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The runaway use and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone has emerged as a public health threat in Minnesota.
Hospital officials say the number of nurses and aides injured by patients or visitors spiked last year.
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.
Doctors have struggled to prevent hearing loss that is common among premature babies placed in protective incubators to grow and on artificial ventilators to…
A huge national study published Monday will likely reshape how doctors manage a disease that affects millions of Americans.
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…
A new state report is drawing attention to simple steps that can protect infants during sleep.
The county posted an unusually high number and a rate higher than Ramsey County's, though still below the national average.
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…
Change in state law has left jails, hospitals competing for limited long-term care spots.
Regulators and creators of online sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel might be arguing whether weekly fantasy sports betting constitutes “gaming” or “gambling,”…
Trip4Care has carved a niche, but its status shows global health travel hasn't soared alongside medical costs.
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.
Hodgkin's survival rates are high, but coach's health worsened swiftly.
Internet gaming disorder isn’t a diagnosis yet; it’s just a footnote for future consideration in the DSM-V, the diagnostic handbook for psychiatrists. But more…
Danny L. Hammond terrorized his wife and threatened to kill her after she told him she wanted to leave their marriage of 12 years, authorities said.
Joseph Lakoskey's attorney argued that an anesthesiologist left him dangerously dehydrated before surgery to repair a perforated bowel at North Memorial Center in Robbinsdale.
Macalester College senior Tyler Skluzacek arrived at a coding competition in Washington D.C. last month with programming smarts and a desire to help veterans,…
University of Minnesota study finds working mothers lack private space and adequate breaks.
Leaders say combining the two will produce a stronger, leaner health care system.
When the National Cancer Institute made a “clinical announcement” in 2006 in favor of a somewhat controversial form of chemotherapy — injecting cancer-killing toxins…
A consolidation between the two already intertwined groups would follow a regional trend, simplify operations.
Group wants to open osteopathic school in central Minnesota, where need for primary care doctors is great.
It's illegal for college students to take ADHD medications without a prescriptions. It's also unhealthy, considering that these drugs are potent and addictive. "Is this to students what doping was to Lance Armstrong?" asks a Gustavus Adolphus professor.
State restored business in only one of 25 counties.
An attorney for a group of men confined in Minnesota's controversial sex-offender treatment program urged a federal judge Wednesday morning to compel reforms that would put more offenders on a path to discharge and placement in less-restrictive community treatment settings.
The funding will support training in integrated care at Mayo-affiliated clinics.
Doctors at Abbott Northwestern Hospital have had success treating brain aneurysms with new, thicker “Pipeline’’ stents that direct blood past the potentially deadly bulges…
Concerns about coercion of vulnerable patients led to the new policy.
Practicing tai chi can help reduce the risk of falling for elderly adults.
Increase came as a disappointment to state health officials, who have targeted the problem with millions invested in walking paths, farmers markets and other strategies to "make the healthy choice the easy choice."
Minnesota's overall per-patient care bills rose from 2013 to 2014, but some medical groups bucked the trend and drove costs down.
A new type of bionic prosthesis — aided by a surgery that reassigns nerves in the arm — has made a big difference to the 13-year-old from Westbrook, Minn.
While not observed in boys, a negative body image in overweight girls resulted in more weight gain over time than a positive body image.
A threat to family medicine education funding is ill-timed for Minnesota, which is projected to have a shortage of 800 doctors in its rural areas within a decade.
Grief and confusion could have been avoided if a common form had been at the scene of a nursing home where a 71-year-old woman died last month.
Suspect produce has already been swapped out of Twin Cities restaurants, but the Minnesota Department of Health wants to know of any severe stomach illnesses following meals at Chipotle
A state inquiry said a single lab analyst failed to follow calibration rules.
The state determined that 40,000 low-income Minnesotans would be dropped from health coverage by Sept. 1 because they no longer qualified or failed to turn in paperwork. But it appears mistakes were made.
Under the ruling, North Memorial must rehire an employee who was fired.
It turns out there are hazards to hurrying through these cancer screenings.
A Ramsey County judge on Thursday declined to issue an injunction that could have kept UCare as an insurer for thousands of low-income Minnesotans receiving…
Several state senators suggested such an audit earlier this week, and on Wednesday Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson formally requested one, saying she believes it will uphold the way her department conducted the bidding and chose the winners.
Opening of 50-bed facility in Brooklyn Park fills a need for mental health, crisis services.
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
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