Adaptive climbing: Empowering kids with special needs

[KSTP-TV, November 24, 2015] It would be a challenge for many us. Climbing a huge wall isn’t easy, but imagine doing it with physical challenges. The Courage Kenny Sports and Recreation department has an adaptive climbing program that makes it possible. It takes place at the Midwest Climbing Academy in Minneapolis.

St. Paul Public Schools Expands Eye Exam Program

[KSTP-TV, November 20, 2015] St. Paul Public Schools is expanding eye exams for younger students. On Monday, the Otto Bremer Foundation announced a $250,000 challenge grant to pay for eye screenings in school. The goal of the See Saint Paul campaign is to raise $600,000 to increase the number of students who are tested. Phillips Eye Institute, part of Allina Health, is mentioned in this story.

Minn. Cancer Survivor Faces Post Treatment Challenges

[KSTP-TV, November 20, 2015] Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. So, what happens after you go through treatment and survive? The challenges don’t always end. Dr. Nancy Hutchison a physiatrist” with the Allina Health system specializes in post-cancer rehab. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS caught up with her in the Piper Breast Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

See Saint Paul gets major grant to help provide eye care for students

PEIStudentEyeScreening640[MINNPOST, November 16, 2015] Kids who can’t see can’t learn. That’s an intuitive conviction for many educators — and a proven phenomenon for health experts like Phillips Eye Institute Foundation Executive Director Beverly Fritz.

“Sometimes if a child can’t see the whiteboard, they just act out and they get into trouble,” Fritz said. “With what we’ve experienced, when kids get glasses, they start to perform better at school, they behave better and their self-esteem improves.”

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Postpartum depression affects one in seven mothers

[KARE-TV, November 14, 2015] As many as one in seven new moms are suffering from postpartum depression. About 50 percent of those women go untreated and unrecognized.

Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso, perinatal and reproductive health psychiatrist at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern, spoke with KARE Saturday to discuss the different forms of postpartum depression, the signs, how it often starts during pregnancy and the treatment options.

Eden Prairie police officer celebrates unique surgery

Rob_Johnston_Farivar_2015_cropped[Eden Prairie Sun Current, November 13, 2015] In fourth grade, Rob Johnston was told by doctors that his heart had a murmur. As time progressed, he thought he outgrew it.

However, at age 35, Johnston was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation during a routine physical.

“It was a pretty nerve-wracking experience,” said Johnston, an Eden Prairie police officer.

He then received minimally invasive mitral valve surgery in April at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

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Technology provides Cambridge woman with alternative methods for brain aneurysm treatment

The Pipeline  device is used at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

The Pipeline device is used by interventional neuroradiologists at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

[Isanti County News, November 11, 2015] An innovative medical device is providing physicians with a safer way to treat brain aneurysms. The Pipeline embolization device is a braided wire mesh cylindrical device that is placed across the neck of an aneurysm, a blood-filled ballooning wall of a blood vessel.

This device saved a Cambridge woman from an aneurysm that may not have otherwise been treatable. Read the story at

Robin Williams diagnosis inspires interest in Lewy body dementia

[KMSP-TV, November 8, 2015] For the first time, actor Robin Williams’ widow said Williams had been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. And that was likely the reason he committed suicide. Tacjana Friday, MD, neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, talked with KMSP-TV about the relatively common condition.

Gene Expression Test Can Lead to More Effective Treatment Decisions In Patients With Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) Breast Cancer

Michaela Tsai, MD, breast cancer researcher at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Michaela Tsai, MD, breast cancer researcher at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

[Oncology Nurse Advisor, November 6] Most patients with invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) breast cancer could be treated with hormones alone and not with chemotherapy, according to a study published in Clinical Breast Cancer (2015; doi:10.1016/j.clbc.2015.08.001). This study analyzed the use of the Oncotype DX gene expression test to predict recurrence of invasive lobular carcinoma.

Researchers reviewed all consecutive cases of ILC breast cancer diagnosed at the Allina Health Laboratory (affiliated with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota) in the past 8 years.


Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Hosted in Hastings

[KSTP-TV, November 8, 2015] Some of the most competitive basketball players in the country will head to Hastings on Sunday for a big tournament.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has been hosting a fall wheelchair basketball tournament for more than 30 years. Some of the athletes are as young as 5 years old.

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