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July 31, 2015 RSS feed / Health Features

Concussions a health concern in school sports

Minnesota high school students suffered nearly 3,000 sports-related concussions during the 2013-14 school year, according to estimates based on voluntary reports from schools in the Twin Cities. More...

Sports and recreation safety fact sheet (2015)

Fatalities Between 2004 and 2009, there were 24 sports-related deaths in high school athletes. There areno reliable statistics on the number of fatalities involving sports among younger children. More...

Ely doctors trained in Duluth residency program

ELY – Dr. Joe Schwinghamer remembers his first few hours as a medical resident: overwhelming. “My first hour at the hospital, I delivered two babies and had two cardiac arrest patients,” Dr. Schwinghamer recalled. More...

Making Medicare make sense

Answers to some of the most commonly asked Medicare questions

Q: I’m going to turn 65 in a few months and will be signing up for Medicare. Are there any go-to resources I should look at to find enrollment information and learn more about program benefits? More...

Five summer tips to prevent asthma attacks

Summer break in Minnesota is a great time for children to recharge and play outdoors. But it is definitely not a good time to take a break from asthma medications and asthma management. More...

Essentia Health’s colon cancer screening saves lives

DULUTH – Essentia Health patients will live an additional 18,525 years thanks to the organization’s efforts to increase the number of patients being screened for colon cancer. More...

Going forward in reverse Surgery option provides relief to arthritis sufferers

DULUTH – Switching surgical parts around is something no surgeon would ever intentionally do unless, perhaps, they’re performing a cutting-edge option for patients who have arthritis in the shoulders. More...

Life coaching

Break through barriers to the life you desire

EMBARRASS – Have you ever wished you could simply sit down with an impartial friend and discuss the state of your life and relationships in a clear, honest, forward-thinking manner? In an ideal world, everyone would have such a friend. More...

Essentia Health, HealthPartners work together to prevent diabetes

DULUTH – Nine out of ten people who have it, don’t know it More...

Northern Pines Care Center receives highest rating in care

AURORA – Essentia Health-Northern Pines Care Center in Aurora recently celebrated its five-star rating from Medicare.gov, the federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More...

Report highlights healthcare delivery issues in MN’s rural communities

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Hibbing resident grateful for orthopedic care at Fairview Range

HIBBING – A couple of months ago, Steve Rossini didn’t know Hibbing had an orthopedic surgeon on staff at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing. But once he needed surgery, he was grateful to discover there was one available. More...

Fairview Range earns Governor’s Safety Award

HIBBING – Fairview Range was recognized for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon in May at the Minneapolis Convention Center. More...

Learn to assist others with heath care directives

HIBBING – Fairview Range is hosting a facilitator training course for anyone interested in helping others complete their health care directives. More...

Fairview Range celebrates cancer survivors

HIBBING – Cancer survivors, their families and their caregivers came together recently to celebrate life at a reception hosted by Fairview Range. More...

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Home & Garden Tips

Urban Trees

Trees help improve property values. Unfortunately, stressors such as drought, heat, storms, and insects have negatively affected approximately 30% of urban trees. 1 large shade tree can reduce home heating costs by $30 every year. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Secret: Outdoor spaces…Make them comfortable with practicality a priority to ensure that your outside space is laid back and welcoming. How To: More...

Health

The mouse and the fruit fly; true comfort foods

Q: Why do scientists use mice and fruit flies in lab experiments for testing toxins, drugs and other things? Rodents and insects are so different from humans! -- Jeremy R., Bellevue, Washington More...

Trauma, effects and treatment

Trauma is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as the emotional response someone has to an extremely negative event. More...

Business

Twenty in-person enrollment centers will be located statewide MNsure finalizes partnerships for Broker Enrollment Center initiative

ST. PAUL – Twenty different health insurance agencies located across Minnesota will serve as MNsure Broker Enrollment Centers during the 2016 open enrollment period, MNsure announced. More...

H. Jeffrey Peterson of Virginia again named Super Lawyer

VIRGINIA – H. Jeffrey Peterson, a founding partner at Cope & Peterson, Ltd. in Virginia, has once again been named a Super Lawyer in the State of Minnesota in 2015. More...

Chisholm Post Office renamed in memory of James Oberstar

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan, announced that their bill to rename the Chisholm Post Office in memory of former Representative Jim Oberstar has been signed into law. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 250

Coffee in the fast-food drive-thru: NOT

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Guest Columnists

Star Trek’s ‘Redshirts’ didn’t LL&P

It’s a long-standing source of amusement among “Star Trek” fans: crew wearing red uniforms – the ‘redshirts’ – rarely lived long and prospered, many falling victim to a speedy on-screen demise during the orig More...

SALOME'S STARS

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Don’t let your pride get in the way of checking into what could be a great new opportunity. Get the facts first, and worry about procedure and protocol later. More...

Physical therapist and coach Rick Flatley:

Year-round cross-training is key to injury prevention

Rick Flatley is a physical therapist with Iron Range Rehabilitation Center in Virginia, where he’s worked for 16 years. More...

Basic knowledge and common sense will help keep athletes safe

Hindsight is always better than foresight, of course. If I had children in any organized youth or school sports program today, I would be more aware of the possibility of injuries and what to do to prevent them than I was 15 years ago. More...

Multiple chemical sensitivity

Do fragrances and scented products make you sick?

AURORA - Perfume. Scented baby diapers. Laundry products. Candles. Air fresheners. Other people’s joys, my nemeses. These are just some of the items that I need to avoid in the stores or risk becoming sick. More...

Medicare & Medicaid: keeping us healthy for 50 years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. More...

Telehealth appointments help reach rural families

Essentia Health psychiatrist works with children and teens

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – As a psychiatrist who works with children and adolescents, Dr. Tim Smith could have set up a practice almost anywhere. His commitment to serving families who live in rural areas brought him to International Falls. More...

ACL test ensures high schoolers are truly ready to get back in the game

DULUTH – Any high school athlete will tell you there’s nothing worse than being sidelined with a knee injury while their friends play. More...

Patients can now see caregiver notes in medical record

DULUTH – Sometimes it can be difficult to remember everything you hear during your doctor appointment. It can be even more daunting to decipher that information second-hand as the caretaker for an elderly relative. More...

Essentia Health-Virginia Foundation receives historic donation

VIRGINIA – The Essentia Health-Virginia Foundation recently received the largest single donation in its history. The $25,000 gift was given by Jeanette Knabe, wife of the late Dr. George Knabe. More...

Heart program gives patients peace of mind and independence

HIBBING – Hibbing resident and retired teacher Bill Schleppegrell, 91, has a personalized mini-medical check-up every morning, right from the comfort of his own home. More...

MDH study yields estimate of potentially preventable health care events

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Mesabi YMCA now offers Sports Conditioning program

VIRGINIA – The Mesabi Family YMCA is now offering a Sports Conditioning program for athletes in our community. More...

Angel Fund honored with Rural Health Team award

HIBBING – The Angel Fund of Hibbing was recently honored at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference in Duluth. More...

Minnesota, U of M Medical Center named regional treatment center for Ebola

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Fairview Range passes Joint Commission survey

HIBBING – Fairview Range Medical Center recently passed its tri-annual Joint Commission survey with high marks for excellence and accolades for staff teamwork. More...

Fairview Range welcomes Rodger W. Althoff, M.D., FACS

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes board certified general and vascular surgeon Rodger W. Althoff, M.D., FACS to its medical staff. More...

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Features

Get out the door! It’s better to RUN one mile than to THINK about running five

“Physical activity has many health benefits,” reads the website www.fitness.gov. “It can help children maintain a healthy weight and build healthy bones, muscles, and joints. More...

Repeat offenders of state texting law face higher fine starting August 1

ST. PAUL – Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law beginning Saturday. More...

Time to make back-to-school immunization appointments

ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s adolescent immunization rates increased in 2014, according to new data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More...

Range History

The Great Stink Of 1858

Dear Readers, It’s not Range History, but this piece about The Great Stink of 1858 in London was so compelling a read that I thought you would enjoy it More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Playing for keeps

Hey, kids (and parents, too)…I hope that you are all enjoying some fun, some work and some relaxation before school begins again. More...

Hometown Recipes

Why salt enhances the flavor of food

Editor’ note: I don’t have a “sweet tooth” but I sure do like my salt. I found this article about salt at the website Today I Found Out, and thought I would share it in this week’s recipe section. More...

Focus On Veterans

It’s the only thing I have left for you

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last month I read this article by Dr. Arne Vainio in News from Indian Country and found it to be very moving. I thought it would be appropriate for our Focus on Veterans’ section, and in our Health Edition. Dr. More...

The VFW remembers, appreciates all Korean War veterans

On each page of America’s history is written the sacrifice of our Armed Forces and the legacy of their accomplishments. More...

MN V4V approves $15,000 grant to assist veterans

ST. PETER, Minn. – Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans (V4V) Trust Fund awarded a grant for $15,000 to the Minnesota Military Family Foundation (MMFF) to support their mission to support programs for veterans within the State of Minnesota. More...

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