Issues

April 26th, 2013

Noseworthy: Not All Health Care Is Equal

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

In America, we’ve come to expect the best of everything. However, when it comes to health care, we pay more in this country than anywhere else in the world — yet the United States falls behind other countries on measures of health outcomes. Millions of Americans do not have or cannot afford the health care […]

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Tags: complex care, Dr. John Noseworthy, Health Care, intermediate care, payment model, primary care, Roll Call Opinion


January 17th, 2013

St. Peter Hospital, Clinic Accuse Mayo of Questionable Business Practices

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

When it happened to her friend, Colleen Spike had had enough. Spike, the CEO of River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic in St. Peter, says she and other staff for the past few years have been hearing stories about questionable businesses practices by Mayo Clinic Health System…But Spike says that something her 88-year-old friend told her […]

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Tags: business practices, Colleen Spike, Mankato Free Press, Mayo Clinic Health System, River's Edge Hospital and Clinic, ultrasounds


October 17th, 2012

End-Of-Life Medical Care Initiative Prompts Worries About Abuse

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

A statewide pilot program aimed at getting more people to document their wishes for end-of-life medical care is modeled in part on a successful La Crosse program that has been touted as a national example…Advocates consider the POLST, or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, an important tool that gives chronically and terminally ill patients greater […]

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Tags: end-of-life care, Franciscan Healthcare, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, POLST, Stephen Pavela


July 10th, 2012

Fake Avastin shows very little protects drug supply

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As drug counterfeiters step up their sales of bogus medicines, global health regulators have few protections in place to prevent them from reaching patients, and new laws aimed at addressing the problem could be years away…Larger hospitals are likely to have more quality controls in place than individual clinics, but there are still concerns. The […]

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Tags: Cardinal Health, counterfeit, Robert Wolf


June 18th, 2012

MNTX Opioid Improves Bowel Movement

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As per a research, which has been published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, has found that methylnaltrexone (MNTX), a peripheral opioid is quite effective in treating bowel function in critically ill patients. The drug has been created by Dr. Jonathan Moss at the University of Chicago. It seems that the drug has proved its efficacy […]

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Tags: constipation, Dr. Jonathan Moss, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, methylnaltrexone, University of Chicago


May 1st, 2012

Supporters Say Legalizing Medical Marijuana In Md. Will Help Save Lives

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Despite repeated pleas from people suffering from diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and glaucoma, each year Maryland lawmakers refuse to allow them to buy it here legally. “We don’t want to be considered a criminal,” said TV personality Montel Williams…An outspoken advocate, Williams uses it to relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis…Williams says the National […]

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Tags: CBS Baltimore, medical marijuana, Montel Williams, National Institute on Drug Abuse


March 26th, 2012

Examining the HER2 Testing Puzzle: Fresh Research Explores Nagging Questions

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In the more than 30 years since the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) gene was first successfully explored, HER2 status in patients with breast cancer has emerged as a durable and effective marker for evaluating tumors and selecting therapies…The issues at stake are vital not only to patients with breast cancer but also […]

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Tags: Dr. Edith Perez, HER2, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


March 26th, 2012

CR Investigates: Dangerous Medical Devices

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Tens of millions of Americans live with medical devices implanted in their bodies—artificial joints, heart defibrillators, surgical mesh. And it’s a safe bet that most of them assume that someone, somewhere, tested the devices for safety and effectiveness…Consider alternatives. Ask your doctor what will happen if you don’t get the implant. Many women who received […]

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Tags: Daniel S. Elliot, Medical devices


March 25th, 2012

Fallout From Nurse Wages Still Being Felt

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Arizona hospitals last decade struggled to find enough nurses to fill shifts in critical hospital operations, prompting some hospitals to turn to temporary or traveling nurses to ensure enough medical help for patients…Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, in turn, have sued former U.S. Rep. Sam Coppersmith’s law firm, which advised the hospital association and […]

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Tags: nursing registry, Sam Coppersmith


March 21st, 2012

Mayo Clinic Wins U.S. Supreme Court Fight Over Prometheus’ Patents

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the Mayo Clinic a victory in a patent case over a blood test. The Wall Street Journal reports that the court unanimously ruled two patents held by Nestle SA  Nestle SA Latest from The Business Journals Pfizer baby-food report skips HeinzChinese tainted milk could benefit HeinzHigher food prices […]

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Tags: Nestle SA, Patents, Prometheus Laboratories Inc.


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