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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 […]

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, […]

Actor Luke Perry’s death due to stroke has many asking

[WCCO-TV, March 4, 2019] Actor Luke Perry has died after suffering what doctors call a massive stroke at his California home last Wednesday. He was hospitalized but never recovered. Word of Perry’s massive stroke had many wondering what the risk factors and warning signs are. Doctors at Abbott Northwestern Hospital are being asked those questions. […]

Finding ways to keep older workers in a tight employment market

[KSTP-TV, March 3, 2019] According to Minnesota Census numbers, more Minnesotans are turning 65 this decade than the past four decades combined, and employers are watching closely. That includes healthcare organizations like Allina Health. Dr. John Lundgren has worked at Allina Health System’s Shoreview clinic since 1978. But, about to turn 70 this summer, Lundgren […]

Courage Kenny helps paralyzed UofM student play video games again

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 27, 2019] A University of Minnesota student with a bright future is adapting to his new life after he was nearly killed biking home from class. It’s a journey made easier and more enjoyable by advanced technology provided to him by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation institute. Last July, Cook was nearly […]

Cancer patient marries his bride in Mercy Hospital chapel

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 27, 2019] They had lived together for 28 years, raised kids together, but never formally married. They decided to change that when Jason Spencer learned he had just weeks, even days, to live after colon cancer had spread to his brain. So last Saturday, in the Mercy Hospital chapel, Jason married Jodi. Now […]