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Health care 'homes' that oversee patient care save Minnesota $1B

Health care 'homes' that oversee patient care save Minnesota $1B

The reform strategy offered extra funding to oversee patient care and reduced medical complications, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Minnesota hospitals report more bad debts, community benefits

And uncompensated care expenses are still going up.
Vice President Biden grieves with Minnetonka woman over cancer loss

Vice President Biden grieves with Minnetonka woman over cancer loss

The last thing Raha Assadi-Lamouki expected was the call Monday after writing to the White House about her brother's death from leukemia.
Syphilis cases jump 63 percent among Minnesota women

Syphilis cases jump 63 percent among Minnesota women

The increase prompts state health officials to issue a health alert.
What does pot use do to IQ? Minnesota twin study used to find out

What does pot use do to IQ? Minnesota twin study used to find out

Ever wonder what happens over time if one twin smokes pot and the other doesn’t? Josh Isen did, and his analysis of the Minnesota Twin…
After awkward flip-flop, U defends fetal tissue research

After awkward flip-flop, U defends fetal tissue research

The University of Minnesota is organizing an aggressive defense after last year mistakenly denying that the controversial work took place on campus.

Methadone doctor, clinic admit negligence in patient's fatal car wreck

Attorneys say the $8.5 million settlement is a first for a doctor's public acknowledgment of fault.
Chronically ill Minn. patients eight times more expensive than healthy ones

Chronically ill Minn. patients eight times more expensive than healthy ones

Conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease account for large share of health spending.
Minnesota families haunted by opioid deaths seek answers, change

Minnesota families haunted by opioid deaths seek answers, change

Young adults are dying at a rate not seen since the late 1990s at the crest of the AIDS epidemic, and the misuse of prescription opioids is largely to blame along with the related use of illicit heroin.
Mayo survey finds that 30-somethings are less optimistic about aging

Mayo survey finds that 30-somethings are less optimistic about aging

The 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's flu season is tame so far, but peak is a month away

Minnesota's flu season is tame so far, but peak is a month away

Number of reported outbreaks and influenza samples are behind the pace of recent winters.

Nurses near contract agreement with Twin Cities hospitals

Staffing ratios not part of mostly rancor-free deal.
How to keep New Year's promises

How to keep New Year's promises

  Two weeks into 2016, an estimated three in 10 New Year’s resolutions have already been tossed aside like old Powerball tickets. By year’s end,…
Doulas offer safety, cost savings, University of Minnesota study finds

Doulas offer safety, cost savings, University of Minnesota study finds

With support, low-income women less likely to have costly birth complications.
Supercomputer helps Minneapolis doctors with cardiac decisions

Supercomputer helps Minneapolis doctors with cardiac decisions

Doctors at Allina Health hope to reduce invasive procedures using new technology.
University of Minnesota research drives home aspirin's benefits

University of Minnesota research drives home aspirin's benefits

The ability of aspirin, taken daily, to ward off stroke and heart attacks has long been known, so it is surprising that more Minnesotans don’t…
Wisconsin grant takes aim at shortage of doctors

Wisconsin grant takes aim at shortage of doctors

With a $750,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, HealthPartners is launching a residency program that will rotate doctors-in-training through Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park for one year, and then through smaller Wisconsin hospitals for the next two.
At U, gene editing boosts hopes for pig cell transplants to treat diabetes

At U, gene editing boosts hopes for pig cell transplants to treat diabetes

The ultimate goal, says the U's Christopher Burlak, is creating "stealth" islet cells from a pig's pancreas that are so familiar to the human body that they can be transplanted without the need for anti-rejection medications.

Health beat: Gene screening increases IVF clinic's chances of success

  In vitro fertilization is now a reliable albeit pricey path to pregnancy for younger women struggling to have children, but it remains a longer…
Planned Parenthood gets stronger in Minnesota amid pressure

Planned Parenthood gets stronger in Minnesota amid pressure

As abortion numbers drop, Planned Parenthood asserts a larger role.

Test prep firm ordered to repay thousands of dollars to Minnesota nurses

Loans to finance exams arrived late – or not at all, state says.

Minnesota gets top marks in two national health care scorecards

  Minnesota got a double dose of good news this week, when the UnitedHealth Foundation ranked it 4th healthiest in the United States and the…

Health beat: Delirium prevention at Methodist Hospital succeeds

  Delirium afflicts one-third to two-thirds of elderly hospital patients, who can suffer abrupt and intense mood changes as a result of medications, invasive treatments,…
Mayo finds youth contact sports boost risk of brain degeneration

Mayo finds youth contact sports boost risk of brain degeneration

Mayo Clinic researchers say they have discovered a significant and surprising incidence of brain degeneration in males who participated in amateur contact sports in their…
Minneapolis' Abbott Northwestern will close its McDonald's

Minneapolis' Abbott Northwestern will close its McDonald's

Abbott Northwestern resisted accusations of hypocrisy in the past but will terminate its lease next spring to improve the health of its food options for patients, staff and visitors.

600 Minn. nursing assistants must retake test after 'potential improprieties'

An investigation found anomalies in test results through the Inver Hills Community College program, raising concerns that as many as 569 nursing assistants might be unqualified for their jobs.
Opioid overuse kills more Minnesotans than homicide

Opioid overuse kills more Minnesotans than homicide

The runaway use and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone has emerged as a public health threat in Minnesota.
Hospitals re-examining security after St. Cloud shooting

Hospitals re-examining security after St. Cloud shooting

Hospital officials say the number of nurses and aides injured by patients or visitors spiked last year.
Minnesota doctors call for removal of football from public schools

Minnesota doctors call for removal of football from public schools

In a sport in which 5 percent to 20 percent of players suffer concussions each season, the doctors say the stats on concussions back them up.

Health beat: Minnesota doctor uncovers potential cause of deafness in preemies

  Doctors have struggled to prevent hearing loss that is common among premature babies placed in protective incubators to grow and on artificial ventilators to…
For high-risk patients, lower is better on blood pressure

For high-risk patients, lower is better on blood pressure

A huge national study published Monday will likely reshape how doctors manage a disease that affects millions of Americans.

Health beat: First guidance issued on sharing genetic research findings with relatives

  If medical researchers discover that a subject in one of their studies is genetically predisposed to breast cancer or Parkinson’s disease, should they alert…
Minnesota report linked infant deaths to unsafe crib, sleeping practices

Minnesota report linked infant deaths to unsafe crib, sleeping practices

A new state report is drawing attention to simple steps that can protect infants during sleep.
Washington Co. preterm birthrates surprise Minnesota leaders

Washington Co. preterm birthrates surprise Minnesota leaders

The county posted an unusually high number and a rate higher than Ramsey County's, though still below the national average.
Obituary: Steven Bickel, Hollywood executive and St. Paul native

Obituary: Steven Bickel, Hollywood executive and St. Paul native

Friends will gather in Minneapolis on Friday to remember film executive and St. Paul native Steven Bickel, whose big ideas and drive to make it…
Shortage of state psychiatric beds leaves local hospitals jammed

Shortage of state psychiatric beds leaves local hospitals jammed

Change in state law has left jails, hospitals competing for limited long-term care spots.

Health beat: Fantasy "gaming" still raises addiction concerns

  Regulators and creators of online sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel might be arguing whether weekly fantasy sports betting constitutes “gaming” or “gambling,”…
Minnesota's one and only medical tourism broker

Minnesota's one and only medical tourism broker

Trip4Care has carved a niche, but its status shows global health travel hasn't soared alongside medical costs.

Baxter day care shut down following infant's death, safety complaint

The Baxter, Minn., day care was closed following the death of a 3-month-old girl and a complaint that the providers failed to follow safety requirements.

More are beating the cancer that killed Flip Saunders

Hodgkin's survival rates are high, but coach's health worsened swiftly.
Health beat: Woodbury psychiatrist sees gaming addiction at root of much teen angst

Health beat: Woodbury psychiatrist sees gaming addiction at root of much teen angst

  Internet gaming disorder isn’t a diagnosis yet; it’s just a footnote for future consideration in the DSM-V, the diagnostic handbook for psychiatrists. But more…
Killer of Aitkin County sheriff's deputy terrorized wife week earlier

Killer of Aitkin County sheriff's deputy terrorized wife week earlier

Danny L. Hammond terrorized his wife and threatened to kill her after she told him she wanted to leave their marriage of 12 years, authorities said.

Paralyzed Minn. man awarded $9.1 million in malpractice case

Joseph Lakoskey's attorney argued that an anesthesiologist left him dangerously dehydrated before surgery to repair a perforated bowel at North Memorial Center in Robbinsdale.

Macalester student draws on dad's PTSD to create therapeutic app

  Macalester College senior Tyler Skluzacek arrived at a coding competition in Washington D.C. last month with programming smarts and a desire to help veterans,…
Work barriers persist for breast-feeding, U study finds

Work barriers persist for breast-feeding, U study finds

University of Minnesota study finds working mothers lack private space and adequate breaks.
Fairview name ending with U Physicians merger

Fairview name ending with U Physicians merger

Leaders say combining the two will produce a stronger, leaner health care system.

Doctor: Abdominal chemotherapy for ovarian cancer underused by Minnesota cancer specialists

  When the National Cancer Institute made a “clinical announcement” in 2006 in favor of a somewhat controversial form of chemotherapy — injecting cancer-killing toxins…
Fairview weighs merger with University of Minnesota doctors

Fairview weighs merger with University of Minnesota doctors

A consolidation between the two already intertwined groups would follow a regional trend, simplify operations.

Osteopathic medical school planned to heal Minnesota doctor shortage

Group wants to open osteopathic school in central Minnesota, where need for primary care doctors is great.
The ethics of misusing ADHD drugs for an academic boost

The ethics of misusing ADHD drugs for an academic boost

It's illegal for college students to take ADHD medications without a prescriptions. It's also unhealthy, considering that these drugs are potent and addictive. "Is this to students what doping was to Lance Armstrong?" asks a Gustavus Adolphus professor.

UCare gets little boost from county appeals

State restored business in only one of 25 counties.
Attorney asks judge to compel reforms of Minn. sex offender program

Attorney asks judge to compel reforms of Minn. sex offender program

An attorney for a group of men confined in Minnesota's controversial sex-offender treatment program urged a federal judge Wednesday morning to compel reforms that would put more offenders on a path to discharge and placement in less-restrictive community treatment settings.
Mayo receives $9M federal innovation grant

Mayo receives $9M federal innovation grant

The funding will support training in integrated care at Mayo-affiliated clinics.

Health beat: Specialists screening when to leave brain aneurysms alone

  Doctors at Abbott Northwestern Hospital have had success treating brain aneurysms with new, thicker “Pipeline’’ stents that direct blood past the potentially deadly bulges…
Univ. of Minnesota ends recruiting of research subjects on 72-hour holds

Univ. of Minnesota ends recruiting of research subjects on 72-hour holds

Concerns about coercion of vulnerable patients led to the new policy.
Minnesota promotes tai chi to prevent disabling falls among elderly

Minnesota promotes tai chi to prevent disabling falls among elderly

Practicing tai chi can help reduce the risk of falling for elderly adults.

Minnesota one of five states with more obese adults in 2014

Increase came as a disappointment to state health officials, who have targeted the problem with millions invested in walking paths, farmers markets and other strategies to "make the healthy choice the easy choice."
Minnesota's medical costs rose in 2014 but varied widely clinic to clinic

Minnesota's medical costs rose in 2014 but varied widely clinic to clinic

Minnesota's overall per-patient care bills rose from 2013 to 2014, but some medical groups bucked the trend and drove costs down.
Bionic arm makes difference in life of Minnesota teen, world's youngest recipient

Bionic arm makes difference in life of Minnesota teen, world's youngest recipient

A new type of bionic prosthesis — aided by a surgery that reassigns nerves in the arm — has made a big difference to the 13-year-old from Westbrook, Minn.

Negative body image among teen girls results in weight gain, U finds

While not observed in boys, a negative body image in overweight girls resulted in more weight gain over time than a positive body image.
UCare's fall could hurt Minnesota's doctor training

UCare's fall could hurt Minnesota's doctor training

A threat to family medicine education funding is ill-timed for Minnesota, which is projected to have a shortage of 800 doctors in its rural areas within a decade.

Health beat: The power of preparing for end-of-life treatment

Grief and confusion could have been avoided if a common form had been at the scene of a nursing home where a 71-year-old woman died last month.
Salmonella outbreak linked to Twin Cities Chipotle restaurants

Salmonella outbreak linked to Twin Cities Chipotle restaurants

Suspect produce has already been swapped out of Twin Cities restaurants, but the Minnesota Department of Health wants to know of any severe stomach illnesses following meals at Chipotle
Minnesota water quality tests tainted by lab misconduct, probe finds

Minnesota water quality tests tainted by lab misconduct, probe finds

A state inquiry said a single lab analyst failed to follow calibration rules.
Needy have to scramble after Minn. cancels health benefits

Needy have to scramble after Minn. cancels health benefits

The state determined that 40,000 low-income Minnesotans would be dropped from health coverage by Sept. 1 because they no longer qualified or failed to turn in paperwork. But it appears mistakes were made.

Nurses union wins labor complaint against North Memorial

Under the ruling, North Memorial must rehire an employee who was fired.

Health beat: However tempting, don't rush colon exam

It turns out there are hazards to hurrying through these cancer screenings.

Judge rejects UCare bid to halt sign-ups as insurer seeks new contract

A Ramsey County judge on Thursday declined to issue an injunction that could have kept UCare as an insurer for thousands of low-income Minnesotans receiving…

Audit of state's health-insurance bidding process is likely

Several state senators suggested such an audit earlier this week, and on Wednesday Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson formally requested one, saying she believes it will uphold the way her department conducted the bidding and chose the winners.
Opening of Brooklyn Park hospital shows demand for pediatric mental health care

Opening of Brooklyn Park hospital shows demand for pediatric mental health care

Opening of 50-bed facility in Brooklyn Park fills a need for mental health, crisis services.

Misdiagnoses are getting a closer look with help of local doctor

Doctors and safety advocates have targeted many causes of patient harm — such as bungled prescriptions, excessive imaging scans and wrong-site surgeries — but have given little attention to an equally common cause: making the wrong diagnosis.

Health beat: Life Time Fitness in St. Louis Park bets on full body scanning

  Vicki Pertiet didn’t need a fancy X-ray to tell her she was overweight, or that she didn’t like her jeans size. But the color-coded…

Ratings reveal Minnesota clinics with best communication, access

Nearly 80 percent awarded their doctors and clinics top marks in a 2014 survey.
Alexandria girl's recovery from traumatic facial injury inspires

Alexandria girl's recovery from traumatic facial injury inspires

Since her head was crushed in a stairway elevator system in 2014, 6-year-old Reagan Lennes has shown remarkable poise and strength.
Maplewood death shows critical need for end-of-life directive

Maplewood death shows critical need for end-of-life directive

Paramedics and nursing home workers across Minnesota can relate to the difficult decision that was made.
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