[Star Tribune, August 30, 2015] Norman Mossberg of Coon Rapids was a loving husband and father. Still, the Vietnam combat veteran and retired bricklayer grew up at a time when men were taught to be taciturn. That makes one of his last gifts to his family, and to his fellow Minnesotans, even more extraordinary.
Months before he died in 2012 from pulmonary fibrosis, Mossberg, 65, opened his home to a camera crew to share his experience with hospice care. The resulting video, now on the Allina Health Hospice’s website, movingly shows how this type of medical care for the terminally ill focuses on quality of days left, not just the quantity. Read the rest of the editorial at startribune.com.
[Star Tribune, August 26, 2015] Beware, swimmers. Something may be lurking in the water, waiting to strike. Cue the “Jaws” music.
Unlike the predator from the granddaddy of all shark dramas, this menace to swimmers has no fins. In fact, it can’t even be seen. Worse, it takes many forms — parasite, bacteria or virus — and can make you really sick.
[MedicalXpress, August 25, 2015] A recent randomized trial conducted by researchers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, found that inpatient palliative care (PC) visits were associated with improved quality of life and symptom burden for patients with heart failure (HF).
Because of these results, Abbott Northwestern conducted a new study, “A Description of Inpatient Palliative Care Actions for Patients with Acute Heart Failure,” published June 30 by the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The study aimed to identify and describe what actions PC providers took to create positive outcomes among study patients in the trial.
[WCCO-TV, Aug. 24, 2015] If you haven’t done it yourself, there’s a huge chance you’ve seen someone else doing it at the zoo, the grocery store or a restaurant. It’s called babywearing. It can look like a frontal swaddle or a structured backpack. Just like with other clothing, the options are endless. Some wraps are woven, and some are structured carriers.
You may be wondering whether too much closeness could be a bad thing. Dr. Eric Barth, pediatrician at the Allina Health Ramsey Clinic approves. “It is a way of keeping the babies close so you can have that bonding, which is so important.”
[MinnPost, August 21, 2015] A few years back Dr. Irving Shapiro asked his good friend Peter Heegard to go for a walk. Heegard is an author and retired investment banker with a toe in pretty much every civic initiative a person could name. The founder of the Phillips Eye Institute, Shapiro wanted to show him the affordable housing built with the help of the hospital’s charitable arm.
While they walked, Shapiro picked Heegard’s brain. With the housing project done, the institute’s foundation was considering new initiatives. Read the rest of the story at minnpost.com.
[Star Tribune & Fox 9 News, August 22, 2015] Isaac Schreurs races sprint cars and likes to downhill ski. “Not even scared” is his personal motto.
This week, the 24-year-old walked down a long hospital corridor in Minneapolis as his mom and girlfriend cheered him on. A TV crew captured the event. Afterward, Schreurs described the experience as exhausting and overwhelming.
[KMSP-TV, August 20, 2015] Former President Jimmy Carter held a news conference today to say he has cancer in the brain. It’s actually melanoma which is a skin cancer but it can spread inside the body quickly. Tim Blotz talked to Thomas Amatruda, MD, of Minnesota Oncology and Allina Health, who says the treatment for this kind of cancer has gotten a lot better. Here’s the story from myfoxtwincities.com.