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. Central time at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.
The event is hosted by Valery Forbes, Dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota and is co-sponsored by the ARCS Foundation and the Science Museum of Minnesota. I’m excited to share a panel with outstanding people who have keen insights on science and communication.
Joining me on the discussion panel are:
- Patrick Hamilton
Director of Global Change Initiatives
Science Museum of Minnesota
- Maggie Koerth-Baker
Senior Science Writer at FiveThirtyEight
- Kris Ehresmann
Director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division
Minnesota Department of Health
There is a networking portion over light snacks in which promising young scientists will be present to share their work and be recognized as ARCS Scholars. So we get a glimpse of the future of science through these incredible scholars. The way I see it, we need to promote science and those who pursue it as a career – now more than ever.
Register at the ARCS Foundation site here. You get free parking and admission to the Science Museum as part of your registration so make an afternoon and evening out of it!
If you’re a person who likes to think, learn, ponder, question, explore – and tie it all together with our collective life as a society, then join us at the Science Museum this Thursday.
And if you do attend, be sure to introduce yourself to 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 3 older adults will fall in a given year.
- That adds up to 29,000,000 (yes, that says 29 million) falls in a single year, resulting in 7 million injuries.
Ouch. So we, like our egg-shaped friend on the wall, need to be careful!
On the radio program last week, my colleague, HCMC Geriatrician Dr. Larry Kerzner joined me in the WCCO studios for a conversation about falls. If you missed that show, check out the podcast (without commercial breaks!) and listen on your computer or mobile device. Click the logo here to get to the podcast:
(Healthy Matters show #439, June 4, 2017)
For now, let’s move beyond the grim statistics and learn a bit . . .
Things are very serious in the WCCO studios!
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 in downtown Minneapolis getting ready for the show.
We’re obviously a pretty tense and serious group, eh?
We mostly focused on skin cancer during that show and it was really informative and fun. If you missed the show, you can listen to the commercial-free podcast by clicking here (Healthy Matters show #434, April 30, 2017).
As usual, we get way more calls, texts, and tweets than we can get to on the live broadcast. So for this blog post we are continuing the show, in a way, by having Dr. Luxenberg and Dr. Liu respond to some of the text questions from that show. So if we didn’t get to your question on the air, maybe we will cover it here.
Here goes . . . Continue reading
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Jerusalem, photo © David Hilden
In this post I simply want to invite you to read an essay I wrote which was recently published in a journal I admire. Called Intima: a journal of narrative medicine, it is a literary place where medicine is explored through story, narrative non-fiction, and art.
My piece is called “Don’t worry, at least we will die together” and is an account of an experience I had back in 2015 while in Jerusalem.
In addition to reading my piece, I hope you will explore Intima and immerse yourself in any of the outstanding works that were submitted. The journal, which originated at Columbia University in 2010, is a treasure that I hope many of you will come to know.
I haven’t posted much about my interest in Middle East issues, so I’ll give you just a bit of background. If you do nothing else, please click on the Intima logo above and check out my essay. For just a little more on my experience, keep reading. Continue reading
By yasmapaz from Puerto Rico, via Wikimedia Commons
I like dogs. And I like peanuts. But like many of you, I also have allergies. Many of us have a love-hate situation with dogs, cats, peanuts, pollen, dust, mold, trees, flowers . . .
Take a look at this puppy. Seriously, I can’t even stand the cuteness.
John B. Sweet, MD
So this past week on the Healthy Matters radio broadcast, I coerced my medical school classmate, Dr. John Sweet, into joining me in the studio. I’ve known John for years since we actually sat together in lecture back in med school. He listened to the professor. I just talked in class. Real surprise, there.
Anyway, John became a terrific allergist. So this week after the show, we decided to record a series of short videos in which John gives us a few nuggets of solid medical info about allergies. This post features two of those videos – one about pet allergies and the other about peanut allergies. (Spoiler alert: no one gets rid of their pet and yes you CAN give your little ones peanuts to help prevent allergies).
Not much reading on this post . . . you get to watch videos! We’re all about multimedia so let’s get to it. Continue reading