Joe Carlson | Star Tribune
Reporter | Medical technology

Joe Carlson writes about medical technology and the Minnesota companies that design and sell healthcare devices. A Twin Cities native, he most recently covered the business of healthcare for Modern Healthcare magazine in Chicago.

VR helps seniors cope with depression, anxiety, Minneapolis center finds

A test program has yielded promising results at Ebenezer Care Center.

Minnesota researchers help unlock 'gut science' cures

The Twin Cities area is emerging as a major player in what could become a multibillion dollar industry.

Feds sue Patterson Cos., alleging discounts denied to small dental offices

FTC says bulk discounts denied to buying groups for small dental firms; Patterson says the suit is "meritless."

3M recalls some Bair Hugger underbody warming blankets

The recall affects 33,000 cases that contain blankets with a design that makes them susceptible to an airflow blockage.

How's your gut bacteria? Minnesota-based Rebiotix unveils new system to measure microbiome changes

Roseville-based Rebiotix says new measurements can help against "C. diff."

Precision Lens says it will fight federal allegations of using illegal incentives

The U.S. attorney's office accuses the Bloomington firm of providing expensive hunting trips and other payments to doctors who might use its products.

Judge allows class-action suit over Medtronic's Infuse product to proceed

Plaintiffs allege Medtronic paid doctors to conceal problems; company vows to fight case.

Boston Scientific meets earnings expectations, sees stronger 2018 sales

The company said all divisions posted sales growth in the last quarter.

Troy Quenemoen, Roosevelt girls softball coach, dies at 52

During a tumultuous childhood in western Minnesota, Troy Quenemoen immersed himself in the world of comic books, where obstacles are always overcome and individual acts…

Cardiovascular Systems hires Medtronic executive as its new COO

Rhonda Robb will be COO at medical device maker in New Brighton.