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How to reduce your medication costs; it’s important to get kids moving

Q: The cost of my aunt's medications for blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis and depression sometimes is too much for her to pay, so (I just found this out) she makes choices about which prescriptions to fill, even with Medicare. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Eucalyptus oil and preventing insect bites

Enjoying the great outdoors can be an entertaining and invigorating way to spend a day. But it's important that outdoors enthusiasts recognize they will likely be sharing the great outdoors with insects. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Setting boundaries with family members

Growing up I was taught to be polite, respect my elders, and show good manners. I was also taught to stand my ground and set boundaries with others. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Range Respite announces the next Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Session

VIRGINIA – Range Respite’s next Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Sessions will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 12 p.m. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

$1.4 million grant to St. Scholastica will improve rural healthcare workforce

DULUTH – St. Scholastica has been awarded a $1.4 million, two-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund the Rural Academic Practice Partnership (RAPP) for northeastern Minnesota. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Ruby’s Pantry food distribution in Babbitt July 22

BABBITT – The Ruby’s Pantry food distribution in Babbitt will be held on Saturday, July 22, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Babbitt Municipal Center, 71 South Drive. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Does swearing make you stronger? Chronic pain and early-onset dementia

Q: I read about a study that said swearing makes you physically stronger. I can see yelling before a karate chop, but swearing? What's the deal? -- Anthony A., Rego Park, New York   More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Blue-green algae: If in doubt, stay out

Summer is here, and while water enthusiasts and pets enjoy swimming and boating when the weather is calm and sunny, these conditions are also perfect for growing bluegreen algae, which can be harmful to both people and animals. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Better bone health with exercise if you're obese; noninvasive electronic brain stimulation

Q: I've been exercising regularly for years, and my friend, who I used to run with, wants to get back into it. But I think her excess weight is keeping her on the sidelines. What can I tell her to get her back out there? More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Read the labels: Healthy foods may actually cause weight gain

A desire to lose weight compels many people to pursue healthy lifestyles. Foods dubbed as "healthy" foods may not help people lose as much weight as they hope. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Food allergies; take your blood pressure meds and save your life

Q: What's with everyone always worrying about food allergies? Is this hysteria or medically real? I mean, I can't even send my son to school with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! --Rosemarie F., Springfield, Missouri   More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Trans fat ban; HPV vaccines for boys

Q: When New York banned trans fats in restaurants in 2013, did it do any good? -- William O., New York City   A: Yes, it did. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

More teen girls and women getting asthma; the spinners story

Q: My 16-year-old was just told that she has asthma. She's about the sixth girl in her grade who's been diagnosed with this condition. What can moms do to help their daughters deal with asthma? -- Rebecca G., Evanston, Illinois   More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

The benefits of outdoor exercise

Outdoor exercise can benefit both the planet and the people doing the exercising. By exercising outdoors instead of at home or at indoor fitness centers, men and women can reduce their carbon footprints.  More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Several ways to beat seasonal allergies using natural remedies

The arrival of warmer weather changes the landscape completely. Animals come out of hiding and hibernation while trees and flowers bloom anew. More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:07 PM

Understanding the current measles outbreak; pain-relief smarts and innovations

Q: Why is there a measles outbreak in Minneapolis? Doesn't that state have a high vaccination rate? -- Kevin Q., Rochester, Minnesota   More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:07 PM

Fairview Range walks for stronger, healthier babies; team raises $15,757!

Fairview Range was in full force again at this year’s March for Babies held in Virginia on April 30, 2017. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

May is Older Americans Month Raises awareness of seniors missing meals

Nine percent of those served by northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin food shelves are seniors over the age of 65 according to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Drinking diet sodas and your health; why America's food supply promotes weight gain

Q: I gave up sugary sodas and got used to drinking diet ones. Now I hear they're not good for my health either. What's up with that? -- Kaylie G., Tampa, Florida   More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

ChooseYourFish.org helps pregnant women choose the best fish for health

Equipping women who are or may become pregnant with the information they need to choose the right fish to eat—that’s the goal of a new campaign launched this week by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and HealthPartners.  More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Global warming and diabetes; later start times for schools

Q: I hear that global warming is causing more cases of diabetes. Is it because rising global temperatures slow people down so they exercise less? -- Rachel M., Gary, Indiana   More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Stimulating weight loss; sciatica

Q: I heard that there are magnets that can change your gut biome and make you thinner. Sounds like sci-fi to me -- although I would love it if it works! What's the story? -- Patricia J., Boise, Idaho   More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

How the brain adapts and remaps; obesity needs to be treated as a disease

Q: We've all been told that when people lose one of their five senses -- say, eyesight -- the brain compensates by sharpening the other senses. Is there any science to that, or is it just wishful thinking? -- Dorothy S., Hartville, Ohio   More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

"Triage" approach improves service delivery

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County citizens seeking the help of Public Health and Human Services in the Virginia area, now are benefiting from more efficient and complete service. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

National Volunteer Week events announced

VIRGINIA/HIBBING – In honor of National Volunteer Week April 23 – 29, a Purple Ribbon Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Virginia Senior Center. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

There is no magic bullet to good health

Health is hard work. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

For area athletes fall conditioning starts now

The 4th of July is behind us, the days are getting shorter and back-to-school displays are beginning to appear in stores. That can only mean one thing – fall sports are right around the corner. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Important things that should be shared with your doctor

It is important to be honest with a doctor about certain health habits, but sometimes it isn't so easy to be forthcoming. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Quick thaw for frozen shoulder; fresh-food pharmacies for healthy diets

Q: I was told that I have frozen shoulder. It's painful and restricting. What can I do for it, and what kind of specialist should I see for effective treatment? -- Roseanna G., Atlanta More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

A free, ice cream social will be held on July 11

Essentia Health invests $14 million in Grand Rapids community health

GRAND RAPIDS – Essentia Health will invest $14 million dollars by expanding its Grand Rapids Clinic and becoming partner of Lakewood Surgery Center. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Chisholm Food Shelf starts mobile pantry program

CHISHOLM – The Chisholm Food Shelf has received a $65,000 grant from Hunger Solutions of Minnesota to start a mobile pantry program. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Car Seat Clinic planned at Hibbing Fire Hall July 19

HIBBING – A Car Seat Clinic will be held at the Hibbing Fire Hall (south end) on Wednesday, July 19, from 3 – 5 p.m. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

High intensity interval training – HIIT – or miss?

You may have heard of high intensity interval training (HIIT). It is a varied range of aerobic conditioning approaches utilizing alternating work/rest intervals with the work intervals performed at or near maximum effort. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Quit dieting, start living: 5 simple tips

Diets don’t work. Skipping meals, trying liquid fasts, or cutting out entire food groups may help you quickly shed a few pounds, but studies have shown that these practices lead to long-term weight gain more often than not. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Coach Tom’s Corner

Weight loss is essential in maintaining good health

For National Employee Health and Fitness Month (yes, that’s a real thing in May) I was doing some staff wellness programming for a regional employer. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Partners in Policymaking® program opens for applications, July 10 deadline

STATEWIDE – To increase their knowledge and confidence, and gain new tools and strategies to better advocate for their needs, Minnesotans with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities are encouraged to apply fo More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Fidget spinners are toys not tools

Fidget spinners have three prongs surrounding a center circle with bearings in the middle. You hold on to the center and spin one of the prongs to watch it spin like a helicopter. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Get relief from digestive dairy disorders

Dairy is sometimes misunderstood. While dairy has nutritional value, it may cause various health problems for those who have a dairy intolerance or allergy. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Coach Tom’s Corner

It’s important to train for YOUR sports

I had a conversation with a parent recently regarding her teen athlete. The teen participates in multiple sports with ice hockey being the primary focus. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Diagnosing the causes and symptoms of common seasonal allergies

Pollen, mold, dust, and animal dander are some of the more common triggers of allergic rhinitis.  More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:07 PM

Work on following through with goals and commitments

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution, only to abandon it a few weeks later? Have you sworn off coffee, smoking, or soda, only to relapse the same day? Have you paid for a yearly gym membership but failed to use it? More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:07 PM

The latest treatments for diabetic eye disease; plastic surgery for bullying victims

Q: My mom thinks she needs laser treatment for her diabetic retinopathy. I've told her that there's new stuff out there and that she should find out more about the latest treatments before she makes any decision. What do you think? More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

May is Mental Health Month Focus is on access to services for everyone

“Mental health is health” is the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ theme for May’s Mental Health Month. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Seven ways to reconnect with your partner

Couples in long-term relationships may live together and see each other daily yet may start to feel alone in their relationship. It is not simply time that is needed together but attention to reconnect on an emotional and physical level. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Essentia Health encourages vaccination for measles

Measles is an extremely contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. While no longer common in the United States, Minnesota is experiencing an increase in cases this spring. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

What is your plan for aging?

Aging is a gift. As our birthdays roll around each year, so many of us bemoan the fact of getting older because we assume aging is accompanied by mental and physical decline. Yet aging does not have to mean slowing of the mind and body. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

The junk food sabotage on kids

VIRGINIA – Teaching kids about nutrition is more common now than it was when I was a kid. People are more concerned about childhood obesity and food-related health problems these days. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Child abuse, neglect reports rise dramatically

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The number of Minnesota children suspected of being abused or neglected grew significantly in 2016. More than 39,500 children were the subject of reports, a 25 percent increase from 2015. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Doubling veggie and fruit intake for health benefits; treating toenail fungus

Q: I just heard that the latest research says 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, or twice what we eat daily, offer a lot more than twice the health benefits. How am I supposed to double my family's intake? More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Put diabetes in remission; beware stem cell treatments for AMD

Q: I hear there's a clinic in Canada that can medically cure Type 2 diabetes without bariatric surgery. I was diagnosed two years ago. Is this true? -- William T., Bozeman, Montana   More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

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