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Angelina Jolie Undergoes Further Preventive Surgery

[KSTP-TV, March 29, 2015] Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed last week that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer. Writing in The New York Times, the filmmaker and philanthropist said a recent blood test showed a possible early sign of cancer. […]

Recent study questions the accuracy of breast biopsies

[KARE-TV, March 28, 2015] Each year 1.6 million women have breast biopsies. For one in ten, the results are unclear – leading many of the women to have unnecessary breast cancer surgery or treatments. Long known as the gold standard for diagnosing breast cancer, a recent study questions the accuracy of breast biopsies and could […]

Rare Fetal Surgery Gives Apple Valley Baby Chance to Walk

Rare Fetal Surgery Gives Apple Valley Baby Chance to Walk

[KSTP-TV, March 27, 2015] Six months into Heidi Holthaus’ pregnancy, surgeons made an incision in her abdomen and another in her uterus. The doctors then removed her unborn baby girl’s backside from the womb, repaired an opening on the lower part of her spine, and placed her back into the womb where she would stay […]

Allina Health asks teens “What’s your Chiller?”

[KARE-TV, March 20, 2015] Mental wellness is a top public health priority and to help address the issue, Allina Health has a free online resource for teens called Change to Chill™ . This month, Change to Chill is launching the Chiller Challenge – a contest that invites teens to create Chillers for the website. “This is […]

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

Experts back Angelina Jolie Pitt in choices for cancer prevention

[WCCO-AM and KSTP-TV, March 24] Cancer experts agreed with actress and filmaker Angelina Jolie’s decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed because she carries a genetic mutation BRCA1 that significantly increases the risk of ovarian cancer. In Minnesota, Michaela Tsai, MD, a breast cancer researcher and hematologist and oncologist with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute […]

Penny George at the opening of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Owatonna, Minn. Photo by Owatonna People's Press

Community members celebrate opening of Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

[Owatonna People’s Press, March 10, 2015] Becoming a philanthropist wasn’t something Penny George had set out to do. “I was a psychologist,” George said. “I was very happy doing that and my goal was to stay away from hospitals. I had no interest in changing them, but they say life is what happens when you’re […]

Health Check: holistic way to de-stress

[Twelve News, March 10, 2015] Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the day-to-day routine can sometimes become overwhelming. Just ask Linda Shay of Minneapolis. “Well, about eight years ago, I had a pretty major panic attack, which kind of woke me up and said that I really have some stress going on in […]

Allina Health’s new Change to Chill website created to help teens deal with stress

Allina Health’s new Change to Chill website created to help teens deal with stress

[MinnPost, March 24, 2015] On Change to Chill, a new online resource for teens created by Minneapolis-based Allina Health, young people can learn how to meditate, practice guided imagery or live a more balanced life. The site, launched this month, was inspired by findings of Allina’s tri-annual Community Health Needs Assessment, a federally mandated study […]

Tamara Lillemoe, MD

Breast Biopsies Leave Room for Doubt, Study Finds

[New York Times, March 18, 2015] Breast biopsies are good at telling the difference between healthy tissue and cancer, but less reliable for identifying more subtle abnormalities, a new study finds. The new findings, reported Tuesday in JAMA, challenge the common belief that a biopsy is the gold standard and will resolve any questions that […]

Star Tribune photo

Boston Scientific, Medtronic and St. Jude in high-stakes heart-valve race

[Star Tribune, March 15, 2015] An 85-year-old Minneapolis woman lies on the operating room table at Abbott Northwestern ­Hospital and waits for the future of heart valve medicine. The diseased aortic valve in Anna Schu’s chest is threatening her health, but she’s not a good candidate for open-heart surgery. So she’s decided to have an […]