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New study casts doubt about heart stents

[KARE-TV, November 13, 2017] More than half a million Americans get heart stents to treat chest pain every year, but a new study finds the popular procedure may not be as effective as once thought. Dr. M. Nicholas Burke, a cardiologist with Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern, stopped by the KARE 11 News at […]

Journal photo by Clay Schuldt. New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman, left, reads a proclamation as part of celebrating the New Ulm Medical Center as Industry of the Year. At right is NUMC President Toby Freier.

New Ulm Medical Center honored as Industry of the Year

[The Journal, November 15, 2017] The New Ulm Area Chamber paid tribute to one of the community’s most important businesses Tuesday night: the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC). A special banquet dinner was held in honor of NUMC at the New Ulm Event Center. The NUMC is the first business to receive the New Ulm […]

Rare medical alliance boosts care in northwest metro

[Star Tribune, Nov. 7, 2017] Ann Losness didn’t want to go back to Mercy Hospital Unity Camps after a four-day stay for heart problems, and the hospital didn’t want her back either. They had gotten along fine — but return visits can be frustrating, expensive and ultimately preventable if hospitals adequately prep patients to go […]

Why do we sleep?

[WCCO-TV, November 6, 2017] Many families with little children know that “falling back” an hour can be a nightmare. Just a one-hour change can make a difference in the strict sleep schedule of a 3-year-old. They may go to bed later, but wake up at the same time – far earlier than Mom or Dad […]

Owatonna Hospital President David Albrecht takes the helm District One

[Faribault Daily News, Nov. 6, 2017] Owatonna Hospital President David Albrecht will assume the same role with District One Hospital starting in December. District One Hospital announced Albrecht as its next President Monday morning after current President Stephen Pribyl announced his retirement earlier this year. Starting Dec. 11, Albrecht will take over as president of […]

Courage Kenny Classic tournament for wheelchair athletes

[KSTP-TV, November 4, 2017] This year’s Courage Kenny Classic basketball tournament for wheelchair athletes has drawn teams from around the U.S. It’s the 35th annual running of the event. Wheelchair basketball is for anyone with a permanent lower extremity disability, including but not limited to, amputee, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and limb […]

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Heart stents fail to ease nonemergency chest pain, landmark study says

[Star Tribune, November 2, 2017] A study of 200 heart patients in the United Kingdom shocked the international cardiology community on Thursday when it reported that patients who had stents put in to treat nonemergency chest pain showed about the same improvements as patients who got a “sham” placebo procedure. Michael Miedema, MD, and Nicholas […]

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 […]