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Stop ignoring prediabetes and what you can do to prevent it

[KARE 11, Jan. 14, 2020] An estimated 84 million people in the United States are likely prediabetic and they don’t know it. Prediabetics don’t have any symptoms, but their blood glucose levels are above average. And, it’s a strong indication that they will develop diabetes. Dr. Christopher Schoonover, an endocrinologist with Allina Health joined KARE […]

Here’s how caffeine, sugar, and alcohol impact your arthritis

Here’s how caffeine, sugar, and alcohol impact your arthritis

[Martha Stewart, Jan. 13, 2020] Arthritis can be a debilitating disease, and it affects a whopping 53 millions Americans—that’s 23 percent of all adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there is no one single cure for arthritis, many patients notice a direct correlation between the food they eat and the […]

Seasonal affective disorder more than just the winter blues, experts say

Seasonal affective disorder more than just the winter blues, experts say

[Southwest News Media, Jan. 11, 2020] Minnesotans are all too familiar with the gloominess that comes along with the long winters. The days are short and there’s not much sunlight to soak up, which can leave people feeling sluggish. For some people, the winter brings out seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. SAD is […]

Flu season deaths in Minnesota double in a week as illness kills 8 more people

[KMSP Fox 9, Jan. 9, 2020] In a week, Minnesota has seen the number of people who died from the flu this season double, as the Department of Health has reported eight more deaths. Health officials say the median age of death is 80 and none of the deaths have been children at this time. […]

Health diet trends for 2020

[KARE 11, Jan. 8, 2020] It’s a new decade of health trends. Each year we see new fads make headlines, especially diets. Emily Niswanger, a registered dietitian with Allina Health talked with KARE 11 News to discuss what trends we can expect to see this year.

Made a New Year’s diet resolution? How to follow through

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 8, 2020] 80 to 90 percent of all New Year’s resolutions fail and many of them have to do with diet and losing weight. Allina Health registered dietician Amy Pleimling talked with WCCO News about a better way to follow through with those diet resolutions.

Hospitals report more flu cases, even as school outbreaks ebb with the holiday

[Star Tribune, Jan. 2, 2020] Minnesota hospitals admitted 117 influenza patients last week, the highest weekly total for the season, according to a Minnesota Health Department flu update on Thursday. So far, 505 people have been hospitalized for the flu, which is about the midrange for recent influenza seasons. Most of the patients tested were […]

CDC warns about illness spread by some pet store puppies

[KARE 11, December 27, 2019] This Christmas some people had their hearts set on puppies and other pets. But if you gifted a dog there is a warning from the CDC. About 30 people across 13 states including Minnesota have been infected by the bacteria linked to petting puppies from pet stores.  Dr. Frank Rhame is […]

Flu season strikes Minnesota early this year

[WCCO Radio, December 23, 2019] Flu season is kicking in early this year. In particular influenza B is the predominant strain which tends to hit kids more than the elderly. Allina Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame talked with WCCO Radio about what’s out there and how best to deal with it.

What is prediabetes?

[WCCO-TV, December 22, 2019] There are 84 million people in the United States who are likely prediabetic and most of them don’t know it. Dr. Christopher Schoonover, an Allina Health endocrinologist and diabetes specialist talked with WCCO News about why people need to pay more attention to the term.