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Last-chance talks set Friday for Allina, nurses

Negotiations Friday will be a last chance to reach a deal before Labor Day, when 4,800 Allina Health nurses plan to go on strike in a standoff over health benefits.
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.
In contract talks, Allina, nurses spar over health insurance

In contract talks, Allina, nurses spar over health insurance

At issue is whether nurses should give up union-protected health plans and switch to plans that other Allina employees receive.
Why a U of M effort to treat post-op pain without opioids is drawing concerns

Why a U of M effort to treat post-op pain without opioids is drawing concerns

Some doctors worry that the hospital is pushing beyond government and hospital safety protocols.
Minnesota lawmakers target rising opioid death toll

Minnesota lawmakers target rising opioid death toll

Federal and state legislative solutions to the "unique American problem" of opioid addictions and deaths were released on the same day Minnesota reported another spike in drug overdose fatalities.

Here's how Hazelden's controversial opioid strategy is paying off

There were gasps in 2012 when the Hazelden Foundation announced it would add prescription drugs to its time-tested and rigid philosophy of treating opioid addicts…
Local doctor treating Prince is identified in search warrant

Local doctor treating Prince is identified in search warrant

Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, a family practitioner, had seen Prince twice before his body was found in a Paisley Park elevator April 21, according to the warrant.
Source: Percocet was found in Prince's system

Source: Percocet was found in Prince's system

It's unclear if the opioid painkiller contributed to his death. Also Wednesday, the DEA and U.S. attorney joined the death investigation.
Prince was under Minn. doctor's care over withdrawal symptoms

Prince was under Minn. doctor's care over withdrawal symptoms

The local physician, who has not been publicly identified, saw the singer in the month before his death.
Smokers can quit before they're ready, VA study says

Smokers can quit before they're ready, VA study says

Current medical wisdom holds that doctors should wait until smokers are ready to quit, and then blanket them with counseling, medicine and support. But research…
Mayo survey finds 30-somethings less optimistic about aging

Mayo survey finds 30-somethings less optimistic about aging

First-ever national survey on attitudes toward health and aging found that Americans in their 30s are the least likely to believe they will age better than their parents.
Minnesota doctors question plan to let pharmacists prescribe Narcan

Minnesota doctors question plan to let pharmacists prescribe Narcan

Advocates are promoting a new strategy to increase access to naloxone, the emergency drug for opioid overdoses: Let pharmacists decide when to give it out.…
Prince's death puts spotlight on opioid epidemic in Minnesota

Prince's death puts spotlight on opioid epidemic in Minnesota

State records show 336 deaths last year linked to excessive or abusive use of prescription opioids such as oxycodone, or illicit ones such as heroin. That is six times higher than the opioid-related deaths in 2000.
North Dakota baby monitored in Zika case

North Dakota baby monitored in Zika case

Mother traveled to Puerto Rico while pregnant, but the newborn shows no signs of birth defects.
Pill discovery keeps spotlight on role of drugs in Prince's death

Pill discovery keeps spotlight on role of drugs in Prince's death

The discovery of prescription pills at Paisley Park follows new details about the emergency landing made by Prince's jet in Moline, Ill.
Health beat: Poor Minnesotans fare better in two measures of health care

Health beat: Poor Minnesotans fare better in two measures of health care

Poor Minnesotans tend to receive poorer health care — poorer asthma management, for example, and less blood pressure control — according to a new state…

University of Minnesota joins cutting-edge national autism study

Project will create a digital registry of 50,000 patients to unlock genetic and other factors that affect the course and severity of the disorder.

Depression outcomes worse for Minnesota's poor

Report finds clinic performance in state splits along a socioeconomic divide.
Minn. ranks 7th worst in nation in access to healthy, fresh food

Minn. ranks 7th worst in nation in access to healthy, fresh food

A coalition of Minnesota economic and health leaders identifies areas in the state, where 1.6 million residents lack easy access to healthy food.
New federal aspirin guides include data analysis by HealthPartners

New federal aspirin guides include data analysis by HealthPartners

Computer modeling based on earlier cardiac disease research finds aspirin's benefits are greatest for a subset of Americans aged 50 to 59 and outweigh the drug's known risks.

Minnetonka company helps people learn how to breathe properly

Take a second right now and concentrate on how you breathe. Did you inhale through your nose? Did your belly expand as you filled your…
University of Minnesota's new psychiatry head seeks to heal wounds with families

University of Minnesota's new psychiatry head seeks to heal wounds with families

Dr. Sophia Vinogradov, who spent an hour this week with a relative of Dan Markingson, sees department strengths despite recent turmoil.
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