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How can you watch the eclipse safely?

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 15, 2017] Make sure you have eclipse-watching-approved glasses if you plan on looking directly at the sun during the eclipse next Monday. Eye retina specialist, Dr. Geoff Emerson, of Allina’s Phillips Eye Institute, warns that even a few seconds looking at the sun without protecting your eye can permanently damage your eyes. He […]

Allina Health's Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

Allina Health metro hospitals among state’s best says U.S. News & World Report

[BusinessWire, Aug. 8, 2017] Abbott Northwestern Hospital retained the first place ranking for Best Hospital in the Twin Cities and second in Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 rankings released today. Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, and United Hospital, St. Paul, were each selected as a Best Regional Hospital. “We focus on quality […]

Actor/writer Sam Shepard’s death shines light on ALS

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 5, 2017] Actor-writer Sam Shepard’s death from ALS has focused attention on ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Allina Health neurologist, Dr. Praful Kelkar, talked with WCCO News about the disease and the search for a cure.

Regina Hospital surgeon retires after 37 years

[Hastings Star Gazette, Aug. 5, 2017] After 37 years of service in the Hastings community, Allina Health Regina Hospital general surgeon John Carlson retired July 21. Throughout his decades long career, he has completed around 16,000 surgeries; sometimes he would complete two or three surgeries in one day. Carlson was originally going to retire from […]

FDA proposes less nicotine in cigarettes

[KARE 11, Aug. 3, 2017] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, which seeks to lower nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. That, says Dr. Roger Laroche, an addiction specialist with Allina Health, is great news, but it’s not the only thing that’s needed to keep teens […]

35W bridge collapse led to PTSD in many survivors

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 1, 2017] The Vietnam War made Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, common knowledge. And on Aug. 1, 2007, the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse brought it to common folks. Dr. John Sutherland, a PTSD expert with Allina Health says most people will deal with some sort of trauma in their lifetimes. “Most people […]

Allina Health expert warns about quitting ‘cold turkey’

[KARE 11, July 29, 2017] The death of “True Blood” actor Nelsan Ellis earlier this month is shining a spotlight on the dangers of quitting “cold turkey.” Ellis died from heart failure caused by alcohol withdrawal. His family says Ellis battled drug and alcohol addictions for years and recently decided to quit on his own. […]

Why brain games may be a bust

[KARE 11, July 28, 2017] They may be fun, but researchers say certain brain-training games are a bust when it comes to boosting our decision-making skills. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience reveals they’re no better than the average video game. Dr.Jesse Corry, a neurologist at United Hospital’s John Nasseff […]

Study: You can buy happiness … if you spend it to save time

[KARE 11, July 27, 2017] Can money really buy happiness? Some of us were raised under the impression it can’t, but researchers who surveyed more than 6,000 people in four countries say otherwise. The catch? You have to spend money on saving time, like chores. The survey was reportedly done in the U.S., Canada, Denmark […]

Dealing with tantrums

[WCCO-TV, July 25, 2017] Kids and tantrums — it seems like there’s no way to avoid them with young children. Why do they happen and what are the best ways yo deal with them? That’s the Good Question WCCO-TV put to Allina Health child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Meghan Miller.