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As flu spreads, Allina hospitals restricting visitors

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 29, 2017] The flu is now considered “widespread” across Minnesota. In other words, the flu virus has been reported at hospitals all over the state. Allina Health hospitals are placing restrictions on visitors to stop the spread. “We say stay at home if you can,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist […]

Allina paramedic’s stray from routine leads to evacuation of burning home

[KARE 11, Dec. 29, 2017] Sometimes the most simple decisions have profound impacts in life. You could say that was the case on Thursday for Kathy Reitan, a paramedic for Allina Health EMS. Leaving their base in Anoka, she and her partner Bruce Anderson took a right on 7th avenue. “Generally we go out and […]

Allina dispatcher walks couple, officer through roadside birth

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 25, 2017] As most people unwrapped presents Christmas morning, Hannah Lindeman and her husband Taylor were headed to United Hospital in St. Paul with a daughter on the way. The birth was four weeks ahead of schedule, a holiday surprise that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “roadside delivery.” Unable to […]

How to deal with addiction, mental illness during the holidays

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 23, 2017] The holidays are a time of joy, but can also be a difficult time for people dealing with addiction or mental illness. Dr. Roger Laroche, an addiction and mental health specialist with Allina Health, says both biological and personal issues during the holiday seasons can impact addiction and mental illness. Laroche […]

Can the sun give us enough vitamin D in the winter?

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 19, 2017] For the first time in two and half weeks, the sun came out on Tuesday. But was it enough to get us the vitamin D we need? “This far north, most of us are not getting enough vitamin D in the winter,” said April Chu, a nurse practitioner of integrative medicine […]

Why too much sleep can harm your health

[KARE 11, Dec. 8, 2017] Before you doze off into dreamland, there’s something you should know. Extra sleep might actually increase the risk of heart disease, especially in older women. Dr. Andrew Stiehm, a sleep specialist at the United Lung and Sleep Clinic talked with KARE 11 News about how much sleep is too much […]

Making a difference: Regina Hospital physical therapist helps in Peru

[Hastings Star Gazette, Dec. 7, 2017] A local physical therapist from Regina Hospital recently spent a week in Chiclayo, Peru, distributing wheelchairs to people in need. Anna Mangan was part of a team of mechanics, therapists, support staff and seamstresses who served 208 people in the last week of October. “I saw many individuals hadn’t […]

A new vaccine for shingles

[KARE 11, Dec. 5, 2015] If you’ve ever had or known someone who’s had shingles, you know it’s nothing you or they ever want to experience again. Unfortunately the painful rash, which is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, will affect nearly 1 in 3 people in their lifetime. The good news, is […]

Unique weather conditions make for longer, tough allergy season

[KMSP Fox 9, Nov. 28, 2017] Even though it feels nice out, the warm temperatures are elongating this year’s fall allergy season. It’s an odd fall mix heading into the holiday season. Dr. Pramod Kelkar, an allergist at Allina Health Clinics, says that when temperatures are warmer and it’s windy and wet outside, that’s going […]

Postpartum depression in men

[KARE 11, Nov. 27, 2017] New moms may not be the only ones at risk of getting the “baby blues.” According to a new study out of Sweden, 7-10 percent of new dads report feeling postpartum depression symptoms, too. Tina Welke, a therapist at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota, stopped […]