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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.
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.
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