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Could mandatory database curb opioid abuse?

Could mandatory database curb opioid abuse?

Required Rx monitoring effective at detecting addicts, but objections center on practicality.

Obesity counseling a bright spot in health equity report

Increased physician counseling in and of itself might not eliminate health disparities, but over time, it could make a dent in child obesity rates.
Minnesota hospital error report sees problems with lost tissue samples

Minnesota hospital error report sees problems with lost tissue samples

State's medical errors report finds that the problem is common.
Explore adverse hospital events in Minnesota

Explore adverse hospital events in Minnesota

Minnesota's hospitals have publicly reported adverse events since 2005. This database allows you to look up adverse events by hospital, year or error type.

U researchers may have found way to predict autism in kids

Measuring changes in infants' brain growth can allow doctors to predict the likelihood that they will be diagnosed with autism in their toddler years, according to two University of Minnesota researchers.
Nursing strikes cost Allina $149 million

Nursing strikes cost Allina $149 million

Hospital hired hundreds of replacements as nurses walked out over health insurance dispute.
New Mayo analysis finds an amazing range of injuries suffered while ice fishing

New Mayo analysis finds an amazing range of injuries suffered while ice fishing

Winter anglers have suffered everything from burns to broken bones to concussions while hunkering down in their shanties, ER data show.
Minn. joins Wis. 'Dose of Reality' campaign on dangers of opiods

Minn. joins Wis. 'Dose of Reality' campaign on dangers of opiods

Minnesota joins Wisconsin's "Dose of Reality" campaign against painkiller abuse.
Vaccines, vital for pregnant women, are often skipped

Vaccines, vital for pregnant women, are often skipped

Public health advocates want to use maternal vaccinations to prevent disabling and deadly diseases from spreading to newborns.
In wake of Dayton's cancer diagnosis, clinic phone lines are lighting up

In wake of Dayton's cancer diagnosis, clinic phone lines are lighting up

Despite extensive research over the years, medical groups have come to different conclusions.
Gov. Dayton seeks quick vote on MinnesotaCare 'buy-in'

Gov. Dayton seeks quick vote on MinnesotaCare 'buy-in'

Dayton, two legislators push MinnesotaCare expansion, creating competition in market.
Mayo, Norway partner up to push the limits of survival for hypothermia victims

Mayo, Norway partner up to push the limits of survival for hypothermia victims

Advances in resuscitating frozen patients are improving the odds for hypothermia victims.
Fairview asks: Can genetic tests improve high blood pressure care?

Fairview asks: Can genetic tests improve high blood pressure care?

A collaboration with a local genetics research firm aims to determine if DNA tests can steer patients to more effective treatment for high blood pressure.
Flu spike prompts hospital restrictions

Flu spike prompts hospital restrictions

13 Allina sites affected after state reports a mild but widespread outbreak.

Medicare disciplines Fairview over patient runaway

Parents say the incident at the University of Minnesota Medical Center last month was only one of the failures that jeopardized their 13-year-old.
Under new leader, U's psychiatry department shifting research

Under new leader, U's psychiatry department shifting research

Industry-funded drug trials and the recruitment of hospitalized patients as research subjects have been curbed.
Prostate cancer strikes many, kills few

Prostate cancer strikes many, kills few

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer, after skin cancer, in American men: Incidence: One in seven men will be diagnosed with the cancer…
Minneapolis therapy for child trauma attracts global interest

Minneapolis therapy for child trauma attracts global interest

A successful approach to treating post-traumatic stress in youngsters, developed at the Washburn Center for Children, is being exported to Japan and China.
Jazz pianist James 'Jimmy' Hamilton played with legends, taught future ones like Prince

Jazz pianist James 'Jimmy' Hamilton played with legends, taught future ones like Prince

Hamilton, dubbed a Minnesota jazz legend, died Dec. 31 after prolonged complications from stroke. He was 80.
Pioneering spinal surgery in the womb boosts babies' odds in Minneapolis

Pioneering spinal surgery in the womb boosts babies' odds in Minneapolis

A team of Minneapolis surgeons is pioneering a bold approach to prenatal medicine — performing "open" surgery on fetuses to fix spinal deformities.
HCMC, U to test new, simpler treatment for brain injuries

HCMC, U to test new, simpler treatment for brain injuries

An electric stimulator, placed twice daily on a patient’s neck, could end up providing effective treatment for moderate traumatic brain injury — a disorder that…
Best preventive care? Get vaccines, and don't smoke

Best preventive care? Get vaccines, and don't smoke

Doctors giving regular checkups will get the most bang for their buck if they advise adults to quit smoking, convince teens to never start, and…
Born conjoined, N.D. girls beat the odds and are thriving at 11

Born conjoined, N.D. girls beat the odds and are thriving at 11

A decade after surgery, once-conjoined North Dakota twins are thriving.
Fairview sees entry-level workers as an answer to shortage in health care

Fairview sees entry-level workers as an answer to shortage in health care

  America has a grave shortage of health care workers but, paradoxically, it contains its own solution: Entry-level workers could serve in critical skilled roles…
Mayo: Yesterday's prep footballers do not make up more of today's brain injuries

Mayo: Yesterday's prep footballers do not make up more of today's brain injuries

  High-schoolers in the 1950s and 1960s who played football did not suffer elevated rates of brain disorders as they aged, according to a Mayo…
Lawsuit alleging price-fixing of generic drugs points to Minnesota saleswoman

Lawsuit alleging price-fixing of generic drugs points to Minnesota saleswoman

The saleswoman, who worked for Heritage Pharmaceuticals, "is central to the allegations," said Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson.

Mental health provider seeks state OK to double-bunk young patients

For-profit provider PrairieCare wants to add second beds to 21 of the 50 inpatient rooms at its year-old hospital in Brooklyn Park.
U pioneers new robotic arm — controlled by the brain

U pioneers new robotic arm — controlled by the brain

Researcher Bin He and colleagues reported on Wednesday the successful use of sensors in a cap worn on the head that interpret brain signals and instruct a robotic arm to make corresponding movements.

Report takes deep dive into Minnesota health clinic costs

Nonprofit aims to help consumers shop for care in an era of rising health care costs.

Campaign confronts elderly isolation, which carries health risks

A dramatic increase in the number of elderly Americans living alone — combined with research showing the consequences of social isolation — has resulted in…
HCMC sees cutting 275 from workforce next year

HCMC sees cutting 275 from workforce next year

Despite increasing patient visits, the urban safety net hospital is reporting declining revenue.

Minneapolis day care hanging case raises safety fears

Abuse in licensed child care rare, but 89 cases of licenses lost or suspended this year.

Allina hospitals see progress with stepped-up approach to stroke therapy

  A more aggressive approach to stroke therapy at Allina Health hospitals has helped patients get back up to speed with daily life. Therapists have…
Safety net costs prompt HCMC staff cuts

Safety net costs prompt HCMC staff cuts

Hospital has grown, but not in lucrative areas of medicine.
PTSD is added to Minnesota's medical pot program as qualifying condition

PTSD is added to Minnesota's medical pot program as qualifying condition

Insomnia, arthritis, autism were among other conditions rejected by a state panel.
New Ulm health project paying off seven years later

New Ulm health project paying off seven years later

Blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels have all improved since 2009 in a target population of New Ulm adults, according to study results.
Attorney general examines problems fueling Minn. opioid epidemic

Attorney general examines problems fueling Minn. opioid epidemic

Lori Swanson offered a list of solutions, while two state medical groups drafted prescribing guidelines to give doctors alternatives to opioids for pain relief.
For Minnesotans using Obamacare, election brought only uncertainty

For Minnesotans using Obamacare, election brought only uncertainty

Any changes under President Trump and a GOP Congress will affect 200,000 Minnesotans who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Student mental health survey responses raise concern

Amid lots of good news in the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey — rates of teen drinking, smoking, violence and pregnancy all declined — there was…
Allina spent $104M to keep hospitals open during strikes

Allina spent $104M to keep hospitals open during strikes

October expenses have not been released. Outlay was regrettable, but necessary, company said.
Oct. 13: Striking Allina nurses give their approval to contract offer

Oct. 13: Striking Allina nurses give their approval to contract offer

More than 4,000 of the nurses striking at five Twin Cities hospitals will return to work starting as early as 7 a.m. Sunday.

University of Minnesota dental school closing West Bank clinic

Budget pressures hit practice that specializes in serving patients with low incomes and disabilities.
Methadone is helping Minn. addicts, leaving its own dangerous trail

Methadone is helping Minn. addicts, leaving its own dangerous trail

Austin Paolo had rebelled against previous efforts to overcome his opioid addiction, but his family remained hopeful when he turned to the Pinnacle clinic in…

Genetic tests can be powerful, but they can also be interpreted wrong, Mayo warns

  Imagine the heartache of losing a 13-year-old son to a mysterious heart problem. And then being told that the underlying genetic cause was a…
Unity Hospital activists in Fridley win a round, buying time to fight Allina changes

Unity Hospital activists in Fridley win a round, buying time to fight Allina changes

Residents are fighting Allina's effort to turn Fridley community hospital into an auxiliary campus.

HealthPartners, Hazelden report that financial incentives can improve addiction care

The rewards improved key measures of progress in patients at Hazelden's adult facility in Center City and its youth facility in Plymouth.

Drug error by replacement nurse severely injured patient

Feds cite Abbott Northwestern for a serious medication error by a replacement nurse, but Allina officials deny that it resulted from the nurses' strike.

Minneapolis doctors test, treat monster disease

Vampire folklore may have been inspired by a rare disease called porphyria, which can cause sensitivity to sunlight and protruding canine teeth, but Dr. Claus…

U sued over fetal tissue research

Anti-abortion activists say state statute violated.

Skip the needle – lemony lozenge can now dispense anesthesia

  Hmm, let’s see, should I let a nurse anesthetist stick an IV line in my arm — or should I suck on a lemony…
Source of Legionnaire's outbreak in Hopkins is identified

Source of Legionnaire's outbreak in Hopkins is identified

State health investigators pinpointed cooling towers at Citrus Systems in Hopkins as the source of the outbreak that left one person dead and sent 17 people to the hospital.
Medical spending is up 5.6% in Minnesota, but clinic costs vary widely

Medical spending is up 5.6% in Minnesota, but clinic costs vary widely

Such wide ranges have turned in previous reports from Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM), but the report released Wednesday is significant because it shows trends over time.
Allina strike ends, nurses' decision awaits

Allina strike ends, nurses' decision awaits

About 4,800 Allina Health hospital nurses will vote on the contract proposal on Thursday. The deal was reached after a 17-hour negotiating session at the governor's residence.
Allina, striking nurses reach tentative deal

Allina, striking nurses reach tentative deal

Terms of the deal weren't immediately available, but a statement released by Gov. Mark Dayton's office thanked the two sides "for working to reach this tentative agreement, which will allow them to resume the quality health care that Minnesotans need and deserve."

Minnesota hospitals want to motivate patients to take responsibility for their health

Charged with reducing patient harm in Minnesota hospitals by 20 percent in the next three years, state hospital leaders are turning to patients — to…
Allina nurses reject contract with 'resounding' no, stay on strike

Allina nurses reject contract with 'resounding' no, stay on strike

Allina Health hospital nurses voted Monday night to reject a contract offer, increasing the likelihood that their walkout will go down as the longest nursing strike in Minnesota history.
Striking Allina nurses' vote today will be tallied differently

Striking Allina nurses' vote today will be tallied differently

Results will be counted in aggregate for nurses at all five striking hospitals, rather than letting each hospital vote the contract up or down individually.
Striking nurses to vote Monday on new contract offer from Allina

Striking nurses to vote Monday on new contract offer from Allina

Allina says it compromised, while the union is neutral on offer.

Can 'natural killer' cells beat cancer? The U is trying to find out

U researchers are building on existing discoveries with NK cells, or natural killer cells, because their ordinary function is to sweep through the body and eliminate impurities.

Wednesday: Allina hospital nurses' strike approaches record as 2nd day of talks ends

A second day in a row of talks adjourned about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday with no agreement. They'll resume Thursday morning.
Tending bar, selling blood, striking nurses scramble for income

Tending bar, selling blood, striking nurses scramble for income

Contract talks resume Tuesday, but meanwhile, Allina nurses have turned to unconventional work.
Respected by nurses, Allina CEO Wheeler is tested by strike

Respected by nurses, Allina CEO Wheeler is tested by 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.
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