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Minnesota steps up calls for meningitis vaccination

Minnesota case has been linked to strain in other cities among men who have sex with men.
Drugmakers lag in reporting 'adverse events,' U study says

Drugmakers lag in reporting 'adverse events,' U study says

‘U’ research suggests gaps in notifiying feds of medications’ adverse effects.
Minnesota tallies $2B in wasted hospital spending

Minnesota tallies $2B in wasted hospital spending

Minnesotans receive as much as $2 billion in hospital care a year that could be avoided, according to a new analysis.
Obituary: William Malevich, first lay dean at St. Thomas, had answers for curious students

Obituary: William Malevich, first lay dean at St. Thomas, had answers for curious students

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…
Minnesota No. 1 in national poll for well-being of children

Minnesota No. 1 in national poll for well-being of children

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 limits use of CT scans for abdominal pain

Children’s Hospital finds it can cut radiation risk with no rise in misdiagnosis.

Feds renew Hennepin teen sex grant

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 launches online therapy for the blues

HealthPartners offering self-directed therapy.

Studies back benefits of staying at Ronald McDonald Houses

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…
Teen dies from rare infection after swimming in lake

Teen dies from rare infection after swimming in lake

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.
Rare parasite threat grows with third Minnesota lakes case

Rare parasite threat grows with third Minnesota lakes case

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.

Lawsuit seeks to add doctor in drug-related fatal crash

Brainerd physician’s methadone clinic is already targeted in crash that killed two people in 2012.
Family: Boy sickened by swim in lake is largely unresponsive

Family: Boy sickened by swim in lake is largely unresponsive

Health officials believe the 14-year-old boy developed primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a rare form of meningitis, after swimming in a Pope County lake.
Radiation errors at St. Cloud cancer center draw scrutiny

Radiation errors at St. Cloud cancer center draw scrutiny

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.

Parents shield girls more in downturns, U study says

  Animal parents protect their female piglets, cubs or joeys more than their male offspring when food is scarce — so how do humans behave…
Unity and Mercy hospitals to merge birth services

Unity and Mercy hospitals to merge birth services

New facility in Coon Rapids will provide range of services more efficiently, Allina Health says.
Mayo harnesses controversial proton power radiation therapy

Mayo harnesses controversial proton power radiation therapy

Proponents say the new radiation therapy is more precise, but critics say it doesn’t warrant the expense

Minnesota unique with Henry as top baby boy name

  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…
University of Minn. faulted for sloppy reporting in drug studies

University of Minn. faulted for sloppy reporting in drug studies

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.

Minneapolis researchers find teen ER visits for self-harm rising

The study's silver lining might be that more teens are getting medical care before their self-harm becomes deadly.

At University of Minnesota, ancient honor for futuristic surgery

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…
Eager Minnesotans roadtrip to Winnipeg for Women's World Cup, eh

Eager Minnesotans roadtrip to Winnipeg for Women's World Cup, eh

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.
Minnesota hospitals, birth centers are bringing back laughing gas

Minnesota hospitals, birth centers are bringing back laughing gas

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.

Health beat: Newly released Medicare data revealing about medical trends

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…
As Minnesota insurers limit access to hepatitis C drugs, patients chafe

As Minnesota insurers limit access to hepatitis C drugs, patients chafe

Patients see hope in a new drug, but at $1,000 a pill, health insurers are limiting use.
Minnesota pastor is gaining new insights from bionic eye

Minnesota pastor is gaining new insights from bionic eye

Two months later, it turns out James Kelm was an ideal pioneer.

Minnesotans test viral treatment for skin cancer

Minnesota was one of several sites to test new treatment on melanoma.
Doctor burnout is a rising problem in Minnesota medicine

Doctor burnout is a rising problem in Minnesota medicine

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.

Health beat: Univ. of Minnesota sex researcher has unique educational mission

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:…
U proposes new safety, ethics oversight of clinical research

U proposes new safety, ethics oversight of clinical research

In wake of ethics probe over suicide, major steps proposed for research.
Univ. of Minnesota recruiting for psychiatric study gets re-examined

Univ. of Minnesota recruiting for psychiatric study gets re-examined

Findings from a second review, including into the death of subject Dan Markingson, revealed no protocol violations.

Health beat: Get better sleep without the meds

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.

U admits missteps in 2nd schizophrenia drug study

University of Minnesota official says patient was not coerced into enrolling, but doctors failed to pass on key safety info.

State assumes control of two southern Minnesota nursing homes

Owners faced financial troubles, prompting unusual action.
In Minnesota, 307 new HIV cases, nearly 8,000 living with infection

In Minnesota, 307 new HIV cases, nearly 8,000 living with infection

Growth in HIV infections remains unchecked in Minnesota, a state health report revealed Thursday.

Health beat: Minnesota medical response to opioid overdose ahead of nation

  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…

Minnesota's infant mortality disparity linked to poverty, racism, isolation

More medical, community support is sought for mothers.

Minnesota's infant mortality gap blamed on poverty, racism, isolation

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.
Obituary: Vern Schueller, 95, charismatic and versatile drummer

Obituary: Vern Schueller, 95, charismatic and versatile drummer

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…
Part One: Mayo faces new price of success

Part One: Mayo faces new price of success

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.
Federal scientists working on bird flu vaccines

Federal scientists working on bird flu vaccines

The work on a human vaccine is purely a preventive measure.
Minnesota residents reversing obesity trend in a big way

Minnesota residents reversing obesity trend in a big way

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.

U infertility clinic to close this summer as competition closes in

The Reproductive Medicine Center in Minneapolis — the first in the state to perform in vitro fertilization — will be open until June 30.

With another record year for STDs, Minnesota calls notification essential

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.

Health beat: Minnesota's stillbirth mystery gaining attention

The rising rate of babies born lifeless has piqued the concern of Minnesota health officials, and now it has triggered action in the Legislature.
March 9: Minnesota parents want state to research stillborn problem

March 9: Minnesota parents want state to research stillborn problem

Advocates want state to explore the poorly understood problem of stillbirths and its underlying causes.
As Ebola outbreak calms down, U must wait to test vaccines

As Ebola outbreak calms down, U must wait to test vaccines

Experiment now pointless in Liberia after country’s success in controlling virus.

Health beat: Making the case for health equity a tough sell

Dr. Ed Ehlinger challenged state health care leaders this week to stop “admiring the problem” of health inequity — the troubling gap between the excellent…
U psychiatry chairman steps down after concerns with research

U psychiatry chairman steps down after concerns with research

The decision, announced Thursday, follows growing concern about psychiatric research and recruiting ethics and safety protocols at the University of Minnesota.

Dakota County: Day care provider, man accused of manslaughter in separate infant deaths

Caregivers are accused of manslaughter after infants died of “positional asphyxia,” according to the medical examiner.
Dec. 2013: Autism hits Somali kids harder, says UM research report

Dec. 2013: Autism hits Somali kids harder, says UM research report

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.

Health beat: Cancer drug costs are an ill lacking a cure

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…
Duluth pastor gets bionic eye, sees wife for first time

Duluth pastor gets bionic eye, sees wife for first time

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.”
State review: U should suspend psychiatric drug trials

State review: U should suspend psychiatric drug trials

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.
3,000 concussions last year take toll on prep sports in Minnesota

3,000 concussions last year take toll on prep sports in Minnesota

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.
1 in 8 Minnesota high school students smoke e-cigarettes

1 in 8 Minnesota high school students smoke e-cigarettes

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.
Explore Minnesota smoking trends

Explore Minnesota smoking trends

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.
Clinic offers a new way to treat children's pain

Clinic offers a new way to treat children's pain

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.
U of M nurse practitioner clinic aims to help fill doctor void

U of M nurse practitioner clinic aims to help fill doctor void

A new state law paves way for nurse-run facilities, amid hopes the model could go statewide.

U halts recruiting for psychiatric drug studies

Freeze comes after review raised ethics concerns.

Health beat: St. Paul firefighter seeks to limit coatings linked to cancer

  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 audit finds hazards abound in Minnesota child care

Federal audit finds hazards abound in Minnesota child care

Federal regulators say Minnesota needs more frequent inspections.

Health beat: University of Minnesota Medical Center's aorta hot line saves lives

  Dr. James Stowell must not be good at poker, because patient Dennis Otto read his face. Stowell, an ER physician at Fairview Ridges Hospital…
After Twin Cities hospital rampage, lawmakers debate bills to make hospitals safer

After Twin Cities hospital rampage, lawmakers debate bills to make hospitals safer

As lawmakers debate safety strategies, Ramsey County closes investigation on St. John’s Hospital incident, in which attacker died amid struggle with police officers.

Health beat: Before #TheDress there was #TheCoat

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…

Outside review after 2004 suicide faults U on research ethics

Safeguards for human subjects are inadequate, according to a review that spun off from the 2004 suicide of Dan Markingson.

Health beat: Minnesota deaths tied to birth process stump experts

  After 11 years of recording and publicly acknowledging preventable mistakes, Minnesota hospitals have developed a rhythm to their annual report on “adverse events.’’ Hand…
Minnesota hospitals report errors in hopes of learning from them

Minnesota hospitals report errors in hopes of learning from them

By studying missteps such as lost objects, hospitals aim to reduce deadly mistakes revealed Thursday in the Minnesota hospital “adverse event” report.

Iron Range air quality study triggers spat among scientists

Advisers to the study criticized sampling research borne out of the rate of Iron Range miners dying from mesothelioma.

With rural Minn. doctors in short supply, lawmakers weigh more incentives

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.

Health beat: Parenting style has role in kids' cavities

  Parents, which of these describes you? A) Brush your teeth or else! B) Hey kiddo, brush your teeth in five minutes or no TV.…

Minnesota doctors seek to cut insurer red tape over prescriptions

Legislation pushed to help physicians avoid “prior authorization” difficulties.
Auditor says MNsure failures in first year outweigh achievements

Auditor says MNsure failures in first year outweigh achievements

An audit into the health exchange's troubled launch concludes staff withheld information from the MNsure board before the flawed website was launched.

Audit into troubled launch lacks input from former MNsure chief

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…
Dec. 2, 2014: U study finds more evidence of harm linked to taconite dust

Dec. 2, 2014: U study finds more evidence of harm linked to taconite dust

Six-year study found that workers exposed to high levels of airborne mineral fibers were more than twice as likely to develop the cancer.
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