Health
An All-Star Strategy: How A-Rod Keeps His Gum Disease in Check
(BPT) - World Series Champion and 3-time American League MVP Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod) knows how important it is to prioritize your oral health. That’s why, upon receiving a gum disease …
Removing PFAS from public water will cost billions and take time – here are ways to filter out some harmful ‘forever chemicals’ at home
Chemists invented PFAS in the 1930s to make life easier: Nonstick pans, waterproof clothing, grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant carpet were all made possible by PFAS. …
A Genetic Connection to Kidney Disease
(Family Features) A genetic condition that can cause kidney failure, APOL1-mediated kidney disease (AMKD) represents a group of kidney diseases associated with mutations in the apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) genes. In honor of National AMKD Awareness Day, consider this information to better understand the disease and become APOL1 aware.
8 emerging uses for medical cannabis
Stacker identified eight medical conditions where cannabis may be beneficial, either by lessening symptoms or treating the underlying medical problem. 
'It Takes 2' to Detect Kidney Disease – One Woman's Advice for Those with Type 2 Diabetes or High Blood Pressure
(BPT) - For Bronx native and current Indian Land, SC, resident Thelma, it took years to discover she had kidney disease, despite experiencing symptoms like fatigue and swelling, as the underlying …
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Curl Power stylist Paige Graling trims and styles a young client’s curly hair. Graling was bullied in school growing up because of her natural hair. Now, teaching others about how to care for their natural hair is one of Graling’s passions.
Learning to love their curls
By TALIA MCWRIGHT   Rosie Jablonsky brushed out the curly hair of a young girl, as stylists in the Mall of America salon gathered around. “She looks like a lion,” one …
Mark Rivard of Do Rad Things
Hear from Mark Rivard, creator of Do Rad Things, at 'Let's Connect' event in February
Every artist has an interesting origin story. But nothing compares with how Mark Rivard got started. Rivard began illustrating skateboards with Sharpie markers in the early 2000s. That led to an …
Working together at Leap Pediatric and Adolescent Care are (left to right) Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, office manager Tanjerae White and assistant lab supervisor Crystal Johnson. “I am proud of this because of the Black women I am here with,” said Johnson. White has been in the medical field for 26 years, working her way up from medical assistant to office manager. She’s excited by her own growth and that of the two women she’s working with. She said she is proud to represent “people of our color.” White added, “I think this will help a lot of young people.”
A personalized approach to health care
When your physician looks like you and understands your culture, studies have shown your health outcomes are better.Knowing that, Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, a Black physician, decided to open Leap …
The soaring Bob Dylan mural attracts international visitors to downtown Minneapolis. (Photo by Susan Schaefer)
Gifts of season give reason to reflect
HyggeCertainly, the long, cold, dark Minnesota winters can spark a melancholia for some. Yet frigid temperatures and spare daytime hours can also create the mood to hibernate, as other creatures of …
Something under the hood is not immediately apparent or obvious. This column will uncover stories that span the neighborhoods covered by TMC Publications. | Susan Schaefer is a widely published independent journalist, creative writer, and poet. Her articles appear in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, PBS’ online magazine, Next Avenue, Next Tribe, and beyond. She was columnist and features writer for Minneapolis’ Southwest Journal and Minnesota Good Age magazine.
Warming up for winter
Ever been accused of having a thin skin? When it comes to maintaining proper body temperature, this old adage is no joke. As we age, our metabolic rate decreases and our skin literally thins. Often, …
Health news for your family
More women than ever are being diagnosed and treated for ADHD, which has long been considered a predominately male condition
Charlie Health examines the gender-based disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. 
For good health and strong teeth, treat your gums well.
The Gap in Gum Care: Why Caring For Your Teeth’s Foundation Matters
(NAPSI)—Building a great smile starts with a strong foundation. While gums are often overlooked unless they are bleeding or causing mouth pain, they are the key to good oral health, overall …
Navy Veteran and Parkinson’s patient credits Medtronic DBS therapy for restoring independence
(BPT) - Andrew “Andy” Horn has always had an independent spirit.“I knew I was going to see the world.”The oldest of six kids, growing up in Chicago, his desire to travel was …
Addressing Sarcopenia with a Healthy Diet
Addressing Sarcopenia with a Healthy Diet
(NewsUSA) - Age-related loss of muscle mass and strength can significantly impact the quality of life for older adults. However, recent research underscores the role of proper nutrition in …
What is metabolism? A biochemist explains how different people convert energy differently − and why that matters for your health
If you’ve spent any time scrolling through the health and wellness corners of social media, you’ve likely come across many products claiming to improve your metabolism. But what exactly is your metabolism? …

Stroke & Dementia in Black Men: Tips for Staying Healthy During National Minority Health Month and Beyond

To reduce your stroke risk, take care of your heart and head by controlling high blood pressure.
from the National Institute   of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NAPSI)—With nearly 800,000 Americans having a stroke each year, it remains a leading cause of death and long-term …

Parents, What’s Your Food Allergy Game Plan?

(BPT) - Brittany Mahomes, co-owner of the Kansas City Current soccer team and mom of two young children with food allergies, knows all too well how frightening a severe allergic reaction to food can …
Curbing Colorectal Cancer in Minority Populations
Curbing Colorectal Cancer in Minority Populations
(NewsUSA) - April is National Minority Health Month, and Black Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN), and underserved Americans, are among those disproportionately affected by …
Important facts about lupus: 4 ways to protect your kidney health
(BPT) - Living with lupus for over 15 years has meant dealing with some very uncomfortable moments for Grammy award-winning singer Toni Braxton. But according to Toni, the discomfort is worth it to …
Keep an eye on your vision. Regular eye exams can help reduce your risk of glaucoma.
African Americans at Higher Risk for Eye Disease
(NAPSI)—If you think you’d know if you were losing vision to an eye disease, you might want to think again. The symptoms of glaucoma can start so slowly that you may not notice them. That’s why …
Keep an eye on your vision. Regular eye exams can help reduce your risk of glaucoma.
Hispanics and African Americans at Higher Risk for Eye Disease
(NAPSI)—If you think you’d know if you were losing vision to an eye disease, you might want to think again. The symptoms of glaucoma can start so slowly that you may not notice them. That’s why …
Finding her Beat: Claire’s Journey Living with AFib
(BPT) - This content is sponsored by Sanofi U.S. I’m Claire and I’m a retiree living near Orlando, Florida with my husband. Now that I’m retired, I get to spend my time doing the …
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Cancer often requires more than one treatment − an oncologist explains why some patients like Kate Middleton receive both chemotherapy and surgery
Some cancer patients receive additional treatment after surgery with the goal of eliminating any remaining tumor cells. BSIP/Collection Mix: Subjects via Getty Images When Kate Middleton, the …
Not having job flexibility or security can leave workers feeling depressed, anxious and hopeless
When employees don’t have control over their work schedules, it’s not just morale that suffers – mental health takes a hit too. That’s what my colleagues and I discovered in a study recently published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open. …
Walk Your Way to Better Health
(Family Features) A walk is not just good for your body, it's also good for your soul. Physical activity, like walking, is one of the best ways to reduce stress and boost your mood. Consider these ways movement can benefit your body and mind.
How much stress is too much? A psychiatrist explains the links between toxic stress and poor health − and how to get help
COVID-19 taught most people that the line between tolerable and toxic stress – defined as persistent demands that lead to disease – varies widely. But some people will age faster and die younger from toxic stressors than others. …
States where the most people are receiving substance use treatment
Ophelia mapped and analyzed the number of patients in substance use facilities per capita across the U.S., using SAMHSA survey data.
News for a healthful life

One Patient’s Story Navigating Alzheimer’s Disease from Diagnosis to Treatment

(BPT) - For patients like Jerome, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can be a devastating and life-changing experience.Jerome, who lives in Florida with his wife of 27 years, Joanne, was …

4 helpful resources created for people living with epilepsy

(BPT) - For anyone living with epilepsy, the daily challenges can be immense. Seizures can occur at any time, putting people living with epilepsy at risk for accidents and other health complications, …

5 health benefits of taking GLP-1 medication

(BPT) - GLP-1 medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro are getting major press for their ability to help people slim down. But that’s just the half of it. These groundbreaking drugs, …

Mental Health and the ALS Community

(BPT) - Sponsored by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc. (MTPA)Each year, an estimated 5,000-6,000 Americans are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also known as Lou …

Education: The Key to Unlocking a Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) Diagnosis

(BPT) - Kimberly, a dedicated teacher, avid skier, poet, and mother of two, had been struggling with thyroid issues for more than 30 years. Little did she know that her passion for teaching would …

How One Woman Took Action After a Devastating Cancer Diagnosis

(BPT) - Marsha Semon was only 41 when her world turned upside down. She was a busy mom of two young children, working full time, when she began experiencing severe stomach pains.“It got to the …

Don't let acne get you down! See a dermatology professional

(BPT) - Acne, one of the most common skin conditions, is often uncomfortable and can negatively impact a person’s self-esteem. As with any chronic medical condition, it's a good idea to see a …

Wear contact lenses? 5 questions to discuss with your eye doctor

(BPT) - Whether you spend long hours working in front of a computer or have difficulty reading signs when driving at night, finding a contact lens may be as easy as answering five …

Debunking colonoscopy myths: The truth behind the life-saving procedure

(BPT) - Your doctor just recommended you have a colonoscopy and you’re suddenly struck with a feeling of dread. No one looks forward to having a colonoscopy, but due to numerous myths and …