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District One begins virtual care partnership with Children’s Minnesota

[Faribault Daily News, Sept. 30, 2019] Through a new virtual care partnership, physicians at District One Hospital now have enhanced 24/7 access to Children’s Minnesota neonatal care specialists. Using audio/video technology, District One physicians can hold a virtual consultation with a neonatal clinician from Children’s. From there, clinicians from both systems collaborate on the care […]

CDC worried about potentially severe flu season

[KSTP-TV, Sept. 24, 2019] A little pain now might save you a lot of pain later. The CDC is pushing for flu shots earlier this year compared to others in hopes of driving up vaccination numbers. Dr. Frank Rhame with Allina Health says timing can be tricky since flu season can often last through April. […]

Allina Health tool aims to end pharmacy sticker shock

[The Bulletin, Sept. 24, 2019] When Dr. Gary Konkol writes a prescription at Allina Health Woodbury Clinic, the electronic medical record pops up with messages about drug interactions and, depending on the patient’s insurance and pharmacy, how much it is going to cost. Allina’s prescription pricing tool allows doctors to compare prices and explore more […]

Time to get your flu vaccine

[WCCO-TV, Sept. 24, 2019] The Centers for Disease Control are urging everyone to get their flu vaccine early this year because the flu has been showing earlier than normal in other countries. Allina Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame talked with WCCO-TV News about what we might expect this flu season.

Wife’s quick action helps prevent long-term effects after Blaine city councilman’s stroke

[KMSP Fox 9, Sept. 21, 2019] A long-time Blaine city council member suddenly lost feeling in part of his body and couldn’t speak. While time wasn’t on his side, his wife was, and now the couple is sharing their story about surviving a stroke without any side effects. Dick Swanson credits his wife, first responders and […]

Vaping-related deaths continue to rise

[WCCO Radio, Sept. 20, 2019] The number of deaths and hospitalizations associated with vaping continues to rise nationwide. Allina Health pulmonologist Dr. Andrew Stiehm, United Lung & Sleep Clinic, talked with WCCO Radio about vaping, if there any signs your kids might be vaping, and the latest on the vaping-related illnesses.

Benefits and drawbacks of intermittent fasting

[KARE 11, Sept. 20, 2019] Half of Americans say they are trying to lose weight. In the quest to find the easiest, fastest and healthiest way to drop pounds, intermittent fasting has become all the rage. Intermittent fasting cycles between periods of eating and periods of no food. People are strategically skipping meals in hopes […]

Hennepin County attorney statement on Narcan alarms overdose-prevention advocates

Hennepin County attorney statement on Narcan alarms overdose-prevention advocates

[MPR, Sept. 20, 2019] A statement posted Thursday night on the Hennepin County attorney’s website sparked outrage in the overdose prevention and drug recovery communities. Advocates and physicians say the prosecutor’s office mischaracterized the anti-overdose medication Narcan, and that the agency’s words could cause people to fear the life-saving medication. Dr. Katherine Katzung, who chairs […]

Allina Health announces significant upgrade to Cambridge Medical Center

Allina Health announces significant upgrade to Cambridge Medical Center

[County News Review, Sept. 18, 2019] As part of their commitment to provide comprehensive care to the residents of Isanti County and surrounding communities, Allina Health is pleased to announce plans to install in a new state-of-the-art heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) system for Cambridge Medical Center. The new air handler system will take approximately […]

Beating winter’s bite on the skin

[KARE 11, Sept. 18, 2019] Whether we like it or not, winter is right around the corner. With the cold air comes cracked, itchy, dry skin. But there are steps we can take now to shield our skin from the bitter cold. Allina Health dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Farhat talked with KARE 11 News and shared […]