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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Patient Education: Caring for Older Adults - Vaccinations Should Be A Life-Long Priority »
Preventive care with a trusted physician is just as important for adults as those well-checks are for children.  Fami...
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Patient Education: Taking the Itch Out of Winter: Dealing with Atopic Dermatitis »
Feeling that winter itch?  Cold temperatures, indoor heating and long hot showers can zap the moisture from a person’...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Patient Education: A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer - The HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine »
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus to which all people are exposed. The virus causes common warts, plantar wart...
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Patient Education: Managing Asthma - Better Understanding Can Lead to Better Control »
Asthma is a condition that can make it hard to breath. Affecting more than 20 million people in the United States, the dis...
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Patient Education: Stopping the Spread of Pertussis - Adults Need to Get Vaccinated »
Pertussis, known to most people as whooping cough, is back. Older generations remember the disease, in the era before wide...
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Patient Education: Dealing with the Winter "Crud" - Is It The Flu or A Cold? »
Winter is here. You’ve stocked up on tissue and chicken soup waiting for that usual illness to strike. When the "crud” doe...
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Patient Education: To "Vitamin D" or Not to "D"? - A Family Physician Tackles the Question »
If you’ve watched any health segments on TV or read the "For Your Health” sections of popular magazines and newspapers lat...
Monday, November 22, 2010
Patient Education: Immunizations Aren't Just for Kids; Adults Need Them Too »
Why Grown-Ups Should be Vaccinated to Stay Healthy and Prevent Disease Many people think immunizations are just for k...
Monday, August 30, 2010
Patient Education: Minnesota Family Physicians Enthusiastic as Health Care Homes Become a Reality »
With the announcement that the first round of Minnesota medical clinics were certified as health care homes by the state,...
Monday, August 2, 2010
Patient Education: Still Talking About Changes in Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations? »
You Should Be...With Your Personal Physician If you’re a woman unsure about when to get your first mammogram, you’re not...
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Patient Education: Using Aspirin Wisely - When It's Smart and When It's Not »
Aspirin, often referred to as the ‘wonder drug’, is one of the most widely used and least expensive medications on the mar...
Monday, August 31, 2009
Patient Education: Choose a Health Care Facility That Offers Healthy Food »
Buying food locally, serving organically grown produce, and offering food choices with high nutritional value are just som...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Patient Education: Screening for Cancer: What Doctors Do and Cannot Do »
Most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer, and if we don’t, we read about it or hear stories in the news....
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Patient Education: Maintaining Bone Health as You Age »
As people get older, their bones can become thin and lose mass. This can lead to a very common and serious disease called...
Monday, June 23, 2008
Patient Education: Respecting the Power of the Sun »
As the summer sun heats up, so do Minnesotan’s outdoor plans. Enjoying a day at the pool or an afternoon at the lake can b...
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Patient Education: Staying Healthy During International Travel; Make a Pre-Trip Visit »
Booking airline tickets and packing your bags shouldn’t be the only preparation you make before a trip out of the country....
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Patient Education: Memory Loss: Figuring Out What Is Normal and What Is Not »
Whether it happens to you or you witness it in an aging family member, it’s not uncommon to wonder "is that normal” when i...
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Patient Education: Prolonged Cough May Be More Than Just A Lingering Cold »
While many Minnesotans will simply write it off as a bad cold, a severe cough could be caused by something much more troub...
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Patient Education: Why Pap Tests Are Still An Important Cancer-Screening Tool »
While news of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer is an exciting development in women’s healthcare, Minnesota family phys...
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Patient Education: Your Family Physician - A Valuable Resource When Quitting Smoking »
The addictive properties found in tobacco make giving up smoking a huge challenge – even for the most determined. But as a...
Monday, October 30, 2006
Patient Education: MN Family Physicians Encourage Patients to Prepare for Flu Season »
Dealing with the miserable effects of the seasonal flu is something most Minnesotans would be happy to avoid. That’s why f...
Friday, September 8, 2006
Patient Education: What's So Great About a Personal Physician? »
While you may not need the same cashier to ring up your purchases at the store or the same waiter to take your order at...
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Patient Education: Expectant Moms Encouraged to Seek Out Hospitals with Lactation Support Services »
Minnesota family physicians would like to see more mothers taking advantage of breastfeeding support services and more hos...
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Patient Education: Coping with the Common Cold in a "Get-Well Quick' Environment »
Family Physicians Say Patients Still Seek Instant Fix When the Only Proven Remedy is Time The most common infectious...
Monday, August 8, 2005
Patient Education: A Pre-cursor to Diabetes and Heart Disease »
Family Physicians Say Patients Should Understand the Dangers of Metabolic Syndrome Family physicians say thousands of Mi...
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Patient Education: Family Physicians Encourage Parents to Help Their Kids Maintain a Healthy Weight »
With childhood obesity now being called an epidemic, Minnesota family physicians want parents to know they can influence t...
Monday, November 22, 2004
Patient Education: Avoiding a Heart Attack »
Family Physicians Urge Minnesotans to Know Their Risk Factors Family physicians say former president Bill Clinton’s quad...
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Patient Education: Minnesota Family Physicians Offer Advice on Keeping Kids Safe Outdoors »
The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has named Dr. Dennis Peterson of Willmar as its 2004 Family Physician of...
Monday, March 15, 2004
Patient Education: Focus on Blood Pressure Before It Gets Too High »
Minnesota family physicians say taking steps to control your blood pressure now could keep many patients from suffering th...
Friday, December 5, 2003
Patient Education: Family Physicians Offer Advice About Online Health Information »
Want to cross-reference your medical symptoms, read up on heart disease or map out an exercise plan? Simply key a few word...
Friday, May 9, 2003
Patient Education: Helping Women Decide if Hormone Replacement Therapy is Still an Option »
Weighing the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy can be a difficult task for women these days. In the past,...
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Patient Education: MN Family Physicians Work to Keep Antibiotics Effective »
As we struggle through the cold and flu season, family physicians across the state will see an influx of patients seeking...

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