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SAD is more than winter blues

[KARE 11, February 4, 2020] For many in Minnesota, winter can be tough because we don’t get a lot of sunlight and the cold keeps people indoors more than other seasons. While some people may just feel down temporarily, others suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Experts say as many as 20% of adults […]

FDA approves drug to combat peanut allergy

KARE 11, February 3, 2020] In a groundbreaking development in the fight against food allergies, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment for children with peanut allergies. Dr. Pramod Kelkar with Allina Health says the latest FDA approved drug adds an extra layer of protection for people with peanut allergies. “It will […]

Record cloudy January affects our mood

[KARE 11, Jan. 30, 2020]  If you’re missing the sun, you’re not alone. This has been the gloomiest January on record for the Twin Cities. Records began at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory in 1963.  “Scientifically, we know that sunlight is important for mind, body, health. So when we don’t get sun, it certainly […]

Coronavirus update

[KARE 11, Jan. 29, 2020] Coronavirus cases in China have now reached more than 5,900. At least 132 deaths are reported in Wuhan, the so-called epicenter of the virus. According to Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, the virus is reported in 15 other countries and ‘will continue to spread’. “Because […]

Allina Health improves the patient experience by taking the surprise out of prescription costs

Allina Health improves the patient experience by taking the surprise out of prescription costs

[Epic, Jan. 27, 2020] Six hundred doctors at Allina Health in Minnesota are using a price transparency tool embedded in Epic, its electronic patient health record, to have meaningful discussions with patients about what they’ll pay out of pocket for medications. A patient’s estimated out-of-pocket cost appears in Epic when a provider is ordering a […]

With 2 confirmed cases in the U.S., coronavirus raises fears

[Faribault Daily News, Jan. 24, 2020] Two suspected cases of the deadly illness coronavirus have been reported in Minnesota, sparking fears that a now-global epidemic which started in China could be close to hitting home. In the wake of rising concerns over the virus, the Minnesota Department of Health issued an alert earlier this week […]

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. […]