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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…
Federal regulators say Minnesota needs more frequent inspections.
Dr. James Stowell must not be good at poker, because patient Dennis Otto read his face. Stowell, an ER physician at Fairview Ridges Hospital…
As lawmakers debate safety strategies, Ramsey County closes investigation on St. John’s Hospital incident, in which attacker died amid struggle with police officers.
When Dr. Erik van Kuijk traveled to London, the University of Minnesota ophthalmologist called a clothier and ordered a sports jacket that was deep British…
Safeguards for human subjects are inadequate, according to a review that spun off from the 2004 suicide of Dan Markingson.
After 11 years of recording and publicly acknowledging preventable mistakes, Minnesota hospitals have developed a rhythm to their annual report on “adverse events.’’ Hand…
By studying missteps such as lost objects, hospitals aim to reduce deadly mistakes revealed Thursday in the Minnesota hospital “adverse event” report.
Advisers to the study criticized sampling research borne out of the rate of Iron Range miners dying from mesothelioma.
The shortage, combined with the success of Minnesota’s current loan forgiveness program, is creating momentum at the Legislature for a plan to nearly triple funding.
Parents, which of these describes you? A) Brush your teeth or else! B) Hey kiddo, brush your teeth in five minutes or no TV.…
Legislation pushed to help physicians avoid “prior authorization” difficulties.
An audit into the health exchange's troubled launch concludes staff withheld information from the MNsure board before the flawed website was launched.
An exhaustive state legislative audit on the start-up problems with Minnesota’s health insurance exchange lacked contributions from a key source — the executive director who…
Six-year study found that workers exposed to high levels of airborne mineral fibers were more than twice as likely to develop the cancer.
Though the number of cases is down, experts say world needs to prepare for the next outbreak.
State got “hit pretty hard” and “very fast,” state official says.
Reaction to last week’s Star Tribune story on the anti-vaccine movement was intense — reflecting the frustration of scientists whose overwhelming evidence on vaccine…
Women find it easier to ask questions of midwives than of doctors, research finds.
The goal is to eliminate alarms that signal only minor problems and instead have them sound only for issues that require immediate response.
Vaccine horror stories slowly have been reshaping America’s public health landscape. Now the vaccine skeptics are themselves facing skeptics.
For 10 years, MN Community Measurement has been putting heat on medical clinics by publicly ranking them on patient care — starting with performance…
At least seven Minnesota hospitals have stopped, or planned to stop, scheduling deliveries since 2009.
The case is drawing new attention to Minnesota vaccination laws and prompting state health officials to remind parents that measles remains dangerous.
Before sending space travelers on a 500-day flight to Mars, NASA needs Dr. Richard Lindstrom and nine other U.S. experts to solve why astronauts suffer severe vision problems after long tours in space.
Organizers are considering adding a confidential mental-health and substance-abuse questionnaire to the schools’ annual screening, a reflection of growing attention to anxiety and stress among the nation’s teenagers.
Many of the thorniest issues in health care in recent years have had to do with chronic, long-term pain. Regulators have debated how tightly…
13 percent decline vindicates sex ed that focuses on decisionmaking, health officials say.
An issue simmering since the Twin Cities’ nurse picket of 2010 remains unresolved, to union’s frustration.
Study compares health by national origin and native language. State officials have been drawing attention to disparities.
The latest influenza figures from the Minnesota Department of Health suggest this severe flu season might have peaked.Hospitalizations in the state declined for the second…
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