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Doctors and safety advocates have targeted many causes of patient harm — such as bungled prescriptions, excessive imaging scans and wrong-site surgeries — but have given little attention to an equally common cause: making the wrong diagnosis.
Vicki Pertiet didn’t need a fancy X-ray to tell her she was overweight, or that she didn’t like her jeans size. But the color-coded…
Nearly 80 percent awarded their doctors and clinics top marks in a 2014 survey.
Since her head was crushed in a stairway elevator system in 2014, 6-year-old Reagan Lennes has shown remarkable poise and strength.
Paramedics and nursing home workers across Minnesota can relate to the difficult decision that was made.
The new funding from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will accelerate work.
With the launch, the University of Minnesota Medical Center is diving into the crowded world of maternity care.
It’s hard to imagine that a doctor’s radar could miss blood clots that clog blood vessels and cut off blood flow to a patient’s…
An Alexandria teen who died last month after swimming in Lake Minnewaska was not infected with a deadly lake amoeba after all, according to confirmatory…
Earl Blassingame, a veteran shot put competitor from Texas, vows to keep “moving and grooving.”
Health care systems in Minnesota have a unique history of setting aside competitive instincts to pursue common improvements in patient care, such as the “Safest…
A Minneapolis neurosurgeon reports success with a system that tracks eye movement by the patients while they are watching music videos.
A study by Minneapolis VA Medical Center researchers gives veterans a way to calmly confront their anxieties rather than avoid them and let them bottle up for years.
The residents of Clinton, Minn., found themselves on the front page of the Star Tribune last month, when reporter Jenna Ross chronicled their efforts…
Minnesota case has been linked to strain in other cities among men who have sex with men.
‘U’ research suggests gaps in notifiying feds of medications’ adverse effects.
Minnesotans receive as much as $2 billion in hospital care a year that could be avoided, according to a new analysis.
Faculty and former students at the University of St. Thomas are mourning the death of William Malevich, the longtime dean who challenged students to ask…
While Minnesota always ranked near the top for education and the economic stability of its families, it languished in past reports because of its health indicators, including its child death rate.
Children’s Hospital finds it can cut radiation risk with no rise in misdiagnosis.
Considering the decline in teen births in Hennepin County since 2010, it would seem a no-brainer that the county would receive a second federal grant…
HealthPartners offering self-directed therapy.
The Ronald McDonald House facilities for families with hospitalized children are impressive — from the 48-room house near the University of Minnesota Medical Center, which…
Fourteen-year-old Hunter Boutain died Thursday from an infection caused by his exposure to a deadly amoeba while swimming in a central Minnesota lake.
An Alexandria boy remained in critical condition after apparently inhaling the Naegleria fowleri amoeba while swimming in Lake Minnewaska, the third confirmed case of the parasite involving Minnesota swimmers since 2010.
Brainerd physician’s methadone clinic is already targeted in crash that killed two people in 2012.
Health officials believe the 14-year-old boy developed primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a rare form of meningitis, after swimming in a Pope County lake.
Reports of errant doses of radiation given to patients at a large St. Cloud cancer center are being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Health and a Minneapolis law firm. The cases include a disabling injury to a Paynesville woman who suffered paralysis.
Animal parents protect their female piglets, cubs or joeys more than their male offspring when food is scarce — so how do humans behave…
New facility in Coon Rapids will provide range of services more efficiently, Allina Health says.
Proponents say the new radiation therapy is more precise, but critics say it doesn’t warrant the expense
It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out why parents love baby names such as Britney and Miley one year, then shun them the…
A second review of industry-funded drug trials at the University of Minnesota has found lapses in reporting of adverse events such as injuries, but no deaths beyond the suicide of Dan Markingson a decade ago.
The study's silver lining might be that more teens are getting medical care before their self-harm becomes deadly.
A futuristic triple-organ transplant at the University of Minnesota was celebrated this week with a century-old American Indian custom, when the family of the patient…
The excitement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup started for 140 young Edina Soccer Club players and their families on Monday long before Team USA defeated Australia 3-1 in an opening-round match.
Once dubbed the “velvet hammer” because it was used to sedate women heavily in the 1950s and 1960s, laughing gas is now offered in more controlled doses — managed by women themselves during labor.
The cost of medical care for the nation’s elderly has become much clearer over the past year, thanks to the public release of payments to…
Patients see hope in a new drug, but at $1,000 a pill, health insurers are limiting use.
Two months later, it turns out James Kelm was an ideal pioneer.
Minnesota was one of several sites to test new treatment on melanoma.
The traditional strains of a medical practice — long hours and draining cases — are being compounded by new challenges, such as computerized records and payment reforms that judge doctors by their patients’ health.
The campaign to fund the nation’s second academic chair in sexual health was almost as lively as the woman after whom the chair was named:…
In wake of ethics probe over suicide, major steps proposed for research.
Findings from a second review, including into the death of subject Dan Markingson, revealed no protocol violations.
The cognitive approach requires patients to keep detailed sleep journals that identify their periods of wakefulness and what they try to do to get back to sleep.
University of Minnesota official says patient was not coerced into enrolling, but doctors failed to pass on key safety info.
Owners faced financial troubles, prompting unusual action.
Growth in HIV infections remains unchecked in Minnesota, a state health report revealed Thursday.
One of the first lives saved by Minnesota’s new strategy for heroin overdoses came last November, when a 24-year-old resumed breathing after Coon Rapids…
More medical, community support is sought for mothers.
Babies born to black mothers in Minnesota are more than twice as likely to die in infancy as babies born to white mothers in the state, the Department of Health said.
Vern “Mojave” Schueller might lack the star power of Bob Dylan or other inductees to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, but then as a…
Mayo has been lauded by President Obama and influential health economists as an example of superb care and medical efficiency. Yet Mayo also has a reputation in Minnesota — confirmed by publicly available health data — for high prices.
The work on a human vaccine is purely a preventive measure.
A report released Monday shows that Minnesota made dramatic progress against rising obesity rates — outperforming neighboring states and the national average — and estimates that it prevented $265 million in medical spending from 2010 to 2013.
The Reproductive Medicine Center in Minneapolis — the first in the state to perform in vitro fertilization — will be open until June 30.
Chlamydia continues to be the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in Minnesota, while the rate of syphilis cases grew fastest among men who have sex with other men, and a few women.
The rising rate of babies born lifeless has piqued the concern of Minnesota health officials, and now it has triggered action in the Legislature.
Advocates want state to explore the poorly understood problem of stillbirths and its underlying causes.
Experiment now pointless in Liberia after country’s success in controlling virus.
Dr. Ed Ehlinger challenged state health care leaders this week to stop “admiring the problem” of health inequity — the troubling gap between the excellent…
The decision, announced Thursday, follows growing concern about psychiatric research and recruiting ethics and safety protocols at the University of Minnesota.
Caregivers are accused of manslaughter after infants died of “positional asphyxia,” according to the medical examiner.
Autism might not be any more prevalent among Somali children in Minneapolis than it is among white children in the city, but the severity of the developmental disorder appears harsher in this minority group. The study is the largest ever in the U.S. of autism prevalence among Somali immigrants.
Dr. Vincent Rajkumar has little incentive to care about the skyrocketing cost of cancer drugs. Prescribing them like a drunken sailor won’t change his Mayo…
Caregivers at the University of Minnesota Medical Center activated the device attached to his left eye this week to check what he could see. And then: “Oh, boy, yup!” he exclaimed. “Whoa, that’s ... that’s startling.”
The treatment of a schizophrenic man who killed himself during a drug trial prompts auditor to recommend no new psychiatric drug studies at the U until patient protections and ethical oversight are addressed.
State health officials hoped the figures would motivate school officials, coaches and others involved in high school sports to take concussions seriously and to remove athletes from play whenever they showed signs of these traumatic brain injuries.
Despite a historic drop in cigarette use among Minnesota teens since 2011, state health officials expressed concern Monday that many young people are turning to e-cigarette products.
For the first time in the 15-year history of the statewide smoking survey, Minnesota's youngest adults were no longer the most likely to smoke.
A trippy new patient room at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis is capable of producing an orange scent, or piping musical vibrations to a comfy chair, as part of the hospital’s movement away from conventional drugs and toward alternatives to help children in pain.
A new state law paves way for nurse-run facilities, amid hopes the model could go statewide.
Freeze comes after review raised ethics concerns.
When relatives say Tom Dickinson gave his life to firefighting, they don’t just mean 40 years in the Minneapolis Fire Department, including 15 as…