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Making resolutions, breaking resolutions

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Dec. 26, 2012] It’s the time of year that some of us make New Year’s resolutions. And within weeks or months many of us break those resolutions. Why does that happen and how can we do better? That’s what Allina Medical Clinic – Eagan psychologist Alan Steed discussed with Fox 9 […]

2012 a bad year for whooping cough

[KSTP TV, Dec. 26, 2012] The whooping cough hit Minnesota residents hard this year with the biggest number of cases since World War II. More than 4,300 Minnesota residents had confirmed, probable or suspected cases of the respiratory infection called pertussis this year. There were 661 in 2011. The numbers reflect a national increase in […]

A few moments of scrutiny for 5-Hour Energy

[Minnesota Public Radio, Dec. 18, 2012] Last month, 5-Hour Energy became associated with a different number — 13 — when the FDA announced it had received reports of 13 deaths whose circumstances included the use of the popular energy booster. Abbott Northwestern Hospital physician Craig Bowron takes a look at caffeine in coffee, soda and […]

Just in time for the holidays: norovirus

[KSTP TV, Dec. 19, 2012] ‘Tis the season for giving, but health officials say too many Minnesotans are giving and receiving something nobody wants: the norovirus. Noroviruses affect the stomach and intestines, leading to vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Other symptoms can include low-grade fever or chills, headaches and muscle aches. Anne Valaas-Turner, a physician at […]

Mercy Hospital nurse saves woman after collapse at basketball game

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Dec. 18, 2012] Kari Echtenkamp, a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, is a hero. She was at her son’s ninth-grade basketball game when something in the stands caught her eye last week. “I looked over and saw a lady slumped over another lady,” Echtenkamp recalled. Echtenkamp ran over and […]

Hooked on opiates: Doctors face quandary of relieving pain, without feeding addiction

[Pioneer Press, Dec. 16, 2012] A growing number of health care groups in the Twin Cities are investing in strategies to make sure doctors don’t serve as unwitting spigots of prescription pain drugs for addicts. Controlled-substance agreements between doctors and patients have been common for years, but the Minneapolis-based Allina Health is spending more time […]

Teachers ready for shooting questions from students

[KARE 11, Dec. 16, 2012] Teachers, like parents, need to be prepared for questions from their kids about the Newtown shootings. KARE 11 invited a group of metro area teachers to talk with Aspen Medical Group psychologist Catherine Scharlau, PhD, about what to expect and how to handle those questions.

Talking to kids about the Newtown shooting

[KARE & KSTP, Dec. 15, 2012] Parents across the country are trying to figure out how to talk to their children about the Newtown, Connecticut shootings. Allina Medical Clinic and Aspen Medical Group psychologists Marie-Gabrielle Reed and Catherine Scharlau helped answer those questions in interviews on KARE 11 and KSTP news programs.

Allina psychologists talk about Newtown school shootings

[KARE & KSTP, Dec. 14, 2012] Parents across the country are already dealing with the psychological aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. They’re wondering how, or even if, they should discuss the tragedy with their children. Aspen Medical Group psychologist Catherine Scharlau, PhD, and Allina Medical Clinic psychologist Cheryl Bemel, PhD, discussed that issue […]

Sister Kenny, Courage Center to merge

[KARE 11, Dec. 14, 2012] Two of the Twin Cities’ best-known advocates for the disability community plan to merge, a move aimed at pooling their respective strengths and streamlining operations. Allina Health’s Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Courage Center say that coming together will blend the medical expertise of Sister Kenny with the community programs […]