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Did Debbie Reynolds die of a broken heart?

[KMSP Fox 9, December 29. 2016] The death of actress Debbie Reynolds, one day after the passing of her daughter Carrie Fisher, has prompted many people to wonder if she died of a broken heart. Dr. Scott Sharkey at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation has been leading research into Broken Heart Syndrome since 2001. “It’s […]

Medical advances of 2016

[KSTP-TV, December 29, 2016] The science of medicine is making people’s recovery time shorter and their lives longer. KSTP-TV News spent the day at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis talking to its president, Dr. Ben Bache-Wiig, to find out about the new advancements in 2016 and what’s on the horizon for 2017.

Heart disease is number one killer of women

[KARE 11, December 28, 2016] Actress Carrie Fisher became a victim Tuesday of a threat to women that’s bigger than cancer: Heart disease. Cancer does kill a lot of women. Four of every 10 women who die between ages 45 and 64 die of cancer. But more than 1 in 3 women — 43 million […]

Look out for heart attacks around the holidays

[KMSP Fox 9, December 28, 2016] The recent celebrity deaths of Carrie Fisher and Alan Thicke have brought renewed attention to heart health, especially over the holidays. Dr. Alex Campbell, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, says cardiac arrest can come without warning. Studies have shown deadly heart attacks increase in the winter months, […]

Courage Kenny wheelchair basketball players scrimmage Olympic alums

[KMSP Fox 9, December 27, 2016] Two Paralympians returned home to Minnesota for an alumni wheelchair basketball game with the Courage Kenny Jr. Rolling Timberwolves. The two Paralympians got their starts with the Courage Kenny team. WCCO News also reporter on the game.

Heart attack risk increases over the holidays

[KARE 11, December 27, 2016] The recent celebrity deaths of Carrie Fisher and Alan Thicke have brought renewed attention to heart health, especially over the holidays. Dr. Kevin Harris, a preventive cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, says cardiac arrest can come without warning. Studies have shown deadly heart attacks increase in the winter months, […]

Girl Scouts paint new addition to Regina Hospital’s underground tunnel mural

[Hastings Star Gazette, December 27, 2016] For more than 30 years, the underground tunnel connecting the hospital to Regina Medical Center has featured a brightly painted tunnel with a “Rollercoaster through the Seasons” theme. This month, an addition was made to the mural creating a new look with the theme “Happenings throughout Hastings.” In 1986, […]

How our brain works when we show kindness

[KMSP Fox 9, December 27, 2016] You might think the stress of gift-giving around the holidays isn’t healthy, but it turns out two new studies show our brain is actually wired to be generous. Dr. Jesse Corry, a neurologist with the John Nasseff Neuroscience Specialty Clinic at United Hospital talked with KMSP Fox 9 News […]

At year’s end, patients surge into hospitals and clinics for free care

[Minnesota Public Radio, December 27, 2016] Just like retailers, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and health plans see a jump in business around the holidays, and it’s due to policies actually designed to slow health spending. High-deductible health plans many Americans now have push people who’ve met their deductible to scramble for appointments of all kinds during […]

Occupational therapy can help ease symptoms of ‘chemo brain’

[MinnPost, December 23, 2016] Living through cancer treatment is hard enough — so the foggy feelings of cognitive dysfunction commonly known as “chemo brain” that sometimes accompany cancer therapies can feel like insult added to injury. Along with her clinical partners, Mary Vining Radomski, PhD, OTR/L, senior scientific adviser at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, wanted […]