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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.
Ebola vaccine needs fast track, U panel says

Ebola vaccine needs fast track, U panel says

Though the number of cases is down, experts say world needs to prepare for the next outbreak.
Flu claims a fifth Minnesota child as outbreak winds down

Flu claims a fifth Minnesota child as outbreak winds down

State got “hit pretty hard” and “very fast,” state official says.

Health beat: Delay children's vaccines? Bad idea

  Reaction to last week’s Star Tribune story on the anti-vaccine movement was intense — reflecting the frustration of scientists whose overwhelming evidence on vaccine…

Pregnant women more comfortable asking questions of midwives than OBs, says U of M study

Women find it easier to ask questions of midwives than of doctors, research finds.
Hospital tones down alarms to reduce fatigue, enhance safety

Hospital tones down alarms to reduce fatigue, enhance safety

The goal is to eliminate alarms that signal only minor problems and instead have them sound only for issues that require immediate response.
Measles outbreak has vaccine opponents on the defensive

Measles outbreak has vaccine opponents on the defensive

Vaccine horror stories slowly have been reshaping America’s public health landscape. Now the vaccine skeptics are themselves facing skeptics.

Health beat: Do report cards improve health care?

  For 10 years, MN Community Measurement has been putting heat on medical clinics by publicly ranking them on patient care — starting with performance…

Rural Minnesota moms losing out on giving birth locally

At least seven Minnesota hospitals have stopped, or planned to stop, scheduling deliveries since 2009.
Measles case at U draws attention to wider health threat

Measles case at U draws attention to wider health threat

The case is drawing new attention to Minnesota vaccination laws and prompting state health officials to remind parents that measles remains dangerous.
Health beat: Minneapolis eye doctor joins NASA 'dream team'

Health beat: Minneapolis eye doctor joins NASA 'dream team'

Before sending space travelers on a 500-day flight to Mars, NASA needs Dr. Richard Lindstrom and nine other U.S. experts to solve why astronauts suffer severe vision problems after long tours in space.
Anoka-Hennepin schools consider screening for depression

Anoka-Hennepin schools consider screening for depression

Organizers are considering adding a confidential mental-health and substance-abuse questionnaire to the schools’ annual screening, a reflection of growing attention to anxiety and stress among the nation’s teenagers.

Health beat: Chronic pain's toll growing in Minnesota

  Many of the thorniest issues in health care in recent years have had to do with chronic, long-term pain. Regulators have debated how tightly…

Hennepin County officials credit “nonintuitive” sex ed for plunge in teen births

13 percent decline vindicates sex ed that focuses on decisionmaking, health officials say.
State study fails to answer nurse staffing problems

State study fails to answer nurse staffing problems

An issue simmering since the Twin Cities’ nurse picket of 2010 remains unresolved, to union’s frustration.
New Americans struggle with health inequities

New Americans struggle with health inequities

Study compares health by national origin and native language. State officials have been drawing attention to disparities.

In Minnesota, number of flu cases suggests season has peaked

The latest influenza figures from the Minnesota Department of Health suggest this severe flu season might have peaked.Hospitalizations in the state declined for the second…

Health beat: Did flu patients receive shots?

  After reading about influenza-related deaths and hospitalizations, people often ask me whether or not flu victims had been vaccinated. It’s a tough question to…

Minnesota's bill for Ebola preparations tops $1 million, state expert says

Health Department spent over $1 million.
Obituary: Grace Heitzig, 12, was fun, energetic and a 'gamer' by nature

Obituary: Grace Heitzig, 12, was fun, energetic and a 'gamer' by nature

The evening of Jan. 5 was everything Charlie and Katie Heitzig loved about their bubbly daughter, 12-year-old Grace. She was so excited about planning a…

Health beat: Fed-up doctors prepare to fight insurer restrictions

  Want to see a doctor perspire? Bring up prior authorization at your next visit. Little frustrates doctors as much as these restrictions by insurers…
Harsher flu season claims life of fourth Minnesota child

Harsher flu season claims life of fourth Minnesota child

That's two more than all last season. Clinics around Minnesota also are finding a higher rate of patients with symptoms.

Norovirus illnesses traced to Chuck E. Cheese in Woodbury

At least 30 fell ill after a visit to Woodbury restaurant, which was cleaned and reopened.

Bloomington impotency clinic closed

Male patients frustrated by the closure of a clinic that sold them injectable alternatives to overcoming erectile dysfunction.

Minnesotans brace for coldest week of the winter

Forecasts suggest 72 to 96 hours of subzero lows this week, but not necessarily school closures.
Police seek driver in I-35E hit-and-run that killed Maple Grove woman

Police seek driver in I-35E hit-and-run that killed Maple Grove woman

Investigators were trying Saturday to solve the hit-and-run death of a Maple Grove woman who might have been crawling on Interstate 35E in St. Paul…

Health beat: Push across Minnesota to limit early births is working

  Change can be glacial in health care, but that hasn’t been the case with Minnesota’s campaign to reduce early elective inductions of childbirth. A…

June 19: Auditor to review U’s drug trial suicide

Ten years later, ethics questions linger over the U’s handling of the suicide of a schizophrenic patient receiving trial drugs.

12 Minnesota hospitals face penalties for infection rates, bedsores

Medicare performance data cite high infection rates, bedsores and other preventable problems.
Flu spikes in Minn. schools; hospitals see more cases

Flu spikes in Minn. schools; hospitals see more cases

The second week of December was a nasty one for seasonal influenza, with 203 schools reporting outbreaks of flu-like illness and 60 people hospitalized, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Health beat: Addict meds come with a lifetime burden

  Imagine taking daily medications prescribed by your doctor — and enduring nausea, chills and the worst flu symptoms ever if you tried to stop.…
What does health care cost? Study finds big gaps among Minn. clinics

What does health care cost? Study finds big gaps among Minn. clinics

Spending on medical care varies dramatically depending on the clinics that Minnesotans choose — from $269 to $826 per patient per month — according to a first-of-its-kind analysis designed to make patients wiser shoppers and doctors more accountable for the cost of care.
Early state flu report indicates a harsher year

Early state flu report indicates a harsher year

Cases have now been reported in half of the state’s eight reporting districts, and school outbreaks are above average for this time of year.
Doctors reluctant to use heroin addiction medication

Doctors reluctant to use heroin addiction medication

Despite patient “miracles,” a Burnsville doctor can’t persuade his peers to prescribe Suboxone.
Flu cases jam Twin Cities hospitals

Flu cases jam Twin Cities hospitals

Most patients don’t require advanced care, but two hospitals reported record numbers of visits.
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