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Minnesota experts welcome Trump’s declaration but hope it brings additional funds

Minnesota experts welcome Trump’s declaration but hope it brings additional funds

[Star Tribune, October 27, 2017] Addiction and public health authorities in Minnesota welcomed President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on Thursday, saying they hope it will reduce stigma and promote treatment in a state where overdose deaths have soared in recent years. “Individuals struggling with addiction had been [treated as] the stepchild of the family,” said […]

Allina adds extra security for controlled substance prescriptions

[KSTP-TV, Oct. 27, 2017] Allina Health is among the first healthcare providers in the Twin Cities to meet federal requirements for having two layers of security for practitioners sending electronic prescriptions for controlled substances to pharmacies. “We’re making sure the prescriptions go there without any potential for forgeries of those prescriptions,” Lee Mork said, who […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What’s new in the fight against the disease?

[KARE 11, Oct. 26, 2017] October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the disease and those who are affected by it. Among them, Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who recently announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Lisa Schneider, a breast imaging specialist and Medical Director at the Piper […]

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Kidney donation links Minnesotan, New Zealanders

[Star Tribune, October 21, 2017] The couple from New Zealand figured they each had a kidney to spare. So why not give one away? That’s what Gerard and Lyn Murphy decided when they heard that a Minnesota friend needed a kidney transplant. “If you see a butterfly stuck in a cobweb, you’re not going to […]

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Scene + Heard: Having a ball at Abbott Northwestern’s Medicine Ball

[Star Tribune, October 19, 2017] An elegantly lit banquet room at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis set the stage for the 2017 Medicine Ball. The annual fundraiser for the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of people suffering with mental health challenges and addiction. The event was expected to raise upward […]

When do you need an antibiotic?

[KARE 11, Oct. 12, 2017] Tis the season of sneezing, sniffling, and coughing, and while many of us are looking for some prescription relief for our annual aches and pains, antibiotics aren’t always the cure. Dr. Eric Barth, a pediatrician with Allina Health Clinics, says antibiotics affect our immune system and future ability to fight […]

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute teaches patients about ‘natural painkillers’

[KSTP-TV, Oct. 11, 2017] Bill Clements has lived with chronic pain most of his adult life. After he had colon surgery, he relied on fentanyl administered through an internal pain pump. He says something had to change. “The drugs were taking away too much of who I am,” Clements said. “It made me a zombie.” […]

More than 7300 bikes donated to Free Bikes 4 Kidz

[KARE 11, 2017] Grey skies and a little rain didn’t keep people from coming to more than 50 Allina Health sites to donate used bikes for Free Bikes 4 Kidz. It was the seventh year that Allina has teamed up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz to collect donated bikes. And this year, the public donated […]

Donated bikes wanted for Free Bikes 4 Kidz.

[KSTP-TV, Oct. 7, 2017] For the seventh year in a row, Allina Health is teaming up with the nonprofit Free Bikes 4 Kidz to collected used bikes from the public that will be cleaned up and repaired, then given to kids of families in need. Allina and FB4K spokespeople talked with KSTP-TV News about the […]

Morning person or night owl: which way are we born?

[WCCO-TV, Oct. 5, 2017] This week, three Americans have won the Nobel Prize for their years of work on circadian rhythms. Their research helps scientists better understand how animal and plant body clock adapts to their physiology during the day. So, are we born morning people or night owls? Good Question. Dr. Andrew Stiehm is […]