Tips on avoiding flu

[KARE 11, Dec. 18, 2014] The Minnesota Department of Health says school influenza outbreaks are spiking, one sign an even bigger outbreak may be coming. That’s because as many people get together this week for the holidays, they may spread the virus, and children can pass it on quickly. “That’s the thing about influenza,” said […]

Tamiflu may be hard to find, but don’t give up

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 18, 2014] As the number of influenza illnesses surges, one drug you can get from your doctor, Tamiflu, can be tough to find. Doctors agree that it is effective, but Tamiflu may also be hard to find, especially when you need it the most. In some cases, the supply is limited as wholesalers […]

Flu 101: Questions and answers about the flu this year

[KMSP Fox 9, Dec. 15, 2014] Influenza is spreading in Minnesota. One death has already been attributed to the virus. So what do you need to know about the flu this year? Allina Health Clinic infectious disease specialist, Frank Rhame, MD, talked with Fox 9 News about the strains or the virus going around this […]

Influenza spreads in Minnesota

[KARE 11, Dec. 11, 2014] It’s here early and hitting hard. That’s what Minnesota doctors are saying about influenza, which the Minnesota Department of Health now calls “widespread.” About 185 Minnesotans have so far been hospitalized, and some cases nationwide are resisting vaccines. “It changes a lot every year,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, Infectious Disease […]

Dealing with the flu, keeping kids healthy

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 10, 2014] A Southern Minnesota teen has died after battling flu-like symptoms over the past week, raising the question, what are the best ways to keep your kids healthy. Dr. Frank Rhame, Allina Health Clinic infectious disease specialist, talked with KSTP about what parents should know and when you should see your doctor.

Allina, Free Bikes 4 Kidz team up again

[KARE11, Dec. 6, 2014] For the fourth year in a row, Allina Health has helped Free Bikes 4 Kidz get donated bikes to youngsters from families in need across the Allina service area. For many of those kids, it’s their very first bike. This year, more than 5000 bikes were distributed.

Flu shot might not be perfect, but get one anyway

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 4, 2014] The flu vaccine may not be as effective this winter as hoped because the season’s most common strain has mutated, or “drifted,” from the form the shot targets, according to U.S. health officials. CDC officials think the vaccine should provide some protection and still are urging people to get vaccinated. Allina […]

New procedure could prevent amputations

[KARE11, Dec. 2, 2014] There’s a new therapy, right here in the Twin Cities at Mercy Hospital that could prevent amputations caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD). The procedure is helping a Minnesota man stay on his feet. Joe Sibinski has to be on his feet all day. But two years ago, he said, “I […]

Owatonna Hospital scores well above national and state average on infant feeding practices survey

[Owatonna People’s Press, Dec. 2, 2014] Owatonna Hospital scored exceedingly well on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2013 survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). With a score of 86, Owatonna Hospital is performing better than many facilities nationwide, in Minnesota and similar size facilities. Owatonna Hospital scored better […]

Good Question: Does hunching over smartphones hurt our spines?

[WCCO-TV, Nov. 17, 2014] According to a new study, people spend an average of 2-4 hours a day hunched over their smartphones, which puts a lot of stress on the spine. “That is quite a lot,” said Courtney Tanaka, a physical therapist with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. “If our postures aren’t correct in the […]