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Can marijuana be a new ‘NORML’ for Black Minnesotans?

Can marijuana be a new ‘NORML’ for Black Minnesotans?

Sep. 20 | Local activist says legalization could benefit African Americans   The new buzz around town is around the legalization of marijuana. People are discussing both medical and personal use. I had a sit-down conversation with a local community leader...

Syphilis is still a serious problem

Syphilis is still a serious problem

Sep. 17 | STD can cause grave complications if not treated   Syphilis is a bacterial infection. It is considered a sexually transmitted disease. It usually presents as a painless ulcer or sore (called chancre, pronounced “shang-kur”) on areas of sexual...

The emotional toll of growing up Black in America

The emotional toll of growing up Black in America

Sep. 13 | By Marian Wright Edelman Contributing Writer   Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a brilliant Black Ohio State University professor, recently opened the Educational Testing Service and Children’s Defense Fund co-sponsored symposium on “Advancing Success...

Do-over opportunities can come up anytime, anyplace

Do-over opportunities can come up anytime, anyplace

Sep. 12 | Over lunch recently with my daughter, her husband, four of my grandchildren and their great grandmother, we spoke about the importance of food and fun. I shared with the great grandmother — whom we now call “GG” — how much I love cooking with...

Bunions can be a big pain in the toe 

Bunions can be a big pain in the toe 

Sep. 11 |  Early care reduces risk of disabling foot problems    This is another “back by popular demand” reprint of a column originally published March 13, 2014. A new “Doctor’s Advice for Your Good Health” column will return next week.  Dear...

Meet Minnesota’s first Black National Guard brigadier general

Meet Minnesota’s first Black National Guard brigadier general

Sep. 10 | Brigadier General David Hamlar Jr. Col. David Hamlar Jr. was promoted to brigadier general on August 18 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Hamlar is the first African American to achieve the rank of brigadier general in the Minnesota National...

Adults with diabetes: Don’t forget your annual vaccinations

Adults with diabetes: Don’t forget your annual vaccinations

Sep. 5 |   Having a chronic health condition doesn’t mean you have to lose control over your health. Every day you take steps, like eating right, monitoring your blood sugar, and watching your weight, to manage your diabetes and ensure the healthiest...

Many — but not all — skin lesions are harmless

Many — but not all — skin lesions are harmless

Sep. 3 | Dear Doctor: At our family reunion up at the lake cabin, I noticed my grandfather had dozens of dark brown, rough moles on his back. Are these worrisome for skin cancer?   Your grandfather’s “moles” are most likely harmless skin growths called...

Stress: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Stress: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Aug. 27 |   By Tamiko Morgan, M.D. Stress is a common cause of many health issues and is thought to be related to more than 70 percent of doctor visits. People don’t necessarily come to the doctor complaining of being “stressed,” but when we look...

Depression: A silent killer?

Depression: A silent killer?

Aug. 27 | According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 13.3 minutes another person dies from suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death in America. Robin Williams had been very public about his long struggle with depression and substance...