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Our cells would be lost without telomeres

The State Fair is coming up, which makes me think of one of those Midway-style booths where, for a buck or two, a carnie with a startling degree of gum recession will guess your age or weight. If he’s right, he keeps all the money.

How eating fish protects the aging brain

Eating broiled or baked fish high in omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week is linked to a lower risk of memory loss and stroke in older adults. That bit of health news you may know. What you may not know is why.

Take the tick quiz

The cold and flu season is behind us. The tick and mosquito season has arrived. Prepare thyself. Take my quiz. 

Room for improvement: Minnesota’s DWI rankings

As a physician I believe that the acute effects of alcohol on the human brain are really a continuum of impairment, and that Minnesota’s current blood-alcohol-level (BAL) of 0.08 is a silly contrivance: as if a driver is drunk at 0.08 and entirely s

These are a few of my favorite booths at ACC show

My addiction to the annual American Craft Council show in St. Paul is evident in the number of postcards I receive each year offering me a discount. Some years, I’ve received a half-dozen or so depending on my purchases the previous year.

Chest compressions anyone? CPR for bystanders

CPR just got easier. Anyone can do something. All you need is a cell phone, two free hands and the beat of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” Because when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, chest compressions alone are better than nothing.

Large bellies linked to dementia

Get out the tape measure.According to a new study in today’s online issue of Neurology, your waist circumference at midlife may be a good indicator of your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in your 70s or beyond. Read more…

Even good hospitals make mystifying mistakes

By Dr. Craig BowronFriday, March 21, 2008 Monday’s announcement by Methodist Hospital that a surgeon on staff mistakenly removed a patient’s healthy kidney proves once again that a hospital, even a really good hospital, can be a dangerous place.