[KSTP TV, Dec. 5, 2013] The first bitter cold of the season has hit the upper Midwest with below zero temperatures and wind chills in the -20s. United Hospital emergency department physician, Dr. Justin Pattee talked with KSTP’s Leah McLean about frostbite warning signs and precautions to prevent frostbite.
[Star Tribune, December 5, 2013] Olivia Priedeman, 17, woke one morning from a dream she had about making plans with a friend.
But it wasn’t a dream. Her phone showed that during the night Priedeman had punched in her passcode, unlocked her phone and read a text message from her friend. All while she was fast asleep.
We tend to think of sleep in finite terms: You’re either fully awake or fully asleep. But it’s not that simple, said Dr. Andrew Stiehm, a sleep medicine specialist with Allina Health. Read the entire story at startribune.com.
[Minnesota Public Radio, December 4, 2013] With frigid weather moving in, the rush to clear away heavy, slushy snow is on. But doctors say clearing a sidewalk or driveway is not worth risking your health, if the job is too big or requires too much exertion.
[KARE-TV, November 28, 2013] The warmth of a holiday can be hard to find inside a hospital’s most critical care unit, but at Abbott Northwestern Hospital this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to look far to see the healing powers of gratitude.
“It’s hard, but really joyful, because I made it. And not everyone does,” said Janis Houston, a downtown Minneapolis resident, who returned to the ICU where she was a patient one year ago. Watch the story at kare11.com.
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[Star Tribune, December 2, 2013] Holly Flynn didn’t exactly feel like jogging or taking aerobics class after she finished chemotherapy and radiation treatment for breast cancer earlier this year.
But Flynn took advantage of a new therapy called cancer rehabilitation, adopted by Allina Health and a handful of other Minnesota medical providers, designed to help people overcome the mental and physical aftereffects of cancer and its harsh treatments. Read the entire story at startribune.com.
[MPR, Nov. 22, 2013] Children are now slower runners than their parents were, according to new data from the American Heart Association.
The study showed that around the world, children are 15 percent less fit than their parents were during childhood. In the United States, childhood cardiovascular performance declined between 1970 and 2000.
[Star Tribune, November 17, 2013] “I didn’t even feel the shock,” Scott Olson said. “I just heard my granddaughter calling my name.” Olson, 55, had been prescribed the wearable defibrillator only three weeks earlier by Dr. Raed Abdelhadi, an electrophysiologist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
The LifeVest, manufactured in Pittsburgh by ZOLL Medical Corp., has been on the market since 2001, when it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s meant for people whose hearts are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest but who for one reason or another have not been given an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Read the rest of the story at startribune.com.
[WCCO TV, Nov. 13, 2013] Ever wonder why some people seem to get sick all the time and others almost never? Good Question. WCCO TV’s Heather Brown put that question to Dr. Courtney Baechler, Allina Health’s Chief of Health and Wellness. What the report here.