English professor plans to use poetry to teach premed students metaphor and imagery

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English professor plans to use poetry to teach premed students metaphor and imagery

April 12, 2014 12:42 pm by | 0 Comments

MINNEAPOLIS _ As an English instructor, Christopher Bolin has long been intrigued by the communications gap between doctors and patients.
He thinks he has a solution: Make them write poetry together.
At least, that’s the premise of a new creative writi…


Device company with focus on Type 2 diabetes treatment raises another $150K

Device company with focus on Type 2 diabetes treatment raises another $150K

April 18, 2014 10:54 am by | 1 Comments

Minnesota medical device company MetaModix has raised $150,000 in equity between three undisclosed investors, according to a regulatory filing made with the SEC. The startup, which is working to develop…


Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

April 16, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Mayo Clinic has put its money and its brains behind a new mobile health startup that wants to give everyday consumers access to a personal health assistant to help them…



Passenger with Lassa virus boards plane in Minnesota

Passenger with Lassa virus boards plane in Minnesota

April 11, 2014 9:59 am by | 0 Comments

MINNEAPOLIS _ John Nides and his wife had buckled up for the trip home from New York on March 31 when a passenger boarded Delta Flight 2921 who needed help…


Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

April 3, 2014 3:03 pm by | 0 Comments

In collaboration with a mobile health startup, a design firm and local health clinics, Medtronic is orchestrating a program aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and hearing…


A digital device in pivotal trials listens for the sound of a potential heart attack in the making

A digital device in pivotal trials listens for the sound of a potential heart attack in the making

February 18, 2014 4:07 pm by | 0 Comments

For Marie Johnson, coming up with a better way to detect coronary artery disease is both a business and a personal mission. Johnson is CEO of AUM Cardiovascular, a Minnesota…


Mayo docs’ new ER & ICU data analytics startup finds support from Social+Capital, Rock Health

Mayo docs’ new ER & ICU data analytics startup finds support from Social+Capital, Rock Health

February 17, 2014 3:18 pm by | 0 Comments

IT solutions that have helped doctors in the fast-paced emergency department and intensive care unit at Mayo Clinic make more informed care decisions are coming to other hospitals via a…


The 10 least expensive health insurance exchange markets in America

The 10 least expensive health insurance exchange markets in America

February 13, 2014 12:15 pm by | 1 Comments

People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law’s new insurance marketplaces: premiums half the price or less than…



Gesture-control wearable inspired by a stroke survivor puts the power switch on your wrist

Gesture-control wearable inspired by a stroke survivor puts the power switch on your wrist

February 7, 2014 9:24 am by | 1 Comments

Imagine being able to turn off the alarm clock, start the coffee pot or flip a light switch with a simple arm movement. That’s the vision Playtabase has for the…


Report: Medical device investing in the Midwest soared in 2013 as biotech plummeted

Report: Medical device investing in the Midwest soared in 2013 as biotech plummeted

January 28, 2014 10:08 am by | 1 Comments

On a national scale, venture investment in medical devices suffered last year while biotech saw a jump in investments. But new data paints a different picture for healthcare companies in…


IBM helping fix Minnesota’s health insurance exchange while lawmakers plan audits

IBM helping fix Minnesota’s health insurance exchange while lawmakers plan audits

January 9, 2014 1:20 pm by | 0 Comments

MNsure, the health insurance exchange for Minnesota, is scrambling for help with its IT problems, as deadlines for enrollment loom and scrutiny of its troubled rollout continues. MNsure’s board met…


Minnesota medical testing strategy saving lives and millions of dollars may go national

Minnesota medical testing strategy saving lives and millions of dollars may go national

January 7, 2014 9:44 am by | 0 Comments

A novel strategy that has saved Minnesota millions of dollars in unnecessary medical-imaging scans — and probably prevented dozens of patient deaths — might soon go national. Leaders from Minnesota’s…


C-Pulse device designed to help patients with advanced heart failure

C-Pulse device designed to help patients with advanced heart failure

January 6, 2014 7:52 am by | 1 Comments

A company that has created a unique new therapy for patients with advanced heart failure is hoping to spread the word about its product in 2014, after a year of…


Republicans say Al Franken cast ’60th vote’ for Obamacare

Republicans say Al Franken cast ’60th vote’ for Obamacare

January 5, 2014 9:33 am by | 12 Comments

So who did cast the critical 60th vote for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a “Obamacare”? Facing a new election year, the GOP has an answer ready to go: U.S. Sen….


Vibration and neurostimulation ease the ouch of needle sticks in this startup’s med devices

Vibration and neurostimulation ease the ouch of needle sticks in this startup’s med devices

December 30, 2013 10:52 am by | 3 Comments

For the healthcare industry, the pain caused by a needle prick is more than just a momentary annoyance. Needle pain and fear is thought to have a more serious effect on…


Minnesota surgeons use MitraClip for the first time to do a heart valve repair without open heart surgery

Minnesota surgeons use MitraClip for the first time to do a heart valve repair without open heart surgery

December 28, 2013 9:15 am by | 0 Comments

Verna Hoy knew something wasn’t right; she was coughing a lot and running out of breath. Both her mother and a sister had heart murmurs — which doctors heard in…