Mental Health and Addiction

Postpartum depression in men

[KARE 11, Nov. 27, 2017] New moms may not be the only ones at risk of getting the “baby blues.” According to a new study out of Sweden, 7-10 percent of new dads report feeling postpartum depression symptoms, too. Tina Welke, a therapist at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota, stopped […]

Christmas music — love it or hate it

[KARE 11, Nov. 9, 2017] A new study shows that for some of us, Christmas music can be pretty annoying, particularly if you work in retail. KARE 11 talked to Allina Health Clinic psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel about why that is.

Allina psychologist speaks on reacting to mass shootings

[WCCO-TV, November, 5, 2017] The shocking story of the shooting that killed dozens of people in a Texas church quickly overtook the airwaves on television and the internet Sunday. Dr. Daniel Kessler learned of it on the radio. “Just you know feeling sad and angry and frustrated and wanting to do something but knowing that […]

Minnesota experts welcome Trump’s declaration but hope it brings additional funds

Minnesota experts welcome Trump’s declaration but hope it brings additional funds

[Star Tribune, October 27, 2017] Addiction and public health authorities in Minnesota welcomed President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on Thursday, saying they hope it will reduce stigma and promote treatment in a state where overdose deaths have soared in recent years. “Individuals struggling with addiction had been [treated as] the stepchild of the family,” said […]

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Photo by Matt Blewett, Special to the Star Tribune

Scene + Heard: Having a ball at Abbott Northwestern’s Medicine Ball

[Star Tribune, October 19, 2017] An elegantly lit banquet room at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis set the stage for the 2017 Medicine Ball. The annual fundraiser for the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of people suffering with mental health challenges and addiction. The event was expected to raise upward […]

Abbott Northwestern Medicine Ball raises record $1.1 million

[KSTP-TV, September 23, 2017] More than 925 people filled the ballroom at the Minneapolis Hilton for the Starry Night gala to support mental health and addiction programs at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Meteorologist Ken Barlow was the evening’s emcee, and KSTP-TV was there.

Can you be addicted to sugar?

[CCX-TV, Sept. 12, 2017] Can you be addicted to sugar. Addiction specialists say that yes you can. Sugar is linked to all kinds of chronic diseases so finding a way off you sugar addiction is critical says Allina Health addiction specialist, Dr. Roger Laroche.

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 […]