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Nootropics: Performance Enhancing Drugs for the Brain or Snake Oil?

10/22/2017
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Nootropics: also known as smart drugs and cognitive enhancers, are drugs, supplements, and other substances that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation in healthy individuals. Similar to the use of PEDs in athletics, the use of cognition-enhancing drugs by healthy individuals in the absence of a medical indication is one of the most debated topics among neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and physicians. In this interesting segment,...

Duration: 00:12:50


Coping with Tragedies in The Media

10/8/2017
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Parents and children learning about tragedies that are all over the media may find it difficult to discuss and process. Many young people likely hear about these attacks through social media and have formed opinions, impressions and questions. This can leave parents and other adults struggling with what to say and share amid the frightening news. Here to speak with us about coping with tragedies and how to speak with your children about them is Dr. Ethan McCallum, he is a licensed...

Duration: 00:09:56


What is a "Normal" Menstrual Cycle?

4/2/2017
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In the U.S. the average age of a woman's first period is 12.3 years old, which means most women have menstrual cycles a significant portion of their lives. Because of this, some of the most common questions asked are about periods and what is considered "normal." Listen as Dr. Sara Ackerman, obstetrician/gynecologist with Allina health, discusses the most common menstrual cycle questions many women have.

Duration: 00:10:26


The Importance of Adult Vaccinations

3/20/2017
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Unfortunately just because you're an adult doesn't mean you don't need vaccinations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the specific immunizations you need as an adult are based off of your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Vaccines work with your immune system by imitating an infection. Vaccines are made from weakened or dead germs that cause the disease, but they will not cause you to get...

Duration: 00:05:06


Busting Breast Cancer Myths

3/7/2017
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Deodorant and antiperspirants cause breast cancer; sugar feeds cancer;. hormone replacement can cause breast cancer; mammorgrams spread existing cancer. These are a few of the myths that surround breast cancer. There are many myths that have made their way into the public thought, but how are you to know what to believe. Listen as Lisa Schneider, MD, puts to rest some of these myths and explains the real facts about breast cancer.

Duration: 00:11:42


Your Brain 101: The Chemistry of Love Part Two

1/28/2017
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In part one of The Chemistry of Love Dr. Corry explained what happens in our brain when we fall in love. In this segment, we explore falling out of love, how to stay in love, and a look at love as addiction.

Duration: 00:11:14


Blood Pressure Medications 101

11/21/2016
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According to CDC, about 70 million Americans adults have high blood pressure – that's 1 in every 3. Only about half of people with high blood pressure are actually managing their condition. If your doctor has told you that you have high blood pressure, they may recommend blood pressure medication to help control that hypertension. The array of medications available can be quite confusing. Matt Kresl, pharmacist practitioner with Allina Health, discusses high blood pressure medications and...

Duration: 00:12:53


Defeat Dust Mites

11/21/2016
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In most homes, dust mites are everywhere. Often found in linens, bedding, carpeting and other fabric-materials, dust mites are a big problem for people who have indoor winter allergies. Today we’re talking with Dr. Kenneth Johns, an allergy and immunology physician for Allina Health clinics, about why dust mites cause allergies, and what you can do to stop them in their tracks.

Duration: 00:09:26


Mindful Moms: Complementary Approaches to Managing Anxiety During Pregnancy

10/27/2016
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Are you a woman who is pregnant, has a history of anxiety or emerging anxiety in your current pregnancy and want to learn complimentary approaches to managing anxiety. Anxiety in pregnancy can impair sleep, relationships and quality of life. We are offering a holistic approach to manage anxiety during pregnancy through a shared medical visit. The focus of this is on psychological, emotional and physiological well-being. Listen in as Tina Welke explains how shared medical visits include...

Duration: 00:11:21


Puttting Insomnia To Rest, Holistically

10/19/2016
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Sleep is a basic necessity of life that is essential for our health and well-being. A lack of sleep can have a negative impact on your mood, thinking, relationships, work performance and long-term health. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep-related disorders. In fact, more than 25 percent of people experience a sleep disorder at some time in their life. Sleep disorders have been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, heart disease and stroke. Listen in as Mary Beshara...

Duration: 00:09:50


Midwifery for Pregnancy and Childbirth

10/9/2016
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Certified nurse-midwives care for women throughout their lives and provide holistic, patient/family-centered and evidenced-based care. Midwives work with women and families during pregnancy, birth, routine well woman exams and menopause. Listen in as Kathrine Simon, a board-certified nurse midwife at Allina Health, discusses the care philosophy of nurse-midwives and how they may the best choice for your individual health needs.

Duration: 00:08:49


Conversation About Contraception: The IUD

9/21/2016
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Couples considering birth control have many safe and effective options. The use of IUDs as birth control has been increasing recently. But many women still have a lot of questions about their safety and possible side effects. An intrauterine device (IUD) is a type of birth control that is inserted into your uterus. It is a small, flexible piece of plastic with a string on the end. It is inserted and removed by your caregiver. IUDs prevent sperm from reaching or fertilizing an egg. IUDs...

Duration: 00:09:53


How To Deal With Fitness Bullies

9/10/2016
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Some people purposefully try to sabotage your fitness goals because they aren't having the same success. While others might not even realize that their words or actions are having a negative effect on you – and have become a fitness bully. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what workouts are the best or which diet is most effective. But where should we draw the line when it comes to sharing our opinion? Fitness bullies make you feel inferior about your workout choices or the progress...

Duration: 00:10:54


HPV and Teens: Start the Discussion

8/2/2016
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There is a lot of buzz about the importance of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for preteens, especially for girls. What often gets missed is that boys need the vaccine, too. First, it's important to know that HPV is unfortunately very common. Almost 80 million Americans have been infected, and almost 15 million new infections happen every year. HPV is linked with certain types of cancer and the development of genital warts. The good news is that the HPV vaccine can significantly...

Duration: 00:07:22


Do You Suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

7/26/2016
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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have obsessions and compulsions. An obsession is an unwanted thought that stays in your mind most of the time. You cannot stop or control this thought. A compulsion is something you do and cannot stop doing because of the obsessive thought. You may become very anxious if you try to stop the compulsion. Listen in as Marc E Mooney, LP discusses OCD and how you know when you should seek help for yourself or your...

Duration: 00:09:30


Things You Should Know About Your Aging Parent

7/20/2016
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As our parents age, chances are that we will find ourselves switching roles; we are no longer just their child, we are now their caregiver. This change in roles can be confusing for both the parent and the child. Add the wide variation in the aging process; some adults remain physical active and mentally acute throughout their life, while others struggle with physical and mental health issues, and the situation becomes even more complex. To be able to provide for our parents, we need a...

Duration: 00:11:13


Get In Gear For Your Favorite Sport

7/11/2016
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For many of us, the change of seasons means the opportunity to get back into a favorite sports activity. Or maybe you’ve decided that this is the year you’ll take up a new sport such as running, soccer or basketball. But rushing into a new activity without proper preparation can result in pain or injury that leaves you on the sidelines. Listen in as Dr. Jamie Peters, a sports medicine physician with Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, discusses the best way to ramp up for an injury-free...

Duration: 00:11:01


What You Need To Know About Prescription Drugs

7/7/2016
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Opioids are medications prescribed to relieve a person's pain. Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is on the rise and opioids are being used for non-medical purposes across the US by men and women of all ages. Teens and young adults are the greatest abusers of prescription drugs. With all of this in mind, what is a person to do who is experiencing pain? Listen in as Dr. Matthew Monsein, a physician specializing in chronic pain management with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute,...

Duration: 00:09:16


Reducing Chronic Pain – Without Medication

7/7/2016
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Medications are often a precarious – and expensive – route to manage chronic pain, but are often the first avenues people think of. With many alternative treatments, understanding your pain and what options are there for you are the first steps to healing. Listen in as Dr. Matthew Monsein, a physician specializing in chronic pain management with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, discusses what options people have to help manage their chronic pain other than medication.

Duration: 00:09:03


Understanding The Nutrition Label Makeover

6/26/2016
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The way we think about and look at food is changing. The FDA is giving nutrition labels on all food packaging a makeover. Serving size, sugar and fat labels will be different. Listen in as Registered Dietitian Janel Hemmesch with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, talks about when we will start to see the new labels, how to read them and what we really should be looking for when it comes to our food choices.

Duration: 00:09:31

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