In health news today:
- Minnesota stays in 6th place in health ranking
- The task of recruiting doctors to serve rural Minnesota
- St. Jude Medical poised to return to solid growth in 2015
Minnesota placed sixth among all 50 states for overall health, according to the latest edition of America’s Health Rankings, sponsored by the United Health Foundation (UHF) in partnership with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention.
Minnesota dropped to sixth in 2014 after ranking third in both 2013 and 2012. However, the index shows Minnesota continues to lead the nation in the fewest cardiovascular deaths per 100,000 people and ranks second in fewest days of poor physical health and second in fewest years lost due to premature death per 100,000 people. Read More…
Unlike many areas of rural Minnesota, Hutchinson, Litchfield and Glencoe have had the good fortune to attract competent doctors. But as anyone who runs a clinic or hospital knows, recruitment isn’t always easy.
A proposal at the Minnesota Legislature would change that. And remarkably, the proposal is not authored by a rural lawmaker, but by Sen. Greg Clausen, a Democrat from Apple Valley. Read More…
Strong sales of devices to treat and monitor abnormal heart rhythms led St. Jude Medical, of Little Canada, to announce a 6 percent growth in adjusted full-year earnings per share.
Executives said the company is poised to return to solid sales growth in 2015 after recent sluggish performance. They brushed aside questions from investors and media about whether St. Jude should actively pursue a bolder mergers-and-acquisitions strategy in the wake of competitor Medtronic’s $49.9 billion acquisition of surgical supplier Covidien this week. Read More…