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Know the difference between devotion and obsession


There’s an old, beautifully written song that soul immortal Jerry Butler made famous, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The refrain goes, “Never gonna give you up/no matter how you treat me/Never gonna give you up/So, don’t you think of leaving.” Listening to it sung, especially when it’s sung well — the Black Keys recently released a nice cover — it is a heroic sentiment. In practice, it can be dangerous behavior. The expression “I can’t live without you” is supposed to be just that: a romantic figure of speech. News headlines historically tell story after story of sad cases where someone took that idea of never giving up all too literally. You do not want to wind up as one of those stories. Continue Reading →

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Help shape our city

Apply for openings on Mpls Civil Rights Departments’ boards, commissions
Applications are now being accepted for openings on the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights’ boards and commissions, positions that the city council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions, and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen its work. There are open positions on the following three Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights’ boards and commissions:

The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights wis charged with implementing the City’s Civil Rights policies through outreach, education, mediation, conciliation and enforcement, among other things. The Police Conduct Oversight Commission assures that police services are delivered in a lawful and nondiscriminatory manner and provides the public with meaningful participatory oversight of police policy and procedure. Continue Reading →

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049: zero alcohol for nine months’ pregnancy for healthy babies

September is FASD Awareness Month. To mark this occasion, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) is leading the way in increasing awareness and educating women on the importance of not drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can only be caused by a woman drinking alcohol while pregnant. Despite myths, there is no scientific evidence available that sets a “safe” amount of alcohol that will not affect the developing fetus. The U.S. Surgeon General, the Center for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all advise pregnant women and women who could become pregnant to abstain completely from alcohol during pregnancy. Continue Reading →

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Let’s talk about diabetes and wellness

The Minnesota Diabetes Heart Health Collaborative (MNDHHC) invites you to join in a community conversation about diabetes and wellness to be held on Wednesday, October 8, 5:30-8 pm, at the Center for Families, 3333 N. 4th St. in Minneapolis. This conversation will build on previous work being done to create public service announcements. Bring your ideas and experience to the conversation to build a healthy community. What are the ideas you have that you would like to move to action? Continue Reading →

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The emotional toll of growing up Black in America

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 for Black Men in College” by sharing a question his 14-year-old son asked him: Why did he get in trouble for speaking out of turn when he jumped in to answer his teacher’s question, but when his White friend did the same thing she was praised for being excited about learning? Dr. Strayhorn noted that many parents and grandparents and educators and policy experts are concerned about the same question. “There are lots of Black and Brown boys who are often penalized for committing the same exact act that non-Black and non-Brown, usually White kids, commit in school — and some students are praised for certain behaviors that other kids are penalized for. It sends a very mixed message, because my son is confused. “So what should I do? Continue Reading →

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Do-over opportunities can come up anytime, anyplace

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 my grandchildren from the time they can sit up in a high chair. She marveled at that in the same way my children do. What can be more fun than teaching grandchildren how to read, measure, stir, clean and eat good? I just can’t think of a thing. Continue Reading →

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Bunions can be a big pain in the toe 

 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 Doctor: My aunt told me she has a painful bunion. What is that?  

A bunion is large bump that forms at the base of the big toe where the bone of the big toe attaches to the bones of the foot. When this happens, the big toe usually bends inwards, sometimes at a very extreme angle. Continue Reading →

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Adults with diabetes: Don’t forget your annual vaccinations


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 possible future. What if there was something you could do just once a year that could also help protect your health? There is — you can make sure you are up-to-date on vaccines to protect against a number of common diseases, some of which may be even more serious because of your diabetes. A recent national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that most U.S. adults are not even aware that they need vaccines throughout their lives to protect against diseases like pertussis, hepatitis, shingles, and pneumococcal disease. Continue Reading →

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Many — but not all — skin lesions are harmless

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 seborrheic keratoses. They deserve to be evaluated and diagnosed by a dermatologist or primary care physician. If they are seborrheic

keratoses, they are not worrisome for skin cancer. They are very common, and some estimate that they occur in 20 percent of all people. They can occur as just a single lesion but most commonly occur in large numbers. They are most commonly found on the back and chest, but they can occur anywhere except the palms and soles. Continue Reading →

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