Sitting can increase women’s cancer risks

[KARE-TV, July 25, 2015] When it comes to health, sitting is the new smoking. But it holds greater dangers for woman than men.

Dr. Nancy Hutchinson, medical director of cancer rehabilitation, survivorship and lymphedema for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Allina Health, talked about why with KARE11’s Diana Pierce.

Sitting too much can increase cancer risk

[KMSP-TV, July 27, 2015] When it comes to health, most of us have heard that sitting is the new smoking. Now, a recent study says women who sit too much have a greater risk of developing cancer than men. Dr. Nancy Hutchison, medical director of cancer rehabilitation, survivorship and lymphedema for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute talked with KMSP-TV’s Alix Kendall about why.

Study: Mammograms are ineffective

[KARE-TV, July 25, 2015] The mammogram debate was reignited with the release of two studies this past week that said mammograms don’t save as many lives as people think. Lisa Schneider, M.D., a breast imaging specialist with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital talked about the issue with Rena Sarigianopoulos at KARE-TV.

Dr. Schneider was also interviewed on WCCO-AM: and

New warnings on common over-the-counter pain pills

[KMSP-TV, July 25, 2015] The federal government is strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Yasha Kayan, an interventional neuroradiologist with Consulting Radiologists at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, talked about the studies that lead to the decision with Fox 9 News’ Leah Beno.

What’s sparking whooping cough resurgence?

[KARE 11, July 10, 2015] Once rare, whooping cough (pertussis) has been making a comeback in the U.S. in recent years. Rapid increase in whooping cough may largely be a result of transmission from people who are infected with the bacterium but show no symptoms of disease, a new study suggests.

Allina Health Clinics infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame talked with KARE 11 News about this dangerous childhood disease.

The wig guy

[KMSP-TV, July 5, 2015] Imagine if you were suddenly unable to do the things you were most passionate about. Sadly, for too many people, a cancer diagnosis robs them of those things. But a local cancer survivor has found a way to make peace with the past, and he’s now inspiring others to move forward with their heads held high.

Allina CEO Penny Wheeler on the future of health care and lowering costs

[MPR News, July 8, 2015] Dr. Penny Wheeler, President and CEO of Allina Health, is leading the non-profit network of health clinics and hospitals at a time when American health care is undergoing some significant changes. She discussed the Affordable Care Act, rising premiums and inequities in health services.

Schulze Foundation gives $2 million for Abbott Northwestern ICU

Abbott Northwestern Hospital_exterior[Pioneer Press, June 29, 2015] A $2 million donation from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will help Abbott Northwestern Hospital expand its neurological intensive care unit and treat more patients with injuries and disorders to the brain and spinal cord.

Schulze, who founded Best Buy, noted in a hospital news release that neurological disorders are “an area of care that has special significance for my family.”


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Minnesota man recounts lengthy journey to recovery from cerebral hemorrhage

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[Duluth News Tribune, June 30, 2015] On a November morning in 2011, Kraig Lee was hit with the worst headache of his life. The 58-year-old Wannaksa farmer took several over-the-counter pain pills. They didn’t help.

He called his wife, Bonnie, who was at work at the family’s hardware store in Wannaska.

By the time she got home, he was lying on the floor. He needed to go to the emergency room, he told her. He thought he might have had a stroke.

Kraig was rushed by ambulance to LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, Minn., 18 miles north, where a brain scan revealed there was bleeding in the brain. The scan was sent to hospitals in Grand Forks and Fargo, N.D., but neither could handle his case, Bonnie said.

By mid-afternoon, Kraig was on a medical helicopter headed to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where extensive surgery and his long journey to recovery would begin. Read the entire story at

Inside Your Health Special: Stroke – When Seconds Count

[KSTP-TV, June 29, 2015] Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Someone will die of a stroke every four minutes, making it one of the top five leading causes of death in the country.

In this special edition of “Inside Your Health,” Dr. Archelle Georgiou takes a closer look at the growing effort in Minnesota to get stroke patients the treatment they need as quickly as possible. Abbott Northwestern Hospital physicians Mark Young, MD, neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic, and Josser Delgado, MD, neuro-interventionalist with Consulting Radiologists, Ltd., were interviewed.