Allina hospitals see progress with stepped-up approach to stroke therapy

[Star Tribune, December 4, 2016] A more aggressive approach to stroke therapy at Allina Health hospitals has helped patients get back up to speed with daily life. Therapists have encouraged stroke victims to pick up the pace, or gait, of their walking as part of their inpatient rehabilitation, often within 24 hours of being hospitalized. […]

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 […]

Allina program offers life lessons for end-of-life patients

Allina program offers life lessons for end-of-life patients

[Star Tribune, June 16, 2016] Bob DeMarce made a living as a funeral director, but he didn’t think much about his own mortality until he developed cancer. He soon learned it took more than being sick to prepare him for death. DeMarce became one of hundreds of Minnesotans enrolled in a research program that prepares […]

Study: 1 in 3 Antibiotics Prescribed in US Unnecessary

[KSTP-TV, May 4,2016] Almost one-third of antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices and emergency departments throughout the country are unnecessary, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s approximately 47 million extra prescriptions every year. “I get pressure all the time from patients who are on their second or […]

Health systems rely on design thinking for management and innovation

Health systems rely on design thinking for management and innovation

[News-Medical.Net, April 19, 2016] Current health system practices are not sufficient to address growing rates of obesity and diabetes, health and economic disparities and cost control. “A Design Thinking Framework for Healthcare Management and Innovation” argues that addressing these complex challenges will require leaders that can think, and act, more like designers. “Perhaps one of […]

Minneapolis Heart Institute cardiologist talks about world’s smallest pacemaker

Minneapolis Heart Institute cardiologist talks about world’s smallest pacemaker

[WCCO-AM, April 18, 2016] The FDA approved a tiny pacemaker this week. It’s so small, it fits inside the heart and doesn’t require connecting wires. Dr. Bill Katsiyiannis from Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is a heart rhythm expert and participated in the clinical trials that lead to FDA approval.

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Roundtables to help Allina address community needs

[Owatonna People’s Press, April 12, 2016] Allina Health is reaching out to the community for ideas to engage local health needs. At a roundtable discussion Tuesday morning at the Steele County History Center, Allina staff heard from city, county and school district officials, South Central Human Relations Center social workers and case managers, Koda Living […]

Study says your brain needs you to exercise

[WCCO-AM, April 6, 2016] There is one thing you can start doing today to improve your brainpower and maintain your memory as you age- exercise! A new study confirms what neurologist Dr. Ronald Tarrel from Noran Neurological and Abbott Northwestern tells his patients- exercising is key to memory and thinking down the road.

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Early-stage breast cancer patients should think twice before opting for mastectomy

[Healthline, December 10, 2015] Many women with early-stage breast cancer opt for mastectomy over lumpectomy. New studies suggest that may not always be the best choice. Dr. Michaela L. Tsai specializes in breast oncology at Piper Breast Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minnesota. She told Healthline that when comparing the two surgeries, a mastectomy […]

Gene Expression Test Can Lead to More Effective Treatment Decisions In Patients With Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) Breast Cancer

[Oncology Nurse Advisor, November 6] Most patients with invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) breast cancer could be treated with hormones alone and not with chemotherapy, according to a study published in Clinical Breast Cancer (2015; doi:10.1016/j.clbc.2015.08.001). This study analyzed the use of the Oncotype DX gene expression test to predict recurrence of invasive lobular carcinoma. Researchers […]