Minnesota doctors earn big money consulting for medical companies

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Today in the World’s Best Medical System, the Star Tribune has a report on huge consulting deals between medical companies and doctors who study their products. “Critics ranging from bioethicists to consumer groups say such payments create a risk of bias in clinical studies. It’s a long-running debate in Minnesota’s health care community, and one of the key questions emerging from the federal data published last week disclosing $6.5 billion in drug and device-company payments to 600,000 doctors in 2014,” writes Joel Carlson. “Manufacturers have a huge financial stake in the outcomes of clinical studies because positive results are crucial to getting regulatory approval to sell their products. Organizations like the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota no longer allow their doctors to serve as investigators on studies if they have consulting deals with makers of the devices or drugs being tested.”

It rained! The Pioneer Press’ Andy Rathbun reports: “Thunderstorms early Monday brought the Twin Cities their largest rainfall of the year. … At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 2.76 inches of rain had fallen by 10 a.m. Several metro locations had even higher amounts — like Stillwater, where 3.73 inches had fallen, and Farmington, which got 4.61 inches. … There were reports of flash flooding in River Falls and Woodbury. In River Falls, the rain made for a quick rise in the Kinnickinnic River, which jumped from about 10.5 feet to more than 17 feet Monday morning.”

Look what happened to Minnehaha Creek:

Vikings threatening to move … their headquarters. The Star Tribune’s Susan Feyder and Kelly Smith report: “Speculation that the Minnesota Vikings could move their Winter Park headquarters has unsettled some of Eden Prairie’s leaders and created buzz about the future of 100-plus acres of farmland in Chanhassen. …Talk about a possible Winter Park move surfaced in May, when a Vikings official and a developer confirmed there had been discussion about it.”

Here’s a Coleman brother who’s not in the news so much, but maybe should be. In the Pioneer Press, Richard Chin writes, “For more than 35 years, … self-described book geek, history nut and lover of Minnesota [Patrick Coleman] has collected thousands of books, maps and documents for the historical society’s massive collection. … You can look at Coleman as a sort of rare book hunter for us all, because what he collects can be accessed free by anyone in the public, ranging from serious scholars to people researching their genealogy to high schoolers working on National History Day projects.”

In other news…

Alexandria’s Lake Henry is full of toxic blue-green algae. [AP via Crookston Times]

Economist Bruce Corrie finds the Census is undercounting Africans in Minnesota [Pioneer Press]

“Minnesotan who conspired to aid IS group to stay in custody after box cutter found under bed” [Star Tribune]

Minneapolitan Maggie LaMaack on using Twitter for fun and profit. [Star Tribune]

Chicken Kiev becomes Chicken Salmonella. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Rare Dylan recording could be yours for just $12,000. [Rolling Stone]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 07/06/2015 - 02:36 pm.

    Crookston Times is a Bit BEHIND the Times

    The young man who was sickened by blue green algae found in Lake Henry in Alexandria did his swimming in late May,…

    before the public beach was opened,…

    and has completely recovered.

    Currently Lake Henry is being monitored for a reappearance of the algae, but is safe for swimming.

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