Cold and flu season starting up in Twin Cities

[KMSP Fox 9, Jan. 23, 2017] The winter cough and cold bugs are circulating right now in the Twin Cities, but so far, the flu number have remained fairly low. Allina Health Clinics infectious disease physician Dr. Frank Rhame talked with Fox 9 News about how things are progressing this season.

River Falls Area Hospital’s SEARCH program highlighted by Wisconsin governor

[River Falls Journal, Jan. 22, 2017] Gov. Scott Walker highlighted Allina Health River Falls Area Hospital’s Project SEARCH program and a local graduate in his state-of-the-state address last week. Project SEARCH is a nine-month program designed to provide real-life work experience to help individuals with disabilities gain skills needed to enter the workforce. Allina Health […]

104-year-old woman awake during heart surgery

[KARE 11, Jan. 17, 2017] A recent medical breakthrough is helping heart surgery patients get back on their feet faster. Doctors at Abbott Northwestern Hospital are keeping patients wide awake during surgery to have a heart valve replaced. On Tuesday, a 104-year-old patient doctors describe as a “special lady” underwent a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, […]

Why you shouldn’t use cotton swabs to clean your ears

[KMSP Fox 9, Jan. 17, 2017] Doctors are reminding us to put down the Q-tips and leave our earwax alone. In fact, there are new guidelines on how to deal with the annoying build up. Dr. Rex Haberman, an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist with Allina Health Clinics talked with KMSP Fox 9 News about […]

Mercy and Unity hospitals begin new era as ‘One Hospital, Two Campuses’

[Sun Focus, January 16, 2017] For the past 50 years, two Allina Health hospitals – Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and Unity Hospital in Fridley – have collaborated on many services for patients in the North Metro. That collaboration has resulted in enhanced care for the north metro communities and has set the stage for […]

Are stress and strokes connected?

[KARE 11, Jan. 14, 2017] Actress Debbie Reynold’s recent death has many wondering about the connection between stress and sudden stroke. Reynolds passed away in December, just one day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher died. Dr. Ronald Tarrel is a neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and he joined talked with […]

2016 in medicine

[KMSP Fox 9, Jan. 14, 2017] The science of medicine is making people’s recovery time shorter and their lives longer. Fox 9 News talked with Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s president, Dr. Ben Bache-Wiig, about new advancements in 2016 and what’s on the horizon for 2017.

How glasses and contact lenses help us see better

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 12, 2017] Ever wonder how glasses and contact lenses help us see better? That was the Good Question WCCO-TV put to Allina Health’s Phillips Eye Institute ophthalmologist Dr. Keith Carlson.

Assessing your child’s mental health

[CCX News, January 3, 2017] Experts say that roughly 25 percent of the adolescent population is known to have some form of anxiety, and about 12 to 15 percent are dealing with depression. That’s why it’s important for parents to know the warning signs, says Dr. Aditi Garg, a psychiatrist from Allina Health Mental Health […]

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 […]