Category Archives: Health in the News

The intersection of physical and mental health

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.  … Continue reading

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Learning about depression with psychiatrist Eduardo Colón

Hey, everybody.   Check out this fact:  about 16 million people in the United States will experience an episode of depression every year.  That’s about 7% of the population.  By some estimates, depression is in the top 3 causes of disability (source:  … Continue reading

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New blood pressure guidelines: 130 is the new 140

For many years I have been telling listeners and patients that “one-third of you have high blood pressure and many of you don’t know it.”  Turns out I need to update that to “nearly one-half of you have high blood … Continue reading

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Saving your eyes during the solar eclipse

On Sunday I am driving 430 miles from God’s country (Minneapolis) to just south of Lincoln, Nebraska to experience the total eclipse of the sun.  That’s right, I’m driving to the area of “totality” along with about half the US … Continue reading

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Don’t blame farmers: the scoop on Daylight Saving Time

True story. . .   This past Saturday I set three alarm clocks in preparation for getting out of bed to do my Sunday morning Healthy Matters radio broadcast.  It was the start of Daylight Saving Time here in the … Continue reading

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Maybe your doctor should be a woman

Quick, picture in your head a highly competent physician.  What does that person look like? Does your doctor image look like this? Or like this?  For the record and the recognition, that’s Dr. Gibson-Hill, a doctor in Bristol, England.  You … Continue reading

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The 36-hour shift

I was reading the paper this morning over my tea and crumpets when this headline caught my attention: “First-year doctors would be allowed to work 24-hour shifts under new rules” Now there’s a topic near to my heart, so I … Continue reading

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Reflections (but no pictures) from 9/11 and this week’s Emergency Preparedness topic

A remembrance: Fifteen years ago today at around 8:00 Minneapolis time, I was in the Intensive Care Unit at HCMC.  I was a medical resident on that day doing my rotation in Nephrology and was visiting a critically-ill patient in … Continue reading

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Coffee, WHO and You: the best news in a long time

OK, before I say one thing about this topic, we need to set the mood by playing this very short audio clip.  Make sure the sound is turned up on your computer or mobile device and click the “play” arrow. … Continue reading

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Aspirin: should you take it?

There was a big development in health care news this week.  The buzz is all about the latest guidelines on aspirin since our friends at the US Preventive Services Task Force updated the recommendations.  It came out in the Annals … Continue reading

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