Coach Tom’s Corner

Get strong in just 13 minutes

Strength training can sometimes be confusing. Questions as to what exercises, how to do them, when and how much are the most common. Fundamental misunderstandings of likely results also crop up. For example, some years ago, I gifted my mother with some light hand weights. At 80, after suffering a not inconsequential fall, she had recently started an in-home, self-directed […]

Thirdhand smoke: myth or reality? CDC guidelines for concussions

Q: I know there’s secondhand smoke if you’re in a room with a smoker, but what is thirdhand smoke? Is it a real thing? — Joy B., Atlanta A: Yes, thirdhand smoke is a real (and terrible) thing. It is the toxic residue that collects on clothes, rug, drapes or furniture when those things are exposed to smoke from any […]

State receives $17.7 million to help tackle opioid epidemic

Minnesota will invest more than $17.7 million it received in federal grant funding to help combat the opioid epidemic throughout the state. The State Opioid Response grant will provide $8,870,906 a year for the next two years and will be used to reach Minnesotans struggling with opioids with life-saving treatment quickly, reduce deaths from opioid overdose and to prevent opioid […]

Cases of acute flaccid myelitis reported

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is investigating six cases of a rare condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) that occurred since mid-September in Minnesota children. AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, causing muscles to weaken. It can be a complication following a viral infection, but environmental and genetic factors may also contribute to […]

County receives breastfeeding award

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County Public Health has received a Breastfeeding Friendly Health Department Award from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its contributions to the health of mothers and their babies. Representatives from MDH presented the award to public health staff at the County Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The designation acknowledges a county health […]

Patrick Sharp named CEO for Fairview Range Health Services

Patrick SharpHIBBING — Fairview Range has a new leader. Patrick Sharp has been named chief executive officer of Fairview Range following unanimous approval by the Range Regional Health Services (RRHS) Board of Directors in June, and by the executive … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

2019 premiums are announced; window shop MNsure health plans as of Oct. 15

Final 2019 individual market health insurance rates were released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. While premiums are going down across much of Minnesota, MNsure still urges Minnesotans to shop, compare and save on their premiums usin… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Coach Tom’s Corner

Older adults need to exercise regularly

 I regularly talk about the benefits of exercise. I’m not breaking any new ground with that information. Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. I think it’s also widely known that exercise becomes even more critical to health as we age. T… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Sepsis is a growing health threat; E-scooters: a new urban menace?

 Q: I hear that sepsis is an ever-increasing problem in nursing homes. We have just recently put my mom into a care facility. Do we need to be concerned? — Lois D., Lebanon, New Hampshire A: Unfortunately, as antibiotic resistance increases, s… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Minnesota adult obesity rate growing slower than neighbor states

Prevalence of self-reported obesity among U.S. adults by state and territory BRFSS 2017. Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Health.Minnesota’s adult obesity rate rose to 28.4 percent in 2017 but continued to outperform neighboring states with a slow… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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