Health

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 fetu… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. […]

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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.

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.

Knee replacement, bariatric surgery for obese patients; when to test for Covid

 Q: My sister-in-law is 55 and morbidly obese. She can’t walk very well, so she had bariatric surgery and then later she’s having a knee replacement. Is that double barrel surgery really necessary? — Belinda, K., Chattanooga, Tennessee A: Havi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Study confirms value of family meals; shingles vaccine can help prevent strokes

 Q: Both my husband and I are working from home and the kids are home too, doing teleschool. I was wondering if you had any advice for making the most of our at-home time. — Bonita M., Atlanta A. We sure do. The coronavirus situation won’t las… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

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Give some thought to your feelings


 I’ve observed that many of my friends are using this “Stay at Home” time in a productive manner. I’ve seen social media posts on loads of activities seemingly prompted (enabled?) by the order: extensive spring cleaning, remodeling and redecorat… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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