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After ‘death panel’ nonsense, Medicare adopts improved hospice policy

[Star Tribune, August 30, 2015] Norman Mossberg of Coon Rapids was a loving husband and father. Still, the Vietnam combat veteran and retired bricklayer grew up at a time when men were taught to be taciturn. That makes one of his last gifts to his family, and to his fellow Minnesotans, even more extraordinary. Months […]

Allina launches program to recruit diverse EMT candidates in Mpls.

[KSTP-TV, Aug. 28, 2015] Creating jobs and saving lives for and with people of diverse ethnicities—Allina Health EMS partnered with St. Paul Fire to do so last year. Now, Allina is kicking off a first-of-its-kind Emergency Medical Technician training in Minneapolis, called Allina Health EMS Freedom House EMT Academy.

Allina psychologist reacts to killing of Virginia journalists

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 26, 2015] The bizarre on-air murder of a television news reporter and photographer in Roanoke, Virginia has left people around the country in shock. Allina Health Clinics psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel says events of this magnitude are “a shock to our mind and body.” “When those feelings come up, whether it’s a feeling […]

Minnesota conference tackles problem of pain pill abuse

[Star Tribune, August 26, 2015] Prescription pain pill abuse isn’t one of the lighter topics Gov. Mark Dayton has talked about this year. But on Tuesday, speaking at Minnesota’s first conference on the topic, he drove home a serious point about the issue with a personal story and a touch of humor. After a minor […]

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Swim at your own risk as Minnesota lakes turn green

[Star Tribune, August 26, 2015] Beware, swimmers. Something may be lurking in the water, waiting to strike. Cue the “Jaws” music. Unlike the predator from the granddaddy of all shark dramas, this menace to swimmers has no fins. In fact, it can’t even be seen. Worse, it takes many forms — parasite, bacteria or virus […]

You can’t out-exercise a poor diet according to report

[KARE 11, Aug. 25, 2015] Exercise vs. diet- the debate over which is more important has been going on for years. But now, new research adds to a body of evidence that finds no matter how much you hit the gym, you can’t out-exercise a poor diet, at least when it comes to your heart […]

Study shows how palliative care can improve life for heart failure patients

[MedicalXpress, August 25, 2015] A recent randomized trial conducted by researchers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, found that inpatient palliative care (PC) visits were associated with improved quality of life and symptom burden for patients with heart failure (HF). Because of these results, Abbott Northwestern conducted a new study, “A Description of […]

Baby Wearing grows in the Twin Cities

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 24, 2015] If you haven’t done it yourself, there’s a huge chance you’ve seen someone else doing it at the zoo, the grocery store or a restaurant. It’s called babywearing. It can look like a frontal swaddle or a structured backpack. Just like with other clothing, the options are endless. Some wraps are […]

Vision quest: a simple initiative by the Phillips Institute is making a big difference for public school kids

Vision quest: a simple initiative by the Phillips Institute is making a big difference for public school kids

[MinnPost, August 21, 2015] A few years back Dr. Irving Shapiro asked his good friend Peter Heegard to go for a walk. Heegard is an author and retired investment banker with a toe in pretty much every civic initiative a person could name. The founder of the Phillips Eye Institute, Shapiro wanted to show him […]

ReWalk machine helps paralyzed patients walk again

ReWalk machine helps paralyzed patients walk again

[Star Tribune & Fox 9 News, August 22, 2015] Isaac Schreurs races sprint cars and likes to downhill ski. “Not even scared” is his personal motto. This week, the 24-year-old walked down a long hospital corridor in Minneapolis as his mom and girlfriend cheered him on. A TV crew captured the event. Afterward, Schreurs described […]