Medical Insight

Learn the latest information on medical topics that affect you. Brought to you by Essentia Health's medical experts.

Medical Insight airs every Wednesday at 7 pm on KBJR channel 6 in the Duluth, MN area.


Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses very thin needles inserted in the skin at specific points on the body. Treatments don’t typically hurt and help reduce nausea and vomiting after cancer treatment, relieve pain or discomfort, regulate blood flow and treat chronic conditions like fatigue and menstrual problems.

For more information call 844-663-1068 or learn more about Integrative Medicine.

Coronary Calcium Scoring

A cardiac calcium scoring test, sometimes called a heart scan, is a fast and simple “CAT” scan of your heart. The test is designed to measure the amount of hard plaque, or calcium that has built up inside your coronary arteries (the vessels that supply blood to your heart muscle). The total amount of measured plaque is your Calcium Score. This test is now being offered at $100 out-of-pocket cost.

For more information read about screening and diagnostic testing.

Cyberknife® Treatment

If you have a cancerous tumor that can't be safely removed using traditional surgery, rely on Essentia’s radiation oncologists to perform radiosurgery using CyberKnife® technology. The CyberKnife® System delivers radiation exactly where needed - anywhere in the body.

Talk to your primary care doctor if you have questions or learn more about Radiosurgery.

Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine can help you treat or reverse your chronic diseases through science-based lifestyle changes - rather than first or only using medications. Our lifestyle physicians are trained in factors such as, nutrition, sleep, stress management, exercise, substance abuse, and healthy relationship building.

Take control of your health. Schedule an appointment today by calling 218-786-3100 or learn more about Lifestyle Medicine.

LINX® Reflux Management System

See immediate improvement in your reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with the LINX® implant - a small, quarter-sized device. It is implanted through a minimally invasive procedure and has a positive impact immediately.

Talk to your primary care doctor if you have questions or schedule an appointment online.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infectious disease spread by ticks. The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness on the skin that appears at the site of the tick bite about a week after it occurred.

Talk to your primary care doctor if you have questions or schedule an appointment online.

Midwifery at St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth)

Partner with a Certified nurse-midwife (CNM) at Essentia for a holistic approach to care. Our certified nurse-midwives partner with you to provide primary care, reproductive health care (including family planning and gynecologic exams), pregnancy and birth care, as well as postpartum and newborn care.

To learn more call 844-663-1068 or read more about Midwifery.

Opioid Stewardship

Learn how Essentia Health is combating opioid addiction within Essentia and the community. Essentia Health physician Dr. Joseph Bianco and opioid treatment program specialist Kelly Black, focus their education and practice on opioids in medicine and the importance of using them safely to treat pain.

Talk to your primary care doctor if you have questions or schedule an appointment online.

Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

Essentia Health is the only Level I trauma center in northern Minnesota - meaning trauma patients receive expert care close to home. Dr. Paul Kosmatka talks about Essentia's dedicated orthopedic trauma team, treating injuries from collar bone to the toe.

For more information call 844-663-1068 or read more about Orthopedic Surgery.

Orthopedic Urgent Care

At our Orthopedic Urgent Care across from the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth, MN, you don’t need an appointment. Get care for sprains, strains, and broken bones by a specialist in muscle, bone, and joint care. Care is provided by doctors or physician assistants.

To learn more call 218-576-0680 or visit our Orthopedic Urgent Care page.


Each year, about 1.5 million Americans are impacted by sepsis, which is responsible for 1 out of every 3 hospital deaths. Learn from Dr. AJ Hegg, an Essentia Critical Care & Emergency Medicine Physician, about a new program at Essentia Health that is aimed at detecting sepsis earlier and responding to it faster.

Talk to your primary care doctor if you have questions.

Specialty Pharmacy

Medical Insight: Specialty Pharmacy - Essentia Health

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Welcome to Medical Insight, a weekly health care feature brought to you by the experts at Essentia Health. Here's your host, Louie St. George.

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Today on Medical Insight, Kenzie Hohman tells us about the Essentia Health Specialty Pharmacy, which manages medications for complex and chronic conditions.

Kenzie Hohman, Specialty Pharmacy Manager.

KENZIE HOHMAN: Specialty Pharmacy is an ambulatory pharmacy service like a traditional retail pharmacy. The big difference is in that conditions that we treat and the medications that we're providing.

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Specialty medications tend to be more complex in administration, in their regimen, or simply have more difficult side effects to manage.

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Patients that are receiving specialty medications include oncology, hematology, multiple sclerosis, a number of chronic inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease, as well as other conditions, like growth hormone deficiency. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: The specialty pharmacy team at Essentia includes professionals who assist advocate for patients, saving them millions of dollars over the years.

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KENZIE HOHMAN: Many of the specialty medications are very high cost. And so are navigators and liaisons are very integral in helping the patients access these high-cost therapies. I think one of the most fulfilling pieces is helping patients connect them with the resources that allow them to be successful with their medications.

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Patients can get their medications delivered directly to their home, or they can pick it up at any of our 21 pharmacy locations.

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Our pharmacy locations can provide over-the-counter medications or non-specialty prescriptions as well. And patients can get their meds by curbside delivery at those locations if they choose. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: The Specialty Pharmacy is located in Superior, but serves patients from all over. For Medical Insight, I'm Louie St. George. To learn more about this and other health topics, visit

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Essentia Health's specialty pharmacy helps patients manage medications for complex and chronic conditions.

Read more about Essentia's specialty pharmacy.

SpineX Rehabilitation Program

Restore spine strength and improve your ability to move with Essentia’s SpineX ™ Rehab Program. This eight-week program is available at locations in Northern Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota.

Talk to your primary care doctor or read more about Essentia's back and neck pain program.

TAVR Program

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an advanced minimally invasive procedure used to treat severe aortic stenosis. During the procedure, a tiny deflated balloon is placed in artery near your groin. It is then threaded up to your heart on a guide wire through a catheter. Once the balloon reaches your heart it is inflated to widen your narrowed aortic valve. This makes space for a new artificial valve to be placed inside your heart.

For more information call 218-786-3443 or read more about TAVR.


4DCT is a four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) is a type of CT scanning which records multiple images over time. It allows playback of the scan as a video, so that physiological processes can be observed, and internal movement can be tracked.

Read more about computed tomography scans.