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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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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.
This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York.

In outstate Minnesota, hospitals slash opioid prescriptions

State grants helped nine Minnesota communities cut prescribing by hundreds of thousands of pills per year.

Twin Cities nurses return to bargaining table 3 years after strike

Initial proposals showing a divide between the hospitals' desire for staffing flexibility and the union's goal of protecting members against being overworked or hurt on the job.
In the past five years, the emergency room at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids has seen a 20 percent increase in people in mental health crises.

With suicides and ER visits on the rise, north metro group forms new collaboration

Leaders seek to address the lack of prevention programs and other services for mental health.
Rural adults have more pessimistic and fatalistic views about their risks of contracting and dying from cancer, according to a new survey conducted by

Rural Minnesota residents have bleaker outlooks on cancer

Mayo Clinic researchers say that may deter adults from testing and treatment.
Allina said April 2018 it would open its new Allina Health Everyday Clinics inside grocery stores in Eagan and Lakeville. A retail clinic is also comi

Sepsis deaths prompt Allina health system to change

The hospital system identified new ways to make testing, diagnosis and treatment faster.
Preventable hospital errors killed 11, injured 118 last year in Minnesota

Preventable hospital errors killed 11, injured 118 last year in Minnesota

With its adverse event report, the Minnesota Department of Health seeks to motivate improvements through information-sharing and publicity.
Three people were rescued from impassable roads by the Minnesota National Guard. Here they are arriving at the Albert Lea armory.

Bitter cold sets in after dozens rescued during Sunday blizzard

Up to 150 people took shelter at the Owatonna armory as winds gusted to 50 mph, closing interstates in southern Minnesota. Snow emergencies were declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Heather, left, and Phil Echert are among six couples in a HealthPartners study to see if exercise can slow cognitive decline.

Minn. researchers aim to find out if exercise can combat dementia

Minnesota is a center in an urgent and growing national effort to study exercise and whether it can inhibit dementia.

In St. Cloud, law enforcement, hospital, social services partner to curb jail's revolving door

The effort identifies those stuck in the system — most uninsured and homeless — and connects them with clinical care and housing options.
College students who use marijuana regularly have lower grades, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of Minnesota student survey data.

U survey links regular pot use to lower grades

Boynton Health researchers studied grades after noting a sharp increase in marijuana use at the university.
North Memorial's Robbinsdale location (left) and HCMC in downtown Minneapolis

HCMC, North Memorial discuss possible merger

Alliance between Hennepin and North Memorial could take many possible forms.
“It’s about how to give better radiation therapy, and how to give radiation more safely,” Dr. Clark Chen, head of the U’s neurosurgery departm

U targets brain cancer with new form of radiation therapy

GammaTile Therapy was federally approved last year and is marketed as a more focused form of radiation that could reduce damage to healthy tissue and resulting side effects.
HCMC’s umbrella organization, Hennepin Healthcare, lost $49 million in 2016 and $29 million in 2017 on hospital and clinic operations.

As it searches for new leader, HCMC faces huge challenges

Serving as the Twin Cities' safety-net hospital system comes at a financial cost.
Visitors soaked in a natural formed jacuzzi in the Boiling River, where a large hot spring mixes with the cold Gardner River, in the Mammoth area of Y

Could Yellowstone unlock the mystery of kidney stones? Mayo researchers expand hunt

Mayo looks far and wide for clues into the affliction.
In this Dec. 5, 2018 photo, new parents Erin Petz and Matt Tyler sit with their newborn Corwyn and their two dogs in Grand Marais, Minn. The hospital

Despite cuts at hospitals, state still delivers on rural obstetrics

A report released Wednesday reveals Minnesota to be a paradox in rural obstetric care.
Scott Petinga suffered prolonged side effects after treatment.

U researchers ask, are we overtreating men's cancers?

Male death rates from prostate and testicular cancers have been halved since 1995 because of medical advances. But the treatments take a toll, said Dr. Charles Ryan, a U prostate cancer specialist. Reducing testosterone alone can affect men's mood, strength and energy.
On average, 60 percent of children in Minnesota received vaccinations on schedule in 2018, up from 54 percent in 2017.

Minnesota clinics score better on child vaccinations

Report card for state also shows gap among clinics.
Todd Nelson, left, gets a flu shot from nurse Nicole Simpson at the Salvation Army in Atlanta, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

Flu cases prompt school closure, hospital restrictions in Minnesota

Outbreaks are not as bad as last year, but health officials fear more coming.
Dr. Elizabeth Klodas said her products are “a small change. … It’s not like you have to become a yoga practicing vegan.”

Minnesota cardiologist builds case for food as medicine to lower cholesterol

An Edina cardiologist is building her case for food as medicine to combat high cholesterol and heart disease. Dr. Elizabeth Klodas presented data at a…
Michael Osterholm, shown in 2017, and the U’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy are taking key initial steps to identify other poten

University of Minnesota experts to examine weak links in nation's medicine pipeline

Boosted by a $5.4 million gift, they will suggest ways U.S. can avoid shortages.
Dr. Rod Christensen, Allina’s vice president for medical operations, blamed faulty patient-cost projections in the federal Next Generation Accountab

In pursuit of better health care for less money, Minnesota hospitals show uneven results

Uneven performance by Minnesota hospitals and clinics in a national experiment on accountability in health care shows that the state has a long way to go.

Sex abuse allegations from 15 years ago lead to license revocation for Mpls. psychologist

A judge and a state board found that he should be held accountable even though he's no longer practicing.
Fewer Minnesotans are trying cigarettes these days, but those who do smoke aren’t trying as often to quit, according to a large statewide survey by

Smoking decline slows in Minnesota

A large statewide survey by ClearWay Minnesota also showed a rise in e-cigarette use among young adults.
Minnesota had the third highest age-adjusted rate of fall deaths among the elderly in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio

Blood pressure treatment in elderly women doesn't increase fall risk

New national research, led by Dr. Karen Margolis of the HealthPartners Institute in Bloomington, defied conventional medical wisdom.
A photograph of the HealthCare.gov website in October 2018.

Affordable Care Act's fate worries many in Minn.

Breadth of 2010 health care law means many will be affected if it's struck down in the courts.
YouSurance's Minneapolis skyway location was still under wraps ahead of its opening on Monday, Jan. 14.

Life insurance based on genetic profiles to be sold in downtown Minneapolis skyway

The YouSurance storefront will open Monday, Jan. 14, in the U.S. Bank Building, selling policies that will vary in cost by individual genetic profiles.
Counterfeit pills containing hazardous amounts of fentanyl, made to look like a prescribed dose of hydrocodone, from Carver County's investigation int

Surge in fentanyl use offsets Minnesota's progress in opioid crisis

Minnesota's rate of opioid-related overdose deaths might be lower than the national average, but the state is seeing similar trends in synthetic drugs causing more deaths.

Clinics' grades go down slightly in Minnesota

Fewer patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes are staying at optimal levels of health, according to the Minnesota Community Measurement annual report.
FILE - A hog feedlot in Minnesota

Permit denied for large hog feedlot in southeastern Minnesota

Decision by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency upset opponents of the facility, who had hoped for a stringent environmental review of the land and the proposal's impact.
Twenty sets of boots were placed on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol in April to shed light on suicide deaths of military members.

Continued rise in Minn. suicides prompts plea for better prevention

Health Dept. report comes with plea for prevention.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently lists 110 drugs on its shortage list, with many of them being generic and lower cost versions of steri

Minneapolis firm LogicStream releases app to prep hospitals for drug shortages

Minneapolis-based firm predicts likely shortages, which can drive up prices.
Kanani Ali held her Paris-themed coffee cup in French class. One of her dreams is to attend American University in Paris to become fluent in French an

Richfield teen fights back from rare, polio-like disorder

Kanani Ali hopes her recovery from acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, will inspire other afflicted kids.
Telemedicine isn’t just a one-way street from the cities to the sticks.

Telemedicine in reverse: Rural Minn. doctors exporting their craft

Telemedicine isn't just a one-way street from the cities to the sticks.
The customer experience team at Virtuwell, shown in 2017 responding to customer questions and feedback about the service.

Telemedicine in Minnesota has increased sevenfold in 5 years

More Minnesotans are connecting with their doctors electronically.
The different formulations of cannabis that were dispensed at Minnesota Medical Solutions, the state's first medical marijuana dispensary in 2015.

Minnesota medical marijuana expanding to add Alzheimer's

The Minnesota Department of Health is adding the degenerative neurological disorder to its cannabis program, which includes cancer pain, epileptic seizures, PTSD and autism. Research is limited, but findings suggest that cannabis inhibits the formation of proteins linked to memory loss and dementia.
Illustrations And Vector Art

Fairview offers new strategy on workplace stress and mental health

Health system is cutting out the middleman with direct-to-employer access to therapists.

Fargo doctor sanctioned in Minnesota after misusing surgical tool

Minnesota board tells retired OB-GYN to undergo training after spreading cancerous tissue.
Community University Health Care Center.

Minnesota clinics report sharp slowdown in medical spending growth

Clinics worked to control costs, but wide variations in prices were found.
In this July 11, 2018, photo, Bridgett Snelten holds her prescriptions as she sits in her home, in Sandy, Utah. Snelten has diabetes and has had to ch

Diabetes hits young adults harder, state report finds

It suggests that health officials may need to rethink the state's diabetes support programs, which tend to target people 45 or older.
In September, Peter Grahn and his Mayo colleagues published a globally recognized breakthrough: using electrical stimulation and therapy exercises to

For Mayo scientist, spinal-injury research is personal

Fueled by the lack of research, Peter Grahn turned his life's focus toward rehabilitative medicine.

Osteopathic school still planned for rural Minnesota

Leaders of the proposed Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine in Gaylord, Minn., have taken key steps this year to advance the project.
Packages of The Dannon Company's Activa yogurt are seen on a grocery shelf Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, in Chicago. Activa contains probiotics, or "friendl

Probiotics for kids' stomach bugs? Not so fast, new survey finds

The national trial, co-led by a Minneapolis researcher, found no difference in recovery from stomach flu if patients took probiotic supplements.
This undated image provided by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals shows the dispenser and a tablet for the company's medication Dsuvia.

U doctor in midst of opioid conflict over work with drugmaker

Critics fear a potent new painkiller he worked to get OK'd will worsen epidemic.
Virtual doctor visits are growing in number and popularity as clinic systems learn what types of conditions they can treat online.

Winona Health is latest Minnesota clinic system to add virtual doctor visits

Winona Health will be able to assess patients for any of 430 conditions.
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

"I really want to help students," donor says.
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.
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