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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 […]

Abbott Northwestern Hospital offers wayfinding app to help patients navigate inside hospital

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 13, 2020] Abbott Northwestern Hospital now has an app to help patients and people visiting the hospital find their way around. The hospital’s new technology is accessed through the free Allina Health app. Once the app is downloaded, click on “find your way around Abbott Northwestern.” The app will detect exactly where you […]

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 […]

Allina partners with Optum on surgery centers

[Star Tribune, Jan. 10, 2019] Allina Health System has created a partnership with Optum, the health services division of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, that could develop up to a dozen new ambulatory surgery centers over the next five years. Minneapolis-based Allina did not release financial terms of the development agreement, which was finalized in December. Plans […]

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. […]

American Cancer Society finds biggest one-year drop in U.S. cancer death rate

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Jan. 8, 2020] Researchers on Wednesday reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, 2.2 percent. And since 1992, the cancer death rate has dropped 29 percent. Fox 9 News talked with Allina Health chief medical officer Dr. Timothy Sielaff about the reasons behind the good news.

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 […]