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Brain training to control tinnitus; new, clear fish-eating guidelines for moms, babies

Q: Lately, my ears have been ringing so loudly at night that I have trouble sleeping. During the day it's very distracting. I have tried several treatments to no avail. Will anything help? -- Steven M., Los Gatos, California   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Shoulder problem indicator of heart disease; what is 'non-HDL'

Q: I recently injured my rotator cuff while swimming. I'm 61 and in good health, but when I went to my doctor, he said he wants me to get an EKG as well as an MRI for my shoulder. Since when is my shoulder connected to my heart? More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:08 PM

Breathalyzer for cancer and more proof of vaccines' importance

Q: I know that dogs can sniff out diseases like diabetes and cancer, but I heard about a breathalyzer that can identify multiple sclerosis. Is that true, and if so, how is that possible? -- Darin C., Toledo, Ohio   More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Suicide prevention workshops offered at MRC

VIRGINIA – A one-hour QPR training workshop for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention will be held in the theatre at Mesabi Range College on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Humidifier time; ibuprofen and HBP

Q: I want my folks to upgrade their humidifier. Their apartment complex just got a new boiler; the heat is relentless, and my dad had nosebleeds last week. How do I help them find the best one? -- Josh F., Queens, New York More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

MNsure tops 100,000 private health plan enrollments

MNsure announced on Monday that 103,578 Minnesotans have enrolled in private health plan coverage since November 1, the start of the 2017 open enrollment period. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Have cabin fever? Some tips for coping

What is cabin fever? Oddly enough, there was a study published in 1984 through The Journal of Social Psychology that described cabin fever and it was done here in Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Cleaning up day care and school cafeterias; electroacupuncture for hot flashes

Q: I can't believe the news I'm hearing about how unhygienic day-care facilities and school cafeterias are! What can I do to make sure my children aren't being made sick by their day care and schools? -- Maureen G., Jacksonville, Florida   More...

Posted 12/29/2016 11:19 PM

Handling teen stalkers; wrestling with eating disorders

Q: My 13-year-old daughter says a boy in her class won't leave her alone - he's always texting and turning up where she is. I can't figure out if it's just awkward youthful affection or something menacing. More...

Posted 12/22/2016 11:25 PM

Recognizing cognitive distortions

In the world of clinical mental health there are many complicated terms used to describe the pathology of any given disorder. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

At-home births; new statin guidelines

Q: My daughter is considering having her first child at home with a midwife. I'm pretty skeptical, and she wants me to be there with her. What should I tell her? -- Rita M., Naples, Florida   More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

How to mentally prepare for the holidays

Thanksgiving starts the holiday season and a roller coaster of emotions. When I walk into the store and hear Christmas music I feel warm and cozy. I instantly want sugar cookies. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

The crisis of fake illegal drugs; insulin receptors in fruit flies

Q: There's a lot of drug-related news about fake marijuana, Xanax and even heroin. I want to talk to my teenagers about the dangers of all these fake drugs. Can you give me a basic understanding of this strange new world? More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:49 PM

The surprising power of yoga; don't ditch the fitness tracker

Q: Everyone I know is doing some kind of yoga. I want to try it. Everyone says it's super healthy, but isn't it more of a cult? -- Katie F., Oak Park, Illinois  More...

Posted 11/10/2016 09:47 PM

Narcissistic personality disorder; cellulite

Q: I keep hearing about people being narcissistic, as if it were something terrible. But it just means that someone thinks they're really good-looking or special. That's not so bad, is it? -- Candice B., Phoenix  More...

Posted 11/3/2016 08:27 PM

Medical researchers in Cuba offer a potential cure for lung cancer

By Rick Nolan  Minnesota’s 8th District Congressman   More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Protect yourself – and others – from the flu this season with a vaccination

Want to protect yourself and your family from the flu? Get vaccinated. In an average year, up to 40,000 Americans die from influenza and its complications, and over 250,000 are hospitalized. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

Coping with a compulsive liar; pomegranates

Q: My new boss lies all the time, claims he's accomplished things he never did (like winning golf club championships and earning an MBA -- we did some research!), and takes credit for other people's work. My whole department is in chaos. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 10:07 PM

Sleep time; autism risk from prenatal exposure to banned chemicals

Q: I'm not a big sleeper, just four to five hours a night. Been that way for the past 40 years, and it doesn't cause me any trouble. So, why does everyone insist that you have to get seven to nine hours? -- Terrance G., Minneapolis   More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Garden Fest 2016 to highlight garden carrots

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Growing, cooking, storing and – the best part – eating garden carrots: All are on the agenda for Colorful Carrots – Garden Fest 2016. The annual fall program is Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at St. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Decreasing symptoms of seasonal depression

Seasonal disorder is a type of depression that begins when the seasons change. Most commonly when autumn arrives and days become shorter (less sunlight) and colder. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

HPV vaccine: mandatory or not?; chronic sinusitis

Q: My daughter’s school advocates her getting an HPV vaccine. She is only 12 and infection with HPV isn’t really an issue for her, is it? -- Miriam P., Portland, Oregon   More...

Posted 9/22/2016 07:20 PM

Contending with Alzheimer’s disease; college debt and mental-health problems

Q: I just read that they’ve reversed Alzheimer’s disease symptoms with some kind of standard pain reliever. Can it cure my mom? -- Sandy D., Lebanon, New Hampshire   More...

Posted 9/15/2016 09:40 PM

Thumb sucking; a new LDL reducer

Q: My 3-year-old won’t stop sucking his thumb. I’m concerned about all the germs he puts in his mouth and that he’ll get buck teeth. How can I get him to stop? -- Kendra K., Miami More...

Posted 9/8/2016 09:56 PM

Pickle juice calms cramping; the big rewards of turning 50 and getting healthier

Q: I trained all summer for a swim across the Hudson River. My trainer and I made sure I stayed hydrated, but I still cramped up during the swim. Is there any way to avoid muscle cramps? -- Brent H., Nyack, New York   More...

Posted 9/1/2016 09:23 PM

Should health companies be taking sugar industry money? Keep taking those daily walks

Q: Is it true that some of our national health organizations are accepting money from the sugar industry? Isn't that a conflict of interest? -- JoAnn F., Columbus, Missouri   More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

How is our brain connected to our guts?

Understanding the brain is a monumental task for scientists, let alone the average person. First, there are differences of opinion on just what the brain is, what makes up the brain, and where the brain is actually located in the body.  More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Struggling through school with ADHD (and not knowing it)

The schoolwork was easy. Being there was hard. Although he had a high IQ and was placed in accelerated classes, Sam could not focus. If there was a window he could not help to look out it. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Take note of your child’s behaviors

Dear Parents: Please take note of your child’s behaviors. It is not uncommon for parents to be completely unaware of their child’s mental health needs. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Health Fair Feb. 9 at Old School Lives, Cotton

COTTON – A Health Fair will be held at Old School Lives in Cotton on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Minnesota health officials urge flu shots as flu activity increases

Flu activity is increasing in the state, and health officials remind all Minnesotans it’s not too late to get their flu shot. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Walking program for dialysis patients; easing adolescent anxiety about world affairs

Q: My grandfather, 78, always was a positive guy, but he's been pretty downin the-dumps lately. He's been on dialysis (and a kidney transplant list) for a couple of years now. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Best of 2016: The BIG issues of 2016 - environmental pollution and mental/emotional health

The questions you sent in last year raised issues vital to your health and happiness. Here, we spotlight environmental pollutants and mental/emotional health issues to remind YOU what you can do about them. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:06 PM

How to help children during a divorce

Divorce is a difficult and chaotic time for most children. Often times it is necessary because parents are no longer getting along or no longer love one another. More...

Posted 12/29/2016 11:19 PM

Vaping and oral health; teen depression

Q: I started vaping to stop smoking, believing that it is the way to go. Now I hear that it can trigger mouth cancer! Should I stop this too? -- Katie J., Bloomington, Indiana   More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

How women can lower their cancer risk; limit your exposure to hormone disruptors, and fight for their regulation

Q: With cancer rates are on the rise, especially the ones that affect women, what can I do to protect myself? -- Michelle S., Walnut Creek, California   More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

What happens to meds that get recycled; new warnings about testosterone supplements

Q: There's a big push in my community to take old, unused meds to a designated pharmacy or police station for disposal. But what do they do with them? Is it any better than throwing them in the trash at home or flushing them down the toilet? More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

What good are emotions?

Emotions play an important role in providing survival information about how to get along with other people. Beginning in childhood we learn that emotions have a direct link to how our bodies react, what we do, how we think and our overall mood. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:49 PM

Trouble spots include e-cigarettes and mental health

A majority of teens report healthier behaviors and thriving at school

A majority of Minnesota students feel highly engaged in school, believe their school provides a supportive place for learning, report good health, and feel safe in their homes, neighborhoods and schools according to a new report on results of the 201 More...

Posted 11/3/2016 08:27 PM

Grief and loss

Grief is an overwhelming feeling of sadness due to some sort of loss. Anticipatory grief is grief we feel before someone dies. Knowing we will soon experience a loss can cause anxiety and begin the experiencing of areas of grief. More...

Posted 11/3/2016 08:27 PM

Fat shaming; young age, middle age, third age!

Q: In high school I was overweight. The more people shunned me, the more ice cream I ate. But once I graduated, I lost about 45 pounds. I did it along with a friend, and I've kept it off for over 20 years. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Trust: An important component in your support system

Trust is an important component to any relationship. Most of us would agree on that and for many it would go without saying. Trust is often referred to as the glue that holds relationships together.  More...

Posted 10/20/2016 10:07 PM

Individual and small group health insurance rates for 2017 announced

SAINT PAUL – Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman released the 2017 insurance company rates for individual and small group health plans – saying that rate increases in the individual market are unsustainable but that tax credits a More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Fairview offers Family Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 15

HIBBING – Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Hibbing will be holding a Family Flu Shot Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the clinic, 3605 Mayfair Ave. No appointments are necessary. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Get diabetes under control; regaining focus

Q: I have Type 2 diabetes and feel so discouraged. My A1C keeps climbing, and I'm headed for complications. I'm trying, but what else can I do? -- Gary G., Mentor, Ohio   More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Why kids are often sick when school starts; hepatitis A

Q: My 8-year-old son objected to going to school several times in the first couple of weeks, saying he had a headache. I made him go anyway, but felt so guilty about it. Did I do the right thing? -- Sarah F., Franklin, Tennessee   More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

Understanding and dealing with loss

Understanding and dealing with loss can be difficult for anyone. As humans we naturally form bonds with other people, and even places and things. Losing someone or something can have a dynamic impact in our lives. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 07:20 PM

5 strategies to keep the peace

Conflicts are often disagreements between two individuals that are personal, emotional, political, religious, or financial. Resolving conflicts can be intimidating. Keep the peace and resolve conflicts by using the following five strategies.  More...

Posted 9/8/2016 09:56 PM

Juggling treatments for multiple chronic conditions; you’re not getting older, you’re getting better

Q: I’ve had asthma for 25 years, and now, at age 58, I have been diagnosed with diabetes. I’m overwhelmed with all the meds and procedures I need. How do I keep things straight? -- Jeri H., Salem, Oregon   More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:20 PM

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