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Allina CEO Wheeler is tested by nursing strike

Allina CEO Wheeler is tested by nursing strike

Dr. Penny Wheeler has built a sterling reputation as a collaborator and innovator. Now nurses say they feel betrayed.
Hennepin County Medical Center is a leader in 'bloodless' surgery

Hennepin County Medical Center is a leader in 'bloodless' surgery

Much has changed as doctors have come to understand the risks of blood transfusions and the ways to avoid them — helped in part by studies of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Restaurants, state agencies addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock

  The threat linked to the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production is gaining more attention, with a new report showing an increase in U.S.…
Lori Swanson sues to expand access to opioid addiction treatment drug

Lori Swanson sues to expand access to opioid addiction treatment drug

Joining with colleagues from other states, Lori Swanson is taking on anti-competition practices by the manufacturer of a drug to treat opioid addictions.
Allina, nurses test each other's resolve as strike enters 3rd week

Allina, nurses test each other's resolve as strike enters 3rd week

Allina reported more union nurses crossing picket lines, while the union pointed to costly strains on the hospitals.
A call to action for parents on school food and health

A call to action for parents on school food and health

Only 12 percent of parents said they had taken any steps to improve nutrition in their local schools, according to results of a poll commissioned by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's Center for Prevention.
North suburban hospital board votes to dissolve, triggering new dispute

North suburban hospital board votes to dissolve, triggering new dispute

Attorney general has been asked to investigate decision, Allina's role at Unity Hospital.

Nurses fault Allina on borrowing strategy that has lost millions

The union cites a report that millions were wasted on interest-rate "swaps."
A local campaign for Unity Hospital board carries echoes of the Twin Cities nursing strike

A local campaign for Unity Hospital board carries echoes of the Twin Cities nursing strike

Members of board that built Fridley hospital in the '60s weigh dissolution.

Two Anoka County day cares lose licenses

State regulators have revoked the licenses of two Little Me child care centers in Anoka County, citing ongoing staffing and safety problems that jeopardized children…
After months of talks, Allina nurses so close, yet far from deal

After months of talks, Allina nurses so close, yet far from deal

There's been much progress but no accord on health coverage. Now the question is: Will they still be that close when they return to bargaining?
Veterinarians at high risk for suicide, and job could play a role

Veterinarians at high risk for suicide, and job could play a role

Kara Nelsen had just told reporters at a news conference this week how stereotypes can mislead when it comes to suicide — her brother was…

Suicide deaths are up 6 percent in Minnesota

Incidents were highest for working-age white men, down for those under 25.
Allina nurse couples feel double pinch from strike

Allina nurse couples feel double pinch from strike

Allina walkout's financial toll may hit hard for those married to fellow strikers.
Second nursing strike begins after weekend negotiations stall

Second nursing strike begins after weekend negotiations stall

Insurance, health plan questions keep Allina Health, nurses apart
Allina and nurses are bracing for prolonged strike

Allina and nurses are bracing for prolonged strike

Hospitals vow normal operations as walkout begins; nurses say they stand ready to help in an emergency.
Second strike a 'rarity' in nurse labor talks, leaving Allina to consider impasse declaration

Second strike a 'rarity' in nurse labor talks, leaving Allina to consider impasse declaration

If talks break down, hospitals could declare impasse and impose latest contract offer.
Allina, nurses can't agree after lengthy talks; strike set Monday

Allina, nurses can't agree after lengthy talks; strike set Monday

The inability to resolve differences in contract proposals over health insurance means a strike will start at 7 a.m. Monday.
In football concussion debate, some say benefits outweigh risks

In football concussion debate, some say benefits outweigh risks

A Minneapolis neurosurgeon turned heads last week when she said she believes that research has not proven football to be a unique cause of concussion-related brain degeneration.
NFL players with ACL tears face uncertain recovery, shortened careers

NFL players with ACL tears face uncertain recovery, shortened careers

New research of NFL players finds most with ACL injuries return to play, but only about 80 percent of their prior performance levels.
Last-chance talks set Friday for Allina, nurses

Last-chance talks set Friday for Allina, nurses

Negotiations are set for Friday to try to reach a deal before the union's strike planned for Labor Day.
Allina Health nurses set open-ended hospital strike that begins on Labor Day

Allina Health nurses set open-ended hospital strike that begins on Labor Day

A strike by nurses at five Allina Health hospitals will start at 7 a.m. Labor Day, according to required 10-day notices their union sent to the health system early this morning.
Outreach, monitoring help patients with depression plus heart disease, diabetes

Outreach, monitoring help patients with depression plus heart disease, diabetes

Medicare turned to HealthPartners in its testing of a new way for primary care clinics to treat this combination of chronic illnesses.
Minneapolis sees rise in foodborne illness from norovirus, Vibrio bacteria found in oysters

Minneapolis sees rise in foodborne illness from norovirus, Vibrio bacteria found in oysters

Health inspectors are looking into the causes of the increases, including of illnesses involving the Vibrio bacteria found in oysters.
Obituary: Tom Metzen's passion helped horse racing thrive in Minnesota

Obituary: Tom Metzen's passion helped horse racing thrive in Minnesota

Fans at Canterbury Park on the final day of the season next month will witness something new: a race named after Tom Metzen, a Minnesota…
Talks between Allina Health, nurses union go nowhere

Talks between Allina Health, nurses union go nowhere

Each side blames the other as talks break off late Tuesday with no agreement.
Nurses union meeting today on timing of Allina hospital strike

Nurses union meeting today on timing of Allina hospital strike

Union officials will meet today to decide when as many as 4,800 nurses should strike against five Allina Health hospitals in a dispute over health benefits and workplace safety and staffing.
Allina hospital nurses vote to call strike

Allina hospital nurses vote to call strike

Nurses at five Twin Cities hospitals voted Thursday to authorize a strike. A 10-day notice must take place before one can actually begin. The prior strike in June cost Allina $20.4 million.

U receives $6.9 million grant to get inside aging brains

Using sophisticated MRI techniques, the researchers will compare the "activity maps" of brains over the next five years to understand how they function differently in people of different ages and disability levels.
Allina Health hospital nurses to vote again on contract, strike

Allina Health hospital nurses to vote again on contract, strike

A strike in June cost more than $20 million, Allina documents show, but an open-ended strike in the ongoing contract dispute could be far more costly.
Klobuchar presses for mandatory reporting of opioid prescriptions

Klobuchar presses for mandatory reporting of opioid prescriptions

Senator challenges doctors to be part of the solution to epidemic of painkiller abuse and overdose deaths.
Still sick 25 years after Gulf War, a veteran seeks answers

Still sick 25 years after Gulf War, a veteran seeks answers

The Minneapolis VA is leading research to solve the mystery of Gulf War Illness, a cluster of unexplained symptoms reported by 25 to 65 percent of the 700,000 soldiers deployed to the Gulf in 1990 and 1991.

Are you healthier if you're happy? HealthPartners aims to find out

HealthPartners has plenty of data to show if its patients are healthy, but no clue whether they also are happy. At least not yet. The…

Federal grant will help Minnesota track Zika virus

Federal program will create "real-time" map of virus' spread across U.S.

Allina nurses to vote on contract, strike

Nurses could go on new strike if they reject offer.
Minn. opening med marijuana program to those in chronic pain

Minn. opening med marijuana program to those in chronic pain

Enrollment spiked in July after the pain patients were admitted to state program ahead of Monday's expansion.
Why children fare better in pediatric centers, not adult centers, after car wrecks

Why children fare better in pediatric centers, not adult centers, after car wrecks

Children who survived car wrecks were more likely to suffer complications, and teens were more likely to die and undergo surgeries, if taken to adult…

Allina, nurses union meet but fail to reach deal

After a flurry of counteroffers, talks stalled over who would pay for the rising costs of union health plans.
U researcher sends cells to be studied in space

U researcher sends cells to be studied in space

For more than a decade, University of Minnesota researcher Bruce Hammer believed a magnetic levitation system that he developed could perfectly simulate the weightless environment…
Mayo Clinic, Regions among hospitals finding they're not off-limits in Pokemon Go

Mayo Clinic, Regions among hospitals finding they're not off-limits in Pokemon Go

Several Pokemon "gyms'' surround Mayo's campus in Rochester.
More Minnesota lakes, rivers listed as impaired

More Minnesota lakes, rivers listed as impaired

The Mississippi River headwaters and two Lake Superior beaches have been added to a state agency's list of Minnesota waterways that are "impaired" due to contaminants or other problems.

2 on motorcycle killed in Chisago County crash

The victims were a husband and wife from Milaca, Minn., the State Patrol said.

Motorcycle passenger dies in Goodhue County crash

The Harley's driver suffered serious injuries when the bike veered off Hwy. 61 and hit a sign.

Officers shoot, wound man in Winona

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after two Winona police officers shot at a suspect who then tried to escape in his vehicle.

Abortions in Minnesota hit lowest level in 35 years

Teen abortions halved in 6 years, corresponding with low teen pregnancy rates.
After strike, Allina makes new offer to nurses

After strike, Allina makes new offer to nurses

Offer makes concessions but still requires switching health plans.
Nurses' strike is over, but their dispute with Allina is not

Nurses' strike is over, but their dispute with Allina is not

Allina, nursing union appear to be as far apart as ever on health insurance, staffing and safety.
Twin Cities nurses' union asks regulators to investigate allegations of poor care during strike

Twin Cities nurses' union asks regulators to investigate allegations of poor care during strike

Union says replacement nurses have affected care; Allina says claims so far are without merit.
What's next in the war on cancer? U will participate in Biden 'moonshot'

What's next in the war on cancer? U will participate in Biden 'moonshot'

In many ways, medicine is slowly winning the war against cancer. It remains a lethal disease — an estimated 1.7 million new cases and 600,000…
Replacement nurse alleges hospital strike is hurting care

Replacement nurse alleges hospital strike is hurting care

Allina Health says it asked her to leave and that state inspectors have found no urgent care problems.
Striking nurses question Allina spending

Striking nurses question Allina spending

$108 million investment vexes strikers on picket line.
Care disruptions? Allina and its striking nurses offer different views

Care disruptions? Allina and its striking nurses offer different views

On day two of the strike, attention turned to patients caught in the middle
Seven-day nurses strike begins at Twin Cities hospitals

Seven-day nurses strike begins at Twin Cities hospitals

Nurses' union, Allina are at odds over health insurance plan. The union estimated that 600 nurses surrounded Abbott and 1,500 total were on the picket lines before 11 a.m.
Twin Cities nurses' strike at Allina today will test the limits

Twin Cities nurses' strike at Allina today will test the limits

As many as 4,800 nurses are scheduled to set up picket lines today at five Allina Health hospitals in an unusual seven-day strike.

Which Minnesota hospitals get penalized by Medicare?

The state's 50 largest hospitals are collectively being penalized 0.16 percent of their inpatient Medicare revenue this year — amounting to $2.4 million — for failing to prevent patients from being readmitted within 30 days of their prior hospital stays.

Allina, nurses reach rules for post strike

While the strikers' jobs are protected under federal labor law, Allina officials will have some flexibility in calling nurses back to work, according to an Allina document released Friday that summarized the "return to work" process. The strike starts Sunday.

HCMC, Regions study for emergency brain injury waives patient consent

Medical personnel are supposed to obtain patients' consent before testing experimental treatments — but that can be tricky when the treatments take place at emergency…
Hundreds of replacement nurses will arrive soon as Allina girds for a strike

Hundreds of replacement nurses will arrive soon as Allina girds for a strike

Hundreds of recruits being drawn from across nation.
Minnesota's teen births dip to historic lows

Minnesota's teen births dip to historic lows

Public health officials say the declining rate of teen births defies perceptions, but caution that STD rates remain a serious problem in Minnesota.
Which Minnesota hospitals get fined by Medicare?

Which Minnesota hospitals get fined by Medicare?

Data show which hospitals have been penalized for problems like hospital-acquired infections and too many readmissions -- but they can also get rewarded.
Allina, nurses to resume talks

Allina, nurses to resume talks

Health system announces negotiating session on Monday in an effort to head off a seven-day strike by as many as 4,800 of its hospital nurses.

Minnesota's move to license genetic counselors could expand access, affect costs

Minnesota is joining 20 states in deciding to license genetic counselors — professionals who advise people whether to pursue tests that uncover their hereditary risks…
Nurses announce one-week strike plans at five Allina hospitals

Nurses announce one-week strike plans at five Allina hospitals

Walkout threatened for week of June 19 could force both sides back to the bargaining table. Company says subs are set.
Allina nurses vote down contract offer, authorize strike

Allina nurses vote down contract offer, authorize strike

A two-thirds majority rebuffed the three-year contract and authorized strike plans. The sticking point: eliminating union-backed health insurance and moving nurses to Allina's plan.
Strike possibility looms ahead of Allina nurse vote

Strike possibility looms ahead of Allina nurse vote

Insurance is at issue in a vote that distills years of change in U.S. health care.
Prince accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, medical examiner says

Prince accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, medical examiner says

The 57-year-old musician died from the self-administered overdose of fentanyl, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office said.
Long wait ends for Watchman cardiac implant to come to Minnesota

Long wait ends for Watchman cardiac implant to come to Minnesota

The device closes off an atrial appendage where harmful clots can form.
Allina, nurses deadlocked in contract talks

Allina, nurses deadlocked in contract talks

As current pact expires, negotiators locked in dispute on health insurance benefit, raising specter of strike.
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.
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