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Articles written by Andrew Ellsworth Md

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  • Prairie Doc Perspective Week of March 24, 2024

    Andrew Ellsworth MD|Mar 28, 2024

    "Well, doc," the patient was telling me, "I get winded so easily now. I can hardly go to the mailbox without stopping to catch my breath. It did not used to be that way. Do you think something is wrong?" Many of us have experienced shortness of breath. After a period of inactivity, such as winter or a busy month, when we decide to exercise again, it may be easier to feel winded. That experience can be due to deconditioning, feeling out of shape. A good remedy for that is a gradual increase in...

  • Prairie Doc Perspective Week of February 18, 2024

    Andrew Ellsworth MD|Feb 22, 2024

    “No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” This is the beginning of a poem from 1624. In it, the poet John Donne appreciates how humans are all connected. Indeed, humans are social beings, and social connection is a factor in our health. We all know the importance of a healthy diet and exercise for our health. We are getting better at understanding the importance of mental health. One thing we do not discuss much, however, are the benefits of social connection. Our relationships with fam...