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Courage Kenny put focus on adaptive sports

[KFAI Radio, Feb. 28, 2019] Whether it’s recreational activities or competitive sports at the highest level, Allina Health’s Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has always provided outlets for athletes with disabilities. Courage Kenny Sports and Recreation Program Coordinator Beka Bickel talked with the hosts of KFAI Radio’s Disability and Progress program about all the adaptive sports […]

Courage Kenny helps paralyzed UofM student play video games again

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 27, 2019] A University of Minnesota student with a bright future is adapting to his new life after he was nearly killed biking home from class. It’s a journey made easier and more enjoyable by advanced technology provided to him by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation institute. Last July, Cook was nearly […]

Cancer patient marries his bride in Mercy Hospital chapel

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 27, 2019] They had lived together for 28 years, raised kids together, but never formally married. They decided to change that when Jason Spencer learned he had just weeks, even days, to live after colon cancer had spread to his brain. So last Saturday, in the Mercy Hospital chapel, Jason married Jodi. Now […]

New surgical robot aids surgeons with back procedures

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 26, 2019] A new surgical robot at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital is helping surgeons perform back surgery better, faster and safer. The device manufactured by Medtronic was unveiled to the public this week and demonstrated by Dr. Eiman Shafa as the first patients to benefit from the device talked about […]

Big snows mean narrower city streets

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 21, 2019] If you’ve driven in city streets recently you’ve noticed streets narrowing as plow don’t get close to the curbs. That’s making tough for drivers, especially ambulances and fire trucks, to get through. Fox 9 News talked to Allina Health EMS operations manager Jeff Lanenberg about how they’re managing.

Record snow weighing on sufferers of snow anxiety

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 20, 2019] With a record February snowfall on the books, it’s likely you’ve experienced your fair share of snow fatigue. The ongoing snow, however, has been more unsettling for others. Laura Barnum of Oakdale says she suffers from snow anxiety. Whether it’s knowing you have to shovel or snowblow your driveway […]

Father-daughter EMS duo makes saving lives a family business

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 20, 2019] For a father-daughter duo in the north Twin Cities metro area, helping others and saving lives is something of a family business. The remarkable pair, Bill Griep and Alycia Simons, are members of Allina’s Emergency Medical Service based in Cambridge. They have more than 50 combined years of experience […]

Winter is harder on heart, especially shoveling snow

Winter is harder on heart, especially shoveling snow

[WCCO Radio, Feb. 20, 2019] Winter is harder on your heart than warm weather. The cold affects our circulatory system. But, mainly, it’s shoveling snow that can bring on a heart attack, Minneapolis Heart Institute cardiologist Dr. Elizabeth Grey told WCCO Radio.

A helium shortage and health care

[KARE 11, Feb. 19, 2019] A global helium shortage is affecting businesses that fill up those shiny party balloons. But helium is also needed for an important reason. It’s used in MRI machines, the devices that look into our bodies and give doctors a glimpse into what our medical issues might be. KARE 11 News […]

Why we love, hate winter

[KARE 11, Feb. 11, 2019] As Minnesotans we tend to embrace winter and love snow. But it can really wear on us during times like these, when it’s one snow after another. And there’s a reason you might feel that way, as Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel explained to KARE 11 News.