prevention

New guidelines recommend annual depression screenings for teens

[KMSP Fox 9, March 2, 2018] The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending teens get annual screening for depression starting at age 12, rather than waiting for a sign that something might be wrong. “It’s long overdue,” said Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal, medical director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Allina […]

How to deal with addiction, mental illness during the holidays

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 23, 2017] The holidays are a time of joy, but can also be a difficult time for people dealing with addiction or mental illness. Dr. Roger Laroche, an addiction and mental health specialist with Allina Health, says both biological and personal issues during the holiday seasons can impact addiction and mental illness. Laroche […]

Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a camp sponsor. Photo by ABC Newspapers.

Lots of life lessons learned at Coon Rapids Safety Camp

[ABC Newspapers, July 28, 2017] Members of the Coon Rapids police and fire departments, Allina Health, U.S. Air Force hosted the Coon Rapids Safety Camp on July 18 and 19 near the Coon Rapids Ice Arena. The camp has been held for over 20 years. The program’s mission is to promote awareness and importance about […]

Sunscreen dos and don’ts

[WCCO-TV, May 24, 2017] If you’re going to spend time at the pool or anywhere outside this summer, sunscreen is a must, but what is the best type to buy to protect your skin? A new Consumer Reports testing shows SPF shouldn’t be your only concern. And what some of us apply seasonally should be […]

Melanoma Monday and skin cancer

[WCCO Radio, April 29, 2017] Melanoma skin cancer can be deadly, but it can also be easily cured if caught early enough. Allina Health Clinic dermatologists gave free skin cancer exams on national Melanoma Monday, May 1. Allina Health dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Farhat talked with WCCO Radio’s Esme Murphy about skin cancer and how you […]

Sugar vs. fat: Which is better for your heart health?

[WCCO-AM, October 21, 2016] New research suggests that sugar, not fat, is the main culprit behind coronary heart disease. Researchers in the 1960s were allegedly influenced to publish reports making fat and cholesterol major heart disease risk factors instead of sugar. Dr. Nicholas Burke, cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, talked […]

For men only: Prostate cancer screening

[KARE-TV, September 30, 2016] It’s good to know if you have cancer, especially when it’s in the early stages. With prostate cancer, that doesn’t always mean you need to treat it. Peter Sershon, M.D., urologist with Metro Urology and United Hospital, encourages men to start prostate cancer screening at age 50.

Phillips Eye Institute volunteers perform eye screenings at St. Paul and Minneapolis public schools

2016 Eureka! awards winner: Allina Health

[Business Journal, June 17, 2016] As a case coordinator in the early youth eye care program of Allina Health’s Phillips Eye Institute, Cody Engelhaupt encountered the same frustrating circumstances over and over: Kids would fail initial eye screenings, yet would never receive the follow-up care they needed to diagnose and treat eye problems. As community […]

Allina Health physician says don’t rely on sunscreen

[KMSP-TV, May 18, 2016] We know we need to protect our skin from sun exposure. Dr. Sanober Amin, an Allina Health dermatologist, says there are better ways than sunscreen.

Emergency room patients are choosing acupuncture instead of painkillers at Minneapolis hospital

[KSTP-TV, May 5, 2016] Overdoses from painkillers and heroin are just about as deadly as car crashes in Minnesota. Last year, 336 deaths were linked to the use of opioids or heroin. In contrast, 411 people died in crashes. Fatal facts like that drove a Minneapolis hospital to find another way to tame the pain. […]