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FDA approves new postpartum depression drug

[KARE 11, March 20, 2019] It is the first drug approved by the FDA specifically for postpartum depression. Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso, the medical director of psychiatry at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, says this new drug could be a game changer. She is also a psychiatrist who specializes in postpartum depression at Allina Health’s Mother Baby Center. […]

EMT shortage prompts Allina Health to launch own training academy

[WCCO-TV, March 20, 2019] Both here and across the country, it’s getting harder for EMS services to fill the vacancies among its EMT and paramedics ranks brought on by retirements and a tight labor pool. “Across the country, we’re seeing not as many people taking on EMT jobs and paramedic jobs,” said Joan Mellor, director […]

More blood pressure meds recalled by FDA

[KARE 11, March 18, 2019] Another round of blood pressure medications are being recalled. That makes at least six recalls of blood pressure meds in the last month because of a potentially cancer-causing impurity. “Huge problem,” says Allina Health cardiologist Dr. David Hurrell. He says there’s a been a large number of recalls over the […]

Birthing options: Choose what works for you.

[WCCO Radio, March 16, 2019] There are many options when a family plans for the birth of new child including midwives and doulas in addition to the more traditional obstetrician-gynecologist. Allina Health midwife Carlyn Penwell discussed the options in a conversation with WCCO Radio’s Esme Murphy.

Flu season has yet to peak in Minnesota

[KMSP Fox 9, March 14, 2019] If you’ve made it through the winter months so far flu-free, the Minnesota Department of Health says don’t let your guard down. “Influenza is very hard to predict, anyone who tries to predict it, don’t trust them,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, Allina Health infectious disease specialist. While cases have […]

Allina Health explores new care for Alzheimer’s patients

[KARE 11, March 14, 2019] A recent study shows a startling disconnect between seniors and primary care doctors when it comes to memory issues. And already, leaders at one local health care system, Allina Health, say they’re launching a new care model to deal with the problem. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease […]

Found early enough, colorectal cancer is very treatable

[KARE 11, March 13, 2019] March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month meant to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Yet, found early enough, […]

Miscarriage: A common experience, a private pain

[MPR News, March 13, 2019] Miscarriages are sad, private events, difficult to talk about. But they are not rare; a study reports they occur in 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies. Given how common they are, experts believe that open and honest dialogue about miscarriages can help mothers and partners grieve. “Grief is very personal. […]

Dr. Eric Barth

How to treat baby constipation

[U.S. News & World Report, March 10, 2019] Everyone occasionally feels uncomfortable due to gas in the digestive system, even babies. Gas-related discomfort may occur if gas is trapped or not moving well through your digestive system doctors note. When infants experience gas-related discomfort, they can become fussy and cry. Allina Health pediatrician Dr. Eric […]

The ambitious agenda of Allina Health COO Lisa Shannon

[Becker’s Hospital Review, March 11, 2019] Lisa Shannon serves as executive vice president and COO of Allina Health, a 12-hospital system headquartered in Minneapolis. She assumed her position in July 2017. Prior to joining Allina, Ms. Shannon worked as president of health system delivery and COO at Catholic Health Initiatives sponsored KentuckyOne Health, where she […]