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Jeremy Olson

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Location: Minneapolis
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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.
Recent content from Jeremy Olson
Dr. Joseph Scalea, right, a transplant surgeon and University of Maryland professor,jump-started work with drones when it comes to delivering organs a

Twin Cities will be part of experiment with drones carrying human organs

The LifeSource organ procurement agency for Minnesota and the Dakotas joins groups in Boston and Las Vegas for the next round of test flights.
MN Community Measurement has released its 2019 clinic ratings, and for the first time it ranked medical groups by the percentage of their elderly fema

Minnesota doctors are now being graded on women's bone health

Clinic report card shows progress on depression and asthma care, but a below average grade on managing bone health in elderly women.
St. Joseph's Hospital in St Paul.

Fairview courts partners to preserve St. Joseph's Hospital

Health system caught between community pressures to curb hospital cuts, financial pressure to speed them up.
Ann Yin and her daughter, Emy, 6, FaceTimed with her husband, Yulin, who is under quarantine after being airlifted out of Wuhan, the epicenter of the

Minneapolis man waits out quarantine after visit to Wuhan

On Monday night, the quarantined Americans on the flight from Wuhan got the news that everybody feared — one of them was infected with the coronavirus.
HealthPartners clinics workers and SEIU members cheered during Friday's news conference.

HealthPartners clinic workers OK one-week protest strike

Caregivers voted to conduct a seven-day strike, beginning Feb. 19, if their demands regarding health care benefits aren't met.
Jennifer DeCubellis

Hennepin Healthcare picks new leader

New CEO Jennifer DeCubellis is praised for her passion and skill in crafting human services solutions.
Abigail Miller, chief medical officer of PreferredOne, and Dale Cook, CEO of Learn to Live.

Online therapy a growing option in Minnesota health care

Online CBT has been proposed as a solution for years to shortages of therapists or to other barriers that make it hard for patients.
The memorial fence out front of Paisley Park in 2018. AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Prince doctor sanctioned by Minnesota Board of Medical Practice

Disciplinary action follows physician's settlement of a federal lawsuit.
The quarantine station at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been operating for more than a decade to prevent serious infectious disea

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport's quarantine station is on guard

It is part of national effort to screen for coronavirus.
Edina native Lindsay Rubin, 20, (center back) and classmates from Purdue University have worn masks when in public during their study abroad in China

Coronavirus upends study abroad plans for Minnesota students

The University of Minnesota has postponed its China travel, but some other students remain abroad amid restrictions.
Federal health officials announced Tuesday that screening for a novel coronavirus is being added at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

MSP joins list of U.S. airports screening for coronavirus

Federal health officials announced the heightened airport screening on Tuesday along with new recommendations against nonessential travel to China, where the rapidly spreading virus has been confirmed in more than 4,500 infections and 100 deaths.
“We are beginning to be able to count what we were not able to count before, but what we knew was happening,” said Beatriz Menanteau, supervisor o

Teen sexual exploitation a statewide problem in Minnesota, survey finds

Results of student survey a "wake-up call" for Minnesota public health professionals.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, right, along with State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield and Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann hel

Suspected cases of coronavirus in Minnesota turn out to be negative

Tests by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that two Minnesotans who became sick after recent travels to Wuhan, China,…
An employee sprayed disinfectant on a train in Seoul. In China, efforts to contain the new virus included lockdowns.

Minnesota sends suspected cases of coronavirus to CDC

State and national health officials on Friday announced steps to confront the global spread of a novel coronavirus that emerged in China last month, following the discovery of a second confirmed U.S. infection in Illinois and 63 suspected cases — including two in Minnesota.
Star Tribune reporter Randy Furst wrote about his heart surgery and rehab.

Reporter talks recovery at rock fundraiser

Concert, speaker series seek to raise awareness.
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Child dies of flu in Minn. as season hits schools, young people hard

Pediatric influenza-related death reflects the continued spread of flu viruses across the state.
“You might sort of think, ‘OK, this is a market that is going to shrink now that authorities have caught on.’ Instead I’m seeing the opposite,

Stem-cell therapy, with a growing market, comes under a microscope

Clinics market claims directly to consumers, without solid evidence.
Midwives could save rural hospitals struggling with the challenge of being prepared 24/7 to deliver babies, a new Mayo Clinic study found.

With a shortage of obstetricians at rural hospitals, the answer may be: Call the midwife

In a new Mayo Clinic study, certified nurse midwives provided round-the-clock staffing and coordinated with obstetricians on prenatal care and deliveries.

Audit questions state's medical research grant decisions

Math and clerical errors were found in grant reviewing process, as well as a potential conflict of interest.
Magnuson

David Magnuson, lawyer who helped write many Stillwater ordinances, dies at 78

David Magnuson was a longtime city attorney who combined shrewd legal judgment with encyclopedic historical knowledge to guide the city of Stillwater from its riverfront…
An Amish buggy along Hwy. 71 near Long Prairie, Minn.

Mayo research solves deadly Amish medical mystery

Examining the DNA of four siblings who suffered cardiac deaths while playing or exercising, researchers found a duplication of specific genetic material.
Marijuana at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif.

Minnesota study links pot use in pregnancy to infant health risks

Study : Babies born to users are at higher risk for social, emotional problems.
In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip.

Record drop in U.S. cancer death rate may reflect a series of treatment breakthroughs

Screenings plus innovative therapies have helped push cancer death rates to historic lows.
Minnesota’s first infant death from whooping cough in the last six years has prompted state health officials to warn the public about the bacterial

Minn. officials warn after baby's whooping cough death: Get shots

State's first infant death from whooping cough in the past six years has prompted state health officials to warn the public about the bacterial infection and the need to protect newborns through maternal vaccination.
A baby white lamb named Katie, born just three days prior, gets felt by a fan in the CHS Miracle of Birth Center in 2018 at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota family sues State Fair over boy's E. coli illness

Lawsuit coincides with Health Department report recommending additional precautions at the Miracle of Birth exhibit.
Prescriptions of opioids at dosages above new state’s guidelines have been cut in half as well.

Minnesota opioid prescriptions drop sharply ahead of doctor sanctions

New opioid prescriptions have declined 33% since 2016 for Minnesotans who receive health benefits from the state's programs for the poor and disabled.
Judy Nelson rubbed Rocket’s head as he visited her son, A.J. Nelson, 17, of Superior, Wis., in his hospital room. Rocket is trained to comfort and c

U's Rocket on the front lines of service dog revolution in hospital care

The pooch is part of a wave of support animals for individuals and medical facilities.
In this June 9, 2014, photo is a sculpture portraying a wounded soldier being helped on the grounds of the Minneapolis VA Hospital.

Minneapolis VA's PTSD study to probe whether to confront trauma, or not

Minneapolis VA will study how veterans are affected by trauma-focused therapy.
The Gonda Building, which is part of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Mayo will test robotic heart procedure for rural patients

It could pave the way for faster, better cardiac care with doctors working from miles away.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Flu outbreaks widespread as cases among Minnesota children spike

Unusual early emergence of B strain may be hitting state's children harder.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Basketball game canceled as more schools report flu-like illnesses

Dozens hospitalized across the state; basketball game postponed in Buffalo.

Closure of Minnesota addiction program for the deaf draws fire from former patients

U of M Medical Center program is one of few in U.S. providing inpatient treatment for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Joel Theisen, CEO of senior care services company Lifesprk, meets with a group of seniors.

North Memorial partners with elder care provider to screen patients for problems

Hospital partners with LifeSprk to help screen, guide patients.
A nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta.

It's an unusual start to flu season as B strain busts out early

B strains typically spread faster among children, but symptoms are similar.
Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., speaks during an executive session of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill in Washingt

Making childbirth safer for rural Minnesota moms

Tina Smith is a co-author of a bill that would award grants to rural communities that come up with new ways to support expecting mothers and improve birth outcomes.
Bethesda will no longer accept patients from other hospital systems except in emergencies, said James Hereford, chief executive of Fairview Health.

Fairview Health will shrink Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul by half

Parent organization Fairview Health is responding to a budget deficit and larger doubts about long-term care hospitals.
Mayo Clinic Health System is closing its hospital in Springfield, Minn.

Mayo Clinic closing hospital, clinics in southwest Minnesota

Clinic cites difficulties with attracting patients and doctors to Springfield's medical center.
Rural mothers have a 9% greater risk of life-threatening complications or deaths from childbirth, according to a review of birth outcomes across the U

Childbirth deaths and complications are more likely in rural America

As rural hospitals close, University of Minnesota study is the first to document the link.
Young cannabis plants in the Otsego greenhouses of Minnesota Medical Solutions.

Minnesota OKs cannabis for chronic pain, eye condition

Chronic pain, macular degeneration now on list of approved conditions.
The stem cell therapy is just one of many being tested by researchers to improve treatment of the roughly 500,000 spinal cord injuries that occur worl

Mayo reports progress repairing spinal cords with stem cells

Results have varied, and doctors don't yet understand why.
A shooting outside the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Sept. 3 spilled over to a chaotic scene at St. Paul's Regions Hospital, where some of the victim

Social media rumors inflame crowds outside Twin Cities trauma units

Two Twin Cities hospitals have faced angry crowds after shootings this fall; in both cases, lockdown procedures worked, they say.
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Minnesota investigation points to vitamin E's role in vaping lung injuries

Outbreak has killed 47 vapers nationally, three in Minnesota, but the cause has been elusive.
Changes could include the potential closure of St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown St. Paul.

M Health Fairview to cut staff, consider trims to hospitals

A five-week "war room" planning session addressed competitive pressures and an $80 million shortfall next year.
In 2013, chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at a hospital in Durham, N.C. University of Minnesota researchers have

University of Minnesota research IDs risks for second childhood cancers

Second cancers were more common in patients who received platinum-based chemo drugs, and breast cancers were more common in patients who received so-called alkylating chemo drugs.
The entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Deaths increase under new heart donor system, U research team finds

New guidelines aimed to rush hearts to sickest patients and reduce wait times.
Elise Haupt, a physician assistant at Regions Hospital, walked in slow motion during an improv training session.

Doctors use improv to combat burnout, build listening skills

The training exercise was the first created by HealthPartners and hosted by the Brave New Workshop comedy theater, but it is part of a national movement in response to studies showing that poor communication is worsening everything from doctor burnout to misdiagnosis.
Antibiotics are critical drugs in fighting bacterial infections, but their overuse has contributed to the development of drug-resistant infections.

Minnesota hospitals using antibiotics more carefully

Many smaller hospitals have improved handling.
Researchers at the U’s Masonic Children’s Hospital will monitor brain growth and pain responses in 30 babies who listen to lullaby music and in 30

University of Minnesota will study music's healing power on preemies

The study is a collaboration with researchers from the U's schools of music, public health and engineering
Minnesota is a Lyme hot spot due to the prevalence of black-legged (or deer) ticks that carry the bacteria that causes it.

Minnesota medical board reinstates sanctions on controversial Lyme disease treatment

Research suggests long-term antibiotics are no better than short term.
As many as three in 10 Minnesotans have a diagnosis of high blood pressure, or hypertension, and many more have it without knowing it.

Map of hypertension hot spots in Minnesota reveals surprises

As many as three in 10 Minnesotans have had the condition diagnosed, and many more have it without knowing it.
Tito Reyna watched his son play on the swing at Aamodt's Apple Farm in Stillwater.

New east metro program gets addicts the help they need, when and where they need it

Clinicians were missing the brief window of time when people often seek help for drinking or drugs
Irina Vaynerman, deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the previous lawsuit ag

Plasma chain faces second complaint over gender-ID discrimination

Minnesota lawsuit against national plasma collection firm now seeks compensation for people denied donation opportunities.
Revealing the differences among health care clinics can “start a public conversation about costs and the drivers that increase costs,” said Julie

Health care spending was up sharply in Minnesota last year

State's total cost of care increased in 2018, but clinics vary in how much they charge.
As many as 36% of patients regain weight within five years of their procedure, and as many as 70% suffer complications.

Mayo studying why some patients suffer complications after bariatric surgery

As many as 36% of patients regain weight within five years of their procedure, and as many as 70% suffer complications.
The latest CAR-T therapy, which harvests and programs patients’ own immune cells to attack blood cancers such as leukemia, can cost hundreds of thou

Pilot by Minn. nonprofit helps patients manage cost of cancer care

Angel Foundation hopes others imitate test project.
Robert ‘BJ’ Johnson

Robert 'BJ' Johnson, St. Olaf music manager, dies at 71

He leaves a legacy as an innovator who helped elevate St. Olaf's concert groups on an international stage.
Teen advocates put together safe-safe kits in north Minneapolis in 2016.

Sexually active Minnesota teens are making healthier choices

The findings in the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey are positives for advocates on all sides of the abstinence-vs.-safe sex debate.
Dr. Jakub Tolar, shown in 2017.

U seeks to prepare doctors for next generation of on-demand patients

Global health summit in Minneapolis predicts a future where patients need new breed of doctors.
In this April 18, 2019, photo, cannabis is seen growing in Leafline Labs headquarters, in Cottage Grove. The company announced this month that it was

Minnesota is trying to rule out medical pot in vaping lung-injury outbreak

Health officials can't clear inhaled forms of legal medical cannabis, but won't halt them.
University of Minnesota researchers will use a smartphone app called BrainHQ to see if it can improve cognition, and the PRIME social networking app t

U tests new apps to help teen brains fight psychosis

Teens, young adults test a new non-drug treatment.
14-year-old Little Falls girl found safe, is back at home

14-year-old Little Falls girl found safe, is back at home

Emily Gerwing's family had expected her to return home after the Little Falls high school football game.

Mankato man killed in wrong-way crash with semi in Sibley County

The driver who died was not wearing a seat belt, the State Patrol said.
Chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip. A Minnesota hospital consortium that has been testing treatments for years just

Cancer consortium bridges patients and research

A $20 million award from the National Cancer Institute aims to broaden its role of the Metro-Minnesota Community Oncology Research Consortium.
In this photo taken March 22, 2012, Dr. Wendy Gunther demonstrates how an infant can die due to unsafe sleeping practices. The Minnesota Department of

Sleep positions tied to majority of unexpected infant deaths in Minnesota, study finds

Health officials worry that parents are ignoring doctor tips.

Eden Prairie group launches stillbirth study, create research database

The Star Legacy Foundation this month announced the Pregnancy Research Project, a partnership with the University of Michigan.
The entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota to test cancer-fighting 'natural killer' cells

The university has been at the forefront of research on unique first-strike cells in the human immune system.
In this file photo, a woman takes a puff from a cannabis vape pen in Los Angeles.

Mayo researchers link vaping illness to toxic inhalation

The finding undercuts some theories linking the outbreak of severe lung injuries to marijuana or nicotine.

New name marks new chapter in partnership for Fairview, University of Minnesota

Leaders unveil M Health Fairview, a new brand and alliance to expand high-level care and fund more research.
Dr. Andre Terzic, left, director of Mayo’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Dr. Jakub Tolar, current dean of the University of Minnesota’s Me

Minnesota builds expertise in coaxing the body to heal itself

The Regenerative Medicine Minnesota program has issued 162 grants worth $21.7 million to advance the knowledge and use of stem-cell therapies.
The Edina Girls’ Sports Summit will tackle why a growing number of girls are walking away from athletics, despite many proven benefits.

Edina students tackle pressures that drive girls out of sports

Edina middle-schoolers create sports summit to counter growing pressures and inequities facing girls.
In this April 25, 2014 photo, a sign points the way to Flint River Hospital which closed its emergency room in Montezuma, Ga.

Deaths rise after rural hospitals close, U study finds

Study is among first to link closures of rural hospital to higher mortality rates.
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…