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An early lesson in benevolence

An early lesson in benevolence

Jun. 5 | Have you ever thought back on a situation or something you did and wondered, “Who was I and what was I thinking?” Well, I have, and there was an incident when I knew I could have done something differently. At the time I was about 17. I and my...

Brand-name vs. generic medications: Which is best?

Brand-name vs. generic medications: Which is best?

Jun. 5 | By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD   Dr. Crutchfield, I went to pick up a prescription and instead of the brand-name drug my doctor prescribed, the pharmacy gave me a generic drug. Is this ok?   The vast majority of patients experience the...

Insurers, elected officials and the media can also help reduce healthcare disparities

Insurers, elected officials and the media can also help reduce healthcare disparities

May. 28 |   Last week in this column we discussed how community programs, physicians and medical schools, and pharmaceutical companies can help reduce healthcare disparities. This week we look at three other players who can contribute to the effort.       Conclusion...

Breakfast gives your day a healthy start

Breakfast gives your day a healthy start

May. 28 | Is eating breakfast really that important in the morning? That’s a great question, and yes, it really is that important. I want you to hear this: “PLEASE EAT BREAKFAST!” I hear way too often, “I don’t have time for breakfast.” Please stop...

Fight for ‘health equities’ went to state capitol

Fight for ‘health equities’ went to state capitol

May. 27 | By Brandi Phillips Contributing Writer   Until recently, health equities has not been a subject in Minnesota that has received a lot of publicized attention. It represents the goal of groups working to address the health inequities that are well...

Job renewal could be easier than you think

Job renewal could be easier than you think

May. 23 | Years ago, I heard about a way to reinvent your job and improve job satisfaction without quitting to find a new one. The method is called “job novation.” Job novation is based on the legal term “novation.” A novation is when someone is in...

Communities, doctors and drug companies can help reduce healthcare disparities

Communities, doctors and drug companies can help reduce healthcare disparities

May. 22 | By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD   Last week in this column we discussed how individuals and their families can help reduce healthcare disparities by developing and executing Personal Health Plans (PHPs). This week we look at other players...

Harrison Neighborhood Assn. has new executive

Harrison Neighborhood Assn. has new executive

May. 22 |   Shauen V.T. PearcePhoto courtesy of HNA The board of directors of the Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) has announced the hiring of a new executive director, Shauen V.T. Pearce. Most recently of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Shauen...

Reducing healthcare disparities requires a national organized effort

Reducing healthcare disparities requires a national organized effort

May. 19 | Last week in this column we defined health disparities. Merriam-Webster defines disparity as “the state of being different.” The term “health disparities” refers to several conditions. It almost always refers to differences in groups relating...

One young woman’s long, rough journey to recovery

One young woman’s long, rough journey to recovery

May. 17 | As we transition seasons from winter to spring, many of us are feeling “under the weather.” Many of our sinuses are “acting up” and colds are not to hard to catch. Which is why many of us head to the local department store to pick up the...