Commentary

Wed
06
Aug

The Most Important Diagnostic Test

By Richard P. Holm, MD.

Listening carefully, I mean really listening, is the most important diagnostic tool in the doctor's bag, but it is rarely straightforward. "It's that pesky ulcer again," she said. "Just prescribe me more of that heartburn drug, and I'll be better..." But the pain progressed; the after-afatty-meal and recurrent nature of the pain story came out.

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Wed
30
Jul

One foot in, one foot out: The nest is half empty

By Jill Pertler.
 
Fledgling birds know instinctively when it is time to leave the nest. Thing is, for them there is no going back. Bird nests are high up in trees, making it impossible for baby birds to hop back up. Once they jump out, they are on the ground and must learn to find food, fly, get up early and otherwise survive on their own. Baby birds do not have any time for hokey pokey or fooling around.
 
Wed
30
Jul

Tribal Parole Pilot Program

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
 
Last year, we passed historic legislation in South Dakota to reform our criminal justice system. These reforms were enacted to improve public safety, hold offenders more accountable and reduce corrections spending. When we met with stakeholders before drafting the legislation, tribal members brought a parole issue forward. Today, nearly 30 percent of the inmates in the state prison system are Native American.
 
Wed
23
Jul

From the editor: Cleaning out my notebook

By Kathy Nelson.
 
Welcome, everyone, to the big celebration weekend. We hope you see some old friends, meet some new ones, and enjoy the entertainment. And to those of you who will be working in all the many ways necessary to make the Days of 1910 celebration a success: THANK YOU! I know you don’t get enough of that.
 
Wed
23
Jul

Friendship

By Richard P. Holm MD.
 
What is a friend? The word comes from the German freund, which in turn originates from an Indo-European root meaning “to love,” shared by “free.” Thus a friend is defined as a person of mutual affection that is free of sexual or family relations. Still there are many more definitions of friendship. Friends care, support, listen, open-up, and then in the end are loyal. It is almost like the ethics of medicine: friends try to benefit and not harm their pals, do it honestly, all while respecting the other guy’s freedom to choose.
 
Wed
16
Jul

An open letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe

Dear Postmaster General Donahoe:
 
I do hope this letter arrives at your office in reasonable time. Sarcasm aside, there was a time when I put a First Class stamp on a letter and mailed it, I had confidence, depending on its destination, it would get there overnight or within two or three days. There was a time when newspaper publishers could expect their latest edition would reach mail subscribers in a reasonable time frame as well.
 
Wed
16
Jul

The Mystery of Parkinson’s

By Richard P. Holm M.D.
 
Parkinson’s disease is one of those unfair illnesses. Actually a group of conditions affecting movement, Parkinson’s disease results from different kinds of injuries to a specific part of the brain. Although many believe it takes a genetic tendency plus some environmental assault to cause it, still we don’t know why some get Parkinson’s and some don’t.
 
Wed
09
Jul

Slices of Life: Having it all

By Jill Pertler.
 
There’s been a renewed media buzz on the age-old topic of women having it all. Career plus family equals success. Cameron Diaz fueled the discussion with an announcement about not wanting kids because, in her words, “It’s so much more work to have children.” In another publicized conversation, Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo and mother of two (not necessarily in that order) admitted she doesn’t think women can have it all.
 
Wed
09
Jul

Dead and then alive again

By Richard P. Holm M.D.
 
I have a number of patients who are enjoying life years after having a sudden death experience because they had the good fortune being near someone who could provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. Of course there are times when people are certainly dying, when CPR would only cause more suffering, and when resuscitation should not be done. That, however, is another story for another day.
 
Wed
02
Jul

State of our First Amendment freedoms

By Gene Policinski.
 
C’mon, people — it’s just 45 words! We’ll even give you the Twitter version: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition. There, a whole lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the United States — and the answers to some of the questions on the actual test you have to pass to become a citizen.
 

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