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Good Question: Does hunching over smartphones hurt our spines?

[WCCO-TV, Nov. 17, 2014] According to a new study, people spend an average of 2-4 hours a day hunched over their smartphones, which puts a lot of stress on the spine. “That is quite a lot,” said Courtney Tanaka, a physical therapist with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. “If our postures aren’t correct in the […]

Youth hockey player died of heart condition

[KMSP Fox 9, Nov. 17, 2014] Patrick Schoonover, a bantam hockey player from Eastview, Minn. tragically collapsed on the ice while playing at the Brainerd Area Civic Center on Friday, and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the 14-year-old’s death was caused by a heart condition. That’s the most common cause of a sudden […]

Late-in-life: Innovations focus on care coordination and tailored support

[MinnPost, Nov. 17, 2014] Health-care organizations, including Allina Health, and others across the nation are testing innovative ideas for helping late-life patients coordinate their complex treatment regimens. At the same time, they are exploring patient-centered alternatives to the old doctor-knows-best model. “When you tend to people’s real wishes, real goals, they make choices that work […]

St. Paul school kids get help with vision problems

[Pioneer Press, Nov. 17, 2014] Free eye screenings for students in St. Paul Public Schools now come with an offer to pay for doctor visits, eyeglasses and even surgery thanks to the Phillips Eye Institute‘s Early Youth Eyecare (EYE) Community Initiative. The Phillips Eye Institute Foundation has provided free screenings and follow-up care to Minneapolis […]

Mumps hit the Minnesota Wild

[KMSP Fox 9, Nov. 14, 2014] The Minnesota Wild are dealing with a few suspected cases of mumps after playing west coast teams with players who now have confirmed cases of mumps. Allina Health infectious disease specialist Frank Rhame, MD,  says the  mumps in adults is nothing to take lightly.

Allina Health study finds alternative therapies ease cancer pain

Allina Health study finds alternative therapies ease cancer pain

[Star Tribune, November 4, 2014] So-called integrative therapies reduced self-reported pain levels by 47 percent and cut anxiety levels by 56 percent for cancer patients at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The Abbott study is the largest of its kind for cancer patients and was set for publication Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer […]

Good Question: Can you get enough Vitamin D from the sun in winter?

[WCCO-TV, Nov. 3, 2014] As the fall days continue to shorten by almost three minutes a day, can we get enough Vitamin D from the Minnesota sun? In the wintertime, the short answer is no. “Basically, north of New York, many months of the year we can’t get Vitamin D,” said Dr. Debra Bell, an […]