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Jeremy Olson

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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.
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Julie Seydel, who offers child care in her Andover home, said she has discouraged others from doing the same in today’s climate.

Family child care is facing 'quiet crisis' in Minnesota

Parents of infants are struggling to find openings, as are families in rural Minnesota, where many veteran providers are closing and their young replacements last only a few years before burning out, child-care advocates said.
U doctor goes viral with anti-vaping video reaching teens

U doctor goes viral with anti-vaping video reaching teens

Dr. Rose Marie Leslie uses her TikTok account to give people public health messages in a plain-spoken way.
A newborn piglet is held just hours after birth in the CHS Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair.

E. coli outbreak linked to State Fair animal birth exhibit

Minnesota officials have recorded 11 cases so far, including six who were hospitalized. Those infected range in age from 2 to 43.
Matthew Brenengen has prosopagnosia, a disorder making facial recognition difficult.

Seeking cure for rare disorder, Bethel researcher trains brains to recall faces

A facial-recognition disorder could have been a hardship for a wedding photographer, but Matthew Brenengen learned to make do: The bride was the woman in…
This photo shows a closeup of a beam scale.

Growing larger: Three in 10 Minnesota adults now are obese

Minnesota had held the line for several years, but the latest increase closed the gap on the national rate.

Albert Lea recruits new clinic to compete with Mayo

Community activists were upset after Mayo announced consolidation of some hospital services about 20 miles away.
This 2016 photo made with a fisheye lens shows bottles of alcohol during a tour of a state liquor store in Salt Lake City.

Winona State math researcher formulates how to predict addiction relapse

Understanding mood and craving patterns could help break the cycle of addiction.
Elijah McClure, 21, suffered a vaping-associated lung injury that caused severe nausea and prevented him from eating or drinking fluids. He eventually

Minnesota father hopes son's vaping injury will warn others

Vaping-associated injury has caused 21-year-old Augsburg University student to be in intensive care and on mechanical ventilation for 11 days.
In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine.

Minnesotan's death is part of five in U.S. tied to vaping illness

The death involved an older person with an underlying respiratory illness who had vaped an illicit THC-containing compound.
This Aug. 29, 2018, photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York.

Docs prescribe more opioids later in the day, U research finds

Hannah T. Neprash, who led the study, hopes her finding will warn doctors that the stresses of hectic days can influence their prescribing judgment.
Vaping has been linked to an outbreak this summer of serious lung illnesses in teens and young adults.

THC compounds might be to blame in Minn.'s illnesses linked to vaping

Interviews with teenagers who suffered vaping-associated injuries are finding marijuana-derived THC in most cases.
Police vehicles remained at the intersection of Midway Parkway and Snelling Ave. near the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair grounds late Monda

Three shot, one run over outside front gate as State Fair ends

The chaotic scene erupted around 10:20 p.m. outside the gate at Snelling Avenue and Midway Parkway as the fair was closing for the year.
University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview.

U limits off-label use of drug championed by an anesthesiologist paid by its manufacturer

The announcement is a departure for the medical center under Dr. Jacob Hutchins, a medical director of the university's acute pain service. He not only encouraged the use of Exparel in "off-label" ways that the FDA hadn't approved, but at one point in a way the federal agency rejected.
Michelle Fischbach, shown here when Tim Pawlenty introduced her as his running mate, announced Monday she was challenging Rep. Collin Petterson.

Former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach announces candidacy for Collin Peterson's House seat

Fischbach's campaign announcement aligned with President Trump and chastised Peterson's opposition votes in Congress.
he Minnesota Department of Health has required since 2015 that teenagers receive meningitis boosters, but enacted a grace period until fall 2020 befor

Grace period ending for meningitis shot in Minnesota

The Health Department has required since 2015 that teens receive meningitis boosters, but gave until fall 2020 before it started monitoring high school health records.
“She [is] an example … to see beyond her outward appearance and to what is going on in her mind.” Dr. Steven Koop, a longtime caregiver

Golden Valley artist is unable to speak but eloquent on canvas

Observers are often mystified by Kari Wagner as she paints, and not because she has cerebral palsy that prevents her from speaking or using her…
Minnesota's health commissioner has until Dec. 1 to decide about adding moderate to severe chronic pain as well as macular degeneration to the list of

Minnesota group urges cannabis for chronic pain

The pain decision is significant because it could explode the state's number of cannabis users.
A man displays his Juul electronic cigarette while shopping at a convenience store in Hoboken, N.J.

Minnesota teens with asthma more likely to vape

Researchers wanted to find out how vaping affected teens and young adults with asthma.
“Concierge clinics” give patients unlimited access to physicians and other providers for a monthly fee.

A growing model in Minnesota: Paying doctors like fitness clubs

Monthly fees for primary "concierge" care is growing in Minnesota.
After having issued general warnings before, this is the first time Minnesota health officials have issued a public notice directly linking the use of

Teen lung diseases linked to vaping, Minn. Health Department reports

State health authorities are investigating the link between vaping and e-cigarettes and four cases of severe lung disease among teens and young adults that required prolonged hospital treatment.
Fairview Health created 19 free programs, including a 12-week Tai Ji Quan class to improve balance and prevent falls in the elderly.

With kale and tai chi, Minnesota hospitals try a new way to keep patients healthy

Minnesota hospitals have moved beyond fun runs and tree plantings to promote health in their communities.
Researcher Melissa Walls

Johns Hopkins adds Minnesota researchers on American Indian health issues

UMD health researchers join prestigious university — without leaving home.
Hepatitis A spreads primarily through a lack of sanitary conditions and can damage the liver. An adult vaccine is available.

August: Minnesota health officials declare outbreak of hepatitis A

Vaccinations are urged for high-risk people, such as those in homeless shelters and jails.
“If we could show that, we could change the practice of transplantation across the world,” said Dr. Bernhard Hering, a University of Minnesota dia

U achieves transplant in monkeys without long-term immune-fighting drugs

The technique could greatly increase the number and safety of organ transplants.
“Five years ago, this would have been impossible to do, ”nephrologist Dr. Jeffrey Wang said about the donor kidney received by C.J. Dabney, shown,

New hepatitis drugs could cut wait time for kidney transplants

In a Minnesota first, a patient received a donor kidney that was infected with now-curable hepatitis C.

Minnesota to expand testing of chemical hazards for children

Analysis of blood and urine samples has alerted officials in the past to health hazards such as mercury and lead.
Doctors who are burned out from too much work and stress appear to have more racial biases that can affect the quality of care that their minority pat

U, Mayo researchers link doctor burnout to bias

While numerous studies have examined racial disparities in health care, and physician burnout, few had established a link between the two.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to advance kidney health, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington,

Minn. doctors welcome Trump's challenge on kidney disease

Cutting kidney failure starts with screenings; could save lives and billions of dollars in care.

New research leads hospitals to snuff out surgical smoke

HealthEast's three East Metro hospitals adopted a zero-tolerance policy last year requiring them to use "evacuation" systems in OR procedures.
The medicinal chemicals are concentrated in the flowering buds of a cannabis plants.

Minnesota's medical pot program working for PTSD

More than 70% of respondents say state's medical program lessens their symptoms.
The Mall of America is adding a walk-in medical clinic, which will cater to workers, travelers and shoppers.

Mall of America will add a walk-in clinic

Fairview Health and University of Minnesota partnership will offer basic medical care starting in November.
Quinton Hill, 7, lost movement in one arm due to a mysterious syndrome known as acute flaccid myelitis. Treatment at Children's Hospital followed mult

CDC is on alert for the rare, paralyzing condition known as AFM

Minnesota, which found itself at the center of a national mystery last year, has reported no cases so far in 2019.
The nature of the boating scene on Lake Minnetonka complicates the search for a source of what sickened boaters over the July 4th weekend, public heal

Big Island party scene plays part in outbreak, officials suspect

Officials say investigations are focusing on human sources of contamination.
FILE - This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of Oxycodone pills in New York. A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana l

Minnesota saw sharp drop in opioid deaths in 2018

Deaths related to prescription and illicit opioid drugs dropped sharply in Minnesota last year, according to preliminary state figures, giving health officials hope that a two decadelong epidemic has peaked.
FILE- In this July 10, 2018, file photo bottles of medicine ride on a belt at the Express Scripts mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J.

U researcher finds link between doctors' prescribing and payments from drugmakers

U study links spike in use of pain and seizure meds to doctor payouts.
The Center for Women’s Health was launched through a $5 million donation by Penny and Bill George and the George Family Foundation.

Mayo center will place new focus on women's health

Launched in June, the Center for Women's Health seeks to copy Mayo's Executive Health Program.
FILE-The Planned Parenthood Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota headquarters in St. Paul. More than 60% of the 9,910 abortions in Minnesota in 20

Abortions drop in Minnesota despite more women coming from out of state

But more nonresidents travel to the state to get the procedure.
The Mayo Clinic's plan to remove key inpatient and obstetrics services from its hospital in Albert Lea in 2017 caused an uproar.

In Albert Lea, signs of stress and progress for a rural hospital

Some in Albert Lea feel sting of losing services to Austin; Mayo sees pluses all around.
“Healthy, motivated employees are important to a workplace and to a company’s bottom line,” Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said.

State wellness grants are changing Minnesota workplaces

Modest sums help small businesses afford healthier practices, but do they make employees healthier?
While many people died from overdoses of illicit heroin or potent synthetic opioids, doctors have traced many cases of drug abuse back to initial pres

As ODs mount, Minn. is warning doctors who prescribe excessive opioids

Variations in prescribing rates by county or medical specialty underscore the problem. In one Minnesota county, doctors issued 27.4 opioid prescriptions per 100 residents. In another, the rate was 98.6.
In May 2018, Minnesota United goalkeeper Matt Lampson talked with Nathalia Hawley, 14, who was diagnosed with the bone cancer osteosarcoma when she wa

Duluth teen Nat Hawley's life was short, but her legacy lives on

Fundraising in memory of "Nat" Hawley could expand research of rare cancer that took her life.
Twin Cities nurses and their supporters picketed last month ahead of expiring contracts with hospitals.

Four Twin Cities health systems reach tentative contracts with their nurses

HealthEast, Fairview Health and Methodist Hospital negotiators reach tentative agreements.
Rooms at Children's Minnesota Hospital are equipped with a variety of amenities to make patients and their families feel more at home. Each room has a

Big hospital merger shelved between U of M, Children's

The University of Minnesota and Children's Minnesota pursued an agreement last year to combine their competing hospitals into a "new, independent pediatric care system." Management disagreements scuttled the discussions.
Minneapolis Children’s Hospital nurse Pamela Trowbridge, with her dog Frankie, joined others as they picketed Thursday at Children’s St. Paul and

Nurses authorize strike at Children's hospitals in Twin Cities

Despite likely approval, talks will go on. Health insurance is key issue.

Children's nurses set strike vote in deadlock over health benefits

Children's group is first to vote as talks continue at other metro hospitals.
A new study based on search engine activity found that Minnesota is one-of-a-kind in the self-care term it Googles most: setting boundaries.

Minnesotans' top self-care search on Google? Setting boundaries

More than sleep or fitness, we turned to Google for help setting boundaries.
A private Minnesota Medical Association forum will review the evidence regarding marijuana’s impact on health and crime rates, and solicit opinions

Minnesota physicians will study recreational pot

Anticipating further debate over legalization, doctors want to be informed on benefits and risks.
Nurses and their supporters picketed on the sidewalk outside Children’s St. Paul and United Hospital on May 23 in St. Paul ahead of their contracts

Contracts for 13,000 nurses at Twin Cities hospitals expiring with no new deal

RNs at 14 hospitals have not authorized a strike, but some go picketing.
Heat-related illnesses sent a high number of teenagers and young adults from the Upper Midwest to hospital emergency rooms in recent years, new resear

Minnesota-Wisconsin research finds surprising trend in heat-related illness

Researchers in the states found men in rural areas particularly vulnerable.

Nurses picket over staff assaults at Minnesota's treatment center in Anoka

An uptick in assault injuries at the Anoka facility coincide with loss of police security presence on site.
NightWare is an app is loaded onto an Apple watch.

Minneapolis VA tests a local invention to ease PTSD nightmares

Minneapolis VA is testing a device that rouses users from disruptive dreams.

Online attacks that began with abortion record spark BCA probe

The posting of a Minnesota woman's abortion records on Facebook without her consent has touched off a criminal investigation by state authorities while revealing the fragility of medical privacy in the social media era.

Minneapolis VA researcher urges new label for Gulf War Illness

Ron Bach, who studies deployment-related illness, and his VA colleagues propose the term Burn Pit Syndrome.
The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

U medical student's research renews focus on Gulf War illness

Dr. Nicole Baldwin will present her findings at the Minneapolis VA on Thursday.

Twin Cities nurses stress workplace safety in contract talks with hospitals

Contracts expire May 31, with only modest progress in labor negotiations.
Health care spending for Minnesota businesses and their workers jumped 9.6% last year — nearly triple the national growth rate — as employers repo

Health costs surge for Minnesota employers, employees

Employers' money-saving strategies have run their course, a study suggests.
Spinal fusion surgery helped Tiger Woods collect another Masters golf championship last month.

We're not all Tiger: State doctors say spine surgery isn't for everyone

The contradiction between Tiger Woods' success and efforts to limit fusion surgery — at least as a first-choice option for low-back pain — reflects one of the great tensions in American medicine.
Poor educational quality and attainment has long been suspected as a risk factor for cognitive problems later in life. Now the University of Minnesota

U leads national study on education's link to dementia

Researchers will contact 25,000 people who were originally part of U.S. Department of Education surveys in the 1960s and 1970s.
Tanja Borchardt enjoyed a sunny day with her daughter Sophia, 2, at their home in Minnetonka on Tuesday.

$10M gift will help Hennepin Healthcare target anxiety, depression among new mothers

With foundation's support, Hennepin Healthcare will open a perinatal mental health facility.
Dr. Jared Slater prepared a patient for robotic gall bladder surgery at RC Hospital and Clinics in Olivia, Minn. The hospital gambled that investing i

Minnesota's rural hospitals are barely hanging on — for now

Across the country, 104 small-town hospitals have closed since 2010, raising concerns that rural Americans are losing access to critical services. The billion-dollar question — literally, considering the economic impact of rural hospitals — is whether Minnesota has managed to insulate itself.
State policies differ dramatically on what to do if pregnant women are dying and are too incapacitated to express their wishes, Mayo Clinic researcher

Mayo researchers find states sometimes invalidate pregnant women's medical directives

Twenty-five states would continue life support in incapacitated pregnant women, in some cases regardless of whether their babies are likely to be saved, researchers found.
Minnesota's premature death toll is over twice as high in poor, minority areas

Minnesota's premature death toll is over twice as high in poor, minority areas

Minnesota outperforms other states in preventive medical care, but lagged in its poorest and most diverse regions.
STDs are primarily spread through unprotected sex and shared use of drug needles or other injectables. Safe-sex kits, including condoms, are pictured

Syphilis cases in babies alarm Minnesota health authorities

Amid signs of progress in preventing sexually transmitted diseases, state health officials were alarmed by a small spike in cases of congenital syphilis in fetuses and newborn babies.
Operators answer emergency calls at a Broward County 911 dispatch center in July 2015. Many patients with nonemergency concerns call 911 because they

Visiting medics prevent problems

Community paramedics are often dispatched after colleagues on emergency scenes notice that patients have problems beyond their immediate injuries.
The Minnesota Department of Health identified several skin lightening creams that contained high traces of mercury.

Study of Minnesota moms links mercury risk to skin-lighteners, fish consumption

Urine and blood samples from new mothers found mercury levels that were then traced back to products in their homes.
At home Thursday following surgery in California, Quinton Hill, right, showed his arm brace to his friend Max Joyce.

Minnesota researchers identify virus as cause of mystery paralysis in kids

Researchers from Minnesota and the CDC made the breakthrough on the puzzling ailment.
This photo provided by Janssen Global Services shows Spravato nasal spray. Spravato, a mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K, wo

A new depression drug, with pros and cons

As part of a key federal advisory panel, Steven Meisel voted in favor of a new nasal drug for treatment-resistant depression — but that doesn’t…
Dr. Joseph C. Kiser

Minneapolis heart surgeon, philanthropist Joe Kiser dies at 86

His efforts resulted in lifesaving cardiac procedures and treatments for thousands of poor and needy children worldwide.
A new report shows that Minnesota clinics are doing a better job of screening low-income and minority adults for colon cancer.

Racial, income gaps in medical care in Minn. are closing, but modestly

Annual report shows that Minnesota clinics are starting to take better care of minorities, but disparities remain.
An assortment of medical marijuana products on display in 2015 at the Minnesota Medical Solutions Patient Center.

Minn. study finds that medical marijuana soothes cancer pains

The unique research focus of Minnesota's program helps pinpoint the benefits of medical cannabis.
Giovan Jenkins, left, president of Nothing But Hemp, talked with Andrés Alvarez, store manager in Uptown. The company takes steps to regulate its pro

CBD sales are taking off in Minn., outpacing the science

Regulators haven't kept up with retailers' claims about hemp product.
An illustration of the human pancreas.

Mayo reports progress against daunting pancreatic cancer

Three key factors improve survival rates for one of the deadliest cancers.
The new clinic, will open to patients on April 22, will be adjacent to Children’s flagship hospital in Minneapolis.

Children's Minnesota opens clinic for transgender youth

Pediatric provider hopes to help children and their parents arrive at time-sensitive decisions and receive better care.
An embryologist works on an embryo at a fertility clinic.

U study finds IVF-cancer link, but researchers say it's small

Children born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) have slightly higher risks of cancer than other children, but a University of Minnesota researcher who found the…
New research led by a Minneapolis pharmacist has found a link between influenza and hospitalizations for heart failure, building the case for more adu

Minnesota-led study finds link between flu and heart failure

Hospitalizations for heart failure rose in months with more flu activity.
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