Health

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The Emergency Bra: Besides looking good, it could save your life.

Buck spoke Oct. 19 with Dr. Elena Bodnar, founder and President of the Trauma Risk Management Research Institute in Chicago, about her invention, the Emergency Bra, which can be converted into two face masks without removing any clothing. Dr. Bodnar's experience as a young doctor with Chernobyl victims led her to create the EB, which won the 2009 IgNobel Award in Public Health. The Ig Nobels honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think.


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Open Arms Minnesota's volunteer-powered organic farm supports its meal services for those with serious illness

Buck spoke Oct. 5 with Ben Penner, farm director at Open Arms MN, about the organic farm they started three years ago to supply their kitchens with fresh, nutritious food. Open Arms is a nonprofit that serves people with serious illness like multiple sclerosis, cancer, AIDS, and others, by delivering healthy meals right to their homes.


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Can pregnancy test dispensers in public restrooms help prevent fetal alcohol syndrome?

Jody Allen Crowe, longtime educator and founder of Healthy Brains for Children, joined Buck Sept. 21 to talk about the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome and the devastation caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.  Learn about his experiences, and his efforts to educate people and encourage women to find out if they're pregnant before they take a drink.


 

Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Timothy Lineberry on the epidemic of military suicides, and what can be done to help

Bob spoke recently with Dr. Timothy Lineberry, Mayo Clinic psychiatrist & suicide expert for the Army, about the alarming increase in the military suicide rate, and what can be done to stop this trend. You can read his full article in the September edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, here.  


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Am. Diabetes Assoc. Midwest state advocacy director Jim McGowan on diabetes prevention

Bob chatted Sept. 7 with Jim McGowan, Midwest state advocacy director for the American Diabetes Association, about the epidemic of diabetes and obesity, and what can be done to prevent and manage diabetes. Jim is also a musician who was here to perform at Cascade Lodge Pub in Lutsen, and he combined his two passions by writing and performing the "Stop Diabetes Blues."


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Ultrarunning champion Scott Jurek on his best-selling new book, "Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness"

Buck spoke July 13 with elite athlete & vegan Scott Jurek on his new best-selling book, "Eat & Run," about his journey from a northern Minnesota childhood to winning the most grueling competitions--on a plant-based diet. Scott recently set a new American record by running 165.7 miles in 24 hours—that's 6.5 marathons in one day.


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Ernestine Shepherd, 76-year-old bodybuilder, on how and why she got fit

Ernestine Shepherd  is a 76-year-old bodybuilder and self-described former couch potato who started working out in her mid-50s and lifting weights at age 71. She chatted with Bob July 13 about her quest to remain fit and healthy as she ages, and her mission to inspire other women to do the same.


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Study aims to help smokers stop by finding out why quitting's so painful

Buck spoke May 18 with Dr. Mustafa al'Absi, professor of behavioral medicine at UMD and director of the Duluth Medical Research Institute, about a study he's conducting on why people who quit smoking have increased sensitivity to pain. Dr. al'Absi specializes in how stress affects the brain. To learn more about the study, you can call 218 726 8896.


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Mayo Clinic climbs Mt. Everest to study effects of altitude

Buck spoke Apr. 20 with Andy Miller, senior research technologist at Mayo Clinic, about a research project under way to study the effects of altitude on respiration, metabolism, sleep patterns and more, in order to gain knowledge to apply to regular folks back home. Six researchers from Mayo are traveling up Mt. Everest to do it; you can follow their progress here.