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‘It’s a miracle’ says father of boy shot in the eye

[KMSP, KARE, WCCO & KSTP, Dec. 9, 2013] A North Dakota teen’s father calls it a miracle that his son survived — and is doing so well — after being shot in the eye in a hunting accident, but he is heading home to Bismarck, N.D. after a successful surgery at United Hospital, St. Paul. […]

Watch out for frostbite

[KSTP TV, Dec. 5, 2013] The first bitter cold of the season has hit the upper Midwest with below zero temperatures and wind chills in the -20s. United Hospital emergency department physician, Dr. Justin Pattee talked with KSTP’s Leah McLean about frostbite warning signs and precautions to prevent frostbite.

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A new disorder is plaguing teenagers: Sleep texting

[Star Tribune, December 5, 2013] Olivia Priedeman, 17, woke one morning from a dream she had about making plans with a friend. But it wasn’t a dream. Her phone showed that during the night Priedeman had punched in her passcode, unlocked her phone and read a text message from her friend. All while she was […]

Tom Knickelbine, MD

Heart patients should take it easy shoveling snow

[Minnesota Public Radio, December 4, 2013] With frigid weather moving in, the rush to clear away heavy, slushy snow is on. But doctors say clearing a sidewalk or driveway is not worth risking your health, if the job is too big or requires too much exertion. Although someone with prior heart disease is at the […]

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Minneapolis woman who survived a rare illness gives back to doctors this Thanksgiving

[KARE-TV, November 28, 2013] The warmth of a holiday can be hard to find inside a hospital’s most critical care unit, but at Abbott Northwestern Hospital this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to look far to see the healing powers of gratitude. “It’s hard, but really joyful, because I made it.  And not everyone does,” said […]

Physical therapist Martha Sullivan worked with cancer patient Jackie Fischer at Courage Kenny Institute in Minneapolis last week.


After chemo, it’s not time to take it easy; aerobics and a 5K?

[Star Tribune, December 2, 2013] Holly Flynn didn’t exactly feel like jogging or taking aerobics class after she finished chemotherapy and radiation treatment for breast cancer earlier this year. But Flynn took advantage of a new therapy called cancer rehabilitation, adopted by Allina Health and a handful of other Minnesota medical providers, designed to help […]