Using polio virus to fight brain tumors

[WCCO Radio, July 24, 2017] Groundbreaking research using a polio virus for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma brain cancer is getting fast track approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. John Trusheim, a neuro-oncologist with Allina’s Givens Brain Tumor Center talked with WCCO Radio about what this research could mean.

Fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs

[WCCO Radio, July 19, 2017] Superbugs — the term unofficially refers to bacterial and fungal infections resistant to various antibiotics ― are a growing health problem worldwide. The World Health Organization warned in 2015 of an approaching “post-antibiotic” era. Current estimates are that drug-resistant infections annually kill about 700,000 people around the world — a […]

Another measles case reported in Minnesota

[WCCO Radio, July 15, 2017] The measles outbreak in Minnesota continues. Another case was just reported bringing to 79 the cases reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. Allina Health Clinic pediatrician, Dr. Eric Barth, talked with WCCO Radio about the ongoing outbreak and the need for immunizations to control measles.

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. […]

Are PPI antacids dangerous?

[WCCO Radio, July, 7, 2017] A higher risk of death is associated with long-term use of popular stomach acid reducers known as proton pump inhibitors, according to a new study. But Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Chief of Gastroenterology, Dr. Robert Ganz, doesn’t agree. He says we should take this study’s findings with a grain of salt. […]

Amin Rahmatullah, MD

Doctor patient communication and better health

[Minnesota Public Radio, June 16, 2017] Cardiologist Amin Rahmattulah, MD, who practices at Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, was featured on Minnesota Public Radio. He was part of a round-table discussion about physician-patient communication based on the book What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear. Here’s the podcast:

Youth baseball injuries

[WCCO-AM, June 7, 2017] With Little League season getting started, doctors are warning parents about the uptick in overuse injuries among young baseball players. Dr. Pearce McCarty, an orthopedic surgeon with Allina Health and a member of the Minnesota Twins medical team, spoke about this with WCCO-AM radio.

Beauty sleep might be a real thing, according to study

[WCCO Radio, May 22, 2017] A lack of sleep can make you significantly less attractive to others and reduce your social appeal, according to research by Swedish scientists. The study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, found that acute sleep deprivation and looking tired will make you appear more ugly and perceived as […]

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Minnesota reports four new measles cases as hospitals issue precautions

[KARE 11, May 8, 2017] Allina Health said Monday morning that it’s asking that children under age 5 not visit its hospitals unless they are seeking care. All children under age 11 are asked to wear a mask while visiting Allina clinics or hospitals. In addition, anyone with a cough or sore throat is asked […]

Melanoma Monday and skin cancer

[WCCO Radio, April 29, 2017] Melanoma skin cancer can be deadly, but it can also be easily cured if caught early enough. Allina Health Clinic dermatologists gave free skin cancer exams on national Melanoma Monday, May 1. Allina Health dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Farhat talked with WCCO Radio’s Esme Murphy about skin cancer and how you […]