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Hospitals have new tool to help paralyzed patients: robotics

Hospitals have new tool to help paralyzed patients: robotics

Exoskeletons are new tool for spinal and stroke patients.
Mayo Clinic tests self-help prenatal care as a solution

Mayo Clinic tests self-help prenatal care as a solution

Doctors discouraged the use of take-home fetal monitoring kits when they first hit the market, because they worried that user error would cause expecting mothers…
Xanax case involving U wrestlers comes with abuse, deaths on the rise

Xanax case involving U wrestlers comes with abuse, deaths on the rise

Xanax, or alprazolam, is the 10th-most prescribed drug in Minnesota and the second-most prescribed drug seized in stings, according to an April report for the Twin Cities.
HCMC doctor turned astronaut shares love of space with kids

HCMC doctor turned astronaut shares love of space with kids

Dr. Kjell Lindgren said lessons learned at Minneapolis hospital were valuable in space.

Threat of Zika cases in Minnesota draw calls for prevention

The risk of Zika virus is low in Minnesota, and the risk of complications from an infection is even lower. But birth defects observed globally are arresting attention.

Fertility via egg donor full of challenges despite technical ease

Data indicate it is easier than ever to achieve pregnancy with donor eggs. More than half of all in vitro fertilization procedures using fresh eggs…

Legislative audit: Bureaucracy slowing U of M conflict-of-interest reforms

Oversight is improving, but bureaucracy is a roadblock, report finds.
In contract talks, Allina, nurses spar over health insurance

In contract talks, Allina, nurses spar over health insurance

At issue is whether nurses should give up union-protected health plans and switch to plans that other Allina employees receive.
Why a U of M effort to treat post-op pain without opioids is drawing concerns

Why a U of M effort to treat post-op pain without opioids is drawing concerns

Some doctors worry that the hospital is pushing beyond government and hospital safety protocols.
Minnesota lawmakers target rising opioid death toll

Minnesota lawmakers target rising opioid death toll

Federal and state legislative solutions to the "unique American problem" of opioid addictions and deaths were released on the same day Minnesota reported another spike in drug overdose fatalities.

Here's how Hazelden's controversial opioid strategy is paying off

There were gasps in 2012 when the Hazelden Foundation announced it would add prescription drugs to its time-tested and rigid philosophy of treating opioid addicts…
Local doctor treating Prince is identified in search warrant

Local doctor treating Prince is identified in search warrant

Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, a family practitioner, had seen Prince twice before his body was found in a Paisley Park elevator April 21, according to the warrant.
Source: Percocet was found in Prince's system

Source: Percocet was found in Prince's system

It's unclear if the opioid painkiller contributed to his death. Also Wednesday, the DEA and U.S. attorney joined the death investigation.
Prince was under Minn. doctor's care over withdrawal symptoms

Prince was under Minn. doctor's care over withdrawal symptoms

The local physician, who has not been publicly identified, saw the singer in the month before his death.
Smokers can quit before they're ready, VA study says

Smokers can quit before they're ready, VA study says

Current medical wisdom holds that doctors should wait until smokers are ready to quit, and then blanket them with counseling, medicine and support. But research…
Mayo survey finds 30-somethings less optimistic about aging

Mayo survey finds 30-somethings less optimistic about aging

First-ever national survey on attitudes toward health and aging found that Americans in their 30s are the least likely to believe they will age better than their parents.
Minnesota doctors question plan to let pharmacists prescribe Narcan

Minnesota doctors question plan to let pharmacists prescribe Narcan

Advocates are promoting a new strategy to increase access to naloxone, the emergency drug for opioid overdoses: Let pharmacists decide when to give it out.…
Prince's death puts spotlight on opioid epidemic in Minnesota

Prince's death puts spotlight on opioid epidemic in Minnesota

State records show 336 deaths last year linked to excessive or abusive use of prescription opioids such as oxycodone, or illicit ones such as heroin. That is six times higher than the opioid-related deaths in 2000.
North Dakota baby monitored in Zika case

North Dakota baby monitored in Zika case

Mother traveled to Puerto Rico while pregnant, but the newborn shows no signs of birth defects.
Pill discovery keeps spotlight on role of drugs in Prince's death

Pill discovery keeps spotlight on role of drugs in Prince's death

The discovery of prescription pills at Paisley Park follows new details about the emergency landing made by Prince's jet in Moline, Ill.
Health beat: Poor Minnesotans fare better in two measures of health care

Health beat: Poor Minnesotans fare better in two measures of health care

Poor Minnesotans tend to receive poorer health care — poorer asthma management, for example, and less blood pressure control — according to a new state…

University of Minnesota joins cutting-edge national autism study

Project will create a digital registry of 50,000 patients to unlock genetic and other factors that affect the course and severity of the disorder.

Depression outcomes worse for Minnesota's poor

Report finds clinic performance in state splits along a socioeconomic divide.
Minn. ranks 7th worst in nation in access to healthy, fresh food

Minn. ranks 7th worst in nation in access to healthy, fresh food

A coalition of Minnesota economic and health leaders identifies areas in the state, where 1.6 million residents lack easy access to healthy food.
New federal aspirin guides include data analysis by HealthPartners

New federal aspirin guides include data analysis by HealthPartners

Computer modeling based on earlier cardiac disease research finds aspirin's benefits are greatest for a subset of Americans aged 50 to 59 and outweigh the drug's known risks.

Minnetonka company helps people learn how to breathe properly

Take a second right now and concentrate on how you breathe. Did you inhale through your nose? Did your belly expand as you filled your…
University of Minnesota's new psychiatry head seeks to heal wounds with families

University of Minnesota's new psychiatry head seeks to heal wounds with families

Dr. Sophia Vinogradov, who spent an hour this week with a relative of Dan Markingson, sees department strengths despite recent turmoil.

Doctors sharing medical records with patients re-examine their notes

Seeing what a doctor says can help patients — if they can decipher it.

Fetal tissue bill would hold up U research dollars

A center to ensure fetal tissue research doesn't use material from elective abortions would be required before the U could seek state research funding.
Coon Rapids clinic is innovative in helping opioid-addicted patients

Coon Rapids clinic is innovative in helping opioid-addicted patients

A unique HealthPartners clinic stands at the forefront of a movement to reduce the nation's dependency on prescription opioids — an epidemic that is killing more than 15,000 Americans each year and 317 Minnesotans in 2014.
Obituary: Helene Turnbull, social worker who cared 'a whole awful lot'

Obituary: Helene Turnbull, social worker who cared 'a whole awful lot'

Helene Turnbull was a shrewd social worker and advocate for at-risk students in the Minneapolis schools whose sense of social justice inspired a second career in retirement as a playwright.
A setback for Minnesota health research

A setback for Minnesota health research

Minnesota health care leaders barely had a chance to play with their new toy — the all-payer claims database that definitively shows what Minnesotans spend…

Changing Minnesota reflected in Jackson County health ranking

Growing up, I was told that Jackson County, Minn., was a fountain of youth — home to a higher rate of happy, healthy elderly residents…

Auditor plans second review of U of M psychiatry ethics problems

Kaler notes staff changes since scathing 2015 report; auditor scolds regents.
Abbott finds that amid ER hubbub, acupuncture seems to be working

Abbott finds that amid ER hubbub, acupuncture seems to be working

Abbott Northwestern says that pain scores of those who received acupuncture alone dropped by the same amount as those who also received analgesic painkillers.

Masonic Children's gets grant to help doctors prevent, detect child abuse

Hospital's new program teaches medical staff how to read kids' injuries.

Man arrested after police chase, rollover in north metro

  A man who reportedly rammed his wife’s car with his own van in a Target parking lot in the north metro Saturday night ended…

Big slowdown in Minnesota health spending continues

But it's unclear if that is based on medical reform or lack of money for care.

Teaching doctors to spot bias in care

Critics question how Dr. Stephen Nelson, a white pediatric hematologist, can train colleagues about racial bias in clinical decisionmaking. Born in Virginia, raised by parents…
Minn. hospitals launch 'nation's largest' study of concussions

Minn. hospitals launch 'nation's largest' study of concussions

The Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota will research whether eye movements, blood tests and imaging scans together can detect the severity of traumatic brain injuries.
Effort to limit sedation leaves more patients awake, alert – and under the knife

Effort to limit sedation leaves more patients awake, alert – and under the knife

The replacement of Roy Nothnagel’s defective heart valve had reached a key point; silence filled the operating room at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as Dr. Paul…

More than ick factor a concern in fecal transplants

Transplanting fecal bacteria from one person’s colon to another is risky if it isn’t done right or with good reason. You might have already guessed…
Minnesotans with health insurance at record high

Minnesotans with health insurance at record high

Last year, 213,000 more Minnesotans had health insurance compared with 2013, dropping the uninsured rate to 4.3 percent.
Explore adverse hospital events in Minnesota

Explore adverse hospital events in Minnesota

Minnesota's hospitals have publicly reported adverse events since 2005. This database allows you to look up adverse events by hospital, year or error type.

At new U clinic, patients are tracked electronically

At the $165 million Clinics and Surgery Center, you always know where you are, and so do your doctors.
Hospitals' medicine mistakes spike, but more mysteries revealed

Hospitals' medicine mistakes spike, but more mysteries revealed

Errors, though rare, killed four and injured 10 in 2015. That's the highest total of deaths in 12 years of the reporting.

U of M spinal cord trial requires secrecy

  If you haven’t heard about a fascinating spinal cord study at the University of Minnesota, that’s fine with the researchers. Despite testing a treatment…
Minnesota researchers gain clues to stopping HIV

Minnesota researchers gain clues to stopping HIV

Their research on a parallel virus is published today in the journal Nature.

From HIV to Parkinson's, U researchers say fetal tissue is invaluable

Abortion clinic scandal has renewed calls for a ban.

Pharmacist home visits help patients

Hospital systems have tried sending nurses, medics and even firefighters to the homes of recently discharged patients to help them recover and follow whatever medical…
Review: Ongoing problems with research in U's Psychiatry Dept.

Review: Ongoing problems with research in U's Psychiatry Dept.

An assessment of psychiatric research at the University of Minnesota found continued problems with underqualified staff interacting with clinical research subjects, and a psychiatrist cutting corners on obtaining patient consent.
Health care 'homes' that oversee patient care save Minnesota $1B

Health care 'homes' that oversee patient care save Minnesota $1B

The reform strategy offered extra funding to oversee patient care and reduced medical complications, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Minnesota hospitals report more bad debts, community benefits

And uncompensated care expenses are still going up.
Vice President Biden grieves with Minnetonka woman over cancer loss

Vice President Biden grieves with Minnetonka woman over cancer loss

The last thing Raha Assadi-Lamouki expected was the call Monday after writing to the White House about her brother's death from leukemia.
Syphilis cases jump 63 percent among Minnesota women

Syphilis cases jump 63 percent among Minnesota women

The increase prompts state health officials to issue a health alert.
What does pot use do to IQ? Minnesota twin study used to find out

What does pot use do to IQ? Minnesota twin study used to find out

Ever wonder what happens over time if one twin smokes pot and the other doesn’t? Josh Isen did, and his analysis of the Minnesota Twin…
After awkward flip-flop, U defends fetal tissue research

After awkward flip-flop, U defends fetal tissue research

The University of Minnesota is organizing an aggressive defense after last year mistakenly denying that the controversial work took place on campus.

Methadone doctor, clinic admit negligence in patient's fatal car wreck

Attorneys say the $8.5 million settlement is a first for a doctor's public acknowledgment of fault.
Chronically ill Minn. patients eight times more expensive than healthy ones

Chronically ill Minn. patients eight times more expensive than healthy ones

Conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease account for large share of health spending.
Minnesota families haunted by opioid deaths seek answers, change

Minnesota families haunted by opioid deaths seek answers, change

Young adults are dying at a rate not seen since the late 1990s at the crest of the AIDS epidemic, and the misuse of prescription opioids is largely to blame along with the related use of illicit heroin.
Mayo survey finds that 30-somethings are less optimistic about aging

Mayo survey finds that 30-somethings are less optimistic about aging

The first-ever national survey on attitudes toward health and aging found that Americans in their 30s are the least likely to believe they will age better than their parents.
Minnesota's flu season is tame so far, but peak is a month away

Minnesota's flu season is tame so far, but peak is a month away

Number of reported outbreaks and influenza samples are behind the pace of recent winters.

Nurses near contract agreement with Twin Cities hospitals

Staffing ratios not part of mostly rancor-free deal.
How to keep New Year's promises

How to keep New Year's promises

  Two weeks into 2016, an estimated three in 10 New Year’s resolutions have already been tossed aside like old Powerball tickets. By year’s end,…
Doulas offer safety, cost savings, University of Minnesota study finds

Doulas offer safety, cost savings, University of Minnesota study finds

With support, low-income women less likely to have costly birth complications.
Supercomputer helps Minneapolis doctors with cardiac decisions

Supercomputer helps Minneapolis doctors with cardiac decisions

Doctors at Allina Health hope to reduce invasive procedures using new technology.
University of Minnesota research drives home aspirin's benefits

University of Minnesota research drives home aspirin's benefits

The ability of aspirin, taken daily, to ward off stroke and heart attacks has long been known, so it is surprising that more Minnesotans don’t…
Wisconsin grant takes aim at shortage of doctors

Wisconsin grant takes aim at shortage of doctors

With a $750,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, HealthPartners is launching a residency program that will rotate doctors-in-training through Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park for one year, and then through smaller Wisconsin hospitals for the next two.
At U, gene editing boosts hopes for pig cell transplants to treat diabetes

At U, gene editing boosts hopes for pig cell transplants to treat diabetes

The ultimate goal, says the U's Christopher Burlak, is creating "stealth" islet cells from a pig's pancreas that are so familiar to the human body that they can be transplanted without the need for anti-rejection medications.

Health beat: Gene screening increases IVF clinic's chances of success

  In vitro fertilization is now a reliable albeit pricey path to pregnancy for younger women struggling to have children, but it remains a longer…
Planned Parenthood gets stronger in Minnesota amid pressure

Planned Parenthood gets stronger in Minnesota amid pressure

As abortion numbers drop, Planned Parenthood asserts a larger role.

Test prep firm ordered to repay thousands of dollars to Minnesota nurses

Loans to finance exams arrived late – or not at all, state says.

Minnesota gets top marks in two national health care scorecards

  Minnesota got a double dose of good news this week, when the UnitedHealth Foundation ranked it 4th healthiest in the United States and the…

Health beat: Delirium prevention at Methodist Hospital succeeds

  Delirium afflicts one-third to two-thirds of elderly hospital patients, who can suffer abrupt and intense mood changes as a result of medications, invasive treatments,…
Mayo finds youth contact sports boost risk of brain degeneration

Mayo finds youth contact sports boost risk of brain degeneration

Mayo Clinic researchers say they have discovered a significant and surprising incidence of brain degeneration in males who participated in amateur contact sports in their…
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