Healthy Matters

Middle-aged men face new health challenges

As men get older, they tend to face many new health problems in a short period of time, says HCMC’s Dr. Bryan Nelson. Dr. Nelson is a family medicine physician at HCMC’s Golden Valley Clinic, as well as the Medical Director for the BeWell Clinic downtown and the St. Anthony Village Clinic. In a Healthy…

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Visit HCMC at the Fair!

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Minnesota’s first Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, is excited to be at the great Minnesota get-together on the following dates this year: Friday, August 23 – staff from HCMC’s Adult and Pediatric Burn Center will participate in the Governor’s Annual Fire Prevention Day in Carousel Park from 7 a.m.  until…

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What’s going on in there? Radiologist talks about imaging at HCMC

Radiologist Dr. Tony Severt talks about the latest in imaging services available at Hennepin County Medical Center — including the new Whittier Imaging Center in South Minneapolis — offering routine head, neck, spine, pelvic, fetal and musculoskeletal imaging, minor interventional radiology procedures, and vein care. Listen to the entire Dec. 18 podcast with Dr. Tony…

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Addressing pain, other symptoms of terminal illness

“Unfortunately, many people expect pain at the end of life,” explains Dr. Jeffrey Rubins, Medical Director of Palliative Care at Hennepin County Medical Center,  in a recent Healthy Matters podcast.  “And one of the things that palliative care really does well is  aggressively take care of pain.” The goal of HCMC’s Palliative Medicine Service is to…

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Is weight loss surgery right for you?

“Thirty percent of adults in the United States are overweight,” explains weight loss treatment expert Dr. Guilford Hartley in a recent Healthy Matters podcast. “And one person out of every 20 is overweight enough to be eligible for gastric bypass surgery.” Gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy makes the stomach area much smaller…

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Burn surgeons warn about the use of accelerants on outdoor fires

“Accelerants poured on fires are a big problem, and cause a lot of the injuries we see,” explains Dr. George Peltier, reconstructive surgeon at HCMC’s Burn Center. “During damp conditions, or if people just want to get a large fire going, they will often use an accelerant. But gasoline can vaporize  and explode, and the injuries can be absolutely…

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Healthy Matters — at the Fair!

Dr. Hilden describes a scene from “The Grapes of Wrath” before answering questions about gastroenteritis, back and neck pain, esophagitis, tennis elbow and other general health questions at the Minnesota State Fair. Listen to the 8/28/11 Healthy Matters podcast from the Fair, and join Dr. Hilden LIVE from the Fair on Sunday, 9/4/11 when Dr.…

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Itching for allergy info?

An allergy is the body’s overreaction to what should be ignored — the immune system’s response to things in the environment that are perceived as “invaders.” Allergist Dr. John Sweet says it’s important to get tested if you suspect you have an allergy. “To conquer your enemy, you have to first know your enemy.” If…

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Joint pain, stiffness and swelling?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease, meaning that it affects more than just the joints. “Many different organs of the body can be affected,” explains rheumatologist Dr. Ronald Molony from HCMC’s Brooklyn Center Clinic. “The most common joints affected are the smaller joints of the hands, the knuckles, wrists, feet and ankles. The good news…

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Expecting? Prenatal tests explained on Healthy Matters

Expecting? In this week’s Healthy Matters podcast,  HCMC’s Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecolgy Dr. Virginia Lupo talks about pregnancy care and prenatal testing. “Even though pregnancy is a healthy, normal  time of life there are people who have different medical and surgical complications that happen during that time,” explains Dr. Lupo. “My subspecialty area is…

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