Health

Why do we hold on to superstitions? Communication of life-threatening diagnoses

Q: My mom believes that if you spill salt and then don’t throw some over your left shoulder, you’re in for bad luck. I’ve asked her why she thinks it is true but she just says, that’s the way things are. Where do superstitions like this come from, and why do people cling to them? — Greta J., Lafayette, Louisiana […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Ease in to conditioning and adapting


“A year from now you will wish you had started today!” – Karen Lamb Over the last few columns I’ve been talking about having a plan for physical activities over winter. And winter is definitely here! Let’s consider what you might expect if you’ve been sedentary for awhile but are now committed to improving your physical condition. It’s important to […]

Ways to improve bone health; frozen vegetables a wintertime staple

Q: I’m 64, and a recent bone scan revealed that I have early osteoporosis. My doctor said I need to improve my diet and start doing weight-bearing exercises to avoid broken bones down the road. If I do that, can I improve my bone health or will it just maintain what I have now? — Rose P., Bakersfield, California A: […]

Understanding and treating foot ulcers



People develop foot and leg ulcers for a variety of reasons: poor circulation, swollen legs, complications from diabetes, burns, and injury. In my practice, while I do treat ulcers that arise from all kinds of circumstances, the majority of the wounds I see are due to diabetes and issues with circulation. There are two types of ulcers caused by issues […]

Nov. 18 – 24 is Antibiotic Awareness Week in Minnesota

Minnesota hospitals make progress in antibiotic stewardship

New data from a national reporting system show significant progress in the number of Minnesota hospitals implementing important antibiotic stewardship practices that improve antibiotic use and slow development of antibiotic resistance. In 2018, 76 pe… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Risks of direct-to-consumer DNA testing; understanding possible effects of HPB meds

 Q: My grandmother developed Parkinson’s disease after she turned 70, so I was going to go online and get one of those DNA testing kits to see if I was at a heightened risk of getting it too. What do you docs think? — Thaleesa B., Denver A: We… Please register for a free account or log in below to […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Find a great way to have fun this winter


 “There’s no one way to be fit. That’s the cool part. You can do literally anything active that you like and it will likely give you some health, aesthetic and emotional improvements, so don’t feel obligated to work out in one specific way. Find… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Why men are reluctant to see a doctor; benefits of taking omega-3 supplements

 Q: I dropped my husband off at a doctor’s appointment, and after I drove away, he walked home. He hates going to the doctor. Is there anything I can do to get him to at least get an annual physical? — Debbie K., Lansing, Michigan A: We hope s… Please register for a free account or log in below to […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Don’t hibernate. Get physical!


I’ve been an avid winter sports person as long as I can remember. I’m physically active year-round, but I am especially hard-charging when there is snow on the ground and ice on the rinks and the lakes. Not everyone feels the same way. The col… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Foot Wise

November is Diabetes Awareness Month: Take care of your feet


 November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is the inability to make or properly use insulin. This impairs the body’s ability to convert and use sugars, starches and other foods into energy. The result is an increase in blood sugar levels. L… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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