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Frostbite danger as temps plummet

[WCCO TV, Dec. 28, 2013] Medical experts say you should stay inside instead of braving the bitterly cold weather on Sunday. Dr. Gary Mayeux, an emergency physician at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, says you need to dress appropriately if you’re going to be outside, even for just a few minutes. Watch more here.

Flu season is here

[WCCO TV, Dec. 26, 2013] New numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show influenza season is here in earnest. Hospitalized cases of influenza doubled last week after several weeks of gradual increases. WCCO TV News spoke to Allina Medical Clinic infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame about the sharp uptick in cases and what […]

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Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids is gaining a long skyway

[Star Tribune, December 17, 2013] The main span of a 585-foot-long skyway that will connect Mercy Hospital and a new medical office building across Coon Rapids Boulevard has been installed in Coon Rapids. There’s not a lot of competition, but it will be the longest enclosed pedestrian bridge in Anoka County. See the rest of the […]

Quello Clinic gains new name for the New Year

Quello Clinic gains new name for the New Year

[, Dec. 17, 2013] Starting Jan. 1, all five Quello Clinic locations will change their names to Allina Health. The purpose of the name change is to more clearly link Quello Clinic with Allina Health. The clinic has been a part of Allina Health since 2008. Read more at

Turkey Trot participant thanks United Hospital nurse for saving his life

[KARE TV, Dec. 15, 2013] You can find thousands of reasons to be thankful among the crowds at the St. Paul Turkey Trot every Thanksgiving, but this year a Woodbury man says he has a lifetime of gratitude after a stranger saved his life. Jeff Joseph, 34, and his wife Lisa Joseph were just steps […]

Lung Cancer Killing Non-Smokers in Minnesota

KSTP-TV, December 9, 2013] Non-smokers in Minnesota, like Gary Brausen, a former Abbott Northwestern Hospital patient, are asking people to check their perceptions of lung cancer. Lung cancer, according to The American Cancer Society, is expected to kill 2,500 Minnesotans this year. That’s more than any other cancer. However, fundraising advocates at A Breath of […]

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Medtronic testing world’s smallest pacemaker

[KARE-TV, December 10, 2013] The world’s smallest pacemaker is now being tested in humans and it was created by Minnesota based Medtronic. Because it is so small, implanting the device is minimally invasive as well. Dr. Bill Katsiyiannis, with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, described it as, “Just a phenomenal development.” See the story at […]

Bluebird man forms friendship in dying days

[KARE, Dec. 12, 2013] For most of his life Dick Willis has been caring for others. He stepped up when his country needed him during World War II and then he came home to raise five children. Now, at the age of 92, Willis is need of some mothering himself. Willis is dying. He knows […]

Frostbite danger

[KSTP TV, Dec. 10, 2013] A 19-year-old college student is in critical condition after being found unconscious and suffering from hypothermia on the porch of a Duluth home. It’s a stark reminder of the danger posed by the frigid weather now gripping our region. United Hospital emergency department physician Jeremy Olsen talked with KSTP’s Bill […]

Brain surgery helps North Dakota teen injured by shotgun blast

[Star Tribune, Dec. 10, 2013] Dr. Eric Nussbaum, a neurosurgeon at United Hospital, St. Paul, has performed many bypass surgeries to reroute blood flow around clogged arteries in the brain. But not when the blockage was a shotgun pellet. That was the neurosurgeon’s challenge after a 14-year-old North Dakota boy, Kaelan Macdonald, was in a […]