Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.


A 65-year-old man has a 41 percent chance of living to age 85; for women, the likelihood is 53 percent (Society of Actuaries). A lot can happen in those 20 years, and there is a good quantity of information available to you about staying healthy and active across those years. Whether it’s you or a loved one in that time span, it’s best to stay informed about potential issues with aging and steps you can take to maintain your health.

In The News

Aquatic Physical Therapy class in Mankato

A water-based exercise class designed to promote healthy living, weight loss, pain management, and strength and conditioning in a setting that reduces stress on a person’s joints and body.

February 14, 2019
Fairmont begins mall walking perks program

Mayo Clinic Mile at Five Lakes Centre encourages area residents to walk at the mall and earn perks based on completed miles.

February 14, 2019

From The Blog

Over-the-counter, prescription medication safety

When medication is prescribed by a doctor and taken correctly, it can help you with day-to-day life. But did you know that you also should take precautions with over-the-counter medications?

July 31, 2019

Memory loss

A Mayo Clinic study asking participants 70 and older how their memory now compared with their memory of the past indicated that 4 in 5 had trouble remembering people’s names.

March 30, 2019

Holiday table topics: Know your family's health history

You know every detail of your parents’ first date and have your grandmother’s lefse recipe committed to memory. But when your doctor asks if anyone in your family has had heart disease, you draw a blank.

October 12, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Part 3

Menopause can be a blessing for those with a history of heavy periods and pelvic pain, but it also can be a curse for others with new-onset, frequent disturbing hot flashes, drenching sweats, sleepless nights, horrible mood swings, vaginal dryness and urinary disturbances.

April 26, 2017

Don’t be bad to the bone: How to preserve bone mass

Did you know that by the time most of us reach the age of 30, our bones have already started to gradually lose their mass? This is one of the first signs of osteoporosis.

Carol Gardner PT By Carol Gardner January 25, 2017

Let's talk turkey: The main course of advance care planning

When I say “Let's talk turkey,” it isn’t about how to prepare the meat, but rather, how to use the holidays as a time to start talking to your provider and family members about your end-of-life wishes.

James Deming, M.D. By James Deming October 19, 2016

Caring for aging parents

As time goes on, it is important to think about taking responsibility to care for our aging parents. It is difficult for most people to think about, which is why it sometimes can be poorly handled. It may come sooner for others; but, there may come a time when our parents need us.

Bert Hodous MD By Bert Hodous February 12, 2016

Varicose Veins: What can you do if you need to stand for work?

Do you have large and painful veins in your legs? Does standing or sitting for long periods of time at work seem to aggravate them? Do you just have aching and pain in your legs, but don’t see an obvious problem?

Ryan JeanBaptiste MD By Ryan Jean-Baptiste November 27, 2015

Talk turkey: Holidays a time to talk plainly about end-of-life care wishes

Let’s talk turkey. And, no, I don’t mean gobbling like that festive holiday bird. I mean use the holidays, when family members are gathered, to go beyond the “How ’bout them Packers?” discussion. Use that precious time to speak honestly and openly about your end-of-life wishes.

November 12, 2015

Tuned-in technology: Program monitors patients from afar

Like everyone, Katherine Schmitz has good days and bad days — but the bad days are what worry her family and medical team. That's when her medical providers recommended she try Telehealth, a home monitoring program.

September 4, 2015

Finding the right medication helped Darlene Evenson get moving — and get rid of arthritis pain

Darlene Evenson of Holmen sounds a bit like Goldilocks when she talks about the process of finding a medication to treat her rheumatoid arthritis. “The first one hurt my liver, the second hurt my eyes,” she says. And the third one? Just right.

July 8, 2015

Care coordination gives Albert Lea patient a great transition

When Sandra Carter was told in January that she needed rotator cuff surgery on her shoulder, she was worried. She didn't need to be because she was in good hands.

September 12, 2014