The intersection of physical and mental health

“Despair” (public domain art)

A good part of my medical practice at Hennepin Healthcare is in mental health.  Although I’m a general internist, meaning I specialize in chronic diseases of adults, I have a special interest in the intersection of medical and mental illness.  Consequently, I spend a hefty portion of my days on the inpatient psychiatry units.  So when a piece came out in the New York Times this week, I was immediately drawn to it.  Written by Dr. Dhruv Khullar from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, it is entitled The Largest Health Care Disparity We Don’t Talk About.  I strongly encourage you to read it.

This is particularly of interest to me since I have also been part of a group of five medical systems across the country who have recently published our own experience in caring for people with mental illness. You can read our very brief paper at the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In this post I’ll talk a bit about my own experience in caring for patients with mental health conditions.  I’ll end with a few suggestions. Continue reading “The intersection of physical and mental health”

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Register here for live audience show “Decade with Dave”

Meet me and WCCO personality Denny Long at our live show on June 10!

It’s coming fast and seats are almost full!  But, dear friends, you still can RSVP for our live audience Healthy Matters radio broadcast on June 10, 2018 at 7:30 am.  The show will be done “on location” at Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic and Specialty Center, right in the atrium.

Plan to arrive around 7:00 to get a coffee and a seat, listen in to the show from the audience, then stick around for brief tours of Minnesota’s most modern and patient-friendly clinical facility.

I’d love to meet you!

 

 

The show and on-site parking are FREE!  Register by clicking the logo here:

We’ll have coffee and snacks for you, plenty of seats, and a live show featuring three special physician guests:

  • Dr. Laura LaFave, Hennepin endocrinologist, will chat with us about diabetes.
  • Dr. Rawad Nasr, Hennepin’s Director of Rheumatology, will talk arthritis.
  • Rounding out the program will be Dr. Ranji Varghese, sleep doctor, who will share his expertise about sleep problems.

But mostly, it will be a fun chance to see a live radio show and share a cup of coffee.

Event and underground on-site parking are FREE but you need to RSVP by clicking the picture above. 

While you are there, sign up for the Here 4 Health public education series.  We have fun, informational, and hands-on sessions for all you inquisitive folks out there.  There is one session each in July, August, and September.  These are also free and held at the Clinic and Specialty Center in downtown Minneapolis.  Lot’s more information and registration links by clicking the Here4Health graphic above.

And see those coffee mugs Denny and I are holding . . . come to the show and get one for yourself!  Sure to be a collector’s item, eh?

See you on June 10!

Dr. H

 

 

 

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Menopause

Our Healthy Matters show last week focused on menopause. We billed the show as being about “Women’s Health” and as we all know, women’s health is more than menopause.  But I had an expert in the studio and there is so much interest in menopause!  So we focused on that specific topic.  This post recaps a few learning points from the show.

If you are looking to register to be an audience member for our Decade with Dave live radio broadcast on June 10, or for the Here 4 Health community education series, click here.

If you missed the show (Healthy Matters show #488, May 20, 2018), listen to the abbreviated podcast by clicking the banner:

In this post, you’ll read about:

  • Basics of menopause
  • What’s a hot flash and what can be done about it
  • Acupuncture in the treatment of menopause symptoms

Continue reading “Menopause”

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Quick tips: shingles, dementia & depression, high blood pressure medications

Since you asked . . . here’s another “Quick tips” post from last week’s Healthy Matters broadcast.    I have included links to point you toward reliable information if you want to learn more.  The Internet is full of not-so-reliable information so I try to include sources that I think you can trust.  That’s assuming you trust me.  As my texting daughter would say “hahahaha”!

 

To listen to the podcast of this recent “Open Lines” show, click this banner and look for April 29, 2018 show (Healthy Matters show #485)

On to the questions from listeners . . .

Continue reading “Quick tips: shingles, dementia & depression, high blood pressure medications”

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