Health Care

Technology helps improve balance and walking speed
Eden Prairie–based medical-startup RxFunction Inc., a wearable technology company, is preparing for FDA registration and market launch — as well as another round of clinical trials — of its product, walkasins, the first wearable sensory prosthesis (WSP). Read More
Stella, the newly named parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and its subsidiaries, and Aging 2.0 Minneapolis, named San Francisco-based startup Golden Financial Care the $25,000 winner of its first Aging Startup Challenge. Read More
Sara Criger, president of Allina’s Mercy Hospital, is a serial change agent. Her leadership has impacted a number of hospitals in the metro area, including Fairview Ridges Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Read More


Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. For Paul Hines, it was actually his grandmother’s needs — specifically related to her difficulty in taking prescriptions — that spurred Hines’ idea for a smarter pillbox. Read More
Although it’s been two years since Patti Jensen was diagnosed, she clearly remembers the head-spinning panic she felt when her doctor told her she had cancer. As her treatment began, she couldn’t shake the fear that she was going to die. What helped her cope was a paintbrush and a blank canvas.  Read More
Michael Resnick is professor emeritus at the Department of Pediatrics at the U of M. He was also the Director of the Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center and Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship Program.
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Rebiotix, a Roseville-based biotechnology company, has taken a major step toward solidifying its place as a global leader in its field.
The five-year-old company focuses on harnessing the power of the human microbiome to treat diseases.
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In her 30-year career, Archelle Georgiou, M.D., has been a practicing physician, a health insurance executive and even a reporter for KSTP-TV. Now she is the author of Healthcare Choices: The Five Steps to Getting the Care You Want and Need. Read More
Lying on the exam table, Donna Block didn’t know anything about intrauterine devices (IUD). But she didn’t have time to ask. Her gynecologist walked in, grabbed a speculum and jammed the piece of t-shaped plastic inside her. Donna sat up and fainted from the pain. Read More