May-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
Nutrition, exercise, medication and surgery all play roles in today’s treatment for obesity.
BY SUZY FRISCH
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
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
Vitamin D supplementation is a low-cost, low-risk resilient factor.
BY GREGORY PLOTNIKOFF, MD, MTS, FACP
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
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
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
BY JENNA L. RUGGIERO, BS; SARA A. HYLWA, MD; AND MATTHEW MANSH, MD
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
BY RANVEER M.S. VASDEV
BY NATALIA DORF-BIDERMAN, MD
BY HEATHER BELL, MD, FAAFP, AND SCHARAZARD GRAY, MD
BY NICOLE GROTH, BS; SARAH MANNEY, DO; AND CATHERINE BENZIGER, MD, MPH
THE PHYSICIAN ADVOCATE
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.
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
Kelin Schultz, MD, and Stacy Coffin, MD, FASE.