Cook scam.

Bill would expand Minn. telemedicine coverage

Advocates say it would bring better care to rural areas while cutting health care costs
Yoga spreads with wave of 'complementary medicine'

Yoga spreads with wave of 'complementary medicine'

Consumers continue to pursue nontraditional therapies to complement Western medicine
U of M to expand daily aspirin campaign as stroke, heart attack prevention

U of M to expand daily aspirin campaign as stroke, heart attack prevention

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a low-dose aspirin a day could keep thousands of Minnesotans out of the emergency room by helping to prevent a first heart attack or stroke.
What's behind a rise in HIV? Craigslist hookups, U prof finds

What's behind a rise in HIV? Craigslist hookups, U prof finds

The study found that people who met for sex through the popular online personal ads increased their risk of infection.
In tiny electrons, U professor sees infinite potential

In tiny electrons, U professor sees infinite potential

Jian-Ping Wang, a world leader in the cutting-edge field of “spintronics,” says he came to the University of Minnesota with a vision to create an industry that would rival California’s Silicon Valley.

U research jumps into the big time

It's now ranked in the top 25 of U.S. public research universities, and it's churning out patents and pulling in federal funding.
Leg pain? U study says walk it off and avoid the stent surgery

Leg pain? U study says walk it off and avoid the stent surgery

Researchers say it could shake up the standard of care for an estimated 2 million American peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients. The U researchers collaborated with Fairview Health System rehabilitation specialists on the program, which has spread to seven cardiac-rehabilitation clinics in the Twin Cities.
Norovirus hitting Minnesota hard this year, health officials warn

Norovirus hitting Minnesota hard this year, health officials warn

Norovirus is an unwanted visitor to Minnesota this holiday season, causing outbreaks in schools, restaurants, nursing homes and gatherings. Health officials urge caution, like washing hands, to prevent its spread.
No. 4: Massive blast of measles vaccine wipes out cancer in Mayo Clinic trial

No. 4: Massive blast of measles vaccine wipes out cancer in Mayo Clinic trial

Stacy Erholtz, 50, was out of conventional treatment options for blood cancer last June when she underwent an experimental trial at the Mayo Clinic that injected her with enough measles vaccine to inoculate 10 million people. The Pequot Lakes mother is now part of medical history.
Flurry of disability lawsuits leaves Minnesota proprietors baffled

Flurry of disability lawsuits leaves Minnesota proprietors baffled

The same lawyer had sued more than two dozen proprietors — including an 84-year-old widow who runs an antique store in Marshall — using a handful of disabled clients and then demanding out-of-court settlements.

Judge reopens Minn. copyright cases over fraud concern

A judge has reopened a handful of cases to determine if their purpose was fraudulent.
Copyright troll lawyer moves to coupon-site cases

Copyright troll lawyer moves to coupon-site cases

Porn copyright lawyer’s clients in coupon lawsuit include his wife and his associates.
Part Two: Cautiously, Mayo Clinic builds an empire

Part Two: Cautiously, Mayo Clinic builds an empire

The Mayo Clinic Care Network is an ambitious effort by the Rochester-based health system to expand its reach and secure its place in an era of rapid changes in health care.
CDC circumcision advice fires up Minnesota debate over procedure

CDC circumcision advice fires up Minnesota debate over procedure

Legislature might revisit whether Medicaid should pay for the procedure
U scientists ask: Can poop prevent diabetes?

U scientists ask: Can poop prevent diabetes?

The U is planning to spend $500,000 in a two-year test to see whether stool transplants could forestall one of the nation’s most costly and crippling diseases.

$50 million grant extends U's effort on emerging diseases

Bird flu and Ebola have alerted researchers to links among humans, animals, environmental factors.
Oct. 28: Mayo Clinic scores major grants to research dementia

Oct. 28: Mayo Clinic scores major grants to research dementia

Mayo Clinic has been chosen to participate in a set of federal research projects that could help unlock a broad set of related brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Nonprofit's Ebola clinic draws surge of Minnesota volunteers

Nonprofit's Ebola clinic draws surge of Minnesota volunteers

Hundreds applied to help staff Minnesota nonprofit’s first clinic in remote Liberian town.
Genomic research stirs privacy debate at U conference

Genomic research stirs privacy debate at U conference

Medical records may be private information, but a patient’s genes belong to the entire family. And that raises a quandary for medical researchers.
U joins effort for diversity among medical researchers

U joins effort for diversity among medical researchers

Federal grant will fund training programs for overlooked minorities.

Medical conditions don't explain C-section rates

Study of U.S. hospitals finds inexplicably wide variations in rates.

Study calls lack of data on widely used opioid painkillers 'shocking'

A new federal study says there is no good research to guide doctors on the risks or effectiveness of their long-term use.
Obituary: Businesswoman Sara Perlich Bye made friends everywhere

Obituary: Businesswoman Sara Perlich Bye made friends everywhere

Sara Perlich Bye could dress up for a Symphony Ball fundraiser one day, then switch to camo and go duck hunting with her family the…
Minn. hospitals, health officials say they're well-prepared for Ebola

Minn. hospitals, health officials say they're well-prepared for Ebola

Planning for a local case of deadly African virus began long before first U.S. case emerged in Dallas.
St. Paul nursing home extends its free care for the dying

St. Paul nursing home extends its free care for the dying

A St. Paul nursing home offering free hospice care to cancer patients has expanded its mission.

Community health clinics in Minnesota get a $3.6 million booster

Clinics in Minnesota get $3.6 million in Affordable Care Act funds to spend in the areas of greatest need.
Planned Parenthood offers birth control, STD services online

Planned Parenthood offers birth control, STD services online

Planned Parenthood pilot offers video counseling, STD kits in Minnesota and Washington.

CPR devices bound for rural Minnesota

More than 300 new automatic cardiopulmonary resuscitation devices will be distributed to emergency rooms and ambulances around the state through a $4 million grant, an initiative that could help save the lives of patients requiring extensive cardiac care, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday.
State autism panel disbands in dysfunction

State autism panel disbands in dysfunction

Bitter infighting among members of a state task force on autism has led to the cascading resignations of three of its chairs, causing it to cease operations.
U doctors chase cure for diabetics in pill for gout

U doctors chase cure for diabetics in pill for gout

If the study succeeds, the medication, called allopurinol, could be to diabetic kidney disease what baby aspirin is to heart attacks, said an endocrinologist helping to oversee the study at the U.
Mayo Clinic is ranked as top U.S. hospital by U.S. News

Mayo Clinic is ranked as top U.S. hospital by U.S. News

It's the first time the 150-year-old Minnesota medical giant has earned top honors in the magazine’s annual ranking of adult care across 16 medical specialties.
Obituary: Wangyal T. Ritzekura, 61, Tibetan educator, mentor, cultural liaison

Obituary: Wangyal T. Ritzekura, 61, Tibetan educator, mentor, cultural liaison

Minnesota’s Tibetan community lost an influential educator and cultural mentor Saturday when Wangyal T. Ritzekura died after a series of strokes. He was 61.Born in…
Stem cell research gets a multimillion-dollar boost at the Capitol

Stem cell research gets a multimillion-dollar boost at the Capitol

A new law in Minn. will provide $50M to study chronic illness treatment.
Researchers aim to make the U a major Parkinson's research center

Researchers aim to make the U a major Parkinson's research center

Researchers are exploring the mysterious effect of Parkinson’s disease on movement disorders.
Mayo Clinic builds 'Better' app to expand its name with consumers

Mayo Clinic builds 'Better' app to expand its name with consumers

New mobile offering from the health care provider will put the clinic in users’ hands.

Novel Mayo technique improves outlook for breast cancer surgeries

Lumpectomy technique reduces need for second surgery.
Mayo's proton beam therapy adds to debate over high-tech costs

Mayo's proton beam therapy adds to debate over high-tech costs

Proton beam therapy zaps cancer but draws criticism for making care more costly.. Mayo is building two proton therapy centers — one in Rochester and another at its campus in Arizona — at a cost of $380 million.
Quick test could diagnose Alzheimer's, dementia earlier

Quick test could diagnose Alzheimer's, dementia earlier

Twin Cities doctors tout “Mini-Cog” testing during regular physicals as a way to spot Alzheimer's disease and related disorders earlier.
Obituary: Walter Subby, humble physician, World War II veteran

Obituary: Walter Subby, humble physician, World War II veteran

Dr. Walter Subby never sought the limelight during his many years as a Twin Cities pathologist, and his son Robert is pretty sure he wouldn’t…
FTD: 'The most common disease no one has ever heard of'

FTD: 'The most common disease no one has ever heard of'

Frontotemporal dementia, a disease that strikes the young, is gaining more attention and will be the focus of key speech in St. Paul.

Dean sees a role for U in reform

Transformation of health care requires collaboration, efficiency, he says.
Family: Joan Mondale, 83, moved into hospice care

Family: Joan Mondale, 83, moved into hospice care

Joan Adams Mondale, a longtime patron of the arts and wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, has moved from her Minneapolis residence into hospice care.
Warning sounded over monarch migration levels

Warning sounded over monarch migration levels

Conservation scientists in Mexico, the United States and Canada rang alarm bells Wednesday, warning that the Minnesota state insect — the orange and black Monarch butterfly — is facing dire population declines that resulted in the smallest wintertime habitat since surveys began in 1993.
Decline in federal grants threatens state research

Decline in federal grants threatens state research

We’re still competitive, but some worry that talent won’t stick it out.
Mayo wins FDA approval to test stem-cell process for heart patients

Mayo wins FDA approval to test stem-cell process for heart patients

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester announced Friday that a decadelong research project on using stem cells to repair damaged heart tissue has won federal approval for human testing, a step that could have implications for millions of Americans with heart disease.

Health beat: U study shows kava may prevent smoking-induced lung cancer

  A plant grown in the South Pacific and consumed by islanders for its mild sedative effects appears to prevent smoking-induced lung cancer, according to…
Vitamin E slows Alzheimer's symptoms, VA study shows

Vitamin E slows Alzheimer's symptoms, VA study shows

Minneapolis author says it’s a cheap way to delay the ravages of the disease, but cautions against using it without medical supervision.
Hospitalizations spike as flu season worsens

Hospitalizations spike as flu season worsens

State health of­fi­cials are re­mind­ing those who ha­ven’t been vac­ci­nat­ed — es­pe­cial­ly the el­der­ly and those with im­mune sys­tem de­fi­cien­cies — that it’s time to act.
Listening to elderly cuts use of costly medications

Listening to elderly cuts use of costly medications

An experiment that began four years ago in Two Harbors, Minn., uses individualized behavior modification to get results praised by state and federal officials.
Giant magnet makes U attractive to brain mapping researchers

Giant magnet makes U attractive to brain mapping researchers

The world’s most powerful magnet for full-body imaging scans has arrived at the University of Minnesota, where it is expected to attract millions of dollars in research grants and play a significant role in a national project to map the human brain.
April 30: U poised to play major role in brain initiative

April 30: U poised to play major role in brain initiative

Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Tuesday urged researchers at the university to show how expenditures on science will save costs and save lives.

2 who aided feds in fraud case stay out of prison

The judge commends one as a "bright spot" in an ugly conspiracy and praises another for risking his life to help.
Impatient with NIH, cancer researcher turns to crowdfunding

Impatient with NIH, cancer researcher turns to crowdfunding

U surgeon has teamed up with an entrepreneur in the television industry and Twin Cities advertising and public relations professionals to make an unusual direct appeal to the public.
Johns Hopkins scholar to lead U medical school

Johns Hopkins scholar to lead U medical school

A top AIDS researcher, the new dean has past ties to Minnesota.
Heart surgeons see innovations with tiny new pumps

Heart surgeons see innovations with tiny new pumps

Some patients could be supported by the new pumps until the heart heals itself.

The Tom Petters fraud case

The Star Tribune's coverage of the federal fraud case against entrepreneur Tom Petters and the struggles of Petters-owned Sun Country Airlines.
Oct. 20: Minnesota asks: When are sex offenders safe to release?

Oct. 20: Minnesota asks: When are sex offenders safe to release?

Facing a lawsuit by sex offenders, the state wants to balance treatment with safety.
Oct. 1: Cambridge residents speak up to keep sex offenders out

Oct. 1: Cambridge residents speak up to keep sex offenders out

A state plan to move sex offenders to a facility in town met stiff community resistance despite reassurance from officials.
World War II veteran Paul Rusten had several careers

World War II veteran Paul Rusten had several careers

The entrepreneurial printer, filmmaker, college instructor and builder of elaborate decks and gazebos died Friday. He was 91.
Oct. 13: Insider battles archdiocese over sex abuse

Oct. 13: Insider battles archdiocese over sex abuse

Archdiocese struggles with accusations by its former canon lawyer, Jennifer Haselberger, who has a long and accomplished history with the church.
Archdiocese attorney says no evidence of child porn found

Archdiocese attorney says no evidence of child porn found

Washington County is looking at the priest’s activities as far back as 1995. A victims’ advocate called for an investigation of the archdiocese leadership.

Cambridge: Anxiety over sex offender relocation

State officials may get an earful from Cambridge residents, officials when they discuss plans for medium-security treatment facility.
Mayo Clinic puts stem cells to the test on infant heart defect

Mayo Clinic puts stem cells to the test on infant heart defect

Mayo doctors hope to buy time for babies with underdeveloped hearts.
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