Ask Dr. Hallberg

MPR News medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg joins All Things Considered each week to discuss a medical topic in the news. Hallberg is a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota and medical director of the Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis.

  • Ask Dr. Hallberg: Screening for Alzheimer's disease
    New proposed screening guidelines for Alzheimer's are aimed at detecting the disease earlier in patients concerned about memory loss. But would you want to know if you have the disease if there isn't much you can do to prevent its onset?July 21, 2010
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg on the diabetes drug Avandia
    The Food and Drug Administration will hear two days of evidence around whether the popular diabetes medication Avandia causes heart attacks. There have been over 13,000 lawsuits involving the drug.July 13, 2010
  • Bribing patients to follow doctors' orders
    MPR medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg joined All Things Considered's Tom Crann on Tuesday to discuss the trend of bribing patients to follow doctor's orders.June 15, 2010
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg on allergies to medications
    It's a common question at the doctor's office, even during routine visits. Are you allergic to any medications?June 2, 2010
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg on seasonal allergies
    This isn't news to you if you're a chronic allergy sufferer, but tree and grass pollen counts are high across southern Minnesota today. If you park your car outside, you can often trace your initials in the green powdery film.May 27, 2010
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg answers top food allergy questions
    With trees in leaf and flowers in bloom, this is the time of year people are thinking about -- and complaining about -- allergies. Over the next few weeks, MPR's All Things Considered will talk about different allergies with our medical analyst, Dr. Jon Hallberg.May 18, 2010
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg on deer ticks and Lyme disease
    Earlier than usual spring weather has lead to earlier appearances of ticks and earlier cases nationwide of Lyme disease. That has led to new attention on its treatment, and its signs and symptoms.April 20, 2010
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg's practical approaches to fighting obesity
    Dr. Jon Hallberg offers a clinical look at practical tools in fighting obesity, we brought in our regular medical analyst.March 25, 2010
  • New guidelines question once-a-day aspirin intake
    Some medical experts in the U.S. and the U.K., have come to the conclusion that too many people have been taking low-dose aspirin. New guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Health Services Task Force are giving more clarity about who should be taking it.March 9, 2010
  • Study: High co-pays keep more elderly patients from clinic
    Elderly patients are less likely go to a clinic for doctor visits or procedures as the cost of the co-payments rises, a new study has found. The study in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that even modest increases in copayments will have an effect on elderly patients seeking what's called ambulatory care. MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Dr. Jon Hallberg wbout what he is seeing on this front in the clinic.February 11, 2010
  • What are the effects of the retracted autism study?
    The doctor behind a controversial study which linked the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine to autism has been called "a dishonest, irresponsible doctor" by the General Medical Council, a British review board, and journal that originally published the study in 1998 has now retracted it.February 4, 2010
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg on the obesity problem
    Dr. Jon Hallberg, regular medical analyst on All Things Considered, and a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, talked with Tom Crann about the obesity problem and the solutions being offered by health officials.January 21, 2010
  • How will new drug-monitoring procedures affect clinics?
    Dr. Jon Hallberg, regular medical analyst on All Things Considered, talked with Tom Crann more about the Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program, and how it's likely to affect clinics.January 7, 2010
  • The stigmas of depression
    All Things Considered medical analyst talks about the stigmas around depression, an often intensely personal disease.December 31, 2009
  • The dangers of 'cyberchondria'
    As the debate over health care reform plays out, and H1N1 flu continues in the news, more and more people are anxious about their health, and a lot of people are making themselves more anxious by looking for medical sites online.December 8, 2009
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg on the new recommendations for mammogram screenings
    The news that a government task force has changed its recommendations for breast cancer screening has caused some confused reaction from women. Dr. Jon Hallberg stopped by All Things Considered to give his clinical reaction to the change.November 17, 2009
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg on the value of diagnosis
    Dr. Jon Hallberg, our regular medical analyst joined Tom Crann this week to talk about the value of diagnosis.November 9, 2009
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg talks about his own experience with the flu
    MPR's medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg recently found himself on the other side of the doctor's office when he came down with what he thinks was a case of H1N1 flu.October 20, 2009
  • Jon Hallberg on malpractice insurance
    Regular medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg talks about one of the smaller pieces of the larger health care puzzle, malpractice insurance.September 29, 2009
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg on H1N1, health care reform and other medical news
    The doctor makes radio house calls today on Midday, with the flu season at hand, lots of medical news, and the health care reform debate underway in Congress.Midday, September 22, 2009
  • Jon Hallberg on Bell's palsy
    Minnesota's former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman said in an interview he's been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, our medical analyst Jon Hallberg explains with the condition.September 11, 2009