Health

Change to state’s cannabis program comes in 2019

Alzheimer’s to be added as a qualifying medical condition

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) this week announced that it will add Alzheimer’s disease as a new qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program. Under state law, the new condition will take effect in August 2019. “Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan […]

First-ever report highlights progress made in care of people with depression

Minnesota Community Measurement’s firstever report on Depression Care in Minnesota highlights progress that has been made in identifying and caring for adults and adolescents diagnosed with depression. Depression is one of the most common and treatable mental health disorders in the United States. In 2016, more than 16 million adults in the U. S. experienced at least one episode of […]

Essentia Health weight management doctor to also see patients in Bigfork

BIGFORK – Dr. Mark Gustafson, a weight management physician who cares for patients in Deer River and Virginia, will also see patients at Bigfork Valley Hospital, 258 Pine Tree Dr. in Bigfork, beginning Jan. 3. Dr. Gustafson joined Essentia in January 2018 after practicing family medicine for 27 years. “I’m very interested in the relationship between nutrition and its effects […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Food for thought: Eat your vegetables


Pretty much everything I write about in this column, beyond citing specific research, can be boiled down to simple common sense. The stark reality is that (for most of us) many of our physical challenges are the result of deliberate choices we made, despite the knowledge that these choices would be contrary to what was best for us. No judgment. […]

Benefits of cardio rehabilitation; kids’ screen time a threat to eyesight

Q: My grandmother recently suffered a minor heart attack followed by a stent placement. She’s scared about a recommended cardio rehab program. What can I say to get her to go? — Laura G., New York City A: Recovering from a heart attack can be challenging, not just physically, but emotionally. Cardio rehab helps with both aspects. Unfortunately, only about […]

Young adults more likely to miss their blood sugar targets

Hospital visits more frequent for younger adults with diabetes

Research by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has found that younger adults with diabetes are more likely to have high blood sugar levels than older adults. Younger adults, those 18 to 44 years old, were also more likely to land in the hospita… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

Give blood with Memorial Blood Centers in December, be entered to win a vacation

Help save lives and you could also be packing your bags! All Memorial Blood Centers donors in December are entered to win a vacation. Choose between a Key West beach stay, New Orleans jazz and dining, San Diego yacht sailing, or Lake Tahoe ski getawa… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Coach Tom’s Corner

‘Tis the season for gaining weight


 Across most of the nation, Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the annual, collective weight gain. Surveys consistently indicate weight begins to rise on turkey day and peaks on Jan. 1. Here in the Northland, I suspect our longer, colder wint… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Protection against noise pollution; is organic a must to reduce cancer risk?

 Q: We live in New York City, and the traffic noise has gotten so bad that it keeps us up at night. Sometimes you can’t even hear “The Doctor Oz Show” on TV if the windows are open. This can’t be good for us or the kids. What can we do? — Lucy … Please register for a free account […]

The whole-grain truth about rice; how to reduce gun deaths involving children

 Q: I love rice, but I am afraid it’s not so good for me — kind of the white bread of grains, my wife tells me. What’s the real story? — George G., Monroe, Louisiana A: She’s mostly right, George. Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulg… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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