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Craig Bowron MD, FACP is a physician and writer in St.Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, MinnPost, Minnesota Monthly.

Trained in internal medicine, he provides primary care to patients at a large, high-acuity hospital in Minneapolis.

Links to his most recent writing can be found at http://craigbowronmd.com/

Entries by Craig Bowron

Annex the Baja: The Cabo San Lucas Winter Olympics

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:10 AM

The Olympic games bring all kind of important life lessons to its participants -- dedication, endurance, blah blah blah -- but they can also be a transformative experience for the host country. The Sochi games certainly blew a little wind up Vladimir Putin's dress, convincing him that if he was...

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The Swedish Prostate Cancer Team: Which Cancers Need Surgery and When

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 5:03 PM

The "Swedish Bikini Team" concept somehow managed to bring notoriety to Swedish bust lines, but finally, Swedish (and Finnish, and Icelandic) prostate glands are in the headlines. The medical headlines at least.

The most recent New England Journal of Medicine includes updated results of a long-running prostate cancer study headquartered...

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Terror on the High Seas: The Scalawag Norovirus

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:46 AM

With two cruise ships returning to port last week after having been boarded by the Dread Pirate Projectile Vomiting, people are once again referring to cruise ships as "floating Petri dishes." The comparison is both unfair and inaccurate, since Petri dishes don't offer options like karaoke, video slots,...

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As the Stomach Churns: The Side Effects of Acid Suppression

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:51 AM

As the general public sinks further into scientific illiteracy (70 percent of Americans believe that the double helix is an ice skating maneuver), the nuances and intricacies of the human body get lost. A "something-for-nothing" view of science develops, wherein we suppose we can tinker with the human body with...

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Oxygen Nation: Whatever Your Politics, Embrace Your Inner Tree Hugger

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Rush Limbaugh describes climate change as a leftist, Democrat Party political movement, "a big fat lie," and a cult -- placing Al Gore as its High Priest. What could these two men possibly have in common?

The very basics: both Gore and Limbaugh are aerobes -- in other...

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The 'Dis-Ease' of Disease: Who's Living Well?

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:23 PM

The real experts on dying are all deceased, but the rest of us -- "the quick" -- still struggle to understand it, our interest in the subject being generally proportional to our age and infirmity.

I've written for the Washington Post about difficult end-of-life issues in the frail...

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Busted Gut? Maybe Trust Your Gut

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:09 PM

Jamie Lee Curtis seems comfortable talking about her bowel habits, but most of us keep these matters to ourselves. If toilets could talk, they'd say that 10-15 percent of the population struggles with recurrent episodes of abdominal pain, bloating and cramping, combined with bowel habits that bounce around...

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Solar Sex Panels and Heart Disease: Do I Have a Disease or a 'Condition'?

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:07 PM

I'll admit it: When a new study about balding comes out, I can't be objective. I've got some skin in this game. Tell me: Am I diseased, or just blemished?

Vendors of balding remedies seem to favor the diseased view, peppering the airwaves with language that instructs me that...

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Rand Paul's Bladder: Patriotism and the Micturition Reflex

(13) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Judging by the public's response, Rand Paul's filibuster was somewhere between an impassioned, patriotic "big tent" moment for Republicans and a kooky publicity stunt aimed at finally getting the work of rapper Wiz Khalifa into the Congressional record.

The issue at stake -- Americans' right to due process before being...

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Bright Idea for a Bad Disease, But Will Knowing Early Help?

(11) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

As a physician, watching Max Little's TEDTalk, "A Test for Parkinson's with a Phone Call," brings up two divergent thoughts.

First, the pompoms.

Who is...

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Flu Vaccine: The Best You Can Do Is Not the Best We Can Do

(8) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:18 PM

This year's precocious and somewhat ferocious flu season shows that our current vaccination approach is more feeble than we'd like to admit. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2012-2013 is shaping up to be a highly active flu season. The party started up a little...

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The Science of Regret: Looking Back and Letting Go

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 7:18 AM

The coming of the new year gives each of us a chance to look back at what's happened to us over the last year and decide what we think about it. In other words, it's a time for regret -- think of Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" It's a...

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Misplaced Curiosity

(37) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 12:19 PM

If you came staggering into the ER with crushing chest pain and I, your doctor, fixated instead on your gnarly toenail fungus, you'd wonder if I knew what the hell I was doing. I might understand myocardial infarctions and toenail infections equally well, but my inability to differentiate between the...

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9/11 Diary: Notes From a Hospital in Fly-Over Land

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 11:20 AM

The Day Like No Other -- Tuesday, September 11th, 2001 -- began as a day like any other. I was a 36-year-old internist working at a large hospital in Minneapolis, and I had patients to take care of. But when the day quickly became something else, I started taking notes....

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How We Treat Heart Disease Isn't Good Enough

(32) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 8:41 AM

Every year more than one million Americans find themselves in their local emergency room feeling like an elephant has plopped down on their chest. Heavy, suffocating chest pressure is one of the hallmark symptoms of coronary artery disease, our nation's number one killer, and so physicians take...

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Mammography Debate: Even Physicians Can Get Emotional About Science

(23) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 11:31 AM

The squabbling generated by recently revised mammography screening guidelines showed that in the great American health care reform debate, physicians like myself are not always above the fray. In fact, we can sometimes be the fray.

Consider the American College of Radiology's official counterpoint, which began with the...

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America's Health Care Addiction

(26) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 2:10 PM

Substantive health care reform will only come with a cultural shift that recenters public expectations and puts the science of health care, and health care outcomes, back in charge

Science is what we use to keep from fooling ourselves.
-- Richard Feynman

On occasion a patient arrives in the...

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