Joe Carlson | Star Tribune
Reporter | Medical technology

Joe Carlson writes about medical technology in Minnesota for the Star Tribune.

Carlson has covered health care beats full time since 2008, including medical technology, not-for-profit providers and health care legal affairs. His stories tend to blend health care business affairs and patient-focused information.


Spinal cord stimulator shows promise with some paralyzed patients in Mpls. study

Local study reports early success with stimulator implant from Abbott Labs.


Kevin Thomas Varner, self-taught science enthusiast, dies at 65

It was just after Christmas last year when Kevin Thomas Varner received the jolting news of his impending death. The news prompted the machine operator…


Boston Scientific shares rise nearly 3 percent after earnings beat expectations

Sales of cardiovascular devices rose 7.7 percent during the last quarter.


Relievant Medsystems touts strong results from back pain treatment study

Clinical trial for device by Relievant Medsystems helps patients quickly.


Medtronic device to detect lung cancer shows promise in study

"The ability to diagnose early and stage in a single procedure may improve survival and reduce treatment costs," study authors wrote


Judge tosses lawsuit seeking damages linked to defective St. Jude heart devices

The plaintiffs were seeking damages over defective heart devices.


Minnesota-developed device saves brain cancer patients. But what's next?

Monteris Medical studies changes in patients who have faced mortality.


Abbott Labs laments slowed sales growth in devices to treat chronic pain

After buying St. Jude Medical, the company has seen the figures cool.


Medtronic, other devicemakers defend safety of paclitaxel devices

Medtronic data find no correlation in paclitaxel exposure, mortality risk.


Amid debate over safety, Abbott Northwestern backs off use of some stents

They are rethinking using paclitaxel-coated stents, balloons following report.