Older Americans drinking more than ever

[KARE 11, April 25, 2017] A new study says that Americans 60 and older are drinking more than ever before. Allina Health addiction specialist Dr. Roger Laroche says that finding should not be particularly surprising if you look at the history of that age group.

Battle against opioid drug abuse rages on year after Prince’s death

[WCCO-TV, April 22, 2017] One year after musician Prince died of an opioid drug overdose, the opioid epidemic has worsened in Minnesota and the U.S. Allina Health addiction specialist, Dr. Roger Laroche talked with WCCO-TV News about where we are in the fight against opiates.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz gives bikes away to families who can’t afford to buy them

[KSTP-TV & WCCO-TV, April 22, 2017] Hundreds of kids went home this Saturday with big smiles on their faces, the recipients of bikes donated last fall to Allina Health and Free Bikes 4 Kidz and given to the kids this day. KSTP-TV and WCCO-TV covered the event.

Conditioning exercises can take strokes off your golf game

[WCCO-TV, April 21, 2017] Looking for ways to improve your golf game. How about some exercise. Bradley Zasada, a physical therapist with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, talked with WCCO-TV about how exercise can improve your golf game and help prevent injury.

Courage Kenny begins Minnesota’s first wheelchair lacrosse league

[KSTP-TV, April 20, 2017] Wheelchair lacrosse is now available in Minnesota. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, had it’s first practice yesterday, and KSTP-TV was there.

Possibly deadly staph infections not uncommon

[WCCO-TV, April 18, 2017] News that a Minnesota state official has died from a staph infection has focused new attention on an illness that doctors say is not that uncommon. WCCO-TV talked with Allina Health Clinic infectious disease specialist, Dr. Wendy Slattery, about staph infections.

How reliable are at-home genetic tests?

[WCCO Radio, April 18, 2017] The FDA has just recently approved the makers of “23 & Me” home genetic testing tell users about their susceptibility to 10 different diseases including Alzheimer’s. WCCO Radio talked with Dr. Eleanor Orehek, a neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic and Abbott Northwestern Hospital about the value of these kinds of […]

Deaths due to opiates continue to grow

[KARE 11, April 15, 2017] It’s been a year since musician Prince died from an an opiate overdose. That focused attention on the growing illicit use of opiates. Allina Health Addiction Services medical director, Dr. Roger Laroche, talked with KARE 11 News about the problem.

Allina’s Regina Hospital opens $6.4 million Medical Imaging department

[Hastings Star Gazette, April 13, 2017] Regina Hospital has opened its newly remodeled Medical Imaging Department, a $6.4 million project. The complete remodel of the unit has included the upgrade or replacement of three major diagnostic tools including the magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography and radiographic/flouroscopy equipment. John Tonsager, director of clinical and support services […]

Study: Most major heart attacks not linked with high cholesterol

[KARE 11, April 12, 2017] A new study shows that most people who had suffered a heart attack had normal cholesterol levels. The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation authored the report that reviewed more than a thousand Minnesota heart attack patients. “Your cholesterol is important but it’s only one part of the picture,” said the lead […]