Staff Directory 101258184

Jeremy Olson

Reporter | Newsroom
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Jeremy Olson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering health care for the Star Tribune. Trained in investigative and computer-assisted reporting, Olson has covered politics, social services, and family issues.


A University of St. Thomas graduate, Olson completed fellowships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Poynter Institute and New York Times. Honors include a Premack Public Affairs award for scrutinizing a schizophrenia drug trial, a SABEW award for uncovering abuses of meatpackers, and a Casey Medal for examining deaths in foster care. His Pulitzer-winning series on child care led to a decline in child deaths. Olson and his family live in Edina.
Recent content from Jeremy Olson
Jay Alix, founder of a corporate consulting firm, is donating $200 million to the Mayo Clinic to train new doctors.

Mayo Clinic gets its largest gift ever: $200M to train doctors

Founder of a corporate consulting firm said he has emulated Mayo's solution-focused approach to patient care, and wanted to support its educational mission.
Researchers said they were surprised to find only a modest gender split: 7 percent of women reported distress over sexual urges, compared to 10.3 perc

Distress over sexual impulses affecting more people, U study says

Media coverage of celebrities such as Tiger Woods has suggested a rising problem of sexually compulsive behavior. A new study explored how common it really is.
This photo shows a closeup of a beam scale.

University of Minnesota study suggests support for parents can help trim child obesity

$7 million study at U of M concluded that training parents helped some kids.
Dr. Brian Engdahl, left, is conducting an experiment to study symptoms categorized as Gulf War Syndrome. Veteran William P. Brownell is receiving a hi

Minneapolis VA tests immunologic treatment for Gulf War Illness

Minneapolis researchers' unconventional theory is that hastily arranged vaccines contributed to some veterans' mysterious and chronic illnesses

A cheap high that never went away, huffing has caused many tragedies

Ease of access to spray cans and glue tubes makes huffing a difficult addiction to cure, drug therapists say.
A baby with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition newborns experience when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics in utero, slept in the special c

New mothers with opioid addiction challenge rural hospitals, U study finds

Local hospitals with fewer neonatal resources face same struggle as urban ones, university finds.
The outdoor farmers market section of the Hmongtown Market earlier this year. Hmong farmers are aiming to introduce native vegetables into schools.

American diet changes gut bacteria of immigrants

University of Minnesota study of Southeast Asians could explain rising rates of obesity and related diseases.
The average worker with depression misses 4.6 more days of work each year than employees without the condition, according to a 2013 Gallup-Healthways

Minn. business leaders urge employers to step up on depression care

As Minnesota's suicide rate climbs, employers urged to play a bigger role.
Dave Dworkin

Dave Dworkin, longtime KQRS DJ, dies at 65

Dworkin died at age 65 on Oct. 13 from complications of alcoholism.
Progress is coming as the leading culprit for childhood lead exposure — old houses coated with chipping or peeling lead-based paint — is diminishi

Tracking kids' lead risk at neighborhood level

Progress is coming as the leading culprit for childhood lead exposure — old houses coated with chipping or peeling lead-based paint — is diminishing.
Orville Young, 4, is one of the children who has suffered lost mobility or paralysis in Minnesota due to a rare condition known as AFM. The Minneapoli

Klobuchar, Minn. health officials call for greater tracking of AFM cases

Forum proposes a "to-do list" to improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment of the mysterious, polio-like condition.
Aria Long is helped into her hospital bed by her mother Haley Spicer as Aria receives therapy treatment for acute flaccid myelitis.

Handful of cases of rare polio-like illness thrust Minnesota into spotlight

The CDC has reported 155 suspected cases in the nation so far this year, but it hasn't isolated the viral, genetic or environmental causes.
“The ability to grow human cells in the pig that don’t have the rejection issues?” Recombinetics CEO Tammy Lee said. “This is a first-of-its-k

St. Paul gene editing firm, Mayo partner to grow human heart cells in pigs

"The ability to grow human cells in the pig that don't have the rejection issues? This is a first-of-its-kind initiative," said Tammy Lee, Recombinetics' chief executive.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson speaks during an interview at the Capitol in St. Paul in this March 2018 file photo. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minn. AG Lori Swanson sues insulin makers for alleged price-gouging

The lawsuit accuses manufacturers of price-gouging patients who have diabetes.
Quinton Hill, 7, lost movement in one arm last month due to a mysterious syndrome known as acute flaccid myelitis. Treatment at Children’s Hospital

Minnesota reports seventh case of polio-like illness

Lab tests are helping authorities rule out suspected causes of acute flaccid myelitis.
Ryan Ohmann tested a virtual reality headset, above, for his MRI. Mother Angela is at left.

Mounds View senior honors sister's memory with MRI app to calm kids

The app syncs with virtual reality (VR) goggles, providing children interactive simulations of MRI scans before they go through the real ones.
A scientific testing company has set up temporarily in the U.S. Bank Building skyway to collect biological information from 1,000 volunteers (well, th

Take the skyway? You can get $100 for your DNA

Scientific Testing Partners, in the second floor of the U.S. Bank building, illustrates the rapid expanse in genetic know-how, and in its collection of data for varied uses.
Quinton Hill, 7, lost movement in one arm last month due to a mysterious syndrome known as acute flaccid myelitis. Treatment at Children's Hospital fo

Six Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disorder

All cases have been reported in the last two weeks. Officials are alerting doctors and urging parents to take common anti-virus precautions.
Osseo High School senior Christopher Allen volunteers at North Memorial Medical Center. Here, he prepared to wheel discharged patient Mary Lou Wensman

The Ladder helps youngsters step up to health care careers

The mentorship program supports minority and low-income children — at every step — as they pursue medical careers.
Patients might be entitled by law to see their medical records, but a new study shows that is easier said than done.

Patients struggle to gain complete medical records

Minnesota's Allina and Mayo hospital systems were tested in Yale researchers' study.

Minnesota woman awarded $9M in childbirth suit

Plaintiffs now mediating settlement with Allina.
The University of Minnesota Medical Center on the U's East Bank campus, 2013.

U, Fairview will rebrand shared hospitals, clinics in bid to elevate standing

Eight-year agreement will rebrand medical group as M Health Fairview.
This Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of aspirin pills in New York. Three studies challenged the guidance for certain older adults t

Aspirin studies no cause for panic, Twin Cities doctors say

Risk-benefit calculation changes for some, not all.
Thinking about an early flu shot? At least 10 studies have found that the flu vaccine wears off as the weeks go by.

Considering an early flu shot? Maybe not: Vaccine wears off with time

Research is finding that the flu vaccine fades as weeks go by.
A Children’s nurse applied numbing cream before a shot for 8-year-old JoJo Truong, with her dad, Jerome Truong.

At Children's Minnesota hospitals, a shot at reducing needle pain

Two studies suggest it is possible to reduce the pain and anxiety of children's shots, and keep doctors and nurses on schedule.
Hydrocodone is a popular prescription semi-synthetic opioid that is used to treat moderate to severe pain.

Minnesota's corporate leaders join fight against opioids

Tight labor market adds incentives for businesses as addiction spreads to ordinary workplaces.

Hype or hope? Unlocking genes to block diseases

Mayo conference weighs ethical responsibilities of individualizing medicine.
Ragweed

Climate change has extended Minnesota's ragweed season

A classically harsh August for weed allergies has given way, so far, to a milder September. But — sniff, sniff — allergy season might not…
Fairview Southdale hospital in Edina.

Fairview Southdale cited for secret videotaping

Investigation finds that Fairview Southdale violated privacy rights.
Blood pressure testing

Program monitoring blood pressure made a noteworthy discovery before its end

Telemonitoring blood pressure was helpful, but results were temporary.
University of Minnesota Medical School graduates, shown in 2016. A U doctor and his colleagues said doctors must learn about the pitfalls of the decis

University of Minnesota doctor prescribes better education to halt misdiagnoses

A University of Minnesota doctor is recommending reforms to medical education to address the problem of misdiagnosis — arguing that the existing apprenticeship approach isn’t…
Ten Bloomington schools will offer free smart thermometers with the hope that online reporting of fevers will provide early warnings of illnesses and

Bloomington schools will test 'smart' thermometers for early alerts on sickness

Crowdsourcing is changing disease surveillance, with phone-linked thermometers being the latest innovation.
Presenters who go to high schools on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness are finding students who “don’t think it’s a big deal,”

Study says 1 in 10 school-age children diagnosed with ADHD

A new study doesn't address whether there are more cases or just more diagnoses.
Fifty years ago, the world’s first successful transplant of donor bone marrow was performed at the University of Minnesota.

Bone marrow transplants, a U medical breakthrough, celebrate 50th anniversary

As doctors reflected on the anniversary of one of the U's signature achievements, they expressed equal excitement about the progress ahead.
Before noon on openind day, the streets of the fairgrounds were already packed.

How do you do the Minnesota State Fair? There are so many ways

Three die-hard families share their favorite attractions and some of the secrets behind their fair-day fun.
A new HealthPartners study is helping to address a quandary for doctors treating obesity and diabetes.

Bariatric bypass proves worth for young diabetics, study shows

Surgeries reduced vascular problems that lead to blindness, amputations.

Businessman and campaign manager Gene Holderness dies at 80

He leaves a legacy as a man who had the instinct for the right choices and the right words.
Doctors can gather all the information they want to give a patient a professional opinion. The patient doesn't always follow that advice though, and o

Mayo patient's 'escape' amplifies a rare but growing problem

Medical ethicists said it is a cautionary tale, revealing breakdowns in doctor-patient relationships that can compel patients to leave even before they are stable.
A buzzing bracelet created by a St. Louis Park startup seeks to counteract a condition known as trichotillomania — the habitual, often subconscious,

St. Louis Park startup receives grant to test bracelet to prevent hair pulling

HabitAware received $300,000 federal grant to test non-pharmaceutical approach.
Marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it

'It is not a hoax': Child drug video investigated in Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids police have investigated a video of a local teenage girl passing a marijuana pipe to a grade-school-aged relative to smoke.
Chisago County Sheriff's Office

Women stuck on inflatable rainbow unicorn rescued by Chisago County deputies

Video shows deputy throwing rope to the women, who were entangled in weeds.
A newborn baby girl in the hospital.

Minneapolis Children's and its neonatal doctors set to split up

A dispute between Children's Minnesota and doctors caring for its fragile premature newborns has spawned a lawsuit and a professional divorce that could undermine neonatal intensive care in the Twin Cities.
A recent editorial in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery warned of “Snapchat dysmorphia,” a colloquial term for patients seeking surgery to match their s

Tweets and social media photos drive nips and tucks

Expectations driven by social media are affecting patients with eating disorders such as anorexia as well.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a way to create a 3-D printed implant that allows stem cells to survive the printing proces

U of M reports breakthrough on 3D printing for spinal repairs

Animal and human tests are needed, but Minnesota engineers have addressed a key hurdle in using stem cells.
Smoking rates have declined overall, but remain higher among people with behavioral and substance abuse disorders.

Behavioral health facilities in Minnesota snuff out smoking on campus

Minnesota has lagged the nation in smoke-free mental health facilities.

U doctors warn: When patients transfer hospitals, crucial info can get missed

University of Minnesota raises alarm and cites study: 85% of patient transfers are affected.

Popular HealthPartners club offering poetry, yoga is expanding

The concept is based on the University of Minnesota's Citizen Health Care model.
Understanding our ingrained behaviors when it comes to lines could affect everything from stock investing to medical treatments.

Turns out humans aren't the only ones that can't let it go

Mice, too, delay deciding, then can't shift gears even when better options emerge, University of Minnesota scientists report for first time.
Karen Odens

4 years after E. coli kills daughter, Minn. mom dies of same infection

Pelican Rapids pharmacist lost her daughter four years ago to an E. coli infection, then died from prolonged complications herself.
The Minneapolis VA was one of 11 veterans’ hospitals to join a program to expand access to clinical trials and enable the entire system to improve o

Minneapolis VA boosts access to federal cancer trial

The prevalence of veterans with lung, prostate and bladder cancers makes it likely that the hospital will pursue studies in those areas, a VA doctor said.
Entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

U doctors create algorithm to predict grave illness to boost care

In a study published late last month, the doctors found they could predict within 10 percentage points a person's one-year death risk.
A trial involving paramedics administering the anesthetic ketamine to extremely agitated patients to subdue them before they hurt themselves or others

Little-known exception for studies gains attention in ketamine debate

While little known, the federal rule has been commonly used in the Twin Cities.
Deaths linked to legal opioid painkillers such as OxyContin, and illicit forms such as heroin, increased in Minnesota from 54 in 2000 to 401 in 2017.

Minnesota sues OxyContin maker, alleging sales tactics fueled overdoses

Minnesota is suing Purdue Pharma in hopes of recouping money spent by Minnesota taxpayers in paying for opioid painkillers for unproven and harmful purposes.
A cyclist on the Greenway bike path alongside a train on the approach to the Short Line bridge Wednesday afternoon. Bicycle-related injuries and hospi

Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota's safety training seeks to build on progress

The effort comes amid some safety advances.
Leland Flanders waited for his cue to play harmonica at an informal concert Thursday as part of an innovative therapy for breathing-related disorders.

'Whole lot more fun': St. Louis Park hospital uses harmonicas for breathing rehab

At Methodist Hospital, harmonica therapy helps patients with breathing disorders.

Uptick in Minnesota abortions for second year despite downward trend

Economic reasons continue to be a motivating factor in the elective termination of pregnancies, new state data shows.

New tool helps identify patients' suicide risk

HealthPartners helped develop tool to assess risk of self-harm.

Children's genomics partnership to boost treatment

A superteam of seven pediatric hospitals with advanced genetic and genomic testing capabilities is reporting progress in their efforts to improve the diagnosis of rare…
Fairview Health Services and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota reached agreement on a contract for 2017, keeping Fairview hospitals and clinics

Fairview, University of Minnesota plan eight-year partnership

The two sides agree to share and develop more medical resources in their new deal.

New heart procedure protects preemies

Preemies born with a common but dangerous heart defect are gaining better chances at survival and good health.
Dr. Maja Zioncheck listened to a patient’s heartbeat at HCMC on Tuesday. Hospital officials say that after adjustments to some long-standing practic

Minnesota's hospital germ fighters report making progress

Threat of penalties, concern for patients prompt changes in care.
"Pretty in Pink," from 1986, stars Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer.

How watching "Pretty in Pink" with your teen could spur healthy talks

Many parents already know the screen time warnings from the American Academy of Pediatrics, or if they don't, they know the general formula — too…
FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York.

Minnesota teen pregnancy declines; U study finds troubling data on partner violence

But historic lows are masking a problem with violence, the study finds.

Minnesota crisis hotline is hanging it up after losing funding

Calls to the national suicide prevention hotline will be routed after June to counselors in other states.
A new study shows mild traumatic brain injuries can have serious consequences for military veterans by raising their risk of dementia.

Everyday activities could yield subtle dementia warning signs

A researcher at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is studying driving habits, computer usage and medication routines.
What is E. coli? Learn about the causes and how it spreads. A5

Two Minnesotans die from E. coli linked to romaine lettuce; another critically ill

A third case involves a woman who is fighting for her life in a Minneapolis hospital.
HCMC unveiled a new self-teaching CPR console at its new outpatient facility -- hoping to arm more people with the skills that can save someone in car

Minnesota's first self-training CPR kiosk unveiled

Nurse who suffered a heart attack last summer gave first demonstration.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

Minnesota AG sues drugmaker over 'brazen,' 'crass' opioid marketing tactics

The cancer pain drug was broadly marketed for other purposes and at higher doses than recommended, and the company targeted doctors susceptible to influence, the lawsuit alleges.
A look at conditions as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Heat, dry air trigger unusual spring streak of air quality alerts

Such a run of four days hasn't occurred in the Twin Cities since the hot summer of 2012 and could be a sign of more to come.

Minneapolis VA hospital studies how to treat moral wounds

War can cause a collision of spiritual beliefs with military duties.
Physicians who treat patients with high blood pressure received some assurance Wednesday that their efforts to apply new national diagnosis guidelines

New blood pressure guidelines are saving lives, helping physicians

Minnesota doctors say a new study in JAMA Cardiology will help them apply 2017 guidelines and advise patients.
The fellowship would have allowed a doctor to train at Planned Parenthood to perform reproductive health services and advocate for reproductive rights

Planned Parenthood consolidates to cover Minnesota, Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa

The move gives the new St. Paul-based group stronger financial backing and regional political influence, but also the challenge of working in two conservative states.
The joint legislature stood and applauded after selecting the latest member of the Board of Regents.

About-face on abortion fellowship leaves U with whiplash

Fierce reactions follow the decision to back out of a grant-funded fellowship to expand the practice and training of reproductive health and abortion services.

Kidney stone pain overtreated in ER but lighter approach just as effective, data say

At three HealthEast east metro ERs over three years, patients who were given Toradol anti-inflammatory drugs generally had better results.
This undated photo made available by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shows heroin fentanyl pills.

Fentanyl drives rise in Minnesota opioid deaths

Synthetic drug linked to increase in opioid deaths.
Read our comment standards

StarTribune.com welcomes and encourages readers to comment and engage in substantive, mutually respectful exchanges over news topics. Commenters must follow our Terms of Use.

  1. Keep it civil and stay on topic.
  2. No profanity, vulgarity, racial slurs or personal attacks.
  3. Comments with web links are not permitted.
  4. Comments that violate the above will be removed. Repeat violators may lose their commenting privileges on StarTribune.com.

Comments will be reviewed before being published.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are changing commenting systems. As part of this transition, beginning Thursday the system will not be available. We expect to resume commenting service on Sunday, Nov. 18.
More from Star Tribune