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Lena Dunham take time off to deal with endometriosis

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 16, 2016] Early last week actress Lena Dunham told fans she was going to be taking some time off to rest because of her endometriosis. It’s a condition affecting 6.3 million women and girls in the U.S. alone. Dr. Dylan Bindman from Allina Health Clinics talked with the Fox 9 Morning […]

Aorta disease: What you need to know

[KARE11-TV, February 15, 2016] February is national heart month, and there have been many discussions about how diet and exercise can help prevent heart disease. But there is another area of the heart that needs our attention. Dr. Jesse Manunga, a vascular surgeon at Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital joined KARE11 at 4 […]

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Defibrillator made 50th anniversary possible

[Elk River Star, February 14, 2015] Dan Olson’s first defibrillator never went off in the 10 years it was implanted in his body. His second one replaced his first one about five years ago, and it stood guard under Olson’s skin between his heart and shoulder for nearly another five years before it was called […]

U.S. guidelines take aim at sugar

[KARE11-TV, February 13, 2016] The USDA recently announced new dietary recommendations for Americans. The biggest change was to the amount of sugar we should have in our diets. Registered Dietitian Janel Hemmesch with Abbott Northwestern explains the new guidelines and where sugar is hiding.

The small warnings before a heart attack

[KARE11-TV, February 12, 2016] Did you know that a heart attack is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S.? February is national heart health month and heart disease symptoms can start long before an actual heart attack. Unfortunately, many patients are dismissing the warning signs. Dr. Mosi Bennett with Minneapolis […]

Minnesota to adopt Next Generation 911 changes

[KSTP-TV, Feb. 8, 2016] One of the most relied-upon phone numbers is 911. However, this critical system has failed to keep up with technology. That is about to change. Soon, state experts say, the 911 system will be more effective than ever with the introduction of the Next Generation 911 system. Approximately 300 emergency calls […]

Depression screenings during and after pregnancy

One in seven women experience postpartum depression, but maternal mental illness isn’t always after childbirth. A federal health panel just announced recommendations for doctors to screen patients for depression throughout pregnancy. Tina Welke, a therapist and perinatal specialist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital was interviewed by KMSP-TV about it.

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Medical device makers face challenge of falling prices

[Star Tribune, February 6, 2016] Device giants are also looking to dominate the market for fast-growing diseases like heart failure with a broad array of treatments. But such strategies have not stopped the overall slide. “Historically, a lot of [med-tech] suppliers, once they were in a hospital, they just felt no risk of loss of […]

‘New Brother New Sister’ class prepares Blaine 4-year-old for life-changing arrival

[CTN, February 5, 2016] A new addition to a family can be an exciting time, but it’s not always easy for a child, learning to share toys, space, and attention. We met a Blaine family who found guidance in keeping their daughter involved and prepared for her future sibling’s arrival at Mercy Hospital, part of […]

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Chosen for WDIO’s 50th Anniversary

[WDIO, February 5, 2016] The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers a sporting life for kids and adults with disabilities for all seasons. Program Coordinator Mark Hanna says they offer many fun activities. He says, “In the spring we do archery, power wheel chair soccer, climbing and in the summer we do sailing, kayaking and cycling. […]