Front-Cover-1.pngMay-June 2021 | Volume 104 | Issue 3

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IN THIS ISSUE

Virtually every physician encounters overweight and obese patients—from children to seniors. With increasing numbers of obese individuals, physicians and healthcare systems have had to make accommodations to facilities and look for new ways to treat this seemingly intractable disease. Articles start on page 16.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS


ON THE COVER

OBESITY

The latest approaches to a chronic disease
Nutrition, exercise, medication and surgery all play roles in today’s treatment for obesity.
BY SUZY FRISCH

An orthopedic perspective
Although there are many causes, with implications for orthopedic care, most orthopedic surgeons aren’t trained to identify or deal with them.
BY SCOTT STEVENS, MD, FAAOS

Healthcare providers have made accommodations for a heavier patient population
Equipment ranging from ceiling lifts to floor-mounted toilets to stronger exam tables provides safer conditions for both patients and medical staff.
BY SUZY FRISCH
 

FEATURES

VITAMIN D
Are you or your patients low on vitamin D?
Vitamin D supplementation is a low-cost, low-risk resilient factor.
BY GREGORY PLOTNIKOFF, MD, MTS, FACP

The consequences of vitamin D deficiency
Those most likely to be deficient in vitamin D are also those most at risk for disease—including COVID: the elderly, the obese and those with dark skin.
BY J. TIMOTHY DIEGEL, MD

2020 Poison data
The Minnesota Poison Control System had slightly fewer calls in 2020 than in 2019, but even during the pandemic, the Poison Center was a healthcare resource.
BY POISON CENTER
 

CLINICAL and HEALTH AFFAIRS

Vaping, lung injury, and mental health Minnesota 2018–2019
BY CORY COLE, MPH; TERRA WIENS, MPH; JOANNE TAYLOR, PHD; RICHARD DANILA, PHD; PAIGE D’HEILLY, MPH; JAMIE MARGETTA, MPH; MARIA BYE, MPH; ERICA MUMM, MPH; LAUREN SCHWERZLER, MPH; ROON MAKHTAL; STACY HOLZBAUER, DVM;
AND RUTH LYNFIELD, MD

Golfer’s vasculitis: exercise induced vasculitis on the feet of a male golfer
BY JENNA L. RUGGIERO, BS; SARA A. HYLWA, MD; AND MATTHEW MANSH, MD
 

EDITOR’S NOTE

Shifting the culture of working while ill

Should it take a global pandemic for a physician to feel comfortable staying home when sick? (Hint: the answer is no.)
Zeke J. McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH


ARTS AND MEDICINE

The sum of our parts. With Grandad’s encouragement and perspective, medical school became a reality.
BY RANVEER M.S. VASDEV


RECLAIMING JOY

It sounds strange, but clinical documentation integrity and coaching pulled one physician out of burnout.
BY NATALIA DORF-BIDERMAN, MD
 

ETHICS

The ethics of a physician participating in supervised injection sites for those addicted to illegal drugs.
BY HEATHER BELL, MD, FAAFP, AND SCHARAZARD GRAY, MD
 

GOOD PRACTICE

Practical advice for making virtual visits most effective.
BY NICOLE GROTH, BS; SARAH MANNEY, DO; AND CATHERINE BENZIGER, MD, MPH


THE PHYSICIAN ADVOCATE

The Physician Advocate / MMA NEWS

The MMA's report on policy, people and politics
Black Men in White Coats forum. Nominations for MMA awards, officers. Minnesota’s healthcare workforce diversity. Twin Cities Medical Society and MMA change status.


COMMENTARY

How do we educate children during a pandemic?
The pandemic is likely to have long-term psychological fallout for children whose achooling has been interrupted.
BY ANNA DOVRE, BA, AND JENNA TRIANA, MD
 

ON CALL

Meet MMA physicians
Kelin Schultz, MD, and Stacy Coffin, MD, FASE.