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.


Antidepressant may keep COVID patients out of the hospital

An anxiety-fighting drug that has been on the market for decades could turn out to be a potent weapon in the fight against COVID-19.


Demand for COVID-19 tests in Minn. surges ahead of holidays

Demand is so strong in Minnesota that Health Department officials are modifying their prior advice for asymptomatic people to get tested.


Boston Scientific plans to cut 106 jobs at Twin Cities plant

Decision to drop heart valve means 100 jobs lost at Maple Grove plant.


State's COVID-19 cases soaring as families make Thanksgiving plans

Family get-togethers seen as high risk as deaths in Minnesota exceed 2,900.


6 things you need to know about COVID-19 testing in Minnesota

Which COVID test works best? Is it free? Where can I get one? We spoke to medical experts to answer these questions and more.


Quarantined health workers feel pressure to return to work

As COVID-19 cases in Minnesota continue to surge, some hospitals and health care providers are asking employees with "higher-risk" exposure to the disease to return to work before their quarantines end.


Virus caregivers have more risk at home, in community, study finds

Bedside caregivers are far less likely to catch COVID-19 after risky exposures to patients, compared with interactions at home or in the community, new data show.


Rural Minnesota provider Sanford Health merging with system based in Salt Lake City

Health system would join with Intermountain, a similar hospital network.


COVID makes heart attacks more deadly, study finds

"Mortality for heart attack patients ... should be in single digits. We're seeing mortality here that is 32%," said Dr. Santiago Garcia, of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.


Medtronic tells investors it expects faster sales growth ahead

The company now expects to return to normal revenue and profit growth by January, three months earlier than earlier projections.