Health

Neuropathy: nerve damage is not curable but needs treatment



Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the nerves in your extremities. It normally affects the toes and fingers first and then progresses up the arms and legs if left untreated. The damage causes the nerves to not function properly. This leads to abnormal sensations such as numbness, burning, and tingling. It may also cause decreased mobility in the affected areas. Neuropathy […]

Music and work: a good or bad combo? Suggestions to combat seasonal allergies

Q: I love to listen to music while I’m working at home, but my wife says I’m distracting myself and I shouldn’t do it. Is she right? — Henry G., Bronx, New York A: That’s a question we can answer, but there are a lot of “it depends” attached. A recent study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied found […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Exercise strengthens your immune system


And just like that, it is summer! For a few days anyway. I hope this finds you and yours doing well. As I ventured out following the expiration of the Governor’s stay-at-home order, it seemed that the percentage of folks wearing face masks had significantly increased. This could be a function of merely more people being out and about or […]

Home birth during the pandemic? Foods that support the immune system

Q: I’m giving birth in June and wonder if it would be smarter to have a midwife assist with a home birth than going into the hospital? — Anonymous A: That’s a complicated question, since so much depends on your health, the health of your fetus, the level of coronavirus in your local area, if you will be admitted into […]

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Be mindful of allergy and tick season


 There are so many moving parts in our current situation that today’s column may seem a bit disjointed. It should all tie together by the end. Or not. With your indulgence, we will get started. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz extended his “Stay at H… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

Avoid home-desk hazards; best ways to avoid chronic diseases

 Q: It’s so painful to work at home — my back and neck are killing me. I think it’s from setting up my computer on the kitchen table. How can I make it more comfortable? — Stan R., Buffalo, New York A: Before the pandemic, around 7 percent of… Please register for a free account or log in below to […]

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Start moving toward better health


  Minnesota’s Emergency Executive Stay at Home order 20-33 is expected to expire this Sunday (May 3) at midnight. Absent any additional extension or modification in the interim by Gov. Tim Walz, restrictions on businesses and individuals will be l… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Methods for getting a good night sleep; how to control unwanted food cravings

 Q: I get plenty of exercise, but I still have trouble falling and then staying asleep. What else can I try? — George G. Andover, Massachusetts A: Exercise can improve sleep quality and duration for many people. But timing may influence how ef… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Gout: treatable joint pain caused by uric acid accumulation



 Gout is a form of arthritis caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in a joint. The classic symptoms of an acute gout flare are a joint that is red, hot, swollen and painful. It often affects only one joint but can affect many more. It … Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

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Lessons learned from the pandemic


 I hope this finds you and yours well! This weekend is purportedly Minnesota’s COVID-19 “transmission peak” period. I don’t think any of us truly understand what that means from a practical standpoint. From my perspective, it’s just numbers and … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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