Dear Dr. Crutchfield: I was watching the Olympics and noticed several athletes had purple circular marks on their skin. Michael Phelps was one of the athletes. I was told the marks resulted from a treatment called “cupping.” What is cupping? Although very popular now, cupping is actually an ancient medical treatment popular in Egyptian, Middle Eastern, … [Read more...]
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But finding the right treatment for you can be tricky Did you know August is Psoriasis Awareness Month? Psoriasis is a skin condition that is visually dry, itchy and scaly, and it is very common. More than three million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. per year. Medical science says that it cannot be cured, but treatment may help. A diagnosis must be done … [Read more...]
The Minnesota Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory has been named one of seven new regional laboratories that will become part of a new national Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN), according to a recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The move gives Minnesota a key role in helping the nation come to grips with one of … [Read more...]
Autism is a group of brain development disorders that have a variety of manifestations. The hallmark of autism is the disability to interact normally with others using both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. A cinematic depiction of a person with autism spectrum disorder can be seen in the Academy Award-winning movie Rain Man (1988) starring Dustin Hoffman as “Ray” … [Read more...]
For most of us, the summer represents fun: playing outdoors, cooling off in a pool and enjoying a family vacation. But for the many children, teens and adults living with sickle cell disease, these activities can trigger an extremely painful “crisis” episode — the most common manifestation of this genetic, chronic and deadly disease. Crisis has been described as a severely … [Read more...]