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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…
Minneapolis' Abbott Northwestern will close its McDonald's

Minneapolis' Abbott Northwestern will close its McDonald's

Abbott Northwestern resisted accusations of hypocrisy in the past but will terminate its lease next spring to improve the health of its food options for patients, staff and visitors.

600 Minn. nursing assistants must retake test after 'potential improprieties'

An investigation found anomalies in test results through the Inver Hills Community College program, raising concerns that as many as 569 nursing assistants might be unqualified for their jobs.
Opioid overuse kills more Minnesotans than homicide

Opioid overuse kills more Minnesotans than homicide

The runaway use and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone has emerged as a public health threat in Minnesota.
Hospitals re-examining security after St. Cloud shooting

Hospitals re-examining security after St. Cloud shooting

Hospital officials say the number of nurses and aides injured by patients or visitors spiked last year.
Minnesota doctors call for removal of football from public schools

Minnesota doctors call for removal of football from public schools

In a sport in which 5 percent to 20 percent of players suffer concussions each season, the doctors say the stats on concussions back them up.

Health beat: Minnesota doctor uncovers potential cause of deafness in preemies

  Doctors have struggled to prevent hearing loss that is common among premature babies placed in protective incubators to grow and on artificial ventilators to…
For high-risk patients, lower is better on blood pressure

For high-risk patients, lower is better on blood pressure

A huge national study published Monday will likely reshape how doctors manage a disease that affects millions of Americans.

Health beat: First guidance issued on sharing genetic research findings with relatives

  If medical researchers discover that a subject in one of their studies is genetically predisposed to breast cancer or Parkinson’s disease, should they alert…
Minnesota report linked infant deaths to unsafe crib, sleeping practices

Minnesota report linked infant deaths to unsafe crib, sleeping practices

A new state report is drawing attention to simple steps that can protect infants during sleep.
Washington Co. preterm birthrates surprise Minnesota leaders

Washington Co. preterm birthrates surprise Minnesota leaders

The county posted an unusually high number and a rate higher than Ramsey County's, though still below the national average.
Obituary: Steven Bickel, Hollywood executive and St. Paul native

Obituary: Steven Bickel, Hollywood executive and St. Paul native

Friends will gather in Minneapolis on Friday to remember film executive and St. Paul native Steven Bickel, whose big ideas and drive to make it…
Shortage of state psychiatric beds leaves local hospitals jammed

Shortage of state psychiatric beds leaves local hospitals jammed

Change in state law has left jails, hospitals competing for limited long-term care spots.

Health beat: Fantasy "gaming" still raises addiction concerns

  Regulators and creators of online sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel might be arguing whether weekly fantasy sports betting constitutes “gaming” or “gambling,”…
Minnesota's one and only medical tourism broker

Minnesota's one and only medical tourism broker

Trip4Care has carved a niche, but its status shows global health travel hasn't soared alongside medical costs.

Baxter day care shut down following infant's death, safety complaint

The Baxter, Minn., day care was closed following the death of a 3-month-old girl and a complaint that the providers failed to follow safety requirements.

More are beating the cancer that killed Flip Saunders

Hodgkin's survival rates are high, but coach's health worsened swiftly.
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