Apple: Medtronic has developed 175 iPhone and iPad apps for employees to use

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Apple: Medtronic has developed 175 iPhone and iPad apps for employees to use

July 23, 2014 12:36 pm by | 0 Comments

Updated: When I tuned into Apple’s quarterly earning conference call yesterday, my goal was to get more information on its IBM collaboration, particularly what it could do with Watson’s big…


UnitedHealthcare opens up price check app to anyone who wants to crunch the numbers

UnitedHealthcare opens up price check app to anyone who wants to crunch the numbers

July 22, 2014 9:53 pm by | 0 Comments

Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare has expanded its free mobile app, Health4Me, to all healthcare consumers, not just UnitedHealth customers. The tool includes a doctor search and the ability to review market average…


Minnesota’s LifeScience Alley reports major growth in investment for early 2014

Minnesota’s LifeScience Alley reports major growth in investment for early 2014

July 17, 2014 5:32 am by | 0 Comments

Investment in Minnesota life science companies saw a significant increase in the second quarter of 2014, according to a report from the state’s largest med-tech association. The Minnesota Life Science…



New funding for next-generation fecal transplant company

New funding for next-generation fecal transplant company

July 9, 2014 12:09 pm by | 0 Comments

Next-gen fecal transplant company Rebiotix seems to be in the midst of a rather hefty funding round. The Minnesota-based startup filed equity-raising paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to the…


North-south divide emerges in United Health ranking of best & worst states for senior health

North-south divide emerges in United Health ranking of best & worst states for senior health

June 24, 2014 11:29 am by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – What are the best and worst places to stay healthy as you age? For answers, take out a map and follow the Mississippi River from north to…


5 things you should know as Medtronic acquires Covidien for $42.9B

5 things you should know as Medtronic acquires Covidien for $42.9B

June 16, 2014 1:27 pm by | 0 Comments

Corporate inversion is front page news as Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) acquires Covidien (NYSE: COV) for $42.9 billion and establishes corporate offices in Ireland. It follows a similar path of tech…


U.S. couldn’t spend money fighting state medical marijuana laws under House bill

U.S. couldn’t spend money fighting state medical marijuana laws under House bill

May 30, 2014 3:37 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. federal government would not be allowed to spend money to block states from implementing their own medical marijuana laws under legislation passed by the House…


New rotator cuff repair technique uses dissolving scaffold + special staples

New rotator cuff repair technique uses dissolving scaffold + special staples

May 29, 2014 6:08 am by | 1 Comments

Rotation Medical has developed a new way to treat rotator cuff injuries that addresses both the pain and degenerative nature of this problem. The treatment includes a proprietary, reconstituted collagen…



Report: Medtronic wants to buy wearable device maker Corventis for $150M+

Report: Medtronic wants to buy wearable device maker Corventis for $150M+

May 20, 2014 6:02 pm by | 1 Comments

In the latest clinical wearables acquisition deal by a medical device company, Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) is in talks to acquire Corventis, a wearables technology maker with a focus on cardiovascular…


Inspire Medical Systems raised $40M to bring FDA-approved sleep apnea implant to market

Inspire Medical Systems raised $40M to bring FDA-approved sleep apnea implant to market

May 15, 2014 6:51 pm by | 0 Comments

Just a couple of weeks after securing U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its implant to treat obstructive sleep apnea, Inspire Medical Systems added three new investors in a…


Medical marijuana study bill advances in Minnesota

Medical marijuana study bill advances in Minnesota

May 10, 2014 9:58 am by | 0 Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota state Representatives on Friday approved a bill that would establish an observational research study to make medical marijuana available in liquid or pill form to patients…


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…


Mayo Clinic’s plan to give medical advice through your smartphone

Mayo Clinic’s plan to give medical advice through your smartphone

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…


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

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…


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…