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How to have a stress free holiday

[WCCO TV, Nov. 26, 2013] During the holidays, psychologists say the potential for conflict is high and people tend to get stressed out. So, how do we avoid the holiday drama? Dr. Alan Steed is a family therapist at Allina Medical Clinic – Eagan. He spends time with patients who struggle with family relationships. Watch […]

Kids today less fit than their parents were

[MPR, Nov. 22, 2013] Children are now slower runners than their parents were, according to new data from the American Heart Association. The study showed that around the world, children are 15 percent less fit than their parents were during childhood. In the United States, childhood cardiovascular performance declined between 1970 and 2000. Dr. Courtney […]

Are kids being prescribed antibiotics too often?

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Nov. 19, 2013] A new report says pediatricians may be prescribing antibiotics more often than necessary for their young patients. Dr. Eric Barth, a pediatrician at Allina Medical Clinic – Ramsey, talked with Fox 9 News about the report and the conversation parents should have with the kids’ doctors.

Wearable defibrillator can bridge the gap to implanted device

Wearable defibrillator can bridge the gap to implanted device

[Star Tribune, November 17, 2013] “I didn’t even feel the shock,” Scott Olson said. “I just heard my granddaughter calling my name.” Olson, 55, had been prescribed the wearable defibrillator only three weeks earlier by Dr. Raed Abdelhadi, an electrophysiologist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. The LifeVest, manufactured in Pittsburgh by ZOLL Medical Corp., […]

Why some people get sick more often than others

[WCCO TV, Nov. 13, 2013] Ever wonder why some people seem to get sick all the time and others almost never? Good Question. WCCO TV’s Heather Brown put that question to Dr. Courtney Baechler, Allina Health’s Chief of Health and Wellness. What the report here.

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Device developed in Minneapolis has potential to help heart patients

[Star Tribune, November 9, 2013] A tiny wire and mesh device to prevent strokes, first doodled on a napkin by a pair of Minneapolis cardiologists, is a step closer to regulatory approval and to what analysts estimate will be a $1 billion market. The Watchman, which helps stave off strokes by plugging a cul-de-sac in […]

Heart surgeons see innovations with tiny new pumps

Heart surgeons see innovations with tiny new pumps

[Star Tribune, November 10, 2013] A new generation of cardiac devices scheduled for human trials in Europe and the United States next year has heart surgeons talking about a possible sea change in the treatment of patients suffering from the most severe level of heart failure, which affects 150,000 to 200,000 Americans a year and […]

Warning labels on cough, cold medicines curbed kids’ ER visits

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Nov. 12, 2013] The number of children going to emergency rooms because of adverse reactions to children’s cough and cold medications fell after drug manufacturers voluntarily recalled the products in 2007 and re-released them with stricter warning labels, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Dr. Eric Barth, […]

Abbott Northwestern Hospital researchers to conduct MRI study of aneurysm-linked strokes

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Nov. 12, 2013] Researchers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital are conducting a first-of-its-kind study in this country in the hopes that understanding a type of stroke caused by aneurysms could yield a life-saving prevention strategy. Every year, 30,000 Americans suffer a ruptured aneurysm, and though 60 percent survive, many are at risk […]

Heroin use on the rise in Minnesota suburbs

[KSTP-TV, Nov. 7, 2013] Heroin is driving teens to extremes and suburban families to the brink. The funeral for another young adult, Robert McCullough, was held Monday. He’s the most recent victim of heroin in Anoka County. At Unity Hospital in Fridley, the number of patients who have overdosed on heroin has doubled in a […]