Health

January is National Radon Action Month

New MDH data shows that radon mitigation differs statewide

New data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) indicate that people in neighborhoods with the lowest incomes and more renters may be less able to protect themselves from radon, an invisible, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. In response, MDH experts hope to use the same data set to determine what outreach and promotional strategies may work best […]

Recovering from a silent heart attack; artificial sweeteners aren’t healthy alternatives

Q: I went to see my doctor last month because I was feeling off balance and short of breath. He sent me to a cardiologist, who did a blood test and told me that I’d had a mild heart attack! An echocardiogram confirmed it. I never felt any chest pain, so how is this possible? — Selma K., Montgomery, Alabama […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Do the work and the results will follow


“Inch by inch, life is a cinch.” – Robert H. Schuller The quote continues, “yard by yard, life is hard.” A soybean farmer friend of mine used to say this a lot. Specifically, the inch by inch part. It’s a truism that any activity, aspiration, goal or whatever can be more readily accomplished when we break down that activity into […]

Skiing, snowboarding and sledding accidents; prediabetes in teens and young adults

Q: Give me some ammunition so I can convince my 11-year-old snowboarding son to always, always wear a helmet! — Jason B., Bangor, Maine A: Kids of all ages (and adults) need to do everything possible to protect their noggin while enjoying winter sports. Growing children’s helmets should be refitted every year. There are great retail places, like Play It […]

Why we sneeze when we look at the sun; Bad gambling habits can form at an early age

 Q: Whenever I walk outside without my sunglasses, if I glance toward the sun I start to sneeze. My mom and sisters do the same thing. Are we all allergic to sunlight? — Greta W., Nashville, Tennessee A: An allergic reaction to the sun or sunl… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Focus on how you are doing right now


 “Physician heal thyself.” –Luke 4:23 It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. And not just a year. In a few days, we’re also ending a decade. It blows my mind how time flies. But rather than spend much time reflecting upon what has trans… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Understanding foot fractures



 Fractures in the toes and forefoot are a fairly common injury. They usually occur because of an injury, such as dropping something on the toe or accidentally kicking something. They can also occur as a result of repeated stress on the toes from… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Concussions and high school sports; Healing mentally and physically from PTSD

 Q: My son wants to play football in high school next year. How can I make sure the program is doing what it can to protect the players from serious injury and that he stays safe? — Shona V., Seattle A: It’s terrific that all 50 states now hav… Please register for a free account or log in below to […]

Other changes: two new delivery methods, more patient centers

State’s medical cannabis program adds qualifying conditions

Chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration are being added as new qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program. Under state law, the new conditions will take effect in August 2020.The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) anno… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

When decorating for the holidays, keep safety in mind

A little planning and some precautionary measures can ensure that holiday displays are enjoyed all season long. Decorations help make the holiday season a magical time of year. Stores are awash in color and twinkling lights, and similar imagery is… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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