Cover_1402.jpgFebruary 2014 | Volume 97 | Issue 2

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Table of Contents


COVER STORY

Promise or Peril?
The jury is out on the safety of e-cigarettes.
BY HOWARD BELL


FEATURES

Plumbers, pipefitters and preventive medicine
A local labor organization takes a novel approach to improving the well-being of its members.
BY KIM KISER

Public-minded  
Three physicians step outside their offices to focus on the health of their communities.
BY SUZY FRISCH

Do as I say?  
We asked physicians whether they take their own advice.
COMPILED BY JEANNE METTNER
 

CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS

The High Cost of Bath Salts: A Study of the Health Care Burden of Illicit Synthetic Drug Use in Duluth, MinnesotaBY SARAH DUGAN, JON ROESLER, M.S., AMY WESTBROOK, M.P.H., ELISABETH BILDEN, M.D., DEBBIE ANDERSON, PHARM.D., NICK VAN DEELEN, M.D., SCOTT WOLF, M.D., MARK KINDE, M.P.H., AND RUTH LYNFIELD, M.D.

Making the C.A.S.E. for the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: How to Talk to Parents and AdolescentsBY ROBERT M. JACOBSON, M.D., FAAP

Physical Activity, Fruit and Vegetable Intake, and Smoking in Working-Aged Adults: Opportunities for Prevention in Primary CareBY CATHERINE A. MCCARTY, PH.D., M.P.H., R.D., ANDRINE LEMIEUX, PH.D., MICHAEL M. HITZ, JEANETTE A. PALCHER AND PATRICIA G. CONWAY, PH.D., M.S.W.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

EDITOR'S NOTE  

Big-picture thinkers
BY CHARLES R. MEYER, M.D.


PULSE 

Hammering out dents in auto collision-repair worker safety, how one doc practiced public health by writing a book
 

THE PHYSICIAN ADVOCATE

The MMA's monthly report on policy, people and politics
The MMA dives into public health issues, news briefs, Board Chair Dave Thorson on why we need to change Minnesota’s privacy law


BOOK REVIEW

Life and death in a hurricane   
A review of Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial
BY CHARLES R. MEYER, M.D.


COMMENTARY

Linking primary care and public health in Minnesota  
Why it’s critical to the health of our population
BY JANE KORN, M.D., M.P.H.


END NOTE

A surprising encounter  
Even a small gesture can be profound both for us and for our patients and their families.
BY SHELDON BERKOWITZ, M.D., FAAP