Minnesota to adopt Next Generation 911 changes

[KSTP-TV, Feb. 8, 2016] One of the most relied-upon phone numbers is 911. However, this critical system has failed to keep up with technology. That is about to change. Soon, state experts say, the 911 system will be more effective than ever with the introduction of the Next Generation 911 system. Approximately 300 emergency calls […]

Depression Screenings During and After Pregnancy

One in seven women experience postpartum depression, but maternal mental illness isn’t always after childbirth. A federal health panel just announced recommendations for doctors to screen patients for depression throughout pregnancy. Tina Welke, a therapist and perinatal specialist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital was interviewed by KMSP-TV about it.

Graphic by Mark Boswell

Medical device makers face challenge of falling prices

[Star Tribune, February 6, 2016] Device giants are also looking to dominate the market for fast-growing diseases like heart failure with a broad array of treatments. But such strategies have not stopped the overall slide. “Historically, a lot of [med-tech] suppliers, once they were in a hospital, they just felt no risk of loss of […]

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Chosen for WDIO’s 50th Anniversary

[WDIO, February 5, 2016] The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers a sporting life for kids and adults with disabilities for all seasons. Program Coordinator Mark Hanna says they offer many fun activities. He says, “In the spring we do archery, power wheel chair soccer, climbing and in the summer we do sailing, kayaking and cycling. […]

Health Check: Mammogram screening confusion

[Twelve News, February 2, 2016] The Plymouth Creek Center is known as a gathering place for exercise, but once a month, doctors from Allina Health drop by to share information about important medical issues. Tuesday’s “Walk with a Doc” topic was on breast cancer.

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Program encourages Somali-American women to get fit

[Star Tribune, January 29, 2016] Almost everyone has obstacles to overcome when trying to get fit, from time constraints to physical limitations. Ibrahim Mohamed discovered that Somali-American women in Shakopee had more challenges than most: they didn’t know much about exercise and couldn’t find a women-only environment to work out, which many Muslim women prefer. […]

MN woman uses bionic technology to walk

[KARE, January 29, 2016] Three years ago, doctors told a Minnesota woman she would never walk again. Carol Suchy, 50, was involved in a snowmobile accident. Initially she was paralyzed from the waist down. Now, she said she has no sensation from her hips down. But bionic technology at Courage Kenny at Abbott Northwestern is […]

Zika virus Q&A

[KARE11, Jan. 28, 2016] The alarming spread of the Zika virus has prompted many questions. Allina Health Clinics infectious disease specialist Dr. Wendolyn Slattery answered some of them for KARE 11 News.

Clearing up the confusion around mammograms

[KARE11, Jan. 27, 2016] It’s understandable that women are confused about breast screening guidelines. Earlier this month, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendations saying mammograms should be done every 2 years starting at age 50. Those guidelines contrast with others. The American Cancer Society suggests yearly mammograms starting at age 45. […]

What happened to flu season?

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 26, 2016] Local doctors are cautiously optimistic and somewhat surprised by this year’s flu season, because there really hasn’t been one. Last year 4,153 people were hospitalized with the flu in Minnesota. So far this winter it’s only 63. Allina Health Clinics infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame says historically flu season peaks […]