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How long will you live?

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 19, 2016] In 1900, the average American lived to only 48 years old. By 1980, life expectancy had jumped to 74 by decreasing childhood mortality and making major medical advances in heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Today, experts expect the average American baby to live to 78.8 years old. So, how long should […]

New food and beverage choices coming to Abbott Northwestern Hospital

New food and beverage choices coming to Abbott Northwestern Hospital

[The Alley, January 18, 2016] On December 1st, Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Allina Health announced that they were putting into action a new food and beverage policy starting in 2016. These changes will include removing sugary drinks and deep-fat fried foods from all cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops. As part of this change, the […]

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TCAR procedure offers potentially safer method for high-risk stroke patients

[, January 18, 2016] The FDA recently approved a new Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) procedure that utilizes the ENROUTE® Transcarotid Neuroprotection and Stent System from Silk Road Medical. The TCAR procedure offers patients a potentially safer method of carotid stenting through a small cut down at the base of the neck and direct carotid artery […]

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Supercomputer helps Minneapolis doctors with cardiac decisions

[Star Tribune, January 12, 2016] A California supercomputer is advising heart specialists in Minneapolis on when they should — and more importantly when they shouldn’t — thread instruments inside patients’ blood vessels to examine blockages. The so-called HeartFlow system uses images from a patient’s CT scan and analyzes them against volumes of data on the […]

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Mind + Body Revolution

[Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, January 11, 2016] Integrative medicine is hard to define, but just as American English is distinct from British English, integrative medicine is different from medicine a generation ago. The federally funded National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health defines it as “bringing conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way.” […]

Study links lack of sleep to Alzheimer’s

[KMSP-TV, January 12, 2016] Not getting enough sleep can lead to more problems than sleepiness. A new study indicates sleep problems can cause physical effects associated with dementia. Dr. John Damergis, a sleep expert at Noran Neurological Clinic at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, talked about sleep on KMSP-TV. Dr. Okeanis Vauo also discussed this topic with […]

New focus on concussions

[WFTC-GameOn,Jan. 10, 2016] The new movie, Concussion, featuring Will Smith, is bringing renewed attention to the permanent injury that multiple concussions can cause. Dr. Jamie Peters, a sports medicine physician with Allina Health’s Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists, was interviewed on the new research on the dangers of repetitive head injuries.

Feds offer new dietary guidelines

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 7, 2016] The latest federal dietary guidelines, what the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services think we should eat to stay healthy, have just been released. United Hospital registered dietitian Lauren Brommerich talked with KSTP-TV News about what these new guidelines mean for us.

Big ideas: Outsourcing improvement: The relationship between vendor contracts and provider performance

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Top medical advances of 2015

[KMSP-TV, January 1, 2015] The science of medicine is always improving and evolving – and our hometown hospital is often leading the way. Dr. Ben Bache-Wiig, president of Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis talked with Fox 9 and WCCO-AM about top five medical advancements in 2015.