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Snow creates more close calls for Allina ambulance crews

[KARE 11, Feb. 26, 2014] Even in the business of close calls, winter has come too close for Twin Cities’ first responders. “There is just no place to put the snow. The roads have become narrow, sidewalks aren’t necessarily done, it’s narrower to get into people’s houses as well ,” said Jeff Lanenberg, an Allina […]

Study: Women with BRCA1 mutations should remove ovaries by 35

[KSTC-TV, Feb. 25, 2014] A new study finds that women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations who protectively had their ovaries removed reduced their risk of ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer by 80%, and their overall risk of death by 77%. Shari Baldinger, genetics counselor at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health, […]

In the long run, MNsure is important for Minnesota

An OpEd by Allina Health CEO Kenneth Paulus [Star Tribune, Feb. 21, 2014] Every once in a while a tough issue comes along that has the potential to split a community. Today’s issue is health care reform, and more specifically, MNsure — Minnesota’s state health care exchange. In a break from conventional wisdom, and putting […]

Paramedic injured in head-on crash reflects on recovery

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 20. 2014] On Jan. 18, Allina Health EMS paramedic Brian Nagel suffered a broken neck, a fractured skull, a head injury and doctors had to reconstruct his eye, the result of a head-on crash that also severely injured his Allina partner Tim Daly. Just one month later, he left the hospital […]

Hospice music therapists hit the right note

[Star Tribune, Feb. 18, 2014] Harry Oxley settles deeper into his oversized recliner, his deep-set eyes glistening as Sarah Newberry snugs her guitar into her lap. As her lilting voice glides into “The Girl That I Marry,” Oxley smiles, then manages to sing a few words here and there, despite the oxygen tube running into […]

Minneapolis surgeon’s unusual aortic procedure is saving lives

Minneapolis surgeon’s unusual aortic procedure is saving lives

[Star Tribune, Feb. 16, 2014] A Minneapolis vascular surgeon is one of the few doctors across the country to treat aortic aneurysms in the area between the navel and kidneys without surgery, providing a less invasive way to fix what can often be a silent killer. “What this has done is open the door to […]

Mono-Ski Madness event helps disabled find freedom on the slopes

[Duluth Tribune, Feb. 13, 2014] A strong sense of independence and drive to fly down the slopes allowed disabled skiers to dominate the slopes at Spirit Mountain on Wednesday. The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is hosting the 11th annual Great Lakes Mono-Ski Madness and Race Camp. From Wednesday to Friday, participants ages 9 to 54 […]

Teledermatology: It’s not quite there yet

[KSTP-TV, Feb. 12, 2014] People have started using their smartphones to take photos of moles or rashes to send to a doctor for feedback. Doctor Elizabeth Farhat, dermatologist at Allina Health Clinic, talked with KSTP-TV about teledermatology. “The technology is out there, unfortunately I don’t think it’s quite there yet. I think the main issue […]

Allina mobile app helps answer pregnancy questions

[KARE 11, Feb. 12, 2014] There’s a new mobile resource for expectant mom’s and dad’s. Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond from Allina Health offers quick and easy access to things you need to know about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care. This award-winning book and the free companion mobile application on Apple iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod […]

Study: 3 out of 4 American kids consume caffeine

[KMSP-TV Fox 9 News, Feb. 10, 2014] Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn’t budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds. Allina Medical Clinic […]