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Study: Marathoners have more artery plaque

[KARE-TV, March 31, 2014] It’s impressive when someone finishes a marathon. Even more impressive, are those who run marathons year after year. But a controversial study is raising questions about health benefits of distance running. Cardiologist, Dr. Robert Schwartz of the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern, part of Allina Health, is one of the […]

Mercy Hospital named one of the best hospitals in the nation

Mercy Hospital named one of the best hospitals in the nation

[North Metro TV, March 27, 2014] Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, was the recipient of two Truven Health awards including the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. “We are the only large community hospital recipient of this Top 100 hospital [award] and one of two in the state for cardiovascular 50 […]

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Eating fruits and vegetables linked to healthier arteries later in life

[Science Codex, March 28, 2014] Women who ate a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables as young adults were much less likely to have plaque build-up in their arteries 20 years later compared with those who consumed lower amounts of these foods, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s […]

Gluten-free food defined

[KARE 11, March 25, 2014] Gluten is a hot topic these days. Maybe a friend has gone gluten-free or a family member has been diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. So, what exactly is gluten? Is it something you should give up, too? Dr. Greg Plotnikoff from the Penny George Institute for Health […]

When cancer treatment causes ‘chemo brain’

When cancer treatment causes ‘chemo brain’

[Minnesota Public Radio, March 21, 2014] The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a study last week suggesting the number of cancer cases will increase in the next 16 years. The study also noted the number of survivors will increase too. One of the effects of treatment is known as “chemo brain,” or mild cognitive […]

Spring allergy preview

Spring allergy preview

[KSTP-TV, March 20, 2014] It’s the first day of spring and while it means warmer weather, it also means problems for allergy sufferers. Dr. Paul Dahlberg, allergist with Allina Health Bandana Square Clinic, stopped by our KSTP-TV studio for a preview of what to expect this allergy season.

Late life care study

[KARE-TV, March 18, 2014] It’s a question we all must answer–how can I live well as I get older? When it comes to late-in-life health decisions, sometimes the answer isn’t what we’d like. That has prompted the creation of LifeCourse, an innovative trial of holistic, late-life care. Dr. Eric Anderson, Allina Health, LifeCourse principal investigator, […]

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Late-in-life care for the chronically ill

[MinnPost, March 18, 2014] This is the first in an occasional series on late-in-life health care — when chronic illness or a constellation of medical problems can cause a cascade of new needs, complications and worries. This yearlong examination of issues faced by such patients and their families is funded through a regrant by Allina […]

Dr. Stephen Remole, a heart rhythm specialist with Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, installed the Reveal Linq monitor.

Tiny Medtronic heart monitor gets first Minnesota patients

[Star Tribune, March 14, 2014] Kyle Lee’s heart raced for the first time last September. Six days later, it happened again. But the 30-year-old husband and father from Ham Lake didn’t think much about it — the rapid heartbeat lasted about 15 minutes and went away. Then, two weeks ago while Lee was at his […]

Norovirus suspecetd in deaths of four Minnesota VA Home residents

[WCCO-TV, March 13, 2014] Health officials are trying to find out if it was the norovirus that played a role in the deaths of four residents at the Minnesota VA Home since last Friday. Allina Health Clinic infectious disease specialist, Dr. Frank Rhame, talked with reporters about how serious the virus can be and how […]