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Minnesota nurses reach tentative agreements with nearly all hospitals ahead of strike

Minnesota nurses reach tentative agreements with nearly all hospitals ahead of strike

MINNEAPOLIS– Nurses in Minnesota have reached tentative agreements with nearly all hospitals to avert a planned strike later this month. The Nurses Association of Minnesota called the agreements a “historic victory” for nurses and patients, saying the agreements include unprecedented language to address staffing shortages. The nurses’ union also says it includes a major wage …

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Report: Minnesota healthcare workers leaving at 'crisis rates'

Report: Minnesota healthcare workers leaving at ‘crisis rates’

In 2022, nursing homes in Minnesota reported worse staffing shortages than anywhere else in the country. The ability to find direct caregivers for these and other facilities has become a crisis. That’s according to a new report from the University of Minnesota. “The crisis of low-wage healthcare workers is a crisis for everyone in need …

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Study comparing surgical masks and N95 raises concern

Study comparing surgical masks and N95 raises concern

A randomized trial indicating that surgical masks are not inferior to N95 masks in protecting healthcare workers from COVID-19 has drawn international criticism. The study’s lead author is John Conly, MD, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Alberta Health Services. The results …

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Masking is worth thinking about while on vacation, Minnesota medical experts say

Masking is worth thinking about while on vacation, Minnesota medical experts say

Mask-wearing was new and controversial during the rise of COVID-19, but infectious disease experts are urging Minnesotans to use the practice again against an old nemesis of the flu. Michael Osterholm has frequently criticized mask wearing during the pandemic because people were using poor quality masks and wearing them ineffectively under the nose and loosely …

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Medical students and schools put a modern spin on the age-old Hippocratic Oath

Medical students and schools put a modern spin on the age-old Hippocratic Oath

The Hippocratic Oath is a long-standing tradition. But as the practice of medicine has evolved over the two millennia since the oath’s inception, the ancient text seems less and less applicable to medical students today. Instead of swearing by Apollo, medical school administrators, including those at Columbia, Yale, the University of Washington and the Icahn …

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How Behavioral Health Care Practices Can Reduce Missed Appointments - MedCity News

How Behavioral Health Care Practices Can Reduce Missed Appointments – MedCity News

Behavioral health providers face many challenges. One of the biggest hurdles is getting patients to show up for their appointments. In fact, according to industry research, approximately one in five patients do not show up for their appointments. Late cancellations and no-shows can derail a practice’s day, cost time and money, and hinder patient outcomes. …

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Children's Minnesota Unveils New Mental Health Unit for Inpatient Children

Children’s Minnesota Unveils New Mental Health Unit for Inpatient Children

Children’s Minnesota unveiled its new child and adolescent mental health unit on Thursday, in response to the mental health crisis that has affected children across the state in recent years. The new downtown St. Paul unit has been in development for four years, but the recent $97.2 million mental health reform bill has allowed the …

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University of Minnesota research project will study the impact of long COVID on the brain

University of Minnesota research project will study the impact of long COVID on the brain

How do you research the effects of long COVID-19 on black and brown people when most volunteers for medical studies are white? Researchers at the University of Minnesota this year began recruiting participants for a Long COVID study. MRIs, they said, could help shed light on reported neurological symptoms of the disease, such as headaches …

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