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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.

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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 […]

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., […]