Mental Health

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.

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. […]

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.

When your brain needs a day off

[WCCO Radio, July 13, 2017] When a woman emailed her boss she needed to take a “mental health day” and boss emailed back a very supportive message, she posted it on social media and the message went viral. The incident speaks to the stigma attached to mental health issues, something the Allina Health psychiatrist, Dr. […]

Mental health day story goes viral on social media

[KARE 11, July 12, 2017] The Internet is fixated on a boss’s reply to an employee who took time off for her mental health, and the viral response reveals much of what is right and wrong about mental health care in America. Allina Health psychologist, Dr. Cheryl Bemel, applauds the woman for telling her story […]

Doctors write fewer opioid prescriptions, but epidemic persists

[KSTP-TV, July, 10, 2017] Doctors are writing fewer opioid prescriptions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s good news experts said, but it’s not nearly good enough. The number of opioids prescribed in the U.S. peaked in 2010, then decreased each year through 2015, the CDC reported. The problem is the number […]

Dads talk differently to daughters and sons

[WCCO-TV, June 27, 2017] The question of whether parents treat sons and daughters differently and how that may or may not affect the children later in life has been the subject of a number of scientific studies — and endless family debates. New research now adds to the conversation, not only shedding light on certain […]