Author Archives: David Hilden, MD MPH

Why I’m not a big fan of vitamins and supplements

In 2013, people in the United States spent nearly $35 billion on vitamins and supplements.  Something like 1 in 3 people take a multivitamin, and around half of people took some type of supplement in the past 30 days. So … Continue reading

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Summertime emergencies are no fun

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Hey, friends, this is Part 2 of 2 posts about emergencies.  You may wish to check out the first post, “An insider’s view of the emergency department” which gives a look at a major … Continue reading

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An insider’s view of the Emergency Department

I have a colleague at Hennepin County Medical Center who is into cool stuff.  He does a lot of biking, he does backcountry skiing in British Columbia, he raises bees in his Minneapolis backyard and makes honey from those bees … Continue reading

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Finding the ordinary among the extraordinary

Hi, Healthy Matters friends! I have been steadily moving toward more writing in my career and specifically I’ve been working in an area called “narrative non-fiction.”  My writings are mostly based on medicine, health and wellness.  Big surprise there – … Continue reading

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Can you exercise your way to a lower weight?

Hey friends!  Back in April I had just returned from “doctor college” in San Diego and I intend to share bits of what I learned there.  Previous posts in this vein have been: Should you trust the latest “medical advance”? … Continue reading

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10 questions to ask your doctor: my interview in the Star Tribune

Hi, friends, I was recently interviewed by Allie Shah of the Minneapolis Star Tribune for an article titled “10 questions you should ask your doctor.”   As I mentioned on the Healthy Matters radio broadcast last Sunday, I am posting … Continue reading

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Cool event in Minnesota: “Science: Why Don’t Facts Seem to Matter?”

Hey, gang, just a quick post about an event I want you to know about.  It is called “Science in Society:  Why Don’t Facts Seem to Matter?” and it is happening this Thursday, June 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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Falls: Humpty Dumpty was just like you and me

  Sobering facts about falls in the elderly: The leading cause of injury that leads to death in people over age 65 is falling. That means 27,000 older adults in the US will not survive a fall in a year. Nearly 1 in … Continue reading

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Special topics: Lyme disease

Back in April I posted about medical science and what I had learned at my latest continuing education conference (the American College of Physicians conference in San Diego).  Go ahead and re-read that post to get my thoughts on how … Continue reading

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Ask the Dermatologist!

Hey hey! A couple of weeks ago on the Healthy Matters radio show we featured two of my colleagues from Dermatology, Drs. Jenny Liu and Erin Luxenberg.  You’ll find us in the photo to the left in the WCCO studios … Continue reading

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