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Taking probiotics like a pro

Taking probiotics like a pro

[WACH Fox News, June 28, 2013] Disease, illness, even death, they can all be caused by the spread of bad bacteria. But there are billions of other kinds that could do your body a lot of good. “It’s new to hear doctors prescribing bacteria,” Gregory Plotnikoff, MD, Senior Consultant at the Penny George Institute for Health […]

Doctors, patients say they intend to stick with Medtronic drug pump

Doctors, patients say they intend to stick with Medtronic drug pump

[Star Tribune, June 28, 2013] Medtronic Inc. said Thursday that 14 patients have died from complications associated with its SynchroMed implantable pump, which was formally recalled by the FDA on Wednesday. But with few alternatives available, doctors and patients said they will continue to use the device and tout its benefits. “Most of my patients, […]

School snacks get a federally-mandated overhaul

[KSTP TV, June 27, 2013] The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released new rules mandating healthier snack options in school vending machines and cafeterias. Allina Health dieticians Shannon Tierney and Amy Boyle talked with KSTP News about these changes and what they’ll mean for our children. Watch the interviews below.

Type II diabetes and weight loss

[KARE 11 and KSTP TV, June 26, 2013] Weight loss accomplished from diet and exercise does not appear to cut the risk of heart problems for people with diabetes, a new study finds. Even so, researchers say, people with diabetes shouldn’t give up on their efforts to eat less and move more. Allina Health cardiologist […]

Author’s death draws new attention to prostate cancer detection

[KARE 11 & Fox 9 News, June 19, 2013] The death of spy novel author and Minnesota native Vince Flynn has focused new attention on prostate cancer, the disease that killed Flynn. Dr. Peter Sershon, director of the United Hospital Prostate Cancer Center in St. Paul, talked about the disease and the importance early detection […]

AMA now calls obesity a disease

[KSTP TV, June 19, 2013] The American Medical Association is now classifying obesity as a disease. Dr. Peter Kelly, a surgeon at the Bariatric Center of United Hospital, talked with KSTP TV’s Leah McLean about what that means. Watch the interview here.

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Medical clinic in Baxter takes root

[Brainerd Dispatch, June 12, 2013] People gathered beneath a tent with sand underfoot on one of the warmest and sunny days of the season to celebrate construction of a new medical clinic in Baxter. Nearby, the skeleton of the clinic was already taking shape. Inside the tent, the conversation had a repeated theme — partnerships. […]

New magnetic device helps prevent acid reflux

[KARE-TV, June 11, 2013] For millions of people, acid reflux makes life miserable, but a new procedure could give them their life back. Minnesota singer Geoff Elvee, of Crosslake, is hoping that a device will get him back on stage. In May, Abbott Northwestern Hospital surgeon, Dr. Daniel Dunn placed a ring of titanium-coated magnets […]

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3M adds Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley to ‘Greats of Golf’

[Pioneer Press, June 10, 2013] The tournament is expected to raise around $1.3 million for Allina Health, which owns Unity, Mercy, Abbott Northwestern and United hospitals in the metro area. “Our event gives more money to charity each year than all the other sports in this town combined,” Hollis Cavner said. “And it’s not even […]

Farmington volunteers come together to feed the community

Farmington volunteers come together to feed the community

[Farmington Independent, June 9, 2013] Farmington’s Allina Medical Clinic hopes a little community service will help build connections in the city. On Saturday the clinic joined Allina locations across the area to pack tens of thousands of meals for local food shelves. According to company estimates, more than 1,800 volunteers at 40 sites assembled more […]